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Property Details

Updated: May 23, 2015
House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Set on a hillside terrace overlooking Playas del Coco, 'Casa Holmes' has won several awards and been featured in magazines and books on Latin American architecture. Every room and bathroom has a view not to be missed. People are spellbound when they first enter the house. The house fits harmoniously on the site. The house even incorporates the granite base rock into its living spaces.

We have taken great care to provide our guests with a memorable stay. We have a resource library on the flora and fauna and culture of the region as well as pool-side reading, an infinity lap pool that overlooks Coco Bay, imported bathrobes, local organic bath products, maid service and much more. All of this just a 4 minute walk down our hill to the beach or a 12 minute walk to the center of town. The location of this retreat villa is outstanding.

About the Architect: Costa Rican architect Victor Cañas designed the house. Cañas is Costa Rica's premier architect and his renown extends throughout Latin America. He describes himself as a 'tropical modernist' and he is known for his sensitive understanding of the site. His houses combine solidity of material with a lightness and openness that create a sense of harmony with the environment. There is no excess in Casa Holmes' design and every detail feels right. Casa Holmes may be Cañas' masterpiece.

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  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Recent Review

About the Owner

We both come from a strong background of art and beauty and have had the privilege of traveling and staying in some fabulous places. My husband, a landscape architect, and I could not pass up building our own dream home with a world class architect on a world class site. We designed Casa Holmes to be a place where our own family would like to return to while keeping in mind what we valued as guests while visiting new places.

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14 Reviews

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Playa del Coco Guanacaste

Can't wait to return!!

Can't wait to return!!
  • 5 of 5
We had a fantastic stay at Casa Holmes with our three 20-something daughters. We have been home a week now and we all wish we had more than 10 nights to stay there. The home is so unique and enough cannot be said about the view. One of our favorite things was the refreshing saltwater infinity pool. It was in the 90’s while we were there and we were constantly taking dips in the pool. With the air conditioning and fans the home stays very cool and comfortable even in 90 degree weather. We would have been happy relaxing at Casa Holmes our entire stay and never leaving the house but since this was our first time in Costa Rica we wanted to make sure and do some exploring as well. As others have stated it is a short walk to the beach and town. We started each morning with a walk into town and definitely got our exercise climbing the driveway on our way back. We rented a 4-wheel drive with GPS and had no problem navigating and getting around. We were very happy we had a 4-wheel drive for some of the dirt roads in the area. We had Rocio of Rocio’s Kitchen Catering prepare two dinners and one brunch for us. The home is so beautiful that we thought it would be a treat to have several meals prepared for us there. Rocio did a fabulous job and cooked delicious meals that we all enjoyed. She even brought table decorations and left everything clean and tidy when she left. We did two different tours with Mainor of “Tours Your Way”. We highly recommend him as well. He structures his private tours based on exactly what you request and takes care of every detail. We thoroughly enjoyed our two days with him and did zip lining, horseback riding, mud baths, hikes to waterfalls, water slides, etc. The owner, Nita, and property managers, Wes and Lisa, were so easy to work with and were always available for questions and suggestions. There were a couple of maintenance requests that arose and they were very promptly taken care of. All in all we loved Casa Holmes and Costa Rica and can’t wait to return.
  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Award Winning Home gives guests an unforgetable experience.
Playa del Coco Guanacaste

Views and Privacy

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed this home so much that for two entire days, we planned to stay in, enjoying the panorama from dawn to dusk. There is no better sunset view anywhere in the world!
We spent a lot of time in the pool, which has the same view to the bay and the horizon, and sports a waterfall feature that fronts the Master bedroom for a pleasing and soothing sound.
The house is well-appointed, with a nice kitchen, large living/dining area, big patio, and guest/children's quarters well removed from the Master Suite.
The only caveat: the driveway access is the trade-off for the expansive views, as it is extremely steep. We recommend renting a powerful AUTOMATIC vehicle, as a manual clutch would prove challenging to the less experienced...
The home is five minutes from the center of town, with modern, American-style grocery options, plenty of restaurants and small shops. Access to the beach is easy, and there is ample opportunity to explore the area within close reach.
We recommend flying into Liberia airport, which is only 30 minutes away.
All in all, such a magical time that we and our children were reluctant to leave!
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Playa del Coco Guanacaste

Pura vida indeed!

  • 5 of 5
We had a fantastic stay at Casa Holmes February 23-28, 2015! Even the great pictures on the website cannot capture how beautiful and unique the house is and how spectacular the view is. The property managers, Wes and Lisa, are extremely helpful with advice on the area. The housekeeper, Magda, is a treasure and a fantastic cook, and the property's owner has a local massage therapist who is very talented and who will come to the house. It was very difficult to leave this relaxing, luxurious property to return to the snow and ice at home. We would definitely book this property again!
  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Playa del Coco Guanacaste

Best Birthday Ever!

  • 5 of 5
I stayed here 2/2015 to celebrate my 50th birthday with 9 members of my family and it was an amazing vacation. The house was clean , indescribably beautiful and the views are the best! We rented an SUV with navigation and had no trouble getting around to see local sights and neighboring beaches.The grocery store is very close and modern. The homeowner and the house managers took excellent care of us. Magda cooked 2 dinners for us that were delicious and very appreciated after a long day of exploring. It takes exactly 30 minutes to get here from the Liberia airport which is small, modern and easy to get through customs and immigration. The downtown area is a 20 minute walk and is like a street party every night!
  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Award Winning Home gives guests an unforgetable experience.
Playa del Coco Guanacaste

Amazing experience

  • 5 of 5
As others have stated, the view is absolutely breathtaking and the sunsets spectacular. Magda, the housekeeper, is one of the most precious souls we have ever had the pleasure of meeting and a wonderful cook. Her chicken and rice and ceveche were especially good but everything she prepares is authentic and delicious. The home owner is incredible helpful and knowledgeable, and the house managers are wonderful resources as well. Costa Rica is beautiful and exotic and the people warm and friendly. Lovely, lovely, home and fabulous week.
  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Lori,

I am thrilled your vacation was a success. Thanks for the affirming words about Casa Holmes and the service we provide. It is reassuring to know our efforts really work for the people who choose to spend time at Casa Holmes. Come back and visit us again sometime.
Nita Holmes
Award Winning Home gives guests an unforgetable experience.
Playa del Coco Guanacaste
Oakville, Ontario CANADA

Heavenly Vacation

  • 5 of 5
We just returned from our Costa Rican holiday & our 10 day stay at Casa Holmes. I can echo what previous reviewers have said about Casa Holmes. It is an absolutely beautiful home with every possible amenity to make your stay very special. You can try to visualize & gaze endlessly at the photos online but nothing & I mean nothing will compare to being there!

Lounging in the pool, sunbathing on the deck taking in the view is something I will never forget & those sunsets all I can say is WOW!

We had a few dinners out. One was at Soda Mediterranea just down the road & we all enjoyed the courtyard dining, the food was great & service was fantastic. Citron in the Pacifico Mall was very good. Ginger's in Playa Hermosa was a fantastic meal that should not be missed. Our family also had another dinner in Playa Hermosa at Mario's Cuisine & it was a true highlight of our trip. But it was so comfortable at the house we sometimes just didn't want to go out.

Ziplining at Congo Canopy Trail about 25 minutes away was great for an easy outing with monkey sightings galore & if you're up for adventure surfing in Tamarindo was fantastic.

I would like to thank Cheryl for checking up on us & making sure everything was ok. Kelsey, for arranging the surfing & directing us to the ziplining & Ana for getting our memorable vacation started. But the huge star in our families eyes was definitely Magda. We absolutely adore her & looked forward to seeing her smiling face when she would appear at the house. We were lucky enough to have her prepare several meals for us & they were delicious. We learned so much from her & hopefully soon will put some of her tortilla making lessons to good use here at home. We all miss her.

I would like to thank Nita for making this trip so memorable & being so hospitable in opening up your gorgeous home to visitors. It will be a trip we will never forget & hope to someday have the pleasure of visiting again.

PS. Yes, the driveway was very steep but it always made for great laughs & great exercise!!
  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

At the time of when we built Casa Holmes we had many sites to choose from. We choose this one because of the spectacular view with almost voyeuristic intimacy with Playas del Coco Bay while being removed enough to give our guests the privacy most of us relish. It is literally a short 3 minute walk to the beach.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Liberia (LIR) at 15 Miles Nearest Beach : at 175 Metres

4 minute walk to beach with a beach club that will rent out kayaks etc. Deep sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, sunset cruises, snorkeling/picnic trips etc. leave directly from Playas del Coco beach .


From $500 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green Season
May 1 2015 - Nov 13 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Nov 14 2015 - Apr 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

If you are quoting with children, please quote them as an adult as we do charge the same for both. Current rate system is not set up to charge for children so you will get an incorrect quote

Please not Christmas and New Years rate are for groups up to 8 with an additional charge of $40 a day for more guests.
All housekeeping services included.

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Updated: May 23, 2015


From the Owner

The siting of Casa Holmes is extremely unique. We think its simplistic beauty creates a place to relax and reflect. Being in the landscape business locally we are continually doing things to the property to enhance our guests experience, ie kitchen herb garden, tropical gardens , and fruit trees planted. We do not pretend that Casa Holmes is perfect and yet we hope our attention to detail inside and out makes a difference to our guests experience. We want our guests to leave feeling pampered and rejuvenated from the beauty that surrounds them.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Loft + Den - 2 double, 3 twin/ single, 3 twin mattreses in the loft , 2 doubles on the ground floor
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Studio Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Master Bedroom 2 accessible - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, sink , separate porch,tv, single trundle mattress
  • Studio - 2 double, Futon sofa converts to a double
  • King size beds (1) in the master bedroom suite. , Queen size Beds (2) One in the 2nd smaller master bedroom which deck directly off of it and a sink vanity area in the bedroom. The other one is located in the studio bedroom area on the bottom level. , Double Beds (2) located on the base floor of the loft bedroom , Twin or Single Beds (3) There are 3 good mattresses in the loft area One mattress is located in trundle style mode under the 2nd master bedroom which has a sink vanity area included in the bedroom , Baby Cribs (1) Full size crib , Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Although our property and house orientation is focussed on optimal access of ocean views and capitalizes on the natural stone behind it we have also invested in creating mini gardens with themes of bromeliads, cacti, kitchen herbs, etc. The lighting at night highlights these if you are out about enjoying all the local activities during the day. In keeping with our goal we are constantly improving Casa Holmes. We just recently put a salt water filter system in our pool. We can attest it is a better healthier experience.

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