|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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, which offers a sandy beach for swimming. 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 with 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.
Keywords: Luxury, Lake view, Garden, Bird Watching
Villa Eggedal is owned by an aristocratic Norwegian art collector who visits for a few months every year. After first visiting the lake in 1980 he vowed to return one day. Since breaking ground in the 90's, the homes, gardens and decoration of this villa have been his labor of love.
Deedle Ratcliffe purchased this villa in 1996
Looking for a place to live part of each year in paradise, and the sheer beauty of Lake Atitlan is unparalleled. As for climate, the Guatemalan highlands are known as the 'land of the eternal Spring' and the chirping birds, flourishing gardens and warm breeze are a welcome change from cold winters and city traffic.
Although you're staying in a luxurious villa, you're by no means removed from local culture. A five minute walk to local restaurants, two minutes from a swim in the lake, and a 10 minute boat ride to the local market mean that privacy doesn't have to mean isolation.
We stayed at this amazing location for 8 days over Christmas. It did not feel long enough. This is an incredible property with amazing gardens and views to die for. The caretaker of this property Ramos is very helpful and we are grateful for his delivery of water each day. We loved our meals at the Iguana Perdida which is right off the dock and run by Deedle and Dave the managers of the property. We hope to be back to visit again soon.
We spent 5 days at Casa Wenche and would definitely return. The grounds are breathtaking, with impressive landscaping and endless views of the lake and volcanoes. This property is away from the hustle and traffic of Panajachel but easily accessible by boat. The house is well appointed and will be best enjoyed by the physically fit who are able to navigate the many stairs that connect the home to the village and dock. You also need to be able to board and disembark small boats easily. Casa Wenche is quiet and peaceful, with access to expansive grounds and a nice pool. The caretaker, Ramos, was always available (he lives on the property) and attentive. We also met the welcoming owner, Erik, as he was in town at the main house while we were there. Short boat rides will connect guests with other Atitlan lakeside villages worthy of exploration. A scenic trail connects to a few nearby villages as well. Bring your own groceries from Panajachel
and pack light for minimum hardship in traveling by boat. There are some small restaurants within walking distance, too. Casa Wenche is a great value and a rejuvenating place to be. We recommend staying for several days to get the most out of it. Our only wishes for an even better stay would be for a stand-up fan in case of hot days and some screens on the interior windows to help keep the bugs out.
My wife and I rented this property for a week and both agree that it was worth every penny. The rooms and decor were great. The grounds and garden amazing. And the customer service all around from Deedle to Ramos and the girls who cleaned the house twice a week was nothing but professional. I would definitely return to this property if I find my self in Santa Cruz again. The view from outside our house of the two volcanoes was picture perfect!
All key aspects of the stay were great. This includes the view, the quality of the home, the pre and post service, the cooking and caretaker. You absolutely cannot beat the view - sunrise, sunset and everything in between. The grounds were equally interesting for my son and I to wander through. Claudia (the cook) was very sweet and did an amazing job for breakfast and dinner (we had her pick all the meals). Ramos was a big help with carrying the bags up the hill/steps (please note that it is a bit of a trek from the dock so be prepared) and being sure we had all we needed. As you may already know, boating is the way to get around to the surrounding villages that are great experience. Though there is limited to see/visit/shop in Santa Cruz, it is worth the trek to visit their vocational center to buy some of their wonderful textile work and enjoy lunch (the best purchased lunch we had in Guatemala). It is a wonderful cause too! The Nature Preserve (in Pana) is a must for kids for the waterfall, monkeys and coatis (and zip lining for those not faint of heart). Lastly, Deedle was a big help in planning the trip and her staff at the nearby La Iguana hotel were always kind and helpful when advice or money exchange was desired. DEFINTELY worth the visit and comes highly recommended.
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!
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, landscaping, could not be improved upon---- they are beautiful, relaxing, with 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 5 year old boys, and two 7 year old girls. They were in heaven, felt like they owned the place, and yet knew it would come to an end so they enjoyed each minute to the maximum.
This house has 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 sit there and look at the view.
Because we had the small children, and did not want to go to restaurants at night, we asked Manuella to cook each dinner. She did a wonderful job and we highly recon end her.
Ramos, the caretaker, could not have been more gracious and helpful. He checked on on us daily making sure our littlest needs were complete.
We took our whole family along the rock walkway that leads from this home all the way to the little village of Santa Cruz for dinner one night also. La Iguana Hotel has a meal each night that everyone eating has the same planned meal, family style, so our grandchildren were sitting there eating next to people from all over 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.
Bird Watching with over 100 species on the grounds alone - local English speaking guide available
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£244|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.