About This Listing
Casa Isabella, a lovely 2BR home with privacy, large patios with hammocks, beautiful butterfly garden,flowers,many birds includ. toucans, path thru jungle, and close to pacific coast for surfing/swimming and horseback riding to Nauyaca Waterfalls.
Private, cozy jungle home in the mountains with own trails through the jungle with Juan, as your guide, or by yourself, if you so choose.
This home is located in a very central area. Food shopping nearby in several directions. Fruit stands/minimarkets within walking distance, excellent hiking within the property, ATMs within short driving distance, 45 min. drive to Manuel Antonio and its National Park, 15 min to the Pacific Coast for swimming and surfing, the Dominical Infor. Center also 15 min away will guide you to and address all of your interests, many restaurants in all directions and last but not least, with all of this accessibility, you still have your private spot. Miriam, the manager and her husband, Juan, are there to assist you and are within a short distance on our private road but not visible from your house. When you first enter our private road their house is the first house on the left. You go further up the dirt road and you will walk through an open gate and your house is yellow and on the right.
Interaction with Guests
I will not be there when you arrive. Miriam will be there to greet you, if it is not too late. The day that you are expected to arrive, the doors will be left unlocked and the patio lights will be left on for you, if after dark.
What I love about this area is summarized in "guest access." What is also accessible to you, but not mentioned in that section, is the ability to see wildlife. But, you never know when. I have only seen capuchin monkeys travel through and no viewing of howler monkeys. The day before yesterday, Juan called and said "come right now!" He was 5 min. down the road. There was a band of howlers in a group of trees for the last 2 days. It was incredibly exciting. A few of those photos are included in this listing. We have seen sloths here, but as I said, you never know when. Juan told me the other day that he was walking along our path at night and saw an armadillo. I have not seen one but Juan sees them all. He loves to take people out into the valley and at 5:00 a.m. you will most likely see animals. Please give Juan a generous tip if he is your guide. This is a gorgeous place. You have the mountains, which are green all year around, and the ocean. What could be better.
Public buses operate on the road parallel to the property. Car rentals in San Jose, Quepos, Dominical, and Uvita; taxis and walking to nearby places like the waterfalls, and further, depending on what shape one is in.
This is a Tico styled home. The plumping is "rustic"and that does not mean old, Please treat gently. Do not put paper in the toilet. That goes in a receptacle by the toilet. Try your best to not let hair go down the drains. Water is scarce. You cannot run it here like you might at you other home. Please conserve, meaning electricity, water and propane.
There is no maid service unless requested. Fee will be $35/a cleaning. There is a washing machine and dryer for your use. Also, please use sparingly because of the water issue. There will be a cleaning fee if the place is left dirty. All dishes, pots and pans and utensils need to be cleaned and put away before leaving. PLEASE DO NOT RESET THE MOTEM. Any questions or problems with the internet/wireless, please speak with our manager, Miriam. Smoking is not permitted. No pets. There are 2 very friendly dogs on the property. Other pets would cause problems. Please treat this home as you would your own. There will be written guidelines when you arrive.
View into living room from one side of the patio. Bedrooms in the back. Reflexion of butterfly garden in sliding glass door.
We stayed five days at Casa Isabella and it was absolutely amazing! The huge house with its comfy hammocks is just the best place to stay in this area! We rented a car to be more independant but there is also bus connections as far as I know and saw. In 45min you are in Manuel Antonio, in 15min at Dominical beach and the Nauyaca Waterfalls are totally worth to visit! The office where you can get tickets to the waterfall is in 10min walking distance!
The communication with Alicia was great, she organised everything for our arrival and Miriam, the manager, was there from the beginning on and cared about our needs. Very nice, open and helpful people! The dogs are very cute as well (they live with Miriam and her family).
I hope you choose to stay in this house which will make your stay in Costa Rica authentic and unforgettable!
Thanks so much for the wonderful house! I have absolutely no complaints about the house and garden. We did not have a car and were able to catch buses to all surrounding areas. Went to the Tuesday morning organic market up the hill and bought an amazing array of delicious fruits and vegetables which we prepared in the well-equipped kitchen. Miriam and Juan, the caretakers, gave us plenty of privacy but were available when we needed them.
About the Host, Alicia
I was raised and lived in NYC until age 49. I went to CCNY. I was a dancer while living in NYC and was trained at the School of American Ballet and Alvin Ailey. I auditioned for Hair on Bdwy and was chosen but turned it down for a variety of reasons. Sad, indeed. One of my favorite, favorite Bdwy shows.
I then moved to the country and created a small farm with horses, chickens, ducks, geese, dogs, cats and Annie, my African Grey parrot,
I once gave CPR to a duckling who had drowned. I revived her which was so amazing and exciting. Unfortunately, she was taken by a hawk a few months later.
Bought land in Costa Rica about 10 yrs. ago and built a house. I have about 11 acres which, of course, are all available to you.
I immediately fell in love with the place. I love raw nature. Costa Rica is the most beautiful place I have ever been. I am so at peace here. So will you be.
I still live in NY and come down as often as I can. I am currently in Costa Rica preparing this home for guests. I use the word home intentionally because I want you to absolutely feel at home. i need to digress for a moment. I just need to say, right now, that there is a Toucan singing its little heart out, not far from where I am sitting on the patio. Music to my ears. Okay, I am back on course. There are two people on the property. Miriam is the manager of the property. She will greet you when you arrive and if you have any questions about anything she will help you. If she doesn't have the answer she will refer you elsewhere. She speaks English and understands but it is important that you speak slowly. Her husband Juan is the gardener. He does not speak English. Using your hands is always helpful. They are both sweethearts. Their son, Josue, speaks a little English and Geisel (pronounced Hazel) is fluent in English. She is not around much. Part of the property is a jungle valley and you are welcome to explore. If you want Juan with you, make a date in advance. He used his machete to create a trail.
The things I like are reading: I am currently reading We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. I also recently finished Timbuktu, a story told by a dog. I loved it. The series: Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, and The Walking Dead,
The five things I cannot live without are. 1- my wife (together 24 yrs and married on our 22nd anniversary) 2&3 - my daughter and granddaughter. 4&5 all flora and fauna. OOPS 6 - water. HA. 7 - no I wont do that.