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Libby Chavez

Speaks spanish, english
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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-16)

Imagine waking up to the sound of parrots and toucans. Enjoy breakfast on the patio with the rainforest all around you. Spend your day hiking or mountain biking through the trails, and exploring the streams on this 7 acre mountainside retreat either by yourself or with a local bilingual guide. Swim in the private pool. Watch for tropical birds, butterflies and other wildlife from the balcony, decks or large windows. Friendly chickens and turkeys are wandering around the property eating the bugs and spiders all day long. There are also spectacular views of a lake in the valley below. Most evenings between 5:30 and 6:00 the large tree in right front of the house is visited by a huge flock of more than 30 Montezuma oro pendula birds on their way back to their nests.

White Water Rafting Special:

If you stay at our home for at least two nights you can have a trip on the beautiful Pacuare river (class 2,3,4 rapids) with an experienced English speaking guide. You will be picked up and dropped off at our home. The tour includes lunch and a hike to a waterfall for just $70 a person. Usually the trip costs $95 - $105 The river is rated as one of the top 10 most beautiful rivers in the world by National Geographic.

Be alone with nature! This beautiful home is located in a remote corner of a small farming town in the lush green Turrialba mountains. It is a gorgeous location that is both safe and private. The rainforest surrounds this mountaintop house on three sides. The climate here is perfect, 72-78 degrees year round.

This large, modern, three story home is clean and nicely furnished. You will be very comfortable in the family room, kitchen, dining room, and 3 large bedrooms. There is a balcony that wraps around 3 sides of the house to enjoy the spectacular views. There is a game room with a pool table, a ping pong table, a foozball table and a Wii video game system with many games.

The owners are a former Peace Corps volunteer who fell in love with this beautiful friendly town when she lived there 15 years ago and her native Costa Rican husband. They are familiar with the area and can help you plan your stay. We can help arrange a ride from the airport from Leo, a local taxi driver, or our neighbor Joseph for a very reasonable price. (You can read about them in the guest reviews)

If you are looking for adventure, the city of Turrialba, famous for excellent white water rafting on the Reventazon and Pacuare rivers, is just 15 minutes away. There are 2 Trek mountain bikes at the house available for our guests to use. There are many shops and restaurants in Turrialba. There is also a farmer's market every Friday and Saturday where a wide variety of fruits and vegetables are sold. Guyabo National Park, an archaeological site is about 30 minutes away and the Turrialba Volcano National Park is about 45 minutes away. CATIE (A University that attracts students from around the world) is 15 minutes away.

If you would like to experience true Costa Rican life, this is the perfect place. The town has one main road, a church, soccer field, and a school. The townspeople are very friendly and helpful. All around the town are family farms of coffee, sugar cane, and macadamia nuts. If you want to see where your coffee or sugar really comes from, you can get a tour from our neighbor Joseph, who is an English speaking tourguide, and pick your own coffee beans or cut down your own sugar cane with a machete. You can also see their farm animals. If you would like to try some delicious fresh tropical fruits, they are growing just down the hill.

If you have children, there is plenty for them to do in this town, and plenty of Spanish speaking friends for them to meet. They will enjoy feeding the ducks, turkeys, and chickens, and maybe see chicks hatching. Swimming in the pool is safe and fun for all ages, with a big shallow section as well as a deep end. They can join in a pick up soccer game at the town field, or walk to the neighborhood pulperia to buy snacks or candy, like the local children do. They can even visit the small neighborhood school and possibly leave there with a greater appreciation for their own school back home.

There is a full kitchen with everything you need to cook. Or if you prefer, delicious homemade Costa Rican food can be delivered or prepared in front of you by a native Costa Rican.

You will fall in love with this amazing rainforest getaway in this small friendly Costa Rican town just like we did. Click on the link below to see many more pictures of the house and Turrialba.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
We are here, and your house is very beautiful and comfortable. Thank you very much for everything, and we are enjoying ourselves very much.

You really have a great house! We really enjoyed our stay there, even though it rained the whole two days without stop.It was nice to have a comfortable space to weather that.
Feb 2010
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Libby Chavez

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2008
Speaks spanish, english
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Adrian is a native Costa Rican who grew up in Turrialba. He met Libby when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. They have been married for 16 years and have 3 children.

Libby Chavez purchased this house in 2007

Libby was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the small town where the home is located. It is a safe, friendly, and peaceful town. The climate is perfect, not too hot and humid, and there are very few mosquitos.

We love sitting on the deck enjoying the spectacular views. We love watching all the hummingbirds birds and butterflies. We also listen to hear the toucan's calling and run outside to see them perched in the trees and then soaring down into the valley.

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

4.6
based on 21 traveler reviews

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Nature Hideaway, Birdwatchers, Rafting Trips, Pool
average rating of 4.6190476 based on 21 reviews
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Nature Hideaway, Birdwatchers, Rafting Trips, Pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p164281vb
(951) 805-4635 (California, USA)
Turrialba Cartago
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4

Perfect for our family!

  • 4 of 5
We really enjoyed our stay at this home for a week. We stayed with us and our 4 children making us a family of 6. Let me tell you who this house is perfect for.

This home is perfect for those who want to experience what it is like in a small Costa Rican Community. It is set among a tiny village in the mountains above Turrialba. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the locals who always greeted us with a smile and a wave.

This home is perfect for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The peaceful view overlooking the valley is not done justice in the pictures. The View is breathtaking.

This home is perfect for anyone or people with children who want to explore the mountains in Costa Rica. We enjoyed taking hikes on the property and surrounding area. We found our way down to a beautiful river near the property and the children did not get tired of exploring.

This home is perfect for those who want room to spread out. With three large bedrooms and plenty of extra room to relax we felt quite comfortable. When the kids had been hiking all day and were worn out or were kept in with the rain we enjoyed some family time playing on the WII provided. Although some of the games didn't work, enough did to provide adequate down time. The children also enjoyed hours in the pool on a sunny day.

IF you don't like to be in the wilderness, and don't want a true Costa Rican experience then this house is not for you. IF you are not comfortable driving up mountain roads this home is not for you. If you don't understand that being surrounded by woods is going to lead to things like a few bugs then you shouldn't stay here. The house is clean but being where it is even with every day sweeping a few creepy crawlies will make their way in. You must understand that while this house is modern, clean and comfortable, it is a Costa Rican style home. This means you can't flush paper down toilets, you have no running hot water at the sinks, and the showers are heated by small electric heaters. The road getting to it is a dirt road on a Mountaintop, rugged and steep. How else can you expect the beautiful view?

We really enjoyed Tatiana bringing our Costa Rican style breakfast every day. She was wonderful to us and the children. The neighbor Joseph is a treasure! YOU MUST arrange a tour with him. He is so knowledgable. Our horseback ride with him was our highlight of the trip. We would stay here again!
  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Nature Hideaway, Birdwatchers, Rafting Trips, Pool
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(951) 805-4635 (California, USA)
Turrialba Cartago
5

The perfect spot for whatever type of Costa Rica experience you are looking for

  • 5 of 5
I was in charge of booking a place to stay for a family trip, and I'm so glad I chose Adrian and Libby's house. The first thing that will impress you when you come in is the size of this place (unless you see the view first). We were 5 adults - me and my husband, my parents, and my sister. It was great that we could each have our own bedroom and bathroom (with queen beds). The rest of the house is open concept with a large dining and sitting area to take in the view of the lake, a large great room with pool table and foosball, a living room with TV & DVD player (with a large movie selection), and a very nice kitchen stocked with most everything you need to prepare your own meals (aside from food of course). There are also multiple decks outside to take in the scenery. Perhaps one of the most unique things about this property is your (practically) personal tour guide, Jose, who lives next door. Soon after we arrived, he came up to talk to us about some tours we were interested in. We ended up doing the canyoning, CATIE tour, and whitewater rafting. For the canyoning, we actually got to hike and rappel down waterfalls right next to the property. Jose and his brother were our tour guides. Afterwards, Jose's family cooked us lunch, and it was hands down the best meal we ate in Costa Rica. The next day we toured CATIE, one of the premier research and education facilities for tropical agriculture. Jose was very knowledgable about the local plants and birds and we got to taste some unique fruits. For rafting, Jose connected us with one of his partner outfitters and they picked us up and dropped us off right at the end of the road. We found out after the fact that we could have added on a canopy & zipline tour right before rafting, and if we had known we probably would have done that as well. Each of these activities took about a half day (rafting a bit more), so we had plenty of time to relax in the house the rest of the day and prepare a couple of dinners. It was great having breakfast included, and Tatiana came every morning at 7:30 on the dot. The washer and dryer was also a huge plus as we had wet and dirty clothes from our adventures. Adrian & Libby were helpful and responsive and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this vacation rental to anyone.
  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Nature Hideaway, Birdwatchers, Rafting Trips, Pool
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Turrialba Cartago
Canada
2

Deception

  • 2 of 5
If you like a clean sheets, towels and to peacefully sleep this is not the place for you. We arrived on the 7th of Janauary, the caretaker lady tried her best to be helpful, the first impression was that the car barely made so you do need a 4x4 weel drive. Then, we want to cook and the gass was not where to be find, the sheetsand towels have were not fresh. There were hundreths of video games, which is not what we wanted to do, and there is no trails as advertised, the house has a wonderful view, but when we went to the kitchen at night time, there were roches averywhere, the house needs propper cleaning, we found rice in the fridge and the cuttlery was derty, in other words if you like things clean and to the standards of the US and Canada, this is not the place for you. The house is a bid hiding but i found out there is reasons for that which I do not care to comment. We paid for 7 nights, and only stayed one, we lost our money but could not stay there, when we return to get our laugage on the 14, the son of the caretaker was having a good time inside the place that we have payed for it. We spent our days in Casa Turire, a wonderful, clean place with beautiful gardens and peaceful atmostphere.
  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway
Owner's Response: These guests should not have chosen our house to stay at. Casa Turire is a very fancy hotel in the valley of Turrialba. A suite there costs $400 a night. Our home is not trying to be an expensive, elegant hotel. It is a clean, comfortable home for nature lovers and families. This guest complained that there was no where to go shopping. There is no mall in Turrialba and probably there never will be.
Our sheets and towels are washed after each guest and then hung out to dry on a clothesline if it is a sunny day. They are absolutely clean. Our caretaker does not iron them to make them crisp, like these guests were expecting.
We advertise our home as a nature hideaway. It is up in the mountains, surrounded by forest and is peaceful and private. All of our other guests have slept peacefully here. There are nature trails all over the property, just a minutes walk from the house. These guests complained that it was too far from the city. Turrialba is 15 minutes away by car. We enjoy the cool breeze of the mountaintop compared to the heat, noise and traffic of the city.
You can see a picture of our driveway with the photos on this website. It is steep because the house is on the top of a hill. Many guests have come in a car without problems, but a 4X4 could make the drive easier if you are not used to driving Costa Rican roads.
We have tried our best to seal off the house and fumigate to keep out bugs, but because of the location in the country there are always a few. If you want to go shopping and crisp, ironed sheets, then our home is not for you. If you would like a clean, comfortable home surrounded by nature and amazing views then give our house a try. There are 24 other positive reviews that you can also read to see different opinions.
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Nature Hideaway, Birdwatchers, Rafting Trips, Pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p164281vb
(951) 805-4635 (California, USA)
Turrialba Cartago
Michigan, USA
4

A True Costa Rican Experience - Pura Vida!

  • 4 of 5
My husband and I spent a week at this wonderful home nestled on a mountain in Sitio de Mata.
We really enjoyed our stay here. The views were amazing, and so were the birds. We saw a Toucan the very first morning while having coffee on the back porch, which I got a beautiful picture of. Also saw some very interesting what we like to call "jurassic park" bugs (you are in the rainforest). There is a resident lizard under the deck on the side of the house which I also got some nice pics of (not sure what kind he is). And I can't forget to mention the Leaf Cutter Ants......what a site! The property was amazing, with trails to go walking/hiking on right from the house. The flora and fauna was incredible.

Tatiana was wonderful, she would make breakfast, and do light cleaning. Breakfast was always delicious, the coffee and fresh fruit was amazing. We had a great time talking with her, she speaks Spanish only (my husband spent the 3 months prior to our trip learning Spanish).

Jose picked us up at the airport, which was wonderful. This was our first time in Costa Rica and it was nice to not have to worry about driving and getting lost and where to shop and eat. He was with us most of the week. He has so much information and history to share, we really enjoyed our time with him (and his wife). He took us on a tour of his family farm, and to the Irazu Volcano. Jose and my husband used the mountain bikes that are at the house and went riding one day, also rafted the Pacuare River.

I had a little fall while in Costa Rica which got me two stitches in my elbow and three stitches in my knee. No worries, Jose and Darlene took good care of me and took me to their Doctor, who took great care of me. I really cant say enough about the care I received, I feel very fortunate. We have a great story to tell, and I have some permanent Costa Rica souvenirs. The week at your house was great. We feel that we got a true Costa Rica experience, from the meals, to the tours, to the shopping at the Maxi Pali, and the Farmacia. Everyone we came into contact with were friendly and helpful. This being our first time in Costa Rica, having your help, your home, Tatiana, and Jose made it a wonderful trip that we are looking forward to making again! We have returned home with great memories and some new friends.
  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Nature Hideaway, Birdwatchers, Rafting Trips, Pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p164281vb
(951) 805-4635 (California, USA)
Turrialba Cartago
Desamparados, Costa RIca
5

Great house, better view!

  • 5 of 5
I took a group of 10 people to stay in this house and it was the perfect place for us. A relaxing place to enjoy being together and nature. We used their options for dinner and had an amazing dinner made right at the house, and breakfast was great as well. Highly recommend for a family, a couple of families, or a group of people.
  • Submitted: May 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Nature Hideaway, Birdwatchers, Rafting Trips, Pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p164281vb
(951) 805-4635 (California, USA)
Turrialba Cartago
San Jose, Costa Rica
5

In love with Turrialba

  • 5 of 5
I rented this house with a friend so that we could participate in an annual mountain bike event, we wanted to stay at a place close enough to downtown Turrialba but not so much that we'd miss out on all its natural beauty. Unfortunately it rained a lot so we didn't make it to the event but the house made up for it big time, plenty of things to do - pool table, soccer table, board games and an amazing view whichever way you turned your head to. Every morning Tatiana made us delicious typical Costa Rican breakfast simply the way to start off a relaxing day.Thumbs up for this house...Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a home away from home in Turrialba!
  • Submitted: May 11, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Bird watching, streams on the property, coffee or sugar cane farm tours, horseback riding tours, rainforest hike with local guide

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basic 2 person rate
Jan 13 2014 - Jan 13 2015
2 night minimum stay
$105
$1,200
 
 
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2 night minimum stay
$105
$1,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Notes Price is for 2 guests, additional guests are $5 each per night

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Turrialba House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Broadband Access
  • Telephone
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Catering Available
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) port a crib and high chair, Sleep Sofa or Futons (5) 4 sofa beds and 1 queen size air mattresses available for use
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Video Games
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Stereo
  • Foosball
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • ruins
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • freshwater fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • hot air ballooning
  • cycling
Notes:
2 Trek mountains bikes available for use
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