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Gorgeous Mountain Paradise with Privacy, View and Pool!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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About the property

3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms (sleeps 6)

Set high on a ridge surrounded by a lush tropical reserve, home to parrots, toucans, sloths and monkeys, our custom built Bali style home, located in a gated eco-residential community will be your home away from home! Relax, open the doors and soak in the famous Atenas climate (best in the world according to National Geographic) with beautiful warm days and cool sleeping nights! No A/C needed here!

Enjoy a private swim in your own pool then cook up something in the gourmet kitchen and outdoor BBQ! Check out the local orchid gardens and coffee fields, or drive to the top of an active volcano, surf Costa Rica's legendary waves (just 30 minutes away with the new highway!!), hike in some of the country's many national parks, soak up private waterfalls and so much more. Perhaps one of its best attributes is it's central location to the rest of the country's magnificent sites!! High speed Wi-Fi is available 24/7 throughout.

What to do !:): Our bilingual property manager can help you plan all kinds of day trips and overnights if you wish to explore as much of this beautiful country as possible. Costa Rica has so much to offer, from trips to nearby cloud forests, checking out its many volcanoes - active or not, hiking breathtaking waterfalls, exploring many of its dense jungles, taking a catamaran to a private island, or even do a little of it's famous deep sea fishing. The wild life will astound you. There are many adrenaline charged activities like white water rafting, zip lines ATV riding, or jet skiing in the open ocean for those who relax by supercharging. For those who wish to relax a little more gently, take a canopy walk, go birding, check out the beautiful wild orchids and bromeliads everywhere, shop in farmer's markets, listen to huge flocks of parrots gather in the town square at dusk, visit a local coffee farm and roasting plant, or get a massage by the pool - happily, we've got that covered too! Or just stay at the villa and disconnect from the fast pace world and rediscover the wonders that the natural world has to offer.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Liz

Liz Duffy is a freelance food stylist based in New York City. Judd Pilossof is a freelance food photographer also in New York. We work for food magazines, cookbooks and advertising clients. We have 2 daughters and come to Costa Rica as often as possible. We built our home in Atenas because of the unique views, climate and wonderful small town (non touristy) feel that we enjoy. We have put our heart and soul in making this house our own style and we think you will love it too.

Liz purchased this villa in 2006

Why Liz chose Alajuela

In 2006 we were looking for a special property as a second home in Costa Rica.

Pica Flora, the name of our small community outside of the town of Atenas was conceived as a Bali style home design. Bali has a similar climate to Atenas. The property is based on a mountain ridge with several 100 year old trees with breath taking views. We have spent 10 years customizing the house with unique furniture, art work and landscaping.

What makes this villa unique

In 2015 we built a a third bedroom on top of a deck that overhangs the ridge mountain. This was to enhance the spectacular view we already had. The new bedroom has an indoor/outdoor shower which we know your going to love. The deck also has a pergola for dinning with a BBQ near by.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(55 traveler reviews)

Gorgeous Mountain Paradise with Privacy, View and Pool!
average rating of 4.981818 based on 55 reviews

Absolutely Amazing

  • 5 of 5

This house is spectacular!

The place is huge. It's perched on a mountain ridge with beautiful views of a lush jungle valley and the gorgeous opposing ridge rising across the green expanse. There is so much natural beauty all around the house and on the property itself. There's a stunning variety of trees, flowers, fruit trees, vines, cacti and other plants that make you feel like you really are in the middle of some jungle garden, but with all the creature comforts of a resort.

The main house is open and spacious with vaulted ceilings and a high-end kitchen. We loved opening the sliding doors on 3 sides of the space, and just filling it with mountain breezes throughout. The three bedrooms are all stand alone structures allowing for a lot of privacy. We stayed in the newly built room with an awesome outdoor shower and private balcony. There's nothing like showering outside on the side of a beautiful mountaintop with birds chirping and the sun shining! Our friends stayed in the master bedroom that was all the way on the other side of the pool.

There are also so many great spots to sit outside on the property! Between the multiple hammocks, lounge chairs, reading nooks and multiple dining tables - all in various spots in the garden - we barely had time to relax in them all!

We took a couple of day trips in the area and an overnight trip to Arenal volcano. We had planned to do more exploring of CR, but honestly, once we got to the house, my husband and I just wanted to stay there all day!

The weather was perfect - even in the rainy season it was sunny most of the time and the rain we did get was beautiful anyway and not at all too cold. Even when it was raining in the town sometimes the house wouldn't get the rain because of the altitude of the ridge, and you could just watch the rain clouds move through the valley and away from the house.

We got to see some great wildlife close up from the property as well. We saw toucans as well as other beautiful birds, iguanas and even a gang of monkeys swinging in the trees!

Leticia was super helpful and friendly and went out of her way to help us with arranging details of our transport and giving advice.

I have already been telling my friends about this place and plan to return again soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The most beautiful place I have ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly a piece of paradise. Although it is not close to a whole lot of touristy sites, if you are looking for a retreat with insanely good weather, this is ideal. The house has three separate bedrooms with Queen / King beds in them. Because of the separation of the rooms which need to be locked separately at night, this might not be a good property for families with small children. However, we have big kids and the house was amazing. Thank you Leticia for your warmth and graciousness when we got completely lost and we're running late to meet you. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Natalie, We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay much! Thank you for the lovely comments. We've had many families staying with us over the years - with both younger and older children -and they have all loved it. And that makes us so happy. We hope you visit us again anytime!
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We can not believe how lucky we were to find this beautiful house! It looks exactly as pictured and had so much wonderful space for our family of four. We rented this house for 7 days and used it as our base to visit many wonderful places. It is in a great location and we enjoyed shopping for groceries in Atenas and enjoyed all of the wonderful fruit stands nearby.

From start to finish, working with Liz and Judd couldn't have been easier. They answered all of our questions promptly. Leticia was so kind and helpful and always a phone call away.

We had so many wonderful adventures but our 2 favorite were zip lining in Arenal and whitewater rafting down the Pacuare river. Absolutely beautiful scenery and just enough challenging rapids. Thanks Judd for the suggestion.

We were all sad when we had to leave but we all agreed that our goal is to make it back to Costa Rica someday and hopefully get to stay in this house again.

Thank You Liz and Judd !

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debbie, We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us. Great to hear you went on the white water trip, it's one of our favorite things to do. Liz and I are at the house this week and we're amazed at how much our garden has grown since our last visit. Hope you come back soon. Best Judd and Liz
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  • 5 of 5

My family had the good fortune to stay here for two weeks, and it was also the site of our daughter's wedding! The pergola overlooking the valley & mountains was the perfect place to exchange vows! It quickly felt like home. The community alone was very welcoming. I don't have enough words to describe how beautiful the property is with lush gardens, rolling rain clouds and Toucan's in the driveway. The way the indoor and outdoors merged couldn't be better. The property manager, Leticia, was great. We called her for one minor item and she promptly arranged for someone to fix it quickly. We can't wait until we have the opportunity to visit again, it was a wonderful two weeks.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dayton, Ohio

Our second visits - and we LOVE it still!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to the Picaflora villa and it was everything remembered and more. The newly added casita that cantilevers over the verdant valley below is stunning and just makes this unique villa even more special, with a fabulous open-air outdoor shower, large bathroom, and completely private balcony for sitting. The house is well maintained by a gregarious staff and managed by Leticia, who goes out of her way to make things easy and welcoming. We had Heidi, the housekeeper, cook a meal for us and it was not only delicious but there was so much food, we had leftovers for the next day. We drank in the fresh air, the sweet sounds of the birds, and the incredibly lush and abundant gardens for a full two weeks and loved every minute of it. The villa is well equipped with everything you need to enjoy yourself. The gourmet kitchen is easy to navigate and well stocked with flatware and an assortment of dinnerware on which to serve a nice meal. The house is villa sits atop a ridge that allows for terrific mountain breezes to pass through and keep the temperature throughout the villa and grounds perfect. The Balinese architecture and unique design that the owners created while planning and building the house makes this a gem that stands out from the many places we’ve stayed in our world travels. The villa, the valley, the town of Atenas just beckons us back for relaxation and communing with the lush flora and fauna of the Central Valley. The farmer’s market is not to be missed and we even discovered some new restaurants on this trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liz and I are so thrilled that you and your family enjoyed your stay so much the second time around! We are so glad that you like the improvements we have made and appreciate our home and area the way that we dos well. Thank you for taking the time to write such a beautifully descriptive review of your experience - we'll see you back soon!
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A beautiful gated compound on a mountain ridge with fantastic views, breezes and privacy

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Bali House. Modeled on traditional Indonesian architecture with tall, airy ceilings; this is a large main building "great room" with modern kitchen and expansive dining/family area for relaxing and socializing; and three separate private bedroom/bath bungalows attached to the main house with covered walkways and patios; anchored by the pool in the middle courtyard. Exceptionally clean and well maintained. Pleasant breezes sweep up the canyons...perfect for relaxing and sleeping. A wonderful, restful spot to relax all day long.....or to return to after day tripping to the beaches, parks, high mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes. This is a gated community and the Bali House property also has its own separate electric security gate...we felt very secure. Bali house is served by an exceptionally friendly and responsive team available by phone to plan regional cuisine home cooked meals if you want them, or for any questions about the area or the property. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Car: recommended

Volcanoes, mountains, orchids, coffee fields, agriculture, non tourist location, surfing, wildlife, fishing, farms, farmer's market, shopping, restaurants, waterfalls, bird watching.


Rates & Availability

Atenas Villa Rental Rates

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2017 high season
Jan 7 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Once the home is inspected after departure and any extra charges are assessed (should that apply) the client will be informed of any balances due. The remainder monies (or full damage deposit) will then be promptly returned within 14 days of departure. These rates may be different for long term stays.
Saturday Check in /Check-out is preferred.
We reserve the right to change rates at anytime.

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Atenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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