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Nature Hideaway, bed and breakfast*Rafting Packages* Birdwatching

Bedrooms 3
Property type house



About the property

breakfast included 3 large bedrooms lake/mountain view

A true relaxing vacation!

Imagine waking up to the sound of parrots and toucans. Enjoy a hot breakfast prepared for you by Beto, our chef and housekeeper, on the patio with the rainforest all around you. Spend your day hiking or mountain biking through the trails, and exploring the streams on this 7 acre mountainside retreat either by yourself or with a local bilingual guide. Swim in the private pool. Watch for tropical birds, butterflies and other wildlife from the balcony, decks or large windows. There are also spectacular views of a lake in the valley below.

White Water Rafting Special:

If you stay at our home for at least two nights you can have a trip on the beautiful Pacuare river (class 2,3,4 rapids) with an experienced English speaking guide. You will be picked up and dropped off at our home. The tour includes lunch and a hike to a waterfall for just $80 a person. Usually the trip costs $100 - $115 The river is rated as one of the top 10 most beautiful rivers in the world by National Geographic.

Be with nature! This beautiful home is located in a remote corner of a small farming town in the lush green Turrialba mountains. It is a gorgeous location that is both safe and private. The rainforest surrounds this mountaintop house on three sides. The climate here is perfect, 72-78 degrees year round.

This large, modern, three story home is clean and nicely furnished. It has an open floor plan with a kitchen, family room, sun room, and game room on the main floor. There is a balcony that wraps around 3 sides of the upstairs bedroom to enjoy the spectacular views. The game room has a pool table, a ping pong table, and a foozball table. Breakfast is included included in the rate, and Beto will cook any other meals for you for an additional fee.

The owners are a former Peace Corps volunteer who fell in love with this beautiful friendly town when she lived there 19 years ago and her native Costa Rican husband. They are familiar with the area and can help you plan your stay. We can help arrange a ride from the airport in a comfortable SUV for $80.

If you are looking for adventure, the city of Turrialba, famous for excellent white water rafting on the Reventazon and Pacuare rivers, is just 15 minutes away. There are many shops and restaurants in Turrialba. There is also a farmer's market every Friday and Saturday where a wide variety of fruits and vegetables are sold. Guyabo National Park, an archaeological site is about 30 minutes away and the Turrialba Volcano National Park is about 45 minutes away. CATIE (A University that attracts students from around the world) is 15 minutes away.

If you would like to experience true Costa Rican life, this is the perfect place. The town has one main road, a church, soccer field, and a school. The townspeople are very friendly and helpful. All around the town are family farms of coffee, sugar cane, and macadamia nuts. If you want to see where your coffee or sugar really comes from, you can pick your own coffee beans or try a piece of fresh cut sugar cane. You can also see farm animals. If you would like to try some delicious fresh tropical fruits, they are growing just down the hill.

If you have children, there is plenty for them to do in this town, and plenty of Spanish speaking friends for them to meet. They will enjoy feeding the ducks, geese, and chickens, and maybe see chicks hatching. Swimming in the pool is safe and fun for all ages, with a big shallow section as well as a deep end. They can join in a pick up soccer game at the town field, or walk to the neighborhood pulperia to buy snacks or candy, like the local children do. They can even visit the small neighborhood school and possibly leave there with a greater appreciation for their own school back home.

You will fall in love with this amazing rainforest getaway in this small friendly Costa Rican town just like we did.

Keywords: House, bed and breakfast

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Libby Chavez
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Libby Chavez

Adrian is a native Costa Rican who grew up in Turrialba. He met Libby when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. They have been married for 18 years and have 3 children.

Libby Chavez purchased this house in 2007

Why Libby Chavez chose Cartago

Libby was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the small town where the home is located. It is a safe, friendly, and peaceful town. The climate is perfect, not too hot and humid, and there are very few mosquitos.

What makes this house unique

We love sitting on the deck enjoying the spectacular views. We love watching all the hummingbirds birds and butterflies. We also listen to hear the toucan's calling and run outside to see them perched in the trees and then soaring down into the valley.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are here, and your house is very beautiful and comfortable. Thank you very much for everything, and we are enjoying ourselves very much.

You really have a great house! We really enjoyed our stay there, even though it rained the whole two days without stop.It was nice to have a comfortable space to weather that.
Feb 2010
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Nature Hideaway, bed and breakfast*Rafting Packages* Birdwatching
average rating of 4.756098 based on 47 reviews

Vue spectaculaire

  • 5 of 5

La maison a une vue spectaculaire sur la vallée et sur le volcan Turrialba qui fulmine constamment. La maison est très grande et Beto qui est la personne qui s'occupe de la maison et de nous préparer les petits déjeuners est très gentil et serviable.

Très beau séjour de 3 jours malheureusement trop court (nous en aurions pris 5 jours).

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Enjoyable and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

First off we thoroughly enjoyed our stay with the family, I've never really thought I'd enjoy a bed and breakfast stay but this was glorious. If you have the opportunity to have Henry cook supper for you, do it you won't be disappointed.

All in all I would return if I'm in the area again.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Rainforest Adventure

  • 5 of 5

A written or pictorial description of the mountain property overlooking the Turrialba valley cannot prepare visitors for the expansive view from Nature's Hideaway. You never tire of the vista and the tiny cars and houses silently existing down in the faraway valley. We were always taking pictures of the valley and surrounding forests even though we took the same picture the day before thinking the sunlight gave a clearer image.

Although nature is at its finest from this mountainside location, the highlight of the trip was the people who live there. Henry and Krissia along with their two children are the perfect hosts preparing meals, giving directions and suggestions for whatever your purpose may be. Family ties are a priority in Costa Rica and they are an example of a loving family which you will enjoy being a witness as you come and go during your sightseeing stay.

The owner Libby returned every email in a timely manner and answered questions with suggestions on how to solve transportation problems and directions. We adjusted our dates and people making the trip and she refunded money due and cooperated with our changing trip. She even offered the help of family members to accompany us if we had to drive at night.

Do plan to travel during the day as the unmarked roads can be challenging and unlit. My Peace Corp daughter had responsibilities in the Cartago area requiring trips back and forth which we traveled on three different routes (road 10, road 230, road 225). Each drive was an adventure of landscape beauty, friendly people, mountain living, and agrarian lifestyles featuring diverse local foods and water ways with single lane bridges.

When you go, give our regards to Henry, Krissia, Jemanen, Julian . Mel and Carleen

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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What a great place to enjoy nature and to relax !!

  • 5 of 5

Me, my husband and our 2 small boys visited this amazing nature hideaway for two days in March. I must admit that have, to my opinion, the best view in Costa Rica! We have travelled almost two months in the country and when we arrived and saw the view we all said: WOW!!! The huge outside terrasse is such a great place to spend time. They have installed many different seating options to relax, watch the view and the birds....

We felt a real sense of peace at this house because the view is amazing, the house has large open space and its very bright inside. The family is very quiet, instructive, helpful in many ways... Also Henry is a very good cook and a he does very good massages as well. My 3 year old had it's first massage and he really enjoyed it !!

At about 20 minutes by walk, Henry invited us to swim in a natural pool in the middle of the jungle. It's in fact a very nice waterfall that crosses the jungle and there is a pool that has formed with clear and fresh water. Our kids jumped numerous time from the top of the fall... we had a lot of fun.

The room we were in was very large and the bathroom as well. The view from our room and from the bathroom was about 260 degrees around... Just beautiful !

It was clean and the beds are confortable.

Henry can cook lunch and dinner when he is available.

We definitely recommend spending some time in this house because of the property and also because there is also some nice activities to do around: visit turrialba, we did a canyoning tour in the falls of the mountains, trecks...

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Definitely a Highlight of our Trip!

  • 5 of 5

I don't want to rehash in detail what all the other 5 star reviewers have said, but I will say that this was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. It was our first time in Costa Rica, and our first accommodation of 4 we had for our whirlwind week long tour of the country. That said, we did not know what we were in for, and wish we were able to upgrade our Nissan Versa sedan for an SUV with a bit more clearance as all the roads off the beaten path (including the one to Sitio Mata and to the house) were VERY ROUGH with lots of CRAZY INCLINES!!! Other than that, our experience at the house and with Henry and his family were wonderful in all the ways that other reviewers have already stated :-)

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Our stay at Nature Hideaway was more wonderful than anything we could have dreamed of!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we met Krissia when she came to pick us up in Turialba, to the moment we left her and her husband Henri as they dropped us off at the bus station for our next adventure, we were treated like family. The photos, the wonderful reviews and the suggestions of things we might do at this most beautiful and relaxing of properties, could not have prepared us for how we were welcomed, how we were guided to the incredible sights and sounds of Sitio de Mata, how we were fed (Henri's cooking is to die for) or how we were made to feel like we were part of Henri, Krissia, Jemina and Julian's familia.

We rafted the Peccare River, with an expert guide and raftsman, Juan Carlos. We were given an impromptu and free 2-hour tour of Hacienda de Sitio Mata - an historic coffee and sugar plantation which is now a major resort complex hosting weddings and other large events, but which was closed for the Christmas holidays - by Rodolfo, who knew every detail of its history and shared it freely with us through demonstration and sign language (he didn't speak English and our Spanish leaves something to desire). We took a beautiful walk through the adjacent plantation seeing up close and personal the intricacies of agriculture in this steep landscape.

But, mostly, we enjoyed the extensive panorama of this beautiful vista and the aerial wonder of the birds (including the antics of our favorite - Montezuma's Oropendola) which were simply neighbors to this getaway, which was more like a tree house than a bed and breakfast inn. Of all the wonders we've seen in Costa Rica, our fondest memories will always be, we are certain, of our time at Natures Hideaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Bird watching, streams on the property, coffee or sugar cane farm tours, horseback riding tours, rainforest hike with local guide


Rates & Availability

Cartago House Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Breakfast and dinner are included for 2 people. Each additional guest is $25 more. Daily house cleaning service including laundry is included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Cartago House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 full bathrooms with hot water showers
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • upstairs master - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , downstairs master bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) port a crib and high chair, 2 sofa beds
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Transportation to and from airport is available.

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