A stunning tropical house located on a hill overseeing a scenic landscape of mangroves, lush open areas, hills, forests and pacific ocean. The house is located on a 2 hectare private lot with a beautiful garden with many birds and wildlife.
The house is located on a hill, surrounded by a beautiful garden and looking out over mangroves, a stripe of ocean behind it and beautiful hills
The house was designed by the owner and his daughter as a spacious 300 square m tropical house, and was built in 2010. The open air kitchen and living room makes that one lives most of the time outside under the big roof with a splendid view. Only at night one retires to the bedrooms or the part of the living room that can be closed.
The garden is a beautiful mix of ornamental flowering plants and dry tropical forest, where one could spot birds and other wildlife like deer, iguanas, howler monkeys, parrots, anteaters, armadillos, nose bears, or raccoons.
Interaction with Guests
I will respect the privacy of the guest, which means that I will only interact with them if they appreciate it.
The house is situated between the village of SAN FRANCISCO DE COYOTE (2km) and the beach of PUNTA COYOTE (2 km). At 4 km distance lies PLAYA CALETAS, where sea turtle lay their eggs in the rainy season.
Dry season: December till may.
Rainy season: May to December, when it rains it is mostly in the afternoons and evenings, and the mornings are sunny.
San Francisco de Coyote is situated on the Peninsula de Nicoya, between Samara and Santa Teresa on the Pacific Coast. Flights to San Jose or Liberia. It is recommended to rent a four wheel drive car, as all the roads around S. Francisco are unpaved. The roads from Liberia and San Jose to Jicaral are paved, and from there on 36 km of unpaved road.
Michiel's home is simply a magical, a little piece of paradise! The reward totally compensates the dirt roads you will go through for the last 45 minutes (remember to rent a 4x4).
Michiel was extremely helpful since we booked a stay in his place.His directions to get to Playa Coyote were perfect and he was careful to show us every detail of the house. His knowledge of the area helped us so much to organize a beach day and some hiking time too that we barely needed to ask for directions to get anywhere. Also, I would suggest you follow his reccomendations of places to eat - the fresh fish nearby is awesome. The maps he drw were so much better than any guidebook - we really appreciate those.
The house itself is simple but beautifully decorated - you can see that Michiel has put so much thought and attention in building and designing every detail. You won't miss anything - not even WIFI, if you need the technology (although I recommend you disconnect!). The open deck/kitchen/dinning room is to die for and you will wake up to the roar of the waves. There is no AC but only the central part of the day it gets a bit hot in the deck and that is when you will be at the beach:)
Your only problem will be that unless you are travelling alone, you will all be fighting for the hammock on the deck.
Gracias, Michiel. We look forward to being back!
Michiel est un hôte plus que parfait!
Il nous a accueilli dans sa superbe maison (encore plus magnifique que sur les photos!! Le coucher de soleil est un vrai régal!)
Il nous a montré toutes les activités alentours avec minutie (le coin recèle des trésors cachés!)
Michiel reste très disponible, souriant et chaleureux !
Bref, on a envie d'y rester... Et d'y revenir!!
I stayed at Michiel's house with a group of four friends and we had an amazing time! Michiel's house was absolutely breathtaking. The pictures don't do it justice! We made sure to be home every night to watch the sunset from the kitchen. Michiel was a fantastic host and helped us plan our daily activities by making suggestions, drawing us maps and giving us directions. The town of San Francisco de Coyote was very quaint and had everything we needed. The grocery store was slightly more expensive than the large super markets but the selection was fantastic. We ate at both restaurants near the beach and both were great. Tanga, a fish restaurant right on the beach, was the most amazing meal we had all week. It was pricey - but so worth it!
A few things to keep in mind:
1. If you have a problem with insects this isn't the place for you as the house is very open.
2. You will need a 4 x 4 vehicle. Not only are the roads leading to San Francisco rough, but the driveway is quite steep.
3. Bring a GPS! Although the GPS will not recognize the tiny towns in the Nicoya Peninsula, it will help you navigate and ensure you're on the right track.
This was our first time to Costa Rica and it left a memorable impression. I hope to go back and stay at Michiel's again and discover more of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Fantastic house, great design, great views. What an amazing place to stay and blend in the nature. We just loved having our breakfast with the jungle awakening around and dining with the sunset and stars. The 2 rooms are big, very functional, well designed, nice bathrooms. The living room in the upper floor is also great to sit at night together. We stayed 4 nights and enjoyed the Karen Mogersen reserve thanks to Michiel advice (great 1 hour walk to a cascade where we all enjoyed swimming), great road trip down the south with driving on secluded beaches, forests, crossing rivers and great surf lessons with Connie and Ingo at the Totobe resort a short 15 minutes drive away. This is a place for nature lovers who want to experience Costa Rica outdoor, away from the crowd and in incredible nature. We loved the Tanga grill on Coyote beach, alone to admire the setting. San Francisco de Coyote is 5 minutes away with groceries shop and simple restaurants. Michiel was very helpful, and kind and came to the house whenever we add a special request. Thanks to him for his welcome, we shall be back with the rest of the family to spend again time in this great place ! Highly recommend this house !
Our Holiday couldn't have started more relaxed then in this house. Beautiful place, stunning views, lovely owner.
Making your breakfast while gazing at turkey vultures That " float" by...
Our host and his brother ( neighbour) where very helpful when asked for some touristic advise.
Tanga, The little restaurant On The beach felt like home for The week we stayed there. Feel homesick already...
Very beautiful and secluded house with amazing wooden furniture! You re really close to nature and and you can hear the hauwler monkeys in the early morning and in the evening. You should not be afraid of insects :-)
The road up to the house is really steep, so a 4x4 is necessary!
Unfortunatly we didnt meet Michiel but his brother and neighbour Bart took good care of us.
Costa de Oro is one of the nicest beaches we have ever seen and is only five minutes away by car!
our host was the brother of the owner and was wonderful and quite charming. he was easy to get in touch with on everything. the roads were rugged getting in but that was part of the charm of the place. hands down my favorite area. the beach was also the absolute best altho i have not gone to too many. there was a washer and that was really great to be able to stay clean while there. the kitchen was well stocked with equipment. The knives were very dull but he had a stone so they are sharp now. The grocery store in the town was also my favorite by far. did not eat out as i went to cook in that fantastic open kitchen. herd the monkeys and woke up to all sorts of neat animals. I loved the house and think quite fondly of the brother Bart.
I moved to Costa-Rica about 3 years ago. Originally I'm from the Netherlands, but I also lived on the Canaries islands on a small island called La Gomera. In Costa-Rica I mainly keep myself busy working in the garden and on my mountainbike. I love traveling and yearly plan hikes (for example in Nepal), mountainbike trips, or travels focussed on cycle racing. I studied anthropology, but I've been most of the time busy renovating old ruins (bought on the canary islands), developing and maintaining organic gardens, sailing, cycling and hiking. I finished my house in Costa-Rica about two years ago and feel very lucky to live in such an unique and beautiful place.