'Kubla Khan' - Chirripó Retreat

Entire home/apt

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2 bedrooms

2 beds
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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.

The space

Private, gated, spacious, modern, two storey 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, gas oven stove, espresso and filter coffee, electric juicer, 32" flat screen TV, Sky, Wifi, music speakers, laundry service (washer/dryer), BBQ area and.
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 in front of property.
10 minutes by car to entrance of Chirripó National Park, Cloudbridge Reserve, Waterfalls, Hot springs and Botanical Gardens.
5 minutes walk to Cannan village center (Bar/Restaurant, Grocery Store, Soccer Pitch, Church)
30 minutes by car or bus to San Isidro City Center (population 45, 000)
1 hour by car to Dominical Beach for Surfing, Sport Fishing, Whale and Dolphin Watching
Countless Mountain Trails, including Climbing the 'Chirripó', Costa Rica's highest mountain peak, with guide and overnight stay at the base camp lodge
Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Paragliding (solo or tandem), Zip lining, Fishing
Healing and Bodywork, Massage, Yoga, Meditation, Tranquility!
Local Produce... Organic Coffee, Chocolate, Cheeses (Swiss, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Goat), Khalua and Hot Chili Sauces
Contemporary Fine Art at 'Monte Azul' Eco Hotel Restaurant and Artist Retreat.

Guest access

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.
We will require occasional access from the main gate to the vegetable garden and for river access. We will not approach or enter the house without prior approval.
The gardener comes for a few hours each day, but will not disturb you or come close to the house before 9.00am.

Other things to note

Although the house is only a 3 hour drive (without stops and traffic) from San José, you should take into consideration an hour to clear immigration, baggage and customs, another hour to collect your rental car, and then traffic, restroom coffee and grocery stops. You should calculate at least 6 hours from landing to arriving at the house. We strongly discourage you to drive in Costa Rica at night and it gets dark at around 6.00pm all year round. Therefore, your flight should arrive before midday, otherwise, we suggest spending the night in San José and driving out the following morning.

If renting a car, we strongly recommend that you reserve a 4x4 vehicle. You will not have any problems getting to the house, but you might find the driveway challenging and limit where you can drive to in the area, such as the hot springs and the Cloudbridge Reserve.

We have pets that live in our own house on the property (3 dogs and 1 cat). Please do not feed any of the animals and remember to send Smooki (the cat) home by latest 9.00pm. :) Thanks


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
TV
Washer

Prices
Extra people $25 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $50
Security Deposit $1000
Weekly Discount: 15%
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

RENTAL RULES

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 is permitted to be used under supervision of an adult and extinguished prior to retiring to bed. The wood stove on the balcony is solely ornamental and should not be used. This may result in the forfeiting of your security deposit.
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.
11. Storms:
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 $500 from the security deposit, as all locks will need to be changed


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Jon User Profile
September 2017
I don't even know where to start... Angus and Tania were the absolute best hosts anyone could ask for. They were incredibly helpful during our entire stay and gave great suggestions for things to do. They went above and beyond in helping us when our travel plans were likely to change and helped us get in touch with the right people. The house is even more beautiful in person than the pictures show. It truly is an oasis set in a serene mountain/jungle location. We were able to find fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs on the property gardens to use for meals every day! We enjoyed many a mornings and evenings on the deck or hammocks looking out on the river and watching the birds with coffee in hand:) The town where the house is located-Chirripo--is incredibly peaceful and made for such a natural way to experience the Costa Rican culture and encounter immensely hospitable and kind people. One day consisted of getting bread, cheese, fish and chocolate all from local families in the town who opened up their homes/stores just for us. All in all we thought thought our stay was heavenly and our hosts Angus and Tania to be extremely helpful with questions and suggestions on where to see sites in the mountain as well as the beach. We hope to make this an annual trip and would highly recommend coming here to anyone we know!

Tama User Profile
September 2017
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful home with a gorgeous surrounding. Angus and Tania have really thought of every personal detail to create a lovely stay at their cozy reprieve. We ARE coming back to stay with them again!! Angus welcomed us giving all the details to ensure that we got the most from our visit. You can't imagine how relaxing it was to sit on the balcony and listen to the rushing water down below. I've stayed lots of places and this is our new favorite!! Thank you for the highlight of our trip!!

Ayla User Profile
August 2017
Angus's home was stunning! The home and the property were magical. We did most of the recommended activities for the area and were never disappointed. Just spending time on the porch was worth the stay. I highly recommend staying here. Marcela was wonderful!

Kevin User Profile
July 2017
This was a spectacular place to stay at! It was gorgeous and many things to do. I would definitely come again and Angus was a great host!!

Kristin User Profile
July 2017
It's a beautiful location up in the hills above San Isidro. Great privacy, hiking, small tiendas, and the sounds of rushing water. Angus had a small vegetable garden that helped season our food just right. Fruit wasn't ready yet but we bought some at the little farmers market on wed, which was delicious. Angus suggested a lot of great areas to check out...organic chocolate spot, hiking to cloud bridge and visiting the aqua terminales (hot pools). Not many mosquitos until we went through our hike through cloudbridge. Tips: bring a lighter for candles, mosquito spray during your hikes, and buy water. We went to the store called Luferz in San Isidro, which had everything you needed to cook. Also best to have a 4x4 during the rains. Everything turned out lovely and we had a phenomenal honeymoon experience. Thank you Angus! We miss the pups and Smooki!

Lauren User Profile
June 2017
Kubla Khan is a truly amazing house nestled along a lively river in beautiful Perez Zeledon. You will never feel closer to nature! No matter what direction you travel from the property exit, you are bound to see beautiful plant life, exotic birds, and dense, lush, rolling mountains. Having spent a week at Kubla Khan, we felt more connected to and immersed in mother nature than ever before. Leaving was painful. :( Even days where we chose to relax and not leave the property, we had a blast exploring the path down to the river's edge, the fruit gardens, or just rocking in chairs on the back-porch observing "jungle TV". Inside the house is equally beautiful. The interior is gorgeous! You can open every door and allow the jungle breeze to draft through. We took advantage of every soft surface, hammock or room to relax (which is what we intended to do on this trip) and it was incredible. Truly a mesmerizing place. Angus was a great host. He made us feel so welcomed and gave great recommendations for spots to visit, restaurants to eat at, towns to explore and provided many helpful tips on what to look out for when traveling throughout C.R. He even offered to call a local pizzeria and order in Spanish for us since we don't speak it fluently! We can't recommend this place enough. Life changing. P.S. There is a small, rather stretch of bumpy, unpaved road leading to the house. Our rental vehicle was an SUV which handled it without any issue, but it's something to keep in mind.

Elizabeth User ProfileElizabeth is a superhost.
June 2017
This, friends, is what makes AirBnB so special. A magical retreat has been opened up to us, the public, that never would be available if such a community did not exist. My husband and 19 month old daughter and I spent a perfect week at Kubla Khan. High upon a hill overlooking the mighty Chirripo river, this home was crafted with love and the finest attention to detail, then furnished with everything that one might need or dream of on a sparkling morning or a rainy afternoon. Many moments were spent in rocking chairs on the porch, quieting our minds to fully absorb and appreciate the wonder surrounding us. From our perch on the porch we saw birds of every color and size, as well as monkeys swinging from the trees across the river. The roar of the river provided the sublime soundtrack to the sensation of being part of one of the most pristine and healthy ecosystems on earth. We returned to our world in Tucson, AZ, feeling thoroughly revitalized by this healing environment. From my very first booking inquiry almost 6 months ago, all the way through our return to Tucson, Angus and Tania were the consummate hosts. Kind, detailed and attentive, they worked to make sure all our needs were met, with excellent cheer and humor. Our hosts were inspiring, vibrant people who embody the best of the Pura Vida lifestyle. I could write a full book gushing with praise of our hosts, but I will leave you with an earnest affirmation: hit the "book now" button and enjoy the ride to Kubla Khan. :)

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Angus User ProfileAngus is a superhost.

My wife, Tania, and I run a tour company called Chirriposa Retreats, that specializes in hosting yoga, wellness, art, photography and adventure retreats for groups, families and freinds within Costa Rica and in Europe. We love to spend time at the beach surfing and in the jungle, but find that a balance between the beach lifestyle and climate and that of the mountains and the cool river, is what makes us love Costa Rica so much. We spend time in between yoga groups at the house relaxing, working on the property and in the garden, growing our own fruits and vegetables. The river has a tremendous energy and healing 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 hot rocks to warm through.
I designed and built our house, along with local builders, and take great pride in keeping it well maintained. We enjoy a few home comforts, and may spend the odd rainy afternoon watching a movie or some premiership football on the television or taking a snooze in 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 us some lunch. Pick some organic salad and herbs from the garden on the way up to the house. Put the kettle on...make a nice cup of tea...and happy days!

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