Teakwood construction Come relax and enjoy this beautiful mountain top home with sweeping views  of Costa Rica's Pacific Coast!
Palmita Tropical Gardens - Mountain Top Ocean View


Entire home/apt

2 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds


Entire home/apt

2 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

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About this listing

This solar powered eco-retreat has incredible views of tropic jungle, pacific ocean coastline, and the mountains of Guanacaste extending to the horizon! Our mountain top home is completely tranquil and offers private access to botanical gardens, nature trails, & wildlife! This is a nature's lovers paradise!!! Check out our genuine reviews:
"The experience of a lifetime..."
"Absolutely amazing and gorgeous..."
"Walt and Katrine's place is fantastic..."
"Very relaxing with scenic views..."


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $41
Security Deposit: $103
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Description

The space

Our home is very peaceful, very quiet, totally private, and romantic. The view is spectacular! Wildlife viewing is incredible, and also a daily occurence. Located between Manzanillo and Santa Teresa, on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, we are close to beaches (4km), world class surfing spots (6km), and undisturbed nature. Santa Teresa is 10 km south, and the area to the north (4km) is Costa Rica's newest Wildlife Rufuge - The Caletas-Ario National Wildlife Refuge - home to nesting sea turtles, an expansive estuary ecosystem, and incredible sunset beach walks.

Check out the photos of our place, with new improvements for this season!
We have recently built a new terrace, wood fired oven, and child safe hidden porch… For 2017 we have added new custom hardwood furniture to the bedroom porch, updated the upholstery and bedding, continued expanding the gardens, and increased our solar power array by 30%.
There is an expanded network of private nature trails that lead throughout this functioning flower farm and botanical garden. It is a nature lovers paradise! A great place to come, disconnect, and truly relax! Wildlife viewing is spectacular, and an early morning walk around the farm will be well rewarded.
Our beautiful second home is a naturally flowing, round, open air structure that has an attached enclosed bedroom, with sliding windows and screens and it's own porch. The design features an incredible large sweeping view of rugged mountains and coastline, which has been tastefully framed with natural teak wood logs, a vaulted ceiling, and cool tile floors. Here the sounds of distant breaking waves put you to sleep at night, while hummingbirds and incredible views greet you in the morning!
The round natural building is referred to as "The Rancho". It is built exclusively from beautiful, local teak wood. The Rancho has an open living space with a comfortable seating area, breezy hammock, a well finished kitchen, a small bathroom, and second open air bedroom.
The kitchen has a smoked glass, 3 burner gas stovetop, poured natural curve concrete counter tops, and a two basin stainless steel sink.
Within the rancho is an enclosed bathroom, with a modern flush toilet and small hand sink. There is an outdoor shower located around the corner of the tiled sun patio, tucked into a lush tropical garden.
There are extensive flowers, abundant birds and wildlife, as well as Mangos, Bananas, Passion Fruit, Breadfruit, Avocados, and Ylang Ylang growing in abundance throughout the property. Private nature trails provide an easy opportunity for wildlife viewing and learning about the local flora and fauna.
This place is remote! You will need a 4x4 rental car with good clearance, or a locally available quad (ATV). We can recommend companies to work with.
There are solar panels and a battery bank to power 12V lights, radio, and pressurized water. There are a couple of 110v outlets for laptops, and other small items. Local cell service signal is usually very good here.
WiFi Internet is via cellular sim card - email us for details.

The closest beach "Playa Manzanillo" is 4 km away, and nearly deserted, stretching to the horizon in both directions. The northern reaches of this beach encompass Costa Rica's newest wildlife refuge, The Caletas Ario WIldlife Refuge, home to (among other things) nesting endangered "leatherback" sea turtles. The southern reaches of this beach are a series of tide pools, rocky headlands, and protected coves. Epic sunsets and beach walks are the daily norm here.

The strikingly beautiful beach of Playa Hermosa is 8 km. This area is the closest popular surfing beach, and has recently experienced much fame and publicity as one of the world's top beaches, and as home to a handful of supermodels and movie stars. The waves at Hermosa can be friendly and fun, and it is a great spot to learn to surf.

Santa Teresa is firmly planted on the tourist map of Costa Rica, with its many restaurants, spas, luxury hotels, yoga centers, and international travel scene (15km). This area can offer absolute world class surf, and is known for fast, powerful, hollow beach break.

For adventurous, expert surfers, there are many unknown, un-surfed, un-mapped, un-publicized breaks in the area. Keep it that way. Seriously!

The "dry" season is from Dec - May, and you are nearly guaranteed sunny dry conditions in this time. It occasionally rains, but this is quite rare during the dry season.
June - Nov is the "green" season, and is the time when there is a mix of rain and sun on the pacific coast, although many sunny days and fabulous weather do exist.

From San Jose - 6 hours
From Liberia - 4 hours
From Tambor - 1 hour

Please contact us for more info.

*** We can arrange daily cleaning service if wanted, for $25 per cleaning , with advance notice

*** Laundry service is available for $15/ average sized load, with advance notice


Guests have private access to all of our home and sprawling mountain top property. We encourage everyone to walk around and explore the lush jungle, the fields of flowers, and see the different ocean and mountain views.
There are private nature tails throughout the property.

Most of our interaction with guest is via email. Our home is blissfully peaceful, quiet, private, and romantic.

We only rent our home when we are not staying there, usually we are back in the U.S. or Denmark at the time.There is a caretaker who will be there to give you the keys and show you in. He speaks spanish only.

Our "Neighborhood", known to locals as "La Palmita" is a private secluded mountain top that is hidden in the jungle, a close distance to popular tourist areas and world famous beaches. The surrounding area is agricultural land with a mix of jungle, pasture, and roaming cows. The nearest neighbors are pure farmers, living off of the land, producing milk, and cheese, and raising animals.


You'll need to rent a 4x4 car with good clearance to enjoy this area.
You can also locally rent a "quad" or ATV. We can recommend a company with competitive prices and a reputable service.

We'd like to encourage you to get in touch and ask any questions you'd like. Our place can be an amazing perfect vacation for the right people looking for the right experience. Independent, adventurous travelers, who appreciate nature and simple living will absolutely be in love.
If your looking for a 5 star resort style place, and a front desk to call when you see some ants or a spider, this likely won't be for you.

Guest access

We only rent out our home when we are away (usually in the USA or Denmark), so guests have full private access to the house, botanical gardens, and nature trails.

Interaction with guests

We mostly interact via email, and there is a local caretaker and cleaning staff who will prepare the house for your arrival. We are available to help quickly via email or phone. If a problem were to arise we will remedy the situation by coordinating assistance through our local caretaker.

The neighborhood

Our neighborhood is pasture, cows, jungle, and a remote mountaintop, with an incredible sweeping view, and a couple local farmers living in the valley below. It is one of the last great untouched parts of the pacific coast. There are many nearby beaches, including The Caletas-Ario wildlife preserve, Playa Hermosa, and Playa Santa Teresa

Getting around

You need a 4x4 car or locally available ATV. We can recommend a company with competitive prices and a reputable service.

Other things to note

Check out the AirBnB guidebook section for things to do.
Our check in packet via email also has many suggestions, maps, etc.


House Rules

We ask that our home be treated as it was your own. Please sweep the walkways and patios daily while you are here, for your own pleasure more than anything!
Please be sure to keep the kitchen extra clean to avoid any unwanted wildlife visitors!


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

16 Reviews


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John User Profile
January 2017
The location of the house is just amazing, with a wonderful view overlooking the pastures and the sea. Such amazing sunsets! Despite a small hickup with the electricity (completely out of anyones hands) our stay was very good! Walt and Katerine went above and beyond to accomodate us and help us! They're as good as hosts can be.

Jeff User Profile
December 2016
This piece of property has beautiful views of the valley & ocean. Great sunsets! Private, country living. It takes a little extra effort to get there but it's very rewarding. Walt is great with communication & can answer any questions you have. Good times!

Leonie User Profile
March 2016
we had a good stay at walt and katrines house.For everybody who loves it very simple, very silent and really eco-friendly it will be a perfect stay.

Brad User Profile
March 2016
Very relaxing with scenic views. A great place to get away, kick back and relax. Walt was very good at responding to any requests we had and took the time to follow up during our stay there to make sure everything was going well. I would recommend to anyone looking for a unique experience in Costa Rica.

Bart User Profile
February 2016
Absolutely amazing and gorgeous home near Santa Teresa. It was easy to find and Walt provided very detailed and helpful directions for everything. Was definitely a highlight of our trip and would return in an instant.

Karen User Profile
February 2016
Staying at La Palmita was an experience of a lifetime for my brother and I. After arriving and reading Walt and Katrine's well written instructions we were able to settle in for the next four nights. The first night I was able to see 2 armadillos outside The Rancho and a sky full of unbelievable stars! The next morning we woke up to white face monkeys in the trees right in front of us, not to mention beautiful birds, geckos, lizards and several coatis below the palm trees. No bugs while I slept in the open air bedroom, I loved the outside shower and the sound of the Howler Monkeys in the valley below (and the roosters and the dogs!). The neighbors were very kind and friendly when we meet them on the road and they made us feel right at home.

Geoff User Profile
January 2016
Walt and Katrine's place is fantastic. We stayed a week and had a wonderful time. It is ideal for those who prefer the ruggedness and experience of being outside more than some of the creature comforts afforded by an indoor place. The bedroom, however, is fully enclosed. They were beyond helpful, promptly replying to all emails and giving lots of advice about things to see and do around. A 4WD is not necessary during the dry season but higher clearance is needed for some of the creek crossings. This would be a different story in the rainy season. All in all the place was wonderful and would definitely go back.

Costa Rica · Joined in December 2012
Walt & Katrine User ProfileWalt & Katrine is a superhost.

We are a married couple, with a small baby girl, Nova. We met in Costa Rica and fell in love while spending our winters here at this house. For many years we have been slowly improving the property, adding a new bedroom, and making all of the little touches that make a place like home.

Walt has been an avid surfer, globetrotter, and organic farmer, based in VT, USA for over 15 years. He has a successful farm (Mountain Flower Farm) and has been spending winters in Costa Rica since 2006.
Katrine is from Copenhagen, Denmark, and came to Costa Rica in 2010 to write her master's thesis in psychology while living on the beach.
It is her touch, eye for design, and "modern" living requirements that elevated Walt beyond sleeping in his tent under the Rancho roof for months on end...

Response rate: 100%
(past 90 days)
Response time: within an hour