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Your 5 Star Positively Private Paradise -

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + 3 Baths

This Amazing Country Villa can be your very own Private Paradise where you can come and enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer. The property is set high on a hill top, surrounded by coffee plantations and cattle ranches, offering peace, tranquility, and spectacular views of San Jose and the Central Valley, both night and day. Ask about the use of our FREE Garmin GPS with Costa Rica maps when you sign up for a minimum one week stay. ($100 CASH deposit required upon arrival - CASH refunded upon departure).

The house has 5 spacious bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 5000 square feet of living space on two acres of tropical landscaped very private gardens. The house easily sleeps up to 10 people, making it perfect for large families or groups to share those special moments of a once in a lifetime vacation.

Casa Doughty is also very 'Pet Friendly'. The entire grounds are enclosed so if you bring your pet they will have the run of the 2 acres. The Courtyard between the two wings is also another contained area with plenty of grass for them to enjoy! Pets are welcome! There is a flat pet fee of $50 for each stay. Animals in the house must be crated when left alone.

Throughout the home the rooms are spacious and airy with high ceilings. Built to USA standards, our house has all the comforts of back home. Some of the many features of the property include: 47 inch HD LCD TV with International cable with HBO, Cinemax, CNN, ESPN, as well as many Spanish networks, Wi-Fi high speed Internet, swimming pool that is surrounded by tropical landscape for your privacy, covered Rancho complete with outdoor seating, a dining table and chairs, and a large stainless-steel BBQ propane gas grill.

Stretching the entire front of the house, you will find a wide “rocking chair” front porch that is perfect for having your morning coffee, watching the sunrise, or enjoying evening cocktails while you view the Central Valley city lights in the distance.

Atenas has spring like conditions all year round. The daytime highs are in the 80’s and the lows at night are in the 60’s. The two master suites have air conditioning and all the rooms have ceiling fans. There is always a nice breeze and the temperature is mild so you rarely need air conditioning.

Our multi-lingual Property Managers, Piet and Yvonne, live nearby and can be reached by phone to help with any questions that might arise during your stay. They will do everything possible to make your stay a success. They also offer a wide range of custom tours, and they also offer a fee-based transportation service from the SJO Airport if you notify them ahead of time.

Be sure to ask for your FREE copy of our very own Central Valley Insider's Guide that we have produced and can send to you via email. It provides some general information about Costa Rica, tells you about some of our favorite popular Atenas Restaurants, and of course a list and description of many Central Valley nearby attractions.

Since Casa Doughty is centrally located, there are many attractions within driving distance so it is very easy to take day sightseeing trips. (Ask about assistance with transportation or tour guide recommendations/tips.) In the kitchen, on the breakfast bar, you will find a Welcome Notebook with helpful information about the house and a list of things to do in the area with brochures from many of the Central Valley attractions.

If you are looking for a private paradise to enjoy the sunshine and peace and quiet of our gardens you have found your getaway vacation Villa! If you have any questions, want more information, or want a copy of our FREE Central Valley Insider's Guide just email us or give us a call to 817-803-3390. Please put your phone number in the inquiry too. We are happy to call you if it makes it easier for you than emailing questions back & forth. We look forward to your inquiry!

More Details

Dianne & Steve Doughty
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Dianne & Steve Doughty

Steve and I are excited to be able to share Casa Doughty with you and your family and or friends. We chose the Atenas area because of the fabulous weather year round and its close proximity to so many great attractions. On a personal note Steve retired after working 45 plus years in the computer programming industry and Dianne retired from American Airlines having worked for the American Airlines Federal Credit Union for almost 20 years. We are now enjoying our free time by exploring more of Costa Rica and of course visiting family and friends back in the states. We really appreciate your providing your phone number when inquiring about availability so we can contact you to help answer any questions you might have about Casa Doughty. We want you to be comfortable about your choosing our home so that you will be sure to enjoy your vacation and your time in the Central Valley!

Dianne & Steve Doughty purchased this estate in 2011

Why Dianne & Steve Doughty chose Alajuela

Atenas has a great year round climate, wonderful views, and its an easy to drive to the beach or to the many attractions in the Central Valley. We think that Costa Ricans are some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. They are more than helpful and are so gracious when you might be needing assistance with directions. According to National Geographic Atenas has 'the best climate in the world'! We agree.

What makes this estate unique

You can relax in this private estate and enjoy the sun, pool, weather, wild birds, and incredible views. Because of our great location it is very easy to visit the national parks, beaches, zoos, museums or any other activities you are interested in. We are easy to find located on the highway #3 to Jaco. NO dirt roads. We can help you with directions,shopping and to schedule tours and other activities. We are in a great location with perfect weather. Remember the beaches are very hot in Costa Rica. The weather in Atenas is perfect. We are a short drive to all the major tourist sights and attractions.


Atenas Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom #1 in South wing - 1 queen , Shared bath
    Bedroom #3 in South wing - 1 queen , Shared bath
    Master Bedroom #4 with A/C in South wing - 1 queen , Master Queen bed with A/C , 32 in TV, Full Bath
    Bedroom #2 in South wing - 1 queen , Shared bath
    Master Queen Bedroom #5 in North wing - 1 queen , Master Queen bed with A/C,27 in TV,Wheelchair accessible
  • 5 Queen Beds We do have three electric blow-up twin-size EZ beds that are available.
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We also have a great team that would love to cook for you. Ask about our Chefs for hire... Come and enjoy the most friendly people and many awesome attractions that Costa Rica has to offer or just sit back and experience a much simpler way of life a much slower pace. The only thing missing at Casa Doughty is YOU!


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Your 5 Star Positively Private Paradise -
average rating of 4.8958335 based on 48 reviews
Burleson, Texas USA

Great house!

  • 5 of 5

The house and property were beautiful! Our whole family was able to stay there very comfortably. With seven children between two families you need lots of room and there was plenty. The two master bedrooms were so big that the first two night our two sons slept on blowup mattresses in our room. Our daughter was also with us in her playpen and we still had room to get around. Any questions I had were answered very quickly, and the owners and property manager were super nice! A great house and a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, private paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this home. The views are gorgeous. It is very private and feels safe. The grounds are beautiful and the pool is clean and fun for the kids! So much space!! Definitely want to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best place you could possibly stay

  • 5 of 5

We have told everyone about our amazing Costa Rican vacation in Atenas, and the BEAUTIFUL home we rented for the week. The house was spacious (the pictures don't even do it justice), the pool wonderful, the grounds magnificent, the views AMAZING... The kids loved running around on the hilly grounds, and we loved knowing the entire property was fenced in! The kitchen was extremely well-stocked (not your typical rental!) and both the grounds-keeper and the property-managers were so friendly and helpful -- we didn't want to leave!!!!! Also, this location is close to everything we wanted to do. We will be returning!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Margaret for all the lovely comments about Casa Doughty. We never get tired of hearing that the views from the property truly are AMAZING! And yes, we make sure our roomy kitchen stays well-stocked. That is because we know that is where many great memories are created when you are on vacation with family and friends. Piet and Yvonne, our property managers are also an added bonus …they are truly friendly, very helpful, and so responsive if and or when issues may arise. And since you are planning to return don’t forget that returning guests always get a 10% discount off our rental rate on your next stay!
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I have truly fallen in love

  • 5 of 5

The property more than met my expectations. It is truly purda vida. You just feel so rested and connected to nature it is a great feeling. The house is gorgeous rooms all nice size and the kitchen is huge more than enough room for multiple cooks. Thanks to Mario we had fresh fruit daily it is refreshing to make fresh squeezed orange and tangerine juice.. Even though you could occasionally hear motorcycles looking out at the property you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. It is definitely a trip worth repeating. Thanks for a great experience.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mary for your kind review about your stay at Casa Doughty! We are always glad to read that we have “ more than met our guests expectations”! Mario, our gardener, is a true gem and his sharing of the fruit off our garden trees is one of the bonuses of staying with us. So glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you and your family at Casa Doughty again.
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Casa Doughty- Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Doughty during the week of Thanksgiving, 2015. There were 7 people in our group ranging in age from 16 years to 77 years old. This place was exactly as described and perfect for our family and friends. My main concern was for the 77 year old (my mom). My mother had a slight stroke a year ago and stairs can be well as floor rugs. Casa Doughty was very easy for her to navigate, both inside and out. The grounds and pool are beautifully maintained. The inside was very clean and the kitchen was equipped with anything you may need. We ran into one slight problem regarding a car rental. However, a quick email and one phone conversation with Steve and Diane quickly had the matter resolved.

Atenas and Casa Doughty are perfectly situated for having a "home base" and having access to many other places. We visited volcanoes (Poas and Arenal), went deep sea fishing in Jaco , visited beaches (my favorite was Playa Dona Ana where we were able to feed Capacin monkeys), toured a nearby coffee plantation and enjoyed the city of Atenas. In order to do these things a rental car is a MUST. Yes, driving in Costa Rica is different from driving in the states, and usually takes longer due to road conditions, but it is hardly the nightmare some have alluded. A good GPS (usually provided by the car rental agency), a wee bit of caution and common sense are all that one needs to successfully navigate Costa Rican roads.

I would highly recommend Casa Doughty!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect fit

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful home, well managed, with all the space, views, privacy and comforts needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Several are close by...many more within 4 miles
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Playa Jaco
Car: recommended

There are many Ziplines in Costa Rica. Our favorite has been the Adventureland Zip-Line Canopy tour over 11 Waterfalls with 25 platforms. There are also many choices for white water rafting through out Costa Rica.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Rates apply to a maximum of ten guests over the age of three. Exceptions to this policy must be in writing. Please provide a list of all the names of those who will be staying in our home with the final payment. We also have 2 electric E-Z twin size beds that are available upon request.

Rates are subject to change until confirmed with a 50% down payment. Payments accepted through our Reservation Manager system using major credit cards,or PayPal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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