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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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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Nita Holmes
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 29, 2017

About Nita Holmes

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.

Why Nita Holmes chose Costa Rica

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Guanacaste House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • 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
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Studio Bedroom - 1 queen
    Loft + Den - 1 queen , 2 double , 3 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 3 twin mattreses in the loft , 1 queen, 1 futon
    Studio - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Futon sofa converts to a double
    Master Bedroom 2 accessible - 1 king , sink , separate porch, tv
  • 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)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • 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
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)


The house was very comfortable and well appointed. The pool and views were amazing!

  • 5 of 5

The home's design was very unique and afforded amazing views throughout. It was clean and well maintained and managed. Being up on the bluff also provided us with a nice breeze. It was only a short walk to the beach below which offered calm surf and velvety sand.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect house in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We knew to expect a steep driveway from other reviews, and it exceeded expectations! We challenged ourselves to the driveway workout daily - with the reward of the amazing pool!

The house had non stop views. We loved waking up to the view from the master bedroom everyday. Breakfast out on the patio listening to monkies and watching the birds bathe and drink along the pool edge. We enjoyed many dinners in the same location. We also appreciated that you could walk into the house dripping wet and not have to worry about the floors.

It was just the two of us, but the house could fit many more people with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms upstairs, and then the separate space downstairs.

We had a rental car, but will probably not bother to get one on future trips. The walk to town is about a mile and very enjoyable along the beach. And yes, that means we will definitely rent this house again.

Nita was great to work with. As was the Zindis group and our rental manager Kenya. We used the concierge to arrange a riverboat tour which was great and they picked is up right at the bottom of the driveway. We worked directly with other tour groups for white water rafting and a fishing charter. We had a great meal at home from Rocio Larin which was very nice for Nita to provide.

We were happy to have the alarm but several times we came back to the house with the alarm being triggered by the gardeners or the pool cleaner. This was reported to Kenya. The alarm is the only negative I can come up regarding the house for our entire stay!

All in all a fantastic stay. Staying at Casa Holmes has made this visit to Costa Rica the best one so far. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous views, exquisite home...

  • 5 of 5

Three couples enjoyed every moment of the Casa Holmes experience. The home is right out of Architectural Digest. Beautifully appointed, every effort is made for a guest's enjoyment. The kitchen has absolutely everything one needs to have a fabulous dinner -- we never did go out. We preferred the beautiful deck to any restaurant - sundowners were spectacular. Nita is a wonderful hostess/owner, answering every question w equanimity. She even thoughtfully left a cake for our birthday boy, as it was on our arrival day! We are already talking about going back. We loved Casa Holmes!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Erin, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful sunsets and total privacy

  • 5 of 5

Our families had a wonderful vacation at Casa Holmes. Nita was so accommodating and easy to deal with. In other years I have worried about legitimacy of a listing and details of payment. Not so this time. Nita was obviously willing to help us in whatever way she could, and very thoughtful.

The house is well appointed and the kitchen is excellent for people who like to cook. We ate out on the deck each night although we learned that glassware was not a good idea with the occasional wind gust sending things flying.

It is a short walk to the beach and the ocean was wonderful to swim in. The guys walked to town for exercise and beer. And yes, the last leg up the hill is where the exercise comes in.

I was impressed by the amount of shade available on the deck area. No worries about burning, but on the other hand, I felt like I was out in the open and part of nature.

We enjoyed watching all the birds using the pool to cool off, and the iguanas. We heard the odd howler monkey but sadly did not see any.

We had a baby with us. The two bedrooms connected by a shared bathroom were perfect for mom and dad and baby.

The lower bedroom is accessed by a very narrow winding staircase which makes it a little challenging.

The main living area gets pretty warm for a few hours in the afternoon, but then we were able to open all the glass and let cool breezes come through. The openness and views are stunning.

We bought some excellent shrimp at the downtown fish market and the vegetable stall off the main street is reasonably priced and has a good variety. There seems to be a lot happening downtown, but I was content to just swim and relax.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was beautiful and had plenty of room for the nine of us. It was so comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house, pool, view,accommodations and beauty. The driveway was a challenge and perhaps renting a golf cart for store runs etc. would work. But overall we loved this home and location. The concierge service and rental managers were wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christiann thanks for your response. My goal is to try to create a wonderful relaxing retreat for our guests and it sounds like you got this. I also want to make sure that the space works well for bigger groups and from your response it did for your party of 9. I too am proud of the hard working management team. Thanks for choosing Casa Holmes and I hope 2017 is a good one for you. Nita Holmes
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Dundas, Ontario, Canada

Breathtaking home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week at Casa Holmes celebrating his birthday. The house is spectacular. Steve and Lisa from Zindis (local property managers) were both welcoming and helpful. We booked a tour with Lupita from Vargas Tours (based on Nita's recommendation) to Monteverdi and were impressed not only with the beauty of Costa Rica, but the knowledge of our guide Franco of all things Costa Rican, Central American and the flora and fauna of this beautiful country. We found travel fairly easy and the local area charming. Massages by Carmen were the icing on the cake of a relaxing week. Nita is so welcoming and responsive to any questions. The house itself has everything you need and, while certainly daunting, the driveway is manageable! Highly recommend this amazing home and lovely area.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green Season
May 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2018
Jan 8 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Owner $135
Management Orientation $200
Cleaning $90

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 note Christmas and New Years rate are for groups up to 6 with an additional charge of $40 a day for more guests. If people leave or arrive on the actual holiday an additional $200 is charged by managers.
All housekeeping services included.

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