|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
ABOUT THE HOME....
The Zabala house is nestled in a lush organic coffee farm called Finca Flor Mar. This 100 acre farm produces organic Arabica coffee, plantains, bananas, mangos, limes, starfruit, & avocados.
The home is shaded by an abundant Mango & Lime orchard that is buzzing with butterflies & native birds.
With 4 bedrooms (3 beds + loft) & 2 full baths, the Zabala house hosts a max of 7 people (4 adults with extra room for kids). It is the perfect couple’s getaway or family vacation home. The home has a fully functional kitchen and a maid that comes 3x’s a week. Your floors will be cleaned, and dishes sparkling =) Laundry service is an additional $5 a day.
The open floor plan boasts a rustic yet luxurious feel. It is comfortably furnished & tastefully decorated. The Zabala house features a large eat-in kitchen, wireless high-speed internet, two story high living room with a flat screen TV & DVD, a living room-like front porch, an expansive master suit with a spa-like hot shower, two upstairs bedrooms (one room with a twin bed, the other with a queen), and an open loft bedroom with queen bed & quadruple doors that open to a private patio. (The loft has an additional mattress nestled into the balcony nook that will sleep 2...great for kids.)
This is the only home of its kind in the area. It was hand-built by the community with local hard woods. All the doors, windows, & much of the furniture is artisan-made by the next-door neighbor. This house is the home of the Zabala family, who has temporarily returned to Atlanta. It has been called (with jaws dropping) a wonderland...the home is full of art, full of soul, and it is Costa-Rican gem like nothing else you can experience on the mountain.
Monteverde is a largely bilingual town. It’s home of the Cloud Forest Reserve, stunning natural landscapes, world-class restaurants, local shops, a strong art community, & a bustling local economy.
The world-famous Cloud Forest Reserve is a private nature reserve listed as #14 on Newsweek's 100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear. The massive 10,500 hectare reserve draws 70,000 tourists a year. It is known as
the site with the largest number of orchids in the world, and houses 60 species of amphibians (including the near extinct
Monteverde-endemic golden toad) and the elusive bright Blue Morphos butterfly. This area is also a stop for 91 species of migratory birds. The famed quetzal resides here seasonally.
What is now considered Monteverde was founded by Quakers from the United States whose pacifist values led them to defy the American draft during the Korean War. These conscientious objectors blended well with the Costa Rican philosophy of peaceful living. The Cloud Forest Reserve was set aside by Quakers to preserve the Cloud Forest & protect the water shed. Monteverde & surrounding areas are inhabited by a blend of Costa Ricans, Americans, & families from around the world.
The Zabala house is located about 20 minutes outside of Monteverde, in a small town called San Rafael. San Rafael is usually a good bit warmer & less rainy than Monteverde. It is a 100% Tico town, outside of the residents of Finca Flor Mar. This active town is formed by a strong community of families, a tasty restaurant, a pottery pavilion, local bar, two pulperias (small general stores), and two public schools.
CASA ZABALA DETAILS
The Zabala house is THE most personal, unique, and authentic way to experience Monteverde, Santa Elena, &
San Rafael, Costa Rica. High-end hotels of comparable quality to The Zabala house are $150-$250 a night for a single room. The Zabala house offers 4 bedrooms for $125 a night. Our home is about 2,000sqft of Costa Rican hardwoods & rustic comfort. It is one of the largest, most unique houses in the area.
Finca Flor Mar is the birthplace of the Sustainable Coffee Initiative. Chelsea’s father, Ken Lander, is the founder of this community based organization that created a system which exponentially increases the farmer’s profits compared to Fair Trade. San Rafael is the center of an agricultural revolution for the coffee industry. The Sustainable Coffee Initiative’s practices & philosophy are being explored around the world. Come visit Ken Lander at The Common Cup (or at his home next-door to The Zabala House), who will take you through the ever-growing world of the Costa Rican coffee farmer.
We strongly recommend having a rental car when you stay at Casa Zabala. It is a 25 minute drive to Monteverde & 3 minutes to San Rafael's center. Sooo much to do...but you will need to drive there. The value of staying in our house verses a hotel or rental closer to Monteverde in incomparable.
Please email us for more pictures. We have lots! (Had fun taking them...our home is lovely!)
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We are a young couple with two kids (Cecilia, 10 & Eli, 4). Our home in Monteverde is our pride & joy. We lived there for 3 years and recently returned to Atlanta, Ga to spend time with our family.
Rafael owns an Interactive Online Marketing Firm where Chelsea is the head designer.
We are happy to share our home with you, and we ask that you treat it with love & respect. We consider this our other home, not just our vacation rental. We are in love with San Rafael & Monteverde, and will to return to our peaceful lifestyle & exquisite home when the time is right.
Chelsea Zabala or Kenneth Lander purchased this house in 2008
We moved to Costa Rica in 2003 to live on an organic coffee farm. We designed the home & hired local talent to build it by hand with local hardwoods. The home & plantation are one-of-a-kind. The community is tight-knit, diverse, and positive.
This property is not just a house....the tile floors extend out to a large front porch. Doors span the front of the home. Open up to the fresh air, gardens, birds, & butterflies and you are truly in wonderland.
We spent two nights at Casa Zabala last week and it was a memorable experience. We even saw a gorgeous rainbow over the valley next to the property. The house is beautiful and the host Ken (and his dog Stella) was very welcoming. He even left us a bowl of fruit. We did find the steps a bit steep for our almost 3-year-old granddaughter. She did however have a great time in the upstairs playroom. The kitchen was fine but could be made better with the addition of a microwave. The location of Casa Zabala was very convenient to all that the adventures that the area has to offer. We did a night tour, hiked Monteverde and went ziplining. It was a wonderful stay!
Although there were only two of us we chose this property for its space and comfort as well as the unique countryside location. Advertised for up to 9 is accurate with plenty of space and privacy for larger groups. For us the beautiful views from the outside deck were a highlight as we had breakfast and planned out our activities for the day. Situated a reasonable 20 minutes from Santa Elena and Monteverde it offers a unique view into the countryside of Costa Rica while being convenient to all the organized activities and main attractions in the busier centers. The house itself is well equipped, clean, and our host Ken was easy to contact both before we arrived and during our stay for any questions or needs. Stella the resident guard dog was so much fun to have around and guided us up to the coffee fields one day on a great local walk from the house. Really a special part of our visit and getting to know this part of Costa Rica. We will certainly stay again if we return in the future. Thanks Ken.
The photos do not do justice to this lovely property. It felt like paradise lost. Ken is a fantastic host and the house is set up very well. We had 2 families with young boys and every one had a place and something to amaze them.
4 nights was not enough. Ken was kind enough to make us a cup of coffee and also tell us about thrive coffees which is something special in its own right. We were there to see the beans drying naturally and get an explanation of the process. If you want to really experience a place of beautiful people and scenery, this is the place. Have been fortunate to travel a good deal, i can state with enthusiasm; don't miss the opportunity to enjoy this place.
The fact that is centrally located to many Cloud forest activities and attractions is the icing on the cake.
Our family just spent 4 nights at this house and it was one of the highlights of our month long trip to Costa Rica. Alex greeted us upon our arrival and was an excellent host and a wealth of information. Ken was also very hospitable and welcoming, and had lots of info about the area. The experience of staying at a place like this versus a hotel is invaluable. We learned so much about how the coffee farm operates, and our 3 kids got to help out as well. The house itself was awesome, so unique and a great place to relax. Our kids also loved the dogs - Stella and Mocha! I would highly recommend this property, and we hope to return one day!
We had a wonderful stay at Casa Zabala a couple of weeks ago. The home was spacious and charming. We appreciated the warm hospitality of Alex, the brother-in-law of Ken who was away the weekend we were there. The plantation is so peaceful and tropical- mangoes, bananas, mandarin oranges abound and renters are welcome to pick and enjoy. Our 3 young kids fell in love with Estella, the farm's German Shepard! She slept on the porch all night. No satellite tv, but we brought a kindle and laptop and watched netflix with no trouble. Our only regret was not bringing along more family/friends to enjoy this home! So much space went unused! I could have laid on the hammock on the upstairs porch for several days...yet we had only booked one night and were on our way to the beach after seeing the cloud forest. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Photos and words do not do this house justice. If your considering it, rent it. It's open with great ventilation and views (windows on all sides), decent kitchen, traditional coffee brewer, plenty of furniture to relax in, spacious dining table, refrigerator that works, plenty of hot water, never had a problem with WiFi, no desire to turn on the TV so didn't even look at it, fruit growing right out your door, beautiful morning bird chorus, and the best drinking water right out of the tap. In fact, I think this was the only house out of 4 that we stayed at in our 2 weeks in Costa Rica that lived up to it's description. But the icing on the cake was the plantation itself and the welcome. Ken was out of town on business so we did not get to meet Ken (who was gracious and helpful throughout the booking process) but we had the joy of Alex who took us on a wonderful tour of the plantation, gave us delicious coffee as a welcome and a good bye, and truly made us feel as welcome as family. All the boys agree "Alex is the best"
You absolutely have to rent a car for this house. Can't imagine getting there any other way.The road to the house is dirt and gravel but fine. We never had to use 4 wheel drive. The house is on the scenic road to Monteverde and the road gets tougher as you climb, but again no 4 wheel drive.
We are a family of 5 our boys are ages 19,21,and 26, we are 55+ and loved it. All 3 boys loved it. If we ever visit Costa Rica again we will stay at this home. I'd love to be there during coffee harvest time. Someday...
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2 night minimum stay
|Notes||Rates are for four adults. $20.00 per night additional charge per adult guest above four adults.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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