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Michele Martin

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Best views in Orosi Valley! Esta es la vida!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Finca Good Life is a small working goat dairy farm...that just happens to be on top of a mountain. We make our own cheese and fresh natural yogurt. You are welcome to participate in our daily activities or just relax on your patio enjoying the view. We share our lives with geese, chickens, three dogs and a 'barn cat', who doesn't know he is a barn cat:-) We also grow avocados, have an organic garden and greenhouse and are slowing working towards a self sustainable lifestyle.

Our property is suitable for honeymooners and couples of all ages.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Michele Martin (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Michele Martin

My husband Ray and I retired to Costa Rica June 2009 to enjoy a simpler life. We waved goodbye to Corporate America and said hola to paradise! We have embraced our new home with passion and enthusiasm. A farmers lifestyle somehow was just fits!

Michele Martin purchased this cabin in 2009

Why Michele Martin chose Cartago

We built our cabina in 2010 for friends and family. Finca Good Life is a beautiful small hobby farm in the mountains of Penas Blancas. We have breathtaking views in every direction....we bought the property on our first visit to Costa Rica! We knew the moment we planted our feet on the mountain....we wanted to spend the rest of our lives right here.

What makes this cabin unique

Returning to Georgia and leaving our newly found love behind was truly sad but the dreams of a life to come was delightful. Those dreams didn't include goats, geese, chickens, dogs and a cat mind you, but all that has evolved has been a wonderful experience. You can be just about as active as you want to be. can just sit back and listen to the sounds of nature.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)
Best views in Orosi Valley! Esta es la vida!
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

The Cheese Queens

  • 5 of 5

Finca Good Life is overwhelmingly beautiful!! The views, the property and casita are amazing. From the moment we stepped out of the car Ray and Michelle treated us like family with great big hugs. The dogs and cat added their welcome as well. This little slice of heaven is a good jumping off spot for sightseeing the nearby volcanos, coffee plantations, and Orosi valley. There was plenty to do on the property as well, especially if you don't mind helping with the goats. My teenage daughters and I were treated to cheese making lessons from the milk the girls milked from the goats. How amazing!!! Thank you Michelle and Ray for all they wonderful experiences!!! Lola and the cheese queens

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Lola! It was our absolute pleasure to have you and the girls here at Finca Good Life. Making cheese with them was super fun and full of laughter. We will welcome you back with open arms and big hugs anytime.
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  • 5 of 5

Pura Vida says it all! We were so blessed to have found "Finca Good Life". Ray and Michele provided us with a vacation that we will remember for years to come. The cabina , the views and the heartwarming hospitality were wonderful.......PS Ray, Thank-you for coming to our rescue! Blessings to you both, Dean & Anita Martindale.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words! We miss you guys a lot and have added you to our extended friends and family list!!
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Like a 5 star hotel!

  • 5 of 5

The best place we have been to! We stayed almost a week with 2 small kids. Perfekt little cottage with everything you need, high quality furnishing and utilities, beautifully decorated, hugh balcony with stunning views. Lovely, helpful, very friendly hosts, nice dogs, a cat, geese, goasts, tucans , fireflies,.... We absolutely loved everything and are just so sad that we won't be able to return soon enough to this amazing place! Thanks Michele and Ray!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay! We loved having you here and your children are adorable.....sweet, sweet family!
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Houston, Texas

Little slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Finca Good Life in December 2015 and definitely want to return. Michele and Ray were gracious hosts, always ready to provide guidance about local dining, shopping and activities, and were truly a wealth of information, including sharing their experiences of creating Finca Good Life and building a life in Costa Rica. The cottage had a stunning view, was beautifully appointed and had a gourmet kitchen. Loved the daily visits from the dogs, cat and geese. Never got up early enough to help with the goats, but perhaps on the next visit!

Michele and Ray, I can't thank you enough for making us feel welcome, and truly hope to visit again very soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sherri.....we so enjoyed spending time with you guys and look forward to your upcoming visit!!
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Arlington, Texas

A walk on the clouds

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a week at Finca Good Life. It was an amazing experience. Excitement, breathtaking beauty and wonderful friends. We can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A week at Finca Good Life

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I went for our first ever visit to Costa Rica and stayed the entire time at Finca Good Life (FGL). We were seeking a relaxing vacation in a tropical setting and an opportunity to experience rural life outside the USA. FGL met and surpassed out expectations in all regards. The lodging itself and the surroundings were gorgeous, we awoke to amazing views each day, overlooking two massive volcanoes off in the distance in one direction and a lush rain-forest like valley close-by in the other. Each morning we sat on the porch overlooking a beautiful garden with all sorts of birds coming and going, listening to the chatter of farm animals and watching the hillsides change as the sun rose and clouds came and went. Later in day we went on sight-seeing drives through the area, coming and going through the quaint town of Cachi.

Our hosts at FGL, Ray and Michele, could not have been more gracious. One would be hard pressed to find more gracious hosts for a lodging anywhere on the planet. We felt like members of their family. They gave great advice, covering everything from things to see and do in the area, to do's and don'ts for tourists in CR (in particular one's like us who speak no Spanish), to how to tend goats. make cheese, and run a farm, to what life is like for a US citizen living and farming in CR.

FCL is so much more than simply a place to stay (but for the value and quality it is excellent in that regard), it is an experience, an experience of "a good life".

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ray and I are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to your return to the "Good Life"!!
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Car: necessary

Finca Good Life enjoys a majestic 360 degree view, which includes Volcan Irazu and Volcan Turrialba to our north and the white cliffs and water falls of Penas Blanca to our south. Rain forests 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 a 30 minute drive. Orosi Valley is abound with hot mineral pools, coffee fields and endless shades of green forests and agriculture.


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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

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Rates are based on double occupancy. An additional fee of $10 per person per night will be charged.

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Cartago Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Trundle bed (1) Will sleep two young children or one teen/adult.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing

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