Booking 2020! Don't delay for your dates!
Andy and Christine Durham
- english, korean
About Andy and Christine Durham
The owners are a husband and wife...she an architect and he a landscape architect. We manage the house ourselves -- not through a third party -- and make frequent visits to maintain and improve it.
Andy and Christine Durham purchased this Villa in 2014
Why Andy and Christine Durham chose Puerto Carrillo
The property has been in one family since construction. The site was selected for its panoramic views of the Pacific but also the cooler air and breezes provided thanks to its elevation. It faces directly west for sunset views year round. With virtually no light pollution, the night skies can be spectacular too. You can see as many as four bays from the pool terrace but the primary view is of Playa Samara and the town of Samara -- at night Samara's lights glisten gently in the distance. Tico flavor! The house was designed by a Costa Rican architect in the Spanish hacienda style. Our staff is Tico so you'll be closer to Tico cooking and Spanish language at La Paila. The house is appointed with Tican artifacts and art: guaitil pottery, sugar-cauldrons, a Sarchi cart and ox yokes, and more. Families welcome! Dogs OK too.
What makes this Villa unique
Broad, panoramic views of the Pacific! Western view of stunning sunsets! Great for families! Huge living room open to nature and breezes! Outstanding home-cooked by our staff -- included in the price! Daily housekeeping and weekly laundry (included at no extra charge!)! Safe, private, quiet, and tranquil! Well appointed with Costa Rican artifacts and historical items. Experienced owners-mangers and full time staff
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - 1 crib at house, babies welcome!1 crib at house, babies welcome!
Pets allowed - dogs onlydogs only
Parties/events allowed - surcharge applies for weddings, receptions, etc.surcharge applies for weddings, receptions, etc.
Smoking allowed - outside only.outside only.
Max guests: 9 (sleeps up to 8 adults) - 99
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
It was an amazing stay from start to finish. Marilu and Danielle took great care of us, and the owners went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. I can’t say enough great things about La Paila.
Fantastic view and lots of nature!
We had two little girls ages 18 months and almost 4 staying with us. The pool was the highlight of the house! Marilu and Daniela cooked us breakfast and supper everyday except for their day off which is Sunday. All the meals were amazing! Marilu helped us make the menu and she called into the meat shop and the fruit stand with her list which helped a lot. We had a lot of fun planning and doing the shopping. With the little girls we didn’t plan to eat out as they were in bed early! We liked the open air living space as we do love nature, as nature will come to visit.....we had nightly visits of 3 large toads and some very cool cricket type creatures! We loved watching birds and listening for the howler monkeys. One morning we woke up to them just across the road which was sooooo exciting! We had daily visits to the beach at the bottom of the road. Much nicer beach then the beach at Samara. So helpful that the house has outside showers beside the car park to rinse off the sand. You do need a 4 x 4 vehicle as the road up to the house can be a bit rough and the back roads were bumpy. We had Brenda with Samara info centre arrange airport shuttle to the house and had the rental car delivered to the house. The shuttle was great being we had lots of flight delays and arrived just at dusk, therefore we didn’t have to drive in the dark in a strange country when we were exhausted! We had no problems with mosquitoes and maybe that is the time of year as we stayed in January. We loved Costa Rica and would definitely return, especially to LaPaila!
Perfect Guancaste Couples Getaway
La Paila is a hidden gem in a perfect location, high above the beach at Playa Carrillo and close to the town of Samara. Complete with a cook, caretaker, laundry services and an awesome pool that overlooks the Pacific and gorgeous sunsets. Complete with two master suites and a bunk room for kids, all with their own bathrooms this beautiful open air Costa Rican custom-designed home will me your needs. It is truly a cut above and worth your stay. Wildlife, jungle and a landscaped yard abound.
Amazing Family Retreat!
We got in very late (don't always trust Google Maps - compare it to the map that Andrew and Christine send you to make sure its the same route!) so when we arrived we basically just crashed. They had not one but TWO places for our babies to sleep set up and ready (one crib and one pack n play) which was AMAZING!! Imagine our surprise in the morning waking up to howler monkeys and the most amazing views!!! The entire house minus the bedrooms/kitchen is outdoors - so keep that in mind if you're not a nature lover! We saw the most amazing animals right there in the living room! Giant gorgeous moths, the biggest frogs we've ever seen lounging by the pool, and even a friendly coatimundi that seemed to enjoy the volleyball court at dawn! In addition to the crib/playpen, they also had a highchair set up for us! Very baby/toddler friendly!! We practically kept ours in their life jackets (we brought but they also had a child sized one!!) the whole time due to the proximity of the big pool.. but it didn't end up being a problem (for those of you considering bringing small kids - please do!)
Marilu and her daughter Daniella live pretty much onsite/down a small hill, and were so helpful! They prepared fabulous dishes, and kept fresh cut fruit and hot dogs handy at all times for the littles :) In addition, they assisted us with laundry a few times (lord knows we needed it with the heat/humidity and children!) and were even helpful via whatsapp to explain what certain animals and leaves were. They don't speak english but communication was easy with our broken spanish and google translate :) Wifi was perfect and they even had games, movies, and pool toys. Amazing stay and I've already recommended to all my friends with kids as finding places to accommodate little ones isn't always easy! Book it - you won't be sorry!