|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Beautiful new furnished 3 bedroom home with great room, sitting area, full kitchen with all the dishes, pots and pans you will need. The master bedroom has a separate full bathroom. The two upstairs bedrooms share a full bathroom and each has a covered patio out sliding doors. There is also a guest bathroom on the first level. 2 Queen beds and a double are comfortable. All towels and linens provided and care-takers wash the linens after departure.
Caretakers live in a casita on the property, speak English well and have a booking agency for tours in the Monteverde area or elsewhere is Costa Rica. A covered patio off of the dining area is perfect for a barbeque dinner or just to sit and look at the beautiful view, sipping wine and watching the birds. The house is on a 2000 square meter property (1/2 acre) just down from the continental divide. Hear howler monkeys in the forests nearby. The temperature here in the mountains is a comfortable temperate climate year round.
The house is 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from Santa Elena, which has grocery stores, restaurants and various shops.
Monteverde is a key destination because of the several cloud forest reserves where tourists can hike or take guided tours. There are numerous other attractions, including night hikes, birding tours, exciting zip lines through the forest canopy, canopy bridge hikes, coffee plantation tours, waterfalls, and animal reserves. Monteverde is one of the only places in the world to see the Resplendent Quetzel, perhaps the most beautiful bird in the world. There are numerous other species of birds to see, including a number of types of Tucans. Wild life abounds.
Keywords: house, casa, home
With our 5 children grown, we wanted a place in Costa Rica. Of all of the places that we have traveled, none have appealed to us as much as Costa Rica. When we come to Costa Rica, we sometimes stare at one another and declare, 'We just love it here.'
Ken Waldron and Carol Murray purchased this house in 2007
We had traveled many places, but the beauty of this place and the warm friendly people drew us like a magnet. We went to spanish immersion school here and have developed our many 'Tico' friendhsips.
We have developed a number of friendships, some with other foreigners but mostly with Ticos. It is an easy country to travel in. Dollars are accepted everywhere and in most places English is spoken. The forest across from our property is known for the variety of birds.
We recently got home from a trip to Costa Rica, and the Casa de Amigos was by far our favorite place to have stayed. I highly recommend it.
The house itself is in a nice location - it's right near Santa Elena, which is a jumping off point for all sorts of activities and adventures. There are also loads of restaurants and a decent super there.
The house is beautiful and extremely well maintained. The caretakers are doing a great job - Ken and co., you are very fortunate to have Guillermo and Evelyn for friends and employees. Everything was clean and well stocked. The house was spacious for our family of 6 (we're two adults and four smallish kids). Our kids loved that the caretakers have a little dog. I loved the delicious bakery smells coming from their home - and the cake sample that Evelyn brought over! The kitchen was well appointed and easy to cook in, which for our family saved a lot of money.
The cloud forest is amazing - don't pass up an opportunity to hike here! We enjoyed the hanging bridges tour, and the ziplines were definitely a highlight. Heading into the trip, I didn't think we'd get to zip as our girls are all smallish (between 40 and 60 lbs), but Evelyn called and found that we could indeed zip. So fun. And surprisingly un-scary, even for our 4, 6, 9 and 11 year old kids. I only wished we had more time to spend in Monteverde.
We had a wonderful time on Monteverde and were grateful for this awesome house. The house was clean and well appointed. We had everything we needed. The porch was a great place to relax after a long day in the cloud forest. The caretaker and family provided us with a fabulous meal and great recommendations for activities in the area. I hope that we all get a chance to get back
Our family of 5 stayed in Ken's house for 3 nights and what a wonderful experience it was! This is our first time visiting Costa Rica and we feel so lucky to find this house for our stay in Monteverde area. The house is bright, spacious, and clean. Perfect for family traveling. We cooked our own breakfast every day! Ken sent us very detailed information on how to get around and his recommended restaurants etc. It is also very convenient to have a local house keeper, we booked tours from them and they are very helpful and nice people. Highly recommended!!
Our group of seven (four adults and three kids) had a wonderful stay at Ken and Carol's fitting in some of the area main attractions--horse back riding, zip lining, suspension bridge walks and guided naturalist walks through the cloud forest, etc. The house was very comfortable and well outfitted. Ken and Carol were very communicative before hand to answer any questions we had and give us a good idea of what we could expect. But what made the stay extra special were their fabulous caretakers--Guillermo, Evelyn and Jocelyn. They were warm, kind, hospitable, and generous with our lowly Spanish...and Evelyn's cooking and baking was incredible. They really made the stay memorable and were the highlight of our whole trip for many of us.
The only reason we couldn't give five stars for the experience was the howling wind mentioned in previous reviews. Thanks to those posts, we had also brought along earplugs which helped a lot for sleeping. Obviously this is nothing the owners can do anything about and again, because of everything else mentioned, we'd still highly recommend staying here! We would come again in a heartbeat.
We were so glad to arrive and find this house to be everything it claimed to be. The property is in a good location, maybe a bit too far to walk to town for some, but doable if you like walking. It's a short drive though and easy to get back and forth.
The house is new, modern, clean and well equipped. The owners are very good communicators as is their support family that lives in an adjoining part of the house. We had wonderful surprises like a plate of papaya picked right from a tree by our door and a delicious desert delivered as a surprise treat one night. You won't be disappointed with the property itself.
As far as others who have mentioned the winds and in particular this location we are very sorry to have not taken them seriously enough. Yeah, a little wind, big deal. Well it's a big deal. It would be a great idea for the owners to put a kilo of ear plugs in a drawer for those who don't come prepared because the noise from the wind, it does howl, and the rattling of the windows and sliding doors makes it almost impossible to sleep. There are more sheltered places around Monteverde where the wind is not so noticeable, but this location is in an open field with no protection. Take heed and bring something to stuff in your ears. We took tour pamphlets and jammed them into the sliding door frame to reduce the rattling of a bedroom on the downward side of the wind direction which helped a little bit but nothing can reduce the howl of the wind streaming across the house. Maybe we were unlucky with the weather, but we asked and many said this was pretty typical winds for the area. The wind does not let up, and is at its strongest at night so be prepared.
Still a wonderful area to visit and we would go back as the house is truly a 5 star, but just a bit more prepared. Good value and caring owners were the key.
Our family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children, stayed in this house for two nights and had a wonderful time. The house is very comfortable, clean, nicely located, and very spacious. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you might need and everything is in perfect condition and good quality. Ken, the owner, was very organized and sent us very detail directions in advance. The housekeepers were very nice and accommodating. We could not wish for a better place to stay.
Hiking in Santa Elena cloudforest preserve, hiking in Monteverde cloudforest preserve, night hikes, immersion Spanish school, birding tours, zip lines, canopy bridge tours, tourist shopping, wonderful restaurants, easy travel to Arenal volcano, location of the Resplendent Questzel and hundreds of other bird species
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
Rate is for up to 4 people. Each additional person is $10 per day. Caretakers can prepare dinners for $12 per person; includes food provided by caretakers.
$100 deposit upon reservation, refundable up to 7 days; balance charged at end of stay.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.