About this listing
This is a basic room that has a queen-sized bed, private, en-suite bath and is located upstairs on the entrance level to the house. It has a ceiling fan and a pedestal fan can be requested. The windows are screened. No A/C.
This ecotourism farm stay property, "Finca El Porton Verde," is a unique small inn offering in Nicaragua's capital city of Managua. My Nicaraguan family and I work and live on a small (eight acre) organic permaculture farm located in the breezy hills south of Managua—overlooking Ticuantepe and Masaya, Nicaragua.
This listing is for one bedroom with a maximum of two guests. The bedroom has its own private en-suite bathroom and is on the main floor of the house. This room is wheelchair accessible for those differently-abled. We recently completed a ramp so that if you have problems going up and down stairs, you now have an easy way to get down to the pool level. See our other listings for a one bedroom furnished apartment and two rooms with bunk beds, each with quad occupancy.
Why stay with us?
If you do not want to stay in a hotel in hot and dirty Managua, but need to be near there (for example, if you are flying in or out of the country, or doing business or missionary work) we are a great option for you.
Why should I not stay at the Farmstay?
If you need to be right on a major highway, within walking distance of bars and nightclubs, or have an extreme aversion to dirt roads, you might want to not stay here at the Farmstay. You might be better off at a downtown- or airport-area hotel.
You are on a farm, how far away are you from town?
Our B&B is located on a dirt road that is sometimes not that easy to maneuver, just six minutes from the major highway going south called Carretera a Masaya, eight minutes from the modern Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, 10 minutes from the finest restaurants, shopping and entertainment of Managua, 25 minutes from the airport, 15 minutes to Masaya Volcano, 20 minutes to the artisan market of Masaya, 45 minutes to Granada, and 45 minutes to the nearest beaches.
How do I get to any of those places if I don't have my own car?
Mototaxi, which is like a tuk-tuk in Asia takes you to the highway. Buses and taxis pass by the entrance to the highway at the UNO gasoline station. Also, I go into town nearly every day and can give you a ride for free to the highway where you can catch a bus or a taxi.
Will you give us a tour of the farm?
Absolutely! Farmstay El Porton Verde has fantastic jungle and volcano views, but just in front of the house and swimming pool begins a nearly eight acre area that hosts fruit orchards, plantains, papayas, bananas, etc. We also plant and harvest all of our own corn and red beans that are used throughout the year.. El Porton Verde is a working farm; if you stay with us during the right time of year, we can guarantee you all the mangoes that you can eat!
Do you do pickups and dropoffs at the airports and bus stations?
Yes, we recommend having us come to pick you up. We charge $20 for airport pickup.Ask us about our deals that include free pick up. We can also arrange for airport dropoff and local tours.
What other services do you provide?
Tours, medical/dental, spa, and relocation services are provided.
Tours: We offer local tours to nearby attractions such as Masaya Volcano, Masaya Artisan's Market, San Juan de Oriente ceramics studio, El Mirador de Caterina, Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, and Managua.
Medical/Dental: Ask us about how we can help you to setup medical and/or dental work/checkups. Getting these things done at a first class clinic or hospital in Nicaragua can easily pay for the cost of your ticket!
Serenity Spa: We also have a local spa that can come to the farm with their massage table, or you can go there for a range of spa services.
Relocation: We can provide a custom tour and fact-finding mission based on your specific situation and questions. We have helped new expats with everything from medical exams, gaining residency, and buying and selling of properties and businesses.
If you have any questions, please ask away here on the airbnb.com website. Thank you!
WiFi, Swimming pool, 8 acres of farmland with trails
Interaction with Guests
I live onsite in a small room off to the side of the main house--in the former caretaker´s room actually! So I am usually around except when running errands, picking up or dropping off other guests, or taking guests on tours.
Small, family run haciendas. A real farming community with more ox carts going by then private cars.
Airport transport: You can arrange airport pickup with Mike. I personally will go and pick you up in my truck. Local transport: Until about 7:30 pm, Mototaxis take you from the Farmstay to the highway, from there you can take local buses or taxis to Managua, Masaya, Granada, Laguna de Apoyo, etc. Directly via mototaxi you can go to local dining, entertainment, or shopping areas. There is private parking located on the property and you are welcome to bring your rental car.
Other Things to Note
The only other thing is to remind potential guests that this is a working farm, so please don´t book if walking distance to bars and restaurants is important to you. In addition to breakfast which is always included, we do offer lunch and dinner upon request for a nominal cost.
No rules per-se but please come with a sense of adventure. We'll do our best to make sure you are comfortable and enjoy your visit to the land of lakes and volcanoes! We can pick you up and/or drop you off at the Managua airport for an additional fee.
Our first few days in Managua were fantastic. Mike is great at picking you up at your gate and helping you to get settled. With a year and a half child in tow it was wonderful to have a family friendly environment which we really appreciated. We had planned on staying a month or longer but there's not much to do on the farm. For people who just want to relax by a pool and enjoy a beautiful vista, this is the place for you. It was fun the first few times-but taking the Moro taxi to the bus or cab started to get tiresome after awhile (just for parents hauling strollers and extra bags)I was hoping to get some tours and help work on the farm but it didn't seem to be part of the deal. I get restless so although I had paid to stay at the farm we started to travel the country and I'm glad we did. Nicaragua has many amazing things to see. We would recommend El Porton Verde but I would have booked about a week if I was to do it again. That's about the amount of nights we have stayed in the past two weeks so we hope we didn't just throw our money away and there is some return policy. Really nothing negative to say despite some miscommunication issues. The food Tyra and Samantha cook are amazing and they offered to store our bags during our last trip so we weren't paying "room" prices while we travel. Now the hard part is going back to managua to pick it up. My husband told me to pack lighter but all mothers know that's impossible with a toddler! Now to see about getting those bags...
Once again, a nice, easy stay at El Porton Verde. Mike is always very accommodating and the whole crew does everything possible to assist in whatever you need.
I will however, next stay (and there will likely be a next stay) request the downstairs rooms like we had last time. It is a little busy upstairs. However, with that aside - we love it here :)
Our stay with Mike and his family was absolutely wonderful. They were all very kind and the accommodations were comfortable and beautiful. He was there to pick us up at the airport on time and we had our choice of cold beers or lemonade upon arrival. The pool was clean and a comfortable temperature. One of his nieces took us on a tour of the farm and showed us all of the different plants and trees. The food was delicious as well, the best Nicaraguan food we've had so far!
We arrived at the airport in Managua on a late flight and Mike was there to collect us, which was great having coming off a long haul flight. He drove us to his beautiful finca. We found in the morning that the views over the neighbouring hills were stunning, and Mike's wife and sister in law cooked us traditional Nica food - which happened to be the best traditional food we ended up having on our travels in Nicaragua - including "Nacatamales" on Sunday, which were amazing! As well as being introduced to the family and pet dogs we also had a tour of the farm. Mike also took us for a tour of the Masaya volcano and helped us get a local bus to our next destination. He would have been happy to drive us but we fancied having a go on the local buses - which we were cheap and safe. All in all, very pleased with our experience. Thanks Mike.
My husband and I ended our 6 day adventure in Nica at Mike's El Porton Verde and are so happy we did! It was a perfect ending, coming off an amazing stay in SJDS 4 nights prior to coming to Managua.
Upon arrival, we were promptly greeted by Samantha and offered water or fresh juice. Such a refreshing way to start our stay and we felt right at home. Our room wasn't ready (only because we ended up getting there 1+ before we said we would) but changed into our bathing suits and spent the next few hours enjoying the view and the pool, surrounded by good company. We were again offered a bowl of fresh fruit which was a delicious snack to hold us over until dinner.
Our dinner was prepared from scratch by Samantha and we devoured the baked chicken, rice and salad. We enjoyed all of the guests that night and had great dinner conversation about our travels and life experiences.
The room was just what we needed. Average size room, nothing over the top and just perfect for our last night in Nica. The shower pressure was good, the bed was comfortable and we got a great night's sleep. Just what we were looking for!
The farm provides some space to wander around and enjoy the city without feeling like you're even in Managua. Fresh fruit all around, rustling banana leaves and plenty of chickens to keep you company as you wander thru the property.
By now, you can probably tell that we highly recommend staying at El Porton Verde with Mike as your host. Great guy, super friendly, clean rooms, awesome view of the volcano, nice and clean pool, and on and on. Mike even took us to the airport at 6am and that was a hugh bonus in terms of having piece of mind that we were taken care of there. We will definitely be back, sooner than later, and can't thank Mike enough for making our short but sweet stay at El Porton Verde such a memorable one!!
Michael was EXCEPTIONALLY HELPFUL! I showed up as a first time in Nicaragua completely helpless and he was gracious enough to pick me, feed me breakfast, let me use the internet, stay till 2, drive me to the bus, get me on the bus, call my next AirBnB host to get directions, and more! Thank you so much Michael for the "soft landing" :)
We loved our stay at Mike's! He and his family were gracious and helpful hosts, with everything from farm stay needs/experiences to advice and support in seeing the local sites and making other in-country travel plans. Mike's location at a higher elevation than Managua was cooler, and we slept great in our clean, quiet, and comfortable room. The food was awesome, and we loved touring the farm and helping harvest the food for our meal!
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About the Host, Mike
I have a wonderful Nicaraguan family,am easy going, considerate and kind to small animals and children :)
The best thing about opening up a bed and breakfast has been meeting wonderful guests who become good friends, coming back to visit again and again!
In addition to opening my Nicaraguan home to visitors, we offer local tours, pickups and drop offs at the Managua airport, and we also do special services for folks setting up house here in Nicaragua. Just ask and we can probably help you!
I spend my time mostly in Nicaragua nowadays but originally I am from Newport Beach, California (see our listing if you want a farmstay situation near to the best shopping and nightlife that Managua, Nicaragua has to offer).
When I can, I like to travel and use Airbnb to find my lodgings. I took a great East Coast USA trip a couple of summers ago, all booked through airbnb and we stayed at some awesome places!
Here in Nicaragua, I like to go to the beach and get some surfing in, swim in the pool, look for fresh fruit and vegetables on the farm, and help develop sustainable tourism businesses.
If anyone reading this (Hello!) has any questions, please contact me. Thanks and regards. Mike Quinn