Welcome to our finca and the house where we want you to feel like staying in your own place. For us the finca itself and also the house on the hill is a very special place, marked with its history and peculiarities in more than 20 years in our possession.
The Casa Loma invites you to linger, relax, nature watching. The spacious veranda allows the residents at all times to find a private place, depending on preference. Chairs, benches and hammocks are available. There is running water and electricity 115/230 VAC / 60Hz.
The rooms are simple in accordance with the rural character of the Finca, but clean and functionally equipped, as well are the existing bathrooms. The kitchen and dining area of central courtyard (Spanish „Patio „) of the property, are forming the "heart" and the central meeting point. Here can be cooked, eaten and drunk, enjoy at the kitchen bar your sundowner beer or a Nicaraguan premium-rum branded " Flor de Caña trago” with a lime from the tree nearby.
The garden area around the Casa Loma is subject to seasonal changes and shows itself in changing dress. Feel free to consume the seasonal harvested fresh fruits. Also, the oven is located behind the house can be used like, firewood is always ready an available.
The kitchen of Casa Loma is largely fully equipped, for up to 10 people is sufficient crockery available. If things are missing or damaged, please report so that this can be remedied. The kitchen stove works with propane gas, the exchange tank is located in the small storage room behind the bathroom. Under certain circumstances the valve of the gas tank is closed and the lever must be opened before use. Should the gas run out please report there´s a spare tank in stock and can be replaced promptly.
The dishwashing soap in Nicaragua commonly used is suitable for cold wash; there is no need for this to heat extra-rinse water. Simply rub dishes with sponge and neat soap and rinse under running water, put in the drying rack - ready!
Non-organic waste can be disposed in the garbage barrel at the parking area in front of the main entrance-door to Casa Loma; the barrel is emptied regularly by the staff of the finca. The organic waste can be disposed on compost lying behind the house. Our staff will show you the location. The compost produced is incorporated into the natural nutrient cycle of our land and is used for fertilization.
The kitchen has a large fridge with separate freezer.
As the finca was taken over by the Hübner - Kruzinna family in May 1995, on the 35 hectares area we didn´t find many more than about 100 trees , the previous user have had " well cleared " the exploitable trees and left behind only the stumps . The „Loma de Casa " was then largely bare. Today, there are about 13,000 trees from over 130 species on the entire surface. Approximately 5 hectares of plantations of timber with mainly native and a few other species such as Teak wood are registered and certified by the national forest authority. Beside compact plantations we make use of forest - grazing systems where forest trees are cultivated on pastureland in mixed use. All pastures are parceled; grazing by cattle, sheep and horses is based on an established rotation System.
The house on the hill or better "the Casa Loma" was built by the family Hübner-Kruzinna in 1996th The slight hill from which the front part of the property is excellent to survey, invited this with their most existing cooling breeze a downright. Chunks of bricks, the remains of a hearth and a lot of municipal waste were close to previous use of space. The first phase (1995) consisted of the main house with two rooms, the kitchen and the bathroom. At the same time a water fountain was rehabilitated. This fountain supplied the Casa Loma was towed which lifted with drinking water in the early years by means of a rope pump and in buckets up the hill to the bathroom and kitchen. From 2000, now an electrical submersible pump the well water promotes up to a 2500-liter water tank on the lying above the Loma de casa hilltop "Loma del Tanque", where down by gravity, the water flows now in the Casa Loma which from 2001 resulted in new residential annex with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms inside to take a modern WC in operation. Thus, for several years the latrine "La Letrina" only in "emergencies" in operation, the hot water operation of Casa Loma drained into the underneath-the-house septic The fountain of the Casa Loma changes its water level and thus its pumping capacity according to the seasonal rainfall.
At the beginning of the summer rainy season in May / June, the level is approximately 8 meters below ground, water must be saved. At the end of the rainy season, so the end of November it rises to ca. 2 - 4 meters below ground when the rainfall of at least 2000 mm / year be such that they reach the annual average of 2,300 mm approximately. Unfortunately, this was due to climatic phenomena such as "El Niño" or generally be more noticeable climate change in recent years is not the case. In particular, in 2015 only about 1000 mm rain fell at the finca. The drought throughout the Pacific and Central Region of Nicaragua had serious consequences for plants, animals and humans. In 2014, the country house was connected to the network of public municipal water supply of the municipality of San Juan del Sur. This network carries treated drinking water from Lake Nicaragua over a 25 km long pipeline of La Virgen at the waterfront located well into the town of San Juan del Sur. The line system also runs through the hamlet of San Antonio, the residents were connected to the supply system.
For our Finca this has to be able to rely on a guaranteed supply of drinking water for animals and humans a decisive advantage, especially in critical years. Nevertheless, the water supply for agriculture, livestock and forestry from the aforementioned seasonal precipitation events depends, watering of lawns and ornamental plants is in only a very limited extent in the vicinity of the building possible, otherwise the water resources are urgently needed to irrigate the cut grass, this is sure to May the diet of livestock in February.