A sustainable lifestyle, room 5

Villa - Private room · , Pérez Zeledón, San Jose, Costa Rica
Chema Y Marga
Your host, Chema Y Marga
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The Space

Marga´s and Chema´s home is a large, elegant, two storied, round building with a geodesic dome on top for holistic practices. Large living room with fire place. Private bathrooms in every bedroom. Dining room with forest and ocean view from 1000 m above sea level. No grid connection, solar panels, light by candles. Spring water from the property.

With over 20 years experience in sustainable practices.
Large sustainable farm with organic garden and fruit trees. Thoroughbred horses a cross between spanish Andalusian and costarican Paso Fino.

Caters to naturalists, equestrians, holistic groups and sustainable practice programs. Property is adjacent to Biological Corredor "El Paso de la Danta". Rural road to the beach by four wheal drive 12 km, where the Marine National Park of Marino Ballene is located. Twice a year a migration of humpback whales occurs. Also, there is a large variety of dolphins which make their home in these waters all year arround.

Many cascading rivers, streams in the area. Sorrounden by primary tropical forest with breath taking views.
So, what is a sustainable way of life? It is a friendly relationship with nature, where the "cost of living" is directly related to minimizing environmental impacts and a true economy based in frugality, reciclying, craftmanship, growing your own food and avaiding consumerism.

Breakfast is included with the room. Other meals are available with an aditional cost. (Please let us know if you need this service prior to your arrival ).

It is possible to (email hidden) or horseback riding tours.

There is a dayly public bus, excepts Sundays, to a nearby village, 3 kms from Casa Tordesilla. Taxi service is available at reasonable prices.

One can also participate in the voluntary hands-on sustainable practices, which are Margas and Chemas way of life, such as gardening, horse care and reforestation..

For more than 2 persons, please contact us for special prices
The whole villa is available, with capacit up to 20 people

You can also see availability for rooms 3 - 4 on the following link http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/257356
Or rooms 1 -2 at http://airbnb.com/rooms/128092

Guest Access

The whole villa, the farm, the sourrounding forests and waterfalls

Interaction with Guests

Guest are part of our home, the interaction if at a family level

The Neighborhood

The nearest neighbours are at the village, 3 kms away

Getting around

There are daily buses to the nearest village, 3 kms away
Taxi services are available to get around

Other Things to Note

We are located in a wilderness area and the rural roads to our place are a bit of a maze. Make it a point to call us and make shure you have the proper directions

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $210 /week
Monthly Price: $800 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • My friend and I COULDN'T have had a more eye opening and beautiful experience if we tried at Casa Tordesilla. We went right at the start of Costa Rica's winter and it was still warm enough to swim in the river, go horseback riding, and go hiking in the cloud forest. It's hard to describe how stunning his home and the land is. Chema and Marga are not only wonderful hosts, but they are so knowledgeable. What's better, is they are both so devoted to the Earth, that they have almost no carbon footprint- so inspiring. I am DEFINITELY coming back.

    May 2014
    Chema Y Marga
    Response from Chema Y Marga:

    So nice to know from you, we are glad that your visit was good and we do hope that you will return

    May 2014
  • Since most has already been mentioned by others, I'll just say that I had a super lovely time with Chema and Marga. I was looking for a quiet refuge to do some writing, a bit of yoga and lots of reflection. Perfect for that. They truly walk the walk and are inspired hosts. I could pass hours just sitting on their front stairs overlooking the cloud/fog as it rolled in and out each day. The temperature was steady and sweet, the place is enchanted, candle lit and mystic. I was also blessed to be around during a lunar eclipse, when we were visited by a bonafide local shaman and a lovely young lady who was skilled in the arts of leading a tobacco ceremony. There was wholesome delicious and plentiful food, there was a night of song, spirited horses and volumes of information about local life, flaura, fauna and geo-eco-politics. Chema resists the idea that he is a teacher, but he's building a school to teach local kids sustainability and crafts. He'll do it for sure. I would hesitate to spend less than two days here.

    April 2014
    Chema Y Marga
    Response from Chema Y Marga:

    Gracias amigo,
    Great to know from you, it was very pleasant to spend a few days with you. Looking forward to your return

    April 2014
  • Fantástico!!! Staying with Cherma and Marga is the highlight of my trip to Costa Rica. They are both inspiring pioneers who are truly committed to sustainable living. The house is WOW! It's an uplifting scared space where one can relax, enjoy conversations, even work (which I did for a few days). The views are magnificent. Cherma is a storyteller and Marga is a wisdom woman who does magic with food. The meals were always fresh, healthy and delicious. I loved everything about being there. This is the 'GO TO' place in Costa Rica!!!

    March 2014
    Chema Y Marga
    Response from Chema Y Marga:

    Gracias Robyn, it is wonderful to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. It is our purpose in sharing our way of life to inspire and encourage all, that we can live the necessary change that humanity needs

    March 2014
  • Chema und Marga sind zwei aussergewöhnliche, interessante Gastgeber. Wir haben riesigen Respekt davor, was die da auf die Beine gestellt haben und was sie täglich leisten. Die Nachhaltigkeit ihres Daseins ist zu 100% gewährleistet! Die Freude und Überzeugung bei ihrem Wirken ist unvergleichlich.
    Marga ist eine grossartige Köchin und wir haben es genossen, mit den beiden die geimeinsamen Essen zu geniessen und dabei interessante Gespräche zu führen. Mit Chema durften wir die Gegend erkunden und haben über das Land, die Natur und die Tierwelt unglaublich viel erfahren und gelernt.

    February 2014
    Chema Y Marga
    Response from Chema Y Marga:

    Well Eric, if it would be in inglish i could understand it...

    February 2014
  • Amazing, very original! We spent only one night at Chema and Marga's place but it was really a good experience. We saw a splendid sunset! The place is like an eden, well situated between Uvita and Talamanca. The view is incredible! We stayed the morning after to have the time to discover the farm and to talk with Chema about his projects, about sustainability, about Costa Rica... It was so rich! Chema is really passionated and it's a pleasure. We had a really pleasant break at Casa Tordesillas and we'll keep in touch!!

    February 2014
    Chema Y Marga
    Response from Chema Y Marga:

    Thank you Cecile, so kind of you for such nice words. We are glad that you enjoy your stay with us. And yes, lets keep in touch

    February 2014
  • Chema and Marga were awesome hosts. We were amazed by the beauty of the property and surrounding landscape. Their lifestyle is so inspiring! We will definitely be back to visit some day. Highly recommended!

    March 2013
  • A unique, beautiful home in the clouds! Chema and Marga were delightful hosts - they cooked delicious meals and recommended great hikes and sights to see. It was a perfect place to relax and take in the beauty of Costa Rica.

    February 2013
  • Staying with Chema & Marga was by far the most authentic & enjoyable part of our Costa Rican adventure. Their property is beautiful and Marga's cooking was always fresh and delicious. We had a great time chatting with Chema about anything from farming, to architecture, to education, to astronomy. We could not have asked for a more perfect stay off the grid, and hope to go back soon!

    February 2013
  • Casa Tordesillas is a great place to stay! If you're looking for some time away in the beautiful country side of Costa Rica, this is it. You can look forward to lovely meals with local, fresh ingredients, great conversation, or quiet time away walking the hills. Their sustainable life style is quite inspiring.

    March 2012
  • Staying with Chema and Marga was, by far, the highlight of my trip to Costa Rica! The home and setting in the mountains is breathtakingly beautiful, (best explored on their well trained horses) with glorious vistas over verdant hillsides lush with plant and animal life. The company of this unique and thoughtful couple was inspirational. Conversations over the lovely Marga's delicious home cooked meals were always interesting and thought provoking. Chema is a wealth of knowledge and practical experience and they are working with the community to build a school training young people in both traditional and new sustainability practices.
    If you are open to taking this rare opportunity to step out of a consumeristic comfort zone to experience, firsthand, the joy of living a simple, elegant, deeply satisfying and truly visionary way of life I highly recommend it!

    February 2012
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We are native from Madrid, Spain. Residing in Costa Rica since 1976, following a sustanable way of life. We offer holistic health and sustainable practices seminars. We also offer horse back riding for experienced riders and nature hikes through the tropical forest and to the local waterfalls and pools. For us to have a guest is a way to share our way of life, to promote a sustainable life and to make friends. Our main object is two fold, first is to simplify our way of life by practicing sustainable techniques and regenerative activities; second is to be minimizing our impact on the planet, that is, that our ecological footprint would be less and as we see it, is about quality of life instead of standard of living.
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