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Dramatic Views, Gorgeous Home, Two Pools - Paradise Awaits!

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The view from our terrace and, for that matter, from each room.

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Atenas villa description

If you want to experience heaven on earth, this gorgeous three bedroom home in the 'Lomas del Paraiso' (the Hills of Paradise) gated development in Atenas, Costa Rica, will be perfect for you. Atenas is renown for its fabulous weather and spectacular mountain views. In fact, National Geographic magazine once proclaimed it as having “the best climate on earth.”

The house and casita are very private, contemporary in style and extremely well appointed. They have exceptional views and are visited by a wide range of exotic birds including Toucans, mot mots and montezuma oropendolas. 'Our' great kiskadees will wake you in the mornings with their happy calls. You can see photos of these birds, taken from our terrace, on our website (see link below)

The home, constructed in 2009, is on a large, beautifully landscaped lot has a full range of amenities for indoor and outdoor living. You can enjoy the spectacular mountain views in the day and twinkling lights of nearby towns by night from the sunning and dining terraces, the lap pool and the play pool (yep, two swimming pools) or from inside as well, through floor to ceiling windows in every room. Both the main house and the casita have very high ceilings made of beautiful Costa Rican hardwoods (even in the closets and utility room!).

The 12 meter, one lane, lap pool is perfect for keeping in great shape or just floating lazily and the three by five meter play pool is great for relaxing or having fun. The terraces also feature a pair of lounge chairs for reading, sunbathing or just enjoying the views as well as a beautiful dining table for six for that outdoor breakfast, a drink with friends or a quiet talk.

The main house features a master suite, which includes the sleeping area with king size bed and television. An elaborate master bath with a large soaking tub, a private outdoor shower built of beautiful local rock and a large walk-in. In all rooms, there are sliding patio doors to access the outdoor living spaces. High end bed and bath linens are provided for your further comfort. 

The great room includes a living area with leather couches, a large screen high definition TV. It also has a lovely dining area with a table seating six and, as is the case for all rooms, spectacular views. The last portion of the great room is a very large, well-equipped, gourmet kitchen with a generous island-bar that is perfect for evening gatherings over a glass of wine.

The guest bedroom/office in the main house includes a desk that is perfect for your computer, although you can use it anywhere on the property because there is high speed WiFi access to the internet. This room also contains a twin bed and has an adjacent bathroom with a shower and small, rock wall enclosed outdoor atrium.

The casita includes a bedroom with a queen size bed, the standard floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the mountain view, a bathroom with a spacious shower and its own terrace. The casita terrace has a small kitchenette with a microwave oven and an outdoor dining table with seating for six.
 
Atenas, situated in the Central Valley, halfway between San José and the Pacific Ocean, is the perfect base from which to explore Costa Rica and see cloud forests, rain forests, tropical birds, butterflies and many other animals. You can easily make day trips to go zip-lining in the treetops, hiking in the mountains, cruising in the jungle and birding for a remarkable range of tropical birds.
You are also just over thirty minutes from Escazu, by the new highway, and its posh restaurants, wonderful shops and the remarkable MultiPlaza shopping mall. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, has many cultural and historical sites, and is about 45 minutes away. In the house, you will find a brief guide to the area which we have prepared, as well a guidebook, which you can use to identify the sights you would like to see and how to find them.

Casa Dos Leones is approximately 35 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose/Alajuela. The many easy day trips include Beaches (Jaco - 38 miles, one hour; tiny Esterillos - 40 miles, 1 ¼ hrs), Volcanos & National Parks (Poas Volcano Nat'l Park - 22 miles, about an hour; Arenal Volcano Nat'l Park - 50 miles, 2 ½ hours), Towns (Sarchi - 9 miles, 20 minutes; Cartago - 43 miles, one hour +). Talk with our property managers, Adrian & Marian about local sites or arranging tours for you.

Atenas also has 4 supermarkets and a great Farmer's Market on Fridays where you can purchase fruits, vegetables, cheese, flowers, fish, pork, chicken and home made baked goods. There are also a number of excellent restaurants, five pharmacies, a number of sodas (little restaurants that serve breakfast and lunch), and two favorite gringo hangouts, El Balcon, a European style cafe where one can have breakfast, lunch or wonderful pastry and Kay's Gringo Postres, where you can have breakfast or lunch, a piece of cake or pie and talk with Kay and Tom about the good ol' days in South Dakota.

In addition, your stay will be made more enjoyable by our housekeeper, Isabelle, who will happily do your laundry if time allows. Alfonso, our gardener will come once a week to attend to the outdoor greenery and our property managers, Adrian and Marian, who are multi-lingual, will do anything possible to make your stay a success. They can even arrange custom tours, through their travel agency, and an airport pickup or delivery if you call them ahead of time.

You will not be disappointed in our home, the stunning vistas or Atenas where you can leave all your cares behind and enjoy complete relaxation. We invite you to visit our website (link below) to see additional photos of the property and Atenas in addition to animals mentioned earlier - all photos taken from our terrace except the mot mot. The site also contains a number of useful links. It is no wonder that many people return to Atenas year after year for their vacation.

Keywords: A bit of paradise, mountain views, heaven on earth, villa plus casita, minutes to town, peaceful

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                May not be suitable for small children given that the pools have no fencing around them and, beyond the pools and hedge, there is a steep hill....moreless

              • Limited Accessibility:

                Not built for handicap access but all on one level with no stairs...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                No smoking inside either the main house or the casita/guesthouse...moreless

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Complete set of both indoor (ceramic and glass) and outdoor (nice quality plastic) dishes and glasses. Indoor and outdoor utensils as well ...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Large kitchen with all appliances, spices, oils, etc. for cooking plus coffee maker, blender, toaster and rice cooker...moreless

              • Microwave:

                There is a large microwave in the kitchen and a small one in the guesthouse Instructions/buttons in Spanish...moreless

              • Dining:

                Both the indoor and outdoor dining areas comfortably sit six. ...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Commercial size refrigerator and freezer with ice maker...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                6...moreless

              • Ice Maker
              • Toaster
              • Seating for 6 people

              Amenities

              • Washing Machine:

                The washer is a relatively new (2013) LG. If she has time, Isabel will do your laundry weekly, if she cleans when you are in residence. ...moreless

              • Living Room seats 5:

                White leather couches and and HD TV with a blu-ray/dvd player and floor to ceiling windows...moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                Upscale bed and bath linens...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Outdoor shower at master bath; Second bedroom is self contained casita/guest house with full bath and own dining terrace with kitchenette; Maid, gardener and property manager provide full range of services (no cleaning fee); Two minutes from town of Atenas....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    (2) SKY television with 40' HiDTV in living room and additional 24 inch TV in master bedroom. No TV in guesthouse....moreless

                  • Books:

                    Hundreds, some of which you are free to take with you, if you haven't finished them by the time you leave...moreless

                  Communications

                  • Telephone:

                    Call anywhere in Costa Rica. No international calls please. There is a landline and a cell phone for your usage while here....moreless

                  • Internet:

                    Wireless, high speed (2MB down; 1MB up) connection throughout the property...moreless

                  • Mobile Phone:

                    Call anywhere in Costa Rica. No international calls please....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Use your computer anywhere on the property...moreless

                  Pool & Spa

                  • Hot Tub:

                    The master bath features a large soaking tub (not an actual hot tub but quite nice) with a view of the mountains....moreless

                  • Private Pool:

                    (2) Two Pools: four by seven meter play pool and one lane 12 meter lap pool...moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    (3) Two dining terraces and one lounging terrace around the swimming pools and the casita with fabulous mountain views...moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Planted, treed, grassy areas as well as a tropical garden in both front and back of house...moreless

                  • Porch / Veranda:

                    Great terraces with spectacular views for both main house and casita...moreless

                  • Golf:

                    40 to 45 minute drive to nearest course...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Romantic
                  • Away From It All

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View:

                        Spectacular mountain views during the daytime and sparkling lights of mountain villages at night...moreless

                      Activities

                      • Arboretum
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Hiking
                      • Kayaking
                      • Surfing
                      • Fishing
                      • Cycling
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Swimming
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Medical Services
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Walking
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Playground
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Zoo
                      • Restaurants
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Churches
                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Golf
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                       

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                      Green (rainy) Season
                      May 1 - Nov 15
                      7 night min stay

                      $875 $3,150
                      My Standard Rate
                      7 night min stay

                      $1,295 $4,650
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $600
                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please see Rental Agreement for other details. Normal check-in is Saturday at 3:00 PM and check-out is Saturday at 11:00 AM. Please check with us about early check-in or late-check-out; We will be as flexible as possible. Stays not beginning and ending on a Saturday, may be subject to additional charges.


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                      Location

                      14 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Ruta 3
                      37 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Jaco
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      many
                      3078 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Taos, New Mexico
                      20 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Cariari Country Club
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Many

                      Car: Recommended

                      Rain forests, cloud forests, national parks, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, wildlife reserves, zip-lining, hiking, eco tourism in abundance are all within reach of a day trip.

                       

                      Manager info

                      Year Purchased: 2010

                      About: We are Claudia and Barry and we have been happily retired since 2004, first at our small ranch in Texas and now splitting time between Casa Dos Leones in Atenas, Costa Rica and Maison Dos Leones in Saintes, France (SW part of the country. We love both places and are delighted to be able to share them with you. Before retirement, Barry was a business executive and Claudia was a biological researcher and college instructor. Claudia is now an artist whose digitally enhanced photographs are being shown at galleries in Massachusetts and Texas. We have one son who, with his delightful wife, live in Austin, Texas. We love elegant design, many types of cuisine and seeing as many parts of the world as possible.

                      Why Atenas:
                      We considered many wonderful places before buying our home in Atenas. Ultimately, we chose this house in this location for a number of reasons including the superb climate, the extraordinary beauty of Costa Rica and this area in particular, the many, the many things to see and do (including just laying by the pool with a glass of wine and watching the clouds filter through the mountains) and the exceptional people of Costa Rica - Ticos, as they refer to themselves. Many people call this area paradise and we certainly agree.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                      In addition to being in the lap of all the beauty that mother nature offers, Casa Dos Leones is close to a huge variety of eco tourism sites and it is a short 30 minute drive, by the new freeway, to Escazu which has many exceptional restaurants (Spanish, Italian, French, Argentine, Peruvian, Texas BBQ, Mexican, etc.), hundreds of beautiful boutiques and virtually anything else that you might want or need.


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                      Speaks: english, french, german

                       

                      Photos

                      • The view from our terrace and, for that matter, from each room.

                        The view from our terrace and, for that matter, from each room.

                      • We have just added a new garden next to the drive.

                        We have just added a new garden next to the drive.

                      • The living area with leather couches and widescreen HDTV

                        The living area with leather couches and widescreen HDTV

                      • The inside dining area takes advantage of the views

                        The inside dining area takes advantage of the views

                      • The master bath has twin sinks, a large soaking tub and and an outdoor shower

                        The master bath has twin sinks, a large soaking tub and and an outdoor shower

                      • The office has a twin bed and, of course, quite a view

                        The office has a twin bed and, of course, quite a view

                      • The newly enlarged casita has a queen size bed, a full bath & a sitting area.

                        The newly enlarged casita has a queen size bed, a full bath & a sitting area.

                      • Lounge chairs on the terrace next to the lap pool

                        Lounge chairs on the terrace next to the lap pool

                      • The mountains and clouds create some wonderful camera shots

                        The mountains and clouds create some wonderful camera shots

                      • Aad & Marian, our property managers, will help make your visit a great success!!

                        Aad & Marian, our property managers, will help make your visit a great success!!

                      • Mot mots are very beautiful and very shy but occasionally seen.

                        Mot mots are very beautiful and very shy but occasionally seen.

                      • The montezuma orpendola, with its haunting call, is a frequent visitor.

                        The montezuma orpendola, with its haunting call, is a frequent visitor.

                      • The front of Casa Dos Leones

                        The front of Casa Dos Leones

                      • The lap pool which strangely gets longer with each lap you swim

                        The lap pool which strangely gets longer with each lap you swim

                      • Our fully equipped and very bright kitchen

                        Our fully equipped and very bright kitchen

                      • The master bedroom, like all rooms, has beautiful, high, hardwood ceilings

                        The master bedroom, like all rooms, has beautiful, high, hardwood ceilings

                      • Now that's a tub with a view!

                        Now that's a tub with a view!

                      • The second of three full bathrooms - no sharing necessary!

                        The second of three full bathrooms - no sharing necessary!

                      • The sitting area in the casita is both very comfortable & very beautiful!

                        The sitting area in the casita is both very comfortable & very beautiful!

                      • The outside dining area is the perfect place for a late breakfast

                        The outside dining area is the perfect place for a late breakfast

                      • The twinkling lights of Santiago de Puriscal across the valley

                        The twinkling lights of Santiago de Puriscal across the valley

                      • Isabel, our housekeeper, is a treasure that past guests wanted to take home!!

                        Isabel, our housekeeper, is a treasure that past guests wanted to take home!!

                      • Toucans are seen and heard frequently. their call sounds like a frog croaking.

                        Toucans are seen and heard frequently. their call sounds like a frog croaking.

                      • There's nothing better than sunning yourself by the pool!

                        There's nothing better than sunning yourself by the pool!

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