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Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property


If you are looking to enjoy Costa Rica at its fullest, be close to town and yet private, Quinta Colina Paula is your ticket. This private retreat features 20 acres of beautiful land with 2 rivers, orchards with native fruit, a generous home (master bedroom, king size bed, with onsuite bath, second bedroom with 2 full beds, 3rd bedroom with single pullout bed and a shared full bathroom in between, 3 wrap around porches, private pool), uninterrupted views of the mountain and volcano ranges, an abundance of wildlife (toucans and over 20 different species of birds)

To meet all of your needs and to provide you with an exquisite, stress free vacation, we provide TOURS, CAR RENTAL SERVICE, GROCERY SHOPPING ETC. by our Property Managers Piet and Yvon Asma, who speak English fluently,

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Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, dutch, Welsh
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 8, 2017


My name is Tonia and I am Belgian. I would call myself a world traveler and nature lover. Colina Paula was purchased as a raw piece of land and transformed over the years to a private retreat. It has always been a labor of love and this place continues to be my paradise out of all places I own or have visited. Here is where my batteries get charged and I find peace. So will you.

TONIA purchased this house in 2008

Why TONIA chose Alajuela

I visited Costa Rica by chance 15 years ago. It felt like home. My son and I searched for one month to find a property in the mountains where no ac was needed, where we could retreat and be happy. At the urge of my son, I looked at this proerty as it is so close to town. It took years to create to what I call my piece of Costa Rican heaven.

What makes this house unique

The days here start of with an orchestra of all native bird singing and the sun smiling upon the mountains in the distance. Our Costa Rican coffee we have on any of the 3 porches on the comfortable seating of hammocks. Then follows a walk on the 20 acres property or a meditation or bird watching or a dip in the pool. So much to enjoy and so little time. When here, you may not want to leave as everything is right here. The house is homy, luxurious yet kind to the beautiful environment.

Guestbook comments from the manager

A Week in Paradise!

Review Submitted: January 27, 2010 Date of Stay: January 2010

From the minute Tonia answered my request for info, I knew that our visit to this beautiful home just outside of Atenas was going to be a great experience. Having never been to Costa Rica, my friends and I wanted to rent a home which would allow us to be centrally located. We wanted to be able to get into town easily, enjoy a pool at the home, take day trips to volcanoes, parks, and beaches around the country, have access to someone who could escort us to the best sites, and to stay in a comfortable home. Colina Paula fit the bill perfectly. Tonia was incredibly helpful arranging for a driver to pick us up at the SanJose Airport, even suggesting to him (and to us via email) that he stop at a 'supermercado' so that we could purchase groceries and spirits before heading to her home. Arriving at Colina Paula, we found the website photos to be entirely accurate but still not able to capture the natural beauty of the tree/tropical plant/pasture-covered property. The house itself is most aptly described as classy and comfortable; the woodworking has been done by a master craftsman. Laid out for optimal views of gorgeous mountains and volcanoes in the distance and cross-breezes to enjoy in the house or on the wrap-around patio, the house is in an ideal location to enjoy cooking dinner on the huge gas grill, sipping coffee on the patio, swimming in the immaculately maintained pool steps from the house, and relaxing. Tonia's care for the house carries over to her care for her guests, having suggested and arranged for us to contact Walter, a tour van owner, to take us on incredible day trips that allowed. While we loved spending our mornings on the patio over breakfast we made in the well stocked kitchen, we were just as eager to wander into town feeling like Atenas natives, enjoy a massage on the beach, or try a challenging zipline. We sadly said goodbye but we will surely return.
Dec 2009
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Atenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , onsuite with double sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 2 sinks
  • bathroom 1: double sinks, tub and shower, toilet. bathroom 2: double sinks, shower and toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Private retreat, ideal for families, birdwatchers, nature lovers and seekers of nature and tranquility


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.928571 based on 31 reviews

Fabulous in every respect!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with our parents (in their 80's) just stayed there for 2 wonderful weeks. We can't say enough about the house, the owner Tonia and her property managers Piet and Yvon. They all went above and beyond. We were picked up at the airport on Christmas Day and Piet answered all of our questions

We wouldn't think twice about renting the property again.

Atenas is away from the crowds and commercialism which is what we wanted. We enjoyed the pool every day and night and walked the property to see the beauty of Costa Rica. We did several side trips, to the coffee plantation, Poas, La Paz, Manuel Antonio and La Carrera.

The house was very comfortable and up to date with everything to make your stay enjoyable. Would recommend it to anyone wanting a quiet stay.

We can't thank Tonia enough for letting us rent her house and for Piet and Yvon on making it so comfortable. Bravo to all of you and keep up the good work.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenville, SC

Escape from reality

  • 5 of 5

Great location to venture out from and explore. Loved the house, nicely updated. Plenty of room for our party of 5. Definitely on my favorites list!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic villa

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the house, the garden and the service. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sunny Place to Relax

  • 4 of 5

We (two couples in our seventies) have just returned from a two-week stay at Colina Paula. We enjoyed the house and the pool, which are exactly as described in the listing. Lovely house with great views, beautiful master suite and well-equipped kitchen. We especially appreciated the supply of spices, and the wonderful fresh fruit that Emilio the gardener brought - bananas and oranges fresh from the garden, - so we made good use of the provided juicer for our morning OJ! Property manager!Piet was very helpful and provided great transfers to and from the airport, and Marian of Bunki Tours was a wonderful driver and tour guide for our trips to Poas volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens and even tried to get us in to the railway museum, which unfortunately was only open on weekends. As seniors, with one of us recovering from a recent knee replacement, we found the terrain around the house challenging… it is on a fairly steep hill, but we made good use of the local inexpensive taxi service for our trips to town and back. Loved the pool, and were thrilled to be lucky enough to see a pair of toucans in the garden one day.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great home away from home

  • 5 of 5

I rented this home for my family for ten days in January. It was just what we were hoping for, and the perfect size for my family of 5. We rented a car and used it as a central base to sight see throughout the country - It is within an hour or two of everything we hope the see. The weather was just perfect the entire week, and my kids spent a portion of every day in the pool. If we return to Costa Rica, we would happily stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cadillac, Michigan

A wonderful place to share time with family.

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending 10 days at Colina Paula. The location is great because you are on a very private location. The pool in large enough for kids to have plenty of room to play and swim. The property is very tropical and has lots of birds and wildlife. Morning was always welcomed by opening up all the doors and having breakfast outside on the porch; in fact during our entire visit we never ate inside the house because the outside was so inviting. After breakfast we walked to the property to enjoy the view with the two dogs that reside with the caretaker - they are so well trained and added to our time there. Every evening we would sit outside and watch two kinds of bats wing their way through the trees catching bugs (not near us). We never had any issue with bugs so we credit the bats. The home is well decorated and very comfortable. Of all the properties we have rented through VRBO, this was the best because unlike most rentals they left the spices and other such items in place. Piet, the property manager, was great to work with and made it easy for us to check in and out. The only downsides are that the driveway is steep - so be brave and stay in low gear and Atenas is repairing the water system so some evenings the water would be off for a few hours. Pretty minor stuff and it added to the experience. The house is a mile or so from town but even if you didn't have a car the taxi is cheap. There is a great Tico restaurant/bar about 400 yards down the road. We hope to stay in the home again!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
2 min driving to downtown to all restaurants
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Car: recommended


EXCELLENT FOR BIRD WATCHING!!! A large variety of bird species.


Rates & Availability

Atenas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
May 4 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Happy Holiday Season
Dec 1 2017 - May 3 2018
4 night minimum stay
Green Season 2018
May 4 2018 - Nov 30 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Damage deposit depends on length of stay.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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