|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Cool breezes flow through this spacious home. Surrounded by trees, this house sits on the first bluff above the Pacific Ocean; it is an easy 10 to 15 minute walk to the beach and another short walk to town center. There you will find a fresh vegetable market, grocery stores, many restaurants, and tour guides.
The bedrooms at Casa Limon Dulce are large; two king and one queen. Each bedroom has individual air conditioning or transom ventilation, and plenty of space for reading, writing, or that necessary quiet time. A small library contains a writing desk and a comfortable day-bed.
The over-size kitchen has a large mahogany center island to gather around. At one end of the island is a five burner stainless steel stove with a griddle and warming drawer. All the water for the house is triple filtered town water. The ice maker makes lots of crystal clear ice. There is over 18 feet of countertop for food preparation and two side-by-side stainless steel dishwashers for easy cleanup. There are two full baths with extra large showers. One bath has a stacked washer dryer unit for your personal use.
This architect designed house was finished in 2008 using local exotic Costa Rican woods and floor tile. The open-air living and dining area is a wonderful place to relax. It overlooks the large terrace and mosaic tile pool. The pool is one of the largest in the area. A real swimming pool!!
An onsite private massage studio is available to residents who utilize our associated therapist.
A bilingual caretaker manages the property and can offer whatever service level you require. Our housekeeper is included to assist in your stay. An infra-red security system is provided for your comfort. This is a very special house, minutes from town, up a quiet country road, in the heart of Costa Rica's natural beauty.
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We couldn't have chosen better than this! The house is magnificent. We stayed for 7 days. There were two adults and 5 young adult/teens. We all had plenty of space and were quite comfortable. The open air dining space was a great place for the kids to hang out, literally. They hung their hammocks and listened to music and played cards in the evenings. The teens also took scuba certification while we were in Samara. Gabriel from Samara Diving was able to come to the house for the pool and theory portion of the course. Our trip to Samara and the surrounding area was a trip of a lifetime and we can't wait to go back.
Everything from communications with Rich, to the house manager, Gerardo, to the evening breezes through the outside living room--- was fabulous! The house is just as beautiful as it looks in the photos. My husband and I were constantly marveling at the thought put into every detail at the house. The bedrooms have AC, so it was cool sleeping. The pool was refreshing. The house was clean. Gerardo lives next to the house, is very friendly, and respected our privacy. The description of the house says the beach is a 10-15 minute walk away-- we feel like that's a little optimistic. ;) It's probably more like a 20 minute walk, at the least, and it's a hot one, especially on the way back, up the hills. Granted, we were there in April, when the temperatures were in the 90s. So, unless you're okay with getting really hot, I'd say plan on driving to the beach. The beaches were beautiful, Samara and Carrillo, and everyone we met was very nice. We hope to return to Casa Limon Dulce again! Thank you, Rich and Gerardo!
My husband and I, who are seniors, and our son and his wife enjoyed a two week stay in this lovely, welcoming home. As it was dry season, the temperatures around Samara were in the mid thirties during the day, but between the AC in the bedrooms, ceiling fans, breezes from the forest and hills which flowed through the rancho, and of course the pool, we were always comfortable. Birdsong wakened you, the Howler Monkeys startled us with their roars, and the rustle of the large Iguana emerging from the foliage around the house piqued our curiosity. This is truly an Eden-like ambiance unlike any other we have experienced. The over-arching palms, mangoes, and flowering trees drew our eyes upward, and the Hibiscus hedges, the Bouganvillea and trumpet vine walls provided privacy. Yes, we also heard motorbikes zooming by occasionally during the day, but that didn't take away from the peace and serenity of the home. We were glad to have the car and the ATV, "Quad", as it's a bit of a hike to town, but you can walk if you wish. Samara is a little touristy in a hippie kind of way, but the beach is magnificent! It's only overshadowed by Playa Carillo, 5 minutes away, which is almost deserted most of the time. Gerardo, the manager, who lives next door, is well-acquainted with the townspeople, and is able to arrange anything you want, at the best prices. His sister, Desi, is a sweet girl who kept the house tidy, in her own unobtrusive way. Take advantage of snorkelling and dolphin tours run by Samara Adventure company, and any other adventure which takes your imagination. The people of Samara, in our experience, are honest and friendly. We especially enjoyed the beach restaurants, Lo Que Hay, and Gusto Beach. The latter offers a good dinner menu if you don't wish to cook. However, the kitchen at Casa Limon Dulce is very well-equipped, if you do. Do buy fresh fruit from the vendors across from Pali. We started our mornings with fresh pineapple, and banana smoothies, and home made Pinto Gallo, the traditional Costa Rican breakfast...easy to make at the house. If you do venture forth with your car, be aware that the roads to Nosara are not for the faint of heart! Drive along past Carillo and up the mountains towards Hojancho. The road is good and the views are unparalleled. We were very sad to leave this lovely home, and hope to be back!
This was our fifth visit to Samara, but our first stay at Casa Limon Dulce. We were traveling with another couple, and this house was perfect. Previously we'd stayed further out of town, high atop a hill, and were worried we wouldn't get to experience the wildlife as we had before. But the monkeys, birds, and iguanas were all around Casa Limon Dulce, even though this location was closer to town. We loved it for our trip - location up on the hill but still close to town, wildlife, wonderful covered outdoor living space and pool, great sound system, large and well-equipped kitchen, very comfortable beds, etc. Also, Gerardo the house manager lives immediately next door, so if we had questions he was available. And we highly recommend Aubrey, the masseuse next door. She was fabulous, and all four of us enjoyed her massages - twice! We expect we will stay here again next year. Very good arrangement for 2 or 3 couples!!
Our family of four spent 5 weeks (April 2015) at Casa Limon Dulce and our time could not have been better - we truly had an amazing time and have built family memories that we will have for a lifetime! I remember when I first wrote to Rich and asked him if he would accept a rental with two kids under 3. He of course said yes, but that the house might not be totally kid friendly. I can now say that I completely disagree - I think it is the perfect house for young kids!
A few reasons why -- the underwater bench in the back of the pool was great for a our toddler, who could spend hours practicing his swimming and playing with his toys; the open concept indoor/outdoor living room enabled us to always have an eye on the kids and for our kids to easily be able to get shade while not really coming inside; the fenced in front yard allowed our son to 'explore' while we weren't worried about the road; the solid structure of the home and ceiling fans meant that our kids got great sleeps and weren't woken by each other; and of course, the internet radio and surround sound made for excellent dance parties in the living room (sorry Gerardo for all the '80s music! :)) I could go on, but in our view it was perfect, and the house really has absolutely everything you could want or need.
Samara was also the perfect town for us, and again perfect for kids - the water of Playa Samara is fairly calm and warm, you can get everything you need in town, and all the restaurants could not be more welcoming to families. We also explored beaches up and down the coast, and loved how different each beach was and definitely the adventure to find many of them - Camaronal, Barrigona, Guiones, Islita, Carrillo.
Lastly, I wanted to say that Gerardo - the onsite caretaker and property manager - was fantastic, made sure we had everything we needed and was excellent with our son (he is still talking about him!). Jenny and Stacy were absolutely wonderful and did a fantastic job making the house look amazing -- it was so nice seeing their smiling faces at the house every morning! And Rich was a great person to rent from - our emails made me feel comfortable from the beginning and he was very responsive to any question I had. Thank you!
I will stop there but say that we certainly need to find a way to take a month off work every year and we hope to be back to Samara and Casa Limon Dulce very soon!
Casa Limon exceeded our high expectations. As others have said, the architecture is spectacular and the place is laid out beautifully. The kitchen makes you want to cook, and the dining room makes you want to dine in. That being said there are many great choices for eating out. The whole fish at Locanda on the beach was probably our favorite. Ma Ma Gui's makes the best thin crust pizza we've ever had. We arranged with Gerardo(the on site caretaker) via email to have his sister Lleana make a special dinner for us. Lleana made a delicious, gourmet, 4 course meal for us. We also arranged ahead of time for the 5 of us to have massages with Tod, Casa Limon's massuse. All 5 of us were impressed with his skill and knowledge and wanted more. We managed to get in 2 more hours of massage for 2 lucky family memebers. As others have said, it was really nice to have Gerardo nearby. One day the wifi wasn't working and he knew just how to reboot it, our sons wanted to rent surfboards on New Years Day and Gerardo just happened to have 2 surfboards they could rent, and he helped them tie it to the top of the jeep. I wouldn't have know that Jinny the housekeeper was there because she is so unobtusive, except that the house looked cleaner. With 5 adults it was really nice to have the option of walking to and from town even though we had a jeep. Everybody could come and go as they pleased for yoga classes on the beach, or surfing at the best time, or catching lunch at the bohemian cafe (a favorite of our crowd), etc. I musn't forget to say something about the pool. I didn't realize that the dining room/family room is totally open to the outside and thus the pool. We had an 18 month old with us and I panicked when I first realized it was all open. As it turns out the pool with it's steps entertained our grand daughter for hours every day , and it wasn't a problem at all because with an 18 month old you pretty much need to have somebody supervising their movement all the time anyway. We did feel that it would not be a place for 2 non swimming toddlers, but luckily we just had one with us. As you can tell from the pics there are some boulders that separate the pool area and it was easy to separate patio time from pool time. Rich, the owner was real helpful and easy to communicate with via email. I could go on and on, it's true Pura Vida!
Horseback tours can begin from the house up into the mountains or down to the beach,a canopy tour zip-line is nearby, a multitude of Costa Rican activities and tours are available in town.
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Jun 2 2016 - Nov 14 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 15 2016 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.