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Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Situated on 2 1/2 acres of lush tropical surroundings w/privacy bamboo fencing

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Our home is situated on 2 1/2 (1 hectare) acres of peaceful surroundings in the small mountain town of Birri. Only 7.5 miles from the San Jose International Airport.

The house is 3000 ft2 with 3 floors, which include 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and open kitchen living room floor plan. The style is a Louisiana French Acadian House.

Four of the bedrooms have double beds and one bedroom/playroom has a single bed. The master bedroom has a king size bed and master bath. There is custom wood cabinetry and beautiful wood detail throughout the whole house. The first floor has gorgeous wood flooring and the second and third have cozy carpet.

We also have 2 large porches. The back porch is screened in and has a hammock and table/benches so you can eat or relax outside without being bothered by the insects. The front porch has 2 porch swings and a teak bench to enjoy the view of the yard.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove/oven and all you need to prepare your meals(not including food). We have towels and bed linens available for your use too, as well as a washer and dryer.

Food and bathroom toiletries, are not included. Though we will try to keep cleaning supplies available for the house for short term stays.

There are several nearby convenience stores within walking distance, as well as a restaurant, pharmacy, fruit stand, and hardware store, all about 500 meters away.

We have a selection of English books for your reading pleasure available and toys for the kids. The house has Wi-Fi and cable TV.

**There is also a swing set and playhouse/sandbox in the yard.

The views from our house to the Central Valley and Barva Volcano are exquisite; and the yard has at least ten different types of fruit trees, including mango, banana, and guayaba/guava as well as other plants and trees that flower all year long. There is also a river at the bottom of the hill for you to explore. The yard is lined by a bamboo privacy fence.

Our town, Birri, is located in the Central Valley of the Province of Heredia, about 1 1/2 hours from some of the most beautiful beaches in the Americas on the Pacific Coast.

In fewer than 3 hours you can be on the Caribbean Coast or visit famous Arenal Volcano. Volcan Poas and several canopy tours are located about 45 minutes or less from our house. We actually live at the foot of Volcan Barva, which is an inactive volcano with a national park where you can hike and enjoy the cloud forest with all its strange and beautiful vegetation.

Café Britt offers an amazing coffee plantation tour and is only 15 minutes away. This is coffee plantation country due to the fertile volcanic soil and temperate climate.

The climate has spring-like temperatures all year long. You will only need a light sweater for some of the cool nights or after a nice rain; but shorts and tank tops are what you should pack.

We have our resident pets who are there to keep you company as well. Lucy and Blossom are our 2 cats who live on the front porch.

***Finally, we are strict about the amount of people not only staying in our house, but coming to visit. So if you are interested in having a party, get together, reunion, wedding, anniversary, or event of any kind, please communicate that to me, because we have a different rate for any events/get together that involves more than 10 people in the house. Thank you so much for understanding.

If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

***Our property manager is my sister in law, Teresa Lobo. She is there to help you with anything you need.

We are very excited about being able to offer our home to you and can’t wait to begin sharing our little bit of paradise with you this way, and hoping that you will be blessed!

Thank you,

Manuel y Sharon

Ask about our long term rental options. We have special pricing for long term rentals.

More Details

Sharon Lobo
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
4 September, 2018

About Sharon Lobo

We are Sharon and Manuel Lobo and we have 7 children, Our house was built with family in mind. We now are living in Bigfork, Montana and travel back and forth when we can.

I, Sharon, am originally from Louisiana and went down to Costa Rica in 1991, after serving for 2 1/2 years with Mercy Ships and YWAM. I was with a Christian Mission in Birri and there met my Tico husband, Manuel.

We were married in 1992, and we built our home in 2001. We owned a custom millwork business in Costa Rica for 20 years until we closed it and moved to Montana in 2012. So all the woodwork in the house is custom made from our own shop.

Our family still travels back and forth from Bigfork, Mt to Costa Rica several times a year to visit family and friends.

We certainly hope you enjoy your stay in our home and we are so happy to be able to offer our home for vacation time in Costa Rica.

Sharon Lobo purchased this house in 2001

Why Sharon Lobo chose Cantón Santa Bárbara

This property has been in my husband's family for years as part of a coffee plantation. We cleared off most of the coffee, except for a small section that acts as a buffer between the house and the road, and built our house and landscaped the yard ourselves.

What makes this house unique

The unique style of the house leaves you feeling like you are in a southern plantation, set in a tropical paradise. Yet without the extreme heat. The temperatures in Birri are almost always in the 70's.

Our favorite thing to do is to sip coffee in the mornings on the front porch swings or enjoy the sunset in the afternoons from the back porch hammock.

The yard is completely fenced in, so I was always at peace about letting our kids play outside without having to keep an eye on them every minute of the day. We have nearby family for our neighbors, though you can't really see their houses, due to the bamboo fencing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This house is nothing like the pictures, is way BETTER! the whole environment it's so peaceful and perfect, literally once you're in there you get transported into a romantic movie scene where every little detail is wonderful. I've no doubt that this feeling of the place is fruit of the environment the owners worked to create long time ago, and now we are enjoying it. My family and I are so thankful for the how we were treat the whole time, we want to get back every year!

Staying at the mountains for holidays, have never being so great until now. Thanks a lot! Blessings!
Dec 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Cantón Santa Bárbara around the Heredia Province

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom with master bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
  • There is an extra foam mattress for the floor, if you need and extra place for a child.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.9375 based on 18 reviews
Rye, NH

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with all the amenities you need for cooking. The breeze is wonderful and very nice in the evening for sleeping. Beautifully landscaped Easy to drive to see Waterfalls and other sights while there.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lynchburg, TN

Superb in every way

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late from the airport and Teresa came to orient us to the house. She made us feel very welcome along with Blossom and Lucy the cats. The lawn is beautiful and well maintained. The house was an oasis in the midst of a community. I loved both porches. The front porch has 2 great porch swings which made for a wonderful spot to drink morning coffee. It was very windy while we were there so the back porch with its hammock offered a relaxing spot out of the wind. There was also a nice table out there making it a perfect spot for dinner. We visited Barva volcano which was close but took about an hour to get there because of the poor conditions of the roads. We didn’t want to stay in San Jose and this house was a perfect option. There were nice views from the porches. The area was quiet at night. The house was very clean and comfortable. We cooked all of our breakfast and evening meals there and found the kitchen was easy to use with adequate cookware. I would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at maison bleu. We certainly hope you come again soon! The porches are our favorite places to be at our house as well. Thank you, sharon y manuel
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Benicia, CA

Birri Casa Azul

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about our stay at Casa Azul in Birri. We rented the house for our family members attending our son's wedding approximately 10 minutes from the house. The house is large, spacious, and extremely comfortable. It accommodated all 10 of us very well. Each bedroom was comfortable and very private. The three full baths were large and well equipped. We did minimal cooking in the kitchen, but could have done more with in this well equipped spacious kitchen. We enjoyed morning coffee on the front porch with the two affectionate and attention loving cats and lounged on the hammock on the enclosed back porch. We rented two cars and the drive way and parking was more than adequate. The house is situated off the road on a very private, lovely lot close to (walking distance) corner markets and a pharmacy. The Auto Mercado (large wonderful super market) is about a 15 minute drive from the house. The owner was very responsive and family members oversee the management of the house and were always available when needed.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Maggie so much for your kind words. We were so happy we could host you and your family. We hope you come again soon! sharon y manuel
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An oasis near the city!

  • 5 of 5

Such a peaceful spot. You drive through the busy Central Valley and suddenly go through a gate and up a drive lined by fruit trees and flowers. You can see the city lights and the volcanoes. Many butterflies. Two very sweet cats on the front porch. We chose to park our rental car at the house and take ubers and taxis to many nearby locations like Toucan Ranch Animal Rescue, La Lluna de Valencia restaurant (a wonderful Spanish cafe), Cafe Britt and the city of Heredia. The owner is very communicative and we were met by her very kind sister-in-law. Fresh bananas picked from the trees in the yard. Lots of space for our family to spread out. The two hammocks were nearly always occupied.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for being our guest. We certainly hope you come back again soon. Also thank you so much for loving on our kitties. We really appreciate it so much! Have a great rest of your stay in Costa Rica! Pura Vida, Manuel y Sharon
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Amazing House and Property!

  • 5 of 5

We and our three young children had the pleasure of staying in this house for a week and could not have picked a better place to be. The interior space was well designed and had an open feel, with the hammock and playroom especially enjoyable for sleep and play. Outside you felt like you were out in the country with the expansive property and privacy afforded by the bamboo lining the edge of the property, yet town was easily walkable, and many attractions were a reasonable car ride away. We did not bother to rent a car and found using both Uber and taxis a better, cheaper solution. The owner was quickly available for any questions we had, and went above and beyond in working with us on a last minute scheduling adjustment. We would definitely stay again and highly recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jason!! I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed our home! We too love that our home is open, and we love spending time on the porch and yard as you did. Thanks for coming!!
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Beautiful home and property lots of space

  • 4 of 5

This place was great for our big family. We were all able to stay together and feel secure in this home. It is gorgeous and you cannot beat that price!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7.5 Miles
Juan Santamaria Airport


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £57.02
Refundable Damage Deposit £380.1

**We welcome families, but we expect you to clean up your own children’s messes and repair or replace anything that your children may damage. Thank you.

We have a different price for events. Please contact me for prices. And we are strict about the number of people who will be in the house during your stay, so please check with us first if you plan to have other visitors during your stay. Thank you!

We also offer long term stay pricing. Please ask about our long term rental rate.

Check In 2:30pm

Check Out 11:00pm

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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