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Better Than the Beach. Ocean and Valley view. Very private. Beauty everywhere.

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6 adults+ 3 children)

'Your house is phenomenal- the layout works for privacy and the common room brings all together . We did the horseback falls, rain forest zip lines, swam in the Pacific, skinny dipped in your jungle pool, drank much too much, ate like royalty and read 12 books collectively. Absolutely wonderful. For sure a return trip in the future.' B. Given

'We had a wonderful week: your house is delightful... This was one of a few vacations that I was not looking forward to going back home.' D. Sidney

'We had an awesome time. Your place is beautiful (jungle pools are my new favorite) and we found all to be in good order. If any problems arose, M and J were quick to fix and very pleasant. We would love to have them here on a daily basis! ' M. Lotte

'We cannot possibly describe the magnificent time we had at your home. We were completely spellbound by its beauty and by your touch and details. I hope to bring my brother, the real birder of the two of us next year for his 50th birthday. I know I will never see him as he will be up at dawn and not back till dusk.(I spent hours birding myself!) We saw and confirmed 42 bird species from your deck including a pair of laughing falcons. WOW!' S. Mooney


Very private, exotic house with spectacular view over valley to the sea. Very romantic. Unbelievable sunsets. The house is a labor of love, but the spot alone makes living here delicious.

Perched on the edge of a 50-acre tree farm, the deck is a great place to watch falcons, kites, toucans and chattering flocks of parrots. Hummingbirds visit nearby flowers (arbors and pergolas make plants part of the architecture), and butterflies occasionally fly through the house.

Because of the elevation, biting insects are almost nil. Days are hot but there's always a breeze; nights are fresher and good for sleeping. Unlike lower elevations, the area stays lush and green all year.

Bougainvillea, palms and other tropicals share the stage w/ azaleas, tree ferns, and jasmine, which rambles up the outdoor showers. The gardens have been planted with perfume in mind. Mornings ring with birdsong and are a good time for a hike. Afternoon heat is beat by a 5 min ramble to the waterfalls- great for rainforest exploring and skinny dipping. A little dam creates a 30x40 ' jungle pool. The water is clean and cool, the site wild and beautiful. Or you can go to the beach. ..

Well-situated between Dominical, one of CR's premium surf havens, and San Isidro, a bustling little inland city. We're 30 min from each.On the way to Dominical, reserve for a 1-day horseback trip to Nuayuca Falls, a spectacular cataract and swimming hole. You stop halfway there for breakfast and halfway back for lunch at the family ranch w/ resident toucans and scarlet macaws. Dominical is a bit of a scene; you'll find several restaurants and nice surfer atmosphere. There are nature reserves w/ wildlife tours, zip-lines through the canopy, deep-sea fishing packages (some of the best in the world), and tennis at Rio Mar. 15 min south is Ballena National Pk, a gorgeous string of beaches.

San Isidro is the place to shop for food and anything else you might need. We try to time our errands for Thursdays & the huge open-air market where you find everything from organic arugula to sugarcane.

At the farm , be greeted by a lovely Tico couple who caretake; their home is a sort of gate house. Jose is very responsible and handy, Maria can be hired by the hour ($3) to babysit, housekeep or do laundry. Both are wonderful and trustworthy. About 1/4 mile past their house and into the farm is our home. The floor plan consists of 4 separate structures to provide maximum privacy:

The main house is open on 2 sides (unless you prefer to close the accordion wood doors), and has a beautiful hardwood ceiling. A kitchen with every possible accessory (we love to cook!) gives onto the dining area, where a hardwood table seats eight, ten in a pinch. The LR boasts a bamboo daybed, coffee table, and 4 teak lounge chairs, Flat panel TV with DVD player and collection of movies, Ipod dock stereo player. All water in the house is filtered and bacteria free with Ultra-Violet sanitizing system. Finally, there's a pantry, and a BR with toilet + Mexican ceramic sink/vanity. A ladder climbs to the top of this module, where a loft sleeps to 4 kids


Right of the main house, separated by a flower-decked wall, is the master cabina. A smaller version of the main house w/ hardwood ceiling and accordion doors framing a similarly gorgeous view, it holds a queen bed w/ lge custom mosquito net, bamboo armoire, and closet. An outdoor shower and sink framed by jasmine and orchids + a small private garden and seating area provide charm and intimacy.

A second cabina is perched above-right from the first, screened by a garden. It has its own deck and outdoor shower with great view, hardwood ceiling, screened windows. Inside is a queen bed, closet, and small bath with toilet + Mexican sink.

The 3rd cabina is left of the main house, down the deck through a pergola. It has an italian tiled floor and hardwood ceiling set upon four white columns. Locally-made bamboo blinds shield morning breezes. A fragrant hedge provides intimacy and frames a private garden with a table + 4 chairs in teak. Dble bed with generous net, armoire and chairs are all locally-made of bamboo, and a hammoc is slung between 2 columns. It too has a sink/vanity + shower and is very romantic!


Keywords: House on 50-Acre Property

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Member since: 2002
Speaks English, French, Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We cannot possibly describe the magnificent time we had at your home. We were completely spellbound by its beauty and by your touch and details. I hope to bring my brother, the real birder of the two of us next year for his 50th birthday. I know I will never see him as he will be up at dawn and not back till dusk.(I spent hours birding myself!) We saw and confirmed 42 bird species from your deck including a pair of laughing falcons. WOW!" S. Mooney
Jul 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Dominical in Bahía Ballena

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - Bath (no shower) , Outdoor Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Loft - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • hardwood ceilings, fantasy tiled floors, great sleeping temps without need for air conditioning (we're in the mts), Each bedroom is in its own cabina with private garden and sitting area. Each has an outdoor shower and half bath, very airy, exotic and delightful.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
A birder's paradise, this is a very secure property with caretakers' house at the entrance to the farm; our house is well inside the farm and very private and exotic. Caretakers are warm, honest, highly responsible people and a real blessing! No visible neighbors. The climate is delicious, and there are several fruit trees on the property. We have a milk goat so fresh milk is a possibility. Maria will do some housework and /or babysittiing for $3 /hr. We have found a wonderful caterer, a top of the line retired professional from the Sates, and she can provide dinners for $20 / person. A friend's Costa Rican mother can provide yummy local food for about $8.00/ person.Perfect for honeymooners or up to 3 couples with kids. Mainhouse has seen many wonderful parties and individual cabinas afford great privacy. Lots of eco-adventures to be had in the region!


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Better Than the Beach. Ocean and Valley view. Very private. Beauty everywhere.
average rating of 4.952381 based on 25 reviews

A slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Within hours of our arrival, the stresses of a year's worth of our normal life faded away. Beautifully maintained, with a passion for preserving the environment, the owners are wonderful hosts who would bend over backwards to ensure that your stay is comfortable. Although nature's alarm clock came bit early, to experience the choruses of howler monkeys and toucans at 6AM was other-worldly. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnificent Costa Rican Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Costa Rican Paradise! My family and I had an amazing time. The house is beautiful, the property magical and the hosts were gracious and accommodating. Perfect place to relax or have an adventurous day with the kids exploring the jungle around. We would certainly stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent, safe property.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with our six children comfortably. The hosts were great, the weather fantastic.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning scenery!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were enthralled with the scenery from this home. Words cannot describe our initial feelings upon arrival at this utopian setting. Waking at dawn to the sounds of birds, including toucans, parrots and countless tanagers outside our rooms made us leap from beds. Frogs croaking in the evening, the romance of the cicadas in the afternoon, so many wondrous insects including grasshoppers that kept us on the lookout for more. Showering outdoors was exhilarating and the drive to the home offered incredible vistas. The open air layout was so romantic and the ability to just walk to different waterfalls almost made us want to just stay in every day. However, the sights to tour within 30-60 minutes, countless quiet almost deserted glorious beaches and horseback riding drew us out almost every day. However, we could not wait to get back to the house every afternoon to witness the spectacular sunsets and my younger twins would relish the fresh pool before dinner. Our hosts were friendly and so helpful in every way. We could not have asked for a better visit, if only it could have been longer. We will never forget this glorious and amazing home!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super fun

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous grounds, away from everything, and so much character. We loved it here. Also, having our first breakfast groceries taken care of, umbrellas, a bag of charcoal, and a full box of dry wood for the fire pit were very nice touches. Don't miss Nauyaca waterfalls nearby! They're truly truly amazing.

Before booking , you MUST know this is not going to be a luxury resort experience. There are no glass windows, only wooden panels that completely open, you pretty much live outside, in the heart of the jungle. One of the casitas has no walls at all, you're sleeping outside, with a roof over your head. It's very fun and romantic, but just to give you a sense of what it;s like, the swimming pool 8 feet away is the night home of 6 to 10 green frogs, 1 huge toad, and the cutest little baby boa (about 18 inches long). You can find them in and around the pool most nights. We found the boa chilling on the outdoor shower floor one evening. So if this doesn't sound like a fun adventure to you, you will not be happy here.

A couple little things you might also know beforehand:

- The beach is about 25 - 30 minutes from the house by car.

- You MUST have a 4x4 to get through the 2km of rocky paths of the main road.

- Wifi is slow. It works, but if you need to get work done, I found my cell phone 3G connection to be faster, so plan accordingly.

- It's very difficult to get anything to dry because of humidity. One towel per guest was provided, but I wish we had a few more.

- We discovered that what looked like a bookshelf between 2 doors in the main house was actually a ladder to a loft with 2 twin mattresses. Maria hadn't show that to us, or maybe I just misunderstood since I don't speak Spanish, but this was very useful since we only had one couple in our group of 6.

I would definitely come back. Amazing jungle home.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: hi there and thanks for the 5 stars-- so glad you enjoyed it! I'd like to address a few of your comments: the rainy months (June-November) are a different reality from the dry ones, and I need to emphasize this in the future in the guide I provide our guests. During the DRY SEASON, a 4X4 is not strictly necessary on our rocky road, and towels are easy to dry on the line, but you are so right about the humidity during rainy season and we just texted Maria to make sure she provides more towels during those months. I state very clearly in the text on our vrbo listing that the beach is a 25 minute drive away; I also go into great detail about the sleeping arrangements, including the loft. As life gets speedier, fewer and fewer people read that text, and for the last 2 yrs it is also increasingly difficult to speak to prospective clients on the phone BRIEFLY to give them a real sense of the place. As for the frogs, they are usually gone in the morning; toads are out at night anywhere in CR (they do a good job of controlling the ant population!). As for the boa, that must have been cool but we will ask Jose to gently move him farther afield : ) If people wish to avoid the frogs, they can simply ask Jose to leave the fence or 'cerca' that can be placed around the pool to protect small children. Thanks for the feedback, and again , glad you loved your stay--it is a magical place!
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Beautiful jungle oasis

  • 5 of 5

We have had the time of our lives staying at Las Siete Cascades - what a unique spectaular place. Being woken by the dawn chorus and howler monkeys was incredible.... There is so much do do in close proximity to the property, we went zip lining and visited Hacienda Baru reserve, but most of all we loved relaxing with a cold beer enjoying the stunning view! The beautiful new pool was very refreshing and kept the kids entertained - don't miss out on visiting the close by waterfall pools though! Thank you Francois for your incredible welcome and making us feel at home. We hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Los Chorros
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Los Chorros
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Car: recommended

Zip Lines, Ultra-Light Plane Riding, Bird (and beast) watching, Sea Kayaking, Paddle boarding, rappelling


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

The rates are $387/day for Christmass-New year, Easter and spring break
There's a $50 overcharge/week per person over 6 people

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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