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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
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Playa del Coco House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Set on a hillside terrace overlooking Playas del Coco, 'Casa Holmes' has won several awards and been featured in magazines and books on Latin American architecture. Every room and bathroom has a view not to be missed. People are spellbound when they first enter the house. The house fits harmoniously on the site. The house even incorporates the granite base rock into its living spaces.

We have taken great care to provide our guests with a memorable stay. We have a resource library on the flora and fauna and culture of the region as well as pool-side reading, an infinity lap pool that overlooks Coco Bay, imported bathrobes, local organic bath products, maid service and much more. All of this just a 4 minute walk down our hill to the beach or a 12 minute walk to the center of town. The location of this retreat villa is outstanding.

About the Architect: Costa Rican architect Victor Cañas designed the house. Cañas is Costa Rica's premier architect and his renown extends throughout Latin America. He describes himself as a 'tropical modernist' and he is known for his sensitive understanding of the site. His houses combine solidity of material with a lightness and openness that create a sense of harmony with the environment. There is no excess in Casa Holmes' design and every detail feels right. Casa Holmes may be Cañas' masterpiece.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
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We both come from a strong background of art and beauty and have had the privilege of traveling and staying in some fabulous places. My husband, a landscape architect, and I could not pass up building our own dream home with a world class architect on a world class site. We designed Casa Holmes to be a place where our own family would like to return to while keeping in mind what we valued as guests while visiting new places.

At the time of when we built Casa Holmes we had many sites to choose from. We choose this one because of the spectacular view with almost voyeuristic intimacy with Playas del Coco Bay while being removed enough to give our guests the privacy most of us relish. It is literally a short walk 3 minute walk to the beach.

The siting of Casa Holmes is extremely unique. We think its simplistic beauty creates a place to relax and reflect. Being in the landscape business locally we are continually doing things to the property to enhance our guests experience, ie kitchen herb garden, tropical gardens , and fruit trees planted. We do not pretend that Casa Holmes is perfect and yet we hope our attention to detail inside and out makes a difference to our guests experience. We want our guests to leave feeling pampered and rejuvenated from the beauty that surrounds them.

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Playa del Coco Guanacaste
5

AMAZING EXPERIENCE

  • 5 of 5
As others have stated, the view is absolutely breathtaking and the sunsets spectacular. Magda, the housekeeper, is one of the most precious souls we have ever had the pleasure of meeting and a wonderful cook. Her chicken and rice and ceveche were especially good but everything she prepares is authentic and delicious. The home owner is incredible helpful and knowledgeable, and the house managers are wonderful resources as well. Costa Rica is beautiful and exotic and the people warm and friendly. Lovely, lovely, home and fabulous week.
  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Lori,

I am thrilled your vacation was a success. Thanks for the affirming words about Casa Holmes and the service we provide. It is reassuring to know our efforts really work for the people who choose to spend time at Casa Holmes. Come back and visit us again sometime.
Nita Holmes
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Playa del Coco Guanacaste
Oakville, Ontario CANADA
5

HEAVENLY VACATION

  • 5 of 5
We just returned from our Costa Rican holiday & our 10 day stay at Casa Holmes. I can echo what previous reviewers have said about Casa Holmes. It is an absolutely beautiful home with every possible amenity to make your stay very special. You can try to visualize & gaze endlessly at the photos online but nothing & I mean nothing will compare to being there!

Lounging in the pool, sunbathing on the deck taking in the view is something I will never forget & those sunsets all I can say is WOW!

We had a few dinners out. One was at Soda Mediterranea just down the road & we all enjoyed the courtyard dining, the food was great & service was fantastic. Citron in the Pacifico Mall was very good. Ginger's in Playa Hermosa was a fantastic meal that should not be missed. Our family also had another dinner in Playa Hermosa at Mario's Cuisine & it was a true highlight of our trip. But it was so comfortable at the house we sometimes just didn't want to go out.

Ziplining at Congo Canopy Trail about 25 minutes away was great for an easy outing with monkey sightings galore & if you're up for adventure surfing in Tamarindo was fantastic.

I would like to thank Cheryl for checking up on us & making sure everything was ok. Kelsey, for arranging the surfing & directing us to the ziplining & Ana for getting our memorable vacation started. But the huge star in our families eyes was definitely Magda. We absolutely adore her & looked forward to seeing her smiling face when she would appear at the house. We were lucky enough to have her prepare several meals for us & they were delicious. We learned so much from her & hopefully soon will put some of her tortilla making lessons to good use here at home. We all miss her.

I would like to thank Nita for making this trip so memorable & being so hospitable in opening up your gorgeous home to visitors. It will be a trip we will never forget & hope to someday have the pleasure of visiting again.

PS. Yes, the driveway was very steep but it always made for great laughs & great exercise!!
  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Playa del Coco Guanacaste
5

PERFECT WEDDING GETAWAY

  • 5 of 5
We married at Casa Holmes "The Glass House", with 20 close friends and relatives in attendance. It was PERFECTION. Between renting Casa Holmes and a local B&B just down the drive, we were able to accommodate all of our guests. Throughout the week we were all in Costa Rica, we used Casa Holmes as the home base and hangout for the group, and married there mid-week at sunset.

I don't think there are words to describe how perfect this was, and wish I could post photos to better demonstrate. Magda was an absolute joy! She really took care of us, and made sure we had everything we needed every day and especially the day of the wedding. She even made up our bed special for that night and decorated it with rose petals! Magda is a true gem, and has become like family to us. You can read from all the reviews how amazing her cooking is. I can add to that by recommending you request her empanadas - OMG.

Costa Rica has many beautiful locations, but there is only one Glass House. This house made our wedding what it was, magical and unforgettable, and truly made the whole vacation. The views, the details - we couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting in which to marry. Even the kitchen was perfect for the caterers to work in for our reception.

Thank you to the owners and staff for an unforgettable experience! We hope to return - Magda's already asked us when that will be!

PS. A golf cart WILL make it up the driveway if you don't want to rent a car.
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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Playa del Coco Guanacaste
columbia mo
5

MOST LOVELY HOUSE, VIEW AND BEACH IN THE AREA!

  • 5 of 5
Can not say enough wonderful things about our stay at Casa Holmes. Highly recommend. The "Glass House" was superb and the views were stunning. Magda the housekeeper made several meals for us that were delicious. The owner is extremely helpful and responsive. My only tip would be to make sure that if you have a rental car it is an automatic. We started with a 5-speed and had a lot of difficulty getting up the very steep driveway.
  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Susan, I am so glad it worked out well for your group. Thanks for the recommendation about the car. I will remember to tell people this if they are renting a vehicle. It is my delight when I get reports that all our efforts show up in a way that our guests can truly enjoy their stay at Casa Holmes.
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Playa del Coco Guanacaste
New York, NY
5

FABULOUS VACATION

  • 5 of 5
A group of us just returned from a week at Casa Holmes, and it was absolutely fabulous. Neta, Cheryl, Kelsey, and Madga were so helpful and informative and really went out of their way to make our stay fabulous. Kelsey, the concierge, was wonderful in helping us coordinate airport transfers, day trips, and dinners out, and her recommendations were always wonderful. Magda, the house keeper, was incredibly nice and helpful in addition to be an excellent (and resourceful) cook.

The house itself is beautiful. The pictures do not do it, or the views, justice. Every bedroom is laid out to face the ocean, and almost all have some kind of deck. Almost all the walls are sliding glass that allow for a great breeze. Even the bathrooms are really well detailed. There is tons of communal seating both inside and outside. And the kitchen is stocked with almost everything you could need. We also felt completely secure between the gate to get up the drive way, the high tech alarm system, and the many safes.

The house is really only a five minute walk up a hill from the beach and a twenty-ish minute walk to the main strip in town. We did not feel like we needed a car at all and did fine with walking and taking the occasional taxi when we wanted to go farther. The hill is genuinely steep though, and is rather exhausting to climb up in the afternoon sun, so I could see some people needing a car more.

All in all, Casa Holmes exceeded our expectations and made for a completely fantastic vacation.
  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
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Playa del Coco Guanacaste
Highland Village, TX
5

BEST VACATION EVER

  • 5 of 5
Our family had the best ever vacation. The pictures on the web do not give this home justice. The locals call it "the glass house". Every room has a breath taking ocean view.
I miss drinking coffee on the patio at sunrise. We also had to be at the house every afternoon to watch the sunsets. My wife perferred to drink her coffee in bed looking out at the bay. My favorite thing was watching the sunset from the pool.
Coco is less than a mile walk from the house along the beach. There you will the best shopping, food and drinks in the area. Coconuts is a must do for food, drinks and talking to many locals from America & Canada. The grocery stores are as nice as any in US.
The staff at Casa Holmes will spoil you. Cheryl arranged our airport transfers and tours. We did three tours that she suggested and the family had a blast. She met us at the house and gave us all kinds of information on the house and area. She set us up with the most amazing guides.
Magda is much more than a housekeeper. We had her prepare 3 of the best meals that we have ever eaten. Magda has a servants heart and the whole family just loved her. We had a tough time telling her goodbye.
We did fine without renting cars. Not all the local taxis will take you up the driveway to the house which makes for a tough climb for some. There are phone numbers for taxis at the house that we come and pick you up. The tour transportation picked us at the house with no problems. The views are worth the climb.
Thank you Holmes family for opening your home to my family. There were many great memories made there that week. We have already begun planning our next trip.
God Bless
The Anderson family
  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
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Owner's Response: We are delighted your family had such a good time. I am proud of the team we have built around Casa Holmes. We hope your vacation serves you all well as you step into your daily lives.

Nita Holmes
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Liberia (LIR)
Nearest Beach
175 Metres
beach

4 minute walk to beach with a beach club that will rent out kayaks etc. Deep sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, sunset cruises, snorkeling/picnic trips etc. leave directly from Playas del Coco beach .

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Availability & Rates

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Playa del Coco House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Green Season
May 1 2014 - Nov 13 2014
2 night minimum stay
$485
From
$525
Fri,Sat
$3,150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
Nov 14 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$552
From
$592
Fri,Sat
$3,900
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
$6,500
Flat fee
 
 
New Year
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 3 2015
8 night minimum stay
$6,500
Flat fee
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $89.00
Notes If you are quoting with children, please quote them as an adult as we do charge the same for both. Current rate system is not set up to charge for children so you will get an incorrect quote

Special holiday rates are for groups of 8 with an additional charge of $40 a day for more guests.

A reasonable fee will be charged if more maid service is required. 2.5% charge if using a credit card.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Playa del Coco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Beach View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Macintosh Computer
  • PC
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Catering Available ...
  • Blender
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Loft + Den - 2 double , 3 twin/ single , 3 twin mattreses in the loft , 2 doubles on the ground floor
    Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Studio Bedroom - 1 queen
    Master Bedroom 2 accessible - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , sink , separate porch,tv, single trundle mattress
    Studio - 2 double , Futon sofa converts to a double
  • King size beds (1) in the master bedroom suite. , Queen size Beds (2) One in the 2nd smaller master bedroom which deck directly off of it and a sink vanity area in the bedroom. The other one is located in the studio bedroom area on the bottom level. , Double Beds (2) located on the base floor of the loft bedroom , Twin or Single Beds (3) There are 3 good mattresses in the loft area One mattress is located in trundle style mode under the 2nd master bedroom which has a sink vanity area included in the bedroom , Baby Cribs (1) Full size crib , Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Books
Outside:
  • Wood Deck
  • Patio
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • bay/sound
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • rafting
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • jet skiing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • deepsea fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Although our property and house orientation is focusses on optimal access of ocean views and capitalizes on the natural stone behind it we have also invested in creating mini gardens with themes of bromeliads, cacti, kitchen herbs, etc.. . The lighting at night highlights these if you are out about enjoying all the local activities during the day.
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