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.
The house was beautiful and had plenty of room for the nine of us. It was so comfortable.
Thanks for choosing Casa Holmes and I hope 2017 is a good one for you.
About the Owner
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.
(18 traveler reviews)
The house was beautiful and had plenty of room for the nine of us. It was so comfortable.
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.
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.
Lovely property with amazing view
Our party of 10 had a great visit at Casa Holmes. Nita is very easy to work with and the local management company was very helpful. We found the area very easy to navigate and took unguided excursions to Rio Perdido (zip lining and thermal pools) and Tamarindo (surfing lessons). We are had 2 great days of fishing with Papagayo Sport Fishing. Rocio's Kitchen prepared a lovely meal for us upon our arrival - making our travel day and getting set in the house very easy.
The home has everything you might need for a big group...ample sleeping spaces, plenty of towels, and a well furnished kitchen. Other reviews note a very steep driveway....it is! - but not a problem at all (get an automatic if you rent a car and are not an expert with manual transmissions...it's part of the fun!!).
Precisely what we were hoping for and more
My wife and I stayed at Casa Holmes for 10 days and I can very much say it was exactly what we were hoping for and more.
One of the most overlooked components of booking a property through VRBO/HomeAway is the interaction with the owner and I can tell you first hand that Nita is absolutely amazing to work with. She is responsive, informative, and well deserving of your trust. On top of that, Wes & Lisa, the local property managers, couldn't be more helpful. We had a small snafu - I forgot my driver's license - and Wes & Lisa made it a non-issue for us by introducing us to people we needed to know and helping us get it down to CR via DHL (no small feat).
The property itself has THE best view in Playa Coco - even better than the Lookout. We found ourselves just relaxing on the deck and not even wanting to go anywhere else.
The house also has just about everything you may need.... from snorkeling gear (there's a neat little rock about 100 yds out in front of the house that is fun to poke around) to a great little stereo (don't bring bluetooth speakers like we did - you don't need them for the house) to an extremely well appointed kitchen.
A few things - make sure you rent a vehicle with AWD/4WD. We were without a vehicle for 5 days and the driveway will give you a serious workout... I would believe there are many people who would actually not be able to make it up without help (i.e. my mother, etc.).
There is a GREAT little store about 300 yds down the street that has just about everything the larger stores do but I think many people don't know it exists.
The house comes with a local cell phone - it's extremely handy.
There are a few things I could nit-pick about but we have stayed in many homes around the world is this property is easily deserving of a 5 star rating as is Nita and the way she welcomes you into her home.
We would recommend this property to friends and family but also kind of want to keep it to ourselves. :)
Can't wait to return!!
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.
Views and Privacy
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!
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
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 .
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest|
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 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|
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.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
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.”
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Air Conditioning ...
- Basic Soaps
- Broadband Access
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Local Activities Guide
- Macintosh Computer
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street
- Security System
- Telephone ...
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Wireless Internet ...
- Catering Available ...
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Kitchen ...
- Mini Refrigerator
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- jetted tub ...
- Low Allergen Environment
- non smoking only ...
- not suitable for children ...
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible ...
- Beach View
- Mountain View
- Near The Ocean
- Ocean View
- health/beauty spa
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- gambling casinos
- horseback riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
- wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- jet skiing
- scuba diving or snorkeling
- sound/bay fishing
- surf fishing
- water tubing
- whitewater rafting
- 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)
- Balcony ...
- Beach Chairs
- Beach Towels
- Deck / Patio ...
- Outdoor Grill
- 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.