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THE RAINBOW HOUSE: has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, WIFI, laundry area with wash machine. Two story, upstairs has ping pong table, balcony great for watching wildlife. an extra double bed, screened windows, view of Gulf and Peninsula of Nicoya. This house can accommodate 8 friends or families.
THE MOUNTAIN COTTAGE: has 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, large shower, vanity with sink between the two bedrooms, WIFI. Kitchen has hot water sink, microwave, electric stove with oven, toaster, coffeemaker, refrigerator. Breakfast bar, large windows for viewing birds and other wildlife, mountains and view of Gulf and Peninsula of Nicoya; spectacular sunsets and rainbows: comfortable enclosed porch with large and screened windows. Linens, dishes and cooking utensils provided. Beautiful gardens. Walking paths on 7 acres, this house can accommodate 1 family or couples.
Many up to date dvds are available. Manager lives on same 7 acres and speaks both English and Spanish.
All tiled floors, very new and clean. We are located near Santa Maria Night Walking, a bakery (Panaderia Jiminez) and grocery (Super Cedros). Private and secluded houses in a safe and friendly area (tranquil rural setting) near village of Santa Elena with large supermarket and many small restaurants, stores & souvenir shops and places to arrange tours. Manager Richard can also arrange tours, guides & get you discounts to the attractions and sometimes can arrange transport for guests on trips to Selvatura and other attractions and to view live volcano, Arenal. Woodworking souvenir shop with free orchid garden within walking distance. Paradise for wildlife watchers and artists - 7 acres of guava trees and many other native berry & fruit trees and bushes bring the animals, birds and butterflies sometimes right past our windows! I often hear the song of the manakin, the bell bird, warblers, toucans and toucanets, motmots, the chitter of the variegated squirrel. There are several cleared paths to walk, one even goes down to the quebrada! Located on a private road off the road to Tilaran and Las Juntas,
We have been to Costa Rica with our kids 3 times prior to this trip but had never made it to the cloud forest. We decided this time we needed to check this off our bucket list. This rental was PERFECTION! The house was a great bargain. The view from inside is amazing and the property is well situated to get to the town of Santa Elena and a number of activities by foot. It is also a short drive from Selvatura and Curi-Cancha. The drive up to Santa Elena, like all driving in Costa Rica, is pretty intense, but is was so worth it! Definitely recommend 4WD and a manual transmission! Richard gave us without question the best, most detailed, and most accurate directions to the house, all our activities and back to the airport that I have ever received on a trip. He also had wonderful suggestions for activities and dining. He very thoughtfully provided us with tons of extra blankets. When we arrived the temperature had dropped quite a bit and we were traveling with our 4 and 6 year old daughters. We were perfectly comfortable thanks to his thoughtfulness. I HIGHLY recommend checking out the Rosewood Shop and Orchid gardens. The owners there are incredibly kind. Also the Santa Maria Night Tour and Selvatura bridges were definitely worth seeing.
Large main room with stunning view from partly open at the right site (only mosquito net) glasshouse at the end of the room. View starts in garden but as we had 3 days of bright sunshine (an exception in that area) we could see until the ocean (Golfo de Nicoya). Lots of birds. Interior looks simple but as it has a fully equipped kitchen, separate bathroom + toilet + washing basin, DVD player DVD's + monitor + fast internet, 2 comfortable bedrooms and it's all very clean. You get a lot of value for money. Owner is very helpful. Place is just a few 100 meters from quiet main road but feels remote and it was one of the very few places in Costa Rica were barking dogs were (almost and then only remote) absent. Park entries are high (e.g. $ 20 pp for Monteverde) but you might as well try to spot wildlife from the road (owner has a map with places you have a good chance); still don't expect to see much wildlife except birds either inside or outside the park.
My wife and I spent 3 nights in Richard's cottage 7 years ago, while visiting Costa Rica. That short stay was the most memorable part of the entire trip. Not only was the property clean and comfortable, but Richard really went above and beyond to make sure that we were taken care of. It was like visiting family. We still tell everyone about the beautiful views and unmatched hospitality that we encountered. School, kids, and careers have delayed our next trip down, but we will definitely be back!
We were in Costa Rica for 3 weeks and used VRBO for all our stays. We stayed in Rainbow a House for 5 days. Richard was an awesome host, generous with his time and advice. He spent half a day with us hiking in the rainforest and on another day took us for a tour of his large property. He loaned me a sturdy raincoat and even did our laundry! He was great with my boys (ages 11 and 12) and told them stories from the wild. The boys loved the rambling house with it's many beds and used the pingpong table a lot. A must see is the nearby orchid garden and wood shop at Rosewood Souvenirs. We didn't rent a car and were not at all bothered by that. Taxis are affordable and easy to reach. The view from the big windows is spectacular and all you have to do is look outside to see colorful birds and wildlife. If we go back to Monteverde, we will surely stay there again.
We spent 3 1/2 weeks in the Rainbow House and it was pure delight. The kitchen was well provided with utensils and appliances and Richard even built us a new one. It was a rack for a coffee sock that made the best coffee I have ever drank. I am back in South Dakota drinking a cup of that sock coffee right now. The oven and the stove were the best we had anywhere in Costa Rica during our 2 month stay. We walked a great deal, to Monteverde, to a wonderful bakery about 10 minutes away, to the coffee plantation about 8 minutes away for good coffee and a wonderful view of the Gulf.
Our favorite view was at dawn looking over the Nicoya Gulf and Peninsula from the living room of the Rainbow House. We walked all over the property and saw numerous wildlife and birds. The entire stay was the most relaxing of our lives. A cool 64 degrees to a high of 92 made the mornings and night cools and the days warm in the afternoons. We would carry a light jacket on our morning hikes.
Our favorite adventure was the train ride in the Cloud Forest and we stayed for lunch after. The day we rode the train Richard arranged the transportation, got us a discount on the fare, and went with us to Monteverde to coordinate the shuttle to the train station. The heavy clouds on the ride covered Arenal Volcano at the top overlook so Richard arranged a trip to another overlook a couple of days later and the volcano was very visible. He went with us that day.
We really enjoyed exploring the area and Santa Elena. We found great restaurants, coffee shop with monkeys, grocery stores, pharmacy, bakeries, pizza place, dance bar and restaurant, an orchid farm and Rosewood shop that Richard suggested.
The taxi service that Richard recommended was inexpensive and more dependable than the other company. The water in the showers in both bathrooms was hot and plentiful. The washer took a little instruction from Richard to run, but was very dependable. The dryer was mother nature on the top floor clothes lines. The balcony up there had a hammock and an even better view of the Gulf.
The only complaint we had in 3 1/2 weeks was ants hit the kitchen, but Richard wiped them out with some chemicals outside at their source. The last day we were there our taxi let us down. We arranged a 4am ride to the bus stop and the driver didn't make it. Richard got up and helped us carry 150lbs of luggage about 200 yards to the stop. We learned to take less next trip.
This rental is in a great location. We were in the cottage, and enjoyed its privacy and incredible view out to the Nicoya Peninsula. The bed and kitchen were very good with adequate space. All in all a great value. Richard was most helpful in orienting us and making suggestions for restaurants; and he arranged a Curi Concha tour for us with Adrien, who is an excellent guide. We saw a Quetzal and a lot of other exotic birds. Richard showed us the two waterfalls on the property and went out of his way to be helpful. For those of you who have never gone to Monteverde and are planning to drive yourselves, be ready for the extremely rough dirt roads into the area. However, you will eventually get used to this and will even become nostalgic about the remoteness of the place.
In the Monteverde area there are 400 species of birds of the 850 species found in Costa Rica. We have spotted many mammals and butterflies on our property as well. A pair of Emerald green toucanets nested in our old century plant. The distinctive 'pong' sound of the bellbird can be heard nearby. So can the 'toledo' of the manakin. Richard can take you on walks down through the forest to our rushing mountain stream with small waterfalls. You may hear coyotes at night; several sizes of agoutis graze through our back garden.
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2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest|
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