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Kate Brooks

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Living with Nature in the Rain Forest

28 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 3-5)

Brooks Hacienda is located on the doorstep of Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's most prized national parks and the only park that has beach access. It is common to be visited by 3 types of monkeys daily. That is your view. You can listen to the waves pounding the beach. The ocean is about a 10 minute drive to one of the most pristine beaches in the world.

There are many covered decks overlook the swimming pool which is a main feature of this property. From this area one can enjoy the reflection in the skies of the beautiful Costa Rican sunsets and view wildlife in the trees of the tropical rain forest.

The top part of the house is your space.(the owners live below in a private suite from Nov to April) The home was built in Nov 2008, so everything is still like new. The 2 bedrooms are a very good size and each one has its own private full bath. Each bedroom has a queen bed and one bedroom has a single bed by the window... which is full size single bed with 6 ' high density foam... very comfortable.

The kitchen is state of the art and equipped for you to prepare dinner using the local fresh produce and meats. You can enjoy your meal in the elegant dining area inside or on the deck outside. The home is outfitted with beautifully Costa Rican made furniture.

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More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Kate Brooks (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Kate Brooks

My husband, Randy and I, Kate are from British Columbia, Canada. We have a organic pear orchard in that province and have been active organic advocators since 1991. We have enjoyed visiting Costa Rica since 1994. In 2004, we decided on the location of Manuel Antonio (after many venturers around the country) and bought a lot. It took us 4 years to build Brooks Hacienda. It was a great experience, especially learning spanish and conversing with our contractor and employees. We live 6 months in Canada and 6 months in Costa Rica. We feel we have the perfect life. We love to meet people, so we built accommodations for people to come and stay at our lovely home and enjoy it and this beautiful country.

Kate Brooks purchased this house in 2008

Why Kate Brooks chose Puntarenas

We chose to buy property in Manuel Antonio because it is the rainforest. The animals, wildlife, flora and fauna are alive and well. We love the vegetation and the warmth and moisture the climate offers. We also love the people of Manuel Antonio. The locals as well as the settled ex-pax.

We travelled to many different areas of Costa Rica and experienced different developed tourist areas. This area has all the availability of tourist attractions and great restaurants as more populated areas, but we get the more adventuresome crowd. It is a smaller area and so far, the community has been able to keep the chain hotels at bay. Manuel Antonio is close to the old port town of Quepos, which offers great shopping for all your grocery supplies. There is everything from fresh seafood, vegetable and fruits to organic products sold in a grocery store. This quaint town also offers good restaurants and night life. You can enjoy many cultural events if your here at the right time of year. Costa Ricans love to celebrate any event.

What makes this house unique

Brooks Hacienda offers accommodations in a quiet, private neighbourhood. There are 8 luxury homes in this area owned by Americans and Canadians. The house is about a 15 minute walk from the main road. This allows you a very relaxed and tranquil vacation. We are away from the traffic, fumes and walk in traffic. The house is new since 2008, so all the appliances, housewares, and fixtures are in 100% working order. The view from the many decks is jungle. You cannot see the ocean but you can hear it. It is just thru the park on the other side of the trees. The house is situated far enough away from the trees that you do not feel enclosed. The house borders on Manuel Antonio National Park so you see many different animals and creatures, and hear sounds that you would never hear if you were not on the border of the park. The pool at Brooks Hacienda is a vacation in itself. Always sparkling clean. It is large enough to do your laps as well as float around on one of the many air mattresses and enjoy a tanning session. The beach area with jacuzzis at your back, is a great place to sit and read a book while staying cool. Brooks Hacienda is a welcoming home and awaits your visit.

Reviews

5
based on 28 traveler reviews

Living with Nature in the Rain Forest
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
5

Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

Brooks Hacienda was an absolutely fantastic place for the two couples in our group to spend our time in Manuel Antonio. The house owners were very friendly and always available to answer any questions we had. The house was clean, well stocked and even more beautiful in person. The pool was fantastic. It was deep, warm, and near the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park, so we were able to experience the local wildlife, including having Titi monkeys running along the patio. The house was within a 10 minute drive to Manuel Antonio beach and Quepos, which was a convenient location for experiencing everything the area had to offer. We highly recommend Brooks Hacienda. Would go back in a heart beat!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being great guests and noticing the little things... as in "a clean house". We take pride in keeping our property maintained and everything in working order. We look forward to another visit if you should return to Costa Rica and thank you for spreading the word, about your great stay.
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5

Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Brooks Hacienda was absolutely amazing. This house and the owners are simply fantastic. We loved every minute of of our stay here. The house is gorgeous and had all of the amenities we needed for our stay. The beds were incredibly comfortable and the house was spotless. The pool was gorgeous and perfect for a morning swim or to cool off in the evening. The house is located on a very large piece of property backing onto the forest so we experienced all kinds of animals right outside the door. I really enjoyed sitting outside early in the morning with my coffee and watching the toucans in the trees! Kate and Randy were fantastic hosts and great people. Randy took us for a little hike out the back of his property one afternoon to check out a sloth relaxing in the trees. They were extremely helpful and available if we had any questions or needed any assistance but they totally respected our privacy. Kate set us up with a tour guide to guide us through the national park which was a great tour. We got to see all kinds of monkeys, lizards, iguana's and beautiful beaches. We were also only a 5 minute drive to the beach which was great because that is where we spent most of our days. They also had a couple of boogie boards which they let us use during our stay which was a lot of fun. All in all we had an incredibly amazing time here. We traveled around to Arenal and Tamarindo as well and this was certainly the highlight of our trip. If (when) we return we would really love to stay here again and would highly recommend this place to anyone coming to Manoel Antonio. Kate and Randy, we hope to see you guys again soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you family, for your wonderful review. It is always nice to be described as "fantastic". We are happy you enjoyed your stay and appreciated Brooks Hacienda. Our goal is met, when can help make someones vacation memorable and successful. We look forward to WHEN you will come and visit us again.
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Chantilly, VA
5

Beautiful House in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family - me, wife, and two girls (11 and 14). Sitting on the balcony or the pool and just looking out into the jungle is amazing. The house is beautiful inside and out and is very private. We saw capuchin and howler monkeys as well as toucans right outside the house during our week. In fact, the howlers has a raucous _early_ morning hooting session one day! The pool is large and is perfect for relaxing and playing after a day of touring.

Kate and Randy were terrific hosts. I would strongly recommend following their advice on which tours to take. We did MA park tour with Dago, rafting with Mel, and the ziplining/Santa Juana tour. All were great and very professionally run by knowledgeable and fun locals. It is a 5 minute drive to the local grocery store (Super Joseth) which is small, but has a very good selection of high quality foods. There is a small corner market about 2 minutes away if you just need a few basic items. MA beach is about a ten minute drive from the house. Ignore all the aggressive parking guys and drive all the way to the end to the free lot just off the circle. We really enjoyed the restaurants in MA, most notably El Lagarto (3 minute drive) for it's awesome ocean and sunset views and great wood-grilled dishes.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you lovely family who enjoyed their Christmas Vacation at Brooks Hacienda. We enjoyed your visit and we are happy you had a wonderful time. We look forward to your next visit. Kate and Randy
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Minneapolis, MN, USA
5

Living with Nature in the Rain Forest

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at Brooks Hacienda for a week over the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday and had a wonderful trip. As other reviews have stated, this is a great location to see the rainforest and wildlife right from the deck and poolside. During our stay we were able to see and hear all types of monkeys and birds with a beautiful backdrop of the rainforest preserve in the backyard. We prefer to stay in a quieter, more relaxing place away from the crowded resorts, so we found Brooks Hacienda to be the perfect spot. The pool is great and all the features of the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathroooms are very nice. The house was very clean and the beds are comfortable. Laundry facilities are also available.

This is the first time that we have rented a place where the owners were so close by, and we found it very helpful to have Randy and Kate available for questions when we needed it. Kate hooked us up with a great guide for a day trip to the Manuel Antonio Preserve and a jungle canopy tour that included ziplining, swimming at a waterfall, horseback riding in the mountains, and a Costa Rican style lunch at Santa Juana, a small village high in the mountains. This was the best day trip and tour experience that our family has ever been on. Both tours picked us up and dropped us off at the house, so it was very convenient. Kate and Randy really went out of their way to make sure our family had a great experience and had everything we need. Kate even picked up some groceries ahead of time for us since we were arriving late. She also had great recommendations for local restaurants and we found Cafe Milagro, Emilio's Cafe, El Lagarto, and El Wagon Pizza to be very good. We would recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle as the road is a little rough to get to the house, and it is nice to have if you want to explore any beaches or other activities that are off the main roads. This is a quiet neighborhood, so if you are looking for a party spot, this probably would not be the best fit.

We can't wait to come back....Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Wild Cats for the excellent review. We enjoyed your family being around and enjoying, what we think are some of the best highlights of the area. We welcome you back anytime. We are happy we were involved in building some fond family memories. Pura Vida... oh yes, the road, you would not believe. They have put in proper drains, gutters and with may labourers, built the upper banks with small river rock. It is ready for pavement. We are so proud of Costa Rica and our local muni.
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London, Ontario, Canada
5

Missing Brooks Hacienda!

  • 5 of 5

A year ago 4 of us spent 3 weeks there. Kate and Randy responded to all our questions before and gave great suggestions and assistance while we were there at BH. What they advertised is what we got...and more. That trip exceeded our expectations!

We are completing a 3 week trip in Punta Mita Mexico and have been greatly disappointed by our accommodations. The owner mislead us and falsely advertised his condo. We have been remembering Brooks Hacienda and how lovely it was and most importantly how we got what was advertised and MORE. Missing you Kate and Randy, Diane, Karen, Jo, and Marian

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Girls. Thank you so much for this review. We miss you too. We very much appreciate wonderful guests like yourselves. Last year, your review gave us a 4 Star, because of the road in from the main road.. guess what??? they are beginning to work on it and it will be a great road, paved, curb and gutters... for your next visit... Thanks again and hope you have a great spring. Kate and Randy.
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Houston, Texas
5

Our own private jungle..

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from spending a month at Brooks Hacienda....The villa more than exceeded our expectations. The view of the rainforest from the deck is spectacular; each day we discovered more jungle life & sounds. Though the ocean is only slightly visible from the deck, most mornings, you can hear the ocean waves breaking on the shore... Sloths, howler & white-faced monkeys, tropical birds graced us with their presence....The kitchen is big & modern w/most of what you need to cook a great meal...We did use the a/c in the bedroom at night; but the rest of the house was comfortable during the day...Pool is inviting & very private. Wi-fi worked well. Housekeeping once a week included laundry & Terry, the house manager, was attentive..We have been coming to Manuel Antonio for the last 11 years, & this time was truly our best time. We have already begun to plan our next trip....Pura Vida!!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Peter and Trish, for such a wonderful Review. We are so happy your enjoyed Brooks Hacienda and had a wonderful experience. We hope to see you again next year. Kate and Randy Brooks
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Quepos
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Barba Rojas
Nearest Golf
75 Kilometres
Marriott in Jaco
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
The hwy to San Jose
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Victorias Italian Dining
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Manuel Antonio
Car: recommended

Canopy tours, Coffee plantation tours, tropical garden tours, butterfly garden tours, parasailing, catamaran, boogie boarding.horseball riding, repelling waterfalls, in shore fishing, hiking to hot pools, great beaches and wonderful restaurants.

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Rates & Availability

Manuel Antonio House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jan 2 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Low Season
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
 
High Season
Nov 21 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Holiday Season
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Brooks Hacienda is now offering the lower suite from April 27/16 to Jan 1/17, for a extra $125 a night. This can only be rented along with the upper level so we can accommodate 8 guests. One master suite and 2 bedrooms which have one queen and one single in each room. Not suitable with families with small children as the lower suite has a separate entrance. If the children are older and able to be on their own, then it would work. The lower suite is self contained so lovely for another couple, or grandma and grandpa.

50% deposit upon booking. The balance is due 60 days prior to arrival. Method of payment is Visa or Certified Cheque if the reservation is 60 days from check in date, full payment is due.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2) There is one queen bed in each bedroom. Very comfortable beds., Twin or Single Beds (1) One bedroom has built in window bed with 6" high density foam.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Brooks Hacienda employs a local person who is familiar with all tours and activities in the area. When you book with us, we will send you the information so you can plan your tours in advance. We can also offer private spanish lessons from a professional teacher who will come to the house to give you lessons.

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