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. 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 along with stunning 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....Read more
Left on 02/14/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | Paul and DarilynReviewed Feb 14, 2014Stayed Jan 2014
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, and landscaping could not have been improved upon. This place is beautiful, relaxing, and it has 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 boys 5 years old, and two girls 7 years old. They were in heaven, felt like they owned the place, and yet knew it would all come to an end so they enjoyed each minute to the maximum!!
This house 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 look at the view!
Because we had the small children we asked the maid, Manuella, if she would make several of our dinners. The meals were Guatemalan and delicious. We highly recommend doing this.
Ramos, the care taker, could not have been more gracious and helpful. He checked on us daily, making sure our littlest needs were complete.
One night we all used flash lights and walked all the way along the rock way to the little village of Santa Cruz. There is a wonderful restaurant/hotel, called La Iguana that has meals each night that everyone eating has the same planned meal at 7:00 promptly. This meal is set family style, so our grand children were sitting there with people from all around 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.
“Magical & beautiful stay forever etched in our fond memory”
Left on 06/07/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 7, 2013Stayed Apr 2013
We originally booked for 1 month in Casa Wenche, ended up extending to 2 months, that is how much we loved it from the moment we step foot on the property. Casa Wenche by far is the most private & best views on the property. The house is so generously decorated & well equipped kitchen as though it was built for owner himself to stay. This is, in fact an extraordinary house with well thought out details with guest maximum comfort in mind, which is so rare to find.
The spectacular view is even better than the photo. Many days & nights we sat watching the biggest nature theatre unfold before us in the huge balcony. The view can vastly differ from misty fog to stunning volcanos, or firefly dancing in the bush like stars in the sky. Or sat in private outdoor seating area watching multiple humming birds hard at work, or the squirrel running cheekily in the trees.
Deedle, the property manager is highly efficient, helpful, warm & personable, and definitely add to our beautiful experience at the lake. Ramos, the caretaker was equally helpful & will go to great length to make sure you are comfortable!
True, there are many rewarding steps to navigate, but there are many resting area in between. We are not fit people at all & still manage the steps no problem if we do it leisurely, but you must be physically able to enjoy this property. We recommend organize private boat on arrival & departure through Deedle & ask Deedle for 2-3 men in advance at property to help with luggages to the house. One more tip: bring your condiments including cooking oil & also toilet paper. Eat at Deedles on first night, and go to Pana next day to do a leisure food shopping. It's too hard to bring both luggages & food shopping on arrival together.
This is a magical stay that we would cherish in our memory forever! We feel extremely fortunate to stay in one of the best holiday house we ever encountered for such a reasonable price, and thank the owner for its attention to detail
Left on 06/08/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 8, 2011Stayed Apr 2011
Villa Eggedal is an enchantingly beautiful place.It is inspired both in terms of its layout and the way in which it is carefully and diligently tended. This is a place to stay if you are looking for peace and tranquility and a haven in which to momentarily forget the worries of the world. Artists, writers, nature lovers such as bird watchers...you will be in your element. Don't bother coming here if you are a party reveller...you are definitely in the wrong space !
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