|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
ESTRELLA' A charming caraibe cottage with a Costa Rican touch,designed with simplicity.
Magnificient tropical garden.
Sits on a 2 acres of land with mango,coconut and banana trees which attract monkeys, agouties,coaties and many varieties of birds.... You will enjoy all the sights and sounds of the jungle .Only a 5 minutes walk to the beach.
A romantic get away for those who want quiet, relaxing holidays.
If you are looking for style,beauty and cleanliness it is the perfect place . It easily accommodates one couple.
Bathroom with hot shower; fully equiped kitchen ;bedroom with queen bed ;fan;safe box;internet connection .Terrace with table,chairs,hammock. Outside shower.Furniture is made of exotic wood Kitchen and terrace floor made with stone. Ceiling is teak Roof and isolated which keep the house cool.All the windows have mosquito scream.
Property safe.Weekly cleaning and weekly laundry. Gardener.
If the Cottage is rented at your dates we have in our property next door to Estrella,two private and charming bungalows SolyLuna see listing homeaway#240014 and you can also read some reviews in Tripadvisor Montezuma Costa Rica ,click lodging bungalows SolyLuna Los Almendros.
LOCATION OF THE COTTAGE:
It's situated half way between busy and fun Montezuma and laid back from beautiful Cabuya.
3km or 2 miles south of Montezuma and 3km or 2 miles north of Cabuya
MONTEZUMA a little beach town on the south east coast of Nicoya Peninsula.It boasts a beautiful Waterfall which is a 20min hike up the river;beautiful wild beaches; zip line canopy tour with spectacular views; panga boats to Tortuga Island for snorkling.Saturday morning market where you can purchase organic veggies and local products.
Dining in Montezuma is surprisingly diverse pizza,tico restaurants,gourmet restaurants.There are boutiques, souvenirs shops and tour offices for booking tours.
CABUYA small fishing village where you can meet Native ticos. It is less touristy than Montezuma .You can eat in typical sodas (small Costa Rican restaurants )and see the fish man and buy the catch of the day.
For nature lovers there is the Cabo Blanco reserve which is 2 km from the village.Cabuya is unique in having a cemetery located on an uninhabited Island which is accessible only at low tide.
How to get to ESTRELLA if you have no car; from Montezuma or Cabuya local bus runs regulary during the day or taxi or 45 minute walk along the beach. You can also rent bike and scooter in town.
From San Jose to Montezuma you can come by:
-Direct bus to Montezuma leaving San Jose 6am and 2pm around 6hours trip.Then taxi or local bus to Solyluna 15 mn drive.
- Regular bus to Puntarenas from San Jose every 1hours then ferry at Puntarenas then bus to Montezuma if not late evening. From Montezuma taxi or local bus,15mn drive.
-Shuttle see Montezuma expedition around 6 hours trip. From your hotel in San Jose to SolyLuna.
-Private taxi around 5 hours.
-Fly to Tambor one hour then taxi one hour .
-Bus or shuttle to Jaco then taxi boat around 10am to Montezuma then taxi to Estrella.
If you are landing in Costa Rica after 1 pm you will have to considered to sleep one night in San Jose or Liberia.Must of the transport are leaving in the morning.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details .
Simon and Patricia can help you with all your needs and see all problems as they may arise.They live next door
.This is a place only for those who love peace and quietness .No loud music or big parties are allowed.Only guests who rent the property can stay at the house .Thank you for your consideration and understanding.
This is our second trip to Patricia and Simon's property. Two years ago we stayed at one of their bungalows. This year, we rented the dream House Estrella. Patricia and Simon are lovely people, very knowledgeable and helpful. Patricia has a wonderful map that has everything you need to know. Estrella is exactly how it looks and sounds. Everyone's reviews are accurate. It truly is a very special spot, made by it's owners, who obviously have love for what they do. Simon is extremely talented and is able to show it off around the property. Patricia is like a monkey whisperer and able to talk them out of trees!! The house and the yard are picture perfect. Ylang Ylang, plumeria, cactus, banana trees, orange trees, hibiscus, mango trees...hummingbirds, monkeys (white faced and howler), coati, agouti, butterflies, racoons, wrens, cranes, geckos, lizards. My husband and I checked off so many of the animals on the sheets provided in the house. We spent a day playing with our camera on the property. Such cool pictures of flowers and trees and wildlife. They are truly blessed to live in such a special spot. We loved Estrella. We love the peace and quiet. The tranquility. We like to be away from the noise and the hustle. We love to rejuvenate here. We had the incredible experience of a night storm. The first one they have seen in 100 years during this time of year!! You basically get sun from six to six...most mornings our howler monkey alarm clock started at about 5:30. We had lazy mornings, drinking coffee, a nice breakfast, watching the wildlife, reading our books. There was no need to ever even leave Estrella...we were so content. The beach is so close, and often only pelicans and locals are there. The water is warm, but powerful. The best part is the outdoor shower afterwards though, with the sun shining down. I did not ever want to leave. But when we did, we walked everywhere...a solid 45 minutes to Cabuya or Montezuma. Cabuya has a bakery that is our favourite stop. We ate there a lot and enjoyed lots of sweets and goodies from there. There is also a little book store and a souvenir shop. The Super David had lots of grocery options. The Isle of Cabuya, their cemetery that you can only get to at low tide, is tranquil and eerie. Very beautiful. Montezuma is more touristy, a younger crowd, atvs, and much louder. El Sano Banano was our favourite spot to eat, with cool juices, sushi and tostados. In short, we loved everything about this area.
We stayed in Estrella, house of the Stars for a month. We did not have a car and had no trouble getting to wherever we wanted to go for whatever we wanted to procure. Los Cedros is midway between Montezuma and Cabuya, about 2 miles in each direction. The bus runs hourly throughout the day. You are close enough, and yet far enough away. Perfect!!
To paint a bit of a picture for you: The sun sets, scents of ylang-ylang wafts, the howler monkeys roar, the coatis and agoutis wander through the exotic garden. You can dine by candlelight on the exquisite veranda and not hear anything but the sounds of the creatures and the breezes through the tall trees surrounding the lush garden...The darkness envelopes (if you wish) uninterrupted; constellations shine huge and brilliant in the sky overhead.
And we haven't even gotten to the house yet, which is a perfection of artistic flourishes. We have been here a month and continue to discover and delight in them. Patricia and Simone have gathered shells, driftwood, stones... and arranged them all about as handles, towel racks, etc. Wooden bowls for the fruit and vegetables to display them to advantage.
You will be greeted by a huge floral bouquet of tropical blooms. The queen bed is very comfortable, flanked by bed tables of artistic wood chunks. The bathroom is a marvel on all levels. The lighting can be high or low, depending on your needs. The kitchen has everything necessary to prepare gourmet meals. We would walk to Vim's, the local renowned fisherman, and they would be coming in with the day's catch just off the boat: lobster, shrimp, mahi-mahi, red snapper. Estrella has an oven! A rarity in this area, so use it to advantage if you are cooking.
If not, you can go to Marvin's a local eatery for the casada; the Bakery in Cabuya is just beyond for an incredible smoothie and fish sandwich. Everything is great.
Waterfalls and lagoons abound in easy walking distance. I want to tell you that you will be so pleased that you selected to stay in Estrella.
If you are wondering if Estrella is the place for you to stay...this...is...it! The moment you are greeted from the most accommodating owners ever, Patricia and Simon, you will find this place to be everything you hoped it would be and more! We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and any worries we might have had were unnecessary. We found Estrella and the lovely area of Montezuma to be absolutely perfect. The accommodations were superior, totally private, safe, spotlessly clean, comfortable, and full of amazing detail and beauty. Patricia and Simon have created a dream-like peaceful place where you can come to just relax. Features like elegant teak ceilings, thick mahogany countertops, tile floors, fully equipped kitchen, accent lighting, artful lighting fixtures, WiFi, and a ceiling fan over a comfortable bed made our stay that much more enjoyable. The front porch with the hammock and the perfect spot for morning coffee added to the delight. Having the choice of a fun, private outdoor shower in your own banana grove become a daily pleasure.
The landscaping, flowers, trees and plants were delightful and we enjoyed the butterflies and hummingbirds that were attracted to them. The sandy beaches (Los Cedros) nearby were beautiful, virtually private (since there were very few other people) and we were mesmerized by the blue waves of the Pacific Ocean. Special thanks goes to Patricia and Simon for kindly sharing helpful information, supplying us with a hand-drawn personalized map, providing a list (with photos) of local wildlife, coaching us about the taxis and local bus schedule, making sure our stay was enjoyable, and providing us with great opportunities to see (and photograph) the monkeys, iguanas, coatis, agoutis, and more! It was a unique experience getting to see and hear the howler monkeys from our own private paradise. We felt right at home and appreciated Patricia and Simon’s extra help in obtaining a taxi for us the day of our departure. We would definitely go back and would have stayed longer if given the opportunity. We truly enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you Patricia and Simon!
Keith & Caryn
We arrived after dark, and Simon was waiting to welcome us. The house exceeded our expectations. The grounds are lovely, and you will see agoutis and coatis roaming the garden at all times of the day. At night, we were visited by a trio of raccoons. We heard howler monkeys every day, and spotted them in the trees surrounding the house. There are lots of wildlife around without having to go anywhere. The house is well located midway between Montezuma and Cabuya. It was clean and well maintained. Patricia and Simon are very warm, thoughtful, and gracious hosts. They gave us lots of tips and suggestions and were a key component in making our stay a memorable one. We highly recommend this home and would come back in a heartbeat!
We are frequent travelers to the Montezuma area (5 trips in the past 3 years). We have stayed at a number of vacation rentals during those trips and I have to say, nothing has compared to this home! From the moment you drive through the beautiful gates, you are captivated by the sounds of the jungle and beauty of the meticulously landscaped grounds. Then you walk a short distance to the path to the house and you instantly know that you are about to embark on a wonderful, peaceful, relaxing vacation.
The house is decorated with stunning, artistic touches throughout. The attention to detail is phenomenal and makes one feel right at home. The house was the perfect size for my partner and myself. The front deck is amazing and a great place to have your coffee or tea in the morning, as nature unfolds in front of your eyes. We loved the back area of the house as well and we found it to be the perfect place to sip wine as the sun set.
You can count on hearing and seeing howler monkeys, delight over the visiting agoutis in the mornings, and gaze at the abundance of butterflies and hummingbirds that visit the flowering vines close to the house. All in all, you will NOT be disappointed. You can also walk to a great beach nearby and swim in the waves or watch the handful of surfers doing their thing.
As far as comfort, the bed is ultra comfy (I think it was a pillow top), and there is a fan above the bed which keeps you very comfortable at night. The kitchen is awesome and well equipped. There is a desk for your computer and the wifi works great! The closet behind the bed was perfect and well lit with natural light. If we could live in this house, we would in a heartbeat!
There aren't enough superlatives to describe Estrella.
Physically the cottage is right out of Architectural Digest but with no pretense whatsoever. Plaster walls, teak ceilings, mahogany countertops, and the ever-important ceiling fan over the very comfortable bed. The kitchen is simple and very functional, with nice plates, cookware, etc. The place is elegantly appointed and really designed with the traveler in mind, from the Wi-Fi to the small safe to keep your passports in. Not that we ever felt remotely unsafe--on the contrary, we felt sequestered in our own little world.
One little story: My wife and I (this was our honeymoon) went on the two-hour hike through the nearby Cabo Blanco nature reserve to the beautiful beach there (a worthwhile trip if you don't mind exercise). We saw some monkeys, coatimundis and lots of birds. Also beautiful trees and awesome gnarly vines. But at the end of the day we both agreed that every day there was as much or more wildlife surrounding our home--howler and capuchin monkeys, parrots, etc.--as there was for us to see at Cabo Blanco. Plus all the cool iguanas and other lizards wandering around.
The beach at Los Cedros is great. Simon and Patricia were perfect hosts. If you are looking for an experience of ease, relaxation, and elegance at an affordable price, this is your place.
300 meters from the beach Los Cedros.Few minutes walk.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 1 2014 - Aug 31 2015
6 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
6 night minimum stay
High season 590usd/week ,additional day 100usd - Taxes included.One night offer/week. Weekly cleaning and weekly laundry.
For reservation 50% deposit ,we send a PAYPAL MONEY REQUEST.
The balance is due one month before arriving date,we send a REMINDER PAYPAL.
If reservation made 6 months in advance the balance will be due two month before arriving date.
If reservation made in less than one month before arriving date,we send a PAYPAL MONEY REQUEST for the full amount.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.