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Angus and Tania

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian

Chirripó Mountain Retreat

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Pérez Zeledón House Rental Photos and Description

Private, Modern, 2 Bedroom Riverfront House With Mountain Views And Large Garden

Private, gated, modern, spacious, modern, 2 story house overlooking 120 meters of the Chirripo River with breathtaking views of Mountain Peaks, Virgin Rainforest and the San Isidro Valley.

Covered Garage, Electricity, Hot Water, Large Refrigerator, Microwave, Gas Oven Cooker, 32' Flat Screen TV, Sky, Wifi, Music Speakers, Laundry Service (Washer/Dryer), BBQ area and Wood Stove.

Master bedroom with King Size Bed and walk in closets and balcony.

Second bedroom with double bed and storage shelves and cabinets.

Beautiful Gardens, Orchards and Vegetable Beds with Fresh Herbs and Salads.

Easy River Access to Waterfalls, Swimming Holes and Private Sunbathing Rocks right in front of property.

10 minutes by car to entrance of Chirripo National Park, Cloudbridge Waterfall Reserve, Hot springs and Botanical Gardens.

5 minutes walk to Cannan Center (Bar/Restaurant, Grocery Store, Soccer Pitch, Church)

30 minutes by car or bus to San Isidro City Center (population 45, 000)

1 hour by car to Dominical Beach for Surfing, Sport Fishing, Whale and Dolphin Watching

Countless Mountain Trails, including Climbing the 'Chirripo', Costa Rica's highest mountain peak, with guide and overnight stay at the base camp lodge

Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Paragliding (solo or tandem), Zip lining, Fishing

Healing and Bodywork, Massage, Yoga, Meditation, Tranquility!

Local Produce... Organic Coffee, Cheeses (Swiss, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Goat), Khalua and Hot Chili Sauces

Contemporary Fine Art at 'Monte Azul' Eco Hotel Restaurant and Artist Retreat

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Angus and Tania (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian

About Angus and Tania

My wife, Tania, and I run a Tour Company called Chirriposa Retreats, that specialises in hosting Yoga, Wellness, Art, Photograyhy and Adventure Retreats for Groups, Families and Freinds within Costa Rica and in Europe. We love to spend time at the beach surfing and in the Jungle, but find that a balance between the Beach Lifestyle and Climate and that of the Mountains and Cool River is what makes us love Costa Rica so much. We spend time inbetween Yoga Groups at the house Relaxing, Working on the Property and in the Garden, Growing our own Fruits and Vegetables. The River has a Tremendous Energy and Cleansing Properties...and has even offered up the occasional Trout or two! I highly recommend Diving into the Ice Cold Swimming Hole below the property and then lying out on the Gigantic Black Hot Rocks to warm through.

I designed and built our house along with local builders and take great pride in keeping it well maintained. We enjoy a few home comforts, and may spend the odd Rainy Afternoon Watching a Movie or some Premiership Football on the Television from the Hammock.

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice is a must in the morning from the Abundant Trees all over the property. Then Bake some Bread and head down to the river to see if I can catch some lunch. Pick some Organic Salads and Herbs from the Garden on the way up to the house. Put the kettle on...a nice cup of tea...and we are set!

Angus and Tania purchased this house in 2005

Why Angus and Tania chose Central Valley - San Jose

As soon as I walked onto this property, I knew it was the one! As a teenager, I had studied English Literature at school and was fascinated by a poem that I read called 'Kubla Khan - a vision in a dream', written by Samuel Coleridge. Whilst under the influence of opium, Coleridge wrote the poem about a magical garden with waterfalls and a river running through it and beautiful plants and forests surrounded by a wall with towers. I always kept this magical image in my mind and hoped that one day I would find this garden. Where better place to find it than in Canaán!

What makes this house unique

The property offers access to all the local attractions and is only a 30 minute drive from the town and 1 hr to the beach, yet is very private and secluded. In fact, you may not even want to leave the property once you arrive...just enter the drive, close the gates and enjoy the privacy of your own mountain retreat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Angus

thank you very much for letting me stay in your house. It gave me the gift of hearing the river sing! It was a real treat and I will be back for sure. I actually stayed one more night and now on the beach, flying back tomorrow. What an awesome trip.
Feb 2013
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Chirripó Mountain Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Beautiful Mountain Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! This is one of the most magical houses. Angus is a great host and we truly enjoyed our time at their place. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 3 days in this lovely house. It was very comfortable, very well equipped. Angus and Tania were very helpful.the gardens were lovely, full of birds. We saw lots of birds just sitting on the balcony. Ideal for lazy birdwatchers like us.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Delightful surroundings, quiet, restful in this wonderful location. Angus was very helpful and the local community was great.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Simply. The. Best.

  • 5 of 5

If there were 10 stars to be given out, I would have done it. Alas, 5 stars is the best I could do.

Our stay at Angus and Tania's gorgeous mountain home was beyond compare to any other VRBO rental we've had - ever. And, don't get me wrong; we've stayed in some stellar places.

Imagine getting off a plane after 8 hours of travel and then hitting the road for a ride through the mountains to a quiet retreat - each turn of the road showered us with more beautiful vistas. We got to the house around 6 pm and, upon our request, Angus was preparing a gorgeous, delicious, fresh dinner of pasta with mushroom sauce, FRESH trout cooked in his own banana leaves over an open fire, salad, etc. What a treat that was! That was just the start of the beautiful time we had at this mountain home.

With plenty of solitude, lazy days were spent rocking on the deck overlooking the Chirripo river which roars through the property. We even found swimming holes upon which to float, drink a cold one, and generally chill. The hammock in the living room was a wonderful touch and a great way to spend an hour napping after a trip up the road to the hot springs (don't miss this attraction - you MUST have 4x4 to get up the road though).

Now, if you're someone who prefers the honking of car horns or the sound of sirens at night, forget about this place. But, if you're like us and want to see monkeys running free across the river, toucans alighting to eat seed pods, or watching storms come up through the mountains, this is your house. You will never do better and will never find warmer, more accommodating hosts.

Day trips were had every day to different areas, including a quick trip to the beach (1.5 hours). The only traffic you'll find is the occasional truck holding up traffic on the 2 lane road. You'll quickly get the hang of passing....

Don't miss the Swiss cheese lady - she's on the corner right across from the bar up the road. The swiss cheese was amazing! Ask for mozzarella too - it's even better than the swiss!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Landing in heaven

  • 5 of 5

Secluded and quite, this is exactly what we were going for. The setting with the river just at your feet and the sound it makes is extremely relaxing. Great stay! A few little businesses by the villagers and a few expats makes it charming. A lady comes at your doortep to sell you eggs and poultry. You absolutely need a 4 x 4 to get there as the road is really sinuous and precarious.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such great guests Genevieve. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Please come back and visit anytime. All the best. Angus, Tania and Smooki :)
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Outstanding Home and Gardens on the Rio Chirripo

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Kubla Khan (Chirripo Mountain Retreat) on the Rio Chirripo was exquisite. The remarkable home was exactly what you would hope for and exceeds expectations. The property provides a bounty of citrus fruits and papaya, throughout a terraced garden down the slope to the river. The location immerses you in rural villages offering the best Swiss cheese ever! Fishing for our dinner at the trout farm was great fun, and hiking the Cloudbridge Preserve at the end of the road was an experience of a lifetime. The locals are warm and friendly, and the home is perfect. We greatly appreciated the well-appointed kitchen! Swimming in the river was exciting, and we watched a small family of monkeys in the canopy just across the river from our hammock on the deck. The butterflies were too plentiful to count, variety of birds amazing, and changes in the weather (like clockwork each afternoon) welcome. An excellent value and tremendous opportunity. Homeowners Angus and Tania are accommodating and very enjoyable to work with. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! So glad that you guys enjoyed your stay in the Chirripó and had fun at Kubla Khan. Steve, Tamera and their children were perfect guests and took good care of our home (and Smooki our kitten). Thanks guys…you are welcome anytime!
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
La Estrella
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Inter American Highway 2
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Monte Azul
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Car: recommended

The house is located in Canaan de Rivas on the Chirripó River at the base of the Chirripó Mountain and National Park.

Canaan is a picturesque mountain village made up of a small population of local coffee and dairy farmers and ex pats from worldwide.

Tourism is thriving in the area as it provides one of few entrances into the National Park and access to the summit of the Chirripó Mountain, which is the highest peak in Costa Rica at 3800 meters (12,500ft).

Canaan itself is situated at an altitude of 1200 metres (4000ft) which provides an ideal climate for growing most vegetables and supplies the perfect environment for an abundance of mountain flora and native trees, that in turn atracts a colourful array of birds and wildlife.

Amongst the many things to do and experience in the area are the botanical gardens, hot springs, swiss cheese farm, organic chocolate factory, Cloudridge Reserve and Waterfalls, horseback riding, paraglyding, hiking, birdwatching, fishing and of course relaxing by the river or at the spa.

Just a 30 minute drive from the property is the main town of San Isidro del General with a much larger population of close to 50,000, with a developed infrastructure that hosts a hospital, emergency clinic and other medical services. It has many shops and restaurants and on Thursdays holds a very popular farmers market.

Another 30 minutes out of San Isidro is the small beach town of Dominical, located on the Pacific side of the country, where you may have access to boat and fishing tours as well as surfing.

Canaan itself is a very quiet village and the enclosed property is extremely tranquil with the soothing sound of the river running below. It is the perfect environment for a relaxing vacation or a holistic retreat.


Rates & Availability

Pérez Zeledón House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Green Season
Aug 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Xmas/New Year
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $856
cleaning $46

You will be required to sign a liability waiver form along with the rental agreement upon arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Pérez Zeledón House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower has view of illuminated orchid garden and cascade
  • Bathroom is situated downstairs and has a sunken, stone shower compartment that looks out into a beautiful orchid garden with a cascade. Bathroom is equiped with 'on demand' hot water (gas), hair dryer and bath towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Private balcony and walk in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Guest bedroom and 'The Den' with flat screen Sky tv.
  • Master bedroom upstairs has a king size bed and downstairs guest room (the Den) has a double/full bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 1 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • surfing
  • swimming

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