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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Playa Grande house description
Kathy and Alan welcome you to our home “Villa of the Rock” (Villa de la Roca). We are located at the north end of Playa Grande, the second to the last house on the beach. We have a beautiful, landscaped private yard with a shell shaped “cool” pool. YLang Ylang, mango, guanabana, almond, teak and guava trees are all around you. The house is located on the beautiful Las Baulas National Park where the world’s largest leatherback turtles nest. We keep lights low at night on the beach side so the nesting mothers and emerging babies are not confused.
The house is two story, 32 feet high with large decks around three sides. The Honeymoon Suite is the top floor. It consists of large master bedroom, 19 foot ceilings, double fans, large air conditioner and cable tv. from the masterbedroom you can see everything. Bathroom has a tiled shower with hot water. The well equipped kitchen has a refrigerator, 4 burner stove/oven coffee maker, blender and toaster oven. A built-in “U” shaped conversational couch in the living room has 6 inch cushions all around for your comfort. An upstairs sleeping loft has a queen bed and a double bed and a library of more than 300 paperback books for your enjoyment during your visit. You have beautiful views of the beach, surf, pelicans and sunsets from the living room, bedroom and kitchen.
The upstairs beachside deck is 12 feet wide by 56 feet long- plenty of room for sitting, eating, relaxing, watching surf and sunsets. The deck on the pool side upstairs is 10 feet x 56 feet (we saved a big tree over the pool.
Downstairs are two large bedrooms, equipped with double fans, AC, dead-bolted walk-in closet, 10 foot ceilings, small kitchen with small refrigerator, double burners, coffee maker and toaster oven. The private baths have tiled showers with hot water. both bedrooms has a king size bed and a single bed. area. From the king size bed you look out one set of double French doors to the beach and surf and the other set leads you to the garden and the pool. The colorful hibiscus and other plants all around the courtyard draw butterflies and hummingbirds.
The Villa can accommodate up to 10 people with the upstairs and downstairs rooms. Prices vary according to the season. Please call to talk to Alan or Kathy. We prefer the personal contact so we can best meet your needs.
Keywords: 3 bedroom on the beach in Playa Grande
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Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- King size beds (1) king beds in all 3 bedrooms/ loft/queen & double beds, Queen size Beds (1) queen in loft/library, Double Beds (1) in loft, Twin or Single Beds (1) in bedrooms downstairs, Child Beds (1) no, Baby Cribs (1) no, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) no, Bunk Beds (1) no, Murphy Beds (1) no...moreless
Bathrooms: 3.5 Bathrooms
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- Amenities include a housekeeper who comes Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, There is laundry service upon request, A phone is available for emergency use with a credit cards (Visa is preferred in Costa Rica), or ATT Collect, , , There are good local restaurants in the area, We can stock your refrigerator to your order with just about anything you want, Tuesday and Friday the German Bakery stops by with great stuff, We also have a small barbecue for your use, There are 4 boogie boards available (no charge) Surf board rentals and lessons are available in the area, We will help with all of your day trips- to the volcanoes, waterfalls, river trips, horseback riding and boat trips. We have a friend who is a world class masues & accupunture lady. she is 10 min. away, reservations required. surf lessons & surf pictures by Marcel/ Matos Surf Shop 3 min.away, also Oscar, our Yellow Fin Tuna man comes once aweek, the Tuna is 5 Star, If you ask nicely, Kathy may make you some Sushi & Sasimi. o...moreless
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Location & View
- Beach View
- Jet Skiing
- Surf Fishing
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
- Mountain Biking
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Eco Tourism
- Wildlife Viewing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
ReviewsWrite a review
My wife and I were joined by another couple and stayed in the downstairs rooms. We had the times our our lives. The house is perfect for couples, families, surfers...whatever you want. We literally surfed everyday right out in from of the house. We're already looking to book another trip to Villa De La Roca. Alan and Kathy were great. I highly recommend this location!
- Guest Steve (Sandy, UT)
- Date of stay 03/06/12
- Review Submitted 03/23/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Amazing Beach House!
Amazing Beach House!
We just returned home from our first trip to Costa Rica and we had such a great time. The location of the house is unbelievable. Walk out the front gate and you are immediately on the beach. The house was clean and well maintained. The wrap around porch on the upper level was perfect for naps in the afternoon or to post up and read a book. Kathy and Alan were amazing hosts and available to answer questions or provide places to visit at any time. We would absolutely come here again!
- Guest Jenny G.
- Date of stay 11/11/13
- Review Submitted 11/17/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Owner response: thanks for staying with us, come back often. stay well, kathy & alan
YOU PEOPLE ARE UNBELIEVEABLE
YOU PEOPLE ARE UNBELIEVEABLE
I met Allen in the line-up many years ago when I was a kid and he just paddled up to me and my friends and invited us to stay at his place. Ever since then damn near every year we go back and stay with Allen and Kathy. They are some of the nicest most hospitable, laid back people and Kathy can cook some mean fish burritos! Some of the best days of my life were spent there and many of life's goals were planned and concocted while sitting on the porch. For those of you that saw bugs.... hello, its a rainforest in central america!!! Go stay in Tortugas hotel, my friend got bit by a scorpion in the bed! For those that complained this is obviously not their type of vacation, you should maybe go on a Disney cruise and visit their fake islands like all the other masses of tourists. Allen and Kathy's place is for the true travellers who want an authentic home in another land. So please don't go back there because its bad enough everybody else loves the place and its getting harder and harder to get an opening on their calendar! Thanks Allen and Kathy for the many years of wonderful memories and all you have ever done for myself and friends. Ben...
- Guest Ben (United States)
- Date of stay 10/01/13
- Review Submitted 10/09/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, people with disabilities, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, pet owners, romantic getaway.
Paradise on the Beach
Paradise on the Beach
We have been coming to this place for about 10 years, every summer. It is our favorite. We love the great king size bed, opening the door to the sand and breeze and the sound of waves, and reading a good book on the porch or watching the gorgeous sunsets. The owners, Alan and Kathy, are beautiful human beings and we love them. They are the best of hosts if given a chance. I am appalled at the two recent poor reviews. I can only imagine they were written by arrogant, spoiled guests who are used to pushing people around. We have had similar infestation experiences in other places due to seasonal challenges with the bugs. There are times when they just can't be controlled. But if you want a sterile environment, go to the Marriott, or better yet, stay home. This place is like coming to the home of a generous friend, not to a place crawling with gardeners and people who wait on you. We have come with both sets of in-laws and everyone has loved the place. The dog is there to make you feel safe from intruders and has never bothered us. Every time I leave I feel so grateful that Kathy and Alan have been kind enough to share their beautiful life with me for a little while.
- Guest Tica Chica (St. Louis, Missouri)
- Date of stay 05/29/13
- Review Submitted 09/23/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
Don't Do It
Don't Do It
Our extended family booked all of Villa de la Roca for three nights in June 2013. Unfortunately, we stayed only one night because of the many problems with the house, which rendered it uninhabitable. Here is a partial list: 1. Multiple holes in the ceiling/roof through which water came when it rained. (Owner's response was that the handyman was hard to reach and hadn't had time to fix them yet.) 2. Broken screen door (literally falling off of its hinges) to one of the studio bedrooms. (Owner's response was that the last renters did it, and the handyman hadn't had time to fix it yet.) 3. Broken patio table, sparse plastic patio furniture, broken plastic chair that collapsed when one of us sat in it. (Owner's response was that the last renters broke the table and new furniture was "on order.") Note that the cobwebs on the broken table would suggest the table broke a long time before. 4. Ants and other bugs everywhere. (Owner's response was that this was the norm in the tropics, and they didn't want to fumigate because it was poisonous for the environment.) Note that we live in Costa Rica and frequently visit the beach areas, including Guanacaste, so we know that the level of infestation — with ants crawling over everything, including our kids' beds in the loft — is not "normal" or acceptable. 5. Stained, dirty sheets on the master bedroom bed. (Owner's response was that the sheet weren't "dirty," they were stained from the rusty water that drips onto the bed from the leaking roof.) 6. No water sporadically, little pressure other times; no water the morning we left. (Owner's response was that one of the two water tanks was being cleaned.) 7. Dirty swimming pool. (Owner's response was that she just cleaned it, but then the wind blew and that's why it was dirty) 8. Muliple cats living at property that weren't disclosed. (Owner's initial response was that they live outside. After being pressed (as several of us have cat allergies), she said the cats sleep in the upstairs unit when there are no renters.) Perhaps worst of all was the owner's attitude. Rather than react helpfully when we brought issues to her attention, she made excuses and then became belligerent. So we left. We asked for a partial refund, but never got a response. Playa Grande is beautiful, and there are many options for better accommodations there and nearby. Do yourselves a favor and don't rent this house.
- Guest Family in Costa Rica (San Jose, Costa Rica)
- Date of stay 06/22/13
- Review Submitted 07/18/13
Owner response: we told you if it pours there may be some leaks. when the wind is up water may find its way. it did not rain when they were here,large trees, canopy over the yard so the monkeys can come in them to eat the fruits, trees have leaves, pool was not dirty, just some leaves that fall into it. the sheets were clean & were just put on, yes ther was some small rust stain on 1, not from any leaks, from moisture from fans, beachfront you get lots of moisture even with zero rain depending on the direction of the wind. one of there people were bother by the fact that the monkies might come in the trees, they didn't want to be botherd by what is the monkeys place before people here on the beach moved here. our cats all are rescued, fixed & stay away from people whom they sense that they don't like them. they never were near any of the 5 under 12 years old little girls. water is out of our hands, its city water, very clean, its just not our fault that they were working on the system. it not true about my wife being beligerent, one of the men called her a liar, was totally rude. as for the 1 hinge that was broken, was disclosed so people could use the other large screen door. our carpenters who still work for us when we need them didn't respond as fast as we would like. as for ants, in the start of the rainy season, all bugs, racoons, snakes & all the other creatures move to protect themselves. there were & are no nest on the property. one of the couples does stay in Costa Rica, but not by the beach were its very tropical, with all kinds of animals & bugs. we spray all the time, usually the day before folks arrive. bugs, no seaums & others usually come out sun rise & sunset. the folks also complained about the price, they had 9 people, they probably didn't read the web page. they possible were looking for a luxury 4 season type of place, we never have said that, we tell we folks we are rustic. we have been doing this for 17 years & the start of the rainy season did have more no seaums, termites, carpenter ants then we & every one else we know who live here can remember. they wanted beachfront with the best views on the entire beach. they also complained about the beach being to rough, mother nature runs the beach, all in all they just had bad carma. if they had folks who came with them & live in CR., why didn't they have them check it out. thats normal for most folks who live in country, & have friends coming to stay.
When I arrived, I had a strange vibe from the ownder & felt that I was intruding. The structures & gardens have a lot of potential, but they are in need of maintenance. We stayed in one of the studios, & the first thing I noticed was the dust and spider webs. There was an akita onsite who we never saw until the last day, but we heard him barking. This would have been livable for 7 nights had it not been for the ants. As soon as dusk was upon us, the floors, walls, & occasionally the bed were covered with hundreds of ants...coming through cracks in the doors & spaces in the grout & light outlets. I was given the sarcastic answer by Alan that “the ants were no extra charge” and “we live in the country”. I have lived in the country my entire life, & I can handle a few insects running around at a beach house. I have a problem with it when I am going on vacation, spending too much money for an experience that I could have had by camping. I had already wired the money, so tried to make it work & hoped it was an isolated incident. The next night we had the same experience with the ants. We were told to move to a vacant studio apartment since the nest was right outside of our door. The ants were fewer, but still significant enough that I was ready to move & salvage the end of the vacation. What we were dealing with was an infestation, & we learned that the owners never fumigate because it's bad for their karma & don't want the chemicals to end up in the ocean. I can appreciate this. I've always been an advocate for the environment & try to live as naturally as possible. I would encourage the owners to continue to do so…as long as they're not running a hospitality business in which people spend hard-earned money to stay there. After securing a hotel room at a nearby hotel that fumigates every 3 months, we returned to gather our belongings & informed the owner that we were leaving, and would appreciate a partial refund. When we were rudely told that refunds were never given, we responded by saying that we would be posting an honest review of our experience. He threatened us by shouting that he would hire someone to come beat us up, to get off his property, & he couldn't believe we were making a big deal about the ants (although he used much more colorful language). He also brought out the akita to intimidate us. Several witnesses requested that we inform the tourist police, so we filed a report. Stay at a hotel instead.
- Guest Katie (Jackson, WY)
- Date of stay 05/11/13
- Review Submitted 06/15/13
Owner response: has for strage vibe, not tru. we welcome all folks happily. again carma. they arrived on the first day that it literally poured in the start of the rainy season. there were no visible nests, yes the carpenter ants came out with a vegange, but no visible nests. before the arrive, it had not rain since Nov., so the bugs all moved to protect themselve. we do spray all the time, but not in & on the vegitation. we live 50 ft. from a mangrove, estuarry, in a national park where the leatherback turtles nest & other turtles, so we don't poison the vegetation, so the spray poison doesn't go into the ocean. matter of fact we stopped centry 21, developer from spraying the other 200 vacant lots that were for sale for the same reason, not to polute the estuary which runs into the ocean. we sprayed after the first night, wasn't so bad second nite, we moved them to another apt. they still complained. they told us they talked to people on the beach, & they said some nasty stuff about us which is not true. thats the main reason they moved. we monitered the second apt. the next nite, no bugs, because it didn't rain really hard. the guy threaten us, so we told them to leave, or we would call our friends in the police to have them removed. when we told them no money back, he got real mad & was threatening, so i told him we have friends who do not like people to be aggresive like that to us. if you read the reviews, the last 2 bad ones came in the same week, most problems from the bugs was due to a heavy start to the rainy season.
Enjoy ocean breezes while watching surfers
Enjoy ocean breezes while watching surfers
There were 4 adults and we rented the entire house for Jan 26 - Feb 4, 2013. House was actually pretty easy to find driving in from Liberia airport. Alan and Kathy were there to greet us upon our arrival. In fact, Alan and Kathy are on-site 24/7/365 days...fyi if you are looking for total seclusion away from people on your hard earned break from working. With that said, Kathy provided excellent ideas for shopping, sightseeing. She set us up with a river boat tour of the Tempeske River in Palo Alto National Park. This was one of the highlights of the trip!!! A must do/must see. Every evening we enjoyed sitting on the oceanside veranda watching the surfers as the breeze was coming in. This was quite a show (hence the title). The covered veranda is tiled and the entire length of the house and wraps around it. Every morning we enjoyed coffee while walking the beach and looking for shells. The location was ideal. Many wonderful restaurants in neighboring Palm Estates and fun shopping in Tamarindo. The local seafood guy came by twice and the shrimp and Mahi Mahi was fresh. The bakery came by also..and everything was oven warm and fresh. It smelled sooooooooo good and tasted wonderful. Also, the housekeeper comes in on Mon, Wed and Friday. Carolina works hard and does a great job. Thanks to Carolina! From, Chris, Alan, Jeff, Connie...
- Guest Jeff & Connie (Colorado)
- Date of stay 01/26/13
- Review Submitted 02/17/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
I'm so glad we stayed here! Postcard Perfect!
I'm so glad we stayed here! Postcard Perfect!
Honestly, we weren't sure we made the right choice in coming to Costa Rica for a family trip as we kept thinking about how much we love the beaches on Kauai. Then we got to this home and saw the view and IMMEDIATELY we felt thankful for choosing this home over others nearby. Others may have had fancy countertops and newer kitchens but it is the location here that is so spectacular. Alan and Kathy were gracious and we felt they were wonderfully accommodating. They take great pride in their home and it shows. The home was well planned out for privacy; I thank them for sharing it with us!! The photos of the unit are accurate, if anything they do not do the property justice. The ceilings are very tall and the views fantastic! We could hear the ocean waves and palm trees from everywhere in unit. We opted not to shut up home to use bedroom A/C; breezes and ceiling fans kept air moving and we loved having ocean so close. The garden is well maintained & matured since photo. It probably varies as to time of year but several plants were blooming. We saw humming birds, butterflies, and saw fresh bananas hanging from trees all without having to leave the property. On my next trip here, I would give strong consideration to hiring a local chef. Merely, because the local restaurants will not have near the beautiful view you will from this home. It is one location where staying home and eating in is definitely better than going out, it's just sometimes you don't want to do dishes. Labor seems to be reasonable and the owners have lived here long enough to make recommendations on what might suit your specific needs. I was concerned that our children would be to picky but overall it is something I wish we would have planned in advance for at least a few of our meals. Chef could have made cheese pizza as easy as restaurant and mom and dad would have loved staying in and enjoying a romantic view without meal prep and no dishes. The views are really that beautiful! The use of boogie boards and beach chairs were a plus! The owners were knowledgeable about local day trips; we enjoyed the ones they recommended. Even on Spring Break it felt as we had beach almost to ourselves. At Liberia airport gift shop while awaiting flight home, paged through 'best seller' Guadencaste photo picture book to sell to tourists. Listed on page 50 something was a large professional almost full page photo of gorgeous beach and the rental home we had just left! Postcard perfect beachfront view home!
- Guest Aloha Traveler (Midwest)
- Date of stay 03/17/12
- Review Submitted 03/27/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Great location! Perfect for couples and surfers as its right on the beach in Playa Grande. Kathy and Alan were great and very helpful with local knowledge. Several very good restaurants nearby. Lots of activities around or you can just relax on the deck all day watching and listening to the waves. Can't wait to go back!
- Guest Matt (NJ)
- Date of stay 03/04/12
- Review Submitted 03/13/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
We'd definitely stay here again!
We'd definitely stay here again!
We happened upon Alan along the beach at 6am, strictly by chance, after a "not so good" evening at a nearby hotel. We quickly accepted Alan's offer to relocate to his place, with the promise of a hot shower. Our three nights spent at Alan's place were comfortable and pleasant. The room was clean, cool, and comfortable. The view of the sunset from this property is absolutely amazing! Kathy's hospitality and information of the area was so greatly appreciated! She set us up with an excursion to Pallo Verde with Louis as our tour guide. This is a cannot miss!!!! if you're ever in the area. I have to say, feeding the white-face monkeys bananas was an amazing experience, and still one of the top highlights of our vacation. I am undoubtedly sure, had we not ran into Alan and moved to his place, our experience in Playa Grande would not have been a pleasant one. We will definitely contact Alan and Kathy to stay at their place on our next trip to Costa! Thank you to you both for an amazing experience!
- Guest Missy (Ormond Beach, Florida)
- Date of stay 06/07/11
- Review Submitted 06/23/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
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- Nearest Airport: liberia at 40 Miles
- Nearest Beach: playa grande at 5 Metres
- Nearest Barpub: kikes place at 700 Miles
Year Purchased: 1994
About the owner: Kathy & I bought our piece of Paradise in 1994, we started building in march of 1996. we lived in a tent for 16 months, the time it took to build our dream home on the beach. living in a tent taught us that less is more. we lived in Sunset Beach Hawaii prior to moving to Costa Rica. we have been helping folks for many years to have a safe & wonderfull vacation. we live on site 24/7 365, to make sure that all your needs are taken care of properly.
Why the Owner Chose Playa Grande:
we chose Playa Grande for its all year natural beauty, world class surf, no major taxes & most of all the PEOPLE of Costa Rica
The Unique Benefits at this House:
you will enjoy privacy surrounded by very large flowering trees & bushes with genle fresh air breezes, beautifull golden sand beach 5 seconds from beachside gates, world class surf, unreal sunsets & great food.
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View of Villa on the beach @ north end of Playa Grande
Downstairs studio apt looking out to the pool
La Roca, the view from the upstairs
Upper View, great spot for relaxing & watching the sunsets & eating
beautifull sunsets, dining area, relaxing area on the balcony upstairs
Sunset View from Upstairs Veranda this happens a lot
Master Bedroom looking at the ocean
Aloha Casita behind the pool
evening picture of the pool & steps to the Honeymoon suite
Alan styling at Snake's Reef, world class surf right out front, 5 seconds away
Patio, new ceramic mosaic porch beach side downstairs, looking @ the beach & the
Upstairs Galley Kitchen, from the sink you can watch everthing on the beach
Villa de la Roca Beachside
Alan at 60 years old, surfing right out front. pic is from Dec. 2009
Master Bedroom big tv, large ac, 19 foot ceiling
Queen bed & double bed In loft/library
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