One of the best features of this home is its wonderful location. A peaceful environment, adjacent to Bajo Tigre (Part of the Children´s Eternal Rainforest) will allow visitors to experience an intimate contact with nature.
Our house can comfortably sleep 6 adults. Each of the three bedrooms has one double bed (bed linings provided). One has a private bathroom. An open plan living/kitchen area is great for relaxing after hiking the in the cloud forest or zip-(website hidden) utensils are provided, so you may prepare your own meals, with fresh produce from the Whole food store (Nearby.)
Guest will have the entire house: an open plan kitchen/living area, three bedrooms, two (website hidden) utensils, bed linings, towels, automatic washer and dryer are provided.
Interaction with Guests
We will greed guest at the time of arrival, and show them around the house. I will also be available to help guest setup for local attractions.
National Geographic called the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve "the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves".
The town of Monteverde was originally settled by a group of Quakers that came to Costa Rica in the early 50s because the country had recently abolished the army. Quakers object to war, by principle, and are now considered conscientious objectors, but at the time they were being drafted, or being sent to prison for refusing to fight for their country.
They were also responsible for the first conservation efforts, originally to try and preserve the water source. Soon biologist visiting friends and family discovered the unique biodiversity of the plants and animals of the cloud forest, and soon a more formal and widespread conservation movement took off.
The main local non-profit thru which the international effort was channeled is the Monteverde Conservation League, now responsible for purchasing a lot of land to be preserved for perpetuity. One of their visitors center is Ben also known as Bajo Tigre. Our house is basically right on the entrance to Bajo Tigre.
4 Wheel drive is recommended since the roads are not paved. It is also possible to take a bus from Puntarenas or San Jose, or a shuttle service, like Interbus, from most locations in Costa Rica. Taxis are available in town for getting around locally, and most attractions include transportation.
Other Things to Note
I´ll be glad to help guest with questions regarding all the local attractions, and will also help make arrangements to visit them.
We expect our guest to be respectful of the property and neighbors. No smoking indoors, no parties…
Allan was a wonderful host: he was considerate, easy to reach and he provided excellent recommendations - All in a very friendly manner and without ever being intrusive. He went as far as providing his phone as a wifi hotspot which also gave us the option of making local calls and he was so thoughtful he even had breakfast food waiting for us in the fridge
The house itself as perfect, it was roomy, clean, well equipped and in excellent condition. The location was also quite convenient, only a short drive (walkable distance really) from bakery and restaurant. I would recommend this house to anyone!
We enjoyed our stay at Bajo del Tigre. We felt as though we were living more local, which was exactly what we wanted… why would you want to go to Monteverde and have a typical hotel experience?
Allan greeted us at arrival. He provided us with local information and quick tour of the home. He was available to answer all our questions during our 3-night stay. The home is tucked in away from the road. There are other homes in the area and we felt part of the little community. There was also much privacy with plants, trees and bushes providing fencing. Local lime trees and banana plants are also found on the yard. There is also a primary forest on the north side of the house. We enjoyed walking down the clearly defined paths, finding an orchard from a previous era. We also spotted birds and an agouti.
The home is clean and equipped for making meals. Breakfast items were in the fridge, including some delicious Monteverde coffee. The home is spacious and met our needs. It was quite windy in March and chilly in Monteverde. Bring your layers! You will want socks and a hoodie upon awakening. There are large windows providing ample natural light. Travelling with four children, we greatly appreciated access to the washer and dryer. We would have gladly hung our clothes out to dry if we had the means.
From this home we also walked to a nearby small Whole Foods, co-operative souvenir shop, Stella’s bakery and the Italian restaurant. We advise you to make reservations if you choose to eat at Tramonti – we were lucky to get a table, and at the time of our reservation, we were the only ones not part of multiple bus tour groups.
You can also walk to the Monteverde Cheese factory, where you can purchase cheese, some deli meats and ice cream from their store. You can also take a tour, but we declined the tour once informed that cheese is only made on certain mornings, and the "tour" then consists of wandering around the quiet factory facilities.
The home is located just a few minutes past downtown Santa Elena, and along the path to the nearby private reserve Bajo del Tigre, which is a separate small reserve - part of the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest. We casually strolled down the path to enjoy an eloquently explained night tour. The next morning we returned to explore the paths of this reserve on our own on the night tour ticket. The home is also located walking distance to another reserve: Curi Cancha. Further down the road is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, but you will need automobile transportation to get there. Taxis are cheap and easily accessible.
Stay here for a relaxing, low key Monteverde experience in a large, clean, well equipped house at a great location with a great host. For us, it was pura vida.
Muchas gracias, Allan.
We stayed in Allan's home for two weeks in February 2015. The home was perfect for our family of four. It was easily walkable (even with two kids 2.5 and 5yo) to many activities and food options close by since we did not have a car. But we could easily take a taxi into Santa Elena or wherever if we needed to. Definitely the best area for us to stay, close to cheese factory ice cream, great food, organic market, and a great coffee shop. It was also in a quiet and safe neighborhood. It was even adjacent to a wonderful free network of trails we could easily explore with the kids to get exercise and see wildlife. Especially nice with all the private reserves in the area costing $13+ per person per day to access. The home was just as represented, simple and clean and provided everything we needed for a comfortable stay with lots of cooking at home. Allan and his family were wonderful hosts, live close by and enormously helpful with suggestions and assistance if needed. They were even gracious enough to provide us some fresh food to start off our visit. But they were very respectful of our privacy. Allan even provided us his iPhone to use for local calls and create a wireless hot spot for the house. Our only complaint was that this iPhone hot spot worked well for connectivity with apple products but only worked sporadically with a PC laptop computer. So if your planning to do work online with a PC computer, you may have to go to one of the local cafes or coffee shops to get working signal (but luckily are very close by and convenient). We would highly recommend Allan's home and would gladly stay there again.
We had a great experience at Casa Bajo Tigre! The house was perfect for our family of four- very well equipped kitchen and Allan even included breakfast foods and ample soaps and shampoo. The basics for cooking and coffee and tea were there as well- making it super easy for our first morning.
Having a washer dryer was very useful, and the house felt extremely safe. Great restaurants nearby- Stella's bakery is fabulous!
Allan made sure we knew how to use the TV (ability to change to English language was especially great for kids) and left his phone for Wi-Fi access since there was some problem with the internet while we were there.
We took Allan's recommendations for the sky walk tour and the children's eternal rainforest night hike and were very pleased with our choices. Other than meeting us and showing us around the place, we had our privacy and the house to ourselves.
Amazing nature, views and experience! It rained quite a bit while we were there (during a bit of a storm) but as we were expecting and prepared for rain, it was fine- in fact, the rainbows were a highlight!
If you are self driving, a 4x4 is definitely the way to go.
Terrific host and space. Highly recommended!
We really enjoyed Allan's place! The location is great, with the cloud forest, bat museum, great coffee, restaurants, and more very close by. Allan was very helpful and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
Allan was a fantastic host, very polite, with great English and he helped us get situated, recommended us restaurants and helped us organize tours.
The house was very clean and Allan even left us his personal phone for internet access when he told us that his router was acting flaky.
From the very beginning of our stay, Allan made us feel quite welcome. We were delayed in arriving and without means to communicate by phone and Allan reached out to our friends, contact number, because he was concerned. When we arrived, he had food for us waiting in the refrigerator after greeting us warmly. The house was spacious, clean and comfortable and met our needs for our stay. The location is excellent, within walking distance of some nice restaurants and nearby the attractions of Monteverde and sent to Santa Elena. We would gladly return to stay at Allan's house and recommend it to to anyone traveling with or without family to this lovely part of Costa Rica