The bedroom
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
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The space

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.

Guest access

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.

Interaction with guests

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

The neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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

82 Reviews

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Wynand User Profile
May 2017
Two of the sweetest people you will ever meet! Jean and Al's place is just perfect, unique and very secluded.

Jes User Profile
May 2017
Amazing house with a unique history! The open air concept and choir of bullfrogs and ducks made for an authentic jungle stay, despite being a short distance from atenas. Really great property and incredibly friendly hosts!

Jane User Profile
May 2017
Stay at jeans it's wonderful.

Monika User Profile
May 2017
Great stay! Jean and Al were great hosts! Thank you!

Beth User Profile
April 2017
We had a wonderful last night in Costa Rica staying at Jean's. The lodge was very authentic & jungle-esque - a great experience and a beautiful setting to round off our trip. Jean & Al were lovely hosts, gave us loads of interesting info about the house and were really friendly and welcoming. They also sorted out our taxi to the airport which was great. We would definitely recommend staying here!

Greg User Profile
April 2017
Everything was as described on the page(expect for the lake being drained) they are awesome hosts and everything was very easy. It is a very unique and memorable property that's great for someone looking for something different

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!

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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