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Beautiful 16th-Century Colonial House in Central Antigua

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 8 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, (Sleeps 7), 3 Baths, 4.5 blocks from parque central

Our family bought this colonial house in 1965 and has restored it over the last 50 years. The house, built in 1568, retains old world charm... The house is simply decorated in a Spanish/Guatemalan style.

La Casa del Sol is the former residence of the 16th century Governor of Guatemala. Built around a central courtyard garden, the house has the original cupola, dome ceiling and four foot wide stone walls.

Master bedroom has a three twin beds, skylight and Colonial window. Second bedroom is equipped with 2 twin beds, sleeping loft for a child/young adult and fireplace. Third bedroom has a double bed and bathroom.

There are three bathrooms with hot showers. Small living room has local cable TV, and there is a large formal dining room. The house has wifi internet.

Self-catering with complete kitchen: gas stove, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, bottled water (included), dishes and cooking utensils. Eat breakfast outside under veranda in full sunlight.

Housekeeper and family on premises available for cooking, laundry, housekeeping at additional cost. Nearby bakery for fresh sweet bread and hot hand made tortillas can be delivered daily. Practice your Spanish with friendly local family.

Relax in a comfortable yet simple home. Tranquil, picturesque neighborhood, yet in center of colonial Antigua. No need for a car, everything within walking distance. Beautiful sunsets from rooftop terrace. Tropical plants and exotic bird watching from a sunny seat in the patio. Cozy fireplace for cool evenings. Restaurants of all categories nearby.

Keywords: Antigua, house, historic,

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About The Owner

We are a family of three generations, spread over the USA who travel to Antigua as often as possible to enjoy the perfect climate and friendly local Guatemalan people and to relax in our simple, comfortable home.

The Owner purchased this house in 1965

Why The Owner chose Guatemala

Antigua has a perfect climate, historic and ancient interests, a friendly diverse population of artists, expats, native Mayan people and young travelers.

What makes this house unique

Hearing 16th century churchbells chiming the hours through the night, watching flocks of parrots squawking overhead, feeling the warm tropical sun and watching the dramatic sunset over three volcanoes.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Well I guess this place is named "Casa del Sol" for a reason! Not only did it warm our hearts and spirits to be in such an incredible house, but seeing little Ignacio's face everyday was like being showered in sunbeams!

When you first walk into the house and are welcomed by a garden and a precious family... along with little artifacts from history, it makes you feel like you are a part of something very special.

We are so blessed to have come and stayed in such an amazing home! ...



Copied by owner from Guest book from August 2015
Aug 2015
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Amenities

Antigua Guatemala House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Bathroom not attached to this bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bathroom inroom front patio bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Adjacent to rear patio bedroom
  • 3 bathrooms with hot showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Front patio bedroom - 1 double , own bathroom with shower in room
    Fireplace Colonial Bedroom: front patio - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Additional Loft bed for child
    Colonial Bedroom; second patio - 3 twin/ single
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (5), loft sleeping mat.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Fountain, garden courtyard, outside eating area, veranda, terrace, bottled water included,

Reviews

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Beautiful 16th-Century Colonial House in Central Antigua
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 27 reviews
cedar Falls Iowa
4

Old world charm with the comforts of today!

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at Casa Del Sol was not only a perfect location to walk to sites in Antigua but also a delightful residence to return to at the end of the day. Rooms open onto the large central courtyard offering the life style of a colonial residence. We cooked many meals in the very serviceable kitchen, loved coffee on the veranda and the fresh air at night. The wonderful caretaker family sharing the location is available but not intrusive. We love them and this charming historical house. Casa del Sol is our choice for visiting Antigua! Scheduling and arrangements were reliable and efficient.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice comments. its always a pleasure to have you at Casa del Sol. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Not great for my family

  • 1 of 5

I regret to give this house a negative review but I feel it would have been helpful to know this before we stayed at the house. My family stayed at this house for 1 full week and it did not go well.

- Pro: The house is a historical gem and a good location.

- Con: The homes furnishings are like living in a museum, however the basics likes beds, blankets and sofas are old and worn down. The white pillow cases had stains and the sofa in the living room is old and not comfortable at all. Also the street outside is busy so the front bedroom has the sound of traffic all evening.

- Pro: The caretakers Maria and Victor are nice. Anita the house manager is nice but has little knowledge of the details you may have made with the home owners.

- Con: This is NOT a private house. The property is shared with the caretakers, their visitors, and the property manager walking through the central garden all day. The house is open concept to the garden so you have to be exposed to the people walking through if you are getting coffee, going to the bathroom or just moving from room to room. We had major issues with people walking through the property. They seem to have many visitors or movement in the morning between 7am and 9 am with people coming and going. Our major issue was when a gardener we did not know or know was coming came into the garden area and proceeded to change his clothing in front of my two small children and myself. We had no clue he was the gardener so this completely freaked me out and violated our scene of safety or security in the home. He fully exposed himself to my kids and when I talked to Maria she seemed to act like that is normal behavior but she did ask him to leave and come back in an hour. I got a response from one of the home owners but never from the homeowner I had made the reservation with, and this was only after emailing them the two previous days about all the visitors and disruptions to our stay.

* Overall I feel this house it is not suited for families with kids under 12 or women traveling alone.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Molly, We are sorry that you had an unfavorable experience in our house. We are quite surprised since our other guests have never raised comments or concerns about visitors or traffic in the house. It is usually very quiet. Our caretaker Victor and his two young girls go off to work/school every morning between 6:50 and 7:10. We know they do this quietly and with respect for our guests privacy. Any noise from the street in the front bedroom can be significantly reduced by closing the shutters at night. We are sorry that we did not let you know about our gardener who comes by early once or twice a month to keep the garden pretty. We didn't know that he changed clothes in the patio but we wi'll make sure it doesn't happen again. We appreciate your feedback as we try to make improvements at every opportunity. Sincerely, Jon and Lucy
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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
5

Wonderful House in a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 5 (kids 16, 14, 12) and we loved our 7 week stay in Antigua at Casa de Sol. The family that looked after the house (Maria, Victor and kids) was one of our highlights and was a great surprise to the house. They are very friendly and Maria was always there to help with anything that we needed. Eight months later and we still are in touch with them. We loved the courtyard and veranda area for eating and just hanging out. The house had everything we needed and was like living in a bit of history (but still having modern amenities). We could walk to the downtown area and the market/grocery store without a problem. There are also multiple bakeries around which we could walk and get fresh bread for the day. Would definitely recommend this house if you are staying in Antigua and hope to stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you and your great family at Casa del Sol. We hope to see you again very soon!
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4

A house very well situated in Antigua

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay in Antigua. The house was clean, well decorated .and very well situated and Maria very helpful. However access to wifi was a problem, with frequent cuts. Also hot water was not always available, we had to ask. But we really loved the city.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Antigua and Casa del Sol. Sorry to hear of the occasional problems with the Wifi and hot water. We have already asked our house manager to correct these issues. We look forward to having you back at Casa del Sol.
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5

Wonderful place for families

  • 5 of 5

Staying at this historic house was one of the highlights of our trip. We were travelling with our two year old and this place was perfect for him. He could run around the inner courtyard while we enjoyed beers under the covered patio. The caretaker family that lives there made it absolutely special for us. I was able to practice my Spanish with them and the little girl and our son played for hours. It was very nice being able to talk with a local family and find out more about Guatemalan life. It was also nice to have separate bedrooms for kids. Everything is close by and we often got take out from the local shops. The atmosphere at the house is like going back in time. The rooms are very simple and the décor told the story of the place. The only thing I would suggest is maybe new, nicer bedding especially for the two single beds they were quite scratchy. For travelling with a toddler in Guatemala, this place made it easy and totally enjoyable. Visited in December 2013/January 2014 for four nights. New Year's was amazing and we got to enjoy fire crackers in the streets but also with the family at the house. It was very special.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sanya, We are happy to read that you and your family enjoyed our home especially your 2 year old. I agree, it is great to have enclosed areas where young children can run free. Sorry the 100% natural, Guatemalan wool blankets were itchy for him. We have other synthetic blankets that might have been better. Sorry Maria did not show you where these are kept. Best regards, Lucy Jickling and family
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Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada
5

Living in Antigua

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Casa del Sol was for 9 weeks, including Semana Santa, although we travelled around Guatemela for short jaunts too. The house is very comfortable and has everything you need while fitting so beautifully into the colonial ambience of Antigua. I used the kitchen a lot and found it easy with everything I needed and a beautiful view of the garden, which was our favourite place.Fresh Guatemalan fruit is the best in the world!

The caretaker family and their 3 wonderful kids were so helpful but entirely respectful of our privacy. We do not speak spanish and they were very patient, supportive and helpful. The location of the house is ideal for sightseeing and still quiet at night.

Antigua is a wonderful place to visit and Casa del Sol is the perfect place to stay. Take time to wander and really get to know the city.The people of Guatemala were friendly and helpful and so nice. What a welcoming country to visit!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Central Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Antigua Market

Visiting colonial ruins, museums, handicraft markets, Spanish classes, hand weaving classes, jade factory, exceptional restaurants, gift stores, day trips to ancient Mayan archaeological sites, volcano climbs, native Mayan villages

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

50% due at reservation (payment in US dollars by check or PayPal), 50% at check-in (payment in cash US or Q)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.