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5 Star Charming Private Mountain Bungalow w/Volcano View Perfect Climate Utopia

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

MountainTop Panorama, Internet WIFI, TV, Non Smoking, Temp 70s, Outdoor Grilling

Welcome to Finca Good Life!

By the way, that’s not just a name; it’s our philosophy. Living the good life is what we do everyday, and our desire is to share it with you for a few days.

But what in the world is a finca? In Spanish it means “farm.” 
We don’t have anything like a huge Texas ranch, or a vast corn field in Iowa. No, it’s not that kind of farm. Maybe you should think more about Old MacDonald’s place. But put it on a mountain-top. At 5000 feet. In Costa Rica. Now you’re getting the idea.

Yes, we have a few chickens…and geese…and guineas. They strut around striking the most delightful poses. Speaking of strutting, don’t be surprised when Ben and Jerry—the twin turkeys—run up to gobble bienvenidos (welcome.)

 We have the sweetest dairy goats you’ve ever seen. And (with a little help from me in the kitchen) they produce a wide variety of homemade, organic, artisan cheeses. From Manchego to Brie to Chevré and more, they will entrance your taste buds. 

Of course, we also have our good-natured pups. And what would a farm be without a barn cat. 

Today a lot of folks call what we do, homesteading.

We just call it the good life.

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Michele Martin
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 15, 2017

About Michele Martin

There’s something about being Native American that has always caused me to view the world in a fresh, distinctive way. Like the first time I ever saw Ray. My mother and I had just opened a dress emporium near the Snake River Canyon. (We sold dresses for $3.99!) On our way to our little boutique one bright morning we stopped to window shop at the local dime store. I saw the cutest boy inside who was carrying a huge ladder down the stairs. Suddenly he tripped and fell and that ladder was wrapped around his head. I laughed so hard. My mother said, “You’re going to marry that boy one day.” I blushed. But I was already in love, and I have been ever since.

We’ve always been adventurers. Like the time Ray came home one December—and without any previous warning said, “I just bought your Christmas present. It’s an Italian restaurant on St. Thomas.” So we loaded up two kids and stuffed everything we could into a VW van and moved to a Caribbean island.

Years later (and too many wondrous stories to tell you now) we moved back to the States. During the 57 years since I first saw him in that store window in Idaho, Ray and I have continued to follow an assortment of dreams.

I’ve been a nurse; I’ve owned an ice cream parlor. Ray worked for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. We are prize-winning Chili Cook-off winners. For years before pulling up stakes for Costa Rica, I owned a professional staffing company, and Ray was in charge of umpteen university dining services. We’ve been to all 50 states and lived in 35 different places. Why? Because Ray always said he wanted to know what was “on the other side of the mountain.”

Living on our mountain-top in tropical Costa Rica, we never need to move again, because we now can see what is on every side of the mountain—and it’s unconditional love, unquestioned acceptance, and natural beauty.

Ray calls it the meaning of life.

The Costa Ricans call it Pura Vida.

Whatever you call it, we’ve found it here, and we want to share it with you.

Michele Martin purchased this bungalow in 2009

Why Michele Martin chose Cartago

The municipality we live in is called Paraíso (paradise.) There’s not a place in Costa Rica that isn’t stunningly beautiful. But our piece of paradise is extra special.

Can you imagine looking to the right and seeing not one, but two sleeping giants? During your visit you won’t have to imagine it, you will have a view of two towering volcanos. Look a bit to the left and the sight of a charming hamlet…complete with church spires…will come into focus in the distance. Don’t forget to look over your shoulder—because there is our verdant mountain valley laid out in front of you.

Waterfalls cover the opposite summit as easily as the coffee fields blanket the hillsides. And the sky in between is dotted with the lilting Swallow-tailed Kite—one of the coolest birds on the planet. With its deeply forked tail and bold black-and-white plumage, it is unmistakable in the summer skies. Flying with barely a wingbeat and maneuvering with just a twist of its incredible tail, it chases dragonflies through the crystal blue yonder. After rearing its young in nearby treetops, the kite migrates to wintering grounds in South America.

Sound good? Well, you really have to experience it all in person.

What makes this bungalow unique

Your private cottage is just the start of what awaits you--move over Pottery Barn--the easy, tropical decor is enchanting. Should you wish to acquaint yourself with our good life in a more interactive way, the following activities are available for you—just be sure and let us know at the time of your booking so we can give you the one-on-one personal attention you deserve. 

Artisanal Cheese Tasting and Wine Lunch

Our cheese cave is always full of some mighty-tasty cheeses that are aging to perfection. We’ll choose several varieties and pair that with wine and tropical fruit for an unforgettable experience. $15 per person.

Cheesemaking Workshop

Perfect for a couple or a family. We’ll make that most famous French goat cheese: Chèvre!
 The real fun kicks into high gear when you get to design your very own flavor combinations.
 Then you’ll have it to enjoy during the rest of your stay—if you can keep from eating it all up the first day. Approximately 2 hours $12 per person.

Hands-on Homestead Sausage Making 

While we do not butcher any of our animals (they are pets and part of the Finca Good Life family) we do make homemade sausage. From links to breakfast patties, and whether you grill some up on our private smokehouse grill or just fry some up for breakfast, you’ll have the freshest and the “best-est” sausage you’ve ever eaten. Approximately 3 hours. $25 per person.

Goats 101

Meet the “girls” and have a truly “hands-on” experience as your learn to milk the goats. Also included, gathering farm fresh, organic eggs. Combine this with the cheesemaking and/or sausage making classes above and you’ll have the makings of a breakfast to tell your friends about. Talk about true farm-to-table freshness! Free.

Goats 201

Have a charmed life? You’ll think so if you visit us during kidding season—that’s when the goats are having babies. Whether you witness the miracle of birth or just play with those darling baby goats, you’ll have photos of your life. Also on the house.


Volcán Irazú
"Irazú Volcano National Park This is the most visited national park in Costa Rica and it’s ce..."
Ruinas de Ujarrás
"The Ruins of Ujarras are the site of an ancient village where the first church in Costa Rica..."
Restaurante Casa José
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El Cafe de Chumi
"This is a genuine Costa Rican soda (think Central American diner) and it’s the real McCoy. O..."
La Casona del Cafetal
"Have a meal in the middle of a coffee plantation while overlooking beautiful Lake Cachí. Co..."
Finca Cristina
"Have a personal guided tour through a real, working coffee farm with our good friends, Linda..."
Aventuras Orosi
"Breathe in the fresh Costa Rican air as you go rafting down the Grande de Orosi River for ne..."
Escalada Cachí
"The most popular spot in the entire country for rock climbing is Escalada Cachí. And lucky ..."
Private Birding Tours
"Costa Rica is a bird-watchers Shangri-La. But that doesn’t mean that only experienced “bird..."
Tapantí National Park
"Sometimes also known as the Orosi National Park, these forests are home to over 45 different..."
Orosi al Natural Spa
"Dry saunas, wet saunas with sugar scrub, swimming pool, jacuzzi, and massages—this place has..."
Irazu National Park
"This is the most visited national park in Costa Rica and it’s centered around the largest (a..."
Lankester Botanical Garden
"This is one of the world’s most renowned orchid gardens. And while orchids do often steal th..."
Duran Sanitorium Costa Rica
"Purported to be the most haunted site in all of Central America by Ghost Hunters Internation..."
Balneario De Aguas Termales De Orosi (Los Martines)
"Relax in waters from the centuries old mineral hot springs that flow throughout the region. ..."
Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles
"Not only is the architecture breath-taking inside and out, but this is the most important re..."
Mirador Orosí
"This scenic overlook has vast views of the entire Orosi Valley. You’ll see the Rio Reventazó..."
Guayabo National Monument
"Guayabo is the largest discovered archeological site in Costa Rica. These impressive ruins a..."
Casa Del soñador
"The Casa del Soñador (The Dreamer’s House) is famous for its sculptures made from coffee woo..."
Zip Line Orosi Costa Rica
"Want to go flying through the trees? There are two different canopy zip lines nearby. Just m..."
Colonial Church Orosi
"For another quick but culturally interesting stop, check out the oldest active church in Cos..."
Farmers market paraiso Costa Rica
"This is the local Farmers’ Market, but it is so much more. Besides getting a chance to see (..."
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Juan Santa Maria International Airport, San José
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Bar Robin Murray
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Casa José, Costa Rican/French Fusion
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
Jacó, Central Pacific
Car: necessary

Finca Good Life enjoys a majestic 360 degree view, which includes Volcano Irazu and Volcano Turrialba to our north and the white cliffs and waterfalls of Peñas Blancas to our south. Rainforests border the propery on the east and west. We are part of the beautiful Orosi Valley which includes the magnificent Tapanti National Park. Zip lines and white water rafting are within 20 minute drive. The Orosi Valley is abound with hot mineral pools, coffee fields and endless shades of green forests and agriculture.


Cartago Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Tropical sunlight fills the well-appointed bathroom from the large skylight overhead.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Day Bed/Twin bed with a second Twin Trundle Bed in next room
  • Deluxe King size bed Super comfy Twin beds. Here's a Costa Rican travel hint: Most Costa Rican beds are uncomfortable BUT not at Finca Good Life--you'll sleep like a dream on our posh mattresses. .
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
The Orosi Valley is Costa Rica’s secret gem. Smack dab in the middle of the country, you’ll have easy access to any other adventure you want. And with perfect climate—average daily temps in the mid 70’s—the area is perfect for adventure tours, birdwatching, other escapades with nature, or just relaxing. But be forewarned: your private, green, energy efficient bungalow in the mountains will be so seductive and comfy, you may never want to leave.


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5 Star Charming Private Mountain Bungalow w/Volcano View Perfect Climate Utopia
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

everything was beyond expectations

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Finca Good Life is breath taking. From the drive in until the time you leave you are surrounded by amazing views that seem to be constantly changing. The hosts, Michelle and Ray are wonderful people that will help you settle in quickly. They are very knowledgeable of the area and are wonderful to talk to. The goat cheese and milk were the best I have tasted. The cabina is equipped with everything you need to prepare and enjoy a great meal. There is a large comfortable bed and the sitting areas are all well situated to best enjoy the views. Just be sure to get some groceries and supplies before going up the first time. There is a peace at the top of this mountain that isn't easily achieved.. We look forward to going back!!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ray and I so enjoyed your stay and spending time with you two. You have been added to our friends and extended family list! We look forward to your return to our mountain!
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  • 5 of 5

Only have my cell phone to type, but since I first communicated with Michelle I sensed her laidback easy going approach!! We arrived the day after St. Patrick's and I asked if at my expense she could go buy some chocolates for my kids and hide them as per a family tradition and to grab us some fruit to eat. All was done and she did so graciously!!!

The place is in immaculate condition inside and out and yes the views are spectacular!! We saw many birds including 2 toucans a few times! The deck is a great place to watch for them. I walked down the hill with her dogs a couple of times and so enjoyed them and the cat. My daughter loved the goats and guinea hens!!

We loved exploring the area and highly recommend Chumi's restaurant just a short 7 min drive away. Mirta there is so lovely even with our non-existent Spanish. Saw 2 parrots in a tree there and many other birds. Also ice cream and popsicled from the tienda down from the house is cheap and worth the walk!!

So yes, loved Ray and Michelle and everything about what my daughter said was like being in heaven when the fog rolled in one morning exposing just some greenery.

If I had a computer I would go on longer but you get the idea. A great place to explore the Central Valley area. Even heard about rock climbing g and a great swimming hole in nearby Cachi one could look into. Thanks for a wonderful stay and for the great sharing of insight from such s lovely couple.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Shelly! We enjoyed having you and your kids here! The kids really miss your daughter.....they loved all her attention!
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Paradise on a mountain top

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for 3 nights in early March - my only regret was not staying longer! Michelle and Ray are very sweet people, warm, friendly, and helpful - available when you feel like talking, but otherwise busily attending their little farm. The cabin is splendid - with a view of the Salamanca' Mountains and the villages down in the valley south, with very comfortable furniture and bed, and a nice kitchen! Walk out the front door and you look north to 2 volcanos! Really a spectacular place, with a ton of birds and wildlife (and I do mean wild!).And the farm has goats, geese, ducks, chickens, dogs and a grey cat! When I arrived there was goat milk, goat cheese and eggs in the fridge! But be forewarned: the farm and cabin are up about a mile from the edge of the village of Cachi, up a narrow and windy road, so make sure to bring plenty of food and drink with you...because there is no way you are going to hike down to the local store. Also, because it is high up, it can get cool at night, so bring layers! Good Life Finca is an awesome spot that I strongly and highly recommend you go stay at. And cheers to Ray and Michelle for the lovely place they have created! ~ Dr. Bob

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We love our little farm, we love sharing our experience and are so pleased and appreciative when others love it as much as we do! You were a delightful guest and hope to see you soon! Pura Vida, Michele and Ray and all the Critters
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Breathtaking Views!

  • 5 of 5

The views from our cabin were awesome! From the front door we had views of Volcan Irazu and Volcan Turrialba (which was still smoking!). From the terrace in back we had breathtaking views of the canyon and mountains on the other side. The cabin itself was clean, well-appointed and just very comfortable. It was wonderful to take walks on the farm (with the dogs), and see the goats and other animals. There were also so many birds that came to visit in the surrounding trees. Bring your camera and binoculars! We took days trips to Volcan Irazu , Guayabo, Cartago and points of interest in the surrounding Orosi Valley. The Orosi Valley is truly a beautiful area with some of the most scenic vistas. The owners are most gracious and friendly. We enjoyed our time visiting with them and also enjoyed--and appreciated--the eggs, milk, and wonderful cheeses. We would love to come back again and highly recommend this experience. You must have a 4-wheel drive!!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We know who you are "Anonymous" and we look forward to you returning some day! You were most enjoyable! We are happy you enjoyed your stay.....thank you!
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Mountain paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Finca Good Life is an amazing opportunity to bask in the warm hospitality of Ray and Michele whilst reaping the benefits of beautiful views and fantastic facilities close to great national parks and the pretty villages of Cachi and Orosi. I can't say anything that hasn't been said before..........the views are truly spectacular and you have a massive balcony to take full advantage of them. The casita has everything you need (and all of superior quality) and Ray and Michele's generosity extends to delicious coffee, eggs, goats milk and goats cheese. We came ready with ingredients to take full advantage of this and enjoyed every bite. The farm is beautiful and it is so special to spend time with the goats and exploring to see all the great things they are doing up above the clouds in their garden and farm which are bursting with life. I went with my husband and our 10 month baby just to relax and spend some quality time together and we found the perfect spot. We are really looking forward to going back and I'm hoping to take my parents in December. Ray and Michele are truly inspirational and we recommend this home whole-heartedly to anyone looking to experience the lesser known beauty of Costa Rica's central valley. Thank you both for sharing this with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

I had a few extra days in Costa Rica and didn't want to spend them in San Jose. Finca Good Life was a great escape from the city. The views were fantastic; the cheese and eggs in the fridge were awesome; and I enjoyed a couple of days just relaxing, reading, and wandering around the property with the dogs. The casita was clean, well-furnished, and extremely pleasant. Ray and Michele were gracious and very hospitable. It was a welcome respite in the midst of a busy trip. Thanks so much and I hope to stop in again.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Laura! We look forward to your return....with Mark! The Tres Amigos miss their walks with you!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are based on double occupancy. An additional fee of $10 per person per night will be charged.
Payments are made on PayPal to owners account:
2 night minimum under 2 nights is $95 per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.