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Last updated: 12/07/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:9
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Set on a hillside terrace overlooking Playas del Coco, 'Casa Holmes' has won several awards and been featured in magazines and books on Latin American architecture. Every room and bathroom has a view not to be missed. People are spellbound when they first enter the house. The house fits harmoniously on the site. The house even incorporates the granite base rock into its living spaces.

We have taken great care to provide our guests with a memorable stay. We have a resource library on the flora and fauna and culture of the region as well as pool-side reading, an infinity lap pool that overlooks Coco Bay, imported bathrobes, local organic bath products, maid service and much more. All of this just a 4 minute walk down our hill to the beach or a 12 minute walk to the center of town. The location of this retreat villa is outstanding.

About the Architect: Costa Rican architect Victor Cañas designed the house. Cañas is Costa Rica's premier architect and his renown extends throughout Latin America. He describes himself as a 'tropical modernist' and he is known for his sensitive understanding of the site. His houses combine solidity of material with a lightness and openness that create a sense of harmony with the environment. There is no excess in Casa Holmes' design and every detail feels right. Casa Holmes may be Cañas' masterpiece.




Keywords: House

Owner

Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Non Smoking Only:

    We have plenty of decks and outside space to use if you choose to smoke. Please respect our desire for a smoke free home. Thank you! ...moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Our goal was to make our home a real retreat for friends, couples and families. Because of the site of the home and its access to the outdoors with many balconies and a pool parents need to be made aware that this is probably not the place for toddlers or young children unless heavily supervised....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Main bathroom and 2nd master bedroom built to handle wheel chair access. Easy access to all the communal spaces and deck. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9

  • Master Bedroom : 1 king

    ...moreless

  • Studio Bedroom : 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Loft + Den: 1 queen, 2 double, 3 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    3 twin mattreses in the loft , 1 queen, 1 futon...moreless

  • Studio : 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Futon sofa converts to a double ...moreless

  • Master Bedroom 2 accessible: 1 king

    sink , separate porch, tv ...moreless

  • King size beds (1) in the master bedroom suite. , Queen size Beds (2) One in the 2nd smaller master bedroom which deck directly off of it and a sink vanity area in the bedroom. The other one is located in the studio bedroom area on the bottom level. , Double Beds (2) located on the base floor of the loft bedroom , Twin or Single Beds (3) There are 3 good mattresses in the loft area One mattress is located in trundle style mode under the 2nd master bedroom which has a sink vanity area included in the bedroom , Baby Cribs (1) Full size crib , Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Although our property and house orientation is focussed on optimal access of ocean views and capitalizes on the natural stone behind it we have also invested in creating mini gardens with themes of bromeliads, cacti, kitchen herbs, etc. The lighting at night highlights these if you are out about enjoying all the local activities during the day. In keeping with our goal we are constantly improving Casa Holmes. We just recently put a salt water filter system in our pool. We can attest it is a better healthier experience. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    We have a great variety of books, identifying cards, on the flora and fauna of the region. Also we have binoculars for watching the birds from our deck. Fictional books are also available. ...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Volcano
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    Literally 3 minute walk to beach. The relatively new beach path to town has shade trees lining it which is a nice option at times when the sun is intense. ...moreless

  • Beach View:

    Two beach clubs within easy walking distance of Casa Holmes ...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Playas del Coco beach has its own charm with a small waterfall at the end near Casa Holmes in the rainy season. We also have several other fun beaches close by including Ocotal, Cacique,and Hermosa. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Coastal range of small mountains surround us. Watching the bird wild life from our deck is a popular activity. ...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    We do not get the salt water air but do get the wonderful sounds of waves. ...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    View cant be beat. There is an intimacy and also a sense of being removed that gives the privacy and interest that many of us crave. ...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Several of the best boat charters go out of Playas del Coco. Location couldn't be better. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Playas del Coco has all the amenities one needs. Great grocery stores, variety of restaurants, pharmacies etc. including a clinic, ambulance service and a doctor who can make house calls. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    In all bedrooms. Additionally we have ceiling fans in all of the rooms including fans in 2 of the bathrooms. ...moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    For a minimum fee we offer a portable phone. Our goal is to make your vacation as stress free as possible. ...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    We have beach towels too. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    After much research we shipped down LGs largest capacity top rated stackable washer dryer unit. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wifi internet available to our guests. ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    With advance warning a caterer can be hired....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    My husband is the chef in the family. I believe we have one of the best equipped kitchens including a vitamix. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    We have worked to create a well equipped kitchen. There is nothing like preparing a beautiful meal while being able to be part of the group and still take in the view. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    (4) additional patio areas outside of sleeping spaces. ...moreless

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio:

    large communal area for eating, looking over the bay, and next to infinity pool . ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool:

    New salt water system put in. It feels fabulous and is a healthier way to go. ...moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    (2) One in the main master bedroom suite . The other is located off of the 2nd master bedroom but also can be accessed through the loft bedroom too. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season Thru Christmas
Nov 13 - Dec 16, 2016
2 night min stay
$650 $680
Fri, Sat, Sun
$3,950

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest

Christmas/New Year
Dec 17 - Jan 7, 2017
7 night min stay

$6,950

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

High Season
Jan 8 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$650 $680
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$550 $595
Fri, Sat, Sun
$3,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning $90
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Owner $135
  • Management Orientation $200

Notes:

If you are quoting with children, please quote them as an adult as we do charge the same for both. Current rate system is not set up to charge for children so you will get an incorrect quote

Please note Christmas and New Years rate are for groups up to 6 with an additional charge of $40 a day for more guests. If people leave or arrive on the actual holiday an additional $200 is charged by managers.

All housekeeping services included.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Liberia (LIR)
175 Metres
Nearest Beach
Beach

4 minute walk to beach with a beach club that will rent out kayaks etc. Deep sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, sunset cruises, snorkeling/picnic trips etc. leave directly from Playas del Coco beach .

 

Owner info

About the owner: We both come from a strong background of art and beauty and have had the privilege of traveling and staying in some fabulous places. My husband, a landscape architect, and I could not pass up building our own dream home with a world class architect on a world class site. We designed Casa Holmes to be a place where our own family would like to return to while keeping in mind what we valued as guests while visiting new places.

Why the Owner Chose Guanacaste, Costa Rica:
At the time of when we built Casa Holmes we had many sites to choose from. We choose this one because of the spectacular view with almost voyeuristic intimacy with Playas del Coco Bay while being removed enough to give our guests the privacy most of us relish. It is literally a short 3 minute walk to the beach.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The siting of Casa Holmes is extremely unique. We think its simplistic beauty creates a place to relax and reflect. Being in the landscape business locally we are continually doing things to the property to enhance our guests experience, ie kitchen herb garden, tropical gardens , and fruit trees planted. We do not pretend that Casa Holmes is perfect and yet we hope our attention to detail inside and out makes a difference to our guests experience. We want our guests to leave feeling pampered and rejuvenated from the beauty that surrounds them.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

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Photos

  • deck, pool, view of Coco Bay

    deck, pool, view of Coco Bay

  • Great communal space. View from living room to dining and kitchen area

    Great communal space. View from living room to dining and kitchen area

  • view of corridor to master bedroom

    view of corridor to master bedroom

  • master suite includes waterfall at foot of bed,  jacuzzi + indoor/outdoor shower

    master suite includes waterfall at foot of bed, jacuzzi + indoor/outdoor shower

  • Master bedroom suite

    Master bedroom suite

  • Plenty of books, nature cards, etc for those who want to learn more

    Plenty of books, nature cards, etc for those who want to learn more

  • LIVING SPACE OPENS UP TO THE COCO BAY IN FRONT

    LIVING SPACE OPENS UP TO THE COCO BAY IN FRONT

  • WATCHING SUNSETS ON THE DECK IS OFTEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF EXPERIENCE HERE

    WATCHING SUNSETS ON THE DECK IS OFTEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF EXPERIENCE HERE

  • looking across deck and pool to master bedroom suite

    looking across deck and pool to master bedroom suite

  • outdoor kitchen garden

    outdoor kitchen garden

  • back view of Casa Holmes with granite hill behind

    back view of Casa Holmes with granite hill behind

  • house design allows for personal retreat and private decks with views

    house design allows for personal retreat and private decks with views

  • ocean and water sports are literally 5 minutes away

    ocean and water sports are literally 5 minutes away

  • Layout gives space for everyone with outodoor access for all bedrooms and studio

    Layout gives space for everyone with outodoor access for all bedrooms and studio

  • jacuzzi tub with his and her sinks

    jacuzzi tub with his and her sinks

  • loft  room with two doubles and 3 singles in the loft.

    loft room with two doubles and 3 singles in the loft.

  • close up of watefall off of Master bedroom suite.

    close up of watefall off of Master bedroom suite.

  • COCO BAY STILL MAINTAINS ITS PAST OF BEING A FISHING VILLAGE.

    COCO BAY STILL MAINTAINS ITS PAST OF BEING A FISHING VILLAGE.

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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