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

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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PRIVATE HOME, GARDENS, OCEAN & RAINFOREST VIEW, POOL, STREAM

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

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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 troupes 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 Indian 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.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Barry Foster

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Bruce 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.

Barry Foster purchased this house in 1995

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.

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 couple of restaurants (one serving quite a gourmet brunch on Sundays) 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?

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Private Home, Gardens, Ocean & Rainforest View, Pool, Stream
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
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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

Villa Helena

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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!
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
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p50321vbi
(206) 463-2661 (Washington State, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
5

Great Place!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Private Home, Gardens, Ocean & Rainforest View, Pool, Stream
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p50321vbi
(206) 463-2661 (Washington State, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
New Orleans, LA
5

Private sanctuary high above the Pacific

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Private Home, Gardens, Ocean & Rainforest View, Pool, Stream
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p50321vbi
(206) 463-2661 (Washington State, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
5

John and Wendy B.C. Canada

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
Casa Helena was a wonderful way to end our holiday in Costa Rica...we never left for the 3 days we were there...Very Clean and very well stocked kitchen it had everything..we even had back up lighting in case we had no lights, lots of nice towels and great linens. The view from the front deck is fantastic, and seeing all the wild life, the toucans, the monkeys and many other species of birds and butterflies were a common sight. The pool area was surrounded by a lovely garden/jungle and a great place for sunbathing and dipping into the deep pool. This property is obviously well loved by the owners and has been very well looked after and every little detail is there.
Dominical is a great little town not far away..We did our shopping in Uvita where they have a couple of well stocked grocery stores. Also there is a great fish man not far away from the house . We will hopefully be coming back to Casa Helena for a longer stay next time.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Private Home, Gardens, Ocean & Rainforest View, Pool, Stream
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p50321vbi
(206) 463-2661 (Washington State, USA)
Dominical Puntarenas
Chagrin Falls, Ohio. USA
4

Villa Helena review

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
Villa Helena was a wonderful getaway for our 25th wedding anniversary. We loved the simplicity and homeyness of the villa....we had everything that we needed. The kitchen was well supplied, with nice towels in the bathroom and plenty of bed linens. We loved the architecture and furnishings with all the costa rican woods. The covered balcony is where we spent most od our times typically in a hammock with a book. we would go off every day on some adventure to hike or swim in the ocean and it was great to come back and jump in the pool. So refreshing! Without TV or even any cell phone service, we easily disconnected and found ourselves immersed in the rhythms of the Costa Rican cycle. Waking up at 6 am with the symphony of the forest that seems to come alive like someone flicked a switch. Dominical is a great little town, but not for anyone that is looking for something elegant. It is dusty and quirky, off the beaten path. Plenty of great places to eat and very inexpensive prices. The locals were wonderful and very service oriented. A great place for a romantic meal is La Parcela (sp?) which is just north of the villa overlooking the pacific...not in the town. The drive up the hill to the villa is an adventure in itself! I have to recommendations for improvements: good reading lamps and comfortable seating in the living area for after the sun goes down, which is around 6 pm. I slept wonderfully every night after a full day of hiking, swimming, eating and drinking, but the mattress could be a bit more substantial. Overall, this was a wonderful place to spend the week at a very reasonable price. The pictures do not do this villa, pool an property justice! The villa was well maintained and very clean.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/2
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Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge
"A terrific wildlife refuge with a variety of expertly guided tours including bird watching, ..."
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Quepos
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
1/2 mile to the main coast road
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Hermosa
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Jolly Roger
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Jolly Roger
Car: necessary

wildlife observation, art and craft shopping, swimming in the 80 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

Dominical House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
High Season
Dec 1 2013 - Apr 30 2014
$150
$950
$3,500
3 nights
 
 
Green Season
May 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
$100
$650
$1,900
3 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$150
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250.00
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

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Dominical House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Parking ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Covered Parking ...
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishes & Utensils
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.
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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • whitewater rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
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, maid service, tropical gardens, creek and creek trail on property, wildlife viewing. Great internet access with your laptop. 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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