About the property
- Villa4000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Luxury Queen Sleeper in Den, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
Villa Las Clementinas: Private and secluded vacation retreat available for rent
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.
- Must see pictures to believe and the pictures do not do our home justice.
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, 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.
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, 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.
If Oscar isn't available, his cousin Olgar is equally wonderful and will be able to drive you.
We have two chef options, one a classically trained chef (Michael) and the other a natural local chef (Sylvia) who is also a holistic masseuse and she also gives amazing in-home facials. Dan can help arrange.
I have made arrangements with a rental car company who will give you a 30% 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 $40 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.
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- May 19, 2018
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.
Owner purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Owner chose Stuart Hertz
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.
What makes this Villa unique
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.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
100 out of 5 Stars!
Luxury in a Costa Rican canyon! From the natural beauty to the pampering touches, everything about Villa Las Clementinas says, "we've done all of this for you." The care takers owned our stay as if we were family, attending to our every need and creating an impressive get-away spot. Fluffy bathrobes, a gentle percolating hot tub, the infinity pool, posh furniture, the silky swaying hammock, soft sheets, scented soaps - wherever we turned, we were made to feel loved by the details.
Nature is resplendent and dazzling. We sat outside on the deck amazed by sounds of animals, busily going about their day: song birds, howler monkeys, hawks, tiny lizards. The sun shows up early, by 5 am, and lights up the home with energy and splendor. However, the most sublime time is sunset, around 5 pm. Gradually and brilliantly, the property is bathed in soothing light which makes everyone glow. Or maybe, we radiated happiness from the inside. Probably both.
Around the community, fruit trees pop up like champagne corks on New Year's Eve, offering juicy, savory treats. This bounty is not for the miserly. Eat up. There's plenty!
I remain perplexed: why does the rating stop at 5 stars? Sometimes, like with Villa Las Clementinas, you need more than 5 stars. You need 100.
Wonderful "home base" for a Costa Rica visit
I traveled to Costa Rica with extended family for a vacation, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Las Clementinas. It is a lovely house, in a lovely spot, and we found it to be very well equipped and nicely maintained. Dan, the house manager, was very nice and quite considerate. We'd stay there again, and will recommend it to friends.
Beautiful views and comfy home!
The Villa is sited and landscaped beautifully with near 180 degree views of the valley complete with waterfalls. Beds and linens are very comfortable. Pool (not heated) and hot tub are lovely and have the same great views.
We traveled first to Arenal, then arrived at the Villa last Saturday. We stayed until Tuesday when we went to Tortuguero and returned on Thursday thru Saturday. This was a great home base for all of our adventures
We rented a car from Poas and did a day trip to Jaco without any trouble. Driving into San Jose and Alejuela are not for the faint of heart. Drivers are crazy, many tail lights are out (be careful at night), and there are lots of places where lanes merge suddenly.
There are good places to eat within a few miles. Cooking at home is a challenge --particularly good meat is not easy to find. Also, the gas stove/oven is fine, but not what you are likely used to when it comes to power and heat production.
Highly recommend this lovely home.
Did Not Want To Ever Leave!!!
My family of 9 stayed at this home for 5 days while visiting Costa Rica. Its location could not be more perfect. We were close to San Jose Airport and only 2-2 1/2 hours from all the great places to visit but this home feels like it is away from the rest of the world. Certainly this home made our Costa Rica experience even better. I still remember every morning getting up to a view I have never experienced before. It was so relaxing and serene which is exactly the way I wanted to start my days and end my nights after traveling on the road all day. I also agree with other reviews that the house is exactly what you see in the listed photos. The owner Anne-Caroline always responded to any questions I had immediately and so did her Manager Dan. The home is fully equipped with everything you can imagine. I would not hesitate to refer this home to anyone and if I returned to Costa Rica I would without hesitation rent this property again. Thanks Maria Rodriguez and family.
Little Slice of Heaven!
We loved Villa Clementinas! I wish we could have stayed a few more days! The hammock was the best spot in the house. It overlooked the mountains and you can watch the sunset from right there each afternoon. Tons of birds to listen to and see and the flowers were gorgeous. The layout of the Villa was perfect and there was always a nice breeze that came in. Thank you Dan for all your help during our stay....we so appreciate you! Please do yourself a favor and book your stay here...can't say enough great things about it!
What an absolutely beautiful place! We expected to take more day trips but ended up spending much of our week on the back deck, reading books, cooling off in the infinity pool, staring at the mountains, stargazing from the hot tub, watching toucans and iguanas, and simply utterly relaxing. We can't recommend this house more highly. GO HERE!
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.