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Private Villa in Horse Ranch Outside of La Fortuna

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

The Villa looks out on horse pastures and misty mountains. Fresh soft breezes cool the generous kitchen/dining area. Lush gardens are all around you, emitting night scents and day scents that leave you smiling. Pick fresh fruit from the citric orchard and squeeze your breakfast juice. All the soft noises of animals -- from toucans to horse hooves, the water buffalo’s soft braying, and the baaa of sheep remind you that you are connected to the earth, the soil, the farm.

You are as quiet and private and isolated as you want. Or wander down to the stables - play with the pets, feed some animals, or watch the horses in training. Horses are available for riding (additional cost). The ATV's are fun, too. And if you wish to see the world from above, we operate the only hot air balloon in Central America.

Turn off your villa lights and walk barefoot from your garden door to the pool after sunset. Or warm up the Jacuzzi. The night sky is spectacular when there is no artificial lights around you. You'd almost believe electricity had not been discovered. You'll discover what we call our 'velvet nights'.

Keywords: farm house, villa, casita, house

More Details

Esteban Elizondo
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

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 Alajuela

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.


Quesada Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(111 traveler reviews)

Private Villa in Horse Ranch Outside of La Fortuna
average rating of 4.9819818 based on 111 reviews

Wonderful Family Experience! Pura Vida!

  • 5 of 5

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:

Copy and paste link. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home away from home getaway

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Peaceful Villa!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay! You will not be disappointed!

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted at the airport by a wonderful young man, Alonso, who drove us to our Villa and was a great host since Esteban was away during our 5 night stay. The villa is beautiful and peaceful and all of the arrangements that Esteban had made for us regarding the vehicle rental as well as his recommendations for the rest of our visit to Costa Rica were spot on. While I have been to Costa Rica several times in the past and have loved the country since my first visit, this was my husband's first visit and I wanted to be sure that he enjoyed the country as well. Thanks to Esteban, Alonso and the beautiful ranch, he certainly did.. he is now hooked too! We will definitely return, hopefully when Esteban is there too so we can do the balloon ride as my husband is a pilot (airplane) and therefore loves anything that involves being in the air!!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the most beautiful places I have ever been!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed five nights at La Finca Villa Helliconia. Monica greated us like members of there family. The living area is opened to the wild and made the experience even more natural. Esteban came to see us the following day to give his advice on adventurous activities for our family of five. Also note that he had helped us with the rental of our vehicule providing a special rate with his coorporate account. My kids loved to visit the many horses at La Centaura when the sun came up in the morning. They also appreciated the in ground pool that was seconds away. We really felt at home and didn't want to leave when the time came. We extremely suggest this location to anyone who wants to live the REAL Costa Rica environment and ambiance.

Regards, the Doré family, xoxo

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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ATV, Rapelling, Canopy, Float trips, Canyoneering, natural hot springs, Hot Air Ballooning


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