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Panoramic Views, Bali Style, Pool-Tropical Private Area-Atenas

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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Atenas House Rental Photos and Description

The Bamboo House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This home is surrounded by tropical paradise, with maximum privacy, and has fantastic panoramic views of the mountains and valley below. Located in a gated community with one of the few heated swimming pools in the area, near the small town of Atenas which is only 30 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose. Thousands of lights across the valley come to light at night time. It is located inside a protected forestall reserve with luxurious vegetation, precious trees - like the Guanacaste (the national tree) and other flowering trees, offering a powerful mixture of colors. Wildlife is plentiful with a large variety of hummingbirds that feed daily on the flowers and Toucans.

The house has been constructed with extensive use of giant bamboo (guadua), and it is divided into two separate structures. The main structure has the large master bedroom on the 2nd floor, while the living/dining rooms, modern kitchen with all appliances are on the main floor. Within this main house there is a separate den/study room on a lower level that provides an additional relaxing area to enjoy.

The 2nd structure contains two separate bedrooms each with a private bath, and with a separate kitchenette. The main structure has a large wrap-around porch to provide separate areas with hammocks and rustic furniture for your enjoyment. This is a great area for use of the gas grill and to enjoy some meals outdoors. The lush garden area will add to your enjoyment. You can relax in our large,heated pool (solar panels) with ambient temperature that is located between the two structures.

You will enjoy visiting the town of Atenas that is known for its friendly and helpful people. Visit the outdoor market that offers delicious local fruits, vegetables, and seafood or dine in one of the various cafes to taste the local food specialties. Or just go and sit in the peaceful Central Park and visit with the locals or just watch the people go by. In addition, Atenas has been rated the best place to retire abroad by AARP has been ranked by the National Geographic Magazine as having one of the best climates in the world!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2016
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About The Owner

Hola! My Wife and I bought this beautiful house after visiting Costa Rica and plan to retire here one day. We currently live in Bermuda and enjoy travelling extensively, however, coming back to our Shangri-La in Atenas is always a delight. We hope you will enjoy our home while we are away.

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose Alajuela

We initially experienced visiting other areas of Costa Rica and later found that Atenas had more peace and tranquility with a better climate. No air conditioning or heating needed here. Atenas is more strategically located to enjoy all the things people like to do. There are many exciting places to visit on relatively short trips to the beaches, golf courses, volcanoes, tropical gardens, zoo, or just having fun exploring.

What makes this house unique

Begin each day with the sounds of different birds singing nearby like one of the many Toucans. Enjoy watching them feeding on the property. Relax around the pool or in one of our hammocks just relaxing or planning what to do. Enjoy seeing the wildlife coming to our huge Guanacaste tree at the back of our house. Go on some interesting hikes on trails near the property. Be amazed at all the interesting photos you can take to record your visit and don't forget to enjoy a cup of the locally grown coffee - it is amazing!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a wonderful retreat where you can relax and enjoy your family and friends. The house is a beautiful, well-cared for home with a gorgeous tropical garden. The birding was fabulous!! The village of Atenas is centrally located which made driving and site-seeing easy and fun.
Mar 2009
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Panoramic Views, Bali Style, Pool-Tropical Private Area-Atenas
average rating of 4.821429 based on 30 reviews
Cayman Islands

We loved Casa Blais

  • 5 of 5

Immediately upon arrival, it was obvious this was going to be an amazing vacation. The Casa itself was amazing, then the view was even better. It was so easy to feel at home here - drinking the Costa Rican coffee on the veranda, lounging in the amazing pool and enjoying sangria in the hammock.

We came here as a couple for a getaway and are already looking for dates to come back with friends.

This place had everything and Andrew and Oscar took such great care of us.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome mountain view retreat!

  • 5 of 5

When my two daughters, 18 and 21 and their two friends drove through the gate our jaws dropped. This place is gorgeous. the main house is two story - bamboo Pacific Island design. The entire second floor is the master bedroom complete with a hot tub. The guest house has two bedrooms. The landscaping is immaculate. It is about a half hour away from the airport.

If you stay in the area make sure to catch the El Toledo Coffee Tour.

I would recommend this home to any of my friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Texas family

  • 4 of 5

We loved the case Blais, the Bamboo House! It has a great Costa Rican feel inside and out. Andrew, the property manager, was excellent!! We agree with all of the other great reviews.

There are two things we assumed incorrectly from the pictures of the house: 1) The "hot tub" by the pool was hot, and it is not! It is a kiddy pool. 2) The upstairs jacuzzi was easy to use, but it is not since it fills up too slowly and the water gets cold before you can use the jets.

Everything else with the house and area was really great and we will be back for sure!

These are small things and we

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Fabulous Views, Lovey Home, Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

In April, we four friends spent a week at Casa Blais. The views, the breeze, the hammock, the wraparound porch, the pool, the birds, the iguanas, the hammock, the peace and quiet, the rocking chairs, the loungers – all was fabulous. The temperatures were perfect and not a bug in sight!

The house itself was well equipped, very clean and plenty of space for us. There was a TV room downstairs but I don’t think we ever turned on the TV – the view from the porch was all the entertainment we needed. The separate 2 bed/2 bath casita was very nice and offered additional privacy. The house is in a gated community (safe!) and has spectacular views over the valley. At night, the views were equally fabulous showing us the lights from the surrounding towns.

The location was perfect, close to San Jose (30 min) and easy for day trips. We did do an overnight road trip to Arenal – it is too far to go for a day, but we had day trips to Manual Antonio National Park and various local sites. Oscar, our driver, was amazing – he picked us up every day, we got in his comfortable van and didn’t have to think about anything. Highly recommend to have a driver and especially one as knowledgeable and personable as Oscar.

We walked into Atenas one day (20-25 minutes) for lunch. You might want to take a taxi back ($4) as its uphill all the way!!! Good restaurants in the town – check out TripAdvisor for options. We had takeout pizza the first night – that was an easy option and delicious. Everyone speaks English so it is very easy to communicate.

Did I mention the hammock??

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Peace & Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

If you are lucky enough to stay at this property, you will be transformed by the time you leave!!

If you wish peace and tranquility, beautiful surroundings, birdsong throughout the day, and a "home from home" feeling. Then this is your place!

The house is delightful, located in a secure gated community with wonderful views.

Town is a 5 minute drive away, or 20-25 minute walk if you are energetic. People are open and friendly, and if you are an English speaker you will have no problems.

I can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Ontario, Canada

A piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Pica Flora having spent the previous few months in northwestern Costa Rica on the beach. We were a bit worried about how we would like being away from the beach but I have to say this home is the best we've stayed in during our three annual winter trips to Costa Rica!

From the moment we arrived in downtown Atenas everything has been fabulous. We met Andrew and he showed us up to the house (aka our little piece of heaven). The first thing that struck us were the beautiful views of the valley. The property is lush and well laid out. The main house kitchen has everything you need for a short or long stay. The master bed is very comfortable (a huge plus in our book), and the whole house is scrupulously clean. There are views from every side of the wrap-around terrace and the view of the lights in the valley at night from the master bedroom is spectacular.

The pool is beautiful for swimming, is well maintained, and you can hear the toucans while having your morning swim.

The weekly staff looking after the house are very kind and thorough. We had a problem with a flat tire and one of the gardeners hooked us up with a garage that completed the repair while we waited!

The casita rooms are clean and quiet, with comfortable beds.

Andrew has been incredibly helpful throughout our stay, responding very quickly to any questions or concerns. He is a real asset.

Our only regret is that, due to some events back home in Canada, we have to leave earlier than planned.

We would highly recommend "The Bamboo House" for anyone wanting a luxurious getaway in a beautiful setting. Atenas is only a short taxi ride (2-3$) down the hill

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Nearest Point of Interest
Juan Santa Maria International Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Atenas, Alajuela
Nearest Point of Interest
Carara National Park
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Arenal Volcano
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Crocodile Bridge
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Jaco Beach
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Hermosa Beach
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Rates & Availability

Atenas House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Nov 3 2016 - Jan 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 14 2017 - Nov 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

$200 Security Deposit required (subject to change)

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Atenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) Tempur-top four poster bed - very comfortable! Lie in bed and look at the views. With overhead fan., Queen size Beds (1) Has tower fan, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 singles in one guest room with Tower fan
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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