Your Positively Private Paradise - And Pet Friendly too!

Your Positively Private Paradise - And Pet Friendly too!


Property Details

Updated: Sep 13, 2014
House, 5 Bedrooms + 3 Baths

This Amazing Country Villa can be your very own Private Paradise where you can come and enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer. The property is set high on a hill top, surrounded by coffee plantations and cattle ranches, offering peace, tranquility, and spectacular views of San Jose and the Central Valley, both night and day.

The house has 5 spacious bedrooms, 3 luxurious bathrooms and 5000 square feet of living space on two acres of tropical landscaped very private gardens. The house easily sleeps 10 people, making it perfect for large families or groups to share those special moments of a once in a lifetime vacation.

Casa Doughty is also very 'Pet Friendly'. The entire grounds are enclosed so if you bring your pet they will have the run of the 2 acres. We also have a large special fenced in area behind the house where your pet will have more than enough room to run and play if you want to contain their activity. They will also be able to put to good use a nice big dog house just in case it rains. The Courtyard between the two wings is also another contained area with plenty of grass for them to enjoy! We do charge a refundable 'Pet Fee' of $50 per animal.

Throughout the home the rooms are spacious and airy with high ceilings. Built in the year 2000, to USA standards, our house has all the comforts of back home. Some of the many features of the property include: 47 inch HD LCD TV with International cable with HBO, Cinemax, CNN, ESPN, as well as many Spanish networks, Wi-Fi high speed Broadband Internet, swimming pool that is surrounded by tropical landscape for your privacy, a five person Jacuzzi Spa with 50 jets and temperature control, covered Rancho complete with dining area, large stainless-steel BBQ grill, hammocks and exercise equipment! There is also an outdoor fireplace next to the swimming pool so you can enjoy the cool Atenas evenings by the fire while you take in the amazing view.

Stretching the entire front of the house, you will find a wide “rocking chair” front porch that is perfect for having your morning coffee, watching the sunrise, or enjoying evening cocktails while you view the Central Valley city lights in the distance.

Atenas has spring like conditions all year round. The daytime highs are in the 80’s and the lows at night are in the 60’s. The two master suites have air conditioning and all the rooms have ceiling fans. There is always a nice breeze and the temperature is mild so you rarely need the fans or air conditioning.

Our multi-lingual Property Managers, Aad and Marian, live nearby and can be reached by phone to help with any questions that might arise during your stay. They will do everything possible to make your stay a success. They also offer a wide range of custom tours through their travel agency, and they also offer a fee-based transportation service from the SJO Airport if you notify them ahead of time.

Be sure to ask for your FREE copy of our very own Central Valley Insider's Guide that we have produced and can send to you via email. It provides some general information about Costa Rica, tells you about some of our favorite popular Atenas Restaurants, and of course a list and description of many Central Valley nearby attractions.

Since Casa Doughty is centrally located, there are many attractions within driving distance so it is very easy to take day sightseeing trips. (Ask about assistance with transportation needs or tour guide recommendations/tips.) In the living room, you will find a Notebook with information about things to do in the area with brochures from many of the Central Valley attractions.

You are less than an hour from Poas Volcano, the nearby LaPaz Waterfall Gardens and Butterfly Farm, San Jose Museums, Jaco Beach and other Central Pacific beaches and Casinos. You are just over 30 minutes from Escazu, an upscale city,that has the MultiPlaza shopping Mall with many posh restaurants, wonderful shops, and multiple theaters. Several hours to the north of us is the Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest.

If you are looking for a private paradise to enjoy the sunshine and peace and quiet of our gardens you have found your getaway vacation Villa! Be sure to take advantage of our Special GREEN SEASON rates!

If you have any questions, want more information, or want a copy of our FREE Central Valley Insider's Guide just email us or give us a call to 817-803-3390. Your address and phone number are necessary to confirm your reservation. We look forward to your inquiry! Be sure and ask about how to get our Complimentary Taxi ride (for up to 4 people) to Casa Doughty upon your flight arrival.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Steve and I are excited to be able to share Casa Doughty with you and your family and or friends. We chose the Atenas area because of the fabulous weather year round and its close proximity to so many great attractions. On a personal note Steve has recently retired after working 45 plus years in the computer programming industry and Dianne retired from American Airlines having worked for the American Airlines Federal Credit Union for almost 20 years. We are now enjoying our free time by exploring more of Costa Rica and of course visiting family and friends back in the states.

We really appreciate your providing your phone number when inquiring about availability so we can contact you to help answer any questions you might have about Casa Doughty. We want you to be comfortable about your choosing our home so that you will be sure to enjoy your vacation and your time in the Central Valley!

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Your Positively Private Paradise - And Pet Friendly too!
Atenas Alajuela Province
Burleson, Texas USA

Great house!

  • 5 of 5
The house and property were beautiful! Our whole family was able to stay there very comfortably. With seven children between two families you need lots of room and there was plenty. The two master bedrooms were so big that the first two night our two sons slept on blowup mattresses in our room. Our daughter was also with us in her playpen and we still had room to get around. Any questions I had were answered very quickly, and the owners and property manager were super nice! A great house and a great vacation!
  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Your Positively Private Paradise - And Pet Friendly too!
Atenas Alajuela Province

Amazing retreat!

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 4 just loved this property. It was perhaps a little too big for our needs, but then we spent so much time at the house that we appreciated having all that space. The property is simply too beautiful to adequately describe here. We were also amazed at how well stocked it was. Just about everything we needed, besides groceries were there. And for groceries, there were several small stores less than 5 mins away, and the big supermarket - coopeatenas was about 8-10 mins away down the road.

Of all the places we traveled to in CR, Atenas was one of our favorite. We loved both Poas and La Paz, but Atenas itself is a charming little town, and Casa Doughty certainly adds to the charm.
  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Your Positively Private Paradise - And Pet Friendly too!
Atenas Alajuela Province

Wonderful month in Costa Rica.

  • 5 of 5
This private, tropical estate was everything and more that previous guests have mentioned in their reviews. We were lucky enough to spend a whole month at this modern and well maintained casa which gave us the opportunity to visit many attractions on day trips and also to relax in the wonderful tropical ambiance of the Casa. One afternoon we were visited by a pair of toucans. Our day trips took us to; Poas Volcano, Waterfalls and Gardens; Carara, Manuel Antonio, Braulio Carrillo National Parks; snorkeling on Tortuga Island; Tarcoles River crocodile boat tour; a coffee plantation tour; and horse back riding.
The owners ensured that we had everything we needed. The property managers, picked us up from the airport, arranged our rental car and were very helpful in organizing trips for us. Of course we cannot forget Mario, the gardener, who made us smile everyday and brought us bountiful fruit and fresh juice. .........Pura Vida! Hope to return.
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Your Positively Private Paradise - And Pet Friendly too!
Atenas Alajuela Province


  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed our stay here very much. The house is huge, plenty of room for the four of us.:)
Had everything we needed.Great view of the valley. Nice pool and hot tub.
The landscaping is beautiful thanks to the efforts of Mario, the gardener. He is a friendly guy who brought us fresh fruit and chattered away in Spanish,but with our limited Spanish and his hand gestures , we caught some of it.:) Fun.
The property managers ,Aad and Marian were very friendly and helpful.
The property is very convenient to the great little town of Atenas.
Highly recommend this property and would love to stay here again sometime .
  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Your Positively Private Paradise - And Pet Friendly too!
Atenas Alajuela Province
Monroe, LA/US


  • 5 of 5
This is a beautifully landscaped home. It was perfect for multiple families with lots of space. The gardens offered wonderful tropical fruit with a fabulous gardener. The views are fantastic. The locaction to all activities is perfect. It is close to volcanoes and beaches.
  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Your Positively Private Paradise - And Pet Friendly too!
Atenas Alajuela Province

Happy in Atenas

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful house. Views are amazing, property and house are beautifully maintained. We stayed with our three young children and loved our week in paradise. Atenas is a cute town with a great weekly farmers market and plenty of nice restaurants (cafe balcon and alida were our favs). Very close to San Jose airport. Property managers Aad and Marian very attentive (do the coffee tour) and Mario the gardener is a joy and will show you where to pick fresh mandarins for breakfast. Highly recommend this house.
  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities


From the Owner

Atenas has a great year round climate, wonderful views, and its an easy to drive to the beach or to the many attractions in the Central Valley. We think that Costa Ricans are some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. They are more than helpful and are so gracious when you might be needing assistance with directions. According to National Geographic Atenas has 'the best climate in the world'! We agree.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport at 30 Miles Nearest Ferry : Puntarenas at 45 Miles Nearest Beach : Playa Jaco at 45 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Several are close by...many more within 4 miles at 4 Miles Car: recommended

There are many places in Costa Rica to try out one of the great Zip-Line tours. My favorite has been the Adventureland Zip-Line Canopy tour over 11 Waterfalls with 25 platforms. There are also many choices for white water rafting through out Costa Rica.


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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
May 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Property Damage Protection $49
  • Pet Fee $50

We request your address and phone number before confirming your reservation.

Rates are subject to change until confirmed with a 50% down payment. Payments accepted through our Reservation Manager system using major credit cards,or PayPal. Please specify your preferred payment method.

During the Green Season Rentals of 30 days or more our rate is only $85 a night! Pets are WELCOME.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


From the Owner

You can relax in this private estate and enjoy the sun, pool, weather, wild birds, and incredible views. Because of our great location it is very easy to visit the national parks, beaches, zoos, museums or any other activities you are interested in. We are easy to find located on the highway #3 to Jaco. NO dirt roads. We can help you with directions,shopping and to schedule tours and other activities. We are in a great location with perfect weather. Remember the beaches are very hot in Costa Rica. The weather in Atenas is perfect. We are a short drive to all the major tourist sights and attractions.

Property Type

  • estate


  • Family
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Washing Machine ...
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Safe
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Fireplace
  • Secure Parking
  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Carport
  • Living Area
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Covered Parking ...


  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View


  • cinemas
  • museums
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • botanical garden

Leisure Activities

  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • swimming
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • mountain climbing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • rafting
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • basketball court
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing

Floor Area

  • 5000 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom #1 in South wing - 1 queen, Shared bath
  • Bedroom #3 in South wing - 1 queen, Shared bath
  • Master Bedroom #4 with A/C in South wing - 1 queen, Master Queen bed with A/C , 32 in TV, Full Bath
  • Bedroom #2 in South wing - 1 queen, Shared bath
  • Master Queen Bedroom #5 in North wing - 1 queen, Master Queen bed with A/C,27 in TV,Wheelchair accessible
  • 5 Queen Beds We do have three electric blow-up twin-size EZ beds that are available.


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Courtyard
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

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


  • We also have a great team that would love to cook for you. Ask about our Chefs for hire... Come and enjoy the most friendly people and many awesome attractions that Costa Rica has to offer or just sit back and experience a much simpler way of life a much slower pace. The only thing missing at Casa Doughty is YOU!
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