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The Rancho @ Cielo Vanilla, Atenas

Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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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

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 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: 300
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not 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. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

1 night minimum stay

92 Reviews

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Benjamin User Profile
August 2017
Thank you very much for having us in your luxury cabana: everything was perfect !

Bradley User Profile
August 2017
Jean has one of the most unique BnB's in all of Costa Rica. She was a gracious and welcoming host. My wife and I would highly recommend staying here, but it is not for the faint of heart. If you're looking for a truly Costa Rican stay, look no further!

Diana User Profile
July 2017
Everything was wonderful. The location is very peaceful and near to nature. You can hear the sound of the animals (birds etc) all the time also during the night. You can walk around the property and be in touch with nature. Jean and Al have been great hosts and gave us tips what to do next. We totally recommend this beautiful lodge. P.s. The duck is very funny.

Jean was so accommodating! She was constantly in touch with us and made our stay easy and welcoming. We would stay here again!!!

Hannah User Profile
July 2017
Jean and Al were wonderful hosts. They greeted us when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed, and saw us off in the morning. Jean also graciously arranged transportation for our departure. The Rancho itself was amazing—truly a unique place to spend the night. My only warning is that this home is for visitors who LOVE being around nature. Falling asleep to the sound of rain on the roof and waking up to the cool breeze blowing through this open-air home were wonderful, but the animal noises as we fell asleep were extremely loud, and the bats were not shy about entering the home as they pleased all through the night. The mosquito net Jean and Al provided helped keep the bugs and bats away from us while we slept, but we were still a bit shocked by the presence of the bats flying in and out of the building. This home is for those who are not squeamish about animals and are NOT light sleepers!

Kim User Profile
July 2017
Jean & Al are amazing people and their place is incredible! We had a great time sleeping/hanging out in the tree house, exploring their property, picking our own mangos, and chatting with Jean & Al. 100% recommend to anyone traveling in the area. Thank you both for hosting Logan & I - Can't wait to stay here again!!

Carly User Profile
June 2017
The place is just like the photos, but better. The scenery, view, yard all feel like a dream. Jean was beyond hospitable and helpful with the ins and pits of my stay. I would highly recommend!

Costa RicaJoined 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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