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Philippa Myers

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Retreat, Lakefront Cozy Home to inspire creativity!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Santa Cruz la Laguna Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Situated right on the shores of the world-famous Lake Atitlan, Casa Paxanax provides privacy and tranquility, along with unsurpassable views across to the lake’s three sentinel volcanoes. This lake-side property is on the small bay and community of Paxanax, nestled below the Mayan village of Santa Cruz on the north side of Lake Atitlan.

From the shore a pretty path leads to our charming two-story home with a large, covered terrace. The cozy open-plan living area and kitchen lead to a bathroom (with bath tub) and one double bedroom and one single bedroom. Via exterior stairs the master bedroom is accessed, and has an uninterrupted, tree-top view of the lake.

The large terrace, which doubles as an eating/recreational area, greatly enlarges the atmospheric property. It is the perfect spot for a family meal or to just laze in the hammock with a good book and soak up the atmosphere.

The small garden is full of beautiful flowers and fruit trees. Check out our picture of the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree! Or else fresh fruit and vegetables are readily available at the daily market in Panajachel (Pana). There also a couple of good supermarkets offering all other groceries.

The house also offers a private dock to sunbath on, or take long cool swims in the calm morning.

Accessible only by boat, it is just a 10 min lancha ride to the main hub of the lake Panajachel. Public lancha go back and forth every half hour or hour.


Lake Atitlan provides a multitude of interesting day trips to other Mayan villages around the lake e.g. Santiago Atitlan, Santa Catarina, San Antonio, San Pedro and San Marcos, as well as more adventurous activities like paragliding and kayaking. For those who wish to indulge and pamper themselves, the nearby Villa Sumaya boutique hotel offers yoga classes, massages and various therapies.

Although Aldous Huxley’s comment that Lake Atitlan is the “most beautiful lake in the world”, is in fact a misquote, it would be hard to dispute this statement.

His actually words were: “It is really too much of a good thing.' Come and judge for yourself, and see where nature and Mayan culture collide, creating an unforgettable experience.

Keywords: Casita, Lake Front Property, garden

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Philippa Myers (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Philippa Myers

From Britain, but spent my entire adult life in Guatemala, working in the tourism industry. I am now living in the Twin Cities, and trained as an addiction counselor. Very much miss Guatemala, but Paola, our lovely House manager is onsite to help you with one of our rentals. Do give me a call.... I appreciate any opportunity to be able to talk about Guatemala...the land of eternal Spring.

Philippa Myers purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Philippa Myers chose Lake Atitlan

I bought this property in 2000, not expecting to live there, but to have the perfect retreat home for weekends. Circumstances changed, and we ended up living in this home for 5 years. Due to my studies, I rent the home out. If you love it half as much as we did living there, you will be happy!

What makes this cottage unique

The house is situated right on the shores of Lake Atitlan, and is really very peaceful. Nearby, you will enjoy the benefits of a few local restaurants, where it is fun to meet fellow travelers!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We parked our truck at the Marina and met Santos for the boat ride to the house. He was kind enough to help with the luggage and give us an introduction to the house.

The home is wonderful. Thank you. The children are enjoying the selection of books and all the comfortable places to sit and read. Our daughter, Julie (4), immediately loved the room she calls "the princess room." The boys (4&7) are sharing the room with the twin beds. The house arrangement is working very well for our family. Everybody really enjoyed a cooked meal out on the patio for dinner. Marie says thank you for the fresh flowers in the rooms. We both really enjoy the peacefulness of the area. She is currently enjoying the calmness of the morning and went outside for a hike.
Nov 2014
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)
Retreat, Lakefront Cozy Home to inspire creativity!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 10 reviews

Simply great

  • 5 of 5

I've rented other lakefront properties and our experience with this was outstanding. Communication with the staff and property owner was fast and easy, and they were always willing to help.

Great views, cozy and well-equipped home. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a weekend with friends or family.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA USA

I will definitely go back

  • 4 of 5

"Philippa was great to work with and the place is like a "retreat". Very charming with amazing views. Well stocked kitchen for cooking and I would recommend getting a private boat to and from."

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Natalie for staying with us. I agree getting a private boat, which is relatively cheap, is a great option to get to the house. We hope to see you back again soon.
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Wow! What spectacular views and great space for a family!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What incredible views! This is the second time I have stayed here and would highly recommend it! My family of five stayed here and everyone had a bed. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Rent a karaoke in the morning and take a swim to the right of the property on the rocks. Just amazingly beautiful!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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State College, PA

Lake Atitlan at its best!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this lakefront home on beautiful Lake Atitlan! The views are expansive and unrestricted, best enjoyed from the hammock and outdoor dining table. It was the perfect way to unwind after some long days of travel. We enjoyed cooking in the well-equipped kitchen while our kids played games left for guests to use. The home is tasteful and relaxed, very comfortable, and the owner provides detailed information about what to do at the lake. The caretaker was wonderful and made us feel welcomed and safe. This was my favorite stop on our entire vacation. Very highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Exactly what Lake Atitlan is all about: relaxed, laid back and charming. We had a blast.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This listing needs updating.

  • 4 of 5

We spent 11 days at Casa Paxanax in January 2013. The things we loved about this place were the fantastic lake and volcano views, the garden area, the patio, the roomy kitchen/dining/living room space, the upstairs master bedroom with private balcony and a helpful caretaker. However, there are several things on this listing and in the owner’s information sheet that did not line up with what we found when we arrived. 1) The wireless internet is not "wireless" in the true sense of the word. You must have a USB port on your electronic device to access it. A tablet device without a port will not work. 2) There was no barbeque grill 3) There is an extra charge if you use the house power boat. This was mentioned, but it was in quetzales, which wouldn’t mean much to most people. We found it much cheaper to travel by the public lancha. 4) Because the level of lake has risen so much, much of the gardens are under water. Do not expect to supply your table with fresh fruit from the garden. 5) There seems to be some debate about the quality of the lake water and contamination. We did not swim or get in the water, not wanting to become sick at this point in our travels. Thus swimming, snorkeling, and the rest of the water sport activities became null and void. 6) Many of the activities listed are not available at the house or in the bay, but at other locations around the lake. The VRBO site makes it sound like it's a resort area with all these things available right there.

Other items of note: 1) The onsite caretaker doesn't speak any English, only Spanish. Problem resolution through the property manager by phone didn't work out very well for us, so through our broken Spanish, his broken English and sign language we managed to figure out most of the issues, but it was frustrating. 2) The living room area could use a couch. The photos show bean bags and that’s all there is besides a twin bed and a table with 1 chair. For younger people this may not be a problem. 3) Due to the high lake level there are no beaches and instead of the pleasant beach walk to the Santa Cruz dock area we were expecting, we were met with rocky, steep trails that the person who planned the trip could not walk on. Getting to the local restaurants on foot was not possible.

In spite of the above, we still enjoyed our time at Casa Paxanax visiting the villages and riding the lanchas into Pana to shop for groceries, etc. The whole package was quite a cultural experience.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
113 Kilometres
Guatemala City Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Villa Sumaya
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Villa Sumaya
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Santa Cruz la Laguna Cottage Rental Rates

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High Season
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
High Season
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50

High season rates apply for Christmas and New Year and Easter week.

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Santa Cruz la Laguna Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bath, Sink and Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 twin/ single , This bed can be moved into the 2nd bedroom
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
You will love this home, where I lived with my 2 children for 5 years. Secluded, and yet many fun places to visit (restaurants, bars, projects) within a few minutes walk. Great place to chill or become creative!

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