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Exquisite Home on 10-Acre Garden Estate with pool

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
5 guests
3 nights minimum
Villa
Villa Eggedal is one of the largest and most luxurious estates around Lake Atitlan. Spectacular is the only word to describe this ten acre walled villa located near the shore in the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna. This Mayan village is only accessible by boat, just a ten-minute ride from Panajachel and you’ll arrive to privacy, luxury, spacious comfort, incredible views of the lake, mountains and volcanoes, and immaculately tended gardens and grounds. Villa Eggedal is located 150 meters from the lake shore. A winding, uphill walkway leads to the estate and then through the grounds to the two studio apartments, two houses, and the owners private home along with stunning pool. (This property is definitely not suitable to handicapped renters or people with difficulty walking.) Villa Egged...Villa Eggedal is one of the largest and most luxurious estates around Lake Atitlan. Spectacular is the only word to describe this ten acre walled villa located near the shore in the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna. This Mayan village is only accessible by boat, just a ten-minute ride from Panajachel and you’ll arrive to privacy, luxury, spacious comfort, incredible views of the lake, mountains and volcanoes, and immaculately tended gardens and grounds. Villa Eggedal is located 150 meters from the lake shore. A winding, uphill walkway leads to the estate and then through the grounds to the two studio apartments, two houses, and the owners private home along with stunning pool. (This property is definitely not suitable to handicapped renters or people with difficulty walking.) Villa Eggedal is owned by a European aristocrat and art collector, and all the rooms are filled with beautiful antiques, paintings, rugs, sculpture, prints, and Mayan and world textiles. Casa Wenche is the most secluded of the Eggedal rentals. This two-bedroom home offers the best views on the estate and its simple luxury and idyllic garden surrounding make it the perfect retreat. Living room, dining area and kitchen are all combined in a spacious common room leading out onto a 32 square meter terrace with one of the most stunning vistas on the lake. The fully equipped kitchen and ample dining space make this an ideal setting for a family or group getaway, and art-filled walls and tasteful decoration abound. This well-appointed house measures 118 square meters (1270 sq ft) and offers space for five in total: one bedroom with a double bed and the other with one bunk bed and one single. The ample stone-walled bathroom is located just off the common room. An outdoor terrace and barbecue area flank the entrance to the house and provide yet another opportunity to enjoy the surrounding garden and majestic views. Small verandas, garden seats, patios, balconies, and shady lawn areas are nestled throughout the estate in a maze of winding garden paths. This is a paradise for birds and bird watchers alike with over 100 species spotted on the property alone. Papayas, avocados, citrus trees and a well-tended vegetable garden with fresh lettuce and herbs are all there for the picking to add some extra flavor to your sunset barbecue. Staff provides housekeeping twice a week, and services like grocery shopping, laundry service and additional house-cleaning can be arranged for an additional charge. Two studio apartments and a 4-bedroom home are also available on the estate, and Villa Eggedal can accommodate up to a total 17 people comfortably and privately.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
You can smoke outside but not in the house. Please can pets sleep outside.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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Meet the host
Deedle R
Hosting since May 2011
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Response Rate: 88%
Response Time: Within a day
Interaction with guestsThere is a lovely man called Ramos who is the caretaker of the property. He will meet you at the dock upon your arrival and show you to the house. He works during the day. There are two local ladies who clean the houses and they work on Mondays and Thursday. One of them, Manuela is alsoavailable for preparing food and extra cleaning at an additional cost. I am generally around my business at La Iguana Perdida but not at the property.
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JapanLTF
JapanLTF
3 contributions
I spent a week at the property with my 3 children. The trip there and back is not great (3 - 4 hours from Guatemala City - by minivan, then a brief boat ride, then up quite a lot of steps) but it was well worth the effort. The house is beautiful, and the views from the terrace breathtaking, in any weather. We asked Manuela who works on the estate to cook for us 3 times, which was very helpful (we gave her free rein to decide what to cook and she bought the ingredients with a predetermined budget), and she also did laundry for us twice. It made things much more manageable. Diego, also on the property, helped us carry things up and down the steps, and lent us his wonderful Labrador for cuddles! There is no air conditioning, just one fan, but the house never got too hot. There was no TV, which we only noticed quite a few days into our trip as there was so much to do. Wifi is excellent so you can stay connected if you wish. The walk to the Iguana Perdida is easy, but we found it nicer to eat at the house due to the amazing terrace (though you must stock up massively at Panajachel or even Guatemala City!). We went to Santa Cruz a few times, but only for basic shopping and once to learn how to weave (details in the folder in the house, easy to arrange via Iguana Perdida). The walk to Santa Cruz is very steep (you can always take a tuk tuk from Iguana Perdida) but the walk back is not a problem and in fact goes directly to the house via a shortcut. We did do a trip to Chichicastenango (1.5 hours by minivan), but preferred to stay on the estate, enjoy the pool (smallish, but perfect nonetheless), go kayaking (short walk down past Iguana Perdida) and enjoy the lake (you can definitely swim, though we did so after kayaking out to a location where no boats passed through). There are no screens on the windows in the house, but we had no problems with mosquitoes or bugs, just a few harmless little insects that did not bother us at all. Fresh water is provided by Diego, and the property is cleaned twice a week, and rubbish is picked up regularly. A stunning, wonderful house on a gorgeous estate. A very unique trip.
Visited July 2019
Written July 26, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Deedle R
Deedle R
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am so glad that you enjoyed yourselves here in Santa Cruz. Manuela said that she really enjoyed your family.
Written August 2, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

cagytraveler
cagytraveler
2 contributions
Lovely house perched high above Lake Atitlan near small village of Santa Cruz. It is a strenuous hike up 70 steps from the path, but well worth the climb. Attentive helpers will carry your luggage and haul up drinking water, but they are not kidding when they urge you to stock up in Panachel before taking the boat. The view is indescribable. Just a gorgeous place to drink your coffee and relax. Short walk through glorious gardens to the pool. If you want to dine out you must make your reservation at one of the two restaurants by the dock by 3 pm. We did not try the culinary school, which also required a 3 pm order deadline, but it looked intriguing. We did a lot of hiking and exploring other towns on the lake by boat. Peaceful up there, waking to the sound of birds. Nights full of stars. Plenty of hot water for a morning shower. (You appreciate water pressure in Guatemala.) The ladies did our laundry which was lovely since we were in midst of travels and washing out everything in the sink had gotten old.
Visited February 2018
Written February 24, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Deedle R
Deedle R
So glad that you enjoyed your stay here and thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. Lake Atitlan has a funny way of drawing people back!!
Written March 1, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

themajoriot
themajoriot
1 contribution
Absolute Paradise! We stayed 7 nights in Casa Wenche and left wanting 7 more! We will definitely come back to Santa Cruz or to one of the many surrounding communities. Brush up on your Spanish if you plan to spend time in the many cities shopping without a guided tour.
Visited November 2015
Written November 12, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nereida
Nereida
California69 contributions
From the moment that I made my first inquiry about the property to the moment we checked in, everything was flawless. Deedle, the property manager, answered my emails in a timely manner, and even made the necessary arrangements for private transportation from Antigua to Lake Atitlan, and a lancha to their private dock. My friend suffered a fall two months ago, and is in a wheelchair, which made me think long and hard about continuing with our plans to stay in the villa due to all the stone steps that lead to the house. My friend was very determined to go and not ruin the trip for the rest of us. I was pleasantly surprised to see a whole crew of men waiting for us at the dock to help with our belongings and the daunting task of helping my friend up the stairs...with wheelchair and all. It was a hike up, but boy was it all worth it! The house sits atop a hill with a spectacular unobstructive view of the volcanoes, the lake and surrounding areas. Ramos, the property caretaker, was at hand for whatever we needed, and I have never met someone has humble, and polite as this man. He is a true, true asset to the property. He would bring us fresh tortillas every morning, and even gave us bananas from their own banana trees. We had a spectacular downpour as soon as we checked in and I was loving every minute of it. The house is very spacious with an open floor plan, and I couldn't find any faults with the house even if I tried. What my friends and I loved most about the house was the veranda where we had all of our meals and spent the better half of our days. The bathroom decor is very interesting being that it seems to be all stone, including the shower, which, ooh, has such great water pressure. Beautiful details abound. Although the estate has more houses, one is a three-floor house with its own private pool, I believe that our house has the best view of all the houses in the estate. There is a nice pool accessible to the guests staying at the estate and my friends (including the one in the wheelchair), made good use of it. It was a beautiful walk down to the pool with its beautiful pool house, and every stone step, every plant, every corner, everything about this place exudes beauty, tranquility, and an overall sense of well being. The house has no TV but has great, strong WiFi. The kitchen has everything you would need to cook up a storm, but it doesn't have a microwave. There are two ladies that come twice a week to do the light cleaning and washing dishes, which really surprised me. I was taken a nap when they came, and was told about them after I woke up. We tried our best to keep the house as clean as possible, and made sure that the dishes were washed and put away before checking out. Please avoid if you or any of the guests staying have mobility issues. This is not recommended for those who can't walk up stairs...or in my friend's case, confined to a wheelchair. Do so at your own risk. On check out day, Ramos was once again at hand with his crew to help us down to the dock, and called the driver to confirm our pick up. We spent 3 wonderful days in paradise, and I will return...some day I will return.
Visited July 2015 Travelled with friends
Written August 3, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

FemL2014
FemL2014
Ledegem, Belgium3 contributions
Een heel mooi huis! Een beetje afgelegen en een goed beklimming om het te bereiken, maar het uitzicht en het huis zelf maken alles goed! Een toplocatie!!!!!
Visited May 2014
Written June 17, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

HSF6242
HSF6242
Charlotte, NC11 contributions
We were told that this house was not for the handicapped or elderly because of the location up the hillside. On arrival, the task of getting suitcases up to the room, seemed daunting, but then Ramos appeared! This wonderful man carried my overladen bag all the way up and when we worried about getting food for the morning, he offered to go shopping for us. Ramos also suggested that his daughter, who had learned English and was also a chef, could come to our house and fix dinner. We had a delicious dinner the next night which Claudia purchased, cooked and served with the help of Minga. We sat on the veranda looking out at the volcanoes across the Lake while enjoying a delicious meal; extraordinary! Most impressive is that Claudia is only 17 years old! We enjoyed other meals and conversations when we visited La Iguana Perdida. David and Davinia are truly warm and social and have created a very relaxed environment where vacationers are welcomed to gather and share experiences. We all would have liked to stay on a while!
Visited April 2014 Travelled with friends
Written April 11, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Paul and Darilyn -:- Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. USA
This home is truly a beautiful vacation rental and we feel very lucky to have stayed here. The magnificent grounds, rock walkways, outside seating areas, and landscaping could not have been improved upon. This place is beautiful, relaxing, and it has many varieties of trees and flowers that we had never seen before. We were allowed to roam freely in this delightful garden space and we felt very privileged. We rented both the apartments and the Wenche House, as our entire family came, including two boys 5 years old, and two girls 7 years old. They were in heaven, felt like they owned the place, and yet knew it would all come to an end so they enjoyed each minute to the maximum!! This house had much thought put into it to make it totally complete in every way--- right down to the littlest detail. It is decorated beautifully and is very comfortable. The front porch overlooking the lake and volcanoes is so glorious that all we really wanted to do is stay home and look at the view! Because we had the small children we asked the maid, Manuella, if she would make several of our dinners. The meals were Guatemalan and delicious. We highly recommend doing this. Ramos, the care taker, could not have been more gracious and helpful. He checked on us daily, making sure our littlest needs were complete. One night we all used flash lights and walked all the way along the rock way to the little village of Santa Cruz. There is a wonderful restaurant/hotel, called La Iguana that has meals each night that everyone eating has the same planned meal at 7:00 promptly. This meal is set family style, so our grand children were sitting there with people from all around the world...it was outstanding and quite a learning experience... As you can tell, we had a wonderful vacation at this vacation rental and do recommend it highly.
Visited January 2014
Written February 14, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Travel2Places2Stay
Travel2Places2Stay
New York City, NY2 contributions
I stayed here for a month in October as part of an extended stay working in the community of Santa Cruz. The land, its views, and everything about the property is almost unreal in its beauty. Sunrises on the porch never got old, and neither did the sunsets. The grounds took me days to explore fully, and I still don't think I saw the whole property. There are banana trees, lime trees, avocado trees, other fruits I couldn't even identify, patios, coy ponds, gazebos, hummingbirds, endless beautiful flowers...it just goes on and on. And Ramos, the caretaker of the property, is so sweet and receptive to anything you may need. It should really be a no brainer to stay here. The value for what you get is unparalleled. All I can say is, enjoy!
Visited October 2013 Travelled solo
Written February 7, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Molly42rc
Molly42rc
London, United Kingdom45 contributions
I stayed at Casa Wenche for a week in August with my husband and 2 teenage children and it way exceeded my expectations. The house is in a wonderful location with stunning views of the lake and volcanoes. It is beautifully and tastefully furnished and the layout is really good - 2 decent size bedrooms, a lovely open plan kitchen and living area and a huge covered terrace with comfortable chairs and a dining table. There is also a lovely terrace outside in the garden to sit and relax on. The garden of Villa Eggedal is one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen and the caretaker Ramos is incredibly helpful. Nothing is too much trouble for him. My husband and daughter arrived by private boat late at night and he met them at the private dock and helped with the luggage. He was constantly coming to see us to ask if we needed anything and replenishing the water. Deedle was incredibly efficient in arranging the rental and gave us excellent advice about Lake Atitlan. She arranged a wonderful cook for us - Manuela - who cooked breakfast and dinner for us every day with her friend Michaela. Manuela and Michaela couldn't have been better - buying the food we requested for us and cooking it brilliantly. Manuela made the best guacamole I have ever eaten ! We stayed at several other locations in Lake Atitlan and Santa Cruz La Laguna was definitely my favourite location. The house was about 5 minutes walk from the dock where there were a number of nice hotels to have a drink or eat in and about 5 minutes walk up into the village where there is a lovely restaurant open for lunch run by students who have learnt how to cook through an excellent charity project. The public boat leaves from the dock every 20-30 minutes giving easy access to other villages and hotels around the lake. The property was also incredible value for money - I would highly recommend it to anyone ( as long as you are happy to walk up a few steps to get to the house )
Visited August 2013
Written August 18, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Win & Camp -:- Sydney
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
Visited April 2013
Written June 6, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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About the neighbourhood
Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful places on earth and Santa Cruz is on the northern shore of the lake. One looks across the lake to the three volcanoes that are to the south and it is unbelievably stunning. Santa Cruz is only accessible by boat and there tuk tuks up to the village. One has to walk a fair amount in Santa Cruz to the local restaurants but the paths are safe and stunning.
Getting around
It is easy to jump onto a boat and go and discover the other villages around the lakeshore.
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Exquisite Home on 10-Acre Garden Estate with pool is able to accommodate up to 5 guests. See all property details.

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