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Gorgeous Mountain Paradise with Privacy, View and Pool!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms (sleeps 6)

Set high on a ridge surrounded by a lush tropical reserve, home to parrots, toucans, sloths and monkeys, our custom built Bali style home, located in a gated eco-residential community will be your home away from home! Relax, open the doors and soak in the famous Atenas climate (best in the world according to National Geographic) with beautiful warm days and cool sleeping nights! No A/C needed here!

Enjoy a private swim in your own pool, then cook up something in the gourmet kitchen or our outdoor BBQ! Check out the local orchid gardens and coffee farms, or drive to the top of an active volcano, surf Costa Rica's legendary waves (just 35 minutes away with the new highway!!) Hike in some of the country's many national parks, visit a private waterfalls and so much more. Perhaps one of its best attributes is it's central location to the rest of the country's magnificent sites!! High speed Wi-Fi is available 24/7 throughout.

What to do? Our bilingual property manager can help you plan all kinds of day trips and overnights if you wish to explore as much of this beautiful country as possible. Costa Rica has so much to offer, from trips to nearby cloud forests, checking out its many volcanoes - active or not, hiking and exploring many of its dense jungles, taking a catamaran to a private island, or even do a little of it's famous deep sea fishing. The wildlife will astound you. There are many adrenaline charged activities like white water rafting, zip lines ATV riding, or jet skiing in the open ocean for those who relax by supercharging. For those who wish to relax a little more gently, take a canopy walk, go birding, check out the beautiful wild orchids and bromeliads everywhere, shop in farmer's markets, listen to huge flocks of parrots gather in the town square at dusk, visit a local coffee farm and roasting plant, or get a massage by the pool - happily, we've got that covered too! Or just stay at the villa and disconnect from the fast pace world and rediscover the wonders that the natural world has to offer.

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About Liz

Liz and judd are freelance creatives (food stylist and photographer) based out of the New York area who work for food magazines, cookbooks and advertising clients. We built our home on this spot in Atenas because of the glorious views, the wonderful climate, and convenience to the small non touristy town feel that we enjoy. We are well located near, but also far enough from, major roadways and the airport so traveling to spots throughout the country is relatively easy. We have put our heart and soul in making this house our own style and we hope and think you will love it too.

Liz purchased this villa in 2006

Why Liz chose Atenas

In 2006 we were looking for a special property as a second home in Costa Rica.

Picaflora, the name of our small community just outside of the town of Atenas was conceived as a Bali style home design partly for the beautiful architecture and also due to Bali's similar climate to Atenas. The property is set on a mountain ridge with several 100 year old trees and breath taking views. We have spent 10 years customizing the house with unique furniture, art work and landscaping.

What makes this villa unique

In 2015 we built a a third bedroom on top of a deck that overhangs the ridge mountain with its own private balcony looking out at the spectacular view we love so much. The new bedroom has a private indoor/outdoor shower that enables you to watch toucans and other birds in the trees outside. There is a covered pergola for dining with a BBQ on the deck for outdoor dining under the stars.


Atenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Casita bathroom has an indoor/outdoor shower,
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Gorgeous Mountain Paradise with Privacy, View and Pool!
average rating of 4.911392 based on 79 reviews

wonderful in every way

  • 5 of 5

6 of us traveled to Costa Rica just after Christmas for a week. After the stress and craziness of the holidays, we arrived ( with help from the kind and helpful house manager, Leticia) at the beauty and solitude of Liz and Judd's peaceful house.

It was just wonderful. The house was perfect for our week away from it all. It was beautiful, with a well equipped kitchen, (we cooked nearly every meal at home) with fresh local ingredients from the supermarket and weekly local farmers market.

The rooms were private, beds comfortable, showers wonderful, (especially the outdoor shower in the casita)

We practiced yoga every morning on the patio overlooking the gorgeous lush mountainous views, serenaded by the amazing array of tropical birds, stopping for the toucan sightings, which was often.

The house was close enough for day trips to waterfalls, hiking, Toledo Coffee Farm etc - It was a perfect place to come back at the end of the day.

I had thought we might miss a beach holiday, but the experience there was so complete and rejuvenating, we never felt the need to go to the beach. Although, if we did, there was a beach lease than an hour away.

The property and house were well maintained, there was great customer service with quick responses to questions and guidance.

We would recommend this property to friends and relatives without hesitation.

We cannot wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful open concept home in a gated community. Communing with the animals. Lots of wild life around the house.

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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palm springs

It Really is Gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Pica Flora.

It was exactly as described yet even better. The concept of 3 separate sleeping areas was perfect for our visiting guests as when one wanted to be alone, that was completely possible and when we wanted to gather around in the main house, that too was possible. It is the perfect house to do nothing with a good book (which they have a few) or drive off for an action packed day of sightseeing.

Liz has a fabulous sense for design, clearly evident in all of the rooms inside and out. The views are magnificent and the property feels private and yet indeed part of the gated community.

But truly the most incredible part of our entire stay was Lutecia. Lutecia made sure we had everything we needed and when we didnt, she took care of it immediately. She arranged for drivers / reservations / a private chef for our special occasion / right down to arranging to have the kitchen knives sharpened (I love to cook). She is a huge benefit and asset to the property. We already miss you Lutecia.

Cant wait to return again !

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara, Glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for your great review. Best, Judd and Liz
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  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house with amazing views of the mountains. Everything about the house from its location to design to landscaping to decor is picture perfect. Our family (2 adults and 2 kids) had a great time swimming, reading on hammocks, playing board games in the beautiful outdoor sitting area and simply enjoying the views of the mountains. The house is fully stocked so we were able to make breakfast everyday and went to town for other meals. The Italian restaurant La Finca was our favorite as suggested by the house manager Leticia. The house is so beautiful that we did not want to leave but did a day trip to Doka Coffee Plantations and La Paz waterfall gardens which was a wonderful experience and not to be missed. We also arranged for a massage by the pool one evening and that was wonderful as well. We stayed in mid November and the weather was so beautiful that there was no need for even a fan. We had bright sunny days with some light showers in the afternoon. We were in Costa Rica for 10 days and stayed in some amazing properties but this one was by far our favorite and we hope to come back someday. Thank you Judd and Liz for sharing your beautiful house with us!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Preeti, Thanks for such a lovely review, most appreciated. Even though you only stayed for a few days we're so happy you and your family enjoyed your time with us. Please come back and stay longer as there is much to do in our area. Best, Liz and Judd
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Best Location for some down time in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

What a spectacular stay. The hosts are easy to work with and sorting out arrivals/how to get there etc was easy. The house is beautifully kept up with a lush tropical garden, great pool and splendid views. The house is set back from a country road in a private drive on a beautiful promontory. You do need a rentacar to get around as town is some kilometers away. Atenas itself is very nice and there is easy access to the highway to the Pacific coast. We will definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vero Beach, FLorida 32963

Beautiful house

  • 3 of 5

The house is every bit as beautiful as pictured. Just a few things to be aware of — 1) be sure to click on the description of the air conditioning, it is really ceiling fans and open doors, 2) in 2 of the 3 bedrooms, the bathroom area is seperated from the sleeping area by only a partial wall, less privacy then we would have liked, and 3) the only TV is in master bedroom and is it functional only for streaming from your computer or watching DVD’s.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately this is a spiteful review from someone who tried to manipulate a refund from us but did not get her way. Maureen, you entered a contract to rent our home for 2 weeks. Your friends were going to join you, but last minute could not. While at the house, you chose to cut your trip short and head home to Florida. Somehow, despite the fact that you agreed to our cancellation policy AND your early departure was NOT due to an emergent issue, you felt entitled to a partial refund. I offered you a discount on a future stay, but you responded saying "your offer of a future discount is of not value to us". I explained that such a short notice cancellation gave us no time to re-rent the house thus being a loss of income for us. We take our rentals seriously, and we expect the same in return from renters. When you and Mark first arrived at our home, I was happy to receive a report from our property manager that you were both "so happy with your choice" of our home. And you also wrote to me separately stating that "Mark and I have been enjoying your beautiful home...". Our communications were initially quite pleasant and there no complaints whatsoever. Once you received my response to your discount request, things slowly began to change. At one point my husband called you directly in any effort to clarify a few things on both sides. You told him how beautiful the house and how much you enjoyed your stay, but you expected a few hundred dollars back for your early departure, as if you were doing us a favor. Eventually you delivered us our only 3 star review due to a few banal reasons. Your comments about the AC are truly disingenuous especially since you know full well that the weather is temperate there and even cool during the green season when you were there. No one in the hills of Atenas has AC because it's not necessary due the eternal springtime climate. So, a TV with a DVD player (and plenty of DVDs) plus a toilet location is reason to give a "beautiful home" just an average review? It's unfortunate that this is what you decided to write about your stay at our home and it's clear why. As a homeowner who cares deeply about creating a unique tropical experience for renters and takes great pride in doing so, I refuse to be strong armed by tenants who use the review process as some kind of shakedown. You should be aware that owners are able to review and rate tenants just the same.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 1, US 3 & US 27
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Car: recommended

Volcanoes, mountains, orchids, coffee fields, agriculture, non tourist location, surfing, wildlife, fishing, farms, farmer's market, shopping, restaurants, waterfalls, bird watching.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Once the home is inspected after departure and any extra charges are assessed (should that apply) the client will be informed of any balances due. The remainder monies (or full damage deposit) will then be promptly returned within 14 days of departure. These rates may be different for long term stays.
Saturday Check in /Check-out is preferred.
We reserve the right to change rates at anytime.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund