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Leave the Cold behind, Winter in the Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica

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Property type bungalow



About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 3)

Our one bedroom guest house, rents by four day minimum, weekly, or one month maximum which is negotiable during the stay if desired, and features a King Sized Bed, and balcony for that morning coffee or bird watching. A short walk to the Main House will put you beside the large private pool complete with showers and washroom facilities. Temperatures range from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius which holds the pool temperature comfortable for swimming, floating or massaging with the Jacuzzi Jets while sipping your favorite beverage.

The Property is beautifully landscaped and maintained. Rooms have A/C and remote control ceiling fans, cable TV, and high speed internet.

Located 45 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport and the newly developed area of Escazu and Santa Ana, for those who want to shop.

The beaches of Herradura & Jaco are 45 minutes away for golfing or surfing, or for walking or biking on the beach a short drive to Esterillos.

Keywords: Flat bungalow on beautiful landscaped acerage in fruit producing region.

More Details

Grace Lund
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017

About Grace Lund

Grace and Ivan live full time on the property where we keep busy with the Landscaping, and maintenance. I am Costa Rican and Ivan is Canadian, we love Costa Rica for it's friendly people and abundant plant and animal life.

Grace Lund purchased this bungalow in 2007

Why Grace Lund chose Costa Rica

After living in Canada for 28 years and raising two children, my Husband and I decided it was time to leave the Cold White North and find some peace, tranquility, and warmth. After travelling the country we decide to settle in the San Mateo area, the property produces avocados, mangos, lemons, oranges, star fruit, and attracts an abundance of exotic birds and wild life.

What makes this bungalow unique

There are many amenities within a short drive from the property, beaches, golf, sport fishing, surfing, boating, restaraunts, shopping, crocodile watching, adventure parks, which can be enjoyed on day trips. Then the tourist hustle can be left behind while you rest beside the pool and plan your next adventure.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Leave the Cold behind, Winter in the Safe Quiet Paradise of Costa Rica
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

The only thing more lovely than the casita were the hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, near one national park and not too far from others and the water. Beautiful cottage, exactly as described. The hosts were truly wonderful. Can't wait to get back.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grace and I thoroughly enjoyed having Jack and Joan, it is always nice having well traveled guests to share experiences of places visited in an interesting time. Grace and Ivan
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We thoroughly enjoy our time in San Mateo.

  • 5 of 5

We have been to this property several times and it suits us perfectly as a way to escape the Canadian weather. We particularly enjoy listening to the Ottawa morning radio show via internet and hearing reports of -25 deg. weather back home. The accommodation is great. The property is very well maintained and Dona Carmen comes in regularly to clean the casita. The owners are very helpful and friendly and willing to correct any problems that occur immediately. The property is in a rural setting so you will need a car to get around. The location is perfect for touring the countryside, going to the beach or visiting San Jose.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Honeymoon Paradise

  • 5 of 5

If you plan a trip to Costa Rica you must stay at this Casita! The property is absolutely magnificent. The Casita is perfect for a couple, especially honeymooners! The bedroom is perfect, with a very comfortable king size bed & the walk in shower with the extra- large shower head was very soothing, especially after an all day hike! The laundry room was very handy, to keep our laundry clean and fresh, especially for the trip home. A propane grill is kept on the front porch area, which we loved! The kitchen is very accommodating, with a micro-wave, coffee maker, all the dishes & utensils are very clean & plentiful. Spices, sugar & fresh coffee was waiting for us upon arrival, not to mention a nice bottle of wine & chilled beer. Ivan & Grace are perhaps the kindest & most incredibly generous people we have had the pleasure of meeting. Grace met us in San Mateo at a very quaint restaurant & helped us order a delicious meal. She gave us several tips about the food & how to pay for our meals, then she escorted us to the Casita & gave us a full tour. We needed a laptop to finish programming our Garmin GPS, Ivan provided us with his personal laptop & the Garmin was programmed. We arrived without our hair dryer so Grace loaned us hers. They invited us for a Christmas Eve dinner, unfortunately our plans that day kept us out late, but Ivan invited us for wine & Grace sent us home with homemade Tamales. They provided so much important information on where to go & what to see. Ivan is Canadian & Grace is Costa Rican & both are very easy to talk with, conversation was very enjoyable. Upon leaving for the airport we discovered we left our camera bag at the Casita, this incredible man, Ivan drove to the airport 45 minutes and hand delivered the camera bag. These two individuals are without dispute, the nicest most generous people we have had the pleasure of meeting.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet respite

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 days at this casita, situated in an outside-the-village setting in the hills towards the Pacific. Grace and Ivan are very gracious hosts with 6 impeccably behaved dogs that you can interact or stay away from at your pleasure. We chose the former. We also chose to "chill out" instead of venture out, hanging out by an ample pool. The casita is in great shape and well equipped. Whether you are touring the country and want a break in the middle or want some quietude, this place is very nice. Thanks to our hosts for their hospitality.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Edmonton, AB, Canada

Hone and Slavica

  • 5 of 5

This is the ultimate vacation in a beautiful country of Costa Rica. Nothing is more precious than friends & family gathering to create memory of a lifetime. Designed with such in mind, this house is located on the top of a hill, and has stunning views, in a secluded, gated, and private neighborhood, yet it is only 20 minutes to drive to area beaches & other attractions. The bedrooms are spacious, the kitchen is fully equipped, and the back yard and pool area are amazing! We enjoyed coming back to this calming house after busy days of sightseeing. Pool area is so pretty and green/turquoise water is refreshingly cooler than the ocean. Beautiful birds and star gazers are in heaven with no pollution to night sky. The only weird thing is that sun sets at 6pm....equator is really 12h of daylight is all you get...we got used to it real quick and enjoyed getting up at 7:30 and fell asleep way earlier than back at home in Canada. The home feels very secure and has a safe in the bedroom so all the stuff is 100% ok to leave. We however did not lock almost anything.

Sometimes the pictures of the house don't really live up to the expectations but that was not the case with this house in San Mateo. As soon as you enter the house, you are blown away by the open layout and beauty of the house/patio/pool and the panoramic views from the patio! I can truly say this is the most beautiful house we have ever lived in!

We had the most amazing time staying at this house! The house is even nicer than a hotel, everything is so well organized, not only in the house, but the owners also send you a complete and very helpful welcome guide. Everything was perfect and exceeded our expectations. This home is truly a gem and we will definitely come back.


  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Haven, Florida

Ours for a month

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this lovely property. We stayed a month. The owners were very helpful. They went out of thier way to make sure we had everything we needed. And told us some great places to go to see the animals we were interested in seeing. We had our computer, TV.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always interesting and gratifying to hear our guests enjoyed their stay, Dale and Sondra were easy going and not hesitant to try new places, we wish them well and look forward to having future guests with such wonderful dispositions. Grace
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Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica
Parque Metropolitano La Sabana
National Museum von Costa Rica
Pueblo Antiguo
Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Zip lining.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $225

Note all pricing is in Canadian Dollars.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Alajuela Province Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Sink and vanity
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Large closet with ensuite, and cedar storage chest.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Jacuzzi jets attached to pool.

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