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Douglas' home is absolutely stunning. Sitting atop a tall hill overlooking a gorgeous valley, we could not have asked for a more peaceful, relaxing or beautiful place to spend our short stay in Costa Rica. The weather was exactly as advertised-- warm enough in the day to swim in the pool, but cool enough at night to sleep with the windows wide open and enjoy the fresh breeze.
Leticia, the house manager based in Costa Rica, was very sweet and accommodating, adjusting her schedule to welcome my co-traveler a few hours earlier than I initially told her I would be arriving. If you are not renting a car, I highly recommend Walter, the driver who Leticia recommended. He is very knowledgeable about the town (Atenas), giving us fantastic recommendations for restaurants and day trips.
All in all, I would highly recommend Costa Rica, Atenas and Douglas' home for your stay in Costa Rica.
An immediate home away from home. My family had a reunion at Douglas' place. We all enjoyed the time immensely, and this home provided the family atmosphere to make the reunion comfortable and memorable. Booking it through AirBnB, I can say the photographs do not do it justice: the sparking night sky contrasted by the sweeping morning views are very refreshing. The pool is a delight. My sister went on training runs in the neighborhood and enjoyed the work out. My mother did her morning stretches in the look out space on a walkway up on the top view of the property with a great mountain scape. I booked this place especially for my grandmother, my son's great grandmother, because I believed it would give her a quiet place to relax and feel healthy and at home. It was just that for her. She enjoyed sitting outside and listening to the birds welcome the day. She was comfortable and tranquil. My youngest sister had law work to do simultaneously with her mini-vacation, and I can testify that the Internet is the fastest I've had in Costa Rica. She could relax by the pool, be close to family, and return to work a few hours a day with ease. Oh and yes, did I mention, the home has beautiful views. The house has two bedrooms, with two ensuite cabanas steps away. One with a nice deck. There is a new barbecue and the house is well appointed for entertaining. Oh, reminds me: The hammock is perfect! This house has all the amenities to make a stay very easy: From hot water throughout, well equipped kitchen, to a complete washer and dryer. It's quiet, safe, and Douglas and his team work hard and were on call to have made our stay caring and special. We are thankful!
The pictures don’t tell the full story - the views are absolutely spectacular, the house is beautiful, and the climate is perfect. We really didn’t want to leave at the end of our trip!
Some useful info - the main house is actually a two-bedroom with a large main living area. The other two bedrooms are literally a few steps away in the separate “casitas” (really beautiful brand new in-law units). So the house isn’t too big for just one or two couples, but it’s also kinda great for a bigger family/group where people want a nice communal space to cook, eat or just hang out together, and then to have their own separate spaces too.
Also, Laetitia (Douglas’ local contact who speaks perfect English) was super helpful and welcoming when we first arrived and made everything very easy for us. We didn't have to worry about anything.
And the house is in a great central location, less than half an hour from the airport, and close enough to explore most of the things you’ll want to see in Costa Rica. This really is the perfect base for your trip to this amazing country!
If you are looking for a great house to stay either short or long term we highly recommend you speak to Douglas!!! There are many reasons why we would recommend you take a peak at his house and one of them is the incredible view... another one is the fact that his home is super cozy and very functional for one person, 1 to 4 couples or an entire family! Plus Douglas just installed a brand new beautiful heated pool! We have been friends with Douglas since 2006 and without a doubt he is a person everyone respects, trusts and loves to spend time with! Spending time with Douglas is an adventure in itself as he has traveled to many interesting and beautiful places in the world and has many fun filled stories to share!
My family of four (including two kids aged four and six) rented Douglas's beautiful home for nearly three months when we spent a year sabbatical in Costa Rica. The home is perched on the side of a mountain with incredible views of the lush Central Valley. It has everything that could possibly be needed for either a short vacation or long-stay, including many varieties of books to read on Douglas's well-stocked office shelves.
Douglas was great to deal with and hooked us up with both expats and locals to help with anything we needed.
The home is situated very near to the town of Atenas, which is a great central location from which to visit all corners of Costa Rica and a lovely authentic town filled with wonderful people.
Wether staying for three months or three nights, I would highly recommend this home. We're only sorry there wasn't a pool when we stayed! This will top off an already fantastic house.