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Volare-Awaken Above The Clouds: 3 Bedroom, Privacy. Costa Rica REAL Adventures!

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Spectacular Views When You Live Above The Clouds, City Lights Below.

Volare seems perched to fly - city lights and rainforest below. This area is the original adventure capital of Costa Rica, and the crown jewel -- the Pacuare River, is accessed from here. World Class adventure (National Geographic lists the Pacuare as one of the top 10 white water rivers of the world). Pristine nature. Costa Rica's only pre Colombian ruins. Cloud forest and exotic birding. Active Turrialba volcano - (much more active than Arenal, in the tourism center of Fortuna), Hiking in Indigenous territories, where you encounter people who speak only their native Cabecar language Immaculately clean waterfalls.

Volare is high above the city, and cool air makes Volare pure pleasure day and night.

Yet Volare is on a good quality paved road only 45 minutes from TerraMall, the country's second largest shopping center on the east side of San Jose.

We offer a full service option (at additional cost), with daily cleaning and meal preparation from a menu both eclectic and interesting that accommodates dietary restrictions or your personal favorites.

3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, well equipped kitchen, office in house. Very private but not isolated. Can be serviced daily by our employees.

More Details

Owner
Tucker Comstock
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 26, 2017

About Tucker Comstock

I founded Serendipity Adventures, Costa Rica's most respected adventure operating company, in 1991, and I designed and built Volare on the most beautiful piece of land I had encountered in all of Cost Rica (but I admit I am very partial to grand vistas, clouds, and cooler temperatures - I suffer at the beach). When I sold Serendipity in 2011 I thought I would retire gracefully in Volare -- but all great plans somehow get sidetracked.

I fell in love. And now I live with my partner on a ranch in the northern part of Costa Rica.

But Volare is too much a part of my passion to just sell it, so I thought sharing it through rental would be a good compromise.

And besides, the staff at Volare love the way we entertain guests and friends, ith dinners on the terrace under the giant roof, overlooking the city below.

Tucker Comstock purchased this house in 2001

Why Tucker Comstock chose Costa Rica

This small part of Costa Rica is pretty untouched by commercial tourism, by big industry, by noisy traffic and crime. Volare has an even greater advantage - not on the road, but tucked behind a hill, so someone on the paved road in front won't even know we are here.

What makes this house unique

The openness of the house -- walls won't block you in. The deck is integrated into the interior space, and the doors are rarely shut during the day.

The clouds. You can sit on the deck all day and watch the changing scenery. You can watch clouds form and ascend, or roll over the mountain behind the house and fall like thistledown into the valley.

Only 50 minutes from world class shopping, only 40 minutes from primitive Indigenous villages, only 10 minutes from the departure for the Pacuare. Loads of private adventure and nature opportunities. An active volcano. Pristine waterfall.

We in Volare are here for your benefit, to book tours or arrange meals or design your whole vacation (we have lots of experience with that).

Guestbook comments from the owner

Volare is absolutely amazing! The pictures do not do it justice. I've never seen a home like this - it is truly in the clouds. The view is spectacular. Tucker, Alexandra, Yami, and Franklin were fantastic hosts - friendly and helpful when you needed them, but we still had plenty of privacy. I highly recommend this home for an authentic Costa Rican vacation. MUSTS: take a river rafting trip on the Pacuare, sit in the elevated outdoor hot tub and watch the sunset, do a zip line tour, have Yami cook a meal for you, light a fire and sit on the balcony and watch the clouds float by you, and drive up to the Turrialba volcano.

SUGGESTIONS: Rent a 4x4 vehicle - the roads are fun (winding turns up and down mountains). Try to arrive at Volare before dark - it is tough to find the first time, if you can't see, but Tucker can easily direct you if you get lost. Stay for at least 5 days - there is so much to do we wish we could have been there longer.
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Jose (SJO) International
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Caribbean cost
Car: recommended

The Pacuare River - only 30 minutes away. Luxury accommodations above the Turrialba Valley. Visit our website to see all the things you can do in this very private part of Costa Rica -- the epicenter of adventures and some of the best naturalist opportunities in our counrty

Amenities

Cartago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs bedroom 2 - 1 king , two singles or one king bed
    Downstairs bedroom - 1 queen
    Study - single bed - 1 twin/ single , We can add a single bed in study, between upstairs BR's
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

This house is spectacular in everyway. The service before you arrive from Tucker is 5 star hotel level and when you arrive the service continues. The house itself is better than the pictures (and the pictures are amazing) if you want a millionaires lifestyle experience then book this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Magical!

  • 5 of 5

Volare is truly a magical place. It is the most unique house I've ever been in. Our family of 6 (with 4 teens) stayed for 2 nights in June. My family doesn't get involved in trip planning, leaving it to me. So, they didn't see any pictures of Volare ahead of time. When we pulled onto the driveway leading to Volare, my oldest son asked it the first house on the drive was where we were staying. I told him no. As we drove farther along and Volare came into view, I said, "There it is". In awe, my son said, "We are staying in THAT house?". High praise from a jaded older teen!

We were there such a short time. I could have spent days just sitting on the deck watching the changing view. There is so much charm and little artistic details throughout, it feels like you are staying in a piece of art work. We enjoyed the comfortable beds (enough for family of 6), the strong WiFi (much appreciated with teens) and the hot tub not only with a view but with a hanging bridge (how cool is that)!

Tucker was very helpful answering questions and helping arrange tours. We did a canyoning tour and whitewater rafting on the Pacuare (our main reason for staying in this area). Both were a lot of fun, but the rafting was our favorite activity of the trip. We also loved the climate in this area - comfortably warm but not too hot. But, the best part of our stay in the area was the magical Volare - a destination in itself!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage, Alaska
5

Stunning house with a jaw dropping view.

  • 5 of 5

This place is incredible! The house is meticulously maintained and the view of the valley below is breath taking. Every morning the local birds would put on a show. It is worth getting up at 6:30 to see it even if you go back to bed afterwards . We saw toucans, Montezuma birds, flocks of parakeets and many others from the deck every morning.

There is a couple, Yami and Franklin, that live on the property in another house that are wonderful. Franklin even accompanied our family on a day trip to a nearby waterfall (The one in the picture.) He brought along a machete (I'm assuming for snakes because the trail was well maintained) and a rescue rope in case one of my daughters (7 and 10 years old) got themselves into trouble.

We went to see the ruins in Ujarras and while the ruins were OK, the drive out was one of the most beautiful drives I've ever taken in my life. We accidentally took the long way around Lago Alto and the road wound through the mountain valleys where they grow coffee. It was spectacular. It was one of the best navigational errors I've ever made.

The hot tub is beyond words, we were in it every night. The temperature in the house was perfect day and night largely due to it's design. Air flows through the house very well and some of the walls do not join the ceiling in every room. The only draw back is that sound communicates through out the house as easily as the air does. We could hear everything our daughters said in the room down the hall and vice versa, so any romance would require discretion.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Outstanding! You must visit this special place!

  • 5 of 5

'Wow!' is all we can cay about our visit to Tucker Comstock's retreat in the mountains. Her home is stunning with breath taking views, wild birds including Parrots and Macaws, and overwhelming amenities. Everything one could want for a perfect get away. But one of the best parts of our stay was Franklin and his wife Yami who work full time for Volare and live just minutes away. Franklin drove our rental car on several occasions for airport pick up/delivery (whew! so glad we did not try to navigate San Jose ourselves) and excursions. He was always available when needed, very pleasant and accommodating for all of our needs. Franklin also is responsible for the maintenance around the house and to our great surprise cleaned the fireplace every morning and set up the wood for a new fire that night, every night. Yami took care of the house including cleaning and laundry as needed, and cooked for us twice. Outstanding food and fun loving while she prepared meals in the kitchen with the help of Franklin. Both were very discrete and knew exactly when to respect our privacy, a truly terrific couple. Neither speaks English, but this did not stop us from being able co speak with one another. Tucker was fabulous translating on the phone if and when needed, and making sure we were comfortable. She gave us many ideas for excursions (you must do a coffee plantation tour!) and her communications before and during our stay were excellent and timely. We highly recommend Volare to anyone who wants a true taste of Costa Rica in style! Plan to stay longer than a week; too much to see and do including just relaxing on the balcony for hours at a time watching the birds or reading your favorite book.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very comfortable, cool, well appointed with great staff a fantastic view.

  • 5 of 5

Within minutes of arriving and viewing the house my wife nodded approvingly and said, "Great find". Need I say more? Tucker was extremely helpful with directions and how to get around and do things in Costa Rica. Yami, Franklin & Auxi are so unpretentious they feel like family, its like we were in their home. The location is spectacular and from just about everywhere in the house there is a view. Well constructed with the use of steel and glass, the design is very open and very warm yet the location is very private. Centrally located and overlooking Turrialba, this proved an excellent home base for the viewing of volcanoes, archaeological sites, botanical gardens, coffee plantations and river rafting. Our small group was very comfortable and we enjoyed the evenings on the deck, in the hammock with a nice wine, and in the kitchen for group culinary productions . This place defined our Costa Rica stay and felt so homely that we even left clothes there (unintentionally, Tucker)! Needless to say we will return in the near future as after moving on to our next destination, wished we had stayed longer at Volare. We thank you for a wonderful stay and look forward to seeing you all on our return.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wachapreague, Va.
5

A Great Getaway at a Superior- Constructed Dwelling

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I wanted a get away from the heat in Atenas ( 2700 ft. 800 meters), Costa Rica so we chose the cooler and higher altitude of Volare (3200ft - 950 meters). We have traveled quite a bit and this house by far was the best constructed dwelling we have seen in Costa Rica. If you want a place with a view and a place to relax then this is your place. We enjoyed the semi-remoteness of Volare and we would love to go back for a week or so in the future. Everyone there is more than helpful. Tucker is very fortunate to have these folks taking care of her place. Thanks again for everything and we will be back as we would love to meet you, Tucker.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Jay and Jaimie! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the house, stayed an extra day, and want to come back. I am most interested to meet you and hear more on your experience managing a five star resort in Costa Rica. In view of your extraordinarily high standards for construction and service, I am truly honored you have rated Volare facilities and our staff with superlatives. I only wish the weather had been more cooperative, but perhaps the fireplace and hot tub made up for the rainy period. So come back soon -- "Con Mucho Gusto"! Tucker Comstock
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Additional information about rental rates

No refund with 15 days of start date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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