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Luxury In The Middle Of Nature

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


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms (Sleeps 8)

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Villa Sonrisas is a 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath house, with formal dining and living room. Located on 1.5 acres of luxurious greenery, colorful flowers and mature trees visited daily by squirrel monkeys, white faced monkeys, iguanas, toucans and a number of Costa Rica's exotic birds.

The house is well off the main road and a 10 minutes ride to Manuel Antonio's beaches and downtown Quepos.

Villa Sonrisas has a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances including dishwasher and an island with bar height seating. An open concept floor plan and living area with air conditioning and ceiling fans throughout, wireless internet and double height vaulted ceilings. Enter through El Salto private, guarded entrance. Once you arrive, our property manager will greet you and provide home access. All you need to do is make yourself at home in at nature at Villa Sonrisas.

Owners tip: We know vacations are for sleeping in, but monkeys don't agree. They'll come visit in the early mornings, if you hear some tree rattling, your friends have come to visit and they like bananas. *Please make sure doors are shut when feeding the monkeys.

Built in 2011 and designed by well known Costa Rican architect, Ricardo Perez, Villa Sonrisas offers a stress free, quiet and exotic environment; and with its open design lets you enjoy in nature no matter where you are in the house.

Villa Sonrisas was featured in Costa Rican TV magazine 'Habitat Soluciones' as one of the more attractive properties in Manuel Antonio.

Villa Sonrisas is located in the heart of the rainforest and we take pride in being an eco-friendly home. Please help us respect this lush environment by using our recycle bins, turn off water and lights that you're not using and most of all, regard the grounds and gardens as if it were your own.

More Details

Maggie Villedrouin
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Maggie Villedrouin

Fell in love with Costa Rica, it's people and Manuel Antonio during our first visit in 2007. We purchased the property in 2009. By 2012 we had completed the designed, construction, landscaping and furnishing of the home.

Maggie Villedrouin purchased this house in 2012

Why Maggie Villedrouin chose El Cerro

We have vacationed in this area many times with friends and family.

What makes this house unique

Private setting in the middle of the rain forest, yet in very close proximity to restaurants, beaches and many other attractions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed it so much here swimming in the pool, relaxing and going to many different restaurants. We loved Andres checking on us everyday and giving us a lot of suggestions. We especially like Ronny's restaurant and went there twice. It has great food, a nice view and free WiFi for the kids. For ziplining, we say MidWorld(you have to try the superman). For rafting, we suggest PRO.

The pool is great after the beach or at night we would hop in. Very relaxing outside when it was not 1000 degrees. Beautiful views, and tons of monkeys, so fun to watch.

We really loved it here and we know the next group will like it too. Hope to be back one day. Pura Vida
Apr 2014
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El Cerro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The maximum number of guests is limited to the number of people specified in the reservation.
  • Please be sure to close gate when you leave. BBQ must stay in the location you found it.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large on suite master bath w/private toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Half bath on 2nd floor in common area
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private Balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Access to flush grounds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , California King, balcony, access to outdoor patio
  • Graco portable crib available
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Services available upon request for an additional charge include: .Private Chef. .Transportation from and to San Jose. .Extra housekeeping. (Housekeeping included in rental rate is provided every third day) Extra housekeeping is available upon request at a rate of $5.00/hour.(minimum 3hours).


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Luxury In The Middle Of Nature
average rating of 4.882353 based on 39 reviews
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada

Spectacular house in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had the chance to stay in this top class house from December 29 to January 5. The pictures give a really good impression of what you can expect but once you get there, what you discover is even better. The house is so beautiful, comfortable and convenient. Important to mention that this is a high-quality house and it is well-maintened so we took good care of it during our stay, just like if it way ours. So, the house is perfect, but still our prefered part way the huge deck upstairs where you can enjoy the scenery and watch the birds flying all around. The house is in a perfect location, a few minutes from Quepos on one side and Manuel Antonio on the other side. Easy to find with the instructions given by the owner. It's located in a gated-community. Grocery near by, in the direction of Manuel Antonio, Super Joseth. Nice place to find what you need to get started.

A wonderful house where you will enjoy the nature in a luxury environment. Thanks to Andres who greated us upon arrival, showed us the house and also gave us a short lesson about bird-watching. Many thanks to the owner, Maggie, who way so helpful right from the start. So lovely. Make sure to enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andre, Thank you for the lovely review. I am so happy you thoroughly enjoyed the quality time spent at Villa Sonrisas and do hope we can have the pleasure of hosting you again next time you're in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio is truly a wonderful place and always enjoy when guests share the same sentiment. Thank you for again for being a great guest and treating our Villa as if was yours. Best regards, Maggie
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Painless booking & close to the Marina in Quepos

  • 5 of 5

Nice property! Andres is attentive with our welcome, recommendations and communication. Stocked well sans groceries, which are 5 mins away. Maggie (owner) did a nice job with the instructions, wifi setup, decor, landscape, and having A/Cs in each room. Love the pool, monkeys, birds and serenity so close to town. Taxis didn't have a problem finding the property and we felt safe with gates, alarm, doors and guards entering the neighborhood. Would def. stay here again.

Constructive Recommendations:

Make the Living area upstairs more comfortable, inviting. It is smaller than expected, although the balcony is great. A TV upstairs would be nice,. Music player docking station to a stereo or speaker with Iphone etc. e.g. a Sonos Play would be ideal. WARMER lights around the home are needed.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing space

  • 3 of 5

Pros: house was beautiful and in a great location. Everyday our patio was visited with monkeys, tucans, eagles and more. The pool was amazing and warm, you could stay in the pool the whole day while appreciating nature.

Cons: they never clean the pool. The cleaning lady did not change/wash the towels or sheets.

Andres was a really nice and helpful guy but I recommend for you to book your tours by yourself, do not book through him as prices will be 4 times more expensive. Do your research and google places you want to go go before booking. You will save a lot of money.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful and roomy. It came equipped with everything. The kids loved the pool at night. We saw the monkeys twice on our stay. They would come up to you if you had food. We saw birds and iguanas daily. The location was great and very easy to get where we wanted too. Andres was awesome. He loves his country and is extremely helpful and knowledgeably. He set up our tours and I would highly recommend the waterfall repelling excursion along with white water rafting and atv excursions. I would stay at this location again.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeanne, Thank you for the wonderful review, I am so glad you enjoyed the stay at Villa Sonrisas and beautiful Costa Rica. We are blessed to have such lush vegetation and animals surrounding our property. The monkeys sure are a favorite! Please be sure to visit us on Instagram, @villa_sonrisas, to follow our latest and share your moments with us. We look forward to having you at Villa Sonrisas for your next vacation. Regards, Maggie
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We loved this place!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place. The house is great, on the side of a mountain overlooking a rain forest with a peek-a-boo view of the Pacific. We went to the park with a guide, zip-lined the rain forest along the mountains and rode four wheelers to the waterfalls, but our best view of birds (toucans, cara caras, parrots, macaws, parakeets, hummingbirds and mot mots), squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys and even a sloth all came from the porch of this house. Maggie answered questions before and during our visit, and Andres helped us plan one of the best vacations we have ever had.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Location & Comfortable Home

  • 5 of 5

The home is located in a gated community between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. It has a real home feel and is attended by Andres who could not have been more helpful. He wanted us to be well taken care of. I highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
San Juan Santamaria International
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Manuel Antonio Beach
Car: recommended

Secluded, yet located some 10 minutes away from Manuel Antonio Beaches and national Park, Villa Sonrisas offers proximity to restaurants, the town of Quepos and many activities. Not to be missed is Manuel Antonio National Park, arguably the country's most beautiful and protected coastal area. The National Park contains pristine white sand beaches, hidden coves ideal for snorkeling, trails through tropical forest filled with wild life and the landmark Punta Catedral, towering high above the deep blue pacific Ocean.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $79

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Holiday rates:

XMas/New Year December 22nd, 2014 to January 4th 2015 $550.00/day (weekly $3575.00)
Easter March 23rd to March 28th 2015 $550.00/day

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.