About the property
- House4250 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Serene and peaceful home, away from it all yet only 2 miles to town central
Welcome to Villa Serenidad. Villa Serenidad sits on 2 acres (8,000 m2) of pristine land in the Central Valley in a small, private, gated community in Atenas, Costa Rica. The home is single level, features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10 and covers about 4,250 square feet (395 m2) including the patio and is suitable for the entire family including the elderly. Have a look in the gallery to see what's new or read more to find out why we fell in love with Villa Serenidad and why you will too.
We are so excited to have completed a massive remodel both indoors and out. The biggest expansion was the outdoor patio and terrace. In addition, we did a huge number of little things all around the house to make your stay more enjoyable.
Villa Serenidad features warm and beautiful cedar wood throughout. A very rare site in Costa Rica due to its expense, cedar is elegant and feels like a home should feel. Long cedar planks adorn every bedroom in the house and the ceilings throughout. The master bedroom, with a comfortable king size bed and huge glass windows with an 8' wide sliding door, opens up to views of the terrace, the valley below and mountains in the background. A spotting scope is available to view the diverse wildlife in the area and attached to the master is a en-suite bathroom featuring a huge walk in shower and wonderful soft lighting from the large frosted glass windows on two walls. On the opposite end, a queen bedroom also has huge glass windows on two walls allowing views of the valley meadows. The third bedroom, one without windows for those who prefer a darker space to nap during the day, also features a queen bed with a large en-suite bathroom featuring dual sinks, a large walk in shower and an abundance of closet space. The fourth bedroom has dual twin trundle beds of which one bed is stored underneath the other while not in use. The lower beds can be rolled out and used in this bedroom or easily rolled into the living room as a 5th sleeping area. Again this bedroom has large glass panes and cedar wood throughout and the third bathroom, again with a large walk in shower, is located just outside the doors to this bedroom. Each bedroom features high ceilings which helps tremendously with cooling and also has a variable speed overhead fan with a chain extension so it's easy to use. In addition, bedside lamps, ample closet space, new comfortable mattresses, new linens and bedding, many pillows (20 throughout) and enough plug ins on each side of the bed to charge your phone, plug in a laptop and still power the alarm clock and bedside lamp are available. Not to be overlooked, the bathrooms feature delightfully soft Turkish cotton hand and bath towels. The custom beds were handmade by the artisans in Sarchi and Atenas.
Stepping into the very spacious kitchen with its 24' high ceiling and big center island, you feel like there is room for the whole family to cook. Exquisite granite covers both of the counters and center island. A number of amenities you're not likely to find elsewhere include a dish washer we shipped in the from the US and an in-sink garbage disposal with an air pressure switch. Of course, the kitchen has all the things you would want; a stove, an oven, a microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker, electric tea pot, electric can opener, blender, juicer, a large assortment of pots, pans, dishes and Tupperware, spices, and importantly acrylic glasses that can be used throughout the home and on the terrace without fear of broken glass.
We have three dining areas including an indoor table with seating for 8, the kitchen island with seating for 3 and the outdoor patio table with seating for 6. Each of the tables can fit additional chairs when needed and we include a booster seat for the little one. We have full place settings available including dishes, plates, bowls, table mats, trivets, cups, wine glasses, coffee mugs, knives and silverware, napkins and more.
In the living area you can sit back on either of the two couches, relax and enjoy satellite TV which includes a number of channels from the US including the NFL Network, plug in your smart phone or media player to the stereo system and enjoy the tunes while playing in the pool or sunbathing on the terrace or just cuddle up with a good book under the reading lamp on either of the two reading chairs. An assortment of DVD's are available to view on the TV, a number of books are available to read as are coloring books, crayons, play cards and games for the family. Free WiFi coverage is available throughout the house and out onto the patio and terrace. Massive sliding glass doors open on either end of the living area, combined with a number jalousie windows and overhead fans allow you to regulate airflow throughout the house for maximum comfort.
The laundry room has a clothes washer and clothes dryer, a number of lightweight aluminum folding racks for outdoor drying, a mop sink and a large set of metal shelves for cleaning products and excess storage. We include a starting supply of laundry detergent, dish washer tablets, dish washing liquid or paste, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and a tank of propane for the BBQ grill, and a travel size bottle of shampoo, a bar of soap and small tube of toothpaste in case it's needed.
Stepping outside is like a breath of fresh air. It's all encompassing with the 180 degree view of the Rio Cacao valley and a clear view of the volcanoes and mountains some 15 to 30 miles in the distance, all from the wonderful outdoor terrace. With the nearest neighbor on this side over a 1/4 mile away on the other side of the river gorge, the peacefulness and serenity you will experience is inspiring. Opening the massive glass sliding doors from the living area gives you unabridged access to the covered patio with incredibly comfortable wicker lounge chairs to relax in the shade throughout the day or venture a little further onto the terrace surrounding a big 13' x 26' solar heated swimming pool and enjoy a fun filled day in the sun. The Coralina, known as Coral Stone in the states, was imported from the Dominican Republic. As the oceans transformed over the millennia, coral limestone deposits were created and are quarried in the southern part of the country. As you walk around the terrace, you may notice tiny shells and similar natural items embedded in the Coralina, very cool. Speaking of cool, Coralina, with its unique thermal properties, rejects heat from the sun better than any other material in the marketplace. Under the scorching hot sun you can walk comfortably on the Coralina without fear of burning your feat. Yes, it's that good. In addition to being cool, Coralina is not slippery when wet. We've experienced way too many pools around Costa Rica that are slippery as ice when wet. Coralina is a wonderful material and if you've never had a chance to experience it, be sure to do so.
Spread throughout the patio and terrace are six (6) adjustable lay down wicker loungers, six (6) more wicker lounge chairs, two portable wicker drink tables, a small glass table, the outdoor dining table and six (6) wicker dining chairs. There are a dazzling number of places to lay out in the sun or shade or sit back in a lounge chair with your feet dangling in the pool while reading a book. The pool varies in depth from about 36" (0.9m) to about 50" (1.3m) at the deep end. Easy to use wide steps with a stainless steel handrail allow easy entry and exit from the pool for all ages. One of our pet peeves with every other place we've traveled to is a lack of pool toys and floaties never being included at homes with otherwise wonderful pools. We've had to waste many hours searching for something so simple that we always thought should have been provided but never were. So we brought down over a dozen various tubes, rafts, floaties and similar pool toys for you to enjoy. And we also include an electric pump to inflate and deflate them at the touch of a button. Very few people are aware of how important it is to shower before using a pool due to the chemicals your body expels. To make it easy, we installed an outdoor shower next to the pool so you can quickly shower and hop right in the pool without tracking water all over the house. Of course, just like the soft Turkish cotton towels inside the house, we supply the same wonderful Turkish cotton towels to lay on the loungers and use around the pool.
Just off the patio is a lush grassy area that wraps around the house to the covered carport where the propane BBQ grill is located under cover for your enjoyment. A few outdoor toys, like an American football, are also available for you to enjoy. Walking up and down the sole private road in the community is great exercise and for those more adventurous, the gravel road/path leading down to the river below our house makes for a great hike, especially during the dry season. After walking in the grass you can use the lower part of the shower to wash off your feet or sandals or cool off all around and jump back in the enticing pool.
Not to be overlooked is the safety in our home, each bedroom and the living area has a smoke detector, a fire extinguisher resides in the laundry room and a first aid kit with extra band aids is also available. A land line phone is also available for local calls and emergencies. A programmable safe, like you might find in a hotel, is available for your valuables should you want to use it. The house is protected by an alarm system with an easy to use wireless remote control and the community is protected by a huge steel gate. An easy to use electronic lock means you never have to worry about carrying keys for the house and the lock will accept your own chosen 3 to 6 digit code during your stay and automatically stops working after your departure. Two small remote controls (one for the gate and one for the house alarm) are the only items needed to get in and out. Life simplified!
Jeff & Kara Sweere
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, Property manager Andrew speaks English & Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 23, 2018
About Jeff & Kara Sweere
Jeff was born and raised in Mankato, MN. Kara was raised in Mankato. We both live a busy life in Minnesota, raising three children and always busy with work and/or charitable organizations. Jeff has been running a mobile electronics business since 1993 and Kara is a registered nurse focusing on cardiac rehab.
Jeff & Kara Sweere purchased this House in 2017
Why Jeff & Kara Sweere chose Mercedes
We heard about Atenas, Costa Rica from a friend in MN. We fell in love with Atenas and Costa Rica rather quickly. On our first trip, we spent a lot of time in and around the pool, explored Atenas a bit, took a day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoyed some excellent meals around Atenas and found out how friendly the area is. Our Spanish was lacking yet we felt very welcomed. While sitting around the pool, Kara and I started talking about retirement locations. We both love our home in Minnesota but we surely enjoy the tropics. We knew we wouldn’t move out of Minnesota if our kids and eventually grandchildren remained in the area. We love when they are home. Maybe a vacation home would a good idea? It wasn’t a really serious thought right then and there, but it set a number of things in motion. Laying around the pool, we browsed a few real estate web sites and saw a number of interesting homes. Kara and I talked a bit more and decided it wouldn’t hurt to look at a few places. We didn’t have any plans other than bumming around the house for the next few days anyhow. So, we gave Andrew a call and asked if he’d show us a few places which he graciously did. Long story shortened, a year later we found this amazing property that had most of what we wanted and after an extensive remodel during 2017 it was perfect. We love it and we're sure you will too.
What makes this House unique
The view is amazing. Sitting on the patio, inside the living room or at the dining room table you can see for miles and miles across the river gorge, across the coffee plantations and onto the mountains. If you happen to walk to the back corner of the 2 acre lot, the view is even better! Wow! Sitting at the top of the Rio Cacao river valley, you can take an easy hike down the hill to the river valley. A fun hike that only takes about an hour and it's literally out the back door. Evening during the wet season, sitting inside the living room, listening to and watching the rain spatter down is so relaxing through the giant glass doors and windows. Feeling the fresh breeze come through the valley is amazing. The farmer up the road sells fresh eggs for just a few cents per egg. Making a trip to the farmers market for fresh fruit each week combined with fresh eggs is tough to beat! The twinkle of lights across the valley at night is just as enjoyable as during the day. For those that like bird watching, the spotting scope is great for seeing way off in the distance with a chance to see the howler monkeys when they come through the area.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely home., beautiful view
Great home. The view was perfect. The house was clean and well equipped. We had a wonderful and relaxing time. Well located and private.
The house & view were as advertised. There were 10 of us including 4 children.
It was a great place to relax & enjoy the view & property. Neighborhood farmer even gave kids rides on his horse. Rental agent was very helpful. We’d rent this house again.
2 miles (3.4 km) from Atenas central and a quick 6 minute drive, Villa Serenidad is the epitome of quiet and relaxing. We're near the end of a dead end road. It's not uncommon to go a full day without hearing a car. Our closest neighbor in view from the pool or patio is over 1/4 mile away across the river gorge. Atenas, famous as the Best Climate in the World according to National Geographic Magazine is a tranquil community with fresh markets, a Friday farmers market, numerous restaurants and small shops and importantly a wonderful community of ticos and expats. Immerse yourself in the Costa Rican culture or enjoy the many establishments run by expats. Either way, the people here are fantastic! Shorts, sandals and T-shirts will get you through most days throughout the year. With evening temperatures in the 60's (17-20 Celsius) and day time temps in the mid 80's (26-30 Celsius), the weather here is near perfect year round.