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Mountain Retreat and Trout Fishing Adventure in a Tranquil Setting

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Enjoy a 3,200 sq ft home and scenic backyard

The Adventure Begins:

Trucha de La Montana (Trout Mountain) is a 3,200 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 3 bath home, situated on a luscious one acre trout farm with one large and two small rivers. The farm has the best tasting fresh caught trout in Costa Rica according to two local biologists. This home sits at an elevation of 6,500 ft above sea level (average temperature; 60F -75F). It boasts 3 fireplaces for those cozy, warm romantic evenings or days, 2 living rooms, and a generous 290 sq ft sunroom overlooking the property! Enjoy this home with your family and friends. Catch fresh trout and cook it immediately on the outside grill or in the oven for that perfect scrumptious gourmet inexpensive meal ($3.80 per pound!). Surround yourself with the fresh air in this mountainous area of Costa Rica. This home sits in the center of Barva Mountain and the Braulio Carrillo National Park. The owner/on-site manager is available to pick you up from the airport or your car rental office and effortlessly guide you “home”.

The home has a complimentary local lan line and USA phone in addition to DSL internet (6Mb up/1Mb down).

Enjoy the calming and peaceful tranquility this home has to offer. If you choose to venture off for an exciting day trip, there are plenty of excursions with a very short distance to enhance your adventure to Costa Rica; see below for details.

More Details

Steve Sklar
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 27, 2018

About Steve Sklar

Hello Everyone,

My name is Steve Sklar and I'm the owner and on-site manager. I'm originally from Los Angeles, California and currently live with my wife and son in this area of Costa Rica. Although we enjoyed the tropics of Hawaii for many years, we now call Costa Rica our home. I/we enjoy giving our guests the best time possible memories in this special home.

Steve Sklar purchased this house in 2012

Why Steve Sklar chose San José de la Montaña

The beauty this house has to offer is priceless. Over the years, we have constantly been asked by local residents to come to our property to fish and enjoy the picturesque park-like setting. Some people eagerly wanted to camp here for the night. Our house is known for not only a beautiful home and property but for the reputation of the special trout. Google kindly named the Google Map Street "Calle la Trucha". The moment we saw this home, we bought it and knew we wanted to have it for generations to come and for guests to enjoy.

What makes this house unique

Unlike other vacation homes, hotels, and hostels, this home offers you an inner peace and a get way from it all environment.


San José de la Montaña House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Kid's Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Guest Bedroom - 1 king , Large walk-in closet
    Kid's Bedroom - 1 queen , Large walk-in closet
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Attached 2nd livingroom, No walk-in closet
    Sleeper Sofa 1 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Located in Sunroom, very comfortable
    Sleeper Sofa 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Located in Sunroom, very comfortable
  • Some of the Sofa sleepers can be moved around according to your request and needs.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
As the owner/onsite property manager, I am available to provide concierge services such as grocery shopping, assistance with fishing and cooking the fish and being your personal tour guide for the spectacular nearby excursions. Some services are complimentary and some have a fee. Feel free to inquire specifically about your needs and we will be able to accommodate them! We want you to have an enjoyable vacation and meet all of your expectations.


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Mountain Retreat and Trout Fishing Adventure in a Tranquil Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Troutalicious and Family Fun

  • 5 of 5

Our intent for our vacation was to spend time with family. The 'trout house' allowed us to do just that. We were so comfortable the entire trip, from the soooooo soft beds to the everything you could think of appliances, the house gave us a home and with it a most gracious host.

Steve is such an asset to the vacation home. He knows where to go, gets you there, speaks the language, is well mannered, upbeat, and positive in a professional way. His many contacts for everything were also very handy at various times during our stay.

This home is also great for children and small children as there is plenty to do in and around the house itself from fishing to the multi station flatscreen TVs. One of my favorites was walking with the kids to the local mini market and buying them homemade ice creams from the fresh milk in the zone. Then we would go to the little playground and eat it. The family that owns the store was also very friendly and kind and even gave me an herb to make into tea when I was feeling bad, which cured me right up!

They sell homemade breads, fresh cows milk, the local sour cream, and many other staples.

The area is quite lovely. Very nice also was the warm fire and fireplace and the firewood was always restocked. I highly recommend the home, Steve, and leaving it up to him for transport and guide!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kissimmee, Florida USA

Mountain retreat and trout ponds.......Steve..........rental 785954

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleasantly surprised at the whole vacation down there in

Costa Rica! From picked up at airport (no car rental needed) and driven thru the city of San Jose north into the high country overlooking the city and valley. When arriving at this beautiful mountain home we all gasped and started grinning and didn't stop for our 12 days there! Made for a big family, all furnished with more than you need, fireplaces in the was just perfect for our family gathering. It overlooks trout ponds and beautiful trees. You also get a fantastic host who I think loves taking care of whatever needs or any problem you run into. Steve kept us in firewood and cooked us some great trout dinners, took us to town to shop whenever we wanted and on and on..........answered any questions, pointed out birds and plants,....he goes with the house and adds a real value to the price of the package. I feel like we got way more than we expected or paid for!

I am sure to go back again as the years go by. Every restaurant we went to was great also and a potpourii store a short walk away. We were together as a family with all four kids and all four grandkids and they all had a wonderful time.............Thanks Steve! are the perfect host!!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home in the mountains to relax and un-wind

  • 5 of 5

Steve was the perfect host! He arranged transportation to his beautiful house in the mountains in Costa Rica. The weather was cool but pleasant. We had a fire in the fireplace every evening which kept us warm and toasty. Steve helped us fish in the property's trout pond and then grilled the fish for dinner. Delicious! This home was really like home away from home. The beds were so comfortable and everything that we needed was there. If we needed anything additionally, Steve supplied it for us or provided transportation so we could get it. We had three small children so we did not go on many outings, although we could have easily. Steve's house is really a mountain retreat when one can un-wind and enjoy the family. We took daily walks and enjoyed the mountain air.

I highly recommend taking a vacation to this mountain retreat.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This home is even more beautiful than the pictures! Steve (the owner) was an exceptional host. My husband, I and another couple rented this home for a week in April. There was plenty of room and the accommodations were very comfortable. The home was equipped with everything we needed to enjoy cooking meals at home. We especially enjoyed dusk on the back porch watching the fire flys and snuggling up next to the fireplace for the evening. We loved fishing for trout with our Costa Rican fishing poles and the special batter Maritza made to cook them in. Steve was nice enough to clean the trout and even helped us cook it! There was plenty to do in this area. We especially loved the zip lining, La Paz Waterfall and hiking to the top of Barva volcano. We can't thank you enough Steve for opening up your home to us and all of your help making this a perfect vacation!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fair Play CA

Joel M

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this beautiful retreat for 11 days with my family of 5 in 2015. The surroundings of natural landscaping are breath taking. Steve and Maritza are wonderful hosts and very accommodating. Went zip lining and saw the children's museum in San Jose a must see. The trout fishing was a great experience. Fish, catch and Steve and Maritza will cook for you. The stay and accommodations could not have been better. Thanks for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joel for the very nice review! I am glad your family enjoyed your stay. Hopefully we'll see you next year and we can then make sure to take the time for the Barva Mountain hike. Once again, thanks for the review.
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Boxtel, Noord Brabant, Holland

This is paradise!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were so lucky to find this place!!! Maritza was so kind and helpful that we will never forget this. Without any doubt we will go back next year to this place. We ate trout that we "got out the river" ourselves.. Unbelievable but true. We live in Holland and we have trout in our country also but not same taste. Steve was so kind to have us made some calls to Holland without us to pay. GREAT and thank you Steve and Maritza for having an unforgettable time. See you next year for sure.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hans, Thanks so much for the kind review. We enjoyed having you stay at our beautiful vacation rental home. You are indeed a great fisherman! and it was a pleasure cooking the fresh caught trout for you. We look forward to seeing you and your family again next year.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Juan Santamaria
Nearest Ferry
62 Miles
Puntarenas Ferry
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
Route 126
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Restaurant & Bar Chagos
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Puntarenas / Jaco
Car: necessary

Here are just a few suggested activities that are nearby the home:

1) Barva Volcano Hike, visit “Barva Lagoon” and four major hiking trails (5- minute drive)

2) Canopy Adventure (5- minute drive)

3) Poás Volcano (1.5- hour drive)

4) Canopy Tour Zip Lining at Colinas del Poas (1- hour drive)

5) La Paz Waterfall Gardens (1- hour drive)

6) Café Britt (15- minute drive)

7) Paseo De Flores Mall (25- minute drive)

8) Zoo Ave Bird Sanctuary (45- minute drive)

9) San Jose, for dose of nightlife activities (30- minute drive)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79

1. Additional Guests
There are to be no additional guests on the property at any given time, other than what you have already confirmed.

2. Firewood
Re-stacking of firewood is $30. This will last you a pretty good amount of time.

3. Fresh Caught Trout
After you catch your trout I will gut it, weigh it and the charge will be ~$5.00 a pound.

4. Maid Service
Maid service is available during your stay for an additional cost of $25 for 5 hours of cleaning, etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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