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We had a great time at Richard's. He's an excellent host; He was great about making sure we had directions, taxi numbers, towels etc... and it was awesome to have a local's opinion about where to eat and what kinds of activities are must sees in Monteverde! Richard is also really responsive via text or email. The only thing I will say to potential visitors: this a remote place - which is why I loved it - but it's a secluded mountain cottage and you should be prepared to find some bugs, spiders, scorpions, etc. *They are NOT poisonous or dangerous* so it didn't bother me, but a friend of mine is terrified of spiders and she had a bit of a tough time.
Richard made us feel completely welcome!!! We really had a great time at Rainbow House !!! The pictures and the description of the house are accurate, and all beds and bathrooms were extremely clean! The location was phenomenal given the view we had and how quiet and peaceful is the area !!! I would definitely recommend this house for a nice, chill, peaceful vacation in Monteverde!!!! It's close to most attractions and tours, and Richard's recommendations helped us get around in the town !!!!
Loved the house, it was clean and comfortable. Richard was friendly and available to us for anything we needed. Also gave us tips for budget friendly things to do in the area. Enjoyed our stay here
What a beautiful, quiet setting and the cottage inserts itself wonderfully to enjoy the view and the birds up close or in the distance. An excellent experience. Instructions to the cottage were followed carefully and got us there no problem.
Richard was very welcoming and helpful so we could make the best of our stay, including a few (free of charge!) sites to visit - the orchid garden is a must!
My son and I had an incredible experience staying at the Mountain Cottage. The accommodations are excellent, and the views spectacular. Richard was a treat as well -- easy going, good stories and great suggestions for things to do in the area. I particularly recommend that you visit the orchid tour just down the road. Look for the sign that say Souvenir Rosewood. It's a private orchid collection/wood working shop, with a small but nice gift shop out front. There is a night tour very close by, and it's definitely worth the $20 fee. All in all, couldn't have asked for a better stay.
Very clean, beautiful view. Feels like home. Richard was very welcoming and helped us booked a canopy tour and even landed us binoculars, which we are grateful of. Close enough to Santa Elena. He was very fast to answer our questions. I recommend this place to anyone.
Great diamond in the rough! A very quick drive to Santa Elena and all the surrounding Monteverde parks and activities. Richard will give you a brilliant hand drawn map with great POIs and worthwhile restaurants (go to Sabor Tico, it's awesome). The cottage is lovely and has a beautiful view of lake Arenal and was very clean. One word of caution, try your hardest to arrive before sunset if you're driving...we didn't and had quite an interesting first night of driving in Costa Rica.
Richard was a great host! Even before we came to his house he gave us a lot of information of things we could do around the area and was helpful to talk to our driver to get directions to his house. Once we got there he showed us around the house and gave us a map of the area. He told us that he would help as much or as little as we wanted. He gave us great tips on activities to do for the day and even helped us schedule ATV and Ziplining tours. His house is great for groups, we were able to cook lunch and dinner there and relax after a great day of exploring. I would definitely recommend anybody to stay there. It is easy to get around the town walking or taking a cheap taxi, but having a car would be even better. If you are looking for a place to stay in Monteverde, this is it!
What an amazing view! The pictures don't do this place justice because it over looks the whole valley with great sun rises and sun sets. It is a perfect location to see Monte Verde and the surrounding areas. We walked to most of the tours and is only a 10-15 min drive to the actual park.
Richard keeps the house VERY clean and is very welcoming, we would definitely stay here again.
Lastly ask Richard for directions, there was some road work going on that he will let you know and maps don't give you the best route.
Our experience at the Mountain Cottage was amazing - from the motmot that greeted us as we drove in, to the beautiful views, the rainbows in the morning, and the stars at night. There are so many different species of birds on the property that we didn't need to rush off to the parks right away. It was nice to be outside of the bustle of Santa Elana - it's not a big town but it is busy with tour buses and the cottage is a short and easy drive to town and the parks. Richard was so helpful with suggestions for things to do in the area. Definitely visit his neighbor's orchid collection - it's free and he has the most impressive collection of not just orchids but also all kinds of edible plants.