'Kubla Khan' - Chirripó Retreat

House - Entire home/apt · Canaán de Rivas, Perez Zeledon, San Jose, Costa Rica
Your host, Angus
8 Reviews
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The Space

Private, gated, spacious, modern, 2 story house overlooking 120 meters of the Chirripo River with breathtaking views of Mountain Peaks, Virgin Rainforest and the San Isidro Valley.
Covered Garage, Electricity, Hot Water, Large Refridgerator, Microwave, Gas Oven Cooker, electric coffee grinder, espresso and filter coffee machines, electric juicer, 32" Flat Screen TV, Sky, Wifi, Music Speakers, Laundry Service (Washer/Dryer), BBQ area and Wood Stove.
Master bedroom with King Size Bed and walk in closets and balcony with hammock.
Second bedroom with double bed and storage shelves and cabinets.
Beautiful Gardens, Orchards and Vegetable Beds with Fresh Herbs and Salads.
Easy River Access to Waterfalls, Swimming Holes and Private Sunbathing Rocks right infront of property.
10 minutes by car to entrance of Chirripo National Park, Cloudridge Waterfall Reserve, Hotsprings and Botanical Gardens.
5 minutes walk to Cannan Centre (Bar/Restaurant, Grocery Store, Soccer Pitch, Church)
30 minutes by car or bus to San Isidro City Centre (population 45, 000)
1 hour by car to Dominical Beach for Surfing, Sport Fishing, Whale and Dolphin Watching
Countless Mountain Trails, including Climbing the 'Chirripo', Costa Rica's highest mountain peak, with guide and overnight stay at the base camp lodge
Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Paragliding (solo or tandem), Ziplining, Fishing
Healing and Bodywork, Massage, Yoga, Meditation, Tranquility!
Local Produce... Organic Coffee, Chocolate, Cheeses (Swiss, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Goat), Khalua and Hot Chili Sauces
Contempory Fine Art at 'Monte Azul' Eco Hotel Restaurant and Artist Retreat

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1200 /week
Monthly Price: $3600 /month
Security Deposit: $1000
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • My wife and I spent our honeymoon at the 'Kubla Khan' - Chirripó Retreat hosted by Angus. It was an awesome experience! We enjoyed Angus and Tania very much; they were very helpful with all our questions. Angus provided lots of fun things to do: we visited the secret gardens, had lunch at the trout farm, hiked up to the national park, went to the beach, shopped at the farmers market, bought swiss cheese and chocolate up the road from the house, enjoyed the hot springs, and relaxed at the house and down by the river.
    Angus would check in with us to make sure we had found everything we were planning on doing each day. He was helpful with directions for us to get back to the airport. The house and the gardens were magnificent. We used some fresh peppers and lettuce from the garden as we cooked throughout the week. We also enjoyed the rushing sound of the water each night.
    The 'Kubla Khan" - Chirripó was an awesome honeymoon get-away. We would recommend it to anyone who loves being outside and wants to get away and enjoy the mountains of Costa Rica. Pura Vida. Thanks so much Angus and Tania!

    Drew & Brooke

    April 2014
  • We had such a lovely time at Kubla Khan! The location is fantastic if you are looking for a remote getaway or leg of your trip where modern conveniences are not uncomfortably far off but removed enough to feel nestled into a mountain with the main white noise being the constant rush of a deliciously cold river. Angus & Tania's home is something out of a Dwell magazine featuring Costa Rica. Everything is signature, specific, well chosen, beautiful and useful. Open concept slice of heaven, great for relaxing. The grounds strangely made me feel like I was in a Nordic fairytale at times with beautiful rocks and stones buried in green and lush plant life, leading you to the river, to the house, to the garden. Magical. The river is just off their backyard. The view from both the lower and upper balconies are soaring. We hiked the Cloudbridge Reserve with its many waterfalls. Splashed around at the base of, I think, the Julia waterfall toward the front of the hike. The cold water was refreshing this time of year when the Dominical Ocean can be almost too warm to be enjoyable. Also, bathing in the thermal hot springs (not sulfurous) on a hot day was a cooling and refreshing activity. There is a fun and frisky cat to play with as well. And if you have an understanding of Costa Rican bugs you feel very, very lucky to have her around: Your own guardian and host of the premises. Thanks Angus & Tania for making our trip the fantastic adventure it was. We will be back to hike Chirripo next time!

    April 2014
  • A wonderful, relaxing house in a cluster of small villages within walking distance. Perfect for climbing Chiripi (which was our main objective on the trip). It's also perfect for lounging due to the open concept that lets in gentle breezes through the house. Hammocks, a spacious terrace, privacy, and a view of a rushing river and jungle makes it ideal for relaxing the day away and reading. The location may be too remote for some, so do your research ahead of time. It was ideally located for our Costa Rica mountain adventure.

    You may also get a cat when you rent, which is always a plus. Watch her catch bugs and sprint like a tiger through the wild garden.

    Furthermore, the owners (Angus and Tanya) are easy going and friendly, and will offer helpful advice on the area.

    We're already planning a return trip.

    February 2014
  • Our trip to Costa Rica was VERY last minute (as in, we decided to go and left within 48 hours!) Luckily, we came upon Angus's listing for Kubla Khan - which was truly the highlight of the trip. It's a beautifully-designed place in a natural setting that is beyond compare. Jawdroppingly beautiful.

    Angus was extremely helpful and responsive, and the local caretaker (as well as the locals) could not have been nicer or more helpful. Afterwards we went on to a touristier spot in Manuel Antonio, and both of us agreed that our time in Canaan was the special gem of the trip. Thank you Angus and Tania! We won't soon forget our stay.

    February 2014
  • This place is truly magical, and words and pictures simply can't do justice the beauty and serenity of the home and surrounding mountains. Though you must traverse a dirt road to get there, the payoff is undeniable. Nightly fireflies, fog rolling in then out to reveal stars like you've never seen and the soft roar of the river below to put you to sleep...it's heaven. Also, we were instantly, madly in love with Smooki, the resident cat. Thank you Angus and Tania, for an unforgettable experience!

    January 2014
  • Kubla Khan. Where to begin, our jaws dropped as we stepped onto the grounds. Our energy lifted and the dream began. Everywhere you look, lush vegetation, fruit trees, a garden, and of course the magnificent roaring river. Stepping into the house, we were awed by the open concept and breathtaking views. A gorgeous bathroom, excellent kitchen and a heavenly bedroom. Truly DIVINE!
    The best part of our trip was Miss Smooki, the kitty. What a character!!! Everyday we enjoyed sunbathing, cat naps, cooking and playing all around the property. She created a really fun environment for us, and we miss her already.

    Angus and Tania, we are so thankful to have had the opportunity to stay in your magical palace. Pura Vida. Namastè. Arigato! X

    September 2013
  • This was absolutely one of the most amazing places we've ever stayed - in any country! The house and the property are absolutely stunning (the pictures do it no justice) and the town is very charming. Angus was very helpful and informative on where to go and what to do - my only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. We will definitely be staying at Kubla Khan again as soon as possible!

    July 2013
    Response from Angus:

    Thanks guys...you are welcome anytime. Only the next time we need to hang out!
    Take care and stay in touch. All the best. Angus and Tania

    July 2013
  • The house is Canaan was great; it may have been the best part of our trip to Costa Rica! Forget the beach, if you want some real relaxation, venture off the beaten path and spend some time in a hammock by a roaring river, which is just steps from the house. We had total seclusion if we wanted it, and Angus and Tania were great guides and company when we wanted to see the sights. If you want to stay in an awesome house, with the best "sound machine" imaginable, avoid tourists, and get away from it all, I highly recommend this place!

    December 2012
    Response from Angus:

    Thanks Thor....It was great to meet you guys...we hope to see you again soon. All the best and have a great new year.

    December 2012
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I'm head chef in a yoga and surf retreat on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. I love to spend time at the beach surfing, but find that a balance between the beach lifestyle and climate and that of the mountains and river is what makes me love this country so much. I like to spend time inbetween yoga groups at my home relaxing, working on the property and growing fruits and vegetables. The river has a tremendous energy and cleansing properties...and has even offered up the occasional trout or two! I highly recommend diving into the ice cold swimming hole below the property and then lying out on the gigantic black hot rocks to warm through. I designed and built my house myself and take great pride in keeping it well maintained. I enjoy a few home comforts, when I am not working down in the jungle without electricity, so I may spend the odd afternoon watching some Premiership Football on the television from the hammock. Freshly squeezed orange juice is a must in the morning from the abundant trees all over the property. Then bake some bread and head down to the river to see if I can catch some lunch. Pick some organic salads and herbs from the garden on the way up to the house. Put the kettle on...a nice cup of tea...and I'm set! Its the simple things in life that count...I know what I like...and I like what I know!
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