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Stunning Artisan Home on Coffee Plantation with Exquisite View

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-8)

ABOUT THE HOME....

The Zabala house is nestled in a lush organic coffee farm called Finca Flor Mar. This 100 acre farm produces organic Arabica coffee, plantains, bananas, mangos, limes, starfruit, & avocados.

The home is shaded by an abundant Mango & Lime orchard that is buzzing with butterflies & native birds.

With 4 bedrooms (3 bedrooms + loft) & 2 full baths, the Zabala house hosts a max of 8 people (6 adults with extra room for kids). It is the perfect couple’s getaway or family vacation home. The home has a fully functional kitchen and a maid that comes 2 times per week. Your floors will be cleaned, and dishes sparkling =) Laundry service is included.

The open floor plan boasts a rustic yet luxurious feel. It is comfortably furnished & tastefully decorated. The Zabala house features a large eat-in kitchen, wireless high-speed internet, two story high living room with a flat screen TV & DVD & Chromecast, a living room-like front porch, an expansive master suit with a spa-like hot shower, two upstairs bedrooms (one room with a twin bed, the other with a queen), and an open loft bedroom with queen bed & quadruple doors that open to a private patio. (The loft has an additional mattress nestled into the balcony nook that will sleep 2...great for kids.)

This is the only home of its kind in the area. It was hand-built by the community with local hard woods. All the doors, windows, & much of the furniture is artisan-made by the next-door neighbor. This house is the home of the Zabala family, who has temporarily returned to Atlanta. It has been called (with jaws dropping) a wonderland...the home is full of art, full of soul, and it is Costa-Rican gem like nothing else you can experience on the mountain.

I just posted a video link on our VRBO site from one of our guests who did a video blog of our house and their time in Monteverde. Enjoy! You will see in the picture that since that video was done we have completely renovated the exterior of the house, installed a new sidewalk that has no stairs, and installed some new bed and artwork! Enjoy the video though. It gives you a great sense of how comfortable and big the house is!

ABOUT MONTEVERDE...

Monteverde is a largely bilingual town. It’s home of the Cloud Forest Reserve, stunning natural landscapes, world-class restaurants, local shops, a strong art community, & a bustling local economy.

The world-famous Cloud Forest Reserve is a private nature reserve listed as #14 on Newsweek's 100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear. The massive 10,500 hectare reserve draws 70,000 tourists a year. It is known as

the site with the largest number of orchids in the world, and houses 60 species of amphibians (including the near extinct

Monteverde-endemic golden toad) and the elusive bright Blue Morphos butterfly. This area is also a stop for 91 species of migratory birds. The famed quetzal resides here seasonally.

What is now considered Monteverde was founded by Quakers from the United States whose pacifist values led them to defy the American draft during the Korean War. These conscientious objectors blended well with the Costa Rican philosophy of peaceful living. The Cloud Forest Reserve was set aside by Quakers to preserve the Cloud Forest & protect the water shed. Monteverde & surrounding areas are inhabited by a blend of Costa Ricans, Americans, & families from around the world.

The Zabala house is located about 20 minutes outside of Monteverde, in a small town called San Rafael. San Rafael is usually a good bit warmer & less rainy than Monteverde. It is a 100% Tico town, outside of the residents of Finca Flor Mar. This active town is formed by a strong community of families, a tasty restaurant, a pottery pavilion, local bar, two pulperias (small general stores), and two public schools.

CASA ZABALA DETAILS

The Zabala house is THE most personal, unique, and authentic way to experience Monteverde, Santa Elena, &

San Rafael, Costa Rica. High-end hotels of comparable quality to The Zabala house are $150-$250 a night for a single room. The Zabala house offers 4 bedrooms for $125 a night. Our home is about 2,000sqft of Costa Rican hardwoods & rustic comfort. It is one of the largest, most unique houses in the area.

Finca Flor Mar is the birthplace of the Sustainable Coffee Initiative. Chelsea’s father, Ken Lander, is the founder of this community based organization that created a system which exponentially increases the farmer’s profits compared to Fair Trade. San Rafael is the center of an agricultural revolution for the coffee industry. The Sustainable Coffee Initiative’s practices & philosophy are being explored around the world. Come visit Ken Lander at The Common Cup (or at his home next-door to The Zabala House), who will take you through the ever-growing world of the Costa Rican coffee farmer.

We strongly recommend having a rental car when you stay at Casa Zabala. It is a 25 minute drive to Monteverde & 3 minutes to San Rafael's center. Sooo much to do...but you will need to drive there. The value of staying in our house verses a hotel or rental closer to Monteverde in incomparable.

Please email us for more pictures. We have lots! (Had fun taking them...our home is lovely!)

FOR BIRD WATCHERS!: We had a group of diehard bird watchers who came and spent most of their time on the farm and surrounding area doing what they love to do! Here is the results! Thanks Nancy and all of your team!:

Some Birds of Casa Zabala & Neighborhood, Guanacaste, CR

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: Party of Capek, Johnson, D'Hont, Edmondson.

45 species

Gray-headed Chachalaca

Turkey Vulture

Swallow-tailed Kite

Red-billed Pigeon

White-tipped Dove

Squirrel Cuckoo

Common Pauraque

White-collared Swift

Purple-throated Mountain-Gem

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Orange-bellied Trogon

Lesson's Motmot

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Emerald Toucanet

Hoffman's woodpecker

Golden-olive Woodpecker

White-fronted Parrot

Orange-fronted Parakeet

Yellow-bellied Elaenia

Common Tody Flycatcher

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Long-tailed Manakin

Masked Tityra

White-throated Magpie-Jay

Brown Jay

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

House Wren

Rufous-and-white Wren

Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush

Slatey-backed Nightingale-Thrush

Clay-colored Thrush

Blackburnian Warbler

Rufous-capped Warbler

Blue-gray Tanager

Palm Tanager

Blue-black Grassquit

Yellow-faced Grassquit

Buff-throated Saltator

White-eared Ground-Sparrow

Great-tailed Grackle

Yellow-billed Cacique

Montezuma Oropendola

Yellow-throated Euphonia

Keywords: coffee farm, secluded, family, couples, mountain home, relaxing home, tropical, cloud forest, costa rica, monteverde, rustic, open floor plan, full kitchen, orchard, authentic, farm, gardens, casa, finca, finca de cafe, espanol, honeymoon, family vacation, romantic getaway

More Details

Property Manager
Kenneth Lander
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Kenneth Lander

We are a young couple with two kids (Cecilia, 10 & Eli, 4). Our home in Monteverde is our pride & joy. We lived there for 3 years and recently returned to Atlanta, Ga to spend time with our family.

Rafael owns an Interactive Online Marketing Firm where Chelsea is the head designer.

We are happy to share our home with you, and we ask that you treat it with love & respect. We consider this our other home, not just our vacation rental. We are in love with San Rafael & Monteverde, and will to return to our peaceful lifestyle & exquisite home when the time is right.

Kenneth Lander purchased this house in 2008

Why Kenneth Lander chose Costa Rica

We moved to Costa Rica in 2003 to live on a coffee farm. We designed the home & hired local talent to build it by hand with local hardwoods. The home & plantation are one-of-a-kind. The community is tight-knit, diverse, and positive.

What makes this house unique

This property is not just a house....the tile floors extend out to two large front porches (upstairs and downstairs). Doors and windows span the front of the home. Open up to the fresh air, gardens, birds, & butterflies and you are truly in wonderland.

Amenities

Guanacaste House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Master bedroom downstairs.
    Loft - 3 twin/ single , Upstairs.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Perfect climate...no heating or air conditioning needed,Two story living room & open loft with huge balcony as 4th bedroom, Spa-like master bath. huge double doors cover the house & open up the home to a starfruit & lime orchard, Gorgeous tile floors, Home hand contructed by local builders & artisans...even the windows, doors, & much of the furniture, Hot water heater (this is rare for Costa Rica), Gas stove

Reviews

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Stunning Artisan Home on Coffee Plantation with Exquisite View
average rating of 4.6585364 based on 82 reviews
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Super emplacement- bon acceuil

  • 4 of 5

maison située sur une belle plantation a environ 20 minutes des activités. Accueil très chaleureux de la part du propriétaire et du personnel.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful location and experience

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our stay here. The location was fantastic as a place to explore the Monteverde area. Sitting on the upstairs porch and just watching the wildlife was very relaxing and at times hard to pull yourself away from, esp in the early morning when the world was walking up. I believe we saw as many birds and butterflies here as we did on some of our touring around. And the private tour of the coffee plantation, the freshly made coffee and being able to plant some coffee plants was a highlight of our stay. Having Stella adopt us for our stay was a treat as well. And let's not forget Coco. A delightful place to stay, I am so glad we chose this place.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, open, comfortable house in a private, quiet orchard/forest setting

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had all the comforts, space and local advice we needed at Ken's house. Ken was a friendly and helpful host. He made sure we got connected with tours and activities we were interested in. Stella (the dog) kept an eye on us. The area's tourist attractions are a 15-20 minute drive. There is a wonderful family restaurant right across the street. We especially enjoyed seeing the leaf cutter ants march along the path near the front door. I highly recommend this beautiful mountain retreat to those who want space, quiet, and a taste of local life.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Terrific!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four loved our stay here!

The house is beautiful & spacious with everything you need. The farm and surrounding area are very scenic, making sitting on the front porch enjoying a morning coffee a real treat. We found the location to be just the right the combination of off the beaten path but still close enough to tourist activities. Ken was a great host, both welcoming and knowledgeable. We highly recommend staying at Casa Zabala.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leah, I am glad you enjoyed the stay. I am also glad you mentioned sitting on the front porch! So many of our guests come, and get to do all the activities in Monteverde, but they always regret not having enough time just to sit on the front porch and enjoy the farm. We enjoyed having you! You are welcome anytime! Thanks, Ken
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5

The nicest home I've stayed in (over 11 years of visiting Costa Rica).

  • 5 of 5

This home has all that it's advertisement states. The location is wonderful and the owners are great. We had a wonderful time waking up to the sounds of the birds. The owner was gracious and offered us fruits and vegetables grown on site. I would recommend this rental to anyone looking for an affordable rental outside of the main streets of the city. We had a great time cooking meals and enjoying the view on both decks.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful compliment. We are honored with your review, and thank you so much for staying with us! You are welcome back anytime! Thanks, Ken
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5

More time needed!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Zabala was our first stop during our second week in Costa Rica, and a perfect way to begin our true adventure. Our adult son and his lovely girlfriend accompanied us on our anniversary trip which began with our first week at an all-inclusive beach resort. It was a great way to rest up for the fun to come. We were thrilled with the property and the charming home. Ken was both fascinating and delightful. His helpful traveling tips and insights into Costa Rica greatly enhanced our travel. Collectively we were missing our 8 dogs and Stella was a perfect hostess and hiking companion! Our only regret was that we only spent two nights at Casa Zabala and did not have time to truly enjoy the beautiful home and the surroundings...hopefully some day we will return!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Teresa, We hope you will come back! I am glad to hear Stella was a great host. In you review you mentioned something that we hear all the time. "We wished we had stayed longer!" Many wish they had carved out one more night here just to enjoy the farm. This truly is one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica, and a great place just to "be". We enjoyed having you with us, and thank you for staying with us, and giving us such a wonderful review. Stay in touch, and please come back sometime! Thanks, Ken (and Stella!)
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Map

Car: recommended

hot springs, hiking, coffee tours, orchid museum, frog pond, zip lines, cloud forest reserve, serpentarium, canopy tours, butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens, cheese factory, art studios, waterfalls, cloud forest night tour

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $300

Rates are for four adults. $20.00 per night additional charge per adult guest above four adults.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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