The house is set in 2 acres of walled partially steep property which was originally a loquat orchard overlooking Agua, Acatenango and Fuego volcanoes. It also has fantastic views of unspoilt mountains which is rare in the Antigua area. This is because there are two large working farms across the way (El Pilar has beautiful hiking and bird watching trails and Hacenienda Carmona which grows quality coffee and keeps dairy cows from which you can buy fresh, raw milk).
The house is at the upper end of the San Cristobal el Alto village approx 4 miles from central Antigua. It takes about 20 minutes driving time. The road winds up a mountain side and then goes through the village and a bit further up.
When you come into the property, there is a flat area with lots of parking space, and a green area for relaxing, playing or sunset drinks overlooking the volcanoes. There is a bonfire area set up, and then the walkway leads down a dry stone path to the large front veranda which can be used for alfresco birdwatching breakfasts as the sun comes up or lounging in the afternoons. There are a variety of birds who make the area their home including some majestic vultures, woodpeckers, parrots an owl we have heard regularly but never seen. The front door leads into the open plan living area which consists of living room, dining area and kitchen. This is on the middle level (the house is on 3 levels accessed by 3 steps each. The first platform includes the additional bedrooms, lofts and study/office area. The lower platform is the master bedroom which consists of the bedroom, bathroom with enormous deep bathtub, walk in wardrobe and deck.
There are 4 bedrooms, 2 small lofts which can be used as additional (small) sleeping areas or a study. There is a play room for children. There are 3 full bathrooms, a visitor toilet and an outside garden shower with hot water accessed from the master bedroom. The master bedroom has a private deck overlooking the mountains which is also a wonderful place for yoga.
You can supplement your meals with fresh seasonal produce from the organic veggie garden. There are various fruit trees and bushes on the property including the above mentioned loquat trees, avocados, peaches, custard apple, pears, pomegranates, very young citrus trees, passion fruit vine, wild blackberry and strawberry bushes.
The village of San Cristobal el Alto is full of wonderfully friendly people. The village was based on tailors (sastres), harvesting of loquats, apples and pears. There are a few local shops here (about a 5 minute walk downhill from the house). A restaurant at the entrance of the village with astounding views recently opened. This is walking distance from the house. There are some amazing hiking and biking trails accessible directly from the house as well.
For the few chilly nights, there is a Spanish-oven type of wood fire which warms the whole living area, and you can use it to make tea or coffee at the same time and there is also a play area for children with a little wooden hut, swing, slide sandbox and swing bridge.
Here is a recent article and video from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/travel/what-to-do-in-36-hours-in-antigua-guatemala.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0 (April 2015)