The beautiful Spanish colonial villa was designed and furnished by an artist. The property is set into the mountainside of the extinct Volcan de Agua and looks out over the rolling hills and valley below and two other volcanoes. Surrounded by farmland with compesinos walking their burrows to the fields, the property is a refuge from the bustle of urban life. Birds serenade the sunrise.
There are three bedrooms, with the master suite taking up the whole second floor and the other two guest rooms on the ground floor in a separate wing. From the master bath you can watch Fuego erupting or the fireworks in the valley. There are terraces and seating on all four sides so you can sit in such or shade or take in different views depending on preference and time of day. A stepped fountain 'stream' with flowering plants and fish is in the central courtyard where you can sit out for meals or on the back terrace with umbrella.
The spacious gardens tended daily by the local gardener are filled with flowers you can cut to have in the house. Open lawns for children to play and endless walks through the countryside with the dogs just outside the gates.
Within the walled compound is one other home in addition to the guard/doorman and his wife who cleans the house three days a week (additional maid service can be arranged). The two bedrooms on the ground floor share a bathroom between them which also serves as the guest bathroom.
I just built a beautiful wood fired sauna that seats 8 people or two people can lie down on the long benches. When you step outside, there is a cold shower. We have been having sauna parties and have friends over to relax and then have supper together.
My four footed companions are Barley, an 11 year old German Shepherd and Karia a 5 year old German Shepherd both of whom are very gentle and well behaved and go on walks with me (and renters) throughout the countryside. Both quickly bond with adults and children alike and often ends up being the favorite of young visitors.
All year round one eats outside on the terraces by the cascading fountain. Downtown Antigua with its restaurants, sites and night life is only 12 minutes away by car. A four wheel drive mini-SUV is included in the rental for an additional $250 per month or $75 per week.
Please check the availability calendar before contacting me as my place is usually rented months in advance.
I am an artist and spend my winters in Guatemala and my summers in the Boston area.
Catherine Widgery purchased this villa in 2006
This is simply the most beautiful place I had ever visited. The Mayan people have something beautiful in their spirits to match the beauty of the place. The climate was described by the Spanish who chose this as their capital as "primavera eterna" or eternal spring. The elevation means it is never hot and neither is it ever cold. Everything grows all year round and there is a profusion of wild flowers in the surrounding countryside as well as in my garden. You have to come here to believe it.
It is the tranquility and proximity to nature that restores my soul. I do wonderful creative work in this uplifting environment.
My wife and I stayed in Catherine's home for two and a half months while we explored and volunteered in Guatemala. It was incredible. The location of the home is about ten minutes outside the city of Antigua in a very small town called Cuidad Vieja. The small town is much quieter, cheaper and less polluted then Antigua. The property sits in fields of coffee and avocado trees where my wife and I along with Catherine's two dogs explored for up to two hours a day. You can see volcanoes from your bedroom balcony. There are horses on the property. Beautiful gardens. We plan on having large family gatherings here in the future if this property is still available.
If you are tired of being in a city and want to get away to relax go to Catherine's home. Don't waste your time paying for hotels in Antigua. You'll forget about all the things in life that you think are so important and start appreciating all the incredible nature on this Earth with the ones you love. That's what its like being at Catherine's house.
Catherine house was a very relaxing place to stay. We were lucky to be able to stay at the house before and after the delivery of my baby girl helping me and my husband to be tranquil and get prepared for the geat day, with the beautifull views of the volcanoes and the contryside, and with the special presence of the two charmy and clam dogs (Barley and Kaira) who accompanied us for long walks which helped me a lot.
Catherine and her employees were always available during our stay at her house, they always were accessible for any questions that we had.
I really really recommend to stay in that magical and spectacular house. I know that you will not regret it.
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!
Congratulations, reader! You have just discovered one of those treasures that can transform your vacation from a "nice trip" into an unforgettable experience! My family just spent six wonderful weeks in this lovely home and every day of our stay was such a pleasure. Words can't describe the beautiful location, spectacular views and gorgeous grounds. The house is meticulously maintained by the very gracious and helpful staff and Barley, the lovable resident dog is a totally charming host. The kitchen is extremely well equipped and it is great fun to explore the local markets and then return home to cook up a Guatemalan feast and enjoy it on one of the many pretty patios! Having access to a car was a great advantage and we really enjoyed getting to know Ciudad Vieja, Antigua and other nearby villages. The owner was unfailingly helpful, providing great information and going "above and beyond" by generously arranging airport transport and assisting us in finding child care services. Book this amazing property now! You'll be treating yourself to a truly delightful adventure and, if you're like us, your first stay won't be your last one.
My family stayed in this beautiful home for 2 and a half months during the summer of 2011, and all of our expectations were exceeded. The home is away from the tourist hustle and bustle of Antigua but close enough to drive in to shop and enjoy a nice meal. Our favorite part of the home was sitting out on the deck at night and watching lava explode from the Acatenanco volcano. The house is comfortable and the gardens are absolutely fantastic. Although the house is away from it all and in the middle of the Guatemalan farms, we felt safe and well cared-for by the onsite staff. We would definitely stay in Catherine's home again. Thanks for a great summer!
This is a beautiful Tuscan villa style home with amazing gardens visited by lots of birds. I can still see in my mind the morning light that made it a joy to awaken. The tub with a view was my favorite thing. That said, some people would not appreciate the glass door on the bathroom (which allows the light). WiFi worked but no cable tv so if you need tv not so good. Distance from Antigua is a drawback but you can rent
the owner's car very reasonably.For about 2 blocks the road to the house is lined with garbage so all but driver should close eyes. The house and grounds were spotless and the cleaning lady a joy. The owner was very helpful. The amazing views in every direction made up for any inconveniences.
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