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Best Climate In The World, Beautiful Views, 15 min. Walk to Town Square

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Private Mountainside Home Located Close To Everything!

Casa Colibri de Atenas is conveniently located 25 minutes from Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport (SJO), 35 minutes from San Jose, 45 minutes from beaches, 1.5hrs from Poas Volcano, 2 hrs from Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs, 2 hrs from Manuel Antonio, and 2.5 hrs from Monteverde Cloud Forest. We are centrally located to nearly all the best sights and activities in Costa Rica.

Our home is nestled on the Pica Flora ridge above Atenas. At our altitude of 2,800', we have very few insects. The undisrupted balance of nature allows natural predators (gekkos, iguanas, oppossums, etc) to dispatch most of the few pests that live at this altitude, including most mosquitoes.

We have amazing weather year round. The rainy season is especially enjoyable with brilliant, blue sunrises and then the occasional afternoon tropical downpour. Conde Nast and National Geographic have dubbed our town as having the 'best climate in the world'.

Casa Colibri is equipped with all the amenities you'll need to make it your home away from home. WiFi, Cable TV, fully stocked kitchen with all your cooking needs. Bedroom 1 on the first floor has a king size bed, large closet space, en suite shower/toilet, and direct access to the outdoor jacuzzi. Bedroom 2 on the second floor has a queen size bed plus a single bed, large work desk, walk-in closet, luxurious en suite bathroom with double sinks, shower, and jacuzzi and a luxurious balcony overlooking the central valley and our large swimming pool.

**the property is not child-proofed. As such, we regret that we cannot accept reservations that include children under 10 years of age**

Costa Rica has one of the lowest crime rates in Central America (equal to Boston, USA); and Atenas has one of the lowest crime rates in Costa Rica. Still, there is a security gate and friendly neighbors nearby for added security.

We have an excellent management team to provide you with tourist tips as well as handle any problems that might arise. The owners live year round 400 meters away from Casa Colibri.

More Details

Property Manager
Charles/Gloria
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, dutch, swedish, polish, mandarin
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Charles/Gloria

Owners are Americans who have lived in Japan and Paris for 30 years before settling on Costa Rica.

Charles/Gloria purchased this house in 2013

Why Charles/Gloria chose Alajuela Province

Close to SJO airport (much appreciated after a late night arrival) yet still isolated in a safe, friendly town. Easy 5 min. drive over good roads to Supermarkets and town square. Low, low humidity. Well-built house, especially plumbing (no need for unpleasant 'waste' baskets in bathrooms...). Paved road so no dust storms to interfere with your harmony.

What makes this house unique

Automatic coded security gate, frontage is paved (no dust), true lap-pool, good plumbing, fully solar hot water and electricity (with electric company on standby for cloudy days) owners live in neighborhood year round.

Amenities

Atenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half Bathroom (1st Floor) - toilet
    Full bathroom ensuite 2fl bedroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Full bathroom ensuite 1st fl bedroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Poolside Shower - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 1st Fl Bedroom w/ ensuite bathroom - 1 king , King can convert to 2 Twins, private entry from outside
    2nd Fl. bedroom w/ ensuite bathroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , huge balcony
  • Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with shower and jacuzzi.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Private cook, Massage are by prior arrangement and at an additional fee.

Reviews

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Best Climate In The World, Beautiful Views, 15 min. Walk to Town Square
average rating of 4.82 based on 50 reviews
5

Beautiful home, Very centrally located

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with another couple spent 8 days in Casa Colibri. For a long overdue retreat from our hectic work lives, this place was perfect for us. It proved very suited for two couples as we each had our own bedrooms and bath. The house turned out to be as beautiful as the pictures on the website. The views were breathtaking by day and at night we could actually see the stars in the sky and also enjoyed the twinkling city lights down in the valley below. The sound of the birds in the morning were so therapeutic that my wife posted them online for her friends to hear. The high altitude really made the weather ideal and comfortable. I for one do not like summer heat and even during the warmest time of day the ceiling fans made me feel cool and very comfortable. No AC was necessary.

We took day trips to Monteverde Cloud Forest and Jaco beach (only an hour drive away) where we ziplined and rode ATV’s. We were very pleased with the central location of the property. It was our first time in CR so we had many questions leading up to our stay. Charlie, the owner was extremely helpful in answering every question we had in detail. Whenever my wife and I travel, I get appointed as the designated trip coordinator and Charlie made my job much easier with all the info he provided. He even explained how to obtain a Costa Rican phone no at the airport that would work on our US iPhones. During the taxi ride to the house, he was in contact with us by phone to be sure our driver got us to our destination and to be sure he was present to greet us timely when we arrived.

This was our first experience renting a VRBO house in another country outside the US. We found it to be very clean and well-kept and stocked with all the basic kitchen utensils and other essentials throughout the house. We were particularly thankful for the blender in the kitchen since we use that to make our breakfast drinks and it saved us from having to pack that item which we always need to when staying in a hotel. During our stay, Charlie was attentive and quick to respond with any question or need that came up.

We have also been researching future retirement locations and heard that Atenas CR had been rated at the top of AARP’s list as Best Places to Retire abroad. I would say it lived up to expectations for all the reasons they mentioned. We found the local residents truly welcoming and friendly.

We would definitely choose to stay at this property again in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian, Thanks for the nice words. The people of Atenas really are amazing in that they don't try to be friendly and welcoming; it's just in their DNA! We hope to see you again soon. Maybe as a resident! Happy travels, Charlie and Gloria
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5

Beautiful Mountainside Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just left this tropical mountain paradise and miss it already. You will wake up each morning to the sounds of birds chirping which will draw you to the balcony to take full advantage of the sights and sounds that surround this property. There are a couple large trees in the back that attract a variety of birds so this is truly a bird lover’s paradise. Imagine my excitement to see a toucan fly by!!! Some mornings you will find cattle grazing on the mountainside. We considered ourselves very lucky if we were able to see any animals or critters native to Costa Rica. In fact, I was bummed that I was not able to see any Scorpions. (which, by the way, are of the non-venomous variety here) I did, however see an Iguana sun bathing on the rooftop living la Pura Vida! What a beautiful sight. I read in a previous review where someone was put off by geckos? Having lived in Japan and Hawaii, geckos in the home were not uncommon. Mosquitos love me so the first time I heard a gecko, I was relieved and felt at ease. Thanks to the gecko who happened to visit during our stay, mosquitos - which I find more of a nuisance - were not a problem for me.

The pool is perfect, both warm and inviting any time of day. This is a true lap pool and my husband took full advantage by swimming laps each morning while I lounged around in the afternoons with the available floaters. Clean and clear, there was only one day where one of the volcanos was very active and the volcanic ash did affect the water’s clarity. It wasn’t that serious though, knowing the reason for it, but Charlie did send someone over to clean it.

A cell phone is provided with the property in case you need to contact the owners or you can use WhatsApp. Casa Colibri is conveniently located close to town and centrally located to many attractions. Charlie and Gloria were very helpful in offering advice and helping us figure out what we might want to see and do during our stay there. If you’re there on a Friday, I would recommend the Farmers Market in town. Oh, how I miss the fresh and tasty fruit.

We loved Costa Rica and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We look forward to coming back and when we do, we hope to stay at Casa Colibri.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Milwaukee, WI
3

Unique, but wouldn't stay again.

  • 3 of 5

Let me start by saying that my family stays in VRBO and other vacation rentals very frequently all over the world. I think this might actually be my first negative review ever, but felt it was important to be honest.

First, I want to be clear that this house was amazing and unique in terms of its architecture and construction. The view was also unbeatable and breathtaking!

However, the home was quite dated and not to the standard of cleanliness that we had hoped. While we enjoyed the character of the home, we weren't quite prepared to live with the many, many critters already living there. As I mentioned, we've stayed in many places around the world with lots of wildlife - India, Panama and Australia to name a few. This place, however, felt as though no one had stayed here in a while due to the many critters we found lurking around the house. There were several types of ants, spiders, crickets, a scorpion, and lots and lots of gecko poop in the second floor bedroom and throughout the home. Also, there was an electrical issue the first two days where the pool lights weren't functioning, so we weren't able to swim in the evenings those days. Lastly, the first 2-3 days the pool was incredibly beautiful and clean, but by days 4-6 the water had turned green and murky / cloudy. We didn't feel safe bringing the kids into the pool after the dramatic change in the water color and clarity. There didn't seem to be any pump or filtration system working to clean the pool / keep the water from stagnating.

We tried to make the best of our stay, but definitely wouldn't return. The host was very kind and lovely, though more attention to the properties amenities and cleanliness are needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, although I was a bit perplexed. I found it confusing that you said no one had rented the property for quite a while. The client with the review below yours: "So much better and more amazing than we hoped!" left July 27th. And there were two more guests before your August 12th check-in. A couple excerpts from her review (BTW, I was traveling, so I've never had the pleasure of meeting this guest): "These pictures do this house very little justice. It's so much more amazing, private & breathtaking in person and has a truly wonderful happy vibe to it. It is well thought out with all the amenities you need & super close to town. The pool here is so HUGE and so great for lots of laps and fun!! The pool was also so so so soooooo much warmer than our first more expensive house that had a pool (half the size of this one), that we could barely swim in at all because the water was so cold there! The upstairs room also had a canopy bed which we appreciated so much! Living in Atenas for awhile you will learn about geckos that are in EVERY house you will rent and they do make droppings, so imagine our gratitude and very happy surprise when we arrived to a canopy bed and were totally protected! We were testing out multiple houses to recommend to friends and family and we are FOR SURE looking forward to coming back here with our family in the next few years! " The property is up against the cloud forest. Costa Rican culture is different from most countries you may have visited in that we believe we don't own this natural wonderland, we are only the curators. As such we agree to coexist with the critters we have encroached upon. I'm sorry that geckos pooped during your stay. Toucans also frequently poop on the porch. It is our philosophy to just clean up after them all; we would never dream of calling an exterminator to rid us of geckos or Toucans (or anything)! The other perplexing point was the nice note you sent me when you left: "Hi Charlie - we are all set to check out around 7:30 tomorrow morning. We've scheduled a van with Walter. Our flight is actually at 10:45am from SJO on Sansa. I've reviewed the checkout key drop instructions. Thanks for a fabulous stay!"
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Los Angeles, CA
5

So much better and more amazing than we hoped!

  • 5 of 5

We had rented a slightly more expensive house in the same neighborhood for the first part of our 11 day stay in Atenas that was totally isolated on the side of a mountain and I have to admit, at first, we were really bummed to move over to this house and have a neighbor UNTIL we got there!! These pictures do this house very little justice. It's so much more amazing, private & breathtaking in person and has a truly wonderful happy vibe to it. It is well thought out with all the amenities you need & super close to town. The pool here is so HUGE and so great for lots of laps and fun!! The pool was also so so so soooooo much warmer than our first more expensive house that had a pool (half the size of this one), that we could barely swim in at all because the water was so cold there! We swam every single morning & day once we got here & spent most of our time, even at night, on the patio. It was incredible! We live in the heart of Hollywood & are extremely private people, and did not like the idea of having neighbors AT ALL before we got here, but the ex-pat neighbors here were beyond amazing!! We ended up loving them so much! We never heard them, barely saw them and when we needed help they were so friendly and awesome that we soon became incredibly grateful they were there and by the end always smiled to see them in the few times we saw them. The upstairs room also had a canopy bed which we appreciated so much! Living in Atenas for awhile you will learn about geckos that are in EVERY house you will rent and they do make droppings, so imagine our gratitude and very happy surprise when we arrived to a canopy bed and were totally protected! Not to mention how cool & beautiful the bed with the canopy was. They also had air purifiers that worked as fans, which no other house we rented had. Nights are definitely cool enough to go without air conditioner, but it was SO NICE to have a fan/air purifier by the bed at night & helped so much with the natural noise of nature (like birds in the early morning) which is a non-avoidable by-product of living anywhere in Atenas. We were testing out multiple houses to recommend to friends and family and we are FOR SURE looking forward to coming back here with our family in the next few years! It's so central to so much that you need to do & so great that it is so close to the airport, so if you stay for very long periods of time you can easily grab family or friends when they arrive to Costa Rica for shorter trips

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gianna, Thanks for your warm review. I'm glad you talked about the property but also the vibe of the house and the neighbors as well as the craftsmanship. We'll be sure to pass those nice comments on to the carpenter that built it, he's understandably quite proud of his work! Sorry we didn't get to meet you but we look forward to seeing you the next time you're in our area. Cheers, Charlie & Gloria
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5

Beautiful property with privileged location

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay at Casa Colibrí, Charles was very friendly and helpful, he answered all our questions and gave us great advise to ensure our visit was one to remember.

The property has a great pool, cool and refreshing while the sun is up and warm during the nights. It has a very well equipped kitchen and laundry room, plenty of towels and pool inflatables are also available. You'll be very pleased with the views of the nearby mountains and a large tree in the backyard.

The house offers privacy and a unique decoration, you'll enjoy every minute of your stay in this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Orange Park, Florida
4

Beautiful view

  • 4 of 5

Had all the amenities necessary. Beautiful, clean pool and the view was absolutely gorgeous.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 3
Nearest Restaurant
1.1 Miles
Kay's Gringo Postrest
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Dona Ana
Car: necessary

Atenas is a quaint town with low humidity and cool temperatures. Its central location makes it ideal for beach/deep sea fishing activities (45 mins away) or Cloud Forest activities (zip-lining, horseback riding (45 mins away) or volcano exploring (2 hours away). Sizzle at the beach all day and then spend a cool night in Atenas!

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