The idyllic property of Sharyanka in Santa Cruz, Lake Atitlan, is surrounded by gorgeous, lush mature gardens and a dramatic backdrop of steep mountains. This comfortable and stylish lakeside home is one of the most charming in Atitlan with spectacular views out across one of the best natural wonders of the world and with views of all three volcanoes.
The property consists of 4 houses: the main vacation rental and lake-front home of Villa Verdad, and then 3 cosy, wooden-built, rustic casitas behind Verdad. In order: Poder, Armonia and Claridad.
The main house was built and designed by the owner and her then husband, an architect, in 1998. In 1999 the casita Armonia was built, followed by Claridad in 2000 and Poder in 2007.
The property is accessed from a wooden boardwalk that runs along the shore for most of Santa Cruz. (This is due to the increasing level of the lake over the past few years.) There is a wooden door through which you enter the property and walk for about 5 meters (16’) until you reach the gardens. Then in another 8 meters (26’) you are at the main house: Villa Verdad.
Beside Verdad is a Sauna and behind it a Meditation Pagoda by a small waterfall. The land rises quite steeply up behind Verdad and, scattered on various terraces, as the property reaches up to meet the mountain side that dominates the back of it, are three rustic, but cosy wooden casitas: Poder, Armistad, & Claridad. They are popular volunteer and budget rentals.
Shayanka is on the Bay of Paxanax, which is part of the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna, on the north shore of Lake Atitlan. It is a quiet, peaceful bay with a small, but friendly community, as well as a couple of hotels. A short walk away (about 15 minutes) is the main part of Lower Santa Cruz. Upper Santa Cruz is where the main village is with a local Mayan population of just over 3,000.
There are bodegas housing gardening equipment, tools and a washer and dryer.
There is a fantastic, reliable and friendly guardian, who helps guests while they rent and tends to all the maintenance issues on the property, as well as works his green fingers of the spectacular, lush, colourful, and extensive gardens which run throughout the property.
As well as a sauna and meditation pagoda the house has a private dock.
The furnishings can be included. This can be negotiated.
2 Bedroom, but with a Turkish bed in the living area, so the house can sleep 6. The whole front of the house is an open-plan living, dining room and kitchen. A huge terrace stretches along the whole of the front of the house. Plenty of storage space. A bathroom with inside-outside shower, and a very unique bath tub! The bedroom plus office space upstairs in the mezzanine area has strip windows providing spectacular lake views. Potential to add en-suite bathroom to master bedroom upstairs.
1 Double bed and 1 single bed in the loft area. Open-plan living area with seating and kitchen area. Bathroom with electric shower. Covered balcony with views through the trees.
1 Double bed, open-plan living area with bathroom off it and a covered porch with lake views. Kitchen area with burner & fridge. Sink is outside the front door. Great views from the small balcony.
1 double mattress in loft area and a single bed/sofa downstairs, in small living area. Outside balcony with views of the lake. Separate bathroom with electric shower in bamboo structure. Below the casita is a kitchen with burner & fridge.
Santa Cruz, Solola