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Award Winning Home gives guests an unforgetable experience. in Playa del Coco

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vacation rental description

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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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • beach view
      • Can't be beat!
    • beach
    • near the ocean
  • Theme
    • away from it all
  • General
    • parking
    • ceiling fans
    • filtered water
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • paper towels
    • security system
    • shampoo
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • macintosh computer
    • pc
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • safe
    • air conditioning
    • clothes dryer
    • telephone
    • washing machine
    • parking off street
    • broadband access
    • linens provided
    • wireless internet
  • Kitchen
    • blender
    • mini refrigerator
    • stove
    • freezer
    • oven
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • catering available
      • Our full time maid is a competent cook. We often arrange to have her prepare a dinner for us ahead of time before she leaves for the afternoon. With advance notice and for an additional fee she can stay through the dinner hour to serve and clean up.
    • cooking utensils
    • dishwasher
    • kitchen
    • ice maker
    • refrigerator
    • microwave
  • Dining
    • dining area
  • Pool / Spa
    • jacuzzi
    • private pool
    • jetted tub
      • (2) One in the main master bedroom suite . The other is located off of the 2nd master bedroom but also can be accessed through the loft bedroom too.
  • Bathrooms
    • 4 bathrooms
    • bathroom 1:
    • bathroom 2:
    • bathroom 3:
    • bathroom 4:
  • Bedrooms
    • 4 bedrooms, sleeps 10, beds for 10
    • 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)
  • Entertainment
    • television
    • stereo
    • books
    • vcr
    • dvd player
    • satellite / cable
  • Outside
    • outdoor grill
    • beach chairs
    • beach towels
    • wood deck
    • patio
    • deck / patio
      • large communal area for eating, looking over the bay, and next to infinity pool .
    • balcony
      • (2) additional patio areas outside of sleeping spaces.
  • Suitability
    • pets not allowed
    • non smoking only
      • We have plenty of decks and outside space to use if you choose to smoke. Please respect our desire for a smoke free home. Thank you!
    • not suitable for children
      • Our goal was to make our home a real retreat for friends, couples and families. Because of the site of the home and its access to the outdoors with many balconies and a pool parents need to be made aware that this is probably not the place for toddlers or young children unless heavily supervised.
    • wheelchair accessible
      • Main bathroom and 2nd master bedroom built to handle wheel chair access. Easy access to all the communal spaces and deck.
    • suitable for elderly or infirm
    • low allergen environment
  • Onsite Services
    • concierge
    • massage
  • Notes
    • Although our property and house orientation is focusses 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.

activities and attractions in Playa del Coco Costa Rica

  • Attractions
    • restaurants
    • health/beauty spa
    • bay/sound
    • volcano
    • waterfalls
  • Leisure Activities
    • horseback riding
    • boating
    • shelling
    • wildlife viewing
    • shopping
    • sight seeing
    • scenic drives
    • eco tourism
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • gambling casinos
    • outlet shopping
    • walking
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • sailing
    • paragliding
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • deepsea fishing
    • snorkeling
    • sound/bay fishing
    • surf fishing
    • water tubing
    • whitewater rafting
    • snorkeling/diving
    • surfing
    • swimming
    • golf
    • kayaking
    • cycling
    • rafting
    • fishing
    • parasailing
    • jet skiing
    • hiking

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
High Season
Nov 25 2013 - Apr 30 2014
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
May 1 2014 - Nov 13 2014
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Nov 14 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
Flat fee
7 nights
New Year
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 3 2015
Flat fee
8 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $89
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

Special holiday rates are for groups of 8 with an additional charge of $40 a day for more guests.

A reasonable fee will be charged if more maid service is required. 2.5% charge if using a credit card.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

traveler reviews for this playa del coco house rental

Heavenly Vacation

Review submitted: May 14, 2013   Date of arrival: April 30, 2013

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!!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

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Perfect Wedding Getaway

Review submitted: April 15, 2013   Date of arrival: March 30, 2013

We married at Casa Holmes "The Glass House", with 20 close friends and relatives in attendance. It was PERFECTION. Between renting Casa Holmes and a local B&B just down the drive, we were able to accommodate all of our guests. Throughout the week we were all in Costa Rica, we used Casa Holmes as the home base and hangout for the group, and married there mid-week at sunset.

I don't think there are words to describe how perfect this was, and wish I could post photos to better demonstrate. Magda was an absolute joy! She really took care of us, and made sure we had everything we needed every day and especially the day of the wedding. She even made up our bed special for that night and decorated it with rose petals! Magda is a true gem, and has become like family to us. You can read from all the reviews how amazing her cooking is. I can add to that by recommending you request her empanadas - OMG.

Costa Rica has many beautiful locations, but there is only one Glass House. This house made our wedding what it was, magical and unforgettable, and truly made the whole vacation. The views, the details - we couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting in which to marry. Even the kitchen was perfect for the caterers to work in for our reception.

Thank you to the owners and staff for an unforgettable experience! We hope to return - Magda's already asked us when that will be!

PS. A golf cart WILL make it up the driveway if you don't want to rent a car.

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Most lovely house, view and beach in the area!

Review submitted: March 27, 2013   Date of arrival: March 16, 2013

Can not say enough wonderful things about our stay at Casa Holmes. Highly recommend. The "Glass House" was superb and the views were stunning. Magda the housekeeper made several meals for us that were delicious. The owner is extremely helpful and responsive. My only tip would be to make sure that if you have a rental car it is an automatic. We started with a 5-speed and had a lot of difficulty getting up the very steep driveway.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Owners response: Susan, I am so glad it worked out well for your group. Thanks for the recommendation about the car. I will remember to tell people this if they are renting a vehicle. It is my delight when I get reports that all our efforts show up in a way that our guests can truly enjoy their stay at Casa Holmes.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


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Playa del Coco vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 03/20/2009.