Enchanting Villa W/Large Pool, Great Views, & Total Privacy
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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Atenas house description
Delightfully relaxing Balinese-inspired villa with three separate pavilions (living, master bedroom, and guest bedroom) custom-designed to enjoy inside/outside living in your private oasis of sun, lush gardens, hummingbirds, butterflies, toucans, and sparkling pool waters. Nestled high on a peaceful hilltop, the panoramic views are fantastic: to the northeast, the Atenas Valley with Póas, Barva and Irazú volcanoes in the background, to the southwest the Rio Grande Valley and to the east, the Central Valley. Ideally located in a gated eco-residential community, a thirty-minute drive from San Jose airport, this exquisitely crafted three-pavilion tropical hideaway is close to everything Costa Rica has to offer. Invite family and friends to enjoy the spacious pool and spa, lounge on the terrace with a good book, or surf the WiFi from the hammock.
Location: 26 miles northwest of San Jose; 15 miles west of the international airport and 43 miles northeast of Jaco Weather: Warm during the day; mild at night. The dry season runs from December through mid May. A stroll through the immaculate, palm-lined central park or lunch at one of the many typical small cafes serving local food in town awaits visitors to Atenas. Located on the Central Valley’s western edge, Atenas is a slice of quintessential small town Costa Rican life. With just 5,000 inhabitants (17,000 including the suburbs), Atenas is famous for having one of the best climates in the world, according to National Geographic. The words “El Mejor Clima del Mundo” are emblazoned on every Atenas bus; a valid claim as daily temperatures hover around 80 degrees and dip into the 60s at night. Temperatures: Daily averages 77 to 86 °F. Evenings vary from 62-70 °F. Altitude: 2600 feet above sea level.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Parking Off Street
- Covered Parking
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Computer Available
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Hot Tub
- Private Pool
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Mountain Biking
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
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Worth Every Penny!
Worth Every Penny!
We recently spent the last four days of a two week vacation at this beautiful home. My brother said it all shortly after we arrived: "This must be how movie stars vacation!". The house had spectacular views of the mountains, and we were able to watch both the sunrises and the sunsets from the extensive patios. The pool and hottub were both very clean and perfectly situated with gorgeous landscaping nearby. The pool was a good size, which surprised me as mini pools seem to be common in Costa Rica. We felt very safe at this house, and appreciated having Elias available to help us out if we had any questions or needed anything. We had planned on a couple of excursions while in Atenas, but cancelled them as we didn't want to miss a day of hanging out at home! We did however make it to Zoo Ave, which was about a half hour drive from the house. It was very reasonably priced ($15 per adult) and we saw all sorts of animals that we probably would never spot in the wild. If you go, save room for some treats at the end...they have a wonderful assortment of pastries near the exit! We also made it to the Atenas market Friday morning, where we were able to buy all sorts of fresh vegetables and cheese. Unlike other markets we visited during our vacation, the prices were all posted. This was a great advantage to us as we had been charged what we call the 'gringo price' instead of the 'tico price' elsewhere. We were able to buy anything else we needed at two nearby grocery stores. The house is a perfect layout for socializing while in the main house, but also allows for people to escape to their own quarters. The kitchen is an entertainer's dream, with a large island where people can sit and talk to the cook. It seems like a lot of thought has gone into accomodating visitors, such as excellent speakers with an aux jack for mp3 players, a wide variety of reading material and a collection of brochures and menus from nearby attractions and restaurants. When we were first considering renting this property, we were a bit concerned about the distance to the coast. However, the luxuriousness of this property makes the hour drive well worth it, and the half hour drive to the airport is a godsend if you have an early morning flight out. It is also in a very central location if you plan to visit Arenal Volcano and also go south towards Manuel Antonio Park. Thanks Joe and Nancy for making this such an inviting and breathtaking retreat!
- Guest Jewels (Barrie, Ontario)
- Date of stay 02/10/11
- Review Submitted 02/20/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thanks Julie.... It was lovely to have you as a guest... Please come back when you can.
From the moment we arrived at this property, we new it was someplace special. As said in the other reviews, the photos don't do it justice. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, it's homie and comfortable. We loved staying here so much we opted to stay put for the entire week, other then walking into town a couple times. We taxi'd back. Atenas is a great little town. We did our groceries at the co-op, you can get anything there. The freshed bake bread was awesome! Gelly's and Don Tadeo's are a definite must while in Atenas. The caretaker Elias... what can I say, he's just a great guy! Even with our lack of knowledge of Spanish and Elias not knowing English we were still able to have a few laughs. It's obvious Elias takes a lot of pride, and the place is immaculate. Thank you Joe for sharing this wonderful place! It was our first homeaway experience and you made it easy.
- Guest Debra H. (Hastings, Ontario)
- Date of stay 01/25/14
- Review Submitted 02/10/14
Perfect, Secluded Paradise
Perfect, Secluded Paradise
Joe, thank you so much for sharing your property with us. We have just finished staying at your place for a glorious week, soaking up all there is to offer. We've heard the weather in Toronto is a chilly -30 C, so we're very glad to have spent this time in National Geographic and Condé Nast's "best climate in the world" at Atenas. Thank you very much to Elias for keeping the place so immaculate and well maintained. It was comforting to know he was always available, but never at all intrusive during our stay. The property is unimaginably picturesque; I felt like I was in a painting. We used Walter's taxi - Luis was our prompt, cautious, aimiable (though non-English speaking) driver - for a fantastic day trip to Monteverde cloud forest. The kids enjoyed walking the canopy bridges and the hummingbirds were unforgettable. We concluded with a short visit to Don Juan coffee plantation, where they have a two hour tour for those with more time. We went to the Coop market in town twice, easily walking downhill with a stroller, stopping for refreshing orange juice at Kay's, and taking a $5 or $6 cab back each time. The second trip back we got Luis! The kids particularly loved exploring nature and spending time in what they called "the hot pool". Around the house we continuously heard incredible birdsong, saw plenty of wildlife. Thank you again; this is the most beautiful place we've ever stayed. Pictures don't do it justice. My husband and I have travelled extensively - about 40 countries between us, as we've travelled globally for work - so I hope that comment is meaningful. We hope to return one day soon! Pura vida, Lisa and Raypal, and Sacha, 4, and Carmen, 1
- Guest Lisa P.
- Date of stay 01/17/14
- Review Submitted 02/04/14
Highlight of our trip
Highlight of our trip
My husband and I had the greatest time at this home in Costa Rica! The pictures online are amazing, but even still they do not capture the true beauty of the home. The views, the sounds, the smell of fresh air, .... simply indescribable. To be quite honest, the home was the highlight of the trip, by far. I was in awe from the second we walked up the front steps, and that feeling remained with me even after we were driving away eight days later. We were looking for a place to unwind, relax, and disconnect from work, and I cannot think of a better place to do that. Waking up every morning to that beautiful view was an incredible experience, and looking down at the lights from the towns below in the evenings under the stars was equally as wonderful. Elias was great to work with, the house was very clean and beautifully decorated.... I could go on and on. I sincerely hope I will be able to visit this home again someday. It was very hard to leave! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. It was an experience that surely will not be forgotten!
- Guest Tanya (O'fallon)
- Date of stay 11/06/13
- Review Submitted 11/24/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
A destination location
A destination location
We are 4 time satisfied VRBO'ers - yet each time we select a property we wonder.... will it meet our expectations this time. This rental was the first of ours out of the US, so we were a little concerned about the location, the condition of the property, the transportation, the weather and the language. It turned out that this property - by far- was the most private, tranquil, beautiful - better than described or expected oasis. People have asked us, "how was Costa Rica" and all we can answer is that we never left the villa because it was so perfect! The transportation, through an English speaking entrepreneur who runs the local taxi services in Atenas, was was waiting curbside at the airport. The owner arranged for groceries to be brought in for us from the local Friday market. The villa and its setting was beautiful and relaxing beyond what the pictures can convey. There was nothing we wanted to see or do other than relax and this offered us an exceptional place to do just that. Mornings come early there as does a dark night sky. Our trip was during the rainy season and we were prepared for very little sun or outdoor enjoyment. As it turned out, for our desires, the weather was great. Sun in the mornings, rain in the afternoons perfect for napping in the hammocks and evenings made for the jacuzzi. We enjoy cooking so the fresh produce and food was great for us. The kitchen was not as well stocked as we had thought or we would have bought more spices/oils, etc.... so if you love to cook you might want to plan on stocking it with your preferences. The groundskeeper did not speak any english but was very patient with the google translator and hand signals. He was there if you needed anything but never intrusive in any way. The skies and the surroundings are an ever changing landscape which lent itself to some awesome photography. The only drawback to renting this is that it is very hard to leave. This is a property that exceeded all expectations. What a find! Lyn & Jim, Atlanta
- Guest Lyn D.
- Date of stay 09/07/13
- Review Submitted 09/24/13
We read the reviews carefully before deciding to rent this house. So many reviews were glowing! After having rented the property for two weeks, we too are glowing. We all loved the place. Week one was spent with son and girlfriend, week two with daughter and boyfriend. The house is perfect for two couples. The kitchen is well equipped. We made surprisingly good meals on the outdoor grill. The local supermarket (Co-op) has an especially good butcher selling marinated chicken and beef, great for kebabs. Atenas is a nice town that has everything you may need. And the house? It deserves every star.
- Guest Lisa O.
- Date of stay 04/27/13
- Review Submitted 05/19/13
A dream villa! A wonderful vacation!
A dream villa! A wonderful vacation!
In case you don't have much time, let me just make this easy: book this villa . . . immediately!! I have never been anywhere as wonderful/beautiful/easy as this villa in Atenas. The pictures certainly prepare you for an amazing place (and as other reviewers have mentioned - the real thing is even better than the photos!). The layout takes full advantage of every view while remaining extremely private. The pool is huge and irresistible, the rooms are spacious, and the kitchen is a cook's dream! So much thought has gone into making this villa an oasis. There are umbrellas outside of each building and hats in the main sleeping house (so you can get some share, while sleeping in the sun!). It's just perfect! The best part of this vacation though, is that every little thing I was worried about was a non-issue. The cab ride in was easy (we took one of the red airport cabs and it was between 24,000 and 30,000 colones). I had also read not to be concerned if a driver needs to stop for directions. Ours did once we got to Atenas and then quickly got us to the Villa. Another concern I had was the walk into Atenas. It is all downhill and pretty easy and a cab back is cheap and the way to go! And every cabbie knew where Villa Picaflora was! On our last morning, Elias called us a cab for the drive back to the airport, which was another concern taken care of. The takeaway? No worries the entire trip! It was beautiful, the people we met in town were so nice and patient with my limited Spanish, and the Farmer's Market on Fridays was so awesome! This was truly the perfect way to experience Costa Rica for the first time. Thank you, Joe and Nancy, for creating such an amazing vacation spot! We can't wait to go back!! Cat & Micah
- Guest Cat H.
- Date of stay 04/17/13
- Review Submitted 04/29/13
This house is beautiful and it is as described in photos and description. The layout of the house is nice especially when traveling with two couples. The house is in a gated community and their is a gate on the house as well, we felt very secure. Elias the caretaker doesn't speak any English but with our little Spanish and Google translator we were able to communicate. We hired his wife to make us dinner one night and it was fantastic Costa Rican food. Atenas is a very nice town. The only downside of this house is the distance to tourist sites. The closest place in Jaco which is about an hour. Everything else is 2-3 hours one way. Needless to say we drove quite a bit. We had two days at the house as relaxing days, we played in the pool and hot tub which was very nice. The view is beautiful but not as green as I had expected because we came in the dry season. We had a Capuchin monkey grace us with his presence one day.
- Guest Ashley (Utah)
- Date of stay 04/10/13
- Review Submitted 04/21/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers.
MAGIC LIVES HERE!
MAGIC LIVES HERE!
This was our second vacation to this villa and once again so memorable. I don't know of too many places on this planet where you can experience what this villa offers. If someone does, please let me know! This is a place of peace, tranquility, privacy, the constant rustle of wind in the trees, the 24 hour sounds of nature, breathtaking views, clear starry nights, clouds that hug the mountains and if you are as lucky as we were to have them roll through the villa. After the rain, dense while billowing clouds formed in the valley below. Then, as if on queue by some maestro of nature, they arose from the valley floor to be suspended momentarily as a wall of amorphous white, then rolled towards the villa engulfing everything. We could taste, smell and touch the clouds as they swirled around our bodies as if in an anointing. They came in silence and left in silence and we were left with wonder. On another day, we were visited by a family of ten white faced monkeys playfully swinging in the trees behind the back porch. Some villas are just beautiful homes. This villa is much more. It is obvious the owner cares for this home and as such you become the recipient of his balanced artful taste, attention to detail and thoughtful appointments. He is available via email for any questions. Elias, the caretaker, keeps the place spotless and the gardens gorgeous. He is a discreet and comforting presence. The distractions of the outside world are kept to a minimum, no T.V., and we thank you, wi-fi and an I Pad are provided. The electronic silence allows you to listen to the 24 hour streaming of nature. The villa and setting is a spa experience for your mind and body. The deep resonance of Balinese wind chimes play softly in the air. I leave this place always with a sense of gratitude for just being alive and so grateful for the beauty of this planet. How often do you get to say that today! It has become a place where I bring my life's treasures-my friends. In this space, the roots of friendship are deeply nourished, we appreciate how short the journey is and rejoice in the moment. This year , friends travelled half way around the world to get here. I think that's an endorsement for the magic that awaits you.
- Guest Claus (FRANKLIN Michigan USA)
- Date of stay 02/23/13
- Review Submitted 03/10/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, age 55+, sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
What a fabulous setting for a fabulous vacation!
What a fabulous setting for a fabulous vacation!
What a fabulous setting for a fabulous vacation! Four friends spent ten days at this beautiful, spacious, and well-maintained home with spectacular panoramic views. The website and previous reviews were spot-on describing a wonderful setting that we didn’t need to leave. Elias, the caretaker, lives on the property with his family and is readily available when needed but otherwise unobtrusive. Joe, the owner, was very responsive to questions before the trip and was truly interested that we had what we needed. We were quite happy relaxing in and around the salt-water pool and hot tub on our “off” days. The variety of plants and birds is extraordinary; we saw a toucan fly by one morning and a sloth climbing along the electrical lines nearby. We opted not to rent a car to minimize the stress of the car rental and navigating the roads. Atenas is about 2 miles downhill from this Picaflora home, a nice walk during which we enjoyed more flora and fauna. There was something new to appreciate on each trip. In town, we went to the farmers’ market, bakery and supermarket to buy fresh goods to create our meals in the well-equipped kitchen. We enjoyed one delicious dinner created by Elias’ wife, Valeria. Some of our party had been to Costa Rica previously and had a short list of adventures that we wanted to do. We planned three day trips with the help of Karla and Mario at Destino Tropical, who arranged our transportation for the day trips as well as to and from the airport. By coordinating all of this by e-mail prior to our arrival, we had a hassle-free trip. This was one of our best vacations ever, and we’re already talking about when we can return to this beautiful home.
- Guest Linda B.
- Date of stay 01/04/13
- Review Submitted 01/27/13
April 1 to August 22, 2012 - $1275/week August 23 to November 15, 2012 - $900/week November 16, 2012 to March 31, 2013 - $1500/week April 1 to August 31, 2013 - $1350/week A 50% non refundable deposit is required to hold the reservation. Remaining balance, cleaning fee, and security deposit due 30 days prior to arrival Cleaning fee: $75 Refundable security deposit: $250
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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: Hello! We're Nancy and Joe Rees... and we love Costa Rica. We recently built a beautiful house in Atenas. We're looking forward to retiring here, but until then we would love to share our peaceful retreat with you. Thanks for considering our house.
Why the Owner Chose Atenas:
We built our home in central Costa Rica, near a small town called Atenas, for easy access to the international airport, wonderful climate, traditional Costa Rican culture, and its' strategic location, the perfect spot for exploring all the wonders Costa Rica has to offer.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We enjoy swimming in the pool, day trips to the beach, local restaurants, soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi, yoga, zip lining, napping in the hammock, hiking, bird watching, the local farmer's market, white water rafting ...and much, much, more.
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Secluded hilltop retreat for total peace, privacy, and security...
The spacious chef's kitchen comes fully equipped
Your view from the front porch...
Master bedroom... light and airy with soaring hardwood ceilings...
Sparkling clean master bathroom...
At night the house becomes truly enchanting...
Watch butterflies and exotic birds in lush tropical surroundings...
Living pavilion perched on a mountain hilltop...
Living pavilion... finely crafted in warm beautiful hardwoods
Antique Balinese coffee table graces the living pavilion's sitting area
Master bedroom pavilion surrounded by lush gardens...
Master bedroom overlooking large swimming pool
A soothing outdoor jacuzzi...
Guest bedroom...a serene tree-house-like retreat
One of our favorite guests...
Poolside hammock to savor the blissful surroundings...
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