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Dorothy and Len MacDonald

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

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

12 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Tres Rios Villa Rental Photos and Description

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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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Dorothy and Len MacDonald (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 Puntarenas

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 190 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 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!

Reviews

5
based on 12 traveler reviews

Two Bedroom Villa Plus Optional 2 Bdrm Cabina, &/or 1 Bdrm Jungle Pad
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

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: Mar 2016
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Keswick, Ontario, Canada
5

Great Escape!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa de Orquidea for 8 days in February and had a fantastic time! The custom-built villa is clean, comfortable and well-maintained. Stunning flowers and fruit trees including banana and mango on the 10-acre property and available for eating if your timing is right! We enjoyed daily bananas picked right off the tree during our stay. There is a 200-foot waterfall on the property with 190 steps leading you to a view from the top. Exploring in the day we came across a Mexican porcupine resting in a tree by the river! A night walk treated us to seeing some frogs, shrimp and lizards. Every day we saw toucans, hummingbirds, parrots to name just a few of the birds frequenting the nearby trees and the famous blue morpho butterflies. We didn't see any monkeys but heard the howlers in the surrounding jungle.

A definite focal point of the property is the infinity pool. We cooled off and relaxed in the pool daily and watched breath-taking views of the sun setting over the ocean!

The main house has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with showers. Very comfortable beds and while there is air conditioning available we never needed it! Ceiling fans and a lovely mountain breeze maintained a perfect temperature. The kitchen is well equipped, even a blender for whipping up some pool-side drinks and a BBQ right on the patio too! We cooked some meals here and ate out at nearby restaurants a few nights. The best was the 4-hour fresh tuna at one of the owner’s favourite places! The villa is very secure, located in a guarded community with friendly and helpful neighbours, many of whom are Canadian doctors so we felt very safe! There are many possibilities for easy day trips. One of the neighbours guided us on a river trek to some secluded pools and a cascading waterfall (cascada in Spanish!). We went on an excursion through the mountains with stunning ocean views and a lunch stop in a local village. Another day we went to the village of Boruca where the local people make beautiful works of art including drums, carved masks and hand-woven tapestries. Other highlights include the sea caves at Ventanas beach and a wildlife rescue refuge where we got to see 3 baby sloths. A 4x4 vehicle is needed but the Dihatsu Terios we rented easily made it up the road which is well maintained unlike many other local roads. The 15 minute drive takes you away from the main highway and into the welcome coolness of the mountain air. We will definitely be coming back! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Cathy and Jeff for your kind review of Casa de Orquidea. It pleases Len and I so much when others enjoy the magic of our home as much as we do. Hopefully, you will be able to return in the not too distant future.
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Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
5

Incredible Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Casa de Orquidea is a stunning place. The photos give you only a slice of how beautiful and well appointed it truly is - high in the mountains overlooking the ocean (just a few hundred feet below the clouds), spacious and welcoming, and surrounded by acres of terraced and beautifully landscaped property. It's just too bad the banannas weren't ripe enough to be picked while we were there!

We sat on the patio every evening to watched the sun set over the pacific while the kids played in the pool. Delighted in the toucans that stopped by on nearby trees morning and afternoon and finding the beautiful geckos who could be spotted high up the outside walls each evening. Cooked delicious dinners on the BBQ and gorgeous gas stove. Explored the area's many pristine beaches, enjoyed local restaurants, good local shopping in Uvita, and activities like whale-watching and zip-lining.

Hope to be back! Thank you Len and Dorothy, and a big thank you to Michael for hosting us while you were away - his food recommendations were perfect!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kelly, Len and I are so pleased that you, your family and friends enjoyed Casa de Orquidea and the beautiful area of Costa Rica that we are fortunate enough to call home. Thank you for your thoughtful review of our property. We also thank Michael and Patricia for the care and concern they showed to our guests while Tony and Linda were in Canada. We hope you will come back to visit our tropical home again soon. Pura Vida!
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Edmonton, Alberta
5

Best Part of our 35 Day Vacation!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Casa de Orquidea, was the best part of our vacation! When only had 4 days there but did not want to come down the mountain. It is only 15 minutes and is doable in a Dihatsu Bego or Terios easily, as the roads of the association are extremely well maintained unlike many other mountain roads in the area. There sense of community made us feel very safe also. Len and Dorothy are by far the best hosts we have encountered in our journeys. Their home is beautiful, welcoming and fully stocked. We like others, felt like friends upon our departure. Temperatures are perfect, great views, great people, great time! Patrick & I will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of Casa de Orquidea. Len and I are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in our home. Hope to see you again soon!
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5

A highlight on fulfilling our " bucket list "

  • 5 of 5

Penny and I had the pleasure of spending two wonderful weeks as guests of Len and Dorothy in their gorgeous and extremely comfortable cabina at Casa de Orquida.

We found the 360 degree vistas overwhelming in their beauty. The landscaping blends in an intimate way with the surrounding tropical forest.

If you are searching for a location to interact with and enjoy nature , bird watching , trekking through rain forests,or observing night after night of spectacular sunsets over the ocean then this is the destination for you.

During our stay we visited a number of local points of interest; including visiting a coffee plantation near SanVita, spending a day on an adventure tour of the Corcovado National Park, exploring the indigenous village of Boruca, as well as enjoying some of the many beautiful lonely beaches nearby.

If you enjoy adventure driving on mountainous roads with spectacular views on every corner and cutback then this location will meet your satisfaction.

The many restaurants located close by were all enjoyable culinary experiences.

We found Len and Dorothy to be extremely accomadating hosts and their pride in Casa da Orquida was well deserved.

On our departure we felt like we were leaving good friends we had known all our lives, we hope one day to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Owner's Response: So glad that Casa de Orquidea was able to help you tick off another box. It was great to have you and Penny visit our home in paradise and we hope you'll be back again soon. We sure enjoyed your company!
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Cedar Falls, Iowa USA
5

A Great Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a trip to Costa Rica, and a 4 day stay at Casa Orquidea. It was wonderful! We stayed in the two bedroom guesthouse located just up the hill from Len and Dorthy's home. Our accommodations were comfortable and we had everything we needed- including a small kitchenette and grill. The setting is beautiful- the view of the ocean from so high on the mountain is breathtaking! Each morning and each evening, we would watch the toucans fly between the trees near our guest house! We saw up to 7 at one time- along with several other colorful birds. While we didn't see monkeys during our 4 day stay, we did hear the howlers in the jungle! Just walking the grounds was an experience. The beautiful landscaping includes a multitude of Costa Rica's most colorful foliage and flowers. Walking the steps down to the river on the property was a fun trek into the heart of the rainforest. Len and Dorothy were gracious hosts. They made us feel welcome, shared their pool with us, and checked in regularly to make sure that we had everything we needed. They are genuinely friendly people, who enjoy sharing their "bit of heaven." Casa Orquedea is truly a beautiful place, and Len and Dorothy are the perfect hosts!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Tom and Julie, for your wonderful review of our home, Casa de Orquidea. Len and I enjoyed meeting you and hope you'll consider our home for future vacations. Julie, we hope your John Deere photo gets published!!!
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Palmar Sur or Quepos
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Baxter Bowling Alley
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.

A 4-Wheel Drive Vehicle is Mandatory.

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Rates & Availability

Tres Rios Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Casa de Orquidea
Mar 16 2016 - Dec 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
$200
$1,300
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$200
$1,300
$3,000
 

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

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Amenities

Tres Rios Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Experience the soul of Costa Rica surrounded by jungle and waterfalls with the mountain behind you and the valley and ocean below you.

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