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La Casa De Tierra - Unique Very Private House on the Southwest Coast

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Last updated: 04/10/2014

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Ojochal house description

Unique and beautiful, sustainably-built earth bag home in a supremely serene and private rainforest setting. Just a half mile inland and 800 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this enchanted sanctuary sits nestled on a ridge in the small village of Ojochal, a friendly community with an international flavor.

La Casa de Tierra is a perfect place for people desiring a peaceful and regenerative vacation. Here, you can delight in the daily presence of families of white-faced and howler monkeys, a preponderance of toucans and other birds, colorful tree frogs, butterflies, and a bounty of other rainforest creatures.

Designed with comfort and natural beauty in mind, La Casa de Tierra’s open floor plan, sustainably-harvested local hardwood accents, loft, and tall ceilings create a sense of spaciousness and earthy elegance. Its thick walls, ceiling fans, and ocean breezes coming up the ridge keep it refreshingly cool inside even when it’s hot outside. Enjoy lounging on the deck as you watch and listen to the wildlife.

La Casa de Tierra is located in Ojochal, also called Playa Tortuga (Turtle Beach), on the southern Pacific coast in Costa Rica. It is thirty-five kilometers south of Dominical and twenty-four kilometers north of Palmar Sur, on the east side of the newly paved Costanera Sur (Pacific Coast Highway). Getting to any of the major points of interest in Costa Rica usually requires a bit of a drive, and the roads can be rough in many cases, but the landscape is luscious.

La Casa De Tierra offers:
Complete privacy and quiet (other than the natural sounds of the rainforest)
A luscious jungle setting with lovely mountain and ocean views
2 bedrooms, including a loft bedroom, both with queen-sized beds and gorgeous views
A giant, hand-sculpted tub, which can also serve as a dipping pool for cooling off in the heat.
2 deep window seats for reading, gazing and napping
Tasteful, artful décor and locally-crafted furnishing
A fully-equipped kitchen (including blender, juicer, toaster, coffee maker)
High-speed ceiling fans
Screened windows and doors
2 half baths (one with shower/tub & sink, one with toilet & sink)
A deck for enjoying yoga, meals and mountain and ocean views
Hot water
Linens and towels
AC electricity (110 volt)
Internet connection for iPad, note books PCs, and laptops
A three-minute walk to breathtaking, expansive views of the Pacific coastline on same property
55+ acres of private primary and secondary rainforest estate to explore
Proximity to fantastic beaches, waterfalls, mangroves & Corcovado National Park (Costa Rica’s largest of primary forest preserve and “The Amazon of Costa Rica”

The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, perfect for the eco-traveler, nature-lover, and outdoor enthusiast. There are no high-rise hotels, Club Meds, or 4-Star Golf Courses anywhere near here. Instead, visitors can enjoy an astonishing variety of possibilities for adventure, discovery and relaxation…

On site or within 10 minutes drive:
Several secluded beaches
Sea and river kayaking
boogie boarding
bird watching
rainforest walks
refreshing waterfalls, rivers and natural pools
riverboat tour
horseback riding
fresh water fishing
excellent restaurants
souvenir shopping
relaxing in a hammock
internet café

Within 15 minutes to 2 hours:
World class surfing
diving off Cano Island
the incredible Nauyaca waterfalls
deep sea fishing
kayaking through the largest mangrove preserve in Central America
dolphin and whale tours
organic perma-culture farms
more excellent restaurants
Boruca Indian Reservation and artisan crafts
Corcovado National Park
zip line tours through the rainforest canopy
hiking on 12,000-ft Mt. Chirippo and soaking in its hot springs
and much more…

Getting There
Once you fly in to, San Jose, the capital, you can either drive to Ojochal (through Quepos or San Isidro de el General, a 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hour drive, depending on traffic), or you can take a secondary 45-minute flight to Palmar Sur (a twenty minute drive from Ojochal). There are many major airlines that fly in to San Jose. If you choose to fly in to Palmar Sur, there are daily flights, and the cost is around $75 each way.

Car Rental
All the major car rental companies are located in San Jose, along with some smaller, Costa Rican companies. You can also find rental car companies that charge considerably less money for their fleet of used cars. If you choose to fly in to Palmar Sur, you can arrange to have a rental car delivered there, usually for a surcharge.

We recommend visitors rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle (like a Toyota Rav-4 or something larger, depending on your taste and desire for comfort), especially if you plan to do any sightseeing. Many of the roads in Costa Rica are unpaved or full of potholes, and in the rainy season, they can get quite muddy. The roads from San Jose to Ojochal, via the mountain pass, are paved and mostly quite good, with dirt roads only in the town of Ojochal, making this trip fine for a front-wheel drive vehicle in the dry season.

Reservation and Payment Policies:
Payment may be made in US Dollars by cashier's check or via Paypal.

100% Refund If Cancelled 30+ Days in Advance.
50% Refund If Cancelled 2 weeks in Advance.
No Refund If Cancelled less than 2 weeks in Advance.
100% refund if property is re-rented for the cancelled period, minus processing fee of $50.00.

Keywords: House, private, jungle, wildlife, view, privacy, serene

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Pets Not Allowed:

                **We apologize, but no pets are permitted in the house. We love animals but domesticated pets can disturb the balance, peace and health of the natural wildlife surrounding La Casa de Tierra in the natural preserve. Thank you for your understanding. **...moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                Not suitable for children younger than 6 due to open stairs and loft railings....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking permitted with care outside....moreless

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              • Loft Bedroom: 1 queen

                'Treehouse'-like room above main living area. Sitting area. ...moreless

              • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

                Closet, window seat, French doors opening to deck...moreless

              • Queen size Beds (2)

              Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: combination tub/shower

                Hand-carved large tub/shower & sink in this bathroom....moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet

                Toilet and sink in this bathroom....moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining:

                Another window seat here for lounging or enjoying the scenery......moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Well-equipped kitchen....moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Coffee Maker
              • Stove
              • Freezer
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Toaster
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Ice Maker
              • Refrigerator
              • Oven
              • Seating for 6 people


              • Linens Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Living Room seats 6
              • Towels Provided

              Other Amenities

                  • Loft bedroom like a treehouse. Beautiful art adorns the walls...


                  • Books


                      • Internet:

                        Internet connection for iPad, note books PCs, and laptops...moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Lovely wooden deck for lounging....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill


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

                      Location & View

                      • Mountain View
                      • Ocean View


                      • Restaurants
                      • Parasailing
                      • Swimming
                      • Surfing
                      • Hiking
                      • Kayaking
                      • Fishing
                      • Rafting
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Medical Services
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Laundromat
                      • Hospital
                      • Groceries
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Boating
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Shopping
                      • Whale Watching
                      • Walking
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Snorkeling


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                      from 2 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      High Season
                      Dec 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      $675 $1,700
                      Christmas-New Years
                      Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      High Season
                      Jan 4 - Apr 30, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $675 $1,700
                      My Standard Rate
                      7 night min stay

                      $575 $1,350
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                      • Cleaning Fee $75
                      • Taxes Included


                      INTERNET: Data stick available for internet access with your devices: Additional $110 deposit, with $100 refundable when you return the data stick with the keys.

                      Cancellation Policy: 100% Refund If Cancelled 90 Days in Advance. 50% Refund If Cancelled 60 Days in Advance. No Refund After 60 Days in Advance. 100% Refund if property is re-rented for the cancelled period, minus $5processing fee.

                      Payment may be made by cashier's check or via Paypal in US Dollars.

                      Full payment must be made to hold reservation (including $75.00 cleaning fee and $300.00 fully refundable damage deposit).

                      Cancellation policy:

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

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                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Palmar Sur
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      La Costanera - Coastal Highway
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Playa Tortuga, Playa Ventanas
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Citrus, Exotica, and many more

                      Car: Necessary

                      Lots of wildlife viewing and great food. Canopy tour, horseback riding, zipline, waterfalls, rivers...


                      Manager info

                      Year Purchased: 2002

                      About: We are both world travelers and lived abroad in Europe for many years. We love to discover and enjoy local culture, people and food and explore natural landscapes and urban neighborhoods. -David and Lisa

                      Why Ojochal:
                      We traveled around Costa Rica early in our relationship in 2001 and fell in love with the people, the amazing and wild natural world, and the 'Pura Vida' way of life. When we visited Ojochal, we loved that it was off the beaten path, but not so far off that we couldn't get there or get supplies easily. We are also foodies and world travelers and there is a wonderful international community and diverse restaurants representative of this. When we decided to purchase land in Costa Rica, we wanted to start with raw land and build ourselves. We were very fortunate to get this 55+ acre ridge top property close to everything, but very private. A dream for us...

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      This property is amazingly private and serene, like your own private oasis, but still conveniently located in relation to beaches, shops, restaurants and other activities. The sustainably-built home is a work of art with a wonderful relaxing feel. We love knowing our jungle home is so enjoyed by other travelers!

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                      Date last modified - Sunday, March 16, 2014

                      $575 - $775 per week (USD)

                      2 Bedroom / 0.5+ Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

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                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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