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Retreat, Lakefront Cozy Home to inspire creativity!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Situated right on the shores of the world-famous Lake Atitlan, Casa Paxanax provides privacy and tranquility, along with unsurpassable views across to the lake’s three sentinel volcanoes. This lake-side property is on the small bay and community of Paxanax, nestled below the Mayan village of Santa Cruz on the north side of Lake Atitlan.

From the shore a pretty path leads to our charming two-story home with a large, covered terrace. The cozy open-plan living area and kitchen lead to a bathroom (with bath tub) and one double bedroom and one single bedroom. Via exterior stairs the master bedroom is accessed, and has an uninterrupted, tree-top view of the lake.

The large terrace, which doubles as an eating/recreational area, greatly enlarges the atmospheric property. It is the perfect spot for a family meal or to just laze in the hammock with a good book and soak up the atmosphere.

The small garden is full of beautiful flowers and fruit trees. Check out our picture of the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree! Or else fresh fruit and vegetables are readily available at the daily market in Panajachel (Pana). There also a couple of good supermarkets offering all other groceries.

The house also offers a private dock to sunbath on, or take long cool swims in the calm morning.

Accessible only by boat, it is just a 10 min lancha ride to the main hub of the lake Panajachel. Public lancha go back and forth every half hour or hour.


Lake Atitlan provides a multitude of interesting day trips to other Mayan villages around the lake e.g. Santiago Atitlan, Santa Catarina, San Antonio, San Pedro and San Marcos, as well as more adventurous activities like paragliding and kayaking. For those who wish to indulge and pamper themselves, the nearby Villa Sumaya boutique hotel offers yoga classes, massages and various therapies.

Although Aldous Huxley’s comment that Lake Atitlan is the “most beautiful lake in the world”, is in fact a misquote, it would be hard to dispute this statement.

His actually words were: “It is really too much of a good thing.' Come and judge for yourself, and see where nature and Mayan culture collide, creating an unforgettable experience.

Keywords: Casita, Lake Front Property, garden

More Details

Philippa Myers
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 April, 2017

About Philippa Myers

From Britain, but spent my entire adult life in Guatemala, working in the tourism industry. I am now living in the Twin Cities, and trained as an addiction counselor. Very much miss Guatemala, but Paola, our lovely House manager is onsite to help you with one of our rentals. Do give me a call.... I appreciate any opportunity to be able to talk about Guatemala...the land of eternal Spring.

Philippa Myers purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Philippa Myers chose Lake Atitlan

I bought this property in 2000, not expecting to live there, but to have the perfect retreat home for weekends. Circumstances changed, and we ended up living in this home for 5 years. Due to my studies, I rent the home out. If you love it half as much as we did living there, you will be happy!

What makes this cottage unique

The house is situated right on the shores of Lake Atitlan, and is really very peaceful. Nearby, you will enjoy the benefits of a few local restaurants, where it is fun to meet fellow travelers!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We parked our truck at the Marina and met Santos for the boat ride to the house. He was kind enough to help with the luggage and give us an introduction to the house.

The home is wonderful. Thank you. The children are enjoying the selection of books and all the comfortable places to sit and read. Our daughter, Julie (4), immediately loved the room she calls "the princess room." The boys (4&7) are sharing the room with the twin beds. The house arrangement is working very well for our family. Everybody really enjoyed a cooked meal out on the patio for dinner. Marie says thank you for the fresh flowers in the rooms. We both really enjoy the peacefulness of the area. She is currently enjoying the calmness of the morning and went outside for a hike.
Nov 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Santa Cruz la Laguna in Solola

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bath, Sink and Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Living Room - 1 Single Bed , This bed can be moved into the 2nd bedroom
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
You will love this home, where I lived with my 2 children for 5 years. Secluded, and yet many fun places to visit (restaurants, bars, projects) within a few minutes walk. Great place to chill or become creative!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Retreat, Lakefront Cozy Home to inspire creativity!
average rating of 4.75 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful house and location

  • 5 of 5

This place was amazing! Casa Paxanax is right off the lake. It was big enough for our party of 5 and was big enough for a family member that visited us for the day. The view is amazing and the view on the top room was even better. I would definitely return to this house.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, quiet, relax time, sad last night power goes down

  • 4 of 5

This is a great place is maybe in the best place of the this area of the lake you can swin! If you don't mind some cool water, house is nice have everything you need but cable tv (anyway you don't need it).

Pros: location, hot water, kitchen, chimney, people who works here (santos and cleaning lady) are really helpful, info book

Cons: slow internet but a least we had it, pier is really a little high and if you have a lot of things is a little problem... santos help you out with you things, power goes down, we spend of last night and half of day with no power... sad

Also I have to said that walking to Santacruz for me was so fun but is not for everybody really challenging, and maybe is worth it no many things to do there, stay on lake and have fun! Get all you need from pana or where you staying, reserve the boat you get a better price talk to santos or Paola... anyway I like the house maybe I come back

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. It is a charming rustic cabin on the lake outside of Santa Cruz. Santos is so helpful and the managers are great communicators making everything go smoothly. There are a couple restaraunts in Paxanax and you can walk to Santa Crux, but asking Santos to help get a boat is the best way to get around. It is really worth getting away from the bustle of Panajachel or San Pedro. Nt he nights are generally peaceful and the morning coffee on the patio is a dream when the volcanoes and lake are at their best. We loved he service and getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply great

  • 5 of 5

I've rented other lakefront properties and our experience with this was outstanding. Communication with the staff and property owner was fast and easy, and they were always willing to help.

Great views, cozy and well-equipped home. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a weekend with friends or family.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I will definitely go back

  • 4 of 5

"Philippa was great to work with and the place is like a "retreat". Very charming with amazing views. Well stocked kitchen for cooking and I would recommend getting a private boat to and from."

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Natalie for staying with us. I agree getting a private boat, which is relatively cheap, is a great option to get to the house. We hope to see you back again soon.
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Wow! What spectacular views and great space for a family!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What incredible views! This is the second time I have stayed here and would highly recommend it! My family of five stayed here and everyone had a bed. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Rent a karaoke in the morning and take a swim to the right of the property on the rocks. Just amazingly beautiful!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
113 Kilometres
Guatemala City Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Villa Sumaya
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Villa Sumaya
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
18 Apr 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Regular Season
2 Jan 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season
25 Mar 2018 - 1 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Regular Season
2 Apr 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season
22 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £39.12

High season rates apply for Christmas and New Year and Easter week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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