Enchanting 2 BR, 1 BA Rainforest Mountain House ,special rates for october 2018
- english, german
I was born and raised in Germany and live in the US, I love nature and alternative traveling, backpacking .I look to experience the true people and culture of a place which is why I bought this house .
Owner purchased this House in 2011
Why Owner chose Peñas Blancas
I fell in love with this house on my visit this spring ( 2011) and ended up buying it, I am continuing to rent it and have the same delightful caretakers as the prior owner. There is a lot to do and see in the area. There is a book with information and reviews by previous visitors in the house. We love experiencing the true Costa Rica, avoiding the crowds and yet having easy access to it all. I looked at property near the beach and it was not for us. I much prefer my mountain house.The covered deck allows us to relax outside in our hammocks even if it rains and I love the strands of fog in the trees in the morning after a rain. If you love birds you will truly enjoy my house, birders have rented it and reported excitedly about the varieties they saw . The Eco Lodge next door allows my guests to use the pool and come to their restaurant, they are wonderful neighbors, they have cabins under the trees that you don't see from my place , so it feels like you are alone out there.
What makes this House unique
Super relaxing and quiet, a place to connect with family and friends , there is a small charcoal BBQ for your enjoyment .I do not charge for extra people as I have traveled with kids and hated the extra fees myself .
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
the house has 1 bathroom, small gathering OK
i occasionally make exceptions on request
deck is raised,watch small children
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
pets per special request/review only, extra bed possible for longer rentals
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We loved our stay here! The house is very private and nestled in the rainforest. We woke up each morning with toucans on our back porch. It was such a relaxing stay. The restaurant at the eco lodge next store made delicious food and the kitchen was well stocked enough to cook dinner if you didn’t feel like going out. We highly recommend staying here if you are visiting the La Fortuna area!
Rustic rainforest retreat
We loved the rural setting and the proximity to the Chachagua Rainforest ecolodge. We really enjoyed the many varieties of birds that we fed off of the porch, and the view and serenity were lovely. Ute was very good to deal with, and when her caretaker was unavailable because of an emergency, she made very good alternative arrangements. The pool and the landscaping at the lodge was beautiful and the trails were fun. The house is very rustic though- water pressure was low, the toilet was slow to flush , the temperature range on the stove was interesting, and at times it was a bit warm for sleeping at night even with the fan. All in all , it was good value for the money, felt quiet and serene and was convenient for exploring the area. Thank you!
Join the toucans for breakfast
This was the highlight of our week in Cost Rica. Relax in this private property in the rainforest. We appreciated the fresh fruit that was left for us and shared it with the birds on the beautiful deck. It seems toucans love papaya and banana! We took advantage of the relationship with the Eco Lodge and enjoyed the restaurant, pool and activities they offered. A unique experience.
Rustic and Remarkable
Instead of telling you what a superb time we had here, I'll give you some "head's up" stuff that will help when you do choose this home:
The check -in procedure is a bit interesting. The owner has a manager that lives in the area. You pick up the keys from them. The house is not marked with a sign, nor are there any address numbers on houses in C.R. But all the neighbors know which house you need so they'll help you out. The owner does provide detailed instructions. But, even at that, it could be difficult if you arrive after dark...If you speak Spanish, you can easily communicate with the manager, a lovey woman. If you only speak English, the manager has an English-speaking family member that lives next door. They are all more than willing to help you out.
Once you get near the home itself, you will drive up a steep mountain road, about a block long. 4wd or high clearance is recommended, but know that the road is cobbled. Meaning it is fine to drive on. It's not a muddy mess that you may get stuck in. This was our concern when we approached for the first time. Once you get up the drive, you will see that it is made of cobbled stones. No problem.
The property is very well taken care of. Large yard. No neighbors. Very private. Perfect.
The home is rustic. We had no hot water, but got along just fine with heating water when needed. We had plenty of ant spray to ward off the little buggars. Once done, we had no problem.
The online listing stated that there is a T.V. here. Not.
WIFI is available at the resort near here.
The kitchen comes fully stocked.
The beds are very firm.
We stayed for 3 weeks. We came to love our little "home".
The actual design of the house is brilliant. There is a large deck that overlooks the rainforest, a pond, and you can hear the babbling brook just below you. The house sits up on a small hill which provides an awesome view. A perfect location.
Our focus was birding. The variety of bird species was amazing. We found that we enjoyed just staying at the property many days and not have to venture out that often.
The resort/restaurant is a short walk away. They are very accomodating. Great food/pool/trails.
Well, I hope I've covered some of the necessities that might help you once you choose this lovely home.
Well done to the owner, UTE.
Thanks for providing the opportunity for the perfect vacation.
im glad you enjoyed your time , sorry about the water, you should have said something , it was just the breaker, it had flipped and the heater was off . All back to working now . We do love the place too , its so relaxing there , not like the zoo in Tamarindo. We hope you can come again some day .
Great place to unwind and relax
The house was perfect for me and my wife and teenage son to unwind after fun filled activities during the day. While a bit difficult to find on a dark rainy night, once we did it was perfect. We loved hanging out on the covered patio in the hammocks and just listen to the rushing water below and the sounds of nature all around. Being able to use the nearby hotel facilities and restaurant was great. While the internet didn't work on the property, nor any cell phone signal, I actually consider that to have been preferable. No connection to the world except through the birds! Whenever we just had to have internet it is a short walk to the hotel. We enjoyed watching the birds come grab snacks we left for them. The location near La Fortuna was close enough to do our activities, but also far enough to be away from touristy stuff. Great, just great! Loved it all!
can i stay here forever please?
Ute's house is absolutely stunning. This is one of those houses where you really could spend all day and be happy. Of course there are also the many other charms of the region. We drove up from Dominical and went through the mountains into San Ramon and then Chachagua. The drive is tricky -- very easy to get lost. The views on this route were jaw-dropping. Ute provided good driving directions, but some of the landmarks are hard to find - BE ALERT. We arrived early but were still able to get access to the house early. The property is adjacent to the Chachagua Rain Forest Lodge which provides many benefits - delicious restaurant, walking trails, impeccable landscaping, helpful staff (for info on the region). We ate several meals at the restaurant. The pool looked lovely although we ran out of time and didn't use it. The house is up a hill from the lodge, very private. The house was warm inside (stayed there in July) but the porch is PERFECT! Seriously, we wanted to spend all day on the porch on the hammocks. You will see TOUCANS and an amazing variety of moths (really, we took so many pictures). Even though the house felt warm during the day (again ...porch time!!) it cooled down well in the evening. The house was very well stocked with cooking implements, soap, towels, paper towels...better than many places I've visited . Chachagua (five minutes away) has options for gas and essentials. La Fortuna (about 20 minutes away) has tourist attractions and many restaurant options. TRY OUT THE RAIN FOREST CAFE!! Be aware, many of the most popular sites have fees. If we had been there longer, we would have explored more of the local (less touristy) areas. La Fortuna waterfall is worth seeing. Arenal Volcano Park is nice (again, a minimal fee but with less hiking than I expected). CHECK OUT THE HOT SPRINGS. There are some local coffee tours available - we didn't do any tours but did enjoy a lovely cup of coffee at one of the coffee plantations. Regrettably, I don't speak much Spanish, but everyone I met in CR was very hospitable.
Ute's house is good for couples, families, friends...really, anything! We are DEFINITELY eager to go back!!!!!!!
This wonderful house is located near Volcano Arenal east of La Fortuna.
This map shows it in the town of Chachagua, But in reality 2 km away and is adjacent to the Children's Eternal Rainforest. Next Door is the Chachagua Hotel and Eco Lodge invisible under the trees , nice restaurant and also a good place if your group or family is too large for the house , just rent one of their beautiful cabins.