Private Home, Gardens, Ocean & Rainforest View, Pool, Stream(33 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4-5 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)
Villa Helena, a privacy-lover's dream home, is nestled on a lush hillside just a half mile inland and 1000 feet above the Pacific Ocean in the midst of amazing jungle wildlife: birds of every size and description, wandering troupes of howler and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, brilliantly colored tree frogs, and a great variety of tropical butterflies.
This unique one bedroom home has over a thousand square feet of tropical luxury and features a tall and airy vaulted ceiling, terra cotta floor tiles, Costa Rican native artwork, the rich and brilliant textiles and crafts of nearby Guatemala and Panama, and locally crafted furniture and fixtures.
Villa Helena is just minutes from the villages of Dominical and Uvita and several lovely, uncrowded beaches. Villa Helena offers the best of all worlds. Stay at home to enjoy the gardens which are full of fruit trees, flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies, walk the trail through the forest alongside the creek which crosses the property, laze by the pool on one of two terraces, and cook to your heart's content in the fully-equipped kitchen. You might even arrange a private massage on the balcony: birdwatch at the same time!
Villa Helena is a bird-lover's paradise and not just in our gardens. The incredible nature reserve, Hacienda Baru, is just 15 minutes away and has a bird list of over 350 species. Of course, our home isn't anywhere near the size of Hacienda Baru which stretches from the sea to the mountains. We haven't had a formal survey done but we have seen over 200 types of birds from the balcony while casually birding. Hacienda Baru and other local reserves have many wonderful guided tours available.
Or you might choose to wander into one of the nearby towns to one of the great restaurants, do some craft shopping or stock up on locally caught fish and locally harvested tropical fruit. The beaches and beach activities are plentiful and uncrowded. Take a guided walk through one of the nearby private nature reserves, visit the stunning 215 foot tall Nauyaca Waterfalls by way of horseback, venture out to Caño Island for snorkeling or out for deep sea or inshore fishing. If you are an avid hiker you can take a trip through the mountain trails to one of two great waterfalls and swimming holes. It's always fun to drop into Dominical and watch the surfers: heck, you can take a lesson right there!
In this nook of Costa Rica, the temperatures are usually in the 80s during the day and around 70 at night. The hillside location lets us take advantage of the gentle breezes which make Villa Helena so comfortable. While we love playing at the beach every day, we also love to come back to our cool paradise!
WHY CHOOSE VILLA HELENA OVER OTHER SIMILARLY SIZED HOMES IN THE AREA?? There are lots of choices in the area for places to rent but none of them has all the things that Villa Helena has to offer. The 'beachside' places are all crowded in with other rental units so you have no privacy and much of the wildlife is scared away. By law, nothing can be built right on the beaches so there is still a walk to the ocean and once you get there, the beaches with rentals right by them almost always have rocky shores where it is is difficult to get into the water! There isn't much air circulation and with the nearby standing water, many area have lots of bugs and humidity. We rarely even seen a mosquito up at Villa Helena. Also, almost all of the waterfront places are just feet off the main, noisy highway and the places have varying degrees of success with dealing with that noise. Up in our area or in other places above the coast, most of the houses are built right on the road so you contend with periodic car noises and the noise of people chatting while they walk by. Our driveway drops you well away from the road into privacy so complete, you could sunbathe or swim nude and not have any worries. You'll only very rarely hear a car going by. We know of no other rental home that includes a seasonal stream through the property which further enhances the ambiance of Villa Helena and provides another habitat for lots of unusual birds and other wildlife. We regularly have a dunk into one of the little natural pools in the clear stream.
Keywords: Villa, Home, View, Pool, Garden, Private, Internet, Privacy, tropical, paradise, private, bird watching, monkeys close at hand
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Member since: 2004
- 1000 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 4
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
- King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Two convertable beds 1 meter by 2 meters, about 39 inches wide, 78 inches long. Full linen sets on site. The extra sleeping beds are set up in the living area. There is a small closet and shelves for clothes for these beds. Since nearly all the time is spent outside on the balcony, this isn't a bad way at all for a family or close friends to use the house. Nice adjustable ceiling fan. Fully screened louvered windows on two sides....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Cd Player with dozens of CDs, all cooking utensils provided including sharp (!) knives, linens and towelsand beach towels provided, large covered balcony, hammocks, TOTAL privacy, tropical gardens, creek and creek trail on property, wildlife viewing. Great internet access with your laptop or devices. While we do not have air conditioning per se, we do have three large and very efficient ceiling fans; one in the living area, bedroom and balcony. The windows throughout the house are louvered and fully screened so the natural breezes can come right into the house but any insects get left outside. Additionally, there is a stand up fan if more directed air is needed. We find that we hardly ever even consider using the fans. For one, we spend most of our time at the house either on the balcony, in or around the pool or walking through the garden. Also, almost always there is a nice breeze either coming up the hill from the ocean or one coming down from the mountains behind us....moreless
We have tried keeping a small library but people bring their own reading material. There are book sellers in Uvita and Dominical for new and used books, the one in Uvita benefits local pet care....moreless
- CD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Near The Ocean:
Nice view of the Pacific Ocean, Caño Island offshore, fishing boats going in and out to sea. We have watched humbpack whales from the balcony and watched pelicans and magnificent frigatebirds fishing...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Whitewater Rafting
Lovely view into a flower-filled garden. Good bird watching and butterfly viewing from the dining area table! Or we eat at the lower patio's table or out on the balcony so as to not miss anything....moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Covered Parking:
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
Large, covered balcony runs the entire length of the house with two hammocks, a table and chairs with an excellent view of the forest, the gardens, the wildlife and the Pacific Ocean. Fan overhead....moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
Lanai / Gazebo:
Two generous-sized patios in the pool area, one upper and one lower. Both are surrounded by beautiful garden plantings and both have nice views and are in sun and shade at different times of the day....moreless
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- Water Sports Gear:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 1 - May 15, 2017
4 night min stay
May 16 - Nov 30, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Tax Rate 13%
$250 totally refundable security deposit. We have never had to retain any portion of the deposit: people love the house and treat it as though it were their own. Rates are based on 2 people occupying the house. If there are additional people, we charge and extra $50 per week, 4 person total maximum.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Wildlife observation, art and craft shopping, swimming in the 85 Degree (F) ocean or in the private pool, sea kayaking, boogie boarding, beachcombing, birdwatching, rainforest canopy exploration, zip line travel through the rainforest, jungle waterfall enjoyment, natural tropical pool swimming (seasonal), rainforest trail walking right from the house, deep sea fishing
Year Purchased: 1995
About the owner: My husband and I stumbled across this piece of paradise by accident and are we ever glad that we did! We come from the cool Pacific Northwest where we lead pretty fast-paced lives but do enjoy gardening and bird watching. Villa Helena lets us have a totally relaxing break, full of privacy. Being at Villa Helena has really deepened our gardening and birding horizons. Every time we go down, we find a new adventure: a new horseback ride, a new guided rain forest tour, a chocolate making class, new birding guides to try, another part of a beach to explore. Every time we come down, too, there is a new restaurant to try: local cuisine, fusion, Italian, French style, Indonesian, Spanish tapa bar, sushi: all low key, casual, open air (under a high roof) restaurants.
Why the Owner Chose Dominical, Costa Rica:
We knew we wanted something very private yet not totally isolated. We have great neighbors at Villa Helena but the properties are large so we don't look onto anyone and no one sees us. We thought about an ocean side location but decided to be up on the hill. This decision gave us a great view, the wonderful gentle breezes, lots more privacy and really great access to all the birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, etc that we get such great enjoyment from watching. From our balcony we've even watched a mother humpback whale and her baby in the ocean below. We love being close to all the services of a couple of small towns but didn't want to be right in the midst of them. This part of Costa Rica is unique in that it has great, uncrowded beaches and also has the lushness of the tropical rain forest which the more touristy areas of the north lack. This really has turned out to be Paradise.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Villa Helena really is such a wonderful experience. There are so many places to wander through the gardens and stream bed where you can sit or stand and watch all the wildlife around you and enjoy plants you might not normally see on a daily basis. We have a couple of fruit trees which are full of bromeliads, ferns and four types of native orchids. The birds and the monkeys eat most of the fruit that grows here: mangos, guava, bananas, starfruit, cashews and they'll even eat the sour oranges! That's fine because we enjoy having the animals up so close and there are great sources of local fruit so close to us. Our mature garden really sets us apart from most other rentals in the area. Everything is so close at hand to us at Villa Helena and yet we are still very private and close to nature. We can walk to a nearby restaurant and drive a few minutes to all the services of the neighboring two small towns. The beaches are just minutes away. There are such great restaurants so close, serving local fare and all sorts of others. How do they serve such great international food in the middle of the jungle?
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Pool from balcony, including upper& lower patios, stairs to the upper gardens.
King-size bed in vaulted ceiling bedroom, adjustable ceiling fan, views from bed
Kitchen island, breakfast bar, kitchen area.
The living area out to the covered balcony with ocean, forest and animal views.
Outdoor view of covered balcony , set up for dining which we do for every meal!
From the pool to the lower deck and dining area garden, hummingbird heaven.
Table and chairs on the lower pool patio: ideal for al fresco breakfasts/coffee
Mother howler monkey with baby, a photograph from the balcony at Villa Helena.
Some of the lush plants in the garden: heliconia, hibiscus, palms and bananas.
Blood red hibiscus in the garden.
Entry gate to Villa Helena, down you go away from the road and into your private paradise.
One of the native orchids growing in the garden. This one is on the sour orange tree in the upper garden.
Upper pool patio with new wall surface: furniture being moved in.
Corner of kitchen with dining area, breakfast bar and gardens beyond.
The living area with comfortable, large sofa which makes a great guest bed.
Boruca masks, Guatemalan fabric and painted feather art in living area.
Dining room garden, pool, steps to the upper gardens, taken from the balcony.
Full lower balcony with table, pool, gardens surrounding the pool.
Villa Helena sunset over the rainforest trees out toward the Pacific Ocean.
Mother three-toed sloth with her baby, taken from the Villa Helena balcony.
Crowned woodnymph hummingbird in the garden outside the dining area, one of about 18 types of hummers we have in the garden
Red Passionflower: a favorite of the three species of hermit hummingbirds we've seen in the garden.
Stairs to the upper gardens and upper pool patio. New pool surface is in place: see other pictures, please.
Nearby Nauyaca Falls, the lower falls. Reach these by horseback or walk in.
This listing was first published here in 2004.
Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017
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