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A Truly Beach Front Property! Just the Pool & Bocce Separate You From The Waves!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Your searching is done! We encourage you to please read on and you'll realize everything that makes this home a stand out, why so many Owners of vacation homes and even VRBO staffers stay here, and why after all the searching, you may have just located your ideal vacation home on the beach!! Please don't miss the over 65 Five Star Traveler Reviews by our guests that agree.

Situated in a national park, in the gated neighborhood of Palm Beach Estates, and directly on 3.5 mile Playa Grande Beach, you will feel completely at home in our private, 2300 square foot beach front home, with 3 Bedrooms (2 King Beds and 2 Twin Beds)and 2 full Baths with swimming pool. We can easily accommodate up to 6 people, but frequently rent to parties of 2. YES! We really and truly are ON THE BEACH! There are no 200 steps or 5-10 minute walks from our home to access the beach. Walk 15-20 seconds across the backyard and you're on Playa Grande!

INTERIOR: Professionally designed with tropical decor and custom works of art in every room, vaulted ceilings throughout, as well as air conditioning and ceiling fans in every room. Fully equipped professional kitchen with granite counters and granite central island with breakfast bar, finely crafted cedar wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances including 6 burner European stove/oven, microwave, side by side refrigerator, disposal and dishwasher. Every drawer and cabinet in the large kitchen is stocked and loaded with a variety of dishes and bowls (plastic and ceramic), plenty of utensils, knives, coffee cups, glasses and wine glasses (with stems & without), Cuisinart pots and pans, serving dishes, blenders, kitchen linens, whatever you need to cook and entertain-we've got it) Our large Grand Room is a perfect group gathering place, while the office/library offers a secluded escape for those who need some private space.

It's all about outdoor living in Playa Grande, but in the high heat of the afternoons and in the evenings we offer you a variety of indoor entertainment options including: flat screen TV, US cable channels and Apple TV, DVD player, and over 200 DVDs. A collection of family games and puzzles can be enjoyed on the patio or in the formal dining room. Our office/library provides high speed WIFI internet access. If you need to work from our home or stay in touch with family and friends, bring your laptop and log on! Our extensive library includes a unique collection of reference books, related to Costa Rica, ocean life, jungle animals, surfing, rain forests and a growing collection of Spanish literature as well as many great 'Beach Read' novels. Home security system and an extra large lock box are available to secure your personal belongings.

EXTERIOR: Overlooking the pool with Jacuzzi jets, the beachfront indoor/outdoor patio with its 2 BBQs (one gas and one charcoal), ping pong table, dining table and sofa sitting areas also opens up to the spacious Grand Room. We also offer a Bocce court, hammock area with a Living Wall, beach toys, Badminton and a Soft Top Surf Board.

Private gated entrance and secured, lighted, professionally landscaped grounds with hanging garden wall, brick walkways and driveway with off street parking, stone beachside patio, hammocks under the palms, Bocce Court, pool with Jacuzzi jets, plus 2 outdoor showers.

You will marvel at the monkeys and the myriad of birds in the landscaped tropical backyard as you relax by the pool or in the serenity of the outside patio. Endless adventure awaits: surfing, world class golfing, kayaking, deep sea fishing, boating excursions, canopy & zip lines, hiking or mountain bike riding. Or enjoy the laid back, beach life with a long lazy walk down the 3.5 mile white sand beach. Be careful not to step on the seashells at low tide!

INCLUDED WITH YOUR RENTAL: A Welcome Orientation and the availability of our nearby off-site Property Manager for anything related to the house during your stay. Three times a week house keeping and departure cleaning are also included.

We offer our guests the opportunity to consult with a Concierge through Frijoles Locos Surf Shop. Before your visit, we will connect you with our Concierge via email so you can plan ahead and fully enjoy your vacation. Assitance with car rental, airport transfers, activities and tours, surf lessons, and in home yoga classes, massages and spa services can all be arranged ahead of your arrival. As your group's Vacation Planner, we want you to enjoy a relaxing vacation as well!

LOCATION ON PLAYA GRANDE IS KEY! We are perfectly located in the more remote and exclusive Palm Beach Estates portion of Playa Grande. The homes in Palm Beach Estates have more full time residents and there are fewer hotels and less people than the north end of Playa Grande. There are 4 restaurants and a mini market within a 2-10 minute walk from the house. Surf board rentals and lessons are also available in Palm Beach Estates. The entrance to the community is gated and monitored at night.

A rental car is highly recommended to access the north end of Playa Grande and nearby communities. Prior to your arrival, if you know you don't like to feel isolated, our Concierge can arrange for a rental car to be dropped off at the house. There is secure parking for 3-4 cars at the house. We recommend getting an airport shuttle on arrival, (especially if you're arriving after 4:00pm) and having a car delivered the next day when you are relaxed and settled in. You can rent for your entire stay, including the return trip to the airport, or keep it for 3 or 4 days, use it to get groceries, explore the greater area, or to do some activities that cost so much more if you include the transportation. Don't plan to rely on public transportation. The bus comes once in the morning, and once in the afternoon only. Guests who wish to truly detach and take a step back, can get by just renting bikes and walking around the Playa Grande National Park area. However, keep in mind the roads in Palm Beach Estates are dirt, very dark at night and can be wet in the green season.

In 2014, Smarter Traveler named Playa Grande as, One of 10 Beaches for Your Lifetime Bucket List:

We completely agree that Playa Grande is one of the Top 10 Beaches in the World, and certainly the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica! Experience it for yourself!

For an additional fee: in-home spa services-massage, manicure, pedicure-in the comfort and privacy of our home, surf lessons, selected meals prepared by a fine European chef or experience local Costa Rican cuisine prepared by local cooks. Fresh baked bread and breakfast pastries can be delivered warm to the house. Salsa lessons and Spanish lessons can be arranged in advance.

FOOD LOVERS: Stimulate your palate with 12 local restaurants (4 within walking distance of the house) featuring a fusion of Costa Rican, European and American cuisines. (Please see photos) Home Made Fabulous European breads and pastries can be delivered warm to your front door several times a week during the high season. Take a ten minute walk down the beach, followed by a short boat-taxi ride, to the hustle and bustle of Tamarindo for shopping, surfing, night life, or more fine dining.

You will never forget your morning walks on the three and a half mile semi-private beach, warm afternoons poolside and on the Bocce court, sunset surfing in front of the house, or sitting on the beach and watching the sky burst with colors as the sun dips below the Pacific Ocean horizon, and the sound of the waves you will hear from your bedroom as you drift off to sleep. It's fantabulous and we can't wait to share our home with you!

Highly recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with children, families with teenagers, birders, girl's getaway, weddings, age 55+, guy's getaway, surf trip, Foodies, adventure seekers, sightseeing, beach lovers.

Keywords: Beach front Home; Pool; Beach Front House; Casa; Villa; 3 Bedroom 2 Bath House; Family Friendly; Couples; Seniors; Surf; Golf; Sleeps 6

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
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Calendar last updated:
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About Annette

Dennis and I both grew up on California beaches and have traveled the world enjoying a variety of beach cultures. Dennis and my 20 year old son, Luca, love to surf. I love to boogie board and walk the beach, in search of the perfect seashell. When we unexpectedly (See Story Below) found ourselves on Playa Grande, we knew our search for the perfect beach had come to it's completion! We love Grande and can't wait to share it with you. One of our greatest pleasures is listening to happy people who can't stop talking about their amazement at the beauty and solitude of Playa Grande and the wonderful experiences they shared with family or friends in our home.

Annette purchased this house in 2004

Why Annette chose Palm Beach Estates

We first visited Costa Rica, in 2004, with absolutely no intention of buying anything, except a few souvenirs. We were chatting with our hotel manager and he mentioned two American real estate agents who would pay for a round of golf, if you toured a home. Dennis was up for both adventures so off he went for a round of golf. That afternoon, we all piled into the real estate agent's tiny car and headed off through the cow fields. I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about exactly where these American guys were taking us! When we finally arrived at the house, we fell in love with the home's tropical decor. Then, we walked through the backyard and onto the beach. We were sold, hook line and sinker, as they say. It was the ONLY house we looked at!!! We have never regretted our impulsive decision and our love for this amazing country grows stronger with every visit. For several years after we bought, we would drive to other beaches along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in search of a finer beach. After 4 years we stopped, and we thank our lucky stars that we own a home on the most perfect beach in Costa Rica! We are located in Palm Beach Estates which despite it's proximity to Tamarindo is the far more private end of the beach.

BOTTOM LINE...You will have all this beauty and wonder all to yourself! You will see very few people, on "your" 3.5 mile beach, throughout the course of a typical day!

We love to talk about Costa Rica, so give us a call.

What makes this house unique


The magnificence of this beach is incomprehensible to most Americans. Miles of white sand beach, seashells, 84 degree average water meets tropical jungle, and not a soul around.


We do not consider this house to be a rental. It is our home. We are very proud of comments we've received from repeat visitors to Grande, as well as Grande locals, stating that our home is the best appointed house on Grande. From our new swimming pool & gourmet kitchen to entertainment for all, including: a collection of over 200 DVDs, puzzles and games galore, ping pong, badminton & bocce, 2 boogie boards, & a surfboard. The library is stocked with a large collection of books on Costa Rica, the seashore, the ocean, and the jungle, a wide variety of 'Beach Reads' plus, a comprehensive collection of books by Spanish writers. Each room is beautifully decorated with original works of art and FULLY EQUIPPED with everything you could possibly desire for your best beach vacation ever.


Most travelers to Costa Rica are looking for less crowded beaches and waves. Surfing the North End of Grande tends to be crowded since it accepts a more consistent south swell, resulting in better peaks and shoulders. As you move further south, the waves are as consistent, meaning you may actually get more waves, and have more fun with your friends and family. There is no need to share the waves, since no one else is around. When a northern swell hits Grande, the waves in front of the house have all the qualities of a PERFECT WAVE! The location of our home behind the mangrove makes our home a more peaceful and private, sanctuary style setting. It also means more leather back turtle nesting on our part of the beach during the high season! You certainly won't be bothered by people selling trinkets, or wanting to borrow beach chairs, or using the showers, while you are enjoying an outdoor massage on the patio


Palm Beach Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No refunds for cancellations made 30 days or less prior to arrival. 25% fee retained for cancellations prior to 30 days before arrival.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full sized bathrooms with large shower stalls
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private Gated Entrance & Secured Property, Custom Art in Every Room, Professionally Decorated, Granite & Mosaic Counters, FULLY Equipped Pro Kitchen, Refrigerator, Dish Washer, Coffee Maker, Blender, Margarita/Snow Cone Maker, Formal Dining Room, Bar Dining, Patio Dining, Library/Office, High Speed Wifi, American Quality Linens & Beach Towels, TV, Local Phone Service, Soft Top Surfboard, Coolers, Family Games & Puzzles, Swimming Pool, Covered & Open Air Patios, Landscaped Gardens & Living Wall. Extra Large Lock Box/Safe. Services of our Property Manager & Concierge are scheduled prior to your arrival. Three times a week House Cleaning and Departure Cleaning is included. Fabulous European Breads & Pastries can be ordered & delivered warm to the house 2-3 times a week. Fantastic Restaurants are as close as walking distance or a five minute drive. In-Home Yoga Classes, Spa & Massage appointments can be easily arranged. Best of all, Playa Grande beach is just steps from the back yard pat


Enjoying the tropical breeze!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Mar 16, 2015

I had a phenomenal time in Costa Rica at Casa Baula! Where to begin? The beach is big, beautiful and pristine; a quiet beach where it feels like you have it all to yourself. The home is close to several restaurant options, ranging from fine dining to tasty local fare. The beach is big, beautiful and pristine; a quiet beach where it feels like you have it all to yourself. The home is close to several restaurant options, ranging from fine dining to tasty local fare. The house was spacious and comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed. The living area opens out to a beautiful patio. Annette and Dennis (who were super helpful in getting us set up)and the property manager (a phenomenal chef whose services are available for at-home dining) We loved the days where we just stayed near the house, but also found that the area is perfect for exploring. Adventure tour with horseback riding and whitewater tubing? Yes, please. Hot springs with mud bath? Certainly! Surfing lessons? You bet. And the great thing is that all of these options can be arranged for you – just ask.

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for heaven on earth, then it is here at Casa Baula. There is nothing that you could want for that isn't already taken care of! There are so many wonderful things to say and not enough room on this review site!

My family and I stayed for a week in July. Annette was extremely communicative via phone and email prior to booking. Once we booked we were given the concierge contact (Jeanette) who helped us with booking our shuttle to the house from the airport, surfing lessons, renting a car and anything else we could think of. We were blown away by how well Annette and her team (including Manfred who was on site) catered to our every question and need.

Casa Baula is AMAZING! This house felt like our home right away. Manfred showed us around the house upon our arrival and the vacation began! It is clear that Annette and her family have spent a lot of time making this a wonderful vacation home. Everyday we found new artwork and decorations that help bring the spirit of Costa Rica inside. The book collection is stellar, there are tons of dvd's, internet, even a bluetooth speaker and an apple tv. Even the sheets and dishes add character to the house, the attention to detail in this house is stellar. Annette has little notes around the house that help you get acquainted and they have created a FABULOUS notebook that includes details on restaurants (including menus and recommendations), places to go see, things to do, it was incredible and a wonderful resource. There are even beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards and a surf board at the house! Talk about easy packing!

The gardens are stunning and there is a great bocce court, ping pong table, hammock and even a hanging wall garden! The pool was awesome and we spent most of our days either on the beach, which was just a short walk through the mangroves, or hanging in the pool and soaking up life in the comfortable outdoor patio!

No words describe how amazing this section of the beach is right outside your door! There was no one around and it was full of wonderful shells, waves, great walking beach (at low tide specifically), killer sunsets, truly beautiful, peaceful and stunning!

I could go on about all the wonderful things but alas I am running out of room. You don't need to bring a thing to Casa Baula except your bathing suit, literally, this house is turn key and way better than any hotel or resort. We cannot say enough good things! We hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Blair! Glad you loved the house and great to know you used the Welcome Book we've put together over the years!
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Secluded beachfront treasure

  • 5 of 5

Everything in the online description was true! and so much more. This is a truly secluded paradise. There is privacy from the neighboring houses. The "walk to the beach" is only 50 feet down a private path from the locking back gate. The beach is an astounding stretch of pristine sand stretching 1 mile south to the river across from Tamarindo and 2.5 miles north past Playa Grande. We would often be at the beach and look to the left and right, and the nearest person would be 1/2 mile away in either direction. The surf was great for beginning surfers and experts alike. Perfect for kids on boogie boards, too. The outdoor space was perfect for siestas out of the sun. The indoor great room was also very comfortable when it got too hot. The air conditioning was unimpeachable. There were plenty of indoor spaces for the kids to sneak away to read there books. There were many family board games that we made use of. Our daughters loved cooling off in the pool. The river between Tamarindo and Playa Grande beach seemed to keep the crowds, walking salesman and party atmosphere of Tamarindo refreshingly away. The kitchen was well stocked and very foodie-friendly. We cooked many meals. We also made use of the option of having a Costa Rican chef cook 2 of our meals. They were two of the best and most authentic of our trip (economical as well). We highly recommend Manfred's freshly baked and delivered treats and bread. We worked with the recommended concierge at Frijoles Loco surf shop to set up a private shuttle from the airport, a wonderful estuary tour, and horseback ride on the beach at Playa Concha. All our local contacts/guides through Frijoles Loco were reliable, friendly, on time, and professional. We were able to continue our running program on the beach at low tide (beautiful beach runs on nice compact sand) and on the dirt roads from Palm Beach resort back to Playa Grande center. The restaurants just steps from our door were surprisingly good for such a small population center. There is a small mercado for supplies only a 5 minute walk from our door.

In review, this was the ideal place for a family to rest, relax and be with each other. The beach was spectacular. It took us a few days to go from normal life mode to Pura Vida mode, but we relished it once attained. This was our first time in this country, but we know that we will need to come back soon. Thank you to the Sullivan family for sharing your secluded beachfront treasure! We loved it!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great trip to Casa Baula!

  • 5 of 5

We (2 couples) had a very relaxing and enjoyable time staying at Casa Baula. The villa is as advertised. A beautiful backyard, lots of wildlife from the Iguanas, the many species of birds and the troop of Howler monkey's that traveled thru the trees in the backyard. Their stopping to enjoy the vegetation was quite entertaining to watch and provided great photo opportunities. The pool was clean and very refreshing during the warm days and warm for a late night dip in the pool. The location on Playa Grande beach is very convenient. The beach is beautiful and was never crowded and a great place to enjoy the beautiful sunsets. The villa was clean, the beds comfortable and the kitchen well stocked to meet your needs. The grill is in great condition and worked well. Getting to the area from Liberia was easy with the clear directions provided. We look forward to returning to Casa Baula upon our next trip to CR.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Steps to the best beach in the region

  • 5 of 5

LOVED, loved, loved this home! Immediately felt comfortable and relaxed upon arriving. Only steps to the beach allowed for a real beach vacation. The kids loved the boogie boards and we enjoyed the best sunsets around. When we were not on the beach and enjoying the property the sounds of the waves could be heard in the privacy the gardens allow. I enjoyed the quite and safe area with plenty to keep us busy. We enjoyed Jeannette's concierge service and the Sunset sail with Serendipity was the highlight for me! We also tried the surfing with Jay just down the beach with Frijoles Locos surf shop. Great restaurants nearby. Enjoyed the freshly made baked items made by Manfred! I am so thankful we found this gem of a place and felt welcomed and confident in our choice. Would return in a heartbeat and if anyone ever asks I would recommend this home without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn’t ask for a nicer home in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

With four children from 10-21 it was perfect for all! The home was beautiful, and the Home owner and concierge were very helpful in planning. We enjoyed full days and felt there were many choices of activities or to relax. I would highly recommend this!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pura Vita

  • 5 of 5

Casa Baula ias a beautiful house located right on the beach. The house is spacious enough for 6 guest although we only had 4 people. The outside area is very nice with a huge covered patio with BBQ grills, Bocce ball court, ping pong table and a wonderful pool. Open the back gate and 50 feet to the most beautiful beach. Pura Vida!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Liberia (LIR)
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Hacienda Pinilla
Car: recommended

Our home is located in the Las Baulas National Park. It is a quiet, remote location. Tamarindo is just 30 minutes away by car or a 10 minute walk down the beach. There are 4 great restaurants within a 2-10 minute walk from the house, as well as a mini market 2 blocks away. Surf board rentals and surf lessons are also available in Palm Beach Estates. A rental car is recommended to access the north end of Playa Grande, nearby communities and additional restaurant options. Given our national park setting, it is not realistic to call a taxi. You can however get a taxi back to Playa Grande if you are in Tamarindo.

Tamarindo would be your desired rental location, if you're looking for lots of people and action, a multitude of tourist shops and restaurants, disco/nightlife options, vendors selling you trinkets on the beach (ceramic whistles are very popular), and taxis.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Rates include: 3 times a week house cleaning, departure cleaning, the services of our Property Manager and Concierge. Rates are subject to change, until reservation is confirmed. Please contact us for a monthly rate discount.
50% is required to secure your dates and the rental balance and the $500 security deposit is due prior to 30 days before your arrival.
CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds available 30 days prior to check-in date. A 25% processing fee will be
retained should you need to cancel the reservation before the 30 day cut-off date.
Cancellations will only be accepted via E-mail. No refunds will be issued for early departures, late arrivals, or no-shows.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund