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

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

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.

More Details

Owner
Daniel Deverell
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Daniel Deverell

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.

Daniel Deverell purchased this villa in 1981

Why Daniel Deverell chose Manuel Antonio Area

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Villa Tekla was amazing!!! It was a beautiful open air house right in the middle of nature. We got to see white face monkeys and a sloth right in the back yard! Not to mention the iguana who lives under the pool (which is fantastically warm). The house is centrally located in Manuel Antonio, not even 10 minutes from the public beach and park! Also Playa Beisanz is a must see! Rebecca was fantastic! She gave us a few ideas of where to eat and what tours to take, I HIGHLY recommend the Chino Mangrove your and request Alex as your guide! You get to see white face monkeys up close as well as feed them! Alex is super informative and is a blast! Def would stay here again if I was to visit the area. Would not recommend for light sleepers. The mornings can be loud if you hate waking up to birds, howler monkeys, etc.
Aug 2014
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Amenities

Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Located on main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Located in lower level suite
  • The main floor bathroom is roomy with a tiled shower/bath area that is fun and safe for little kids. Stacks of towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , King size bed in lower level suite, which is screened in.
    Convertible bed(s) - Living Room Sofa will suffice as a twin bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size canopy bed on first floor, optional mosquito net
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Two twin beds in upper bedroom combine into one king bed
  • King size beds (2), two single beds that can be combined into one king bed. Living room sofa can also serve as a bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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 enquire ahead of time for availability.

Reviews

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Amazing Value, Elegance, and Privacy near Stunning Beaches, Pool and Views.
average rating of 4.9 based on 15 reviews
5

Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa! Rented this for my in-laws for my wedding week. It was beautiful. They told me the house manager was very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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5

We had a wonderful month.

  • 5 of 5

We lived as though we were Costa Ricans. Went to the market. Shopped at Pali. Four dips in the pool per day. The Villa is a very easy place live. We loved every minute!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your time there Allyn.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
5

Amazing stay in the middle of a tropical jungle

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the villa, enjoyed its open concept with all the animal sounds at night, and seeing monkeys and sloths during the day. It is amazingly well equipped, beautifully and comfortably furnished, and really a home away from home (only much better!). While there, I read one of the mysteries written by the original owner, William Deverell and found it very interesting (many of his books and many other books are on a shelf inside the TV cabinet with more in the downstairs bedroom).

There were 7 of us staying there, with enough space and privacy for all of us, and even a crib and a high chair for our 15-month-old granddaughter. The pool was refreshing and long enough for swimming short laps. We spent many pleasant hours watching the jungle and the wildlife from its deck. Rebecca and Jacob, the property managers, were extremely kind, helpful, and always available at a few minutes' notice.

There is a small store a few steps away, and many good restaurants within walking distance. We especially enjoyed Burritos just around the corner.

The beach is a short drive away down the hill. The main part does get a bit crowded and parking is a bit of an issue . Some guys try to stop you driving down trying to make you park much earlier than at the end of the road and charge $5 to guard your vehicle. If you go to Manuel Antonio Park around 8 AM, there is plenty of parking space in the large parking lot at the very end of the road and it costs $4 for the day. A better option is taking the local bus. We visited Manuel Antonio Park ($16) - beautiful beaches, lots of monkeys, sloths, raccoons, koati, and deer- and the Rainmaker Conservation Project ($20) about 30 min north of Manuel Antonio, which was absolutely amazing - hanging bridges, waterfalls - we swam in one- and a nice lunch for an extra $5. We also drove to Dominical and took the road inland up to a point with a beautiful view and a good soda where we had lunch.

All in all, it was an amazing experience that we will remember forever.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington DC
5

Canot convey the awesome of this place. If you hate to camp but love nature this is your place.

  • 5 of 5

Villa Tekla is your spot if you like "glamping" Camping with all the amenities, refrigerator, stove, TV, WiFi, hot water and a private pool! A very thought out villa that uses the idea of openness to bring you into the surrounding rain forest. I will have to warn that there are no glass windows in the Villa (master bedroom downstairs is fully screened in) and that unnerved me at first, but with the view and everything you'll forget about that in minutes. After spending only 16 hours on the property I saw Toucans, sloths, small poisons looking frogs and a myriad of birds and butterflies I can't even keep track of. Yes nature may visit inside, as we had several birds pop into the rooms, house geckos to help with keeping the bugs down and the special occasion was when a wayward two toed sloth decided to take a stroll along the gates, the main living room windows and overhang. That is something I will never forget.

One word of advice don't leave the main white lights on in any room during the night for a long time. We made that mistake the second day and it became bug central, but hey you're visiting a place that has a huge amount of wildlife and to me it was a plus!

Waking up to the morning sun (due to damn loud monkeys and birds) on the patio with a coffee was just amazing. The views are spectacular and just being in the canopy of a rainforest is something I doubt anyone would forget.

All rooms have very powerful ceiling fans that facilitate the airflow to make the house very comfortable even during times of high heat and humidity. One day reached 98 degrees F 100% humidity but inside it was a comfortable 75-80 F degrees. The tiered layout of the house made me feel like a kid again (I'm 46). Plenty of room for several couples (only 2 of us but could accommodate 4-6 easily) as long as you aren't concerned about privacy, as the house is constructed for maximum airflow to keep it cool so there are very few doors which may make some westerners uncomfortable. And how can you not resist a private pool (just about 6ft deep).

Fully functioning kitchen with coffee maker, blender (most important for pina coladas!), toaster, microwave, full size refrigerator and stove and most all pots/pans you can think of. The knives were actually sharp!

It's only 1/4 of a mile to a very well stocked market which had more European cheeses than my local grocer in DC does! People in Manuel Antonio are very friendly and helpful.

Wesley DC

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and glad you enjoyed your stay at our family home. Come again soon!
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5

Loved staying at Villa Te...

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying at Villa Tekla. Perfect for a small group

of people or family. Enjoyed cooling off in the pool

and seeing the monkeys play in the trees. Would stay

there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

2009 was our first visit ...

  • 5 of 5

2009 was our first visit to Villa Tekla. Four weeks was not enough. The only thing missing from Bill and Tekla home was Bill and Tekla. We enjoyed our stay so much that we came home and booked our 2010 stay. Can't wait to return. And to Bill and Tekla, we always have a spare room or two if you get home sick.

Dan and Kev

  • Submitted: May 15, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Quepos
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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.