The upstairs Studio Apartment is independent of the main house, with forest & garden views from the one bedroom. A comfy and warm feel is the atmosphere that will make you feel at home. The room has one full size bed and one single bed. A fridge, microwave, small toaster oven, coffee maker and all needed kitchen utensils. It has complete bath / shower with hot water.
The gardens are nice all over this area, including our home. Drive way entrance & private parking with a gate to the main road, the location is a plus, quite and peaceful, very easy to get to all the attractions in Monteverde, the town of Santa Elena is only 1 (one ) mile away, easy walk. On the road to The Biological Reserve of Santa Elena, very beautiful area.
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(email hidden) for Wildlife hiking in the cloud forest is unique. This area is home to three very important reserves in Costa Rica, the biological Reserve of Santa Elena, the reserve of Monteverde and the Eternal Children's Rain Forest, they all make up to over 30,000 hectares of protected primary forest in the Tilaran mountain range.
We really enjoyed the large studio and beautiful view. The place is located just outside the city center and is about 1/3rd of the way up to Santa Elena's Cloud Forest reserve (which is pretty close by car).
Oscar (email hidden). His apartment (like most Costa Rican places) was initially difficult for us to locate but Oscar met us in the town center and after 2 minutes of driving quickly led us back to his place. Once we knew where it was we had a very easy time navigating through the area. He has also lived in the US and speaks English very well which makes communication very easy if you struggle with Spanish.
Oscar (email hidden) and even met us in town when we arrived. He also set (email hidden) back riding experience. The land is beautiful and peaceful. Thanks Oscar!
Oscars studio was our so, so comfortable introduction to our Costa Rican adventures. The studio apartment is large and airy, with views of a lovely mountain paradise. Oscar and his family welcomed us upon our arrival, and were very friendly whenever we encountered them, but also gave us our privacy.
The property is located a short distance up the road from Santa Elena on the route to Selvatura Park (zip lines etc) and the Santa Elena cloud forest preserve, within a small bowl-shaped valley. Horses graze on the hill nearby, and we saw numerous birds including two resplendent quetzals within minutes of our arrival.
The drive to Santa Elena takes less than 10 minutes, so you can pop into town for groceries or for a restaurant meal. Proximity to Selvatura park and Santa Elena preserve make it easy to arrive before tourist buses arrive. The road is passable with 2WD in the dry season (probably also rainy season, but we did not experience that).
The studio is spacious and well equipped, with large fridge, microwave, and coffee maker (with complimentary coffee), two beds (king - just right, and single - harder), two easy chairs, a rocking chair, and large TV (we didn't use it). Wifi is reliable and fast.
Large windows on two sides let in plenty of light and fresh air. On one side, you look out onto green hillside pasture land, and on the other into forest treetops. If you are coming from the coast, you may encounter lower temperatures here (we had 37C highs at the coast in March, but only about 25C here, with cool breezy nights).
For most of the day and night the surrounding valley is very quiet, but at dawn and dusk during our 3-night stay there was a small flurry of motorbikes and other vehicles, perhaps to/from Selvatura and other parks up the road. The night will serenade you with the bird song and insect celebrations.
Oscar, thank you for sharing your piece of paradise with us.
Oscar and Larry are great! Larry was very responsive over airbnb, providing information and answering questions. Oscar (email hidden), booking activities for us and giving us advice while we were in beautiful Monteverde.
The studio apartment is quite spacious, with two beds (one huge and the other a single). The view of the hill from the front door was lovely to wake up to. The apartment was also very clean and easy-to-use. There is a small kitchenette near the bathroom.
It was a little tricky driving there after dark, so try to get a good map ((website hidden)maps is not super accurate with time estimates and the smaller roads) as well as detailed directions before your trip!
Well-located for going up to activities at Selvatura; better if you have a car/4x4 (we did) for going into Santa Elena, it would be quite a walk otherwise, and pretty steep! Would be good for a small family as it's very spacious indeed, with one very big bed and one single bed. Kitchenette area is adequate for basic self-catering (breakfast is not included, but there's a coffee maker with complementary coffee/filters/sugar etc) - there's a new big fridge/freezer that isn't pictured, but there isn't a cooker, only microwave. It gets unexpectedly cold and windy at night - there are extra blankets provided but make sure you have earplugs as the wind is very noisy (maybe less so in the ground floor unit?). Also a good idea to keep a torch or candles handy as power cuts seem pretty common, I think in the entire Santa Elena area.
The studio is a good option if you prefer not to be in Santa Elena itself, and especially I think if you have a child (not our case, but thinking of others!)
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I enjoyed staying with Oscar so much, that I booked a second night!
Oscar is the best! He picked me up late from the bus station in town and drove me straight to his home.
Each morning, I sat down with Oscar over coffee and he made the two of us breakfast. He shared stories about his family and his travels. I truly enjoyed this time with him.
I was traveling alone, so Oscar became my personal concierge. He scheduled all of my activities in Monteverde (horseback riding, coffee tour, night forest tour, etc) - and even coordinated my travel to La Fortuna the next day.
The one warning is that this place is in the woods, so if you're afraid of bugs or spiders, then this place may not be for you. However, if you are in Monteverde, then that's what you should expect anywhere.
I highly recommend staying here and getting to know Oscar!
This high grounds studio in Monteverde is perfect for a trip when you have a 4x4 car. far from downtown but close to the reserves.
Don Oscar is very nice and the place is very (website hidden) sleep in months!
Staying at Oscar's place was a great choice. Larry, Oscar's son, was knowledgable, helpful, and flexible. What more could you want in a host. We loved Santa Ellena, Monteverde and our stay with the Sanchez's.
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