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Rancho El Rio, a Natural Paradise/Farm Combo on the Way to Monteverde

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Awe-inspiring cliffs, a deep pool & shallow rapids serving as a natural spa

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
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  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Monteverde cottage description

WATER FRONT HOUSE overlooking the river, in a Birder's Paradise with over 100 bird species identified by certified guides: Rancho el Rio is another slice of heaven that the owners of Casa Cielo in Monteverde are now making available to guests. It is 112 acres of a unique combination between nature at its best and a farm with farm animals and crops. You get it all: Over one mile of river front with natural pools, forested áreas trails, mountains with beautiful ocean views, cattle pastures, orchards, and of course, lots of trees, such as palm/coconut, banana, plantain, noni, star fruit, bread fruit, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, passion fruit, mangoes, avocadoes, cashews, are all around.
The guest house is spacious and rustic. The furniture is mostly hand-made...even the flooring on the large patio overlooking the river was hand-milled. It is right by the river so you can see and hear the rush of the water all the time while you are there--a natural sound that induces relaxation and a state of well-being.
The weather is magnificent! It is warmer than Monteverde, but not as hot as the beach, so different wildlife can be seen there, such as howler monkeys, iguanas, geckos, salamanders, frogs, tons of birds (herons, birds of prey, parrots, egrets, song birds, toucans, etc.). At night you can build bon fires by the river and even camp there just for fun!
There is a TON of things to do. You can help milk the cow, feed the chickens, geese, turkeys, and fish and tend to and ride the horses, see the sheep, water buffaloes and oxen. The river itself provides hours of fun. Children (and adults!) love to jump off rocks into natural pools and wade around looking at the fish and finding beautiful rocks and tiny creatures. There are several traditional games, such as our home-made mechanical bull and other equestrian games. Collecting and eating coyoles (tiny coconut-like fruits that you crack with rocks) and other fruits to make fruit drinks is quite popular too. Night or daytime hikes by foot or on horse- back through the ranch and the surrounding town are a true delight. We have mountain bikes for rent for those who love cycling.
ALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER-PERMITTING.
It is located right on your way to Monteverde from either the San Jose or Liberia airports. It is along route 605, 3 km south from the intersections of route 605 and 606.
Coming from the Liberia airport, you would turn left on the road right past the Lagartos Puente (Lagartos Bridge) and go for 11.5 km. , then make a right, and the Ranch´s driveway is along a brown fence, a few meters after you make the turn. To go to Monteverde, you would continue on for another 3 km. then make a slight left and turn onto route 606.
From the San Jose airport you can go 2 ways. Make a right at the Rancho Grande Gas Station and go until you get to El Sol Restaurant, then make a left and go exactly 3 km and make a sharp left, and you are there.
OR… make a right from HWY 1 (Interamerican Highway) onto directly onto route 605 and go 11.5 km., then make a sharp right and you are there.
Rancho El Rio is 2 hrs from the Liberia airport and 2.5 hrs from the San Jose airport. It takes 50 mins to get to Monteverde. It is an hour away from a lovely beach, Playa Dona Ana. It is close to the tiny rural community of Guacimal.
In this area of the country people still ride on horse-back to work and get around, use oxen to cart things from place to place and raise cattle... this is the real Costa Rica. There is a tiny restaurant-bar nearby or you can drive 3 km. to a much larger restaurant at the intersection of route 606 and 605. But you can just bring all your food in for the duration of your stay and cook onsite or purchase home-made meals. The kitchen is fully equipped. You can also buy lots of organic dairy products right from the people living nearby, eggs, and many other produce, not to mention eat from what is available at the Rancho. We provide you with free organic coffee during your stay as we are coffee producers in Monteverde.
Remodeled to suit and accommodate the needs of the handicapped, the house is spacious and all on one level.
It has all the amenities: telephone, wi-fi, hot water shower, stove, fridge, fully equipped large kitchen, 2 bedrooms (1 with a double bed and one with bunk beds), living/dining room with a futon that sleeps two additional guests, towels and linens provided, 2 full baths inside. There is a very large covered porch overlooking the river with a swing, a hammock and a sofa-bed, and a smaller one by the front of the house. There is a wood stove for cooking outdoors and a large wood grill (we provide you with free firewood).

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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage
  • 1130 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered:

    Contact us about your pet prior to making the reservation. $300 refundable deposit required. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Special low and roll-under stove and kitchen counters and sinks, VERY spacious, wide doors, etc. Easy to reach closet and cabinet spaces. Car can come near house for easy access....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    An additonal full futon can be placed in this master bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 bunk bed

    Hand-crafted rustic bunk bed. Baby crib/play pen available ...moreless

  • Very spacious so a wheelchair can easily manuver around the ultra-comfortable double bed. Closet built for easy access on high or low levels. Door handles easy to open with one hand. Rustic, hand-crafted furniture....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    watch the outdoors thru a slotted window while you shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    rustic, slate walls and flooring...moreless

  • Extra large gorgeous bathroom with lots of space for a wheelchair. Roll right into shower stall (no steps or bumps of any kind). Shower handle moves up and down to accomodate height, or becomes detached, easy temperature regulator. Roll-under sink for extra comfort on wheelchair. Very safe (ande beautiful) anti-slip real stone floor....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Hiking through our trails is a favorite of birdwatchers. Horse-back riding and mountain bike rental discounts to our guests. We have horses to accomodate your level of experience. Day and Night tours on horse-back. A home-made 'mechanical bull' provides a TON of fun for young and old alike!...moreless

Entertainment

  • Foosball
  • Games:

    cards, horse-shoes, home-made 'mechanical' bull, traditional equestrian games, mountain bikes for rent, horse-back tours at half-off for guests....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Mountain views from Rancho El Rio are fantastic!...moreless

  • Water View:

    You can see and hear the river right from your house kitchen and porch...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Over a mile of river with natural pools, little waterfalls and lots of water birds, little fish and many other river critters...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    The open dining area is attached to the porch and open, you can see the landscape and hear the river while you eat....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Living Room:

    A rustic desk and bookcase in addition to living room furniture makes you feel right at home ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty and private behind our property gate...moreless

  • Telephone:

    You have your own phone line. Free calls within Costa Rica...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Using the typical Costa Rican style...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Pots, pans, dishes, cups, glasses, bowls, blender, pot holders, wine-glass opener, can opener, spatulas, baking dishes, etc. etc....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Outdoor, FULLY equipped, super-spacious kitchen that accomodates a wheelchair. Roll-under sink, low (and taller) counters, roll-under gas burners. Hear and see the river while you are cooking!...moreless

  • Oven:

    Brand new medium-sized oven/toaster combination on low counter for easy handicap access...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We provide you with free organic coffee as we are coffee producers in Monteverde. We also have some kitchen essentials such as salt, pepper, etc. We often have enough fresh milk from our cow to share...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Brand new, large fridge with freezer...moreless

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Mountain bikes available to rent either on or offsite...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Very large terrace inlaid with slices of old tree trunks. It overlooks the river so while you are there, you can relax in your hammock, swing or sofa listening to the sound of the rushing river....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lots of fruit trees. There are several acres of forest in the 112 acre-farm....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Free fire wood...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Several natural river pools to provide hours of fun...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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  • Charge beyond 2 guests $5
  • Taxes Included

Notes:

$5 for each additional guest beyond 2 guests

For a 7 night reservation, we take one day off the total.

For a two-week reservation, we take three days off the total

For a three-week reservation, we take five days off the total

For a four-week reservation, you get one entire week free.

****ALL TAXES AND FEES ARE INCLUDED****

CASH only upon arrival

deposit required only for reservations of two weeks or more

cancellation fees apply


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Location

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111 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Liberia
0.4 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Restaurant-Bar El Punto
55 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Puntarenas
0.2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Highway 605
0.4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Restaurant-Bar El Punto
51 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Playa Dona Ana

Car: Recommended

3 km. south off the intersection of routes 605 and 606, on route 605. GPS: N 10.19204, W 84.74440

This is a birdwatcher's dream come true. It is just amazing how many species of birds you see and how close you can get to them. In this area of the country people still ride on horse-back to work and get around, use oxen to cart things from place to place and raise cattle... this is the real Costa Rica. There is a tiny restaurant-bar nearby, or you can drive 3 km. to a much larger restaurant at the intersection of route 606 and 605, you can also join a Costa Rican family for meals or have them delivered to you. Buy lots of organic dairy products right from the people living nearby, eggs, and other produce, not to mention eat from what is available at the Rancho. There are individuals that still make things by hand and a trip into the nearby town of Guacimal can show you how.

The weather is warm, yet not as hot as the beach...just right for bathing in the river and whatever other outdoor activity you like to do. There is a rainy season, but even then, it normally does not rain all day. The river may not always be accessible, though. Because of the lower altitude and different weather, you get to see totally different wildlife than you do in Monteverde proper. People also seem to enjoy hiking more as the air is not so thin (you don't get as winded). The terrain has some mountains, but also flat areas that lend themselves to walking, biking and gentler horse-back riding.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Alexander was born in the San Luis Valley in the Monteverde region and has lived all his life here. He started working when he was 11 years old helping his father herd oxen to take milk to the local cheese factory. At the age of 15, he began working for the Children´s Eternal Rain Forest, then he worked for InBio (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad) researching snails all over Costa Rica, he then worked for ProNativas, an non-profit organization that promotes the use of native ornamental plants as a conservation effort. He believes in changing the world one person at a time, starting with ourselves. He uses his farms and ecotourism business, his family and neighbors to help visitors understand the intimate connection that we have to the land. These neighbors, the local farmers and housewives get to benefit from the tourism that comes to this very rural area and get to share their own wisdom. Everyone wins. Veronica was born in Mexico and spent 25 years in the States. She worked as a biologist, then as a licensed clinical social worker in various settings including private practice with people suffering from chronic physical illnesses and hospice care. She arrived in Monteverde a few years ago with her 5 year old son, Stuart. She founded PAWS costarica (Promotion of Animal Wellbeing Society), a non-profit organization to help educate people regarding the responsible and compassionate treatment of animals. She believes, like Alex, in changing the world from the inside (OUR inside) out. Everything we do, our choices and lifestyles sum up to our current state of affairs… we have the power to choose again so we can heal ourselves, our planet and all living beings. Stuart is 10 years old and attends the Monteverde Friends School. He shares our family dream of enjoying the simple things and having lots of fun caring for our farm animals and bird-watching. Our dream for Rancho El Rio is to achieve sustainabilty in harmony with nature.

Why the Owner Chose Monteverde:
We absolutely LOVE the river, which is why we called it Rancho El Rio (rio means river). The river is our source of joy and healing and our source of energy to begin conservation efforts in area of the country with few environmentalists and even fewer resources. We like all the wildlife that gathers in this oasis, eating the fruit, drinking the water, raising their little families along with ours. The weather is also a big draw. Not as cold as Monteverde, so it is warm enough to run around in shorts, but not as hot as the beaches. It is also close to everything. We like being in the real Costa Rica, interacting with the neighbors, growing more of what we eat, living a very simple life.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This is a place where we can live in harmony with nature. It is a true paradise, not just for our guests and ourselves, but for the many animals and plants that can live undisturbed. There is enough space for us to have a working farm, and to share with the wild life. We like to watch the squirrels work away at a coconut, a large iguana climb a tree, a toucan enjoy taking chunks of a plantain and swallowing them whole, and a bat come in and out of the porch to catch the insects that the light attracts. It is a true oasis for the MANY migratory and local water birds as we have set aside several acres of totally undisturbed forest and river side. Expert bird guides have identified over 100 different species of birds on our 112 acre farm. The other unique thing is that the farm is nestled in the Real Costa Rica... we get to interact with the local people at the natural pool by the house, we see people up and down the street on horse-back and driving oxen with carts full of things and we join them in their activities. Yet, when we want to alone, we can retreat into our very own private reserve deep into our land and just be.


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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Awe-inspiring cliffs, a deep pool & shallow rapids serving as a natural spa

    Awe-inspiring cliffs, a deep pool & shallow rapids serving as a natural spa

  • Walk along our trails and make stops to refresh yourself and swim in the river

    Walk along our trails and make stops to refresh yourself and swim in the river

  • Well-lit living área with full-size rustic futon, desk, books and games

    Well-lit living área with full-size rustic futon, desk, books and games

  • Gorgeous, spacious, screened-in, fully-equipped kitchen overlooking the river

    Gorgeous, spacious, screened-in, fully-equipped kitchen overlooking the river

  • Sleep soundly listening to the sounds of the river on this ultracomfortable bed

    Sleep soundly listening to the sounds of the river on this ultracomfortable bed

  • Toucans come right to our porch...  get up close and  personal with the wildlife

    Toucans come right to our porch... get up close and personal with the wildlife

  • The magestic  Montezuma Oropendula...  Get your camera ready!

    The magestic Montezuma Oropendula... Get your camera ready!

  • Get close to our newest addititon, Cafe Molido, born January 2nd
2013

    Get close to our newest addititon, Cafe Molido, born January 2nd 2013

  • Shower yourself in this large, rustic and naturally non-slip stone bathroom

    Shower yourself in this large, rustic and naturally non-slip stone bathroom

  • Shhh... walk quietly on our trails and you too may get to see the Spectacled Owl

    Shhh... walk quietly on our trails and you too may get to see the Spectacled Owl

  • We practice organic agriculture the old-fashioned way

    We practice organic agriculture the old-fashioned way

  • Come help us hand-feed our resident sheep, Francisco, Campana and Marilyn

    Come help us hand-feed our resident sheep, Francisco, Campana and Marilyn

  • Enjoy a horseback ride through the ranch's mountains and see the gorgeous views!

    Enjoy a horseback ride through the ranch's mountains and see the gorgeous views!

  • Hand-crafted strudy bunk bed made from recycled tree branches

    Hand-crafted strudy bunk bed made from recycled tree branches

  • Well-lit, rustic, second bathroom helps acommodate the needs of a large family.

    Well-lit, rustic, second bathroom helps acommodate the needs of a large family.

  • Find the myriad of epiphytes and birds living in our trees

    Find the myriad of epiphytes and birds living in our trees

  • A family of keel-billed toucans lives right behind your cottage

    A family of keel-billed toucans lives right behind your cottage

  • Wildlife abounds everywhere you look!

    Wildlife abounds everywhere you look!

  • Fun, fun, fun!

    Fun, fun, fun!

  • Deep relaxation and rest is what you will find right on your back porch

    Deep relaxation and rest is what you will find right on your back porch

  • Our new rice plants... come see all the crops!

    Our new rice plants... come see all the crops!

  • Our front gate: Welcome to our lush tropical paradise

    Our front gate: Welcome to our lush tropical paradise

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated: 02/23/2015
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