The dream of finding that private spot, nestled in the jungle among nature and wildlife, is fulfilled by a stay in Casa Selva. Sit on the porch overlooking the Pacific shoreline, whitewater playing on the rocks below. Watch the toucans and a myriad of bird life pass right by. White face and Howler monkey's, sloths and pizotes are frequently seen passing through the canopy overhead.
The villa is removed from the hustle and bustle, not only of 'back home', but the feeling of being removed from the world is palpable. Numerous guests have commented on the 'therapeutic affect' of Casa Selva. You truly unwind here. When we are not available, and the guests ask for a referral to something similar, we are hard-pressed to come up with the answer. There simply isn't one.
From Casa Selva you can drive 15 minutes to either the world famous surf town of Dominical, or the thriving community of Uvita, complete with grocery stores, banks, ATMs, pharmacies, etc. Numerous sites and activities are all around: horseback waterfall tours, whale and dolphin tours, sport fishing, turtle vigilance, diving, surfing, ATV tours, the list goes on. Or, how about some quiet time in a hammock with a good book? A stay at Casa Selva includes access to the pool, which overlooks the entire southern coastline.
Keywords: honeymoon, romantic getaway, jungle hideaway, family compound with additional jungle villas available if needed. 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. 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 our 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.