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Better Than Beach Very Private Killer View Beauty Everywhere

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Property Details

Updated: Aug 23, 2016
Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6 adults+ 3 children)

'Your house is phenomenal- the layout works for privacy and the common room brings all together . We did the horseback falls, rain forest zip lines, swam in the Pacific, skinny dipped in your jungle pool, drank much too much, ate like royalty and read 12 books collectively. Absolutely wonderful. For sure a return trip in the future.' B. Given

'We had a wonderful week: your house is delightful... This was one of a few vacations that I was not looking forward to going back home.' D. Sidney

'We had an awesome time. Your place is beautiful (jungle pools are my new favorite) and we found all to be in good order. If any problems arose, M and J were quick to fix and very pleasant. We would love to have them here on a daily basis! ' M. Lotte

'We cannot possibly describe the magnificent time we had at your home. We were completely spellbound by its beauty and by your touch and details. I hope to bring my brother, the real birder of the two of us next year for his 50th birthday. I know I will never see him as he will be up at dawn and not back till dusk.(I spent hours birding myself!) We saw and confirmed 42 bird species from your deck including a pair of laughing falcons. WOW!' S. Mooney

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Very private, exotic house with spectacular view over valley to the sea. Very romantic. Unbelievable sunsets. The house is a labor of love, but the spot alone makes living here delicious.

Perched on the edge of a 50-acre tree farm, the deck is a great place to watch falcons, kites, toucans and chattering flocks of parrots. Hummingbirds visit nearby flowers (arbors and pergolas make plants part of the architecture), and butterflies occasionally fly through the house.

Because of the elevation, biting insects are almost nil. Days are hot but there's always a breeze; nights are fresher and good for sleeping. Unlike lower elevations, the area stays lush and green all year.

Bougainvillea, palms and other tropicals share the stage w/ azaleas, tree ferns, and jasmine, which rambles up the outdoor showers. The gardens have been planted with perfume in mind. Mornings ring with birdsong and are a good time for a hike. Afternoon heat is beat by a 5 min ramble to the waterfalls- great for rainforest exploring and skinny dipping. A little dam creates a 30x40 ' jungle pool. The water is clean and cool, the site wild and beautiful. Or you can go to the beach. ..

Well-situated between Dominical, one of CR's premium surf havens, and San Isidro, a bustling little inland city. We're 30 min from each.On the way to Dominical, reserve for a 1-day horseback trip to Nuayuca Falls, a spectacular cataract and swimming hole. You stop halfway there for breakfast and halfway back for lunch at the family ranch w/ resident toucans and scarlet macaws. Dominical is a bit of a scene; you'll find several restaurants and nice surfer atmosphere. There are nature reserves w/ wildlife tours, zip-lines through the canopy, deep-sea fishing packages (some of the best in the world), and tennis at Rio Mar. 15 min south is Ballena National Pk, a gorgeous string of beaches.

San Isidro is the place to shop for food and anything else you might need. We try to time our errands for Thursdays & the huge open-air market where you find everything from organic arugula to sugarcane.

At the farm , be greeted by a lovely Tico couple who caretake; their home is a sort of gate house. Jose is very responsible and handy, Maria can be hired by the hour ($3) to babysit, housekeep or do laundry. Both are wonderful and trustworthy. About 1/4 mile past their house and into the farm is our home. The floor plan consists of 4 separate structures to provide maximum privacy:

The main house is open on 2 sides (unless you prefer to close the accordion wood doors), and has a beautiful hardwood ceiling. A kitchen with every possible accessory (we love to cook!) gives onto the dining area, where a hardwood table seats eight, ten in a pinch. The LR boasts a bamboo daybed, coffee table, and 4 teak lounge chairs, Flat panel TV with DVD player and collection of movies, Ipod dock stereo player. All water in the house is filtered and bacteria free with Ultra-Violet sanitizing system. Finally, there's a pantry, and a BR with toilet + Mexican ceramic sink/vanity. A ladder climbs to the top of this module, where a loft sleeps to 4 kids

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Right of the main house, separated by a flower-decked wall, is the master cabina. A smaller version of the main house w/ hardwood ceiling and accordion doors framing a similarly gorgeous view, it holds a queen bed w/ lge custom mosquito net, bamboo armoire, and closet. An outdoor shower and sink framed by jasmine and orchids + a small private garden and seating area provide charm and intimacy.

A second cabina is perched above-right from the first, screened by a garden. It has its own deck and outdoor shower with great view, hardwood ceiling, screened windows. Inside is a queen bed, closet, and small bath with toilet + Mexican sink.

The 3rd cabina is left of the main house, down the deck through a pergola. It has an italian tiled floor and hardwood ceiling set upon four white columns. Locally-made bamboo blinds shield morning breezes. A fragrant hedge provides intimacy and frames a private garden with a table + 4 chairs in teak. Dble bed with generous net, armoire and chairs are all locally-made of bamboo, and a hammoc is slung between 2 columns. It too has a sink/vanity + shower and is very romantic!

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Keywords: House on 50-Acre Property

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We cannot possibly describe the magnificent time we had at your home. We were completely spellbound by its beauty and by your touch and details. I hope to bring my brother, the real birder of the two of us next year for his 50th birthday. I know I will never see him as he will be up at dawn and not back till dusk.(I spent hours birding myself!) We saw and confirmed 42 bird species from your deck including a pair of laughing falcons. WOW!" S. Mooney
Jul 2009
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17 Reviews

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5

Super fun

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous grounds, away from everything, and so much character. We loved it here. Also, having our first breakfast groceries taken care of, umbrellas, a bag of charcoal, and a full box of dry wood for the fire pit were very nice touches. Don't miss Nauyaca waterfalls nearby! They're truly truly amazing.

Before booking , you MUST know this is not going to be a luxury resort experience. There are no glass windows, only wooden panels that completely open, you pretty much live outside, in the heart of the jungle. One of the casitas has no walls at all, you're sleeping outside, with a roof over your head. It's very fun and romantic, but just to give you a sense of what it;s like, the swimming pool 8 feet away is the night home of 6 to 10 green frogs, 1 huge toad, and the cutest little baby boa (about 18 inches long). You can find them in and around the pool most nights. We found the boa chilling on the outdoor shower floor one evening. So if this doesn't sound like a fun adventure to you, you will not be happy here.

A couple little things you might also know beforehand:

- The beach is about 25 - 30 minutes from the house by car.

- You MUST have a 4x4 to get through the 2km of rocky paths of the main road.

- Wifi is slow. It works, but if you need to get work done, I found my cell phone 3G connection to be faster, so plan accordingly.

- It's very difficult to get anything to dry because of humidity. One towel per guest was provided, but I wish we had a few more.

- We discovered that what looked like a bookshelf between 2 doors in the main house was actually a ladder to a loft with 2 twin mattresses. Maria hadn't show that to us, or maybe I just misunderstood since I don't speak Spanish, but this was very useful since we only had one couple in our group of 6.

I would definitely come back. Amazing jungle home.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: hi there and thanks for the 5 stars-- so glad you enjoyed it! I'd like to address a few of your comments: the rainy months (June-November) are a different reality from the dry ones, and I need to emphasize this in the future in the guide I provide our guests. During the DRY SEASON, a 4X4 is not strictly necessary on our rocky road, and towels are easy to dry on the line, but you are so right about the humidity during rainy season and we just texted Maria to make sure she provides more towels during those months. I state very clearly in the text on our vrbo listing that the beach is a 25 minute drive away; I also go into great detail about the sleeping arrangements, including the loft. As life gets speedier, fewer and fewer people read that text, and for the last 2 yrs it is also increasingly difficult to speak to prospective clients on the phone BRIEFLY to give them a real sense of the place. As for the frogs, they are usually gone in the morning; toads are out at night anywhere in CR (they do a good job of controlling the ant population!). As for the boa, that must have been cool but we will ask Jose to gently move him farther afield : ) If people wish to avoid the frogs, they can simply ask Jose to leave the fence or 'cerca' that can be placed around the pool to protect small children. Thanks for the feedback, and again , glad you loved your stay--it is a magical place!
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Cayman Islands
5

Beautiful jungle oasis

  • 5 of 5

We have had the time of our lives staying at Las Siete Cascades - what a unique spectaular place. Being woken by the dawn chorus and howler monkeys was incredible.... There is so much do do in close proximity to the property, we went zip lining and visited Hacienda Baru reserve, but most of all we loved relaxing with a cold beer enjoying the stunning view! The beautiful new pool was very refreshing and kept the kids entertained - don't miss out on visiting the close by waterfall pools though! Thank you Francois for your incredible welcome and making us feel at home. We hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Incredibly beautiful rainforest paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a week at his beautiful place - 4 adults, a 2 year old and 15 month old... We have been travelling for quite a few months and have stayed in many beautiful places all over the world but this is hands down the most amazing spot of all of the places we have stayed - it is absolute perfection. A rainforest retreat with incredible bird life, the sound of monkeys at dawn, stunning views across rainforest all the way to the sea. Minutes walks from here there are waterfalls to swim in - this place has it all. To top everything Francois has been the most kind, welcoming and informative host, we have really enjoyed getting to know you Francois, thanks so much for everything. We could not recommend this place more highly!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Stunning Rainforest Location - Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for the second week of our holidays (4 adults and 2 toddlers) and only wish we had stayed here for the full two weeks. It was spectacular and we do not have enough good things to say about Las Siete Cascades. Francois the owner was here during our stay and his welcome, friendliness and tolerance of our two toddlers was outstanding. He imparted lots of useful information about the area but also left us to our own devices. We stayed at a hot time of the year yet the breeze and altitude meant that we did not feel the heat and the jungle pools and nearby waterfall were great places to cool off. The new pool recently built next to the main house was also fantastic and very refreshing. The cabins were excellent, the beds comfortable and our toddler loved sleeping in the open air cabin with the sounds of the jungle. The main house was extremely well equipped and was always shaded. Thank you for a wonderful stay - we cannot wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Outstanding tropical vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from spending a week at this rental and had a marvelous time! The rural and natural location was perfect for our family of four (2 adults and 2 teen boys). Romantic and rustic, with appeal for any nature lover. From lounging and listening to the birds sing and howler monkeys call to hiking into the deep wooded forest to swim in several amazing waterfalls were daily activities. There are many beautiful and spectacular landscapes every turn you take in this area of Costa Rica. The climate was perfect, not too hot (as it is on the coast) and not too chilly (only in the evenings did the air cool down). We were comfortable in light sweaters in the evenings. The kitchen is well stocked to do your own cooking, which made it easy for us with our kids, especially for breakfasts, but we also found many great local restaurants serving delicious local fare as well as traditional American fare for lunches and dinners out. Our favorite part of the day was having a glass of wine and watching the sunset over the mountains and pacific ocean. Gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

Susie and Francois are lovely owners who helped us find everything with ease.

This is a special place for anyone who would like to see the real Costa Rica and who enjoys nature with a bit of rustic countryside and a magical romantic style.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas
5

true experience of costa rica

  • 5 of 5

if your idea of a vacation is air tight rooms, no sounds of nature, restaurants and a pool with hours by the beach, do not come to this wonderful oasis. the birds (numerous chestnut mandibled toucans!) monkeys and other wildlife will wake you up and sing you to sleep. the breeze and jungle pool keep you cool and the stocked kitchen allow you to create meals or store those you bring back with you. beds are comfortable and sitting on the patio and enjoying nature keep you perfectly relaxed. there are bugs; this is the rain forest, but no one had any bites so the bugs were not a bother to us. one of our group was afraid of bugs and wanted to sit on the beach or by the pool for the entire day so the rest of us wished we had left her at home! her idea of a vacation is an all-inclusive resort and this is not that place!

we loved our hikes and bird watching and sleeping in the open concept environment where we felt we were part nature. the hosts are wonderful and helpful and arranged for dinner the first night. that was ideal after a long day of travel, but the other nights we found great food on the main road about 15 min from the casitas. i will definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : San Jose at 100 Miles Nearest Barpub : Los Chorros at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Los Chorros at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Dominical at 10 Miles Car: recommended

Zip Lines, Ultra-Light Plane Riding, Bird (and beast) watching, Sea Kayaking, Paddle boarding, rappelling

Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Transitional
May 1 2016 - Sep 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,150
 
 
Low season
Sep 2 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$1,050
 
 
Transitional 2
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,150
 
 
Christmas holidays
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,195
 
 
Easter holidays
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,595
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,395
 

Additional information about rental rates

The rates are $387/day for Christmass-New year, Easter and spring break
There's a $50 overcharge/week per person over 6 people

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Total amount
Updated: Aug 23, 2016
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Amenities

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

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

General

  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View

Attractions

  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3 - tub, outdoor shower

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Loft - 1 double, 1 twin/ single
  • hardwood ceilings, fantasy tiled floors, great sleeping temps without need for air conditioning (we're in the mts), Each bedroom is in its own cabina with private garden and sitting area. Each has an outdoor shower and half bath, very airy, exotic and delightful.

Outside

  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

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

Notes:

  • A birder's paradise, this is a very secure property with caretakers' house at the entrance to the farm; our house is well inside the farm and very private and exotic. Caretakers are warm, honest, highly responsible people and a real blessing! No visible neighbors. The climate is delicious, and there are several fruit trees on the property. We have a milk goat so fresh milk is a possibility. Maria will do some housework and /or babysittiing for $3 /hr. We have found a wonderful caterer, a top of the line retired professional from the Sates, and she can provide dinners for $20 / person. A friend's Costa Rican mother can provide yummy local food for about $8.00/ person.Perfect for honeymooners or up to 3 couples with kids. Mainhouse has seen many wonderful parties and individual cabinas afford great privacy. Lots of eco-adventures to be had in the region!

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