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Mike

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Charming Comfy Quiet Beach Home - Private Pool Patio Garden - EZ BEACH ACCESS

30 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Playa Grande House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 private Baths, (Sleeps 4) Very close to the Beach

Only a few steps from Costa Rica's finest beach. This charming two bedroom home, with Frank Lloyd Wright-styled French doors and windows, is artfully decorated and extremely comfortable. Each air-conditioned bedroom has it's own private full bathroom and the firm, comfortable king-size beds which are topped with luxurious feather beds and comforters with fresh duvets and the linens are excellent quality, high thread count cotton. The Kitchen and Living Room is spacious and airy with high ceilings detailed with beautiful local hardwoods and plenty of sun-drenched windows.

The large outdoor covered patio/porch is classically tiled and perfect for lounging and dining. It overlooks a private pool that has been described by the locals as 'The Sexiest Pool in Playa Grande'. The property is totally surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens which offers privacy for guests and the many exotic birds, butterflies, and other flora and fauna that call this cozy casita their home.

Keywords: Private Beach House nestled within the Las Baulas National Park and the Tamarindo Estuary Wildlife Refuge.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Mike (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Reviews

4.8
based on 30 traveler reviews

Charming Comfy Quiet Beach Home - Private Pool Patio Garden - EZ BEACH ACCESS
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 30 reviews
Moore ,SC
2

The good, The Bad, the ugly. An honest review.

  • 2 of 5

Let me start by saying we rented during the holiday season so we paid a VERY high rate. Maybe that is why we expected more than we got and were badly disappointed.

The pool is very nice and well maintained. The art work is lovely. There was Corona in the Fridge when we arrived. Nice touch. Mike is a pleasant person.

Beware of what isn't pictured!!! The kitchen is the worst I have ever seen. Even in my college days as a poor student I had better. It is literally about 10 square feet. We had wanted to cook a few meals there but saw immediately it was not possible.The cabinets are unbelievably old, rickety and really, really cheap as are the cooking utensils and dishes. There is no dishwasher. The dishes and utensils seemed dirty. There is no housekeeping whatsoever. Mike cleans between renters. There is no place to eat inside the house. No table at all.

The entry gate is run down, doesn't look like it's ever been painted. Dirt driveway.This is gives you a really bad vibe upon arrival, since it is surrounded by beautiful, well maintained homes.

The house itself is very, very small. We liked the Costa Rican style architecture but the beds were very uncomfortable as was the "sofa" which was the only seating in the interior. Both the beds and sofa are made from concrete which would be probably be okay if you had decent mattresses on the beds and cushions on the sofa . We literally could not find a comfortable position to watch the tiny TV .

This house is in serious need of proper maintenance and upgrading. The air conditioner in the living room constantly flooded the house. We had to keep a bowl and towels on the floor to catch the water. Missing, knobs on washer dryer, threadbare towels. the list goes on and on.

It really isn't that near the beach. Easy walking distance, but if you wanted to take lawn chairs a cooler, umbrellas, etc. It would be a chore. Don't believe what is said about getting to Tamarindo by beach and water taxi. Not nearly as convenient as is suggested and not possible to get back after dinner at night.

I know the tropics are "buggy" but we to kill a number of huge spiders every time we got in the shower. I always was a little paranoid that they were crawling in bed at night too!!!!

I hesitated to write this review because Mike seems like a nice enough guy. I just dont want anyone else to be misled as I feel we were.. Please e-mail me. I will be more than glad to be honest with you about the good and bad.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: UNFAIR INACCURATE REVIEW…4 Months later! Guest answers her own question by stating that she had “too high of expectations”. Then punishes me for her preconceived idea of what our Costa Rican house should be. My home is a typical Tico style house, hand built with German quality craftsmanship. The entire house is pictured, so there shouldn’t have been any surprises. Her critique is totally exaggerated and mean spirited. She was not “misled” and her “Honest Review” insinuates that myself and all the previous five star reviewers are dishonest. ★ When guests arrive there is more than just beer in the fridge. Cold bottled water, a bowl of tropical fruits and munchies, beautiful orchid plants in the kitchen and each bedroom, are all presented to welcome my guests. ★ I came to the house every morning to clean the pool. If there was a problem with the A/C why wasn’t I informed? I pride myself in correcting any problems immediately. ★ The open-style kitchen is a spacious 200 square feet with a 9 foot long counter and a ten foot high ceiling. Previous guests have cooked in the kitchen and eaten on the large counter with no complaints. Many guests also enjoy using the huge dining table outside on the patio. ★ The natural hardwood cabinets are hand crafted and not cheap. ★ The utensils and dishes are not cheap, in fact, the dishes are new Fiesta Ware type china. ★ Guest was emailed in advance that I was the housekeeper and that we had no dishwasher. ★ The entry gate is varnished local hardwood. Paint would ruin the beauty. ★ Stone driveway is not dirt. ★ The beds are built on traditional cement bases, with a wooden frame that supports a firm, posture-pedic mattress with a 4 inch feather bed topper. The bed is complete with high quality, high thread count sheets and feather down comforters covered with a washable cotton duvet. Past guests love the beds. ★ The towels are all new, plush, hotel quality. ★ The sofas have very thick futon style cotton seats and down feather cushions. ★ The missing knob on the brand new washer/dryer is set intentionally as a safety precaution to prevent over heating. ★ The TV is a brand new 40 inch Sony Flat Panel. ★ The beach is a very, short walk as most previous reviews state. ★ I’ve been a VRBO member since 2010 and this is the first negative review I’ve ever received and I was shocked and deeply hurt, because I strive to offer quality accommodations, emphasizing cleanliness, comfort, and security for each guest.
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5

Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Mike's Beach House is simply amazing.

He's 200ft from best surf/sand beach you could imagine.

There are 3 awesome local restaurants within easy walking distance.

The house itself is beautiful; a perfect place to hang out by the pool if you've had too much sun.

If you're looking for a relaxing place to stay in this area, and want easy access to everything that makes Costa Rica great; this is your spot.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quaint private beach bungalow

  • 5 of 5

My husband, daughter and I stayed here for nine nights. The location of the home is setback so you feel you're in your own private retreat. Its just a short walk to the beach. We loved the quaintness of the bungalow. It's decorated beautifully throughout. Plenty of room for the three of us. It had all the amenities we required for our stay. We woke up every morning and had breakfast outside overlooking the pool and beautiful garden area. Some days we went to the beach and other days we just stayed at the bungalow for our own private retreat. We were able to see many types of birds and butterflies each day. Overall a very relaxing and inviting home made our stay in playa grande a memorable Costa Rican experience.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great anniversary trip.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our first trip to Costa Rica and staying in this home. We were looking for a relaxing time, not wanting to do much but lay on the beach and hang out by the pool. There are tons of shells on the beach if you like that sort of thing. This location and home were perfect for both. The house was very comfortable and the pool was perfect when we wanted to escape the heat, but didn't want to go in the ocean. Mike even helped me arrange for a special anniversary surprise for my wife when we first arrived at the house. We didn't have any issues and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I would recommend to anyone wanting to be close to the beach and still wanting plenty of privacy.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing house in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from Costa Rica and had a wonderful time. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. Mike's house is beautiful with everything you could possibly want or need, including a fantastic pool and outdoor seating area. The location was ideal - the beach was right around the corner, and you can walk to several bars and restaurants. Also, the super nice guys at Frijoles Locos Surf Shop are just outside of the neighborhood, making planning any excursion really easy. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boston area
5

Great house, pool, owner, and location!

  • 5 of 5

When we were searching for options for our honeymoon, we considered resorts, traditional hotels, and private homes. We were SO HAPPY we made this choice. The house was in a great location, very private and quiet, and had everything we needed for a romantic honeymoon + days trips for adventures. We used the awesome pool every afternoon. Thanks goodness for the AC as it was 90+ every day! We ventured out to Llanos de Cortez (waterfall), Playa Carbon (black sand beach), Playa Flamingo (non-touristy, non surfing beach), played golf several times (Four Seasons, Conchal, and Pinilla), had an estuary tour, and of course, took the water taxi to Tamarindo Beach. If you like a surfer vibe - you'll love Tamarindo. If you like a great beach tiki bar, you'll love Lola's. Be sure to go to try the Mango Jalapeno Margarita's at RipJack's and the Sunday night BBQ at Seven. As the other reviewers have mentioned, Mike stops by every morning to clean the pool. If you are up early he is very willing to share tips and ideas for getting the most out of your Costa Rica vacation. The ONLY downside is the dirt road to get into Playa Grande. Very bumpy and rutted.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Liberia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Three local bars within walking distance
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Hacienda Pinilla and Reserva Conchal
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Three restaurants within walking distance
Nearest Beach
125 Metres
Playa Grande is just a few steps to the beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Playa Grande Beach Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Las Baulas National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Tamarindo Estuary Wildlife Refuge
Car: not necessary

Bird watching, Turtle nesting Tours, Massages, Yoga, Canopy Zip Lines, Fiestas, Estuary Tours, Butterfly Farm, Monkeys, and phenomenal Sunsets.

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Rates & Availability

Playa Grande House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
October
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
$399
 
 
Christmas/New Years
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$599
 
 
President's Month 2017
Feb 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$399
 
 
Easter 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$499
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$299
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Playa Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2 full sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , one full sink
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
The home is owner operated and a nice simple layout making it easy to move right into. You'll feel like it's yours as soon as you step into it. The ADT security system and private safes in each bedroom guarantee our guests security and safety. Easy and comfortable. Pura Vida!

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