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Beautiful Cottage - Fantastic Views of Central Valley, Volcanoes

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Last updated: 06/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Casita Alta Vista is a cottage in the classic Latin style with white walls, red tile roof, and terra cotta tile floor. It sits high on a hill just six minutes from downtown Atenas. The Casita offers stunning, expansive views of the Central Valley including two mountain ranges and four volcanoes in the distance. From the broad balcony or the glass-enclosed east room you can gaze out on Poas, Barva, Irazu and Turrialba, with the entire Central Valley stretching out before you and San Jose nestled at the far end. To the north you can see valleys and the mountains of the Northern range, and to the south, the Pacific range. You are surrounded by tropical flowering plants and palms, serenaded by songs of tropical birds. At night you can enjoy the stars and the twinkling lights of the Central Valley.

The cottage is well-ventilated with louvered windows on all four sides and a vented atrium in the center. There is a glass-enclosed room facing the Central Valley that serves as a second bedroom (sofa converts to double bed) and living/dining room. The bedroom has a double bed as well. You don't need air conditioning because the weather in Atenas is always mild. National Geographic magazine claims Atenas has the best climate in the world! A large floor fan is available.

The cottage is at the top of a two-acre lot, landscaped with tropical flowers, palm trees, fruit trees, and two lawns.

The cottage is in a gated community, with security lighting, security wall and a lockable front gate.

You can enjoy broadband Internet access with WiFi, a large-screen TV with Netflix on demand, offering a huge selection of movies and TV shows.

The cottage is fully appointed with all kitchen utensils, flatware, cookware, coffee maker, toaster oven, a small refrigerator, a large refrigerator, and four-burner electric stove with oven. A prepaid cell phone is available with a refundable deposit (additional minutes to be paid by guest). A bodega (small storage building) with washing machine is attached to the cottage. There are clothes lines in back yard.

The kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets and bedroom closet are all made from attractive native cedar wood. The ceiling and beams are beautiful hardwoods.

As a guest you will have free use of two swimming pools--one large with water slide, one small--and a tennis court and soccer field at the neighboring hotel 300 yards (270 meters) downhill via the concrete driveway. The hotel also has a nice restaurant, open some evenings in the high season; the cook is excellent and versatile.

By car you are six minutes from downtown Atenas, which has just about anything you may need. Available there are: four supermarkets; five pharmacies; many restaurants; four banks, two with ATM; internet cafe's; hardware and appliance stores; video store, Spanish lessons; bus station with frequent, comfortable, inexpensive buses to San Jose, International Airport and other towns. Taxis to and from Atenas are convenient and inexpensive. If you need to be picked up at the International Airport Magda, the manager can arrange it. Large SUV with 4 WD is available for rent upon request. 4WD is not necessary to drive to and from the casita.

In Atenas you are in a very good location for exploring all the national parks of Costa Rica. Poas, Barva, Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes are visible from the cottage. Atenas has its own entrance to Highway 27, the Caldera Highway. It connects you with downtown San Jose on the east and the Pacific beaches on the west. Drive time to the nearest Pacific Beach is 50 minutes and the drive to Escazu and downtown San Jose is 30 minutes.

You are 10 minutes from the Pan American Highway, which connects all points in Costa Rica plus Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. Free suggestions and travel details for the most beautiful, fun places to visit are available upon request. Also you can request free information on other topics such as: How to rent a car cheaply in Costa Rica; complete bus schedule for Atenas; handling money in Costa Rica, Guide to Local Restaurants, security, etc. The guide to local restaurants is available in the casita, as is a copy of our favorite guidebook: Lonely Planet: Discover Costa Rica, 2014.

Once your reservation is confirmed you will receive digital copies of: a map from the International Airport to the house, directions from the airport to the house in English and Spanish, and the Guest guide, which gives you all the information you will need such as: internet access, phone number at the house, how to reach the manager anytime, how to access Netflix, various options for getting around the area, etc.

The Costa Rican greeting, “Pura Vida” epitomizes the local philosophy. It means literally, “Pure Life,” referring to the shared experience living in a land where nature is beautiful, relaxing and unspoiled. Many locals also say “Pura Vida” instead of good bye, wishing you a “beautiful day”. We invite you to come and stay with us for a delightful tropical vacation in paradise. It will be our pleasure to assist you in making your stay with us one of your best vacation choices ever.

Guests can pay by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, check, money order or cash.
Keywords: Cottage

Deposit is 50%, non-refundable. Balance refundable if cancellation is made at least 30 days prior to check-in.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Car Available

Suitability

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

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Convertible sofa converts to double bed in glassed-in room....moreless

  • Double Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower

    ...moreless

  • Cedar cabinets in bath

Other Amenities

  • Cell phone, High-Speed Internet, Kitchen, Stove, Silverware, Flatware, Washing Machine, 2 Pools (Shared), Tennis Court (shared), Hot Tub (shared)...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    Blu-Ray player, Netflix equipped. ...moreless

  • VCR

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining table seats 4, small table in kitchen seats 2...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone:

    Free cell phone use with refundable $100 deposit. Phone is prepaid with some minutes; guest buys additional minutes as needed. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking outside gate for 4 or 5 cars...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Prepaid cell phone with $100 refundable deposit...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Two refrigerators: one small one shown in photo of kitchen, and full size one not shown, which is in the atrium in the middle of the cottage...moreless

  • Stove:

    New 4-burner electric stove with oven...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster oven...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    Broad, covered deck in front with expansive views of the Central Valley and volcanoes--Poas, Barva, Irazu, Turrialba--and Pacific Range...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Large lanai in front with expansive views of the Central Valley and volcanoes--Poas, Barva, Irazu, Turrialba--and Pacific Range...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Two lawns with gardens: one on the north and west, and a larger lawn in the south yard....moreless

  • Tennis:

    At Finca Huetares. Court use is free. Bring your own raquet and balls or rent....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Two pools available 300 yards down the driveway at Finca Huetares. One is an Olympic size pool with water slide and hot tub. The other is a family-size pool. ...moreless

  • Shared Hot Tub:

    Available at Finca Huetares...moreless

 

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May 1 - Nov 14, 2015
3 night min stay
$50
$300 $600
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3 night min stay
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$300 $700
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Cleaning Fee $30
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Cleaning fee: $30 payable at arrival. Cancellation policy: Deposit is non-refundable. Remaining balance of 50% of the rent is refundable if cancellation is made at least 30 days prior to beginning of rental period.


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Last updated: 06/01/2015
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Spanish lessons, soccer (football), water slide

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2004

About: I live at the Global Capital of World Peace, a meditation retreat facility where I do volunteer work. I have a Ph.D in psycholgy, have taught psychology at the university level and taught the Transcendental Meditation program all over the USA, and in Europe and Asia. I travel to Latin America a couple of times a year. Costa Rica is my favorite place, land of Pura Vida.

Why Atenas:
Atenas was described by National Geographic magazine as having 'the best weather in the world'! I have found this to be true. Furthermore, it is a charming, peaceful, lovely town with wonderful people and the cottage site has beautiful, expansive views of the Central Valley and volcanoes. I fell in love with this town the first day I spent there.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The tranquility of the location, the inspiration provided by the beautiful, expansive views. The comfort and convenience of the well-equipped cottage. The whole world at your fingertips through the high-speed internet connection. The spaciousness of the property--1.7 acres with fruit trees palms, and tropical gardens. The central location of the cottage for quick access to the Pan American Highway, the International Airport and Pacific beaches. Free access to two swimming pools, water slide, hot tub, tennis court.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish

 

Photos

  • Casita, seen from the driveway above

    Casita, seen from the driveway above

  • Casita, seen from south end of the yard

    Casita, seen from south end of the yard

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • Looking into the casita from front porch on the east. Convertible sofa on right.

    Looking into the casita from front porch on the east. Convertible sofa on right.

  • Shower-Tub

    Shower-Tub

  • Bathroom sink with cedar cabinets. Similar cabinetry in kitchen and bedroom.

    Bathroom sink with cedar cabinets. Similar cabinetry in kitchen and bedroom.

  • Poas Volcano from the front porch.

    Poas Volcano from the front porch.

  • Irazu Volcano at east end of Central Valley

    Irazu Volcano at east end of Central Valley

  • Turrialba Volcano from the front porch.

    Turrialba Volcano from the front porch.

  • Yard, looking east toward wall and gate

    Yard, looking east toward wall and gate

  • Olympic pool: hot tub on right, water slide on left. Complimentary for guests.

    Olympic pool: hot tub on right, water slide on left. Complimentary for guests.

  • Gate and yard of the casita, looking north

    Gate and yard of the casita, looking north

  • View of the central valley looking east  from the front porch--cloudy day!

    View of the central valley looking east from the front porch--cloudy day!

  • Casita, seen from south end of the yard

    Casita, seen from south end of the yard

  • Looking north on the porch

    Looking north on the porch

  • West half of the Bedroom with native hardwood funiture, cedar closet

    West half of the Bedroom with native hardwood funiture, cedar closet

  • Bath (shower curtain removed for photo)

    Bath (shower curtain removed for photo)

  • View of Central Valley to the east, from front porch.

    View of Central Valley to the east, from front porch.

  • Barva Volcano from the front porch.

    Barva Volcano from the front porch.

  • Irazu Volcano from the front porch during sunrise

    Irazu Volcano from the front porch during sunrise

  • Yard, looking south from the casita

    Yard, looking south from the casita

  • View to the northeast from the front porch

    View to the northeast from the front porch

  • Hot tub at Finca Huetares, available for casita guests

    Hot tub at Finca Huetares, available for casita guests

  • Tennis court, complementary for casita guests (rental charge for racquets)

    Tennis court, complementary for casita guests (rental charge for racquets)

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
    Cottage
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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
  • Response time Within a few hours
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  • Calendar last updated 06/01/2015
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