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Casa Cielo-Secluded Cabin in Private Paradise, 15 min from Monteverde

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Aug 16, 2016
Fully Equipped Cabin, 2 floors, 1 Bedroom + Additional sleep. areas, (Sleeps 6)

Bird-watcher´s paradise. Enjoy the million-dollar view of the Gulf of Nicoya and the mountains from this two-story new cabin in a secluded 5-acre preserve with lots of fruit trees (tangerines, oranges, water apples, grapefruits, bananas, avocado, rose apples, lemons), over 30 medicinal plants, and more- This cabin and its sister homes, Casa Inspiracion, Rancho el Rio and their newest addition, La Granja, fund all the animal welfare, environmental and social welfare programs their owners run at the Sustainability Demonstration Center (http://www.sustainablecostarica.org/) located along the main route to Monteverde.

Casa Cielo is only 15 minutes from Monteverde, 7 mins from Santa Elena

Situated right off the main road to San Jose (route 606), but nestled in the mountains, it is a 5 minute drive to grocery stores, banks, restaurants, etc.

Enjoy the Cloud Forest attractions during the day, but at night, retreat to the low-land drier and warmer climate and its diverse wildlife.

Wake up to the sound of parrots flying overhead and blue magpies knocking at your window, then warm up with a cup of herbal tea straight from our garden or organic coffee from the San Luis Valley. We provide you with free organic coffee for the first morning of your stay as we are coffee producers in Monteverde and want to make sure you have an awesome start to your first morning with us! If you want to purchase more organic coffee for your stay or to take home, you can order it through our food order form.

Later on, take a walk on the trails and see beauty and biodiversity all around... you could even feed the chickens and fish.

In the evening, watch the amazing sunset from the balcony and curl up in a tub for two.

Less than 2 hours to the beach, 3.5 hours to Volcan Arenal, 30 mins to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and zip-lines, 20 mins to Children´s Eternal Rain Forest, 7 minutes to ranarium, herpetarium, horse-back rides, orchid and butterfly gardens.

The cabin is fully equipped. The first floor features the kitchen with large picture windows overlooking the mountains and ocean. There is a living area, a desk, a washer and a full bathroom. The second floor has a comfortable double bed, a balcony also overlooking the ocean, a romantic bathtub for two, a sofa and coffee table and some storage space. A ladder takes you to an additional sleeping area for a teenager or adult (too dangerous for a small child).

There is wi-fi/internet free of charge. You also have your own phone line with free calls within Costa Rica.

Email us for daily, weekly or monthly rates. We also offer RURAL TOURS.

Keywords: cabin, casita, vacation rental, romantic, family, rustic, nature, cloud forest, mountain, birding

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

Alexander was born in the San Luis Valley in the Monteverde region and has lived all his life here. He started working when he was 11 years old helping his father herd oxen to take milk to the local cheese factory. At the age of 15, he began working for the Children´s Eternal Rain Forest, then he worked for InBio (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad) researching snails all over Costa Rica, he then worked for ProNativas, an non-profit organization that promotes the use of native ornamental plants as a conservation effort. He believes in changing the world one person at a time, starting with ourselves.

Veronica was born in Mexico and spent 25 years in the States. She worked as a biologist, then as a licensed clinical social worker in various settings including private practice with people suffering from chronic physical illnesses and hospice care. She arrived in Monteverde a few years ago with her 5 year old son, Stuart. She founded PAWS costarica (Promotion of Animal Wellbeing Society), a non-profit organization to help educate people regarding the responsible and compassionate treatment of animals. She believes, like Alex, in changing the world from the inside (OUR inside) out. Everything we do, our choices and lifestyles sum up to our current state of affairs… we have the power to choose again so we can heal ourselves, our planet and all living beings.

Their work with their ecotourism business, their Sustainability Demonstration Center, and rural communities helps visitors understand the intimate connection that we have to the land. The entire community gets to benefit from the tourism that comes to this very rural area and get to share their own wisdom. Everyone wins.

Stuart is 12 years old and attends the public school in Guacimal. He shares our family dream of enjoying the simple things and having lots of fun playing soccer and bird-watching.

Our dream is to achieve sustainability in harmony with nature

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Speaks: english, spanish

29 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)
Burlington, VT, USA
5

Secluded, peaceful, and magical stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Cielo for 2 nights--it was not enough time! Perched on a hillside with a magnificent view toward the gulf, this cabin feels like it's in it's own world. It's a unique location and a really special place--do yourself a favor and book a stay here!

On our way up, we stopped by the Sustainability Demonstration Center to meet Veronica, and would strongly encourage everyone to do the same--she's so wonderful and they're doing great work there! We also got to visit the farmers market across the street which was lovely. When we arrived at Casa Cielo, Giselle met us, showed us around, and provided delicious, farm-fresh, homemade refreshments! The cabin has everything you need, and is comfy and cozy. We had some dog and cat visitors, strays or neighbors but all very friendly, so that's a bonus if you love animals! The location is very convenient if you want to visit the cloud forest, and Veronica's recommendation/help with reservations at Selvatura Park was very valuable.

Can't say enough good things about this special place, and can't wait to go back! Very highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Cabin in the sky

  • 4 of 5

We picked up the keys from Veronica at the Sustainability Demonstration Center, where she is doing so much good work for the environment and the local community. In fact the rental cost of the cabin goes directly to supporting the center. If you have time to let her show you around the center and explain the work she is doing, you wont be disappointed. The view from the cabin on the side of the hill are so expansive and the number of birds to see is incredible. Giselle's cooking is excellent and a great opportunity to take an evening away from domestic chores, support the local community and enjoy fresh ingredients and a home cooked meal delivered right to your kitchen table. 700 meters up the road is Finca Lindora where you must take the opportunity for only $35 to horseback ride through the hills to a private paradise of two natural rock pools built to capture hot spring water coming out of the hill and adjacent to a gushing stream of cold water. There's even a stone changing room. It was amazing, and totally private - just my husband and I and our 9-year old daughter. Horses are rock steady so no concerns for non-riders. We would definitely recommend for those wanting to get away from it all but yet be only a 10 minute drive to town (Santa Elena/Monteverde).

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I wanted to add that indeed the hot springs the reviewer speaks about will be one of the highlights of your trip to Monteverde and they are only one minute's drive from the house.
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Whitehorse, Yukon
5

Great location, genuine Costa Rican hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Cielo for 2 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. We first stopped at the sustainability center to meet Veronica and pick up the keys. Veronica warmly welcomed us, and told us about some of the environmental and human rights projects that she is passionately working on. It felt good knowing that the proceeds from the cabin rental were going towards her important work. The Saturday Market was on across the street, where we enjoyed local BBQ'd food and great live music. We were able to buy some fresh fruit and vegetables, and sweets for our stay at the cabin. Upon arrival, Giselle greeted us and had left a delicious warm snack on table for us. The cabin is on the side of a hill and the views are amazing! It is very clean and quaint, with everything we needed to cook our own meals. Perfect for a romantic get away. We put our compost out the kitchen window where the birds and other creatures could benefit from it. I liked that we were only a short drive away from Santa Elena and Monte Verde, but away from all the people in our private little cabin. Unfortunately we were so busy with all the activities you can do in the area that we didn't fully enjoy all that the cabin had to offer. We needed a few more days there. We will just have to come back some day to walk the trails and tour the farm, and especially to have Giselle cook for us. Veronica is a lovely person who is working hard for her community. Proceeds from the cabin rental go towards her work. I would highly recommend staying at Casa Cielo for a unique Costa Rican experience.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, a highlight of staying at the Cabin is being able to order very inexpensive food to be delivered at your doorstep... it is delicious! It also helps the neighbor who cooks it as all the proceeds go directly to her. And I believe the reviewer is right about all the things to do in or near Monteverde, so need to plan for time to actually enjoy the sunsets and the trails at the cabin.
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Tofte, Minnesota US
5

Rick B.

  • 5 of 5

We had 5 wonderful nights at Casa Cielo. Veronica was extremely warm and welcoming when we stopped by her Sustainability Center on the way up the mountain. It was Saturday so we were able to shop at the local's market there and picked up some wonderful food for our stay. We were met by Giselle who showed us in and told us the basics of using the washer etc. The house is set on the side of the mountain and the large downstairs windows( which can open wide) look out on the most amazing vista all the way to the Gulf. The upstairs deck for sunsets was a highlight of every day. We were able to visit the Reserves around Santa Elena and then leave the crowds for our little quiet spot on the mountain. Hiking the trails below we'd see toucans and parrots flying by. We had a wonderful dinner brought to us by Giselle one night and hired Grevein, Veronica's brother-in -law, as our own personal guide one morning in the cloud forest. He was exceptional -- the best guide you could possibly be with. His incredible eyes and ears allowed us to see so much of that amazing place that we would have missed otherwise. We have great memories of the Monteverde area because of our stay at Casa Cielo.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely, Greivin is an awesome naturalist guide with a well-trained eye to spot even the most difficult bird, lots of knowledge acquired over the many years of training and work in the field. You will love spending a morning with him.
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5

Amazing view

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our four days in Casa Cielo - a wonderful little house with a breathtaking view! It was ideal for our family of four. We took our time to relax on the balcony and explore the garden, and took care every night to be back in time for the wonderful sunset! We can recommend the house warmly to all lovers of nature and peace.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes indeed, the sunsets are to die for. This is one of the reasons we try to help arrange our guests activity schedules to ensure they are back to enjoy them by 5:30 p.m.
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5

To reconnect with nature

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 amazing days at the Casa Cielo. We stopped first by the sustainability Center for great food and to learn about Veronica's projects before discovering this little paradise. The house is very well equipped and ideal to accommodate our family of 3 teenagers. We loved throwing food out the window, looking at birds and vegetation. We were glad that we weren't in Santa Elena where it seems to drizzle all the time, where in Casa Cielo was sunny and breezy. The mangoes were delicious and the kids learned that the mandarines are very sour. Thanks again for your generosity.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were glad these guests were able to enjoy the mangoes right from the trees. Mango season is short, but oh so very sweet! During other times of the year there are some citrus fruits such as tangerines, grapefruit and lemons to make delicious drinks.
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Location

From the Owner

22 years ago, Alexander bought this land. It had been used for cattle and was pretty devoid of tress. He wanted to reforest it and turn it into a safe haven for birds and animals. He built the cabin 5 years ago. It is now a 5 acre paradise!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Liberia at 125 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Los Amigos at 3.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Puntarenas Ferry at 72 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Hwy 606 at 0.02 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Tree House Restaurant at 3.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Playa Dona Ana at 60 Kilometres Car: recommended

Cloud forest preserves nearby, ziplines, birding tours, night hikes, world-famous Monteverde Cheese Factory, chocolate factory, butterfly, frog and orchid gardens. Horse back riding to hot springs 2 minutes away.

We conduct rural tourism tours.

A professional massage therapist will come onsite to do body work and facials.

Route 606 to Monteverde is being made wider and safer in preparation for paving it. The road has restricted access some times and this changes as the road work progresses. Please ask us for details.

Availability

Rental rates

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My standard rate
Apr 1 2016 - Apr 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$110
$660
$2,640
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$110
$660
$2,640
 

Additional information about rental rates

Additional guest past 2 $5
Tax Rate 13.0%

The basic rate applies to 2 guests. Beyond two guests, there is a $5 charge for each guest per night.

Payment upon arrival, cash USD. For reservations longer than 2 weeks, a deposit is required.
$5 for each additional guest beyond two guests.
1 day off for every week-long stay
2 days off for 2-week reservations
3 days off for 3-week reservations
4 days off for four-week reservations

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

From the Owner

We love the peace and quiet, the sounds of the parrots flying overhead, and of the birds on the trees. We like having lots of space to roam and to plant things. Our animals are happy here too and we enjoy seeing them free and happy. We enjoy eating what we grow. We feel in harmony with nature. We are close to everything, but when we are home we have our privacy and space. There is enough peace that you can relax, renew and reconnect. Being here reminds one of who we truly are and why we are here.

Property Type

  • cabin

Theme

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

General

  • Broadband Access ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Water View

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1
  • Full bathroom with regular shower (no suicide shower!) and a romantic bathtub for two on the second floor

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon, on the first floor living room, sleeps 2
  • Double Beds (2) One in master bedroom, the other is a mattress in the loft overlooking the master bedroom. Not suitable for very small children as it could be dangerous... teens love it, however as it has a little window so high you feel you are flying and get a great look at the starry skies we have., Child Beds (1) See bunk bed caption., Baby Cribs (1) A hand-crafted wooden baby pen that can be used as a comfortable crib with padding all around, lots of baby blankets, stuffed animals and a musical mobile, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon in living area. Two can sleep comfortably here., Bunk Beds (1) The master bed has a second double mattress that can be pulled out and placed on the floor next to the bed, should guests choose to use this option instead of the loft mattress. This is a great option for small children who may not want to sleep downstairs away from their parents

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill

Meals

  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Notes:

  • Enjoy the peace, tranquility and privacy you don't get in most places when you travel. Children love feeding our chickens and fish. Feel free to collect organic herbs for tea and eat fruit from our trees when in season.

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