Rivas Villa Rental Photos and Description
Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)
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. Binoculars perched beside you (there is a pair & “The Birds of Costa Rica” at the house) are 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 new 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.
Emerson, 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). 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.
PS. The 8 hole “links” course designed by George will open in January, 2013...bring golf balls.
Keywords: waterfront, acreage, private, comfortable, beachfront, outdoor/indoor living
- children welcome
- pets considered
About George and Karen
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
Why George and Karen chose Rivas
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.
What makes this villa unique
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.