Sustainability as a life style #1-2

Villa - Private room · , Pérez Zeledón Canton, San Jose, Costa Rica
Chema Y Marga

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

Your host, Chema Y Marga
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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

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 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 20 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 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 (email hidden) 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, horse care and alternative energies.

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

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $210 /week
Monthly Price: $800 /month
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  • We had a memorable stay at Casa Tordesillas during New Years Eve, escaping the hustle and bustle from the coastal villages.
    Our girls (9 & 11) also absolutely loved the place and they still talk about it frequently (about horse training without pain, or trying to identify stars and planets in the sky).
    Chema and Marga really built up an exceptional place in an amazing location (you see the ocean in the far distance and nothing but nature all around). The sounds are limited to jungle noises (such as howler monkeys).
    It was also enlightening to see how few resources are actually needed to live a fulfilling life. The hike to the waterfalls was wonderful too, and we all enjoyed a relaxing swim and swinging from a tree branch into the water.

    Because the road to the coast was washed away when we visited, it was quite a drive to reach the place, but it was definitely worth it.
    We certainly hope to stay here again some time in the future.

    January 2014
  • We stayed at Casa Tordesillas for 3 days and it was a magical experience. Surreal surrounding, clean air, absolute peace and quite and of course very caring hosts made my trip to Costa Rica unforgettable. Wake up at 5:30 to see beautiful sunrise over the mountains, walk around barefoot to let your feet feel the cool mountain dew on the grass, walk up to the edges of the property to see the infamous strip Whale Tail, watch over the breakfast how the clouds swim to over the valleys and have a delicious candlelight dinner next to the real fireplace. I honestly cannot oversell this place, it is just magical. Chema and Marga have beautiful Andalusian horses, absolutely majestic creatures, that took us to the nearby isolate waterfalls via steep mountain trails. Also, there are few jungle trails and smaller natural pools near the property if you want to take a walk. House with a spacious dome, itself is also a work of art, Chema and Marga practically built it themselves including making the gates and furniture. Also ,Marga is an amazing cook so make sure you will ask her to cook for you. I doubt that any of the local dining spots can compete with her.
    The only problem is the transportation, one way taxi from San Isidro itself will end up costing around $44 ,so plan accordingly.

    December 2013
  • Jema and marga are amazing hosts. They are inspiring generous and full of charm.
    Marga is a magical chef and jema an inspiring visionary that can keep you all night with his stories and wisdom.
    There place is one of the most beautifulll points around. Defenetly one of the highlight of our trip. Recommend with live

    December 2013
  • Chema and Marga are wonderful hosts and go out of their way to ensure that guests have a positive and enriching experience. Their way of life and devotion to improving the planet by preserving natural resources and the environment is inspiring. Chema is a wonderful story teller and it is insane how much his knowledge and energy he has. Marga is a wonderful cook and warm person. I recommend visiting to re-think your way of life.

    December 2013
  • This was an experience not to be missed! They are both wonderful hosts, the food is perfect, the landscape is as well. You get to learn and discuss a lot. It is amazing to see how beautifully quiete life can be. Warning: spending to much time there might make you want to quit your day job and go for some off the grid living yourself!

    March 2013
  • A house in the cloud mountain. Not a place for everyone but a lovely and magical place. It's fairytale like. Chema has a wealth of knowledge. Marga is an amazing cook! They and their home were absolutely delightful...I will cherish my time there. Everyone should experience this at least once in their lifetime. I definitely plan on going back.

    February 2013
  • Casa Tordesillas is a rare gem- a sustainable farm set in the mountains atop a cloud forest overlooking the ocean and surrounded by lush jungle and clear, cool rivers and waterfalls. As gorgeous as this handmade geodesic dome shaped structure and the surrounding properties are, it is truly the company that makes the experience. Chema and Marga are gracious, welcoming hosts- two genuine, unique, intriguing and passionate individuals who believe in the promoting and educating the community on sustainable living, and practice what they preach.

    Marga's cooking is fantastic and the meals are reasonably priced- take her up on every opportunity to dine at the house. Chema's horseback tour with his sweet, feisty mares is well worth every penny.

    I stayed for 6 nights, and could have easily stayed 6 more. Thank you, Chema and Marga, for the peace, relaxation and inspiration I sought in my trip to Costa Rica. I am positive we'll meet again some day!

    January 2013
  • We had an amazing time with Chema and Marga. Their home is beautiful in a serene location. On our first day we took a long hike to an isolated waterfall with natural pool in the middle of the jungle, not far from their house. And on our second day, they took us horse back riding through the mountains which was quite an adventure! We rode through banana, coffee and sugar cane farms and saw stunning views of the surrounding hills. They are both extremely knowledgable about sustainability and have lived off the grid in CR for many years. We will never forget our time at Cada de Tordesillas. Thank you both so very much!

    December 2012
  • I agree with all the things that said Ellen..I was looking for an experience and not a simple touristic trip, well I had it.Now i'm back to Paris, and it seems to me that it was light years ago in another planet, essentially because I was in a very peculiar place, near paradise, with exceptional people.You learn.., there is a lot of wisdom in the air, interesting conversations, peace, meditation, adventure, and Marga's delicious macro biotic food..you learn to live with nature's rhythm..Impatient Parisian like me have to adapt,adapt to the essential.. you go there to forget..and forget, your personal lifestyle.

    October 2012
    Chema Y Marga
    Response from Chema Y Marga:

    Hola Luz, que bien, ya estas en Paris. Gracias por tan al punto comentario, pues es nuestro estilo de vida lo que mas queremos compartir

    October 2012
  • Chema and Marga open their homes and hearts to share their sustainable story. Although it was rainy season, my days were full of adventures: walking through the forest on guided and private tours, horseback riding into town and enjoying the peaceful cadence of the "Hobbits Paradise".

    Days begin with the rising sun: 6AM breakfast, tend to the horses (if you please), 10:30 2nd breakfast of fresh fruit from their trees (white pineapple, mango, banana, mandarin, grapefruit - which I viewed from my bedroom window). Some gentle tasks around the farm, or other trips. Divine organic and delicious Marga lunch. Siesta from 1-3, and stunning sunsets from the mountain top. Candlelight dinner by the fireplace.

    I was working on my video, Earthtalk, and enjoyed hearing of Chema's unique and fascinating story. Marga makes their clothes, their bread and they both bring a creative connection with the earth, demonstrating good living in hard times.

    They are well respected locally and regionally (I sat on my return trip next to a friend of theirs, coincidentally). My own connection with the earth,Gaia, is stronger, as is my global perspective. I return with a renewed desire for authentic Homeland Security.

    October 2012
    Chema Y Marga
    Response from Chema Y Marga:

    good to know that you are back home, and thank you for your kind words and to know the extente of your enjoyment in this little corner of Mother Earth.
    chemarga

    October 2012
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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.
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