About this listing
The cabins have it all including kitchenettes! Everything is of 5 star quality. The views are stunning. Delicious food, hiking, swimming in the river or pool. Hiking, horseback riding, coffee plantation tours, botanical tours, artistry and more.
We are a 60 acre farm with rolling pasture lands, coffee and fruit plantations, a river with three waterfalls and three huge swimming holes. Complete with patio, bar, wifi and swimming pool. Each cabin faces away from the other and are strategically located for views and privacy. The farm is located next to the largest international park in Central America. Located up in the clouds, yet sunny and warm with cool breezes. The temperatures and weather are much BETTER than at the beaches. No crowded tourism and all the fringe that goes with the tourism crowd. We are in a pristine part of the country and of the world, in a very unique setting! Many rent a cabin to write, create, relax, find adventure, vacation or to contemplate a move to CR.
Guests have access to their cabin, the pool, bar and patio area, river, pastures, coffee fields, internet, cable TV.
Interaction with Guests
We give tours on the farm for our guests and if a guest is traveling alone, we eat meals with our guest if the individual guest is not cooking in the cabin for themselves.
The neighborhood we live in is an agrarian society filled with farms and a very rural setting. The backdrop is the Talamanca mountain range which is home to the La Amistad International Park, the largest park in Central America and a world heritage site. The park holds more biodiversity than any other park in Costa Rica and at least 5% of the world's biodiversity is in the La Amistad International Park. A cloud and rainforest at a higher altitude such as La Amistad is a unique setting and quite different than most lower altitude tropical rainforests.
To get to the farm there options to use public bus transportation, rent a 4x4 car or hire a private driver. We can help you to arrange transportation. There is parking on the premises and near the cabins.
Other Things to Note
Be sure to bring, rain gear, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, rain-gear, hiking boots, benadryl spray and capsules for allergic reactions from bug bites and other First Aid travel kit supplies.
We do not accept children under 15 years of age. Please respect other guests and their privacy. If you smoke you must do so away from the cabins, house, patio and pool área. You must not bring glass to the pool area.
From Jan 15 - May 15, 2016 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
A view of the farm and pasture from the back forty. Main house, Talamanca, Platanillal cabins, pool and patio with coastal mountain range beyond.
We had a wonderful time here, the setting is just perfect with waterfall views and mountain vistas. The cabins are of top quality and include everything you would need to enjoy yourself. All kitchen items provided if you decide to cook, although Jennifer's meals are five star and would recommend taking advantage of that. We also loved the coffee and park tour organized by Jennifer with Pablo and Pancho being the highlight of the day. Everything was very thought out and left us only to enjoy our surroundings. I would highly recommend friends and family to stay here and will likely be back ourselves!
Great place, wonderful weather, what southern hospitality is supposed to feel like! I would highly recommend a stay here with this laid-back atmosphere and comfortable accomodations. It was easy to refresh, relax, and rejuvinate all aspects of life. Whether you enjoy hiking and exploring or just laying around in a hammock reading, this place was great! Not recommended for those seeking the hustle and bustle of big-city life - you won't find that here, just Peace, Love, and Happiness.
Outstanding views, food, and, service. We had a very relaxing time. Highlights included hikes to a nearby waterfall and the La Amistad National Park, a chance to meet local artists, bird watching, and first rate organic food and coffee.
Bruce and Jennifer's place is worth finding. They take a very personal interest in their guests and go to great effort to accommodate special needs, even going so far as to adapt their menu to include gluten free options, and they did so with no advanced notice.
The views from the cabins are what you might wish for in your dreams, and simply seeing the swimming hole made us feel young again. We especially appreciated the quiet stillness that surrounded the property. It was easy to find inspiration to write and think. We didn't see anyone unless we wanted to, yet the cable TV and Internet worked well when we chose to plug back in.
This place is off the beaten path, but you feel as if you are getting a taste of Costa Rica that usually is not available to tourists, and the value is superior. From the gigantic umbrella and flashlight in the room to the daily maid service to the friendly vibe you experience with anyone you interact with, this place has it all.
We visited for two weeks in December and found the weather exceptional during this period, though I doubt there is any time of year that it wouldn't be a pleasure to be staying at Finca Lilo.
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About the Host, Jennifer
It has been a pleasure to have dedicated my entire career in helping others. I have worked and lived in Latin American countries such as Mexico as a child and Bolivia for more than a decade of my adult life. Presently, I live on my farm in Costa Rica and host several projects in my community as well as run a B &B, organic food production and natural cosmetic studies. In addition, I serve on the Big River Foundation-a 501c3 educational nonprofit organization; as a board member and a member of the Production Team for the full length feature documentary film: Tjër Di, What Price Paradise?
My purpose in Costa Rica, is to live peaceably on our farm and use the land to provide opportunity to our community ' El distrito de Biolley' (The Biolley district). Many community members of Biolley are very industrious and kind. They are sincere in improving their lives. We want to bring awareness and help promote the right kind of tourism for the La Amistad International Park and provide more opportunity for the Biolley district to earn an income and not be forced to give up their way of life in the country, in order to find work in the city.
Finca Lilo (our farm) donates its certified USDA-NOP organic coffee to the community of Altamira de Biolley-AsoProLA an association of producers of La Amistad, (we donate approx. 10 acres-about 16,000 coffee plants).
Additionally, the farm features organic gardens with food, spices, fruit trees and other medicinal plants and two cabins for rent. The farm hires local employees to assist in keeping beautiful gardens, pathways and pool. Finca Lilo only works with locals and provides employment incentives with the idea of handing over the management of the farm and cabins to the locals in about 3 to 4 years time (2016 or so).
Specialties: Hospitality, coffee cultivation and production, organic gardening, nutrition, agriculture and philanthropy. Prior specialties-before retiring in the United States: United States Immigration Law-Education and Administration