SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEWS, PRIVATE, JUNGLE OBSERVATION PLATFORM!

Tracy

Speaks spanish, english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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 spanish, english

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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4.8
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Dominical Puntarenas
Chicago, IL
5

TRULY A "DREAM HOUSE"

Truly a "Dream House"
  • 5 of 5
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We have used VRBO many times and have always been satisfied, but your home was the most beautiful and well equipt home we have ever stayed in. It was sparkling clean and the welcome basket was an added treat. We have two older kids, 20 and 17, and there was more than enough room. We all enjoyed the pool and the spectacular sunsets from the patio. We enjoyed seeing countless birds daily-toucans, parrots, Cusingas,etc. And hearing the Howler monkeys every morning was a wonderful experience. Definately need a 4x4-but road is fine. Follow Massi's directions-no problemo!
Communication was answered promptly by Massi and Silvia via email. Gerrado, who is very kind and unobtrusive, even showed us to the Ceiba tree on the property.
In the area, we went to Dominical and shopped along the beach with the local venders. Ate at Tortilla Flats and La Parcela-both great. Also bought fresh Mahi and Tuna to cook from La Mancha-yummy! Rented kayaks and surf boards from Tito and Diego at Uvita 360 a couple of times-great guys. Did the Osa Canapy Tour, which Silvia set up for us. Great adventure and professional operation. On our way back we stopped by the Terraba River and saw 11 Scarlet Macaws! Hiked Hacienda Baru-saw a sloth! Very cool place and is close by. On the last day went down to Poza Azul waterfall and our son loved the rope swing.
Can't say enough positive things about the house, the owners, staff and the area...We hated to leave this paradise and want to come back soon!
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review! It seems you were able to take in the many sights and tours that are available in the area. Also, the wildlife is amazing in Costa Rica, it is quite stunning to see the Scarlet Macaws in the wild too, free to fly wherever they choose. We are happy that you were very satisfied with the house, I've said this many times, we are blessed to have such wonderful staff to help us care for our home and make it the best that it can be. Thank you again!
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Dominical Puntarenas
California
5

AMAZING!!

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful way to start off our vacation in Costa Rica! It's hard to know where to start. The view was incredible, the pool delightful, the house just beautiful! It had everything we needed. The washer and dryer were a major plus. We spent our days investigating the area - ATV ride, surf lessons, boat tour in Sierpe, and hanging on the beach. Coming back to the house to make home cooked meals and watch the sunset was one of the highlights of each day. The road up is an adventure, but after one or two times, we had it down! It was hard to leave, but we will be back. Tracy - thank you for sharing your beautiful house with us and the lovely welcome basket - our stay was definitely the highlight of our Costa Rican adventure!
  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Casa de los Sueños. We also enjoy watching the sunsets and making dinner at the house. The sunsets can be very beautiful, some of the best that we've ever seen! The road up to the house is an adventure, but that's one of the reasons we bought there, the view of the Pacific is amazing. We hope that you will return to Casa de los Sueños in the future. Thank you again for the kind review! All the best to you and your family.
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Dominical Puntarenas
Delaware
5

WONDERFUL STAY- AMAZING EXPERIENCES!

  • 5 of 5
Amazing adventures! We selected this property because of the location, the setting in the rainforest, and the climbing tree. We were not disappointed! The house is beautiful and well furnished. Plenty of towels, cookware, snorkel gear, beach chairs, and more. We would go back to this house in a heart beat! The owners connected us with their rental management company (Massi) which included a concierge service (Sylvia). Massi and Sylvia were always immediately responsive to all of our questions. We did not have any difficulty with ants, other insects, or snakes in the house! Plenty of wildlife outside though. We heard howler monkeys daily, but they never kept us up. We saw toucans, a sloth, and a family of Jungle frogs (loud!) on the property. The pool was beautiful and well-maintained. WiFi spotty, but that was not unexpected for us, given where we were and that we were there in the Green season. Massi kept us up to date when the Wifi went out (local outage - not house related) and it was restored. Sylvia booked our tours and we were not disappointed by any of them. Upon recommendation of the owners, we had a tree climbing expert (Owen) come to the house and help us climb the huge tree - a wonderful experience and unique to this house! We also had a local chef come cook a meal for us- the best meal we had! We went white water rafting on the Coto Brus, arranged by the concierge. Our group was the only group on the river! Terrific Class III and IV rapids with great guides. Breakfast and lunch were served at a local open air restaurant near the river. We also took a book ride tour to Corcovado National Park. This tour was amazing! We also explored the town of Dominical, nearby beaches, ziplines, canopy tours, waterfalls, and more! Although we came during rainy season, the weather did not deter any of our plans. Rain tended to come later afternoons so mornings were great for touring and seeing wildlife. Bottom line- you can't do better than here!
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Rainy season is a great time to visit Costa Rica, it's our favorite time. The colorful birds, butterflies and flowers are out in abundance due to the rain allowing for the blooming of many fruit and flower trees. The landscape is very green and beautiful. We are glad that you could take advantage of the many tours that are offered in the area and that Silvia was very helpful. The waterfalls flows are very strong in rainy season and are fun to visit as well as the rivers for white water rafting. Not many of our renters choose to climb the Ceiba tree and we're happy that you enjoyed the experience! Owen is a very skilled climber and very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the forest. We're sorry that there was an internet issue during your stay. Services can be spotty at times in Costa Rica, especially during rainy season. It sounds like you had a wonderful adventure though and we hope you will some day return to Casa de los Sueños for another one. Thank you!
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Dominical Puntarenas
5

FIRST CLASS - STUNNING VIEWS!

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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.
  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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.
  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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Car: recommended

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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Dominical House Rental Rates

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

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
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:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • 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:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Games
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • zoo
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • deepsea fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • surfing
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