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Sustainable Farm House: med 10x12ft rm double bed
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
2 baths
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
2 baths
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Does an inexpensive alternative and sustainable getaway interest you? Come visit our mountain top working farm with year round cool climate, views, fruits, wildlife and water falls. Stay in our rustic farm house, hike around, and see how we live.

The space

If you find this space booked for the days you want, you can try another one of our rooms listed here. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9147207
We have as many as 3 rooms and a cabin available. If you see everything booked, you can still send us an inquiry to see if we have available space.

Stay in our rustic farmhouse, hike our 50 acres and learn about living a sustainable life as you tour our projects. For a limited time we're offering this discounted price

Our farm consists of a coffee/banana plantation, various fruit trees, pasture, forest, chickens, guinea hens and goats. Everyday you can see toucans, 100s of bird species and sloths among the trees.

We normally have between 1-3 small private rooms and one very rustic cabin available not far from our main house.

Main House:
Our main farm house is an old expanded rustic farm house with 2 levels. Bedrooms on top level with a community kitchen and eating area below. Kitchen and community areas are open air. and bedrooms pretty much closed off.

Expect rustic living here but we live happily on our farm with all the essentials.

Creature Comforts:
Of course we have we have electricity, running water and toilets in a large tiled bathroom. We also have high speed wireless internet available to guests and a guest computer to share. Hot solar showers when the sun is shining which is most days. Temperatures are normally 74F all year round so no need for AC or Heating here.

Food:
You can bring your own food and use our community kitchen or our woman of the house, Adriana, can optionally prepare "5 Star" Costa Rican food for $8-10 per person. The meals Adriana provides are exceptional as you can read guest reviews below. We have had many great comments that the food we prepare for guests is the best they have eaten while in Costa Rica and for the quality and price it can't be beat. We highly recommend you arrange to have at least one prepared meal on arrival.

Most of the year we can provide all the bananas you can eat for guests and coffee if you help process and roast it.
Or If you like, bring your own food and use our community kitchen.

On going farm projects:
* On going work with coffee and banana management of from
* Use of Effective Microorganisms
* Bamboo and earth building.
* Large solar dehydration
* Biodigestor
* Growing floating azolla as animal food supplements
* Aquaponics, gardening, solar projects and more.

If you are a serious worker and want to stay longer term, we are open to various arrangements.

A bus gets you within a 30 walk but we can arrange a ride or taxi to pick you up in a nearby town for about $20.

A great place to enjoy a peaceful farm life, nature, read or write a book, do some farm work or just relax.

NOTE: If our calendar here says we're booked it's because airbnb only lets us list one room so we likely still might have space. Send us an inquiry here and let us know you're interested in visiting and we'll let you know if we still have space and create another listing so you can still book here.

Interaction with guests

Also note that the price you pay here on airbnb is for your room and stay. If you stay less than a week and have lots of questions about our farm, Costa Rica, or want a walking talking tour to the waterfall we'd be happy to have a person available to entertain you but we have to charge and extra $30 for one person or $50 per group for about 4-5 hours of walking and or answering questions. You would pay for this after your stay is confirmed with airbnb and before your arrival once we confirm a date.

If you stay a week or more, chances are we will have time in between our normal chores and work schedule to answer most of your questions

Other things to note

Please Note:
You must be confirmed and paid 3 days before your arrival so we can prepare on our side. In some cases we can do same day arrivals but normally a 3 day notice is necessary.

It's sometimes possible for us to arrange horseback riding for 3-4 persons for a fair price if horses are ready and available. If you have interest in such please ask.


Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
Essentials
Washer

Prices
Extra people $15 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $12
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

Smoking only out side on street in front of house.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s) live in the house

Cancellations

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay.
From Dec 01, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018 the minimum stay is 2 nights.

41 Reviews

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Kathryn User Profile
August 2017
The views from Ben's farm house are magnificent. The trek down to the waterfall and the waterfall itself is epic. If you're looking for a quiet getaway or want to learn about sustainable farming this is the place to go! The walk from the farm to the paved road is about an hour and a half and to the musco bus station three hours. The views and the people along the way are lovely. The taxi from the musco bus satiation in San Isidro to the farm is just under 15000 colons.

Mariel User Profile
May 2017
Ben and Adrianna have a beautiful home and farm. We loved walking through their property, home to horses, goats, sheep, pigs, etc.. There is a beautiful waterfall just a quick walk down the hill from the house. Adrianna makes incredible meals- better than anything we had elsewhere in Costa Rica! We hope to return someday.

Patty User Profile
February 2017
We really enjoyed staying at Ben's farm. The climate is always temperate, warm during the day and slightly cool after the sun sets. The house is very charming and we had access to all but the family's private area, including to the shared kitchen. The kitchen and sitting area are open, so that we could see out to the farm and the mountains. The chickens, ducks, and guinea hens provided constant entertainment. I especially liked making friends with one of the cats, and the pig. We walked the trails, visited the waterfall, and had a great time talking with others who were there on a work exchange. Other reviews have praised Adriana's cooking and they are not exaggerating! Our dinners were the best we've had in Costa Rica. Before we came, we thought we might be able to get there with a combination of public buses and walking, but decided to get a taxi from San Isidro. With bringing food and our gear, I'm glad we did. The local buses don't run all day, and it can be confusing if you haven't been there. Ben provides excellent directions for all the different modes to get there. Thank you, Ben and Adriana for sharing your home with us!

Megan User Profile
February 2017
Ben was an incredibly gracious host to us. We are very glad that we found his enchanting farm.

Bart User Profile
February 2017
We were excited by the farm's location and surroundings and enjoyed ourselves. The farm and host, though, disappointed a little. The host was not very welcoming, did not appear to have time to show us around the farm or explain the eco-nature of it, and often we felt as if we were inconveniencing him. Communications prior to the trip were brief and impersonal. The farm house is small - which is fine, because much time can be spent outdoors - yet lacks landscaping such as a garden to sit in and read or soak up the natural surroundings. It really is a farm, with pipes, sheds and cages, not a subtropical plantation. The bananas were abundant, and delicious. There was surprisingly little bird life around the house, in part, it appeared because feeders were empty. Cages with hens and roosters for egg production sat right next to the house and guestrooms. As alluded to in earlier reviews, the roosters really start crowing around 4am; it is very noisy. While we had a good time overall, it was not the farm stay we pictured.

Kulmeet User Profile
March 2016
The farmhouse is an excellent way to learn about a sustainable lifestyle. The accommodations are comfortable and rustic. I recommend the meals prepared by Adriana, who makes tasty, nutritious and creative dishes. The property allows for long leisurely walks among a coffee and banana plantation. There is a stream that runs through the property which features a waterfall and watering hole which is sure to provide the refreshing plunge you will want after a brisk hike. There are ducks, chickens, guinea hens, horses, goats, sheep, dogs and cats on the grounds which means you must be able to deal with all the noises they make. The Roosters will definitely wake you up so make sure to hit the hay early.

Hudson User Profile
March 2016
Wow! I enjoyed two wonderful stays with Ben and Adrianna this year- one in January and another with my girlfriend in March. These beautiful folks are the standard for hospitality, generosity, kindness and doing great stuff! They have created (and are continuing to create) a really special place up there in the mountains for beings of all kinds. Pretty much every review raves about Adrianna's cooking and for good reason, she consistently makes meals that are nothing short of sensational- well worth enjoying when you visit. Stunningly beautiful area, great hikes, gorgeous climate, superb hosts and the best food you're likely to have on your trip- can't recommend this place highly enough! Thank you!

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Ben User Profile

I moved to Costa Rica in 2007 to see what it takes to create a sustainable farm and lifestyle. Come visit me and others here to see how we've done.

Languages: English, Español
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