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George and Karen

Member since: 2001
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Speaks: english

A Spectacular Lakeside Property

10 Reviews
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

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Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

Our beautiful home is situated on a hill overlooking the farm, Lake Nicaragua, the mainland and Costa Rica.

This idyllic 10 acre waterfront/beach property comes complete with one of the grandest custom-built residences on Ometepe Island. The 2,500 sq. ft. stately home has 4 bedrooms on the second floor. Two master bedrooms feature queen-sized custom built “St. James”-style beds. The full bathroom with hot water & tub has a privacy door into one of the master bedrooms. The 2 additional bedrooms have: in the first, a set of bunks with a double lower mattress; and the other, a double bed. In total, the 4 bedrooms can accommodate 9 sleepers comfortably (2x2 in queen beds, 2x2 in double beds, & 1 in the twin bunk).

Expansive views feature breathtaking panoramic vistas over the orchard & fields across Lake Nicaragua to the windward shores of the Nicaraguan & Costa Rican mainland. As you walk directly out of your bedroom onto the 2nd floor deck for your morning coffee & to watch the dug out fish boats collecting their daily catch of inexpensive & delicious lake fish, you begin to appreciate the magic of being on the largest lake in Central America. Be ready to spot another exotic bird as it lands 30 feet away in the Julie mango tree. The only time of day when there are more bird species is shortly before the dramatic sunsets dip below the distant Pacific Coast mountains.

On the ground floor, an open floor plan design incorporates the living, dining and kitchen areas, protected from the sun by a wrap-around veranda: ideal for this southern climate. The modern food prep area has large counter spaces and is fully equipped, from the cast iron fry pan to coffee grinder and blender. The large frost free fridge will keep all of your fresh food and beverages in fine form. The 1,000 sq. ft. covered deck wraps around the lake side of the house offering a comfortable lounge area, outdoor dining area for 12 and numerous hammock spots. A second bathroom with tiled shower enclosure completes the ground floor.

The constant onshore breeze allows this energy efficient home to enjoy pleasant temperatures year round without air conditioning (except May when the breeze stops). There are fans throughout the house for those days! To get to the closest swimming beach just walk down in front of the

house (300 yds.). Guests often mount the fleet of bicycles, including the tandem, for a short flat bike trip (10 min.) to one of the island's most popular and picturesque beaches, Punta Jesus Maria. Once there, enjoy Rojer's little bistro serving excellent inexpensive seafood and other “typico” dishes. The fresh water clam ceviche is unbelievable (only available when the clams move into shallower water), but other dishes and ice cold beverages are there in all seasons.

A 20 minute bike ride to Moyogalpa, the island's main town, delivers you to numerous shops recently upgraded to include the cheeses and other popular Western foods you may crave. This town has a dozen restaurants, banks(ATM) and friendly welcoming locals. A bus passes near your house travelling in both directions on a regular schedule ($0.25) coordinating with all departing foot and car ferries (9 in total!). Taxis are also available by arrangement. 20 minutes in the other direction brings you to the town of San Jose – home to resorts (owned by 3 brothers) of Chaco Verde, a lovely location to enjoy a sunset meal or drink and frequent cultural performances.

Israel, the property's caretaker, and his family provide 24/7 security and services from their separate home on the corner of the farm. Catering, cleaning, baby sitting, etc. can all be pre-arranged.

Although the farm is private, the village of Los Angeles is at the top of the picturesque driveway. A traditional square is where the locals and visitors gather at sunset to play, enjoy the lit basketball court or just laze on one of the many park benches. On weekends and holidays, the street vendors set up barbecues. The numerous island rodeos, the world famous fresh water spring and pool, the river kayaking, volcano climbing, waterfall trekking will give you plenty to do and see (if you can drag yourself away from the property!).

Known as the “Oasis of Peace”, this island and this community enjoy a tranquility and happiness that brings visitors back time and time again. There are no fast food joints (but a 5 star pizzeria!), no traffic jams nor online obsessions (although the house sports wifi but no streaming video). Please note that this house is located in Nicaragua, and although the power infrastructure has been improving, there can be power outages on Ometepe and throughout the country.

Come, relax, enjoy! We have travelled the world and think it does not get much better than Los Angeles, Ometepe Island, Lake Nicargua, Nicaragua.

Keywords: waterfront, acreage, private, comfortable, beachfront, outdoor/indoor living

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
George and Karen (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About George and Karen

My family live on Galiano Island, British Columbia for the warm half of the year and Nicaragua the balance of the year. We came to Ometepe first in 1988 while I directed the documentary film Through the Eyes of Children. In Canada we run the Gulf Islands Film & Television School-GIFTS.

George and Karen purchased this villa in 2006

Why George and Karen chose Nicaragua

This property enjoys the best this country has to offer. A very safe friendly village is at the end of our driveway. The breeze off the lake is always refreshing. We are just minutes from the new airport and the ferry terminal. This is truly a piece of paradise.

What makes this villa unique

We are big on walking lightly on the planet and as such have designed an energy efficient home. NO air conditioning is needed...although every bedroom is equipped with a quiet fan. We have also equipped the house with 6 bicycles including a tandem.

Reviews

4.3
based on 10 traveler reviews

A Spectacular Lakeside Property
average rating of 4.3 based on 10 reviews
4

Really enjoyed our stay!

  • 4 of 5

We loved feeling like we were in the middle of all this rural life-the pigs sauntering by early morning, the chickens (maybe not the roosters), the cows and their caballeros on the beach and in the water. The caretakers, their children and dogs were so sweet. Karla made us a delicious meal one night and came back the next night to teach us how to make her delicious tostones. The house is basic but very functional and comfortable and has a lovely view and setting. It was nice to have bikes to ride and the bus stop is close though I wouldn't have minded having a car for a day or two for more exploring. Actually I could have used another day or two just to sit on the back porch and enjoy the view and the sound of urraka birds and the wind in the trees.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you appreciated Ometepe Island, the magic of our lakeside farm and the wonderful caretakers that are always there for our guests. I will let Karla and her family know how happy you all were on your visit.
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5

Great Ometepe house

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at George and Karen's lovely home. Ometepe is a magical place and the house is perfectly situated for exploring all around. The local folks were great and we relaxed at the house and were able to get to town easily when we wanted to shop or go out to eat. We heartily recommend it to anyone lucky enough to spend time in Nicaragua......

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2

Extremely buggy and hot

  • 2 of 5

I really hate to write bad reviews especially when the owner and property managers are so nice and accommodating, but I don't want others to rent this place and have the same experience we did. The house was cleaned for our arrival and the caretakers had picked a basket of fruits from the garden. The owner was easy to deal with and gave a lot of information about the area.

The problem was mostly the incredible amount of bugs in the house even though we kept the doors closed and only had the windows with screens open. (Some of the windows wouldn't open because of the amount of dead bugs and gecko poop.) We had to walk around in our shoes because we kept hearing the crunch of bugs under our feet. At night, there were all kinds of flying insects attracted to my reading lamp. I had to keep brushing insects off as I read. We had to keep swatting flies away as we sat at the table trying to book another place with sweat running down our bodies from the heat. There is only one ceiling fan in the whole house. The standing fans were inadequate for cooling at night. We were unpleasantly hot whenever we were in the house so we just tried to get out and enjoy the island as much as possible.

The furniture in the living room is so dingy looking we didn't want to sit on it.

The house is well stocked with everything you need for the kitchen, sheets, towels, etc. The grocery stores on the island are completely inadequate for shopping though so I recommend you go out to eat instead especially since you have to fend off hordes of ants while trying to cook.

I feel the house is overpriced considering its condition and the other prices in Nicaragua.

The island of Ometepe itself is tranquil and rustic. When we were there in May it was very dry and dusty as it is the end of the dry season.

I am sorry our experience here was not good. We have been staying at VRBO rentals for three months now in Mexico and Central America and this is one of the few places we could hardly stand to last three nights in.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was surprised and disappointed to hear of this family's experience. I asked our Ometepe neighbours about the bugs and heat as we were in Canada. She explained that May was the hottest month on record with temperatures above 40 C for most of the month and not a breath of wind. We visit our house between November and March and find the climate excellent. There are powerful fans in all the bedrooms but we seldom turn them on. The trade winds blow across the island during those months. Although we have never experienced the "bug invasion", locals tell us that sometimes when the wind disappears swarms of chayules literally block the sun... "My house is overflowing…jam-packed…filled to the rafters…overrun with chayules." complained a neighbour during May's invasion. This does happen but not when the Trades are blowing. (chayules are tiny and go through the screens) We are fond of the wicker furniture and the newly reupholstered cushions (July '15) are attractive and comfortable. We have been renting our Ometepe house for 9 years and this review was truly a shock. This was also the first May rental we have had and will warn people about the possible heat and chayule issues in the future. We were happy to hear that our farm manager was courteous and helpful!
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Vancouver, Canada
5

Tropical Paradise Discovered

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to Nicaragua, and it won't be our last. We had a wonderful time at George and Karen's lovely spacious house, which would be just as perfect for a families travelling together as it would for a romantic getaway for two. We explored the safe and friendly island -- the natural spring-fed outdoor pool Ojo de Agua was a huge hit with our young teenage daughter -- and we loved the local Punta beach, and ate very well at the nearby lakeside restaurant, a beautiful short walk away in the moonlight. The locals were very helpful: just tell people you are staying at George and Karen's and you're immediately a neighbour, not just a visitor. The property is lush, although we were sorry we were just too early for the avocado and mango harvest. We biked, we swam, we saw the rodeo. We ate, we drank. We spent tranquil candlelit evenings with cold beer and wine on the big deck (we have infinitely more mosquitoes in Canada!) and watched dawn coming up over the farm from the upper deck in the mornings. Coffee and the dawn chorus; palm trees; beautiful birds, and a view to the lake -- all before breakfast on the deck and a morning snooze in one of the hammocks. The lakewater is deliciously warm, and the swimming is safe for even the little ones. If you can stand the excitement, there are plenty of lively bars and restaurants near the ferry, but then you have to get out of the hammock... It's paradise. The cost of living's extremely reasonable, and we were able to take a number of side trips off the island to the coast (San Juan Del Sur will give you all the nightlife you could possibly ask for -- and more), to the spectacular crater lake, Laguna de Apoyo, and to beautiful colonial Grenada -- but it was hard to leave our new island home. And the hammocks. Did I mention the hammocks? And dawn on the deck? And the soft dark nights? And cold beer from the fridge? Can't wait to go back. Save me a hammock. And a beer. I think I'll have a bit of a snoo...

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO, USA
3

Fine Location, Beautiful Grounds, Helpful Caretaker/Family, Accountable Owners, Rustic Residence

  • 3 of 5

Nice spot for an adventure. Terrific caretaker- and his kids!

Probably won't go back-there are so many other places in the world to experience.

Should plan to stay longer than 2 days to really have time to explore all there is to offer on this beautiful Island.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saltspring Island, B.C. Canada
5

Great Family House

  • 5 of 5

Large House on 10 Acres fronting onto Lake Nicaragua. Huge upper and lower decks. Great for family vacations. Wonderful place for riding your bike, hiking and enjoying meals on the lower deck. Well equipped kitchen and spacious bedrooms. Property has Mango, Avocado,Lime and Lemon trees and much more. Short 15 minute drive to ferry, easy bike ride to pools, stores and restaraunts. Very amicable owners which were very helpfull.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Martin And Mafalda, happy you enjoyed our house. The trade winds and started a little early this year so the sailing on the lake should be awesome this winter. cheers
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Map

Nearest Airport
2 Miles
la Paloma International open 6/1/13
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Moyogalpa or San Jose
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
la bonita
Car: not necessary

The Ometepe museum, La Ceiba is a 25 minute bike ride away or 3 minutes in a lively local bus. World famous fresh water spring and pool, Ojo de Agua is 20 bus ride away.

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Rates & Availability

Rivas Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Low 2016
Apr 16 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$99
$592
$1,185
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$148
$889
$1,777
 

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Amenities

Rivas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On-demand hot water
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Cold water only
  • 2nd floor bathroom has full size bath tub and hot water. Ground floor bathroom has ceramic tiled shower enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , Top bunk is twin-sized; bottom bunk is double-sized.
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

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