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Naturalist's Cloud Forest Haven

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A saltbox style house, our place has a lower porch and upper balcony that are perfect for relaxing, watching wildlife or taking in the views. This view shows the large windows in living room on the first floor. The windows on the second floor are in the master bedroom.

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Monteverde house description

Our house is located on 40 acres of private property that abuts the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and is one of the last private homes before the Reserve. More than half our land is in primary cloud forest, but there is a large clearing below the house that is perfect for viewing wildlife. In fact, because our place is contiguous to more than 110,000 acres of protected forest, you’re likely to see many more animals here than in most other places in the Monteverde zone. White-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, coatis, gray fox, armadillos, and agoutis are all commonly seen on our land, and several cloud forest specialists, including resplendent quetzals, black guans and brocket deer are also often seen near the house.

The house was built in the mid-1980s by the current owner. In 1981, he visited Monteverde for the first time and during his stay, he and two other biologists had a picnic on the property, taking in the spectacular view of the forest and the Gulf of Nicoya in the distance. A week later, his friends called to tell him that the parcel was for sale and asked if he would like to become a part owner. The three of them purchased the property later that year from one of the original Quaker farmers and since then, each owner has built a house or cabin on the land. None of the dwellings are in sight of the others, which gives you a very private experience.

The house itself is located on a hillside at the end of a 500-foot driveway. It was designed with lots of large, picture windows to bring in plenty of natural light and is oriented toward the southwest with dramatic views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the forest canopy below.

The downstairs includes a living room with a wood stove, a dining room, kitchen, two box seats, a large bathroom and a small utility room with a washer and dryer. There’s also a long front porch, where you can sit looking out at the Gulf of Nicoya and watch up to nine species of hummingbirds visit the feeders. The upstairs includes a roofed balcony and two good-sized bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed and the other with two full beds. At our place, you will be well away from the bustle of Santa Elena and the main road. You will be able to go to sleep to the sounds of katydids, cicadas, frogs and wake up to chorusing black-bellied wood quail and dueting gray-breasted wood wrens.
Public buses pass by at the bottom of the driveway several times each day and taxis are available at any time. There are several good restaurants just a few miles away as well as a small grocery store and a few gift/coffee shops. The entrance to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is just a ten minute walk from our house. But, of course, that could be much longer if you're looking at wildlife or plants!

If you’d like, we can help you arrange to have a talented local cook or cleaning service visit during your stay.

Recommendations for local guides upon request.


Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

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

      Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

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

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          • Bedroom 2: 2 double

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          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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          • This house comfortably sleeps 4-6 people. There are also two box seats downstairs that could be used for sleeping....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 8 people

          Amenities

          • Wood Stove
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Parking
          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer

          Entertainment

          • Books:

            A great collection of natural history guides; some literature too!...moreless

          Communications

          Outdoor Features

          • Deck / Patio
          • Balcony
          • Lawn / Garden

          Theme

          • Romantic
          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family

          Location & View

          • Rural:

            Ideal for anyone with an appreciation for the natural world. ...moreless

          • Mountain View:

            Impressive views of the Gulf of Nicoya and Nicoya Peninsula....moreless

          Activities

          • Restaurants
          • Churches
          • Museums
          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Walking
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • Horseback Riding
          • ATM/Bank
          • Groceries
          • Medical Services
          • Massage Therapist
           

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          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          Green
          May 1 - Dec 31, 2014
          2 night min stay
          $120
          $700

          Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

          Dry Season/Peak
          Jan 1 - May 31, 2015
          2 night min stay
          $150
          $850

          Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest


          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees:

          • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
          • Taxes Not included

          Cancellation policy:

          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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          Last updated: 07/18/2014
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          Location

          One of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, the Monteverde area now includes plenty of options to keep you occupied during your stay (guided nature walks, ziplining, night hikes, language schools, bat museums, orchid gardens, shopping, etc.) But alternatively, you may just want to relax on one of the porches and watch hummingbirds at the feeder, or go birding in the front pasture, or take a walk along the back trail.

          There is a notebook in the house that lists our recommendations for the area.

           

          Manager info

          Year Purchased: 1981

          About: We live in Massachusetts for most of the year, but we spend a portion of each year in Monteverde. Fred first visited Monteverde in 1981; Laurie came in 1986. Since then, we have both worked on different biology projects in the area (bellbirds, quetzals, dragonflies) and for a short stint, Laurie worked as a guide in the Reserve. We got married in 1994 and in 2000, our daughter was born. Since 2004, we have led more than three dozen natural history trips to Costa Rica. Fred is now retired from a career as a science teacher, but is currently studying native bees in MA and working with others on electronic field guides to the dragonflies and damselflies of Costa Rica and Ecuador. Laurie produces natural history features for public radio and for ten years, prepared a weekly natural history series called Field Notes which aired on WFCR 88.5 FM in Amherst, MA. Some of her previous stories can be heard on Living on Earth. She currently works as a private environmental consultant.

          Why Monteverde:
          This is a very special piece of property because it borders the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and is one of the last houses before the Reserve entrance. At nearly 5,000 feet in elevation, at times the property is literally bathed in the clouds, with mists from the Caribbean blowing west toward the Pacific.

          The Unique Benefits at this House:
          Quiet, private and extraordinary wildlife opportunities.


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          Speaks: spanish, english

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          • A saltbox style house, our place has a lower porch and upper balcony that are perfect for relaxing, watching wildlife or taking in the views. This view shows the large windows in living room on the first floor. The windows on the second floor are in the master bedroom.

            A saltbox style house, our place has a lower porch and upper balcony that are perfect for relaxing, watching wildlife or taking in the views. This view shows the large windows in living room on the first floor. The windows on the second floor are in the master bedroom.

          • The view of the Gulf of Nicoya and Nicoya Peninsula from the front porch (August 2013.)

            The view of the Gulf of Nicoya and Nicoya Peninsula from the front porch (August 2013.)

          • Living room.

            Living room.

          • A well-equipped kitchen.

            A well-equipped kitchen.

          • Two full-sized beds are in the second upstairs bedroom. A bureau and a large closet are just out of view.

            Two full-sized beds are in the second upstairs bedroom. A bureau and a large closet are just out of view.

          • The upper balcony looks over the clearing and includes views of the Gulf of Nicoya.

            The upper balcony looks over the clearing and includes views of the Gulf of Nicoya.

          • The sunset from the house.

            The sunset from the house.

          • From May to February, clouds often roll in, shrouding the front pasture in mist.

            From May to February, clouds often roll in, shrouding the front pasture in mist.

          • A violet sabrewing, one of 10 species that you're likely to see at the hummingbird feeders.

            A violet sabrewing, one of 10 species that you're likely to see at the hummingbird feeders.

          • An adult armadillo is caught by surprise while searching for grubs in the lawn next to the house. Normally nocturnal, this one was active during the daylight hours.

            An adult armadillo is caught by surprise while searching for grubs in the lawn next to the house. Normally nocturnal, this one was active during the daylight hours.

          • A map of Monteverde, showing our 40-acre property is shown in light green. The small red dot is the house.

            A map of Monteverde, showing our 40-acre property is shown in light green. The small red dot is the house.

          • From the road below, you can just catch a glimpse of the house.

            From the road below, you can just catch a glimpse of the house.

          • A small portion of the large clearing in front of house. This view was taken at the bottom of our driveway, looking up toward the house.

            A small portion of the large clearing in front of house. This view was taken at the bottom of our driveway, looking up toward the house.

          • Dining room and kitchen.

            Dining room and kitchen.

          • Queen-sized bed in the master bedroom.

            Queen-sized bed in the master bedroom.

          • The bathroom--and view of the forest beyond!

            The bathroom--and view of the forest beyond!

          • A washer and dryer are available for your use.

            A washer and dryer are available for your use.

          • Heading up the driveway, with the corner of the house just in view.

            Heading up the driveway, with the corner of the house just in view.

          • A green-crowned brilliant visits the feeders on the front porch.

            A green-crowned brilliant visits the feeders on the front porch.

          • Brocket deer are rarely seen in Monteverde, but are spotted fairly regularly on our property.  This one was grazing in the front pasture in August 2013.

            Brocket deer are rarely seen in Monteverde, but are spotted fairly regularly on our property. This one was grazing in the front pasture in August 2013.

          • The owners--Laurie, Lydia and Fred--at the bottom of the driveway.

            The owners--Laurie, Lydia and Fred--at the bottom of the driveway.

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          Date last modified - Thursday, March 27, 2014

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          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
          Sleeps 8

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