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Beautiful Luxury Villa and Private Casita with Panoramic Ocean Views

Nosara, Costa Rica
  • House3200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

If you want to get away from it all, yet have access to everything, Casa Largo is the place. Nestled among monkeys and parrots on the mountaintop above the quaint fishing village of Garza, Costa Rica, the villa is the perfect retreat for couples, or small family seeking seclusion and relaxation. While home, sit under the comfortable shade of our wrap-around porch and enjoy the breathtaking view of Playa Guiones. Do yoga, read, nap, watch birds, swim in a gorgeous infinity pool, or soak in the luxury, jungle jacuzzi. In the evenings, grill and dine al fresco, watch the sunset, and linger in one of the rocking chairs or couch under the stars. When you want to get out, just drive to one of the many restaurants just two to six miles away in Garza, Esperanza and Nosara. If you like the beach, Playa Garza is just five minutes down the hill and the popular surfing beach, Playa Guiones, is just 20 minutes away. Samara Beach and Playa Carillo are only thirty- minutes south.

There are many activities that can be booked in Nosara including deep-sea fishing, surf lessons, monkey tours, river tours, horseback riding, canopy tours, and turtle tours on Ostional Beach. But if you are like us, you will find that you have everything you need right here on the hill. If you need to work and stay connected to the world, we also have Claro satellite TV and Internet access (4 Mbps).

The house is large, with cathedral ceilings and screened-in windows for ventilation. Together with the wrap-around porch, the house stays very cool. Although there is an air conditioning unit in the private casita, we rarely use it. This is the perfect house for a couple or couples, or a small family with adult kids. We do not recommend the home for small children due to the openness with the pool and nature. There is also a gourmet kitchen with all amenities. If rugged luxury is your cup of tea, then this is the place for you.

For people interested in mind/body wellness, the area is one the Blue Zone's in the world, featured by National Geographic. A Blue Zone is a region of the world where people commonly live past 100 due to the area's healthy environment and living styles. The Nosara area is also home to the Blue Spirit Retreat Center, affiliated with New York's Omega Center, and the Nosara Yoga Institute. The home is an easy (ten-minute) driving distance of both of these places and offers a peaceful setting to return home to after classes.

Organic vegetables and meats are available on weekends at the farmer's market.

Owner

Stephen

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few hours
Speaks:
english
Calendar last updated:
Jan 23, 2018
Why Stephen chose Canton of Nicoya

The home is located in Garza, which is about 6 miles south of Guiones beach, so if you want to be within walking (200 meters) of the ocean, this home is not for you. However, please note, homes near the water tend not to have cool breezes or vistas of the ocean. They also have more mosquitoes and during dry season/high season, you will be inundated with dust from the dirt roads. I owned property in Nosara, but the dust was too much, and so we moved to the Vista Royal community in the hills above Playa Garza ... overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Vista Royal is an exclusive development with 10 homes in a gated community with multiple levels of soft-security. The community overlooks Playa Guiones and/or Playa home is near Blue Spirit (~3 miles), Nosara Yoga Institute (~5 miles), and the center of Guiones (about 6 miles). The home overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is ~1.5 miles from Garza beach and 5 miles from Nosara beaches.

What makes this House unique

The home is semi-eco friendly with gravity fed water but water pressure is not an issue, and solar hot a problem for showers, etc., but excessive clouds will result in lower water temperatures. In addition, we get wonderful ocean/jungle breezes and only have air conditioning in the room that is detached from the main house (casita) for those who cannot do without, although we rarely use it. We are amazed at how few mosquitoes and other annoying bugs are up here and it is not problem keeping the doors open in the evening. We have a newly constructed jacuzzi (again, solar heated), and can sleep 6 in three bedrooms (master has a CA-King, the other room has two full-sized beds that can be combined to form a King, and the other bedroom is 20 feet detached from the main house and has a Queen bed). In addition to a wrap-around veranda with many seating options, there are two terraces: a solarium and a shade deck--both overlooking the canopies and ocean.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, with full bath
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, with full bath
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, with bath and outdoor shower and air conditioning
      • The two master bedrooms are spacious with cathedral ceilings, each with private baths. The third bedroom is in a separate, private casita/bungalow. It has a very 'open' feeling, with large doors that open up to the pool and view. There is also a private deck over the jungle for sunning or dining privately. The Casita is also air-conditioned, although we rarely use it as evenings are pleasant on top of the mountain. There is also a writing desk and a comfy chair for reading.

      Bathrooms

      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Full 1
        toilet, shower
      • Full 2
        toilet, shower
      • Full 3
        toilet, shower
      • Half 1
        toilet
      • Bathrooms are spacious. The casita features an outdoor shower.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          Beautiful panoramic view of Playa Guiones in Nosara. Also partial view of Playa Garza.
        • Mountain
          Property is at the top of the hill, flanked by lush jungle and wildlife and ocean views
        • Mountain View
          View of San Juan mountains over the jungle
        • Near The Ocean
          Beautiful panoramic view of Playa Guiones in Nosara. Also partial view of Playa Garza.
        • Ocean View
          Panoramic ocean view and spectacular sunsets year-round
        • Oceanfront
          Beautiful panoramic view of Playa Guiones in Nosara. Also partial view of Playa Garza.
        • Rural
          dirt roads and cattle
        • Village
          Above the villages of Delicias and Playa Garza
        • Water View
          Beautiful panoramic view of Playa Guiones in Nosara. Also partial view of Playa Garza.
        • Waterfront
          Beautiful panoramic view of Playa Guiones in Nosara. Also partial view of Playa Garza.

          Theme

            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Spa

              Meals

                • Catering available

                  General

                    • Living Room
                    • Air Conditioning
                      This is provided ONLY in the Casita. Main home, which has cathedral ceilings with upper windows and ceiling fans provide good airflow, keeping the home remarkably cool
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Provided, but prefer renters utilize the clothesline.
                    • Computer Available
                    • Covered Parking
                      Covered attached garage for two vehicles
                    • Garage
                      Covered attached garage for two vehicles
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      4 Mbps download internet (Claro). Internet is 3G connected to a 6-hour battery back-up.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      High-quality linens provided.
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Mobile Phone
                    • Mosquito Magnet
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Covered attached garage for two vehicles
                    • Safe
                    • Thermos Bottle
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Towels and beach towels provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Also has a dry cycle
                    • Water Cooler
                    • Wireless Internet

                      Kitchen

                        • Ice Maker
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          American coffee maker and a European style (stovetop) moka.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          All the basics and more
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          One set of casual dishes and one of white entertaining dishes
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Kitchen
                          Large gourmet kitchen with granite countertops. An island provides a seating area for indoor eating or conversation area to chat with the chef.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          We have spices, oil and vinegar, coffee and a variety of drinks (wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages) for your arrival.
                        • Refrigerator
                          ice-maker and filtered water
                        • Stove
                          Gas stove (propane) and separate oven
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster

                          Dining

                            • Dining
                              Indoor dining includes a large table (seats 6), a small breakfast table for 2, and a kitchen island that can seat up to 4. Outdoor table, where we normally eat, can seat up-to 8.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people

                              Entertainment

                                • Radio
                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                  Internet only
                                • CD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Claro Satellite (Costa Rican service)
                                • Stereo
                                  System integrated into home and can be regulated from each room or outdoor space. Connects to iPod.
                                • Television
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library
                                  Small collection. We recommend you bring some videos of interest.

                                  Outside

                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Includes rotisserie
                                    • Balcony
                                      Two terraces, a sun and a shade, are provided with views of canopies
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Wonderful wrap-around deck keeps the house cool.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Shade terrace has a lanai and a hammock
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Winding paths lead through flowers on the front lawn. Property includes a small orchard with lime and orange trees, pineapple, avocado and banana.
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      Wrap-around veranda provides outdoor living year-round, even in rainy season. Lots of shade
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

                                      Suitability

                                        • wheelchair accessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Outdoor jacuzzi, seats 4 comfortably; solar-heated
                                            • Jacuzzi
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub
                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Infinity pool with waterfall

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage
                                                • Private Chef
                                                • Staff

                                                  Attractions

                                                    • churches
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • rain forests
                                                    • reefs
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • volcano
                                                    • waterfalls

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • photography
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • shelling
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • surf fishing
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • wind-surfing

                                                                  Notes

                                                                    • A housekeeper is included twice a week. A gardener comes twice a week. A pool/spa person comes once a week. TV is Claro Satellite with local programming. Internet is 3G connected to a 6-hour battery back-up. 4-Wheel drive is recommended for local roads Eco-conscious construction with gravity-fed and solar hot water. This community has a private electronic gate and gatehouse attendees for security and convenience. A private chef can be hired on request. Starting rate $50 minimum per evening, plus the cost of groceries. Renter must organize meal preferences and make arrangements directly with chef. Great place, incredible views, and perfect for relaxing.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      7 Reviews

                                                                      Exceptional5/5

                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Extraordinary Sojourn!

                                                                      Sabrina P.

                                                                      We thoroughly enjoyed our weeklong stay at this wonderful villa. Waking up to a beautiful sunrise, savoring the spectacular views, and seeing and hearing the jungle come alive in the morning was at the top of the list. Sunsets from the infinity pool were just as amazing. While the photos are an accurate depiction of the villa, once you see and experience those views, you won’t want to leave. Anna, very pleasant housekeeper, kept the villa immaculate during our stay. The villa had everything we could possibly want; well-appointed kitchen, plenty of bath and beach towels, beach chairs, comfortable beds. Outside on the porch, there were inviting lounge chairs and a hammock to relax in with a good book. There is no AC in the main house (there is AC in the casita), however, the fans provided all of the sleeping breeze that we needed. Pololo, the gardener, keeps the grounds looking beautiful, and patiently answered many of our questions about the native flora of the area. We enjoyed our privacy and felt very safe in the home.

                                                                      Stephen, the owner, is very responsive and helpful. With his suggestions, we were able to do a little planning before we arrived. His restaurant reviews were great, and the recommendation for a fishing experience with Juri of Nosara Sea Saw Tours was spot on. The canopy tour with Miss Sky was exhilarating! He truly thinks of everything so that you don’t have to.

                                                                      As others have mentioned, you will need a vehicle to explore the area, and get you to the beaches. The roads are not paved (yet). Playa Garza, Guiones and Pelada each have their own charm whether you are interested in surf or sun (check out the blowhole). We found fresh veggies, fruits and meats at the markets in Garza and Nosara. Stephen also connected us with Luis and wife, Patricia, who cooked us a tasty fish and lobster dinner. We never turned the TV on the entire time, and the Wi-Fi suited our needs just fine. What a sublime place to make a lasting memory!

                                                                      Fabulous experience!

                                                                      Leigh L.

                                                                      Let me begin by saying that this is a gorgeous home and it's even more beautiful than the photos suggest. It was super-clean, well-appointed, and extremely comfortable. Six of us (3 couples) shared the home for a two-week vacation, our first time in the country. One definitely needs a car, as it is too far to walk to the beach, but there are so many beautiful places to explore, that one would want to have a car anyway (4-wheel drive recommended!) We walked on the Garza beach every morning as the fishing boats shoved off and enjoyed drinks and dinner at the Garza Lounge on several occasions. There is a large grocery store 30 minutes away but smaller markets are close by if you want to pick up essentials for cooking at home, which we did a lot of. Right in the heart of the little village of Garza is Pescataria Alexis, one of the best fish markets you could ever hope to find. Even folks in other towns referred us to this place to buy fresh fish. Don't let the simple appearance of the building dissuade you!

                                                                      Stephen, the owner of the villa, was extremely helpful to us both before and during our stay in his home. He responded quickly to my questions and to issues that arose while we were there. One of the greatest assets of this place is the housekeeper Anna, who speaks English beautifully and was a delightful and helpful presence when she was at the house. It was she who facilitated the repair of the freezer which malfunctioned during our stay, and I was grateful for her help since my command of Spanish is nada. We did utilize the services of a local woman recommended by Stephen who cooked dinner for us on a couple of evenings, but mostly we preferred doing the cooking ourselves. There is also an amazing massage therapist who lives just down the hill from the villa who is a friend of Stephen's, so if that has any appeal, be sure to ask him for her contact info. The TV channels in English are limited and the Wi-fi modem had to be rebooted quite often, but they both worked just fine when needed.

                                                                      We found using a GPS for the trip to and from San Jose to be a blessing, and if your knowledge of Spanish is limited or rusty, download the app Google Translate before you arrive.

                                                                      All in all, our days were filled with exploration, often of an adventurous nature, and it was lovely to return to such a beautiful, peaceful, and quiet home. We loved it!

                                                                      Awe-inspiring Views

                                                                      Spectacular home with stunning views - Simple home design but very functional and comfortable. All "reviews" are accurate in the description of the home (wow, what a view!) and attentiveness by the owner, Stephen (very responsive to emails...super fast). The home has more kitchen "stuff" than we have back in the States (we found an authentic Wok to use and an ice cream maker...we kept that quiet from the kids)

                                                                      My 2 teenage children fully enjoyed the pool and solar-heated jacuzzi and they loved watching the monkeys play in the trees. My wife and I especially enjoyed the quietness of having morning coffee on the covered terrace (in rocking chairs nonetheless) and a glass (or two) of wine on the sun terrace to view the heavens at night. The main home does not have a/c, but it wasn't needed. The ceiling fans with smaller bed-side fans (if needed) were plenty to keep us cool and very comfortable at night. Very happy we chose his home over all the others, especially the homes near the beach. Stephen was spot-on about the dust and heat in Nosara town. If you want Sunset / Ocean Views + no dust + cool breezes + beautiful home, then book this home, you will not be disappointed.

                                                                      Wow!!

                                                                      Christy F.

                                                                      What a perfect spot to spend a week in Costa Rica. My two college aged sons and I loved this house. It had everything you could possibly want and more. Every day we looked forward to getting back to the house at sunset so we could take a dip in our gorgeous pool and relax in the rocking chairs and hammocks to see the beautiful views of the sun setting and the stars appearing over head. The house was spacious and private and had lots of wildlife to hear and watch. The cool breeze at night made sleeping with the doors open a great way to sleep. Stephen and his staff were great throughout the entire process and our private chef Luis was amazing ( definitely recommend using him at least once during your stay). Stephen did a great job with providing directions and tips on things to do during our stay. We can't wait to get back to this wonderful place on the hill!!

                                                                      Spacious and Relaxing - highly recommend

                                                                      DianeCheshire, CT

                                                                      My family of five stayed at this house for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year's. We were so relieved when we arrived and the house was even nicer than the photographs! We have stayed at some very beautiful resorts and this was just as nice, probably nicer. It was spacious and so relaxing. My husband and I thought we would stay in the casita, but we opted for the king size bed and let our two teenagers split the time in the casita (perfect for late sleepers). Luis and Patricia, who cooked for us, were amazing. The food was fresh and delicious (and plentiful) and it was so luxurious to come home at the end of a long day in the sun and salt and have dinner right at the house. Lovely people. We zip lined, rode horses, paddle boarded, surfed and just chilled out. Internet was spotty but it made for better family time, so we were fine with it. It always worked, it just didn't always work for 5 of us at the same time. I highly recommend this property, as long as you don't mind driving to the beach rather than walking. It was one of our best vacations!

                                                                      Perfect Vacation - Perfect House

                                                                      Amy D.-

                                                                      I stayed at this home in for a week with my 2 sons ages 13 and 16 and we had the best week imaginable. The house is luxurious, spacious, immaculate, and the living spaces inside and out were perfection....whether rocking on the porch, swinging in the hammock, swimming in the pool, napping in the porch shade, gazing at the night sky and stars, nothing about it could be better. The area was amazing - Playa Garza exceeded all expectations and we walked it every morning and evening. Surfing on Guiones beach in Nosara and various day trips were a plus. We have so many happy memories and Stephen and Karen were wonderful and helpful. If you are considering this house - go for it!

                                                                      Location

                                                                      Nosara, Costa Rica

                                                                      Other Activities: turtles, quads, yoga, ziplining, monkeys, ultralight flying

                                                                      Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Cancellation before the 60th day prior to the rental period, Lessee(s) receives full refund, including security/damage deposit. Cancellation on or after the 59th day prior to the rental period, the Lessee(s) forfeits the initial 50% payment, but receives, in-full, the security/damage deposit. Cancellation 14 days prior, Lessee(s) forfeits 80% of the total price, but receives deposit in full.

                                                                      $400avg/night
                                                                      7 Reviews
                                                                      Exceptional 5/5
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