About This Listing
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.
Weekly & monthly rentals on various rental units.
Monteverdeis a magical place 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.
Extra person $ 10.00
Oscar was a pleasure to communicate with and the apartment was understated luxury in a beautiful place! Wood floors and a comfy bed. Flat screen TV that gets US stations in English (0nly reason I turned it on is was Final Four time!) Finca Balbi is very convenient to all things Santa Elena and Monteverde. (Try nearby Tico Sabor for a reasonably priced and delicious meal!) There was a refrigerator, hot plate and pans/tool supplies sufficient to cook eggs and toast of a morning before heading out to face the natural adventures of the area. I had a rental car, but those on foot should know there are steep hills all throughout this (obviously mountainous) area. Oscar kindly arranged a birding guide two mornings, Freddy, and we saw many amazing birds, including the Three Wattled Bell Bird (the one featured on this listing) and a pair of mating boat-billed Toucans. I'll be back to hunt the reclusive Respendant Quetzal -- and soon. I will definitely stay here again. This place is on the road to Selvatura, an adventure park with bungee jumping, canopy zip lines etc if that's more your speed. Oscar can make a reservation and they will pick up!
Staying with Oscar was a pleasure and delight. He picked me up right after I landed at the Monteverde bus stop and drove me back to his hillside finca which lays on the way to Selvatura park. The studio room is very large, I easily could have stayed with two more people here. There are some horses you can watch right outside the window against the beautiful and lush green hills. The shower mechanism is a bit tricky, but once you get it down the hot water works no problem, the water from the tap was also good for drinking. Location wise this house is just a 15 minute walk to downtown, where lots of activities await. It is a little bit of a hike down the hill, but I enjoyed it and it's a great way to wake up in the morning. He recommended a local place to eat called "Sabor Tico," which I went to everyday as it was so delicious, I also recommend this. Oscar went out of his way to make sure I had contacts for activities, as well as some breakfast in the morning. Oscar's son Larry kept in contact with me well before I arrived (thanks Larry), so I was well prepared before I was even in Monteverde. Oscar introduced me to Watson, who also lives on the property. Watson gave me a countryside hike out to a beautiful ficus tree, which is exactly the type of experience I wanted. Watson is also a great person to meet and ask questions, so if you get the chance you should. At Selvatura check out the hummingbird exhibit. I stayed there for around an hour watching the birds and didn't have enough time for the hanging bridges, which was OK by me. I would definitely come back here.
Traveled with my fiance.
The apartment was huge! King sized bed with extra blankets, big fridge, multiple parking spaces in case other guests had cars as (website hidden) worked well even though it wasn't really needed. Had trouble with the hot water at first but Oscar remedied that quickly.
As wonderful as the apartment was, Oscar was the best part. He was extremely helpful and had great communication. He even called our excursions for us to ensure they had the right location and booked the appropriate tours. He took a lot of the stress and headaches out of it. Highly recommend!
Oscar and his lovely wife welcomed us warmly to their home.
It was a privilege to stay in the studio which was incredible - the pictures don't do it justice.
We didn't have a car and arrived by suttlebus. Our driver couldn't find the place despite Oscars excellent directions but Oscar was on hand via telephone to guide the driver to the house.
The house and studio are nestled into an amazing chunk of countryside just 15 minutes walk away from St Elena town and on the road to the adventure park.
When we arrived, oscar and his wife were there to greet us. When we asked for recommendations, Oscar not only have them to us but booked everything for us straight away and organised that we get picked up and dropped off as part of the deals.
We spend two nights in the studio and wished we could have stayed longer as we felt like part of the family.
A very happy couple living a very content 'Pura vida' life.
Highly highly recommended.
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 was a great host. 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 was a great host and even met us in town when we arrived. He also set up a great horse back riding experience. The land is beautiful and peaceful. Thanks Oscar!
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About the Host, Oscar
Retired in Monteverde. Our home in on site with 10 acres of farm land. It is so beautiful to live here and to enjoy the outdoors, we are very fortunate to have this opportunity in life and to also be able to share with others the beauty of Monteverde! For us it has always been so easy to help our friends that travel to Costa Rica to visit, we have helped on arranging travel in other areas of the country and to work out transportation or help in any way that we can with our local knowledge. We look forward to showing you our hospitality and share the wealth of this rich area in biodiversity.