This exquisite area is called Escamequita. Life here feels secluded, picturesque and rural. With the recent paving of the road from town, it is only 10 minutes away, yet 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 and Coco - 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. (see The Insiders Guide to San Juan del Sur for further info on this area). Ask me how to get your own copy.
(Wow! We interrupt this info because a flock of toucans has touched down on my papaya trees. Incredible! - they have done this other times, this family is stunning and I included on in the photo section......ok back to where I left off, hope they save some papaya for the rest of us!)
The house is set up in a unique manner. The bedrooms are 100% separated from the main house, enabling you to 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 caretaker to find you!
Before I give you a more detailed 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!!
Since this is Nicaragua, where sleeping arrangements differ widely let me give you a breakdown of the sleeping situation. When I read that you have 4 adults and 6 children, I try to figure out the best configuration. 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 - so here are the multiple options to suit any gathering of friends (with a maximum of 10, please!) All beds come with mosquito netting, rarely used, but here if you need them!
The master suite - apart from all other buildings - has a queen bed with night tables, chest of drawers and small desk for writing. The room can easily take another single or double bed and often has an extra bed in the room. So, toddlers, welcome. 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 in one room, with room for another bed and then two doubles 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.
In addition, many people enjoy sleeping in the house in a secluded office - study. We add some beds and you can wake up and be the first to the coffee! Others sleep in the two story secluded rancho in beds or matrimonial traditional luxury hammocks. There, you experience the sounds of the jungle and the fresh air breezes as you drift to sleep.....So at Casa Roja, you have a wide variety of sleeping accommodations for the wide variety and mixes of guests who stay here.
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!
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 is normal size and can fit all you can eat and drink! 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 den/office is large, People will often set up comfortable sleeping quarters here or simply use it for 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 casitas are brick tiles) beautiful, airy, gorgeous wooden beams and yes, 100% waterproof, 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. After being mesmerized by the silent beauty, you wake up with a start - and 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's not exclusive. Many before you have experienced it as well. But now, its your turn. Come and discover it on your own ........All of us welcome you; myself, Luis, the monkeys, toucans, frogs, birds, the sloth and plants.........we hope to see you soon.....