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Barbara Martin

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Secluded Villa on 13 Acres Mountain, Ocean Views, Near Beaches

11 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Property Summary:

This private, gated getaway on 13 acres is located in the scenic southern zone of Costa Rica in the quaint town of Ojochal. In addition to a panoramic view of the Ojochal Valley, mountains and ocean, the home is surrounded by 2 acres of landscaped gardens and home to many different varieties of birds. Quiet and relaxing with beautiful views from every window, plunge pool and terrace, this home cannot be seen from the road and is built on a natural plateau.

This property is truly a nature lover’s paradise. While sipping your morning coffee on the terrace see geckos, iguanas, hummingbirds, while listening to the parrots in the nearby trees and the howler monkeys in the rainforest.

We have a full time caretaker living on the property at the gate house that you can call on if need be.

The elevation is cooler than at sea level, the ceiling fans in every room and outside are usually sufficient for comfort. The kitchen is fully equipped however; if you don't feel like cooking there are several excellent restaurants in the area. We'll be glad to let you know a few of our favorites.

The Ojochal area offers the three prized elements of Costa Rica, endless empty beaches, the tropical rain forest, and the tropical cloud forest along the ridge. We are only minutes from our villa to the Pan American Highway, the breathtaking beaches along the coastline, and the incredible restaurants of Ojochal. There is a small store in Ojochal as well as supermarkets in Uvita (20 minutes away).

There are numerous activities available nearby. Cano Island is famous for diving and snorkeling. You can arrange zip-line canopy tours (try Osa Ziplining), whale watching, kayaking, horseback riding, birding, and numerous other activities and tours. A day trip to Corcovado National Park is possible, and Manuel Antonio, the most visited national park in the country, is an hour and a half away. Boruca, a mountain village named after the indigenous people who live there, is about an hours’ drive away. Crafts, such as the masks and woven purses and backpacks that you will see in many shops in CR can be purchased from the native artists in the village.

Keywords: House,Villa,Vacation Home,Jungle,Nature,Pool,Ojochal,Uvita,Dominical,Playa Ventanas,Playa Ballena,Playa Dominical,Palmar Norte,Cortes

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
Barbara Martin (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Why Barbara Martin chose Puntarenas

Ojochal Our property although within the village offers a little more piece and quiet than Uvita and Dominical. We have some of the best restaurants in the area. The town has quite a few French speaking families from Quebec. A great French baker as well as a few little shops and a grocery store. The wildlife is wonderful as well. A great place to relax and be with nature. Beaches are very close and very private. This is why we chose to buy here.

What makes this house unique

Easy access from the main highway.

Reviews

4.7
based on 11 traveler reviews

Secluded Villa on 13 Acres Mountain, Ocean Views, Near Beaches
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews
4

Wonderfull stay!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderfull week at the house. It was exactly as we anticipated. We recommend it!!!

Andre, Québec, Canada

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful House with Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We spent several weeks in November at the Cielo Grande with our four year old and really enjoyed our stay. The house is very comfortable, well equipped, and peaceful.

First the location is great - it’s very close to several beaches, each of which have the own personality, and it is also centrally located for longer day trips. If you have a car/4x4 (which it would be hard to do without in this area), this house is a great home base for exploring the greater region. We especially enjoyed both Playa Tortuga (5 minute drive) for beach hiking, seeing scarlet macaws, and exploring, and Playa Ventanas (7 minutes drive) for swimming and relaxing.

The house itself is well designed and has amazing grounds and views. It has an open aesthetic and really the only enclosed rooms are the bedrooms/bathrooms, which are screened in. There are great views both toward the ocean and mountains. It did take us a night or two to get used to the openness of the house, but after we did we really liked it. Bugs and bats are around at night but are not nuisances, were not too numerous in the bedrooms, and not around during the day for the most part. We saw lots of birds, including toucans, parrots, and hummingbirds.

The house and kitchen are well stocked and we did mostly cook for ourselves. There were all the needed kitchen tools, fresh linens, hot water, towels, etc. There are several areas for lounging including a hammock, the entire upstairs patio, and a great little pool - where we spent a lot of time in the afternoons (and which our kid really enjoyed).

Barb, the owner, was super responsive in responding to questions or any communications. The caretaker family was very friendly and and would often offer to gather and open coconuts (which grow on the grounds) so we could have fresh coconut water. While the house is a bit off the beaten path, it doesn’t feel isolated at all.

We definitely recommend this place and would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

lovely property

  • 5 of 5

We spent a month at this lovely property and enjoyed every day. Beautiful grounds, beautiful scenery and plenty of wildlife near to beaches. Pool very welcome. It was lovely to sit on the balcony at the end of the day watching the sun setting. Would stay again if we return to Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Comfortable House in Great Location

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the Cielo Grande house for two weeks and enjoyed it very much. During our stay, the toucans and green parrots flew through the yard each morning and most evenings, as well as several other types of birds. Humming birds frequented the feeder throughout the days. Early morning walks around the yard produced the best bird photos. Howler monkeys were often heard in the valley, sometimes close by, but never in the yard. Upper and lower sitting areas allowed for a variety of sceneries, and the kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed. The Boca Coronado restaurant (soda) about a half mile south of the entrance to Ojochal, on the highway, had good food at reasonable prices, and it was also a good location to photograph scarlet macaws in the trees on the beach. Several times that we were there a flock flew in by the soccer field. Of the higher-end restaurants in Ojochal, Exotica was very good, although Citrus was less than pleasing and overpriced. Our favorite restaurant was Ballena Bistro located about three quarters of the way to Uvita coming from Ojochal on the left (the side of the building says “Goat House”). This place had creative tasty food at relatively fair prices. The two close by activities that we enjoyed were the Osa Canopy Tour a few miles south, and the ATV tour in Uvita. Both were a fun time. Overall, this house is comfortable and in a great location at a very good price.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Carolina
5

Kat59

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property with stunning vistas. You can see a portion of the Pacific Ocean, but you can clearly hear the soothing roar of the waves. It's peaceful, clean, well appointed. It is remote. Be prepared for isolation and privacy. If you seek entertainment, you need to bring it with you, as there is no TV. It's helpful to download movies on a tablet, which was great fun to sit on the upper deck at night and have your own outdoor movie theater! It is open, so you will encounter nature in the form of birds, moths, a toad, a few ants, but nothing problematic. Plenty of hot water, a gas stove, clean linens and the washer/dryer was a nice option. Nicely situated for sightseeing around the area. And the restaurants in Ojochal are phenominal. The caretaker and family are great. The price was very fair for this property. A relaxing, "get away from it all" and unplug type of locale.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Carolina
5

Best Value in Town

  • 5 of 5

We LOVE this house. For the value, location and comfort we found this to be the perfect spot for us. Beautiful gardens that we enjoyed tremendously from the indoor/outdoor design of this house, designed to capture a vista from every angle. Needless to say those vistas are what the rain forest promises, breathtaking. Much to the envy of our friends two of the most dramatic trees in Ojochal are on this property. We admired 10 toucans perched high above the day we left. We literally used every space in this house and out.

We started our day downstairs in our outdoor kitchen, perfect spot to lounge over breakfast and admire the spectacular sunrise. Evenings we spent upstairs nurturing the final glow of the sunset. The owners thought of everything, blender, salad spinner, good utensils, beach chairs, phone and of course wifi.

And the location...PERFECT...a good daily walk to the bakery for breakfast insures a daily workout. And a walk around the corner to Diquis is a swell watering hole to meet fellow travelers. (FYI...Diquis will also set up tours for you.)

Like I said...we loved Cielo Grande

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Ojochal House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Mid Season
May 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$575
$1,800
 
 
Green Season
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$500
$1,500
 
 
High Season
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$650
$2,600
 

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2)
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming

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