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Barry Leon

Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german

Dramatic Views, Gorgeous Home, Two Pools - Paradise Awaits!

23 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Atenas Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 5) We reimburse you for the VRBO Service Fee

If you want to experience heaven on earth, this gorgeous three bedroom home in the 'Lomas del Paraiso' (the Hills of Paradise) gated development in Atenas, Costa Rica, will be perfect for you. Atenas is renown for its fabulous weather and spectacular mountain views. In fact, National Geographic magazine once proclaimed it as having “the best climate on earth.”

The house and casita are very private, contemporary in style and extremely well appointed. They have exceptional views and are visited by a wide range of exotic birds including Toucans, mot mots and montezuma oropendolas. 'Our' great kiskadees will wake you in the mornings with their happy calls. You can see photos of these birds, taken from our terrace, on our website (see link below)

The home, constructed in 2009, is on a large, beautifully landscaped lot has a full range of amenities for indoor and outdoor living. You can enjoy the spectacular mountain views in the day and twinkling lights of nearby towns by night from the sunning and dining terraces, the lap pool and the play pool (yep, two swimming pools) or from inside as well, through floor to ceiling windows in every room. Both the main house and the casita have very high ceilings made of beautiful Costa Rican hardwoods (even in the closets and utility room!).

The 12 meter, one lane, lap pool is perfect for keeping in great shape or just floating lazily and the three by five meter play pool is great for relaxing or having fun. The terraces also feature a pair of lounge chairs for reading, sunbathing or just enjoying the views as well as a beautiful dining table for six for that outdoor breakfast, a drink with friends or a quiet talk.

The main house features a master suite, which includes the sleeping area with king size bed and television. An elaborate master bath with a large soaking tub, a private outdoor shower built of beautiful local rock and a large walk-in. In all rooms, there are sliding patio doors to access the outdoor living spaces. High end bed and bath linens are provided for your further comfort. 

The great room includes a living area with leather couches, a large screen high definition TV. It also has a lovely dining area with a table seating six and, as is the case for all rooms, spectacular views. The last portion of the great room is a very large, well-equipped, gourmet kitchen with a generous island-bar that is perfect for evening gatherings over a glass of wine.

The guest bedroom/office in the main house includes a desk that is perfect for your computer, although you can use it anywhere on the property because there is high speed WiFi access to the internet. This room also contains a twin bed and has an adjacent bathroom with a shower and small, rock wall enclosed outdoor atrium.

The casita includes a bedroom with a queen size bed, the standard floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the mountain view, a bathroom with a spacious shower and its own terrace. The casita terrace has a small kitchenette with a microwave oven and an outdoor dining table with seating for six.

 

Atenas, situated in the Central Valley, halfway between San José and the Pacific Ocean, is the perfect base from which to explore Costa Rica and see cloud forests, rain forests, tropical birds, butterflies and many other animals. You can easily make day trips to go zip-lining in the treetops, hiking in the mountains, cruising in the jungle and birding for a remarkable range of tropical birds.

You are also just over thirty minutes from Escazu, by the new highway, and its posh restaurants, wonderful shops and the remarkable MultiPlaza shopping mall. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, has many cultural and historical sites, and is about 45 minutes away. In the house, you will find a brief guide to the area which we have prepared, as well a guidebook, which you can use to identify the sights you would like to see and how to find them.

Casa Dos Leones is approximately 35 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose/Alajuela. The many easy day trips include Beaches (Jaco - 38 miles, one hour; tiny Esterillos - 40 miles, 1 ¼ hrs), Volcanos & National Parks (Poas Volcano Nat'l Park - 22 miles, about an hour; Arenal Volcano Nat'l Park - 50 miles, 2 ½ hours), Towns (Sarchi - 9 miles, 20 minutes; Cartago - 43 miles, one hour +). Talk with our property managers, Adrian & Marian about local sites or arranging tours for you.

Atenas also has 4 supermarkets and a great Farmer's Market on Fridays where you can purchase fruits, vegetables, cheese, flowers, fish, pork, chicken and home made baked goods. There are also a number of excellent restaurants, five pharmacies, a number of sodas (little restaurants that serve breakfast and lunch), and two favorite gringo hangouts, El Balcon, a European style cafe where one can have breakfast, lunch or wonderful pastry and Kay's Gringo Postres, where you can have breakfast or lunch, a piece of cake or pie and talk with Kay and Tom about the good ol' days in South Dakota.

In addition, your stay will be made more enjoyable by our housekeeper, Isabelle, who will happily do your laundry if time allows. Alfonso, our gardener will come once a week to attend to the outdoor greenery and our property managers, Adrian and Marian, who are multi-lingual, will do anything possible to make your stay a success. They can even arrange custom tours, through their travel agency, and an airport pickup or delivery if you call them ahead of time.

You will not be disappointed in our home, the stunning vistas or Atenas where you can leave all your cares behind and enjoy complete relaxation. We invite you to visit our website (link below) to see additional photos of the property and Atenas in addition to animals mentioned earlier - all photos taken from our terrace except the mot mot. The site also contains a number of useful links. It is no wonder that many people return to Atenas year after year for their vacation.

Keywords: A bit of paradise, mountain views, heaven on earth, villa plus casita, minutes to town, peaceful

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Barry Leon (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german

About Barry Leon

We are Claudia and Barry and we have been happily retired since 2004, first at our small ranch in Texas and now splitting time between Casa Dos Leones in Atenas, Costa Rica and Maison Dos Leones in Saintes, France (SW part of the country. We love both places and are delighted to be able to share them with you. Before retirement, Barry was a business executive and Claudia was a biological researcher and college instructor. Claudia is now an artist whose digitally enhanced photographs are being shown at galleries in Massachusetts and Texas. We have one son who, with his delightful wife, live in Austin, Texas. We love elegant design, many types of cuisine and seeing as many parts of the world as possible.

Barry Leon purchased this villa in 2010

Why Barry Leon chose Atenas

We considered many wonderful places before buying our home in Atenas. Ultimately, we chose this house in this location for a number of reasons including the superb climate, the extraordinary beauty of Costa Rica and this area in particular, the many, the many things to see and do (including just laying by the pool with a glass of wine and watching the clouds filter through the mountains) and the exceptional people of Costa Rica - Ticos, as they refer to themselves. Many people call this area paradise and we certainly agree.

What makes this villa unique

In addition to being in the lap of all the beauty that mother nature offers, Casa Dos Leones is close to a huge variety of eco tourism sites and it is a short 30 minute drive, by the new freeway, to Escazu which has many exceptional restaurants (Spanish, Italian, French, Argentine, Peruvian, Texas BBQ, Mexican, etc.), hundreds of beautiful boutiques and virtually anything else that you might want or need.

Reviews

5
based on 23 traveler reviews

Dramatic Views, Gorgeous Home, Two Pools - Paradise Awaits!
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
5

Outstanding Property!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely breathtaking property. Private gated property in the wonderful town of Atena's. Weather was just perfect. Hot during the day and nice an cool at night. The home was really safe and comfortable. Two pools and view's to die for. We traveled all over Costa Rica from this vantage point. From Monteverde to Manuel Antonio to Jaco and Arenal. Driving the countryside of CR was amazing. The roads can be a bit challenging, so we made sure we got up early and returned in the daylight. Even though there was a lot of time in the car, each drive was stunning and the end destination totally worth it. Thanks to Barry and Claudia for the birthday cake for my daughters who turned 16 during the trip. Nice touch from two classy people. The caretaker, Aud, was available via email in an instant. Very helpful. Pura Vida and Gracias. We would highly recommend the property.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jim, Claudia and I are just so happy that your triplets had a great birthday!! Needless to say, it was our first triplet birthday. We would love to see you return or, for just you and Tina, you might consider our other place in Saintes, France, an hour north of Bordeaux. All our best, Barry
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5

Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Truly a little bit of paradise. The house, the view, the pool(s) are all perfect. What a magical place to relax at the end of a day and watch the valley lights come to life as the sun goes down. Convenient to town yet incredibly private. Hope to stay there again.

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  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tim, Claudia and I are delighted that you had such a good time at Casa Dos Leones! We would love to see you return or to visit our other home in Saintes, France, an hour north of Bordeaux. All our best, Claudia and Barry
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5

A wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

We had a such amazing time there. The place is out of the world. The location is very nice. The house is very well designed. Confortable and luxurious!

The high light of the trip is our guide, Aad and Marian. They are so nice and fun to be with. We highly recomand that to have them to take you to places. They know everything, and they are both very interesting and kind people to spend time with.

We had the best time.

Sorry for the delayed review. We didn't forget our visit. It was so memorable. Would want to go back again!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Rong-Yan and Bill, We are very glad that you and your parents enjoyed your stay at Casa Dos Leones. And thank you for your kind review. Best wishes, Barry and Claudia
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Reedsville, Wisconsin, USA
5

Excellent, Awesome, and Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at many VRBO's and this by far is our favorite. Barry and Claudia are great people and helped make this trip very memorable. Aad and Marian are a sweet couple who did everything they could to make our stay comfortable. I would highly recommend having them pick you up from the airport - that made the first day so much easier (and it would be difficult to find Casa Dos Leones on your own for the first time). The views are incredible. The home is very modern and had everything we could have wanted. The location was perfect, close enough for many easy day trips with enough time at the end of the day to enjoy the home, pools and views. We rented a car and driving was easy enough, but you must add the GPS in your rental, we could not have done it without it. Beside the fact that this home is everything (and more) than the description states, Barry, Claudia, Aad, and Marian are the most helpful and kind people you could ask for. They gave us excellent suggestions, tips, ideas, and information to make our stay very comfortable and memorable. They were quick to answer any of our questions and all of their suggestions are right on. When we go back to Atenas, this will be our #1 choice for a rental. Thank you Barry, Claudia, Aad and Marian - you are wonderful people and your help and home made our vacation a true paradise. Anyone who choses to rent this home will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Tony and Michele, Claudia and I are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Dos Leones. Maybe next year we'll see you again here or at our place in Saintes, France. Barry
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5

True paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time in Atenas! The house is amazing, the views to die for, the people too friendly and nature is awesome!!!

Claudia and Barry are the best hosts ever, Isabelle is immaculate and Aad and Marian are indeed our new best friends.

We feel very fortunate to have had this change, we loved every second!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jeanette. Claudia and I are very happy that you and your family had a great time in Costa Rica. Barry
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Southwest ranches, florida
5

Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved Casa Dos Leones! The views are incredible and the community is very safe.

Aad met us at the airport and did a great job with activities and directions.

Isabel was incredible! She can really clean.

We will be back, thank you Barry and Claudia for sharing your beautiful house!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Margarita, Thanks very much! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and will be delighted to welcome you back again, in the future. Barry
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Map

Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
many
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Cariari Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Ruta 3
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many
Nearest Ski
3078 Miles
Taos, New Mexico
Nearest Beach
37 Miles
Jaco
Car: recommended

Rain forests, cloud forests, national parks, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, wildlife reserves, zip-lining, hiking, eco tourism in abundance are all within reach of a day trip.

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Rates & Availability

Atenas Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Green (rainy) Season
Apr 2 2016 - Dec 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
$950
$3,000
 
 
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,650
 
 
New Years Week
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,650
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,395
$4,450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please see Rental Agreement for other details. Normal check-in is Saturday at 3:00 PM and check-out is Saturday at 11:00 AM. Please check with us about early check-in or late-check-out; We will be as flexible as possible. Stays not beginning and ending on a Saturday, may be subject to additional charges.

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Amenities

Atenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • The master bath has a large soaking tub and a large outdoor shower. Each of the other two bathrooms has a large shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size bed in the master bedroom, Queen size Bed in the guest house/casita, Single Bed In the third bedroom/office
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Outdoor shower at master bath; Second bedroom is self contained casita/guest house with full bath and own dining terrace with kitchenette; Maid, gardener and property manager provide full range of services (no cleaning fee); Two minutes from town of Atenas.

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