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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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

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 and his wife Elenora live in Denver, and we live in Pittsburgh, Junquillal is the perfect meeting spot for us to get together. We are all very into sports (he's into golf, El' like yoga, whereas we are consummate tennis junkies!), so we always have a game of frisbee or wiffle ball going on at the beach. We also enjoy the opportunity to relax floating in the pool or hanging out listening to music in the screening in first floor terrace.

Michael and Kathy Fine purchased this house in 2005

Why Michael and Kathy Fine chose Junquillal

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
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

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Casa Juliana: Renovated Oceanview Villa, Playa Junquillal, Guanacast
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 44 reviews
5

Awesome

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful

  • Submitted: May 26, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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5

Truly a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had such a nice time staying at Casa Juliana! It’s a Beautiful property and had everything we needed and wanted. The screened in porch was the best! We spent a lot of time there and in the pool!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We had a wonderful week at Casa Juliana.

  • 5 of 5

A bit remote but wonderful if that’s what you’re looking for. Enjoyed a lot of pool time with the family and exploring the local beaches.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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5

We felt like movie stars!

  • 5 of 5

The house and grounds are absolutely beautiful! We stayed by the pool during the day and relaxed in the screened area after dinner each night. We were so pleased with the food from the nearby restaurants. It was such a relaxing trip!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5

A perfect winter reset

  • 5 of 5

The Casa was great. A family of 7 adults functioned very well here. The place is clean. The beds are good. The kitchen is equipped. The BBQ/bar worked well. The pool was heavenly. The beach is great for walking. You are near a number of good beaches. We went to a rain forest and did a mangrove tour near here. Also did snorkeling/scuba diving. Ate out at two of the local places. Nothing exceptional but a decent meal. Used the two local grocery stores but got our main supplies in Santa Cruz on the way here. The driving instructions were accurate. We coordinated with the property manager by texting. If you are a sensitive sleeper bring earplugs. The howler monkeys make early morning noises. If you like to be in the middle of the action stay in Tamarindo. Saw turtles hatching at the local hatchery across from the eco lodge that had a good bar and food. Great for watching the sun set. . There are ice packs in the freezer so we bought a cheap cooler to use while traveling around. There are beach chairs in the laundry room that were good to use. Lots of DVDs but we never used them since no rainy days. The hammock is great but ‘fun’ to get out of. A limited supply of herbs in the kitchen so if you really need something buy it on the way in. We had limited salt and sugar and needed to replenish. Loved having the ice making machine and cold water supply on the fridge door. Had fun the first night starting the bbq. Bought more charcoal and got lighter fluid and matches the next day. We had a chef cook our first dinner and breakfast. It was a nice way to start a holiday. Thank you to the Fines for the use of your southern home.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Reedsburg
5

Perfect house for laid back vacation

  • 5 of 5

House was really well set up for large amount of people. Loved the patio and pool! Close to beach and walked it every morning and afternoon. Even though house seems far away from town, it really isn't that bad of a trip, but honestly, we spent most of our time right there. Plenty of restaurants, small grocery stores, and things to do. When we make it back to Costa Rica, we will surely stay again in casa Juliana!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • 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

Our local town offers a pristine, relatively deserted beach, multiple restaurants, and easy access to surfing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, turtle watching, and night-life for those inclined.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund