|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Classic Costa Rican construction with stucco walls, tile floors, beautiful tropical hardwood ceilings and doors, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Grounds include avocado, mango, papaya, and citrus trees with many tropical flowers. Howler monkeys, iguanas, and parrots frequent the area, as well as many other species of birds and beasts. The house is high enough to have a wonderful view, but is within walking distance of the beach, and the climb back up to the house will keep you in shape while you are away from the gym! Also, the soothing sound of the surf is like a lullaby. The house is comfortable with a well-equipped kitchen, large dining room, beautiful Costa Rican original art work, newly tiled pool overlooking the ocean, pit barbecue, a wonderful maid, and overall, beautiful surroundings. Also we now have new living room and TV room furniture. SKY TV and VCR/DVD, radio/CD/IPOD player, new TV, high speed Internet and wifi.
The kitchen has handmade tile, depicting designs of the local indigenous people, made by a renowned Costa Rican ceramic artist and her husband, a well-known American architectural ceramic artist. It also includes a toaster oven, microwave, gas stove, refrigerator, blender, and nice glasses and china. Pots and pans are adequate for most cooking needs. Telephone service is available with long distance available only with a telephone credit card. There is a washing machine and dryer, and the maid will wash anything you want. There is a wet bar in the living room with a small refrigerator. On the deck are two wooden tables with umbrellas and four wooden deck chairs with cushions. The house comes with all linens but you will need to bring shampoo, etc.
There is also a CD player/radio and satellite TV high speed Internet and wifi
Many excellent restaurants, the best sport fishing in Costa Rica, river float trips, surfing on a gorgeous beach, snorkeling at low tide, canopy tour, wonderful area for nature walks. Guatil, a historic village for ceramic work is only about an hours drive from the house where you can see artists at work and many interesting pieces both modern and indigenous. The Flying Crocodile is about a half hour from here where you can take breathtaking ultra light rides over the ocean and coastal mountains. The area is quiet and peaceful with not too much development. The road from Carrillo to Samara is paved which is a great improvement for travel although it is only three miles. Horses are available for rent from Luis Rodrigues--Celenia can contact him for you. Sea kayaking and float trips available from Popo's, owner Tad. A new zip line is available as well as the Flying Crocodile, an exciting ultralight ride.
Contact owners for specific info on sport fishing.
BR B Area: /B BR This is a beautiful, tropical area of the north coast of Costa Rica. The beach is a large semi-circle lined with coconut palms perfect for relaxing in the shade or venturing out into the sun. Waves can be very large at high tide but smaller and much gentler at low tide. There are tide pools at the west end of the beach and snorkeling is good there at low tide. The mountains make for gorgeous views and sunset can be viewed from the side of the house where the view overlooks two ocean beaches.
Weekly rates $1500/week except Christmas, New Years and Easter which are $2000/week.
We are a family from Pensacola, Florida who love our Costa Rican paradise. We have shared it with many people over the years, many of whom have come back every year or so and consider it their home as well. We are college professors, attorneys, farmers/ecologists, scientists, sailors, artists and people who love to have a good time.
Kay Mitchell purchased this house in 1993
Villa Mitchell and Playa Carrillo are both secluded non-touristy places which it make the home and the area a paradise away from the commercialism that has taken over much of Costa Rica. There is plenty to do there without condos and highrises! The most beautiful beaches in the world, clean water, wildlife, peace and serenity--also good places to eat, fish, swim, play.
Over the years we have improved the property, planted many trees and plants--mangoes, lemons, flowers etc--and restored the house along the way by adding new custom made Costa Rican furniture and Costa Rican artwork. We also have an excellent library from scientific books on plants and birds to the best novels as well as plenty of 'beach reads!' The view from the pool deck of the Pacific Ocean to unrivaled; sitting as the rail overlooking the ocean has become a daily and nightly place to be to relax and enjoy the view, the stars, the monkeys--you name it!
Our family of four stayed at Villa Mitchell for 12 days over Christmas and it was perfect in every way. The location is unbeatable. Snuggled in the middle of the lush jungle hillside, the villa was comfortable and well equipped. The house is situated above the midway point of Playa Carillo so the views are sweeping and the pool area is sun drenched for the entire day. Even in the heat, the house stayed reasonably cool because of the open air layout.
The neighbouring house is visible through the kitchen window and one side of the dining room, but other than that, there is complete privacy.
One of the many highlights was New Years Eve. From our high vantage point, we were able to see the fireworks set off from Playa Samara, Carillo, Estrada and one beach south of Carillo. It was quite spectacular.
It was a memorable Christmas and I would definitely like to return for another stay.
It is a beautiful house with spectacular ocean view. Surrounded by nature where you can relax. We enjoyed very much our 4 days stay. The owners provided us all requested information and Isa, the lady who works there, is very helpful and nice. My family and I will definitely return.
This was our second stay at Villa Mitchell. The house is set up around the pool. You fall asleep to the sound of the surf and wake to the surf and the sound of birds and howler monkeys. It is a short distance down the hill to the middle of Playa Carrillo where you can walk the beach, paddle board, kayak, surf and snorkel. There are crocodiles in the streams at each end of the beach. At night, the stars are overwhelming and easy to gaze at from the pool deck. If you keep the hummingbird feeders filled, you will be rewarded with some amazing birds.
The home is spacious with a living room that is comfortably cool and a master bedroom just off the pool deck. The house has been around awhile but is comfortable like an old pair of blue jeans. The owner provides cleaning service and that is a great feature as ants and other insects are a fact of life in Costa Rica.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stays here and look forward to a third time.
This was the best family vacation in this hideaway home overlooking the Pacific. What an adventure to ride through the scenic tropical hill side, through Playa Samara, emerge at a breath taking coconut tree lined beach and ride up a hill in the middle of Playa Carillo to this house. The house itself is an open air, aka no ac, older Spanish style with decorative Costa Rican art. It feels like a place to kick your shoes off and settle in for a while. Everything we needed for cooking big family meals was there including a large dining room table overlooking a spectacular sunset view.
The house is on a steep hill side nestled in a tropical forest. We recommend a four wheel drive vehicle to make the climb. However, the distance to the beach is short enough to walk if you want to climb back up. If you do not feel like treching out, you can experience wild life just by sitting out at the pool patio. Howler monkeys, Mono congos call this spot their home and make daily appearances along with parrots, iguanas, humingbirds and more. We played in the pool, went zip lining, surfed and went sport fishing. There are three adjacent beaches for surfing with varying degrees of difficulty, Playa Samara, Playa Carillo and Playa Camaronal. There are also three permanently moored sport fishing boats for world class fishing.
Carillo and Samara have a variety of good restaurants and some night life.
About the house, if you study insects as I have, the variety in the tropics is amazing. In open air style houses like Villa Mitchell one should be prepared to share the home to some degree with the forest. We, two couples and five children, found this to be a home away from home. It feels warm, inviting and a bit lived in but that is part of the charm. The sunrise can streaming in through the bedroom windows with the sound of the ocean, birds and monkeys in the background. We stayed for three weeks and had a perfect pura vida experience.
A note on the door informed us the maid was at another job and we would find the key under the mat. Although we have been at the house many times that is not an acceptable arrangement. There are aspects to any house rental that need to be explained and as it turned out, there were several important deficiencies that needed attention. One of the toilets was not working (the water had been turned off); the gated metal door from the bedroom to the pool could not be opened with the key; we didn’t remember how to open the gas from the propane tank and would have asked a housekeeper; there was no hot water. We called Elmer, who managed to pry open the jaws of the lock on the metal door, cleaned it, making the door operable. He oiled the wheels, enabling the gate to move. He showed us how to open the propane tank to light the gas ( we had brought matches; there were none in the house). The next day we discovered the propane tank was empty so we could not use the stove. There was no charcoal in the house – we managed to use the outside grill by finding a few bits of charcoal. Although Elmer fixed the toilet, we did not realize until after he left that there was no hot water, forcing us to take cold showers until you called on Monday and told us how to turn on the hot water at the hot water tank. Several ceiling lights were out, needing to be replaced. Simply put, these are problems that point to a house that has not been properly prepared for guests.
Ants on the kitchen counters and in the bathrooms have always been a problem, leading us over the years to be very careful about handling food and cleaning up afterwards. The problem now is far worse. After dark the kitchen floor was swarming with large black ants, that also were present in the bedroom. Only by keeping the light in the kitchen on at night were we able to control that problem. In the past we have stored fruit in the oven to keep it safe. That no longer works – a large chunk of a banana was eaten inside the oven, indicating there is now some way into that space. The seal on the door of the refrigerator needs a thorough cleaning - it is filled with mold and the refrigerator interior needed a thorough cleaning. Napkins and place mats in the drawers were dirty from previous use. The water jug was low and quickly ran out. The coffee pot was defective – sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. Despite the history of theft, the safes have not been repaired.
We have just returned from a terrific stay at thie house. If you want a hermetically sealed climate controlled environment, then this house is not for you. But if you want to wake up to the sunrise coming through the house, hear the surf, hear the howler monkeys and watch them as they periodically go through the foliage adjacent to the house, sit on the pool deck and look out at the sea, and take your pick of locally available activities or chill at this house high above and looking out at the ocean, this is the place for you.
There are limited but good restaurants in Carrillo, with more a few miles down the road in Samara. But our favorite was buying fresh seafood and grilling it on the Weber on the deck.
The house is older. The furnishings are a little worn but in a very comfortable way. If your family had a vacation home for 30 years, it would feel this way.
The hill to the house, which gives it such a private, in the jungle feeling, is pretty steep, though not very long. We were glad to have a car to go down to the beach for our daily walks. Swimming, surfing, snorkeling are all very close. Popo's, or Blue Barrel Adventures (not sure of the last word) can arrange all sorts of activities.
There is a housekeeper who comes daily during the week. She is nice, speaks virtually no English but will listen and talk if you want to try your Spanish. Her efforts keep the bugs down. This is Costa Rica, after all!
Playa Carrillo is located three miles south of Samara on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. The beach is a huge horseshoe lined with coconut palms with a rocky headland on each end. There is no commercial development on the beach which adds to its natural beauty. It is in Guanacaste province on the northern Pacific coast in a area that so far is not overdeveloped and still retains the lovely natural beauty without condos and golf courses. You are sure to see parrots, howler monkeys, iguanas, frogs and many species of birds and other animals. It is the perfect place to relax, but there is plenty to do if you want to venture. There are horses, a zip line, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, fishing(some of the best sport fishing in Costa Rica) as well as short day charters that fish close to land. If you decide to rent out home, I will send you a detailed list of things to do and places to go.
Christmas, New Years and Easter are $2000/week, not necessarily Saturday to Saturday. Prices for more than one week are negociable with the owner, email and phone listed above. Year round rate other than holidays is $1500/week. The minimum rental is three days at $250/night.