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Villa Heliconia in Horse Ranch Outside of La Fortuna

La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Villa
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Two bedroom villa overlooking pasture fields, mountains and Platanar Volcano.

Master bedroom with 1 king size bed, private bathroom, private terrace with rocking chairs and hammocks.

Master bathroom has a bathtub with a view of pastures, mountains and Platanar Volcano.

The second bedroom has 1 queen size bed and option to add a single bed or a bunk bed (only for two kids under 12).

Private bathroom and private terrace with rocking chairs and hammocks.

Up to 5 adults or 4 adults and 2 kids.

Open air kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee maker, all dishes and cooking utensils.

Dining area and lounging furniture is on the deck.

Air Conditioned bedrooms.

Wireless internet.

Safety Box in each bedroom.

Flat Screen TV with Satellite Service in the Master Bedroom

Keywords: farm house, villa, casita, house


Esteban Elizondo

Member Since 2010
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english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Esteban Elizondo

Monica and Esteban. We are both Costarrican, originally from Cartago. We moved here escaping from the noise and the fast life of the city. We found paradise and a great place to develop our passion... Horses. We run a horse farm and an adventure company that includes the only Hot Air Ballooning operation in Central America. We strive to give our guests a sense of traditional Costa Rica country hospitality. Our farm has spectacular horses, from fiery stallions to placid draft horses, and our soft stepping Pasofinos. We have an assortment of pets -- from a Dachshund to a water buffalo, and a pet pig that sleeps with the horses, plus several sheep that share dinner with our mares. And our three kids. the heart of our life in our farm. Centaura Farm is a lot like Charlotte's web. Our farm has an old-fashioned soul with very modern ideas of comfort. Our goal is that you leave us with huge regret - and that you will be back soon.

Esteban Elizondo purchased this Villa in 2010

Why Esteban Elizondo chose San Carlos

Our farm is only 20 minutes from Fortuna (the base of fiery Arenal volcano) yet borders on wilderness, rivers and forests where we ride horses and ATV's and hike without the press of tourism. Bird watching and playing in hot springs, swimming in crystalline waters -- all nearby and all private for you. Plus hot springs and belching Arenal volcano only 20 minutes away. It is a great place to raise our family.

What makes this Villa unique

Peace, tranquility and the earthiness of a working horse farm. So far away from the crowds and the noise, yet 20 minutes from the tourist Mecca of Fortuna, and Arenal volcano.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Hot Tub
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
        • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)


        • 2 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Mountain View


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Outdoor Grill

                                        Pool / Spa

                                          • Communal Pool
                                          • Shared Hot Tub

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Car Available
                                              • Massage


                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • zoo

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • paddle boating
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hot air ballooning
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • spelunking
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting
                                                              • wind-surfing


                                                                  • Jacuzzi

                                                                    114 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Beautiful spot!

                                                                    Sara Y.Bellingham, WA

                                                                    I found the place to be more beautiful than expected. The house and grounds are kept impeccably well, the staff are very friendly and Esteban provided a huge amount of useful information for our stay there as well as for the rest of our trip.

                                                                    Magical stay that exceeded our expectations!

                                                                    Alexa A.

                                                                    We arrived based on a friends reccomendation and couldn't have been more pleased. We are a family of four with two teenagers. We are an active family and enjoyed relaxing in our well appointed Casita as well getting out and experiencing incredible excursions. The Casita was comfortable, private and equipped with all modern conveniences. The surroundings are absolutely beautiful. Esteban was extremely helpful and coordinted our activities. He took the time to understand our family's preferences. He does not steer you wrong. We couldn't have been more pleased with the amazing activities that felt one of a kind and not overridden with tourists. We especially enjoyed the river rafting, horseback riding and ATV ride to the magical hot springs. We highly reccomend these outings but would defer to Estaban's suggestions for your family. You will experience a very special Costa Rica.

                                                                    Thank you Esteban and team!

                                                                    Wonderful Family Experience! Pura Vida!

                                                                    Stephanie C.

                                                                    Where do we begin? We went down for Spring Break with our 3 kids(11,9 & 5) and we had a blast. We stayed in Villa Heliconia and we loved the setup with the kitchen and living area being out in the open and the two bedrooms on each opposite side. The balcony provided a great view of the mountains in the background with the horses grazing in the pasture. The AC worked really well, since it was really nice and warm down there. There was so much to do on the property for the kids starting with the pool and moving on to some hiking that we did on the property. The kids also enjoyed seeing the stables where the horses were kept and even helped in feeding the horses. Esteban and his staff were wonderful and very attentive to all of our needs! Esteban even helped us out with the car rental, which we greatly appreciated. Driving from San Jose was an adventure in itself, but we finally made it to our destination and were very impressed by our villa.

                                                                    We ended up doing the ATV tour and horseback riding tours, which we highly recommend. The great thing about these tours is that it ends up being a private family tour. We hate going on group tours with a bunch of people that we do not know. The tours were at our own pace and the ATV tour ends with us reaching the hot springs and relaxing in them for about and hour. Our tour guide Alonzo was very good with the kids and provided us with some very fun tours. We drove thru the pineapple plantations and got to see how they are cultivated. The horseback riding was a wonderful experience for our kids that had never been on horses before. The horses were really good with the kids and my 5 year old even had his own horse! We even got to eat some fresh fruit straight off the trees! We ended up leaving from here to Jaco so I'm really glad that we did the horseback and ATV tours here where we really got to enjoy ourselves as a family.

                                                                    The location was great and we got to also see how the sugar cane is cut and carried away when we went on the ATV tour. We were able to cook breakfast there at the villa and there are plenty of local stores nearby that have everything that you would need to cook yourself some meals.

                                                                    Spend some time here away the hustle and bustle of the big cities with your family if you want to find a place to relax and still have some stuff to do. Plus the attention that you will receive is first class! Here's a short video of our stay: https://youtu.be/mARqk3eLxBE

                                                                    Copy and paste link. Pura Vida!

                                                                    Perfect home away from home getaway

                                                                    Jennifer M.

                                                                    Our family of 4 - including two teenage boys (ages 12 & 16) - had a wonderful stay at La Finca. The villa was perfect with a large kitchen, sitting area, with two air conditioned bedrooms and two bathrooms. We enjoyed waking up everyday to a beautiful sunrise, mountain view, horses in the pasture, birds singing in the trees, and our daily visit from the family dogs - Milo and Gitana (a definite highlight of our trip). We cooked breakfast every morning before starting our day. The onsite pool is relaxing and clean. The pool table at the stable was a hit with the boys. We enjoyed exploring the property and visiting with the horses, chickens, and pig. The entire staff is extremely friendly and helpful. We felt like we were staying with friends. We enjoyed a horseback riding trip and ATV tour with Danny as our guide - both were available onsite at this property. We'll add reviews for both activities, but we highly recommend both. They were highlights of our trip to Costa Rica. La Fortuna is only a 30 minute drive from the property. Here we we enjoyed views of the Arenal Volcano, touring the hanging bridges park, and authentic food and fun souvenir shopping in the down town area. Esteban setup our first night of accommodations (to avoid a closed bridged and long trip to his property) and also arranged for us to be picked up by Alonso, who led us on a private tour to the Poas Volcano (with excellent views of the crater) and waterfalls at Peace Lodge before driving us to La Finca. Esteban also made all of the arrangements for our rental car (and even loaned us his GPS) during our entire visit (great rate and easy rental). We couldn't be more pleased. Esteban, Alonso, Danny, and his entire staff do not disappoint. Book now -- you will be glad you did!

                                                                    Beautiful and Peaceful Villa!

                                                                    Alison Y.Anchorage

                                                                    Our family of 3 stayed at the villa for our first 4 nights and had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed our stay here and we keep talking about how beautiful it was to wake up each morning with the birds singing and being able to watch the horses grazing nearby. It's an open villa with only the bedrooms closed off to the outside. The bedrooms have air conditioning to keep the temperature cool for sleeping or when you just needed to cool down. The villa was well kept and very clean. It was even cleaned daily which was a great plus for us.

                                                                    Working with Esteban was great and he was very patient with us while booking the property. He helped us with arranging our car rental which we're very grateful for! He also arranged an ATV tour with one of his guides which was also a great experience! The staff were very friendly and even helped us with washing our daughter's clothing one day when she got car sick.

                                                                    When we were first looking at this property we were concerned about the distance to the touristic spots but it looked so beautiful to not stay here and we booked it. Once we were there those concerns were quickly lifted and it we found it nice to be outside of those areas. The villa was so quiet and peaceful and we were able to birdwatch right from the open living space which was so amazing. The villa is in a secure location behind a locked gate. It was nice to not have to worry about our car although we never had any issues with theft on our trip. There are grocery stores nearby that should have most of what you'll need for your stay. Our only one recommendation for the villa would be to put up a sign on the surrounding horse fencing that it may "zap" if touched.

                                                                    This ranch really is gorgeous and my daughter was even treated to a horse ride on grounds which she loved as well as feeding the horses. She was also excited to swim in the pool while we were there. Overall, we would highly recommend this villa and would one day love to be able to return. It was that great of a stay for us!

                                                                    Thank you!

                                                                    One of the most beautiful places I have ever been!

                                                                    Vanessa E.

                                                                    Our family of four stayed at Villa Heliconia for five nights during our two week vacation in Costa Rica. Esteban greeted us upon arrival with a big smile and a warm welcome. We were blown away by the beauty of the ranch and the villa. It is an open air villa, meaning the kitchen/dining room are essentially outside, flowing into the patio area. The two bedrooms and bathrooms are not open air which is perfect for sleeping at night (no bugs and a/c to cool you down). The view from both patios is breathtaking, truly. Probably one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. Birds of all kinds would land in the trees around us, the horses would graze in the nearby pasture, and the sun would rise directly in front of us. Magical. The pool is only steps away from the villa, solar heated, and refreshing after a day of activities. Speaking of activities, Esteban was very helpful in suggesting excursions and even booked us a couple with one of his guides, Dany. Day one we took a 3 1/2 hour horseback ride through their many acres of rain forest and open fields. My two boys (10 and 8) had never ridden a horse before and it was as easy as could be. Dany picked the perfect horses for them, gentle yet playful too. We also spent the day with Dany on an excursion to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge for a private boat tour (booked with Esteban). Dany was the perfect guide to accompany us, sharing details of Costa Rica on our drive up, helping us to spot fuzzy critters, and entertaining our boys. Villa Heliconia is in the perfect location if visiting the Arenal area, far enough away from all the tourist hustle and bustle, but close enough to get there in less than 45 minutes. At the end of our vacation, my family was talking about our favorite parts of the trip (everything we did was amazing) - we all agreed that spending five nights at Esteban's ranch was our favorite part. He and his wife Monica have created something truly special. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but to say it is blessed. I miss being there and I hope to return one day. Thank you Esteban and Monica - so glad to have met you! The Egerdahls


                                                                    La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica

                                                                    ATV, Rapelling, Canopy, Float trips, Canyoneering, natural hot springs, Hot Air Ballooning


                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    TAXES AND DAILY CLEANING INCLUDED!!!! We take VISA and Master Card

                                                                    Full refund if cancelling more than 30 days to arrival ( minus Credit Card fees, 3.5%)

                                                                    114 Reviews
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