Kubla Khan - 'a vision in a dream' is a poem by Samuel Coleridge that describes a magical secret garden, surrounded by high walls and towers, a river running through it down to the sea, bright gardens with blossoming trees, ancient forests and hills.
Private, gated, spacious, modern, twe story open planned house overlooking 120 meters of the Chirripo River with breaohtaking views of Mountain Peaks, Virgin Rainforest and the San Isidro Valley.
Covered garage, electricity, hot water, large refridgerator/freezer, microwave, gas oven stove, 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, walk in closet and balcony with hammock.
Second bedroom with double bed and storage shelves, cabinets and drawers.
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
Guests will have access to the entire property, which includes covered parking, bbq area, garden, orchard, vegetable gardens, fish pond and 120 meters of river front. The property is protected by a two meter high concrete wall with large wooden gates that can be locked to ensure privacy and security during your stay.
Interaction with Guests
We live in another house on the property, about 50 meters from the main house, but it is private and has it's own entrance from the street.
The gardener comes for a few hours each day, but will not disturb you or come close to the house.
Our neighbourhood is a mixed Tico/Gringo community that gets on very well together. The locals are extremely friendly and will always say hello.
There is a small grocery store that sells limited fruits and vegetables and dried goods just a 10 minute up the road.
On the way to the store, you will pass the cheese farm, where you can buy fresh swiss style cheese, fresh milk and yoghurt and local organic coffee. You will also pass the Xamaritan chocolate factory, where you can buy coffee, cakes and hand made chocolates, as well as partake in a chocolate workshop.
You can also make a call for a freerange farm eggs and chicken delivery or take a longer stroll or short drive up to the trout farm, where you can fish for your own trout and have them cooked their for you or bring them home for the grill!
There are public busses that run from outside the store between San Gerardo and San Isidro throughout the day.
If you wish to arrange a driver for a ride or for a few hours, then this can be arranged locally for a small fee.
1. Smoking is allowed outside only.
2. No outdoor shoes are to be worn inside the house.
3. People other than those in the Guest party set forth above may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of Guest.
4. The house is privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
5. Keep the property and all furnishings in good order
6. Only use appliances for their intended uses
7. Pets are not permitted on the property.
8. Housekeeping: There is no daily housekeeping service. Linens and bath towels are included in the house and laundry service is available. We suggest you bring beach towels. We do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the premises.
9. Fireplace: The fireplace and the wood stove are permitted to be used, but under supervision of an adult and extinguished prior to retiring to bed.
10. Toilet and Septic: The WC is on a septic system. The septic system is very effective; however, we ask you to NOT FLUSH anything, other than paper down the toilet. Please use the bin provided. No feminine products should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that feminine products have been flushed and clog the septic system, you could be charged damages of up to the full security deposit.
If there is a storm or hurricane, no refunds will be given unless:
•The state or local authorities order mandatory evacuations in a "Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning area" in which case we will refund:
•Any unused portion of rent from a guest currently registered; or that is scheduled to arrive, and wants to shorten the stay, to come in after the Hurricane Warning is lifted; and any advance rents collected or deposited for a reservation that is scheduled to arrive during the "Hurricane Warning" period.
Please note. The Mountain roads in Costa Rica can be curvy and steep and sometimes gravely or muddy. We highly recommend four-wheel drive and do not refund due to road conditions.
12. Trash must be separated as follows:
1. Regular dry trash (grey bin by garage)
2. Recyclable trash (yellow bin by garage)
3. Organic waste (compost at end of garden)
4. Food scraps...meat, dairy etc.(in river or give to Oldemar the gardener to dispose of)
Failure to separate the trash as instructed above will result in forfeiting $50 from your security deposit.
13. You will be issued one full set of keys on arrival, which will give you access to the two main gates, front door, downstairs storeroom and the safe. If you loose these keys or fail to hand them over on check out, you will forfeit the full security deposit.
I surprised my wife on our honeymoon by booking a 5 day stay at Kubla Khan. I cannot emphasize how wonderful this place is. From seeing monkeys across the river to enjoying hot springs to enjoy spectacular views along with wonderful hosts. I highly recommend staying at Kubla Khan.
Angus and Tania are very kind and patient hosts who take seriously their guests enjoyment. Angus put me in touch with a local car rental agency and zip lining tour company and made our stay very relaxing. Tania was very kind enough to take photos of me and my wife on the property.
Kubla Khan was the ideal and idyllic place to start our two-week stay in Costa Rica. The home itself is absolutely gorgeous and comfortably stocked with the necessities. The beautiful view overlooking the river and mountains is nearly indescribable. Our mornings spent drinking coffee on the deck and watching the various birds make their appearance in the trees was a favorite part of our trip. Canaan is a small and charming town. We were here for five days and did not feel pressured to "do" too much, but there was also plenty of activity to be had with the nearby Cloudbridge hikes, "secret gardens", yoga lodge and the river to explore. Angus and Tania were beyond gracious as hosts - genuinely warm, helpful and fun to get to know. They even helped us plan the second leg of our trip in the Osa. I would recommend the Chirripo area to anyone planning to visit Costa Rica and this airbnb spot specifically. Thanks again, A&T!
We had an awesome stay here! Angus and Tania were super sweet and happy to be there to answer all of our questions. The home is stellar, well equipped with all stainless steel cookware, cozy beds and and epic view/access to river. Well worth every penny!
Angus has a truly one of a kind place in a very special part of Costa Rica. Everyday I woke and and was in compel eye awe of the beautiful surrounding me. The house is gorgeous and very open. It has everything you need for a wonderful and relaxing trip. The river is right in front of the house and there are so many paths and hikes to walk and explore. The hot springs and local cheese and chocolate shops are fun to visit and see how they make their speciality foods. This trip to Costa Rica will never be forgotten because of Angus and his hospitality and his amazing place. Angus called and made sure we had everything we needed. Even made sure eggs and a chicken were there for us before we arrived. He is very thoughtful and had put a lot of care into such a lovely home. Smookie the cat will become your best friend and is simply the best. Thank you Angus and Tatiana we hope to be back soon! cheers and thank you again for making it a very easy and truly relaxing vacation. All the best!!!
Kubla Khan was a beautiful house in Canaan. It is perched on the hillside overlooking the river with spectacular views of the mountains. You can hear the rushing river below (it's like a real-live white noise recording at night).
The house was clearly thoughtfully constructed by Angus and his craftsmanship is beautiful. The house comes with all the kitchen amenities you could need, hot water in a really cool shower, and cozy blankets for the cooler evenings. Smooki, the cat, is like most cats. Happy to rub against you and have her head scratched for a second but isn't one who likes a lot of petting. She generally just followed is into each room and watched us from afar or slept at the end of the bed.
The location was very different from the coastal regions of Costa Rica and we loved it. We had cool days up in the mountains, so we went to the thermal hot springs, walked in the Secret Gardens and explored down by the river by the house. It rained really hard the second day, so we didn't have a chance to hike up in the cloudbridge reserve...hopefully next time.
Angus was extremely communicative and helpful leading up to and during our stay. He and his girlfriend were away in Europe but he still called and emailed daily. His house guide was very helpful and full of great recommendations.
We only stayed for 3 nights at the Kubla Kahn house but i can say it is a very special place. The Garden and surroundings are extremely beautiful and impressive . The house is cozy but can feel a bit "dark and heavy " on rainy days . Unfortunately it rained a lot during our stay in July and the river had way to much Water to actually bath in it witch was a bit of an disappointment for us . We had our 2.5 year old with us and the house and Garden were a safety problem for us . I would not suggest to stay there with younger children .
Smooki the Cat is super cute but you have to be a true cat lover if you decide to stay there , she will do all the stuff that cats do from jumping on the dining table or sleeping in your suitcase . You will be in charge of feeding her and taking care of toilet too .
Angus is a very attentive and hands on Host , even though he was in Europe while we were at his house we had daily Contact and he also called us to check in with us and make sure we had everything we need . Due to my daughters allergic reactions to the Cat and us stressing out watching the Toddler around the house , Angus made us a very fair offer to leave a bit earlier despite our contract for witch we were very thankful .
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
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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!