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

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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2 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Santiago Atitlán

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
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Deedle Ratcliffe
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 October, 2016
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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 Guatemala

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.


based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

Exquisite Home - Volcano & Lake View on 10-Acre Garden Estate with pool
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

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: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 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: Jan 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 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: Oct 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 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: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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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Doesn't get more Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Julia Many thanks indeed for your lovely review. I am just so glad that you had such a great time here. Thank you for your contribution to the village and I have a feeling that we will see you again since this place has the ability to lure people back and I hope that you are one of them! Best wishes Deedle
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul and Darilyn It is always so lovely to see a family together enjoying themselves and it was just such a pleasure to have you at Villa Eggedal. I am so glad that you took part in all the activities that the area has to offer. Thank you very much for writing such a fantastic review and hope that you will return in the not too distant future. Best wishes Deedle Deedle
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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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Santiago Atitlán, Lake Atitlan

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low season
3 May 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High season
1 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2016
18 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £246

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santiago Atitlán in Central & South America

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
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
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
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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