About this listing
We are 1 of ONLY 10 Airbnb-awarded SUPERHOSTS in all of Costa Rica!!! Gourmet coffee, a $40 massage! 2-acre primo gardens, river, panoramic views, and a great nearby restaurant. Your host has decades of experience here, and authored Costa Rica Now.
Available 1 bedroom guesthouse w/ full kitchen that sleeps 4 is shown on left https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4572356?preview
"The perfect alternative from staying at some nameless, lifeless hotel" - Bill G (guest)
Make the most of everyday of your Costa Rica vacation! Why stay in someone's spare room or a hotel by the airport when you can stay in a detached studio in a private park setting slurping coffee from one of the finest coffee growing regions in the world!
At the Coffee Garden Meditation Center and Bird Sanctuary you can enjoy our bush-to-cup coffee while strolling through a working boutique coffee ranch in the early morning sun among 50 year-old coffee plants, listening to birds chirp to the background sounds of a gentle river in our 2-acre meditation garden with 500 feet of river frontage set in a coffee plantation.
This gated, very secure 3-acre estate on the best street in Concepcion de San Isidro de Heredia, is located in the nicest small town in the San Jose Valley. A couple minutes away, restaurant bar Los Portreos features a great selection of quality food and excellent views. It's the real Costa Rica. A place where you would want to live.
Description ~ ~ Our tastefully decorated detached 350 square foot studio has a modern private bath and an expensive queen bed.
Location ~ ~ we are located in San Isidro de Heredia, about 20 minutes outside the capital of San Jose (downtown) in the beautiful coffee country province of Heredia. Our neighborhood is one of the finest in Costa Rica with a mix of ex-patriots and Costa Ricans living on large estates and smaller homes. We are located on the northeast part of the central valley which is the area first to receive the prevailing Caribbean winds blowing the freshest air purified by miles of cloud forests and rain forests spanning the National Park which borders our neighborhood. The village of San Isidro offers a Sunday morning farmer's market and one of the most majestic churches in all of Costa Rica. Here you will also find many smaller restaurants, banks, supermarkets and bakeries.
Coffee ~ ~ One of the benefits of staying with us is enjoying our featured old world style coffee. Our coffee fruit is sun dried. And not sent to a mill to be strip washed and then dried in mechanical dryers later to be sent for processing in an automated warehouse as is all commercial coffee fruit and beans. We pay our pickers double to harvest only the red to purple coffee fruit at the peak of ripeness. We then dry the coffee fruit in the sun for 100 days. Our coffee beans remain in the dried coffee fruit until ready for small-batch roasting. This triples harvesting costs, but you get a rare treat that coffee lovers treasure - coffee harvested and dried in an old-world style - unavailable to the mass market. That is why our product is truly artesenal.
Along with the purchase of 4 bags of coffee or more (great for gifts), upon request (as I sometimes forget), and as long as supply lasts, you receive an autographed copy of Phil Baker's Costa Rica Now / Travel Live and Own in Paradise. Last 200 copies of this Costa Rica cult classic. 500 pages - a $25 value.
Your Host ~ ~ Hi, I'm Phil and have been in Costa Rica for over 25 years and can offer you expert advise on your travels, relocation and real estate needs. I have been very successful living and owning in Costa Rica and have helped many people get the most of their stay here; In the green season we may be able to get you 65% off of Costa Rica's two finest hotels - The Peace Lodge at La Paz Waterfall gardens and The Springs Resort and Spa (personal discounts unavailable to the public).
Massage ~ ~ An hour and a half massage for $40!!!! Trained in Germany our off-site massage professional gives a comprehensive full body massage in the comfort of your room. A perfect way to unwind after a long flight and a great way to end your memorable trip to Costa Rica.
Restaurants ~ ~ Sibu Chocolate factory where you can watch workers hand make chocolate truffles from behind glass and sample awesome chocolate treats is 10 minutes away. The great restaurant Los Portreros with its awesome city light views serves a large variety of fantastic local dishes with generous portions at reasonable prices - and its only a 15 min walk or a 5-minute taxi ride away. This secret spot is known to locals as "the" place to eat and you rarely see tourists there. Excellent food and good service. All our guests love it.
Transportation ~ ~ The bus is 400 meters away. Taxi to San Isidro is $2 one way. The village of San Isidro has banks, several markets, restaurants and coffee shops. There is a zip line about 2 miles away and downtown Heredia with luxury malls and many high-end restaurants is 6 miles away. Buses leave every 15 minutes to Heredia and San Jose, from where you can board direct buses to all parts of Costa Rica. Taxis arrive at out ranch within minutes and the intentional airport is 25 minutes away.
Views ~ ~ The Coffee Garden offers panoramic views of Irazu Volcano, the Tres Marias mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park, and city lights of San Jose. Poas, Irazu and Barva volcanoes are a hour away.
Attractions ~ ~ La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Rain Forest Adventure zip lines are both easily doable day trips as well as Doka Estates Coffee Tour and Paos Volcano National Park and Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Our clean and modern guesthouse, unique coffee, immaculate gardens, expert advice, and close proximity to downtown San Jose makes The Coffee Garden Boutique Working Coffee Ranch the best bang for your travel buck. See you soon... slurp slurp.
Guests have access to our 2 acre mediation garden with 500 feet of river frontage, and a 600 square foot party Rancho with panoramic views, darts, Foosball, fire pit, heavy duty swing set designed for adults, bar with giant round table and hammock surrounded by an acre of Saint Augustine grass. We have a Boccie Ball area as well so come and play!
Interaction with Guests
I host Airbnb because I enjoy conversing with guests, however if you prefer alone time we are happy to accommodate by giving you all the space you need on out large fenced estate.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Rain Forest Adventure zip lines are both easily doable day trips (35 mins away). Our neighborhood is one of the finest in Costa Rica with a mix of ex patriots and Costa Ricans living on large estates and smaller homes. We are located on the northeast part of the central valley which is the area first to receive the prevailing Caribbean winds blowing the freshest air purified by miles of cloud and rain forests that cascade from the National Park bordering our neighborhood all the way to the Caribbean Sea. Just a $2 taxi ride away is the village of San Isidro with everything you need including a beautiful Sunday morning farmer's market and one of the most majestic churches in all of Costa Rica.
Buses leave every 15 minutes to Heredia and San Jose where you can board direct buses to all parts of Costa Rica. Taxis arrive at out ranch within minutes and the intentional airport is 25 minutes away.
Other Things to Note
A one and a half hour massages for $40!!!! As a courtesy to our guests, we can arrange a massage for you (subject to availability and must be booked in advance). Trained in Germany the massage professional gives a comprehensive full body massage in the comfort of your private studio. A perfect way to unwind after a long flight and a great way to end your memorable trip to Costa Rica. There is also a The Sibu Chocolate factory where you can watch workers hand make chocolate truffles from behind glass and sample awesome chocolate treats. The great restaurant Los Portreros with its awesome city light views serves a large variety of fantastic local dishes with generous portions at reasonable prices - and its only a 15 min walk or a 3 minute taxi ride away. This secret spot is known to locals as the place to eat and you rarely see tourists there. Very good food and good service. All our guests love it.
This is our family home, We take security seriously and prefer not to accommodate guests that return late at night, Our dogs patrol the ranch at night. As far as rules go, I have a 14 year old daughter who is the love of my life, public behavior inappropriate to her upbringing is forbidden... We encourage guest to enjoy our grounds, play with our pets, hang out in the view rancho and enjoy the views from the meditation gardens. Just no obnoxious or rude behavior please... Thanks for understanding!
Early morning View of Volcano Irazu and Turrialba from meditation garden. Volcano Poas and Barva are also nearby.
This AirBnB was great! loved how convenient it was to where we wanted to visit, tucked away in the hills. He provided valuable insight to the surrounding areas for food and activities.
We only stayed for one night at phils place and also made a last Minute reservation, phil made it happen without any problems. Although it was a little hard to find the trip was totally worth it. The property is gorgeous and the views amazing, we felt like staying at home. Unfortunately we didnt get to talk to our Host much because we head out early, anyways thanks for all and the Last Minute reservation!!
Thank you for the compliments about the views and our gardens. Whether its ordering you a pizza, taxi, a tour to La Paz Waterfalls, a Sibu Choclate tour, or a reservations at a romantic restaurant we make it happen. We have even ran red lights at 4:30 AM to get guests to the airport when their taxi did not show. It does not happen all the time, such as when our masseuses flakes out, but our goal is to help our guests by making things happen for them. Glad we could do it for you Freya. Pura Vida!
Phil is a great host and very accommodating! The room and coffee ranch were beautiful and just like the pictures! Definitely would like to come back some day.
Phil nos hizo sentir como en casa. Nos proporcionó todas las comodidades que necesitábamos y fue muy agradable.
La casita es precioso, en un lugar increíble.
Phil was a wicked host. We had missed our flight to Costa Rica, which he graciously accommodated us for. The ranch is beautiful even though we only briefly saw it at sunrise (which is beautiful from the location)!
The space itself was spacious and clean. It felt like we had our own mini home away from home.
We ended up chatting and playing with his dogs for a while, Phil has an epic life out in CR. If you're looking for a more than welcoming place to stay and to get an interesting insight about Costa Rica's history, you gotta stay here. I'd recommend stay a night before you venture off to where ever your going, Phil will be able to steer you in the right direction.
Looking forward to next time!
Thank you for the kingly review. So wish you could have stayed longer. Had a great time chatting on the porch while checking out the lights of San Jose in the distance. If you miss your stay with us due to unforeseen circumstances we always try our best to fit you in at a later date. Thanks for appreciating our effort! Pura Vida Alexander. Una buena nota!
Phil was a great host. House is beautiful and the coffee ranch makes for an incredible morning jaunt (not to mention the coffee itself is incredible). Phil also recommended great dinner and breakfast spots around San Isidro that were awesome. Definitely staying again if we come back!!
Die Unterkunft war super!! Phil hat uns sehr freundlich empfangen und uns viele Tipps für unsere weitere Planung mit auf den Weg gegeben. Ohne Navi ist es uns schwierig den Weg zu finden, da Schilder in dieser Gegend Mangelware sind. Phil's Tipp über GoogleMaps den Weg anzusteuern ist goldwert. Insgesamt eine schöne, saubere Unterkunft mit einem super Gastgeber!
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About the Host, Phil
Hi / Hola! I am a native Californian (San Diego) living in Costa Rica with my daughter. My life vocation is real estate (since 1978). Along with our family home on the lagoon in Cardiff by the Sea, we own 100 acres of vineyard property in Temecula and now a small coffee plantation in Costa Rica. I have been in and out of Costa Rica for many years and have property in Manuel Antonio. Besides authoring Costa Rica Now, the all in one travel guide to Living and Owning in Paradise, I write interpretations of Asian Classics such as the Tao Te Ching. I am also a professional Costa Rica Consultant. Taoist and Buddhist kung fu and meditation are part of my self definition along with being a father which is job One. Having me host you is like having a personal Costa Rican consultant. Pura Vida!
**** Contact me before you plan your trip and after you book your stay with us and I will steer you to great places to visit according to you length of stay in Costa Rica and what you would like to do here; surf, zip line, deserted beaches, white sand full service beaches, bird watching, hot springs, witnessing volcanoes and waterfalls and gem destinations off the beaten track,
Finally, I do not host people for the money. I host for the experience of meeting new people. You will find me engaging if you want to talk, or accommodating if you want to have your privacy. I think relationships are the most important and my guests make or break my experience with Airbnb.