About this listing
Gorgeous 2500sq foot private villa sleeping six, massive infinity pool, set in the hills north of SJDS with unparalleled ocean views. Located just north of SJDS in the boutique eco consicous community of Balcones de Majagual, Casa Francesca is a gem
Casa Francesca is a stunning newly built villa located in the progressive, boutique community of Balcones de Majagual. Designed and built by the same architect who designed Morgans Rock Eco-Lodge (Matthew Faulkner) Casa Francesca is a stunning home mixing both modern luxuries and natural, sustainable organic elements.
Located 12km north of the lovely village of San Juan del Sur Nicaragua, this private villa boasts unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean from every part of the home. The incredible 15meter infinity pool overlooks the ocean and is the perfect spot to watch one of Nicaragua's incredible sunsets. It is also the perfect spot to watch humpback whales breaching in the ocean as they arrive in the warm waters off the coast of Nicaragua to nurse their young.
Casa Francesca also benefits from its location in one of Central Americas largest private wildlife corridors. Expect daily visits from the local friendly monkey troop, along with sightings of parakeets, maragays, sloths and a variety of other wildlife.
High ceilings, cool white washed stucco walls, and stone floors give Casa Francesa a large, open airy feel. The large screened windows allow for the almost constant breeze that the home benefits from to flow unobstructed through the home, keeping the temperature comfortable both day and night. Gorgeous wooden furniture, stone and rock elements, incredible paintings and blue decor are the final touches in this unique villa, lending to it a soft and natural feel.
This three bedroom 2.5 bathroom home is able to sleep five to six people comfortably. The two large bedrooms in the main part of the home each contain full ensuite bathrooms, comfortable king sized beds and ocean views. The third bedroom is located in the designated office space (located right at the pool, you can step right out of the office and plunge into the water) and contains a large, comfortable futon that can easily be converted to sleep one to two people. The room also contains a spacious bathroom. This is also the perfect space in which to work while away from home, and the excellent wifi signal located in the community makes this fully possible.
The living, dining, and kitchen space all have spectacular ocean views, and are surrounded by large Japanese style sliding doors to allow for true, open air living. They are also all located within steps of the 15meters, stunning blue, infinity pool so you can take a refreshing dip whenever you so choose! Modern conveniences such as a Smeg gas range, stainless steel appliances, and a fully stocked kitchen make cooking that fresh seafood you bought from the local fisherman on the beach a breeze. Enjoy your meal inside at the large stone counter top/breakfast bar, or outside in the shaded patio at the large dining space. The airy, comfortable living space seats 6 plus people comfortable and is a great space to enjoy music and play any of the games provided in the evening after the sunsets.
Casa Francesca is located either a short 15 minute walk or short 5 minute drive down the private road to some of the finest beaches in southern Nicaragua, Playa Maderas, Playa Majagual and Playones. There are surf board rentals, and a small selection of cafes to make your day at the beach both comfortable and enjoyable. Enjoy lunch at the fish taco stand, or at the newly built Barrio Cafe. If you arrive for a morning surf, there is even a smoothie stand to recharge with once you head in from those amazing waves.
An English and Spanish speaking “meet and greet” is included in the cost of rental. This home also enjoys the benefits of secure private parking and 24 hour security in a locked, gated community. Cleaning service included in rate.
Please don’t hesitate to ask us for tips about the town and surrounding area. We are happy to provide you with our list of favorites, be it activities or restaurants. Some of our favourite restaurants in town include El Timon (the best fish in SJDS) Bog Wave Daves if you need a burger, and for a nice night out, El Calibre. Closer to the home, Los Marias, perhaps the best typical Nicaraguan food SJDS has to offer.
A 4 x 4 high clearance vehicle is essential for reaching Casa Frances, particularly in rainy season. It will also make your drives on the local country roads more enjoyable. Please ask us to put you in touch with one of our contacts in town regarding car rental where we can help you with a discounted rate.
washer and dryer
Bi lingual meet and greet
Interaction with Guests
Guest will be cared for by meet and greet team and onsite staff
Went to Nicaragua in 2006 to help set up Ocean Green Surfboards, environmentally friendly surfboards. Fell in love with the country and its people, both are beautiful and unspoilt- and was lucky enough to find this piece of land in the beautiful, eco conscious community of Balcones de Majagual- a natural wildlife corridor in the hills north of San Juan del Sur. Monkeys, sloths, sunsets, parakeets- heaven
Guests are required to have their own 4 x 4 to access the house- we can assist with booking at discounted rates and recommend shuttles
Other Things to Note
$10 fee for two people for use of washer dryer for week or part thereof. $20 for four, $30 for 6 and
This is a non smoking villa
We simply as you treat our home like your own
We seek guests who will take the time to enjoy the beauty and wildlife that our community has to offer. We assure you that your rental home will be outfitted as advertised and our staff will work with you to make your vacation special. Casa Francesca is a non smoking home.
Vehicles required to be in four wheel drive, first gear at all times on property.
Great find! This home is exactly as pictures portray! The pool and the view are definitely the focal point and so great to enjoy every day. Sunsets are incredible. It is a bit of a trek from SJDS but worth it! Definitely rent a 4x4!! There are several beaches within a short drive and most any groceries you need are a available in town. Made reds beach is the best for surfing and general upbeat vibe. Good food at the restaurant there as well. We enjoyed zip lining in the canopies and highly recommend spending money on an awesome 1/2 day catamaran trip! From the house we heard wonderful bird calls and saw howler monkeys (they never bothered us or came very close to the house). All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would rent it again!
The property is absolutely stunning and exactly as advertised. Laura arranged for someone to meet us in San Juan Del Sur and take us to the property with a proper tour and introduction. The house was clean, open and spacious. The pool is gorgeous and is directed at an incredible view of the Pacific. Sunsets are truly special.
The property is situated in a gated community that feels very safe. There is a beach that sits below the community that was practically private when we went.The roads getting to and from the house are a bit treacherous and definitely require 4x4. It's only about 25 minutes into town.
I will definitely be coming back and would recommend this place to anyone.
We had a great time at Casa Francesca! The location in the middle of the forrest with a great view on the ocean offered a nice opportunity to relax after an exhausting surf at one of the nice beaches around San Juan Del Sur. The house itself is purely amazing with a stylish interior, a well equipped kitchen, big and comfortable beds and the awesome infinity pool. We got a fast response on our short notice reservation, and the key handover worked very uncomplicatet. Furthermore we got guided to the apartment (don't forget to bring your 4x4) including a tour to some of the most important spots in San Juan Del Sur. To sum it up: Great location, great house, great service. Thanks a lot for letting us stay there!
Awe Casa Francesca! After months of searching and research we (our family of 6) finally decided to spend our vacation time and my 75th birthday at Casa Francesca and are more than happy that we did. We live within the solitude of the mountains of Montana and were glad to find that same solitude at Casa Francesca and with a view of the ocean. Although there is a house on both sides of Casa Francesca we were fortunate to have the whole area to ourselves for all but two days of our two week stay. Casa Francesca was all that we expected and more. A great open floorplan overlooking the wonderful infinity pool and the view through the jungle to the beach and beyond. There is a nice deck just outside of the end bedroom which we found perfect for yoga. The support staff which made our visit even more enjoyable are courtious, kind, most helpful and very patient with our attempts with Spanish. A four wheel drive is highly recommended especially if the road gets wet and muddy. The 12 mile road from town to the house is a dirt road going through different neighborhood along the way so I recommend driving slow to enjoy the sights and be mindful of the families along the way. The kitchen has all the tools necessary (including a gas stove and outside gas grill) to put out a good meal but bring all your own spices and other condiments. Two bedrooms have large comfortable beds with their own bathroom and shower and the small room at the end of the pool which has its own vanity and toilet could use a more comfortable bed. The pool is an absolute delight, clean, warm, deep and long enough to do laps. Know that you are sharing your spot in the jungle with all the other jungle creatures and some of them like to stop by for an unannounced visit. One night it was beetles, another was moths and of course always be on the lookout for scorpions. There are birds and howler monkeys adding their voices to the chorus of sounds which is backed up by the surf crashing ashore at the nearby beach. There are a number of beaches within a short drive from the house suitable for surfing, swimming or just lounging in the sun and sand and some have small restaurants and board rentals available. The town San Juan del Sur is a lively, friendly place with a number of shops, restaurants and watering holes. Don't miss the local bakery and the Italian pizza place and fresh sea food may be obtained at the fish market at the far end of the bay. The host greeter will be happy to point all these places out to you. We definitely recommend Casa Francesca for anyone looking to enjoy the peace, beauty and serenity of Nicaragua's Pacific Coast.
The house was amazing! We stayed here for our Honeymoon for 2 weeks of bliss! The house met all of our needs and more, the Kitchen was well appointed for cooking just about everything, including fresh Lobster from Town! The pool was a major highlight and we spent a part of every day swimming in it! The view was incredible. The staff that was at the front gate was very nice, and our guide Shayla that greeted us upon arrival showed us around San Juan Del Sur and gave us great tips on the best local spots. Laura and Gabriella both checked in with us during our stay which was very nice and were helpful with the pre-planning! Highly recommend staying here, as we look forward to coming back!
The team handling the Casa Francesca property is top notch. Their prompt communication, their responsiveness throughout the process was of high quality.
Gabby's service in preparing you for the arrival, setting us up for the stay upon our arrival and keeping in touch with us throughout the stay was critical to our overall ability to relax and not have to "figure out" where to go and what to do.
The pool makes this house. It is very clear, clean and the perfect temp. We swam from 7 am to midnight. There were bees near pool and we were able to get rid of them with some work. I think mgmt is working on this. The pool here is one of, if not the, best in balcones - it's long and deep even able to swim laps etc. Plenty of beach towels provided.
Kitchen is perfectly stocked with dishes, pots, pans, blender, coffee pot/grinder etc. We cooked every day and had everything we needed. Stock up the first day for a few days worth of meals as you will want a day to just enjoy the sights and sounds. BBQ works great.
Felt completely safe and secure. 4WD is needed as road has a steep grade and loose gravel.
Internet worked the whole time and we were able to stream movies on our computer sitting under the stars on the deck.
The lounge chairs pictured are great- sturdy and comfy. They need more outdoor seating. If more than two people, it would be an issue. There is a laundry room. House very clean, and in great working order. Including hot water.
We brought a citronella candle and had very little issues with bugs, and none in the house.
The beaches are pristine, few people, stunning views, great clean sand. Walk to the surfing beach is quick and fun.
We will be back. The views are amazing, the experience so easy and relaxing.
Note: as pic shows no railing on deck. This didn't bother me, but not for toddlers.
I love Casa Francesca and can't wait to go back.
We were met in town by Gabriela who went above and beyond showing us the area and getting us to the house which was much appreciated. Don't miss out on the fresh fish market. We had fresh lobster many nights.
Photos are accurate but don't really do the property justice. It is a magical place. Beautiful, functional, and well designed. The infinity pool is amazing and I spent two entire days just swimming, reading, and laying in the sun. From the deck, we saw monkeys, iguanas, parrots, and a couple of tarantulas.
We did quite a bit of research on where to stay in San Juan Del Sur (and the Balcones Majugual development specifically) and this house is as close to perfect as you can get. Unlike some of the other properties in the development, Casa Francesca sits up off the ground, and in my opinion keeps more "nature" out.
My only complaint about the house would be the lack of basic cooking supplies. You will need to get everything (coffee, sugar, salt...everything) and I'd suggest shopping in Managua for a better selection. In town, don't miss Nacho Libre for excellent hamburgers and cocktails. We also had two wonderful meals at Espressionista in Granada.....another one not to miss.
All in all, a wonderful spot to stay. Thank you Micky & Gabriela!
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About the Host, Laura (And Joel)
We are just two travel loving people who fell in love with the country of Nicaragua and ended up buying our dream home! While we try and spend as much time there as possible, occasionally, we do have to work- and we do want to keep discovering this amazing planet. While we are doing this, we are happy to offer homes in our community to others to enjoy and discover this truly amazing country! San Juan del Sur Nicaragua is the place to come for travellers who are looking for surf, sunshine and a little adventure, and we try our best to make our home a little piece of luxury to come and relax in between all that fun! Through renting our own personal home Casa Selva- I fell into assisting my amazing neighbours in Balcones de Majagual with renting their homes- the rest they say is history. You couldn't pick a better spot in Nicaragua- and you couldn't pick better guests than myself and my husband Joel!