|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
After an exhaustive search of the Costa Rican countryside I selected this location to build a home uniquely situated near some of the country's best parks. The house is located in the small town of Navarro, which is about 2 miles off the main highway and sits about 100 feet off the road. The location is very quiet,nestled between an orange grove and pasture land with several coffee farms nearby.
Temperatures are very comfortable, with averages in the low 70s year-round. The house and location are perfectly situated for bird and other nature lovers in search of hiking, butterflies, trees and flowers. There's little to no traffic noise and the typical nighttime sounds are birds like the Tropical Screech Owl, Common Parauque or Blue-crowned Motmot.
As a retired person, I find Costa Rica a perfect escape from the cold of North American winters and this location is ideal to experience what it would be like to retire in this beautiful region.
I hired local construction workers and furnished the house with custom-made furniture from
Sarchí, the woodworking capital of the country, and realized my vision for a custom-built home. The look and feel is very relaxed and welcoming with an abundance of natural woodworking. Each bed is fitted with Queen-sized mattresses with trundle beds underneath for children or young adults.
The front porch is sizeable, measuring 10 feet by 30 feet and is large enough for dining outdoors. The balcony is similarly sized and enclosed in wrought-iron - a perfect viewing spot for viewing the surrounding mountain ranges and an ideal perch to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset.
The property measures about a half an acre and was formerly a working farm. Native trees remain with many orange, lemon, banana, fig and 'Flames of the Forest' as well as a variety of other trees and flowers, that attracts an abundance of birds,and butterflies.
In addition to a fully appointed kitchen, there is a washing machine.
Keywords: House,Birds,Butterflies, Coffee Farms
About the owners: We, Dave and Nancie Wolfe, recently completed construction of the house. Dave fell in love with Costa Rica after his first visit in 1999 and spent several other trips looking for the ideal place to build a home. Once he visited Navarro he knew he had found the perfect spot.
David Wolfe purchased this house in 2009
Why visit Orosi? The Orosi Valley is a landscape of topical hues. The rainforest of Tapanti and the Alto Cedral Cloud Forest paint a background of various shades of green, teeming with wildlife. Located south of Cartago, the Orosi Valley is a true jewel. Famous for its beautiful views, colonial churches, coffee farms, white water rivers, hot springs and Lake Cachí. Horse back riding, hiking, water rafting, and other interesting activities to keep active during the day. We will provide you with places to visit or consult a good guide book such as Lonely Planet. Orosi Valley Self Guided Tours The Orosi Valley and surrounding areas have many different tours, which can take up to a week to see all of the local attractions. Birders and hikers will enjoy a visit to Tapanti National Park and the Irazu volcano. The Guayabo Monument, just outside of Turrialba, is a well-preserved native village. The famous Lankaster Garden is just minutes from the house and is the orchid research center of the University of Costa Rica.. Not to be missed is Finca Christina, about 25 minutes from the house and just outside of the town of Paraiso. This is an organic, shade-grown coffee farm that is owned by two Americans. They give guided tours and you learn the production process for coffee. The farm is also home to over 300 species of birds. If their son Ernesto is available he may be able to help you identify the various resident birds. There is a fee for the tours. Coffee is also available for purchase. The small town of Orosi is home to a colonial church and in Ujarrás there is the vestige of a church built by the Spaniards around 1693. Cartago, the first capital, is home to the famous Basilica. The faithful believe that the water there has curative powers. In August, more than a million pilgrims gather there to pray to the Black Virgin (La Negrita).
Tranquility of living in the country yet within 20 minutes to shopping, banks, medical facilities, restaurants. Very close to two national parks. Birds and butterflies are easy to locate.
Just FYI, my friends and I were very pleased with your home - it was a
lovely place to stay. Heriberto and his wife were also very wonderful
and extremely helpful. Heriberto took great care of the house, yard,
We had the privilege of staying at this lovely villa for 4 nights. It is difficult to put into words what a magical place this is. The setting and the views of the mountains are stunning. The house is immaculate and nicely furnished with a well stocked kitchen where we enjoyed cooking our meals. It is very quiet and private. We spent hours every day sitting on the comfortable porch taking in the beautiful views and enjoying the birds. We saw more varieties of birds just sitting on the porch than we did in all of our travels throughout Costa Rica. The caretaker, Heriberto, lives next door and is available to help you with whatever you need. Early every morning he would come over and put out bananas to attract the birds. He is a lovely person and we enjoyed conversing with him in our limited Spanish. We so enjoyed our time at the villa that we changes some of our sightseeing plans in order to spend more time there enjoying the birds and the view. The owner, Dave is very helpful and answers any questions you might have. We were sad to leave this villa and we will definitely return in the future.
This has to be one of the nicest rentals we have rented via VRBO. It was ideal for the 2 couples but could have easily had 3, with everyone having their own bedroom and bath.
The house is very clean and had everything you'd need for your stay. The linens were nice. The manager, Heriberto, was very nice and even though our Spanish is limited and his English is too we were able to communicate. The birds were awesome. We wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you to Dave for your immediate responses to our questions.
A tasteful and most comfortable place a midst a gorgeous landscape. We got up early every day to see the morning mists sneaking between the hills and colorful birds coming from all over to the garden. (Birders, take note!)
Everyone told us, "Oh. That's the rainy season." Sure it rained most afternoons but it was short lived. I was worried it would be hot. Not the case! It was in the low 60s to low 80s but humid. My wife was worried our 5 & 6 year old kids would be bored after a few days. 30 minutes a day of screen time was plenty for them! We spent two of our six days at the house on the upper porch, only leaving for dinner, and had a great time with WONDERFUL quality family time!!!
We speak enough Spanish to get by out in town and the locals were VERY friendly. The mainstream places all spoke English. Not a problem.
If you're having reservations about "the rainy season" or young children, DO NOT WORRY! We had a blast. Also, David is a rock solid wealth of information. Touch base with him if you have any questions and he will steer you straight!
Five days in Costa Rica was a dream come true for me—102 species and 84 new life birds. Most of them I saw from the front porch. Accommodations were first class: three bedrooms, dining room, modern kitchen and dining room, with all the conveniences of home. And I was in Costa Rica on a hillside at 4,000 feet with a view of beautiful mountains! Anyone who wants a good birding trip in Central America should come here.
The house (and its lovely garden) are a very short drive from San Jose, and it was a perfect base for us to start our Costa Rican holiday. It is ideally situated for people interested in birdwatching - Tapanti National Park, Guayabo Naitonal Monument, El Copal Biological Reserve, Vulcan Irazu and Lankester Gardens are all able to be done as day trips. That is, if you can tear yourself away from the feeders at the house, with so many wonderful birds. Heriberto is very friendly and helpful, and his wife Anna Maria makes amazing empenadas. We would go back tomorrow!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 1 2014 - May 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable Damage Deposi||$250|
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