4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 8 (10 if Children), 3 balconies & in-ground pool
About Sam Twiford
I retired in 2008 after selling my half of the family business to my brother. I had decided to spend more time in the DR, having formed a partnership with friends from North Carolina to purchase real estate (condos, villas and commercial property in Sosua/Cabarete). I now live here about 5 or 6 months each year, in 6 week intervals. This is my personal residence in the DR and not one of my rental properties; therefore, many items and electronics not usually found in a rental property are a part of my home. Villa de la Mariposa also has limited rental availability due to my many visits to the area. I strive to update the calendar on a regular basis so available dates are readily visible but final confirmation must be obtained prior to booking flights. Enjoy the house, the pool, the weather, the food, but most importantly, meet my wonderful staff (Jose, Nelly and Gary (Nelly's son) who are actually they are my friends who take care of my home when I am in the states) and who will make your visit as wonderful as possible. Enjoy!!
Sam Twiford purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Sam Twiford chose Sosúa
Since this is my private residence (and not just someone´s rental investment), I have installed high speed internet (30 PLUS mbps), complete gourmet kitchen, 5 flat screen tvs, gated parking, security system, and much more. If you want cheaper property, you can find it at traditional 4 bedroom rentals away from the beach, rather than my private, 4 bedroom villa, only a 5 minute walk to the beach. Flexible ... one may choose to only rent the three bedroom portion of the main house. Discounted rate is offered for this type of rental. Your choice.... enjoy the DR regardless of where you choose to stay.
What makes this Villa unique
Professional Grade High Speed WiFi installed with 30+ Mbps, with 3 routers to help insure wifi coverage on all 3 floors. The 4 bedroom is a poolside apartment with full amenities and a kitchen. Ultimate privacy while still being a part of your group. The winter has arrived back home but the warm breeze is on the balcony, a Presidente beer in your hand, Magic Jack phone to call your broker in the US or Canada, all the while I am checking, the markets from around the world.... is this really work??? Yes, and you deserve it all!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
July 2 to July 5, 2019/ Fort wayne, Indiana/ family of 6
We had a wonderful stay! The home is nicer, larger and more beautiful than the pictures portray. We were a group of 6, Mom, Dad and our 4 adult children. Beds were comfortable, pool was nice, clean and refreshing, and all of the A/C keep us nice and comfortable during our July visit. We really enjoyed the full kitchen for our family, as well as Nelly's cooking too. If we were to return for another family visit, it would be highly likely that we would reserve the very same home! Thanks again, Sam! Loren and Lonnie.
Sorry I was unable to meet you personally. With your previous experience of the DR, I really would have enjoyed sharing thoughts, places, and experiences. Maybe some other time.
I wanted to thank you for your gracious words concerning my home there. I do not spend as much time there as I would like. I am glad that Villa de la Mariposa exceeded your expectations. I will take your suggestion and revamp my HomeAway site with new photos and descriptions.
Thank you very much for using my home for your vacation to the DR.
A great place to stay!!!
Been to sosua a few times, this property and the service that came with it was above expectations. Sam the owner, his staff nelly and jose were on call for anything. Jose the driver was very professional and on time to every drop off and pick up. Nelly the house keeper was amazing she kept the home clean and in order during our stay. Also for a small extra fee nelly shopped for the grocery with in your budget and prepared great meals on your schedule, great perk and well worth it!! Sam thank you. I'll will always plan my sosua trips around the availability of your property!!!
Rahsaan: Thank you for your comments. Your party was not only respectful to my home, but more importantly, respectful to my staff Jose and Nelly. I always give them "veto" power if guest requests another visit. Needless to say, you are welcome to return anytime. Thank you again for choosing my home for your trip to Sosua. Sam
Awesome house great neighborhood
This is such a beautiful private house with a quiet neighborhood. I went with two other friends and had a excellent stay. House had plenty of room and privacy. We rented a car during out stay which I would recommend. The market and nightlife entertainment is only a 5 minute drive away. The beach you can literally walk to and even that is very quiet clean and secluded place to relax. I encourage anyone and everyone to stay at Sam's house if possible. He is a great host and very easy to contact. I would 100 percent visit again in the near future.
Great vacation villa for couple or large family
We went with our large family (7 people) and we truly enjoyed ourselves. The property is vey well maintained and the pool really was enjoyed by all of us. I say that the villa lived up to our overall expectations. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars was that we did have issues on and off with the electricity and Internet for a three days. That could have put an damper on things but the property manager was on top of the issues, kept us updated on the status, and eventually got it working. I think we were also very much impressed with Nelly. Her cooking was typical Dominican cuisine and was a she really big hit with everyone. Rather than going out to a restaurant for meal, we had the convenience of having her cook whichever meals we needed (breakfast, lunch, dinner or all three if needed). She was very friendly and made out stay so much more enjoyable. Sam, the owner, was a very awesome host and we even Skyped with him as he "greeted" us the first day we arrived (Nice touch and we appreciate your thoughtfulness when it came to our anniversary! ). The beach was just a 5-10 minutes walk down the road but I would say it really is more for romantic walks, sunbathing, or wind surfing rather than swimming as the waves are really rough at times. The nice thing about the beach is that it is a great place to take pictures. There are awesome views and backgrounds. For swimming, the best bet is to go to the Sosua beach down the road (a short 10 minute drive). You are relatively close to the center of town where there are all types of businesses including a supermarket that was very much like what you find in the States.
I really liked the villa and would consider going back whether if it was with the kids or just my wife and I.
Amazing... Amazing... Amazing...
The description of this beautiful house is very accurate, but in my opinion, understated. This house was extremely clean, beds were very comfortable, A/C was perfect (I'm American, so I definitely used them). The ONLY downside was the 5 minute drive to the house is very bumpy, but that is not the owner's fault, and it's not that big of a deal when you see ALL that you are getting. Nelly was amazing and a lifesaver. She cooked (of course we gave her about 5 dollars per meal per person) and she cleaned and gave us tips on the city (we tipped her for everything). The taxi driver, Jose was very nice, but in my opinion a little expensive, but well worth the pick up and drop off at the airport because he has a very nice air conditioned van. But once we got there, we figured out other means of transportation, which was a lot cheaper. The owner, Sam, is amazing and helpful and very easily reachable. The dog, Sadie, is amazing! She is so well behaved, just be nice to her, she is a rescue dog and she deserves kindness. I would recommend this home to anyone that wants to be comfortable and explore the city. It is about 15 minutes from Sosua (awesome bars/discos) with lots of locals, so this was my favorite place, and the beach is calm and the water is clear. It is about 20 minutes from Cabarete (too many tourists for me), the beach has a lot more waves and is famous for windsurfing, so it's fun to watch, but the water isn't as pretty as Sosua... my own personal opinion. I cannot say enough nice things about this awesome house and the staff... super clean, super comfortable. And Sam will help answer any of your questions and if he doesn't know the answer, he will find out for you. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did! And don't forget to tip, tip, tip... That's what thay live on, and your service will be that much better!
Wow times 5
This place is well ran, private and yes just amazing.
Jose picked me up from the airport on time and took
me to the supermercado immediately. I did not rent a car
so Jose took me everywhere and then some. he took me
to this adorable restaurant that sat right on the water. Nelly
is an angel and can cook just about anything you want. She
refilled my phone minutes and was on call if I needed anything.
The villa itself is clean, beautiful and quite private/relaxing. No problems whatsoever. The owner checked in from time to time and I found him
to be quite pleasant. I have no complaints about my vacation. I'll be back
for more R&R very soon. I must mention my full body polish and massage
along with my manicure/pedicure all done in the villa by an on call spa
specialist. The prices were down to earth. I recommend this in-villa spa
treatment to all. You have to ask Jose about her. Loved my stay!!!!!
Our 4 bedroom home, Villa de la Mariposa, which is located in Playa Laguna(between Sosua and Cabarete), is just a short 15 minute drive from the airport, 10 minutes from Sosua, and 15 minutes from Cabarete. Restaurants, bars, casinos, beaches, supermarkets, and shopping are located in each town. Cabarete is known as the kite surfing capital of the world, with snorkeling, diving, fishing and simply sunbathing available in either town. At night, the discos in Sosua begin the festive music and the streets are crowded with visitors. Playa Laguna is a quiet neighborhood located between the exclusive homes in Sea Horse Ranch and the beautiful project with amenities known as Sosua Ocean Village to the west. A state of the art gym and work out facility, an exceptional restaurant, and a waterpark are all part of Sosua Ocean Village. A hospital has opened within the few years serving visitors, as well as locals, in Sosua. Not a rental property, our home is a family home 6 months of the year.
Other Activities: Excursions to waterfalls, zip lining, horseback riding and 4 wheelers are also readily available. The 4 wheelers will take you into the 'back country'
Golf: Playa Dorado is the closest course and has a full 18 hole golf course within 30 minutes of the villa. It is an 18 hole course that offers caddies, rental clubs, and necessary equipment for rent. The course is lush and somewhat challenging. The Dominican Republic is noted for beautiful, lush green courses and this one is no exception.
About an hour and half drive to the east, the course referred to as the 'Pebble Beach of the Carribean', by some golf magazines, is located. Playa Grande is a course you need to take a camera with you when you play (also plenty of extra balls) since several holes are located along the ocean.
This is an exceptional Robert Trent Jones Sr. Course and many golfers will enjoy the challenge of a championship course in one of the most beautiful settings in the Caribbean, if not the world.
Below is an excerpt from the website:
“Sprawling over 370 acres of picturesque coastline, the world-class Playa Grande Golf Course, designed by celebrated architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., is known as “the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean” by the golf community.
With 10 holes playing directly on the ocean, this 7,085-yard course winds along the coastline, providing amazingly open vistas, cliff-side fairways, and sloping greens.”
Wherever you choose to play, the courses are beautiful and lush. The Caribbean breezes, a cold beer, and great stories are waiting to be shared.