“Magical & beautiful stay forever etched in our fond memory” We originally booked for 1 month in Casa Wenche, ended up extending to 2 months, that is how much we loved it from the moment we step foot on the property. Casa Wenche by far is the most private & best views on the property. The house is so generously decorated & well equipped kitchen as though it was built for owner himself to stay. This is, in fact an extraordinary house with well thought out details with guest maximum comfort in mind, which is so rare to find.
The spectacular view is even better than the photo. Many days & nights we sat watching the biggest nature theatre unfold before us in the huge balcony. The view can vastly differ from misty fog to stunning volcanos, or firefly dancing in the bush like stars in the sky. Or sat in private outdoor seating area watching multiple humming birds hard at work, or the squirrel running cheekily in the trees.
Deedle, the property manager is highly efficient, helpful, warm & personable, and definitely add to our beautiful experience at the lake. Ramos, the caretaker was equally helpful & will go to great length to make sure you are comfortable!
True, there are many rewarding steps to navigate, but there are many resting area in between. We are not fit people at all & still manage the steps no problem if we do it leisurely, but you must be physically able to enjoy this property. We recommend organize private boat on arrival & departure through Deedle & ask Deedle for 2-3 men in advance at property to help with luggages to the house. One more tip: bring your condiments including cooking oil & also toilet paper. Eat at Deedles on first night, and go to Pana next day to do a leisure food shopping. It's too hard to bring both luggages & food shopping on arrival together.
This is a magical stay that we would cherish in our memory forever! We feel extremely fortunate to stay in one of the best holiday house we ever encountered for such a reasonable price, and thank the owner for its attention to detail
“Great central location for seeing the country.” We rented the Grijalva home for a week in June 2008. It was a great location for our "let's see all of Guatemala" trip.
The house is very spacious,homey and is located in a friendly community. The rooms are large with very comfortable beds and enough bathrooms for everyone. Being a gated community with security, I thought there would be issues with our not speaking Spanish. But with the informative 'pass' Mrs. Grijalva provided, we came and went without issue. In addition, we were provided with directions to the nearest grocery store, contact info for an English speaking neighbor, and contact info for Grijalva relatives in the area.
From this, our home base, we visited most of Guatemala in day trips. A volcano clearly seen from the house even belched while we were there!
“A luxurious, peaceful retreat just a few miles away from antigua” This villa and its surroundings are even more beautiful and peaceful than the pictures reflect. It is large, but feels cozy (the fireplaces are perfect) and elegant, with a rustic touch. It can serve as the perfect escape from the world (I arrived solo), a romantic getaway, or family home base while traveling. It is extremely safe and private. It offers amazing views and nearby paths to walk the countryside. The best view might be from the master bath tub, which you will use often. If you are looking for a luxurious stay in the Guatemalan countryside (but not far from antigua), this is the place. I would pay twice as much to stay here!