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Chloe Murdoch

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, French

Lg Charming Home, Salt Pool, PingPong, Close 2 Beach. BOOK 5 NGHTS, GET 2 FREE

9 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms -Yoga Terrace- PingPong, BBQ, covered patio, Sleeps 6-10

TRANQUIL, COLORFUL AND SPACIOUS home on a private ONE ACRE lot in a GATED COMMUNITY. Only 750 meters to the beautiful beaches in the surfing/fishing village of Esterillos Oeste. A quick drive to the adventures and tourist attractions of both Jaco Beach (20 minutes north) and Quepos/Manuel Antonio (30-40min south). Just enough away to have peace and tranquility, and close enough for all the fun day adventures.

Casa TUCANA: features a LARGE GREAT ROOM with a SPACIOUS OPEN FLOOR PLAN and tall (30') Cathedral Teak ceilings, a COVERED PATIO complete with BBQ & TEAK PING PONG TABLE (also great for dinning outside). This home enjoys country views with COMPLETE PRIVACY and a lower garden with majestic King Palms and lots of Monkeys. Step right in to the large SALT WATER POOL or lounge on the TEAK DECK or on the Palapa day-bed. You'll also enjoy doing Yoga on the roof top terrace, or relaxing in a HAMMOCK under the Palapa. The interior is tastefully decorated in colorful CUSTOM DESIGNED FURNISHINGS by french designer. This home is ideal for families and has a very happy feeling.

RELAXING and FUN: SALT WATER POOL (15' x 40' x 3-6'deep) is surrounded by stone/grass and a teak deck for watching monkeys and Sloths. Relax in Lounge chairs as well as a Palapa covered Day Bed-- a great spot for reading in the shade!

ROOF-TOP TERRACE with PALAPA, HAMMOCKS and another Day Bed.... is perfect for Yoga, reading etc…

PING PONG - Teak Ping-Pong table (also doubles as outdoor dining table that sits 16!)) is a great hit (pun intended!) for kids of all ages!

AMMENITIES: This house is fully equipped with high quality appliances, Custom furnishings. CABLE TV and High Speed CABLE INTERNET

LAUNDRY (washer/dryer) - ALL BEDDING, LINENS & BEACH TOWELS and more... are provided

GATED SECURITY: Gated community with 24/7 security. Casa Toucana is on the largest1 acre corner lot' facing out to a beautiful green valley. A lush green vegetation 'curtain' also provides privacy.

STAY COOL NATURALLY: The GREEN DESIGN of Casa Tucana will keep you COOL NATURALLY! There is also AC just in case, but you'll find that the house stays naturally cool thanks to the HIGH CATHEDRAL CEILINGS, the tall TOWER (chimney effect) and the thick PALAPA ROOF (Great insulation) as well as the CEILING FANS in all the rooms. The beautiful River Blue cement floors also add freshness.

This is a charming home in a lovely location. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we and many others have.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Chloe Murdoch (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, French

About Chloe Murdoch

Since our very first trip to Costa Rica, we fell in love with the scenic beauty and tranquility of Costa Rica. We loved our vacation so much, we decided to build our own vacation homes there. One home was just not enough, so we built two more! Now all of our family and friends can enjoy the beauties of all of our Costa Rica Vacation Homes. We extend that welcome to you, our new Costa Rica friends!

Chloe Murdoch purchased this house in 2008

Why Chloe Murdoch chose Puntarenas

This home is located in a surfing/fishing town called Esterillos Oests and has a local vibe and beach culture. The home is CLOSE TO THE BEACH but tucked back a little, providing you the experience of both the beach and the rainforest. It’s about 750 meters to the beach, which is roughly a 10-15 minute walk and a few minute drive. Walking is possible and good excercise but we recommend renting a car or arranging transportation with a shuttle service for convenience to and from the beach. After several hours at the beach it’s nice to get back to the house with in a few minutes by car, hope in the outdoor shower and jump in the pool to refresh. Having a car, though not necessary to have a wonderful and comfortable vacation, opens up so many more opportunities to explore the surrounding area that offers so many possible activities and adventures. Depending on how adventurous you want, it gives you the freedom to fit more in and see as much as possible of the Pura Vida life. Having your own mode of transportation will also give you the freedom to go into town for an evening at one of the areas many nice restaurants or grab groceries at the local supermarket to have a peaceful meal in the comfort of the home. We recommend this property to those looking for a fun filled & relaxing vacation here in Costa Rica.

What makes this house unique

IN HOME CATERING (PARTIAL or FULL service):

We want to make your stay with us easy and relaxing no planning meals, doing dishes, or grocery shopping! We offer to you a range of services from food and beverage stocking, to self or full service breakfast, lunch, and Dinner!

RELAXING and FUN: SALT WATER POOL (15' x 40' x 3-6'deep) is surrounded by stone/grass and a teak deck for watching monkeys. Lounge chairs as well as a Palapa covered Day Bed-- a great spot for reading!

ROOF-TOP TERRACE with PALAPA, HAMMOCKS and another Day Bed.... is perfect for Yoga.

PING PONG - Teak Ping-Pong table (also doubles as outdoor dining table) is a great hit (punintended!) with all kids of all ages!

AMMENITIES: This house is fully equipped with high quality appliances and CUSTOM FURNITURE

SATELITE TV comes with iPod Dock to watch all you favorite shows and news and play your favorite music (bring your iPod) --

LAUNDRY (WASHER//DRYER) ALL BEDDING AND LINENS PROVIDED - BEACH TOWELS PROVIDED and more...

3-G INTERNET - Stay connected. Bring your Laptop. --

GATED SECURITY: Gated community with 24/7 security. Casa Toucana is on the largest 'Owner's lot', four times the size of regular lots. It is in a corner facing out to a beautiful green valley. A lush green vegetation 'curtain' also provides privacy.

Reviews

4.4
based on 9 traveler reviews

Lg Charming Home, Salt Pool, PingPong, Close 2 Beach. BOOK 5 NGHTS, GET 2 FREE
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 9 reviews
5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 stayed at Casa Tucana for 3 weeks. It is a great house with plenty of room. Everything we needed was provided. The kitchen is well equipped and the outdoor space is amazing. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Amazing Amazing

  • 4 of 5

This review comes a bit after the fact, but suffice to say: This place was incredible! The saltwater pool and ping pong table created the perfect mix of becoming tropically overheated and delightfully refreshed! The house itself is great and spacious, we were there with 9 people and it never felt crowded.

Also, it is surrounded on most sides by jungle-y gardens, so there are mornings were you have monkeys right next to you, and afternoons were lazy cows clang their cowbells on the other side of a hill

The property was clean and the laundry was great.

The only snags we encountered were a pretty serious roof leak (onto one of the beds) over the first two nights. However Chloe and her husband were able to fix it, and were very helpful. They even helped those who were crazy enough try surfing.

Location wise, the house is great, it is about a ten minute walk from a very nice beach, as part of a sort of spread out town; there is a restaurant near the beach that we did not find out about until near our last night (it is owned by a Canadian, Chloe will be able to tell you the name) - it was awesome.

Getting groceries was a bit of a hassle, as we only had a shuttle service; the cost of that was a bit extreme for days where we did not have substantial ambitions, and there was some confusion regarding the extra cost of airport transfers which left a sour taste in a few of my companions' mouths on the last day; I would simply say make sure to figure all of that stuff out ahead of time!

This place is surrounded by great beaches and parks, the owners are teriffic, the house is a lot of fun, and airy and peaceful, and it was definitely better than we could have imagined. As a result, the same group of people are seemingly forever committed to taking holidays together to beautiful houses in warm places every winter from now on!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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5

Magical spot for a family retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Casa Tucana. We were a group of 5 adults and two toddlers. Arriving past midnight, we were greeted by a cheery Chloe who gave us a quick welcome and house set-up. The house is clean, comfortable and breezy, bright, beautifully furnished with spacious, private rooms and all the ammneties you need.

Beautiful salt water pool which the kids enjoyed for endless hours. There were 3 separate socializing areas – the outdoor lounge, which is shaded and private with a well -kept garden of palms and other local fauna. A small deck: perfect for evening drinks and an outdoor area on the roof with a nice view over the surrounding jungle/fields.

We saw monkeys and geckos and frogs and the odd cow in a nearby paddock. Were pleasantly surprised by how bug free the property was. The proximity to the beach was just right– a 15 minute walk or 2 min drive. In the rustic village of Esterillos Oeste there was a grocery store with everything. The village is a true local spot, not at all touristy. Though you definitely need a car to fully enjoy the area between Jaco and Manuel Antonio.

The house was the perfect respite for naps and quiet relaxing during the midday heat and we organized our activities for the mornings and late afternoons. We found Bejuco a magic spot – nice wide beach and lots of local families.

Chloe and Dan were very helpful – arranging car rental through Zuma (who conveniently included a driver to and from the airport) organized local catering for a birthday meal for one in our party, setting us up with the best guide for our tour of Manuel Antonio and zip-lining at the excellent nearby Ocean Ranch.

I might add that they accommodated us within a week of having their 3rd child – and made themselves available for whatever we needed, which was an impressive feat in itself.

Overall, we adored Costa Rica and were very comfortable at Casa Tucana where thoughts of our stressful loves back home melted away. Would highly recommend it for a relaxed family retreat. Thank You so much Chloe and Dan!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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5

This location was perfect

  • 5 of 5

House was perfect, clean, great location if you want the true Costa Rican feel. Daniel was more than happy to help us with excursions off the beaten path. Beach was a great walk, not crowded and safe. Local restaurants were very good. We had six adults who enjoyed morning animals, birds and lizards. Pool was cleaned twice during our stay and housekeeping came once. Toilets were not an

issue ( that's how it's done in Costa Rica, it's okay). We really enjoyed the pool. The house could use some up keep with the swing, two chairs outside and the stove which is a little temperamental. Otherwise great place, definitely need a car. Thank you Daniel and Chloe.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Owner's Response: Hi Glenn and Family, thanks so much for taking the time to review your stay with us at Casa Tucana. We are so glad you had a wonderful vacation with us. We are also glad to hear that you felt the property was very clean and maintained to your expectations throughout your trip. I wanted to comment on the up keep items mentioned as it is always our desire to always keep on top of everything with the home and make sure it is up to date, very comfortable and relaxing for all that stay with us! Since your review, we have updated the swing rope as it is a constant project due to the rope nature of the swings use etc. and we have also replaced the 2 deck chairs as they were wood and with the harsh sun and weather here they wore down very quickly. As for the stove top it is a really nice Gas Range but it does need to be lit by hand using a long lighter which we provide for our guests. I am sorry it was a bit tricky for you as it does have a specific touch for lighting. :) Thanks for your comments as we are always looking to provide personalized and excellent services to our guests. Blessings and we look forward to your next stay with us here in Costa Rica. Pura Vida! Pura Vida Casas Management Team Daniel & Chloe Murdoch
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5

A gem of a house, Great location and service

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Casa Tucana. The house was lovely and well furnished. Very relaxing and private setting. The rooms were large with tall ceilings, the salt water pool…. Aaaah…. perfect! We played ping pong on the beautiful teak table and BBQ on the patio. There was monkeys in the trees and a sloth too. Kids were very excited….so were we!

Daniel (owners' son) was super helpful. He and his wife are from California, so it was easy to communicate. They arranged some fun things for us to do. It was really nice not to have to deal with the planning. We rented local cell phones from them so we could always be in touch, which was reassuring. Our favorites adventures were: surf lesson & jet ski with Daniel, Zip lines and the Crocodile River tour. We also spent a day in Manuel Antonio and an afternoon in Jaco which are only about a 20-35 minute drive each way. Its was fun but quite a bit more crowded than Esterillos.

THis was a super relaxing setting, the beach went for miles and was perfect for surfing and boogie boarding (rented boards from Daniel - very convenient). Kids had fun swimming in the calm water of the tide pools (water is about 85F). We were the only ones on the beach most of the time except for a few locals.

We stocked up on food in Jaco before getting to the house, as Chloe had suggested, and got pretty much everything else we needed at the local grocery store. There are 3 restaurants in the village, we tried them all, all fresh, tasty food.

Over all, we totally loved our stay at Casa Tucana and recommend it for families or groups who want to experience the real Costa Rica.

Thanks Dan and Chlo for a fantastic time.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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5

Most relaxing & enjoyable. Great house managers!

  • 5 of 5

Great vacation all around! Casa Tucana has every thing needed and is beautifully furnished and very spacious... and cool! We enjoyed the large salt water pool overlooking majestic palms. Lots of monkeys passing every morning.

The owners' son, Daniel, and his wife Chloe live next door and were most helpful. Daniel gave us surf lessons, took us out on the jet ski (so FUN!), Chloe arranged some meals for us, and massages, even car and cell phone rental. They made everything so easy and planned several excursions for us--snorkeling at Tortuga Island, horse rides, river rafting, crocodile river tour and zip lines. Every one has such a great time. It was a good thing we took their advice and got up very early (6am!...even the teenagers!) wouldn't miss those magical morning hours.

We loved the little village nearby. Not much there, but the grocery store has everything you need and there is a great carribean style restaurant. It's definitely local and we loved that. The beach was beautiful and totally empty!!! Great for learning to surf.

We wish we has stayed a couple extra days (or weeks!), it was hard to leave paradise. We plan on going back, hopefully next year, with friends (Daniel's parents own another couple large luxurious homes a few miles away). This was a great home and vacation, we recommend it whole heartedlly.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Juan Santa Maria - San Jose (Code: SJO)
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Los Almendros, Esterillos Oeste
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Los Almendros, El Vago, El Tropo, Cerca Del Mar
Nearest Beach
0.75 Miles
Esterillos Oeste

This home is located in a surfing/fishing town and has a local vibe and beach culture. The home is CLOSE TO THE BEACH but tucked back a little, providing you the experience of both the beach and the rainforest. It’s about 750 meters to the beach, which is roughly a 10-15 minute walk and a few minute drive. Walking is possible and good excercise but we recommend renting a car or arranging transportation with a shuttle service for convenience to and from the beach. After several hours at the beach it’s nice to get back to the house with in a few minutes by car, hope in the outdoor shower and jump in the pool to refresh. Having a car, though not necessary to have a wonderful and comfortable vacation, opens up so many more opportunities to explore the surrounding area that offers so many possible activities and adventures. Depending on how adventurous you want, it gives you the freedom to fit more in and see as much as possible of the Pura Vida life. Having your own mode of transportation will also give you the freedom to go into town for an evening at one of the areas many nice restaurants or grab groceries at the local supermarket to have a peaceful meal in the comfort of the home.

The home features 3 LARGE BEDROOMS/2 FULL BATHS, a SALT WATER POOL, PALAPA BED, TEAK DECK, COVERED PATIO with sitting area and TEAK PING PONG TABLE! You’ll also enjoy the TOP YOGA TERRACE with it’s own PALAPA and HAMMOCKs. The house has WIFI INTERNET and SATELLITE TV . It in a nice location, away from the crowds of Jaco or Manuel Antonio and yet close to both and to all the activities. Our manager is there to assist you both before and during your stay.

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Rates & Availability

Esterillos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
DECEMBER HOLIDAY SEASON
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
$3,850
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$250
From
$275
Fri,Sat
$1,750
$6,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

We accept Visa/Mastercard
REFUNDABLE DAMAGE PROTECTON DEPOSTIT: $1,000
1 mid-week cleaning Service Included - Additional Service available
2 DAY Bookings only available if within one month of reservation date.

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Amenities

Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower - shower
  • We provide fine quality bed linens, Hair dryers, Bath Towels, Pool & Beach towels, TP, Kleenex, Hand soap and laundry detergent. Grocery stocking service avaiable. (Small Fee applies)
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 1. MASTER SUITE - 1 king
    2. GUEST BEDROOM - 2 queen
    3 GUEST BEDROOM - 2 queen
  • MASTER SUITE: Step right in to the pool from your balcony. King bed with two bedside tables, desk and chair, drawer chest Ceiling Fan, Room A/C - Bathroom with large tub/shower and closet - double sinks TWO GUESTS BEDROOMS - Each Very large and spacious with tall ceilings. 2 Queen Beds in each room (total of 4 Queen beds) - desk with chair and closet in each room - Shared Bathroom with Shower - Room AC
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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