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Naturalist's Cloud Forest Haven

Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2015
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Naturalist's Cloud Forest Haven

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Monteverde House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Adjoining The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Our house is located on 40 acres of private property that abuts the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and is one of the last private homes before the Reserve. More than half our land is in primary cloud forest, but there is a large clearing below the house that is perfect for viewing wildlife. In fact, because our place is contiguous to more than 110,000 acres of protected forest, you’re likely to see many more animals here than in most other places in the Monteverde zone. White-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, coatis, gray fox, armadillos, and agoutis are all commonly seen on our land, and several cloud forest specialists, including resplendent quetzals, black guans and brocket deer are also often seen near the house.

The house was built in the mid-1980s by the current owner. In 1981, he visited Monteverde for the first time and during his stay, he and two other biologists had a picnic on the property, taking in the spectacular view of the forest and the Gulf of Nicoya in the distance. A week later, his friends called to tell him that the parcel was for sale and asked if he would like to become a part owner. The three of them purchased the property later that year from one of the original Quaker farmers and since then, each owner has built a house or cabin on the land. None of the dwellings are in sight of the others, which gives you a very private experience.

The house itself is located on a hillside at the end of a 500-foot driveway. It was designed with lots of large, picture windows to bring in plenty of natural light and is oriented toward the southwest with dramatic views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the forest canopy below.

The downstairs includes a living room with a wood stove, a dining room, kitchen, two box seats, a large bathroom and a small utility room with a washer and dryer. There’s also a long front porch, where you can sit looking out at the Gulf of Nicoya and watch up to nine species of hummingbirds visit the feeders. The upstairs includes a roofed balcony and two good-sized bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed and the other with two full beds. At our place, you will be well away from the bustle of Santa Elena and the main road. You will be able to go to sleep to the sounds of katydids, cicadas, frogs and wake up to chorusing black-bellied wood quail and dueting gray-breasted wood wrens.

Public buses pass by at the bottom of the driveway several times each day and taxis are available at any time. There are several good restaurants just a few miles away as well as a small grocery store and a few gift/coffee shops. The entrance to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is just a ten minute walk from our house. But, of course, that could be much longer if you're looking at wildlife or plants!

If you’d like, we can help you arrange to have a talented local cook or cleaning service visit during your stay.

Recommendations for local guides upon request.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders (Property Manager)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2015

About Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders

We live in Massachusetts for most of the year, but we spend a portion of each year in Monteverde. Fred first visited Monteverde in 1981; Laurie came in 1986. Since then, we have both worked on different biology projects in the area (bellbirds, quetzals, dragonflies) and for a short stint, Laurie worked as a guide in the Reserve. We got married in 1994 and in 2000, our daughter was born. Since 2004, we have led more than three dozen natural history trips to Costa Rica.

Fred is now retired from a career as a science teacher, but is currently studying native bees in MA and working with others on electronic field guides to the dragonflies and damselflies of Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Laurie produces natural history features for public radio and for ten years, prepared a weekly natural history series called Field Notes which aired on WFCR 88.5 FM in Amherst, MA. Some of her previous stories can be heard on Living on Earth. She currently works as a private environmental consultant.

Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders purchased this house in 1981

Why Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders chose Monteverde

This is a very special piece of property because it borders the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and is one of the last houses before the Reserve entrance. At nearly 5,000 feet in elevation, at times the property is literally bathed in the clouds, with mists from the Caribbean blowing west toward the Pacific.

What makes this house unique

Quiet, private and extraordinary wildlife opportunities.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We absolutely loved the house and its location. Everything was just perfect. We really enjoyed the area.
Feb 2014
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Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 15 traveler reviews

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Naturalist's Cloud Forest Haven
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
5

Perfect place to enjoy the real Monteverde!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in this wonderful home for 4 nights and had an amazing time! Our kids (ages 8 and 6) LOVED watching the wildlife right on the porch and had a blast with the swing in their room! The house is perfectly situated minutes from the Monteverde gate, feels like "home" and with the added pleasure of having our first meal prepared (there was so much food we enjoyed it for days!) it was the perfect place to start our Costa Rica vacation! The manager for the property made sure that we had everything that we needed and helped us organize a night hike which is not to be missed!! We are still talking about how much fun we had in Monteverde and cannot wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Ellicott City, MD, USA
5

A Slice of Nature

  • 5 of 5

As nature lovers, we really enjoyed this house and the property it was on. Located adjacent to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the plants and animals we saw were no different than what we saw in the reserve and we actually saw more animals at the house. The hummers were entertaining as were the coatis that came by twice a day. Both have no fear of humans. We saw a really neat green gecko that lives under the side boards of the garage. The property manager, Raul, was really great. Once he found out that we liked birds, he called us several times to report interesting birds and we ran over to see Quetzels and Chlorophonias, which were magnificent. We hiked the property trails several times, each time finding new and interesting plants. Unbelievable what we saw in basically 2 full days - highly recommended for nature lovers! Btw, the house was great too, all the comforts of home and a great library of nature books.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Québec
5

Un séjour parfait dans un environnement de rêve

  • 5 of 5

Grande maison confortable, un balcon entouré d'oiseaux, l'accueil de Raoul, tout pour faire de notre séjour à Monteverde un moment inoubliable. Merci d'avoir partagé avec nous ce magnifique gîte!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Keller, Tx
5

Perfect family house in Monteverde

  • 5 of 5

The house and location were perfect for our family, from looking at the area hotels and other lodging options, I truly felt we were in the best place in Monteverde. My children (ages 7 and 9) loved the wildlife and the house was so beautiful. We really enjoyed seeing the hummingbirds, birds, coati, deer, bats etc. Raul was very helpful in setting up our excursions and the meal that Lilliam cooked for us was wonderful. I'd highly recommend having your first night's meal prepared. We had plenty and ate on it for several days. I'd also recommend hiring a guide to walk you thru the cloud forest. While the hikes we did solo were nice, we saw and learned so much more with a guide. Would highly recommend and hope to come back again! Great property.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Northern Wisconsin, USA
5

Absolutely Pura Vida!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place for nature lovers! Once you view the Gulf of Nicoya from the porch, you can truly appreciate this location. We arrived earlier than expected and caught Raul (the property manager) off guard, and were so delighted with the first meeting with him. He was so gracious, and the type of person that we "regular folks" love. Because of him, we saw the infamous Resplendent Quetzal on our last morning. And because of it's rarity, I never even entertained the thought of seeing it. Raul recognized the bird's call while my husband and I were talking with him. He began calling it, and to my amazement, it started responding back. We then spotted it fly and settle in a tree where we got a good look at it! We also enjoyed the abundant hummingbirds coming to the feeder. Thanks to Laurie and Fred's informational binder (which includes species that can be seen on the property), we were able to identify 7 of the 9 types of hummingbirds listed....even the Magenta - throated Woodstar, which typically can only be seen March through May. The adorable Bananaquit was also a frequent visitor to the feeder. And while I know they are a nuisance, we absolutely loved the antics of the mamma coati (pizote, in Spanish) with her 5 offspring. Too bad we couldn't take our eyes off of the hummingbird feeder for even a second with them around...and don't underestimate how agile they are. We were also lucky enough to see 3 white faced monkeys, foraging through the bromilead's in the yard. As for Lilliam's prepared meals....they were wonderful! We certainly would never complain that there was not enough to eat! And it's the Costa Rican food with such fresh, tasty ingredients that I will once again miss. It makes me sad when I think about how "pretty" our food in the U.S is, but how lacking in taste....even that grown in my garden! Finally, having comfortable beds, laundry facilities and the wood burning stove (stocked with wood by Raul), made our stay very comfortable. So a big thank you to Fred, Laurie, Lydia, Raul and Lilliam for making our stay so enjoyable! It's such a big risk sharing a house with travelers, but so glad that they do! We will always remember "Yellow House"....as we'd been calling it. But now know why it's named it Finca Colibri (Estate of the Hummingbird).

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

The highlight of our accomodations in Costa Rica!

  • 5 of 5

We just arrived home from a wonderful trip to Costa Rica and of all the places we stayed, the Naturalist's Cloud Forest Haven was an absolute highlight! Every last detail of this property makes you feel like you're at home, only in a magnificent cloud forest! The personal, detailed emails from Laurie were so helpful in planning our trip and Raul (the property manager) is informative and welcoming. Fresh coffee, and tea were provided as well as other helpful items like soap, laundry soap, field guides, flashlights, muck boots, etc. We were traveling with our two children, aged 8 and 11, and they were in awe of all the wildlife on the property. In fact, they often joked that we didn't even need to go into the preserve. One of our fondest memories of the property is coming home after a day of exploring to one of Lilliam's home cooked meals. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this treat! She was even able to accommodate my son's food allergies to tomatoes and peanuts and for once I was able to take a break from cooking! My only word of advice is to bring some warm clothes/fleece layers. The beds are cozy and warm with flannel sheets and warm comforters, but we happened to be there during high winds and especially chilly weather and the mornings and evenings were cold. The stove definitely helped with that and Raul was kind enough to bring us some great kindling after he realized how much we were struggling with getting the wood to light. Overall this property is an A+ and I hope to come back in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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One of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, the Monteverde area now includes plenty of options to keep you occupied during your stay (guided nature walks, ziplining, night hikes, language schools, bat museums, orchid gardens, shopping, etc.) But alternatively, you may just want to relax on one of the porches and watch hummingbirds at the feeder, or go birding in the front pasture, or take a walk along the back trail.

There is a notebook in the house that lists our recommendations for the area.

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Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Monteverde House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Dry Season/Peak
Jan 12 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$180
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Green
Jun 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
$850
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$180
$1,000
$3,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150.00

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Monteverde House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • This house comfortably sleeps 4-6 people. There are also two box seats downstairs that could be used for sleeping.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

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