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Bedrooms 5
Space 2,863 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Situated on 2 1/2 acres of lush tropical surroundings w/privacy bamboo fencing

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Our home is situated on 2 1/2 (1 hectare) acres of peaceful surroundings in the small mountain town of Birri. Only 20 minutes from the San Jose International Airport.

The house is 3164 ft2 with 3 floors, which include 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and open kitchen living room floor plan. The style is a Louisiana French Acadian House.

Three of the bedrooms have double beds and one bedroom/playroom has a foam mattress available to put on the floor. The master bedroom has a king size bed and master bath. There is custom wood cabinetry and beautiful wood detail throughout the whole house. The first floor has gorgeous wood flooring and the second and third have cozy carpet.

We also have 2 large porches. The back porch is screened in and has a hammock and table/benches so you can eat or relax outside without being bothered by the insects. The front porch has 2 porch swings and a teak bench to enjoy the view of the yard.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove/oven and all you need to prepare your meals(not including food). We have towels and bed linens available for your use too, as well as a washer and dryer.

Food and bathroom toiletries, are not included. Though we will try to keep cleaning supplies available for the house for short term stays.

There are several nearby convenience stores within walking distance, as well as a restaurant, pharmacy, fruit stand, and hardware store, all about 500 meters away.

We have a selection of English books for your reading pleasure available and toys for the kids. The house has Wi-Fi and cable TV.

**There is also a swing set and playhouse/sandbox in the yard.

The views from our house to the Central Valley and Barva Volcano are exquisite; and the yard has at least ten different types of fruit trees, including mango, banana, and guayaba, as well as other plants and trees that flower all year long. There is also a river at the bottom of the hill for you to explore. The yard is lined by a bamboo privacy fence.

Our town, Birri, is located in the Central Valley of the Province of Heredia, about 1 1/2 hours from some of the most beautiful beaches in the Americas on the Pacific Coast.

In fewer than 3 hours you can be on the Caribbean Coast or visit famous Arenal Volcano. Volcan Poas and several canopy tours are located about 45 minutes or less from our house. We actually live at the foot of Volcan Barva, which is an inactive volcano with a national park where you can hike and enjoy the cloud forest with all its strange and beautiful vegetation.

Café Britt offers an amazing coffee plantation tour and is only 15 minutes away. This is coffee plantation country due to the fertile volcanic soil and temperate climate.

The climate has spring-like temperatures all year long. You will only need a light sweater for some of the cool nights or after a nice rain; but shorts and tank tops are what you should pack.

We have our resident pets who are there to keep you company as well. Lucy and Blossom are our 2 cats who live on the front porch.

***Finally, we are strict about the amount of people not only staying in our house, but coming to visit. So if you are interested in having a party, get together, reunion, wedding, anniversary, or event of any kind, please communicate that to me, because we have a different rate for any events/get together that involves more than 10 people in the house. Thank you so much for understanding.

If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

***Our property manager is my sister in law, Teresa Lobo. She is there to help you with anything you need.

We are very excited about being able to offer our home to you and can’t wait to begin sharing our little bit of paradise with you this way, and hoping that you will be blessed!

Thank you,

Manuel y Sharon

**We welcome families, but we expect you to clean up your own children’s messes and repair or replace anything that your children may damage.

More Details

Sharon Lobo
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

About Sharon Lobo

We are Sharon and Manuel Lobo and we have 7 children, Our house was built with family in mind. We now are living in Bigfork, Montana and travel back and forth when we can.

I, Sharon, am originally from Louisiana and went down to Costa Rica in 1991, after serving for 2 1/2 years with Mercy Ships and YWAM. I was with a Christian Mission in Birri and there met my Tico husband, Manuel.

We were married in 1992, and we built our home in 2001. We owned a custom millwork business in Costa Rica for 20 years until we closed it and moved to Montana in 2012. So all the woodwork in the house is custom made from our own shop.

Our family still travels back and forth from Bigfork, Mt to Costa Rica several times a year to visit family and friends.

We certainly hope you enjoy your stay in our home and we are so happy to be able to offer our home for vacation time in Costa Rica.

Sharon Lobo purchased this house in 2001

Why Sharon Lobo chose Cantón Santa Bárbara

This property has been in my husband's family for years as part of a coffee plantation. We cleared off most of the coffee, except for a small section that acts as a buffer between the house and the road, and built our house and landscaped the yard ourselves.

What makes this house unique

The unique style of the house leaves you feeling like you are in a southern plantation, set in a tropical paradise. Yet without the extreme heat. The temperatures in Birri are almost always in the 70's.

Our favorite thing to do is to sip coffee in the mornings on the front porch swings or enjoy the sunset in the afternoons from the back porch hammock.

The yard is completely fenced in, so I was always at peace about letting our kids play outside without having to keep an eye on them every minute of the day. We have nearby family for our neighbors, though you can't really see their houses, due to the bamboo fencing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This house is nothing like the pictures, is way BETTER! the whole environment it's so peaceful and perfect, literally once you're in there you get transported into a romantic movie scene where every little detail is wonderful. I've no doubt that this feeling of the place is fruit of the environment the owners worked to create long time ago, and now we are enjoying it. My family and I are so thankful for the how we were treat the whole time, we want to get back every year!

Staying at the mountains for holidays, have never being so great until now. Thanks a lot! Blessings!
Dec 2015
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Juan Santamaria Airport


Cantón Santa Bárbara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2863 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom with master bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
  • There is an extra foam mattress for the floor, if you need and extra place for a child.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming


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An oasis near the city!

  • 5 of 5

Such a peaceful spot. You drive through the busy Central Valley and suddenly go through a gate and up a drive lined by fruit trees and flowers. You can see the city lights and the volcanoes. Many butterflies. Two very sweet cats on the front porch. We chose to park our rental car at the house and take ubers and taxis to many nearby locations like Toucan Ranch Animal Rescue, La Lluna de Valencia restaurant (a wonderful Spanish cafe), Cafe Britt and the city of Heredia. The owner is very communicative and we were met by her very kind sister-in-law. Fresh bananas picked from the trees in the yard. Lots of space for our family to spread out. The two hammocks were nearly always occupied.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for being our guest. We certainly hope you come back again soon. Also thank you so much for loving on our kitties. We really appreciate it so much! Have a great rest of your stay in Costa Rica! Pura Vida, Manuel y Sharon
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Amazing House and Property!

  • 5 of 5

We and our three young children had the pleasure of staying in this house for a week and could not have picked a better place to be. The interior space was well designed and had an open feel, with the hammock and playroom especially enjoyable for sleep and play. Outside you felt like you were out in the country with the expansive property and privacy afforded by the bamboo lining the edge of the property, yet town was easily walkable, and many attractions were a reasonable car ride away. We did not bother to rent a car and found using both Uber and taxis a better, cheaper solution. The owner was quickly available for any questions we had, and went above and beyond in working with us on a last minute scheduling adjustment. We would definitely stay again and highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jason!! I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed our home! We too love that our home is open, and we love spending time on the porch and yard as you did. Thanks for coming!!
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Beautiful home and property lots of space

  • 4 of 5

This place was great for our big family. We were all able to stay together and feel secure in this home. It is gorgeous and you cannot beat that price!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a tranquil paradise.

  • 5 of 5

The outside space was spectacular. The property was beautifully landscaped. I spent quite a bit of time on the front porch swings reading. The house itself was perfect. Loads of character and spacious. The location was great for the excursions we had planned in this part of Costa Rica. I look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy you enjoyed our home and yard and hope you return again soon. Sharon y Manuel
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Mountain Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My family and I so enjoyed staying here! It is so peaceful and serene, the views are beautiful, the house is amazing, and we were in awe of the abundance of fruit trees on the property. We spent lots of time enjoying the great front and back porches, the beautifully landscaped yard, and the loving resident cats. It was the perfect place for us - a hidden oasis in the Central Valley, close enough to Heredia and San Jose activities, as well as Poas and other nearby fun. Thanks so much for the great stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. We hope you come back again soon!
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Private paradise!

  • 5 of 5

It was a never to forget experiance. From our crazy busy life in Holland to the tranquillo and free minded private paradise. From the moment we stepped foot in the yard we were happy :) The trees, the grass, the little playhouse, the swing and go on. All little places where you can relax and just be. My mind was so full but now i am relaxed again! The house has all the facilities that you need, it is cosy and so big. And best of all are the two verandas! Mmmmm cant wait to stay here again...

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that you enjoyed the peace of our home and property! I hope you come again real soon!!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Deposit $500

**We welcome families, but we expect you to clean up your own children’s messes and repair or replace anything that your children may damage. Thank you.

We have a different price for events. Please contact me for prices. And we are strict about the number of people who will be in the house during your stay, so please check with us first if you plan to have other visitors during your stay. Thank you!

Check In 2:00pm

Check Out 12:00pm

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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