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Private Home, Gardens, Ocean & Rainforest View, Pool, Stream

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Pool w/ steps to upper garden and upper pool decks: heliconia, palm, fruit trees

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Last updated: 04/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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Villa Helena, a privacy-lover's dream home, is nestled on a lush hillside just a half mile inland and 1000 feet above the Pacific Ocean in the midst of amazing jungle wildlife: birds of every size and description, wandering troups of howler and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, brilliantly colored tree frogs, and a great variety of tropical butterflies.

This unique one bedroom home has over a thousand square feet of tropical luxury and features a tall and airy vaulted ceiling, terra cotta floor tiles, Costa Rican native artwork, the rich and brilliant textiles and crafts of nearby Guatemala and Panama, and locally crafted furniture and fixtures.

Villa Helena is just minutes from the villages of Dominical and Uvita and several lovely, nearly deserted beaches. Villa Helena offers the best of all worlds. Stay at home to enjoy the gardens which are full of fruit trees, flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies, walk the trail through the forest alongside the creek which crosses the property, laze by the pool on one of two terraces, and cook to your heart's content in the fully-equipped kitchen. You might even arrange a private massage on the balcony: birdwatch at the same time!

Villa Helena is a bird-lover's paradise and not just in our gardens. The incredible nature reserve, Hacienda Baru, is just 15 minutes away and has a bird list of over 350 species. Of course, our home isn't anywhere near the size of Hacienda Baru which stretches from the sea to the mountains. We haven't had a formal survey done but we have seen over 125 types of birds from the balcony while casually birding. Hacienda Baru and other local reserves have many wonderful guided tours available.

Or you might choose to wander into one of the nearby towns to one of the great restaurants, do some craft shopping or stock up on locally caught fish and locally harvested tropical fruit. The beaches and beach activities are plentiful and uncrowded. Take a guided walk through one of the nearby private nature reserves, visit the stunning 215 foot tall Nauyaca Waterfalls by way of horseback, venture out to Caño Island for snorkeling or out for deep sea or inshore fishing. If you are an avid hiker you can take a trip through the mountain trails to one of two great waterfalls and swimming holes. It's always fun to drop into Dominical and watch the surfers: heck, you can take a lesson right there!

In this nook of Costa Rica, the temperatures are usually in the low 80s during the day and around 70 at night. The hillside location lets us take advantage of the gentle breezes which make Villa Helena so comfortable. While we love playing at the beach every day, we also love to come back to our cool paradise!

WHY CHOOSE VILLA HELENA OVER OTHER SIMILARLY SIZED HOMES IN THE AREA?? There are lots of choices in the area for places to rent but none of them has all the things that Villa Helena has to offer. The 'beachside' places are all crowded in with other rental units so you have no privacy and much of the wildlife is scared away. By law, nothing can be built right on the beaches so there is still a walk to the ocean and once you get there, the beaches with rentals right by them almost always have rocky shores where it is is difficult to get into the water! There isn't much air circulation and with the nearby standing water, there are lots of bugs and humidity. We rarely even seen a mosquito up at Villa Helena. Also, almost all of the waterfront places are just feet off the main, noisy highway and the places have varying degrees of success with dealing with that noise. Up in our area or in other places above the coast, most of the houses are built right on the road so you contend with periodic car noises and the noise of people chatting while they walk by. Our driveway drops you well away from the road into privacy so complete, you could sunbathe or swim nude and not have any worries. You'll only very rarely hear a car going by. We know of no other rental home that includes a seasonal stream through the property which further enhances the ambiance of Villa Helena and provides another habitat for lots of unusual birds and other wildlife. We regularly have a dunk into one of the little natural pools in the clear stream.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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  • Convertible bed(s): 2 twin/ single

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  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Two convertable beds 1 meter by 2 meters, about 39 inches wide, 78 inches long. Full linen sets on site. The extra sleeping beds are set up in the living area. There is a small closet and shelves for clothes for these beds. Since nearly all the time is spent outside on the balcony, this isn't a bad way at all for a family or close friends to use the house....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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  • Nice, large bathroom with large tiled shower, tiled sink area and terra cotta tile floor. There is a bright skylight plus two screened windows in the bathroom so it is a very bright room. All towels and beach towels are supplied at the house....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Cd Player with dozens of CDs, all cooking utensils provided including sharp (!) knives, linens and towelsand beach towels provided, large covered balcony, hammocks, TOTAL privacy, tropical gardens, creek and creek trail on property, wildlife viewing. Great internet access with your laptop or devices. While we do not have air conditioning per se, we do have two large and very efficient ceiling fans, one in the living area and one in the bedroom. The windows throughout the house are louvered and fully screened so the natural breezes can come right into the house but any insects get left outside. Additionally, there is a stand up fan if more directed air is needed. We find that we hardly ever even consider using the fans. For one, we spend most of our time at the house either on the balcony, in or around the pool or walking through the garden. Also, almost always there is a nice breeze either coming up the hill from the ocean or one coming down from the mountains behind us....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    We have tried keeping a small library but people bring their own reading material. There are book sellers in Uvita and Dominical for new and used books, the one in Uvita benefits local pet care....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Games:

    A few games are on site....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Many tropical music CD's and CD player....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Nude Beach
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Nice view of the Pacific Ocean, Caño Island offshore, fishing boats going in and out to sea. We have watched humbpack whales from the balcony and watched pelicans and magnificent frigatebirds fishing...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    Lovely view into a flower-filled garden. Good bird watching and butterfly viewing from the dining area table! To be honest, we usually eat out of the balcony so as not to miss anything!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Unlimited use. For sole use by guests of Villa Helena....moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    Right at the front door of the house, no going through a rain shower if that happens during the stay!...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Covered carport attached to house. No walking in the rain between your car and the front door....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Including beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Unlimited use, detergent provided. For sole use by guests of Villa Helena. ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee grinder on site, too....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Large covered balcony the entire length of the house with two hammocks, a table and chairs with an excellent view of the forest, the gardens, the wildlife and the Pacific Ocean....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Two pool and patio decks with views of the gardens, forest and ocean. Lounge chairs, chairs and tables....moreless

  • Golf:

    A new course just south of us by about 30 or 40 minutes....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Sea kayak tours available, some in combination with some local snorkeling, possilbe whale sightings....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Two generous-sized patios in the pool area, one upper and one lower. Both are surrounded by beautiful garden plantings and both have nice views and are in sun and shade at different times of the day....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The garden has lots of flowering and fruiting plants for our enjoyment and the enjoyment of the many birds, monkeys and other mammals to enjoy. It really brings them in for a close view....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Small hibachi type grill....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Total privacy in the pool area just as in the rest of the property. Lovely view of the gardens, forest and ocean from the pool and both pool decks. Lounge chairs, chairs and tables to use. ...moreless

 

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Green Season
May 1 - Nov 30, 2015
5 night min stay
$100
$650 $1,900
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$150
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Taxes Included

Notes:

$250 totally refundable security deposit. We have never had to retain any portion of the deposit: people love the house and treat it as though it were their own.


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Last updated: 04/28/2015
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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Quepos, 45 kilometers
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Jolly Roger, walking distance
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
40 minutes
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 miles by road to the main coast road
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Jolly Roger
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Hermosa, 10 minutes by car

Car: Necessary

wildlife observation, art and craft shopping, swimming in the 85 Degree (F) ocean or in the private pool, sea kayaking, boogie boarding, beachcombing, birdwatching, rainforest canopy exploration, zip line travel through the rainforest, jungle waterfall enjoyment, natural tropical pool swimming (seasonal), rainforest trail walking right from the house, deep sea fishing

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1995

About the owner: My husband and I stumbled across this piece of paradise by accident and are we ever glad that we did! We come from the cool Pacific Northwest where we lead pretty fast-paced lives but do enjoy gardening and bird watching. Villa Helena lets us have a totally relaxing break, full of privacy. Being at Villa Helena has really deepened our gardening and birding horizons. Every time we go down, we find a new adventure: a new horseback ride, a new guided rainforest tour, a chocolate making class, new birding guides to try, another part of a beach to explore. Every time we come down, too, there is a new restaurant to try: local cuisine, fusion, Italian, French style, Indonesian, Spanish tapa bar, sushi: all low key, casual, open air (under a high roof) restaurants.

Why the Owner Chose Dominical:
We knew we wanted something very private yet not totally isolated. We have great neighbors at Villa Helena but the properties are large so we don't look onto anyone and no one sees us. We thought about an ocean side location but decided to be up on the hill. This decision gave us a great view, the wonderful gentle breezes, lots more privacy and really great access to all the birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, etc that we get such great enjoyment from watching. From our balcony we've even watched a mother humpback whale and her baby in the ocean below. We love being close to all the services of a couple of small towns but didn't want to be right in the midst of them. This part of Costa Rica is unique in that it has great, uncrowded beaches and also has the lushness of the tropical rainforest which the more touristed areas of the north lack. This really has turned out to be Paradise.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Villa Helena really is such a wonderful experience. There are so many places to wander through the gardens and stream bed where you can sit or stand and watch all the wildlife around you and enjoy plants you might not normally see on a daily basis. We have a couple of fruit trees which are full of bromeliads, ferns and four types of native orchids. The birds and the monkeys eat most of the fruit that grows here: mangos, guava, bananas, starfruit, cashews and they'll even eat the sour oranges! That's fine because we enjoy having the amimals up so close and there are great sources of local fruit so close to us. Our mature garden really sets us apart from most other rentals in the area. Everything is so close at hand to us at Villa Helena and yet we are still very private and close to nature. We can walk to a nearby restaurant and drive a few minutes to all the services of the neighboring two small towns. The beaches are just minutes away. There are such great restaurants so close, serving local fare and all sorts of others. How do they serve such great international food in the middle of the jungle?


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Photos

  • Pool w/ steps to upper garden and upper pool decks: heliconia, palm, fruit trees

    Pool w/ steps to upper garden and upper pool decks: heliconia, palm, fruit trees

  • Corner of kitchen with dining area, breakfast bar and gardens beyond.

    Corner of kitchen with dining area, breakfast bar and gardens beyond.

  • The living area out to the covered balcony with ocean, forest and animal views.

    The living area out to the covered balcony with ocean, forest and animal views.

  • From the pool to the lower deck and dining area garden, hummingbird heaven.

    From the pool to the lower deck and dining area garden, hummingbird heaven.

  • Pool at Villa Helena from upper pool deck, past the balcony toward the Pacific.

    Pool at Villa Helena from upper pool deck, past the balcony toward the Pacific.

  • Mother howler monkey with baby, a photograph from the balcony at Villa Helena.

    Mother howler monkey with baby, a photograph from the balcony at Villa Helena.

  • Some of the lush plants in the garden:  heliconia, hibiscus, palms and bananas.

    Some of the lush plants in the garden: heliconia, hibiscus, palms and bananas.

  • Heliconia 'Sexy Pink.'  Several types of hummingbirds love these flowers.

    Heliconia 'Sexy Pink.' Several types of hummingbirds love these flowers.

  • Blood red hibiscus in the garden.

    Blood red hibiscus in the garden.

  • Entry gate to Villa Helena, down you go away from the road and into your private paradise.

    Entry gate to Villa Helena, down you go away from the road and into your private paradise.

  • Dining room garden on left, stairs to the upper garden in the center and a peek at the pool and upper patio on the right.

    Dining room garden on left, stairs to the upper garden in the center and a peek at the pool and upper patio on the right.

  • One of the native orchids growing in the garden.  This one is on the sour orange tree in the upper garden.

    One of the native orchids growing in the garden. This one is on the sour orange tree in the upper garden.

  • King-size bed in vaulted ceiling bedroom, adjustable ceiling fan, views from bed

    King-size bed in vaulted ceiling bedroom, adjustable ceiling fan, views from bed

  • The living area with comfortable, large sofa which makes a great guest bed.

    The living area with comfortable, large sofa which makes a great guest bed.

  • Outdoor view of covered balcony , set up for dining which we do for every meal!

    Outdoor view of covered balcony , set up for dining which we do for every meal!

  • From the pool's jump in platform to house, balcony and views.

    From the pool's jump in platform to house, balcony and views.

  • Villa Helena sunset over the rainforest trees out toward the Pacific Ocean.

    Villa Helena sunset over the rainforest trees out toward the Pacific Ocean.

  • Mother three-toed sloth with her baby, taken from the Villa Helena balcony.

    Mother three-toed sloth with her baby, taken from the Villa Helena balcony.

  • Grass orchid near the pool, one of four types of orchids growing at Villa Helena

    Grass orchid near the pool, one of four types of orchids growing at Villa Helena

  • Crowned woodnymph hummingbird in the garden outside the dining area, one of about 18 types of hummers we have in the garden

    Crowned woodnymph hummingbird in the garden outside the dining area, one of about 18 types of hummers we have in the garden

  • Red Passionflower:  a favorite of the three species of hermit hummingbirds we've seen in the garden.

    Red Passionflower: a favorite of the three species of hermit hummingbirds we've seen in the garden.

  • Overview of the lower patio, the pool, the upper patio and the upper gardens.

    Overview of the lower patio, the pool, the upper patio and the upper gardens.

  • Chocolate banana leaf detail.   Each leaf has a different coloration pattern.

    Chocolate banana leaf detail. Each leaf has a different coloration pattern.

  • Nearby Nauyaca Falls, the lower falls.  Reach these by horseback or walk in.

    Nearby Nauyaca Falls, the lower falls. Reach these by horseback or walk in.

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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