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The Rancho @ Cielo Vanilla, Atenas

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

This one-of-a-kind wooden house is the essence of tropical living. Surrounded by 4 acres of private property, it is a perfect place to decompress when you first arrive in Costa Rica, or just before you go home. 30 minutes to airport.

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


Extra people: No Charge
Security Deposit: $309


This one-of-a-kind wooden house is the essence of tropical living. Surrounded by 4 acres of private property, it is a perfect place to decompress when you first arrive in Costa Rica, or just before you go home. 30 minutes to airport.

The Rancho is the guest house on our property where we live full time in Atenas, Costa Rica. It is a tropical-style building constructed of beautiful tropical hardwoods. It has a central living/dining area, a 2nd floor bedroom w/double bed, a small kitchenette with mini-fridge, a microwave oven, a sink carved from one long piece of wood. The bathroom is unique: 20 ft. long, stone walls and floor, wood structure; the walls are black lava rock from Arenal Volcano, the floors smooth flagstone, there is a stone shower stall, and a bathtub carved out of one tree trunk. Unfortunately the bathtub needs extensive renovation and cannot be used at this time. A toilet, of course; modern plumbing fixtures throughout.
It was built out over a little man-made lake, but changing climate patterns have dictated a much smaller water body, only full during the rainy season. The rest has been turned into garden. The property is a birders paradise. We have 4 acres (16,000 sq.m.) with many fruit trees, are surrounded on three sides by coffee farms. This is the real Costa Rica. And this is the perfect tropical getaway for a weekend, or an interlude in between beaches, tropical forests and other activities.
The property is in the neighborhood of Alto Lopez, in Barrio San Jose Sur de Atenas, just 4 km or 10 minutes from Atenas centro. The neighborhood is very safe - everyone knows everyone else, and our property is totally secure. NOT a gated community!
We are one hour from the central Pacific beach towns of Jaco and Puntarenas, 1.5 hours from Manuel Antonio National Park, 2 hours to Monte Verde Cloud Forest and 30 minutes from San Jose airport.
PLEASE NOTE: The building IS NOT CHILD SAFE. I will not allow any child younger than 12 in the building. There are too many places where a child could literally fall out of the building.

The entire Rancho building, plus the garden next to and in front of it. Also, guests are welcome to stroll around the 16,000sq.m. property, which is like a tropical park full of fruit trees, and gardens including orchids.

If you need us, we are there!! Otherwise, we prefer to leave guests alone.

Its real Costa Ricans (Tico's/Tica's.) Friendly and honest, the Ticos's consistently come out No. 1 on the World Happiness Quotient. To be expected from a county who's slogan is "pura vida" - pure life.
There is a restaurant serving lunch and dinner a five minute walk from our place, and a little convenience store right on our street, 2 minutes away.

There is good, very reliable and very cheap public transit throughout Costa Rica - mostly buses. About 250 m. from our front gate a bus will take you into the town of Atenas, where you can catch a bus to anywhere in the country.
And roads for cars almost everywhere, although in the rainy season some may need 4W drive.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM

Be respectful of the unique building and get to see what living in Costa Rica is like.
Guests are welcomed to walk around our 4 acre property, our private tropical park.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

1 night minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

76 Reviews

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Jeff User Profile
April 2017
The place is magical and for the adventurer in anyone. The open air, beautiful ambience puts you in the middle of the jungle, and is an experience you'll never forget. Jean and Al are wonderful hosts. We highly recommend!

Alyssa User Profile
April 2017
This is the perfect spot to stay if you want to truly experience the "pura vida" of Costa Rica! It is such a unique home and a was a wonderful way to end our first trip to CR. Jean is a great host and we appreciated her detailed driving directions and help with getting to tourist destinations nearby. We would highly recommend staying a night at this location (especially if you love the outdoors/listening to nature sounds/seeing TONS of stars).

Janna User Profile
April 2017
Magical. This place is like something out of a dream. Jean was the most fabulous host. She gave us detailed directions to her place and kept in frequent contact. She was very hospitable and made sure we knew all the tricks of the tree house before leaving us to a magical evening. The nature around the house is beautiful and the sounds from birds is relaxing. I highly recommend Jean's place and I personally hope to return again some day!

Kate User Profile
April 2017
Great stay at the Rancho! Jean and Al were very friendly and accommodating hosts. The nature sounds at night were definitely loud but we wouldn't have had it any other way. We loved the open air layout of it all. Great first night in Costa Rica!

Cameron User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful spot! Really unique. The hosts are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Perfect spot to stay the night before heading to the airport the next morning.

Iva User Profile
March 2017
Our stay here was beautiful. It was our last night in Costa Rica. This wooden cabin is the perfect place to relax. The hosts were so nice and provided bagels and coffee for breakfast. They also were very accommodating and got their neighbors taxi service to bring us to the airport the next morning. The bathroom is incredible and I enjoyed the shower. There is a duck that sleeps on the roof which is tin and you are one with nature so if you don't like that this isn't the place for you. We loved our stay here and the outdoorsy-ness of it! We would definitely stay here again!

Dominique User Profile
March 2017
What a treat it was to stay in this beautiful place for the night. Jean and Al went above and beyond to make sure we had unmistakable directions and even arranged for a ride back to Jaco for us. We scheduled our stay incredibly last minute and they were so wonderful about it. The town was lively and beautiful. Their 4 acre property was incredible. My husband and I are HUGE animal lovers so Bruno the dog and their sweet lone duck were a big part of our stay. The only thing that could have made it better is if Bruno could have spent our entire visit right by our side (sweet sweet older dog who reminds us of our own. He is strictly an outside dog that stays on a runner lead in the yard. He, of course, lives in paradise and prides himself on looking after his beautiful home, but being the crazy American dog parents that we are, we still just wanted to bring him inside and snuggle him ) We highly recommend this place! We had a little speaker with music for the night. The sweet duck sleeps on the roof just above you so don't be alarmed when you hear her! But if you are a light sleeper music might be helpful!

Costa Rica · Joined in November 2012
Jean User ProfileJean is a superhost.

I am an American living in Costa Rica, originally from NYC. My husband of 30+ years and I retired here in 2006. He is an artist - painter. I'm a landscape architect, retired. I'm my only client now and I love it.
5 things I couldn't live without:
my husband & soul-mate, Al
dark chocolate
my cats

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