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Posh Rainforest Villa Overlooking Costa Rica's Pacific Coast: Casa Buendia

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms + Office/5th bedroom, 4 Full Baths (Sleeps 8 to 10+)

Casa Buendía is where modern architecture meets the rain forest above Costa Rica´s beautiful South Pacific coast. If you are looking for a contemporary home-base from which to explore and enjoy Costa Rica´s most amazing natural assets, look no further!

Spectacular coastal and mountain views abound in this 5,000 sq ft 4 bedroom luxury hideaway, which includes a large office with private bath (converting to a 5th bedroom if needed). Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and Palapa-covered terraces beautifully contrast the clean modernistic lines of the house. The main floor surrounds a small inner garden courtyard and fountain. Large, bright fully appointed kitchen has granite counters, gas stove, and wet-bar. Adjacent dining and living rooms boast double-height vaulted ceiling, accessed from a gallery-styled passage and stunning vestibule entrance.

Sleeping Quarters on Top Floor w/ Best Views!: On the upper floor, an elevated walkway separates the swank, private master bedroom from another VIP guest suite, along with two more bedrooms, each with balconies and breathtaking views. A giant 3-car garage, laundry room and storage area comprise the lower floor below.

Uncommon Combination of Nature and Luxury: Casa Buendía is located on 2..5 acres (1 hectare) of forested land, bordered by a mountain stream on the westernmost limit, accessible via a private footpath. Toucans, howler and white faced monkeys are common attractions. Just to the south lies Ballena National Marine Park and Corcovado National Park, while Manuel Antonio National Park is a short drive away to the North. Surfing, sport-fishing, diving, hiking, birdwatching, mountain biking, horseback riding, sea and river kayaking and rafting, are just some of the activities offered in the area. Spa treatment, maid service and gourmet food preparation are available on request.

More Details

Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy

We are an American-Costa Rican couple married for over 20 years. We are world travelers and active outdoor action sports afficionados. We bought land in Dominical after falling in love with the place during surf trip getaways, back in 1998. Ten years later, we decided to build our dream house and share it with family, friends, and guests!

Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy purchased this villa in 2009

Why Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy chose Dominicalito

We are in Dominical because it offers so much to so many kinds of adventurers! We have been to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, a throughout North, Central, and South America, and we have yet to find a place that is so natural, wild, scenic, and fun. Amazing surf and lush forest waterfalls drew us in. Eventually, we discovered other options, including kayaking in the Savegre river, exploring Corcovado National Park (one of the most bio-diverse locations on the planet). It is far enough from the big cities and overbuilt tourist traps, but still close enough to make for a 2.5 hour drive on the new highway from San Jose.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(transcribed from Casa Buendia guestbook): The house is spectacular! Loved the vegetation, views and tropical rainforest. Recommend Guapil beach, kids loved to boogie and play soccer there. Juan and Glenda were super friendly and made our stay more pleasant-- loved feeling so pampered and well taken care of. Will definitely enjoy coming back to this fabulous retreat
Jan 2012
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Dominicalito Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , deluxe mstr bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , guest bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , south side upper floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , office/5th bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , front entrance
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower , adjacent to pool
  • 'Jack and Jill' bathroom used by 3rd and 4th bedrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Office - Queen futon
  • Casa Buendia can very comfortably accommodate 10 guests in bedrooms. Up to 2 additional guests can sleep on an air mattress that can be provided for the entertainment room (most appropriate for younger guests). This makes the house perfect for larger family groups up to a maximum of 12.
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Air Conditioning: Split unit in bedrooms and office, ceiling fans in rest of house (ample cross ventilation based on open architecture). Washer: Front loader high capacity energy saving unit. Dryer: Front loader high capacity energy saving unit. Linens Provided: high thread-count cotton bed linens, quality bath and pool towels provided. Off Street Parking: Next to house is space for spillover parking, convenient for additional guests/parties. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer: In space next to house at garage level. Catering Available.


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Posh Rainforest Villa Overlooking Costa Rica's Pacific Coast: Casa Buendia
average rating of 4.911111 based on 55 reviews

Beautiful Home Near Dominical

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with breathtaking views! We thouroughly enjoyed our stay! Our host way great! I highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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An ideal property for families and longer stays

  • 5 of 5

Casa Buendia was the ideal choice for our group of 5 - 3 adults and 2 children, saying in Dominical for 1 week. We wanted a house that would be conveniently located as a hub for day-trips but would also be comfortable to lounge in on days when we weren't up for a journey. We were not disappointed: the pool is well-maintained, a comfortable temperature and long enough to do laps in (rare to find). The live-in caretakers, a couple with a young child, were very helpful when we needed to find something. And the property manager, Luis, was there when we arrived and gave us a very helpful orientation to the area, including recommending the best grocery stores and restaurants. The kitchen is well appointed with every possible utensil or dish you would need for cooking. There is also a generously-sized grill on the patio. We ordered one meal while we were there - the BBQ dinner the evening that we arrived - and it was delicious, with plenty of leftovers. There are beautiful flowers and trees in the neighborhood, and the birdwatcher in our party was thrilled to have so much to observe. It's worth noting too that the house is cleverly sited with respect to the sun, so that even at the peak of midday there is always a cool, shaded area. It was a great house for a week's stay but I would also recommend it highly for a family or group looking to stay for longer and perhaps work from there. There is an office in the shady part of the house with a comfortable work station. I would also recommend it for multigenerational families with members needing different levels of activity: it is easily accessible to many adventures but also a beautiful place to sit and observe the view from the elevated location or the local flora & fauna. The high points of our trip, activity-wise, were the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Marino Ballena National Park, the Catarata Uvita, and a combination kayak/snorkel trip. The snorkeling is quite good near Marino Ballena and the water temperature was balmy in February.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A view to die for

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a week in this villa and what a week. The villa is awesome and the view well, the pictures don't do it justice. Everything you need is in this Villa. The hosts are quick to response and very helpful. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house and amazing views.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in a beautiful and clean house and breathtaking views all around. The pool was absolutely great. Very relaxing and wonderful people. Loved it.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing house, view and location

  • 4 of 5

The house is truly amazing with a grand view of the pacific. Estrella, Luis and the caretaking couple was all very kindly and helpfull. Our only issues related to the kitchen. Usually I would expect a luxury house such as this having a better kitchen (no dishwasher, stuck drawers, dull knives, old cooking equipment etc.)

Other than that it is highly recommendable for a large family, group of friends or alike

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Based on this helpful feedback, we have asked our caretaker to sharpen all kitchen knives. We will also review all other kitchen equipment and make upgrades in the near future. Really appreciate this feedback! As for installing a dishwasher, most guests (including the owners when we stay) do not mind hand washing, given the rain forest location and availability of housekeeping help. However, we may revisit our present "eco-friendly" approach, if we receive dishwasher requests from other guests going forward.
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Absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This house is absolutely spectacular! We were 8 people. 4 adults and 3 twenty something year-olds and a teen. Plenty of room for everyone.the view in the morning is amazing and un forgettable. We were in the pool every morning by 6 am. We arranged to have breakfast every morning. Amazing every morning.The home care takers will do absolutely anything for you and they are a delight! If renting a car, a four wheel drive is highly recommend!! We would totally book here again! We will highly recommend to everyone!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We greatly appreciate this positive feedback, especially the notes of appreciation about our caretakers. We place a lot of emphasis on customer service and satisfaction-- it is nice to know that our caretakers are making our clients feel at home at Casa Buendia!
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Car: recommended

Casa Buendia is located in a private and exclusive area known as Escaleras, South of Dominical, and North of Uvita. We chose this location for many reasons. Amazing surf and lush forest waterfalls drew us in. Eventually, we discovered other options, including kayaking in the Savegre river, exploring Corcovado National Park (one of the most bio-diverse locations on the planet), whale watching in the nearby Ballena Marine National Park, or just relaxing on the property, where a jungle brook passes on one side, while the sound of breaking waves filters in from another. Casa Buendia is far enough from the big cities and overbuilt tourist traps, but still close enough to make for a 2.5 hour drive from San Jose.

If you are looking for an adventurous vacation and a chance to enjoy all the best that Costa Rica has to offer, consider doing it in comfort and style-- Casa Buendia is a cut above the rest, in every way you can imagine!

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $150
Cleaning fee $110

The security deposit during the Envision festival is $1000 and we reserve the right to terminate the lease agreement should the guests not abide by the rules of the contract.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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