If you are a nature lover who is also interested in a cultural experience, this is for you!
We offer our cabina and new studio apartment, both hand-crafted with care and creativity, nestled against the forest above the creek. We hope that you enjoy the tranquility of our tiny neighborhood just outside of town and revel in its rich natural and cultural diversity. Your closest neighbors will include mostly the furred and feathered type. Right from bed, you can be dazzled by the presence of frequent visitors at your window--our resident sloth, long-tailed manakin, squirrel cuckoo, blue-crowned motmot and more! If you forget your alarm clock, don't fret! Our resident rooster will give you a wake-up call at the perfect moment for a birding walk in our back forest.
If you are interested in human interaction, you could also learn about traditional Costa Rican agriculture from our neighbor Rodolfo,or visit with any or all of the members of our bilingual family across the yard. We are passionate about sharing our love for our community and the magic of our natural setting. Beth can provide a special perspective as a Canadian teacher who found her true home here, and Manolo offers the life-long connection as well as guided naturalist tours of the surrounding areas. Nati and Amaro, at 14 and 10, round out the picture as they gracefully dance between worlds.
Both homes are completely furnished with the major appliances, hot water, internet access and the extra bonus of artistic features like hand-painted tiles, hardwood floors, and local artwork.
Santa Elena/Monteverde includes a wide range of smaller communites that lie along the border between the provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste. We are situated on the top of a mountain in the Tilaran mountain range with views of Arenal Volcano from afar. It is about a 3 hour drive as you wind your way up from the international highway, with spectacular views of the San Luis valley below along the route. You can travel here through Las Juntas or Sardinal. Escape the heat of the lowlands as you climb into our green mountain home!
Monteverde is most famous for its cloud forest, left as a watershed by the original Costa Rican and Quaker residents. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of attractions, including much for the ecologically minded tourist with options for both education and adventure. Enjoy a guided day or night tour of many trail systems with a local naturalist, visit the Butterfly Garden, Bat Museum, or Frog Pond, whiz through a zipline canopy tour, or search out local artists at their galleries. . Music lovers can choose from the weekly concerts of the Monteverde Music Festival that enhance the ambiance for a 2 month period starting in January with professional Costa Rican musicians, or the Saturday night square dance at the Friends school and latin dancing in Santa Elena which are year-round events. . Monteverde is the perfect site both for nature lovers and those interested in rich cultural diversity.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$7 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$350 /week|
|Pet Owner:||Cat(s) and Other pet(s)|
Our stay at Beth's Forest Hideaway was a delight on many levels.
We made it up the mountain after a long day of travel from the ocean, and although we had a bit of difficulty finding the place, Beth's husband Manolo, who grew up in the area, graciously met us on his motorbike and led us the rest of the way to their place. We knew immediately that we were stepping into something very special. The beautiful hideaway cabin, built by Manolo, reflects a strong connection with the trees and surroundings. There was a warm loaf of bread waiting for us on the kitchen counter and a pitcher of tamarind juice in the refrigerator. While we had plenty of privacy, Beth and Manolo were completely available to offer information and conversation. They are such warm and interesting people! As someone who tends to feel ambivalence about being a tourist (despite the fact that I absolutely love to travel and connect with new people and places), I appreciate the way Beth and Manolo and their two children generously shared stories about their lives and the place with such love and humor that I felt very much at home. We were fortunate to be able to spend a day exploring the Monteverde Cloud Forest with Manolo, who is a highly competent and delightfully playful guide. I only wish we could have stayed longer.
Beth and Manolo were wonderful hosts! My girlfriend and I are very grateful for their amazing hospitality. Beth had fresh banana bread, fruits, and lemonade for us upon arrival, and both her and her husband Manolo guided us through scheduling things to do and picking places to eat. They even invited us out dancing, which was perfect as it was my girlfriend's birthday. Manolo offers very reasonably priced nature tours and is very knowledgeable about the history of the area, plants, animals, etc., and is passionate about sharing that knowledge.
We stayed in their beautiful studio apartment. The balcony was very relaxing to read on. The location is great, close to town (a couple minutes by car) but just far enough away (hence hideaway) to have a very calm vibe.
Beth was very helpful in the time leading up to our stay with giving advice on the best ways to reach Monteverde and was always quick to respond to our questions.
We have nothing but positive memories, and will stay here next time we visit Monteverde!
Fantastic, cozy guest house with friendly, knowledgable hosts just outside of town. Beth and Manolo were excellent hosts! We would highly recommend this.
Our stay with Beth and Manolo was absolutely incredible. Beth had fresh homemade banana bread baking in the oven as well as Passion fruit juice waiting for us when we arrived. The treehouse was spectacular. We got to see a handful of rainbows from our treehouse. Manolo even took us on a tour in the cloud forest where we got to see a sloth along the way! Beth and Manolo were extremely welcoming and we had the best time staying at their hideaway.
I am so glad that I read all the past reviews written about The Hideaway and went based on them. I can only add to the list of satisfied customers. We are a family of four visiting Costa Rica for the first time. We had rented the Hideaway for three nights 12-15 Jan 2014. Our directions were spot on and we found the place without a hitch. Beth and Manolo were there to greet us with the famous Mango Bread freshly baked. Manolo took us into town to give us a quick overall of the lay out and places to eat. The Hideaway is a perfect retreat to stay in, so close to everything. Manolo helped us with a minor car problem which was wonderful as we had no tools to work with. We also hired him to guide us through the forest and point out birds and animals. He is very knowledgeable and speaks perfect English. He is someone who obviously enjoys his job as a naturalist and continues to educate himself on the forest and it's critters.
Beth is warm and kind and a perfect host. The houses are clean and cosy and only a few yards from the hosts house so they are on hand if ever there's a problem. We met the two children of the family, again very polite and charming.
The town of Santa Elana is about two miles from the Hideaway and although you can walk it's pretty rough underfoot. Santa Elana is a great small town with everything you need. The people are friendly and everyone knows the Quinn/Solis family so you feel very comfortable being there. Supermarket is adequate for what you need. Restaurants are plentiful and delicious.
Monteverde is a little further, maybe 5 miles away where there is the famous zip lining and canopy tours and hanging bridges.
The Arenal Volcano is about a four hour drive away, so for us it was not doable in the time we had. It's only about 60-70 miles but the road to it is very poor.
Once again I cannot say enough positive remarks about our stay, we all thoroughly enjoyed it and I cannot imagine Beth and Manolo will ever be short of people wanting to rent their properties.
Thank you so much for a great stay.
Sincerley the Ralling Family New Jersey, USA.
We had a nice time at Beth and Manolo. The place os beautiful, very quiet and it has everything you may need. Very welcoming hosts, respectful of the mood you're in. We recommend.
Our experience with Beth and Manolo was the highlight of our two-week trip. Beth was incredibly responsive and also coordinated our transportation to Monteverde and helped plan our activities while we were there. Manolo also spent a morning as our guide through the Monteverde cloud forest, which was a wonderful learning experience and something I would highly recommend for anyone interested in learning about the history and uniqueness of the area.
Three of us stayed in the apartment, which was a beautiful space with many windows looking out onto the surrounding forest. There was plenty of room for all of us, the kitchen was great for cooking meals, and the beds were cozy. We also saw a blue crowned motmot while we were there!
I cannot thank Beth and Manolo enough for their hospitality and for sharing their home with us during our stay!
We just got back from our Costa Rican trip ... and our stay at the Monteverde Forest Hideaway was a wondrous part of the trip. Manolo built the cabina. It is far from town, but a wonderful walk back, and we loved being away from the busyness of town. We never got to meet Beth since their daughter was ill and Beth was with her, but Manolo was terrific. He's a great and knowledgeable guide and a kind and good hearted person.
Beth's place was amazing to stay at and she was a great host. She made sure we were connected to everyone when we got to Monteverde. She also has amazing neighbors, especially Sabina, that were great to us. I would 100% recommend this place to anyone.
We had an amazing time in Monteverde, notably thanks to our lovely hosts Beth and Manolo!
Can't say enough good things about them, they are wonderful people. Beth welcomed us with a pitcher of tamarind jus, a freshly baked cake and a basket of local fruit, and Manolo gave us a very informative and friendly tour of the Monteverde park.
I was unlucky enough to have had my luggage arrive late, and they even offered me spare clothes to sleep in the first night when I had nothing. Thank you again!
A few little notes:
- it's not really obvious to get there. Make sure you have their GPS coordinates, it's the best way to find them.
- if you're lucky you will have a visit from a sloth right by the front porch!
- the tap water is very drinkable. Don't waste money on bottled water.