About this listing
This very comfortable house is in the desirable Matapalo area of the Osa peninsula. It is a solar powered house that was build with many of the conveniences of home. Enjoy a gourmet kitchen, quality mattresses, and large covered wrap around deck.
Casa Mil Flores is a hidden gem located on the Osa Peninsula in the southern zone of Costa Rica. Located a short walk off the beachfront, the house is close enough to enjoy the sound of the rolling waves on Playa Carbonera. To the other direction, the property boarders a nature reserve with abundant wildlife and plant bio-diversity.
Casa Mil Flores is conveniently located in a small neighborhood, close to the rare amenities of the local bar/restaurant, school, and transportation. The one acre property has been strategically landscaped with tropical fruit trees and foliage to add to the privacy of this home.
Beautifully designed, the house has a passive solar concrete first floor and an all tropical hardwood upper level. The first floor offers a cool relief from the tropical mid-day heat. There is a guest bedroom with a king size bed. This room is perfect for the late morning snooze or afternoon nap. The lower level of the house also has a living room, a professionally equipped kitchen, a large master bath, and a covered deck area for dining and relaxation. If you love to cook, you will appreciate the professional gas range, the full size solar powered refrigerator with freezer (a rare find on the osa!), snack bar, inside-outside wood bar and abundant counter space. The water for this entire home is purified with a UV filtration system.
The second floor is an expansive open master bedroom constructed of tropical hardwood and a polished wood floor that can double as a yoga room. There is a king size bed with a queen size hide a bed and a sofa bed. There is also a full bath with views of the jungle and mountains. Upstairs has two large decks for animal viewing and evening sunsets over the distant ridge line.
This home is about 100 meters from our local beach and within a 10-30 minute walk (or a short drive) to all of the surfing waves of the matapalo area. The area offers many activities such as jungle hikes, birding tours, horseback riding, river and waterfall walks, as well as sailing, world class fishing, outstanding surf breaks for all levels, surf lessons and local yoga classes.
For added privacy, this property has been landscaped with a living fence. It also includes a carport and a gated entrance. Please check out the garden too! I have planted many fruits and local herbs. Different things are in season at different times…please feel free to forage…but always leave enough for the next person. Thanks!
Interaction with guests
I am very happy to have email interaction with my guests. I am very accessible via internet….unless I am camping at a remote surf location…which I honestly wish happened more often.
My home is very close to the mouth of the Rio Carbonera. This is the best waterfront, natural dipping pool in the matapalo area. It can be quite refreshing on a hot summer day. It is also a cool, safe, calm place for small children to swim and play.
Taxis can be arranged to come to the house. Best to give the drivers a days notice to ensure availability. My caretakers can make these arrangements for guests.
Other things to note
This home is located about 150 meters from the only public bar/restaurant in matapalo. It is convenient for a quick meal and there is an organic farmers market on friday afternoons. During the high season, Friday nights are the community social time. Its fun to mingle with the locals. Please be aware that sometimes music can be heard from my house on a busy Friday night or during special events but music shuts down by 12:30.
This is a solar run home and when there is cloudy weather or storms power may run low. It is important to keep the system running well. High energy consumption appliances can not be run here, including hair dryers and clothes dryers. Guests may ask the house keeper to do laundry but may not use those facilities on their own. I do have a generator back up that will be used when the system is low. Hot water is only offered in the downstairs master bathroom shower. Also, due to the remote location of the Matapalo area, there may also be lapses in internet access for various reasons.
Lastly, due to the remote area, it is recommended that guests buy all of their food, fill their rental car with gas, and get all cash from the ATM for their stay, before coming out from Puerto Jimenez. The road can be a long trip back to town depending on the weather and there are no grocery stores in the Matapalo area.
This home, and all homes in the area, are abundant with wildlife. It is recommended that all guests have flashlights. It is a solar powered home with a very large solar system. But that being said, power conservation is important to ensure that the power is there when you need it. Please be sure to turn off lights and fans when not in use. Due to past experiences, pets are not normally allowed in this home but please ask for exceptions The water system at this property is on a septic and well water is stored in a tank via solar pump. Remember to turn off all hoses or faucets when not in use. Please do not flush anything beside toilet paper down the toilet.
My name is Michelle Large. My passion for the ocean started at a young age at the Jersey shore on family vacations. It took a great leap when I moved to California when I was 20 years old and immediately started surfing. A few years later, I decided to travel to Costa Rica on a solo surf trip and that was the beginning of a new chapter of my life. I stayed in the Peninsula de Osa for 5 years full time during the late 90's before moving back to the states to finish my studies. My passions include surfing, traveling, yoga, cooking, SUP, painting, fishing and gardening. I speak both english and spanish. I divide my time between California and Costa Rica. I love to travel to new places and meet new people. I used to be more of a rustic traveler, but that has refined with age. In my opinion, traveling is anywhere that is new and interesting. It does not necessarily have to be going to the other end of the earth...although I like that too.