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NEW-Casa de Barro Villa-5 minute walk to the beach - swimming pool- Bikes

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type villa


About the property

Villa is a short 5 minute walk to the beach. Enjoy the Ocean sound

. Enjoy the Ocean sound and breeze throughout the day. Private swimming pool with reclining beach chairs. 2 beach cruiser bicycles included with stay ($14 per day savings)

Villa details-

Our villa was designed for style, comfort, convenience, natural environmental consideration and privacy. The room temperature inside the villa stays comfortable day and night as it was specially designed to stay cool using earthen construction and an open-air design to catch the Caribbean breezes. All windows and doors are screened from outside elements. The roof constructed of natural thatch palm leaves, which reflect the sun rays also keeping the villa cool. You have to see the house to appreciate the quality textiles, artistic design, and elegant simplicity incorporated throughout the villas.

The ingenuity earthen construction of our first villa consists of excavating dirt from the adjacent swimming pool to construct the earthen walls of the home, giving the villa the earthen adobe look.. Please see more details below…


Ground Transportation-

As far as ground transportation, the highlight of our guests trip we are told is always the river rafting trip. It includes ground transportation to Or from our villa on to San Jose, day of rafting, breakfast and lunch. The cost is $99 pp.

I Just thought I'd mention this as renting a car is not always necessary for getting around our area, as I include 2 bikes with our villa rental if you would like to travel by this means. Also, taxis and the bus system is also easy and convenient..

Please let me know if I can help in booking this rafting trip.


Eco-Friendly Custom Villa-

The owner took great architectural consideration in using as much native natural materials as possible and still defining the comforts of the clients standards.

The foundation was constructed of gavel and the base walls of dirt. The dirt was excavated from the properties private swimming pool and filled in the earth bags. After filling the bags with gravel and dirt they are then laid one on top of the other to form the walls. The walls are then stuccoed to protect the bags from the elements and finished for a stylish unique earthen/ Adobe look. The earth bags materials are of recycled polypropylene bulk bags.

(Please see the pictures of the front of the house defining the detail of the adobe structure and look).

All the lighting fixtures and accessories were hand-made from natural materials such as wood and coconut shells, thus eliminating the use of synthetic products.

Custom low voltage LED lighting used for energy conservation.

For an unsurpassed Caribbean vacation, please visit us at Casa de Barro.

Meals-Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Local Suitability-

Brick Oven Pizza and restaurant/bar with pool table 5 minute walk away and 20 minute walk to town which is said to have over 60 restaurants to choose from in one of the most diverse varieties to choose from in all of Central America.

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4.

Kitchen & Dining-


Bar Area


Cooking Utensils

Japanese Piezo gas Stove

Dishes & Utensils


Coffee Maker



Linens Provided

Other Amenities-

Hammock, safe, 2 beach bikes, sea kayak with deposit/ availability and 2 beach chairs.

Entertainment Premises-

Bird/ animal watching

Activities- Local

Whitewater Rafting



Deep sea Fishing

Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling







Medical Services

Health/Beauty Spa

Paddle Boating


Botanical Garden

Moto/Quads/Electric Bicycles

More Details

Jeff Murdoch
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2018

About Jeff Murdoch

Living in Costa Rica for the past 7 years has been a true blessing. I have formerly lived in the US.

As a host- I try my best to give my guests as great as experience I can in their stay with us. I try to treat them as I have been treated in great places while vacationing. Im always looking forward to the opportunity to meet and host the next guest...

Jeff Murdoch purchased this villa in 2007

Why Jeff Murdoch chose Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Beaches- Our location is certainly one of the greatest highlights in staying with us. Take of 5 minute walk from our villa to one of only 12 black sand beaches in the world. Yes, it is so surprising that there is only this many black sand beaches, and we get to be part of this natural beauty.

Our villa-

From my experience as a finish carpenter by trade, I always enjoyed creating, creating something different, but elegant. I also always wanted to construct a project of a more natural materials. So we did- earthen building. (Please see the description in our listing for details of this, and our Facebook page-Casa de Barro Costa Rica).

The garden- We have taken great pride in building a beautiful garden within the grounds of our villa's space. With so many tropical plants of all types. Too many to list, they vary from decorative to an edible landscape of tropical paradise. You may just be here in time to experience the ripening of the edible landscape has to offer.....

Private Swimming Pool- The size of our swimming pool is 3 x 5 meters and sloped to the deepest depth of 2 meters. I would say one one the greatest enjoyments our guests experience is the warm temperature of the pool. Surprising you would say- why would you want the water to be warm? The reason for this is most in-ground swimming pools are just that in-ground. They are constructed, as the earth cools the water. Once this water is cooled, it can be unpleasant, as the warm outside air becomes in too much contrast with the water temperature. So, we took this into consideration and stuccoed the pool dark colors, which absorbs the heat from the sun, heating the water. This makes for a much greater experience while spending your time by the pool....

Restaurants- We are within a 5 minute drive of over 60 restaurants in Puerto Viejo. This is said to be one of the most diverse towns to dine in in all of central America.

This towns nightlife, day tours and activities is a paradise experience for vacationing...

What makes this villa unique

5 great reasons-

We are located just a 5 minute walk to one of the 12 pristine black sand beaches in the world-

Unique construction of our villa-


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in Cantón Talamanca

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Sink
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

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NEW-Casa de Barro Villa-5 minute walk to the beach - swimming pool- Bikes
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
Alajuela, Costa Rica

Muy lindo lugar

  • 5 of 5

Muy recomendado, la casa muy linda rodeada de naturaleza y la zona de Puerto Viejo hermosa

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cottage in the jungle

  • 3 of 5

We booked this property based on the rave reviews and the photos...I own my mistake. This property didn't match our expectations. It's a rustic cottage in the jungle. It's not 'boutique', but more like 'glamping'. There's screens but there's still bugs. To be fair, this is common throughout Puerto Viejo as the infrastructure doesn't seem to be as developed as the Pacific side.

After a long exhausting drive from Uvita, we arrived at Casa De Barro and the first thing my daughter saw was spiders by the bed. She refused to sleep in the house. I'm not raising a spoiled diva, she's been camping, we've gone on many jungle excursions where we admired many insects, but she didn't expect to see them indoors. The owner, Jeff, was accommodating and refunded us a portion of our stay.

Puerto Viejo is a backpacker haven with hostels full of young surfers, nature lovers, local and expat Rastafarians, and full time hammock testers. If this sounds like paradise...great, it's for you. If you prefer 5 star accommodations that are clean, polished, with crisp white towels and high end amenities, stick to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

We're the folks who are somewhere in between, which is why I wanted to write this review...as all 5* rated VRBO's aren't 5* accommodations and sometimes the reviews are just a little too hyped, which make people think a property is WAY better than it really is. If the other reviewers had been more honest, we may have really enjoyed ourselves...knowing what to expect and preparing my family for reality is half the battle!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Have you ever been in a dream?

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the villa with two kids and we simply were enchanted by the beauty around. The smell and sounds of Atlantic ocean, lush vegetation and salted air!

The place is in walking distance to the town, so even our 4 y.o. enjoyed the walk.

Jeff is an amazing host and we really felt that this place is magic!

During the day we all enjoyed the pool and the beach, while on evenings we had blast in the town, listening to live music bands.

We look forward to come back!

Thank you for making our experience unforgettable.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA USA

Great Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My Mom, best friend and I stayed @ Casa de Barro in December. We were warmly greeted in the rain by Jeff on Christmas just a few weeks ago! Jeff was such an attentive host, with great recommendations and a lovely place. We really enjoyed getting a tour of his garden and eating some of the fruits of his labor. The upper suite fit the 3 of us comfortably, we enjoyed hanging out on the porch and playing cards, looking at the great view. His location was very convenient and close to town. Thank you so much Jeff for being a great host!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Amanda for the great review. Always nice to hear our guests enjoy their Experience staying with us. So glad you also enjoyed What nature has to offer in our tropical Fruits we've planted. Hope to see you again! Sincerely, Jeff- Casa de Barro
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Seattle, WA

Fun in the Rainforest

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time staying at Casa De Barro! Such a gem, it is close to town, the beach and yet tucked far enough away that you feel like you are getting a real jungle experience. If you are a light sleeper this place may not be for you, the forest wakes up at night and then finally sleeps at sunrise. Jeff was a great host, all of his recommendations where perfect. We really enjoyed an evening eating at Stashu's and even more so having Jeff give us a taste of what grows on his property. We didn't experience too many bugs but we did have a few, much larger than home but that is part of the experience of being out in the element. If I return to Costa Rica I would definitely stay here again. :)

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful relaxing experience. Casa De Barro was everything we expected and more. The owner Jeff could not have been more hospitable and he has put his heart and should into the home. As a previous reviewer noted, it does not have the luxuries of some rentals but if you want to get away and not be distracted by TV this is the place for you. It was comfortable and relaxing and certainly allowed for meditation and contemplation. The evening sounds from the rainforest were incredible (howler monkeys, frogs, birds and the ocean). Cooking can be somewhat difficult but if you have ever cooked on a boat you will find Casa De Barro Villa meets your needs. There is no microwave, hair dryer, or oven. A 5 minute walk gets you to Marcos pizza (absolutely excellent). A little further into town you can get a great meal at Flip Flops or Bread and Chocolate. Both are really good.

Jeff went out of his way to get us whatever we needed. Fruit is plentiful right on the property. We had fried Plantains every morning for breakfast!

A couple of recommendations I would make is that there be more kitchen towels and cleaning cloths available. Since we cooked often we found we were always washing out towels for use the next day (things don't dry very quickly in the tropics!). Also a couple of hooks for hanging up bath towels would also be helpful.

We would not hestate to return. In fact we are considering buying the lot next door for building our own slice of paradise!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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