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Wonderful condo near Playa Ocotal. Amazing views, beautiful infinity pool.

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 860 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bath fully equipped, upper tier, upper level condo.

Our condo is located 1/2 hour from the Liberia airport, between bustling Playa del Coco and quiet Ocotal Beach, both within walking distance. Coco offers shopping, dining, nightlife and a large active beach. Ocotal is a beautiful small golden and black sand beach with many water sports available and everyone's favorite in-the-sand bar/restaurant, Father Rooster's. Other wonderful beaches are yours to explore by car or by hiking. In the area and within a couple of hours drive are more opportunities than you can imagine to enjoy this dramatic landscape and ecological diversity. The province is Guanacaste with two seasons: Golden and Green. Golden brings constant sun and higher temperatures. Green can bring rain, yet with regular appearances of the sun. (The rain views are even more photogenic than the sun views!)

Villa La Colina is a well-designed, relatively small, low-rise development (2 story max) with buildings on three tiers. Ours is on the upper tier where there are only 12 units. It is the quietest level and offers the best views across the valley to the undeveloped mountain beyond. And a spectacular infinity pool is just steps away. Birds and monkeys visit the area throughout the day providing endless entertainment.

Our condo has large windows and vaulted ceilings creating a very open space. It is on the second floor and has a private staircase, so while open, it is private. The living room, dining room and kitchen face the pool and the mountain. The bedrooms are in the back, on the mountainside, with trees just feet away, no buildings, roads or parking lots. The bedrooms and front have screens, so the breezes flow through the spaces. Air conditioning is throughout, but many find no need. There is a large balcony, perhaps the best place for coffee and to watch the sun light up the mountain and awaken the valley. Directly to the right of our building is a ranchero with table, chairs and fan for a change of venue or shelter from the sun.

Fully furnished and equipped, the condo is 860 square feet. It has a master bedroom with a queen bed and private bath. There is a guest bedroom and a second bathroom. No more than 4 guests are permitted. Living room, dining room and kitchen are open flowing spaces.

Two mountain bikes are included. Useful for quick trips to Coco for provisions or a ride on the path along Coco beach or through the barrios.

Note rate shown on calendar is the daily rate. There are significant discounts for weekly and monthly rentals.

More Details

Owner
Kathy Culley
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2018

About Kathy Culley

We are two couples that go back decades! Michael & Martie, Dave & Kathy. Michael is an architect and designed Villa La Colina. Dave is his business partner. Together we have decorated and equipped the condo to make us happy when we are there. We get to Costa Rica several times a year to take advantage of this amazing place.

Kathy Culley purchased this condo in 2005

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Cantón Carrillo in Guanacaste

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 860 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    2nd Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Guest Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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Wonderful condo near Playa Ocotal. Amazing views, beautiful infinity pool.
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews
5

Missing Costa Rica already!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was just what we needed. We had our 6 month old in tow so we needed some sunshine, pool time and relaxing scenery (and we got it!).

The condo size was perfect for our small family and had all of the amenities of home. We did a lot of self-catered cooking (Costa Rica is not inexpensive!) and the kitchen had everything we needed. You are in CR so there will be bugs and geckos but that's part of the adventure.

When we arrived after our red-eye flight from Canada we were quickly greeted by the property manager who gave us the lowdown on some of the questions we had. He even took us into town the following day to help us get our bearings!

The property is VERY well managed and the staff take much pride in keeping the grounds, landscaping and pool in top shape. Every morning the pool was cleaned of any debris (and critters) that had accumulated overnight! The owner was very quick to offer any help/suggestions to ensure we had the best stay possible.

Of all the units in the complex we thought this condo unit was probably one of the best (if not THE best) because it's on the upper floor, at the far end and nearest to the veranda by the pool. The view from the balcony facing the pool and valley was awesome; many early mornings were spent with coffee in hand and just enjoying the sound of the birds. The pool was our favourite (of the 6 or so) in the complex (you can use the other pools which are down the hill and they offer a bit more shading from the sun) but we loved the view of the valley from in the pool.

The condo is definitely "on a hill"! The walk is quite steep (however not long - maybe only 60 meters) so if you're not of decent health/fitness ability then it might be a challenge especially in the heat. We enjoyed the exercise and the view/pool is worth the climb! We rented a car for about half of our stay and were happy we did. If you don't have a car a taxi to town is $5 each way - drivers are familiar with the complex and will pick you up at the top if you ask. We also walked into town a few times when it wasn't too hot which was ~35 minutes one way.

MUST DOs:

Be sure to hike to the 'gringo' beach (~ 30 minutes) from the adjacent property * don't forget a camera as I spotted monkeys, iguana, heron and caracara birds!

Borrow the bike and cycle into town and return with fresh fruit...

Walk to Ocotal beach (~15 minutes) for sundowners/dinner at Father Roosters!

Playa Hermosa for a beach walk.

We would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ryan, Much thanks for the awesome review! I hoped 8014, Villa la Colina and the area would be right for you and your family and I am really happy to hear it was. Your list of "must dos" makes me smile. They are my favorites as well! Please return! Kathy
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Adrian, Michigan, USA
5

Nice condo & property located in a convenient location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Kathy's condo in the Villas La Colina. The condo is nicely decorated and fronts on a unique and beautiful swimming pool, around which we made many new friends during our weeks-long stay. Kathy is an extremely helpful and attentive host, who took the initiative to communicate regularly both before and during our stay.

Playa Ocotal beach is within a 15-20 minute walk and the Playas del Coco beach and downtown are a 30-40 minute walk or 10 minute cab ride away. Playa Ocotal is a lovely, smaller beach which is generally less busy than Coco and other more tourist-oriented towns and beaches. The waters at Ocotal are usually very swimmable with some good rock-reefs offshore, along which ocean-life can be viewed while snorkeling. Downtown Coco has several choices for restaurants, bars, night-life, groceries and recreation. Several of Costa Rica's interesting and exciting attractions are within a 30 minute to 3 hour drive of this location.

We would recommend Kathy's condo as an affordable and pleasant home and base for your Northwest Costa Rica get-away.

George and Dee Brown

Michigan, USA

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Regina, Saskatchewan
4

The weather was very hot. The condo was well equipped and very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The condo was great. The pool was amazing as it was hot every day. We are close enough to beaches to walk and had some very good meals at restaurants close by.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Sally for the nice review. I'm glad you liked it!
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5

Beautiful, stunning, awesome, perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't ask for a more stunning location. We had everything we needed there, (except a car.) I would highly recommed this location to anyone, but seriously recommend a car rental. It's a great walk to town but far if you just need one or two items. Also if you want to explore the other parts of Costa Rica it would be cheaper and better to have your own vehicle unless you have a fat wallet full of cash to pay someone or do tours. If you're happy with just keeping to yourself and chilling out without the need to explore too much then this is totally the right place! But more adventurous people seriously look into it! -Make sure your Visa insurance covers you and hold your ground-don't fall for the "insurance" issues they may try to convince you that you need. For the most part the people are super super awesome in Costa Rica, but sometimes (incertain business types) they will try to convince you you need more than you really do. In other words DO YOUR RESEARCH thoroughly! Other recommendations are.....bring your own medications if you think you're catching a cold! We picked up a bug on the airplane and buying medicatios was EXPENSIVE!! A simple antihistimine/decongestant was about $1.50 PER PILL! So six pills is $9.00 (U.S.) Doesn't sound like much but if you have a headache too,....ibuprofen is about $1.00 We (two people) needed them both for three weeks, twice a day, until we were clear and could breathe again. That's $210.00 U.S. for basically Advil cold and sinus. Just trying to give you some perspective.

Check out Zi Lounge in the downtown between 11 and 7 for happy hour and try the pizza,....yep the pizza DELISH!!! The pasionfruit frozen drinks.....YUM!! The Luperon and Mega Super are your best bets for price when buying groceries go there first-not kidding! If you want some more Canadian/American items the Auto Mercado is pretty good for that, but also double the price-again do your research, it's worth the time. If you don't speak spanish, DO get the google translate app and download the Spanish translator so you can use it offline as well. It is super handy because you can type in, or speak ingredients to find out what they are and also communicate with the locals. Only a very SMALL amount of people speak somewhat good English so take the time to learn basic Spanish, or at the very least download that app.

The location of this condo was perfect because it was in the middle of two beaches that you can easily discover and out of town.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Andrea, for the 5 stars! I'm glad you liked our place. And thanks for your recommendations for future guests.
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4

Top notch

  • 4 of 5

Great property to stay in

Very clean

Wonderful pool

Round the clock security

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Donna for the nice review! I’m glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Location

Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Liberia International
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Father Rooster's
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Father Rooster's
Nearest Beach
0.7 Miles
Playa Ocotal

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £37.13
Damage Deposit £111.39

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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