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Naturalist's Delight - Main Floor of Private House - Quiet & Secure

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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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El Cerro House Rental Photos and Description

Main level of a stand alone home in upscale area of private single family homes

The Wood Chalet, a unique single family home constructed of teak, is strategically located between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, in an upscale, single -area, where each house is hidden in the flora, and privately situated to view the fauna. This idyllic location is simply the best of beach and jungle. Ideal for a naturalist or honeymoon couple. Spacious, open living area with full kitchen and huge upscale bathroom for pampering yourself. The chalet is managed by the owner, Cynthia, whose apartment is on the first level, and she will check you in, offer assistance, and be available throughout your stay for questions or concerns. She can assist you with travel and tour bookings for your convenience.

View the monkeys and the sloth that inhabit the rain forest canopy surrounding the chalet from it's roomy covered porch or patio areas. Toucans, mccaws, mot-mots, humming birds, and scarlet tanagers frequent the area. Pamper yourself at the Raindrop Spa, hike the nature trails, or simply relax and surround yourself with the sounds and sights as the tropical rain forest comes alive around you.

The Chalet is located in the natural habitat of species such as the squirrel monkey, white faced Capuchin monkey, three-toed sloth, and numerous bird species. For human contact, walk into the quaint village of Quepos, a center of sport fishing and enjoy the quaint shops and restaurants of an authentic Costa Rican town.

Minutes from the most visited national park in Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio National Park. Gorgeous beaches that are outlined by mangrove and coconut trees for shade. Arts, crafts, restaurants right on the beach!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Cynthia Hale
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Cynthia Hale

Cynthia is enjoying retirement and travels extensively.

Cynthia Hale purchased this house in 2006

Why Cynthia Hale chose Quepos

Cynthia has been traveling to Costa Rica since she was 17 and wanted a second home in the Manuel Antonio area. The Chalet was her choice because it is very private, yet located with other single-family homes just a short walk into Quepos (famous for its offshore sport fishing) and a short bus ride to Manuel Antonio National Park. She lives in Quepos and is only a few minutes away to assist guests in all aspects of their stay.

What makes this house unique

Best location - quiet and peaceful yet so close to amenities

Natural rainforest setting - see lots of monkeys & birds

Romantic, romantic, romantic!

Private yet not isolated - safe and secure

Owner managed

Close to everything, but quiet

Tour booking assistance

24/7 assistance (owner lives 10 minutes away)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at your place. It was exactly the jungle setting we were looking for. Just wish we would have been able to spend more time there. Dorit did a great job in lining up our activities as well.
Dec 2012
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Naturalist's Delight - Main Floor of Private House - Quiet & Secure
average rating of 4.4 based on 18 reviews

Enjoyed Our Stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the wood chalet from Feb 24 for six nights. We were so happy to find everything just as it was described in the listing. Very peaceful, rainforest setting and top notch people to assist us at Manuel Antonio Estates from the guards, the front desk (Dorit) and the maid (Merisol). The location was ideal - close to everything but far enough from the main road so that the only sounds we heard were the birds and other animals, including monkeys in the canopy. The house, including the bathroom, was clean and cozy for romantic evenings. It was a great experience and I will recommend the chalet to others. Great value! Thanks for sharing.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting a review! I am always happy to hear about guests enjoying our little piece of paradise and hope that you will come again!
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Lived up to the listing - great location!

  • 5 of 5

I found Casa Chalet to be a cozy and well-appointed teak cabin in the Manuel Antonio area rainforest. Located in a secure community, the chalet is a wonderful spot for wildlife, and Costa Rica is home to five per cent of the world’s biodiversity.

From the front porch I was amazed to see during my week stay, three types of monkey, toucans, sloths, hummingbirds, coati mundi, scarlet macaws, dozens of species of decorated butterflies, and that is by no means the end of the list. The location is ideal for those who would prefer the wild animals to come to them rather than stand in line on a tour.

The property is a short walk to the busy town of Quepos, but extremely quiet at night, with the exception of cicadas, birds, and the occasional howler monkey! The beach at Manuel Antonio National Park – rated the most beautiful beach in Central America in a Trip Advisor survey, is a 15-minute bus ride from a stop near the community entrance.

Featuring a huge Jacuzzi and laundry service, Casa Chalet is ideal for honeymoon couples and romantic getaways. I stayed as a single, and thoroughly enjoyed the huge bathroom, too.

Plus, the owner is very attractive and fun!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Mark! Glad you enjoyed your stay and saw so many amazing animals here at Casa Chalet. Please come again, and recommend to friends and family. Pura vida!
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Relaxing cottage in the forest.

  • 4 of 5

This small and cozy cabin is right on the edge of central Quepos. We felt safe here with the security gate personnel. Enjoyed our stay and found it well equipped. Air conditioning was much appreciated as was the jacuzzi (cool water) as there is no pool available. Great album collection & turntable provided a trip down memory lane for those of us in our 60s. Good value although more comfortable seating and better reading lamps would be helpful. Very quiet location and helpful management.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Quepos location

  • 5 of 5

My son and I arrived at the chalet in the early evening after a long travel day. Elias was there to greet us at the property's office. He was very pleasant, spoke English very well and was eager to assist us and in getting us settled in. He even dropped by later that evening to make sure we were doing okay and helped me order a take-out pizza from a local restaurant. The property was just as advertised. It was very clean, well maintained and had everything needed for a comfortable stay. In the afternoons we would watch monkeys from the front porch and we even saw a sloth. We also met with Dorit at the property’s office. She too spoke good English and assisted us on setting up a fishing trip and a whitewater rafting trip. Overall this was a great trip. The convenient location of the property and the excellent service provided by both Elias and Dorit made this a destination that I would definitely recommend to friends and family.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing little tucked away chalet!!

  • 5 of 5

We quite enjoyed our stay here at the wood chalet. Before we came we had been sent an abundance of information expaining everything we could have possibly asked. The staff is amazing!!! We loved the fact that we were tucked away in the rain Forrest and had wildlife all around us. We had bananas growing on the property and went for an amazing hike up the manual antonio estates trail to see some beautiful sights. Chalet was clean and comfortable and had all appliances we needed to cook some meals. I would highly recommend this place to other visitors. Lighting was def not bright but served its purpose for what I was needing and wanting. Great value!!!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Little cabin in the jungle

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Manuel Antonio Estates. Despite the fact we missed the turn and drove 6 km past the estates to the park, then had to drive back in the worst traffic of the year, we finally settled into Manuel Antonio Estates. Casa Chalet is by far the smallest property in the community, and it doesn't have a pool like most others. However the estates are like a private park in the busy Quepos area and after most the other renters left after new year, the place was quiet. We saw white-faced Capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sloths, lots of birds and beautiful butterflies right outside the casa. One feeling we got was that the interior was very dark, as the house is in the shade of the jungled mountain behind it, there were few bright lights inside and the natural wood finish is stained very dark. It did make it easy to sleep in. The kitchen was well-stocked one the bed was comfortable, plus the air-conditioning, wifi and tv made the place pretty cushy. The house had a huge built-in spa tub in the bathroom, a safe for your valuables, and the staff was super friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Quepos Regional
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Nearest Motorway
100 Metres
Quepos to Manuel Antonio
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Quepos (for sunsets, not recommended for swimming)
Car: not necessary

Here you will experience an adventure vacation in the tropical forest, surrounded by Costa Rica’s most beautiful natural environments. It is the natural habitat of species such as the Titi monkey, white faced Capuchin monkey, howler monkey, three-toed sloth, and numerous bird species such as mccaws and toucans. For human contact, walk into the quaint village of Quepos, a center of sport fishing and enjoy the quaint shops and restaurants of an authentic Costa Rican town.

Minutes from the most visited national park in Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio National Park. Gorgeous beaches that are outlined by mangrove and coconut trees for shade. Arts, crafts, restaurants right on the beach! I can book for you numerous tours and activities (see above)

Other Activities: kayaking, zip-lining, fishing, boating, parasailing, wildlife viewing, horse riding, spa, jet ski, ATV, rafting, kayaking, etc.


Rates & Availability

El Cerro House Rental Rates

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Dec 17 2016 - Apr 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Turnaround fee per stay $50

50% nonrefundable if cancellation is within 30 days of arrival

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El Cerro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Huge & tiled
  • Huge bathroom with romantic two person jetted tub, fully tiled, romantic lighting, shower, a delight!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ideal for couples
  • Luxury teak queen'sized bed - perfect for honeymoon or a romantic get-away
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The Chalet is the perfect place for guests to honeymoon, enjoy a romantic get-away, or experience the rain forest with a special person. Very private, secure (gated community), and close all the area's attractions. Naturalist's delight!

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