About this listing
The Domes is a unique vacation adventure. Made of 3 connected EarthBag domes on an organic farm, it's like a Hobbit House for normal size people! Enjoy stellar views, primary rainforest, privacy & a clean environment. There are 2 bedrooms, 2 loft areas and an upstairs office/bedroom. The large open deck offers great views of the valley and the vertical wall of rainforest beside us. Explore our farm & the local area to see a non-touristy side of Costa Rica. Great for families with kids!
The Domes is an unusual house, made of 3 conjoined circular EarthBag domes shaped like giant beehives. Why stay somewhere square? Go round for a change! The house features 2 private bedrooms, each in its own dome, that connect to the center dome which is the main living room. The King's Dome dome has a king-size latex mattress in a bamboo canopy bed. The Queen's Dome has a queen-size bed. There are also sleeping lofts above both bedrooms, accessed by ladders, that would be super fun for older children or agile people.
Also on the main floor is the kitchen and bathroom (now fully screened in) with bananas and papayas growing right outside! The kitchen has a full-size fridge with large freezer, and a 2-burner gas stovetop (no oven). The bathroom has a hot shower and wonderful tile work of local stones and slate.
The upstairs level is reached by a beautiful hardwood spiral staircase. There is an indoor loft room that can be used as an office or sleeping space (high speed Internet included). Outside is a covered deck with stunning views of the vertical Tinamastes ridge beside us, and all the way down the valley towards the ocean. An amazing place for yoga, meditation, hanging in a hammock, and enjoying spectacular sunsets. In rainy season you will often see waterfalls pouring down the face of the ridge!
The Earthbag construction keeps the interiors fresh and cool in summer, like natural air conditioning! And when it's cool outside at night, it's warming inside. The bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom and upstairs loft all have doors and window screens.
Need something smaller? Check out the Howler Monkey Cabin at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3089682
The Domes is located at the upper edge of Fuente Verde, our 60-acre community-owned organic farm, which provides a safe and tranquil environment. It is the perfect place for people who want a more natural rural experience, away from the noise and commotion of the beach towns.
You are free to explore the farm and hike the trails into the protected primary rainforest that begins only a few hundred yards from your door. Listen to howler monkeys serenading the sunrises and sunsets! Take the family for a dip in our swimming hole and enjoy hiking up the river. Our farm has water from its own springs and abundant fruit trees.
If you would like to stay on our farm, but don't need a space as large as the Domes, we have a smaller cabin to rent as well. You can see the listing here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3089682
There is excellent bird watching on the farm: our gardens, fruit trees, ponds and rivers provide ample food and shelter for many of the 860 bird species that live in or pass through Costa Rica. Our Fuente Verde bird count is close to 200 species! Best times for bird watching are from December to April, when the North American migrant species come to feed and breed here.
Interaction with Guests
I also live on the farm, just a few minutes walk from The Domes, so am available to greet you and get you settled in. I can provide info on the area and answer questions as the need arises.
The Domes is perfectly located in the magical Diamante Valley, halfway between the bustling surf town of Dominical on the southern Pacific Coast, and the city of San Isidro de El General, gateway to Chirripo Mountain. So within a short drive you have access to endless beaches and world class surf, or Costa Rica's highest mountain.
There are an incredible number of things to do in the area: local tour companies offer zip-lining, whitewater kayaking, surf lessons, mangrove tours, whale-watching, waterfall hikes & rappelling, plus more!
There are simple grocery stores and restaurants in the nearby village of Tinamastes, and Tuesdays there is an organic market as well, featuring locally grown organic fruits & veggies, tasty prepared food, arts & crafts, and delicacies like water buffalo cheese! Every Thursday and Friday there is a huge Farmer's Market in San Isidro, 1/2 hour away by car. Each rental of 7 days or more includes a free Welcome basket of local fruit and organic coffee!
Getting here and away
To best take advantage of your vacation time we strongly recommend renting a car. To access the farm a 4 wheel drive vehicle is required. If you don't plan to leave the farm often you can take a taxi here (about $30 from Dominical or San Isidro) and then hire taxis or a rental car for day trips. There is no public transportation directly to the farm. The nearest daily bus routes and shops are 2 km away. The walk from the farm to the bus or shops is mostly uphill on a rough dirt road that will be either dusty or muddy depending on the season.
Other Things to Note
There is a solar laundry drying room on the upper deck and a large covered parking area adjoining the back side of The Domes.
We ask you to please respect the private homes and gardens of the other community members living on the farm.
No smoking in the Domes.
Please note there is a minimum 4-night rental.
Rates are for up to 6 people. Each additional person $15/night.
The Domes are also available for long term rentals. Rates can be negotiated based on length of stay.
Highly recommended! The domes are absolutely amazing, with killer views of the valley, fresh fruits and a running stream on the property. Go for the guided jungle hike! If you are looking for somewhere to recharge and reboot, I couldn't think of a better place. High end finishings, good stocked kitchen, shower with a view and a huge obersvation deck. Raven is very welcoming and made our trip perfect. We had privacy, we probably could have avoided seeing anyone for days, but we also felt homely.
Initially Raven declined our request since we didn't have a car and its somewhat rural. "Fuente Verde" is between Tinamastes and Las Tumbas. But my daughters and I are fit and persistent so she agreed. When we first got there we couldn't reach Raven and I was surprised because she had checked in several days prior to our arriving. Turns out she had left her cell at home and she was busy at the Farmer's Market selling her wares. She coordinated a ride to Dominical for us on the fly. We enjoyed the spacious home and outdoor bathroom. There are a couple of other houses on the property and we explored trails and ferry pools that one of the residents is designing. If you're looking to be away from it all, this is the place to come. Buy groceries in Dominical or San Isidro and you'll be good to go.
This is a great place to live with your family or for young couples. It is quite scenic and wild! Raven is a great host and very helpful. I recommend all who want to stay here to drive a 4X4. We had challenges with the 2X4 and Raven bailed us out when we could not make it to the dome in the night. All in all a great vacation and a new experience.
The Domes are a unique and special place nestled in the hillside of an organic farm. The views were spectacular and the drive down to Dominical was only 30 minutes so we were spoiled for choice for activities. Raven was a great host and makes excellent chutney!
si vous recherchez un lieu inhabituel au milieu de la nature alors la maison des Hobbits est faite pour vous !
Au milieu de la jungle, éloigné de la civilisation dans une nature verdoyante et remplie d'oiseaux de toutes couleurs, de singes aussi, s'assoir sur le balcon face à la forêt est magique.
Raven est une hôte des plus prévenante et vous accueille merveilleusement.
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We spent a week and truly enjoyed everything about our stay at the Domes.
Raven was a beautiful host and made sure we were comfortable. Everyone we met while exploring the farm was friendly and helpful. We loved all the birds and other rainforest friends that we met during our stay. We will definitely retyrn!!!
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About the Host, Raven
Hi, I'm Raven. I wandered into Costa Rica nearly 20 years ago while backpacking from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska. I loved it so much I never really left. In my previous life I was a fashion designer, before leaving it all behind to become a world traveller and Student of Life. My passion is creating Sacred Wedding and Vow Renewal Ceremonies for couples who desire to celebrate their love in this beautiful country. You can find out more by searching Wedding Ceremonies by Raven Solsong Dominical Costa Rica, or going to (website hidden).
I love the natural beauty of this magical land I feel blessed to call home. Come visit and maybe you will fall under the spell of Costa Rica too!