Lovely Cottage with Fantastic Views of Volcanoes and the Entire Central Valley!(5 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, front room with convertible sofa (Sleeps 3)
The cottage is well-ventilated with louvered windows on all four sides and a vented atrium in the center. There is a glass-enclosed room facing the Central Valley that serves as a second bedroom (sofa converts to double bed) and living/dining room. The bedroom has a double bed as well. You don't need air conditioning because the weather in Atenas is always mild. National Geographic magazine claims Atenas has the best climate in the world! A large floor fan is available.
The cottage is at the top of a two-acre lot, landscaped with tropical flowers, palm trees, fruit trees, and two lawns.
The cottage is in a gated community, with security lighting, security wall and a lockable front gate.
You can enjoy broadband Internet access with WiFi, a large-screen TV with Netflix on demand, offering a huge selection of movies and TV shows.
The cottage is fully appointed with all kitchen utensils, flatware, cookware, coffee maker, toaster oven, a small refrigerator, a large refrigerator, and four-burner electric stove with oven. A prepaid cell phone is available with a refundable deposit (additional minutes to be paid by guest). A bodega (small storage building) with washing machine is attached to the cottage. There are clothes lines in back yard.
The kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets and bedroom closet are all made from attractive native cedar wood. The ceiling and beams are beautiful hardwoods.
As a guest you will have free use of two swimming pools--one large with water slide, one small--and a tennis court and soccer field at the neighboring mini-resort 300 yards (270 meters) downhill via the concrete driveway. The property is entered from the mini-resort, which is gated. The mini-resort also has a nice restaurant, open some evenings and for parties; the cook is excellent and versatile.
By car you are six minutes from downtown Atenas, which has just about anything you may need. Available there are: four supermarkets; five pharmacies; many restaurants; four banks, two with ATM; internet cafe's; hardware and appliance stores; video store, Spanish lessons; bus station with frequent, comfortable, inexpensive buses to San Jose, International Airport and other towns. Taxis to and from Atenas are convenient and inexpensive. If you need to be picked up at the International Airport Magda, the manager can arrange it. The owner has an arrangement with a rental car company that offers deeply discounted rates to his guests. The casita is 300 meters up a hill from the adjacent mini-resort from where guests enter the property. From the hilltop the views of the central valley are spectacular.
In Atenas you are in a very good location for exploring all the national parks of Costa Rica. Poas, Barva, Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes are visible from the cottage. Atenas has its own entrance to Highway 27, the Caldera Highway. It connects you with downtown San Jose on the east and the Pacific beaches on the west. Drive time to the nearest Pacific Beach is 50 minutes and the drive to Escazu and downtown San Jose is 30 minutes.
You are 10 minutes from the Pan American Highway, which connects all points in Costa Rica plus Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. Free suggestions and travel details for the most beautiful, fun places to visit are available upon request. Also you can request free information on other topics such as: How to rent a car cheaply in Costa Rica; complete bus schedule for Atenas; handling money in Costa Rica, Guide to Local Restaurants, security, etc. The guide to local restaurants is available in the casita, as is a copy of our favorite guidebook: Lonely Planet: Discover Costa Rica, 2014.
Once your reservation is confirmed you will receive digital copies of: a map from the International Airport to the house, directions from the airport to the house in English and Spanish, and the Guest guide, which gives you all the information you will need such as: internet access, phone number at the house, how to reach the manager anytime, how to access Netflix, various options for getting around the area, etc.
The Costa Rican greeting, “Pura Vida” epitomizes the local philosophy. It means literally, “Pure Life,” referring to the shared experience living in a land where nature is beautiful, relaxing and unspoiled. Many locals also say “Pura Vida” instead of good bye, wishing you a “beautiful day”. We invite you to come and stay with us for a delightful tropical vacation in paradise. It will be our pleasure to assist you in making your stay with us one of your best vacation choices ever.
Guests can pay by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, check, money order or cash.
Deposit is 50%, non-refundable. Balance refundable if cancellation is made at least 30 days prior to check-in.
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Member since: 2005
- 500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Car Available
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3
- Double Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Cedar cabinets in bath
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Broadband Access
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Mobile Phone:
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Lawn / Garden:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 15 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
May 1 - Nov 14, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $100
- Cleaning Fee $30
Cleaning fee: $30 payable at arrival. Cancellation policy: Deposit is non-refundable. Remaining balance of 50% of the rent is refundable if cancellation is made at least 30 days prior to beginning of rental period.
Manager's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting manager when booking
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Year Purchased: 2004
About: I live at the Global Capital of World Peace, a meditation retreat facility where I do volunteer work. I have a Ph.D in psycholgy, have taught psychology at the university level and taught the Transcendental Meditation program all over the USA, and in Europe and Asia. I travel to Latin America a couple of times a year. Costa Rica is my favorite place, land of Pura Vida.
Why Atenas, Costa Rica:
Atenas was described by National Geographic magazine as having 'the best weather in the world'! I have found this to be true. Furthermore, it is a charming, peaceful, lovely town with wonderful people and the cottage site has beautiful, expansive views of the Central Valley and volcanoes. I fell in love with this town the first day I spent there.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The tranquility of the location, the inspiration provided by the beautiful, expansive views. The comfort and convenience of the well-equipped cottage. The whole world at your fingertips through the high-speed internet connection. The spaciousness of the property--1.7 acres with fruit trees palms, and tropical gardens. The central location of the cottage for quick access to the Pan American Highway, the International Airport and Pacific beaches. Free access to two swimming pools, water slide, hot tub, tennis court.
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Gate and yard of the casita, looking north
View of the central valley looking east from the front porch--cloudy day!
Looking into the casita from front porch on the east. Convertible sofa on right
Bathroom sink with cedar cabinets. Similar cabinetry in kitchen and bedroom.
Barva Volcano from the front porch.
Irazu Volcano from the front porch during sunrise
Olympic pool: hot tub on right, water slide on left. Complimentary for guests.
Tennis court, complementary for casita guests (rental charge for racquets)
Casita Living Room/Dining Room
View of Poas and Barva Volcanoes from front porch, looking north
Casita Porch from driveway
South Living Room door with outer screen door. Ceiling fans in 3 rooms.
Casita, seen from the driveway above
Casita, seen from south end of the yard
Poas Volcano from the front porch.
Irazu Volcano at east end of Central Valley
Yard, looking south from the casita
Hot tub at Finca Huetares, available for casita guests
Casita bedroom, looking east toward the porch
Casita Kitchen with two refrigerators
Casita Front Porch, Poas Volcano in the distance
Living/Dining Room with Drapes closed
Northeast corner of living room with drapes closed
This listing was first published here in 2005.
Date last modified - Thursday, February 23, 2017
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