About the property
- House2400 sqft
- Separate WC's1
- Minimum Stay5 - 10 nights
2 + Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5 adults (or 6 with children)
Casa Libre in Samara is an absolutely beautiful and peaceful getaway. This modern Spanish colonial style villa is perched atop a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is nestled among the hills and tropical forests that cascade down to the sea. It is very close to any number of ocean and jungle adventures.
Located at the end of a short but rugged semi-private road, Casa Libre is a privately situated and securely gated 2+ bedroom, 3 bathroom home on 6 acres. It is not remote, but it is secluded, very private, and enjoys panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding hills. The house has all the modern conveniences that you could ask for, complete with infinity pool and palm-thatched rancho with bar and grill. We recently added a handcrafted dining table and chairs made of local Guanacaste wood for the common area. Apart from all the interior amenities of a 4-year old home (ceiling fans in every room, air conditioning, recessed lights, fully equipped kitchen with teak cabinets and granite counters, king-size beds, etc.) the exterior is even more compelling. The expansive veranda, the rooftop observatory pavillion, and the infinity pool with adjoining palm-thatched rancho, bar and grill are the features that are really distinctive and beckon guests outdoors.
Casa Libre is a peaceful tropical sanctuary, and yet very close to the energy of numerous water sports and the buzz of the casual but sophisticated night life of Samara. It is nestled between two nature preserves in the foothills above two of Costa Rica's most idyllic beaches -- Playa Samara and Playa Carrillo. Samara is a beach destination for internationals seeking the exhilaration of surfing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, paddle-boarding, beach volleyball, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, and beachfront restaurants, bars and yoga studios. It's a lively village and little more than a mile from the house. Playa Carrillo is a palm-lined stretch of white sand beach favored by locals throughout Costa Rica and travelers, alike, because of its beauty. It is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, exploring tidal pools or lounging in a hammock under the shade of the palms, and little more than 2 miles from the house.
Awaken to to the calls of howler monkeys and the songs of many tropical bird species. Cooled by constant tropical sea breezes, view nature in all its splendor from the veranda, pool area or rooftop pavilion, while sipping your coffee or doing your morning yoga. Take the 5-minute drive to Samara or the 10-minute drive to Carrillo or even the 30-minute drive to the world-renowned surfing beaches of Nosara and Guiones. Spend the day hiking... surfing... fishing... paddle-boarding... swimming... snorkeling... horseback riding... playing beach volleyball... zip-lining or investigating the local animal preserve and then, back home, relax and sip your evening drinks by the infinity pool. The villa is equipped with every modern convenience. Casa Libre is perfect for your escape. It is truly a place of rejuvenation!
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, Spanish, Manager, Melissa Marin, speaks Spanish & English
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Phil Tierney
Now retired, as an Episcopal priest for the past 40 years, I have served as a university chaplain at Georgetown University and Virginia Tech and as a chaplain at the Foxcroft and Madeira Schools. I have served parishes in Canada, England, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. I have taught courses at Virginia Theological Seminary and Dartmouth College. I am author of "Theocracy: Can Democracy survive Fundamentalism" and "The Rise of the Red Dragon." I lecture at the Osher Institute at Dartmouth and volunteer in various community and charitable organizations and am politically active for the wellbeing of the environment.
Phil Tierney purchased this House in 2016
Why Phil Tierney chose Sámara
Casa Libre is uniquely positioned to view the Pacific Ocean and the hills around it. It is privately and securely situated amidst the jungle of the Nicoya Penninsula in Costa Rica. It is at the same time refined and rural, secluded and yet close to two of the most beautiful and highly prized beaches on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Surrounded by forests and the calls of monkeys and parrots, it is nonetheless very close to the active nightlife of Playa Samara. It is a place of natural peace, simple splendor and balance.
What makes this House unique
Secluded and very private without being remote. Sun, trees, hills, seas, wildlife, close enough to vibrant sea sports and night-life, yet exceptionally peaceful and secluded. Plenty of wildlife neighbors, including: monkeys, hummingbirds, birds of all sorts (paraketes, macaus and toucans included), coatis, iguanas, foxes, varigated squirrels, butterflies galour, and many other species.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 10:00 AM
Check-out: 2:00 PM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
secluded sanctuary so close to the beach
This was a perfect place to stay for myself, partner and twin teens. The pool was glorious, refreshing after a hot day exploring, nestled between nature reserves, letting us hear wild monkeys calling, birds, incredible insect sounds -- Very easy location to get to and from everything you want to do. I only wish we had spent more time at the house! We were so busy doing activities -- wish we had more time to chill and enjoy the house more. Very clean, loved the tile floors, has its own resident iguanas that you hear crawl on the roof -- very nice modern kitchen -- all wonderful. It was also nice that through the property manager, Melissa, you can get a discount on the tours at Samara Tours. We snorkeled, hired a fishing boat, and did a great nature hike with a guide. All fun. And we also surfed, which is really affordable. Only $4 per hour rental. And if you take a lesson, you get the board for a week. I would highly recommend this home.
I am delighted that all of you had such a good vacation at Casa Libre! I honestly believe it's a wonderful place with all sorts of natural wonders, great activities, diverse restaurants and all the comforts of home. Melissa is a fine property manager, who knows everything about the area and is very responsive.
It was a pleasure having all of you as guests. Don't be strangers. Come and visit again soon.
Pura Vida! Phil
Paradise with a Capital P
First of all the owner of this house Mr. Phil was more helpful and then helpful could be. He was always around via email to answer any and all questions, and as a traveler, it was much appreciated. His home is comfortable, safe and a perfect place to stay when exploring Samara and the areas around. And we saw and heard more wildlife at his home, then we did on any adventures we went on. Monkeys, baby monkeys, iguanas, wild horses, all kinds of frogs, moths, etc. and a giant toad that came for dinner every night, but didn't eat much. Do not let the driveway freak you out, it is no big deal. DO rent a 4 wheel drive, you will be able to see much more of Costa Rica in this type of car. My travel tips: Go North to Playa Nosara and Playa Guiones. While in Guiones eat at Al Chile. Guiones has better shopping then Samara, more of a surfer / yoga beach town. Good place to rent a surf board at LOW TIDE. Playa Pelada, great beach with tide pools and eat at La Luna. Head South to Playa Islita, eat at Restaurant Kambute for the BEST Seafood. Check out The Ara Project for the native Macaw. When in Samara, eat at Locanda and Gustos (good place at night too) - both on the beach, well-priced and good Mango-rum drinks! Also, Samara Sushi. (Yes. I am a foodie) - The grocery stores; we liked the Iguana Market, Roots Bakery and the butcher shop. We also traveled to the Arenal Volcano and stayed at The Lost Iguana Resort and it was AMAZING! Fold this area into your trip, if you can. A note about the roads in CR, and the other drivers…be careful and know that where you plan to go for the day, can take twice as long to get to! Really! All and all, a great place to visit, in a very comfortable home!
Clean, well maintained and very private.
Phil has an excellent property. The cabinetry is first rate, and the countertops – being solid granite - make for a very lovely kitchen area. The bedrooms are large and very comfortable. The backyard is wonderful. We really enjoyed the pool and made sure that we had breakfast under the Tiki hut every morning that we were there. We relaxed, enjoyed the sunshine, and listened to all of the nature that surrounded us. It was A wonderful experience. Some reviewers Have commented about the rugged drive to the property. My only comment would be that they really didn’t do much research on Costa Rica before arriving. We did our research, and it indicated that you really should rent a 4 x 4 for your time in Costa Rica. If you do that the road is no problem whatsoever.
House on nice property
The house manager was not up to the task! Samara has lots of good restaurants and of course the beaches are beautiful.
Beautiful in Paradise
The property is very well groomed and the house is immaculate with all the amenities that you could ask for. The home itself is well furnished and has two private suites, leading to the terrace where you can sit and enjoy , or you can go poolside where there is shade as well as sun ! The pool is a good size and the surrounding terrace is tiled and very comfortable, and stunning with the bush’s, flowers and trees. The kitchen is a very luxurious kitchen with every thing you need to function. Overall the property was fantastic as well as safe. The road to the property could use some TLC as could most roads to many of the properties in the area, which is why a 4x4 SUV should always be rented in Costa Rica . The property owner Phil was great to deal with as was his property manager Melissa who dealt with the very few questions we had. We would certainly recommend this property as well as return as it is truly a beautiful home approx 6 min from the beach yet nestled in the hills . Thank you Phil for allowing us to stay at your beautiful home and we look forward to returning .
Your Canadian Friends
Beautiful secluded home overlooking the Pacific
The property was everything we hoped for. The property description didn't quite do it justice. The kitchen was much larger than it looked in the pictures. It had everything you need with all up to date appliances. The two master suites were also much larger than I expected. Both master bedrooms opened onto a large covered veranda. We spent quite a bit of time there. The living/dining room has the most amazing table! The pool was very well maintained as was the entire property. The road to the home is steep. Since we were there in late August early September when there are some amazing thunderstorms I was glad we had rented a 4WD SUV. I imagine during the dry season a regular car would be fine. I would definitely recommend this property!
Thank you so much, Patricia!
I'm happy that you and your family had such a good time.
Don't be strangers. Come and see us again, some time.
All the best to you,
World-class surfing nearby
Zip line treetop tours
Horseback riding on beaches and trails
Beach-front restaurants and bars
Tidal pools and Coral reefs
Diverse flora and fauna
Additional pricing information
Children and pets are welcome. The adults accompanying them will be completely responsible for their safety and proper behavior, as indeed, they will be for their own. Any injuries to person or damages to property will be the full responsibility of adult guests. Smoking is permitted only in uncovered areas of the property. Check-in, check-out, trouble-shooting during guest's rental times, and inspection of property for damages and inordinate uncleanliness will after check-out will be done by Samara Rentals Property Management (email@example.com)