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Susan Grundy and Keith Bockus

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Casa Verano, Peaceful Oasis - 2 Minutes From Everything

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Sámara House Rental Photos and Description

House with pool, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, (sleeps 6)

A distinct feature of Casa Verano is the location on a peaceful, residential dead-end street with just a handful of homes. The jungle is our neighbour! We sit on the porch and watch the birds, hummingbirds and butterflies - and the occasional howler monkey.

Our little street is entirely residential (no bars or restaurants) yet only a 2 minute level walk to the beach! There is a fruit stand, convenience store, bakery, pharmacy and doctor around the corner and a large grocery store a couple of blocks away. There is an impressive variety of restaurants and bars in town for you to explore.

You certainly don't need a car while at Casa Verano - but we have a driveway inside our gated home.

Casa Verano was designed and constructed by a well known local builder who also built The Tree House Inn. The house is very spacious with vaulted teak ceilings throughout. There are 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom (queen bed) is large with its own bathroom. The second bedroom (double bed) is at the other end of the house on a corner with windows on 2 sides. There is a second bathroom (with shower/bathtub) at this end of the house. The third bedroom is in the middle of the house (2 single beds). There is plenty of closet space everywhere. There is a third bathroom and shower outside by the swimming pool which is very convenient. We have created a complete exterior lounge area in the back of the house beside the pool. The layout lends itself well so that guests who stay up later don't disturb those who have gone to bed.

Keywords: Private home, swimming pool, 3 bedrooms

no car needed

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Susan Grundy and Keith Bockus (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish

What makes this house unique

It is amazing to be located in the town (no driving!) and at the same time secluded and private - next to the jungle. So quiet and peaceful yet 2 minutes to everything. The house, garden and pool is a true oasis. We love the beach, but there are also days when we don't bother to leave the property! Pura vida!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)
Casa Verano, Peaceful Oasis - 2 Minutes From Everything
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews
4

Lovely house, great location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 9 days over New Year and really enjoyed it. House is well stocked with all that you need and the pool was perfect as it got very hot during the day. We went horse-riding and boys went fishing both of which were really good fun, and a boat trip to Palo Verde where we saw so many birds and crocodiles. The house is far enough away from the beach to feel secluded yet an easy 5-10 minute stroll away so we had some lovely early morning walks, and enjoyed a few drinks at sunset. We had some problems with the air con, which you really do need as it was very hot at night when we were there, but Laura who runs the place was wonderfully helpful and could not have done more to help. There have been security issues in the area so we hid things when out for the day, and there is security at night so that was great. All in all a lovely location, and really lovely house.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario
5

Absolute heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We are just back from a week at Casa Verano. For 7 days I did not know what time it was, not did I care. The house is an absolute slice of heaven, and we have never had such a relaxing vacation. We brought our 2 teenage boys and there was more than enough space for everyone. The location is absolutely amazing...steps from town and the beach and yet ticked away enough to be incredibly private. i cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay. We listened to howler monkeys every day, and even spotted some in the trees and spent hours sitting on the porch watching the birds and hummingbirds. The location is also close to zip lining, an amazing nature walk and great restaurants. The host Susan is super helpful and Laura, the property manager gave us a lot of helpful tips and even got a friend to drop off some meds when my husband wasn't feeling well on our last night, and we had to get on a plane the next morning.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location, beautiful casa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Casa Verano May 2013.

We loved the casa, at the beginning we had a few ants around the fridge, there was bug spray near the washer and dryer, I quickly took care of that. The next day I requested have a cleaning lady to tidy up the kitchen seeing as now there were dead ants all over, and to just fresher up the place seeing as we were going to be there all week. She went above and beyond what I had expected. Seeing as it was not too costly I didnt mind her putting in extra work. She cleaned all the main area (kitchen, dinning, living room) and mopped it all.

She was very friendly and even suggested some good places to eat (however our spanish was rusty so we had a hard time, this was quite a funny interaction) We had no problems with aunts after this...

The restaurants around are very good and many have good prices and specials on certain nights.

In the evening the town would quiet down quickly and we always felt safe walking around at night.

Staff in restaurants (especially on the beach are very very nice)

Lots of howler monkeys right above the pool which was exciting to see.

We rented a 4 wheeler to travel to nearby beaches which was very exciting. Felt very safe in other locations near Samara

Overall an amazing experience and very enjoyable stay, beautiful Casa and very helpful management.

Air condition worked almost too well in room, we were cold half the time... which isnt a bad thing.

and Loved the night security guards as well as the Casa's privacy seeing as no one lives to the left of the house. Very short walking distance to beach, restaurants and shops.

We also had arranged through the manager of the house to have a pick up at airport, he was very nice, informative and stoped at a store on our way to the casa seeing as it was late at night and we wanted to pick up a couple of things.

Would return again and I always recommend Samara to other people.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warterdown, ON, Canada
5

Excellent location and great property

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Verano from Dec 21 - 28 with our two young kids and the grand parents; there were six of us in total. The location was perfect; less than a 10 minute walk from the beach. Far enough away from all of the nightime noise (only noise coming from the American neighbours who played Christmas music all day). The house has all of the amenities needed; the pool was great to have when the sun was just too much at mid-day. Samara is an amazing city; people are so nice, and so laid back. A couple of things that I recommend are the Samara Trails tour (Alvaro is the best guide I've ever experienced); Samara Organics; Luv Burger (great vegan food, and best beer!); Oso Loco for movie nights, coffee and curry.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5

Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in Casa Verano February 2014 with my fiance. We had an excellent time. The house had everything we needed-a refreshing pool, air conditioner, TV, etc. The location was great-really is two minutes from everything. The house is located on a quiet little street protected by security guards at night, so we had our privacy and felt safe at all times. The house was very clean. Overall, Samara is a very cute little town, filled with cafes, restaurants and bars. We booked everything including our car rentals over there at the Samara Info Center. Susan and Keith were also a pleasure to deal with and answered all of our questions. I would recommend the house especially for families as there are tons of activities to do in Samara, and there are enough rooms to accommodate large parties. My fiance and I will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you enjoyed Casa Verano and that it suited your needs as a couple as much as it does larger families. As you say, the house can easily accommodate larger parties - up to a capacity of 6. Again, thank you for taking the time to post your review. Kind regards, Susan and Keith
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Manteno, IL
3

Disappointment

  • 3 of 5

We have rented many homes in Costa Rica, and would not rent this one again. The location was perfect. The furniture was very uncomfortable. It was very hot, and the only air was in a bedroom. Although there was a dryer, it had a sign on it not to use. I had to hang clothes outside. When I would get in the small pool my skin would burn and itch. There were cobwebs in three places. All of the doors and windows had instruction signs on them. You needed many keys for entry. Samara is a very nice area. We had some excellent meals in town. The neighbors two dogs were constantly barking.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that your stay was a disappointment - this is the first time we have received negative feedback. We have alerted our housekeeping staff regarding the cobwebs. Our guests have reported that the ceiling fans and vaulted ceilings throughout the house provide adequate air circulation - as well as the AC in all 3 bedrooms. Whereas the pool is concerned, guests tell us it is ample size not to mention a welcome refuge. It is unfortunate that you experienced a skin reaction to the water - a first to our knowledge - and we have alerted our pool service provider who maintains the pool regularly. The pool pump also circulates fresh water on a daily basis. We encourage guests to use the clothesline (Samara sunshine) as an alternative energy source. Out of concern for energy consumption, the subtle signage on the doors and windows are intended as friendly and important reminders to turn off the AC and fans when leaving the house. Costa Rica is a "Green" country and we encourage this philosophy. Again, we are sorry you did not enjoy your stay. Kind regards, Susan & Keith
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Map

Nearest Barpub
65 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Playa Samara

There are an impressive variety of services for a small local village including an abundance of bar/restaurants, several grocery stores, a medical clinic (around the corner), 2 ATMs, a massage school (with great rates for massages!), surf schools, veterinarian, organic market, several bakeries, etc.

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Rates & Availability

Sámara House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
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$1,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates based on double occupancy. Extra $25/day each additional person. Children 10 years and younger stay for free up to a maximum of 2 children. Green season (May & June) $1,050 weekly and $170 daily. Please inquire for Christmas and Easter weekly rates. All rates include taxes.

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Amenities

Sámara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom: Queen bed with ensuite bathroom, corner room (2 windows) Second bedroom: Double bed, room is adjacent to second bathroom, corner room (two windows) Third bedroom: 2 single beds
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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