Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)
Moira Property Manager
About Moira Property Manager
My family live on Galiano Island, British Columbia for the warm half of the year and Nicaragua the balance of the year. We came to Ometepe first in 1988 while I directed the documentary film Through the Eyes of Children. In Canada we run the Gulf Islands Film & Television School-GIFTS.
Moira Property Manager purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Moira Property Manager chose Ometepe Island
This property enjoys the best this country has to offer. A very safe friendly village is at the end of our driveway. The breeze off the lake is always refreshing. We are just minutes from the new airport and the ferry terminal. This is truly a piece of paradise.
What makes this Villa unique
We are big on walking lightly on the planet and as such have designed an energy efficient home. NO air conditioning is every bedroom is equipped with a quiet fan. We have also equipped the house with 6 bicycles including a tandem.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
You can smoke anywhere outside the home.
No cot available.
$10 per person per night over 4 people
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a great time, and the place was really nice, and suited to a larger group. The house was clean and the rooms were big and airy. Beautiful view of Lake Nica in the back. Very local neighborhood with a small local store about 5 minutes walk. WE had a great time!!
Thank you for visiting us! I am glad you enjoyed our lovely home and Island. Hope to see you again!
Spacious house with excellent outside areas
My family and I throughly enjoyed our stay at the house. It was very spacious, had great outside seating and hammock areas, and we reasonably well located on the island. The view out the back overlooking the lake is very nice and a great sight for both sunrise and sunset. We arranged through the host for food to be prepared, and the prices were reasonable and the food was superb! Would definitely recommend staying here if you're a group in the 5-8 range on the island.
Old Fashioned Tropical Living
This is a pleasant house a few hundred meters back from the water. The porches capture the Ometepe breezes very nicely, and you'll find yourself sitting out on them day and night. The bedrooms don't benefit as much from cross-breezes as as one might expect, and to sleep comfortably most people will want to have the upstairs doors open, which means no mosquito screens. For us, in dry season, this wasn't a problem, but I'd be cautious at times of year when insects are more prevalent. The house is quite well located for Ometepe attractions such as the Concepcion trail and Charco Verde--and really, everything on the island is pretty close. It's in an interesting, untouristed village. There are no beaches on the lake here (it's a swampy shoreline), but if you're a bit intrepid you can reach a shore path where you can see the daily fishing activities. Inside the house, you are living in the old tropical way, without much contrast between outdoors and in. If you can't bear some sand, dirt in the corners, the odd cobweb, and a few stray insects, this isn't the place for you. If you like old fashioned beach houses, it could be just right. Housekeeping is casual and, although the owners believe the caretaker cleans daily and mention this in welcome materials, this does not occur. The owners do provide excellent and accurate written info about the surroundings. The house has two baths (1950's style), with one of them upstairs with the 4 bedrooms and one downstairs. The kitchen is charmingly old fashioned as well, but quite functional--you can prep meals for a group with no problem.
Really enjoyed our stay!
We loved feeling like we were in the middle of all this rural life-the pigs sauntering by early morning, the chickens (maybe not the roosters), the cows and their caballeros on the beach and in the water. The caretakers, their children and dogs were so sweet. Karla made us a delicious meal one night and came back the next night to teach us how to make her delicious tostones. The house is basic but very functional and comfortable and has a lovely view and setting. It was nice to have bikes to ride and the bus stop is close though I wouldn't have minded having a car for a day or two for more exploring. Actually I could have used another day or two just to sit on the back porch and enjoy the view and the sound of urraka birds and the wind in the trees.
We are so happy you appreciated Ometepe Island, the magic of our lakeside farm and the wonderful caretakers that are always there for our guests. I will let Karla and her family know how happy you all were on your visit.
Extremely buggy and hot
I really hate to write bad reviews especially when the owner and property managers are so nice and accommodating, but I don't want others to rent this place and have the same experience we did. The house was cleaned for our arrival and the caretakers had picked a basket of fruits from the garden. The owner was easy to deal with and gave a lot of information about the area.
The problem was mostly the incredible amount of bugs in the house even though we kept the doors closed and only had the windows with screens open. (Some of the windows wouldn't open because of the amount of dead bugs and gecko poop.) We had to walk around in our shoes because we kept hearing the crunch of bugs under our feet. At night, there were all kinds of flying insects attracted to my reading lamp. I had to keep brushing insects off as I read. We had to keep swatting flies away as we sat at the table trying to book another place with sweat running down our bodies from the heat. There is only one ceiling fan in the whole house. The standing fans were inadequate for cooling at night. We were unpleasantly hot whenever we were in the house so we just tried to get out and enjoy the island as much as possible.
The furniture in the living room is so dingy looking we didn't want to sit on it.
The house is well stocked with everything you need for the kitchen, sheets, towels, etc. The grocery stores on the island are completely inadequate for shopping though so I recommend you go out to eat instead especially since you have to fend off hordes of ants while trying to cook.
I feel the house is overpriced considering its condition and the other prices in Nicaragua.
The island of Ometepe itself is tranquil and rustic. When we were there in May it was very dry and dusty as it is the end of the dry season.
I am sorry our experience here was not good. We have been staying at VRBO rentals for three months now in Mexico and Central America and this is one of the few places we could hardly stand to last three nights in.
I was surprised and disappointed to hear of this family's experience.
I asked our Ometepe neighbours about the bugs and heat as we were in Canada. She explained that May was the hottest month on record with temperatures above 40 C for most of the month and not a breath of wind. We visit our house between November and March and find the climate excellent. There are powerful fans in all the bedrooms but we seldom turn them on. The trade winds blow across the island during those months.
Although we have never experienced the "bug invasion", locals tell us that sometimes when the wind disappears swarms of chayules literally block the sun... "My house is overflowing…jam-packed…filled to the rafters…overrun with chayules." complained a neighbour during May's invasion. This does happen but not when the Trades are blowing. (chayules are tiny and go through the screens)
We are fond of the wicker furniture and the newly reupholstered cushions (July '15) are attractive and comfortable.
We have been renting our Ometepe house for 9 years and this review was truly a shock. This was also the first May rental we have had and will warn people about the possible heat and chayule issues in the future.
We were happy to hear that our farm manager was courteous and helpful!
Great Ometepe house
We had a great time at George and Karen's lovely home. Ometepe is a magical place and the house is perfectly situated for exploring all around. The local folks were great and we relaxed at the house and were able to get to town easily when we wanted to shop or go out to eat. We heartily recommend it to anyone lucky enough to spend time in Nicaragua......
The Ometepe museum, La Ceiba is a 15 minute bike ride away or 3 minutes in a lively local bus. World famous fresh water spring and pool, Ojo de Agua is 20 minutes by bus.