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

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


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 (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

Daniel Deverell
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2018

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

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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Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
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.


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Amazing Value, Elegance, and Privacy near Stunning Beaches, Pool and Views.
average rating of 4.9375 based on 21 reviews

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: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Lovely location and great hosts .I needed this and it’s handy to everything yet very private .

  • 5 of 5

Sounds of the jungle and peaceful setting is all one can ask for when on vacation . Hosts were great and the location is ideal!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pagosa Springs

A wonderful and unique property!

  • 5 of 5

Home is open to outside making you feel one with nature. Equipped with everything we needed. Pool was clean and perfect temperature for taking a dip. White faced monkeys greeted us by the pool on our first day. Saw many toucans, canaries, parrots and other colorful birds white sitting on the terrace. Enjoyed reading and relaxing on the two hammocks overlooking the pool. Just a walk or drive the wonderful restaurants and ocean view bars. A short drive to Manuel Antonio National Park, but would recommend taking a tour bus there as traffic at the park is very congested. We really enjoyed our stay here and would return again!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very glad that you enjoyed your stay. Its always fun to watch the monkeys play by the pool! - Daniel
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Great time

  • 5 of 5

Villa Tekla is a fantastic home and Rebecca is an invaluable resource for local tours and insights (guess that comes with living in Costa Rica for 20+ years!) Loved the open-air concept. We enjoyed the nightly visits from the local Toucans in the trees and spotted a coati and a couple of agoutis on the grounds as well. One thing: Follow Rebecca's advice to store all food in the fridge or other areas that have doors (closets/ovens/etc.). We forgot one night and a troop of raccoons paid us a visit in the wee hours of the morning. Great memory, but we remembered to store all of our food the other nights. No more visits -- at least that we knew of! Also, if you get a chance to hire Dagoberto -- a local guide -- for a 1/2 day at Manuel Antonio do it! Great guy with great insights on the wildlife. His sister also makes really good tamales (we bought 10 from her and he delivered them to the house!)

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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open air home on the monkey jungle highway

  • 5 of 5

Spectacular stay. Lovely home. No ac so be prepared to sleep with ceiling fans on. Bring bug spray. Wildlife will come into the house. It is AWESOME! Pool is spectacular. Large king beds are comfy, 2 single beds not as comfy for adults but great for kids. WEll maintained and excellently equipped kitchen with grill etc. We saw a troop of squirrel monkeys come through one afternoon. Very entertaining. Birds, peace and quiet. lovely grounds on 4 acres.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clermont, Fl.

Nice place, great location and secure

  • 5 of 5

Rebecca met us at the home and gave us an orientation to home and tips for restaurants and activities and she was available via phone,text and email at all times. Home is spacious and beautiful. It is an open air home so if bugs offend you or you need ac this probably won't work for you. If you enjoy being in the jungle, it's really cool. We enjoyed it. Jim L. Florida

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
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.




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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.