Beautifully Restored 250 Year Old Classic Villa. Oasis in the heart of Granada

Beautifully Restored 250 Year Old Classic Villa. Oasis in the heart of Granada

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Property Details

Updated: Sep 9, 2014
A 6,000 sq ft restored colonial villa, w/ pool, in the heart of Granada.

Simply the best home in Granada. A gorgeous and unique 6,000 sq. ft. 5 bedroom colonial villa in the heart of town and the showcase of Granada's colonial house walking tour. Built in the 1750s and given a 2-year loving restoration to preserve original architectural details and integrate modern amenities, the villa has a lush central courtyard with a 40' long pool to cool off on hot afternoons.

== Best Location in Granada ==

Casa Blanca is the best located home in Granada. Situated at the top end of the pedestrianised Calle La Calzada the home is right next door to Granada's famous cathedral and just steps from the bustling central park.

== Accommodations ==

The home features five bedrooms in the following arrangement- A second floor en-suite master bedroom, with a king-size bed. Two double bedrooms each with a queen sized bed and en-suite bathroom. One family suite which is a regular double bedroom that opens onto a twin bedroom. The twin bedroom in the family suite doubles up as a TV room. The fifth bedroom located beyond the kitchen on the ground floor is suitable for a live in nanny or maid and has a single bed, private bathroom, fridge and TV. The living areas are organised around the extensive corridors. The main corridor features an antique rocking chair and coffee table set comfortably laid out beneath a powerful ceiling fan. There is another more relaxed seating area situated the opposite end of the pool to the main dining area. The home has two classical colonial living rooms with doors direclty into the pedestrianised Calle La Calzada.

== Fully Equipped and Beautifully Furnished ==

The home is thoroughly well furnished with exquisite furniture from the local manufacturer Simplamente Madera, who use only the very finest certified hard woods. Homelife within Casa Blanca inevitably evolves around the kitchen table - and the kitchen table in Casa Blanca is a truly spectacular piece of woodwork. With seating space for 14 adults you will marvel at its immensity and quality in equal measure. The home also boasts numerous 50' TV's and iPod docking stations.

== Other Amenities ==

Wireless Internet

Air conditioning

Ceiling Fans Throughout

Swimming Pool

Garage

Cable TV in Each Bedroom

DVD Player in Each Bedroom

DVD Library

In-line Water Filtration System

Solar Powered Hot Water

Laundry Facilities

All Linens

Daily Maid Service

Personal Safe

Pool Toys

Gas BBQ Grill

== Other Services Available on Request ==

Airport transfer - Let us arrange it for you - $45 for 2 people, $60 for 3 to 7 people

In-house cook

Baby sitter

Local cellphone for your safety and convenience

More Details
  • Sleeps 11
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Beautifully Restored 250 Year Old Classic Villa. Oasis in the heart of Granada
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p478382vb
917-449-5777
Granada Nicaragua
Houston
5

Best house ever!

  • 5 of 5
There's no word to describe that place, this is paradise! We have rented houses all over the world and this is without any doubt the best one ever. Everything is perfect, you don't even need to read all the reviews, just book it, you will not be disappointed. It's spacious, incredibly clean, the pool is huge, the staff awesome. You can't beat the location. We rented a car and parked it in the street everyday, there are people outside watching day and night for a small tip so no worries there. Guillermo was so easy to work with, answers any questions you may have. We used his recommendations for the tour to Mombacho volcano and we had a great guide, also for the tour to Las Isletas and it was perfect. I so wish I was still there. Highly recommended!!
  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Anne, Thank you for all the kind words. I so wish I were there right now too!! I'd much rather be in sunny warm Granada swimming in the pool followed by a nap in a hammock. Instead I have to deal with another week of winter. Argh. :-)
business
Beautifully Restored 250 Year Old Classic Villa. Oasis in the heart of Granada
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p478382vb
917-449-5777
Granada Nicaragua
5

Can I stay here permanently?

  • 5 of 5
This home is literally a work of art. We arrived here from Ometepe and were blown away by the quality of the home and its furnishings, the amazing pool in the courtyard, and all the little details which have been thought of ahead of time (e.g. plenty of towels, coffee, bottled water). One of my friends commented that she wondered when someone was going to come and kick us out! It was that nice.

I'm extremely obsessive about cleanliness and order. This house was so clean, I didn't even think twice about walking anywhere (even in the outdoor courtyard) without shoes. The housekeeper did great work. The furnishings, art, and other decorations are tasteful, high-end, and relaxing. It is clear that the owners have been very thoughtful in decorating the house.

Location can't be beat! You can walk anywhere you'd want to go. I can't imagine a better place to be--right next to the town square AND a row of restaurants and shops.

I got great help booking drivers through GPS, and I found both the owner and GPS very helpful and attentive. The driver was on time and professional.

If you're considering staying in a hotel in Granada, you're nuts! This house will make your vacation. I've stayed in numerous luxury properties through VRBO over the past 10 years in the USA, Central America, and the Caribbean. This is the highest quality rental I've had.
  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Jennifer - We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! We worked hard to get the house in shape for guests; notes like yours makes us feel like it was all worth it. Please come back and stay with us again. Guillermo & Melanie
business
Beautifully Restored 250 Year Old Classic Villa. Oasis in the heart of Granada
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p478382vb
917-449-5777
Granada Nicaragua
5

Gorgeous house, could not be better situated in Granada

  • 5 of 5
The housekeeper, Guadalupe, is the best. Helpful, funny, honest and competent. The owner is honest, immediately available and responsive to questions, issues and feedback. The house itself had everything we needed for 9 people to stay comfortably for 2 weeks. A/C, full kitchen, washer and dryer, gorgeous courtyard with a pool and more. If not for the horrendous attitude of the mgt. company at check-in it would have been perfect. If the owner hasn't changed companies already, he will soon --
  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: Hi Mike. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at our little oasis in Nicaragua! And we agree completely about Guadalupe. We love her and think of her as family now. However we are really sorry that you had a challenging check-in experience with the management company. In all the years we've used them, this is the first time we have had a complaint. We will make sure to address any issues that came up so they don't happen in the future.
business
Beautifully Restored 250 Year Old Classic Villa. Oasis in the heart of Granada
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p478382vb
917-449-5777
Granada Nicaragua
5

Awesome Location! Gorgeous House!!!

  • 5 of 5
This villa was absolutely breathtaking! Each room was amazing well kept and the furniture was beautiful. Not only was the villa wonderful but Guillermo was super helpful. He made the stay so effortless. He got us in contact with drivers to pick us up from the airport, take us to san juan and drop us off at the airport too! He also sent us tons of tips about great restaurants, sightseeing and lots of other useful information. It was amazing and I wish we could have stayed longer! Wonderful!!!!
  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Beautifully Restored 250 Year Old Classic Villa. Oasis in the heart of Granada
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p478382vb
917-449-5777
Granada Nicaragua
San Francisco
5

This house is really as great as it looks, you will not be disappointed

  • 5 of 5
I will admit it, I obsessively searched VRBO for a house in Granada. The reviews were so prosaic it seemed too good to be true. I called Guillermo and asked a bunch of questions to make sure this was all for real and he patiently answered every question so I could be confident in our choice. As others have stated, Casa Blanca is even better than it looks in the photos (if you can imagine). We were so sad to leave after 4 days. Everything was so just perfect for our group of 4 adults and 3 kids. We walked in and all said WOW, one of our friends who arrived a bit after us said when she go out of the van and saw me walking toward the front room she thought they were stopping at a hotel to meet us first. It was all so awesome; location on the Calzada just behind the park and cathedral, beautiful landscaped courtyard, refreshing pool, interesting furniture and art, well equipped bedrooms, hammocks, full kitchen, BBQ Grill, Guadalupe the awesome housekeeper,we even had the New Years Fireworks show from upper bedroom deck (with all 3 kids sleeping through midnight marching bands outside their windows and fireworks due to great air-conditioning). GPS the local property manager was very helpful and responsive too . Every experience was fantastic! Plus, all of Guillermo's tips about town and day trips were extremely valuable. It is very easy to explore the city from this location and easy to take day trips as well. We had a great two week trip to Nicaragua and Guillermo and Casa Blanca where a big part of this. We really like to visit different places on our vacations but this is one place that would be very easy to return to as a base before exploring other parts of Nicaragua.
Thank you again for helping us have a vacation to remember in the best of ways!
  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dear Cathy - We are so incredibly happy that you enjoyed your visit to Grandada and your stay at Casa Blanca. We worked hard for years to try to create a beautiful and peaceful home in Granada - reading about you stay makes us feel like all that work was worth it - Thank you. Also very glad that you got to enjoy the New Year in Granada, when everyone tries to outdo their neighbors with their own fireworks display and marching band! Please let ust know when you want to come back and visit. You'll always be welcome. Guillermo & Melanie
business
Beautifully Restored 250 Year Old Classic Villa. Oasis in the heart of Granada
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p478382vb
917-449-5777
Granada Nicaragua
5

Great Family reunion in historical Granada

  • 5 of 5
The house and GPS were/are WONDERFUL. We had a family reunion at Christmas with 2 sisters coming from D.C. and others from Managua and Granada.

The house is beautiful... even better than the photos... which are great, and functional with tons of space which allows ample space for teenagers, adults, small kids and a large table for family meals. The rooms below get some noise from the street, but we enjoyed the proximity and street life of Granada. The upstairs room is a haven and we relished every minute.

The house gives privacy and comfort to couples-family members with lots of areas for watching movies, sitting and talking, drinking wine... we had orderves (sp???) by poolside and kids enjoyed seeing the stars with a midnight dip.

Also gives freedom to the teenagers to go out and explore without need for transportation, taxis or worries about designated drivers. We would have enjoyed more time there to check out local restaurants... but Christmas is a busy time...

We also took advantage of the Cafe des Artes which brought local fare (gallopinto, frijoles molidos, tostones, and even barbacued chicken in the house for us !)

We hope to become regulars. Cheers,
  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are super happy you enjoyed your stay. And yes Christmas in Granada can be very loud with the fireworks and marching bands! :-)
We both sincerely hope that you'll be a regular and can visit again.

Location

From the Owner

This is really a special place. It was built in the 1750s and is one of the oldest buildings in Granada. It underwent a 3-year restoration to bring it back to it's original splendor. The house has original floors, ceilings and doors dating back to it's construction along with all the modern amenities one would need.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : (MGA) Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport at 40 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Ometepe Ferry at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua at 95 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Many bars and restaurants at 40 Metres Nearest Restaurant : El Zaguan at 20 Metres Car: not necessary

Drawn by year-round warm weather, colonial-era architecture and the freshwater Lake Nicaragua, travelers from around the world are flocking to Granada. Eco-tourists will love visiting the dormant Mombacho volcano, sailing on the lake and ziplining through the trees. Fans of spa treatments and shopping will find plenty to do, too.

Nicaragua travel tops the New York Times’ best in travel for 2013. Ranked third out of forty-six select destinations, Nicaragua made it to the top of the list. Nicaragua is a country of thriving culture, history, wildlife and boasts a landscape dominated by pristine rainforest and miles & miles of serene sandy shoreline. Its avenue of volcanoes is stunning and protected by national parks. Conscious of their natural treasures, “eco” is both practiced and preached in Nicaragua. Nicaragua Lake is vast; it rivals that of Lake Titicaca in its beauty and grandeur. The lake’s Ometepe Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. It is composed of two volcanoes and an isthmus that connects them. Hiking here is a must. Beyond its natural features, Nicaragua’s nicest colonial city, Granada, offers great dining, exquisite cathedrals and museums from the Spanish era.

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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Nov 15 2014 - Jan 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$450
$2,700
$8,100
 
 
Easter Week / Semana Santa
Apr 12 - Apr 21
6 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,100
$6,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $300
  • Property Damage Protection $49

* Electric Deposit
Electric costs in Nicaragua are extremely high; greater than $.50 per KW hr (the highest in Central America & 4X the US average). 15% of your rental rate is applied towards payment of electrical usage. The meter will be read upon check-in and check-out and any excess over 15% of your rent will be taken from your deposit.

CHECK IN: 2 PM (flexible)
CHECK-OUT: 11 AM (flexible)

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

Amenities

From the Owner

Centrally located. Just one block off the main park. Casa Blanca is tucked in behind the town's main cathedral and on Granada's main pedestrian street and restaurant row, Calle Calzada. The house has the traditional colonial design with a central courtyard full of beautiful tropical plants and a deep and cool 40 ft long swimming pool. Once you step into the house, you're in your own little private paradise.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Telephone ...

Kitchen

  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Dining

Entertainment

  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Stereo
  • Books

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Staff

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Monument View
  • Downtown

Attractions

  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • ruins
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • surfing
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • hiking

Floor Area

  • 6000 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bedroom bath - toilet, tub, shower, bidet, Oversized double shower looks out over the courtyard
  • Courtyard bedrooms - toilet, shower, All bedrooms have their own bathrooms
  • Courtyard / Pool bathoom - toilet, outdoor shower, Outdoor shower and bathroom by the pool
  • Courtyard Bedroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Single Room - toilet, shower
  • Courtyard Family Suite - toilet, shower, Features: toilet, shower

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Courtyard Bedroom - 1 queen, Opens out on the courtyard and swimming pool
  • Courtyard Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, Opens out on the courtyard and swimming pool
  • Courtyard Famliy Suite - 1 queen, 2 sleep sofa /futon, Two connected rooms. Each opens onto the courtyard
  • Single room - 1 twin/ single, Oringally for a nanny. comfortable. very private. no AC

Outside

  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website

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