'Welcome to Finca Solla Sollew, where we never have troubles, at least very few.' Our name was inspired by a very obscure and wonderful Dr. Seuss book, which you may enjoy at your leisure while you are here.
'With stunning views of the incredible South Pacific shoreline and majestic mountains, this invitingly warm home, comfortably nestled into the mountainside, offers a variety of tranquil and cozy living spaces that are beautifully integrated into its natural jungle setting. The perfectly maintained grounds and mixture of lovely antiques, textured fabrics and other comfortable furnishings, lend a soft, simple elegance to the house and casita. This home, meant to be shared with close family and special friends, is wonderfully private and relaxing.'
Everyone agrees, we have found the perfect spot, and now we would like to share it with you. We are the last house at the end of a country lane, in a small but prestigious community on the Escaleras mountain ridge, called Las Terrazas. We are 8 minutes off the main highway, (and we do recommend you rent a 4x4 vehicle for this area in general) up to the perfect elevation for cool breezes, but not high enough to be socked in by clouds. Our 5 acres are mostly jungle, so the houses butt up and into the forest. Monkeys, toucans and sloths are our constant companions in the trees by the pool. We look down the dramatic southern Pacific coast line, over crescent beaches and white water splashing on the rocks, as well as the majestic mountain backdrop.
As a three bedroom, you will enjoy the main house with it's two bedroom and two baths, both with king size beds, as well as the villa, appropriately named Casa Vista. If you feel the need for more room, Casa Selva may be rented as a 4th bedroom. All are the perfect blend of homey comfort and tropical living, with high vaulted ceilings and fans, it will surely feel like your home away from home in no time. As with most homes everyone seems to gather in the kitchen, and in this case we are well suited for the task. The stools set around the tiled island and the country kitchen table are an inviting place to gather. As the conversation rolls along about the day's surf, or other big adventures, or just the solving of all the world's problems - the cook won't miss a thing. When dinner is ready you may prefer to move outside to the open air living/dining area. Here you can enjoy the pool and the view, and maybe a fire in the outdoor fireplace for a touch more ambiance.
The large, open loft style master bedroom upstairs has a balcony that overlooks the whole southern coast. The downstairs bedroom is also a master bedroom in the sense that it has a private access to the downstairs bath. Both have nicely appointed full bathrooms, and sliding glass doors that open to the jungle and ocean view. Casa Vista is a beautiful, self contained studio with a queen size bed and daybed. It has a small full kitchen and a lovely bath, but the private front porch with it's spectacular view is the place you'll spend most of your time.
We are happy to be as involved or uninvolved in your stay as you would like. We are on site and can help with setting up any number of tours, prepared meals, messages or dinner reservations. We are also available to visit on Skype, e-mail, phone or Facebook, to discuss any questions regarding your visit to Costa Rica. We look forward to hearing from you.
Keywords: Our dream home, can now be your dream vacation home! Enjoy your honeymoon, romantic getaway, or use it as a great family compound with an additional jungle villa as a fourth bedroom if needed. Lovely two bedroom main house and separate guest suite. Secluded in nature for privacy, but close enough to beaches, surfing, waterfalls, horseback riding, zip-lining, nature reserves, fabulous restaurants and spas, snorkeling and scuba, etc...
Natalie was in Real Estate in Cambridge Mass. before moving to Costa Rica in 2004. She was single and in the position to make some big changes. She explored different areas of Costa Rica before making the fit in this area. Having had a RE background, she was tenacious in finding the perfect property. The problem down here though is that it's all beautiful. She wanted enough acreage for horses and dogs. She wanted the more dramatic southern coastline view. She wanted to be close to the mountains and the sea, for just the right climate. She wanted privacy without isolation from community. With Finca Solla Sollew, she got it all!
Natalie has co-founded the Tripod Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises money and sponsors spay & neuter clinics for street dogs and for those that don't have the resources necessary to spay or neuter their animals.
Ben Vaughn was born and raised in Davis California, then spent 20 years in the Aspen Valley in Colorado before coming to Costa Rica with his family in 1999. He wanted to expose his children to another culture and language. Costa Rica is still their home base, and he is now Grampa to two 7 year old's. Years ago he started the popular Dominical.biz web site that serves as an online visitor's guide for this area. His Real Estate company Guys In The Zone, is focused on land and relocation services in the southern pacific zone. Ben also writes one of the oldest Costa Rica real estate blogs in Costa Rica.
Ben and Natalie met here in the jungle and lived happily ever after.
I didn't 'buy a vacation rental', I bought my dream property, and then built my dream home on it. I got into the creative aspect of the project and by the time I was done, I had the main 2 bedroom house, the studio villa Casa Vista, and the villa nestled in the jungle called Casa Selva. I also had a four horse stable and covered riding area, which has since been turned into our living space and a kickboxing gym for all to enjoy. I really love and enjoy, the hospitality biz so now I live and work at what I love to do. I spend hours in the gardens, I love to putz. I always have animals that need some extra lovin' care, and I'm here to help with what ever the guests may need.
This is a place to let your hair down, relax and enjoy nature. Because we are so close to the jungle, you will see more wildlife here than in other rentals. You can conveniently do as much or as little as you like while you're here. It's a very central location for the area. Ben and I are both very active in the community and are happy to involve and help are guests if they are interested. Ben's knowledge of the area and all it has to offer is often tapped into and appreciated. With my animal welfare group, The Tripod Foundation, we are usually rescuing dogs with puppies from the beach, saving monkeys that have been injured by electrical wires, or sloths that have fallen from trees. We run spay and neuter clinics and always need volunteers. I guess what I'm trying to say is that we can make you feel like part of our wonderful community down here, so when you leave you will feel as if you have truly LIVED in Costa Rica.