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Two Bedroom Villa Plus Optional 2 Bdrm Cabina, &/or 1 Bdrm Jungle Pad

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two Bdrm Main Casa, 2 Brdm Cabina, 1 Bdrm Jungle Pad, 5 Bdrms, 4 Baths, Slps 10

On the ocean side of the two bedroom main villa a beautiful infinity pool overlooks a butterfly garden, the valley and ocean below. There is a rancho with hammock and jungle and ocean views. Also, a back patio offers a shaded area for afternoon relaxing and bird watching. The self contained cabina offers two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. An outdoor kitchen (cabina) offers amazing ocean views and sits at the edge of the jungle. One hundred and ninety concrete steps lead to a river which drops off into a 200' waterfall. Fresh water shrimp can be caught here -- if you're quick with a net. The steps are through the jungle with passion flowers, buttress trees, and many of Costa Ricas coloured frogs along the way. Both dwellings are A/C equipped although the breeze at this elevation means the A/C is rarely required. This is a new property built in 2012 and beautifully landscaped with flowering shrubs and fruit trees. The Jungle Pad, built in 2014, adds another bedroom with two twin beds and its own bathroom, bringing sleeping capacity for the property to 10. It is truly an amazing property.

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Tres Rios Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Jungle Hut bathroom has cold water only.
  • Bathrooms 1 and 2 are in the Main Villa. Bathroom 3 is located in the optional cabina. Bathroom 4 is in the Jungle Hut.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with one queen bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main villa guest bedroom has one queen bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Guest bedroom in cabina has one queen size bed.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Guest bedroom #2 in cabina has two single beds.
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , In the Jungle Hut. Private Bathroom. Ocean and Jungle View.
  • Casa de Orquidea has two bedrooms. Stated rental rates apply to Villa only. Optional Cabina has two bedrooms. Cabina can be rented separately for $700 per week. Jungle Hut with twin beds rents for $250 per week with rental of Cabina or Casa and Cabina.
  • Books ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Experience the soul of Costa Rica surrounded by jungle and waterfalls with the mountain behind you and the valley and ocean below you.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Two Bedroom Villa Plus Optional 2 Bdrm Cabina, &/or 1 Bdrm Jungle Pad
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews


  • 5 of 5

A group of nine stayed at Dorothy and Len's property and it was nothing short of amazing. While the drive required vehicles with four wheel capabilities, it certainly was breath taking.

We arrived at night and property managers Claude and Francine graciously guided us up the mountain to our destination. The house itself is beautiful but the property is stunning. Waking up to that view every morning was blissful.

Tony and Linda are also very helpful while staying at Dorothy and Len's. Tony took us on a hike and had many recommendations about the area.

Dorothy was always very quick to respond to any questions we had and made the entire experience very easy. She connected us with Karen who made booking excursions a breeze!

We opted to do groceries in Uvita, which isn't too far from the villa. They had plenty of things to choose from and there are several fruit stands along the road if that's something you choose to utilize.

We had a couple of meals at Villa Leonor with Cliff and they were amazing. Their BBQ is a must try!!

The outdoor living space is truly stunning here. We ate all of our meals outside on the giant table. Lots of time spent in the hammock and in the pool. Having laundry onsite came in very useful!

As a group this was our first time not staying all inclusive and I cannot wait to come back!

Thanks again Dorothy and Len!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to host you and your group to our home, Kaitlin. I'm happy to hear that our community friends/property managers were accommodating and that Karen was able to help with excursions -- she has always been great. We love the Costa Ballena and it's gratifying to hear others express their appreciation of its beauty as well! You are welcome back any time. Dorothy and Len
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Cave Creek, AZ

Spectacular Property with Million $ Views

  • 4 of 5

This property is so beautiful, the pictures don't do it justice! We loved the privacy, the fresh fruit from the trees, the beautiful sounds of the jungle and the pool was just perfect. The home, the grounds and amenities were all so nice, we enjoyed walking the property, hiking down to the waterfall and most of all looking at the beautiful plants/flowers. The orchids growing on the palm trees were so great. My only reason for not giving it five stars is the road to the home is rough, you MUST have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to make it up the mountain. After a few days of driving the road I felt comfortable and it was no big deal.

Dorothy and Len are great to work with, always prompt in answering any questions, their description of the property is spot on and most of all they just very nice people. Their recommendations for restaurants, shopping and sightseeing are spot on, take advantage of their knowledge, we sure did! Our next trip to the area will definitely rent from them and stay in this beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting you Bruce and Michelle. It's gratifying to hear others express the same appreciation for our home and surroundings that we feel. We hope you will come back!
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The property was beautiful and even nicer than we expected. Clean and well appointed.

  • 4 of 5

We had an incredible experience for our first time in Costa Rica. Loved the property. It was perfect for ourselves and our 4 adult children. We love to cook and the kitchen served us well. Lots of fresh and accessible food choices. Lots of space to spread out and enjoy this beautiful setting. Awesome outdoor eating area. We had to call 'dibs' on turns in the serene hammock area. Got up every morning and had coffee in the bird watching corner. Enjoyed sunsets by the pool. Packed very light so used the washer. Definitely need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Dorothy and Len were incredibly accommodating. We did so much, but need to come back to experience all we didn't have time for as well. Would suggest bring some local currency as some settings had trouble making change for American and the exchange rate varied. Not an issue, but something to consider. Drive from San Jose was on a beautiful highway. Other roads are very twisty and turny and as I said 4 wheel drive is essential.

All in all wouldn't change anything. Lovely people, lovely setting, lovely weather and a million things to do. Thanks for sharing your piece of heaven Dorothy and Len.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim, it was a joy to host you and your family. Thank you for leaving the property so clean and towels all washed and folded. So thoughtful. Len and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with you and hope to see you in the future -- in either Costa Rica or Canada.
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a great place to stay that offers peace and tranquility, this is the spot.

Dorothy and Len have made this "the" place to go. Pictures don't do the fabulous ocean view justice. The sunsets are spectacular. The main house, where we stayed, is very comfortable and felt like home.

As a previous reviewer has mentioned, it is a good 20 minutes on a dirt road from the highway. The Ojochal restaurants like Citrus and Exotica are about 30 minutes away. We were happy to do our grocery shopping in Palmar Norte (about 40 mins away) and hibernating for a few days.

We would highly recommend Len and Dorothy's home.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Remote Spot With Ocean View!

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous Remote Spot With Ocean View!

Dorothy and Len are extremely helpful and have an amazing property. If you are looking to get far away from noise and people this is for you! The main house is clean, spacious and has everything you need. Travel with friends or relatives and there are extra beds in the cottages above the main house. Charming outdoor eating areas, a hammock, pool and deck with great sunset views. Birds including toucans all around the property with flowers galore and a variety of fruiting trees, and a nice walk down to the river in the forest.

Within an hour you can reach tours to Corcovado National Park, a huge rainforest; other more frequented national parks like Manuel Antonio, as well as many waterfalls, and a variety of beaches including boat tours to Cano Island. They can connect you with a great person to arrange tours for you.

There are small stores at the main road at the bottom of the mountain and several larger supermarkets within a 30 min drive.

You MUST have a 4WD to reach the house. And it's best to arrive before dark (we did not). Dorothy and Len kindly met us to lead us up, and patiently waited nearly two hours for us to get there. It's a steep climb on a dirt road, with bumps and turns. On average it took us about 20min to get from the main road to the house and similar time to get back down.

We loved the house and the location and would absolutely return

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa de Orquidea for a week in March. From the time we arrived we could tell it was a special place. We were greeted by the owners and given an excellent overview of the property before our stay. Their communication throughout the process was always very helpful and prompt. The short drive up the mountain to the villa (15-20 minutes) is all part of the adventure, and there are beautiful sights to see along the way. We made the drive down the mountain almost daily to the many nearby beaches, sites, and activities... except for the one day we opted to just relax and soak the day in at this beautiful home. I would highly recommend a decent 4x4 or AWD vehicle for the drive up the mountainside, but overall the drive was completely manageable and fun. The road was in great shape. As for the property and villa, I would not hesitate to use the word paradise! The owners have put obvious and detailed attention towards assuring the home really takes advantage of the surrounding environment. It's extremely well-appointed, and it was nice to have all of the amenities to accommodate our family. The view overlooking the Pacific is spectacular, the outdoor furniture and dining area is superb, and the Rancho is a great little escape for a nap in the hammock! The focal point (especially for the kids) was the pool. It's a wonderful thing to watch a Costa Rica sunset from the edge of this pool. We made it a highlight every evening! We even got close views of a thunder and lightning storm that put on a spectacular show over the nearby mountains and ocean, plus we did some great stargazing. The gardens are amazing (best bananas we've ever eaten) and seem to draw in a huge array of birds, butterflies, and wildlife. The numerous species of birds kept us entertained daily. The sounds of the rainforest really stand out here. We loved awaking to howler monkeys across the valley and even saw a small and unexpected group of white-face capuchins when heading down the steps to the nearby river. We would often just stop and listen to all of the life around us. It was pretty amazing! When it was time to depart, we had to peel ourselves away from this place. It's a beautiful area of Costa Rica and this property and the owners make it that much more amazing! Thanks for the memories!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dorothy and Len MacDonald
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Dorothy and Len MacDonald

We are retired Canadians, residents in the Kawartha Lakes area of Southern Ontario. We have always loved travelling and spending time with our four grown children and ten grandchildren. Recently three great-grandchildren have been added to the family. I have always loved orchids and owning this property allows me to indulge in this passion.

Dorothy and Len MacDonald purchased this villa in 2012

Why Dorothy and Len MacDonald chose Tres Rios

After visiting many areas of Costa Rica over a period of 12 years we finally found our property in the Cascada Sandalo Estates development near the village of Tres Rios. We built and developed our home and property during 2012 and totally love it. The property boasts a mature mango tree and a spring fed river at the bottom of a ravine in the jungle that can be reached by 196 concrete steps. The river ends in a 200 foot waterfall.

A unique property.

What makes this villa unique

The cooling breezes at the 1300 ft elevation of our home. The many waterfalls and rivers in the area. It is so cool to look down on the mists rising from the rivers in the valley below us. The toucans and aracaris visit - usually twice daily -- and pizotes and monkeys often. Occasionally a sloth. We have also seen macaws, laughing falcons, and hawks from our patio. It is so peaceful!


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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Palmar Sur or Quepos
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Costa Real
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
San Buenaventura
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Costanera Sur
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Several in Coronado
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Turtle Beach
Car: necessary

Located 1300 ft above sea level for cooling breezes. Rappelling and river trekking in the many waterfalls and rivers in the development and hang gliding off the top of the mountain behind us. Mangrove and fishing tours are available out of Sierpe. Enquire through Karen Rath at the Century 21 offices: or By phone: 506 8966 7070,

A 4-Wheel Drive Vehicle is Mandatory.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The above rates are for the main two bedroom Casa.
The optional two bedroom cabina with full bathroom and outdoor kitchen - $700/week
The optional one bedroom with twin beds and bathroom jungle pad - $250/week
Contact owner to discuss.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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