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Naturalist's Cloud Forest Haven

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Adjoining The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Our house is located on 40 acres of private property that abuts the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and is one of the last private homes before the Reserve. More than half our land is in primary cloud forest, but there is a large clearing below the house that is perfect for viewing wildlife. In fact, because our place is contiguous to more than 110,000 acres of protected forest, you’re likely to see many more animals here than in most other places in the Monteverde zone. White-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, coatis, gray fox, armadillos, and agoutis are all commonly seen on our land, and several cloud forest specialists, including resplendent quetzals, black guans and brocket deer are also often seen near the house.

The house was built in the mid-1980s by the current owner. In 1981, he visited Monteverde for the first time and during his stay, he and two other biologists had a picnic on the property, taking in the spectacular view of the forest and the Gulf of Nicoya in the distance. A week later, his friends called to tell him that the parcel was for sale and asked if he would like to become a part owner. The three of them purchased the property later that year from one of the original Quaker farmers and since then, each owner has built a house or cabin on the land. None of the dwellings are in sight of the others, which gives you a very private experience.

The house itself is located on a hillside at the end of a 500-foot driveway. It was designed with lots of large, picture windows to bring in plenty of natural light and is oriented toward the southwest with dramatic views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the forest canopy below.

The downstairs includes a living room with a wood stove, a dining room, kitchen, two box seats, a large bathroom and a small utility room with a washer and dryer. There’s also a long front porch, where you can sit looking out at the Gulf of Nicoya and watch up to nine species of hummingbirds visit the feeders. The upstairs includes a roofed balcony and two good-sized bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed and the other with two full beds. At our place, you will be well away from the bustle of Santa Elena and the main road. You will be able to go to sleep to the sounds of katydids, cicadas, frogs and wake up to chorusing black-bellied wood quail and dueting gray-breasted wood wrens.

Public buses pass by at the bottom of the driveway several times each day and taxis are available at any time. There are several good restaurants just a few miles away as well as a small grocery store and a few gift/coffee shops. The entrance to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is just a ten minute walk from our house. But, of course, that could be much longer if you're looking at wildlife or plants!

If you’d like, we can help you arrange to have a talented local cook or cleaning service visit during your stay.

Recommendations for local guides upon request.

More Details

Property Manager
Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders

We live in Massachusetts for most of the year, but we spend a portion of each year in Monteverde. Fred first visited Monteverde in 1981; Laurie came in 1986. Since then, we have both worked on different biology projects in the area (bellbirds, quetzals, dragonflies) and for a short stint, Laurie worked as a guide in the Reserve. We got married in 1994 and in 2000, our daughter was born. Since 2004, we have led more than three dozen natural history trips to Costa Rica.

Fred is now retired from a career as a science teacher, but is currently studying native bees in MA and working with others on electronic field guides to the dragonflies and damselflies of Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Laurie produces natural history features for public radio and for ten years, prepared a weekly natural history series called Field Notes which aired on WFCR 88.5 FM in Amherst, MA. Some of her previous stories can be heard on Living on Earth. She currently works as a private environmental consultant.

Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders purchased this house in 1981

Why Fred Morrison or Laurie Sanders chose Puntarenas

This is a very special piece of property because it borders the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and is one of the last houses before the Reserve entrance. At nearly 5,000 feet in elevation, at times the property is literally bathed in the clouds, with mists from the Caribbean blowing west toward the Pacific.

What makes this house unique

Quiet, private and extraordinary wildlife opportunities.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We absolutely loved the house and its location. Everything was just perfect. We really enjoyed the area.
Feb 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Naturalist's Cloud Forest Haven
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 41 reviews

Great Stay in Monteverde

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 7 really enjoyed our time in Casa Colibri. Being right next to the Cloudforest, we could enjoy the beauty of the area from the comfort of the covered deck watching the hummingbirds slurp up the sugar water while the kids found an armadillo, birds, coati, etc in the front yard. We also enjoyed the short hike up and around the back of the property, walking down to town (with cab rides back up), and enjoying the delicious food Lillian provided. Best of all was the great support provided by Laurie as we planned our Costa Rican adventure. She helped us realize that renting a car was not needed (or even desirable) and set us up with a driver to take us from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna, asked Raul to arrange the taxi/boat/taxi from La Fortuna to Monteverde, and Jose to bring us back to the airport. Raul could not have been more helpful once we arrived and we enjoyed getting to know his son. He and our granddaughter are the same age, both in bilingual schools so they could chat in English and Spanish. Being in a house for 3 nights after hotel life was a great change of pace and most welcome. Many thanks to all. Kendra and Jim

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Low key and beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed this place a lot, especially the humming bird observatory up top. Stayed here with my family and enjoyed the immediate area as well as the other activities in the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Best House in Mondeverde / Meilleure Maison a Monterverde

  • 5 of 5

The description of the house and location on the listing were very accurate.

The house was clean and well equipped. We were welcomed by the house care taker who was very helpful and caring, always making sure we were enjoying our stay. We also ordered food to be made at the house on our first night (Rice and beans, salad, banana cake), it was delicious and we had plenty for the next day.

The owners were very accommodating with our requests.

What we loved the most during our stay was that the house was right in the Cloud Forest, and hummingbirds were at your window every morning waiting for you to hang the feeders for the day, and our care taker was always there for us.

We were very close to the national park (just a short walk!) and to St Elena for its shops, bars and restos.

Really great place if you're looking for a peaceful and nature-oriented stay, yet close to all the attractions.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Fred and Laurie's home in Monteverde was fabulous. The house was spacious for our family of five and well equipped. The highlight of the house is the front balcony where unlimited visits from hummingbirds of all colors come to greet you. When we first arrived my daughter looked out the window and said "someone" was in a tree. That "someone" was a gorgeous white faced monkey! The property manager, Raul was super helpful and very kind. He offered excursion ideas, restaurant ideas, and helped set up rides. In the back of the property is a one mile beautiful and well maintained trail that is a magical experience. The house is a tad far from town but we really enjoyed walking numerous times to St Elena and took the steep return trip by cab. If you are looking for peace and quiet and a great opportunity to see wildlife and cloud forest in a clean and charming home, this is the one! By the way, we highly suggest Lillian's appetizer plate and dessert! Her appetizer plate alone kept us well fed for almost three days!!!!! Best guacamole, handmade tortillas and salsa we have ever had!!! Thanks too to Laurie for the detailed and prompt communications.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay was wonderful and we really enjoyed the house. The owners were extremely helpful and caring. The house had everything you need. We truly enjoyed our experience with the hummingbirds. All the activities were booked for us and we had a great experience with each of them. Great house to rent in a great location.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was wonderful. Lillian made our first nights meal which was great and we snacked on it the entire time. Raul often checked on us and called us out when there were sightings. The hummingbirds were phenomenal and kept the children entertained for hours. We walked all the paths from the house. The house was roomy and comfortable and had everything we needed. We will definitely return. We recommend this stay for anyone going to Monteverde. You can't find anything better. Laurie and Fred were very helpful and answered all of our questions immediately. Thank you for sharing your home with us. Susan and Mac Magee

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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One of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, the Monteverde area now includes plenty of options to keep you occupied during your stay (guided nature walks, ziplining, night hikes, language schools, bat museums, orchid gardens, shopping, etc.) But alternatively, you may just want to relax on one of the porches and watch hummingbirds at the feeder, or go birding in the front pasture, or take a walk along the back trail.

There is a notebook in the house that lists our recommendations for the area.


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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Monteverde House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • This house comfortably sleeps 4-6 people. There are also two box seats downstairs that could be used for sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

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