Lake Atitlan Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
You'll relax like royalty in this large triple-terraced home with royal style panoramic views. See the photos and video to understand! Nicknamed 'El Castillo' or 'The Castle', this beautiful lakefront property is situated in a quiet cove with a king's view of mountains, lake, pueblos and volcanoes. The location offers quick access to best swimming, diving, fishing, a myriad of boating activities, hiking, trail running or more relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, healing spas or your best massage ever. The property is very private without being isolated, with a private meditation area, and nearby access to a nature trail and tree swing into the lake. There are breathtaking views from every room, including from the jacuzzi. The caretaker is always discreetly present to assist -- to take you by row boat to San Marcos, to arrange for a private launch trip to one or more of the indigenous villages that ring the lake, to prepare the fireplace.
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the manager
***** Una visita de cinco estrellas!
Primero que nada, quiero agradecerle en nombre de toda mi familia, la oportunidad de estar en su casa de San Marcos La Laguna. Fue un viaje maravilloso, excelente para todos, nos permitió conocer a la familia de don Nicolás, todos ellos unas excelentes personas, y todo salió como lo pensamos, logramos descansar en un lugar hermoso, convivir todos juntos, que fue lo mejor de todo, y todos, hasta los nietos, estuvieron muy contentos.
El Castillo Tzutujil is a vacation retreat for my husband and me. He is a poet and writer who at 72 thrives in the tranquility of the bay and the house. For me, the opportunity for long hikes and immersion in good books is a dream come true. After years in the business work-a-day world in Arizona, the lake house gives us many wonderful days throughout the year to relax and get in touch with ourselves. In addition, on the Pacific side of the mountains across the lake lies a small indigenous community called Chocolá where we have been working with a U.S. non-profit known as Seeds for a Future to help improve the health and economy of the community. Being close to our work in Chocolá and the people there whom we are lucky to know and be able to help is, an added bonus for us.
2013 will be our 36th year of visiting and living in Guatemala but believe it or not, we only recently really discovered Lake Atitlan and its incredible beauty, lovely people and peaceful surroundings. We were lucky to find this lovely home which we use part of the year and make available to other vacationers when we need to be elsewhere. I am sure you will enjoy the “castle” as much as do we and we encourage you to take opportunities to visit the nearby pueblos around the lake and taste of the art, culture and wonderful food available. Or, if you would rather just kick back on the veranda, be prepared to be enchanted and sink into occasional naps of the best kind.
And please excuse me for tooting the horn of Seeds for the Future, but if you are so inclined you can see what we are doing at www.seedsforafuture.org or at www.facebook.com/seedsforafuture
We bought this property for many reasons but primarily because it is near (yet apart from) one of the prettiest Maya lakeside communities on Lake Atitlan called San Marcos La Laguna. San Marcos is a magnet for people from around the world seeking the spiritual energy that many believe is there and conducive to learning, meditation and holistic therapies such as massage, yoga, reiki and more. Happily, the village is within easy walking distance of our house or a short boat ride.
San Marcos itself is around a point of land from our house. Near the shoreline are the dwelling of ex-pats and businesses which have established themselves over the years to serve visitors with restaurants, therapy, a holistic center known as the Pyramids Meditation Center and apartments and some retail stores. In addition, San Marcos and the villages across the lake offer excellent dining opportunities not to mention their cultural attractions. San Marcos also has an active program for kids to get involved in theater and the arts. The Maya village itself is above the shore side part of the town and has a wonderful central plaza. Hiking in the forest above San Marcos is a treat.
A most important appeal to us of this property is the fact that it is new, well constructed and situated on what may be the quietist bay of the entire lake. We can sit reading or just enjoying the views for hours with nary a power boat passing within ear shot. And that means being able to listening to nature, the sounds of the lake and birds. On the other side of our bay are majestic rock cliffs and quality homes built on the lower hills and near the water. On our side is a shore level trail that leads to the Village of San Marcos and along the way passes through a delightful water and diving park. The trail is a little challenging, but a wonderful experience. The lake water at San Marcos and in our bay is said to be the cleanest for swimming and kayaking in the entire lake region.
Aside from what we have said above, the house itself offers lake vistas from every room and magnificent privacy. Each bedroom has its own veranda on the lake side of the house and ceiling to floor windows. To the south side of the house is our pleasant grassy yard made into several terraces which are ideal for quiet afternoons and meditation.
Hammocks make for lazy afternoons and the Jacuzzi is an excellent experience at night while looking at the lights reflecting off the lake from San Pedro and San Juan. Now and then, pyrotechnical displays are observed above the distant towns … (Guatemalans do love fireworks to celebrate national holidays, religious events, birthdays, weddings and maybe just because it seems like a good idea at the time). Another feature we particularly like is the fact that we can watch cumulous storm clouds forming about 40 kilometers away above the Pacific but behind the mountains on the other side of the lake. And because the lake is at roughly 5,000 feet, the distant Pacific coastal storms sometimes provide some of the grandest displays of clouds and lightning.
And for those of you who enjoy more active lifestyle, please see our 'amenities' page which lists all sorts of outdoor activities and night life around the lake. Our concierge in Panachel provdes a constantly updated list of entertainment and recreation activities around the lake.