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About this listing

We are a mountain retreat located on the ridges of the Coastal range on the Pacific south west of Costa Rica.
Our sustainable way of life is based on bioagriculture, solar energie, reforestation, arts&crafts, horses & holistic health practices, which you can partake on. Adjacent to the biological corredor "El Paso de la Danta" (The Path of the Tapir)
For the more adventurous, there are nature tours through the tropical forest, hike to the different waterfalls and natural swimming pools.

The space

Margas and Chemas home is a large elegant, two storied round building with a geodesic dome on top for holistic exercises. A large living room with a fire place. Private bathroom in every bedroom. The dinning room and living room have a view to the forest and ocean from 1000 mts above sea level. No grid connection, solar panels and candles. The spring of fresh water is in the property.

With over 25 years experience in sustainable practices.
A large biological farm with organic gardens and fruit trees. Thoroughbred horses, a cross between andalusian and costarrican paso fino.

Caters to naturalists, equestrians, holistic health groups, artists, mystics and clases are given in sustainable practices. Property is adjacent to the Biological Corridor "El Paso de la Danta"

A rural foot path to the beach, 12 kms and the National Marine Park Marino Ballena, where twice a year the humpback whales migrate. Also, there is a large variety of dolphins which make their home in these waters.

Many cascading rivers in the area where to swim, sorounded by tropical forests and spectacular views.

So, what is a sustainable way of life? It is a friendly relationship with nature, where the "cost of living" is directly related to minimicing environmental impact and a true economy based in frugality, recycling, craftsmanship, growing your own food and avoiding consumerism.

It is important that you know that we are not a business, it is just our way of life and you share our home and way of life with us.

Breakfast is included, other meals are available with an additional cost. Please let us know ahead of time. It is possible to hire a naturalist guide and horse back ridding. All these services are payed in cash.

There is a daily public bus service, except Sundays, to a nearby village, 3 kms. Taxi is also available.

One can also participate in the voluntary hands-on sustainable practices, which are Margas and Chemas way of life. Such as gardening, reforestation and horse care.

For more than 2 persons, please contact us for special prices.
The whole villa is also available, it has capacity up to 20 people

You can also see availability of rooms 3 - 4 on the following link, http://airbnb.com/rooms/257356
Or room 5 - http://airbnb.com/rooms/290050

Guest access

To the farm, the forest and the nearby natural swimming pools and waterfalls, also there is a regular swimming pool about 1 km down the road

Interaction with guests

Guests become part of the family, we are early to bed and early to rise

Other things to note

Please call when you are in Costa Rica and on your way here so as to help you with directions
If you come by car, make sure it is a 4X4 and to arrive before 6:00 pm due to the remoteness of our place


The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 14%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is flexible

Our farm is located by a protected area, our guest must be respectful about wild life

Breakfast is included with our guests stay, the time of serving is from 7-9 am.

Please advice if you like to have other meal service.


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Availability
2 nights minimum stay

34 Reviews


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Ruben User Profile
February 2017
Amazing hosts, really have hospitality down to a science . the place is remarkable and set in nature. Birds everywhere and such amazing views from the east and West. Chema and Marga give me some hope for humanity .
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Response from Chema Y Marga:
We are both so glad that you enjoyed your stay and that it was inspiring.
February 2017

Alen User Profile
December 2016
My fiancée and I stayed here for 4 days and it was amazing! As everyone else has already said, Chema and Marga are great hosts. Their hospitality is unmatched. Marga's meals are out of this world! Absolutely delicious every time. Beautiful, scenic views in every direction you look and walk. Truly an unforgettable and amazing experience!
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Response from Chema Y Marga:
Feeling so happy for you guys, it was an honor that such an important decision was taken here. Well, it is a romantic enough place, don't you think so? Hope to see you both in the not so distant future...
December 2016

Heidi User Profile
October 2016
Chema and Marga are wonderful hosts. The experience on their farm was unlike any other and I learned so much about sustainability, nature, and the spiritual realm. I am very grateful for their knowledge, tremendous cooking, and kind hearts.
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Response from Chema Y Marga:
Great Heidi, to know that you guys had such a good experience, looking forward for our communications and to know how you are developing your dreams. You know that you can count on us for any assistance at this end.
October 2016

Prisca User Profile
April 2016
We spent a wonderful time at Chema y Margas place. It was very relaxing and we learnt a lot from Chema, who has a bride knowledge about the nature and social culture. And Marga impressed us with her cooking. Chema gave us a tour in his fog forest and showed us also the waterfalls. We enjoyed it very much. Both are very nice and helpful. I can highly recommend this place especially if you would like to be outside of the touristic spots.
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Response from Chema Y Marga:
So glad that you guys enjoyed your stay, and we hope that your journey through Costa Rica was just as enjoyable
April 2016

Erin User Profile
February 2016
Chema and Marga were amazing hosts, and their home is absolutely stunning. It was such an amazing and unique experience to live with them for several days and learn about their permaculture and sustainability model. Their home is beautifully built through models of sacred geometry and holds the most wonderful energy. Marga cooked all of our meals, and they were beyond anything we could have expected. She has a true gift with cooking, and used all authentic costa rican ingredients- most of which came from their own gardens! Chema and Marga were kind, helpful, and wonderful hosts. It is a true gift to experience their way of life!
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Response from Chema Y Marga:
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay, we could not hope for more. We hope the memory will last for a long time
February 2016

A taste of paradise on earth! Marga and Chema provide a very clean, comfortable, and relaxed mountain retreat. They've done an incredible job of making their chunk of land a nature lover's dream. As a Holistic Nutritionist I often have to be flexible with what I eat when traveling. Thanks to Marga's marcrobiotic cooking, I maintained my sense of energy and health during the whole trip. Also, typically on travels you end up feeling hungry often, but these meals were generous and plentiful so that was never the case. Chema is very hospitable and shares tons of interesting wisdom, insights, and stories. We feel as though we've gained a years worth of education in our short trip. There are some beautiful hikes and waterfalls around their home which make for fun daytime activities. We also did the horseback riding and massage treatment and thoroughly enjoyed both. Cost of accommodation and food is very fair. As many have said, it is a bit of a drive to get up and down from the mountain so plan your activities accordingly. An amazing experience with some wonderful people!
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Response from Chema Y Marga:
Pura vida Chris and Sandra, So good to know that you guys realy enjoyed your stay that much. Thanks so much for your kind words and hope that your return home was a pleasant one. Looking forward to keep in touch with you
February 2016

Malene User Profile
February 2016
We loved the days at Marga and Chemas place. We stayed there with our 3 children at the age 5, 8 and 10. The enjoyed the horseriding and the waterfall. We loved the wonderful homemade food and their hospetallity. We would love to come back and some hiking in the furure. Take care Marga and Chema.
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Response from Chema Y Marga:
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and specially that the children had a good time. And yes, we would love to see you again and maybe go up the Chirripo or and some other hiking trails. Pura Vida
February 2016

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We are native from Madrid, Spain. Residing in Costa Rica since 1976, following a sustanable way of life. We offer holistic health and sustainable practices seminars. We also offer horse back riding for experienced riders and nature hikes through the tropical forest and to the local waterfalls and pools.
For us to have a guest is a way to share our way of life, to promote a sustainable life and to make friends.
Our main object is two fold, first is to simplify our way of life by practicing sustainable techniques and regenerative activities; second is to be minimizing our impact on the planet, that is, that our ecological footprint would be less and as we see it, is about quality of life instead of standard of living.
"You are not necessarily richer by how much you have, but perhaps, by how little you need"

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