About the property
- House3229 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
3 Acre Bali Setting, 3 Bedrooms, Ocean Views, Peace, Privacy, Nature, Beaches
If you are looking for the benefits of a modern house with a tropical flavor you have found it. This is not US tropical. It is strictly a Nicaraguan experience meant to provide the best of both worlds.Casa Roja is really a private reserve, where you get away from the city, though it is only 10 minutes away. You immerse yourself in nature, with beaches 5 minutes away and tortoise sanctuaries just down the road. Views of the ocean are everywhere. A quiet and silent retreat on almost 3 acres where the only sounds are monkeys and birds. If you want an ecological experience with all the modern necessities, then you have found it. You and the forest and a thousand plants and trees......this is what a tropical vacation is all about.
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That is why I say there is NO other home like this in the San Juan area.
View the video - see what they mean when they say "bird's eye view". With an ocean view as well as crystal clear view of Costa Rica, your eyes will never get tired of this vista. And, if they do, or the spirit moves you, head on down to Hermosa beach, just five minutes down the road.
The house was designed in an innovative style. As the photos reveal, the bedrooms are 100% separated from the main house, While you and friends can enjoy parties or conversation on the patio, anyone in the other bedrooms can have their own privacy. And, the house is only rented to one group at a time. You will never "share" Casa Roja with anyone but your family and friends. And its location is private. I mean private. You will never hear nor see your neighbors, nor will they see you, yet there are 2-3 homes less than a quarter mile away. We have a 24 hour caretaker « Luis », who lives away from the main house and will never disturb you, yet they are there to help in any way - clean, give tours of the area, keep the pool sparking and more. You will feel alone but always have them nearby. You also have a maid coming every morning to clean the house, do your beds,……
Hot days, jump in the teardrop shaped pool, big enough for 15, but at 4' average depth, safe for the kiddies as well. Early riser? Fix some Nicaraguan coffee, read on the patio and take a walk or jog in complete silence up the dirt road. Go 1 mile or 10. Bring water and sunblock so we don't have to send Luis to find you!
People email me months after they leave Casa Roja,. They still have special memories of this "Garden of Eden" .They remember the silence; the forest sounds or the monkeys howling in the distance. They remember being surrounded by plants and fruit trees and jungle. They remember that Casa Roja was not a simply a vacation rental, but rather a journey to a special place of rest, fun, and exploration.
Before I give you a more detailed description of the bedrooms and bathrooms I wanted to explain a few things about the house. You'll be in a home that is not sterile or ''made to rent''.
Part of your adventure down here is to experience a beautiful country, wonderful people, great climate, wildlife, enchanting fun city - in a rich environment. That is what you will find here. I live here because of the magic of this home and location. You will understand that after only a few days. If you are seeking peace and serenity, you have found it.
If you need an affordable 4 wheel drive car, or have some fun with a quad just ask Luis and drive away directly from « your » front door. Need a cook for authentic Nicaraguan meals; all easily arranged so you can just relax. Need a gourmet cook who will whip up any sort of meal you want (owner and chef at three well known restaurants) - no problem!!
The master suite - apart from all other buildings - has a King bed with night tables, chest of drawers and small desk for writing. The room can easily take another double bed or queen. So, toddlers, welcome. Large bathroom has huge quarried tile tub, shower - hot water even! - two granite sinks and full width mirror. TV, overhead fans and lights as well as bedside lamp provide a comfortable ambience.
The two-bedroom suite is a detached casita with bedrooms on each side of a centrally accessed bathroom. One queen bed in one room, with room for another bed and then two singles in the other room. Both rooms have drawers for clothes and either a desk or table. Again overhead lights and fans make life comfortable. Outside one bedroom french doors open to a private patio with a hammock for sleeping or reading or both. The bathroom has a three-sided glass shower with textured tile walls. A marble sink, toilet and tiled surfaces throughout complete the room.
In addition, many people enjoy sleeping in the house in the tv room/study. We add some beds and you can wake up and be the first to the coffee! Others sleep in the two-story rancho in beds or matrimonial traditional luxury hammocks. There, you experience the sounds of the jungle and the fresh air breezes as you drift to sleep.....So at Casa Roja, you have a wide variety of sleeping accommodations for the numbers and mixes of guests who stay here.
The main house has a full kitchen with granite and marble countertops throughout. Wooden cabinets with glass windows reveal all the dishes and rum and wine glasses you'll need. Fridge is normal size and can fit all you can eat and drink! It's modern and energy efficient, just remember to open and close quickly to preserve the electricity. In addition we have a wine cellar with a selection of wines. Modern gas stove and broiler, toaster, blender,..… plates, silverware, cooking dishes, about everything you need is there!
The TV room/office has a comfortable sofa and chairs as well as a desk, People use it for email (yes, wi-fi) or writing, the living room is open with sofa and 2 comfy chairs, large hand carved floor tiles with wood accent and majestic 25 foot ceiling..
The ceiling in the main house is all palm fronds, 26 feet high, (other casitas are brick tiles) beautiful, airy, gorgeous wooden beams and yes, 100% waterproof, with a large sliding glass door to the patio, say no more. The patio is where 75% of your waking life will be!! Views, sunsets, drinks, monkey howls, drinks, music, dancing, drinks, BBQ's on gas or charcoal grill and then, yes, relax and have a drink. Got the picture?
And now, with my many fruit trees blooming, if you need some fresh oranges, mandarins, lemons and soon, mangos - just talk to Luis, my caretaker, with the biggest smile and warmest heart - and he'll be glad to get you whatever fruit you need.
A recent guest said It best "It was hard to leave this beautiful home. The location of the house was perfect; close to town for groceries or activities, but just far enough so that every time we came home we felt as if we were very far away “from it all”. . Afternoons we enjoyed reading, relaxing, swimming and partaking in the local Nicaraguan Rum. After dinner, a glass of wine or a Nica Libre, music and lightening shows over Costa Rica were a spectacular end to the day.
Last thing. One night around 10 PM, after a warm day, turn out all the lights in the house. Go out to the brick patio and lie down, feel the warmth from the sun on the bricks, and then gaze at the star strewn sky above. There, you will see the Milky Way Galaxy the way you have never seen it before. After being mesmerized by the silent beauty, you wake up with a start - and suddenly realize it is 4 AM and you are still outside with only the croaking frogs as your company...
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About Giovanni Garlanda
For many years I looked for a place to semi retire. After 50 years, most of them in Europe, I followed a life long dream and moved to this beautiful country to start a new life, real life. My only regret? not having done so earlier.....
Giovanni Garlanda purchased this House in 2008
Why Giovanni Garlanda chose Municipal de Rivas
Since I set foot on the country I fell in love with Nicaragua, people are friendly and warm hearted, the country is safe, weather is Sunshine everyday, so after some trips back and forth from Europe I decided to move to Nica. As I listed Casa Rosa I fell in love with this place, this home reflects who I am and what I like - rather than being an investment. For example, it is 100% solar. Some people steer clear from solar because they are worried it won't work or they will be inconvenienced. Well, you won't be inconvenienced at all. I believe in sustainability, saving energy, giving back, and so live the values I believe in. This house and area resonate of living within these values. And, when you are here, amidst the peace and tranquillity - yet so close to the fun and entertainment of San Juan - you feel like you too will share these values. Nicaragua is now becoming quietly discovered and now this area as well. More people have seen the benefit of traveling to unique and adventurous areas, modern, but in a different world completely. Cows can be your neighbors. An oxen cart may walk by. Here you may dream of setting up an organic garden......sometimes in certain areas, but this neighborhood especially, you will feel that you have been transported to a different time and place....that's what I love about this country.
What makes this House unique
The gate swings open. You drive down a 400 ft. driveway lined by palm trees. A resort? When you arrive at the house, after a long flight, the first thing you'll do is walk out to the patio - directly in front of you - and say "wow". Yes, "wow". When you look around and then fully comprehend the detached layout of the house, you will then fully understand and smile; " Ah, this is what he meant by privacy". Sit down in one of the rocking chairs and feel the stress melt away, and, you realize you want a drink. (doesn't matter what time it is, it is always afternoon somewhere in the world) Later, hop down to Playa Hermosa just a few minutes away.. Jump in the pool. The location, the tranquility..... Many other homes have great views, pools, close to town and more. But Casa Rosa has struck a chord. Casa Roja as it all and then some: the views, being closer to the best beaches and its in a stunning locale - and has peace and quiet.
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Check-in: 11:00 AM
Check-out: 4:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Amazing views, wonderful property and terrific caretaker! Our family loved this place
This is a very unique and wonderful property that our family of four enjoyed. Two adults and two kids aged 18 and 16 loved the swimming pool, the view and the wi-fi. Luis is a friendly, kind and helpful caretaker who made sure everything was perfect during our stay. It's difficult to picture the different buildings on the property when you haven't been there before. The main building has a fully stocked kitchen including drinking water. There are two different lounging areas in this building and a bathroom. The Master Suite was gorgeous and had a king sized bed with a large bathroom. The other building had two sleeping rooms separated by a shared bathroom. There's another gazebo type building without screens a person could relax or sleep in as well. There were beach towels provided and plenty of chairs for lounging by the pool as well as a hammock to hang out in. Two birds and a very sweet dog kept us company and enhanced our stay. The location allows a person to walk a variety of different roads and trails to explore the area. We heard howler monkeys a few times but didn't see them. We walked to Playa Hermosa one day, about 3 miles and enjoyed relaxing beneath a palapa, dining and walking the beach. It's a quick ride to town and we enjoyed going there to eat. I don't mind bugs so not having screens to keep them out didn't bother me. We didn't get bit by anything so it was fine, just don't leave food out on the counters. There isn't air conditioning but it was windy and there were fans so sleeping was comfortable. This is a beautiful place and we are super happy we were able to make it a part of our vacation. The owner always responded quickly and booking was easy. We had a great time!
Thank you very much, it has been a pleasure hosting you. hope to see you back soon!
Beautiful location; issues but addressed
I like to give a very fair and honest review so hopefully my experience will be helpful. First I want to say the grounds, landscaping and location of this home is quite lovely. The pool and all of the landscaping is kept pristine and exactly as shown in the pictures. The onsite caretaker Luis was such a great help for anything we needed and you can tell he really cares about his job. Anytime we had an issue he did his best to address it.
We did have several issues with appliances not working ( oven and refrigerator). There is no microwave so heating food up except for the stove was a challenge. The smaller casita only had hot water one day we were there. The main casita is quite large and have a nice large shower with hot water everyday except for the last. The bed needs a new mattress and more than just a sheet to sleep under and decent pillows ( we took pillows off the couch in the main house to help).
I think both casita more can be done to help with bug control. It's Nicaragua so I am realistic to where we are however the small casita has major gabs in the door for bugs to make themselves cozy in bed with you and the large casita is missing screens on a few of the windows. The sheets had been upgraded in the small casita but people still want more than just a blanket to sleep with.
From a location standpoint this is an easy drive into town. Just a couple minutes on a dirt road but the rest of the way is paved. The beauty of the location is worth the short drive. The parrots that live onsite are a nice addition to the place and are quite social which is fun.
Myself and 5 friends stayed at Casa Roja in November.
The views are just incredible.
The sunsets even better.
The rooms are very nice and large.
Luis was around all the time to help us out but not at all in our space.
We loved this house.
The only thing is that you do need a car as it's a little removed from town etc. but we just hired a driver to pick us up and bring us back so it worked out really well.
Can't wait to return!
I chose the Casa Roja property for our Nicaraguan vacation because the reviews from previous guests were universally positive. I am here to add another positive review for Fred's home, and to tell you that everything you read in the other reviews is spot-on!
First off, Fred was very helpful in assisting us with arranging some logistics of the trip. Fred's friend Maria hooked us up with a driver from MGA airport to the property (about a 2 hour drive) and then also set us up with a rental SUV for the week. Everything went exactly as planned. A rental 4wd SUV is almost a necessity for the trip, unless you want to do nothing but sit by the pool for your entire trip. Nothing wrong with that, but if you want to venture out and aren't scared of driving, a rental SUV would be more convenient than relying on taxis. It's about a 15 minute drive into San Juan del Sur.
Fred also referred us to Kenny, whose staff we hired to prepare an in-house meal for our first night at the house. What a great decision that was. Kenny was already at the house cooking when we arrived in the evening, and we really enjoyed that as a kickoff to the vacation.
There is a family on-site to help with anything you may need, and to pick up after you. In our case we really never needed much help, but it's comforting to know he's there just in case!
The house is just fantastic. The pictures are certainly accurate, and I'd almost say they don't even do it proper justice. We arrived at night in darkness, so when we woke up in the morning and started exploring, it was a HOLY COW experience. So beautiful, so well maintained. Sitting on the back patio on a clear morning looking out past the pool at the green hills and the Pacific, and Costa Rica in the far distance on the horizon. It just doesn't get much better than that. Don't forget to try out the hammocks up in the stand by the main house!
If you want to cook at home, the kitchen has all the creature comforts you need. We picked up some odds and ends at a market (like coffee!!) and we were set every morning.
Finally, what the pictures don't describe is the sounds of nature surrounding you. Birds, frogs, geckos, howler monkeys in the trees. We loved it all. Everywhere you go or look there was something new to explore.
Can't wait to come back again. Hopefully I'll return to Nicaragua, if I do I will book here again without hesitation.
Fred was extremely helpful and took a lot of time to provide us with great info and suggestions on where to eat and what sights to see. We felt very safe and secure in his home and in Nicaragua. A beautiful country with wonderful and kind people.
Casa Roja is really beautiful, situated in the rain forest overlooking the ocean and mountains. The gardens are are gorgeous, everything is well maintained. It is a sacred space away from the hustle and bustle of San Juan. Hermosa beach is lovely and you have everything you need on the beach. Maria was very helpful in getting us a car and driver. Felix our driver was exceptional and we liked him so much we had him drive us several times through out our vacation.
Luis the caretaker is the true gem of the place, Casa Roja would cease to exist with out him. He is always available to assist and he lovingly looks after the guests and home. He has such a kind and joyfyl sprit.
It was an unforgettable experience and we hope to return in the near future.
This is the place.
If you are scrolling through VRBO looking for the perfect place to stay, you have just found it. There are many wonderful houses but the thing that sets this house apart is that there is love and happy spirits that are woven into the house right along with the wood and the plaster. Fred, the owner, is kind and thoughtful and is always there to answer questions or help you with any logistics you might have. His caretaker Louis, has a smile that reaches into his eyes, and you know if anything were to happen, he will make it ok. Worried about how you will get to the house from the airport? Worry no more. Fred has a wonderful and trusted friend and associate named Maria. She can take care of all your transportation needs, all it takes is a couple of emails. Really it is that easy. The trees with the red flowers…well Louis and Fred planted those from seed. Yes, it is that kind of place. It is a house that at first you can’t believe you get to stay in such a beautiful house and 24 hours later when you pull up the driveway - you say out loud, whew, so good to be home.
It is actually a jungle paradise compound, three houses behind the gate, one with the master bedroom, one with two bedrooms and a bath and then the main house with living space and the kitchen. It is a fantastic set up if you travel with night owls and early birds like I do.
Everything you need to cook at home is there for you. We liked to leave in the mornings, find the days adventure, stop by the market and come home for cocktails by the pool while the sun sets over costa rica and pull out the maps and plan for the next adventure. For dinner I would cook up platters of grilled chicken or fish or shrimp and warm tortillas, avocados and cold Tonas. Our group has night owls and early birds, with the kitchen/ living room in the main house and the bedrooms set away a bit in smaller casitas, it is the perfect solution for everyone. Make your coffee, turn on some music, wash some dishes, you won't disturb anyone.
We had our collective breath taken away and were been humbled over and over by the kindness and beauty of the Nicaraguan people.
I look at my photos and sigh. I wish there was a way I could go back, next month or next week. So from the four of us, we can’t recommend this house, these kind and generous people enough. I hope you send Fred an email. He can answer your questions and make great suggestions. You will be so glad that you did.
The house is located only about 10 minutes to San Juan and easy access to all the southern beaches. La flor where you can see the turtles laying eggs, El Coco with its long white sandy beach or Hermosa just down the road, go horseback riding at Rancho Chilamate or visit Granada, Masaya market, Ometepe Island..... The sea is beautiful and very good to fish. At Casa Roja you can rent a quad as well as an automatic 4 door Wrangler Jeep. We also offer various sea activities onboard our 19'ft bayliner from snorkeling to fishing or water sport. Let me give you more information about the beaches and the surfing in general. Playa Hermosa: five minutes to entrance, A mile long sandy bottom beach. Great for swimming, relaxing swimming. Surfing info: Multiple peaks with left and right breaks. Works best on a mid to high incoming tide. Playa San Juan del Sur: Nice view from restaurants, marginal for swimming Playa Remanso. 10 minutes from house. Nice beach to relax, considered by many to be a good “beginners wave” but it can hold a large swell depending on swell size and direction. Best known for its left point break but there are rights to be had on the north end if you’re patient – including some long rides when conditions are right. Playa Yankee Recommended for technically advanced surfers only. A hard fast wedge that you’ll either love or fear. Much less frequented. Best at medium to high tide. Will hold up to overhead waves. $4 entrance fee. Playa Coco . 15 minutes away but often a favorite for swimming and strolling on one the the most beautiful, long, white sand beach Playa Maderas is the farther north beach. Certainly the most frequented by surfers. Lots of people/surfers.The most consistently clean break in the region but also the most crowded beach. Suitable for all levels of surfing on most days. Approximately 15 minutes from town.
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There are two methods for payment. Using Paypal or Homeaway. They both accept credit cards, or with Paypal, you can pay from your account directly. For groups more than 7 there is a $25/day fee for the extra person/s only.