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Exquisite Home - Volcano & Lake View on 10-Acre Garden Estate with pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

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

More Details

Property Manager
Deedle Ratcliffe
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Deedle Ratcliffe

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

Why Deedle Ratcliffe chose Santiago Atitlán

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santiago Atitlán in Solola

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Exquisite Home - Volcano & Lake View on 10-Acre Garden Estate with pool
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The property is exquisite, gated with magnificent gardens and lovely little nooks to rest,read,relax

  • 4 of 5

Villa Eggedal is an easy walk to both the Lake and Santa Cruz. There are many steps on the property, not for the faint of heart or those with mobility issues . Also , not particularly suitable for babies or young children. The studio Apartment that we stayed in was small but charming, good beds and a well supplied kitchen . However, the very best part was the lovely outdoor terrace complete with comfortable ‘ Muskoka ‘ chairs, with cushions in vibrant Guatemalan covers , a loveseat, plants from one end to the other and a table that seats 4-6 for morning breakfasts. The view from this terrace never ceased to inspire us for the entire month of our stay . We were perched at eye level looking into the trees which made bird watching delightful. The Lake views , the volcanoes and the sunsets never ceased to amaze...

Walking the property, sitting with coffee on the terrace, reading in the hammocks, and swimming in the pool were some of our favourite moments. Also of interest, are the varieties of tropical flowers, the cactus garden and the fruit producing trees, with many banana palms, citrus and avocado trees. While were there the gardeners were planting papaya trees .

The staff were all lovely, friendly and helpful . We managed quite well together, though we do not speak Spanish, with smiles, gestures , the odd word or two and the deepest gratitude for their commitment to the nature of their work . We thank Diego, for being there at the dock to meet our boat and help us carry our luggage and again on our departure . He was there promptly to fix the shower and whenever we saw him on the grounds , he always asked if everything was ‘muy bien ‘. Manuela and Michaela kept our studio fresh and clean with bi-weekly cleanings . The gardeners worked from early morning watering and tending the plants. There is an over all feeling that those who work at Villa Eggedal and indeed the owner , Erick, are happy and share a deep sense of pride and commitment to the property and their guests .

Villa Eggedal and the hospitable community of Santa Cruz itself are already calling us to return.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Stunning property and beautiful home with a great view. We have stayed here 5-6 times. It is always where we return when visiting the lake. We love coming back. Ramos, the caretaker, is a wonderful man. Deedle, the manager, is easy to work with.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure having people returning. Thank you so much for this review and hope to see you again before too long.
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Wonderful trip!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, secluded location to enjoy Lake Atitlan

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worth Every Penny!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you to stay and hope that you will come back to visit again. best wishes Deedle
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and do hope that next time you come I can actually meet you. I am just so glad that you enjoyed your time at the lake!
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Guatemala city
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
La Iguana Perdida
Nearest Ferry
500 Metres
Santa Cruz
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
La Iguana Perdida, Santa Cruz

Bird Watching with over 100 species on the grounds alone - local English speaking guide available


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Damage Deposit £223.29

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