Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)
- English, Spanish
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.
On outside areas only.
The pets should sleep outside on the balcony.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Peace and beauty
A magnificent stay in a peaceful setting. The pictures do not do justice to the gardens, thoughtful landscaping and flowers, vines and cacti that grace every corner. As a family of four this was the perfect place to retreat to and have a couple quiet days. I could not wait to get up on day 1 just so I could drink my coffee on the amazing covered terrace while watching the sun rise and light up the volcanoes across the lake.
During our stay the winds kicked up and the power went out for 24 hours. It barely mattered. There is a gas stove and candles provided, along with all the oil, salt, pepper, coffee and essentials. Dinner and cards by candlelight was so pretty and memorable.
Regarding logistics: Manuela did some laundry for us for 50 Q per load, and returned it folded. Getting from GC Airpirt was simple- Deedle the property manager gave us emails and numbers of a reputable company and our driver Santos was safe and friendly. He stopped for the bathroom, snacks, and to take our picture at the mirador. He even took us to the tienda in Pana so we could pick up all our provisions. He made arrangements for a boat to take us to the house. He called Diego to meet us at the dock and help us with our bags. Really affable and warm service that I was not expecting, and which was welcomed after some rough travel days.
Altogether wonderful :)
So very glad that you had such a good time. Thank you for being so understanding about the lack of electricity, absolutely nothing I can do about it and glad that it made for such a memorable evening. Hope that you will come back some day!
Flowers and birds!
We loved the property and were happy to be away from the noise of Atitlan’s larger towns. Casa Eric #2 was perfect for us and the bed and shower were the best so far in 4 weeks of traveling. The gardens are so beautiful and bring your binoculars: I added a dozen birds to my life list!
This house was a dream house for us! There was myself, my husband and our two kids (6 and 8) and we spent 6 nights at this house. It was beautiful and the view NEVER got old. We sat out on the porch and watched the thunder storms roll through and we called it "Guatemalan T.V." The sky changes at every moment and we could have watched it all day and night. The grounds are gorgeous and we had fun exploring. The pool is a little bit of a walk from the house, but it was fine, and we visited it daily. My kids loved it and it was clean and refreshing. Diego, the grounds keeper, was helpful with our bags and getting us water. We hired Manuela to cook some meals for us and she was one of the highlights of our time there. She is kind and skilled and we just adore her. Everyone was so patient with our limited Spanish, but we were able to communicate. We were sad to leave this house and hope to come back soon. Lake Atitlan, Santa Cruz, and this house are so special!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am so glad that you enjoyed yourselves at the lake and I am sorry that I did not get to meet you. Manuela said that she really enjoyed you and your family. Hope that you will come back one day....
There needs to be more stars for this place.
I have traveled around the world and never have I come across a property so special. Acres and acres of gardens and views of the lake so beautiful you feel like Alice when she went through the looking glass. My husband and I kept saying “this can’t be real.” It’s like waking up in a dream. The property manager Deedle made everything easy for us (let her set up your transportation, I made the huge mistake of getting an uber there and it was so much easier and cheaper leaving when we used her boat and car service). The owner Erick was around the property and made us feel like we were home the moment we got to the property to when we left. His warmth and hospitality made an incredible place even more incredible. We had almost all of our meals prepared by Emanuella who is an amazing person as well as cook. When she found out my husband loves bacon she went to the market and made sure to have it for him every morning. She was such a warm person to be around and you’ll want her to cook for you as once you get to the property you are never going to want to leave! We very much look forward to returning many more times and our families can’t wait to join us!
The property is exquisite, gated with magnificent gardens and lovely little nooks to rest,read,relax
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.
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.
It is always a pleasure having people returning. Thank you so much for this review and hope to see you again before too long.
Bird Watching with over 100 species on the grounds alone - local English speaking guide available