Private Home, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)
About Barry Foster
We stumbled across this piece of paradise by accident and are we ever glad that we did! We come from the cool Pacific Northwest where we lead pretty fast-paced lives but do enjoy gardening and bird watching. Villa Helena lets us have a totally relaxing break, full of privacy. Being at Villa Helena has really deepened our gardening and birding horizons. Every time we go down, we find a new adventure: a new horseback ride, a new guided rainforest tour, a chocolate making class, new birding guides to try, another part of a beach to explore. Every time we come down, too, there is a new restaurant to try: local cuisine, fusion, Italian, French style, Indonesian, Spanish tapa bar, sushi: all low key, casual, open air (under a high roof) restaurants.
Barry Foster purchased this House in 1995
Why Barry Foster chose Dominical
We knew we wanted something very private yet not totally isolated. We have great neighbors at Villa Helena but the properties are large so we don't look onto anyone and no one sees us. We thought about an ocean-side location but decided to be up on the hill. This decision gave us a great view, the wonderful gentle breezes, lots more privacy and really great access to all the birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, etc that we get such great enjoyment from watching. From our balcony, we've even watched a mother humpback whale and her baby in the ocean below and several times have watched the whales breaching. We love being close to all the services of a couple of small towns but didn't want to be right in the midst of them. This part of Costa Rica is unique in that it has great, uncrowded beaches and also has the lushness of the tropical rainforest which the more touristy areas of the north lack. This really has turned out to be Paradise.
What makes this House unique
Villa Helena really is such a wonderful experience. There are so many places to wander through the gardens and stream bed where you can sit or stand and watch all the wildlife around you and enjoy plants you might not normally see on a daily basis. We have a couple of fruit trees which are full of bromeliads, ferns and four types of native orchids. The birds and the monkeys eat most of the fruit that grows here: mangos, guava, bananas, starfruit, cashews and they'll even eat the sour oranges! That's fine because we enjoy having the animals up so close and there are great sources of local fruit so close to us. Our mature garden really sets us apart from most other rentals in the area. Everything is so close at hand to us at Villa Helena and yet we are still very private and close to nature. We can walk to a nearby restaurant and drive a few minutes to all the services of the neighboring two small towns. The closest beach is just ten minutes away by car. There are such great restaurants so close, serving local fare and all sorts of others. How do they serve such great international food in the middle of the jungle?
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Lovely property. A view, a pool and complete privacy
We had a great time at Villa Helena. It was such a peaceful and beautiful place. Amazing wildlife right on the property. White faced monkeys, howler monkeys, beautiful birds including toucans and macaws, tons of butterflies and hummingbirds. Going out on the deck for morning coffee was so peaceful with a great view of the ocean (you can see Cano Island) and lush jungle all around. The cicadas were out in full force so it got a bit noisy during the day but the nights were were very quiet and comfortable. Great for sleeping. The road up to the house is a little rough so 4 wheel drive is a must but well worth the bumpy ride once you arrive. The pool was beautiful and very private, so refreshing during the heat of the day. The villa had all the necessary amenities including a washer and dryer so when we come back next year we will pack a little lighter. I highly recommend this place. I can’t say enough about the beauty of Villa Helena.
Thanks very much for the lovely review, Ken. It is fantastic so see those majestic scarlet macaws flying around our area, isn't it?! Let alone the toucans and butterflies you saw and all the monkeys coming through every day. I can just about feel the cool plunge into the pool, coming up to the side of the pool and looking over the edge to look over the rainforest and the Pacific Ocean beyond. I better block out a little time for us, too! Thanks for taking the time to submit a review: we'll look forward to your return visit! Pura vida, Barry
She said yes!
The place was absolutely incredible and photos don't do it justice. Completely private and off the beaten path. We wish we had booked to stay longer. Barry, Ann-Marie, and Kevin were fantastic. They gave us plenty of information, were quick to respond to our questions, and were extremely friendly and helpful. We loved watching the sun rises and sunsets from the deck and the pool. We saw plenty of wildlife including: chestnut-mandibled toucans, howler monkeys, montezuma oropendolas, black vultures, and more.
One morning during our stay at this romantic hideaway I got down on one knee and my life changed forever.
We will always remember our time here and hope to one day come back to this blissful villa.
Hi Brad and Stacey, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your stay at Villa Helena. We try to put an accurate description of the house on our site but it really helps future guests to see that the house is as good or better than we say! You saw some great animals it sounds like. Every time we go down, we see new birds, butterflies, mammals, and reptiles. It makes it so much fun and so enjoyable to come back time and again. Congratulations on your engagement: what a nice place to pop the question. Pura vida to you, Barry
Perfectly rustic mountain cabin in the jungle.
We've just returned from eight nights at Villa Helena. If you are seeking seclusion and privacy in a jungle with a killer view, this place is for you. Barry was efficient and helpful during the booking process. Anne Marie was thorough and very friendly to work with. We woke up every morning to the howler monkeys and a symphony of birds and other animals. The pool was refreshing and we never once missed an air conditioner or TV. Often, we wouldn't even play music as the jungles sounds were just wonderful to hear. Towels and bed linens were fresh and in great condition, kitchen is well equipped- make sure to buy coffee on your way in so you can enjoy a cup your first morning on the patio. Overall, it was the escape we had hoped for. Enjoy!
Hola Paula, Thanks for the rave review of our little slice of paradise. I'm glad it met (and sounds like exceeded) your expectations. That early morning fresh coffee is a daily ritual for us when we visit, too, enjoying it on both the pool patios and the balcony. What a great way to wake up in paradise. Come back anytime! Pura vida, Barry
The most relaxing week ever!
Villa Helena was perfect. Secluded and clean, it was still close enough to restaurants and stores to go eat or get what ever you need. The management company, Kevin and Ann Marie, were spectacular, very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. The house sits on 3.5 acres with a creek running through the property. We saw sloths, monkeys and toucans, and that was just sitting on the deck. If you are looking for a place to re-charge, get connected to the rain forest and experience the miracle of God's creation, this is the perfect spot. I would highly recommend this house and this team. Bravo!
Hello Robert! Thank you so much for the sweet review of Villa Helena. It always helps when it isn't just the owners speak so highly of the house and experience. There are a lot of choices of places to stay so a review from someone besides the owner says how great their experience was. I never get tired of sitting on the balcony or sitting on the lounge chairs by the pool and just watch all the incredible wildlife move through the gardens. Let us know when you're ready to return! Barry
My husband and I stayed 4 days and it was fabulous. Birds, butterflies, bugs, we hardly left the place. Lazed around and enjoyed. Loved it!
Hi Lori, Thanks for letting us know how your stay was at Villa Helena last month. We totally understand how hard it is to think about leaving the place when there's so much going on, so much to see, so much good relaxation that goes on there. Maybe you better come back to see some of the cool things in the area, too! Have a great summer, Barry
Nice little piece of paradise
Great quiet and private location.
We could cook everyday cause all the amenities where at our disposal.
It was a great choice for us to unwind
And recharge our batteries
Wildlife observation, art and craft shopping, swimming in the 85 Degree (F) ocean or in the private pool, sea kayaking, boogie boarding, beachcombing, birdwatching, rainforest canopy exploration, zip line travel through the rainforest, jungle waterfall enjoyment, natural tropical pool swimming (seasonal), rainforest trail walking right from the house, deep sea fishing, whale watching