MountainTop Panorama, Internet WIFI, TV, Non Smoking, Temp 70s, Outdoor Grilling
About Michele Martin
There’s something about being Native American that has always caused me to view the world in a fresh, distinctive way. Like the first time I ever saw Ray. My mother and I had just opened a dress emporium near the Snake River Canyon. (We sold dresses for $3.99!) On our way to our little boutique one bright morning we stopped to window shop at the local dime store. I saw the cutest boy inside who was carrying a huge ladder down the stairs. Suddenly he tripped and fell and that ladder was wrapped around his head. I laughed so hard. My mother said, “You’re going to marry that boy one day.” I blushed. But I was already in love, and I have been ever since. We’ve always been adventurers. Like the time Ray came home one December—and without any previous warning said, “I just bought your Christmas present. It’s an Italian restaurant on St. Thomas.” So we loaded up two kids and stuffed everything we could into a VW van and moved to a Caribbean island. Years later (and too many wondrous stories to tell you now) we moved back to the States. During the 57 years since I first saw him in that store window in Idaho, Ray and I have continued to follow an assortment of dreams. I’ve been a nurse; I’ve owned an ice cream parlor. Ray worked for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. We are prize-winning Chili Cook-off winners. For years before pulling up stakes for Costa Rica, I owned a professional staffing company, and Ray was in charge of umpteen university dining services. We’ve been to all 50 states and lived in 35 different places. Why? Because Ray always said he wanted to know what was “on the other side of the mountain.” Living on our mountain-top in tropical Costa Rica, we never need to move again, because we now can see what is on every side of the mountain—and it’s unconditional love, unquestioned acceptance, and natural beauty. Ray calls it the meaning of life. The Costa Ricans call it Pura Vida. Whatever you call it, we’ve found it here, and we want to share it with you.
Michele Martin purchased this Bungalow in 2009
Why Michele Martin chose Cachi
The municipality we live in is called Paraíso (paradise.) There’s not a place in Costa Rica that isn’t stunningly beautiful. But our piece of paradise is extra special. Can you imagine looking to the right and seeing not one, but two sleeping giants? During your visit you won’t have to imagine it, you will have a view of two towering volcanos. Look a bit to the left and the sight of a charming hamlet…complete with church spires…will come into focus in the distance. Don’t forget to look over your shoulder—because there is our verdant mountain valley laid out in front of you. Waterfalls cover the opposite summit as easily as the coffee fields blanket the hillsides. And the sky in between is dotted with the lilting Swallow-tailed Kite—one of the coolest birds on the planet. With its deeply forked tail and bold black-and-white plumage, it is unmistakable in the summer skies. Flying with barely a wingbeat and maneuvering with just a twist of its incredible tail, it chases dragonflies through the crystal blue yonder. After rearing its young in nearby treetops, the kite migrates to wintering grounds in South America. Sound good? Well, you really have to experience it all in person.
What makes this Bungalow unique
Your private cottage is just the start of what awaits you--move over Pottery Barn--the easy, tropical decor is enchanting. Should you wish to acquaint yourself with our good life in a more interactive way, the following activities are available for you—just be sure and let us know at the time of your booking so we can give you the one-on-one personal attention you deserve. Artisanal Cheese Tasting and Wine Lunch Our cheese cave is always full of some mighty-tasty cheeses that are aging to perfection. We’ll choose several varieties and pair that with wine and tropical fruit for an unforgettable experience. $15 per person. Cheesemaking Workshop Perfect for a couple or a family. We’ll make that most famous French goat cheese: Chèvre! The real fun kicks into high gear when you get to design your very own flavor combinations. Then you’ll have it to enjoy during the rest of your stay—if you can keep from eating it all up the first day. Approximately 2 hours $12 per person. Hands-on Homestead Sausage Making While we do not butcher any of our animals (they are pets and part of the Finca Good Life family) we do make homemade sausage. From links to breakfast patties, and whether you grill some up on our private smokehouse grill or just fry some up for breakfast, you’ll have the freshest and the “best-est” sausage you’ve ever eaten. Approximately 3 hours. $25 per person. Goats 101 Meet the “girls” and have a truly “hands-on” experience as your learn to milk the goats. Also included, gathering farm fresh, organic eggs. Combine this with the cheesemaking and/or sausage making classes above and you’ll have the makings of a breakfast to tell your friends about. Talk about true farm-to-table freshness! Free. Goats 201 Have a charmed life? You’ll think so if you visit us during kidding season—that’s when the goats are having babies. Whether you witness the miracle of birth or just play with those darling baby goats, you’ll have photos of your life. Also on the house.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
It's hard to add anything new and original to the well-deserved rave reviews that others have left! We spent 11 nights at Finca Good Life and are already looking forward to a return visit. There were three of us -- my husband, his mom and myself. The house worked well for us - cute, cosy and comfortable. Very well-equipped and beautifully maintained.
We rented a 4 wheel drive, manual transmission vehicle from Vamos in San Jose (recommended by Michele, we were very happy) and *almost* got used to driving up and down the steep hill to the farm. The views make all the nail-biting worthwhile -- it is a positively spectacular place. As others have said, if you're looking for a place to eat, read, sleep and relax, you'd never have to leave.
We went out on day trips almost every day, sticking to the Central Valley area and San Jose. There are lots of interesting sights to see and places to visit, with good services everywhere and friendly, welcoming people. That said, this region doesn't feel at all touristy... definitely not one of those resorts that could be anywhere, where you arrive and leave without ever getting a feel for the culture and the country. This is the real deal!
A few favourite spots: Café Cristina (a small organic coffee farm with an exceptional tour offered by the owners), Orosi Mirador, Guayabo National Monument, Irazú Volcano, Tapanti National Park, Rescate Animal Zoo Ave, the market and the basilica in Cartago and the Orosi church.
Our only disappointment was that Michele and Ray were away while we were there so we didn't get to meet them. The couple who were looking after things were ever so nice and helpful though - we wanted for nothing.
As a supplement to the photos and video Michele and Ray have on their website, my husband made a video with his drone during our stay. Go to YouTube Zbip57 and look for Finca Good Life. Enjoy!
Nothing makes us happier at Finca Good Life than to have guests that feel and see the beautiful country, relax and take in the peaceful surroundings and who leave with the desire to return in the future. Thank you for the wonderful video! We love it!
Beautiful mountain top cabin
This place is great for a relaxing stay. The view from the cabin is unbelievable! We had everything we needed here for our short stay and the communication with Michele was great.
We are so very happy you enjoyed your stay at Finca Good Life. Sharing our little piece of paradise is our pleasure!
Good communication and prompt responses. All our needs met.
We visited the property for our honeymoon. The house was so cozy with plenty of space and amazing views. Michelle and Ray helped make our stay so much fun with allowing us to help out around the farm and even pick fresh vegetables out of their garden for our salads at night. We are already discussing making a visit for our five year anniversary.
We will look forward to seeing you in 5 years!!
You both were a delight!
So great, we extended our stay.
Perched atop a mountain, the bungalow porch has an endlessly arresting view of the valley below. Well provisioned kitchen. Michele, an owner, was very fun, attentive and informative. Loved the animals including their milk, yogurt and cheese!
Bill, you and Ritchie were a delight to have here at Finca Good Life!! Please come visit again....Sombra missed you😊😿
I found paradise
You wanna stay here! I will admit that the drive up the steep hill was unnerving but once you reach the top, you're in paradise. The grounds are extremely beautiful. The bougainvillea breathtaking. The cottage is well equipped with all you need (wifi worked well), king sized bed slept well, plenty of towels, however the deck is where I spent most of my time because the view. Total relaxation. Michele was gracious to share food produced by her livestock. Eggs, goats milk and goats 🐐� cheese and the cherry jam...delish! I couldn't resist using the outdoor grill and sitting at the outdoor bar. The dogs are friendly and they hung out with us too. This is the best place to go for rest and relaxation. Stop at the Wal-Mart in Cartago and stock up on your food and wine. Enjoy the view.
The critters and I enjoyed your stay. Spud, Willa and Duke loved hanging out with you and told me to tell you come back soon! I am very pleased you enjoyed our slice of paradise and it was a pleasure to share it with you!
Finca Good Life enjoys a majestic 360 degree view, which includes Volcano Irazu and Volcano Turrialba to our north and the white cliffs and waterfalls of Peñas Blancas to our south. Rainforests border the propery on the east and west. We are part of the beautiful Orosi Valley which includes the magnificent Tapanti National Park. Zip lines and white water rafting are within 20 minute drive. The Orosi Valley is abound with hot mineral pools, coffee fields and endless shades of green forests and agriculture.