Villa Las Clementinas - Private Luxury Villa, Infinty Pool, Canyon Edge Fabulous(32 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms + Luxury Queen Sleeper in Den, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
Impeccable, Romantic, Luxurious and Private Compound - Architectural Masterpiece, Exclusive Enclave in Costa Rica's Coffee Country - Located on the grounds of an old Coffee and Orange Plantation in the Central Valley (Finca la Esperanza)
- Infinity pool with hot tub (complete privacy and seclusion)
- Chef's kitchen with extensive herb garden
- Indoor and outdoor showers
- 20-ft vaulted wood ceilings with teak hardwood and terra cotta tile floors
- Custom designed and locally built furniture
- Luxury bedding and mattresses
- High-speed wireless internet Apple TV and U.S. Dish Network TV
- Wireless stereo system that can play music from your iPod or iPhone
- Well stocked game and book library
- Gated community with international residents
- Close enough for day trips to beach, volcanoes, zip lining, white water rafting, hot air balloon trips, waterfall hikes, etc.
Villa Las Clementinas is truly one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and well-built homes and has one of the most gorgeous views in all of Central America. Perched high on the edge of one of the region's largest and most beautiful private canyons, through which the Rio Grande River flows, our home is a very magnificent private retreat. Here you can watch the clouds form and rise up into the sky, sometimes wafting through the house. The entire home is built to maximize the views of the canyon and unbelievable vistas can be seen from each room. The views are unmatched and your stay here is certainly something you will never forget!
Newly renovated in 2014, this 3 bedroom beautiful luxury villa is just 45 minutes outside of the booming metropolis of Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose, but is a world away from “that” hustle and bustle and just twenty minutes from the San Jose International Airport (airport code is SJO). Rental car recommended but not necessary. You do not need a 4WD to access our property or to drive around locally but in your exploring the country, it is certainly helpful. See note below about special rental car accommodations be have negotiated.
Designed and custom built in 2007 by internationally acclaimed architect Édgar Brenes, founder of the School of Architecture at the University of San Jose, Villa Las Clementinas was designed to complement the natural beauty of the local surroundings and to harmoniously blend into the ethereal outdoor canyon-scape that is our back yard.
This luxury home features amazing 20+ feet high vaulted wooden ceilings throughout and has a magnificently unbelievable front door that is 18 feet tall. Teak hardwood floors and terra cotta tiles are featured throughout the home, all made of locally sourced materials and crafted with impeccable quality. Each of the rooms in the home has canyon views and outdoor patios and decks with glass and screened doors, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings from both inside and out. The corridor to the bedrooms is constructed of screened in zacate pavers and allows the canyon breezes to flow throughout the home, heating and cooling the home as needed. It is simply magical!
Note: The climate in our region is such that air conditioning is never needed (and nobody in the Central Valley has it). Daily average temperature averages 80 F and nights are 68 F, cooler at night in winter months. There are also multiple ceiling fans throughout the home. The house maintains a very comfortable ambient temperature and in all of our time there, I have never been hot. I can provide references to this if you are concerned that the lack of air conditioning makes the home an uncomfortable temperature.
The house is built around a gorgeously landscaped wood and stone back yard area with an infinity pool that features a hot tub that was constructed from stones from the river that runs below through the canyon.
Outdoor and indoor showers, beautiful furnishings, luxury linens and top of the line American mattresses on the beds are just some of the things that make our vacation home so special.
All of our furniture was custom designed and built by local artisans from sustainable local hardwoods (teak, cinecero and guanacaste woods).
We have a large family and we love to cook and entertain. Our gourmet kitchen is well stocked with pans and utensils and whatever equipment you will need to make and enjoy a fabulous meal at home (granite countertops, European gas range, dishwasher, Kitchen Aid mixer, etc.). There is a very robust herb garden right off of the kitchen where we grow a large variety of herbs for cooking. Green markets, butchers, bakeries and grocery stores are only a fifteen-minute ride away into the town of Grecia. Private chefs available to come and do your cooking for you if you wish. Inquire with the house manager if you are interested. Prices VERY reasonable.
Each bedroom features a private porch overlooking the canyon. You can arrange with a local day spa to make a house call to give you a massage, facial or other spa services. We also have yoga teachers who will gladly come to the house to guide you in a private lesson. The cost for this is inexpensive compared to what it would cost in the United States and is an affordable vacation indulgence like no other.
The home is equipped with high-speed wireless internet, US Cell Phone reception, TV with DVD player and U.S. satellite TV reception, Apple TV, DVD library, stereo system and security system. Don't worry, you aren't completely off of the grid if you do not want to be!
Our home is a very comfortable and serene haven to relax and rejuvenate and enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty of Costa Rica. Bird watching is one of our favorite pastimes here. (Binoculars, book library and an insane variety of birds included.) This is the ideal place to come and unwind.
Whether you are looking to fly into San Jose and spend a few nights recalibrating before you venture out to explore the wonders this country has to offer, or you are just looking for the perfect place to completely relax, this gorgeous home will perfectly suit your needs.
The home is also an ideal place to use as a home base to take day trips to explore all of the wonders that Costa Rica has to offer. Our house is in great proximity to many of Costa Rica's finest and funnest activities … rainforests, volcanoes, cloud forests, zip lining, volcanic hot springs, waterfalls, white water rafting, crocodile feeding tours (☺), multiple farmer's markets.... and many other fabulous things! All of these magnificent activities are well within a day trip's reach from the house.
Our property manager is named Dan Schild, a lovely American gentleman and expat from St. Louis who will meet you at the property upon your arrival to orient you with the home, the security system, how to operate the pool and hot tub and to answer any questions that you may have. He can also give you some tips on day trips, where to go, etc. and put you in touch with our driver, personal chef, masseuses, yoga teachers, etc. Daily house cleaning available for an additional charge. Mid week cleaning is included for rentals of a week of more.
We have a driver who we recommend, Oscar, who can take you on your day trips for a very reasonable rate if you opt not to drive yourself. Dan can put you in touch with him before or during your vacation so you can make plans with him. If Oscar isn't available, his cousin Olgar is equally wonderful and will be able to drive you.
I have made arrangements with a rental car company who will give you a 10% discount off of their rates when you rent the house. They will also drop off and pick up the car at the house for no charge for rentals of one week or longer, and you can negotiate this for shorter rentals. They offer the best rates and insurance rates of all of the car rental companies in Costa Rica and this is a great added "bonus" when renting the home. A taxi to the house from the airport should run around $35 dollars. Possible to negotiate for the rental car company to drive you to house from airport and to airport from house in your rental car. They aim to please and are very easy to work with.
You can have the best of both worlds... come and relax in complete privacy and seclusion and, if you want, go off the grid for a while. Or, stay plugged in and connected with the outside world. Costa Rica has as much or as little to do as you please!
One of our favorite ways to spend the day is relaxing, sunning and reading by the pool at the house, fixing lunch in the gourmet kitchen, and then to wrap up the afternoon with a spa house call. A special treat is to sit on the porch and watch the rain showers fall and then afterwards the clouds that form in the canyon and rise up, through the house sometimes, to the sky.
We also enjoy taking day trips to the beach, volcanoes, zip lining and to some wonderful restaurants that are around, in San Jose and also in neighboring towns and on the beach. I am happy to speak with you to give you an insider’s perspective of things that are fun to do and to suggest things that you may want to include on your itinerary.
When you stay at Villa Las Clementinas, you will be in the exact locale that Travel and Leisure singled out as the 'best climate in the world'. You will rediscover what it means to be totally relaxed and rejuvenated.
Note: if you consult with me prior to your trip, I can also help you with recommendations for tours, drivers, day trips, etc. the hotel next to our gated community (Vista del Valle) is under new ownership and is for the time being closed. There are restaurants in neighboring towns of Palmares and Grecia and there is an excellent Italian restaurant called La Formata about seven minutes drive from the house.
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Member since: 2009
- 4000 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 8
- Events Allowed
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
We have games, pool toys and such available for the kids (and adults too). Bocce ball set is on the bookshelves in case you are looking for it. Please only use in the front yard..... if you use it out back and a ball rolls down the canyon, PLEASE do not attempt to retrieve it because that would be dangerous and we do not want for anybody to get hurt. :-)...moreless
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Housekeeper Optional
- Car Available
- Private Chef
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
Herb garden. Top of the line kitchen and appliances, gas oven and range, Bosch dishwasher, full sized fridge, blender, cuisinart, Kitchen Aid mixer, nice pots and pans, etc. Just like home!...moreless
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub
- Private Pool
- Housekeeper Optional
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Cleaning fee $100
- Property Damage Protection $79
RENTAL CAR: I have negotiated a 20% discount for all of our guests with one of the rental car companies, which in our opinion is the best one. Information included with booking info package I will send you upon rental. This discount covered all car types they offer and is a very nice perk!
Please inquire about last minute rates or if you have a vacation property you would like to barter, we are open to doing exchanges for other vacation homes.
All rentals of a week or longer include a mid week cleaning of the house, if desired, for each week the house is rented. For example, a two week rental would include two mid week cleaning.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Our house is located within an easy day trip to the Pacific beaches, volcanoes, zip lining, rain forest, cloud forest and a wealth of other amazing activities. We have a driver who we recommend who will take you wherever you want to go! His name is Oscar and our house manager Dan will give you his contact information.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Richard and Anne-Caroline.... we live in Atlanta and built this home as our personal hideaway in Costa Rica. We love to visit the house by ourselves to enjoy quiet time together and also love to visit the house with large groups of family and friends. We have found Costa Rica to be our own little Shangri-La and we have so enjoyed getting to know this beautiful country and its people. We have purchased land on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica (in Cahuita) and have fallen in love with the bohemian hamlets of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita. We hope to build a beach house in Cahuita sometime soon.
Why the Owner Chose Stuart Hertz, Costa Rica:
Paradise found, perfect location, the good life. We built this home on a lot we purchased on an old coffee and orange plantation that is now a gated luxury community.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Relaxation, Relaxation, Relaxation and more Relaxation. Great for entertaining, great central location for exploring Costa Rica....close to the airport in San Jose but a world apart from the city.
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The hammock is probably the best spot in the house
Pool + hot tub at night. Look closely you can see the lights of the next town.
This is where you will spend most of your time, relaxing, reading, admiring view
Open and inviting, this is a view from the living room to the kitchen...
The breakfast room, just off of kitchen, amazing view to canyon and pool area
Open air, screened corridor to bedrooms, light casts beautiful shadows on walls
Another view of master bedroom, daytime with different linens on the bed (many t
Master bathroom, shower in back, private outdoor shower courtyard off to left
"jennifer's Room" .... Private porch, private bathroom with outdoor shower, TV
Each bedroom has a private porch, where you can have massages, morning coffee
The bedroom wing of the house, looking towards the pool area
Our family at Tacobar in Jaco, the beach that is an hour away, very easy trip!
The front door stands almost 20 feet tall, it opens with the push of a finger!
The clouds rising up from the canyon... they sometimes waft thru the house!!!!
Great place to relax and drink mojito with fresh mint from kitchen herb garden
Chef's kitchen. Equipped with Kitchen Aid mixer, Cuisinart, everything you need
Living room, adjacent to kitchen and main porch/pool area, U.S. TV Dish Network
Bedrooms all have private balcony, each with own outdoor shower facing canyon
The view of the canyon and river from the porch off of the master bedroom
Private courtyard with outdoor shower off of master bedroom
"Todd's Room"... Private porch, private bathroom with outdoor shower, TV
View of the house from the edge of the infinity pool
The back of the house faces west and the sunsets are incredible.
Our kiddos and a neighbor's daughter at lunch in the town of Grecia… 15 min away
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017
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