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Living with Nature in the Rain Forest

Kate Brooks

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Living with Nature in the Rain Forest

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Manuel Antonio House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 3-5)

Brooks Hacienda is located on the doorstep of Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's most prized national parks and the only park that has beach access. It is common to be visited by 3 types of monkeys daily. That is your view. You can listen to the waves pounding the beach. The ocean is about a 10 minute drive to one of the most pristine beaches in the world.

There are many covered decks overlook the swimming pool which is a main feature of this property. From this area one can enjoy the reflection in the skies of the beautiful Costa Rican sunsets and view wildlife in the trees of the tropical rain forest.

The top part of the house is your space.(the owners live below in a private suite from Nov to April) The home was built in Nov 2008, so everything is still like new. The 2 bedrooms are a very good size and each one has its own private full bath. Each bedroom has a queen bed and one bedroom has a single bed by the window... which is full size single bed with 6 ' high density foam... very comfortable.

The kitchen is state of the art and equipped for you to prepare dinner using the local fresh produce and meats. You can enjoy your meal in the elegant dining area inside or on the deck outside. The home is outfitted with beautifully Costa Rican made furniture.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Kate Brooks (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2015

About Kate Brooks

My husband, Randy and I, Kate are from British Columbia, Canada. We have a organic pear orchard in that province and have been active organic advocators since 1991. We have enjoyed visiting Costa Rica since 1994. In 2004, we decided on the location of Manuel Antonio (after many venturers around the country) and bought a lot. It took us 4 years to build Brooks Hacienda. It was a great experience, especially learning spanish and conversing with our contractor and employees. We live 6 months in Canada and 6 months in Costa Rica. We feel we have the perfect life. We love to meet people, so we built accommodations for people to come and stay at our lovely home and enjoy it and this beautiful country.

Kate Brooks purchased this house in 2008

Why Kate Brooks chose Manuel Antonio

We chose to buy property in Manuel Antonio because it is the rainforest. The animals, wildlife, flora and fauna are alive and well. We love the vegetation and the warmth and moisture the climate offers. We also love the people of Manuel Antonio. The locals as well as the settled ex-pax.

We travelled to many different areas of Costa Rica and experienced different developed tourist areas. This area has all the availability of tourist attractions and great restaurants as more populated areas, but we get the more adventuresome crowd. It is a smaller area and so far, the community has been able to keep the chain hotels at bay. Manuel Antonio is close to the old port town of Quepos, which offers great shopping for all your grocery supplies. There is everything from fresh seafood, vegetable and fruits to organic products sold in a grocery store. This quaint town also offers good restaurants and night life. You can enjoy many cultural events if your here at the right time of year. Costa Ricans love to celebrate any event.

What makes this house unique

Brooks Hacienda offers accommodations in a quiet, private neighbourhood. There are 8 luxury homes in this area owned by Americans and Canadians. The house is about a 15 minute walk from the main road. This allows you a very relaxed and tranquil vacation. We are away from the traffic, fumes and walk in traffic. The house is new since 2008, so all the appliances, housewares, and fixtures are in 100% working order. The view from the many decks is jungle. You cannot see the ocean but you can hear it. It is just thru the park on the other side of the trees. The house is situated far enough away from the trees that you do not feel enclosed. The house borders on Manuel Antonio National Park so you see many different animals and creatures, and hear sounds that you would never hear if you were not on the border of the park. The pool at Brooks Hacienda is a vacation in itself. Always sparkling clean. It is large enough to do your laps as well as float around on one of the many air mattresses and enjoy a tanning session. The beach area with jacuzzis at your back, is a great place to sit and read a book while staying cool. Brooks Hacienda is a welcoming home and awaits your visit.

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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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based on 25 traveler reviews

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Living with Nature in the Rain Forest
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Living with Nature in the Rain Forest

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at Brooks Hacienda for a week over the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday and had a wonderful trip. As other reviews have stated, this is a great location to see the rainforest and wildlife right from the deck and poolside. During our stay we were able to see and hear all types of monkeys and birds with a beautiful backdrop of the rainforest preserve in the backyard. We prefer to stay in a quieter, more relaxing place away from the crowded resorts, so we found Brooks Hacienda to be the perfect spot. The pool is great and all the features of the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathroooms are very nice. The house was very clean and the beds are comfortable. Laundry facilities are also available.

This is the first time that we have rented a place where the owners were so close by, and we found it very helpful to have Randy and Kate available for questions when we needed it. Kate hooked us up with a great guide for a day trip to the Manuel Antonio Preserve and a jungle canopy tour that included ziplining, swimming at a waterfall, horseback riding in the mountains, and a Costa Rican style lunch at Santa Juana, a small village high in the mountains. This was the best day trip and tour experience that our family has ever been on. Both tours picked us up and dropped us off at the house, so it was very convenient. Kate and Randy really went out of their way to make sure our family had a great experience and had everything we need. Kate even picked up some groceries ahead of time for us since we were arriving late. She also had great recommendations for local restaurants and we found Cafe Milagro, Emilio's Cafe, El Lagarto, and El Wagon Pizza to be very good. We would recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle as the road is a little rough to get to the house, and it is nice to have if you want to explore any beaches or other activities that are off the main roads. This is a quiet neighborhood, so if you are looking for a party spot, this probably would not be the best fit.

We can't wait to come back....Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Wild Cats for the excellent review. We enjoyed your family being around and enjoying, what we think are some of the best highlights of the area. We welcome you back anytime. We are happy we were involved in building some fond family memories. Pura Vida... oh yes, the road, you would not believe. They have put in proper drains, gutters and with may labourers, built the upper banks with small river rock. It is ready for pavement. We are so proud of Costa Rica and our local muni.
London, Ontario, Canada

Missing Brooks Hacienda!

  • 5 of 5

A year ago 4 of us spent 3 weeks there. Kate and Randy responded to all our questions before and gave great suggestions and assistance while we were there at BH. What they advertised is what we got...and more. That trip exceeded our expectations!

We are completing a 3 week trip in Punta Mita Mexico and have been greatly disappointed by our accommodations. The owner mislead us and falsely advertised his condo. We have been remembering Brooks Hacienda and how lovely it was and most importantly how we got what was advertised and MORE. Missing you Kate and Randy, Diane, Karen, Jo, and Marian

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Girls. Thank you so much for this review. We miss you too. We very much appreciate wonderful guests like yourselves. Last year, your review gave us a 4 Star, because of the road in from the main road.. guess what??? they are beginning to work on it and it will be a great road, paved, curb and gutters... for your next visit... Thanks again and hope you have a great spring. Kate and Randy.
Houston, Texas

Our own private jungle..

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from spending a month at Brooks Hacienda....The villa more than exceeded our expectations. The view of the rainforest from the deck is spectacular; each day we discovered more jungle life & sounds. Though the ocean is only slightly visible from the deck, most mornings, you can hear the ocean waves breaking on the shore... Sloths, howler & white-faced monkeys, tropical birds graced us with their presence....The kitchen is big & modern w/most of what you need to cook a great meal...We did use the a/c in the bedroom at night; but the rest of the house was comfortable during the day...Pool is inviting & very private. Wi-fi worked well. Housekeeping once a week included laundry & Terry, the house manager, was attentive..We have been coming to Manuel Antonio for the last 11 years, & this time was truly our best time. We have already begun to plan our next trip....Pura Vida!!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Peter and Trish, for such a wonderful Review. We are so happy your enjoyed Brooks Hacienda and had a wonderful experience. We hope to see you again next year. Kate and Randy Brooks

A perfect house to relax by pool and see animals

  • 5 of 5

The views from this house are incredible. It is well worth the money to stay here. Every morning we would see Toucan birds flying around the trees as well as many other colorful birds. We also had visits from the squirrel monkeys, white-faced, and holler monkeys. The pool was also one of our favorite places to relax in.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Obe and Friends for your wonderful review. We are very happy to know you enjoyed yourselves at Brooks Hacienda. The other day we had a sloth hanging in the tree by the house, a howler monkey in the tree by the pool and toucans and parrots perching and posing for great picturers. We hope you come and visit again.

Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent 8 glorious days at Brooks Hacienda. It really is as magical as everyone says. The property is exactly as shown in the photos but even nicer! The layout works so nicely and the kitchen makes cooking a pleasure. Kate and Randy are wonderful hosts answering questions and providing suggestions when we asked. They had a great binder with information about the house itself as well as suggestions on where to eat, drink, shop and visit. All of their restaurant suggestions were excellent. We coordinated a couple of tours through them and thoroughly enjoyed both. The pool was our favourite place to be - it is an oasis! Great lounge chairs, well shaded if that is what you need. Ceiling fans throughout the place and even on the balcony made it so comfortable we never once used the air conditioning provided in the bedrooms. As mentioned, their place backs on to Manual Antonio. One morning we hiked on the property and found a small waterfall in the jungle. Spectacular! There were monkeys climbing in the trees alongside the balcony as we ate our breakfast!

A few suggestions based on our experience. Consider whether you can arrive Friday night so you are able to visit the local market in Quepos on Saturday morning. There were incredible fruits, vegetables, even chicken and cheese that we were able to enjoy the entire week. Also consider whether you want to drive from San Jose. Kate had provided the name of a local fellow who will pick you up and drop you back at the airport. We thought we had time to drive but it gets dark early and we ran into issues with our car rental. In hindsight we should have taken Kate’s advice.

Thanks again Kate and Randy for one of the best holidays we have ever had. We wouldn’t change a thing (other than staying longer!)

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the positive review Diane and Family. You were awesome guests and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay at Brooks Hacienda. We hope you visit us again. Kind Regards Kate and Randy
London, Ontario, Canada

Magical Moments

  • 5 of 5

Just spent three of the best weeks at Brooks Hacienda! It is in the perfect location between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. We used taxis and the public buses to get around. We walked to some very beautiful beaches, and caught some awesome waves, sand, shade and restaurants on the beach. Kate was amazing at arranging door to door service from the hacienda to many tour destinations. Randy and Kate's expertise and personal connections in the community made for a very magical and memorable holiday. The location of Brooks Hacienda is perfect, sitting on the edge of Manual Antonio Park. We had daily visits from toucans, parrots, butterflies, iguanas, capuchin and white face monkeys, even a pair of white tailed deer visited the property. We were close enough to the touristy vibe but really enjoyed the private pool side laughs. Swimming first thing in the morning, after the hustle and bustle of trips in the afternoon and under the moon at night. It truly is paradise. Randy and Kate are personable and very accommodating. They have set the bar high for future vacation spots we choose. The accommodations were 5 star and then some. We felt completely safe walking through the little village to get to the main road. Many of the neighbours were our taxi drivers, waiters, small business entrepreneurs. We truly experienced the real Costa Rica, people proud of their country and respectful of the diverse ecosystems that they are part of.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen and Friends. You were a absolute pleasure to have at Brooks Hacienda. It is wonderful to share what we have accompolished, and very rewarding to be recognized for our efforts. We hope you will return someday. Thank you for your awesome review. Kate and Randy.


Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Barba Rojas
Nearest Golf
75 Kilometres
Marriott in Jaco
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
The hwy to San Jose
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Victorias Italian Dining
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Manuel Antonio
Car: recommended

Canopy tours, Coffee plantation tours, tropical garden tours, butterfly garden tours, parasailing, catamaran, boogie boarding.horseball riding, repelling waterfalls, in shore fishing, hiking to hot pools, great beaches and wonderful restaurants.


Rates & Availability

From $200 Per night

Manuel Antonio House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jan 2 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 1 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Christmas Season from 12/22-1/1 at $400 per night. 5 night minimun stay.
50% deposit upon booking. The balance is due 45 days prior to arrival. Method of payment is Visa or Certified Cheque if the reservation is 45 days from check in date, full payment is due.
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Manuel Antonio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2) There is one queen bed in each bedroom. Very comfortable beds., Twin or Single Beds (1) One bedroom has built in window bed with 6" high density foam.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Brooks Hacienda employs a local person who is familiar with all tours and activities in the area. When you book with us, we will send you the information so you can plan your tours in advance. We can also offer private spanish lessons from a professional teacher who will come to the house to give you lessons.

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