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Kathy Swanwick

Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks English, French, Spanish

Tranquil Ocean View, Constant Breezes, Eco-Friendly!

28 Reviews
People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Puntarenas - Casa Solipaz

Two-story Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths. Sleeps 6

Casa Solipaz, the premier property in the gated community of Armonia Eco-Village, offers constant breezes, mesmerizing ocean and mountain views, and a cooling, salt water infinity pool.

Situated at the highest point of this 25-acre, lush community, the home offers numerous fans as well as energy-efficient air-conditioning in each room.

Wake up to stunning ocean views from any of the three bedrooms.

The large upstairs master bedroom features a shower that looks out onto the sea. Practice yoga on the spacious, private patio located just outside the bedroom’s large sliding glass doors. Or just relax into the cushions of our outdoor furniture.

The downstairs en suite bedrooms have charms of their own. The poolside bedroom offers its own patio, perfect for reading or just soaking in the view while sitting in comfy, teak Adirondack chairs. The second downstairs bedroom has an “outdoor” shower with eye-level screened windows on three sides and stained-glass window insets throughout (no worries - only the monkeys and parrots can see in!).

The kitchen highlights include island cabinets made from guanacaste, the national tree of Costa Rica. The tree had fallen naturally in the jungle; a permit was required to remove it and use the wood. The doors throughout the home are constructed from farmed laurel, continuing the home’s Eco-friendly theme. The entire house and pool are solar-powered in keeping with Costa Rica’s national goal of carbon neutrality.

The fully functional kitchen offers a wide variety of cooking utensils, pots, pans, fridge, blender, coffee maker, teapot, griddle, toaster, dishwasher and microwave oven. Cook inside or make a pizza in our wood-fired pizza oven located on the patio in the back of the house (complete instructions from an experienced local pizza maker included!).

The rancho, located down the hill in front of the house, has a mini-fridge for storing cool drinks and is another great spot to hang out or sunbathe on the home’s many chaise lounges.

Bio-diverse gardens enhance the front of the house, filled with a variety of floral and palm species. At night, the gardens are illuminated by energy-efficient lighting which casts warm shadows over the landscape.

Bring your binoculars with you if you decide to hike down the trails behind the house to the river that runs through Armonia Eco-Village.

Iguanas, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, armadillos, pizotes, sloths, deer, foxes, puma, and a huge variety of birds - including toucan, parrots, hummingbirds, motmots, tanagers, and pelicans - live in the community and regularly visit our property.

A wonderful groundskeeper, and Gini, our terrific property manager who speaks english, french and spanish, will ensure that your stay here is memorable. She can help you arrange various excursions, including surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, cycling, horseback riding, birdwatching, hiking, zip-lining and golfing.

Also ask about the many fine restaurants in the area. La Playa de los Artistas is our personal favorite; sitting right on the beach, you might be lucky enough to see dolphins dancing as you enjoy world-class cuisine.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kathy Swanwick (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks English, French, Spanish

About Kathy Swanwick

We first visited Costa Rica in 2008 and were immediately enchanted by the lovely people, slower lifestyle, incredible climate and wonderful food.

From the start, we felt comfortable here. So after a few more visits, we decided to look for a piece of land on which to build Casa Solipaz (House of Sun and Peace).

Standing atop our hill in Armonia Eco-Village, we were awed by the incredible ocean and jungle views as well as the constant, cooling breezes.

We were also impressed with Armonia's focus on protecting the environment; the small community has been carefully constructed with the least possible intrusion on the jungle and its many denizens.

We knew this would be the site of our second home, one we would like to share with others when we cannot be in residence.

Please enjoy the home's tranquility, as well as the area's many fun, exciting attractions!

Kathy Swanwick purchased this house in 2012

Why Kathy Swanwick chose Puntarenas

Casa Solipaz, with its calming, panoramic ocean and jungle views, simply emanates peace. Gentle breezes, a refreshing horizon pool and the sounds of howler monkeys calling in nearby trees await your arrival!

The brand new luxury home's ample outdoor seating areas assure relaxing days. Indoors, enjoy a home-cooked meal in the dining area, sit on the comfortable couch and watch a bit of TV on the 42-inch screen, or use the WiFi to catch up on your e-mail.

Hang around the house and property or head out to the hip beach town of Montezuma, just five minutes away by car. You'll find great restaurants and outdoor activities such as zip-lining, waterfall climbs and boating trips.

What makes this house unique

Casa Solipaz was designed with the environment and the mesmerizing ocean view in mind. The house and pool are powered by the sun, and we have many eco-friendly fans. There are also energy-efficient air-conditioners in each room - but you will probably not need them on most days. Open doors and the sea breeze will provide Nature's own air-conditioning!

The secluded area ensures quiet and privacy.

Please use the outdoor pizza oven; precise instructions are included.

Reviews

5
based on 28 holidaymaker reviews

Tranquil Ocean View, Constant Breezes, Eco-Friendly!
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews
5

Beautiful spacious home with a wonderul kitchen.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights at Casa Solipaz. Very nice place. We were excited to try the pizza oven outdoors. It is for real! Wood is right there. Make a fire, follow the instructions and use the peel ( big spatula). We made 8 pizzas all delicious. The house is not far from Montezuma Beach. Get your directions and/or wayz map location to be sure you find it easily. Car required. Beautiful view. Crystal clear salt water pool. Very good spot!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, James, Thanks for the great review! That pizza oven's such fun; we agree! Very happy you enjoyed your stay, Kathy
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4

Amazing!!!!

  • 4 of 5

We had an amazing stay. The house was everything and then some extra icing on top. It was tucked away on a mountain in jungle like surroundings. The house had all the amenities you could ask for. I cooked breakfast just about every morning in the gourmet kitchen. The kitchen came equipped with all the dinnerware one would need. The pool was great but we spent a lot of time outside of the house jet- skiing, zip-lining, scuba diving (Zuma Tours), ATV riding (Eddie with Sun Trails) and enjoying various restaurants. Nevertheless, we spent a lot of time resting and watching movies on Netflix....RELAXING!!! We needed time away and this was by far the best vacation I've experienced EVER!! Jenny was awesome and we met another young lady on our way out. Both were sweet and gave us the run-down for the house. This was better than any hotel....the only thing missing was a hair dryer. : ) Everything was perfect. We are definitely coming back with the kids next year. Thank you Mrs. Kathy....and company for your assistance. We had the time of our lives.

One reminder: You will need a rental car 4x4 and unfortunately you will need an extra $1000 to $1500 down (held until you bring the truck back) for insurance while you have the rental. Please keep that in mind.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Javonni, Best vacation ever - wow! Thank you! So glad you enjoyed yourselves at Casa Solipaz. We look forward to hosting your family again. Many thanks, Kathy
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5

Simply put this place is AWESOME!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have landed in a better location after somewhat of a stressful venture. The owners have constructed a magnificent home with that villa feel that is welcoming and invites one to do nothing but relax! The grounds are well kept and the multiple covered verandas provide shade throughout the day for relaxing, reading and a cocktail or two! The kids had a great time in the pool and were occupied with the wildlife sightings throughout the trip. Montezuma is a charming little town with a variety of beaches and places to explore. My only suggestions to others would be to make sure you rent a car! We were happy we did, the trek up the hill would have been tough for not only the kiddos but the adults as well! We would highly recommend this place to anyone and we will most likely return ourselves next year.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Steve, We were very happy to have hosted you and are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay! It's the commanding ocean view, I think, that compels us all to sit and relax, as well as the cooling breezes. Thanks for the note on having a car; we also recommend that guests rent a 4x4 as it makes it easier to get up our hill and to explore the general area. Looking forward to hosting you again, Kathy
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Saco, ME
5

Pura Vida in Montezuma

  • 5 of 5

This was our fifth trip to Costa Rica but the first trip to Montezuma . We enjoyed the beaches , activites and restaurants in the area. Casa Solipaz was absolutely wonderful to come home to and relax. Some days we just stayed there and enjoyed the view ..the pool and the wildlife. Both the owner and Ginnie the manager were great to work with.we had a minor problem that was dealt with immediately. Jaimie was wonderul..he even helped change a flat tire and wash our car, We had a fantastic experience at Casa Solipaz .. we highly recommend it...truly Pura Vida in Montezuma.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

AWESOME!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Solipaz is a wonderful home in the middle of a Jungle Paradise. Our family flew into Libera Costa Rica and drove down to Montezuma for a week long Adventure vacation and we weren't disappointed. The Home is beautiful with all the amenities one could imagine or need. We did have difficulty finding the home, but everything is hard to find in this area of Costa Rica due to no road signage, markings or pavement. Once we contacted Gini and got directions, we found the home easily. The drive into the home from the main road (I use that term lightly) was exciting with all the banana trees and jungle vegetation down a narrow drive with birds flying and butterfly's flitting about. The home just appears on top of a hill in your own hidden jungle. Coming up the stairs from the garage we were greeted by Gini and the Gardener with the entire front of the home opened up to the outside environment. All of our jaws dropped at the beauty of this magnificent home and the spectacular views. We were all completely blown away with this home. The kids each took one of the downstairs bedrooms while my wife and I took the master suite upstairs. I immediately fell in love with the deck off the master bedroom with views of the ocean and mountains. We stayed up to watch the moon rise every evening and I was up early with the howler monkeys on the property to watch the beautiful sunrises every day. This was the Dry season, so we did utilize the AC to help endure the heat of the day. Coming out of a Wisconsin winter and into the Costa Rican jungle was a bit of a shock to our systems, but we quickly adapted to the warm temps. When the Sun came up, the temps would rise quickly so it was great to have the pool to wade into and cool off.

Montezuma is a great town and we spent the majority of our time during the daytime in this area. Since we had a 4WD vehicle, which I would highly recommend, we did travel out to the surrounding towns of Cabuya, Mal Pais, Santa Teresa and Cabo Blanco Preserve. Driving here was exciting and a challenge and if your adventurous, the drive from Cabuya thru the jungle to Mal Pais was one that I will never forget. Take your video camera. The waterfalls in Montezuma were a great place to meet other people and cool off in the pools or jumping off the rocks. Cabo Blanco Park was a great place to visit, but the hike to the beach is long and difficult. Take plenty of water and snacks/lunch.

I will be coming back!!!!!

Mike B from Wisconsin

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Mike, So happy you enjoyed your stay! You're right about the pool and the heat - we were there right before you and practically lived in it to cool down any time during the day. I'm glad you appreciated the house and the openness. With the front and back doors open, and the fans on, you have an almost constant breeze. The a/c does come in handy at times, especially if you're not used to the heat at that time of year. Especially at night! And the decks are perfect for star-gazing, yoga, or just lounging around with a good book. The 4x4 is invaluable in that area, as you say. It just makes it all more of an adventure, and more comfortable. Waking up to the roar of the Howler monkeys? Nothing like it! And the waterfalls are great fun for our kids who are brave enough to jump in. Thank you for being our guests at Casa Solipaz! We hope to see you again soon. Kathy
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5

Paradise! Incredible views

  • 5 of 5

This place was incredible! We enjoyed the small town of Montezuma, but we really loved coming back to this beautiful home every day to relax and swim. There were a couple days that we didnt leave the house. Kathy and Gini were so helpful with everything we needed. I had alot of questions for Kathy before we arrived since this was our first time to CR. Without hesitation she answered all of my questions and concerns. Gini, the property manager is just a call away whenever you need her for anything. This place is at the top of the list of vacations to come back to. Do yourself a favor and experience this place, you wont regret it.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Brandon, Thank you! I feel the same way; it's tough to get me out of the house once I'm there. It really does have all the comforts of home. And then some! Howler monkeys in the morning, parrots at 5 pm, pizza oven out back, fully stocked kitchen, cooling pool in front, and numerous fans to keep you comfortable no matter the weather. It's always wonderful to have such nice guests as yourselves in our home; perhaps we'll have the pleasure of hosting you again one day! Many thanks again, Kathy
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Location

Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Tambor, Puntarenas
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Tambor
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Tango Mar Resort
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nature Lodge
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Montezuma Beach
Car: necessary

You will find all the information on the area and more in the Zoom Magazine.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Montezuma, Puntarenas

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Green Season
1 May 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
£455
for 3 nights
From
£152
£1,061
£2,285
 
 
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 15 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
£400
for 3 nights
From
£133
£933
£1,904
 
 
Christmas week
20 Dec - 27 Dec
7 night minimum stay
£2,247
for 7 nights
From
£305
Fri,Sat
£2,247
 
 
New Year's week
28 Dec - 3 Jan
7 night minimum stay
£1,919
for 7 nights
£1,919
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£615
for 3 nights
From
£205
£1,434
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £114

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Each bedroom has its own bathroom.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Accomodating the kitchen and living room area.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Beautiful 'outside' shower with stained glass insets
  • The second bedroom has an “outdoor” shower with eye-level, screened windows on three sides and stained-glass window insets throughout.....no worries - only the monkeys and parrots can see!
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With its private bathroom looking to the ocean.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Charm of its own! 'Outdoor' shower!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Pool and ocean view!
  • Located on the second floor, the master bedroom is spacious and the many glass doors allow an amazing view of the ocean and the jungle. The two other bedrooms also have their own bathroom, very comfortable mattresses and, of course, you ocean views.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
GUESTS STAYING 14 NIGHTS OR MORE WILL ENJOY FREE CHEF SERVICES FOR ONE DELICIOUS MEAL. Craving traditional Costa Rican food at home? Just let us know and we will make all the arrangements! Your chef will do the shopping and prepare the meal to your specifications. Meal for a maximum of six people; total cost: $150. Does not include drinks. GUESTS STAYING FOR 10 NIGHTS OR MORE will receive free maid service three times a week (for a total of 6 hours). MONTH-LONG GUESTS can relax with free half-hour massage services. For two people only, twice a month. YOGA ENTHUSIASTS who stay for at least seven nights will enjoy two free hour-long yoga classes in Montezuma. For two people only; four hours in total. (Only one offered amenity per stay.)

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