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Spectacular luxury beach villa 'Woodbox,' a once in a life experience

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Woodbox is our home in Playa Junquillal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The home was developed by a locally renowned architect and has been uniquely designed to blend into the local flora.

Upon entering the grounds you will be entering a paradise within a paradise. The tranquil rock garden leads directly to a set of glass doors into the home. The home has been designed with sweeping glass windows and doors throughout, providing plenty of sunlight in all the living areas.

The four bedrooms are set up as follows:

-Bedroom one is on the first floor of the home and has a luxurious queen-size bed. The room has its own private terrace and en-suite bathroom. (There is an additional half-bath located on the first floor)

-Bedroom two is located on the second floor of the home and it also has both a king-size bed and its own en-suite bathroom

-Bedroom three is on the second floor and has two queen-size beds. This room has its own bathroom and is ideal for either a kids room or for a group of friends!

-The master bedroom encompasses the entire third floor, along with its own en-suite bathroom and private balcony. The room is absolutely stunning and has views of the Pacific Ocean!

The first floor is a central gathering area for all members of your family or group. The gourmet kitchen has been thoughtfully laid out and includes a five-burner stove top as well as a convection oven. A special bonus is the wine refrigerator for the oenophiles! The dining area has a large, rectangular table with benches to accommodate up to ten people eating at the same time. The family area has a comfortable seating arrangement along with a 46' Sony LED/LCD flat-panel television and Samsung stereo system. Bring your iPod or IPhone to plug into the stereo!

Just off the central gathering area is another set of glass doors leading out to the pool area. The entire group will end up hanging out here, as many of your meals will be prepared on the outdoor barbeque and also because the pool is located in this area. The pool area also has an outdoor shower to for a quick rinse either before going into the pool, or after. For a quick meal, the Iguanazul is just across the street.

Across the road is the beach and the Pacific Ocean. Swimming, surfing, snorkeling are all activities which can be pursued here and more than likely there won't be anyone else around!

Recreational activities abound in Costa Rica and there are many things to do either within a short drive, or for the more adventuresome the volcanoes are a few hours drive away. Please contact us for tours, atv rides, zip lines, and horseback riding.

Keywords: Playa Junquillal,Tamarindo,Guanacaste,Playa Negra,Playa Blanca,Liberia,Luxury home,ocean,inclusive,family,surfing,zip lines,bicycle riding,horseback riding,fishing,snorkeling,boogie boards

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Michael Mettler
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Michael Mettler

We are an active family who has enjoyed travelling to Costa Rica for many years. We have worked in the hospitality industry for our entire careers and understand what our guests want when travelling to this very special part of the world.

Michael Mettler purchased this house in 2012

Why Michael Mettler chose Cantón Santa Cruz

We have had a dream for many years to own a home in Costa Rica. After many visits to different parts of the country, we landed on this very special home on Costa Rica's Gold Coast. The home is far enough away from everything that you feel like you are getting away from it all, yet there are amenities within a short walk or drive from the home.

What makes this house unique

Our home is the ideal location for an unforgettable vacation in Costa Rica. World-class (famous!) surfing is only steps away. Fishing, horseback riding, ATV riding, mountain biking, surfing, SUP, kayaks, and zip lines are a short drive away. Hiking are right outside the doors of the home. The Pacific Ocean is steps away and world-class surfing spots are located all around the home.


Cantón Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , En-suite bathroom for queen suite/1st floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Expansive master bathroom with private balcony on 3rd floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , En-suite bathroom for king suite/2nd floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom for double-bedded queen room
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower located next to the pool
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , Located to the side of the family room on the 1st floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , The master suite is located on the third floor of the villa.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Comfortably sleeps 4 adults/2nd floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Queen suite located on the 1st floor
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull-out queen sleeper/sofa
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , King suite located on the 2nd floor
  • King size beds (3) Two of the bedrooms include king beds, each room with it's own en-suite bathroom, Queen size Beds (2) One room has two queen beds, ideal for kids or friends and the room also has it's own en-suite bathroom. The ground floor suite has a queen-sized bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa with pull-out queen bed is located in the large gathering room in the main part of the home. There is a half-bath located in this part of the home.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
A locally renowned architect who designed the home has taken special care to develop an eco-friendly yet very modern home. The home is designed much differently than other local houses, having a brighter, more open feel. Our home is designed to be family-friendly, with one room having two queen beds and a pull-out sofa in the main gathering space on the first floor of the home. The home has been equipped with surfboards, snorkeling gear and bicycles to use during your stay. An outdoor shower is available to rinse off after a day of surfing or relaxing at the beach!


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Spectacular luxury beach villa 'Woodbox,' a once in a life experience
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 21 reviews

Amazing House in the Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Woodbox from January 28 to February 4, 2017. The house is set up perfectly for our party of 8 (4 couples), and there was even room to add a few more. With 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms every couple had their own place to sleep and own bathroom for the week. It made it really easy on everyone to not have to worry about sharing space. The staff keeps the entire three stories in clean, top notch shape. The pool and grounds outside are kept to resort level standards. The pool was cleaned every morning and if there was even a leaf out of place, the gardener was on top of it. We experienced some windy conditions that were blowing the patio furniture cushions around and the gardener was very clever in how he zip-tied them to the furniture to prevent the constant need to chase cushions.

The Kitchen has everything you need (pots, pans, dishes, blender, coffee maker, etc.) to make your own meals if you would like and there is plenty of refrigerator/freezer space. And if you need anything, Fabrice the house manager is always just a few minutes away to help. He arranged in-house massages and the release of baby sea turtles for our group and they were two highlights of the trip. The location of the home makes it ideal for relaxation and adventure. The house is about 30 minutes from Tamarindo and Santa Cruz – so you can easily visit the larger cities without having to deal with the crowds and busyness of tourists, commerce, etc. You are not bothered by anyone in the area and you are within 10 minutes of five different Pacific beaches and surfing (two that are within walking distance from the house). The local restaurants in the area have excellent food so if you don’t want to cook, no problem.

This is our second time staying in this house (also Nov. 2014), and after each visit I would not hesitate to recommend this location to anyone considering a stay in Costa Rica. You cannot go wrong with a home that comes fully furnished (including surf boards, boogie boards, snorkel gear), has that attention to detail when it comes to cleanliness and the grounds and is perfectly situated to enjoy the beach, zip-lining or whatever additional Costa Rican adventure you may want to experience.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place, but Not Very Safe...

  • 1 of 5

We stayed at the Woodbox for five nights in late June/early July 2017. Although the place was very nice, our stay was ruined by a break-in to the property on the first night.

We arrived in the afternoon and were shown around the place by one of the property managers. The home has a fence surrounding the property, although it is not particularly high in places. We really liked the home and amenities. While being shown around we asked the property manager whether we should lock our things up while we are out (we had done so at another property we had stayed at in Costa Rica). She responded that "Well, I don't even lock home here in Junquillal, it is a very safe place". There is an alarm on the home, but no instructions were given for its use, and given the confidence of the property manager, we didn't even think to press for having it turned on.

The first night (actually around 4 AM), someone broke the kitchen window, and went through all of our things on the main floor (we were sleeping upstairs behind closed doors). They took over $1000 in cash plus three laptops, a messenger bag and two pairs of expensive headphones. Fortunately they were careful to leave our passports and credit cards, so we did not become completely stranded.

The property manager was helpful the next day when we told him what had happened. He set up the alarm system and had a board placed over the broken window. But our stay had already been ruined and we slept uncomfortably for the next four nights. When I suggested that the owner might want to compensate us in some way, he offered to buy us dinner, which seemed meager compensation for our loss.

We also had to spend the better part of a day in Santa Cruz to get a police report so that we could get at least some compensation from our homeowners.

We were told that there was a private security guard that patrolled the home (along with two other properties in the area). Unfortunately he didn't see anything. There were also cameras in place around the outside of the home, but we were told that they wouldn't pick up the thief even though one of them was pointing straight at the kitchen window.

For anyone considering staying at the Woodbox in the future: lock up your stuff in the safe (I would suggest this even when you are sleeping) and make sure that they give you instructions on how to use the alarm.

We did feel fortunate that we didn't hear the thief and go downstairs as that could have ended something even more dire...

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave: We are sorry for your loss. Thank you for the feedback and additional information about what transpired. In the five years we have owned our Costa Rica home, neither we nor any of our previous guests have experienced anything like your loss. As you mentioned, we have built in various levels of preventive measures to ensure incidents like this do not occur. There are also additional levels of precautions built into the home which were not mentioned or utilized. We hope the behavior of one person does not tarnish your image of an otherwise wonderful country. Hopefully you'll give Costa Rica another opportunity to shine and we certainly would like to see you back. Michael and Laura Mettler
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Family vacation 2017

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful for our family of 8. We even got to see howler monkeys in the trees at the house! Loved it!!

We enjoyed:

*endless hours in the pool

*the river boat cruise - got to see white faced monkeys, crocodiles, & the lunch was fabulous!

*zip lining - the guides were fun & made you feel secure. My 85 year old mother loved it!

*Camille & Pascal's cooking was perfect for the first night we arrived plus the breakfast package. We had them come back to make us a delicious dinner along with a birthday treat for my mom's 85th bday. Really enjoyed their cooking & their company.

Fabrice organized everything from tours to shuttle to & from the airport. Everyone he set us up with was very curious, on time, spoke good English.

The only thing that would have made it a little better would have been to know up front what we had to pay for in cash. We expected to pay for a lot of above with credit card & would have been better prepared if we knew before coming how much cash was going to be needed.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cheryl: Thank you for choosing Casa Woodbox as your family home during your trip to Costa Rica! It sounds like everyone had a great time, including your mom! We hope to see you back soon. Michael and Laura
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Beautiful home and location!

  • 5 of 5

The Woodbox is awesome! Three families stayed with four kids and we enjoyed each day. The beach is nearby and the snorkeling was great. Fabrice was kind and helpful and even hooked up the house with new beach chairs. We would have loved to stay even longer but, alas, responsibility called us home.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation home! Would love to return..fantastic spot and great pool...lots of room ........

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your beautiful vacation home ....We enjoyed every minute of it..Perfect location and great space for 2 families. We loved having Matteo help us with all our excursions. He was so helpful and easy to talk to! Having him to help us made our vacation so much better! He really showed us the ropes! He also invited us to watch a local soccer game! That was very entertaining as we had our young boys who play soccer with us. They were excited to watch! We also loved having the ocean so close to us...we could just walk there everyday! There is also a hotel right next door and we enjoyed eating there several times...It was called Hotel Iguanazul. There they had great food and a nice pool for the kids to swim in as we waited for our food.Also the beds here are very comfortable! That is a must for me! We will for sure be returning! Thank you for a great vacation! The memories will NOT be forgotten!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Birthday family trip

  • 4 of 5

The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because the house was not quite as well kept as in the pictures. Although the house is still beautiful, it seems in need of a little maintenance, mostly on the outside. I do, however, want to praise and compliment the concierge manager and chef! Both were very welcoming, accommodating with excellent service and manners. Fabrice, the concierge manager, was waiting at the house upon on our arrival and continued to connect with us throughout the week to ensure we had everything we needed and were set for our activities. He even handled a potential problem quickly and calmly. It was so refreshing to know he was just a call away, if we needed anything at all. Camille and Pascal, the chefs, were also wonderful and the food was delicious! They even made a beautiful cake for my daughter's birthday. I highly recommend hiring them for a meal or two while your stay at Wood Box.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Betsy: Thank you for choosing Casa Woodbox for your Costa Rica vacation! I saw your comments about exterior maintenance and have sent you a note under separate cover requesting detailed information so that any issues can be addressed immediately. Thank you for notifying us of your concerns. Thank you, again, for staying at Casa Woodbox and for the feedback. We hope to see you back soon. Michael and Laura Mettler
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Liberia (Daniel Oduber Quirós International)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Hacienda Pinilla
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
928 in Junquillal and 928 in Paraiso
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Playa Blanca
Car: recommended

Wildlife abounds in this part of the country!! Howler monkeys travel through this area in the evening hours. Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Playa Junquillal September - March. Many types of exotic birds nest in this area. Other types of activities are available, including tours of the country, zip lines, horseback riding, atv's, and restaurants/nightlife are a thirty minute jaunt to Tamarindo. There are also secret gems in the area, including local 'sodas' and full-service restaurants serving everything from wonderful local Tico meals to unbelievable (one of the best meals we have ever experienced!) continental cuisine.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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