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Tracy

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish

Spectacular Ocean Views, Private, Jungle Observation Platform!

35 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

Puntarenas House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Casa de los Sueños is a 3 bedroom/2 bath home on 13 very private, quiet and secluded acres nestled beside a rainforest reserve in the Escaleras Mountains. The property offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. View year round breath taking sunsets over the ocean from two of the three bedrooms, the great room and pool patio, since the back of the house faces due west. The house sits 1000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by lush rainforest and tropical gardens. Much of the terrain was reforested with native Costa Rican hardwoods, and fruit and flowering trees. There are ample opportunities to spot wildlife on the property such as toucans, white faced-monkeys, howler monkeys, coati, two- toed sloths, the rare ant-eater and the stunning morpho butterfly.

The property has its own private “above the rainforest canopy” observation platform 100 feet above the jungle floor in a majestic Ceiba tree with a girth of around 35 feet at its base and about 12 feet at the level of the platform. The ancient Maya of Central America believed that a great Ceiba tree stood at the center of the earth, connecting the terrestrial world to the spirit world above. The platform can be reached by single rope climbing technique with a hired professional guide. The guide will train you with the skills you will need for this amazing, rewarding and fun activity. Arrangements can be made at the time of reservation for your private platform climbing adventure tour.

The three bedrooms are air conditioned and will comfortably sleep six. The great room includes the dining room, living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and wet bar. A laundry room with washing machine and dryer is located off the kitchen. The house has all new furnishings, Satellite TV service, WiFi internet service, DVD and CD players. The master bedroom suite has a king size bed and sliding glass doors to the pool and patio. It also has a large bathroom with shower and a Jacuzzi bathtub. Another full bathroom is conveniently located between the other two bedrooms, one with queen bed and the other with two twin beds. Housekeeping service is provided once a week, as well as a full time caretaker/gardener six days a week. There is also a large gate at the entrance to the property.

The house is less than 4 kilometers south of the village of Dominical. Located in a very unique region of Costa Rica where the mountains meet the sea, Casa de los Sueños is about 2 kilometers up into the Escaleras Mountains. Therefore, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.

Whether you choose to go tree climbing or enjoy the many activities available in the area, you will certainly not be disappointed with your stay at Casa de los Sueños.

Keywords: Jungle, house, villa, private, secure, quiet, family compound, ocean view, mountain, tree climb, observation platform, infinity pool, abundant wildlife, fruit and flowering trees, hardwood trees

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Tracy (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish

About Tracy

Jim and Tracy live in southern Massachusetts. Jim is a small business owner and Tracy is an artist. Some of her works are on display in the house. Casa de los Sueños is professionally operated and maintained by Costa Ballena Management (CBM), the premier property management company in the area.

Once a reservation is established with us, you will be working with Massi and Adriano from CBM to complete all the remaining details of the rental arrangement including; payments, deposits, check-in and check-out. CBM also offers concierge services to facilitate any additional sightseeing or adventure tours requested.

Tracy purchased this house in 2002

Reviews

4.9
based on 35 traveler reviews

Spectacular Ocean Views, Private, Jungle Observation Platform!
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 35 reviews
63110 Rodgau
5

Great, greater, greatest!

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot describe the beauty of this proprty. Cleanness. equipment and view has been the very best we ever had in our vacations. The walks through the own jungle has been much more better and a greater experience than the visit of the expensive and run over Manuel Antonio N.P. We are happy, that we could live for 13 days in a paradise. We can recommend Casa de los Suenos to everyone, who loves nature, great sunset views, watching animals and flowers together with a luxury equipment of the house. It's a great mistake not to rent Casa de los Suenos once in your life. Thank you so much Tracy and Jim, Massi and Gerardo.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that both of you had a wonderful stay at Casa de los Sueños! Gerardo has been taking care of hiking trails on the property and we agree, it is so much better than going to Manuel Antonio. As always, we have a team to thank for helping us keep the house in good and tidy order and we feel very fortunate for that. Thank you for traveling all the way from Germany to stay in our home and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica!
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Chicago, IL
5

Beautiful Home and First Class Service/Attention

  • 5 of 5

From the moment that I contacted Tracy and Jim to check on the availability of the home until even after we left, Tracy has been the epitemy of customer service - prompt replies to e mails, sending us recommendations for restaurants, grocery stores, activities, etc. Massi and Adriano from the management company were great as well sending us very detailed directions to the house with pictures, and responded quickly to little requests. Gerardo is absolutely wonderful and even though we don't speak Spanish managed to enter in conversations with him. What can I say about the house that hasn't already been said - absolutely gorgeous and very clean. We were so amazed by the sunsets (they look different every evening) - that I kept on shooting pictures. The privacy and security were great! This was our fourth time in Costa Rica, but I must say that the attention to our needs that we experienced at Casa de los Suenos was top notch. We will definitely be back. Thank you Tracy and Jim and the entire team - we will see you all again.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim and I are very grateful for your wonderful review and we are very happy to hear that the both of you had a very nice, relaxing vacation. Also, thank you so much, Christiane and John, for acknowledging the dedicated work of the whole team, Massi, Adriano, Gerardo and Yorleny. Gerardo is responsible for everything on the exterior of the house and his beautiful wife Yorleny cares for the interior cleaning and they both do an amazing job! Also, Gerardo enjoys speaking with all guests if they would like to speak to him, otherwise he tries to afford the most privacy that he can for their stays. He also enjoys showing guests around the property and show them plants, trees and shrubs that have medicinal value. I'm glad that you mentioned the sunsets at Casa de los Sueños, the sunsets are amazing and occur year round weather permitting of course. Jim and I do hope that you will someday return to Casa de los Sueños, you and John were very nice and very easy to work with and we loved having you stay in our home. Thank you again!!!
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5

Beautiful home in great location with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

The other reviews say it all! This lovely home is in a wonderful part of Costa Rica and provides a comfortable and beautiful base for exploring. Thank you Tracy and Jim, we enjoyed our stay in your lovely home and really appreciated the basket of treats and supplies on our arrival. Thanks also to Massi, Silvia, Adriano and to Gerardo - they all do a wonderful job!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Margaret! We love the location that Casa de los Sueños is in, it's centrally located in Costa Ballena and all of the tours and fishing that are available. Thank you for choosing our home and we're happy to hear that you had a very nice time during your stay. Also, thank you so much for your kind review!
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Mill Valley, CA
5

Wonderful place in a spectacular location with amazing sunsets

  • 5 of 5

Casa de los Sueños was everything we could have hoped for. It was truly the 'jungle' experience we wanted to have. The setting is peaceful and serene. It was the perfect place to come home to after a day of adventure (zip lining, kayaking, rafting, ATV tours) and a wonderful place to wake up in every morning. Our 6 year old son was delighted (as were we), to see the Toucan 'expressway' as we called it, every morning, overlooking the ocean. In the early morning the birds would just fly back and forth as we sipped our coffee. We could hear the monkeys in the evenings and early mornings. We saw the monkeys only a few times, as the weather was still quite warm for them to come down closer to the house (but we always heard them). The views from the deck and the pool are spectacular. We stayed 8 nights and the sunsets overlooking the ocean were amazing every single night. The house is beautiful, spacious, tastefully decorated and comfortable. The kitchen has every gadget and pot one could possibly need to prepare meals. Tracy, the owner, is fantastic. She replies to emails promptly and answered every question I had in great detail. She has a great team that helped make this a wonderful vacation for our family. The property management company in Costa Rica is incredibly responsive and thorough. Silvia helped organize an itinerary that would be enjoyable for our young son as well as for us. She made great recommendations Gerardo, the groundskeeper is a wonderful and friendly man and he maintains the property beautifully. There is a lovely welcome basket when you arrive, filled with fresh fruit, wine, some snacks and coffee. Nothing is missing from this place. Its very private yet very close to everything. It is only 10 minutes up the mountain, off of the main road and the town of Dominical. We could not have asked for a better stay in a wonderful country. We were well cared for. Thank you to Tracy, Massi, Silvia and Gerardo.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Margaret for a very nice review!!! It sounds like you and your family had quite an adventure doing zip lining, kayaking, etc. There is so much to do in that area that it's sometimes difficult to choose from the many options. When we are there we also always enjoy our coffee on the patio in the mornings and watch the birds and wildlife, especially the toucans. Gerardo will usually sit with us and have coffee as well and enjoy the mornings together chatting about family. The monkeys can be difficult to spot, they can be very quiet at times when they go near the house so we are happy to hear that you were able to see them. We usually see both the Capuchin and Howler monkeys. We are glad to hear that you liked the house. We do try to keep it well stocked for our guests. Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed your stay!!! We hope you'll return someday and have another great adventure! Thank you again for choosing Casa de los Sueños.
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5

The Exceptional Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to Costa Rica could not have been better. We opted for a "jungle" experience and that is exactly what we had for 4 wonderful weeks with CDLS as our home base. The expansive views from the wading pool invited us to relax and enjoy the intimate encounters with an amazing number of jungle inhabitants. We quickly adjusted to waking at 5:30 to the boisterous calls of the howler monkeys. We ate breakfast on the patio watching toucans feeding in the palm trees as blue morpho butterflies gliding by going about their business.

The support staff was friendly, responsive, and truly enjoyed helping make our stay more enjoyable. A good number of eateries, bars and grocery stores were within a 15-20 minute drive as were the beautiful beaches.

Bottom line...If you are looking for the glitz and action-packed nightlife, CLDS is probably not for you. But if you are looking for a private oasis where you can relax while surrounded by the vibrant Costa Rican jungle...well, CDLS is just the place for you. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the nice review! Jim and I are always happy to hear from our guests and this time was nice because we were able to meet you since we were on our way to the house. We chose the Dominical area of Costa Rica for it's beauty and tranquility and we feel very blessed to have Casa de los Sueños. During our recent visit to the house we were lucky to see many reptiles, birds and mammals which included a very large Basilisk lizard, an agouti, a coati and the usual capuchin and howler monkeys. We were happy to hear that you plan to return to Casa de los Sueños next year. Thanks again to the both of you for choosing our home. Pura Vida, Tracy
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5

Superlative location and a wonderful holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible place! We truly had an amazing vacation at Casa de los Suenos. From the moment we arrived we were swept away by this spectacular jungle retreat: the breathtaking views of the ocean, the warm affable welcome by Gerardo and the serene beauty of this home that is nestled high in the mountains and is lovingly embraced by the jungle around it, this is a place that builds lasting memories. Evenings were spent together as a family, sipping cocktails in the infinity pool, watching the sunset slowly over the Pacific ocean while the jungle sounds changed from the distant calls of the howler monkeys to the mating calls of the toads as they settled in for the night. Tracy and her team's attention to guests at their home is impeccable, from the lovely welcome gift when you arrive, to Gerardo's quiet but efficient tendering of the property and Silvia's excellent organization of tours and dinners, we always felt pampered in an unobtrusive but caring manner. The Osa canopy tour was an activity highlight and dinner at Porque No restaurant was delicious. Loved the swimming excursions to Whales Tale in Marena National Park and in Manuel Antonio. Remember to get back to the mainland before high tide at Whales Tale or you will get marooned on the rocks as the tide washes in as we nearly did! What an adventure!

An unforgettable vacation in a fantastic home with every luxury you will ever need. Beautifully furnished with elegant and tasteful décor, Tracy and her team provide the best in holiday hospitality and accommodation. We will be back. Thank you Tracy, Gerardo and Silvia. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a nice review, thank you so much! We're always so happy to hear from everyone and to learn about your stay. From your words it seems that you enjoyed Casa de los Sueños as much as Jim and I do. The minute we get there it seems that all of the tension leaves our bodies and the relaxing begins. We love to be in the pool and watching the jungle for monkeys and birds. Por Que No? is one of our favorite restaurants as well, the food is always good and the view with the gardens is amazing. Thank you for mentioning Casa de los Sueños' team, it means a lot to all of them to be recognized for their work. I always say that we don't know what we would do without all of their help, we feel very fortunate. I laughed when you mentioned the fact that you and your family were nearly caught with high tide rolling in at Whale's Tail, that same thing happened to us on one of our early visits there. It was very fun though, we took snorkel gear out there and lost track of time and the tide came in fast. The beach there is very beautiful and we always love to go there. We hope that you'll come back some day and stay at Casa de los Sueños and thank you again for choosing our home!!!
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Car: recommended

Tree climbing tours 100 feet up to one of the very few above the rainforest canopy observation platforms in the Southern Pacific Zone can be arranged for an additional fee at the time of reservation. The platform is located high up in a majestic Ceiba tree, also known as the 'Mayan Tree of Life'. At 100 feet the diameter of the tree is still over 3 feet! The breeze across the top of the canopy is cool, and the views are simply spectacular. Binoculars and cameras are a must. There is a table and 4 chairs up in the platform making it a perfect place for a once in a lifetime picnic lunch. A professional climbing guide and single rope climbing technique trainer can accommodate groups up to 4 for a flat daily rate. All climbing gear required will be provided for this exclusive and very unique Costa Rican adventure tour.

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Rates & Availability

Dominical House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Green Season
May 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
$265
$1,575
$4,950
 
 
Holiday Season
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
$490
$3,185
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,820
$5,460
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Credit Cards and bank wires accepted.
PAYPAL preferred.

Our home is managed by a property management company that handles all payments for us, the homeowners. Half of the rental fee is expected upon decision to rent and to reserve your desired dates. The remainder of payment is due one month before your arrival to Casa de los Sueños.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Puntarenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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