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SPECTACULAR HAND CRAFTED HOME ON 20 TROPICAL ACRES

SPECTACULAR HAND CRAFTED HOME ON 20 TROPICAL ACRES

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Dec 12, 2014
2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH LOCALLY CRAFTED HOME ON 20 ACRES OF TROPICAL PARADISE.

This spectacular 20 acre property is just minutes away from downtown Atenas. You can easily walk there. It features a gorgeous home on 20 acres of private land with lush tropical gardens, orchards, streams and breath taking views. You can pick bananas by the swimming pool, caimoto by the front gate, mangoes along the drive and oranges, lemons, water apple, papaya and cashews in the orchard. From the verandas and other magical spots on the property there are views towards Poas volcano and the Central Valley. There are plenty of interesting walks in the neighborhood but just walking the property itself is an adventure and meditation is a tropical paradise.

The three bedroom main residence features vaulted ceilings, hand crafted hardwood windows, ceilings and doors. Huge wrap around verandas, totally private swimming pool and all modern conveniences. Internet, satellite TV provided.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Wheelchair access

Recent Review

About the Owner

My name is Tonia and I am Belgian. I have been living in the US for 28 years but am a world traveler at heart.

My quinta in CR is my home away from home.

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Speaks:: english, french, german, spanish, italian, dutch
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
10%
Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2014

Guestbook comments from the manager

A Week in Paradise!



Review Submitted: January 27, 2010 Date of Stay: January 2010

From the minute Tonia answered my request for info, I knew that our visit to this beautiful home just outside of Atenas was going to be a great experience. Having never been to Costa Rica, my friends and I wanted to rent a home which would allow us to be centrally located. We wanted to be able to get into town easily, enjoy a pool at the home, take day trips to volcanoes, parks, and beaches around the country, have access to someone who could escort us to the best sites, and to stay in a comfortable home. Colina Paula fit the bill perfectly. Tonia was incredibly helpful arranging for a driver to pick us up at the SanJose Airport, even suggesting to him (and to us via email) that he stop at a 'supermercado' so that we could purchase groceries and spirits before heading to her home. Arriving at Colina Paula, we found the website photos to be entirely accurate but still not able to capture the natural beauty of the tree/tropical plant/pasture-covered property. The house itself is most aptly described as classy and comfortable; the woodworking has been done by a master craftsman. Laid out for optimal views of gorgeous mountains and volcanoes in the distance and cross-breezes to enjoy in the house or on the wrap-around patio, the house is in an ideal location to enjoy cooking dinner on the huge gas grill, sipping coffee on the patio, swimming in the immaculately maintained pool steps from the house, and relaxing. Tonia's care for the house carries over to her care for her guests, having suggested and arranged for us to contact Walter, a tour van owner, to take us on incredible day trips that allowed. While we loved spending our mornings on the patio over breakfast we made in the well stocked kitchen, we were just as eager to wander into town feeling like Atenas natives, enjoy a massage on the beach, or try a challenging zipline. We sadly said goodbye but we will surely return.
Jan 2010
  • 1 of 3

17 Reviews

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SPECTACULAR HAND CRAFTED HOME ON 20 TROPICAL ACRES
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p221962vb
Atenas Alajuela Province
5

Breathtaking Views - Beautiful Home Away from Home!

  • 5 of 5
We could not have been happier at our stay here! We have never been to Costa Rica and were excited to stay in a home that would serve as our base camp to sightsee and explore this beautiful country. Quinta Colina Paula was perfect! From the beautiful furnishings and decoration, to the impeccable cleanliness, to the helpful property managers, to the amazing pool and outdoor living space, this house has it all!! We wanted for nothing during our stay, except for a car which we rented a couple days into the trip because things were farther away than we anticipated. Even the pathway into the house from the gate is long, winding, and steep, which is great for viewing and privacy but can be strenuous for some. We loved the little town of Atenas with its friendliness and rural feel. Aad and Marian were fantastic property managers/tour guides/informants! We felt cared for by both of them, and we learned so much from them! We suggest you have them pick you up at the airport and take you to town because they can share with you a lot of information and help you get your bearings. We also stopped at the local supermercado to get food and drinks during our pick up. A great day trip is the El Toledo Organic Coffee plantation tour with lunch at a Tican house prepared by a Tia of the coffee plantation - real authentic experience is priceless. Poas and LaPaz were awesome and relatively close. Jaco is enjoyed by the teenagers and surfers. We cannot wait to come back and stay at Quinta Colina again - as it was the perfect place to just get lost and relaxed for a day and then walk to Guanacaste restaurant or the Ceviche shop just up the road a few houses; while at the same time, the central location made it perfect to explore. The weather was perfect too! New Year's Eve was so special as we watched the fireworks light up the night sky over San Jose from the Quinta. Con mucho gusto we write this review! You'll love it!
  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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SPECTACULAR HAND CRAFTED HOME ON 20 TROPICAL ACRES
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Ontario, Canada
5

Wow and Wow

  • 5 of 5
Having stayed at numerous 4 and 5 star resorts in Costa Rica before, we have found the perfect alternative. This property is superb. The gardens are lush and beautiful and the home is spacious, clean and secure. It is also located conveniently close to Atenas (less than 10 minute drive) . The town has everything you would need ie. gas,groceries,and restaurants. The temperatures in this region are perfect and allows you to just sit back and relax by the pool watching the hummingbirds go by. We highly recommend getting up just before 6 a.m. just to experience the wild symphony of bird calls at this time of day. Arranging our trip to this paradise was easy and dealing with Tonia and the property managers was effortless..Thank you so much for our best Costa Rican vacation so far
  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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SPECTACULAR HAND CRAFTED HOME ON 20 TROPICAL ACRES
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Richmond Hill, Ont
5

A Perfect Week

  • 5 of 5
Our week at Colina Paula was delightful. The house, owners and staff were professional and welcoming. All the posted reviews truly reflect our experience and comfort in this charming home. Read the reviews, and make your reservation- you will be impressed from the moment the gate opens, revealing all the charms that await you.
  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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SPECTACULAR HAND CRAFTED HOME ON 20 TROPICAL ACRES
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Denver, CO
5

Can't Wait to Return!

Can't Wait to Return!
  • 5 of 5
Our 8 day stay at Colina Paula was one of our best vacations ever! This was our fourth trip to CR and we are sold on Atenas. The weather was perfect, not to hot during the day and cool at night for great sleeping. The panoramic views from the house are incredible with a view of the Poas Volcano. We spent hours lounging by the pool, laying in the hammocks and just relaxing. The landscaping is incredibly beautiful from the moment you enter the property and creates a very private and peaceful setting. The home is located close to Atenas making it easy for shopping and necessities. We had no trouble catching a cab to and from town. The central location also makes it easy to take side trips to various points of interest. We took a wonderful day trip to La Paz Waterfalls Gardens to see Toucans, Butterflies, Humming Birds and the beautiful waterfalls and gardens. We look forward to another stay at Colina Paula in the near future! We would highly recommend this property to our friends.
  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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SPECTACULAR HAND CRAFTED HOME ON 20 TROPICAL ACRES
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Houston, TX
5

A slice of paradise!

  • 5 of 5
We just came back from a wonderful 10 days in Costa Rica. Colina Paula is even more beautiful than the pictures here. The landscaping is just gorgeous and the house was clean and had everything we needed. The layout is very open and showcases the beautiful views outside. We all loved lounging on the many hammocks placed around the wraparound porch. Tonia gave us all the info we needed before our trip. The house was our home base for the 10 days we were there and was perfect for day trips. We stayed 2 nights in La Fortuna, which was about a 2 1/2 - 3 hour drive from Atenas. The rest of our day trips were never more than 1 1/2 hours away. We went to Poas, La Paz Waterfalls, San Jose, La Fortuna (Arenal Nat'l Park, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge & ziplinning with Sky Trek), Grecia/Sarchi/Zarcero and Cartago/Orosi Valley/Tipanti Nat'l Park - Poas and La Paz Waterfalls were our favorite. At the end of each day trip, we all looked forward to coming home and relaxing in the pool or hammocks. For dinner, we mostly ate at Guanacaste, which was within walking distance from the house. This was the most relaxing international trip we'd taken to date and Colina Paula was the main reason. We highly recommend this house!!
  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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SPECTACULAR HAND CRAFTED HOME ON 20 TROPICAL ACRES
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Colorado, USA
5

What a wonderful place for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5
We had the privilege to spend a full month at this wonderful property. It was a pleasure to deal with the owner's from the very beginning. They are honest, forthright and responsive.

The property is in a wonderful location. Pictures really cannot do it justice. There just is something to waking up and seeing a volcano in the distance, while the hummingbirds come zooming by, and having a cup of great Costa Rica coffee. The nature sounds, particularly at night, must be experienced to truly appreciate.

The town of Atenas was pleasant, one of our children even got involved in helping teach English at the local school. We loved going to the market to get the freshest possible fruits and vegetables. After a few trips you even develop your favorite food vendors.

The home was well equipped (even water toys for the children) and the grounds beautiful. The caretakers were very nice, and for a very reasonable rate we were able to hire the wife once a week for cleaning and laundry work. And Atlas the dog, who is allowed to stay with you if you would like him to, is a lot of fun to have at the house.

The property is so centrally located that trips to the major attractions can be done in a day. The closest Pacific beach is less than an hour away.

We would highly recommend this property to anyone considering a stay in Costa Rica. It has certainly encouraged our family to look at potentially moving to Costa Rica long term.

The favorite places we visited were Manuel Antonio, the Nicoya Penninsula (take the ferry from Puntarenas) and La Fortuna (yes, we were lucky and saw Arenal volcano almost all day long).

Unfortunately our adventure is now over, but we are certain you would enjoy yours if you rent this property.
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dear Mike and Family:
Thank you for your wonderful feedback. It always feels very good to hear that clients are happy with our place. We worked hard on it and we are happy to share with everyone.
Atlas has been missing for a week. He ran off during bad lightning and he has not returned. We have handed our fliers and even a reward for his return. We are all very upset and the only thing we can now only do is pray for his return. Stay in touch with us. Tonia

Location

From the Owner

Initially I thought living on the Pacific Ocean was what I wanted. However, it is too humid for me there. Living in the mountains, especially Atenas offers the ultimate climate for me: warm and comfortable during the day and cool at night. Buying this property as a bare piece of land and developing it with my heart and soul has taught me life lessons. This property was an expression of my dream to live peacefully, surrounded by nature, in a house that has soul and is a reflection of me. I like privacy, yet like to be close to town. This property makes me happy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : SAN JOSE at 25 Miles Nearest Barpub : BAR GUANACASTE at 3 Miles Nearest Motorway : CALERON at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : 2 min driving to downtown to all restaurants at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : JACO at 40 Miles Car: recommended

3 min driving from the center of Atenas.

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Additional information about rental rates

10 % DEPOSIT DUE TO RESERVE THE HOUSE.
REMAINING BALANCE DUE ONE MONTH BEFORE ARRIVAL.
PAYPAL PAYMENT OR CHECK.

Damage deposit depends on length of stay.

Amenities

From the Owner

Unique in Atenas: spectacular home on a giant piece of landscaped tropical paradise with incredible views, Complete privacy and varied terrain. Tranquility and the endless beauty of the property. You can drive to town in a matter of minutes but we think you would rather walk and enjoy the local atmosphere. The complete privacy does not mean you have to go far for amenities: two local restaurants are within minutes' walk. What you will most appreciate is the peace, natural beauty, lush gardens, fresh air and comfortable home.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Village

Attractions

  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 2500 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • bathroom 1: double sinks, tub and shower, toilet. bathroom 2: double sinks, shower and toilet

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double

Outside

  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals
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