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Spyglass House Ocotal "Live like a Millionaire"

Bedrooms 2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4, Laundry, Kitchen. Pool, Carport

Spyglass House offers a spectacular view of captivating Ocotal Beach. A 10 minute walk to the ocean or just step into your infinity pool. Out on the deck you'll see the fishing boats or whales with your morning coffee.

Down the palm lined driveway and through the gated entrance, there is a rock garden and more palm trees. Enter the main house through the beaded doorway to the living area with the warm ocean breeze blows through.

The deck which overlooks Ocotal Bay and you can see clear cross to Roca Bruha, where there is some of the best surfing in Central America. You may also spot the whales coming in the bay to feed.

If you are into indoor views, there is a giant plasma screen TV for your entertainment.

This house is perfect for a family or 2 couples. Bedrooms at each end, with king size beds in both. The west wing provides an office desk and access to the deck. You may well be visited by the howler mono's (monkeys).

There is an outdoor kitchen with running water and propane BBQ next next to the patio and infinity pool. Dip your feet in while waiting to turn the fresh fish on the BBQ.

The indoor kitchen and eating area look out to the ocean where you can take in each evenings spectacular sunsets.

Each room has its own air conditioning unit, for your individual comfort.

As you drive down to the house you enjoy the morning sun without it beating down on you till midday.

More Details

Sterling Baker
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2017

About Sterling Baker

As I was approaching retirement, I decided that Ocotal was a little piece of heaven, where I intended to spend the rest of my life.

As a building contractor myself I worked with the designer on the location and optimal view of the ocean for both the main house and the guest house over the much needed carport.

I love gardening, as you can see from the pictures of the house.

I completed the house in 2003 and have been living in the guest house with the sliding doors open to hear the soothing ocean at night.

I scooter into town in the morning to the Panaderia (bakery) to grab a coffee and people watch.

In the afternoon I tend to my gardens

Sterling Baker purchased this chateau / country house in 2004

Why Sterling Baker chose Costa Rica

Ocotal Beach and the gated community we live in is 10 minutes down the Gold Coast from Coco Beach, a hopping town during the high season. There is great and affordable food stores, bakeries and financial institutions. However, as you drive beyond Coco to Ocotal, you enter your own little bit of heaven. As you come through the gates you can see the ocean, just minutes away. Take a u-turn up the hill and you climb, and climb and climb, until you are almost at the top and you are at your house.

I oversaw construction and paid attention to the details, which is why I have the Million Dollar view! Walk around the total estate 3km in about an hour to enjoy all of the views, while really get a workout.

I also head down to the beach in the afternoon for a swim and a run.

Just a 30 minute drive from the Liberia International Airport (LIR). Direct flights from Canada.

Close to the Congo Trail for zip lining, 4 wheeling and another spectacular beach.

Head north and you can enjoy the 4 Seasons Hotel 18 hole golf course.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Do not misconstrue the rainy season at Ocotal Beach. For a very great majority of the time it only means that you have blazing sun through the early afternoon and it often comes back before the sun sets. You will actually appreciate the break from the sun.

May to September you do not have to contend with the huge influx of winter tourists, so you can call the place your own! I had one tenant in 2014 from August to December and they had only 3 days where the sun did not come out at all


4.6/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)


Generous Owner, gorgeous view, and refreshing pool

  • 5 of 5

I loved having Sterling (the owner) nearby. I enjoyed getting to know him and Bobby (his dog). Sterling is a kind hearted soul who is a very interesting person. We enjoyed taking him out to thank him for his generosity. He picked us up from the airport, took us back, and let us use his truck the week we were there. Who does that? Sterling does that. We paid him upon arrival to the villa.

The view is spectacular. We would get up every morning and sit out on the patio chilling. We would have our coffee and look out to see if we could spot the whales. We did see them a couple of times! We could hear the Howler monkeys but never saw them. The crazy blue Jay would come and try to be part of our morning ritual. I'll even miss that Blue Jay! There were a lot of birds around and I think I saw a Costa Rican Raccoon too!

After our morning coffee and breakfast, we would usually go to Coco for Happy Hour at Z's or Lizard lounge. Happy hour is 11-7 and the drinks are good and big! We went to Coco every day for something or another. We met Brett at Marlin Del Rey tours at the bank so we went to his shop in town to book the Marlin Catamaran sunset party boat (so much fun) and the River boat pottery tour (once was enough but if you want to see monkeys and alligators, go).

We ate a lot of places. La Flor Delys on the way to town from The Spyglass house was a favorite. The food and presentation are great (only open for breakfast and lunch). We ate at Father Roosters twice. Great ambience, even in low season. Great fries and Shrimp kabobs! We ate at Picante. Nice view. We went to Papagayo seafood and the pizza place a couple doors down. Papagayo's seafood was great. Pizza was nice and hot. We loved the company at the pizza place too. We ate at Citron which had great food, although it wasn't very Costa Rican. It was excellent though! We went to The Lookout (go for the sunset) and to Ginger's in Playa Hermosa with Sterling the night before we left. It was a wonderful evening of good food and even better company!

We took a day trip to Tamarindo. While we were glad we went for the day, we were also glad we did not stay in Tamarindo. My friend and I both agreed that we got lucky with Ocotal and Coco. Tamarindo is very touristy. I can't even imagine it during high season.

We would come back from our little excursions and enjoy the pool. The pool is very clean and well maintained. Sterling is the best host!

Chris S (Michigan)

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simple Beautiful " WoW " Better then it shows

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a month Jan 15 to Feb 16th 2015...... this home has everything it show's and more... very nicely finished . The home the pool the sitting areas are all very well planned. The sunsets are awsome.... you have a great view from every room. Wake up looking out over Ocotal bay.... have coffee on the pool deck or the main deck off the living.... just fantastic !! The owner "Sterling " is a great person ... honest and very helpful . This home has a 180 degree view and Sterling has captured it all with the entire layout of the home. Minutes from a gym ... downtown Coco ..... beaches etc. We would highly recommend this property ..... it is well stocked everything you need . Thanks " Sterling " Bob / Nancy

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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spyglass house

  • 4 of 5

We arrived in Playa Coco and stumbled across Robert Holtmans CR Properies office after a long day travelling and no place to stay. He showed us around a few rental properties in Coco and after explaining we wanted something a little more special he then quickly arranged us to view the spyglass house in nearby Ocotal. After looking around this place we agreed on a months rental. This place is a wonderful and private place to stay. It has two ensuite bedrooms with queen size very comfortable beds! There is aircon, wifi, cable tv, telephone and all mod cons as you would expect in this magnificent property which overlooks the bay in ocotal. There is a wonderful outdoor area with a BBQ and seating area and infinity pool where we spent many an evening watching the glorious sunset. A great place to stay If you are ever in this area.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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luxury with a view

  • 4 of 5

this well maintained and well furnished villa was a pleasant experience, a designers delight.

the dark-bottomed pool absorbed sunlight and warmed up well and was very pleasant and spotless. the large deck with wet-bar and lounge chairs was as attractive as the off-living-room deck -- tough choice for your mid-morning reading or nap.

other tough choice: which of 3 eating spots to dine, which of 2 large bedrooms to use. a giant TV to ignore if bound to nature. good internet service for those impromptu activity searches and iPad news downloads.

kitchen facilities were complete including the 8-inch prof-chef knife, etc.

it was possible to walk to the wonderful black-sand beach on the main road in about 20 minutes, down a steep hill. nice and clean with great swimming. definitely plan on a sunset dinner in Father Roosters right next to you on the beach -- better than expected (there are good internet reviews that list it as a "must visit" place). at least have cocktails or a beer.

there were two friendly "guard" dogs on the property. we are not "dog people" but fell in love with these older gentle and obedient dogs ("no" and "out" were instantly obeyed). they even followed us on walks and one swam in the ocean with us.

the rental process needs a bit more time and interaction/iteration than usual -- be patient with Robert as he does come through. Robert was quite helpful and responsive during our stay (example: BBQ gas refill).

10 days in January -- well spent at this villa. and we wanted to take the dogs home with us. ;-)

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fint hus med fantastisk utsikt för familj

  • 5 of 5

Vi hade två fantastiska veckor i det här huset. Huset har en underbar utsikt från altan, poolen och från alla rum genom en stor glasvägg. Ett rikt djurliv med apor, hökar, kollibris och en leguan under altanen, som hälsade på ibland. Huset ligger högt och bra bil rekommenderas. Nära till vår favoritrestaurang, Father Rooster, nere vid stranden. Bra läge 40 min. från Liberias flygplats. Gott om mataffärer i grannbyn Coco Beach och andra småbutiker. Favoritstränder var Playa Ocotal, med fin snorkling, och Playa Hermosa. Vi var också på en fin dyktur, som utgick från Coco. Sterling Baker var en mycket trevlig värd och fanns tillhands vid behov och hjälpte oss med allt vi behövde.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 17-18
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 15 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $60

The owner has been personally involved in the construction of this property requiring many years of patience and attention to details. Built on a seemingly impossibly steep slope near the ridge line, using 62 concrete pylons going 10 meters into the rock, this house isn't going anywhere. The 'broken tile' walking steps show a lot of patience in arraigning the pieces by hand. The balcony hand rails are teak wood requiring a weekly application of treatment to maintain their rich look. there is no walls facing the view instead there are floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall plate glass windows so as to not obstruct the view in any way. The cabinets through out the home are crafted of teak also with attention given to clean lines and symmetry. The finishing touch of carefully selected pieces finish the home nicely.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Guanacaste Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Tub with detachable wand
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Outside shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ocean view balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Ocean view balcony
  • Each bedroom has a private bathroom and a spectacular view of the Ocotal Bay from a private balcony.
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
There is a full laundry room on site for longer stays. The pool is fully secluded from all other properties and the road to the property. Huge big screen television for those who prefer to just chill in front of the tube.

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