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
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.
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.
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!
We had a great time with Mike! El Porton Verde is the perfect little Oasis outside of busy Managua and we were so glad we booked with him instead of a hotel in the city center. So close to Vulcan Masaya with tons of great adventures just around the corner, it was the perfect start to our vacation! Thanks Mike!
Mike was a very gracious and accommodating host. We spent the first and last night of our trip at the beautiful and peaceful farm and hope to have a chance to return soon!
We arrived in Nicaragua and Mike was at the airport to greet up and bring us to his spendid place. We had a fantastic time, his breakfast is delicious, his view spectacular, the pool divine..especially because we were acclimatizing to the heat! Plus it is close enough to Managua that you can easily do day trips but then retreat to a quiet place in the evening! Also, enjoyed getting a tour of his permaculture farm! Plus his first language is english and it was great to get lots of details and not have to worry about not really speaking spanish for a first few days! We planned to stay three nights and stayed an extra night! A must for people arriving or departing Nicaragua!
We loved our stay at Mike's farm! I happened to come down with the flu the day before arriving and it was as great a place as I could have chosen to heal. We had all 3 meals at the farm and it was always delicious!
Mike has a very nice farm and the place is a wonderful punch of nature. We had a nice time by Mike and it is an useful place after a landing or before a take-off.
A great place near Managua. We had a very pleasant stay at Mike's farm, walking and eating Mangoes, swimming in the pool. Mike has a very clean and nice farm. For 20 dollars he can get you at the airport and you can eat for 5 on the evening. Since the farm is far away Managua or any restaurant, that is a useful information to have, and useful service that Mike gives.
Mike and Miranda are very nice and graceful hosts. After picking us up at the airport very late, they took us back to their B&B where we got to catch up on a lot of sleep. In the morning, we were served breakfast and delicious food. Then we swam in their pool that's stunningly clear. We needed to get in touch with some people in Managua, and they helped to make it happen. It was a great experience, and we plan on coming back some day!