The natural wood cabin is spacious, private, and set in paradise. Perfect for couples looking for privacy, sole adventurers, and groups or families looking to get down on a farm. The best stop between San Jose and the Caribbean Coast.
Mountain top working farm with year round cool climate, views and water falls. Stay in our rustic farm house, hike our 50 acres and learn about living a sustainable life as you tour our projects.
Our farm consists of a hardwood and plantain plantation, lots of various fruit trees, orchid collection and forest, chickens, hogs, and tilapias.
We are rustic, meets clean. Not luxury but very comfortable with all essentials. Our farm is off the grid, and powered by hydro-electric energy. We have wireless internet. Temperature rarely reaches much above 85F in the day and 65F on the coldest nights so no need for AC or Heating here.
Visitors see amazing things here. Brilliantly starry nights and full moons, world class bird watching, an orchid exhibition with over 100 specimen. The pure life.
Our host Mari has over 15 years of experience preparing gourmet traditional dishes and prepares lunch and dinner daily for guests included in the nightly price. The house has a private kitchen stocked with home grown produce. Guests are on their own to whip up coffee and breakfasts. Hosts live in a small guest house behind the main farm house and can take you on private waterfall, swimming hole, and jungle tours.
Guests have access to mountain hiking trails, swimming holes, tilapia pond, water falls, and a yoga/dance/music/relax space.
In the house, a guests have access to a private kitchen and refridgerator, wrap-around porch, and flat screen television with Netflix.
First off, we help guests get acquainted with the home area, which covers about 5 acres.
Each day, we offer to guide the guests to explore something special in the surrounding 45 acres of rain-forest. That could include trips to private swimming holes, waterfalls, and intense jungle hikes.
We also serve our guests lunch and dinner daily in private picturesque settings.
If guests have questions, or need anything, we are here to help.
Our neighborhood is safe and private. Our closest neighbors are 1km away, and we look out for each other. You will not find other tourists around, in fact, you won't find too many people around. It's safe to say the animals in our town outnumber the people, and we're OK with that.
We are centrally located between San Jose and the Caribbean towns of Tortuguerro, Limon, Puerto Viejo and Cahuita. You can be in SJ in two hours or on the beach in two and a half. But once on the mountain, many guests don't think to leave till it's time to go. The town of Guapiles is down below and we often arrange guest pickups at the bus terminal because you will need a 4x4 to dive up here.
Looking for an off-road adventure? The roads here are rocky (and rock!). We cater to those with a love for the road. Like the saying goes, if it happens on two wheels, it's cools with us. Unless you are biking or taking your motorcycle up here, you will need a 4x4. Sorry, that economy compact car might not make it up here without making you liable on that damage-insurance policy. Heck, it might be worth it though ;)
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$20 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$420 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1200 /month|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)|
If you visit Costa Rica and don’t stay here, you’re really missing out. Barrett & Mari are two of the nicest people I’ve met, and it was a privilege to stay with them. They’ll give you as much privacy as you want and are really good at letting you relax / explore the property at your leisure…but if you’re interested in learning about farm life or off-the-grid setups, Barrett is happy to answer questions and let you accompany him on his daily tasks. Mari’s food (two meals a day) is fantastic and I’ll echo the sentiments of another reviewer…it was definitely the best dining I experienced in Costa Rica. Knowing that the bulk of the food is from the very property on which you’re staying is an added bonus.
The property is beautiful: remote, pristine and the closest to a full-on escape from the modern world that I’ve found. You’ve got free reign to explore pretty much all of it. There is an abundance of wildlife and you have access to trails and wilderness that are barely explored...in all my adventuring I never saw another person. For lodgings you have the entire front farmhouse to yourself — it’s a large room with a huge comfortable bed, a basic kitchen setup and easy access to a bathroom. There’s even a nice little cat that sleeps at the foot of your bed.
If you’re looking for a spot that’s just a base as you drive/check out the more touristy side of Costa Rica, this place probably isn’t for you. But if you want an experience that is truly unique and are aiming to relax while seeing a part of the country you certainly wouldn’t get to check out otherwise, I can’t imagine a better stay than this. It was the highlight of my Costa Rica visit and I’m already looking forward to when I can go back.
Barrett and Mari were very generous, attentive, and friendly hosts. The food prepared was amazing and their land beautiful. Their home is remote with nothing but nature creating the soundtrack. With that said, be prepared to travel about an hour on a very rocky road to their home. While only 10km from main road, it feels like 100. A proper vehicle is a must! The home is basic and a little empty feeling, but all necessities were provided. We definitely recommend the farm house to those looking for something a little more genuine off the beaten path.
My wife and I had an incredible experience at Barrett and Mari's property. They are two incredibly nice, open, and laid back people (with an adorable daughter) that helped make our stay very memorable. Mari's cooking (all food from the farm) was the best we had on our trip and Barrett's hikes showing us all his property had to offer - from dense jungle to beautiful, isolated waterfalls to the clearest swimming holes we have ever seen - made it a truly memorable experience. We couldn't recommend their place more and we plan to go back.
If you are thinking about getting away from it all and living off the grid, but a little reluctant to make the plunge, take a trip to Costa Rica to Barrett and Mari's house to learn what is it like. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how painless it can be. But it will take some work to get the power you need to survive, whether it is gas, electric or flowing waster. Off the grid does not mean less work; it will be more. Barrett has extensive knowledge to share on this process. Mari shows you how to cook meals and clean up safely and even take a warm bath. The do have a water heater but temporary down. The stream that is next to the house provides the power to see and for Barrett to earn a living.
You can to see wild parrots flying overhead, hear monkeys in the distance and hike trails to see a beautiful water falls and what a rain forest is really like.
Did I mention the food? Mari is a great cook and will keep you well fed well into the evening. The nights are cool and the days pleasant and the views spectacular. Getting there is the hardest part but well worth the bumpy ride.
How could I not mention Brenda, their 18 mo old daughter. What a beauty and a great little climber. She will keep you entertained.
You will not regret your time in Costa Rica with great hosts, good food, good information and a wonderful experience.
Stayin with Barrett and Mariluz was a great experience! They were extremely accommodating. You get to have the rustic house in front of their place all to yourself with amazing (HUGE) meals (lunch and dinner) prepared from fresh ingredients by Mariluz. We cooked up some eggs with fruit and coffee for breakfast that they layed out for us the night before. The trek to get to the place is an adventure in itself, but definitely worth it. Completely serene, beautiful surroundings. We walked along the river up to the waterfall and even though it was the first one we saw on our trip, it is still my favorite. The perfect place to get away from it all and learn a lot about living off the grid. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!