PRIVATE HOME, GARDENS, OCEAN & RAINFOREST VIEW, POOL, STREAM

Barry Foster

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
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Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Dominical House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Now with WiFi internet access!

Villa Helena, a privacy-lover's dream home, is nestled on a lush hillside just a half mile inland and 1000 feet above the Pacific Ocean in the midst of amazing jungle wildlife: birds of every size and description, wandering troups of howler and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, brilliantly colored tree frogs, and a great variety of tropical butterflies.

This unique one bedroom home has over a thousand square feet of tropical luxury and features a tall and airy vaulted ceiling, terra cotta floor tiles, Costa Rican native artwork, the rich and brilliant textiles and crafts of nearby Guatemala and Panama, and locally crafted furniture and fixtures.

Villa Helena is just minutes from the villages of Dominical and Uvita and several lovely, nearly deserted beaches. Villa Helena offers the best of all worlds. Stay at home to enjoy the gardens which are full of fruit trees, flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies, walk the trail through the forest alongside the creek which crosses the property, laze by the pool on one of two terraces, and cook to your heart's content in the fully-equipped kitchen. You might even arrange a private massage on the balcony: birdwatch at the same time!

Villa Helena is a bird-lover's paradise and not just in our gardens. The incredible nature reserve, Hacienda Baru, is just 15 minutes away and has a bird list of over 350 species. Of course, our home isn't anywhere near the size of Hacienda Baru which stretches from the sea to the mountains. We haven't had a formal survey done but we have seen over 125 types of birds from the balcony while casually birding. Hacienda Baru and other local reserves have many wonderful guided tours available.

Or you might choose to wander into one of the nearby towns to one of the great restaurants, do some craft shopping or stock up on locally caught fish and locally harvested tropical fruit. The beaches and beach activities are plentiful and uncrowded. Take a guided walk through one of the nearby private nature reserves, visit the stunning 215 foot tall Nauyaca Waterfalls by way of horseback, venture out to Caño Island for snorkeling or out for deep sea or inshore fishing. If you are an avid hiker you can take a trip through the mountain trails to one of two great waterfalls and swimming holes. It's always fun to drop into Dominical and watch the surfers: heck, you can take a lesson right there!

In this nook of Costa Rica, the temperatures are usually in the low 80s during the day and around 70 at night. The hillside location lets us take advantage of the gentle breezes which make Villa Helena so comfortable. While we love playing at the beach every day, we also love to come back to our cool paradise!

WHY CHOOSE VILLA HELENA OVER OTHER SIMILARLY SIZED HOMES IN THE AREA?? There are lots of choices in the area for places to rent but none of them has all the things that Villa Helena has to offer. The 'beachside' places are all crowded in with other rental units so you have no privacy and much of the wildlife is scared away. By law, nothing can be built right on the beaches so there is still a walk to the ocean and once you get there, the beaches with rentals right by them almost always have rocky shores where it is is difficult to get into the water! There isn't much air circulation and with the nearby standing water, there are lots of bugs and humidity. We rarely even seen a mosquito up at Villa Helena. Also, almost all of the waterfront places are just feet off the main, noisy highway and the places have varying degrees of success with dealing with that noise. Up in our area or in other places above the coast, most of the houses are built right on the road so you contend with periodic car noises and the noise of people chatting while they walk by. Our driveway drops you well away from the road into privacy so complete, you could sunbathe or swim nude and not have any worries. You'll only very rarely hear a car going by. We know of no other rental home that includes a seasonal stream through the property which further enhances the ambiance of Villa Helena and provides another habitat for lots of unusual birds and other wildlife. We regularly have a dunk into one of the little natural pools in the clear stream.

Keywords: Villa, Home, View, Pool, Garden, Private, Internet, Privacy, tropical, paradise, private, bird watching, monkeys close at hand

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Barry Foster (Owner)
Advertiser since 2004
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About Barry Foster

My husband and I stumbled across this piece of paradise by accident and are we ever glad that we did! We come from the cool Pacific Northwest where we lead pretty fast-paced lives but do enjoy gardening and bird watching. Villa Helena lets us have a totally relaxing break, full of privacy. Being at Villa Helena has really deepened our gardening and birding horizons. Every time we go down, we find a new adventure: a new horseback ride, a new guided rainforest tour, a chocolate making class, new birding guides to try, another part of a beach to explore. Every time we come down, too, there is a new restaurant to try: local cuisine, fusion, Italian, French style, Indonesian, Spanish tapa bar, sushi: all low key, casual, open air (under a high roof) restaurants.

Barry Foster purchased this house in 1995

Why Barry Foster chose Dominical

We knew we wanted something very private yet not totally isolated. We have great neighbors at Villa Helena but the properties are large so we don't look onto anyone and no one sees us. We thought about an ocean side location but decided to be up on the hill. This decision gave us a great view, the wonderful gentle breezes, lots more privacy and really great access to all the birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, etc that we get such great enjoyment from watching. From our balcony we've even watched a mother humpback whale and her baby in the ocean below. We love being close to all the services of a couple of small towns but didn't want to be right in the midst of them. This part of Costa Rica is unique in that it has great, uncrowded beaches and also has the lushness of the tropical rainforest which the more touristed areas of the north lack. This really has turned out to be Paradise.

What makes this house unique

Villa Helena really is such a wonderful experience. There are so many places to wander through the gardens and stream bed where you can sit or stand and watch all the wildlife around you and enjoy plants you might not normally see on a daily basis. We have a couple of fruit trees which are full of bromeliads, ferns and four types of native orchids. The birds and the monkeys eat most of the fruit that grows here: mangos, guava, bananas, starfruit, cashews and they'll even eat the sour oranges! That's fine because we enjoy having the amimals up so close and there are great sources of local fruit so close to us. Our mature garden really sets us apart from most other rentals in the area.

Everything is so close at hand to us at Villa Helena and yet we are still very private and close to nature. We can walk to a nearby restaurant and drive a few minutes to all the services of the neighboring two small towns. The beaches are just minutes away. There are such great restaurants so close, serving local fare and all sorts of others. How do they serve such great international food in the middle of the jungle?

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Reviews

4.9
based on 13 traveler reviews

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Private Home, Gardens, Ocean & Rainforest View, Pool, Stream
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Dominical Puntarenas
5

Tranquil paradise!

  • 5 of 5
Incredible views, abundant flowers, comfortable, private oasis! We stayed for two weeks in this wonderful home. The property managers were extremely friendly and helpful. I cannot imagine a more perfect, romantic get-away than Villa Helena. Thank you so much!!
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Dominical Puntarenas
Wilmington, NC, USA
5

Private Oasis

  • 5 of 5
From contacting the owners, to meeting the property manager, to staying at Villa Helena for a week, this was one of our favorite places to have stayed in Dominical, Costa Rica. We could have stayed forever. The setting was private, busy with wildlife (toucans, sloths, varieties of monkies, lizards, frogs, and so much more), and stocked very well for a cozy home away from home. The location was perfect for daily trips to Dominical's surf break or down to Playa Bellena for a day in the national park. We thoroughly enjoyed quiet moments by the pool, reading in the hammocks, or just soaking in the jungle around you. We will absolutely visit again and would recommend staying here as long as you have a 4-wheel drive and a desire for tranquility.
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Dominical Puntarenas
Vashon Island, WA
5

Paradise found!

  • 5 of 5
One of the most amazing vacations we have ever experienced. The open, space efficient design of the villa is set amongst the jungle trees, it's inhabitants and sounds. The trees drop down the hill towards the ocean and beautiful sunsets. Everything about this property yields to relaxation & beauty. From the pool, we watched monkeys swing by and toucans dive. The porch allowed us to gaze upon the most amazing thunder and lightening storms we have ever seen, the sky would light up completely! We stayed 7 days and wanted more but....another guest was arriving. If you seek the jungle green, an ocean view and complete comfort and privacy you have found your vacation destination. We will definitely go back.
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
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Private Home, Gardens, Ocean & Rainforest View, Pool, Stream
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Dominical Puntarenas
5

Villa Helena

  • 5 of 5
This property exceeded our expectations! it was easy to get to, centrally located to local sites and the town of Uvita, which had a full grocery store, restaurants, bakery, bank, and local produce sellers. The house was cool, well ventilated, well furnished with appliances, iPod Dock, CD player and CDs, plus a small library. Plenty of linens and towels, washer and dryer. Remarkable view and fabulous pool with a waterfall ! Lots of tables and chairs scattered around the grounds. Daily monkey sightings, toucans, butterflies everywhere and hummingbirds.
We loved Playa Ventanas Beach the best, the restaurant, Citrus, the upstairs restaurant in Uvita across from the grocery store, the marina in Quepos, and all the friendly wonderful Ticas! We also highly recommend the pollo casadas!
  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Private Home, Gardens, Ocean & Rainforest View, Pool, Stream
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-(206) 463-2661 (Washington State, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
5

Great Place!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I stayed at Villa Helena for nine nights and loved it. This property is great for people who desire their privacy (skinny dipping in the pool was no problem) and being surrounded by the floral and fauna that Costa Rica offers. Daily we were visited by monkeys and toucans, as well as many types of butterflies and reptiles. Just as we started to relax and live in the moment the animals would arrive around the front and back of the house (dusk and dawn mostly). Viewing the animals can happen just by sitting, or at times, it can require hearing or seeing something and investigating it. In other words, walk the driveway and pool area periodically if sitting on the back deck. The owners, Barry and Bruce, did an amazing job of utilizing outdoor living spaces. All of the outdoor ocean-view sitting areas are surrounded by lush gardens and make the villa much larger than it might appear in the photos. We are already planning our next trip back to villa Helena.
  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Dominical Puntarenas
New Orleans, LA
5

Private sanctuary high above the Pacific

  • 5 of 5
Villa Helena was peaceful, private, and comfortable. High above the Pacific just outside of Dominical, you are surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest and the lush beauty of bougainvillea and orchids. The house gets wonderful sunlight--as does the pool area--and the house is equipped with everything you need to be comfortable, including a small grill and laundry room! The house is in perfect proximity to all of the worthwhile towns along the coast and within short driving distance from the greatest beaches, restaurants and adventure activities.

We spent a lot of time relaxing on the patio, lounging in the pool and did a bit of cooking for ourselves. We saw toucans right outside on surrounding low branches and heard monkeys as we fell asleep. My husband even woke to see a group of wild pigs scuttle by!

Though a bit arduous to trek up and down the very steep and rocky road that connect the house and surrounding neighborhood to the coastal highway, the distance is made worth it by the privacy and peace you achieve once you have arrived. **You must have 4x4 to navigate the road and driveway!!** The drive did, at times, dissuade us from going out, but that in the end was a blessing.

We still made it out quite a bit to go white water rafting, on a hike in Hacienda Baru with a private guide, to visit beaches and eat at different restaurants in Dominical, Uvita and Ojochal.

One of the best parts of the experience was the warm and kind help and advice the owner, Barry, gave us before and during out trip. It was our first trip to Costa Rica and his patient and accommodating help made our trip SO amazing. I cannot speak highly enough of the owner and the property manager.

This is a must for someone who is looking for peaceful relaxation peppered with some adventure and leisure activities down on the coast.
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Quepos, 45 kilometers
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Jolly Roger, walking distance
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
40 minutes
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
2 miles by road to the main coast road
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Jolly Roger
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Hermosa, 10 minutes by car
Car: necessary

wildlife observation, art and craft shopping, swimming in the 85 Degree (F) ocean or in the private pool, sea kayaking, boogie boarding, beachcombing, birdwatching, rainforest canopy exploration, zip line travel through the rainforest, jungle waterfall enjoyment, natural tropical pool swimming (seasonal), rainforest trail walking right from the house, deep sea fishing

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Availability & Rates

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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 2014 - Nov 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
$100
$650
$1,900
 
 
High Season
Dec 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
$150
$950
$3,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$150
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Notes $250 totally refundable security deposit. We have never had to retain any portion of the deposit: people love the house and treat it as though it were their own.

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Amenities

Dominical House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Nice, large bathroom with large tiled shower, tiled sink area and terra cotta tile floor. There is a bright skylight plus two screened windows in the bathroom so it is a very bright room. All towels and beach towels are supplied at the house.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Two convertable beds 1 meter by 2 meters, about 39 inches wide, 78 inches long. Full linen sets on site. The extra sleeping beds are set up in the living area. There is a small closet and shelves for clothes for these beds. Since nearly all the time is spent outside on the balcony, this isn't a bad way at all for a family or close friends to use the house.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • 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
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Cd Player with dozens of CDs, all cooking utensils provided including sharp (!) knives, linens and towelsand beach towels provided, large covered balcony, hammocks, TOTAL privacy, tropical gardens, creek and creek trail on property, wildlife viewing. Great internet access with your laptop or devices. While we do not have air conditioning per se, we do have two large and very efficient ceiling fans, one in the living area and one in the bedroom. The windows throughout the house are louvered and fully screened so the natural breezes can come right into the house but any insects get left outside. Additionally, there is a stand up fan if more directed air is needed. We find that we hardly ever even consider using the fans. For one, we spend most of our time at the house either on the balcony, in or around the pool or walking through the garden. Also, almost always there is a nice breeze either coming up the hill from the ocean or one coming down from the mountains behind us.
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