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Modern two story house: River meets Ocean, with beach, waterfall and lagoon

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 8, open kitchen, huge verandas, coconut

Modern two story house in a large 5 acre tropical garden, all fenced in and private, with off street parking, guard dogs, cows, chicken and on site care taker(spanish only). The second story open floor plan with open kitchen and barcounter lets you see and hear the waves through lush vegetation. The beach is thirty meters away on the other side of the fence/road, the mountains behind you are the home to lots of animals. Two bedrooms each have their private baths with hot water, one with shower/tub, the other with shower. There is also one more extra bedroom with no bath, small and ideal for kids. Works great for families. One bedroom has an office counter and optional air conditioning (at extra cost!!) . Free WIFI ! Laundry and cleaning service are available at extra cost. For bigger groups we also offer the groundfloor apartment at extra cost. It sleeps an extra two, could sleep four.

Jan or Bettina
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 30, 2017

About Jan or Bettina

We moved to Los Cedros in 1992 onto our 100 hectar farm, working in farming, reforestation and construction. We also had a woodworkshop, a mango plantation, teak, pochote and cashew reforestation. We moved our artist workshop to San Jose lately and treat this as a gentleman farm.

Jan or Bettina purchased this farmhouse in 1992

Why Jan or Bettina chose Puntarenas

This is life on the edge of the jungle with nature intact. The river is a source of wildlife, a monkey highway with little tourism. Just 70 meters from the wild beach of Los Cedros but totally fenced in, with lovely local caretakers Marvin and Cynthia. Our next neighbors are 500 yards away. Still it is just 2 miles from Montezuma

What makes this farmhouse unique

secure, authentic, with lots of local flair, low key, private and personal. You can learn a lot about life in the tropics and nature is very close!


Cedros Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , with a view
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , on ground floor, available with studio for bigger groups
  • bathrooms are to European standards but we do ask our guests to deposit all toilet paper in the wastebaskets provided. We are in a rural area with septic tanks and need your collaboration. Thanks in advance!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon , studio on ground floor available for bigger groups
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , "childroom", good for a couple as well, no bath
  • Both big bedrooms got desks, fans and closets. One has optional AC at extra cost, one with private veranda!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Modern two story house: River meets Ocean, with beach, waterfall and lagoon
average rating of 4.9375 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay . Beautiful house equipped with everything we needed and just a 2 minute walk to a quiet beach 4 minute walk to a lagoon. The house is modern ,extremely well maintained and clean. Also wonderfully decorated. as you would do for your private house not as a beach rental.

We have been to Montezuma many times but this is the safest place we ever stayed.

And the best part were the amazing caretakers Cinthia and Marvin who were immediately available, So friendly and helpful. they Kept the house spotless , did our laundry , kept things well stocked, showed us how to work everything and a on the rare occasion when something small needed fixing ( like greasing the chain of the bikes) it was done fast

our only regret was that they would not come back with us

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michael for your kind review and that you want to visit us again next winter. It is quite a challenge to keep everything in good working order because of the tropical climate. We are constantly fixing things and improving our house. At the moment we are replacing gutters and doors. It started raining once in a while and it is beautiful springtime now, all green and sprouting. A good time to visit. The ocean is calm and clear and the temperature went down a little. All the best Jan
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Great house really close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

My group loved staying at this house. The house was in great order and the owner were very nice and hospitable. The homemade mango juice was amazing.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the note. Even though I was worried at first about the size of your group you left the house in good shape. For groups bigger than six you really should add the downstairs apartment (at extra cost). I am glad you enjoyed the beach and loved to explore the river as well.
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  • 5 of 5

Let me begin by stating that Jan and Bettina were wonderful. They were very responsive and helpful throughout the entire rental experience. The property is truly unique and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. However, while very modern in design, the house might be considered too rustic for some people in that there are no screens and some rooms are open to the outside. We had a few problems with insects the first night, but that was our fault for not closing the curtains as instructed in the information book. Insect were not a problem on subsequent evenings. Again, we enjoyed our stay as did our traveling companions. I do not mean to convey that the property is lacking in any way. It has any modern convenience that one would desire. The only word of advise that I would offer is to be sure that your traveling companions are open to unique experiences and are a bit adventurous.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜 No idea who is writing this? Our place is indeed for people who enjoy nature in all it's aspects! We have two very different seasons - dry and wet, windy and still, hot and a little less hot. Our house is designed to accommodate in both seasons. We are directly adjacent to a biological corridor connecting the Reserva Absoluta Cabo Blanco to the Refugio Mixto Romelia. So yes, please expect to see animals. At the moment Whiteface Monkeys and Howler Monkeys are passing by every day - it is dry so there is little food. Sometimes, yes, we get flying insects but rarely. We got bats to eat them.
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Los Cedros Cabuya

  • 4 of 5

This farm is an amazing piece of property. It is spacious, safe and nicely furnished. The kitchen is fully stocked. The mango juice, eggs and milk produced in the property are to die for. You should plan to arrive in daylight to make it easier to find. Read up on what to do for mosquito bites as you will encounter them in this area. Make sure you check your shoes before you wear them as you might be unpleasantly surprised by scorpions taking naps inside them:). You can hear the monkeys and all kinds of critters, which we loved. The cold showers are awesome because of the hot weather and sitting outdoors when the temperatures are highest was soothing. The proximity to the river, ocean and water falls was awesome. This is a house for a family who loves the outdoors.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review. Yes, it is a jungle out here and there are many animals to see. Since it rained lately there are some flying bugs but we rarely have mosquitos. Best is to turn down the lights during early evenings. We try our best to make our guests happy. Never had a 89 year old lady at the house, never 15 unanounced guests. I am personally so happy that all went well, for the whole family and that you could enjoy our farm. Pure Vida
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Montezuma paradise

  • 5 of 5

We agree with all the other positive reviews- Rio Cedros is clean, comfortable and each room is interesting. Our family of four had a wonderful three week stay. Despite the heat, the circulation in the house allowed us to sleep comfortably. We cooked dinner in the house most nights and the kitchen had everything we needed. We fell asleep each night to the sound of the waves, howler monkeys and cicadas. Jan was immediately responsive to all our emails and called to check in with us when we first arrived. Cynthia and Marvin ( the caretakers) were always kind and responsive. We had an incredible vacation exploring the Rio Cedros beach, walking or taking the bus into Montezuma center, learning to surf, horseback riding and zip lining to the local waterfalls. The Welcome Book gives you lots of valuable information about the property and tips for getting around the area. Thank you for a wonderful stay- we hope to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review. All guests are different and we try to accommodate the best we can. The tropics have their own set of challenges and it takes a bit of an open mind to truly enjoy. As you and your family did. Hope to have you back.
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  • 5 of 5

Everytime we go to Costa Rica, I leave a little more of my heart there. This time, it captured my soul. I could have lived the rest of my life in Jan's house, across the road from the magical Playa Cedros. In fact, my children are still asking to go back. The house is wonderful. Creative. Gorgeous. The beds are comfortable and the kitchen had more than we needed. But sometimes it is the people that make a place connect to your soul. Cynthia and Marvin treated us like family. Every morning my little one, Diego, 2, would sneak out of the house to visit them. Even though he doesn't speak Spanish, it didn't matter. They took more than good care of us. Marvin even hung a swing up in the Higueron tree for us to use. They gave the kids frozen Mango juice, which is one of the more amazing things I have had in my life. The property is beautiful. Filled with iguanas, howler monkeys, butterflies and birds. It is a veritable wonder land. It is completely fenced in and very safe. The two dogs, Singa and Kaiser, were fantastic. We are hoping to return around Christmastime and frankly, there is nowhere I would rather stay. And I don't think my two little ones, ages 2 and 6, would let us stay anywhere else!!! There are a lot of ants, but this is normal in that part of Costa Rica, and in Costa Rica in general. But if you can think of them as nature's cleaning crew, they aren't so bad. And there are geckos in the house. And occasionally a praying mantis or two. We loved it. All of it. And thank you to everyone who made our month long stay so incredible. We will (knock on wood) be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Rebecca and Vincent! You where wonderful just as well. We love to have families and you really got our place. Our little farm is great for children and Marvin and Cinthya make it all work. They milk the cows and make the cheese and try to help where they can. We hope you can make it back. Pura Vida Jan
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Montezuma or Cabuya
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Los Delfines Golf Club
Nearest Train
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Playa Cedros
Car: not necessary

Located between Montezuma for dining, excursions, tourist information, night life, car, bike and fourwheel rental and Cabuya/Cabo Blanco for low key country life, bird watching, dining, fishing, diving, surfing etc. , all to be reached by public bus, our place is away from it all but still close. Endless beaches and a river running all year right next to the house invite to explore. It forms an ever changing fresh water lagoon right in front of the house where locals and visitors mingle. It's better than any artifical pool and changes it's appearance with every season.There are also waterfalls to explore. Famous surf at Cedros beach is right in front of the house (good for learning) and Mal Pais and Santa Teresa surf beaches are 20 minutes away by car. There are tide pool, pelicans and lots of fish to be caught right from the shore.


Rates & Availability

Cedros Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 16 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Transitional season
Nov 13 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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