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Exquisite Home on 10-Acre Garden Estate with pool

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Entrance to Casa Wenche
Kitchen
BBQ area

Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
5 guests
3 nights minimum 
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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.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlySmoking allowed
You can smoke outside but not in the house. Please can pets sleep outside.
Bedrooms
1 Queen1 Bunk1 Single
Bathrooms
1 Full bath

Meet the host
Deedle R
Hosting since May 2011
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Response Rate: 81%
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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Reviews (14)
MC038
MC038
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Breathtaking views, excellent service, couldn't ask for better
For four weeks during February and March, 5 friends and I stayed in one of the houses on this property. We had a delightful 4 bedroom home (two rooms with double beds and two rooms with queen beds) that had two bathrooms. The house was exquisitely decorated and in pristine condition. The property managers (also owners of a local restaurant and hotel) were extremely warm and welcoming. We often ate at their restaurant, La Iguana Perdida, and I highly recommend as well for dinner or lunch. The housekeepers and groundskeeper were second to none. Ramos, the groundskeeper, lives on site and was readily available when our internet malfunctioned briefly one night. He also delivered 5 gallon jugs of clean water to our door when asked for a minimal fee. The lovely ladies cleaned our house twice weekly and would also do our laundry for a small fee. It was well worth the convenience. The grounds themselves are phenomenal. They are lush (even in the non-rainy season) and well-kept. Limes grew on our porch and there were a variety of other fruits spread throughout the property. And then the VIEW! THE BEST PART! We woke up every morning to unobstructed (unless by clouds) views of the volcanoes and Lake Atitlan. We were all traveling with computers and camera equipment and never had an issue with security. I will be staying here again when I return.
Visited March 2013
Written March 6, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

PlayeroCC
PlayeroCC
San Antonio, TX12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Relaxing Retreat
Very nice place! The grounds of the villa are beautiful. If you're a plant lover, this is it. The Stone paths , with stone benches and covered reflection sreas, are so well done, they reach an artistic level. To enjoy this wonderful place you must be in resonably good shape, as there are 100+ steps up from the gate to the house. Each step is very rewarding. The beds while all new are a little "orthopedic". Thee manager and caretaker couldn't have been more gracious.
Visited September 2011 Travelled solo
Written October 1, 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

E B
E B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful, secure and secluded.
The property is as beautiful as it is described. The caretaker and the women who do the cleaning are helpful and thorough. The water for showering is truly hot (something that is not always reliable in Guatemala). The kitchen is functional and fully-equipped; we were even able to bake in the oven. Access to a washer and dryer was a pleasant bonus. The veranda nearly doubles the square footage of the apartment and is a delightful place to spend time.
Visited July 2011 Travelled with family
Written September 26, 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Peter C
Peter C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Unbelievable views, incredible service, elegant amenities"
This is an amazing rental. We were treated incredibly well throughout the entire booking and rental process. The rental has great character with lots of pleasing artwork and colonial interior details. I can think of no place I'd rather eat breakfast, read a book, or watch an afternoon thunderstorm than from its porch overlooking the exquisite botanical gardens. What a find.
Visited July 2011 Travelled with friends
Written September 12, 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Poet in residence -:- Looking for the perfect spot
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Garden of Eden
Villa Eggedal is an enchantingly beautiful place.It is inspired both in terms of its layout and the way in which it is carefully and diligently tended. This is a place to stay if you are looking for peace and tranquility and a haven in which to momentarily forget the worries of the world. Artists, writers, nature lovers such as bird watchers...you will be in your element. Don't bother coming here if you are a party reveller...you are definitely in the wrong space !
Visited April 2011 Travelled as a couple
Written June 8, 2011. 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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What this rental offers
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooker
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfront views
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Private outdoor pool (heated)
  • Terrace

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Map
Getting there
La Aurora Airport
74.9 km
Restaurants
El Rincon Del Chef
5.7 km

Crossroads Cafe
5.3 km

Cafe Sabor Cruceno
5 min

Cafe Loco Coffee
5 km
Attractions
Lago de Atitlán
4.3 kmVolcanoes

Hotel Atitlan Gardens
4 kmGardens

Atitlan Nature Reserve
4.1 kmNature & Wildlife Areas

Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
6.6 kmNature & Wildlife Areas
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.
Access
Car not needed
How to get there
I can easily arrange ground transportation at very reasonable prices from anywhere in Guatemala. If you are arriving at Guatemala City airport I will need the details of your flight so that the driver will know to wait if your plane in delayed. The ride from the city generally takes between 2.5-3 hours to Panajachel. Once in Panajachel the shuttle will take you via some shops where you can to buy provisions. Afterwards the driver can take you to a private boat from Panajachel to Santa Cruz (generally $20) where Ramos will meet you on the dock and show you to the estate.

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 2 p.m. Check out by 11 a.m.
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
Do email for last minute discounts.

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