|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Our beautiful home is situated on a hill overlooking the farm, Lake Nicaragua, the mainland and Costa Rica.
This idyllic 10 acre waterfront/beach property comes complete with one of the grandest custom-built residences on Ometepe Island. The 2,500 sq. ft. stately home has 4 bedrooms on the second floor. Two master bedrooms feature queen-sized custom built “St. James”-style beds. The full bathroom with hot water & tub has a privacy door into one of the master bedrooms. The 2 additional bedrooms have: in the first, a set of bunks with a double lower mattress; and the other, a double bed. In total, the 4 bedrooms can accommodate 9 sleepers comfortably (2x2 in queen beds, 2x2 in double beds, & 1 in the twin bunk).
Expansive views feature breathtaking panoramic vistas over the orchard & fields across Lake Nicaragua to the windward shores of the Nicaraguan & Costa Rican mainland. As you walk directly out of your bedroom onto the 2nd floor deck for your morning coffee & to watch the dug out fish boats collecting their daily catch of inexpensive & delicious lake fish, you begin to appreciate the magic of being on the largest lake in Central America. Be ready to spot another exotic bird as it lands 30 feet away in the Julie mango tree. The only time of day when there are more bird species is shortly before the dramatic sunsets dip below the distant Pacific Coast mountains.
On the ground floor, an open floor plan design incorporates the living, dining and kitchen areas, protected from the sun by a wrap-around veranda: ideal for this southern climate. The modern food prep area has large counter spaces and is fully equipped, from the cast iron fry pan to coffee grinder and blender. The large frost free fridge will keep all of your fresh food and beverages in fine form. The 1,000 sq. ft. covered deck wraps around the lake side of the house offering a comfortable lounge area, outdoor dining area for 12 and numerous hammock spots. A second bathroom with tiled shower enclosure completes the ground floor.
The constant onshore breeze allows this energy efficient home to enjoy pleasant temperatures year round without air conditioning (except May when the breeze stops). There are fans throughout the house for those days! To get to the closest swimming beach just walk down in front of the
house (300 yds.). Guests often mount the fleet of bicycles, including the tandem, for a short flat bike trip (10 min.) to one of the island's most popular and picturesque beaches, Punta Jesus Maria. Once there, enjoy Rojer's little bistro serving excellent inexpensive seafood and other “typico” dishes. The fresh water clam ceviche is unbelievable (only available when the clams move into shallower water), but other dishes and ice cold beverages are there in all seasons.
A 20 minute bike ride to Moyogalpa, the island's main town, delivers you to numerous shops recently upgraded to include the cheeses and other popular Western foods you may crave. This town has a dozen restaurants, banks(ATM) and friendly welcoming locals. A bus passes near your house travelling in both directions on a regular schedule ($0.25) coordinating with all departing foot and car ferries (9 in total!). Taxis are also available by arrangement. 20 minutes in the other direction brings you to the town of San Jose – home to resorts (owned by 3 brothers) of Chaco Verde, a lovely location to enjoy a sunset meal or drink and frequent cultural performances.
Israel, the property's caretaker, and his family provide 24/7 security and services from their separate home on the corner of the farm. Catering, cleaning, baby sitting, etc. can all be pre-arranged.
Although the farm is private, the village of Los Angeles is at the top of the picturesque driveway. A traditional square is where the locals and visitors gather at sunset to play, enjoy the lit basketball court or just laze on one of the many park benches. On weekends and holidays, the street vendors set up barbecues. The numerous island rodeos, the world famous fresh water spring and pool, the river kayaking, volcano climbing, waterfall trekking will give you plenty to do and see (if you can drag yourself away from the property!).
Known as the “Oasis of Peace”, this island and this community enjoy a tranquility and happiness that brings visitors back time and time again. There are no fast food joints (but a 5 star pizzeria!), no traffic jams nor online obsessions (although the house sports wifi but no streaming video). Please note that this house is located in Nicaragua, and although the power infrastructure has been improving, there can be power outages on Ometepe and throughout the country.
Come, relax, enjoy! We have travelled the world and think it does not get much better than Los Angeles, Ometepe Island, Lake Nicargua, Nicaragua.
Keywords: waterfront, acreage, private, comfortable, beachfront, outdoor/indoor living
My family live on Galiano Island, British Columbia for the warm half of the year and Nicaragua the balance of the year. We came to Ometepe first in 1988 while I directed the documentary film Through the Eyes of Children. In Canada we run the Gulf Islands Film & Television School-GIFTS.
George and Karen purchased this villa in 2006
This property enjoys the best this country has to offer. A very safe friendly village is at the end of our driveway. The breeze off the lake is always refreshing. We are just minutes from the new airport and the ferry terminal. This is truly a piece of paradise.
We are big on walking lightly on the planet and as such have designed an energy efficient home. NO air conditioning is needed...although every bedroom is equipped with a quiet fan. We have also equipped the house with 6 bicycles including a tandem.
Our first trip to Nicaragua, and it won't be our last. We had a wonderful time at George and Karen's lovely spacious house, which would be just as perfect for a families travelling together as it would for a romantic getaway for two. We explored the safe and friendly island -- the natural spring-fed outdoor pool Ojo de Agua was a huge hit with our young teenage daughter -- and we loved the local Punta beach, and ate very well at the nearby lakeside restaurant, a beautiful short walk away in the moonlight. The locals were very helpful: just tell people you are staying at George and Karen's and you're immediately a neighbour, not just a visitor. The property is lush, although we were sorry we were just too early for the avocado and mango harvest. We biked, we swam, we saw the rodeo. We ate, we drank. We spent tranquil candlelit evenings with cold beer and wine on the big deck (we have infinitely more mosquitoes in Canada!) and watched dawn coming up over the farm from the upper deck in the mornings. Coffee and the dawn chorus; palm trees; beautiful birds, and a view to the lake -- all before breakfast on the deck and a morning snooze in one of the hammocks. The lakewater is deliciously warm, and the swimming is safe for even the little ones. If you can stand the excitement, there are plenty of lively bars and restaurants near the ferry, but then you have to get out of the hammock... It's paradise. The cost of living's extremely reasonable, and we were able to take a number of side trips off the island to the coast (San Juan Del Sur will give you all the nightlife you could possibly ask for -- and more), to the spectacular crater lake, Laguna de Apoyo, and to beautiful colonial Grenada -- but it was hard to leave our new island home. And the hammocks. Did I mention the hammocks? And dawn on the deck? And the soft dark nights? And cold beer from the fridge? Can't wait to go back. Save me a hammock. And a beer. I think I'll have a bit of a snoo...
Nice spot for an adventure. Terrific caretaker- and his kids!
Probably won't go back-there are so many other places in the world to experience.
Should plan to stay longer than 2 days to really have time to explore all there is to offer on this beautiful Island.
Large House on 10 Acres fronting onto Lake Nicaragua. Huge upper and lower decks. Great for family vacations. Wonderful place for riding your bike, hiking and enjoying meals on the lower deck. Well equipped kitchen and spacious bedrooms. Property has Mango, Avocado,Lime and Lemon trees and much more. Short 15 minute drive to ferry, easy bike ride to pools, stores and restaraunts. Very amicable owners which were very helpfull.
This place is one of a kind. The house is gorgeous. The large open living space is accommodating to families and groups of friends. A large patio raps around the front of the house and is a perfect area for dinner parties, games, reading and just kicking back in the hammocks. And the panoramic view overlooking the farm's orchard and Lake Nicaragua was just awe-inspiring. The finca is about a 10 min drive from the ferry and from the main town. We would ride our bikes to town to check out the action. It's a pleasant ride on the pave-stone road. There was a small convenient store a 3 min walk from the farm that sells beer and other essential items. Its about a 4 min walk down to the water where you can go for a refreshing dip in the lake. I must say I really enjoyed being able to grab fresh limes from the tree that encroaches onto the patio (unlimited supply). Oh, and the avocado tree was also great!
Last year (December 2011) my boyfriend and I wanted to stay in a house somewhere in Central America to get away from our busy lives in Canada. I had been to Nicaragua before and fell in love with La Isla de Ometepe (Ometepe Island). Therefore, when we were deciding where to go Ometepe seemed perfect.
I am very happy I picked this place! What an amazing house... it has a large kitchen perfect for cooking and an even bigger deck (and balcony) for lounging and escaping the heat. We swam in the lake every day and explored the island over the 2 week period we were there.
The house was clean, comfortable, and exactly what we were looking for. I would recommend this house to anyone including people with children, and pets, or to anyone who just wants to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives.
I stayed at this property last year and would highly recommend it! The house is clean, private, well equipped and has a beautiful wrap-around veranda and upstairs deck- perfect for sunset viewing! The property itself is amazing- with lots of mature trees, an orchard and a lovely view of the lake. The town of LosAngeles is very safe and the locals welcoming- they are happy to help you to find your way around town. This is the time to practice your spanish! You'll learn what day is the best to buy lake-caught fish and where to get the freshest veggies. Ometepe is a beautiful island and easy to explore- a cheap ride on one of the local buses is an adventure in itself and they take you anywhere you need to go. The property is well situated between the port town of Moyogalpa- great for meeting other travellers- and favorite "must-see" destinations on the island. Grab a bike from the house and enjoy a day of cycling with gorgeous Conception volcano always in in view. Charco Verde is one of my favorite spots to visit- with wonderful hiking trails and a lovely clean beach for swimming. Visiting the local rodeo is a must-see (check for dates) as is La Punta- a lake-front locale not far from LosAngeles and popular with families- especially on Sundays. George and Karen were very helpful and gave me lots of great advice and tips on where to go and what to do. The house has a number of guide books for you to reference and also great reads perfect for the hammock out on the veranda. Once you get yourself into it, you won't want to leave! Enjoy.........
The Ometepe museum, La Ceiba is a 25 minute bike ride away or 3 minutes in a lively local bus. World famous fresh water spring and pool, Ojo de Agua is 20 bus ride away.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Semana Santa 2015
Mar 27 2015 - Apr 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
Apr 7 2015 - Oct 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
|Notes||Non-refundable deposit of 50% to reserve the property. Balance due 30 days prior to arrival.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.