About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Beautiful oceanfront home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
New opened upstairs bedroom with balcony and bathroom inside.
We don´t have a/c, wifi or television, but you don´t need this, because there´s always a breeze from the ocean and you can see every night beautiful sunsets and stars.
You will be well taken care of by our wonderful caretakers.
Perfect weather all year round.
Las Peñitas is a still unspoilt small fishing/surfing village where you most of the time have the beach of your own.
The house is right in the center, where you will find restaurants, bars and surf schools. A grocery shop is right in front of the house.
It´s only a short drive to León, where you will find museums churches and nice colonial architecture.
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- Response time:
- within two days
- English, French, German, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About Susanne Ruckgaber
I´m German and my husband is from Nicaragua, but we both live in Germany at the moment. I lived 3 years in Nicaragua and felt in love with the country and the people.
Susanne Ruckgaber purchased this House in 2015
Why Susanne Ruckgaber chose Leon
We just bought this property in Las Peñitas, because it was always my favorite place and I finally could fulfill my dream to have a property there. I hope in some years we will be able to live there.
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rustic beach charm
This is a very basic beach front open concept beach dwelling. Really only the bedrooms are contained . the upstairs bedroom is lovely ( lots of bugs but it does have a bug net) and has its own bathroom. the two bedrooms downstairs are dark but at least had bug screens on the windows. bathrooms are outside. one bedroom downstairs had only one window and had a bat in it while we were visiting. to keep the property secure a fair amount of work needs to be done to lock everything up every time you leave.
kitchen equipment ( fridge especially) is in poor shape. we think this is due to the fact is is right on the beach. lots of plates, cutlery and utensils.
sunsets are amazing. good restaurants near by. small food store just across the street.
Local bus drops off just in front of the house and can be very noisy early in the morning.
We stayed in the upper bedroom and really enjoyed it. views are great and the ensuite makes it very nice.
I booked this property because of the promise of a view. It did not disappoint. I spent as much time as possible (when not bird watching) on the balcony enjoying the sound of the waves. There were many restaurants easy walking distance, but I should probably have taken up the offer of homemade cuisine by the housekeepers. Benefits of the house were the close proximity and approx. 5 minute walk to boats to Juan Venado Island with stunning birds and turtles hatching. Would definitely stay again. I had GREAT COMPANY.
Great location, not the best value
The house is perfectly situated for beach and restaurant access.
The house is spacious, has nice shaded seating areas and garden.
Susanne and Abel (local manager) are both very responsive and helpful.
Having said that, there are a few things that we would have been happier with.
The house was not clean and was poorly equipped with basic necessities. For the ~$115/night for two we would have appreciated a couple of hand towels in the bathrooms, towels for the beach, clean/newer kitchen towels, a fresh bar of soap in the bathroom, and maybe even shampoo. We had to request extra toilet paper (we were only there for 4 nights) and we barely had enough sugar. The wifi, while not an important part of our vacation, was barely functional.
The house in general would benefit from some 'tender loving care' and some upgrades - especially the kitchen.
A broader problem of Las Penitas (an in many other parts of Nicaragua) is that local burning does make it hard to enjoy the evenings and nights - especially since one has to keep windows open. (Remember, no A/C.)
We did enjoy our stay and would consider returning to Las Penitas. It is still authentic Nicaragua and the people are really great.
Loved the house, in a great location right on the beach. Very private yet open to the ocean. Took ourselves minute to get the way of life here right but as soon as we did...wow. Las penitas is an excellent town and an easy jump to leon and more. Some of the grandest sunsets I've ever seen.
Will be back.
Fun at the Beach
Just got back from Casa Del Mar three days ago. Loved the spot, loved the house, the town was unique and safe. The house was well equipped, tastefully decorated, and conveniently located.
We made a few meals at the house and ate out quite a bit at the wide variety of small restaurants scattered along the main road.
The ride into Leon was easy via the Chicken Bus and finding a cab back was just as easy (we spoke no spanish). The upstairs large bedroom is roomy and has a wonderful beach breeze almost all the time.
We took surfing lessons from Roger at Pelican Surf just a short walk down the beach, I highly recommend him (they aren't well off and really appreciated the few items of clothing we left behind for him and his wife, they have a 2 yr old son as well that could use a few things). Abel and Sorocco are very friendly and take good care of the place every other day or so. Don't hesitate to ask for something if you notice something is missing, they are glad to help. We didn't find the store across the road to be overly expensive, however it is very basic.
The waves are large yes, but we didn't find there to be a huge undertow and the water is quite shallow for a while making it easy to play in the surf while keeping your feet on the ground for safety.
April is HOT HOT HOT....didn't get below 40 degrees the whole time (not complaining, just an observation).
Barca De Oro, Simple Beach, Sua, and Playa Roca were all places we tried for food and liked every single one for different reasons.
We took the bus into town to meet up with Quetzaltrekkers for a Sunset Hike of Volcan Telica....would highly recommend this group as they give away most of their profits to the less fortunate in Leon.
We also had Abel pick up food for us because our arrival time would have made it impossible to get anything, he was happy to pick up anything we needed and had the fridge nice and full for our arrival.
We definitely recommend this place!
Hi Stephanie, thanks so much for writing this detailed and helpful review. I´m very glad that you enjoyed your stay and it was very nice to talk to you!
Great property & location
Stayed 6 nights in March 2017. This was our second time at this house and we truly enjoyed every day. The location couldn't be better, right on the beach, close to a few local restaurants (there's not many in the entire town). Will definitely return!
Hi Francine, thanks for taking the time to write this nice review and it will be a pleasure to have you back next year!
Explore Isla Juan Venado Nature Reserve, minutes from the house... enjoy excellent surfing and swimming in the warm Pacific waters out your front door. Las Penitas is a small fishing village where, most days, you don't have to share the beach with more than a couple of other people! Cook your own meals in the well-equipped kitchen, or venture out to one of the local restaurants for a delicious, inexpensive meal and sunset view. There are 5 Volcanoes to hike in the surrounding area, and many organized tour operators to choose from, in the nearby city of Leon (a 25 minute bus ride from the beach). Take walking tours of the churches, museums, murals, and ruins, and enjoy the cobblestone streets. friendly people, and wide selection of excellent restaurants and cafes and clubs in Leon city. Purchase the crafts and artesania in Leon's central square, or shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, etc in the covered market closeby. This area is a perfect blend of experiences.... enjoy the activity and sights of the city, and return to the quiet relaxation and beauty of the beach house!
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