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STUNNING ARTISAN HOME ON COFFEE PLANTATION WITH EXQUISITE VIEW

Chelsea Zabala or Kenneth Lander

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Chelsea Zabala or Kenneth Lander

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STUNNING ARTISAN HOME ON COFFEE PLANTATION WITH EXQUISITE VIEW

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Monteverde House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-8)

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.

ABOUT MONTEVERDE...

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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More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Chelsea Zabala or Kenneth Lander (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2011
Call Manager
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Speaks: english

About Chelsea Zabala or Kenneth Lander

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

Why Chelsea Zabala or Kenneth Lander chose Monteverde

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.7
based on 25 traveler reviews

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Stunning Artisan Home on Coffee Plantation with Exquisite View
average rating of 4.72 based on 25 reviews
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Monteverde Puntarenas
San Mateo, California, USA
5

Wonderful stay in fantastic home!

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Monteverde Puntarenas
San Luis Obispo CA USA
5

First and favorite of all the places we stayed

  • 5 of 5
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...
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Monteverde Puntarenas
Menominee, Illinois
4

Rustic Home in the Mountains

  • 4 of 5
We stayed 4 nights in March during dry season. Each day we took the 15 minutes gravel road up the mountain to the parks and Santa Elena. The area is beautiful. The house is rustic but was fine for our needs. Ken was nice and helpful.
  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monteverde Puntarenas
Midwest, USA
5

A unique and treasured experience

  • 5 of 5
Yes, the path to get to here is a rough one, however, if you are lucky as we were it will be filled with majestic views and sloths! We were instantly welcomed and supplied with fresh plantains and coffee right from the plantation. The home is beautifully built and offers a relaxing atmosphere. Ken, our host, could not have been more friendly and helpful. Every one of his suggestions was spot on. Do not miss an opportunity to eat at taco taco! The drive into town was about 20 minutes and easily marked. I don't think you can find a better place to stay in the area. We enjoyed all the amenities that town had to offer, and then were able to retire to a large home for the 7 of us (all adults). You are free to wander and explore about the plantation, they really make you feel at home. Stella, the German Shepherd, is the biggest sweetheart and a great tour guide ;). We had a car and that make the transportation easier for us during our stay, however, we did take the water taxi to Arenal and the company was able to pick up at the plantation no problem. There was a little issue upon returning (It took a long time for the driver to figure out where to drop us off) but we made it and that's whats important. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica, and I highly recommend staying here!
  • Submitted: May 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Jennifer,

We so enjoyed having you here, and thanks for the review. We are glad you felt at home here. That is our goal!

Pura Vida,

Ken
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Coffee Plantation House

  • 5 of 5
We absolutely loved the house, the farm and even more so the people. Ken the owner was away on business during our stay but his brother-in-law Alex was the most gracious host you can ask for. The place was stunning, unique and huge amounts of room for my family to finish out our Costa Rica adventure. We would definitely stay again.
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Monteverde Puntarenas
4

Rustic getaway

  • 4 of 5
If you want a rustic getaway this is the place. The owner is friendly and helpful and the dog, Stella is very friendly. The beds and bedding really need to be replaced as they all sag in the middle. The bedspread in one bedroom is very worn out. The pillows need to be replaces as well. There is an odor to the entire house from being closed up. I would not describe the bathroom as being spa like. It is simply a larger shower area than most. Due to the fact that you can't flush paper products in the toilets there is a constant smell in the bathrooms that would be better remedied with trash cans that are closed more tightly. It is a place that is well suited for those who like rustic, unadorned and minimally furnished accomodations. I would suggest rewriting some of the description so that it is more representative of what it is. For example - flat screen TV makes one think that it is larger than a 22 inch screen. This is a quaint and rustic getaway but I think the description needs to reflect that. I would not necessarily recommend this place for couples trying to share a bed or the 55 plus set.
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Louise,

Thanks for staying at Casa Zabala and for your comments. We have already placed an order for new mattresses and bedding pending delivery here on the farm.

As you and others experienced, we are off the beaten path, but I think many who have stayed here would agree that is part of the charm of staying away from the tourist areas. We are continuing to add, change, and update. This is the home of my daughter and son-in-law that we built for them and our grandchildren, and the house was designed for a family with open spaces and common areas.

Thanks for your comments, and we so appreciate your staying with us on the farm.

Ken

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hot springs, hiking, coffee tours, orchid museum, frog pond, zip lines, cloud forest reserve, serpentarium, canopy tours, butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens, cheese factory, art studios, waterfalls, cloud forest night tour

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From $135 Per night

Monteverde House Rental Rates

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Monteverde House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Perfect climate...no heating or air conditioning needed,Two story living room & open loft with huge balcony as 4th bedroom, Spa-like master bath. huge double doors cover the house & open up the home to a starfruit & lime orchard, Gorgeous tile floors, Home hand contructed by local builders & artisans...even the windows, doors, & much of the furniture, Hot water heater (this is rare for Costa Rica), Gas stove

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