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Laura Taylor

Advertiser since 2008
Speaks english
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Overview

San Juan del Sur House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, Sleeps 5

Far from the madding crowd, Casa La Serena is a secluded, private and comfortable architectural jewel for you to enjoy at an affordable price. Nestled among trees, surrounded with woods teeming with life, Casa La Serena is a self-contained oasis with its own private pool, outdoor shower, granite and wood dining table. Every room offers spectacular views with balconies to watch birds and monkeys and the amazing flora of the tropics. Bedrooms are intimate and romantic, furnished with classy native wood furniture. The sound of crashing waves will lull you to sleep, and you will be surprised by the unique sounds of visiting troops of howler monkeys on the surrounding trees.and the myriad of birds.

When sharing the house with friends or kids, the different levels of the house will insure privacy while providing a common social area. The well-equipped kitchen and BBQ will allow you to cook to your heart's content. Reserve now. You will have the adventure of your life in comfort and safety.

Main building

* living room with couch, futon and leather chairs

* kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar

* sliding walls in living room open to covered dining porch, pool and views of the ocean

* master bedroom with king size bed

Bedroom/Office building

* exotic hardwood furniture:

* Queen bed

* desk overlooking ocean

* walk in shower with stone floor and picture window

Vacation in the progressive community of Balcones de Majagual, 30 miles from the Costa Rican border and located in the lush Pacific coastal region, nestled amongst abundant flora and fauna on rolling hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean 12 km north of San Juan Del Sur. Experience seclusion and privacy amidst an exotic landscape steps from the beach. We have monkeys, sea turtles, surf breaks, hiking, kayaking, sunsets, quiet, tropical forests, and especially beaches. Yet, our proximity to the lively beach town of San Juan del Sur allows for markets, restaurants, bars and entertainment.

We are dedicated to both preserving and enjoying this special part of the world. We are challenged by the issues of living responsibly within our ecosystem and dedicated to exploring progressive architecture and alternative energy with an unyielding respect for the local environment.

4WD is recommended on the roads outside San Juan del Sur and within our community. Hot water via solar power and battery backup to keep the refrigerator cold when the Nicaraguan power grid is down is provided. The house has WIFI internet, and includes cleaning service and 24 hour security.

We do not recommend this house for families with toddlers.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Laura Taylor (Owner)
Advertiser since 2008
Speaks english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Many reviews posted here are written on a guest book at Casa La Serena. We thank every one who writes their impressions and shares with us and future renters their experiences and joys at the house, and also the problems or improvements they would like to see. Thank you all.

Charlie and Gioconda
Sep 2013
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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 8 traveler reviews

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average rating of 4.875 based on 27 reviews
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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
5

This is an INCREDIBLE getaway - beyond expectations

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I loved this house, property and location. It's incredibly decadent yet rustic at the same time. The view from the pool and bedrooms is ridiculous and so are the sunsets every night. We loved the "nature" feel of the place with howler monkeys waking you up sometimes in the middle of the night, birds making all kinds of cool noises and ocean breezes coming right through the screened bedroom "walls" -- nothing like it. We were surprised there weren't more bugs - we didn't see a single mosquito. We did, however, see and kill (sorry) a scorpion! We had lots of possums visiting as well. The walk to the beach is super easy and we hiked up two or three beaches north which were quiet and beautiful (the beaches south are more crowded and not as pretty). The kitchen has everything you need, and the bedrooms & bathrooms are sooooo funky, gorgeous and earthy all at the same time. Gabby was also first rate helping us get food and sharing her local knowledge. We'd come back in a heartbeat!
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
Wilmington
5

Best Vacation, EVER!

  • 5 of 5
I cannot recommend this rental property enough. Our experience was absolutely amazing. My husband and I rented this house for 10 days for our honeymoon. Laura, Gabby and Shayla were fabulous with answering all of my (many) questions so that we knew what to expect upon our arrival to Nicaragua.
We rented a private, round trip, shuttle through Iskra Travel from Managua to San Juan Del Sur. They dropped us off at Dollar Rental where we rented our extremely nice truck for the week. Then we headed to the office to meet Shayla. She showed us around town and took us to the fish market, specialty market and Pali grocery store. Shayla then drove us out to the property and told us everything we needed to know about the property and the town. The fish market is exceptional and you can buy fresh Dorado for $3/lb, amazing! We are so grateful for Shayla and her tour, as we would have been lost without her.
We ended up cooking most nights because there aren't many good reasons to leave the house. The house is gorgeous with a spectacular view. The house was clean, comfortable and just as pictured on VRBO. There were people who came to clean the pool daily and maintain the plants. We only asked to have the house cleaned once because anything more seemed unnecessary. The house is about a 4 minute drive from the beach and we suggest driving it because it is so much easier, especially with chairs and a surf board! The beach is gorgeous with almost no one on it (doesn't get much better than that). Lunch at Juanita's Kitchen was delicious as was the taco place on Maderas. We did the catamaran sale with Nica Surf and Sail and had a BLAST. We also hired a fishing charter through Hotel Gran Oceano and would highly recommend them. We caught 6 tuna and made fresh ceviche for supper that night. We thoroughly enjoyed having cocktails in the pool and watching the sun set.
I want to stress how safe we felt during our trip. We only stayed in town past dark once so we really weren't pushing it. But I read lots of things about how "unsafe" Nicaragua is, etc. and it made me nervous about our trip. We felt totally opposite, safe.
Overall, again, I cannot say enough wonderful things about our trip. If you are even half way on the fence about going, DO IT! This is the only trip I have ever taken where I have genuinely missed it since returning home. AMAZING!
  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
5

Everything you could want and more...

  • 5 of 5
Beautiful scenery, relaxing atmosphere, a sparkling pool and a show from the howler monkeys were the highlights of our stay at Casa la Serena. We rented a 4 x 4 for the week and enjoyed the adventure of trips into town and visits to some outstanding beaches. Gabriela gave us a tour around SJDS which helped us immensely is locating the services we required. The home was well equipped and the staff were friendly and respectful. I would definitely recommend this location for anyone looking for some R & R with a twist of out of the ordinary.
  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
5

Magical, incredible honeymoon

  • 5 of 5
We had the most incredible time at Casa La Serena. It was the perfect place to spend our honeymoon. Although it may have been mostly due to the fact that it was rainy season, at times we felt like we were the only people for miles and had this amazing jungle all to ourselves. The home is absolutely stunning and the pool is perfect. We saw so many creatures, spiders (only one scary one who scurried away as quickly as we spotted him), a preying mantis, scorpions, iguanas, geckos, and the monkeys, which were quite eerie to listen to at first. We were worried we might be stuck in thunderstorms the entire week, but everyday was hot, sunny and humid and the torrential rains at night were a welcome break and lovely to fall asleep to. I enjoyed reading The Country Under My Skin while here and came away inspired. We absolutely loved our time here and hope to return. There is so much more of this beautiful country to explore. Although the roads to Casa la Serena were treacherous, it was part of an incredible adventure. It was a surprise to run into Charlie and the architect who designed Balcones in the forest on our hike to Playa Majagual. Lovely to meet them!
Muchos gracias & hasta luego!
  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
5

Best Vacation EVER!

  • 5 of 5
After a fantastic September week at Casa la Serena, I'm still in denial that it's over! It truly could not have been a more perfect, completely relaxing, gorgeous and special adventure! It was a fun, adventurous, exciting, heartwarming and absolutely stress-free week! I wouldn't change a thing and can't wait to do it again - only next time it will be for much longer than 7 nights. I can't imagine ever being really ready to leave. Gabby and the community staff made it so easy for us to immediately feel welcome and at home. Thanks to you all for the Best Vacation EVER!
  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
Los Angeles, CA
4

Lovely treehouse but did not deliver on promised amenities

  • 4 of 5
Just returned from a weeks stay at Casa La Serena. The home is a lovely jungle treehouse with a layout that afforded wonderful privacy for two couples. The beautiful sunsets and monkeys sounding the daily wakeup calls were a unique experience. We stayed during the holiday and were assessed the holiday premium price expecting all the amenities listed in the write up. On our first day we discovered there wasn't any hot water and promptly informed the property management company. Nothing was resolved. The neighboring house allowed us to use their shower for three nights at the end of our stay, but four days of cold showers took some of the magic out of our stay.
  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Casa La Serena has a solar panel to heat the water in the house, and it also has a back up gas system, in case there's not enough sun during the rainy months. Unfortunately BOTH systems failed during your stay and bcause it happened during the Xmas holidays, it became very hard to fix the problem as fast as we would have liked. We apologize very much and will make sure it doesn't happen again. Thank you.

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
150 Miles
MGA
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Playa Maderas
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Hacienda Iguana
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Chocalate Road at Maderas Turnoff
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Rancho Las Marias
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Playa Maderas and Playa Majagual
Car: necessary

Balcones at Majagual is an ecological retreat in the jungle about 7 miles north of San Juan del Sur. Monkeys and parrots are our main wildlife - and will visit your home every day. Our neighborhood has beachfront on the small beach between Playa Maderas and Playa Majagual - great for swimming, sun bathing and surfing.

4 wheel drive is recommended to access the areas between Balcones at Majagual and San Juan del Sur - about 7 miles on a dirt road, which usually takes about half hour to drive.

Other Activities: zip-line through jungle canopy, bird watching, exploring jungle, surfing, shopping, kayaking, boating

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Availability & Rates

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Notes

  • 5% added for credit card and paypal charges
  • To reserve this property we request 50% in advance. The remaining balance is to be paid when checking in.
    There's a 5% charge for Credit Card payments, and a 3.5% for payments via PayPal.

    We ask you to inquire with us if you want to propose or ask for a special deal. We are flexible and depending on the season we can offer lower rates sometimes.
  • Per night 175-275
    Monthly rates: Ask
    Weekly rate: 1050-1925

Amenities

Amenities

San Juan del Sur House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Pool Patio - outdoor shower
    Master Suite - toilet , shower
    Bedroom - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Office Suite - 1 queen
  • Two bedrooms, each in separate levels on either side of common living space and pool patio. One has a king bed, balcony and stairs to swimming pool, large closets, double sinks, picture window in the shower, monitor and dvd player. Second bedroom has shelves, beautiful desk, queen bed, smaller closet, picture window in shower, one sink.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The house is not recommended for toddlers. Swimming pool has no covers and balconies have open railings. There's wireless internet.

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