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TRANQUIL OCEAN VIEW, CONSTANT BREEZES, ECO-FRIENDLY!

Kathy Swanwick

Advertiser since: 2013
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Kathy Swanwick

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
December 24, 2014
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TRANQUIL OCEAN VIEW, CONSTANT BREEZES, ECO-FRIENDLY!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Montezuma House Rental Photos and Description

Two-story Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths. Sleeps 6

Casa Solipaz, the premier property in the gated community of Armonia Eco-Village, offers constant breezes, mesmerizing ocean and mountain views, and a cooling, salt water infinity pool.

Situated at the highest point of this 25-acre, lush community, the home offers numerous fans as well as energy-efficient air-conditioning in each room.

Wake up to stunning ocean views from any of the three bedrooms.

The large upstairs master bedroom features a shower that looks out onto the sea. Practice yoga on the spacious, private patio located just outside the bedroom’s large sliding glass doors. Or just relax into the cushions of our outdoor furniture.

The downstairs en suite bedrooms have charms of their own. The poolside bedroom offers its own patio, perfect for reading or just soaking in the view while sitting in comfy, teak Adirondack chairs. The second downstairs bedroom has an “outdoor” shower with eye-level screened windows on three sides and stained-glass window insets throughout (no worries - only the monkeys and parrots can see in!).

The kitchen highlights include island cabinets made from guanacaste, the national tree of Costa Rica. The tree had fallen naturally in the jungle; a permit was required to remove it and use the wood. The doors throughout the home are constructed from farmed laurel, continuing the home’s Eco-friendly theme. The entire house and pool are solar-powered in keeping with Costa Rica’s national goal of carbon neutrality.

The fully functional kitchen offers a wide variety of cooking utensils, pots, pans, fridge, blender, coffee maker, teapot, griddle, toaster, dishwasher and microwave oven. Cook inside or make a pizza in our wood-fired pizza oven located on the patio in the back of the house (complete instructions from an experienced local pizza maker included!).

The rancho, located down the hill in front of the house, has a mini-fridge for storing cool drinks and is another great spot to hang out or sunbathe on the home’s many chaise lounges.

Bio-diverse gardens enhance the front of the house, filled with a variety of floral and palm species. At night, the gardens are illuminated by energy-efficient lighting which casts warm shadows over the landscape.

Bring your binoculars with you if you decide to hike down the trails behind the house to the river that runs through Armonia Eco-Village.

Iguanas, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, armadillos, pizotes, sloths, deer, foxes, puma, and a huge variety of birds - including toucan, parrots, hummingbirds, motmots, tanagers, and pelicans - live in the community and regularly visit our property.

A wonderful groundskeeper, and Gini, our terrific property manager who speaks english, french and spanish, will ensure that your stay here is memorable. She can help you arrange various excursions, including surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, cycling, horseback riding, birdwatching, hiking, zip-lining and golfing.

Also ask about the many fine restaurants in the area. La Playa de los Artistas is our personal favorite; sitting right on the beach, you might be lucky enough to see dolphins dancing as you enjoy world-class cuisine.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kathy Swanwick (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2013
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 24, 2014

About Kathy Swanwick

We first visited Costa Rica in 2008 and were immediately enchanted by the lovely people, slower lifestyle, incredible climate and wonderful food.

From the start, we felt comfortable here. So after a few more visits, we decided to look for a piece of land on which to build Casa Solipaz (House of Sun and Peace).

Standing atop our hill in Armonia Eco-Village, we were awed by the incredible ocean and jungle views as well as the constant, cooling breezes.

We were also impressed with Armonia's focus on protecting the environment; the small community has been carefully constructed with the least possible intrusion on the jungle and its many denizens.

We knew this would be the site of our second home, one we would like to share with others when we cannot be in residence.

Please enjoy the home's tranquility, as well as the area's many fun, exciting attractions!

Kathy Swanwick purchased this house in 2012

Why Kathy Swanwick chose Montezuma

Casa Solipaz, with its calming, panoramic ocean and jungle views, simply emanates peace. Gentle breezes, a refreshing horizon pool and the sounds of howler monkeys calling in nearby trees await your arrival!

The brand new luxury home's ample outdoor seating areas assure relaxing days. Indoors, enjoy a home-cooked meal in the dining area, sit on the comfortable couch and watch a bit of TV on the 42-inch screen, or use the WiFi to catch up on your e-mail.

Hang around the house and property or head out to the hip beach town of Montezuma, just five minutes away by car. You'll find great restaurants and outdoor activities such as zip-lining, waterfall climbs and boating trips.

What makes this house unique

Casa Solipaz was designed with the environment and the mesmerizing ocean view in mind. The house and pool are powered by the sun, and we have many eco-friendly fans. There are also energy-efficient air-conditioners in each room - but you will probably not need them on most days. Open doors and the sea breeze will provide Nature's own air-conditioning!

The secluded area ensures quiet and privacy.

Please use the outdoor pizza oven; precise instructions are included.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 15 traveler reviews

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Tranquil Ocean View, Constant Breezes, Eco-Friendly!
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
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Tranquil Ocean View, Constant Breezes, Eco-Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p453974vb
-845-778-7409
Montezuma Puntarenas
Portland, Oregon
5

Casa Solipaz is Amazing! Spectacular! Relaxing! Gorgeous Home! Infinity Pool! Wonderful Owner!

  • 5 of 5
Like another reviewer-only 2500 words may not be enough to convey how special this home truly is! From the first email to the owners I knew that I found a special property to rent for our first trip to Costa Rica. Kathy was so helpful and kind and offered many suggestions regarding transportation to the house, day trip ideas, but mostly her kindness and prompt reply to any small questions we had. The pictures on the VRBO website take your breath away, but in person it is exactly if not better than the pictures if that is possible! Our family of 4 just returned from our stay and are already planning when we can return:) Gini who is the caretaker is amazing! She coordinated our arrival and was there to greet us and answer any questions, give us a tour and tell us about the wildlife right outside our doors! Our daughter had been studying at the local college in Puntarenas in the fall, and one of her favorite areas was Montezuma. When I found Casa Solipaz I knew it was the right place for us. Our family decided not to rent a car, and in hindsight maybe we should have - but in reality we loved walking down the hill to the village of Montezuma, and always took a taxi "home". We took taxis to Santa Teresa, Cabo Blanco and felt that was perfect for us. Our daughter is fluent in Spanish which was so very helpful too, but you could manage if you speak little or no spanish. People are so very friendly and helpful everywhere you go. Each bedroom feels like a master suite with a beautiful shower and bathroom, however, the master bedroom upstairs is beyond spectacular. The outdoor seating area was often a spot where I found my husband reading and taking in the jungle and ocean views. The breezes were so soft and tranquil. We heard howler monkeys daily and even saw one on our walk to town! The kitchen has every tool you can imagine, a pantry with essentials. The stainless steel appliances and gas stove were perfect. We loved having every meal on the gorgeous outdoor dining table. Breakfast was stunning and often we didn't want to venture out of the house! Poolside lounges were comfortable and you didn't want to leave. We used the Wood Pizza Oven twice - my husband's favorite - Yoga mats were provided and the kids took them to the "rancho" just below the pool and had a beautiful view just before sunset! I can't say enough wonderful things about our entire experience - start to finish. If you are looking for a rental near Montezuma - this is it!
  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi, Joann,
Wow! Thanks for such a glowing review of our house! I am very happy you enjoyed your trip and we so look forward to having you back as our guests.
Gini said you and your family were lovely; it's always a pleasure to host great people at Casa Solipaz. One of the great features of the house is that it is close enough to town for numerous activities yet far enough away to ensure privacy.
And thank you for offering some of your photos - our pictures could use some updating.
Thanks again,
Kathy Swanwick, owner, Casa Solipaz
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-845-778-7409
Montezuma Puntarenas
5

Escape from reality

  • 5 of 5
I would highly recommend this house and location to get away from it all. The house is beautiful. When we were there we lived outside. The views are fantastic and there's not a home in site. One night we were treated to a troop of howler monkeys right outside the house.
Words can't say enough about how helpful the property manager, Gini was. She helped us arrange anything we wanted to do, including having a chef come to house on my birthday and having fresh fish delivered to the house on another night.
While staying there we enjoyed zip lining, hiking to and swimming in the waterfalls, snorkeling and seeing dolphins and whales. Upon returning home everyday, it was lounging poolside and cocktails on the upstairs deck that had nearly an panaramic view.
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Diane,
Thank you so much for the great review! As always, Gini and the house are stars. We are so grateful for her help.
I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay. We agree that Chef Camilo is awesome as well! In fact, we are currently at the house and he is coming to cook for us tomorrow.
I hope we see you and your party here again one day; there is always so much to do in the area that a week is not long enough to do it all.
Once again, many thanks,
Kathy
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Tranquil Ocean View, Constant Breezes, Eco-Friendly!
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-845-778-7409
Montezuma Puntarenas
5

Amazing home with incredible views

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I stayed in this amazing home and will definitely be coming back. Everything about this house was great and the views are simply incredible. We really appreciated how well stocked the house was and great cookware. We ate dinner everynight at the house and simply enjoyed the views from the pool and upper deck off the master bedroom. The beds were comfortable as well as the outdoor furniture. The property manager was great and was able to attend to our needs. This is a great place to stay and we definitely recommend staying here. Thanks for everything!!
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Caroline and Kevin,
Thanks for the great review! It was so nice to meet you both. I'm glad you enjoyed the house, the views, the horizon pool and the kitchen - we cook there often as well. It's nice, sometimes, to be able to stay in and enjoy a wonderful homemade meal. And, our guests always have the option of heading out to some awesome nearby restaurants. Best of both worlds.
We look forward to having you visit again one day soon.
Many thanks again,
Kathy and Kevin
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Montezuma Puntarenas
San Diego
5

Lovely, Amazing, Perfect!

  • 5 of 5
Casa Solipaz is a beautiful home with a fabulous view of the ocean and surrounding *jungle*! We spent a week there over the summer and I would highly recommend it to friends visiting Costa Rica. The house looks exactly like the online pictures - gorgeous, clean & comfortable. The pool was also clean and well-maintained - perfect to jump in at all hours :) Our boys were in the pool multiple times each day. We spent plenty of time while here relaxing at the home- swimming, cooking, reading, playing cards, meditating, watching the the view, and just chilling :) We went for many walks around the surrounding community - Armonia... which were always beautiful and exciting as we saw many birds flying and monkeys jumping around in the many trees. The view of the ocean from this home was incredibly calming. There are great beaches, nice hikes, delicious food and fun surf spots quite close. Gini is fantastic! She checked in regularly to make sure we had everything we needed and responded immediately anytime we called. She directed us to local beaches, great restaurants, nearby shopping, and answered any and all questions we had. A perfect adventure & incredible vacation in Montezuma at the lovely Casa Solipaz. We can't wait to return!
  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi, Kathy,
So nice to hear from you; it's been a while since you were our guests. I hope this means you're thinking about coming back?
You captured so well the essence of Casa Solipaz and Armonia Eco-Village in your review - from the abundant wildlife to the peace of our view and the restfulness of just being in the house.
We are so close to activities in town and the surrounding area while still being an oasis of calm.
Like most of our guests, you pinpointed one of the reasons our guests love Casa Solipaz: our fantastic property manager, Gini. She is very friendly, speaks three languages, and is a genuinely nice person and efficient manager. We are very lucky to have her.
Hope to see you again soon. Many thanks,
Kathy Swanwick, owner, Casa Solipaz
business
Tranquil Ocean View, Constant Breezes, Eco-Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p453974vb
-845-778-7409
Montezuma Puntarenas
5

Great place to stay***

  • 5 of 5
The views from this house are stunning - love the infinity pool. The house itself is beautiful and very well kept...even some fun surprises like a walk in shower room! The kitchen was great and had everything we needed - the pizza oven was AWESOME. Wi-fi worked well during our whole stay. You may get some furry visitors in the back :) The property manager was awesome and very accommodating!
Thanks Casa Solipaz!
  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Kelly,
Gini really is awesome, isn't she? She is such a valuable addition to our Costa Rican experience!
And I'm happy you enjoyed the house! We so love it there and our guests have seemed to share our enthusiasm for the house, the view, the jungle and the Montezuma area in general.
I do hope that you'll come back to stay again one day!
Pura Vida,
Kathy
business
Tranquil Ocean View, Constant Breezes, Eco-Friendly!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p453974vb
-845-778-7409
Montezuma Puntarenas
5

Exquisite house in a wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5
My family recently at Casa Solipaz and couldn't have been any more pleased. The house is spacious, well decorated, clean, modern and well equipped. The views of the sunrise over the Pacific from the master bedroom are simply amazing. While just minutes away from Montezuma, the house affords the utmost in comfort and privacy. Kathy and Gini were both very helpful and accommodating. We can't wait to return!
  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Patrick,
We can't wait for you to return! We have had just the loveliest guests who really "get" Casa Solipaz: the beauty and seclusion if its location; the amazing sunrises and sunsets; the proximity to - yet distance from - the fun of Montezuma, and the tranquility afforded by our infinity pool and spacious patios.
Many thanks for your generous review.
All the best,
Kathy, owner, Casa Solipaz

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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Tambor, Puntarenas
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Tambor
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Tango Mar Resort
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nature Lodge
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Montezuma Beach
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

From $199 Per night

Montezuma House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Christmas week
Dec 20 - Dec 27
7 night minimum stay
From
$400
Fri,Sat
$2,950
 
 
New Year's week
Dec 28 - Jan 3
7 night minimum stay
$2,520
 
 
Semana Santa
Mar 29 2015 - Apr 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
$2,499
 
 
Green Season
May 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$199
$1,390
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$249
$1,740
 

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Amenities

Montezuma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4100 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Each bedroom has its own bathroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Accomodating the kitchen and living room area.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Beautiful 'outside' shower with stained glass insets
  • The second bedroom has an “outdoor” shower with eye-level, screened windows on three sides and stained-glass window insets throughout.....no worries - only the monkeys and parrots can see!
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , With its private bathroom looking to the ocean.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Charm of its own! 'Outdoor' shower!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Pool and ocean view!
  • Located on the second floor, the master bedroom is spacious and the many glass doors allow an amazing view of the ocean and the jungle. The two other bedrooms also have their own bathroom, very comfortable mattresses and, of course, you ocean views.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
GUESTS STAYING 14 NIGHTS OR MORE WILL ENJOY FREE CHEF SERVICES FOR ONE DELICIOUS MEAL. Craving traditional Costa Rican food at home? Just let us know and we will make all the arrangements! Your chef will do the shopping and prepare the meal to your specifications. Meal for a maximum of six people; total cost: $150. Does not include drinks. GUESTS STAYING FOR 10 NIGHTS OR MORE will receive free maid service three times a week (for a total of 6 hours). MONTH-LONG GUESTS can relax with free half-hour massage services. For two people only, twice a month. YOGA ENTHUSIASTS who stay for at least seven nights will enjoy two free hour-long yoga classes in Montezuma. For two people only; four hours in total. (Only one offered amenity per stay.)

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