About the property
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
The villa looks out on horse pastures and misty mountains. Fresh soft breezes cool the generous kitchen/dining area. Lush gardens are all around you, emitting night scents and day scents that leave you smiling. Pick fresh fruit from the citric orchard and squeeze your breakfast juice. All the soft noises of animals -- from toucans to horse hooves, the water buffalo’s soft braying, and the baaa of sheep remind you that you are connected to the earth, the soil, the farm.
You are as quiet and private and isolated as you want. Or wander down to the stables - play with the pets, feed some animals, or watch the horses in training. Horses are available for riding (additional cost). The ATV's are fun, too. And if you wish to see the world from above, we operate the only hot air balloon in Central America.
Turn off your villa lights and walk barefoot from your garden door to the pool after sunset. Or warm up the Jacuzzi. The night sky is spectacular when there is no artificial lights around you. You'd almost believe electricity had not been discovered. You'll discover what we call our 'velvet nights'.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 11, 2018
About Esteban Elizondo
Monica and Esteban. We are both Costarrican, originally from Cartago. We moved here escaping from the noise and the fast life of the city. We found paradise and a great place to develop our passion... Horses. We run a horse farm and an adventure company that includes the only Hot Air Ballooning operation in Central America. We strive to give our guests a sense of traditional Costa Rica country hospitality. Our farm has spectacular horses, from fiery stallions to placid draft horses, and our soft stepping Pasofinos. We have an assortment of pets -- from a Dachshund to a water buffalo, and a pet pig that sleeps with the horses, plus several sheep that share dinner with our mares. And our three kids. the heart of our life in our farm. Centaura Farm is a lot like Charlotte's web. Our farm has an old-fashioned soul with very modern ideas of comfort. Our goal is that you leave us with huge regret - and that you will be back soon.
Esteban Elizondo purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Esteban Elizondo chose San Carlos
Our farm is only 20 minutes from Fortuna (the base of fiery Arenal volcano) yet borders on wilderness, rivers and forests where we ride horses and ATV's and hike without the press of tourism. Bird watching and playing in hot springs, swimming in crystalline waters -- all nearby and all private for you. Plus hot springs and belching Arenal volcano only 20 minutes away. It is a great place to raise our family.
What makes this Villa unique
Peace, tranquility and the earthiness of a working horse farm. So far away from the crowds and the noise, yet 20 minutes from the tourist Mecca of Fortuna, and Arenal volcano.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The Lucky Ones choose this Lodge
This is a 5-Star Paradise. Starting at the moment we arrived, Esteban was diligently making sure you are having a exceptional and memorable experience at his Lodge. He will arrange everything for you, so all you have to do is relax and have a great time in Costa Rica! Our room was very clean and very pretty! I slept so good, I was very happy we got to stay at this lovely lodge. We really enjoyed a evening stroll around the Ranch, we watched toucan's flying around, water buffalo laying in the tall grass, the horses enjoying a little stall time and a huge pig just laying there sleeping and snorting. We also really enjoyed tasting all the fresh citris fruit we picked off the tree's! La Finca really is the most beautiful place in the world! We like to do daily activites on vacation, so we started with horseback riding. Esteban, arranged Alonso, a guide wrangler, a really great guy to ride with us. We really liked that all the horses are healthy larger horses and we could tell they are all very well taken care of. Alonso did a fantastic job in matching our riding ability to just the right horse. I went on the ride of my life, and I own my own horse, cantering, trotting, riding through river beds, sugar cane fields, and meadows. It was just so lovely, beautiful, actually it was spirtual! The next day Alonso took us on an ATV tour to a hot springs. We stopped at a really good BBQ restruant and then headed to the hot springs which was beautiful. The ride was great, felt like we were riding with friends, not on a tour. The Hot Springs was amazingly beautiful, a local spot not crowded, I think we were the only tourist! We went to La Fortuna Waterfall and Rio Celeste. Our favorite waterfall was Llanos de Cortes which is the one Esteban recommended. We stayed a extra night, since we liked the Lodge so much! Wish we booked a longer visit at La Finca! We will definatly be back! We want to say a Giant Thank You to Esteban for excellent very memorable vacation. We had a conversation about you and your family possibly coming to Grand Lake, Colorado. We would definatly love to return the wonderful hospitality to you and your family, even if it is in 20 years from now! When you come bring Alonso and his family too, we really loved him too!
Our favourite place in Costa Rica!
We loved our stay at La Finca. Esteban is a wealth of information about the area, and Costa Rica. He talked to me on the phone before we even got there and gave me valuable information that helped me make better decisions when planning our trip. He helped us with a car rental, and arranged zip-lining, rappelling, and rafting tours for us. His farm also offers a number of tours, and we went horseback riding, and took ATV's to some natural hot springs. All the tours we did were small, personal, and fantastic. In fact, it was just my husband and I with the guides every time! The cleaners are excellent. The unit is spotlessly clean, and stays that way throughout the stay. The bed is comfortable. Every morning I enjoyed sitting having tea on the veranda and watching and listening to all the birds. There are parrots and toucans, and a whole bunch of other birds all over the place. There is so much to do in the area that I wouldn't recommend staying any less than a week. We were there 5 days, and we could have stayed much longer. Highly, highly recommended!
Not enough words to describe how wonderful and special this place is...
My boyfriend and I found Esteban's place on vrbo while looking for something a bit "off the beaten path" near la fortuna. Initially, based on all of the incredible reviews, I was a bit skeptical that I was missing something. But after doing a lot of research, we decided this seemed like an opportunity we had to pursue.
When I initially inquired about our dates with Esteban, he recommended that I call to set things up. I called and right from the start, he made us feel so comfortable. He gave us loads of great information for planning or week in CR and also convinced me that we needed to spend more time than we initially were planning on at La finca, and I'm sooo glad we took all of his advice. He also reserved our rental car with the necessary insurance coverage through his Alamo corporate account for our week.
On arrival at Liberia airport our rental car experience was no hassle, which was not the case for some of the other customers who had made reservations on their home. We left Liberia and made it to Esteban's around 730 in the dark. He had told us that a gps was imperative, and I completely agree. This, along with his instructions made it quite easy to locate. You need a 4x4 for the road up to the ranch.
The property is magnificent. It's about 35 mins outside of lafortuna in the countryside. You are in the rainforest, on a ranch, in your own villa. The villas have a beautiful patio with table and hammock, and then separate entrances for both the kitchen and then the bedroom (which has ac, and also has the bathroom). The villas are so unique, and so beautiful. Kitchen has everything we needed (including coffee maker, coffee, sugar). We LOVED sitting on our patio in the morning enjoying our coffee while watching the birds and visiting with his dog, gypsy who would come visit with us. The villas have an alarm system for when you are not there, but you will feel so safe there that you will think this is silly. The ranch itself has an electric gate that you pass through, and safety was never an issue. We opted for breakfast 2 of the mornings we were there which was he best pinto Gallo we had and served on your patio. Can't even see the other villas. There was never anyone else at the pool, which we enjoyed a few afternoons.
About 5 min drive to closest reatuarant and 10 mins to grocery store. Take advantage of on site activities-they are private, professional, and amazing.
I have no other words then amazing. Hope to return someday.
Beautiful Stay in Costa Rica
This villa outside of La Fortuna was beautiful. It was clean, well appointed and an enjoyable place to relax when we weren't out and about. We had a great time here and Esteban and his wife were very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this as a wonderful place to stay while visiting Costa Rica.
Fun, relaxing and beautiful place!!!!
My family and I had a great stay at Esteban and Monica's "finca". From the moment we reserved our stay to the day we left, we were treated great by these guys. Monica was very welcoming when we got there- showing us around, explaining where local amenities are, etc. Esteban connected us with area events that suited our needs. He was knowledgeable without being pushy, it was great. We were there for 4 nights and hit everything on our bucket list without doing "too much". Esteban arranged the ATV/hotsprings ride, which was so fun and very unique and also assisted with a day trip to the more remote areas of Cano Negro, this was unforgettable. He provided Alonzo (as our naturalist tour guide) to assist with both tours, he was also great to be with....energetic, smart and easy-to-be-with.
Additionally the lodging was comfortable and modern, with updated amenities, great mattresses and A/C. We had access to the grounds and pool and it was so quiet at night.
Thanx again,we will definitely be back and will recommend.
Will never forget this trip
Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing!! But I need to give credit to Estaban for it working out so well. First when I made my reservation for the villa many months ago, he gave me the best advice. First I had rented a car. He said he could rent it for us on his corporate acct and that we needed to invest in a SUV with a GPS. I was skeptical but we did it. Best advice ever!! A car would have been miserable and probably been damaged by the rocks and potholes in our journey. I was also reserving different activities and he told me don't commit yourself so soon. He suggested seeing the place, checking out the weather, etc. he was so right! What we thought we wanted to do or not do, totally changed when we were there. He helped us get set up with the activities that worked for us. He even programmed my GPS so I wouldn't get lost. I want to say that the Villa was beautiful. The landscaping was magnificent and with each step you could see a different flower or plant. It had everything we needed, cleaned daily, AC in the bedroom and a great pool. I could have spent a whole day just hanging at the villa with my binoculars to watch the birds. We also did the ATV rides to the thermal pools. I would do that again tomorrow if I could. The ride was a blast and Alonzo was our guide. I loved him. He was so passionate and knowledgeable about the land. The thermal pools were perfect and we just floated in the hot water and enjoyed a cocktail. We drove the ATVs back as the sun went down which was so much fun. We also did the horseback riding and Danny took us out that morning. This is no little trail ride. You just ride. We went through sugarcane and pineapple fields, farms, towns, rivers and meadows. The country is beautiful. We asked Danny everything about living here. We saw howler monkeys, sloths, birds and lizards. It is a gift to meet people that are genuinely kind. Estaban and Monica are those people. You feel welcomed into their home and we are forever grateful for having met them. I can only hope our paths cross again. I can not say thank you enough. We can't stop talking about our stay. Pura Vida
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