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House - Entire home/apt · Carretera Circunvalacion Masaya-Granada, Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua
Rafael

Nestled just behind the Coyotepe Mountain and Fort, This house sits on a hill has spectacular views of Volcan Masaya and the praire. You will enjoy magnificent sunsets every afternoon and then gaze at the stars and the moon with a glass of wine.

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Nestled just behind the Coyotepe Mountain and Fort, This house sits on a hill has spectacular views of Volcan Masaya and the praire. You will enjoy magnificent sunsets every afternoon and then gaze at the stars and the moon with a glass of wine.

The Space

Nestled just behind the Coyotepe Mountain and Fort, This house sits on a hill has spectacular views of Volcan Masaya and the praire. You will enjoy magnificent sunsets every afternoon and then gaze at the stars and the moon with a glass of wine.

A brand new modern house with spectacular views of the Volcano Masaya from a top of a hill behind the Coyotepe Mountain, with a constant fresh breeze and only 2 kms from Masaya center, 18 kms from Granada and 28 kms from Managua. 30 mins from the airport. You will be awakened by the birds. The House is Powered by solar energy, Cell phone provided, a jacuzzi style pool sits 8,. Great for relaxing or hosting fabulous parties, Fully equipped kitchen, dining room with a table for 8, plus a breakfast table for 4. A spacious three level terrace, perfect for afternoon drinks and to watch the amazing (website hidden) back riding available, fruit trees at your disposal. This is a very comfortable house, away from the noise and polution. Enjoy (email hidden), with modern comfort.
If you want to explore the property, you are welcomed to. You can cut your own plantain, mangos, oranges, tangerines, limes, avocados, papayas, mamones, nancites, jocotes, figs, and all complementary on us. For horse back riding just ask our caretaker and he will be more than happy to help you. Ideally you should rent a car, But if you rather not, I will be more than happy to send a taxi to pick you up at the airport and bring you to the house for $30. Also car service is available for a small charge, tipical one way anywhere in Masaya is $4 - $5 Expect to pay $1 more late at night. In Masaya we have the best arts and crafts markets in Nicaragua, a beautiful lagoon called Laguna de Apoyo, Volcan Masaya is a few minutes away, Catarina Look out point is only a 15 minutes drive, Granada city is 15 minutes drive away. We have a fun night life and typical food options.
I (email hidden) and would love to share my house with you.

If you need space for more guests, the house next door can accomodate 2 more guests, see my other listing Country Cottage Coyotepe. You can ride the horses, get fruit when in season, enjoy the Jacuzzi.

The best thing about this location is that you are isolated in then country, but yet only 2 kms away from Masaya center, we have the Coyotepe mountain just behind us, which serves as a barrier between the city and the farm.

I recommend renting a car, but I can also recommend a reliable taxi driver, my friend, his name is Alex, He can do airport transfers for $30 and local day trips as well.

Guest Access

If you need space for more guests, the house next door can accomodate 2 more guests, see my other listing Country Cottage Coyotepe. You can ride the horses, get fruit when in season, enjoy the Jacuzzi.

The Neighborhood

The best thing about this location is that you are isolated in then country, but yet only 2 kms away from Masaya center, we have the Coyotepe mountain just behind us, which serves as a barrier between the city and the farm.

Getting around

I recommend renting a car, but I can also recommend a reliable taxi driver, my friend, his name is Alex, He can do airport transfers for $30 and local day trips as well.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 3
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $10
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Other pet(s)

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  • We booked our stay at Rafael's country house for our trip to Nicaragua. We were very excited to stay here. The directions were slightly unclear so we called Rafael. Upon picking up, he rushed through some directions. We finally found the place pitch dark with only the caretaker to welcome us. Unfortunately the caretaker did not do a comprehensive walkthrough with us and we had to discover that the electricity was not working (save for 3 lights, in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom... but no other electricity... no way to plug in our phones or anything). The electricity was working all around town, so this was not a local blackout. When I called Rafael, he said that he would send someone to check. After waiting 90 min in mostly dark living room, with only lights from other rooms to see, we texted him. No response. So, we left. And LUCKILY our other host prior to Rafael was able to accomodate us for 3 extra nights. We texted Rafael again the next day. No response.

    I have never experienced such an uncommunicative and rude host in all my experiences on Airbnb and I can attest to the fact that the house is beautiful and Nicaragua is beautiful. However beware of the fact that it may not have electricity and even if you get ahold of Rafael, he may not send anyone to help you. Please be careful staying with this host. We felt extremely unsafe.

    To clarify his previous comments to a similar review left in January 2014. Yes it is loud and next to a highway. And no there was no one else there offering to let us use their phones in case ours died with the lack of electricity. And the generator that he refers to was not working either. There was no electricity, period. And he could have been more compassionate in helping. This was a disaster. But, Nicaragua is lovely!

    May 2014
    Rafael
    Response from Rafael:

    First I must clarify that this review is the result of a denied cancellation at the last minute.
    I must ask that you read my house rules and description in order to avoid surprises.
    I am the nicest host you can ask for, hence all the reviews.

    May 2014
  • Gabriel was awesome. He helped us out with a last minute reservation and it ended up being amazing.

    We stayed in his family farm in Masaya. It was Eco friendly and still very comfortable. We picked fruits in the morning, hung out in the hammock and walked around the property. It was easy to get out and about in the Afternoons thanks to the driver, Alex, that Gabriel put us in contact with. Alex was also fantastic. Very sweet, honest, dependable and helpful. He picked us up at the airport and took care of most of our transport around Granada and Masaya for the two days we were there.

    This place was an unexpected gem on our trip through Nicaragua and I would recommend it to anyone. I really loved staying there.

    March 2014
    Rafael
    Response from Rafael:

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. It was my pleasure to help and am very pleased that you enjoyed your time in Masaya. I will pass your regards to Alex, he will be pleased.
    All the best, Rafael.

    March 2014
  • !Todo pura vida!

    We stayed at Rafael’s ecofriendly and solar powered home for the convenience of the location to attend a wedding that was being hosted just down the street. The location is convenient and great if you want to travel about or just want to chill. The price is a steal if you are into getting the best for your money, without giving up on safety, cleanliness, space and comfort.
    If you come by car or rent a car you are close to Masaya, Managua, Granada and little off the grid places. This home is ecofriendly and the energy oozing from the décor balances you out and decompresses any accumulated stress. I am not into yoga and wish I was to take advantages of the spaces; I am not into meditating and wished I was to take advantage of the simple scenery and peacefulness of the place. In general if you like nature and are Eco minded this is the place to be.
    Rafael a longtime friend was accommodating and helped me organize an intimate surprised party/family reunion that was picture perfect. Our guests whom are normally accustomed to high luxury were blown away by the tasteful decoration and ample home spaces; they were captivated by the simplicity of a beautiful sunset, the humor of good company and good food that was catered by Rafael’s professional and friendly staff.

    February 2014
    Rafael
    Response from Rafael:

    Gloria, it was great seeing you and spending time with you and your family after so many years. You are always welcomed to come back and thank you for appreciating my house.

    February 2014
  • First, the house is more beautiful than the pictures could ever express. A real charm. We loved watching the sunrise on the hammock on one side of the house and watching it set with his dog Cookie on the other side.
    As two city girls, we had to adjust to the cold showers, connecting gas manually to the stove, welcoming the interior spider population, and conserving the limited solar energy available each day.
    But, whenever we had a question, Rafael made himself readily available via telephone and took us out to dinner in Masaya our 2nd night. He was welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable about the history of Nicaragua
    His mother was only a few feet away and extremely sweet. She even brought over some beans she had already cooked when she saw that we were attempting to soak our own. The caretaker was also very helpful, though we didn't need too much from him because so much had already been taken care of. Between the two of them, we felt safe and supported.
    Rafael also provided us with a reliable contact for taxi travel. His friend Alex picked us up everyday, drove us to our destination, spoke with us about Nicaragua, was very friendly, largely punctual, and professional.
    We would recommend this location for anyone willing to negotiate certain relative luxuries for a beautiful, peaceful location with exquisite natural beauty that is quite close to many of Nicaragua's national gems.

    February 2014
    Rafael
    Response from Rafael:

    You are so sweet, hope we can stay in touch. By the way, Alex your taxi driver told me to send his regards, that he truly enjoyed your company and just as myself, he said you are the prefect guests.

    February 2014
  • We stayesd for 2 nights at Rafael's farm. We had a wonderful stay and enjoyed our time there. The house was clean, neat and very tastefully done up. It took some time for us to get used to the cold shower, but it felt good after the warm days in masaya. Rafael (email hidden) and gave some great tips on planning sight seeing around masaya. He was easy to reach and very attentive. Overall a great experience. If we were to come back to masaya, we will definitely stay here again.

    February 2014
    Rafael
    Response from Rafael:

    Thank you for staying in my home and for such lovely comments. I truly enjoyed having you, you are wonderful guests and are welcomed to come back any time. If there is anything you need while in Nicaragua, please don't hesitate to call me.

    February 2014
  • Rafael was wonderful! He welcomed us and take us around town. Shown us around the the city and we had a great time.
    The house was a little far from from (website hidden) to stop by Masaya and bring stuff home to snack on. No hot water which is ok, but for anybody who's use to that, it can be a little problem. The weather was pretty hot, but warm water would be nice.
    The electricity stopped running around 10:30, because of the solar power. Didn't know about this and it freaked us out. We were asleep around 9:30 so it didn't bother us that much until when we had to use the restroom in the middle of the night.
    Overall, the house was beautiful!!! We love the view overlook the volcano. Enjoyed Cookie, the dog. She's very sweet. Just know to be prepared that there are no close convenient stores around. Do it beforehand..:) other than that, we had a great time!!!!

    February 2014
  • This is a beautiful home filled with art and antiques but there were a few problems. There was no water in the shower or bath when we arrived, nor was there cooking gas or juice in the electrical (website hidden) the morning, the farm hand fixed the shower/bath (not warm though) and he went and got some gas (propane). The outlets never did work so we couldn't recharge our phones. Rafael did call to arrange a taxi for us and luckily we had the foresight to ask the same driver to pick us up in the morning. Otherwise, I'm not sure how we could have arranged a ride without a phone. The bed was large and comfortable. I thought it would be a more peaceful sleep, but the house is near a highway.
    Also, we looked for fruit but found none.

    January 2014
    Rafael
    Response from Rafael:

    I appreciate your comments, However to clarify your issues, let me explain how things work here in Nicaragua, Water in most towns comes every other day, so to ensure my guests have water I have a spare tank, So all you have to do is open it when there is no water. Hot water is not common in the pacific and since its a farm powered with solar energy. Propane gas for cooking is in a 25 lbs tank, so when it is finished if you tell the caretaker he can replace in a few minutes. The house is powered with solar energy, so to activate the outlets just turn on the switch on the inversor. Once I send a taxi for you, it is up to you ask him to come back for your next outing. If you are not sure then there are four other people in the property, with phones who will be more than happy to call a taxi or assist you in anything you need. The House sits on a hill and there is a 2 lane road in front of the property about 200 meters away, you will hear an occasional truck, but not much traffic. At this time of the year there is not much fruit in season in the farm, but I did leave a fruit basket with grapefruit and plantains which is the only fruit now, fruit is free when available and all fruit varies with seasons. Please keep in mind you are in a farm in Nicaragua.

    January 2014
  • I appreciated how welcoming Rafael and his family were to me, especially given all the other people also visiting them during the holidays. The house is decorated with care and Rafael's background in hospitality shines through. I agree with a previous suggestion about renting a car, or you can prearrange a taxi if you want to go into town for dinner . . . at night it is too dark to walk or bike (but all the better to see the stars).

    Sitting in the hammock on a sunny afternoon. Looking out over the farm as the animals graze. A gentle breeze blows. Absolute contentment and tranquility.

    January 2014
    Rafael
    Response from Rafael:

    Thank you so much Julia, you were an awesome guest, and thank you for your help with all the gardening and taking care of the dogs, I loved that you felt right at home. Hope you come back.

    January 2014
  • Excellent experience to Start our trip in Nicaragua. As promised Rafael arranged a pick up from the airport and we had a Beautiful two days in Masaya. Consider to rent car to Be more flexible and independent. The House is Set on a beautiful farm with majestic views.

    December 2013
  • Rafael was a truly gracious and attentive host, and a fluent English speaker. He has a wide knowledge of Nicaraguan history, politics, culture and governance which greatly enriched our introduction to this beautiful country. Additionally, he has many years of experience in the hospitality and travel industries. The house was every bit as striking as the photos suggest, and exceptionally clean. Our host also provided ample filtered water, and helped us to arrange taxi service from and to the airport. Travelers should be aware that the house is about a 35 minute drive from MGA in light traffic, there is no hot water (other than passive solar-heated) or wi-fi, and it is a working farm. The day begins before 6am for both the birds and the farm hands, but peace reigns after dark (around 6 pm). We enjoyed our stay so much that we returned at the end of our trip, and would gladly do so again. Highly recommended!!

    November 2013
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English, Español, Français, Português
School
W.H. Taft H.S., Florida International University
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American Airlines at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Continental Airlines Inc., Pan Am, Fisher Island Club, Hotel Contempo, The Roosevelt Hotel, Delta
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Born in Nicaragua, Raised in New York, Studied Hospitality Management in Miami at FIU. I love to be a host, I have a passion for making my guests feel welcomed. I have worked at 5 star hotels in Miami and New York.
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