San Juan del Sur House Rental Photos and Description
3 Bedrooms, 5 beds, 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 2-12, hammocks and more - last crowd 14!
'' I left my heart in Casa Roja'' . That is what everyone says as they say good-bye. They also try to steal one of my sweet pups who have befriended them.
'We interrupt this description for a live update. Twice in September, most recently last week, several groups of beautiful Toucans, rainbow colored, were seen eating my - your - papaya - and a nest is being built in the tree in front! How's that for breaking news!) . And, yes, the sloth returned - bring your best camera!
Weeks after you leave this oasis of tranquility, you will be humming that song. Peaceful, sweeping views of the Pacific and Costa Rica. No one around to disturb you except the wind, the jungle sounds, splashes from the pool - or the monkees howling in the distance. Surrounded by blossoming tropical Bali style plants as if you are cocooned in a forest - which you are. This is what Casa Roja offers; rest, comfort, quiet for the soul, town only 10 minutes away, all the vacation fun one needs to stir all your emotions.
This exquisite area is called Escamequita. Life here feels secluded, picturesque and rural. With the better access following the recent paving of the road from town and the improved cell coverage by Claro, Escamequita still feels blessedly untouched by time. It’s the kind of country that will inspire you to move into a hacienda, start an organic vegetable garden and throw away your cell phone. The main beaches of the area are Playa Hermosa, Yankee and Escameca - all with great surf breaks. You’ll often see pickup trucks and hostel shuttles piled high with surfers and surfboards on the way to Playa Hermosa, occasionally pulling over to watch some howler monkeys in the trees or slowing to pass droopy-eared cattle grazing on the side of the road. (Aside: some of this info comes from The Insiders Guide to San Juan del Sur - ask me how to get your own copy).
Because the bedrooms are 100% separated from the main house, you will sleep in peace and quiet while others can party all night long. This ''pod'' system lets everyone ''do their own thing'' without bothering anyone. While you and friends can enjoy parties or conversation on the patio, anyone in the other bedrooms can have their own privacy.
Hot days, jump in the teardrop shaped pool, big enough for 30 - and we've done it - but at 4' average depth, safe for the kiddies as well. Early riser? Fix some Nicaraguan coffee, read on the patio and take a walk or jog in complete silence up the dirt road. Go 1 mile or 10; bring water and sunblock so we don't have to send out my caretakers and pooches to find you!
Before I give you a description of the bedrooms and bathrooms I wanted to explain a few things in general about me and the house. I love antiques. I love to travel. I love old Persian and Turkish carpets. OLD, 100 years plus. I love collecting ''artifacts'', as my friends call them, of my travels and I collect old maps, again 100-300 years old. So, you will pick up on this ''style'' throughout the house and rooms and even outdoors. You'll be in a home that is not sterile or ''made to rent''. It's ME and it always will be. And, part of your adventure down here is to experience a beautiful country, wonderful people, great climate, wildlife, enchanting fun city - and a unique and restful experience that I call home. That is what you will find here. I live here because of the magic of this home and location. You will understand that after only a few days. If you are seeking peace and serenity, you have found it.
And, if you need an affordable 4 wheel drive car that seats 7, just ask. Need a cook for authentic Nicaraguan meals; all easily arranged so you can just relax. Need a gourmet cook who will whip up any sort of meal you want (owner and chef at three well known restaurants) - no problem!!
The master suite has a queen bed with night tables, chest of drawers and small desk for writing. Large bathroom has huge quarried tile tub, open shower - hot water even! - 2 granite sinks and full width mirror. Overhead fans and lights as well as bedside lamp provide a comfortable ambience. Entire bathroom is tiled with 4''x4'' crafted rough tile.
The two bedroom suite is a detached casita with bedrooms on each side of a centrally accessed bathroom. One queen bed and one double in the other room. Both rooms have drawers for clothes and either a desk or table. Again overhead lights and fans make life comfortable. Outside one bedroom french doors open to a private patio with a hammock for sleeping or reading or both. The bathroom has a three sided glass shower with textured tile walls. A marble sink, toilet and tiled surfaces throughout complete the room.
I recently up graded the decor with a few more pictures, old maps and antique Persian and Turkish tribal rugs. You will be surrounded by the history of the Ottoman Empire and Frederick the Great!
Since this is Nicaragua, where sleeping arrangements differ widely let me give you a more precise breakdown of the sleeping situation. When I read that you have 4 adults and 6 children, I try to figure out the best configuration and then i find out that 3 of the children are tots and do not need - nor do parents want them, to have their own separate bedroom - here's the 'inventory'
Beds and Sleeping - All beds come with mosquito nets though they are rarely used, but here if you need them!
There is a queen bed in the Master Bedroom suite. Can easily take another single or double bed and often has one bed in the room.
In one room of the two bedroom, one bath casita, there are 2 double beds.
In the other room there is a queen bed and it too has room for another single, double or crib
As I mentioned, with little children, they often stay in one of the rooms with queen beds with their parents – whether in a small crib they may have brought or on a variety of cushions we have.
There is another brand new queen bed. Depending on the weather, many people either place it outside on the patio, on the second floor of the rancho (great breezes and jungle sounds - my favorite) or in the dining room across from the kitchen. This room is rarely used. There is a desk where you can write or use your computer (with high speed WiFi), but most will place the full bed or a mattress on the floor.
I also have access to an inflatable queen mattress when needed. So, in sum, when it comes to bed capacity there is room for 10 maximum. There is a slight surcharge if you have larger groups. Sometimes I can accommodate them.
Additionally, some people enjoy sleeping on the comfortable couch or one of the three hammocks at my house. Just pretend you are Ernest Hemingway, swaying to the breeze as he snoozes or writes the last chapter of Old Man and the Sea.
Please note the rates adjust slightly based on the size of the crowd. Standard rate of $200.00 is for 3 couples or 6 people. For 7-10 it is $225.00. Thus - bring friends! - the costs per person drop dramatically. But this really means max 10 people. After that the house groans a bit (as well as the septic system!!) Let's talk if you have any unique situations.
The main house has a full kitchen with granite and marble countertops throughout. Wooden cabinets with glass windows reveal all the dishes and rum and wine glasses you'll need. Fridge holds 130 beers and enough ice for 92 rum and cokes ad 6 bottles of wine. Maybe some room left for food! It's modern and energy efficient, just remember to open and close quickly to preserve the electricity. If that's not enough, I'll rent an ice chest. Modern gas stove and broiler. Plates, silverware and some old Bali and Solomon island carvings to keep you company.
The dining room/office is large, great table for work or email, (yes, wifi!!) and the living room is open with sofa and 2 comfy chairs, large hand carved floor tiles with wood accent and majestic 25 foot ceiling. The living room table is a 100 year old colonial door turned sideways and legs attached. Me and my antiques. If you are a Beatles fan, there is the large Anthology Book about my favorite group, but the house is littered with all sorts of reading material, from cops and robbers to history to non fiction to you name it. Every group leaves more and I never know what I'll find each visit.
The ceiling in the main house is all palm fronds, (other are brick tiles) beautiful, airy, gorgeous wooden beams and with a large sliding glass door to the patio, say no more. The patio is where 75% of your waking life will be!! Views, sunsets, drinks, monkey howls, drinks, music, dancing, drinks, BBQ's on gas or charcoal grill and then, yes, relax and have a drink. Got the picture?
I almost forgot the half bath! Just off the kitchen is an experience. All walls are covered, embedded with river stone. Floor, walls, everywhere! You can almost hear the river flowing- until you realize the toilet is running!
And now, with my many fruit trees blooming, if you need some fresh oranges, mandarins, lemons and soon, mangos - just talk to Luis, my caretaker, with the biggest smile and warmest heart - and he'll be glad to get you whatever fruit you need. Lately, he's been the local juice man. Sorry, no watermelon - next year.
Last thing. One night around 10 PM, after a warm day, turn out all the lights in the house. Go out to the brick patio and lie down, feel the warmth from the sun on the bricks, and then gaze at the star strewn sky above. There, you will see the Milky Way Galaxy the way you have never seen it before. It is THERE and if you have always been a little unsure of exactly what or where or if it was there, you will have no doubts. It is an incredible sight Then, after looking up for a while you will suddenly realize it is 4 AM and you are still out there...just you and the croaking frogs.
This is my slice of heaven. But, it is not exclusive. Many have experienced it before. Now its your turn. Come here and find your own ........
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- alternative lifestyle
- children welcome
- pets considered
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair accessible
About Fred Goldfarb
First - the photo is in Yosemite, 13,406 ft - you'll have to guess which one I am....Everyone tells me I have re-invented myself and it's just not fair. Well, they could do the same, I say. After 50 years, half in CT and half in San Francisco, I followed a life long dream and moved to this charming third world country to begin life again.
I have spent most of my life in sales and entrepreneurial oriented work. Worked with small businesses as a consultant to help them grow with control and profitably. Worked with hundreds of companies and help them with their HR issues so they could focus on their core work.
After years of satisfying work I come down here and buy some land, build a house and then on a wild impulse a friend convinces me to buy another huge parcel and become a 'green' developer. Huh? Yes, this is the third half of my life as owner of El Encanto del Sur (see website), and I love it here. I am in Nicaragua 3-6 months a year, living here with Indie and Toby and now Lucas, a 6 month old wagging tail pup, the two 4 footed friends and Luis and family - my gardener who has been here for more than three years and who can fix anything! He and his family live away from the house so you have 100% privacy. His wife, Evelyn is there to clean daily and change linen, etc. She is a sweetheart.
That's the short story - I travelled all over the world, You'll find me on Tuesday nights at Open Mike at Pau Hana, singing some oldies (Runaway, Secret Agent man) with my neighbor up the road, Brian and if I'm in town, you can always bribe me with a beer and I'll show you the real secret spots up here.
But, if you an adventurous bone in your body, and I assume so, otherwise you wouldn't be headed this way, you will not regret it - and if you like to have the most relaxing and unforgettable experience, you will have it here.
Fred Goldfarb purchased this house in 2008
Why Fred Goldfarb chose San Juan del Sur
I didn't really choose to buy a vacation rental here. I chose to build my house here, live here and live out the dream of a lifetime. This was not meant to be a rental concept and actually the house was never 'set up' that way. Rental houses I find are often nice but without some of the character that sets a 'home' apart from a 'rental'. The home thus reflects who I am and what i like - rather than being an investment. For example, it is 100% solar. Some people steer clear from solar because they are worried it won't work or they will be inconvenienced. Well, you won't be inconvenienced at all unless you leave lights, fans, etc on all the time. I believe in sustainability, saving energy, helping others etc and so live the values I believe in. This house and area resonate of living within these values. And, when you are here, amidst the peace and tranquillity - yet so close to the fun and entertainment of San Juan - you feel like you too can share these values.
Nicaragua is a beautiful yet poor country. It needs help, employment, clean water, schools and I live here to help the local people as much as i can while enjoying my occupation and lifestyle. I have a non profit, fundaciontierra, (EARTH Fund) that helps and works with the communities in many ways.
So, why did i buy vacation rental here? I didn't but I feel so lucky that I am here and have the house and Nicaragua's adventures and experiences to share with you.
And this area where I live is now becoming a 'hot' spot. By that more people have seen the benefit and 'privilege' of living just out of town but in a different world completely. Hot spot - well that means you may see one other house about a km away. A good friend and plant lover, you might find him buried in 1000 tropical plants - stop on over, he's always glad to share some tall stories with you. And, he is a realtor, if you want a tour...
What makes this house unique
The unique benefits change daily. New bird sightings, eagle soaring or a new find on a walk up the trail with the dogs as company. For me, unique benefits are the different people I always meet at the home. All of you are unique. I get to meet a cross section of North America - usually for the better!! I've seen everything - a 4 month year old and 80 year old grand dad. Surfers, snoozers, drinkers, abstainers, those with a hearty laugh as well as those who arrive with some trepidation but after a change of clothes and some time in the rocking chair, frowns are replaced by smiles.
You may, just may see nature in action. Geckos in search of some flies or bugs, maybe even army ants as they decide to trespass - and I stand by and soon they are gone, an amazing experience.( Happened only twice in 6 years and its incredible, they come, eat dead insects and are gone) There are small bugs that upon further scrutiny you will realize that you have seen them on earlier sci-fi movies, only enlarged 1000x. If you're squeamish about bugs, keep the lights low.....and they are your friends
I actually learn more unique benefits from every visitor. You, too, will talk about things I never even considered. So, shoot me an email and with a flashlight, sandals, magnifying glass, binoculars you provide me with more fodder to tell the world about!
Guestbook comments from the owner
(Fred here - a short guest comment upon arrival, many long hours and airports later. Put a smile on my face this morning.....)
Oh my gosh Fred! This place is incredible. We are blown away. 36 hours later we made it to paradise. You are amazing this home is just so beautiful. Just had a dip in the pool and now putting our very weary heads to bed. Luis is so nice. We feel welcome here and again its just so special here. You have done wonderful work. Thank you for this wonderful paradise! We are feeling very blessed. We almost didn't survive the airlines fiasco but now it is well worth it!!
P.S. Pasco, Yeddi (sp?) and Indy are hanging with us. We already love them