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Anne-Caroline Brown Taylor

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Villa Las Clementinas - Private Luxury Villa, Infinty Pool, Canyon Edge FABULOUS

26 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Overview

Stuart Hertz Villa Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Luxury Queen Sleeper in Den, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Villa Las Clementinas: Private and secluded vacation retreat available for rent

Impeccable, Romantic, Luxurious and Private Compound - Architectural Masterpiece, Exclusive Enclave in Costa Rica's Coffee Country - Located on the grounds of an old Coffee and Orange Plantation in the Central Valley (Finca la Esperanza)

- Infinity pool with hot tub (complete privacy and seclusion)

- Chef's kitchen with extensive herb garden

- Indoor and outdoor showers

- 20-ft vaulted wood ceilings with teak hardwood and terra cotta tile floors

- Custom designed and locally built furniture

- Luxury bedding and mattresses

- High-speed wireless internet Apple TV and U.S. Dish Network TV

- Wireless stereo system that can play music from your iPod or iPhone

- Well stocked game and book library

- Gated community with international residents

- Close enough for day trips to beach, volcanoes, zip lining, white water rafting, hot air balloon trips, waterfall hikes, etc.

- Must see pictures to believe and the pictures do not do our home justice.

Villa Las Clementinas is truly one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and well-built homes and has one of the most gorgeous views in all of Central America. Perched high on the edge of one of the region's largest and most beautiful private canyons, through which the Rio Grande River flows, our home is a very magnificent private retreat. Here you can watch the clouds form and rise up into the sky, sometimes wafting through the house. The entire home is built to maximize the views of the canyon and unbelievable vistas can be seen from each room. The views are unmatched and your stay here is certainly something you will never forget!

Newly renovated in 2014, this 3 bedroom beautiful luxury villa is just 45 minutes outside of the booming metropolis of Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose, but is a world away from “that” hustle and bustle and just twenty minutes from the San Jose International Airport (airport code is SJO). Rental car recommended but not necessary. You do not need a 4WD to access our property or to drive around locally but in your exploring the country, it is certainly helpful. See note below about special rental car accommodations be have negotiated.

Designed and custom built in 2007 by internationally acclaimed architect Édgar Brenes, founder of the School of Architecture at the University of San Jose, Villa Las Clementinas was designed to complement the natural beauty of the local surroundings and to harmoniously blend into the ethereal outdoor canyon-scape that is our back yard.

This luxury home features amazing 20+ feet high vaulted wooden ceilings throughout and has a magnificently unbelievable front door that is 18 feet tall. Teak hardwood floors and terra cotta tiles are featured throughout the home, all made of locally sourced materials and crafted with impeccable quality. Each of the rooms in the home has canyon views and outdoor patios and decks with glass and screened doors, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings from both inside and out. The corridor to the bedrooms is constructed of screened in zacate pavers and allows the canyon breezes to flow throughout the home, heating and cooling the home as needed. It is simply magical!

Note: The climate in our region is such that air conditioning is never needed (and nobody in the Central Valley has it). Daily average temperature averages 80 F and nights are 68 F, cooler at night in winter months. There are also multiple ceiling fans throughout the home. The house maintains a very comfortable ambient temperature and in all of our time there, I have never been hot. I can provide references to this if you are concerned that the lack of air conditioning makes the home an uncomfortable temperature.

The house is built around a gorgeously landscaped wood and stone back yard area with an infinity pool that features a hot tub that was constructed from stones from the river that runs below through the canyon.

Outdoor and indoor showers, beautiful furnishings, luxury linens and top of the line American mattresses on the beds are just some of the things that make our vacation home so special.

All of our furniture was custom designed and built by local artisans from sustainable local hardwoods (teak, cinecero and guanacaste woods).

We have a large family and we love to cook and entertain. Our gourmet kitchen is well stocked with pans and utensils and whatever equipment you will need to make and enjoy a fabulous meal at home (granite countertops, European gas range, dishwasher, Kitchen Aid mixer, etc.). There is a very robust herb garden right off of the kitchen where we grow a large variety of herbs for cooking. Green markets, butchers, bakeries and grocery stores are only a fifteen-minute ride away into the town of Grecia. Private chefs available to come and do your cooking for you if you wish. Inquire with the house manager if you are interested. Prices VERY reasonable.

Each bedroom features a private porch overlooking the canyon. You can arrange with a local day spa to make a house call to give you a massage, facial or other spa services. We also have yoga teachers who will gladly come to the house to guide you in a private lesson. The cost for this is inexpensive compared to what it would cost in the United States and is an affordable vacation indulgence like no other.

The home is equipped with high-speed wireless internet, US Cell Phone reception, TV with DVD player and U.S. satellite TV reception, Apple TV, DVD library, stereo system and security system. Don't worry, you aren't completely off of the grid if you do not want to be!

Our home is a very comfortable and serene haven to relax and rejuvenate and enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty of Costa Rica. Bird watching is one of our favorite pastimes here. (Binoculars, book library and an insane variety of birds included.) This is the ideal place to come and unwind.

Whether you are looking to fly into San Jose and spend a few nights recalibrating before you venture out to explore the wonders this country has to offer, or you are just looking for the perfect place to completely relax, this gorgeous home will perfectly suit your needs.

The home is also an ideal place to use as a home base to take day trips to explore all of the wonders that Costa Rica has to offer. Our house is in great proximity to many of Costa Rica's finest and funnest activities … rainforests, volcanoes, cloud forests, zip lining, volcanic hot springs, waterfalls, white water rafting, crocodile feeding tours (☺), multiple farmer's markets.... and many other fabulous things! All of these magnificent activities are well within a day trip's reach from the house.

Our property manager is named Dan Schild, a lovely American gentleman and expat from St. Louis who will meet you at the property upon your arrival to orient you with the home, the security system, how to operate the pool and hot tub and to answer any questions that you may have. He can also give you some tips on day trips, where to go, etc. and put you in touch with our driver, personal chef, masseuses, yoga teachers, etc. Daily house cleaning available for an additional charge. Mid week cleaning is included for rentals of a week of more.

We have a driver who we recommend, Oscar, who can take you on your day trips for a very reasonable rate if you opt not to drive yourself. Dan can put you in touch with him before or during your vacation so you can make plans with him. If Oscar isn't available, his cousin Olgar is equally wonderful and will be able to drive you.

I have made arrangements with a rental car company who will give you a 10% discount off of their rates when you rent the house. They will also drop off and pick up the car at the house for no charge for rentals of one week or longer, and you can negotiate this for shorter rentals. They offer the best rates and insurance rates of all of the car rental companies in Costa Rica and this is a great added "bonus" when renting the home. A taxi to the house from the airport should run around $35 dollars. Possible to negotiate for the rental car company to drive you to house from airport and to airport from house in your rental car. They aim to please and are very easy to work with.

You can have the best of both worlds... come and relax in complete privacy and seclusion and, if you want, go off the grid for a while. Or, stay plugged in and connected with the outside world. Costa Rica has as much or as little to do as you please!

One of our favorite ways to spend the day is relaxing, sunning and reading by the pool at the house, fixing lunch in the gourmet kitchen, and then to wrap up the afternoon with a spa house call. A special treat is to sit on the porch and watch the rain showers fall and then afterwards the clouds that form in the canyon and rise up, through the house sometimes, to the sky.

We also enjoy taking day trips to the beach, volcanoes, zip lining and to some wonderful restaurants that are around, in San Jose and also in neighboring towns and on the beach. I am happy to speak with you to give you an insider’s perspective of things that are fun to do and to suggest things that you may want to include on your itinerary.

When you stay at Villa Las Clementinas, you will be in the exact locale that Travel and Leisure singled out as the 'best climate in the world'. You will rediscover what it means to be totally relaxed and rejuvenated.

Pura Vida!

Note: if you consult with me prior to your trip, I can also help you with recommendations for tours, drivers, day trips, etc. the hotel next to our gated community (Vista del Valle) is under new ownership and is for the time being closed. There are restaurants in neighboring towns of Palmares and Grecia and there is an excellent Italian restaurant called La Formata about seven minutes drive from the house.

Keywords: villa, house, costa rica, mountains, pool, view, luxury

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Anne-Caroline Brown Taylor (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Anne-Caroline Brown Taylor

Richard and Anne-Caroline.... we live in Atlanta and built this home as our personal hideaway in Costa Rica. We love to visit the house by ourselves to enjoy quiet time together and also love to visit the house with large groups of family and friends. We have found Costa Rica to be our own little Shangri-La and we have so enjoyed getting to know this beautiful country and its people. We have purchased land on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica (in Cahuita) and have fallen in love with the bohemian hamlets of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita. We hope to build a beach house in Cahuita sometime soon.

Anne-Caroline Brown Taylor purchased this villa in 2007

Why Anne-Caroline Brown Taylor chose Atenas

Paradise found, perfect location, the good life. We built this home on a lot we purchased on an old coffee and orange plantation that is now a gated luxury community.

What makes this villa unique

Relaxation, Relaxation, Relaxation and more Relaxation. Great for entertaining, great central location for exploring Costa Rica....close to the airport in San Jose but a world apart from the city.

Reviews

4.9
based on 26 traveler reviews

Villa Las Clementinas - Private Luxury Villa, Infinty Pool, Canyon Edge FABULOUS
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews
Jacksonville, NC
5

Canyon Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing! We spent a month in this home 6/25-7/25 2016. The view is breathtaking. Special thanks to Dan, he was great. We loved the housekeepers, the gardener, the friendly gate security and the neighborhood Boxer who came to stay with us, the last four days of our trip, we miss him so much❤️. This home is in a great location, not too far from most things. We were able to visit Arenal, Jaco, Lapaz, zoo avenue, Grecia, and many more. We could hear toucans almost every morning from the deck and even spotted them on a few occasions. We also saw a kinkajou in a tree by the hot tub. We loved having our meals at the house, the kitchen is fully equipped. The sunsets are beautiful. Even when it rains, it is beautiful, with the fog in the canyon scattered among the trees. This place is a paradise. We loved it!! We experienced a small earthquake while we were there, that was exciting. The mango trees are everywhere and had plenty of mangos to eat. We did rent a car for three weeks and 4 days, the cost was pretty expensive $2100, we rented the car from the referred company. Over all, this was the best vacation we have ever been on and we can not say enough nice things about it. A huge thanks to the Taylor's for allowing us to experience Costa Rica in your home, we loved it. We would love to come back in the future. We hope that others visiting the house would be so kind as to cook a nice breakfast for our boxer friend, and the Doberman mix, they love French toast and bacon. Pura Vida. ❤️🌴

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I am beyond delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that you loved on our neighbors dogs just like we do! Linux, the Boxer, and Milagro, the Doberman mix, have become treasured friends of ours, we love them so much! We would love to have you come back to stay at the house any time! Pura Vida!
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5

The property is unbelievably beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The house is beyond beautiful. The architecture and style are gorgeous. The views are breathtaking. All the amenities of home, plus some. A stay you will never forget. Only regret is that we didn't stay longer!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The property was beautiful! It was so peaceful and private. We loved it! Thank you so much

  • 5 of 5

The property was well cared for. The pool was beautiful. We loved the hot tub. We would go back again. Three couples could easily and comfortably share the house. Each bedroom has its privacy and outside deck. The common and area and kitchen are open and very functional. Windows are everywhere. It's very unique and memorable. I would not hesitate to recommend to others. Ann Caroline was extremely helpful and guided us through who to contact for transportation and where to go. We went to find peace and we found it!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beyond Happy!

  • 5 of 5

It's a little scary to leave the country and just HOPE you are picking somewhere nice for your family to stay. We saw the photos listed for this property and thought they were lovely, and hoped we were not taking too much of a gamble! It wasn't a gamble at all!

This home is GORGEOUS, spacious, clean, and so comfortable. The owners assured us they had the loveliest backyard in all of Costa Rica and I'd have to say they're correct. The infinity pool and hot tub look out to a valley which was green and vast - at night we enjoyed the city lights, but didn't hear any noise other than some wildlife which made leaving all the windows open a joy.

All of the bedrooms have an their own attached bathrooms with an outdoor shower which really appealed to all of us - that's the joy of Costa Rica - enjoying the perfect climate. We were happy to be by the pool all day and at night the temperature dropped to the perfect temperature for sleeping. We were never hot or uncomfortable.

The kitchen is fully loaded so eating in would be convenient if that's the route you want to take. There's also nearby restaurants that were delicious and easy to get to. The owners gave us a list, but we found some of the businesses had closed - this didn't prove to be a problem at all though because they had internet access so we could easily search for other restaurants and see their reviews.

We traveled quite a bit around Costa Rica and used this property as a home base. We didn't have any difficulties navigating and could easily make day trips and get back home before dark.

I cannot state enough how happy we were to stay at Villa Las Clementinas. The owners and their caretaker were very responsive, honest, and good people. I would not hesitate to go back and rent this property - it was one of the highlights of our time in Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth, thank you so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure having you stay at Villa Las Clementinas, Dan went on and on about how wonderful your family was. We hope you will come back and stay with us again. You are always welcome! Pura vida, Anne-Caroline
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Savannah, GA
5

Lovely stay!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Las Clementinas was such a lovely place to stay at in Costa Rica! We were there to enjoy a vacation coupled with photographing a destination wedding. Although the wedding location was farther away than anticipated, it was worth the drive to stay at such a breath-taking house. We had 2 other couples staying there with us and there was plenty of room in the home to feel like we could enjoy alone time. The views are simply to die for and their property manager is great! When the pool started to turn green we called Dan and he came out right away that day to assess and fix it! He was a great contact person on the ground as most of the people do not speak English, at least very well. It was about a 45-minute drive from San Jose airport and close to $80 for a van taxi, which is reasonable.

If you are looking for a retreat, this is a great place! Make sure you plan some-time in your vacation to just hang around the house!

Only recommendation is to bring a sound machine for sleeping at night because the highway is closer than you think and all you'll hear all night is truckers driving and honking - not to mention some of the neighboring dogs who seem to pipe up only at night :( Also not being familiar with the area, we wanted to lock all the doors at night (the whole back of the house is glass sliding doors) and unfortunately a few of them don't lock, but we had no issues the whole week even when we left for day trips.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hannah, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at my home. I hope the baby crib, pack and play, high chair and other baby care items you requested for your family's convenience were helpful to you during your stay. It was kind of Dan and our housekeeper to make those arrangements for you. I'm shocked that you paid $80 for a taxi to the house. I know with six people, plus a baby, you likely had a lot of luggage and then of course your professional photography equipment on top of that. Even at $11 per person, that's twice what the going rate is and certainly more than what our driver Oscar would have charged you, as we discussed when you booked the house. i wish you had taken my recommendation and reserved Oscar. Also when we spoke, I explained to you that the venue where you were to be photographing a wedding was at least an hour away. I was a little perplexed myself that your employers would house you so far away from them and not have you stay at their hotel but assumed you were okay with your arrangement with them. Living in Columbus, Georgia is certainly much different from Costa Rica and a first trip out of the country is certainly an eye opener. I hope you found your experience to be an adventure and that there is much more foreign travel in your future. As a photographer, I am sure you found Costa Rica to be almost overwhelming with all of the flora and fauna that is all around. Cheers, Anne-Caroline
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5

Breathtaking!!!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I enjoyed every minute of our stay at your gorgeous home in Costa Rica! The pictures didn't do it justice. So beautiful and comfortable. We had everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable. Dan was super helpful with answering questions not only about the house but about places to visit in Costa Rica. Four of us got AMAZING massages that he helped us book as well! We were only sad to leave...and return to the wet and cold weather in Atlanta. But we're all talking about coming back to stay again! Thanks so much for opening up your lovely home to us!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Kilometres
SJO
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Jaco
Nearest Point of Interest
The House
Nearest Point of Interest
SJO International Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Town of Grecia
Car: recommended

Our house is located within an easy day trip to the Pacific beaches, volcanoes, zip lining, rain forest, cloud forest and a wealth of other amazing activities. We have a driver who we recommend who will take you wherever you want to go! His name is Oscar and our house manager Dan will give you his contact information.

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Rates & Availability

Stuart Hertz Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
$400
$2,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,100
$6,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Property Damage Protection $79

RENTAL CAR: I have negotiated a 20% discount for all of our guests with one of the rental car companies, which in our opinion is the best one. Information included with booking info package I will send you upon rental. This discount covered all car types they offer and is a very nice perk!

Please inquire about last minute rates or if you have a vacation property you would like to barter, we are open to doing exchanges for other vacation homes.

All rentals of a week or longer include a mid week cleaning of the house, if desired, for each week the house is rented. For example, a two week rental would include two mid week cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Stuart Hertz Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder Room - toilet , Powder room
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Master Bedroom
    Guest Suite #1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Guest Suite #2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • There are 3 full bathrooms and 1 half bathroom in the home. They are all very well appointed with top of the line fixtures and with luxury bathrobes in each.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Can Set Up For You - 2 twin/ single
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , VERY comfortable queen sleeper sofa
  • King size beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2 in storage that can be assembled), very high end and comfortable queen sleeper sofa
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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