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Gorgeous Mountain Paradise with Privacy, View and Pool!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


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.

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

About Liz

Liz and judd are freelance creatives (food stylist and photographer) based out of the New York area who work for food magazines, cookbooks and advertising clients. We built our home on this spot in Atenas because of the glorious views, the wonderful climate, and convenience to the small non touristy town feel that we enjoy. We are well located near, but also far enough from, major roadways and the airport so traveling to spots throughout the country is relatively easy. We have put our heart and soul in making this house our own style and we hope and 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.

Picaflora, the name of our small community just outside of the town of Atenas was conceived as a Bali style home design partly for the beautiful architecture and also due to Bali's similar climate to Atenas. The property is set on a mountain ridge with several 100 year old trees and 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 with its own private balcony looking out at the spectacular view we love so much. The new bedroom has a private indoor/outdoor shower that enables you to watch toucans and other birds in the trees outside. There is a covered pergola for dining with a BBQ on the deck for outdoor dining under the stars.


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 1, US 3 & US 27
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.


Atenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • 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
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 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
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Gorgeous Mountain Paradise with Privacy, View and Pool!
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 70 reviews

Magnificent property and setting

  • 5 of 5

First, the pictures don’t do justice to the quality of this magnificent property.

It is really difficult to describe in simple words.

The house is located in the mountains 5 minutes from Atenas and all services (grocery, restaurants, bank, gas, etc), and is surrounded by lush and incredible vegetation, flowers, plants, pots….The scenery is magical ... One would even say that this vegetation gently envelops this remarkable property.

Upon arrival, we are conquered and charmed by the four Bali-style building pavilions (one main + 3 full bedrooms and bathrooms). All the details fully meet all our needs and have been carefully thought of, from the furniture to the lighting, the kitchen apparels, etc.

 Impeccable, gigantic and warm, we enjoyed the many relaxation areas and the splendid swimming pool.

Having breakfast every morning under the pergola was a very good way to start the day…what a view !

The atmosphere of this house as well as the breathtaking view of the mountains makes it an inevitable choice. We would have spent the rest of our lives there…You will be amazed !!




  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time. The house is beautifully decorated, the pool was clean and provided hours of entertainment, the views were breathtaking to say the least. The kitchen was comfortable to cook in and bedrooms were beautiful. Leticia was very friendly and kind. We would love to come back in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Matty, Thanks for the kind review and so glad you guys had a great time. Come back soon. Judd and Liz
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The views never get old!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Liz and Judd's house. I don't think the pictures can even describe the setting. That view would NEVER get old! The house was clean beds comfortable and it had everything one would need while traveling very far. My family ( with 3 young teens) used this house as our home base and took day trips from there. Leticia wa so extemely helpful- even drove with my husband to find an ace bandage as I twisted my ankle while we were there!

The only caution I would throw out there for others is that if you do WWR on the Pacarue- check to make sure Hwy 27 won't be closed on the way back ( we went on a Sunday and they close it in afternoon to accommodate all the beach people coming back). It's not easy to get back to Atenas without WAzE at night and traffic was horrible..

Other than that we will cherish our CR memories and would highly recommend this house to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Holiday Home

  • 4 of 5

We recently stayed at Villa Passiflora for our summer holiday. We came in late June and stayed for a full week. The house is a lovely little hideaway and the Balinese inspired design was tasteful and relaxing. The villa brought the outside in and the inside out with the sliding doors on on the main house and all bedrooms. The outdoor shower in the cottage was amazing as you could watch the cloud forest go by. The breezeway was a brilliant place for dinner. We have stayed at many villas throughout the world and I will say that the kitchen in this particular home was the most well-appointed that I have had the pleasure to cook in. I really appreciated all of the gadgets and pots/pans/platters so you could create a fantastic feast (although I did look for a decanter but possible I just didn't find it). We ate most of our dinners at the villa as it was a wonderful place to just 'be'. Plus, it gets dark quite early (6pm in June/July) so we wanted to stay put in the evening. We did yoga in the breezeway and also enjoyed massages by the pool and dinner cooked by a wonderful local chef one evening. We were lucky enough to see a toucan on property as well, really breathtaking. We had the tripod with camera and lens up and ready throughout the week and it really paid off. We had a wonderful holiday and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing week in paradise

  • 5 of 5

What a magnificent place !

Perfect location to the city for easy access while nestled in the hills outside of town. Our family could not have had a better time. The house is fantastic and the grounds immaculate. Can't wait to go back !!!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: John - We are so glad you and your family had such a great time! We can't wait to have you back. See you then :)
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $400

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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