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Beautiful modern house with impressive panoramic view and pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

ideal for families or couples searching for a little gem of privacy

Unique and totally private contemporary house that set on a 3 acres breezy hill top with gorgeous views & private pool, birdwatching paradise, ideal spot location to explore the Cayo district. 2 large bedrooms and one small, 2 baths, 3 large decks and interior garden. Conveniently located only 2 miles away from the main ecotourism hub (San Ignacio town) but it feels like far away . Very high ceilings, cross ventilated rooms, hammocks, lounge chair, garden paths to walk right outside, etc.

Day tripping from the house (all of them!) :

Fun adventures in water & sport: Caves branch tubing, ATM cave, Big rock waterfall, Rio frio cave, 100 Foot Fall, horsebackriding, Mopan river kayaking.

Archeology: ATM cave, Xunantunich, Caracol, Cahal Pech, El Pilar, Tikal Guatemala

Wildlife & nature: Belize zoo, Green Iguana Conservation Farm, Belize botanical garden at Duplooy's, Butterfly farm.

Caving: Barton Creek cave, Che Chem ha cave, Rio frio cave, Actun Chapat cave.

More Details

Property Manager
Katia Paradis
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish, Catalan
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Katia Paradis

We built our dream house property in 2008 and feel it is the best place to live in Belize!

Katia Paradis purchased this house in 2008

Why Katia Paradis chose Santa Elena

The property sets on the top of a breezy hill with a majestic view we never get tired of looking at. It offers the privacy and intimacy of a resort while not being too isolated and close to the groceries store and bustling village life. In fact, we were not the first one to find this location as a premium spot, while building the foundations of the house, we found 2 ancient Mayan foundations laying one on top of another. We believe it is a great property for those who go for the car rental option, preferably a SUV, either in San Ignacio or Belize City and explore the area at their own rhythm without being bound to any schedule. The road access to the house is a dirt path, often bumpy, that gets muddy on rainy season.

What makes this house unique

On days where everyone complains about heat and humidity and get to our place, they are always surprised by how much more comfortable and cooler it is up there. The locations is ideal : close to town with spectacular views but it feels like far away.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our stay was amazing and the staff was perfect. Our only need was more pool towels. If we decide to come back to Belize with another couple we will absolutely be contacting you. Thank you for sharing your home. We loved our time there.
Jan 2013
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Santa Elena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Kindly keep the doors close when A/C is in function. Turn off A/C, fans and lights when leaving the house. No dogs inside the house at all times.
  • We find it very rude when you throw your cigarette butts or beer caps over the decks or on the garden around the property. Smoking is not allowed.
  • Avoid cleaning your muddy feet with bathing white towels. Kindly use the appropriate towel for it.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 for master &children bedrooms - toilet , shower , Hot water. Rain shower head. Bathroom dimension: 9X9.5 feet
    Bathroom 2 for TVroom/3rd bedroom - toilet , shower , Hot Water and rain shower head.Bathroom dimension: 6x9feet
  • One bathroom is located between the Master bedroom and Family bedroom. The 2nd bedroom is located on the opposite side of the house near the 3rd bedroom/TV room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Children bedroom - 2 twin/ single , ceiling industrial fan
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , ceiling industrial fan
    Bedroom 3/ TV Room suite - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , room with A/C opens to exterior deck and connected to TVroom
  • A) Master bedroom: 1 King size bed (semi-firm high quality mattress) room dimension: 13 feet x 18 feet B) Children bedroom: 2 twins (1 semi-firm foam mattress 1 firm) room dimension 13 feet x 13 feet C)Bedroom3/TV Room: 1 double (semi-firm spring mattress) 12 feet X11 feet D) Small bedroom with A/C: 1 twin room 12 feet X 9 feet
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Property located on a rural area (dirt paths). SUV 2X4 or 4x4 recommended. Housekeeping every 4th night or twice a week. Daily on request for extra charge.


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Beautiful modern house with impressive panoramic view and pool
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 38 reviews

10 Stars Please?

  • 5 of 5

I need more stars!!! Our stay was amazing!

Katia, you need to take more pictures or something, they don't do this house justice! After a long day of travel, you pull up to a rather unassuming house, but when the door opens and you get that breathtaking view and delightful breeze, you are IN LOVE. Plenty of room for 4 adults and 4 kids, all the amenities we needed and super clean.

Consuelo, there aren't enough words to thank you. She would hug and kiss our kids all day if she could! She taught them Spanish, had them help in the kitchen, and was the nicest person I've ever met. We had her cook at three dinners while we were there for an extremely reasonable price and they were not only delicious, but we sat out on the porch and soaked in the atmosphere. I put a load of laundry in before heading to Tikal for the day and Consuelo had put it on the line and folded it all up for me. I almost cried.

The pool is 10x better than it looked in the pics. A great shallow end, lots of room, heated just right. Hammocks everywhere.

There were toys for the kids and dozens of CDs we played constantly and movies for bedtime.

It felt like we were guests in someone's home, not renting a home online.

Thank you for this experience. You made it very special for us.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Katia was amazing to work with. Her directions to the property and suggestions of outings in the area were perfect. Consuelo met us at the house the first night to go over the house details. Our "welcome meal" was terrific after a long day of travel and visit to the zoo. Highly recommend this property. Our only complaint is that we didn't get to stay longer!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Don’t hesitate to book this property. It’s a 10-min drive to San Ignacio where you can find tour guides to take you pretty much anywhere. This house is an architectural masterpiece. The owner is so accommodating and responsive. The view is fabulous and it’s nice and quiet w/ good bird watching. We used Pacz Tours in San Ignacio for our caving trips (ATM cave & tubing in Roaring Creek River through the cave complex there). Xunantunich ruins are also close to the house (@15 - 20 min drive) where we heard and saw howler monkeys. This is the best location to use as a base for inland explorations of Belize (and eastern Guatemala too).

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Diana, it's been a pleasure to have you & your family. All the best from us!
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Woodland Hills, ca

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa Hill View was great. The house had everything we needed and the views were incredible. Consuelo, the caretaker of the house, was super helpful and even came and cooked dinner for us one night. She taught my daughter and I how to make pupusas! The house is located near the towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. It is also centrally located to many of the tourist attractions. I would recommend renting a car to get around as taxi service is not reliable in this area. Also, if you are a lite sleeper you should bring a noise machine bc you will hear the wild life at night and the dogs!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fantastic stay in a beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

very nice house with amazing views. close to town but feels private and remote. we really enjoyed the pool.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful. Peaceful. Quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with stunning views and gardens. The housekeeper and caretaker were so helpful. We were cooked a fabulous dinner and taught how to make flour and corn tortillas and papusas. Fresh fruit and a bottle of wine were awaiting our arrival. Plenty of birdwatching right off the back porch. Ruins, waterfalls and many tours available VERY close. The weekend market in town is a must do. Tons of fresh fruit and veggies. Being from Texas my main concern was being without AC. Well, that surely wasn't a problem. Very breezy there on the hill. Even got a bit chilly at night. I would have no reservations about staying there again. The house is huge with plenty of places to get in some private reading or napping time. Don't hesitate to book this house.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Belize City intl Airport (driving time: 1h30)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Western Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
plenty in downtown San Ignacio
Car: necessary

The house is the ideal spot for all-around adventuring! trails and hiking,medicine trails, archeology, Maya temples including Tikal Guatemala, bird watching, river trips, waterfalls, caving, zip lining, butterfly farms, etc. The house is located 2 miles from downtown San Ignacio where any tour can be organized with an array of choice of tour guides and tour agencies.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $86.2
Refundable damage deposit $235.09
Tax Rate 9.0%

We are conveniently located only 1.5 mile from down town San Ignacio where there is a Welcome Center for Visitors, A Tourism Office and all the tour operators.
Rates based on four occupancy, write the owner to get an all included quote. Children stay for free.
This property is licensed under the Belize Tourism Board as a Vacation Home.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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