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Michael and Kathy Fine

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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Casa Juliana: Renovated Oceanview Villa, Playa Junquillal, Guanacast

26 Reviews
Sleeps13
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Junquillal House Rental Photos and Description

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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Michael and Kathy Fine (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish

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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Reviews

4.9
based on 26 traveler reviews

Casa Juliana: Renovated Oceanview Villa, Playa Junquillal, Guanacast
average rating of 4.923077 based on 27 reviews
4

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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San Diego, Ca
5

Peaceful, serene, and an excellent base camp!

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from a 16 day vacation in Costa Rica and the last 5 days of our vacation were spent at lovely Casa Juliana.

The house is the perfect size for two families. There were 8 of us total (2 families of 4) and we each felt that we had our own space. The home is clean and beautifully decorated and it is obvious the owners care about their house and their guests comfort. In fact, the beds were so comfortable that we had to wake our kids up each morning just to get them going for the day.

Having the screened in porch was very nice considering we were visiting during the rainy season and the bugs could have been an issue. We loved swimming in the warm pool each morning and afternoon and the beach is just a short walk from the house. Playa Junquillal is a quiet and safe town that is the perfect place to unwind. Each night around 5:30 we grabbed a drink and headed out to the beach to watch the sunsets - absolutely amazing! Every day we were visited by a local group of howler monkeys, which the kids loved listening to. We used the house as a base camp for other adventures around the area, which I highly recommend. We are from California and the boys in the family surf, so we beach hopped each day. We loved Playa Negra and Playa Avellana - which are both close by. We also went up to Playa Conchal, a beach made of seashells near Tamarindo, which is not a surf beach, but a wonderful place to spend the day.

Near the house are a few local restaurants. We ate at Pizza Tatanka and Mundo Milo, and enjoyed both very much. I agree with other reviewers and would suggest that you stop by a grocery store in Tamarindo on your way in. We loved being able to make lunch to take to the beach and enjoy leisurely breakfasts in the morning. We also bought fresh fruit and made batidos each afternoon - delicious!

We are already planning our trip back for next summer! We rent homes from VRBO often and Casa Juliana is truly a gem - one of the best houses we have stayed in - THANK YOU!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ridgefield WA
5

Great Property Especially for Family

  • 5 of 5

Ok, we gave it 5 stars because of the property although the experience was 4 stars.

Let's start with positives: Absolutely loved the location and the house itself. Great layout and judging from previous posts the AC upstairs was added/fixed - we had no trouble at all. We also loved the screened porch where we spent most of our time but it also prevented out 2 year old to get into the pool on her own - if we go back to Costa Rica it would definitely be the must on the list for the house to have. Pool - needless to say its a must in this climate and the fact that somebody came by a few times a week to clean it was a huge benefit. GEORGINA - she was awesome and was extremely prompt with taking care of the little issues we had. The home delivered fish by the local fisherman was a great experience.

Now, let's get to the little issues we had that are not deal breakers but definitely something that makes experience less than perfect:

First night we showed up (evening and dark outside) the faucet in the downstairs shower was broken and water was gashing all over - it took us some time to figure out how to shut it down. Yes, it was fixed promptly the following day but not a pleasant experience. Basically, we see this as the problem with the cleaning staff not communicating to the manager/owner of the problem because you could not have missed the problem while cleaning.

The other less than ideal item is relatively cheap to fix but would make a huge difference. Most guests get to the house in the evening (given it gets dark at 6 pm) and most people do not pack little things like matches/lighter, dishwasher detergent and especially shampoo and such when they go on a trip. The stuff costs a buck for a one ounce item even if it's a one time use one but without it - what are you going to do when you get into the house and its dark outside? Where are you going to go shopping? We travel 3-4 times a year and this is the first time there was not an ounce of a shampoo. And nothing in the description saying bring your own!

We think this little fix would make everybody extremely appreciative and the stay more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ivan: We are very happy that you had a nice stay at Casa Juliana and recognized how great Georgina is in responding to guests' needs. Thanks so much for your feedback on ways that we can improve our guests' experiences (soap, shampoo, dish-soap). These all all easy fixes that we will make happen. From Kathy, Michael, Chris and El
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Studio City, CA
5

Our home away from home. Pura Vida y Casa Julianna!

  • 5 of 5

I have had the pleasure of staying at Casa Juliana multiple times and have seen the enhancements to this home throughout the years. The new porch is amazing, it allows for evening enjoyment without the interruption from mosquito's. We were a total of 7 and the house fit us so comfortably . From the first moment you step in to Casa Juliana, you are greated with a kind smile from Georgina who ensures we are fully aware of what the house offers, the newest updates of the neighborhood and what is happening in the community. I love that the Fine's dedicate their time to be part of Playa Junquillal community. From Bernardo at Guacamaya lodge to Molly at Cost Rica Equestrian, they all know Casa Julianna and make you feel part of their community.

Hands down, this is the best place for a traveler to stay!!!

We are already looking at booking our next trip !!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rochester NY
5

Beautiful villa in a tropical setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Juliana for a week in mid-May and enjoyed our vacation immensely. The villa is spacious and every detail seems to be thought of: from extra towels and hooks to kitchen appliances and gadgets. We had an impression that we are staying at our friend's house who normally live there, but left just for one week. Everything at the villa was very comfortable: the beds, bathrooms, kitchen, but our most favorite area was the family / great room that has screens instead of walls and is surrounded by palm trees with a nice view of the pool. We also enjoyed the pool area and the outdoor shower quite a bit.

It was very hot outside during our stay, so we normally would get up very early around 6:00 am, go the beach for a couple of hours or so, then come back to have breakfast and hang out by the pool. We went back to the beach around 4:00 pm to swim and watch the sunset... It was very relaxing. We also took a couple of day trips while we were there - once to the Hermosa beach 1.5 hours away, where the water is absolutely calm, like a lake. Another time we ventured out to do some ATV'ing and zip lining.

We loved the fact that Junquillal is a bit remote and we practically had the beach to ourselves. We never had such experience before anywhere. We also appreciated all the tips that the owners provided on the web site, we followed a number of their recommendations. I have one suggestion for people who love Yoga - you can arrange for a private session right at the villa or on the beach by contacting the yoga retreat mentioned on Casa Juliana's web site. We enjoyed our yoga session very much. Another suggestion: when you are driving to the villa from the airport, stop at Santa Cruz at a supermarket and stock up on food, it will save you time later one. There are a couple of stores near by, but the selection there is a bit limited, and the supermarkets in Santa Cruz and Tamarindo are very good.

I already recommended Casa Juliana to friends of mine, but it is not so easy to make a reservation, many time periods are already sold out for this year!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great house, lots of room

  • 4 of 5

The house is a great size for big groups, we had 11 people including 4 kids and had lots of room. Wifi was excellent the whole time. The caretaker, Georgina, was very helpful. All the rooms have a/c which was nice, but the upstairs king suite was quite a bit hotter than the other main floor bedrooms. All bedrooms are accessible from the house, at first we thought the king suite had a seperate entrance but it does not. Washer/dryer worked well. Pool was amazing, cleaned every few days and lots of chairs around. Never used the outdoor grill, too hot!

There is a small store at the end of the road which had bread, beer, ice cream treats and other basic stuff. The bigger store is about a 5 min drive away at the Tierra Pacifica plaza.

Close to the house, 3 min walk, is a baby

Turtle rescue. For $35 US you can help release cute baby turtles to the ocean. It was such a great experience

The beach close to the house is very nice, good for playing in the sand, not good for swimming, it's a little rough. Unless you're a strong swimmer. There is Playa Blanca close by (driving) that has nice tide pools.

There are a lot great restaurants close by, we ate at a different one every night, all very good food. Only two are in walking distance, Hotel Tatanka and Hotel Gucamaya.

If you're lucky you'll see the monkeys around, you'll defintly hear them in the morning!!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank Sabrina for her constructive feedback and for helping us understand the need for a cooler second floor living area, particularly during the hottest months of the year. Based on this feedback, we've just added a second ac unit to this second floor room.
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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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Low Season - 1
Aug 15 2016 - Nov 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,400
$3,000
 
 
High Season - 1
Nov 16 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$365
$2,300
$7,200
 
 
Christmas Week
Dec 19 2016 - Dec 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,250
 
 
New Year's Week
Dec 27 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,350
 
 
High Season 2
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$365
$2,300
$7,200
 
 
Easter Week
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,850
 
 
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
 

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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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.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
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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