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Award Winning Home gives guests an unforgettable experience.

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Aug 3, 2016
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.

Keywords: House

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

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.

Speaks: english

16 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)
Denver, CO
5

Lovely property with amazing view

  • 5 of 5

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!!).

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandra, I am glad your group had a great time. Creating a beautiful wonderful retreat is my passion. Its rewarding to hear back from our guests.
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Atlanta, Georgia
5

Precisely what we were hoping for and more

  • 5 of 5

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. :)

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Can't wait to return!!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Views and Privacy

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Pura vida indeed!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Casa Holmes February 23-28, 2015! Even the great pictures on the website cannot capture how beautiful and unique the house is and how spectacular the view is. The property managers, Wes and Lisa, are extremely helpful with advice on the area. The housekeeper, Magda, is a treasure and a fantastic cook, and the property's owner has a local massage therapist who is very talented and who will come to the house. It was very difficult to leave this relaxing, luxurious property to return to the snow and ice at home. We would definitely book this property again!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Best Birthday Ever!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here 2/2015 to celebrate my 50th birthday with 9 members of my family and it was an amazing vacation. The house was clean , indescribably beautiful and the views are the best! We rented an SUV with navigation and had no trouble getting around to see local sights and neighboring beaches.The grocery store is very close and modern. The homeowner and the house managers took excellent care of us. Magda cooked 2 dinners for us that were delicious and very appreciated after a long day of exploring. It takes exactly 30 minutes to get here from the Liberia airport which is small, modern and easy to get through customs and immigration. The downtown area is a 20 minute walk and is like a street party every night!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

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

Nearest Airport : Liberia (LIR) at 15 Miles Nearest Beach : at 175 Metres

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 .

Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Green Season Rate
May 1 2016 - Nov 12 2016
2 night minimum stay
$590
From
$650
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season Thru Christmas
Nov 13 2016 - Dec 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
$650
From
$680
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$6,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$650
From
$680
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$550
From
$595
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

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

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Amenities

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.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • 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 ...

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4

Bedrooms

  • 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)

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

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

Notes:

  • 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.

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