SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEWS, PRIVATE, JUNGLE OBSERVATION PLATFORM!

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Tracy

Speaks english, spanish
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEWS, PRIVATE, JUNGLE OBSERVATION PLATFORM!

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House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Casa de los Sueños is a 3 bedroom/2 bath home on 13 very private, quiet and secluded acres nestled beside a rainforest reserve in the Escaleras Mountains. The property offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. View year round breath taking sunsets over the ocean from two of the three bedrooms, the great room and pool patio, since the back of the house faces due west. The house sits 1000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by lush rainforest and tropical gardens. Much of the terrain was reforested with native Costa Rican hardwoods, and fruit and flowering trees. There are ample opportunities to spot wildlife on the property such as toucans, white faced-monkeys, howler monkeys, coati, two- toed sloths, the rare ant-eater and the stunning morpho butterfly.

The property has its own private “above the rainforest canopy” observation platform 100 feet above the jungle floor in a majestic Ceiba tree with a girth of around 35 feet at its base and about 12 feet at the level of the platform. The ancient Maya of Central America believed that a great Ceiba tree stood at the center of the earth, connecting the terrestrial world to the spirit world above. The platform can be reached by single rope climbing technique with a hired professional guide. The guide will train you with the skills you will need for this amazing, rewarding and fun activity. Arrangements can be made at the time of reservation for your private platform climbing adventure tour.

The three bedrooms are air conditioned and will comfortably sleep six. The great room includes the dining room, living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and wet bar. A laundry room with washing machine and dryer is located off the kitchen. The house has all new furnishings, Satellite TV service, WiFi internet service, DVD and CD players. The master bedroom suite has a king size bed and sliding glass doors to the pool and patio. It also has a large bathroom with shower and a Jacuzzi bathtub. Another full bathroom is conveniently located between the other two bedrooms, one with queen bed and the other with two twin beds. Housekeeping service is provided once a week, as well as a full time caretaker/gardener six days a week. There is also a large gate at the entrance to the property.

The house is less than 4 kilometers south of the village of Dominical. Located in a very unique region of Costa Rica where the mountains meet the sea, Casa de los Sueños is about 2 kilometers up into the Escaleras Mountains. Therefore, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.

Whether you choose to go tree climbing or enjoy the many activities available in the area, you will certainly not be disappointed with your stay at Casa de los Sueños.

Keywords: Jungle, house, villa, private, secure, quiet, family compound, ocean view, mountain, tree climb, observation platform, infinity pool, abundant wildlife, fruit and flowering trees, hardwood trees

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Tracy

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2012
Speaks english, spanish

Jim and Tracy live in southern Massachusetts. Jim is a small business owner and Tracy is an artist. Some of her works are on display in the house. Casa de los Sueños is professionally operated and maintained by Costa Ballena Management (CBM), the premier property management company in the area.

Once a reservation is established with us, you will be working with Massi and Adriano from CBM to complete all the remaining details of the rental arrangement including; payments, deposits, check-in and check-out. CBM also offers concierge services to facilitate any additional sightseeing or adventure tours requested.

Tracy purchased this house in 2002
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Spectacular Ocean Views, Private, Jungle Observation Platform!
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews
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Dominical Puntarenas
5

First Class - Stunning Views!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
We rented this home for a week with our two teenage boys. I wish I could have stayed another week. Everything about the house was perfect. Lovely decorations, immaculate, well stocked kitchen with everything you need for a very enjoyable stay. Free wake-up calls in the morning via howler monkeys, parrots and toucans! The basket of goodies provided was a nice surprise as well. We appreciated the beach chairs, boogie boards, beach towels and cooler. We would spend our early afternoons at the beach or other excursion, only to return to the house to spend some pool time and watch the incredible sunsets each evening. No need to go anywhere else for a sunset view. Everything you need is located within 5-10 driving minutes of the house. There is fresh fruit and vegetables at the bottom of the hill (which after a few drives up and down became no big deal) - La Macha for fresh fish. Dominical is the coolest little beach town around. If you are into resorts and casinos, this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for a laid back, peaceful "local" experience, this is the place. We enjoyed the fact that you couldn't see a neighboring house - it was very private, yet we felt very safe. I would highly recommend staying at this house. Massi and Gerardo were very helpful and responsive via email. We didn't have cell phone service (we didn't purchase a Costa Rican plan for our phones), but felt that using the WiFi with email was sufficient.
Overall, exceeded my expectations.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed Casa de los Sueños. We are also glad that you enjoyed many of the activities and beaches that the area offers. Thank you for noticing the great work that Costa Ballena Management does for us, we pride ourselves on always being able to deliver a high level of service to our renters. Thank you again and we hope that you will be able to return to Casa de los Sueños some day.
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Dominical Puntarenas
Montreal
2

Great view but secluded and removed - snake in house!!!

  • 2 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
Unfortunately our experience was quite different than that described in other reviews.
The correspondence was excellent before we arrived, however once we arrived other than for booking tours our emails and phone calls were not answered. The property was 15 minutes off the main road up a steep dirt road. We were traveling with young children so had questions about where to buy groceries, milk etc which were not answered for more than 2 days. Unfortunately, we were not greeted with the fruit baskets, coffees etc that seem to be mentioned in other reviews. There is no information book in the house with this kind of information. Finally after sending numerous emails about this we received a response the evening before we left.
Early in the morning, one of my kids woke up to a snake crawling below his bed. The snake had crawled under the front door as there is a space between the door and the floor.
I recognize that we are in the jungle and really appreciate Costa Rica for this, but prefer for the jungle to be outside of the house. Traveling with young children we were uncomfortable and worried for the duration of outstay. The person we were supposed to call with enquiries did not answer nor did he call back(apparently he only speaks Spanish and did not understand the message we left).
The owner did not address any of these issues when they were brought up.
This may be suitable for people who do not have such young children and who do not mind being isolated knowing the support may be mediocre.
The one thing I do appreciate is tegu bought a pack'n play to help accommodate our sleeping arrangements.
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: I’m sorry you did not enjoy your stay at Casa de los Sueños. We take all our renters feedback seriously, so I want to respond in detail.
To begin, the title of your review implies that you were surprised that the house was “secluded and removed”. The very first sentence on this web site describing the house clearly states that “Casa de los Sueños is a 3 bedroom/2 bath home on 13 very private, quiet and secluded acres nestled beside a rainforest reserve in the Escaleras Mountains.” All our marketing highlights the house’s private secluded setting. CDLS is exactly 2.5 km from the main coast road, about a 5 minute drive on a well maintained gravel mountain road.
As you mentioned, communications before your trip were excellent and our track record over the years has been that the same level of excellent communications has been maintained throughout a renter’s stay. I am confused about your comments because I did not receive any emails from you until after your stay and our property managers, who are both very fluent in English, answered your emails when they were received. We do acknowledge, however, that the internet service in our area of CR can be problematic at times.
Because of its added cost, a complimentary food basket is only provided to rentals of 7 nights or more. It was cost prohibitive to offer you the basket, especially since you were afforded a very generous discount for your 3 night stay.
Regarding the small snake found in a bedroom, it is impossible to perfectly seal all the doors and windows in CR from intrusion from insects and small reptiles, especially in jungle locations. The gap under the front door is extremely small and this was the first time in 11 years that such an intrusion has been reported.
Finally, I am glad you appreciated the pack’n play we purchased for you because one of our property managers made the 2 hour plus round trip to San Isidro to buy it prior to your arrival. It was yet another example of the lengths we are willing to go to make our renter’s experience at CDLS the very best possible.
Again I’m sorry your short stay at CDLS was not an enjoyable one.
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Dominical Puntarenas
Atlanta, Georgia
5

Beautiful home with great ocean view.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
This is our first trip to CR and we have had quite the adventure! The house has been a wonderful place to relax and recharge with the beautiful pool. The staff has been so great and responded to all of our needs. It was a life saver having the fruit basket and coffee upon arrival because we came in after dark and did not stop at the store.

The house is very clean with lots of beach towels and other necessary things that make it easy to make trips to the beach.

We will rent this house again when we come back to CR.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. We feel very fortunate to have a great staff for Casa de los Sueños, they have been very helpful in maintaining and keeping our home in it's best shape possible. Since many of our guests do arrive after dark and many are unfamiliar with the area, we like to provide a gift basket of food and beverages. We hope that you will one day return to Casa de los Sueños and enjoy another adventure, thank you.
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5

Pure Vida

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Loved everything about our vacation home. The entire staff was terrific to work with. The views were spectacular! Loved lounging in and around the infinity pool before and after exploring the beauty of CR. Ideal set up for 3 couples. We saw toucans, sloth and howler monkeys from the yard, what a treat! The property is in a great location to visit key areas of Southern Costa Rica. We all loved our stay and highly recommend Casa de la Sueno
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are so happy that you and your group had a great time staying at Casa de los Sueños. It is also special that you were able to see toucans, Howler monkeys and a sloth. The sloths visit the Guarumo tree near the pool patio, they like to eat the lowers when they are blooming. Jim and I hope that some day you will come back to visit Costa Rica and stay in our home. Thanks again!
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Dominical Puntarenas
5

Just the right balance of elegance, comfort, wildlife and nature…perfecto.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Our December visit was the fourth stay at this super comfortable house in Escaleras, looking out over the pacific above Costa Ballena National Park. We had howler and capuchin monkeys on the doorstep, tree frogs, geckos, whiptail lizards, morpho butterflies, a green parrot snake (non venomous), parrots, toucans and a choir of other birds to keep us amused in between dips in the crystal clear pool and outings to the beach, ocean, Baru nature reserve etc. This is a perfect location to enjoy the South Pacific region which is the most unspoilt and verdant area of CR. Maintenance and cleaning is top notch, comfortable furnishings and beds, good bedroom AC, beautiful old growth jungle at the back of the property. Great supermarket down the road in Uvita, gourmet restaurants in Ojochal, swimming beach at Pinuela, snorkelling at Uvita ("the whale's tale"), beer and wings at the Jolly Rodger pub 10 minutes (4x4) drive away (in season). Cant recommend this place enough.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being a return renter, we appreciate your business and are very happy that you enjoyed your stay in our home. Jim & I, the management company, the concierge, the caretaker and the cleaning crew work hard in hopes that our guests have an enjoyable stay. Thank you again and I hope that you will one day return to our home should you decide on another Costa Rican visit.
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Tree climbing tours 100 feet up to one of the very few above the rainforest canopy observation platforms in the Southern Pacific Zone can be arranged for an additional fee at the time of reservation. The platform is located high up in a majestic Ceiba tree, also known as the 'Mayan Tree of Life'. At 100 feet the diameter of the tree is still over 3 feet! The breeze across the top of the canopy is cool, and the views are simply spectacular. Binoculars and cameras are a must. There is a table and 4 chairs up in the platform making it a perfect place for a once in a lifetime picnic lunch. A professional climbing guide and single rope climbing technique trainer can accommodate groups up to 4 for a flat daily rate. All climbing gear required will be provided for this exclusive and very unique Costa Rican adventure tour.

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Availability & Rates

Dominical House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
High Season
Jan 5 - Apr 29
$300
$1,820
$6,000
3 nights
 
 
Green Season
May 1 - Dec 20
$265
$1,575
$4,950
3 nights
 
 
Holiday Season
Dec 22 - Jan 3
$500
$3,290
3 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$300
$1,820
$6,000
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Our home is managed by a property management company that handles all payments for us, the homeowners. Half of the rental fee is expected upon decision to rent and to reserve your desired dates. The remainder of payment is due one month before your arrival to Casa de los Sueños.
Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Credit Cards Accepted.
PAYPAL Accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Dominical House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Games
  • Books
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
  • shelling
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • parasailing
  • surfing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • hiking
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