Villa Pochote is located within Senderos de Paz – Paths of Peace, a 7.5 acre oasis, 55 yards above sea level and just 150 yards from the beautiful beach of Playa Manzanillo and a nice walk or quick drive to the breathtaking beach of Playa Hermosa.
I purchased the land in 2001 and began gardening, planting and reforesting in 2004. The property has transformed from vines and brush for cows into walking trails and gardens with over 30 different type of native trees within half an acre (2000 meters) around the villas.
I built my home, Villa Pochote, in 2007 and shortly added Villa Cocobolo in 2008 for guest and associates.
Villa Pochote has two bedrooms and two baths and is surrounded by the Pochote tree, the rare Gavilan, Guayacan and Cocobolo. Both upstairs bedrooms have ocean views. The main bedroom has sliding glass doors that open to a teak wood balcony for monkey, whale, and bird watching as well as ocean and sunset views.
Downstairs there is a full bath along with the kitchen and entertaining areas opening to a spacious patio accessed by sliding glass doors for more ocean viewing and garden access.
Villa Pochote can accommodate up to 5 adults.
The home has vaulted ceilings of Pochote beams with laurel wood paneling and the verandas, patios, stairs, door and window frames are all accented in teak.
The villa comes completely furnished, fully equipped, and is surrounded by lush gardens, gravel walkways, private parking, pressurized hot/cold water, SKY/cable TV, wireless internet, cleaning service, gardener and laundry facilities and/or service needed.
Take time to walk along the trails of our 7 acre property...look for coatis, anteaters, jaguarundis, white face and howler monkeys, various bird species, and iguanas...or find one of our sitting areas and just watch and listen to the ocean.
We are here to help with any questions or needs, so sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay with us...
The neighborhood is very peaceful with private homes and rental homes spread out in what really is the countryside. It is a stark contrast to the high level of activity just south in Santa Teresa. Some neighbors still pass by on horseback, and it is common to see cows beings herded down the main road to a hand dug well on the beach for water and grazing. The property is located up over the ocean - 55 meters - so you can hear the waves crashing on the reef below. There are no buildings between the ocean and the property. There is a road in front of the property that takes you down to Manzanillo Beach (250 meters) which you can walk or drive. You can go south for less than 5 minutes and arrive at Hermosa Beach.
One of the great things about the beaches here are you can head down Manzanillo Beach all the way to the Bongo River (about 7 km) and somedays rarely see a footprint on the beach.
Below the property on the old road, there is a small, picturesque waterfall that is fed by our springs in the rainy season that flows under the beach road and onto the beach. Along the same road, there are a series of beautiful tide pools where you can find plenty of privacy almost any day of the year.
I love to fish and surf, and there is plenty of that here...just ask!
One can arrive to the Nicoya Peninsula by direct bus out of San Jose, by renting a car and taking the ferry over from Puntarenas to Paquera, or by Sansa Air or Nature air flying into Tambor.
A car can be rented out of Tambor at Budget Car Rental.
Also, we can offer to pick you up by taxi in Tambor and brought directly to the property as well as stopping in Cobano for groceries for $50.
ATV's....We have negotiated very good prices with various rental agencies for ATV rentals. This is a great option for getting around and lots of fun. Just ask.
We have private and secure parking for our guests.
Finally, many guests ask if a car or ATV is necessary. It depends on the traveler. Some people love to walk and enjoy there time here walking everywhere and seeing everything at a slower pace. I am always impressed by this. But in general, I recommend some type of vehicle during your stay so you can really get to know everything the peninsula has to offer, but it is not necessary as we have taxis that provide great service to our guests and can take you anywhere you wish to go.
There are really no house rules. The home is non-smoking. We ask you do not bring people to the property or in the home who you are not 100% confident you can trust. Please take time to walk around the property - you may be surprised with what you'll find. Other than that - have fun, and enjoy the property.
We spent a lovely week with our great host, Trey! The trip to get out to Santa Teresa is accurately described as bucolic and I recommend following Trey's directions. A rental car is handy to get back into town where restaurants and surf shop abound. The cabana and swim up bar is great for late night fiestas and morning monkey watching. The newly built yoga platform is extremely zen. The modern luxuries of the house were lovely. Hot water, ceiling fans, full size refrigerator, well stocked kitchen utensils, and even AC and TV that we never used. So nice to leave the windows open and ear the animals! Trey is very welcoming and accomodating. We loved the bucolic setting!
My family enjoyed every moment of the time we spent at this property. nestled in the trees our beautiful villa was cozy and welcoming at the end of each day of adventure. The villa was well appointed with all the necessary modern conveniences and all the extras to make you feel like you never left home. The beaches were amazing!! With just a short walk in either direction we were able to find our own little privet beach. The children were able to roam about freely and explore independently for hours and hours and there is a nice little restaurant the sits on the beach with great food and awesome views. All and all this was definitely one of the best trips we have ever done as a family. the only reason I didn't give it the full five stars was a tech issue, wifi access in the house was not functional but we could access from the pool area so not a terrible situation but not the ideal.
Bel endroit tout près de la magnifique playa Hermosa mais un peu en retrait de la folie de Santa Therasa. Idéal pour relaxer en famille. Villa avec vue sur la mer et piscine. Très bien entretenu. Excellent accueil. Nous avons passé un séjour mémorable avec nos 2 jeunes garçons. Trey est un hôte respectueux, généreux et accueillant.
Senderos de Paz is an absolutely beautiful place to stay. My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at Villa Cocobolo, which is just gorgeous! The upstairs balcony and downstairs patios were perfect for just relaxing and enjoying the jungle and views and for listening to the howler monkeys! The bedroom loft was so nice; it was awesome to wake up to see the beautiful scenery right outside the door! The kitchen was the best one we had throughout our Costa Rican journey; it was well-stocked with pots and pans and utensils, and there were even spices and cooking oil for us to use. It was also great to be able to use the grill outside. Being able to cook definitely helped us to save money (we found the eating out is really not super cheap in Costa Rica), and cooking at home gave us the chance to experiment with local foods, especially the fruits and vegetables. Another great plus was that the house is air-conditioned. We spent a lot of time outside, but it was really nice to come back and be able to sleep really well in a cool house! Senderos de Paz is close enough to the ocean that you can hear it and see it from the house. It is up on a hill, and the dirt road goes down to the beach, which it easily accessible. The first night we were there, we ran down to the beach and made it there within five minutes, if that. Going back up is obviously a bit more difficult, since it is all uphill, but it didn't take that long, and it was great exercise. Also, we got to see all the land crabs and other critters and plants close up! It was also great to be able to go swimming every night in the pool! Trey was a very helpful host and we had everything we needed while we were there. Senderos de Paz is a wonderful place to stay. It is also very well secured; there's a locked gate all around the property, so even our car was locked in at night. The location is fairly secluded, and the town is really nice; we never felt worried at all. This was a beautiful place to stay, and we highly recommend it!!!
I love my beautiful Costa Rica, and loved my little Costarrican adventure at Trey's peaceful Senderos de Paz. Since it's located on a hill it has nice ocean views and I really liked that the place blends perfectly with the nature that surrounds it (you can watch the howler monkeys eating on the trees, or the iguanas resting). Many beautiful beaches are very close (Malpais, Santa Teresa, Hermosa, Manzanillo) so you can choose which to go to each day (keep in mind all roads are graveled so you'll have a nicer easier time having your own adequate vehicule, like we did). Trey is a wonderful person, definitely makes sure you are comfortable and happy at his place, we stayed at the smaller rooms with a 3 year old and we had everything we needed, he even gave us a toddler bed made by himself for our daughter to sleep in. Thank you Trey, my family and me deeply appreciated your kindness.
My family, consisting of five adults and two children, spent our Christmas at Trey's beautiful villas. Having spent 6 weeks traveling around Costa Rica I was a little nervous and didn't know what to expect but Trey far exceded any expectations I may have had. Definintely "American Standards" (which I hate to admit but I enjoyed ever minute of it!). Upon our arrival Trey met us at the driveway and told us that he had surprise upgraded us to a house instead of just the bungalows. The house and bungalows were very pretty, clean, and looked almost brand new. The property itself was gorgeous with all types of native plants including fruit trees (which Trey welcomed us to pick). He has a sweet little pool where the howler monkeys like to visit and the view is really fabulous!! Trey was a fabulous host and ended up really helping us out in the end when my friend realised the had nowhere to stay. He first called ever single person he knew and when they were all booked he painted an entirely new bungalow so she could stay there! The only negative thing I can say is you can't really walk to the beach from there so a car is a must. I hope everyone else enjoys their stay as much as we did. Thanks Trey for a fabulous xmas spot!!
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I'm a surfer/traveler who stumbled upon Mal Pais and Santa Teresa in 1993 and never could quite let go. I made the Manzanillo/Playa Hermosa area my home in 2001 and have never looked back - great waves, incredible natural setting, and interesting people - I've found my paradise.
I've been fortunate to have lived all over the US, travel the roads with rock bands, drive through Central America by Jeep, live in Europe and Japan - all the while surfing - but I have been more fortunate to have had total strangers open their homes, hearts, family and cultures to me and show me things I could have never learned on my own. I'll never be able to thank them for their kindness and teachings, but I can repay them by passing what I can on to others. There's nothing I enjoy more thansharing what I've found here in this small, but unique corner of the world.