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Awesome Views, Everyone Be Happy, Happy, Happy!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3BR & 3.5 Baths, Equipped Chief Kitchen, Infinity Pool. All with View!

This Home has 3 LG Bedrooms 3 &1/2 Very LG Bath Rooms and about 3,200 sq.ft. of living space when you include the covered decking area. Spacious with lg individual bathrooms for each bedroom and each bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed and other amenities. This home comes with a fully equipped Chef's kitchen with a pass through window to the outside sitting and eating areas by the crystal clear infinity swimming pool overlooking the panoramic lush mountain tropical vegetation and the Pacific Ocean. There are Views, Views and more Views! Howling Black Face Monkeys are often in site from the house. Three of Central America's top rated award winning beaches are visible from the spectacular vistas from all living areas of the house (Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo and Playa Buena Vista). Mel Gibson's $23.5 million dollar Costa Rica Estate is only about 15 kilometers down the road. The living area has a large flat screen TV including a Dish set up available with both English and Spanish programming. The master bath has a whirlpool bathtub and the other bathrooms are large enough to stretch out and relax. The house is an expansive open plan but is separated enough to offer privacy and quiet for each bedroom. One bedroom is a separate Cabana with its own stand alone small coffee bar and toaster oven & fridge. This is a gated community with excellent security and management. The house has it's own separate second remote controlled gate for added security and privacy. With the resort Town of Playa Samara only 15 minutes or about 9 Kilometers away, this location offers all the beach town entertainment & amenities, but you can still have all the feelings of a small, friendly, non crowded, secluded and private location. The Howling Monkeys serve as a great alarm clock nearly each morning and evening. As you arrive at the front gate of the house you will notice the beautiful well manicured landscaping with a majestic cascading rock retainer wall, vines, trees, palms, fruit trees, flowers, coffee bean trees and bright cheerful tropical house colors. The house is adorned with a variety of tropical colors all designed to make our vacationers, 'Happy, Happy'! The detailed Infinity swimming pool highlights the back of the house and offsets the large outside living area and deck, all with the most spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Imagine yourself sitting in a light tropical mountain breeze by the pool sipping a cup of coffee or glass of wine. The house was designed and built by a very respected and experienced architect/engineer and builder. The builder & engineer (husband & wife) currently live on the project and continue to offer local onsite property management along with regular onsite maintenance. Garden services and cleaning services are managed onsite with very friendly and quick attention. Samara is easy to get to by flying in to the smaller less crowded commercial airport (yet recently expanded & remodeled) at Liberia, about an hour and a half from Montana Samara. The house and the location has way too many amenities to mention in this description but feel free to look it up outside of the VRBO site on the award winning Development site, Montana Samara or Samara Beach.

Also note that the larger town of Nicoya is located only about 25 minutes away (34 kilometers) and offers much shopping, hospital services, more restaurants, groceries, and many other necessary services while Samara offers many of the same things, just on a smaller beach town scale. Entertainment available is nearly unlimited with zip lines/canopy tours, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, bike and Quad rentals, fitness center, mountain hiking, beach combing, beach restaurants, surfing, kayaking, and much much more, etc., etc. Or, simply stay at home and relax in or by the pool, do some BBQing, bird watching and take in the awesome views. Come vacation in Costa Rica at 'Casa Tropical de Montana'! You won't be sorry. Our motto is to make all vacationers/Visitors, 'Happy, Happy, Happy'.

PS. We can also hook you up with a wonderful English Speaking Christian Center/Fellowship/Church with Sunday Services if interested (Samara Christian Center on Facebook, or simply look up Samara Christian Center.

With love, Herb & Loretta Hawkins, Owners

More Details

Herb and/or Loretta Hawkins
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Herb and/or Loretta Hawkins

Mr. & Mrs. W. Herb Hawkins - I am a recently retired Petroleum Engineer from Texas who changed careers later in life to build a warehouse business in NW Arkansas, where I also met and married my lovely wife, Loretta. Our blended family has matured and our three children have all grown and moved away, leaving us as 'empty nesters' (our dogs are our children now). The wife and I have just sold the warehouse business and are in the process of moving to our retirement dream home in the Mountains of Wyoming (Star Valley, Afton, WY south of Jackson Hole). We built our second dream vacation home in Samara, Costa Rica and hope to spend our time traveling between Wyoming and Costa Rica now that our business is winding down. We find the two extremes, snow to tropical, offers us the most adventurous variety although we've found that there are a lot of similarities in Afton, WY and Samara, Costa Rica. No, not the weather, but much of the slower paced, friendly people and stress free, life style are very much alike! God has blessed us well and we'd love to share a little bit of our blessings by offering you an opportunity to stay in our home in Costa Rica. My wife and I are Christians and would love to talk to you about our faith and can suggest a lovely English speaking Christian Center in the Town of Samara. God bless, and we hope things work out for all our potential visitors. As we've said before, our new favorite saying, coming from our new favorite reality show, is, 'Be Happy, Happy, Happy!' DUCK DYNESTY

PS. We are kind of 'Red Neck' in nature!

Herb and/or Loretta Hawkins purchased this house in 2013

Why Herb and/or Loretta Hawkins chose Guanacaste

Great location, great views, great infinity pool, great new house, great amenities, great region, great Country, great people, great managers, overall great Place! In all honesty, you might find several places in or around Samara which are nice but we would love to have you stay at our abode. I believe our rates to be very competitive and lower than many. With the house built in 2013, it is still very new and fresh. We can all be Happy, Happy, Happy!

What makes this house unique

Even though the internet service is not all that reliable, we do have a prepaid internet modem and router available at the home. When the internet service is working, we also have a telephone set up that can be plugged in to your lap top with a 'Magic Jack' VOIP telephone service or some other type of internet communication like 'Skype', etc.. We also have a prepaid 'SKY' satellite dish with a 60' TV with a moderate TV program service. We have A/C in each bedroom for quick cooling down if the weather gets a little too hot, although the high elevation mountain location and the cool water pool, generally provides all the cooling you need in this tropical paradise! We also have bright, happy, tropical colors throughout and an extra remote security gate, all to give a happy, secure feel. Lastly, the views are to die for and the managers and people are wonderfully friendly!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had such a wonderful time!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful piece of paradise with us. We made ‘forever’ memories with our family!!! (definitely five star)

Jun 2015
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Canton of Nicoya House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , large shower with built in stool and hand controls
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Small entry washroom and toilet with lighted faucet
    Bathroom 1 Master - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , bidet , large double sided shower with available hand held controls
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , large Cabana Shower with built in stool and built in closets
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , small 1/2 bath in the gazebo/garage down from the main house
  • All bedroom bathrooms are executive large bathrooms with built in closets, large showers, double bowl sinks and plenty of counter space. All with instant hot water. Some towels provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • All bedrooms oversized with queen beds, night stands and sitting areas. Master BdRm has a computer desk and TV with DVD Player (TV in master BR has a built in DVR but is not hooked up to the satellite). The third Bedroom (separate Cabana) has a small computer desk and a small TV with built in DVR, but no satellite hook up. Only the Living room TV is equipped with both a satellite & a DVD player. The set up is ideal for 6 people or 3 adult couples. We now have an additional blow up mattress bedding and it would be possible for a person to utilize a couch or the blow up mattress, we still like to limit the occupancy to 7 or 8 people for optimum efficiency and comfort. We may add additional bedding in the future, but for now, 7 or 8 max please. I think that would make for a very happy stay!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Amazing House

  • 4 of 5

You walk into the house and say wow!!! Views are breath taking. The house has all high end finishes. Far enough from town to feel like you are away from it all but only 15 minutes drive to be in town and get what you need.

My only things to fix would be to supply some beach towels, which I thought were going to be there, have soap in the bathrooms and a clean sponge for doing dishes in the kitchen.

Kitchen was well stocked for making things. House was very comfortable to relax in. Would love to go back again sometime!


  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Costa Rica Thanksgiving 2016

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here. The house is beautiful and the view is amazing. The owners were very nice to check on us during our stay due to an impending hurricane. The property manager also called us to ask if we needed the pool cleaned due to the high wins. Everything was great and I will stay here again. It is really in a nice secluded place but close enough to Samara to have things to do in the evenings or go to the beach.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your positive and complementary review. We certainly appreciate your feedback and would love to have you back to visit us again. The house is now currently for sale, listed with Caldwell Banker, but we plan to continue to utilize the Vacation Rentals until it sells. We may not be able to schedule too far in advance due to being for sale, but we will try to accommodate to the best of our ability. Lastly, we certainly hope the pending, very rare hurricane and some high winds didn't curtail your stay too bad. Thank you also for your comments regarding our local property managers. We are very confident and proud of our managers. We believe they are the best in all the area. You should by now already have received your security deposit back. Be sure to let us know if you have any further suggestions or comments. Many Blessings, Herb Hawkins (
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Luxurious mountain escape

  • 5 of 5

Located very remotely outside of Samar, we had the option of peace and relaxation up at the house, or beaching and cocktails down at Samara. The house was even nicer than it looked in the pictures, and the pool is larger than it looks in the pictures. The view was stunning and weather was perfect every single day. We never wanted to leave. It was nice to have WiFi access and a large, well-stocked kitchen to cook meals in. The one downside is that it was very buggy, but the owners do a good job of providing tips on how to avoid/manage the bugs. We would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, Costa Rica

Awesome, beautiful, outstanding.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Herb & Loretta was amazing. The house is much better and nicer than the pictures. The place is a kind of seclued sanctuary where you can enjoy an stunning view of the jungle and the ocean while you rest in the infinite pool or just hang around the house. The construction and the equipment is near to perfection and the only little detail that we missed was a foot lamp in the living room for the ones that still love to read a paper book after dinner. One little secret of this amazing house is that during warm noons you can enjoy your lunch at the carport, where is much cooler, with a nice and constant breeze and a beautiful view of Herb & Loretta´s tropical garden and surrounding hills. Like stated in another reviews a 4x4 vehicle will make your way up easier, but we had a 4x2 SUV and after some adventure we managed to climb to paradise. I trully recommend this property as both the owners and the manager are incredible hosts that will facilitate everything you need.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your great review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and we will definitely try to add the changes you recommended, i.e., lamp in the living room. When we are there, we too enjoy the car port and the infinity pool. We are so glad you had a good time and we sure hope to see you back someday on another Costa Rica vacation. Pura Vida, Herb & Loretta
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Guest says "Beautiful"!

  • 5 of 5

For security reasons our guest prefer not to post a review online but we are excluding their names to protect their privacy and respect their wishes but, in order to increase our ratings we are copying and pasting their note to us as it was written.

Dear Herb and Loretta,

For security reasons, we do not like to post on the site about our personal travels. However, please know that we thoroughly enjoyed our time at your home in Samara. It was beautiful, perfectly maintained and so well outfitted.

We greatly appreciated some of the additional smaller appliances, like the crock pot and a quality blender. We do not often find such attention to detail in other vacation homes - they treat it more like a “cabin in the woods.” Your home is a home.

Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your wonderful review. We respectfully accept your request not to mention your names but we did post your comments as annonomouse. We do try to equip the house as we would our own, probably because it is our own. We certainly appreciate your kind words and we hope you consider staying at our home again.
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Above the rest!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week long stay at Herb & Loretta's beautiful home, which is nicer than the pictures show. Both the owner and the local property manager Lubos and his wife Cynthia were a pleasure to deal with, and provided for everything we needed. The location is incredible, high up on a mountain side with views of the ocean and the surrounding jungle. The gated community, Montana estates, felt very secure, with a remote operated gate to enter the Montana project beside Lubos' house and a second gate at the house. The project itself is very well maintained by Lubos, with well graded roads flanked by a variety of flowers and trees. Going for a walk was like an outing in a nature preserve. We didn't venture out too often as we were just happy to enjoy the house, flower gardens, infinity pool and views. A 4x4 made the drive up to the house more relaxing, as stated in other reviews. We will return!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Allan, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are truly glad that you and Carolyn had such an enjoyable time. Of course as the owners we definitely know that we can be bias in our opinions at times, so it is always nice to get some reassurance and confirmation that our home was enjoyable to you as we know it is to us! We did hear that the TV was on the "blink" while you were here. Sorry for any inconvenience. After a lot of experimenting I was able to figure out some of the settings had been altered and have since fixed everything. In any event, we sure hope to have you back sometime in the future. If I can help you with any future investment or travel plans back to Costa Rica, please don't hesitate to let me know. Again, thanks and God Bless! As they say down here in Costa Rica, Pura Vida. PS. By the way, both Cynthia and Lubos, our local managers said they enjoyed having you and showing you around.
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
A large Variety
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2.3 Kilometres
Hwy 150/160
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
A large Variety
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Playa Samara, Playa Buena Vista, Playa Carrillo
Car: necessary

Our 3 bed room, 3.5 bath home is located in Samara Montana Estates Development only about 2Kilometers off of a hard surface road and sits near the top of the development up the mountain on a ridge looking out to the southwest over the Pacific Ocean. Unlike many developments in Costa Rica, Samara Montana does not have a lot of money in a fancy entrance and the 2 Kilometer drive up the mountain on the dirt road can seem to be a little challenging but it really isn't too bad. The road is maintained fairly well. The trip to the beach town of Playa Samara is only about 8 or 9 Kilometers and only takes about 10 to 15 minutes, mostly on hard surface. From Samara, you go about 3.5 Kilometers north on Hwy 150 to the turn to San Fernando/Nosara, go left about 1 Kilometer to the Montana sign and turn to Samara Montana and follow the road about 2 Kilometers to the development manager and the first electric gate. The security is very good and you will always feel comfortable while inside the development. The Samara, Nicoya, Carrillo, Guanacaste area is a very inviting part of Costa Rica with a great friendly local/Tico flare. The managers, Lubos & Cynthia, will give you your gate keys and the house keys and give you any other instructions. There are frequent black face howling monkey sightings at the house and the infinity pool along with the outdoor living space with spectacular mountain and Ocean views is so inviting you may not ever want to leave the house but if you do, there is a host of activities and restaurants down in the beach town. Some activities very nearby are horseback riding on the beach, kayaking to the nearby island from Playa Samara, Surfing and surfing lessons, Canopy or zip line tours, Shops, restaurants, bars, yoga centers, exercise center, health food, Christian Center activities and much much more! At seasonal times there are turtle farms and whale watching tours as well. Our house is fairly new, completed middle of 2013, and we are still working to stock up on brochures, maps and other informational items but there is no shortage of brochures down in town at the grocery store or many of the restaraunts, shops and information booths. More information to come soon. If you have any additional questions feel free to email us. We look forward to opening up our home to the VRBO clientel. God Bless and good luck in your vacation endeavors.

Herb & Loretta Hawkins


Rates & Availability

Canton of Nicoya House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

$1540 per week ($220/nt) up to 3 wks and $1365 per week for 4 weeks and up. Regularly $250 per night. Minimum stay, 4 days. Maximum stay per visit, 56 days or 8 weeks. Three day week end stays and some holidays may be slightly more, $280 per night, Thanksgiving holiday at $290 per night. Rates may change depending on economy, etc. but no changes will be made after a reservation is accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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