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Villa De La Mariposa - a Private Family Villa Offering Limited Availability

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Last updated: 10/07/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6 (8 if Children), 2 balconies & in-ground pool

Villa is located between Sosua & Cabarette, 500 meters from ocean down a paved road. Villa de la Mariposa is our personal residence in the Dominican Republic. It was a tough decision to offer our home for vacation rentals. In doing so, we may request references prior to your arrival. You notice that the calendar is full since we live here 5 or 6 months every year and intend to make Villa de la Mariposa available on a limited basis when we are in the US. Our home is on the north coast between Sosua and Cabarete, located adjacent to Sea Horse Ranch and Sosua Ocean Village.

By this being our residence, many items found in a home are present here. We wanted to have the comforts of home so we probably purchased items not usually found in a rental house. If you need something that is not present, please make sure that Jose is made aware of it and possibly could purchase it for your use prior to your departure.


Staff at Villa de la Mariposa: Our friends manage and take care of our property. We have known Jose for over 8 years and he has been our driver, our manager, but most of all our friend. He will take care of any problems that arise when we are gone. Nelly, and her son Gary, are also more than employees, and also are willing to handle anything you may need while visiting our home. We have know them for more than 6 or 7 years.


Jose is available to show you the area, knows the best restaurants, and has people available to fix any problems that may occur. Nelly will come to the house on the week days to straighten up, light cleaning, laundry services, and possible short errands you may require. Gary will clean the pool and rake the leaves Monday through Saturday. Both Nelly and Gary will finish their duties by 1 PM, but would stay longer if needed. I pay them for being there to assist, but tips for good housekeeping services are not unusual in the DR. I am sure when you leave, they will be your friends as well.

Electronics And Other Amenties: The house is equipped with HIGH SPEED (30+ Mbps) wireless internet on the top floor with a repeater on the second level. This gives coverage to most of the house, but oftentimes in the DR, it is slower than in the US. The small printer is available (HP Office Jet 5525) for use as well. Upon check-in, Jose or Nelly will give you the WEP password so you can access the router with your laptop or IPad. We have security cameras outside and in the main living area (not bedrooms, etc. of course) but these could be disable during your stay, if desired. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, blender, microwave, etc. We have a small safe to keep your passports, money, jewelry, etc. during your stay. Ceiling fans through out the house and on the porches with A/C in all 3 bedrooms, as well. Over 100 channels are available on the 4 TVs (Each of the 3 bedrooms has a flat screen TV, as well as the 42' located in the Great Room)- including CNN, ESPN, and even Fox News for our conservative guests). A DVD player, Ipod player are also available for use.

Tips for the DR: Driving is different here due to the many 'motorconchos' (motorbikes used as a taxi). Jose is a taxi driver and will be able to help you on any excursion. His rates are the same at other taxis here and he is a good driver (unlike some I have experienced). If you do not use Jose, always confirm the price before getting into the car. Try to find someone who speaks your language as well. If you choose to rent a car, be sure to pay a little extra for the insurance coverage since your credit card or home coverage may not be available. I have rented on a few occasions and never had any problem.
I have never had a problem using my MasterCard here. I try to limit the use of it due to fees back home. I always convert my dollars to pesos (Jose will do this for you - at no charge) for restaurants, etc. and use my card when buying groceries at the supermarket. Never had any problems. I do not use ATMs due to excessive fees. Checks generally will not be accepted so bring some cash when you come.

Owner

Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 10/07/2016

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 3100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking permitted on porches or balconies...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Master: 1 king

    A/C, TV, Private Bath, Ceiling Fan...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    A/C, Private Bath, Flat Screen TV, Ceiling Fan, & Single Bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    A/C, Private Bath, Flat Screen TV, Ceiling Fan & Single Bed...moreless

  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans, A/C, Flat Screen TVs, and bathrooms. The master bedroom bath also serves as the bathroom for the main living area on the top floor. The two bedrooms on the lower level have queen beds and a single bed in the same room. If you do not wish to use the two single beds, the maximum number of guest would be 6 - (8 Guest possible if Children are on guest list and the children use the two single beds located in each of the two downstairs bedrooms - 3 guest are possible in each of these rooms if CHILDREN ARE IN BEDROOM WITH PARENTS thereby increasing the number of guest in the party to 8). Closet space is available in all of the bedrooms for hanging clothes as well as a dresser in each bedroom. A night stand with a lamp is in every bedroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Master Bath: toilet, shower

    Walk in shower with rain shower feature and glass block wall...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Private Bath with granite counter...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Private Bath with granite counter...moreless

  • The bathrooms have solid wood cabinets and drawers. The Master Bath has a glass block walk-in shower while the other baths have a tub and shower combination. The counter top in the Master Bath has two sinks with a granite top. There is plenty of storage in the cabinets in the Master Bath. The Guest Baths have a single sink with a granite top....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Advance notice required at time of final booking should babysitter, chef or cook be requested. The daily maid service is week days only, and for approximately 2 to 3 hours per day. This includes light cleaning and laundry services. Additional cleaning, cooking, personal laundry services or more daily hours would require agreement directly with Nelly (Jose can help with this if needed). Occasionally, electricity will be shut off or rotated by the power company. This may happen once every other week or so. The house is equipped with an inverter to assist should power be lost. The inverter will supply sufficient power for appliances, excluding dishwasher and microwave. The A/C units will not run when power is lost but start up automatically when restored. The inverter should supply power for 12 to 24 hours depending on the amount of electricity being used. We have never had a problem whereby the power from the inverter was depleted prior to power being restored....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    All TVs are flat screens with a TV in each of the three bedrooms and the Great Room/ Kitchen area....moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach:

    A sandy beach that a short 5 minute walk from the villa that is used for swimming and snorkeling....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    About a 5 minute walk to the beach...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Paragliding
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Dumbbells located pool side for workout in pool. An electric treadmill located in great room for cardio workouts....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Usual connection speed in excess of 30mbps at my home here, which is highly unusual for rentals in Sosua. If internet is a must have, ALWAYS check connection speed because often not useable in Sosua....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Lazy Boy style furniture with 42" flat screen TV (Samsung Smart TV)...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Magic Jack for calls to US and Canada. Cell phone for local calls ( buy minutes as needed)...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Since this is my home for 6 months during the year, kitchen has furnishings not usually found in rental properties....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    3 balconies and a stone deck surrounding the private pool....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    A stone pool deck surrounding the pool with 3 separate balconies/porches for use of our guests...moreless

  • Golf:

    Nearest golf course is about 15 miles away, located in Playa Dorado....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    A gas grill is located on the balcony adjacent to the dining area/ Great room....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts are available within a 15 minute drive....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    A private pool that has palms screening the entire area from view by passing cars, etc....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$195
$1,325

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED

The weekly/night rate includes the use of the villa, utilities, all it's amenities, and the villa staff, including their usual duties. These rates are for these items, including the two (2) primary guests. Additional guests would be at $10.00 per person, per night, excluding children. Children under 18 years of age are free (staying with parent/guardian). Maid Service Fee is Optional w/ 8% suggested, depending on level of service. Nelly charges $5.00 USD per person, per meal, to prepare, to cook, to serve, and to clean up. This is less expensive than a chef and the food is excellent, Nelly having worked in several local restaurants.

*** MONTHLY RATES DO NOT INCLUDE ELECTRICITY.... THIS AMOUNT WILL BE ADDED DEPENDING ON AMOUNT USED BY CLIENT ***


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

10 Miles
Nearest Airport
Gregorio Luperon International Airport Code: POP
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
El Choco
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Playa Dorado
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sosua Ocean Village
600 Metres
Nearest Beach
Playa Laguna (5 minute stroll)

Car: Recommended

Our home, Villa de la Mariposa, which is located in Playa Laguna(between Sosua and Cabarete), is just a short 15 minute drive from the airport, 10 minutes from Sosua, and 15 minutes from Cabarete. Restaurants, bars, casinos, beaches, supermarkets, and shopping are located in each town. Cabarete is known as the kite surfing capital of the world, with snorkeling, diving, fishing and simply sunbathing available in either town. At night, the discos in Sosua begin the festive music and the streets are crowded with visitors. Playa Laguna is a quiet neighborhood located between the exclusive homes in Sea Horse Ranch and the beautiful project with amenities known as Sosua Ocean Village to the west. A state of the art gym and work out facility, an exceptional restaurant, and a waterpark are all part of Sosua Ocean Village. A hospital has opened within the few years serving visitors, as well as locals, in Sosua. Not a rental property, our home is a family home 6 months of the year.

Other Activities: Excursions to waterfalls, zip lining, horseback riding and 4 wheelers are also readily available. The 4 wheelers will take you into the 'back country'

Golf: Playa Dorado is the closest course and has a full 18 hole golf course within 30 minutes of the villa. It is an 18 hole course that offers caddies, rental clubs, and necessary equipment for rent. The course is lush and somewhat challenging. The Dominican Republic is noted for beautiful, lush green courses and this one is no exception.

About an hour and half drive to the east, the course referred to as the 'Pebble Beach of the Carribean', by some golf magazines, is located. Playa Grande is a course you need to take a camera with you when you play (also plenty of extra balls) since several holes are located along the ocean.

This is an exceptional Robert Trent Jones Sr. Course and many golfers will enjoy the challenge of a championship course in one of the most beautiful settings in the Caribbean, if not the world.

Below is an excerpt from the website:

“Sprawling over 370 acres of picturesque coastline, the world-class Playa Grande Golf Course, designed by celebrated architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., is known as “the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean” by the golf community.

With 10 holes playing directly on the ocean, this 7,085-yard course winds along the coastline, providing amazingly open vistas, cliff-side fairways, and sloping greens.”

Wherever you choose to play, the courses are beautiful and lush. The Caribbean breezes, a cold beer, and great stories are waiting to be shared.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: I retired in 2008 after selling my half of the family business to my brother. I had decided to spend more time in the DR, having formed a partnership with friends from North Carolina to purchase real estate (condos, villas and commercial property in Sosua/Cabarete). I now live here about 5 or 6 months each year, in 6 week intervals. This is my personal residence in the DR and not one of my rental properties; therefore, many items and electronics not usually found in a rental property are a part of my home. Villa de la Mariposa also has limited rental availability due to my many visits to the area. I strive to update the calendar on a regular basis so available dates are readily visible but final confirmation must be obtained prior to booking flights. Enjoy the house, the pool, the weather, the food, but most importantly, meet my wonderful staff (Jose, Nelly and Gary (Nelly's son) who are actually they are my friends who take care of my home when I am in the states) and who will make your visit as wonderful as possible. Enjoy!!

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Professional Grade High Speed WiFi installed with 30+ Mbps. The winter has arrived back home but the warm breeze is on the balcony, a Presidente beer in your hand, Magic Jack phone to call your broker in the US or Canada, all the while I am checking, the markets from around the world.... is this really work??? Yes, and you deserve it all!


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 10/07/2016

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Photos

  • View Returning from Beach

    View Returning from Beach

  • Leather sofa in the same 'Lazy Boy' style.  Both end seats also recline

    Leather sofa in the same 'Lazy Boy' style. Both end seats also recline

  • One wicker sofa moved downstairs to make room for 'Lazy Boy' furniture

    One wicker sofa moved downstairs to make room for 'Lazy Boy' furniture

  • Main Living Area (Changed with addition of leather sofa and chairs)

    Main Living Area (Changed with addition of leather sofa and chairs)

  • Dining Area (in addition to Kitchen bar seating)

    Dining Area (in addition to Kitchen bar seating)

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Guest Bedroom Blue

    Guest Bedroom Blue

  • Your Float is Waiting - Room for Several More

    Your Float is Waiting - Room for Several More

  • CCT & Her Kindle Relaxing By The Pool

    CCT & Her Kindle Relaxing By The Pool

  • Gas Grill on Upper Balcony

    Gas Grill on Upper Balcony

  • Jose (The Go To Man) and Property Manager

    Jose (The Go To Man) and Property Manager

  • Gary (Nelly's son) Pool & Grounds

    Gary (Nelly's son) Pool & Grounds

  • 'Lazy-Boy' style leather seating

    'Lazy-Boy' style leather seating

  • Treadmill (Necessary after Nelly's shrimp and cream sauce)

    Treadmill (Necessary after Nelly's shrimp and cream sauce)

  • Main Living Area (Computer Center)

    Main Living Area (Computer Center)

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • CristionM, artist & one of several of his pieces in villa

    CristionM, artist & one of several of his pieces in villa

  • Master Bath

    Master Bath

  • Guest Bedroom Orange

    Guest Bedroom Orange

  • View of Pool from Walkway

    View of Pool from Walkway

  • Upper Balcony (off Living Area )

    Upper Balcony (off Living Area )

  • Playa Laguna Beach - 600 meters from Villa de la Mariposa

    Playa Laguna Beach - 600 meters from Villa de la Mariposa

  • Nelly (Housekeeping)

    Nelly (Housekeeping)

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