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Secluded Costa Rican Hardwood Villa, Bird Lover's Paradise, Wi-Fi

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Two-Storey Villa with Two Bedrooms and Two Baths (Sleeps 4)

Villa Hada Escondida is a beautiful private and secluded home 15 minutes from San Ramon and minutes from the road to Arenal. It is elegantly decorated with Costa Rican hardwoods, ceramic tile, artwork by local and national artists and luxurious bedding. Surrounded by 180 degree pastoral mountain views of the stunning Central Valley and adjacent canyon, Villa Hada sits on a quiet country lane on the southern edge of the lush Los Angeles Cloud Forest. During the green season, morning and late afternoon clouds briefly enshroud the house in cloud mist in this unique ecosystem. Our balcony is a bird lover's paradise.

Angeles Sur has an average daily high of 28C (82F) and a night time low of 16.5C (64F) so air conditioning is not needed. Our guests like to enjoy morning coffee on our balcony watching blue morpho butterflies, hummingbirds and red tail hawks and afternoon tea at the bistro table on the terrazza watching the afternoon cloud mist.

Villa Hada is a unique family holiday home located on nearly two acres of lush rain forest and surrounded by guava, guarumo and ratoncillo trees covered in epiphytes and bromeliads. Our professionally-designed tropical garden features bougainvillea, heliconia, hibiscus, ficus, coffee, crotons, bananas, guavas, limes, hydrangea and crepe myrtle and is enclosed for privacy by a gorgeous hibiscus hedge.

Villa Hada Escondida has its own private rain forest nature trail which leads past our banana grove on a gently sloping zigzag path towards golden bamboo to a creek and waterfall where you'll see hummingbirds, blue morpho butterflies, tree ferns and birds of paradise.

Our proximity to the airport makes Villa Hada an excellent choice for your first or last few days in Costa Rica or for a base for exploring the Central Valley for a week. Our home is in a community of European and North American expatriates. Many of our guests choose Villa Hada as place to research the San Ramon area for its affordable real estate.

Both bathrooms overlook the garden and canyon and have huge showers complete with Moen rain shower heads and plush white cotton towels. All beds feature high thread count sheets, feather down pillows and duvets, and decorative cushions and plush throws for comfort. Our colourful cotton hammocks, rocking chairs, and eucalyptus wood dining table and chairs are perfect places for birdwatching over the canyon. Art enthusiasts will love Villa Hada's collection of original artwork and paintings by the German-born Costa Rican artist Ruth Deiseroth-Kweton and the artisan statuary by Guanacaste's indigenous Chortega indians throughout the garden.

Villa Hada's ceramic-tiled first floor features a gourmet kitchen with a stainless steel refrigerator and gas stove, a wooden trestle table with bench seating, a sitting room area with a futon, and a full-service laundry room. The downstairs bedroom has two beautiful hardwood twin beds, nightstands and armoire.

Upstairs you'll find an open-beamed ceiling great room with the master bedroom's dramatic and romantic wall of ivory cotton voile curtains behind the hardwood-topped hand wrought iron railing on one side and a sitting area on the other. The sheer drapes filter the light and add privacy without blocking the gorgeous views of rolling hills through the balcony's wall of windows. The upstairs features a continuous wall of windows overlooking the canyon and has beautifully polished hardwood floors covered with colourful cotton dhurrie rugs.

Please note: Because the house can be difficult to find in the dark, all guests must arrange to arrive at the property before 5.00pm (17:00h) local time to receive the keys from our caretaker who will show you around the house.

Villa Hada is a strictly non-smoking home.

Wondering what the house's name means? Villa Hada Escondida means Country House of the Hidden Faerie. Our two small children love faeries and all things magical and truly believe that faeries exist, especially in their house in Costa Rica.

More Details

Diana Lapierre
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Diana Lapierre

We live in Hong Kong having lived in Edinburgh, Scotland before that. and stay at Villa Hada at least five weeks a year. We've been traveling to Costa Rica since 1999 and love the Central Valley. We've both lived, worked and traveled to more than 46 countries and all 50 states but Villa Hada is our favorite place on earth. I am a figure skating coach and former professional ice show skater and my husband works in digital technology. Our two small children and small dog, Matilda, love to play in Villa Hada's 'secret garden'.

I love English gardening and have designed Villa Hada Escondida's garden to look like an English garden complete with hibiscus hedgerows, hydrangea and rose bushes and a wee bougainvillea-covered pergola. We add to our garden on every visit and our fantastic caretaker keeps it all looking amazing. We are bilingual and bought our home in Los Angeles Sur so our children could grow up immersed in the beautiful Costa Rican culture.

Diana Lapierre purchased this villa in 2010

Why Diana Lapierre chose Angeles Sur

Los Angeles Sur has the perfect climate with temperatures ranging from 65-85F and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. We love the western Central Valley for its kind people, simple lifestyle, spectacular mountain views and twisty roads that are fun to drive on.

Our top 10+ favorite activities/excursions from Villa Hada are:

The weekly farmer's market in San Ramon near the University of Costa Rica where you can buy local fruits, vegetables and flowers for a fraction of the price in North America or Europe. 15 mins. away.

Birdwatching from our balcony or terrace. Our guest library includes wildlife identification books and a log of the 45 species of birds that have been seen in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest.

The Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation tour, Naranjo, 25 minutes away.

Our children love the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden and tour located 20 mins. north on the road to La Fortuna/Arenal.

Horseback riding through the working dairy farm at the entrance of the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. The rates are reasonable and the trails rides fantastic.

Yoga on our huge balcony overlooking the canyon as the cloud mist moves in.

Hiking our own private rain forest nature trail to see blue morphos, hummingbirds, bromeliads and tree ferns. During the green season the waterfall is about two stories high and loud enough to hear from the balcony and the back wall of the house can be covered in butterfly chrysalis.

Zip lining in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest, 15 mins. away.

Take a guided day or night tour through the 6.75 miles of trails in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest where you might see a quetzal.

Las Musas Waterfall and Waterpark, San Ramon, 20 mins. away.

Shopping in San Ramon, a delightful little city where you'll find anything you could possibly want then wander round the beautiful church by the central plaza. 15 mins. away.

Plan the next day's adventures whilst you enjoy the view from the cosy upstairs sitting room.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Hada is a little hidden gem in a charming area off the beaten path but minutes away from the scenic route to Fortuna/Arenal. It's a brilliant place to relax for a few days after a long flight or to chill for a week without being far from civilisation and creature comforts.

Our home is beautifully decorated with elegant furnishings, Costa Rican artwork and window treatments throughout. Our high thread count sheets, feather down pillows and duvets, decorative cushions and high quality blankets, lap rugs and bed throws are a lovely bit of comfort. Our gourmet kitchen has everything you need to make a delicious meal in the comfort of a private home. There's a great selection of guide books, novels, brochures, DVDs and CDs in the guest library.

Villa Hada's private nature trail takes you the waterfall past golden bamboo and blue morpho butterflies and leads up to the adjacent canyon and dairy farm.


Angeles Sur Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both showers feature rain shower heads and glass bowl sinks on hardwood vanities. There is plenty of storage space in the drawers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Full size master bed with high thread count sheets, down pillows and duvet and decorative cushions and throws. Vaulted wooden beamed linden wood ceiling. Ivory cotton voile draperies. Hardwood floors. Continuous windows along back wall with mountain views. Hardwood nightstands, beds and armoires. Ceramic lamps for reading. Open design second floor overlooks first floor. Huge ceramic tile shower rain shower head. Ceramic bowl sink atop hardwood console with drawers. Across from the bedroom is our cosy sitting area with a comfortable rattan settee, chairs and tables and decorative cushions. Hardwood floored balcony, perfect for yoga or birdwatching. Zippered canvas balcony privacy/windscreen.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • limited accessibility
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
We are happy to help our guests plan an itinerary and can offer recommendations for day trips, restaurants and tourism spots. Our library is full of guidebooks, brochures, maps and business cards to help guests plan their trip.


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average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The house is lovely and just as described. Chico was very helpful and we managed to communicate despite our not speaking spanish. The only thing I might say is that anyone staying here would do well with a car with four wheel drive or an SUV. The driveway is steep and very rocky. We had a bit of a hard time with our tiny Suzuki although we made it work. But overall we very much enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jersey City

Serene and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to experience the Los Angeles cloud forest. The views are stunning. The house is cozy, easy to use, charming, and overall beautiful. It has everything one needs. The only thing was the wasn't too reliable, but then when the views are so outstanding, why would one need it? The caretaker, Chico, is a wonderful soul. We met his wife and I believe a son and they too were very friendly. The area is great...Mi Rancho is a great place for food. We enjoyed this stay and would most definitely return to Villa Hada.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved every minute of our stay

  • 5 of 5

Such an amazing home with a feeling of warmth and thought to all the details of what makes a home feel like a home. Cozy bed and pillows, beautiful view and plenty of amenities. Thank you Diana!!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to the cloud forest -- it was very peaceful and beautiful. Great back deck for yoga and watching the clouds and the house was well equipped with a wonderful kitchen and good facilities. Very nice accommodations reasonably priced to enjoy all the area attractions. The only difficulty was in the directions to the house -- perhaps they could be amended to note the distances between the turns as we got a little lost on our way up! Overall, lovely weekend! Will recommend and return!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and comments about the directions to the house. Costa Rican homes and businesses rarely have exact street addresses and streets either lack names or have several. Addresses are described as being "500 metres north of the plaza" or "75 metres west of the cemetery", for example. Prior to their stay, our guests receive an information pack about the house and surrounding area with GPS coordinates for Villa Hada and detailed instructions from the airport including landmarks and approximate distances between points. Thanks to Sat Nav, Google Maps and the iGo My way Costa Rican edition app for iPhones, trip planning and getting around Costa Rica is easy. We recommend guests hire a Sat Nav device available at most major car hire companies for exploring the Central Valley or wherever your itinerary takes you.
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The Villa Hada Escondida

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay ... We had a great time the house is as the photo's look and it was clean and ready for us. You sure do get a chance to see the amazing clouds both in the morning and at night they just drift in and out.

They have done a great trail on the property so you can walk and see the birds and butterflies and Chico their beloved freind and gardner/ care taker dose a wonderful job making you feel at home.

He dose not speak english but with lots of hand jesters and big smiles it all works out I see why he is loved so much.

We would recommend the house as it sits in a great area you can take short day trips to see other things from this location.

Diana is wonderful to deal with she will provide you with amazing local information listen to her she has done a great job at finding wonderful things to see and do and places to eat .

Thank you to the Lapierre Family

All the best Petra & Albert den Otter

Sherwood Park Alberta Canada

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
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Will be back!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and the location. I traveled with my husband and 3 kids (ages 8-13). This time, we were able to stay for only 2 days. I hope to go back to the San Ramon area and stay longer, and when I do, I want to stay in the same house. It was well stocked, close to everything, and we felt right at home.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kelly for choosing Villa Hada for your family's recent holiday. Villa Hada is incredibly convenient for its proximity to San Ramon and the road to La Fortuna but is in a very quiet and tranquil location. We take great care to make sure our home is as comfortable and well kitted out for our guests as is it for us. We always receive compliments on how well-stocked the kitchen is and that all you really need to bring are the fresh ingredients to make a gourmet meal. We have two small children and have made sure Villa Hada is a cosy and comfortable place to stay for families with loads of luxurious touches and amenities throughout. I hope your children enjoyed the Villa Hada ZigZag Nature Trail that leads guests from our banana grove to the blue morphos, hummingbirds, tree ferns and golden bamboo in our wee rain forest at the bottom of the garden. We look forward to you staying at Villa Hada again soon!
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mi Rancho
Nearest Ferry
38 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt. 141 La Fortuna/San Ramon
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mi Rancho
Nearest Beach
38 Miles
Car: necessary

Our home is a perfect choice of accommodations for a week of exploring the beautiful Central Valley or for your first or last few days in Costa Rica. Located in tranquil Los Angeles Sur, we're 15 minutes north of San Ramon and 50 minutes west of Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Staying at Villa Hada will shorten your trip up to Arenal as it's one hour closer than most Alajuela/airport accommodations and just minutes from the most scenic route to Arenal.

Driving distances/times to some of the top local attractions:

The Los Angeles Cloud Forest reserve (8 mi., 17 min.)

Butterfly Garden (9 mi., 20 min.)

Las Musas Waterfall (6.2 mi., 17 mins.)

Espiritu Santu Coffee Plantation (11.5 mi., 30 min)

Sarchi (18 mi., 35 min.)

Grecia (24 mi., 45 min.)

Zarcero (1 hour)

Poas Volcano (44 mi., 1.5 hours)

Arenal/Fortuna (103 mi., 2.5 hours)

Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) (31.6 mi., 50 min.)

Monteverde Cloud Forest (65 mi., 2.5 hours)




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $75

Villa Hada Escondida is a pet-friendly property and we allow our Tenants to lodge in Villa Hada Escondida with pet dogs and service dogs. However, Tenants may house no pet of any kind on the premises, even temporarily, without first obtaining Landlord's written permission. A refundable $50 pet deposit is required of guests bringing pets or service animals.

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.

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