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Amazing Value, Elegance, and Privacy Near Stunning Beaches, Pool and Views.

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3 floors - lower bedroom (lower left), main floor & living area, and top floor

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Last updated: 05/16/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Elegant Villa, 3 Bedrooms each with Kings, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7), private pool.

Villa Tekla is a distinctive three-level Spanish-Moorish eco-friendly open hacienda designed for the tropics, on 5 acres of forest and landscaped grounds, quietly situated 200 meters off the main road. It has extensive patios and is fully furnished. It can easily accommodate three couples and is suitable for families traveling together. Features include a sizable lap swimming pool for exercise, play and simply cooling off. We offer high speed WI-FI.

The spacious lower pool level room has a well stocked library, bathroom with shower and a king-sized bed with a private entrance accessed by the outside patio staircases. It has a separate entrance and is totally screened. The main floor is open-plan with living, dining, and kitchen areas surrounded by wide arched windows protected by artfully crafted Spanish grill work. The main-floor bedroom has a king canopy bed. The top floor has a king-sized bed that can be easily converted into two single beds and the views from here are spectacular. The large tiled patio has seating and a charcoal barbecue.

All linen is provided. Our maid has access to our washer-dryer and can do your clothes at a reasonable price. Otherwise, twice-a-week maid service and gardening services are provided at no cost to you. Cable TV, broadband internet, and wi-fi are all free.

The property is 1 1/2 miles from the thriving fishing town of Quepos and an easy walk or drive to the sweeping tourist beaches that continue into Manuel Antonio's National Park, which has become one of Central America's tourist meccas. Several smaller and more private beaches can be accessed, and we can provide directions to them. Though at nine degrees latitude, the climate is benign, with lovely breezes, the temperature ranging in Fahrenheit from the low 70s to the mid-80s, depending on the season.

Villa Tekla provides a chance to enjoy a unique tropical experience, available nowhere else in the Manuel Antonio area. Surrounded by five acres of forest, you will have complete privacy as you enjoy a sunset drink around our pool while gazing upon the distant mountains and the sea, while toucans, squirrel monkeys and kinkajoos cavort in the trees. Yet you are only minutes away to stores, fine restaurants, and the incredible beaches that have made Manuel Antonio world famous.

Forbes Magazine has just named Manuel Antonio as one of the world's 12 best national parks: "Here is a stunning combination of beaches and coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling and exploring the area’s famous tangle of mangroves. Rainforest jungles remain untouched habitats for Brown-throated Three-toed Sloths, iguanas, Central American squirrel monkeys and birds of extraordinary colors. One of Costa Rica’s smallest national parks, Manuel Antonio is nevertheless one of its most popular, with activities ranging from white-water rafting and sea kayaking to horseback riding on one of the park’s four beaches."

There is a chef available at request who works miracles with the area's fresh produce, seafoods and meats. Unique to Villa Tekla are the reasonably priced guide services of our close friend Melvin who is thoroughly bilingual (he lived with us in Canada as a child), has 20 years experience leading rafting and hiking tours, and knows the region like no other.

The owner, novelist William Deverell and his family welcome you to their home.

Additional Information:

House Manager

Rebecca Wells is our villa manager in Manuel Antonio who lives only a few minutes down our road. Rebecca can be reached at the numbers in the contact link. She and her husband Jacob are completely bilingual and will help you with any problems, and will assist you with arrival arrangements.

Maid and Gardener

Our maid comes mornings twice a week for four or five hours. If you would like additional help, Rebecca can arrange for that at the maid's regularly hourly rate, and she can also be hired as well to do your personal laundry in the washer/dryer. Our gardener comes twice a week, early in the morning, for grounds maintenance. Someone also drops by once or twice a week to do pool maintenance.We hope you will treat our staff with trust and respect - they have ours.

Linens and Towels

We supply all essential household goods, including linens and towels, but please do not take our towels to the beach.

Communications

We have two TV sets for your use, with 66 cable channels, as well as DVD and VCR players, and a small library of movies. A high-speed Internet service will provide those who bring laptops or netbooks with a fast, reliable wi-fi service at our cost, for which Rebecca will provide a password. A 22-inch external monitor, USB keyboard and mouse are available at no cost. Our house telephone line 2777-1092 does not permit international calls. There is Internet cafe nearby and more in Quepos.

Waste disposal

Please follow basic ecologically sound practices. There's a recycling container in the kitchen which the gardener will sort and empty from time to time. The maid will dispose of garbage, but if you need to do so yourself, you may place bagged garbage into a neighbourhood bin just down the road which is emptied regularly by the municipal service.

Garden

Enjoy any fruit that ripens in the orchard. Bananas, papayas, pineapples, grapefruit, lemons, limes, sour and sweet oranges, mangos, coconuts, avocados and guayabana grow in front of and below the house. Many of these are seasonal, however, and our gardener will offer fruit as it comes available - or ask him to pick for you. Please don't pick fruit yourselves.

Water

The water, as in most of Costa Rica is potable, though many locals and visitors prefer to buy bottled. We are on a septic system, so please do not flush non-biodegradable items (dental floss, tampons, condoms etc.) which clog the septic tank.

Power

We are on the same voltage system as North America, and will run your hair dryer and all our power devices. The refrigerator should not be kept open, as that risks motor burnout.

Keys

Rebecca will give you all necessary keys, and explain their use and the security rules. No one else but she and you will have access to the dehumidified storage unit.

Groceries

An eight-minute walk toward the beach brings you to a supermarket named Super Josette, which has everything you need: fresh meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and a wide selection of juices, beer, wine, and liquors and an excellent juice and wine selection. Fresh-baked bread and pastries are available at a bakery only several minutes away. There's a wide range of stores in Quepos to suit every need. However, the freshest produce is available Friday evenings and Saturdays, five a.m. till noon, at the Farmers' Market on the Quepos seawall. For simple items (milk, sodas, soap, toilet paper) turn right or left from our gate, and there are pulperias two minutes walk in either direction.

Money

U.S. dollars can be changed at any of several banks in Quepos and Manuel Antonio. The closest are the Promerica Bank and Banco de Costa Rica, both a 15-minute walk toward the beach. There are ATMs there and in Quepos that take bank cards. All businesses and restaurants accept U.S. dollars, and almost all accept major credit cards.

Restaurants

There are many simple-to-high-end restaurants within easy walking distance of the villa, several of which offer the best dining experiences available in the Quepos-Manuel Antonio area. Don't hesitate to ask Rebecca to recommend any of them and give information about quality and pricing.
We can arrange have a private chef come to the house to cook for you and your guests, please let us know if you would like to arrange that.

Traveling

We know this area well (we've been coming here since 1980) but for newcomers we strongly recommend a good travel book such as Lonely Planet or the New Key to Costa Rica (house copies of these should not be removed). It is a good idea to look at www.quepolandia.com (click on "visitor resources") before arriving, for current information about restaurants, transportation, and local events. The free monthly print version is available at many stores. Lynch Travel, in Quepos, is helpful, especially with local flights.

From San Jose's international airport, Quepos is a twenty-minute flight away, or you may enjoy bus ride of a few hours or rent a car, or hire a taxi. Rebecca can assist you with local travel arrangements, including current taxi rates. All taxis become collectivos, charging a flat price per person when they return from the beach toward Quepos. The Quepos-Manuel Antonio bus runs every half hour, more often at busy times. The nearest bus stop (5 minutes away) is in front of Manuel Antonio's soccer field.

Insect tips

Nature is in balance here, and because of the bountiful bird life, insects are rarely a problem. Little ankle-nippers may visit at dusk, so use the floor fans and the several high-speed ceiling fans. We are rarely bothered by mosquitoes, but for those who react to them, we recommend lotions and the use of our mosquito nets at night. For those who prefer not to use the nets, the pool-level bedroom and bathroom are entirely screened off. The larger bugs are totally harmless and some, like scarab beetles, are a marvel to watch. The fireflies are a delight.

We tend not to use non-organic insect sprays, though we keep organic ones handy: bugs simply don't like white walls and yellow lights, they don't like not having hidden spaces to crawl into, and they are bored by people who put food away and keep the dishes clean.

A well-trimmed lawn keeps bugs away from the house. The nightjars and the flycatchers and the swallows and the blue-grey tanagers and house wrens do the rest. Tiny ants, however, will sometimes mysteriously appear, and they do an efficient job of cleaning up - if you haven't - but disappear if there's no work available.
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 88%
Calendar last updated: 05/16/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 4500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Very safe for children, but do not let toddlers play around the pool without supervision....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking not permitted inside the house...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The main floor, with its kitchen, dining, bathroom an bedroom, is level with the outdoor entrance, so totally accessible...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    King size bed in lower level suite, which is screened in....moreless

  • Convertible bed(s)

    Living Room Sofa will suffice as a twin bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    King size canopy bed on first floor, optional mosquito net ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Two twin beds in upper bedroom combine into one king bed...moreless

  • King size beds (2), two single beds that can be combined into one king bed. Living room sofa can also serve as a bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Located on main floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Located in lower level suite...moreless

  • The main floor bathroom is roomy with a tiled shower/bath area that is fun and safe for little kids. Stacks of towels....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m. When available, a later check out, or earlier check in time can be arranged. Please enquire ahead of time for availability. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Extensive book collection...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    69 channels to choose from, all major US networks, 10 movie channels in English...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Ipod docking station w/ speakers...moreless

  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

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
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Mountain View:

    A northern view of the mountains surrounding San Jose and the Central Valley is spectacular....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Distant Western view of Pacific Shores and Damas Island, with full sunsets April to October....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Stacked washer and dryer (see note under washer)...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Please do not take the house towels to the beach...moreless

  • Parking:

    Secure parking in front of the house...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    A 2-vehicle parking area is by the house, plus a turn-around area...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Only for calls within Costa Rica. International calls require an international calling card - available in many local shops....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and beach towels provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Stacked washer and dryer The maid has access and will be pleased to do your laundry at a reasonable rate....moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Check with our property manager - she will arrange handle cooking and arrange catering...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pots, sauce pans, frying pans and food processor...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Place setting for 6...moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave

Outside

  • Balcony:

    The mid-floor patio becomes a balcony overlooking the jungle and distant mountains....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio table with seating for 6...moreless

  • Golf:

    Nearby Golf Course in Jaco. A 1 hour drive from Quepos...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Our new pool is a sizable lap pool for swimming and exercise and play (and just cooling off) Young Children must be monitored....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

4.9
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$190
$1,000 $3,400
Hi Season
Dec 16 - Jan 7, 2018
3 night min stay
$340
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$250
$1,400 $4,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m.

When available, a later check out, or earlier check in time can be arranged. Please ask ahead of time for availability.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Location

15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Quepos
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Manuel Antonio

Car: Not Necessary

Renters may enjoy jungle canopy tours, deep-sea fishing, National Park tours, trails to waterfalls and exploring the many smaller beaches in and outside the park. Our forest connects to the National Part, and we have monkeys galore. There are many boat tours available as well to the mangrove lagoons, sunset cruises, dolphin and whale-watching, and two casinos nearby and one in Quepos. Several sports bars and other lounges with live music.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1981

About the owner: William Deverell, the award-winning Canadian crime writer, is a long-time resident of British Columbia's Gulf Islands, and he also lives and works much of the year in this home in Costa Rica, which is named after his late wife, Tekla Deverell, a counseling psychologist. They built their dream villa in 1983 in the jungle of the fast-developing tourist hotspot of Manuel Antonio. VRBO doesn't allow extraneous websites, so if you'd like to know more about the owner, Google William Deverell. The picture is of his son who is currently managing this listing from Brooklyn New York.

Why the Owner Chose Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica:
This was an unspoiled paradise in the 1980s, when William and Tekla discovered it. Arguably the area boasts the finest collection of beaches in the tropical world. Manuel Antonio now sparkles with luxury hotels, homes and condos and is fast becoming a rainforest riviera.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Peace, beauty, friends. Monkeys, birds, flowering tropical trees. Incredible views from the rise on which the villa was built upon five acres of pristine jungle. A climate that never gets too hot (it's soothed by breezes off the ocean) and is always warm at night. A beautiful sky, tropical sunrises and sunsets, warm torrential rains in the green season, dry cooling winds in the dry season. Mangoes in May. Grapefruit in November. Bananas all year round. Papayas, pineapples, lemons, limes, avocados -- you will be surrounded by organic fruits.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 88%
Calendar last updated: 05/16/2017

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Photos

  • 3 floors - lower bedroom (lower left), main floor & living area, and top floor

    3 floors - lower bedroom (lower left), main floor & living area, and top floor

  • View from gardens below the house.

    View from gardens below the house.

  • Pool with hammock and shower and banana trees.

    Pool with hammock and shower and banana trees.

  • View down from patio on main level to pool.

    View down from patio on main level to pool.

  • Open concept kitchen to living and dining.

    Open concept kitchen to living and dining.

  • Extra sleeping on comfy sofa... great for afternoon naps!

    Extra sleeping on comfy sofa... great for afternoon naps!

  • Dining for 6-8.

    Dining for 6-8.

  • Stairs to 2nd floor bedroom and hall to main level bath and bedroom.

    Stairs to 2nd floor bedroom and hall to main level bath and bedroom.

  • View down to patio and pool from 2nd floor bedroom.

    View down to patio and pool from 2nd floor bedroom.

  • Master Suite on lower level with private 3 piece bathroom. King bed.

    Master Suite on lower level with private 3 piece bathroom. King bed.

  • A friendly little visitor!

    A friendly little visitor!

  • View of house from main driveway and gates.

    View of house from main driveway and gates.

  • A sunset from our patio in May, in the heart of the green season.

    A sunset from our patio in May, in the heart of the green season.

  • View of stairs to master suite and pool below living room.

    View of stairs to master suite and pool below living room.

  • View of pool showing living room above.

    View of pool showing living room above.

  • Secured main entrance from private driveway.

    Secured main entrance from private driveway.

  • Living and dining room overlooking ocean, mountains and pool below.

    Living and dining room overlooking ocean, mountains and pool below.

  • Secure dry closet with electronics, TV, DVD, CD player, games, and books.

    Secure dry closet with electronics, TV, DVD, CD player, games, and books.

  • Kitchen counter with main entrance... new stove top and stainless fridge.

    Kitchen counter with main entrance... new stove top and stainless fridge.

  • 2nd floor bedroom with incredible views! King bed.

    2nd floor bedroom with incredible views! King bed.

  • Main floor bedroom with king sized bed, small desk, and storage.

    Main floor bedroom with king sized bed, small desk, and storage.

  • Main floor bathroom with shower/ tub combo and shuttered privacy window.

    Main floor bathroom with shower/ tub combo and shuttered privacy window.

  • Gardens below house extend into jungle beauty.

    Gardens below house extend into jungle beauty.

  • An early morning beach walk nearby.

    An early morning beach walk nearby.

VRBO #78616

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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