Luxurious Villa, Private Trail, Canyon Views, Los Angeles Cloud Forest
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- Minimum stay:1-2 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
Villa Hada Escondida is a beautiful private and secluded home 15 minutes from San Ramon and just minutes from the road to Arenal. It is elegantly decorated with Costa Rican hardwoods, ceramic tile, original native artworks and luxurious bedding and amenities throughout. Surrounded by 180 degree pastoral mountain views of the stunning Central Valley and adjacent canyon, Villa Hada sits on a quiet country lane on the southern edge of the lush Los Angeles Cloud Forest. Our guests love when the morning and late afternoon clouds briefly enshroud the house in cloud mist in this unique ecosystem.
We enjoy an average daily high of 82F (28C) and a low of 64F (16.5C). The villa is situated on a hilltop facing east/west so you can watch the sunrise from the kitchen table and relax over a sunset that's perfectly framed by the balcony's teak timber posts. Pop your iPhone onto our dual speaker docking station and listen to your own playlist while you enjoy a morning coffee on our terrazza or balcony or spend an evening watching films on our DVD player in the sitting room.
Villa Hada is a unique family holiday home located on nearly two acres of lush rain forest and surrounded by guava and ratoncillo trees covered in epiphytes and bromeliads. Because of the humid cloud forest climate, our hibiscus hedge-enclosed garden has beautiful hydrangea and rose bushes in addition to the tropical plants you'd expect to see in Costa Rica. Our guests love the fresh guavas, bananas and plantains they can pick from our own trees.
Villa Hada Escondida has its own private rain forest nature trail which leads past our banana grove on a gently sloping zigzag path towards golden bamboo to a creek and waterfall where you'll see hummingbirds, blue morpho butterflies, tree ferns and birds of paradise. And no worries if you forgot to pack your wellies and walking stick. Villa Hada guests will find a selection of rubber wellies and bamboo walking sticks in the laundry for exploring our property.
Our proximity to the airport makes Villa Hada an excellent choice for your first or last few days in Costa Rica or for a place to totally chill out for a week. Our home is in a guarded community of European and North American expatriates. Many of our guests choose Villa Hada as place to research the San Ramon area for its affordable real estate.
Both bathrooms overlook the garden and canyon and have huge showers complete with Moen rain shower heads and plush white cotton towels. All beds feature high thread count sheets, feather down pillows and duvets, and decorative cushions and plush throws for comfort. Our colourful cotton hammocks, rocking chairs, and eucalyptus wood dining table and chairs are perfect places for birdwatching over the canyon. Art enthusiasts will love Villa Hada's collection of original artwork and paintings by the German-born La Fortuna Coco Loco Gallery owner and artist Ruth Deiseroth-Kweton and the artisan statuary by Guanacaste's indigenous Chortega indians throughout the garden.
Villa Hada's ceramic-tiled first floor features a gourmet kitchen with a stainless steel refrigerator and gas stove, a wooden trestle table with bench seating, a sitting room area with a futon, and a full-service laundry room. The downstairs bedroom has two beautiful hardwood twin beds, nightstands and armoire. A separate sink area has an elegant glass bowl basin for washing up.
Upstairs you'll find an open-beamed ceiling great room with the master bedroom's dramatic and romantic wall of ivory cotton voile curtains behind the hardwood-topped hand wrought iron railing on one side and a sitting area on the other. The sheer drapes filter the light and add privacy without blocking the gorgeous views of rolling hills through the balcony's wall of windows. The upstairs features a continuous wall of windows overlooking the canyon and has beautifully polished hardwood floors covered with colourful cotton dhurrie rugs.
The master bedroom is a cozy retreat with feather bedding, beautiful ceramic lamps and hardwood furnishings. Across from the bedroom is our cosy sitting area with a comfortable rattan settee, chairs and tables and decorative cushions, perfect for cuddling up with a good book after a fun day of exploring.
Villa Hada is available for monthly rental during the green season (May-November) only.
Although Villa Hada does not offer internet access, our guests can purchase a SIM card for their mobile telephone at the airport and receive data at the house. San Ramon also has several popular internet cafes.
Please note: Because the house can be difficult to find in the dark, all guests must arrange to arrive at the property before 5.00pm (17:00h) local time to receive the keys from our caretaker who will show you around the house.
Villa Hada is a strictly non-smoking home.
Wondering what the house's name means? Villa Hada Escondida means Country House of the Hidden Faerie. Our two small children love faeries and all things magical and truly believe that faeries exist, especially in their house in Costa Rica.
Member since: 2010
- 2 story
- 1500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Full size master bed with Pottery Barn high thread count sheets, down pillows and duvet and decorative cushions and throws. Vaulted wooden beamed linden wood ceiling. Romantic Pottery Barn ivory cotton voile draperies. Hardwood floors. Continuous windows along back wall with mountain views. Hardwood nightstands, beds and armoires. Ceramic lamps for reading. Open design second floor overlooks first floor. Huge ceramic tile shower with Moen rain shower head. Elegant glass bowl sink atop hardwood console with drawers. Ceramic tile bathroom floor. Hardwood floored balcony, perfect for yoga or birdwatching. Zippered canvas balcony privacy/windscreen....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Books For Adults
- CD Player
- DVD Player:
- Music Library:
- Away From It All
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Rain Forests
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
There are broad pastoral views of the Los Angeles Cloud Forest in this stunning part of the western Central Valley highlands from the back terrace and upstairs balcony and from the front Dutch door....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Biking
- Basic Soaps
- Clothes Dryer:
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
Linens for the master bedroom's full size bed and the guest bedroom's twin beds are located in the wooden armoires in each bedroom. Towels are in the rattan chest of drawers downstairs. Please not that our previous guests may have relocated linens to another drawer. ...moreless
- Living Room
- Local Maps
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Swing
- Deck / Patio
- Gated Community
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Porch / Veranda
- Porch Furniture
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Wood Deck
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $75
- Taxes Not included
Villa Hada Escondida is a pet-friendly property and we allow our Tenants to lodge in Villa Hada Escondida with pet dogs and service dogs. However, Tenants may house no pet of any kind on the premises, even temporarily, without first obtaining Landlord's written permission. A refundable $50 pet deposit is required of guests bringing pets or service animals.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Our home is a perfect choice of accommodations for a week of exploring the beautiful Central Valley or for your first or last few days in Costa Rica. Located in tranquil Los Angeles Sur, we're 15 minutes north of San Ramon and 50 minutes west of Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Staying at Villa Hada will shorten your trip up to Arenal as it's one hour closer than most Alajuela/airport accommodations and just minutes from the most scenic route to Arenal.
Driving distances/times to some of the top local attractions:
The Los Angeles Cloud Forest reserve (8 mi., 17 min.)
Butterfly Garden (9 mi., 20 min.)
Las Musas Waterfall (6.2 mi., 17 mins.)
Espiritu Santu Coffee Plantation (11.5 mi., 30 min)
Sarchi (18 mi., 35 min.)
Grecia (24 mi., 45 min.)
Zarcero (1 hour)
Poas Volcano (44 mi., 1.5 hours)
Arenal/Fortuna (103 mi., 2.5 hours)
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) (31.6 mi., 50 min.)
Monteverde Cloud Forest (65 mi., 2.5 hours)
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: We live in Hong Kong having lived in Edinburgh, Scotland before that. and stay at Villa Hada at least one month a year. We've been traveling to Costa Rica since 1999 and love the Central Valley. We've both lived, worked and traveled to more than 45 countries and all 50 states but Villa Hada is our favorite place on earth. I am a figure skating coach and former professional ice show skater and my husband works for an international health care company. Our two small children and small dog, Matilda, love to play in Villa Hada's 'secret garden'. I love English gardening and have designed Villa Hada Escondida's garden to look like an English garden complete with hibiscus hedgerows, hydrangea and rose bushes and a wee bougainvillea-covered pergola. We add to our garden on every visit and our fantastic caretaker keeps it all looking amazing. We are bilingual and bought our home in Los Angeles Sur so our children could grow up immersed in the beautiful Costa Rican culture.
Why the Owner Chose Angeles Sur, Costa Rica:
Los Angeles Sur has the perfect climate with temperatures ranging from 65-85F and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. We love the western Central Valley for its kind people, simple lifestyle, spectacular mountain views and twisty roads that are fun to drive on. Our top 10+ favorite activities/excursions from Villa Hada are: The weekly farmer's market in San Ramon near the University of Costa Rica where you can buy local fruits, vegetables and flowers for a fraction of the price in North America or Europe. 15 mins. away. Birdwatching from our balcony or terrace. Our guest library includes wildlife identification books and a log of the 45 species of birds that have been seen in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. The Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation tour, Naranjo, 25 minutes away. Our children love the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden and tour located 20 mins. north on the road to La Fortuna/Arenal. Horseback riding through the working dairy farm at the entrance of the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. The rates are reasonable and the trails rides fantastic. Yoga on our huge balcony overlooking the canyon as the cloud mist moves in. Hiking our own private rain forest nature trail to see blue morphos, hummingbirds, bromeliads and tree ferns. During the green season the waterfall is about two stories high and loud enough to hear from the balcony and the back wall of the house can be covered in butterfly chrysalis. Zip lining in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest, 15 mins. away. Take a guided day or night tour through the 6.75 miles of trails in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest where you might see a quetzal. Las Musas Waterfall and Waterpark, San Ramon, 20 mins. away. Shopping in San Ramon, a delightful little city where you'll find anything you could possibly want then wander round the beautiful church by the central plaza. 15 mins. away. Plan the next day's adventures whilst you enjoy the view from the cosy upstairs sitting room.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Villa Hada is a little hidden gem in a charming area off the beaten path but minutes away from the scenic route to Fortuna/Arenal. It's a brilliant place to relax for a few days after a long flight or to chill for a week without being far from civilisation and creature comforts. Our home is beautifully decorated with elegant furnishings, Costa Rican artwork and window treatments throughout. Our high thread count sheets, feather down pillows and duvets, decorative cushions and high quality blankets, lap rugs and bed throws are a lovely bit of comfort. Our gourmet kitchen has everything you need to make a delicious meal in the comfort of a private home. There's a great selection of guide books, novels, brochures, DVDs and CDs in the guest library. Villa Hada's private nature trail takes you the waterfall past golden bamboo and blue morpho butterflies and leads up to the adjacent canyon and dairy farm.
Villa Hada's side garden overlooks hibiscus and a banana and plantain grove.
Master bed has down bedding, high thread count sheets and a wall of sheer drapes
The upstairs sitting room is a cozy place to relax with a view of the canyon.
Upper hall looking from master bedroom towards library and sitting room.
Watch the sun rise and set right from the kitchen table.
Prepare a gourmet meal in our full-equipped kitchen.
Villa Hada's downstairs guest room overlooks guava trees and our hibiscus hedge.
Villa Hada's Zig Zag Nature Trail passes guava and banana trees to the waterfall
Some of Villa Hada's statuary by Guanacaste's indigenous Chortega indians.
Back of Villa Hada seen from across the valley.
Rainy season clouds and cows grazing in valley.
Bird of paradise seen on our own nature trail.
View of the Los Angeles Cloud Forest and canyon from the master bedroom shower.
Our sunny guest room beds are made with luxurious down pillows and duvets.
Our library is loaded with guidebooks, maps, brochures, paperbacks, CDs and DVDs
The open floor plan fills the house with light.
Our airy open floor plan makes the house bright and sunny.
Enjoy breakfast on the balcony from our eucalyptus wood dining table and chairs.
Our hammocks are a great place to spend the afternoon overlooking the canyon.
Villa Hada's side garden overlooks hibiscus and a banana and plantain grove.
The upstairs balcony is ideal for yoga. And Villa Hada is pet friendly!
The master bathroom has a glass bowl sink and spectacular canyon views.
Green roof of house seen from up the hill.
Downstairs bathroom's elegant glass bowl sink in separate washing up area.
This listing was first published here in 2010.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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