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Posh Rainforest Villa Overlooking Costa Rica's Pacific Coast: Casa Buendia

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

4 Bedrooms + Office/5th bedroom, 4 Full Baths (Sleeps 8 to 10+)

Casa Buendía is where modern architecture meets the rain forest above Costa Rica´s beautiful South Pacific coast. If you are looking for a contemporary home-base from which to explore and enjoy Costa Rica´s most amazing natural assets, look no further!

Spectacular coastal and mountain views abound in this 5,000 sq ft 4 bedroom luxury hideaway, which includes a large office with private bath (converting to a 5th bedroom if needed). Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and Palapa-covered terraces beautifully contrast the clean modernistic lines of the house. The main floor surrounds a small inner garden courtyard and fountain. Large, bright fully appointed kitchen has granite counters, gas stove, and wet-bar. Adjacent dining and living rooms boast double-height vaulted ceiling, accessed from a gallery-styled passage and stunning vestibule entrance.

Sleeping Quarters on Top Floor w/ Best Views!: On the upper floor, an elevated walkway separates the swank, private master bedroom from another VIP guest suite, along with two more bedrooms, each with balconies and breathtaking views. A giant 3-car garage, laundry room and storage area comprise the lower floor below.

Uncommon Combination of Nature and Luxury: Casa Buendía is located on 2..5 acres (1 hectare) of forested land, bordered by a mountain stream on the westernmost limit, accessible via a private footpath. Toucans, howler and white faced monkeys are common attractions. Just to the south lies Ballena National Marine Park and Corcovado National Park, while Manuel Antonio National Park is a short drive away to the North. Surfing, sport-fishing, diving, hiking, birdwatching, mountain biking, horseback riding, sea and river kayaking and rafting, are just some of the activities offered in the area. Spa treatment, maid service and gourmet food preparation are available on request.

More Details

Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy

We are an American-Costa Rican couple married for over 20 years. We are world travelers and active outdoor action sports afficionados. We bought land in Dominical after falling in love with the place during surf trip getaways, back in 1998. Ten years later, we decided to build our dream house and share it with family, friends, and guests!

Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy purchased this villa in 2009

Why Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy chose Puntarenas

We are in Dominical because it offers so much to so many kinds of adventurers! We have been to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, a throughout North, Central, and South America, and we have yet to find a place that is so natural, wild, scenic, and fun. Amazing surf and lush forest waterfalls drew us in. Eventually, we discovered other options, including kayaking in the Savegre river, exploring Corcovado National Park (one of the most bio-diverse locations on the planet). It is far enough from the big cities and overbuilt tourist traps, but still close enough to make for a 2.5 hour drive on the new highway from San Jose.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(transcribed from Casa Buendia guestbook): The house is spectacular! Loved the vegetation, views and tropical rainforest. Recommend Guapil beach, kids loved to boogie and play soccer there. Juan and Glenda were super friendly and made our stay more pleasant-- loved feeling so pampered and well taken care of. Will definitely enjoy coming back to this fabulous retreat
Jan 2012
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)


Amazing house, view and location

  • 4 of 5

The house is truly amazing with a grand view of the pacific. Estrella, Luis and the caretaking couple was all very kindly and helpfull. Our only issues related to the kitchen. Usually I would expect a luxury house such as this having a better kitchen (no dishwasher, stuck drawers, dull knives, old cooking equipment etc.)

Other than that it is highly recommendable for a large family, group of friends or alike

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Based on this helpful feedback, we have asked our caretaker to sharpen all kitchen knives. We will also review all other kitchen equipment and make upgrades in the near future. Really appreciate this feedback! As for installing a dishwasher, most guests (including the owners when we stay) do not mind hand washing, given the rain forest location and availability of housekeeping help. However, we may revisit our present "eco-friendly" approach, if we receive dishwasher requests from other guests going forward.
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Absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This house is absolutely spectacular! We were 8 people. 4 adults and 3 twenty something year-olds and a teen. Plenty of room for everyone.the view in the morning is amazing and un forgettable. We were in the pool every morning by 6 am. We arranged to have breakfast every morning. Amazing every morning.The home care takers will do absolutely anything for you and they are a delight! If renting a car, a four wheel drive is highly recommend!! We would totally book here again! We will highly recommend to everyone!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We greatly appreciate this positive feedback, especially the notes of appreciation about our caretakers. We place a lot of emphasis on customer service and satisfaction-- it is nice to know that our caretakers are making our clients feel at home at Casa Buendia!
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a weekend family vacation and we had a great time. Big infinite pool with awesome views. The staff was very helpful and made sure we had what we needed. Rooms and bathrooms super comfortable. Everything was better than what I was expecting.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Really nice house and grounds, would stay there again no question.

  • 4 of 5

The house is really nice and fits 10 comfortably. The pool is amazing and we spent a lot of time in it, especially at night. The pool was warm naturally from the sun and has the most amazing view of the ocean. One thing we were expecting is a heated hot tub judging off the photos, and there is a hot tub with jets and stuff on the side of the pool, but it is no warmer than the actual pool. The house keepers Lenny and Sandra are awesome and really nice people, they stay on site at the house while you are staying in the basement and gives it a safer feeling. (not that we ever felt unsafe) The drive up the hill to the house is kinda long and bumpy but we felt like it was worth it for the view. Overall we loved the vacation and would totally go back again.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning house and view.

  • 4 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the Casa Buiendia . The views were to die for. The house was amazing. The way the wildlife was around you on all sides of the house. No matter what balcony you were on there was something to see. The pool was great over looking one of the most beautiful views you'll find anywhere. Lenny and Sandra were a big help. You could interact with them as little or as much as you wanted. They even cooked us dinner one night. She would do your laundry if you wanted which believe me was great. Who wants to do laundry when your on vacation. If your looking to rent a house in Costa Rica and you love seeing wildlife like Toucans, humming birds, monkeys and a whole lot more, then this is the place. It sits halfway up a mountain that you will find a 4x4 is very useful. Has a little bar that is just down the the road that is a great place to go eat and has live entertainment. It's close to both Dominical Beach and Uvita for shopping or site seeing or eating. We actually cooked at the house a lot as it has everything you need in the well equipped kitchen. The whole house does not have air conditioning but the bedrooms do, so it is quite comfortable at night and during the day the pool keeps you cool. It's perfect. Again thank you Luis, Lenny and Sandra for a most pleasant stay. Hope to come back next year.


  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as advertised!

  • 5 of 5

We had three generations (six in total) of our family enjoy Buendia for eight days in January. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The house is beautiful, with a comfortable layout that allowed us to be together when we wanted and allowed us time alone if that was our desire.

We lounged by the pool, cooked meals in the kitchen and on the gas grill, played backgammon, and read, all in one of the most beautiful setting imaginable. One of the real treats was when a tribe of Howler Monkeys went right past the house, two with babies in tow on their backs providing us with a couple of hours of entertainment.

While there was a TV, we did not turn it on once. From the wonderful trips that Sonia Leon scheduled for us from the Uvita information center to the gorgeous environs we were in, there was not need to turn this on.

The husband and wife team that stayed on the property were helpful. With the benefit of GoogleTranslate, we never had an issue communicating.

We went zip-lining, on a evening nature hike, snorkled at Cano Island, kayaked the mangroves, and had a stellar visit to Corcovado. All well done trips with expert guides. For dinner, our visit to Ylang Ylang was a highlight. Expensive, but wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season 2017
Jan 9 2017 - Apr 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
Easter 2017
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Season 2017-18
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $69 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $90

The security deposit during the Envision festival is $1000 and we reserve the right to terminate the lease agreement should the guests not abide by the rules of the contract.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Dominical Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , deluxe mstr bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , guest bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , south side upper floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , office/5th bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , front entrance
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower , adjacent to pool
  • 'Jack and Jill' bathroom used by 3rd and 4th bedrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Office - Queen futon
  • Casa Buendia can very comfortably accommodate 10 guests in bedrooms. Up to 2 additional guests can sleep on an air mattress that can be provided for the entertainment room (most appropriate for younger guests). This makes the house perfect for larger family groups up to a maximum of 12.
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Air Conditioning: Split unit in bedrooms and office, ceiling fans in rest of house (ample cross ventilation based on open architecture). Washer: Front loader high capacity energy saving unit. Dryer: Front loader high capacity energy saving unit. Linens Provided: high thread-count cotton bed linens, quality bath and pool towels provided. Off Street Parking: Next to house is space for spillover parking, convenient for additional guests/parties. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer: In space next to house at garage level. Catering Available.

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