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DESIGNER HOUSE WITH THE MOST SPECTACULAR VIEW

Nathalie Verwilghen

Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Nathalie Verwilghen

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 25, 2014
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DESIGNER HOUSE WITH THE MOST SPECTACULAR VIEW

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Lake Atitlan Villa Rental Photos and Description

House 100 M2-1Baths+2 BedR-2beds+day bed+fold out sofa

This recently renovated, artist-designed house has been built in a totally unique location with the most spectacular lake views. Perch on top of a large rock formation like a monastery looking down at the village and looking strait at the most beautiful lakes in the world. The house is nest in nature with TOTAL privacy, (1.5 acres of land) to enjoy birds watching, wild life and lush tropical gardens.

This powerful place use to belong to a local Shaman who was using it for Mayan ceremony.

Today it is a lovely, peaceful and healing retreat, where Indoor and outdoor areas have been designed to capture the most exquisite lake views and to make you feel like you are floating in the crisp, clear air of the lake. The master Bedroom, living room, bathroom, covered terrace and hot tub have the same stunning lake view. Kitchen and bathroom are facing the garden, and have access to the same great view of the lake.

I love to cook, and the kitchen is practical and esthetic.

I have been designing and building this house for the past nine years, turning a dream into reality, focusing on unique features and artistic design. The gardens are green and lush, providing tranquil areas for relaxation and privacy with lots of fruits trees, herbs and the veggie garden.

The outside terrace is 600 sqFeet, perfect for outside dining, dancing, party, gathering, yoga and meditation.

The Shaman's rock is comfortable and classy retreat form the stressful world, an ideal honeymoon suite or a quiet retreat for artists, writers and yoga practitioners.

The house has spring water from the mountain.

The hot tub with the cozy wood heat is built on the side of the cliff with view of the lake and the cliffs. It is quiet a spectacular spot from where you can also enjoy watching the sunset, the stars and the moon.

And the garden light give it a special ferry like feel.

Note : To get to the house it is a little bit of a walk. 12 minutes from the public dock. And about 120 steps.

But it is all worth it! And you can have all your shopping and meals delivered to the house.

The house doesn't have a generator but usually the power shortage are not very long not so frequent.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nathalie Verwilghen (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 25, 2014

About Nathalie Verwilghen

I am a European Designer/Photographer.

Nathalie Verwilghen purchased this villa in 2003

Why Nathalie Verwilghen chose Lake Atitlan

When on the rock, It feels like you're flying! It's one of the most unique place on earth. It has a spectacular view of the lake. It's is very private and peaceful. I love to be immerse in nature and feel it all around me. The village of Jaibalito has no road access it's safe and tranquil. The weather is perfect almost 350 days a the year. And I love the rainy season, it's all green. It only rains in the afternoon or at night and we have usually have sun in the mornings until about 2pm.

What makes this villa unique

The house location is totally unique in this world. It's an amazing retreat from the world, peaceful and stunningly beautiful and inspiring. The ever-changing views of volcanoes from every room provide a unique environment for writing, meditation, photography and yoga.

Experience traditional Mayan living in the village below and many other villages dotted along the lake edge.

See and purchase traditional Mayan textiles, ceramics and art from the surrounding villages.

Venture out to the lake by public or private boat to visit villages or just take in the views.

Dive, paddle and swim in the cool, clear water of Lake Atitlan

Why HomeAway

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Designer House with the most Spectacular View
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
5

Unique house in and amazing location

  • 5 of 5
I stayed at Nathalie's house for the month of July whilst working remotely on my PhD thesis. The internet was slightly up and down but manageable for picking up email (and I think I hit a particularly bad period). That the house is slightly separated from the village makes it perfect as a retreat if you need a bit of peace and quiet. Having said that, it's still incredibly easy to get all your basic supplies or a decent meal cooked for you within Jaibalito.

Nathalie's own artistic input has made this house truly unique, and coupled with the great views you can't really go wrong. Nathalie was very responsive in all our communication and although she was out of the country for most of the stay she left me in the capable hands of a particularly charming Canadian. (Colin was great, always really friendly and offering help with anything I needed - when I was sick and couldn't stomach much or face the walk to the village he arranged for two cheese toasties to be delivered to the house!).

For those wanting to explore a little it's easy to jump on the boat to San Marcos or any of the other towns around the lake. If you're looking for a Backpackers scene you can get your fix over in santa cruz (30 minute walk, great 15 minute jog) - at the end of my stay I did the padi open water course here at the iguana lodge. Oli was a great instructor and I'd definitely recommend him for anyone interested in learning or needing a guide for the lake. Before your stay Nathalie sends you a booklet with loads of information about the house, village, and surrounding area (+ activities, emergency numbers, and much more).

If you decide to rent Nathalie's house you will not regret it.
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Dave for your nice review! I am glad you enjoyed your stay and Colin took good care of you.
For the internet, indeed, our provider had mention some maintenance work on the system that could affect the speed and service the first week of July, but not for the all month.... For future stay and guest, best would be to notice me earlier if you not happy with the service. I could of have upgrade to plan for you or call the provider. I Include in the price of the rental the basic plan. But their is the possibility to upgrade at anytime depending of your need.
Again thank you for the review, and I wish you the best with your studies.
Nathalie.
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Potsdam, Allemagne
5

Just gorgeous

  • 5 of 5
Everything is exactly as described and in reality more beautiful. We recommend this house to anyone. We were traveling with our six year old daughter for three weeks there. She has enjoyed every day there and was fascinated. The 120 steps to the house are not an obstacle. Nathalie is always approachable and gives you all the necessary instructions. The interior of the house leaves nothing to be desired. For daily needs, you can find everything in the village and the restaurants are all to be recommended. The friendliness of the people is fascinating. Escape from everyday life and immerse yourself in another world. It is difficult to find more words. Simply: You have to see this place! Give your children this fascination!
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Brooklyn, New York
5

HOLLY, GEORGE, OLIVIA

  • 5 of 5
This house... the location... the people of Jaibalito... Nathalie... all FAR exceeded our expectations!! As a single mom traveling with 2 teenagers, I couldn't have chosen better for our Spring break vacation! It was the perfect level of "Indiana Jones". The chronic teen eye-rolling turned into mouths agape the minute we were met at the dock by Nathalie and her "little sherpas" to help get our bags up to the house. (Be NOT deterred by the 125 steps... the view at the top is so breathtaking and the house so impeccably designed you won't even remember the climb. A perfect mini workout while far from your gym!) I felt safe and comfortable letting the kids move around by themselves (boats from village to village reliable. Easy to arrange a private boat after hours). We don't speak Spanish, but locals were very patient with our charades. Nathalie (and Hans of the local Posado) were SUPER helpful with arranging transportation, translating, shopping, changing dollars... anything we needed! Truly great people - and exemplary of everyone we got to know there. GO GO GO...THIS IS THE HOUSE TO CHOOSE!!! (But please don't be there the week we want to go back! ;)
  • Submitted: May 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Holly!
That's lovely review! I am really looking forward to have your visit again. Say hi to the kids for me.
All the best,
Nathalie
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
5

An unforgettable experience!

  • 5 of 5
It is difficult to add anything new since the previous reviews have said it all. Yes, this place is truly, amazing, magical, and beautiful. The house sits on the side of a mountain high atop the village, making it the perfect place for taking in the sights and sounds of the quaint little village below with its rusted tin roofs, green trees, and the sounds of roosters and music filling the air. It is close enough to enjoy the village life but also secluded enough to just chill and spend some alone time.

One thing I definitely want to mention is that there is a huge advantage to staying in this paradise for an entire month.
Never before have my husband and I taken a vacation in which we started to feel like real members of the community, developing friendships with the many ex-pats including our very gracious host Nathalie. We also developed a certain familiarity with the locals who always greeted us with a smile and a friendly "Buenos Dias." Many of the children began to recognize us, running up to us and grabbing our legs or begging for a quetzal or a piece of candy. One day, we even volunteered at the local school and it was so heart-warming to see the appreciative faces of the precious little children as we fed them their breakfast. Staying an entire month also provided us with ample opportunity to explore and visit some of the other villages on the lake. To our amazement, they all have their own distinct character. Our favorite, of course, was Jaibalito, which we began calling home. This is truly an unforgettable place, one that will continue to call us back in years to come.
  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello you two,
Thank you so much for this wonderful review.
It has been a busy year but finally a find bit of quiet time and a lot of rain. Perfect time to catch up with the computer world. I did new photos of the house that I uploaded on VRBO. Rick should check the listing, let me know what he think.
I hope you are both well, I wish you all the best, and I look forward to see you again. Nathalie
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Oregon, United States
5

Special House Perfect for a Special Occasion

  • 5 of 5
This VRBO home is truly spectacular, with multiple locations to take in breath-taking views towards the lake including a large deck, second floor patio, wood-heated hot tub, or outdoor bathtub. My husband and I stayed in this home for over a week for our honeymoon, and we were able to relax to the fullest and enjoy delicious meals, bathing in the sunshine, and drinks on the deck at sunset. The way this home is situated on an elevated ledge, combined with the thick forest on all sides, provides a sense of privacy that was much appreciated. The kitchen was well stocked (we used the blender a LOT for making smoothies), there was a compost option for food waste, the home was clean and beautiful, there was a water filtration system for replenishing water supplies on demand, and the internet signal was strong and consistent.

The owner of this home, Nathalie, was staying nearby and very available if we had any questions about the house or about where to go eat a good meal. In addition, Nathalie is a professional photographer and agreed to take the photographs for our wedding at a good price. She traveled across the lake to San Pedro on the day of our wedding, was personable with all of the guests, and captured amazing photographs of our important day. We love the photos she took for us and would highly recommend her photography service to anyone. Overall, this home was exactly what we had hoped that it would be and we will definitely be back.
  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hello you two,
Thank you so much for this great review. It was a real pleasure to get to know you and your lovely family. Share this special moment with you. Moment that I will remember for ever with the photos.
You both look so beautiful and happy.
I wish you both the very best and lots of love and healthy babies.
I hope you see you again,
Best,
Nathalie
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
5

Superbe!!!!!

  • 5 of 5
I stayed over at Natalia (that’s how everyone at the village calls her ;)) for 1 month, in August 2013
It was the most wonderful experience ever!!
The house is just…WOW!! Amazing, homey, comfortable. Every details is thought of, and there is a wonderful personal touch in it.
Anything you might need or miss, is always provided within the day…
The view from any way you look is breathtaking!!! Details of the terrace, the bathroom, the kitchen, are impressive.
Nathalie is a wonderful host, always available to help, and when not in town, she’s just a phone call away.
She’s very helpful, positive, and one can get addicted to her Belgian waffles!
Jabalito is a fabulous place to disconnect from anything you’ve always knew, while discovering new culture,
mingling with some very nice people, and getting to know the Maya culture.
Thanks again Nathalie, et a très bientôt j’espère !
  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Mira,

Thanks so much for the splendid review Mira. I appreciate.
I hope you are doing well. Ici Jaibalito est pareil a lui même...
La saison a été bien remplie. J'ai écouté tes conseils et rénové la maison du village. Ca deviens trés sympa. Je vais bientôt faire des photos je t'enverrais. Je t'embrasse bien fort, Nath

Map

Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Ferry
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Car: not necessary

The writer Aldous Huxley called it 'the most beautiful lake in the world.

The climate is high tropical (about 5,000 feet), meaning warm sunny days most of the year with cool breezy nights that sometimes dip to delightful fleece temperatures. The rainy season may means a downpour or two in the evening, but the days are generally dry. Jaibalito is located in the middle of Lake Atitlans North shore and is a great base for day trips. A half hour water taxi ride East takes you to Panajachel and a half hour boat ride West takes you to San Pedro. San Marcos is 15 minutes by water taxi or a 2 hours hike and Santa Cruz is 5 minutes by boat or a half hour hike. Jaibalito is the smallest of the shore villages and is the only with absolutely no motorized vehicles. There is great hiking to other towns or in Jaibalitos 2 valleys. However, all arrive by water taxi. After you arrive at the Jaibalito dock, it is a 12 minute walk to the house. Jaibalito is a small authentic Mayan Kachiquel village of about a thousand people. Most women still dress in traditional clothing. The small churches with their live bands are quiet folkloric. The Kachiquel people are busy gathering wood, picking the coffee harvest and making tortillas as the kids play hopscotch and soccer. You can buy fruit, veggies, hot meals, homemade brown bread, wine, beer sodas, cigarettes, cheese ... at Posada Jaibalito in the center of town. And you can have it delivered to the house. The town is a small and true Kachiquel village.

First But first it's a perfect place to relax, treat yourself with a nice massage, join a yoga class. There is many activities and services here that are heath and well being orientated.

Dentist are really cheap here and do good work.

Also I would suggest you hire a private boat to do a lake tour.

Best is early morning to enjoy a quiet lake.

All the village a something different and unique to offer.

You can also walk from village to village.

The main town is Panajachel, you'll find ATM, banks, travel agency, bus connection and shops. It's a 20 minutes boat ride from Jaibalito. The village of San Antonio Palopo has very nice pottery, and it is worth visiting. Santiago is on the other side of the lake and a bit difficult to access direct unless with private boat. It is the biggest town on the lake.

You can visit The nature reserve in Panajachel and the do the Sunday market, find lots of souvenirs and gift to bring home from calle Santander.

And If i am in town, i offer private photography workshop.

You will find at the house the phone number and information for the activities and services at the lake.

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Rates & Availability

From €400 Per week

Lake Atitlan Villa Rental Rates

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Low season 2
Apr 30 2015 - Jul 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
€400
€1,550
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€500
€1,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

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Amenities

Lake Atitlan Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The bathroom, is semi open to the garden. The shower is totally protected from the wind and rain.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Can be set up in two twin bed or one double.
    Bedroom 1 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • .
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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