MONTEZUMA SANCTUARY: SPACIOUS HILL-TOP VILLA W/360DEG VIEW

Kati Winnegrad

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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MONTEZUMA SANCTUARY: SPACIOUS HILL-TOP VILLA W/360DEG VIEW

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2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4 to 10 people

This hilltop home is 1 kilometer from Montezuma Beach on a 28 Acre Wildlife Sanctuary Bordering the Montezuma River, and less than a 5-minute drive from the center of Montezuma, where one can easily find an abundance of excellent restaurants, grocery- and gift-shopping and night life, not to mention the miles and miles of gorgeous beaches and trails. For those without a car, a 10 minute walk down the driveway gets you to the bus that runs every 2 hours between Montezuma and Cobano.

The fully-furnished home has two huge bedrooms with two bathrooms. Magnificent, 360-degree views of coastline, open sea, mountains and forest. The construction features large, open-air living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom with custom-made wicker furniture. There's a very large front porch with hammocks, table and chairs and flowering plants all around.

Both bedrooms are octagon-shaped; the upstairs bedroom has a balcony with a 180-degree, walk-around corridor, walk-in closet and private, open-air bathroom with magnificent views, stone floor and built-in garden. This bedroom has one queen-size and one double bed with wheels that can be moved around the room, or onto the balcony to sleep under the stars. The downstairs bedroom, one-level lower, has the same magnificent views of the coastline, ocean and mountains. It has a King-size bed (also on wheels) with 6 huge drawers, for clothing or storage, plus one single bed. This bedroom has an overhead fan, a built-in-the wall air-conditioner, an extra-large desk for computer, etc., a television, as well as a stereo sound system with speakers throughout the house. This stereo sound system has AM/FM Radio, double cassette tape and CD Player. In addition, there is an additional double mattress and a single-size mat which can be used as a comfortable meditation couch or for additional guests.

Fully-equipped kitchen with 6 burner stove & oven, full-sized fridge. In back of the house is a washing machine with a pila alongside, and a hot water tank that serves the entire house. There's even an outdoor shower, decorated with a wrought-iron palm tree, where one can shower outside with refreshing, cold water from the river! This home and property is truly a nature-lover's paradise!

The land is managed as a 'Wildlife Sanctuary'--so all kinds of animals come and live here. The only sounds up here are those of birds, all three species of monkeys, and the ocean and river. The animals we live with are: mapache (raccoon), pizotes (coatimundi), sloths, monkeys, porcupine, ant eaters, aracaris (relatives of toucans) and tons of birds of all kinds.

Right out the front door, across the way, there is a path down to the famous Montezuma River. This gorgeous river has abundant waterfalls (small to huge), varying-size swimming holes, howler, spider and white-face monkeys and all kinds of species of birds and animals. You can easily hike to the famous Montezuma waterfalls, but because we're above town our guests have the river all to themselves up here!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Kati Winnegrad (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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About Kati Winnegrad

I came to Costa Rica in 1987 for a 2-week vacation and literally couldn't leave! I felt I had come home, even though I couldn't speak a word of Spanish at the time. I ended up in Montezuma, a tiny fishing village 'at the end of the earth' back then, where only 4 people owned cars.

Kati Winnegrad purchased this villa in 1989

Why Kati Winnegrad chose Montezuma

I purchased 11 Hectares of land which are dedicated as a Wildlife Sanctuary. Even though paradise has been discovered as one of the preferred tourist attractions of Costa Rica, the blessing is that those of us who came long ago are predominantly environmentalists.

What makes this villa unique

Montezuma Sanctuary is the perfect spot for people who want to connect with nature. Sitting on a breezy hill inside a 28 acre (11 hectare) private wildlife sanctuary, our views are 360 degrees of forest and the gorgeous coastline. The famous Montezuma River runs along the side and back of the property, just 50 meters down a simple path. This gorgeous river has abundant waterfalls (small to huge), varying-size swimming holes, howler, white-face and spider monkeys and all species of birds and animals.I invite you to share in this unspoiled jungle paradise, just steps away from the picturesque town of Montezuma and its beautiful beaches.

Warm Regards,

Kati

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4.7
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Montezuma Sanctuary: spacious hill-top villa w/360deg view
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews
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5

Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5
My friends and I spent a wonderful time at this beautiful Villa in Montezuma. The place has amazing views and great common spaces to hang out around the kitchen and living room. The fact that the living room is completely open space (no windows nor doors) makes this living room area fresh because of the winds that come from both the Ocean in the front and the River in the back, plus it allows one to feel in total contact with nature. The Villa has two enormous bedrooms (each one can sleep up to 6 or more people), and two bathrooms, each one with open-air showers and wonderful slate floors.

The upstairs bedroom is a very special space. It has access to a deck overlooking the property where you can sit or sleep out under the stars and watch the sunrise over the ocean in the morning. Sleeping in that room, with all of the windows open, is an experience you will not forget.

The house has everything you need to have a comfortable vacation. The kitchen is well equipped and the furniture is both tasteful and comfortable. This Wildlife Sanctuary Villa is conveniently located less than a mile from the town and beaches of Montezuma (5 minute drive) and far enough to avoid the noise of the bars and restaurants from downtown. If you don’t have a car it is about a 20 minute walk down to town and there are buses that run up and down the hill every 2 hours.

The place does not have a swimming pool, the owner never wished to have a chlorinated pool because she has, instead, the Montezuma River right in the backyard, down a trail where we went swimming. It is a short hike (hilly so take good hiking shoes or sandals, NOT flip flops, and once you get to the River, you have the place all to yourselves, along with all of the birds and the monkeys who are always there.. We spent about three hours just reading and sunbathing, and it was heavenly.

Kati, the owner, and Johnny, the Administrator, will do anything they can to accommodate your needs. Johnny (who lives in the tree house next door) is a great host and helps you with anything you might need.
  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for the glowing review Andrea. We loved having you here and we are looking forward to your next visit.
I want you to know that we are working on getting an "Official" Not-for-Profit Status for this beautiful Sanctuary we have for the animals. Our intention is to become self-sustaining, with all monies being used to maintain salaries and maintenance of the property.
Warmest love to you, Andrea!
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5

Straight Out of Fiction

  • 5 of 5
My friends and I stayed here for seven amazing nights in mid-July. The villa is appropriately named. It was definitely a sanctuary from the rigors of everyday life.
Designed and built with great vision, passion and attention to detail. A great example is how it was built to accommodate the natural ventilation of the ocean breeze. There are hammocks, comfortable chairs and rocking chairs EVERYWHERE.
The downstairs has an amazing patio, which was where I fell asleep most nights with a direct view of the ocean. If that isn’t to your liking, there’s also a great deck upstairs. The bedrooms are spacious, and there’s nothing like waking up in the bed upstairs and again, opening your eyes to an ocean view. The kitchen is very well-equipped. There’s also a washing machine which was an incredible luxury to us in the midst of our sweaty travels. If you like music, I’d recommend taking some of your favorite CDs or an auxiliary cable for your Ipod as there’s a good stereo system with speakers wired throughout the villa. I can’t speak to the condition of the downstairs shower, as all four of us stuck exclusively to the upstairs bathroom because again, it offers an ocean view while you wash your hair or do your business! Let’s just say I took some of the better showers (and business-doings) of my life there.
Kati, who owns the villa, was always just a phone call away if we had any questions and was always incredibly helpful. Johnny, the administrator who lives in the tree house next to the villa, does a great job of making you feel at home and keeping the place in pristine condition.
It’s about a ten-minute hike down to the waterfall. I’d recommend not wearing flip-flops, but definitely recommend going down there. Very secluded, tranquil and beautiful. Twice on our walk to the main road where you can catch the bus we saw monkeys getting their daily fruit intake at the mango trees. Watch out for Terrance! The Costa Rican raccoon (Coati) who means you no harm but is fond of weaseling in at 5 a.m. and rifling through the trashcan. I caught him in the act once and shoed him away without any problems.

As a writer, I’d describe it as a place straight out of a great piece of fiction. The kind of place I hope I get back to at least once. I don’t handout a lot of five-star reviews, but this one makes the cut.
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Beautiful, unique property in a perfect location.

  • 4 of 5
Absolutely loved our stay. House is very open and so the outdoors feels as if it inside. Property is beautiful and situated to provide great ocean views. Lots of wildlife can be seen. On our last morning, we had not seen the monkeys, but had heard them during our entire stay. Finally, as we were packing, they came into sight. It was very cool and we got lots of photos. The house is really 5 minutes from Montezuma but feels as if it was worlds away. The on-site caretaker, Jhonny, was very helpful in getting us settled. The owner, Kati, offers great suggestions on thing to do in the area. if you are planning to stay in Montezuma, this is a great place to stay as the town is very close without feeling as if it is. I look forward to returning someday.
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Our favorite experience since arriving in CR

  • 5 of 5
WOW..Fabulous doesn't even begin to describe our time here. The home is completely open to the Rainforest, as we were told it would be. The downstairs area is a large open area that serves as the living, dining and kitchen area with an opening out to a huge patio area complete with lounge chairs, rockers and hammocks. The kitchen (as well as the rest of the house) is well equipped with everything you would ever need to prepare your meals. Kati has a sound system with speakers throughout the house.

The bedroom downstairs is a large octagonal room that is decorated perfectly and is totally secure if your a little shy about sleeping out in the open air.

The upstairs bedroom is unbelievable!!! After climbing the most unique staircase I have ever seen, you enter the master suite. Once again, the room is huge and in the shape of an octagon. The arched windows on all walls are completely open to the outside to allow the nigh time breezes off the ocean to blow through your room. This room has it's own private deck with chairs and swings sitting high above the trees with an incredible view of the Pacific. After being awakened by the Howler Monkeys we sat out on the deck and watched and listened to the forest come alive....truly spectacular!!!!

Both bathrooms are open to the forest on the side with the shower. You feel that you are showering in the middle of the forest.

Kati was a wealth of information and a delight to work with. We have since come to feel that we have a new friend her in CR.

We cannot wait for our family and friends to come visit so we can make our way back to this wonderful home.

Don't miss this one!!!

Ed and Nan
  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Owner's Response: Dearest Nan and Ed,
Thank you so very much for your very lovely and articulate Review of our 28 Acre Wildlife Sanctuary Villa. It truly made my heart sing to hear how much you two enjoyed your stay with us. I know you wanted to stay longer, and I was sorry that we had a previous reservation for other guests, not allowing you to spend more time with us!!! However, as you said, “We cannot wait for our family and friends to come visit so we can make our way back to this wonderful home.”, so I know we will be seeing you again.
Because you didn't mention it in your review, I was wondering if you had seen our almost-daily animal/bird visitors, like the white-face and howler monkeys, pizotes (coatamundis), guatusos, deer, the variety of birds and the zillions of butterflies and humming birds, etc. Did they not come around to see you?
I am truly grateful that you will be renting a home full-time here in Costa Rica because I, too, feel I have some wonderful new friends here. I look forward to getting together in the not-too-distant future.
With deep appreciation and much affection,
Kati
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Unbeatable views with great privacy

  • 5 of 5
We stayed here for three nights of our honeymoon and wish we could have stayed longer. The house is beautiful and exotic with the open floor plan and open air. We saw - and heard - a lot of wildlife, including iguanas, coatis, capuchin monkeys and many birds and butterflies. The house enjoys near total privacy in every direction. We chose not to rent a car, and it was a half-hour walk down the long hill to Montezuma and the beach, with a quick US$6 taxi ride back up to the house. A steep, but quick hike down to the river behind the house rewards you with beautiful pools and access to waterfalls, as well as even more wildlife.

The owner, Kati, was eager to offer us suggestions on transportation and gave great recommendations for our stay in San Jose, as well. Although he does not speak English (so be prepared for that), the caretaker, Johnny, is very helpful.

This is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy Costa Rica's outdoors in a unique and cozy home. It was the highlight of our trip and we highly recommend it!
  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
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4

An amazing and relaxing natural experience.

  • 4 of 5
This is an amazing and unique place for a spiritual and relaxing nature experience. I am Costa Rican, so I have visited Montezuma and Cabuya almost every year, since more than 25 years, but I think this place is very special because of many reasons.
It has a 360 degrees spectacular landscape view with the sea and the coast and the typical Pacific forest, which is the home of a lot of birds and wild animals that you can see around the house and from the open wide windows of the second floor bedroom. You can enjoy the magical sound of the sea waves in one side and the murmur of the Montezuma River in the other side. The track to the river allows you to enjoy some natural and private swimming pool and several little water falls in the middle of the forest. The sky changing colors over the sea during the sun rise are incredible. And you can see the sunset over the forest, a very rare experience in y this part of the Nicoya gulf.
The house is completely integrated and open to these natural surroundings, you can enjoy the white faced and the howling monkeys that came near the house. From the open windows of the second floor bathroom you cans see the coast and the forest while you take a refreshing shower.
After visiting this place, you would wish to come back again!!
  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mario,
I just finished speaking with you on the phone, thanking you for taking the time to write us such a lovely review. During our conversation I asked you what it was we needed to do to improve our home/property/service in order for us to have received a 5-Star Rating (you had given us 4 stars and we strive to receive 5 stars from our guests). I know that I made it clear to you to be completely honest and frank with me so that we could learn what we could have done better. I was so grateful to hear you say, "I NEVER give the MAXIMUM rating for ANYTHING (whether it be an employee evaluation, an evaluation of a meal or service in a restaurant, etc. etc.!!!" Your explaining this to me was so helpful because I was surprised you hadn’t given us a 5-Star Rating, based on your comments to me after your stay -- you had told me that you were amazed with the beauty and grace of our home and how much you loved being there, and that you want to come back again next year. So, as you so graciously put it, “I gave you the highest rating I ever give for anything -- 4 out of 5 stars." We are always seeking to improve on our facilities and customer service and therefore are always open to any kind of suggestions our guests have regarding their stay with us. We look forward to your visit again next year.
Warmest regards,
Kati
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Juan Santamaria International
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Paquera
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Playa Montezuma
Car: recommended

Wildlife sanctuary is less than 1 mile from downtown Montezuma. Some of the species you'll find:

- 232 species of birds. The most common species are motmots, white-fronted amazons, laughing hawks, woodpeckers and herons. Scarlet macaws have successfully been reintroduced in the area and can sometimes be seen in the morning or in the late afternoon.

- Among the mammals are rare species such as ocelots, pumas, margay cats, collared peccari, coyote, anteaters, and otters. Those we see on an-almost-daily basis are pizottis (coatamundis) and guatuzos, and the easiest to spot are howler and capuchin monkeys.

As far as Montezuma, this is what the San Diego Reader had to say in a recent article (Oct. 14, 2010):

'You know the place you daydream of escaping to on one of those hectic days at the office? This is it. Turn off your cell phone, unplug your laptop. Things move to a different rhythm here. Surf or hike the endless miles of pristine, largely uninhabited beaches. Explore the tide pools in the natural beach reserve. Go whitewater rafting. Play the guitar. Write that novel that’s been lingering in your soul. Create art. Make love. Listen to the pounding surf. Do absolutely nothing. Feel the stress ooze from the pores of your skin. Pressures? Worries? They drift away with the breeze and the surf in Montezuma.

Montezuma, Costa Rica, on the southern Pacific tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, was a tiny fishing village – an isolated, nearly uninhabited paradise – until the 1980s, when it was “discovered” by international travelers. It quickly gained popularity with artists, bohemians, hippies, surfers and dropouts who flocked here to get away from it all. Despite this influx, Montezuma has retained its village atmosphere. Italian immigrants opened several pizzerias and perhaps the best restaurant in town, The Playa de las Artistes, decorated with a plethora of local artworks at its magnificent beachside location.

NOTES FROM OTHER MONTEZUMA VISITORS:

I first heard about Montezuma on the PBS series Globe Trekker. Particularly memorable was the interview with the guy who lived off the land, boasting that for one year he only spent money on tomatoes and postage home. He said he watched the monkeys and ate what they ate. I knew I had to go there.

Each morning in Montezuma, I wandered along the beach from my hotel to the dusty main road five minutes away and our café overlooking the beach. We took our good sweet time lingering over breakfast and other meals. The capuchin monkeys are everywhere and entertaining to watch. At certain eating spots, they’re brazen enough to steal your food if you leave it unattended for a few minutes.

On my last night in Montezuma, I looked up at the night sky and saw a brilliant moon and an unusual cloud formation. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of what appeared to be a sleeping Albert Einstein, resting his chin on the moon. Goodbye, Montezuma. You’ll remain in my dreams.'

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Low
Apr 21 2014 - Nov 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$120
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
High
Dec 1 2014 - Apr 21 2015
3 night minimum stay
$160
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$120
$1,900
 

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Notes If Reservation is Cancelled prior to 30 days notice, there is a 100% Refund.
50% at time of booking, 50% upon arrival
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Amenities

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Montezuma Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • River ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Villa Bathroom 1 (upstairs) -
    Villa Bathroom 2 (downstairs) -
  • Both bathrooms have slate floors and have a private, outdoor section to shower, alongside nature, and under the stars! The Upstairs Bathroom toilet-seat, we call 'The Best Seat in the House' because looking straight forward you see the Ocean (to the side of the house) & looking to the left, you see the Mountains and the Ocean to the front of the house. In addition to the 2 bathroom showers, we also have an OUTDOOR SHOWER (decorated by a wrought-iron palm tree), with cool fresh water from the River!!! So you can shower in the sun in the day or under the stars in the night.....it's magical!!!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Villa Bedroom 2 (downstairs) - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , AC
    Villa Bedroom 1 (upstairs) - 1 queen , 1 double , Beautiful wooden, wrap-around deck~ front to back w/hammocks
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The owner chose NOT to create a chlorinated pool because the Montezuma River is right below the home, offering a wide variety of small to huge NATURAL-WATER swimming pools and an equal number of small to HUGE waterfalls as well. NOTE: It's HOT at the beaches in Costa Rica & the feature that our guests love most is that our home is open to the outdoors, allowing the breezes to pass through. So if you’re coming from a hermetically-sealed home, please be aware that flying insects will be present, none of which will harm you. So if flying critters are any sort of an issue, then you would prefer our downstairs bedroom, as it is the only room that completely closes off to the outdoors. All of our guests have preferred the upstairs bedroom, as they are completely in contact with the outdoors. The windows CAN be closed but our guests always choose to leave them open, allowing the breezes from the Ocean, or the River to cool the room. There's a mosquito net for over the bed if desired.
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