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Spend your vacation in a beautiful two-story home, surrounded by lush walled gardens. Our views over Lake Atitlan's 3 volcanoes are amazing. We are located in a quaint Mayan village on the north shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The house is surrounded by a luscious walled garden with flowers, fruit trees and a vegetable garden. the 2 story house has 2 large ensuite bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, downstairs sitting area, upstairs lounge area with bar, smart-TV, Video and sound system. Wifi is available throughout the house . There is a separate laundry area which also houses the filtering/UV system for the water, meaning you won't have to worry about getting drinking water. Gas heater for water for all bathrooms and kitchen. All utensils, glasses , cooking pans, coffee maker, microwave, blender, mixer , refrigerador with freezer on top .
Originally from Ireland but spent most of my life in the USA. Over many years I traveled to Guatemala to visit the Maya ruins and fell in love with Lake Atitlan. When I retired I decided to move to the Lake and bought this magnificent house overlooking the lake. I now spend most of my time here when not traveling to the US to visit family and grandsons. Each year I go back to Ireland for a few months visiting family but always I am eager to return to Jaibalito which is now my home.
Dermot Dinan purchased this house in 2008
During my early travels in Guatemala I always seemed to pass through Lake Atitlan. Each time I got to know it more and more. It was then I decided to retire here.
The setting and beauty is second to none with about 12 villages around the lake, all still with indigenous population. Jaibalito is the smallest, population of about 900 where Kakchikel is the first spoken language followed by Spanish. The local women still wear the traje unique to the area. The only access to Jaibalito is via water taxi ( lancha) about 15 mins from Panajachel.
You can also take a scenic walk on the trail between Jaibalito and Santa Cruz which gives awesome views on the trail. There is ample opportunities to indulge in hiking, visiting other villages, swimming in the lake or just lay back and enjoy the garden, lake view and read a book.
When I was looking for property around the lake this particular house caught my fancy because of its design, and location. Sitting on the balcony at anytime, but especially during late afternoon, you can enjoy the view, listen to the birds in the garden and watch some spectacular sunsets. Indeed from the comfort of your upstairs bedroom you can also view the sunrise.
This is our third stay at Lago Atitlan in as many years, and by far the best accommodation we have rented. The house, secluded behind a walled garden toward the back of Jaibalito village, is its own small world. The garden is beautifully landscaped and has a variety of ornamentals and edible planets, overseen by the gardener/caretake Lucas who lives on a lower level beneath the main structure. The two story house has two wide verandas, the second level affording a spectacular view across the lake of the three volcanos. There is plenty of hot water, good water pressure, and, best of all, an ultraviolet filtration system that ensures absolute water purity. The kitchen has all needed to prepare full meals, with a gas range. The wifi is strong throughout. There is an extensive collection of books: fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on Mayan culture. The decor reflects the owners interests in native culture and his world travels. The house is beautiful and totally serviceable. The beds are firmly comfortable, the two bedrooms ( one up, one down ) ensuite with full showers. There is a guest bathroom just off the kitchen, and a clothes washer and dryer in a separate structure just behind the house. It is a retreat that you may not wish to leave. But, when you do there are two nearby dining options at Hotel Casa Del Mundo and Ven Aca and within the village posada Jaibalito. From the village dock one can access any part of the lake with either public or private boat transportation. We return to Guatemala regularly and typically spend part of our winter sojourn at Lago Atitlan. I will be returning to Casa Dermot.
The home and Lucas the gardener/caretaker are amazing. Lucas helped us with anything we needed and otherwise left us to enjoy our visit privately.
The home is amazingly well built, a beauty of architecture, and decorated with local and international interests. Dermots hospitality is evident even when he couldn't be around.
Jaibalito is a quaint town. There is plenty to explore nearby and as long as you're not afraid of heights great walking to nearby eating and recreation.
The ONLY reason I didn't give this a 5 star rating is that every dog in town barks all night which I'm not used to. But honestly it's still worth the experience, just bring earplugs.
The pictures don't actually do the place justice. We were delighted with our stay and it more than exceeded our expectations. Dermot's house is a real pleasure to stay in and the views are spectacular. Good wifi is a plus. Lucas, the guardian, is there each day, tending to the garden, and he will be more than happy to help you with any advice on both the house and the area in general. Jaibalito is a very special place, and Dermot's house is a very place within Jaibalito.
We stayed in Dermot's home with our two teenage children for a long weekend. Jaibalito is one of our favorite places on the lake--and this house was the perfect place to enjoy it! Spacious, well-equipped (especially the kitchen & pantry!) and beautiful. We had the pleasure of meeting Dermot, and inviting him to dinner in his very own house! (He was staying in a small, one bedroom on the property.) Make sure you check out Ven Aca, down by the shore, Volcano Lodge, and buy a few pounds of locally grown coffee from Hans--the German café owner. Another must: a hike to Santa Cruz, with stops at Isla Verde on your way, and Casa del Mundo on your way back. Great house, incredible view and lasting memories. Highly recommended!
We stayed in Dermot's house at Lake Atitlan for the month of January and really enjoyed the whole experience. The house is very well equipped and you can drink the water from the faucets. There is maid service if you require it, at a very reasonable price. His friend Colin is there to help you out with anything you need or to provide information on where to go and what to see. He even provided us with a cell phone at no cost to us. Good mix of restaurants from 25Q - 150Q for dinner. We felt very safe and the people in the area were all very friendly. I would defiantly rent this property again
Steve from Canada
We stayed here for 1week in August. Although we never met Dermot in person it was was very easy to communicate with him. He replied to my emails quickly. This is beautiful house with very nicely maintained garden. There were four of us but the house can easily accommodate 6. The kitchen is well stocked. We cooked couple of nights. The upstairs balcony was nice relaxing place. Great to watch sunrise and sunsets with mountains and lake in background. The local groundskeeper (Lucas) checked in on us occasionally. He only spoke Spanish but we were able to manage. It was easy to catch the local boat/taxi service to other villages from here. We ate at the Volcano Lodge which was near by. They had good lunches very reasonable prices. The locals were very friendly. We would definitely stay here again.
Jaibalito has several hiking trails which will take you through the mountains or to the next villages.
A short lancha trip will take to San Marcos ( new age interests), San Juan with its woman's cooperative who use only natural dyes in their work, you can visit their stores and watch the process. San Pedro is a bigger village known for its backpacking community, Santiago is bigger where men and women still use the traditional traje and has a vibrant market and street stall for buying textiles and other items.
There is a nature reserve just outside Panajachel and some great restaurants in the town center. From Pana you can get almost anywhere using the minibuses which leave regularly to e.g. City, Xela and the coast.
There is a ceremonial Maya site between Pana and Solola and arrangements can be made for a visit. Solola also has a very vibrant market twice a week and is worth a visit.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
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|Property Damage Protection||£47|
We have included an invitation to take out Damage Protection to cover you visit. I is as little as $49 per reservation. It is not compulsory but using it would free you from sending a Deposit to cover any damage. Please let us know at time of enquiry and we can include it.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.