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Casa Juliana: Renovated Oceanview Villa, Playa Junquillal, Guanacast

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths2
Space 2,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom villa with screened great room overlooking pool & patio

Casa Juliana is a privately owned villa located on a hillside in beautiful Playa Junquillal (pronounced hoon-key-yal), a tranquil village located in the northwestern Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Golf, tennis, fishing, swimming, surfing, secluded beaches, snorkeling, and incredible tropical vegetation and wildlife ensure a fantastic vacation, with something for everyone in this unspoiled oasis.

Playa Junquillal is conveniently located 36 km-40 minutes from Tamarindo, if you are seeking a little night life, and only 15 km-20 minutes from the Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course (an 18 hole championship course on the gold coast of Costa Rica), if golf is your game. You are also steps away from practicing that backhand on the tennis court located at the next-door Guacamaya Lodge (small court fee), many excellent local restaurants, a local turtle sanctuary, and outstanding horseback riding.

The village of Junquillal remains unspoiled, a haven for those looking to spend their precious leisure time on the road less traveled. Local Costa Ricans (Ticos), as well as international ex-patriots from around the world welcome travelers with a warm hospitality seldom experienced in the whirlwind of the "real" world.

Taste the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants within walking or easy driving distance of the villa or create your own gourmet experience at home by yourselves or with the help of an available local chef. Soak in the ocean views from the second floor balcony or enjoy 'un refresco' (cold drink) at the beautiful wooden bar on the screened in great room on the first floor terrace. Listen to howler monkeys in the trees or watch iguanas laze in the sun. Stroll 300 yards/meters to the pristine local beach. This and more awaits your arrival to this Costa Rican paradise.

Casa Juliana is a private villa that comfortably sleeps up to 13 people and is located on an over an acre of lush, tropical gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The four bedrooms are spacious and airy, and each is equipped with an individually controlled AC unit and ceiling fan. Equipped with 3½ bathrooms, the villa can easily accommodate 2 families. From the second floor terrace to the barbecue grill with a surrounding bar and seating area, the house is architecturally beautiful, crafted from local stone, ceramic tile, and native hard woods.

Master suite: Located on the second floor, this loft-style bedroom has a king-sized bed, a full bathroom with a shower, a large sitting area with two futon sofas that covert to double beds (perfect for families with small children) and a private terrace, complete with hammock, small bar area, and comfortable teak porch furniture. This room has a flat screen TV, DVD player, and DVD library.

Bedroom 2: Located on the first floor with a private entrance from the terrace, this bedroom has a queen bed and a private full bathroom with shower.

Bedrooms 3 and 4: Also located on the first floor inside the main house, these bedrooms are adjoined by a large, full bathroom with shower. Bedroom 3 has 2 twin beds and bedroom 4 has a twin and a double bed. Both of these bedrooms have grand windows looking out onto lush tropical vegetation and palm trees.

Kitchen: The kitchen is equipped with a spacious fridge and freezer, electric stove and oven, microwave oven, cooking utensils, dishwasher, all needed cooking appliances, and tableware for up to 13 guests.

Screened terrace: The large screened terrace has a magnificent bar for informal breakfasts and lunches or for a rejuvenating cocktail at the end of the day. This 850 square foot (85 square meter) great room includes a teak dining table & chairs, and comfortable couches and lounge chairs for informal socializing. This terrace opens onto a stone patio area furnished with teak lounge chairs surrounding the pool area.

Rancho and BBQ grill: The terrace also adjoins an open air rancho-style shelter housing a BBQ grill that is surrounded by a 360 degree wooden bar with comfortable bar stools for visitors to socialize with the chef as he/she prepares lunch or dinner.

Pool: A beautiful 30 square meter glass tile swimming pool and convenient outdoor shower with hot water directly adjoin the terrace and rancho.

Rates: Rental rates are based on an occupancy of 9 people or less. A $25/night surcharge will be applied for each additional person over 3 years of age. Maximum occupancy is 13 people. Groups of high school/college students are strictly prohibited.

More Details

Owner
Michael and Kathy Fine
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Michael and Kathy Fine

My husband Michael, brother, Chris, and I are very close and this vacation home adventure has only brought us closer. Since he lives in Denver, and we live in Pittsburgh, Junquillal is the perfect meeting spot for us to get together. We are both very into sports (he's into golf whereas I and my husband are consummate tennis junkies!), so we always have a game of frisbee or wiffle ball going on at the beach.

Michael and Kathy Fine purchased this house in 2005

Why Michael and Kathy Fine chose Guanacaste

We purchased this home to get away from the crazy pace of everyday life. We are able to get down about several times/year and are never ready to leave when our time ends. It is tucked away, yet easily accessible from the airport in Liberia (and with the new airport going in, we are expecting more flights options!) as well as adventure outings like canopy tours and horseback riding (my personal favorite. I go every time I am there. Erika is great, her horses beautifully cared for and there is nothing quite like a canter on the beach).

What makes this house unique

Casa Juliana is definitely a 'home away from home'. Watching the sunset, playing games on the terrace and lounging in the pool are daily rituals. The villa is perfect for extended family gatherings. We have had several couples and their families stay here for weddings.

One of our favorite jokes is complaining about how crowded the beach is getting if we happen to see a lone beachcomber!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A beautiful home. We tried to imaging what it was like to renovate that house so nicely... must have been a massive project. We were so comfortable and lived outside in bathing suits for most of the week. We went on a few adventures (sailing, zip-lining, Tamarindo, Santa Cruz, waterfall hike), but for the most part, we stayed home, read, played games, cooked, ate, and went to the beach everyday. Loved Playa Negra and Lola's. Steve took over the hammock and read 3 books. We had a great meal cooked by a local chef and a fantastic local tour arranged by Rosalee. We also had fun with the local critters. A frog appeared on patio nightly, we named him Raul. The birds around the house and terrace were lovely and the sounds were delicious. Our daughter graduates from high school this year and our son is almost done with college. We don't know when we might be all together again like that, so this was a special trip for us and it couldn’t have been in a more relaxing atmosphere. I dream of returning in the future with my girlfriends!!
Dec 2013
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Amenities

Junquillal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , powder room on first floor
  • 3.5
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , has bathroom and shower shared with bedroom 4
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Has bathroom and shower shared with bedroom 3
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Has full bathroom and shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Has private entrance, full bathroom and shower
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Double Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Futons located in master suite
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Casa Juliana: Renovated Oceanview Villa, Playa Junquillal, Guanacast
average rating of 4.935484 based on 32 reviews
5

We would highly recommend Casa Juliana! Beautiful house and wonderful neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Juliana for 4 days and wished it could have been more! The house is beautiful and it’s exactly like shown in the pictures. There was plenty of room for three couples. It could easily accommodate 8 – 10 people. Georgina was very helpful when we needed anything. And the groundskeeper did a great job keeping the yard neat. We did use the screen porch and pool a lot! So nice! We had a group of howler monkeys come visit us right next to the pool! It’s in a really nice neighborhood. We felt very safe - no issues. It’s just a short walk down to the beach and the gorgeous sunsets!

There’s plenty to do and see in this area…

• The restaurant up the hill from the house - Mundo Milo is fantastic! We all agreed that it was the best food we had. The owners and staff were friendly and fun!

• Restaurante Tatanka = delicious pizza and reasonable prices.

• Be sure to visit and support the turtle sanctuary!

• Grocery stores and roadside stands are close by with lots of fresh fruit and veggies

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home! Pura Vida.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Casa Juliana is absolutely gorgeous home. If you want to have a relaxing vacation in a tropical environment, this is the perfect house to sit back and do nothing all day. The pool is phenomenal and the screened-in area makes for a great environment. The grill/sitting area is such a fun place to sit and talk, while cooking. The beach is a 2 minute walk and is very secluded. There weren't very many people near us whenever we went to lay out. I could go on and on about this house, but you'll just have to experience it for yourself. And I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great House!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to Costa Rica we really fun and relaxing!! The house was great , fit 4 adults and 4 kids with no problem! The screened patio got used a lot , nicely shaded!! The pool was perfect for cooling off, and for the kids to play in for hours!! All the local restaurants that we ate at all had really good food!! Kids loved releasing turtles! The drive up the mountain to go zip lining was interesting lol( narrow,ruff roads) Lots of people riding bikes,walking on the roads , lots of dogs too! We see Howler Monkeys,iguanas,raccoons, some colourful bird all right at the house.

I would definitely recommend this House , and Area for anyone looking to travel to Costa Rica!!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing 9 night stay!

  • 5 of 5

Arriving at the house after a long day/night of traveling was pure bliss! The screened in room and pool area was awesome to have to hangout and relax! The house location is close to many beaches and things to do. The amount of bedrooms and bathrooms were great for our group. We rented 2 SUVS and that was well worth it to get around in and explore. The kitchen was equipped with everything and more! The outdoor shower was very handy also.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Great House!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home - beautiful beaches. Georgina was very helpful. Even though it was low season, still had a wonderful time. Enjoyed family members - there was plenty of room. A dip in the pool after long walks on the beach was perfect. Takes a little bit of time to get to the grocery store - if you want the American style supermarket but not bad. Absolutely loved having Andy - the dog from the hotel above come and visit. She loves to walk on the beach. She made missing my dogs bearable! The road going to the house is a bit rough but once you get there it is a treat.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in an amazing location

  • 4 of 5

Casa Juliana was perfect for our stay. Our group consisted of 6 adults and there was more than enough room. We spent most of our time on the screened in porch and in the pool. The kitchen had everything we needed. The dishwasher did need to be run twice for some things. The laundry area is on the property but outside of the house. It was great to hear the local animals. We could hear howler monkeys and birds everyday. The location was good as there was a small store down the driveway as well as another store 5 min away. Lochitos was our favorite local nearby restaurant which is 10 min walking distance. Casa Juliana was the perfect place for our first visit to Costa Rica! We wouldn't hesitate to book it again!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Liberia
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Hacienda Pinalla
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Hotal Guacamaya
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Playa Junquillal
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Junquillal House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season 3
Apr 16 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$365
$2,300
$7,200
 
 
Middle Season - 1
May 1 2017 - Aug 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,000
$6,500
 
 
Low Season - 1
Aug 16 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,600
$3,500
 
 
High Season - 1
Nov 19 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$365
$2,300
$7,200
 
 
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,400
 
 
New Year's Week
Dec 31 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.0%

refund policy: if confirmed reservations are cancelled more than 60 days in advance of the rental 50% of the initial payment will be refunded. For cancellations made less than 60 days of the rental, prior payments will be refunded only if the house is rented to another party for the same rental period.

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