About This Listing
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.
clothes line, forested property
Interaction with Guests
We leave this up to our guests--some people like to weave themselves right into our family rhythms and others prefer more privacy and independence. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone who has stayed with us, no matter their style of being.
We live in a rural neighborhood--Costa Rican neighbors on one side and forest/creek on the other. We offer an off the beaten track feel, but not too far out of town and access to tourist attractions. Great birding right outside your door!
N 10° 19.056' W 84° 50.201'
Please request detailed driving instructions
Public bus from San Jose to Santa Elena 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. or shuttle services (eg. Interbus) with varied schedules. In Santa Elena/Monteverde, there is good taxi infrastructure ($5 from our house to town) and public bus goes from Santa Elena to the Monteverde Reserve several times daily ($2.) Parking for cars right beside our rentals.
Other Things to Note
To confirm, the cabina can fit up to 6 people, but for extra space and comfort, we recommend combining the apartment and the cabina for large groups! For a couple, check out our listing for the apartment alone--Monteverde Forest Hideaway--Casa Libelula.
No smoking, no inside pets, no parties. We offer and appreciate a family atmosphere
Our 2-night getaway at the Forest Hideaway was fantastic! We were warmly greeted by Beth and Manolo and thoroughly enjoyed the fresh baked banana bread waiting for us upon arrival. Manolo gave us a wonderful tour of Monteverde, explaining the history behind the cloud forest and pointing out wildlife along the way- we even found a Quetzal! Beth helped us book a top notch zip lining and hanging bridges trip for our final day in Monteverde. The cabina was clean and perfect for the 4 of us. It has a special charm to it that is difficult to describe. Beth and Manolo are wonderful people and it was a pleasure staying at their magical hideaway!
Liebe Beth und Manolo
Eure Unterkunft ist sensationell! Der Empfang war sehr herzlich. Was für Überraschungen! Frisch gebackenes, noch warmes, fein duftendes Bananenbrot und frischgepressten Fruchtsaft extra für uns. Beste Informationen über die Gegend und grosse Hifsbereitschaft! Sehr saubere, gepflegte Unterkunft! Ihr habt euren Superhost-Status mehr als verdient!!!
Es bleiben wirklich keine Wünsche offen!
Beth and Manolo are excellent hosts, who definitely go the extra mile to provide an outstanding experience for their guests. Homemade banana bread, chocolates on the pillows, delicious “fresco de tamarindo” and attention to every tiny detail make you feel spoiled :) . Both of them are very communicative and helpful, and yet very respectful of your time and space. They have the best books, toys, and the butterfly bathroom is an awesome surprise. We had my 80 yo mom and my 1 yo granddaughter with us, and their suggestions in planning activities suited everyone´s needs and tastes. The casita is very cute and has everything one needs (and more) to feel at home. Thanks Beth and Manolo!! We will definitely be back!! ☺
The stay at Beths and Manolos House was magic! I was there for three days with my niece and we enjoyed our stay so much! The houses character could be described as "warm" and "cozy". The view in the garden, which was direct in front of the terrace, was awesome. With Beth and Manolo we learned a lot about the plants and animals arround our house, like the sloth, which we saw just on the second day. The rooms, the kitchen etc was neat and you could find there everything one could need. Both of them were super friendly hosts. We would come back everytime!
We also enjoyed getting to know you both! I don´t remember if I made you banana bread or pumpkin quick bread, but both are pretty standard récipes that you could find on internet. I am pretty sure that the juice was passion fruit juice...which you just blend, strain and then add sugar!
Nous étions une petite famille de 4, avec des enfants de 5 et 6 ans. Nous sommes restés 3 nuits. Ce fût un séjour vraiment agréable. Nous nous étions perdus et Manolo est venu nous chercher au village. Beth nous a reçu avec un excellent pain aux bananes. On sentait qu'on était les bienvenu. On a aimé le fait que la maison soit aussi tranquille. On pouvait rester dehors à regarder les arbres ou les oiseaux. La grandeur est parfaite pour une petite famille. L'appartement est non loin du village de Santa Elena et des autres attraits.
Nous avons fait un tour de nuit avec Manolo et ce fût très intéressant, les enfants ont beaucoup aimé.
Je recommande sans hésiter.
We had a lovely time at Beth's and Manolo's Hideaway. Beth was incredibly welcoming and resourceful and knew everything about the area. She even spotted a sloth just outside of our place at night for us. The place has everything one could want and everything worked well. All in all a very pleasurable and relaxing stay. Highly recommended.
The home was lovely and exceeded our expectations. Beth and Manolo went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and welcome. We learned about the cloud forest, the ecology -- but were extremely pleased to hear from Manolo about what life was like in Montverde as a child -- and from Beth about the early settlement of the area by the Quakers. Beth checked in with us morning and night, offered tips and suggestions about things to do and see and where to shop and what to buy. There was a freshly baked cake in the oven waiting for us when we arrived. This was our first international trip with our two boys, aged 11 and 13 -- and she made all of us feel comfortable.
We hired Manolo to guide us through the cloud forest and we saw much more, and learned much more, than we ever would have done on our own -- including a pair of Quetzals! We saw Toucans and a sloth from our balcony.
When we rated our trip, our stay with Beth consistently rates near the top of the list. Thank you Beth and Manolo!
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About the Host, Beth
We are a bi-cultural family who is passionate about sharing the magic of the place we call home. We strive to live as naturally and locally based as possible. Nati and Beth love music and Amaro and Manolo live for soccer. We all love to eat, though we don't always agree on what should be on the menu.
This is the closest hotel to our propertyCarretera a Reserva de Monteverde Puntarenas