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Comfortable, Well Designed 2 BR House, Walking Distance to Atenas Town

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Light & Airy Two Bedroom Casita, Traditional Outside, Modern On The Inside.

CASA CHIQUITICA is on the upper part of our quinta. It has a great view of Poas and Barva volcanoes and you see tropical greenery out every window. It was craftily designed to be a big, little house, appealing to foreign guests . Only 1400 sq. ft., but with many features of simply good planning, such as all built in polished cement sofas and beds, large tinted windows, fine cedar wood cabinets, granite countertops, large glass block shower and fine floor tile. It is light and airy, traditional on the outside, completely modern on the inside; with a real ceramic tile roof that provides excellent insulation. Surrounded by tropical landscaping; Ti plants, Star Jasmine, Multiple palms, Bird of Paradise, red peppers, and Bougainvilla.

Two bedrooms, One bath, fully Enclosed Sunny Patio covered in red volcanic rock, great for sunning or a small pet. It is suitable for two adults and two children, or 2 adults full time and 2 visitors, as there is a King Bed in the MBR and two Single Beds end to end in the study. All with ortho mattresses. New all electric Frigidaire appliances. Halogen stovetop. All warm hued LED lighting. Smart 42 inch wall TV coupled to wi fi connection. Bring your memory stick, phone full of music or Netflix number. Excellent Wi Fi throughout the house.

All linens and dishes, cookware provided. Casa Chiquitica awaits you!

ALL INCLUDED:

FULLY FURNISHED, LINENS, COOKWARE, DISHES

ELECTRIC BILL

ALL MODERN ELECTRIC FRIGIDAIRE APPLIANCES , SMALL APPLIANCES LIKE COFFEE MAKER, BLENDER, TOASTER

WASHER AND DRYER IN BATH

WHOLE HOUSE WI FI INTERNET, WI FI TV

WATER

EXTERIOR GARDENING

TRASH

After you reserve with your Host, Forest, I will send a lot of information by email. I am a retired American elementary teacher living on the same property, so am available to answer all questions.

It is understandable if you are new to CR that you will have many questions, and I will be happy to provide all the info you need. I live here full time and love it.

I will start with advice on ground transport. You do not really need to rent a car at the airport right away, as I can arrange your airport pick up and delivery with my reliable transport man.

To finalize your reservation, you will make a $500. PayPal deposit.

There is never much waiting when communicating with your Host in Costa Rica, FOREST

More Details

Owner
FOREST
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish, ENGLISH
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
13 July, 2018

About FOREST

I am a retired American elementary teacher living full time in Atenas, so am available to answer all questions. I first came to Costa Rica in 1968, and returned several times, most recently after living in Cebu, Philippines. After doing careful research, we came to live in Atenas and find it a definite upgrade! We are in love with Costa Rica; both the central valley and the beach. Ticos have to be the happiest, friendliest people in the world and it is fun to live among them! You can view our other rental condo in Jaco, on the sea by going to VRBO 499624.

FOREST purchased this villa in 2015

Why FOREST chose Atenas

When you plan a long stay in Atenas, you will not only be experiencing one of the most charming and safe towns in the country, you will be central to many of the attractions found in Costa Rica. The Autopista (Hwy 27) is five minutes away, The Pan American Hwy. is a little further, on a scenic road, past plant nurseries. Jaco and Playa Hermosa are one hour away. Monteverde is two hours. Manuel Antonio is a little more than two hours, Arenal another two in the opposite direction. Volcan Poas is an hour and a half, with the La Paz Waterfall Gardens nearby.

For someone coming to live in Atenas, they have to understand that they will be living a Simple Life in a small town. And you can walk to it from CASA CHIQUITICA on sidewalks. Did you enjoy the ’60’s? Even if you weren’t born yet, here is your chance! The joys of living here are the little, natural things in life: above all the welcoming local people, the fruits and veggies, the nearness of a lot of greenery. Yet Atenas has great supers, hardware stores, bakeries and small restaurants. Good roads and easy traffic with one stop light. You will find all you need in this charming town. More so than in other towns, because of the influence of us foreigners, and the quiet contributions we have brought to the economy. Life here is quiet, but there are good places to eat, a great hardware store, and a fine supermarket. With a car, Alajuela ( Costa Ricas second and more traditional city) is a half hour away, and San Jose is forty five minutes away. Taxis and buses are also easy. The largest mall in Central America, City Mall, is now complete in Alajuela. But who needs malls? I can do all my shopping and errands easily in my own little town.

What makes this villa unique

It is understandable since you are new to CR that you will have many questions, and I will be happy to provide all the info you need to facilitate your stay.

I will start with advice on ground transport. And follow with restaurant and food store clues. I can arrange your airport pick up and delivery with my chosen transport man. More on that later.

After you reserve, VRBO will allow us to use private email and tel. numbers, so you can email your questions or give me your US or Canadian phone no. and a time to call. I like to call all my guests.

I have a magic jack connection, so it costs me little.

IF YOU WANT A GREAT COMBINATION VACATION, SEE ALSO OUR CONDO ON THE SEA FRONT AT ATENAS, VRBO Listing #499624 DO A COMBINATION OF STAYS, COFFEE COUNTRY AND BEACH TOWN.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Atenas in Cantón Atenas

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ELDER HEIGHT TOILET, LARGE COMFY SHOWER
  • One large bath with king sized shower behind glass block wall, no glass or curtain to clean. KOHLER fixtures. Lots of towel racks, fan.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Two full bedrooms, one with King Ortho mattress, one with two Single Ortho mattresses, end to end. Both have sliding frosted glass doors for privacy, high ceilings, warm hued LED lights high and low, good ventilation, quiet fans.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
THERE IS A LOT TO DO IN AND AROUND COSTA RICA, AND ATENAS IS IN THE CENTER OF IT ALL! OR JUST EXPLORE ANOTHER CULTURE AND PRACTICE YOUR SPANISH WITH THE LOCALS BY DOING EVERYDAY THINGS AROUND TOWN. WE ARE IN COFFEE COUNTRY, ONE HOUR FROM THE BEACH OR UPLANDS. THERE ARE THREE PRIVATE RECREATIONAL POOLS IN THE AREA.

Reviews

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Comfortable, Well Designed 2 BR House, Walking Distance to Atenas Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Laguna Woods CA
5

A perfect casita and a perfect host

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in the beautiful casita. A plus was meeting Forest and enjoying a bit of bubbly on his veranda. The casita was very comfortable with the open views and the breeze coming through the screened windows. It truly was home away from home. Atenas is a friendly town and the Italian restaurant and lending library restaurant were great additions to our stay. Now we must "RMB" or read Forest's book "Tarantulas in the Pool." We'll be back in March!!! Thank you, Forest. Hello to Hilario and Jorge!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchas gracias for your great review, Barbara, and for mentioning my digital book, TARANTULAS IN THE POOL: Finding Pura Vida in Atenas, Costa Rica. I had The Casita built and wrote the book especially for folks like you and Mike, who are interested in living in this fine little town. The book can be found by going to Amazon.com and putting my pen name, DON BOSQUE in the search box. Presto, the book will appear! And answer so many questions about starting your adventure. Looking forward to your long stay starting in March. We will be here for YOU! Your host in Atenas, Forest
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5

Wonderful Atenas Rental!

  • 5 of 5

This newly built casita is in the perfect place to enjoy the lovely town of Atenas. We loved the views and the comfort and privacy , plus nice extras like great water pressure and a king sized bed. Forest is a very gracious and helpful owner, quick to assist.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias for the thoughtful review, B and T! Glad you enjoyed my digital book, TATANTULAS IN THE POOL, Finding Pura Vida in Atenas. I am looking forward to your return when we can celebrate with a night at our fine Bistro. Nice rains here have meant even more lush foliage is all around in the views from the Casita Chiquitica. Your Host, Forest
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5

Comfortable Jumping-off point to explore Costa Rica!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casita Chiquitica for a week as we explored Atenes and the surrounding area with students on a Spanish immersion trip.

We found it to be a well appointed house with everything we needed to cook our own meals after a trip to the local cooperative (grocery store). The WiFi throughout the house allowed us to keep up on email and conduct work when needed. there is a nice desk with shelves in the second bedroom which served as a great office. Plenty of fresh linens, hot showers and a washer & dryer made our stay quite comfortable.

Forrest was very attentive and a welcoming host. If available for future trips, we would certainly stay at this beautiful casita again.

Paul & Laura

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: MUCHAS GRACIAS, Paul and Laura, for your comprehensive review of your stay in Casa Chiquitica! I look forward to reserving for you again soon, as you think on settling here. Maybe in the Green season? Your Casita in the Goldilocks town of Atenas awaits you. Thanks also for encouraging me to finish my book, and to call it TARANTULAS IN THE POOL: Finding Pura Vida in Atenas, Costa Rica. It is almost done, now how to publish? Your Host, Forest.
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Greensboro, NC
5

Casita in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

Atenas is a little town in the central valley with beautiful weather and a nice breeze all day. Evenings the temperature goes down into the 60's--perfect weather.The casita was just as described. Forest, the owner, answered many questions beforehand and was very helpful during our month's stay. We used the casita as a base to travel all over Costa Rica.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias, Annette, for your fine concise review. I hope you both have many more good adventures ahead. Wherever your travels take you, I know you will remember the peaceful small town in Costa Rica that we are proud to call home.
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5

Home base, cool, comfortable, convenient!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a home base so that we could visit Costa Rica in a leisurely and comfortable way. We didn't want to pack and unpack everyday. This is a lovely and well maintained house. It is at an altitude that keeps it comfortable - even in July. It worked perfectly. We could cook at "home" if we wanted or eat out in nearby Atenas. We could drive to any part of CR in part of a day - even to the coasts. And our host, Forest, was a fountain of information and help. He gave us much good advice and helped us see many local sights. If you needed an answer or a suggestion, Forest had it. You do need a car and Waze is an excellent app for guiding you to your destinations. Friendly helpful host and friendly Costa Ricans everywhere. Go and enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchas gracias, Leigh, for your thoughtful review. You said just what those who want to explore the Real Costa Rica need to know! Yes, Ticos contribute often to WAZE, so it works well here to help you find hidden fun places. I hope more folks from California, and especially Sea Ranch, are inspired to come visit and stay with us in La Casita Chiquitica. Forest
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5

FABULOUS!!!

  • 5 of 5

We visited Atenas as part of our Due Diligence trip to Costa Rica. We chose the Casita because it seemed to meet our needs. Wow, were we blown away! The home is quaint and tastefully appointed. It was just a 10-minute walk to town, which was a great workout. The views during the day were wonderful, but at night it was absolutely amazing watching San Jose light up.

The cherry on top of this awesome experience was the VIP treatment we received from the owner, Forest. Not only was he very helpful, but he opened up his home and showed us around town. We visited as guests and left as friends.

If you are planning a trip to CR, you owe it to yourself to stay a spell at the Casita in Atenas.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the fine review, C and D! We hope to see you again. Perhaps you'll become neighbors if you find that you enjoy Atenas as much as we do. Your Casita Chiquitica awaits your return. Forest
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
JUAN SANTAMARIA (SAN JOSE) SJO
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
ATENAS CENTRAL
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
PUNTARENAS
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
HIGHWAY 27 THE AUTOPISTA
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
SO MANY
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
JACO
Car: recommended

IF YOU WANT A GREAT COMBINATION VACATION, SEE ALSO OUR CONDO ON THE SEA FRONT IN JACO, ONE HOUR FROM ATENAS. VRBO Listing #499624 DO A COMBINATION OF STAYS, COFFEE COUNTRY, AND BEACH.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Atenas, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
GREEN SEASON
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
£387
for 5 nights
From
£68
£472
£1,326
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£472
for 5 nights
From
£85
£472
£1,241
 

Additional pricing information

CLEANING £45.33
Pet Fee £75.55

NOTE THAT the casita is fully furnished; linens, cookware, dishes, and that the rental fee includes electric bill, all electic kitchen and hot water, washer and dryer, whole house 2 GB wi fi and wi fi smart TV, water, trash and exterior gardener. Nothing else to pay!
To confirm your reservation, you first have to pay the service fee to VRBO/Homeaway. Then you can make a $500. deposit by PayPal. For the second payment, you may choose to use my email with PayPal and pay directly. After you pay the service fee, VRBO permits us to communicate directly.


Either way, Paypal sends us a record of the payment, and I will also acknowledge it.
Alternatively, I can send you my US Bank info for direct deposit. Either way, you will have a good receipt.

WHEN YOU INQUIRE, WE HAVE TO COMMUNICATE ON THE VRBO SITE, AS VRBO DOES NOT SHOW MY ADDRESS. THEN WE CAN COMMUNICATE MORE EASILY. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR TEL. NO. AND WHEN I MAY CALL YOU. I LIKE TO CALL ALL MY GUESTS TO MAKE US BOTH FEEL AT EASE WITH THE PROCESS, AND TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. I HAVE A MAGIC JACK CONNECTION, SO THIS COSTS ALMOST NOTHING. AND I WILL RETURN YOUR CALL TO SAVE YOUR COST. THEN WE CAN CHAT AS LONG AS WE LIKE!

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