POSH RAINFOREST VILLA OVERLOOKING COSTA RICA'S PACIFIC COAST: CASA BUENDIA

Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy

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POSH RAINFOREST VILLA OVERLOOKING COSTA RICA'S PACIFIC COAST: CASA BUENDIA

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Overview

Dominical Villa Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms + Office/5th bedroom, 4 Full Baths (Sleeps 8 to 10+)

Casa Buendía is where modern architecture meets the rain forest above Costa Rica´s beautiful South Pacific coast. If you are looking for a contemporary home-base from which to explore and enjoy Costa Rica´s most amazing natural assets, look no further!

Spectacular coastal and mountain views abound in this 5,000 sq ft 4 bedroom luxury hideaway, which includes a large office with private bath (converting to a 5th bedroom if needed). Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and Palapa-covered terraces beautifully contrast the clean modernistic lines of the house. The main floor surrounds a small inner garden courtyard and fountain. Large, bright fully appointed kitchen has granite counters, gas stove, and wet-bar. Adjacent dining and living rooms boast double-height vaulted ceiling, accessed from a gallery-styled passage and stunning vestibule entrance.

Sleeping Quarters on Top Floor w/ Best Views!: On the upper floor, an elevated walkway separates the swank, private master bedroom from another VIP guest suite, along with two more bedrooms, each with balconies and breathtaking views. A giant 3-car garage, laundry room and storage area comprise the lower floor below.

Uncommon Combination of Nature and Luxury: Casa Buendía is located on 2..5 acres (1 hectare) of forested land, bordered by a mountain stream on the westernmost limit, accessible via a private footpath. Toucans, howler and white faced monkeys are common attractions. Just to the south lies Ballena National Marine Park and Corcovado National Park, while Manuel Antonio National Park is a short drive away to the North. Surfing, sport-fishing, diving, hiking, birdwatching, mountain biking, horseback riding, sea and river kayaking and rafting, are just some of the activities offered in the area. Spa treatment, maid service and gourmet food preparation are available on request.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy

We are an American-Costa Rican couple married for over 20 years. We are world travelers and active outdoor action sports afficionados. We bought land in Dominical after falling in love with the place during surf trip getaways, back in 1998. Ten years later, we decided to build our dream house and share it with family, friends, and guests!

Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy purchased this villa in 2009

Why Estrella Barrantes & Vince Ruddy chose Dominical

We are in Dominical because it offers so much to so many kinds of adventurers! We have been to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, a throughout North, Central, and South America, and we have yet to find a place that is so natural, wild, scenic, and fun. Amazing surf and lush forest waterfalls drew us in. Eventually, we discovered other options, including kayaking in the Savegre river, exploring Corcovado National Park (one of the most bio-diverse locations on the planet). It is far enough from the big cities and overbuilt tourist traps, but still close enough to make for a 2.5 hour drive on the new highway from San Jose.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(transcribed from Casa Buendia guestbook): The house is spectacular! Loved the vegetation, views and tropical rainforest. Recommend Guapil beach, kids loved to boogie and play soccer there. Juan and Glenda were super friendly and made our stay more pleasant-- loved feeling so pampered and well taken care of. Will definitely enjoy coming back to this fabulous retreat
Jan 2012
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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Posh Rainforest Villa Overlooking Costa Rica's Pacific Coast: Casa Buendia
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5

Luxury in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5
Just returned from a week at Casa Buendia and it lived up to its promises of providing luxury, family-friendly accommodations in an undeveloped part of Costa Rica. We visited with six adults and three toddlers (3 years old) and everyone loved it. There was plenty of room in the house and the kids loved the pool. Also, Erick and Yelba were fantastic, giving us tours of the property and helping out with little questions.

The house is also well-located. After a five minute drive down the mountain (4x4 a must!), you're minutes from Playa Hermosa (wonderful swimming beach) and Playa Dominical (fascinating surfer town). Drive a little further south and you're in Uvita - great grocery store, health clinic, and home to beautiful national park with stunning beaches. We never lacked for things to do.

Quick tips - while the water in the home isn't potable, we had no trouble getting water from the local groceries and no one in our party ever got sick. Erick and Yelba were also able to provide air mattresses for the kids so they could sleep in the rooms with the parents - worked great. Finally, the house was an easy 3 hour drive from San Jose; however, on our trip there, the Caldera Highway was closed unexpectedly and it took about 4 hours and 30 minutes to get there (but we had a surprise tour of rural Costa Rica!).
  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Holiday Paradise

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 10 enjoyed a marvelous New Year's week at Casa Buendia. The home was clean and spacious. The mountainside view of the ocean never got old. The pool offered hours upon hours of entertainment and relaxation. Many days, our grown kids were perfectly content to hang around the house watching toucans and searching for howler monkeys in the hills. Erick and Yelba were the quintessential hosts. They took care of all our needs, including late night luggage retrieval, laundry assistance and coconut cracking. Erick even offered a botanical tour of the property. Outings included a day trip with snorkeling/scuba diving at Cano Island, off shore fishing and several hikes into the forest (night hike). For world class wings, the Jolly Roger was an easy drive or a strenuous hike down the hill and worth more than one visit. Costa Rica and Casa Buendia allowed our family to create some mighty fine memories!
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Remote Tranquility

  • 5 of 5
This is the haven if you want to get away from the hustle and chaotic pace of the rest of the world, and if you don't want an "Americanized" resort, but yet have all the comforts of home. You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle and patience to get to the Villa, and don't plan on having the convenience of a quick trip to the store. One time out and one time in each day is enough. Learn to enjoy the 4 KM drive up and down the undeveloped road to a rare piece of property. The privacy, comfort, and peacefulness of Casa Buendia is so relaxing. It's a great refuge to connect with family and friends outside of worldly distractions. But if you must stay connected to the your own world, the Villa has Wi-fi. One surprise, however, is that we found no DVD player to watch a few of our Christmas classic movies. The house is magnificent, the views are astounding, the sunsets are nothing short of amazing, and the memories are forever. The daytime ocean views are obvious, but not to be overlooked is the spectacular star-filled nighttime sky. The caretakers were more than caretakers. They are so friendly and genuinely good people who gladly do whatever they can to make your stay enjoyable. The village of Dominical - located about 25 minutes away - is a simple, laid-back, relaxing community with some great small businesses for coffee, ice cream, breakfast and a brew. Groceries? Head south to Uvita, about 25 minutes from the house. The grocery store will have most everything you need. But don't forget to buy and grill fresh-caught fish from the fishermen in Dominical. The caretakers will help you make the purchase and prepare the fish. You will have your choice of many activities to do in Costa Rica, but of all the things we did, the horseback ride to Nauyaca Falls was the best. Absolutely Marvelous!
And if you choose not to partake in the recreational activities in the area, simply chill in the hammock or the poolside chaise lounges and enjoy the toucans, geckos, and the howl of the monkeys. We planned and anticipated this vacation for nearly a year - it did not disappoint!
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Portland, OR
5

Beautiful House and Excellent Staff!

  • 5 of 5
What a great two weeks this was for us at Casa Buendia! Monkeys right outside our door, a great pool, and Erik and Yelba took great care of us! Will definitely be back!
  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Idaho
5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5
This was quickly one of my favorite vacations of all time. The house is beautiful and the sights are amazing! Monkeys in the morning and Toucans in the afternoon. Eric and Yelba were great. They showed us lots of great places. waterfalls etc. And they took great care of us. I cannot wait to come back! Thanks for the experience!!!
  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Boston, MA
5

2nd Time; Still Magical

  • 5 of 5
This was our second time to Casa Buendia, and it is truly is a magical house. We decided to spend half of our trip outside Montezuma, and half returning to the Dominical area. This trip confirmed that Casa Buendia is such a special place, and there is really no reason to look elsewhere. We will continue to return to this house each time we visit Costa Rica.
  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Casa Buendia is located in a private and exclusive area known as Escaleras, South of Dominical, and North of Uvita. We chose this location for many reasons. Amazing surf and lush forest waterfalls drew us in. Eventually, we discovered other options, including kayaking in the Savegre river, exploring Corcovado National Park (one of the most bio-diverse locations on the planet), whale watching in the nearby Ballena Marine National Park, or just relaxing on the property, where a jungle brook passes on one side, while the sound of breaking waves filters in from another. Casa Buendia is far enough from the big cities and overbuilt tourist traps, but still close enough to make for a 2.5 hour drive from San Jose.

If you are looking for an adventurous vacation and a chance to enjoy all the best that Costa Rica has to offer, consider doing it in comfort and style-- Casa Buendia is a cut above the rest, in every way you can imagine!

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa

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Availability & Rates

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Dominical Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak Season
Nov 1 2014 - May 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
$475
From
$525
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,100
$11,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving weekend
Nov 26 2014 - Nov 29 2014
4 night minimum stay
$2,500
Flat fee
 
 
New Year's week
Dec 28 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,500
Flat fee
 
 
Easter/Semana Santa
Mar 30 2015 - Apr 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,500
Flat fee
 
 
Christmas week
Dec 20 2015 - Dec 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,500
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$400
From
$450
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,600
$10,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Dominical Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , front entrance
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower , adjacent to pool
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , deluxe mstr bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , guest bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , south side upper floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , office/5th bedroom
  • 'Jack and Jill' bathroom used by 3rd and 4th bedrooms.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Office - Queen futon
  • Casa Buendia can very comfortably accommodate 10 guests in bedrooms. Up to 2 additional guests can sleep on an air mattress that can be provided for the entertainment room (most appropriate for younger guests). This makes the house perfect for larger family groups up to a maximum of 12.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • caves
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Private Hot Tub: Hot tub Jacuzzi on balcony of master bedroom, with stunning view of south pacific coast. Air Conditioning: Split unit in bedrooms and office, ceiling fans in rest of house (ample cross ventilation based on open architecture). Washer: Front loader high capacity energy saving unit. Dryer: Front loader high capacity energy saving unit. Linens Provided: high thread-count cotton bed linens, quality bath and pool towels provided. Off Street Parking: Next to house is space for spillover parking, convenient for additional guests/parties. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer: In space next to house at garage level. Catering Available.

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