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, alternative energies, reforestation, arts&crafts, horses & holistic health practices
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 livingroom have a view to the forest and ocean from 1000mts above sea level. No grid conection, solar panels and candels. The spring is in the property.
With over 25 years experience in sustainable practices.
A large biological farm with organic gardens and fruit trees. Thouroughbred horses, a cross between andalusian and costarrican paso fino.
Caters to naturalists, equestrians, holistic health groups, artists, mistics and clases are given in sustainable practices. Property is adjacent to the Biological Corridor "El Paso de la Danta"
A rural road to the beach by four wheel drive, 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, sorrounded 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 minimizing environmental impact and a true economy based in frugality, reciclying, craftmanship, growing your own food and avoiding consumerism.
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 praticipate in the voluntary hands-on sustainable practices, wich 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 avilable, 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
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
It is nature at its best, lost of wild life and trails to walk through the woods, nearby swimming and it is so peaceful
There is daily public bus and availability of taxis
Other Things to Note
Please call when you are in Costa Rica and on your way here so as to help you with directions
Our farm is located near to protected areas, 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.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Chema & Marga's house for only 2 days, but it was a lot of fun visiting.
The road to Uvita beach from their house was washed out and our trip to the beach ended up taking 2 hours more via San Isidro, but the drive wasn't so bad and we got to attend a town festival at Soccoro Chema told us about. So, we had a little more adventure with locals and got to try some yummy food.
In the evenings,we really enjoyed listening to Chema's stories about their background and their sustainable way of living. Marga made us hearty meal with freshest ingredients around, and yummy tea mix of camomile and wild mint. Marga now has a refrigerator in her kitchen if you are looking to keep something cool.
They built the beautiful house themselves and made their own furnitures as well as the clothes they were wearing. As a designer, I was very impressed checking them out.
We stayed in room #5. It had a nice view outside of the window, and with no electricity and candle light, it reminded us 'Game of Thrones'. The bed in our room wasn't the most comfortable though, so if having a straightened mattress matters to you, I would check with them about other room options.
Overall, we had unforgettable experience at Chema & Marga's If you are planning a visit to their house, I would recommend staying at least 3 nights or more to enjoy everything they have to offer.
Thank you Chema & Marga for your wonderful hospitality and we'll be emailing you photos soon!
Thank you Ejay for your kind words and we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. We have just changed the mattress so it is better now.
We are looking forward to see the pictures, some we could post in Airbnb page for others to see.
Thanks again and and hoppe that your visit to Miami was a pleasant one.
Peaceful and beautiful grounds. Same goes for the accommodations. Clean, quiet, and well kept. Delicious and healthy food. The hosts were very accommodating to us and our small baby. They have a good sense about when to check up on us, and when to give us our space. Marga and Chema are calming and wise. Rich oxygen, exciting jungle sounds, and magnificent views! Two sweet, gentle dogs are on security patrol.
I concur with the other great reviews.. This place; the location, the views, the clouds, the temperatures, the house, the tranquility, the food, and of course, Chema's conversation and Marga's attentiveness are a unique and special experience.
I enjoyed my 6 days there and felt rested and well fed when I left. I would recommend it to anyone in the mood for peace and quiet.
A few tips.. you may want to bring a lantern / flashlight for your room / bedroom.. The candle light is very pleasant and adequate most of the time, but showering after dark and getting ready for bed by candle light isn't always what you want to do.. Also it can be rather damp in the bedrooms.. Your towel will not dry in the bathroom by the next day. It took me a day or two to start opening the windows in the morning when the sun was out and to keep my clothes and wet towel hanging where they can get some air..
Dampness aside.. My favorite part of the place was still the clouds.. At times the clouds almost enveloped everything like fog, other times they were swirling in and around and through everything.. At least once a day the clouds came up the cliff, the temperature cooled off and the mountainside took on a spiritual and surreal energy..
Thanks for your hospitality Marga and Chema. Until next time.
Where do I begin? Casa Tordesillas is remote, magical and stunningly beautiful. The light is constantly changing and, at times, clouds drift into the house. Birds and howler monkeys wake you before dawn, long after Chema has been up and busy with life.
One morning, we took off on horseback (the horses are gentle and magnificent) over the hills and through villages, stopping to buy some groceries which we packed into the saddle-bags. Another morning, I struck off alone along the path to the jungle brook where I climbed upstream to the deep pool fed by falls.
Marga is gracious and lovely. Her amazing cooking made the most of their garden, and her conversation was always thoughtful and stimulating. As I was the only guest for three of my four nights, there was lots of time for talk, and Chema and I locked horns a few times over such issues as a possible conspiracy by Big Pharma to prevent a simple cure for cancer becoming public knowledge (he pro, me con), and whether all dogs ought to be neutered (me pro, he con). I hope that he found these sometimes vehement discussions as fascinating as I did!
What they've accomplished on their land is astonishing, the result of many, many years of hard work. They definitely have a "world view" and are living it. Not many people can say the same.
Anyhow, I'll never forget my stay with these guys. You can only reach them by a bone-rattling dirt (or rock, rather) road and if you're doing it on your own, you MUST have a four-wheel. Once you're there, you're there... don't plan on heading off for dinner somewhere. Besides, you won't find any food as good as Marga's.
You might be lucky enough to experience a lightning storm. You're sure to experience something unique.
Many thanks to Chema and Marga. Please pat the dogs for me!
Chema and Margarita were wonderful hosts, they were very welcoming to me, my husband and my small children. Margarita's cooking was delicious, she even made a cake for my kids. The dome built by Chema on the second floor of the house was astonishing. The landscape is very mystical and serene, it was a true experience. Staying at their beautiful earth home has a highlight of our trip to Costa Rica.
We stayed with Chema and Marga for four nights over New Year's 2015. Chema and Marga were warm, enthusiastic, and hospitable hosts. They both are extremely committed to their lifestyle and eager to share information about sustainable living. Marga is a wonderful cook and all of her meals were delicious and healthy. We had a very nice time riding horses, who were extremely well behaved and easy (we are both fairly inexperienced), and even were able to gallop with them some. They took us to several neighboring villages and we also got to see many birds, mountains, and ocean views. We also took two really nice hikes; there were beautiful waterfalls and natural pools to swim in as well as challenging hikes through forests. The other guests were also very friendly and it was interesting to hear all of their stories over meals. It is truly a unique experience if you are looking to get off the grid for a little while and avoid the major tourist areas.
This place is a dream. Clouds sweep across the mountains and whirl around the property, and once cleared by the refreshing breeze, you can see a perfect view of the ocean. Andalusian horses grace the pastures and provide a fairy-tale like ambience to already pristine surroundings. Chema will fill your head with wisdom and stories, and Marga will delight you with her delicious cooking and warm presence. They treated me like family and it was the perfect welcome into Costa Rica, being the first place that I stayed. I would especially recommend this place if you want to learn about living a sustainable lifestyle. They're doing it right for sure, and the home is exquisitely designed.
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About the Host, Chema Y Marga
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"