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NATURALIST'S CLOUD FOREST HAVEN

Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders

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

Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders

Advertiser since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2014
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NATURALIST'S CLOUD FOREST HAVEN

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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.

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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)
Advertiser since: 2014

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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Reviews

Reviews

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Naturalist's Cloud Forest Haven
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
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Monteverde Puntarenas
Blythewood, SC, USA
5

This property is was so much better than described!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed at this little slice of paradise in August and were beyond satisfied with the house and surrounding area. From the front porch we saw coati, agouti, howler monkeys and more birds than we could identify. Walking the trails behind the house we saw more monkeys and different birds. I can't even begin to describe the flora, but we saw bromeliads, tree ferns, philodendron in bloom and many other plants you only find as annuals or in greenhouses in the US. Then there is the Monteverde Park less than a 10 minute walk...not to be missed! We actually saw more wildlife on the property, but the park is beautiful.
The house is very charming with all the comforts you'd need away from home: comfortable beds (you can watch the stars from your bed!), large dinning table, upstairs deck, front porch with hummingbird feeders that are buzzing with hummers and a bookcase full of field guides and other reading material.
In the midst of all this wonder is Raul, the property manager, who made sure we had everything we needed. His house is out of sight, but close enough for him to come by if you need him. His English is very good, he knows the area and he's a great guy! The other jewel is Lilliam who does housekeeping and cooking. She had a meal for us on our arrival and although I had wanted to cook myself, she changed my mind with the first meal she made us. She does the shopping and cooking for a very reasonable price. I corresponded with Laurie to make the arrangements for renting the house. She quickly answered all my questions, gave advice on travel times to various locations and went above and beyond her duties to make our stay perfect!
This was our third trip to Costa Rica in 2 years (our first to Monteverde) and we hope to return here before too long. I would highly recommend it to any one who wants a memorable Costa Rican experience.
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Monteverde Puntarenas
5

You're own private house in the cloud forest

You're own private house in the cloud forest
  • 5 of 5
This was our favorite place in Costa Rica! We stayed 5 nights in this house with our two kids, ages 7 yrs and 4 yrs old. It’s very private and quiet and sits right on the edge of the forest. We spent hours just staring out the windows at the trees and yard and wildlife. We saw deer, armadillos, lots of hummingbirds, coati, agouti, and many birds. At night, we would turn the lights out and watch for bats flying by from the upstairs bedroom windows. It was awesome! Even my two XBox addicted boys loved it!

Laurie, the owner, was very responsive and easy to communicate with by email. She provided lots of suggestions and tips to make our stay more enjoyable. She even suggested the best place to stop to buy fruit from the roadside stands on our drive from San Jose to Monteverde.

Laurie also arranged to have dinner waiting for us after our long drive to the house. We had chicken, guacamole, pico de gallo, salad, rice, beans, tortilla, and tres leche cake. Everyone agreed it was one of the best meals that we had our entire trip! We ate the leftover rice and beans along with some eggs for breakfast one morning and then used up the leftover pico de gallo and guacamole (along with some really good cheese we got at the cheese factory in Monteverde) for an omelet another morning.

Raul, the property manager, was very friendly and helpful. A section of the main road on the way to Monteverde was closed for part of the day due to construction. Raul had let us know in advance what times the road was open for traffic so that we could time our arrival and departure accordingly.

We had rented a Hyundai Tuscon 4WD for our trip, which was just fine for navigating the unpaved driveway up to the house. Recommend getting either a 4WD or a vehicle with good ground clearance for the driveway.

Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay in Monteverde and would rent this house again for future visits.
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monteverde Puntarenas
5

Rustic & Peaceful, surrounded by nature

Rustic & Peaceful, surrounded by nature
  • 5 of 5
Property is as described. Rustic interior, handmade furniture. Huge windows, you can lay in bed looking out at the night sky. So quiet, only the sounds of the birds and frogs. House easily sleeps 6 in 2 bedrooms upstairs. Only 1 bathroom, but for our family, that was fine. Kids loved playing in the yard and walking the trails around the property. Beds are very comfortable, and there are plenty of extra blankets. Water pressure is low, but it gets hot, so just plan to take a quick shower. The owners provide an excellent selection of nature books & guides, plus there is a blue booklet that details the beginning of Monteverde, based on personal letters and photos.

Raul, the property manager, is very friendly and helpful. He arranged for a night tour for us that ended up only being for our family, rather than a 10+ tour group.

Lilliam made a delicious dinner for us the first night. Highly recommend it -- $80 for a family of 5, chicken fajitas, guacamole, pico de gallo, tortillas, with plenty for leftovers the next day. Her 3 leches cake is delicious.

I definitely recommend paying extra for a guided tour of the Cloud Forest -- you will see far more birds & animals, plus you get a much better understanding of cloud forests.

It gets chilly at night -- you will need a jacket. Even though it rained an hour or so every day, we didn't need rubber boots -- keene's were fine. But you will want rain ponchos. Bring binoculars -- there are many birds. We also saw Capuchin monkeys in the front yard. You can just sit out on the front porches and stare through the binoculars for hours.

Overall, I highly recommend this property -- for seclusion, privacy, and nature.
  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monteverde Puntarenas
Cary, NC, USA
5

Wonderful & private!

Wonderful & private!
  • 5 of 5
This place was wonderful. The pictures honestly doesn't do the location justice. You just have to see it to truly appreciate the view and the private location of the property. The house & property was clean and well-maintained; and Raul, the caretaker, was a pleasure to work with.
For our family of 4 ( 2 kids, 7 & 11) this was without doubt the best place in Monteverde. We arrived a few minutes earlier than the arranged time and by the time Raul showed up we had seen the brocket deer, some coatis, an emerald toucanet, and at least 4 different varieties of humming birds (which by the way arrive in swarms if you put out the feeders). Lots of information in the books found in the house help you identify them. I didn't think my kids would be into watching birds all that much, but they really got into it and we had to visit several other places just to try to "track down" certain species.

Where else can you interact with the owner, who has 20+ years local experience; meet with the caretaker who can help get you set up, arrange tours or answer any questions; have groceries and a huge meal waiting for you (in our case the cook, Lilliam prepared another meal, which was just as delicious)?
Everything is exactly as described otherwise--if there's one thing I'd point out that's less than stellar it's that the water pressure isn't all that great (everything's from a spring fed source). That didn't bother us in the least, but I guess that's just one thing to know up front. As mentioned, too, the road might require 4WD. It's pretty rocky, but if you're going to Monteverde--especially in the green season--you've got to expect as much.
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Monteverde Puntarenas
5

Heavenly Retreat

  • 5 of 5
Amazing place!
-Views were stunning- you could even see the ocean!
-Location was incredible- away from tourists and you actually backed onto the cloud forest for your own private adventure
-Fauna was awesome- birds, tarantula's, armadillos and more on the door step
- Accommodation was delightful- all hardwood interiors, window seats for reading away the time and a nice wood burning stove to keep you warm into the night.

If there was one negative, it was that the road up really needs a four wheel drive. We had one so no problem.

In summary- I'd highly recommend this place versus staying in busy, noisy and touristy hotels.
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Monteverde Puntarenas
5

Your Own Private Retreat in the Clouds

  • 5 of 5
Finca Colibri seems too good to be true, but wow..it actually exceeds expectation. The house is beautiful and cozy whilst being quite spacious. It is unbelievably well appointed up a steep hill so you get the open expanse of a view of the cloud forest in front of you and the back of the house nestles right into the forest with its own wild trail. On the first floor there are two very big windows with built in benches off of the eating area and the living room great for watching the many types of hummingbirds whilst making your morning coffee. Look beyond the porch and watch a family of coatis rambling down the slope, or get out a pair of binoculars and see if you can spot some impossibly small brocket deer. The cushioned benches are also great for napping after a hard day of hiking. If you want to do some birding before breakfast, take those binoculars up to the second floor and go out on the beautiful porch for prime viewing. It is also a great place to drink wine in the evenings. At night you can burn wood in the wood stove and sit in front of the fire on a rocking chair, thumbing through native species books as you try to find the names of all that you saw on your hike that day. There are other cottage-type places and hotels with a view, but they are all a distance away from the cloud forest itself. This property abuts the forest so you'll have the same flora and fauna. To explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest you need only to walk out the door. The park entrance is minutes up the street by foot.
Laurie and Fred are the owners. I corresponded with Laurie who is a wealth of information should you want it. She used to be a guide at Monteverde so she can give you tips on hikes as well as how to catch a katydid and feed it to a tarantula should you want to know! She had our first round of groceries waiting at the house for a nominal fee and gently persuaded us to let their cook, Lilliam, have something ready for us upon arrival.
When you get there, Raul will be your contact person. He is a local who speaks English very well. Most importantly he is not just a hired hand but a great friend of the owners and therefore highly responsive and responsible. He lives on the property, but his house is not viewable from the house. So you have all the privacy in the world but a great comfort in knowing he is right around the corner should you need something.
We had the best time in Monteverde. Can't recommend it enough.
  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Map

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

Rates & Availability

From $140 Per night

Monteverde House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Green
May 1 2014 - Dec 15 2014
2 night minimum stay
$140
$850
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Dry Season/Peak
Dec 16 2014 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$180
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

Cancellation Policy

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

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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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