4+2; Breezy; Hiking; Creek; Birdwatching; Exotic fruits & wildlife; Serene
As a filmmaker, David has traveled extensively His happiest place though is writing songs in the breeze on this deck, overlooking the mountains, hearing the wind in the cohunes and spotting toucans in the mango trees. Shanita loves Central America life - even more than she expected. The kids have made the best friends and adapted easily; they're enjoying sports, dance classes and church plays.
Shanita purchased this House in 2015
Why Shanita chose San Ignacio
Located in the Caribbean, the small coastal country of Belize is just a few hours flight from major US cities; it’s main language is English; it has a stable banking system, and it abides by English law. Belize is perhaps one of the last frontiers of truly free living. Heaven Valley is 90 acres of fertile farmland and gorgeous views in the foothills of the Mayan mountains next to Spanish Lookout, in Cayo, 2 hrs. from the Belize City airport. This chunk of heaven has rolling hills with tropical fruit trees and pines. It’s in the Billy White area just 2.5 miles from the popular Mennonite community Spanish Lookout which is the center for local produce, fresh meat, fresh baked goods, and modern-day conveniences. Quaint, safe Spanish Lookout is 20 minutes from San Ignacio – a favorite of expats and tourists - which also has a hospital. The property is fenced completely; some is cleared for cattle, some for tree & farming and year-round gardening. The rest of the 100 acres is lush tropical vegetation. Heaven Valley has a pond and a freshwater creek running throughout. The property is accessible directly from the main road but maintains privacy and spaciousness. Brand new beautiful Swiss chalet with cathedral hardwood ceiling, hardwood floors and a homey log cabin style. Four spacious bedrooms, two baths with large river rock showers and natural tree-based fixtures. Approximately 2000 with a huge 600 square foot wrap-around deck with gorgeous views of papaya and coconut trees. Wake up to the charming white Brahma cattle grazing, monkeys and the tropical breeze. Deluxe appliances including fridge, stove, dishwasher and microwave. Various kinds of hardwood are included, and detail you would see only from a master craftsman, including all hand-made cabinets.
What makes this House unique
Enjoy 90 serene acres with a jungle creek. Watch for Iguanas; toucans; monkeys; eel and crocs in the pond. Situated in Cayo district in between Spanish Lookout and San Ignacio, the home is a short 12 minute drive from the peaceful Mennonite Farming Community of Spanish Lookout which has all dining and shopping amenities.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Nice big home in the jungle
Shanita and her son Brent are great people! When you look at this property, you realize that you are in a great home compared to the rest of the area.
The property has some great pluses:
- There is a lot of peace and quiet here. Love waking up to the breeze and watching the cows.
- Large home with plenty of room for guests
- Love the wrap around porch and chairs
- Beautiful wood floors inside
- 5 gallons of drinking water are provided
-The home has all cooking items needed along with some spices
- The shower had wonderful hot water although a little low on pressure compared to the US.
A few needs:
- It would really benefit from some screens in the sliding glass doors. There are one set of sliders with a screen and others were without. There are some really adorable cats, but they have fleas and I didn't want to have them get inside (trying to be considerate to the owners). So we had to close the sliding glass doors when weren't paying attention which cut down on the breeze into the home significantly. You will however get your cat and dog fix while you're here. They are adorable!
- The AC in the bedroom might need some freon. It was really hot when we were there (I think unseasonably so.) as it got up to 105. For the most part, the bedroom was 84-86 degrees when we went to bed, one night it was up to 91 degrees. So the AC worked some, maybe a 15 degree cooling. There was a fan in the room that helped. I've had portable AC before that worked much better, so this one might just need a tune up. I almost think it would have been cooler to sleep outside a few of the nights. So maybe just turn the AC off and open the bedroom windows if it's really hot. I'm not sure how someone could sleep upstairs comfortably when it is warm outside.
- FYI - Washer and dryer aren't on premises. It's $5 a load which seems to be the going rate in the country. We ended up just skipping it as we were busy with everything anyways.
- Dishwasher is missing the bottom rack so I just hand washed our dishes.
There's a great pizza/wing place in Belmopan: Pasquale's Pizza & Ultimate Wingz and a great ice cream shop named the Ice Cream Corner. Check out both!
Comfortable, spacious home with familiar amenities
Shanita is a great host! She lives nearby on the premises and was a very helpful resource when we were looking for guides to take us on various excursions in the area. We are a family of 6 and there was a lot of space for us to spread out, plus a huge deck. The house is really out in the countryside and farther to get there than you think by the directions given, and the last part of the road is gravel and full of potholes, but we did fine in our rented minivan! It is centrally located if you want to visit the Mayan ruins and the Mayan caves (not to be missed!!). But be aware that the house is not air conditioned except for a stand-alone unit in the master bedroom. We were here in the summer when it was very warm and sticky, so it would have been nice to have it throughout the house.
Thank you, Dana and family. Would love to have you again.
We loved our time here!!! If you want to experience Belize stay here!!!
We had an amazing time with Shanita and her family. They were extremely welcoming and the house was perfect for our large family. We had nine of us sleeping comfortably. The house was set on a hill on the edge of the jungle. Our kids played with their animals, picked coconuts and went on a hike through the jungle. I can't recommend this place enough. If you want to stay off the "beaten path" and enjoy your time in Belize, stay with Shanita and her sweet family!!!
Thank you Adam! Your family is truly a joy to host!
Beautiful Belize on the Mainland
Shanita and her family were very friendly and inviting. Their place is beautifully situated on about 90 acres of land with wonderful views of a river, fields, trees, etc. We enjoyed relaxing on the wrap around porch taking in the scenery. Renting a car at the airport allowed us to explore the surrounding area. Very centralized location to easily explore some of Belize's mainland attractions/excursions. I highly recommend this property and the hosts! Would defiantly come back.
So grateful to have you, Trish!
Relaxing and beautiful ....
Absolutely breathtaking... we really enjoyed our stay here , loved the wrap around deck and the parrots and monkeys... awesome sunrises. And sunsets ... our week went by way to fast
Our host were amazing and very helpful ... so much to drive around and see and enjoy ..
they gave very good instructions how to get to the house ... could have stayed another week
The House fit all our needs ... all slept comfortably...
could not ask for a better week !!!
Come and enjoy .... you will love it
We'd love for you all to stay longer - truly ideal guests!
Peaceful and quiet place to stay
We stayed here in February and really enjoyed the home. It's close to San Ignacio (ten mile drive) but far away from the noise and traffic. It's a very short drive to the grocery store in Spanish Lookout. One of the bedrooms has air conditioning, but we didn't really need it. The countryside around the home is very pretty. The owner and her family were very helpful. Highly recommend this property for a stay in the Cayo area.
Thank you Jeffrey! Delighted to have you!
CAYO & BELMOPAN THINGS TO DO
Actun Tunichil Muknal
(haven’t been but I hear it’s the most recommended of the nearest ruins)
Places We've Been:
“"shoo-nahn-too-nitch"” we saw this 05/07/2016 and had a fantastic experience. the guide was superb
CAHAL PECH ruins; beautiful setting
We like CAYO TWIST for delicious dairy free "ice cream" after 6pm next to Cahal Pech
the Cahal Pech hotel pool is available for swimming anytime, $10BZ per person
RIO ON POOLS, BIG ROCK in Mtn. Pine Ridge
bumpy drive but the ice cream sold at 7 miles helps break it up (not open Sundays)
St. Herman's Cave (Belmopan)
we all loved this eery and cool experience
Blue Hole National Park (Belmopan)
so perfect for a chilly dip￼
San Ignacio Market (San Ignacio)
I was amazed at the variety of items I saw.
we love the NEW FRENCH BAKERY across the street.
and THE ICE CREAM SHOPPE over on Burns Ave next to Tia Maria.