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DRAMATIC VIEWS, GORGEOUS HOME, TWO POOLS - PARADISE AWAITS!

Barry Leon

Advertiser since 2012
Call Manager
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Speaks english, french, german
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Barry Leon

Advertiser since 2012
Speaks english, french, german
Call Manager
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DRAMATIC VIEWS, GORGEOUS HOME, TWO POOLS - PARADISE AWAITS!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Atenas Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

If you want to experience heaven on earth, this gorgeous three bedroom home in the 'Lomas del Paraiso' (the Hills of Paradise) gated development in Atenas, Costa Rica, will be perfect for you. Atenas is renown for its fabulous weather and spectacular mountain views. In fact, National Geographic magazine once proclaimed it as having “the best climate on earth.”

The house and casita are very private, contemporary in style and extremely well appointed. They have exceptional views and are visited by a wide range of exotic birds including Toucans, mot mots and montezuma oropendolas. 'Our' great kiskadees will wake you in the mornings with their happy calls. You can see photos of these birds, taken from our terrace, on our website (see link below)

The home, constructed in 2009, is on a large, beautifully landscaped lot has a full range of amenities for indoor and outdoor living. You can enjoy the spectacular mountain views in the day and twinkling lights of nearby towns by night from the sunning and dining terraces, the lap pool and the play pool (yep, two swimming pools) or from inside as well, through floor to ceiling windows in every room. Both the main house and the casita have very high ceilings made of beautiful Costa Rican hardwoods (even in the closets and utility room!).

The 12 meter, one lane, lap pool is perfect for keeping in great shape or just floating lazily and the three by five meter play pool is great for relaxing or having fun. The terraces also feature a pair of lounge chairs for reading, sunbathing or just enjoying the views as well as a beautiful dining table for six for that outdoor breakfast, a drink with friends or a quiet talk.

The main house features a master suite, which includes the sleeping area with king size bed and television. An elaborate master bath with a large soaking tub, a private outdoor shower built of beautiful local rock and a large walk-in. In all rooms, there are sliding patio doors to access the outdoor living spaces. High end bed and bath linens are provided for your further comfort. 

The great room includes a living area with leather couches, a large screen high definition TV. It also has a lovely dining area with a table seating six and, as is the case for all rooms, spectacular views. The last portion of the great room is a very large, well-equipped, gourmet kitchen with a generous island-bar that is perfect for evening gatherings over a glass of wine.

The guest bedroom/office in the main house includes a desk that is perfect for your computer, although you can use it anywhere on the property because there is high speed WiFi access to the internet. This room also contains a twin bed and has an adjacent bathroom with a shower and small, rock wall enclosed outdoor atrium.

The casita includes a bedroom with a queen size bed, the standard floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the mountain view, a bathroom with a spacious shower and its own terrace. The casita terrace has a small kitchenette with a microwave oven and an outdoor dining table with seating for six.

 

Atenas, situated in the Central Valley, halfway between San José and the Pacific Ocean, is the perfect base from which to explore Costa Rica and see cloud forests, rain forests, tropical birds, butterflies and many other animals. You can easily make day trips to go zip-lining in the treetops, hiking in the mountains, cruising in the jungle and birding for a remarkable range of tropical birds.

You are also just over thirty minutes from Escazu, by the new highway, and its posh restaurants, wonderful shops and the remarkable MultiPlaza shopping mall. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, has many cultural and historical sites, and is about 45 minutes away. In the house, you will find a brief guide to the area which we have prepared, as well a guidebook, which you can use to identify the sights you would like to see and how to find them.

Casa Dos Leones is approximately 35 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose/Alajuela. The many easy day trips include Beaches (Jaco - 38 miles, one hour; tiny Esterillos - 40 miles, 1 ¼ hrs), Volcanos & National Parks (Poas Volcano Nat'l Park - 22 miles, about an hour; Arenal Volcano Nat'l Park - 50 miles, 2 ½ hours), Towns (Sarchi - 9 miles, 20 minutes; Cartago - 43 miles, one hour +). Talk with our property managers, Adrian & Marian about local sites or arranging tours for you.

Atenas also has 4 supermarkets and a great Farmer's Market on Fridays where you can purchase fruits, vegetables, cheese, flowers, fish, pork, chicken and home made baked goods. There are also a number of excellent restaurants, five pharmacies, a number of sodas (little restaurants that serve breakfast and lunch), and two favorite gringo hangouts, El Balcon, a European style cafe where one can have breakfast, lunch or wonderful pastry and Kay's Gringo Postres, where you can have breakfast or lunch, a piece of cake or pie and talk with Kay and Tom about the good ol' days in South Dakota.

In addition, your stay will be made more enjoyable by our housekeeper, Isabelle, who will happily do your laundry if time allows. Alfonso, our gardener will come once a week to attend to the outdoor greenery and our property managers, Adrian and Marian, who are multi-lingual, will do anything possible to make your stay a success. They can even arrange custom tours, through their travel agency, and an airport pickup or delivery if you call them ahead of time.

You will not be disappointed in our home, the stunning vistas or Atenas where you can leave all your cares behind and enjoy complete relaxation. We invite you to visit our website (link below) to see additional photos of the property and Atenas in addition to animals mentioned earlier - all photos taken from our terrace except the mot mot. The site also contains a number of useful links. It is no wonder that many people return to Atenas year after year for their vacation.

Keywords: A bit of paradise, mountain views, heaven on earth, villa plus casita, minutes to town, peaceful

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Barry Leon (Property Manager)
Advertiser since 2012
Call Manager
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Speaks english, french, german

About Barry Leon

We are Claudia and Barry and we have been happily retired since 2004, first at our small ranch in Texas and now splitting time between Casa Dos Leones in Atenas, Costa Rica and Maison Dos Leones in Saintes, France (SW part of the country. We love both places and are delighted to be able to share them with you. Before retirement, Barry was a business executive and Claudia was a biological researcher and college instructor. Claudia is now an artist whose digitally enhanced photographs are being shown at galleries in Massachusetts and Texas. We have one son who, with his delightful wife, live in Austin, Texas. We love elegant design, many types of cuisine and seeing as many parts of the world as possible.

Barry Leon purchased this villa in 2010

Why Barry Leon chose Atenas

We considered many wonderful places before buying our home in Atenas. Ultimately, we chose this house in this location for a number of reasons including the superb climate, the extraordinary beauty of Costa Rica and this area in particular, the many, the many things to see and do (including just laying by the pool with a glass of wine and watching the clouds filter through the mountains) and the exceptional people of Costa Rica - Ticos, as they refer to themselves. Many people call this area paradise and we certainly agree.

What makes this villa unique

In addition to being in the lap of all the beauty that mother nature offers, Casa Dos Leones is close to a huge variety of eco tourism sites and it is a short 30 minute drive, by the new freeway, to Escazu which has many exceptional restaurants (Spanish, Italian, French, Argentine, Peruvian, Texas BBQ, Mexican, etc.), hundreds of beautiful boutiques and virtually anything else that you might want or need.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 15 traveler reviews

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Dramatic Views, Gorgeous Home, Two Pools - Paradise Awaits!
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
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Atenas Alajuela Province
South Texas
5

Excellent Home in Atenas

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at Casa Dos Leones. The online pictures simply do not do justice to the beauty of the modern architecture of this amazing home in the mountains or the views of the valley we enjoyed every day and night. In addition to the extraordinary home, the detailed information provided by the Barry and Claudia regarding where to eat and where to go and what to do was a tremendous resource.

We chose to not rent a car. That was a difficult decision leading up to our trip as we have always rented cars before and we have plenty of experience driving in many different countries. However, we heard many issues regarding car rentals in Costa Rica from friends and family who had not so great experiences. In addition, it is true that there are very few road signs and pretty much everyone we met on our vacation had a story to tell of being lost and turned around on the roads in Costa Rica from the minor to the harrowing. We were glad not to have that particular experience on this vacation. Instead, we enlisted the help of the property managers and owners of Bunki Tours, Aad and Marian, who became our new Dutch friends in Costa Rica.

Choosing our vacation excursions was made incredibly simple by Aad and Marian leading up to our departure. They never failed to respond immediately to our numerous questions via email and gave us ample and detailed information regarding excursions and worked with us to make a plan for our trip that was a well thought-out and comprehensive vacation from two great people that have made Costa Rica their home.
We asked for and received suggestions and pricing from Aad and Marian on many different excursions and after we made our choices, our trip was planned for us to avoid over-crowding on the weekends in areas (such as the tortuga island excursion), etc. Beyond the thought and care that went into planning our trip with us, we cannot say enough about Aad and Marian and how fun and knowledgeable they were and what a difference they made to every aspect of our trip-- they were quite simply wonderful.

We did not need a car because Marian picked us up and drove us to and from every excursion giving us fascinating background on each place we visited. As we drove the length and breadth of Costa Rica, I can say that removing that ever-present vacation stress of getting to each place and paying the right amount and finding good places to eat and dealing with the local back and forth of securing tickets or meals was a relief
  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tara and David,

Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay in Atenas. We hope that y'all are enjoying your time back in San Antonio.

All our best,

Barry and Claudia
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5

Perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5
We are a family of 3 (couple and a 10 months baby) and we rented this house for 12 days. We needed to get away to a quiet and beautiful place. Casa Dos Leones was exactly that. Barry and Claudia gave us tones of informations and were very helpful. Everything they said turned out to be true. No bad surprises. The description and pictures gives an exact idea of what you're gonna get. Atenas is beautiful and the weather is just perfect. The house is located in the mountains surrounding the town. The view is spectacular. The house is really comfortable and spacious.

We got great service from the property management (Marian and Aad). Marian took us everywhere (beach, coffee tour, La Paz, etc.) and it was really convenient with our baby.

Thank you again for everything. We recommend your house very strongly. We had an amazing vacation.

Pura Vida!
  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Julie-Jode and Eric, Thanks very much for your generous review. We enjoyed having you stay at our place in Atenas and hope you can also stay with us in Saintes.
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Atenas Alajuela Province
5

Exactly as described!

  • 5 of 5
This was our first VRBO rental and we were not disappointed. The property was exactly as described: dramatic views from southern exposure mountainside, heavenly breezes in the morning and evening through the house and along the terrace ... A welcome relief from the heat of our offsite daytime adventures. In fact, we were so comfortable at this home in the evening that we grilled and enjoyed dinner on the patio every night in lieu of trying local restaurants. The property was well maintained inside and out. Managers Aad and Marian were very helpful and prompt. We particularly enjoyed the privacy that the casita offered for a second couple. Colorful birds, including Toucans, were frequent visitors. We felt very safe in this gated community. The access road is paved, well maintained, and has street lights and although not for the timid driver, the views from this home are worth it. Volcano Poas in the early morning and La Paz Waterfall/gardens in the afternoon is a great day trip. Villa Blanca north of San Ramon in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest is a beautiful early morning drive for breakfast and short hike on easy trail (and perhaps horseback ride?), Crocodile Man Tour at Tarcoles (booked through Aad and Marian) gave us an up-close view of crocs and birds. For an authentic Tico breakfast, try the 'soda' just behind the Red Cross bldg.
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Atenas Alajuela Province
5

Great House

  • 5 of 5
We were met at the airport by Marianne; the flight arrived late - about 9:00 PM. Marianne got us to Casa Dos Leones quickly. Aad arranged for the car rental person to pick us up next morning, and we got our car at Coopeatenas.
We found the house to be very airy and full of light. It was very roomy (which we really like). The kitchen was very well equipped. The view was excellent. We enjoyed the swimming pool; we used it for "cooling off". The travel books at the house were very helpful - we used them in conjunction with our GPS to get to the sites.
The house was an excellent base for visiting Manuel Antonio, Orotina, Arenal, Poas and Escazu. Unfortunately we did not make it to Iraszu or Guanacaste.
We met Isabel on our first Tuesday at the house; she was very charming and vivacious, and did a great cleaning job. She left everything extremely well organized.
Overall, this is a beautiful house, and we will try to rent it again if we return to Costa Rica. It was exactly the right size for us (we are a retired couple).
To the house owners: Do you have houses like this in Mexico, Central or South America?
  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: John and Maryanne, Thanks very much for your kind review and for spending your vacation at Casa Dos Leones. We don't, unfortunately, have another vacation house in Mexico, Central or South America but we are now in the process of buying and setting up a very elegant vacation home in Saintes which is about 45 minutes north of Bordeaux in southwest France. It'll be available in about a year and we'd love to have you as our guests there.

All my best and Pura Vida!

Barry
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Seattle, WA
5

Excellent Home, Generous Hosts

  • 5 of 5
Casa Dos Leones is a beautiful house with a tremendous view. We spent 6 weeks here and that wasn't enough. The caretakers, Aad and Marian, are thoughtful, kind, and attentive. The maid, Isabel, is friendly. Barry, the owner, is thorough and welcoming. My parents enjoyed a 11 day stay in the casita and loved it.

We would be sad to be gone, except that we have already booked this house for another two months - so we're merely on a break. If I were to post any more true feelings about this house, Atenas, and our generous hosts, it would be a conflict of interest, since I'd prefer it lay empty, awaiting my family's frequent visits.
  • Submitted: May 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Ben, Carol and Sofia, Thanks for your kind review. Fortunately, at least for us, Casa Dos Leones will be occupied continuously until your next visit (mostly by US!)

Barry and Claudia
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Atenas Alajuela Province
Denver, Colorado
5

Big Fun in Atenas

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I and another couple had a great time here - - this place definitely 'fills the bill'. As with most properties, the photos and verbal descriptions can't fully capture the reality. Great views, lavishly furnished, and very well maintained. Aad and Marian compliment each other in taking care of wants,needs, and questions - - 'you're in good hands' with them. Atenas is a wonderful town with all you need, and folks are very relaxed and kind. We heartily recommend Casa de Leones for our fellow travelers, knowing that you'll be able to relax and enjoy in comfort and ease.
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dennis, We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your kind review. I am sorry that we haven't been in closer touch but was happy to hear that Aad and Marian did their usual great job of taking care of you. Hope we dee you back in the future (By the way, we're going to enlarge the Casita to make it even more confortable for a second couple). All our best,

Claudia and Barry

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
many
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Cariari Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Ruta 3
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many
Nearest Ski
3078 Miles
Taos, New Mexico
Nearest Beach
37 Miles
Jaco
Car: recommended

Rain forests, cloud forests, national parks, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, wildlife reserves, zip-lining, hiking, eco tourism in abundance are all within reach of a day trip.

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Atenas Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Green (rainy) Season
May 1 - Nov 15
7 night minimum stay
$875
$3,150
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,295
$4,650
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600
Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please see Rental Agreement for other details. Normal check-in is Saturday at 3:00 PM and check-out is Saturday at 11:00 AM. Please check with us about early check-in or late-check-out; We will be as flexible as possible. Stays not beginning and ending on a Saturday, may be subject to additional charges.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.

Amenities

Amenities

Atenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • The master bath has a large soaking tub and a large outdoor shower. Each of the other two bathrooms has a large shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size bed in the master bedroom, Queen size Bed in the guest house/casita, Single Bed In the third bedroom/office
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Outdoor shower at master bath; Second bedroom is self contained casita/guest house with full bath and own dining terrace with kitchenette; Maid, gardener and property manager provide full range of services (no cleaning fee); Two minutes from town of Atenas.

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