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Newly Built Eco-Home at One with Nature

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Last updated: 12/04/2016
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Sleeps:13
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4 Bedroom, 4 Bath Eco-Friendly Home With 2 Master Suites

Located in the mountains above Uvita, Costa Rica, an area known for its wildlife, pristine beaches, and friendly locals, lies “Refugio Madreselva”. This newly constructed, eco-home (Dec. 2014) is a spacious four bedroom, four bath retreat that enjoys complete privacy surrounded by rain-forest and expansive views of the Pacific coast, including the Marino Ballena National Park, and its icon, the Whale’s Tail. The stunning views and vistas are sure to take your breath away. Madreselva is more than a home - it a wildlife refuge, encompassing 25 acres of forest and 2 creeks, and nested inside the Oro Verde Private Reserve. Madreselva is ideal for the nature lover, birdwatcher, photographer, and anyone looking for peace and relaxation.

Inside Madreselva, you will notice that we have an eye for detail. The house was designed to be at one with nature yet offer all the conveniences and charm our guests may desire. The open floor plan takes advantage of the ocean breezes, big views and incredible sunrise over the mountains. The gourmet kitchen is spacious, enjoys high-end appliances, and granite counter tops. There is a TV room with a large flat-screen, cable, and DVD player. The 4 bedrooms have high quality, comfortable mattresses that will leave you refreshed and ready for days of adventures. Gather your group together for a meal at the large twelve person table that overlooks the beautiful pool, valley, and ocean.


Outside Madreselva, you are surrounded by the wonders of nature. Sit by the pool and watch the clouds roll by, waves crash onto the Whale’s Tail, monkeys play in the treetops and birds fly below. The thatch roofed palapa (called 'rancho' in Costa Rica) hangs over the valley offering seamless views, and is a perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee or a sunset cook-out on the BBQ grill. The outdoor spaces are complete with hammocks and comfortable furniture perfect for napping or reading that book you have been dying to finish.

Madreselva is the perfect home-base from which to launch a number of exciting excursions. You can choose among a dozen beaches, surfing, whale and dolphin watching, horse riding, birdwatching, water rafting, kayaking, zip lining, fishing, and day as well as night-guided nature tours. Near us you can hike to 3 magnificent waterfalls through primary forest, as well as swim and play in the local river. You can also, take advantage of our trails for hiking, bird watching, or taking photographs of our diverse wildlife.

Our staff is ready to pamper you and make your vacation unforgettable. Rosibel, our housekeeper, is available from 7am - 1pm (Monday - Friday) to cook you a delightful breakfast made from local ingredients. She will also do a light cleaning that includes tidying up, making beds, and doing one load of laundry per day for your group. All this is included in the price. If you would like additional services, such as extra laundry, shopping, cooking other meals or child care, please let us know. We are happy to help.

Uvita is only minutes by car and offers a wide array of services including super markets, banks, a health clinic, dentist, pharmacy, veterinarian, and much more. There are several good restaurants in our area, and Ojochal, the next town south, has several excellent restaurants receiving high reviews. If you are a golfer, the San Buenas 18 holes golf course is only 25 minutes away.

Madreselva is a 'green home' - we are proud that we rely on solar energy for power and hot water. The home was built to the highest ecological standards and best practices in tropical architecture. The roof is made from recycled plastic, the pool tiles are recycled glass, and the wood throughout the house comes from local wood, certified as being sustainably harvested. Even the dining room table was crafted from a hardwood tree that fell on the property decades ago.

We hope you will choose Madreselva for your next vacation, family get-together or yoga/meditation retreat. The balmy breezes, private setting, and lush jungle surroundings will leave you relaxed, refreshed and looking forward to your next visit to our beautiful country.

Important: Our private gravel road (1 mile), while in excellent condition, is steep and thus you will need a 4x4 car to access our property.

Bedroom Configuration:
- 1 master bedroom with a Queen bed, ensuite bathroom, and outdoor shower.
- 1 master bedroom with a King sized bed, ensuite full bathroom and tv.
- 1 bedroom with a Queen bed and a Single bed, full bathroom across the breezeway.
- 1 bunk room with 2 Double beds below, 2 Singles above that can sleep up to six people. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/04/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    The house is not child proof so we prefer no children under the age of 7 years old. We are flexible on a case by case basis. The house is not suitable for toddlers as the pool is a part of the deck and not fenced. Also, the Rancho does not have child safe railings. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 13

  • Master 1: 1 king

    Private Full Bath...moreless

  • Master 2: 1 queen

    Private Full Bath with Outdoor Shower, Bidet, ...moreless

  • Bunk Room: 2 double, 2 twin/ single

    Full Bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Full Bathroom across the hall....moreless

  • Master Bedroom #1 - King Size Bed Master Bedroom #2 - Queen Size Bed Bunk Room- Two doubles and Two Double twin beds Bedroom #4 - Queen Bed and Twin Bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bunk Room Bathroom: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Master Bath 1: toilet, shower, bidet, outdoor shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: outdoor shower

    Next to the pool...moreless

  • Master Bath 2: toilet, shower, bidet

    ...moreless

  • There are 4 bathrooms at Madre Selva. The 2 master suites and the bunk room have private bathrooms. Bedroom #3 with one queen and a twin uses the full bathroom across the hall....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Rosibel, the house keeper, comes Monday to Friday from 7:00am - 1:00pm. She will cook a healthy and delicious breakfast for you, make your beds, tidy up around the house, take your trash out, and be there to make your stay more comfortable. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Ask Rosibel - there are several board games kept in the dry room....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable TV is provided...moreless

  • Stereo:

    There are many music stations that come from our cable TV, and we have a portable docking station which can be used with your phone to listen to your own music. ...moreless

  • Television:

    We have a 'smart' tv which allows you to access Netflix, Amazon, etc....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    The view at Madre Selva reaches from the Terraba River mouth and Drake Bay to the south up to the Whale's Tail (Cola Ballena) and Playa Hermosa to the north. ...moreless

  • Downtown:

    The small town of Uvita is just below Madre Selva...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Madre Selva overlooks the San Josecito Valley...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Expansive ocean views. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    The dining area overlooks the pool, the San Josecito Valley and the Pacific Ocean. The handmade dining room table accommodates up to 12 people. The 'breakfast counter' can fit up to 4 more. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Rosibel will wash, dry and fold 1 load of laundry each day (Mon-Fri) As the house runs on solar power we Dry between 9 am and noon if the batteries are above 75% charge. ...moreless

  • Garage:

    Our garage area is a covered open space for 2 cars. The rest of the parking is outside the car port area. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    We have excellent internet since we have direct line of sight to the tower....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    All the furniture at Refugio Madreselva was imported or handmade locally and is very comfortable. The living room over looks the pool and there is a separate TV room. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking area for up to 7 cars. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    For your convenience, we provide a cell phone for local phone calls. We also have a “voice over internet” phone to call the USA and Canada at no charge....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Rosibel will wash, dry and fold 1 load of laundry each day (Mon-Fri) As the house runs on solar power we wash between 9 am and noon if the batteries are above 75% charge. Extra loads $10 each....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is very spacious and offers all the amenities for cooking. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We provide coffee, sugar, salt as well as basic spices....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    The new refrigerator has a side by side fridge on top with a pull out freezer on the bottom. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    The house has a full length covered deck and a separate Rancho. ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    The house has a beautiful thatch roofed 'rancho' overlooking the coast, valley and mountains....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    tropical landscaped gardens....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    The grill is located under the outdoor Rancho. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    The infinity edge pool is perfect for swimming or just relaxing at the built in table and bench enjoying the beautiful view....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
Jan 9 - May 15, 2017
5 night min stay
$590
$4,130 $14,000
Green Season
May 16 - Nov 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$520
$3,640 $12,000
Christmas/New Year
Dec 1 - Jan 7, 2018
7 night min stay
$650
$15,000
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$650
$4,550 $12,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 13%

Notes:

Our rate for Easter and Christmas is $3800 a week with a minimum 5 night stay.


Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Last updated: 12/04/2016
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Location

35 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Quepos Regional Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 34 / Costanerra
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Playa Hermosa de Osa

Car: Necessary

Rosibel can make all the reservations for your dinners, adventure tours and activities for your convenience.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2014

About: The owners, Claudia and Harold Alderman spent their honeymoon almost 30 years ago in Costa Rica. While there, they fell in love with this beautiful country and fantasized about someday retiring in Costa Rica. Last year, their dream came true with the purchase of 25 acres in the Oro Verde Reserve. With Harold's enthusiastic support, Claudia spent the entire year creating Madreselva as an eco-home and wildlife refuge. Claudia is an environment specialist, who devoted her career to promoting biodiversity conservation and the improved management and financing of protected areas in Latin America. She has a Master's Degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental studies. Her thesis focused on the economic and ecologic benefits of private protected areas. When torn away from Costa Rica she is based in Washington DC.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/04/2016

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Photos

  • Your Vacation Destination

    Your Vacation Destination

  • View of pool and palapa

    View of pool and palapa

  • Relax in the hammock, read a book, or just dream...

    Relax in the hammock, read a book, or just dream...

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Bunk room- 2 double & 2 single beds, each with own window.

    Bunk room- 2 double & 2 single beds, each with own window.

  • 'Palapa' or 'rancho' Sit on the rocking chairs, play board games, or enjoy a BBQ

    'Palapa' or 'rancho' Sit on the rocking chairs, play board games, or enjoy a BBQ

  • Comfortable outdoor furniture throughout

    Comfortable outdoor furniture throughout

  • Master Bedroom 1 - with queen sized bed

    Master Bedroom 1 - with queen sized bed

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Dinning, living and tv rooms.

    Dinning, living and tv rooms.

  • Playa Ventanas - one of our favorite beaches in the area

    Playa Ventanas - one of our favorite beaches in the area

  • Madreselva is nested in the rain-forest- we wake up to birds & howling monkeys

    Madreselva is nested in the rain-forest- we wake up to birds & howling monkeys

  • Views from the palapa

    Views from the palapa

  • Time to Relax

    Time to Relax

  • Master Bedroom 2 with King-sized bed

    Master Bedroom 2 with King-sized bed

  • Amazing views from our pool!

    Amazing views from our pool!

  • View from the palapa

    View from the palapa

  • Outdoor seating area

    Outdoor seating area

  • Master bedroom 1

    Master bedroom 1

  • Hummingbird picture taken from palapa

    Hummingbird picture taken from palapa

  • Open Floor Plan to take advantage of the cool mountain breezes

    Open Floor Plan to take advantage of the cool mountain breezes

  • Howling monkeys will likely be the first sounds you hear as you wake

    Howling monkeys will likely be the first sounds you hear as you wake

  • Nearby waterfall and swimming hole

    Nearby waterfall and swimming hole

VRBO #665694

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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