The Tree Farm Guesthouse was newly built in 2010. It has a large master suite with a king sized bed and two guest bedrooms with queen sized beds. Designed by a Costa Rican architect, this house sits high atop a mountain ridge and is surround by the natural forest, teak plantation and rural area. The Guest House was designed for all rooms to enjoy the wonderful climate that Miramar Costa Rica has to offer. The kitchen, living room, master bedroom and guest bedrooms all walk-out to a magnificent covered back porch that can be used at all times of the day and night. There is no need for a heating or air conditioning system at the house - the air temperatures at the farm rarely get above 90 degrees F and never drop below 60 degrees F. One of the most fun features of the house are the outdoor showers in both master and guest bathrooms. The house sits on a 115-hectare tree plantation with 50 of the hectares are natural forest. Two scenic streams run through the property. Wildlife and bird watching opportunities are fantastic. Nature walks through the farm are plentiful and impressive. Many swimming holes are available in the streams on the property. Imagine having a wonderful nature reserve type of property all to yourself.
I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and now live just down the road in Denver. Growing up around Boulder I developed a great love and respect for nature. Throughout my childhood, my parents encouraged me to take advantage of the opportunities that mountain life provided. We were fortunate to spend our formative years outdoors, and these early experiences led us to truly appreciate nature. The feeling I get from being in a forest rich with lush undergrowth is indescribable, and it gives me a heightened awareness of the life that surrounds us and the connections between all living things. .
Jake Bauers purchased this house in 2010
Why Costa Rica? In 1999 I met his wife, Ericka, a native Costa Rican. From the first time I visited later that year I fell in the love with the country. The incredible lushness of the vegetation, the diverse and incredible wildlife, the great weather year round, and the beautiful mountains rainforest and beaches kept me coming back year after year.
Our guesthouse is perfectly secluded in a beautiful mountain setting. Close enough to the city that you can get the supplies you need, but far enough out that you can truly connect with nature. The beach and national parks are close enough to make an easy day trip to either. The vast property (115 hectares) gives the perfect setting to get out and discover all types of wildlife. From a vast array of birds to monkeys to beautiful butterflies to rarer sightings such as rain forest deer. You can truly experience this beautiful country that isn't possible in other settings.
This home was perfect! The view and the home were both a great get away. The kids loved running around outside. The grownups loved letting them. It was great to get away from all the people. The care takers went out of their way to help us and took us to a waterfall for the kids to swim in. Also this was easy to find for being out of the way!
We had an amazing time and loved every minute of our stay. The caretaker, Martin and his family are wonderful people! The house is simply stunning, open, bright and comfortable in every way. We loved cooking there. The swimming hole/waterfall is a must do. We went with Martin and his extended family for a great day there. The entire area has a rural feel that, as a rural person myself, I found very comfortable. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to unplug and reconnect with themselves and with their surroundings! Great value too!
We stayed at the house during Christmas of 2016 and enjoyed the place a lot. We are a family of 5 with two sons (22 and 16 yrs old) and my mom went with us as well. It is a beautiful place, you need a 4*4 to get there and it takes about 20 minutes to drive from the paved road at the bottom of the mountain to the house. We have loaded maps of Costa Rica onto our GPS and did not have any problems finding the house using GPS coordinates provided by the owner. The drive is very scenic with magnificent views of the mountains all the way. The caretakers of the property live in a separate house about 200 feet away. It is a very nice local family. They do not speak English, only Spanish. Even though we do not speak Spanish, we were able to communicate with them when needed. They have 4 great, super friendly dogs that greet you all the time. The caretaker took us on two long hikes in the mountains to see a waterfall and to a swimming hole. Both hikes were great and a little challenging. The closest beach to the house is playa Samara and it takes about 35-40 min by car to get there depending on how you drive. The house is very secluded and we enjoyed our evenings there relaxing on the porch in a hammock and listening to howler monkeys.
Wow, what a place. We arrived after dark and had no idea what would greet us in the morning. This architectual wonder is surrounded by teak trees as far as the eye can see. The howler monkeys and birds are right out your backdoor at sunrise to greet the new day. This is a true gem and just the place to get take the family "off the grid". No internet, no phones, no TV's, but plenty of adventure.
The caretaker, Martin. guided us on horseback thru the jungle to a private swimming hole on the property. We spent hours walking up and down the river, and sitting/swimming in the pools. The kids had a blast. Super fun and very refreshing..
Plenty of activities to enjoy: Drink Costa Rican coffee, drink Costa Rican beer, eat beans and rice, play cards, read a book, do a crossfit WOD in the yard, handle a machet, swim in a river, jump off a waterfall, ride a horse, make friends with random dogs, make friends with wonderful locals, and take in the unbelievable scenery.
This is the perfect "off the grid" family stop before (or after) your visit to the Costa Rican beaches about 45 minutes away. Jake and Erica are wonderful hosts to work with and will provide you all the necessary details to find this hidden gem. We will be back for sure..
The architecture of the house is unique and really cool. You'll not find another house like this.
*on demand hot water - a rarity in Costa Rica, in our experience
*there's a washing machine
*neat house, lots of natural light
* cool natural sounds - howler monkeys! 4 am rooster!
What you're renting here is a main house with the kitchen, utility room, living area and master suite as well as a detached "guest house" with two bedrooms and a bathroom. For our family of 6 (2 adults, 4 smallish kids) this setup was far from ideal. The guest house door can be locked shut, but then must be opened from either side by key. I did not feel comfortable either locking the kids in OR leaving the door unlocked. So, our family of 6 all slept in the main house.
The house in general needs some TLC. When we first arrived, none of the three sinks in the kitchen drained properly - yuck. The on-site caretaker was able to get someone to partly fix the sinks, which made them usable. Besides that, there were puddles indoors whenever it rained. The floor hadn't been swept and the toilets were dirty.
The view at this house could have been spectacular. The porch in the rear of the house is awesome. But. There is a wall of teak trees (not visible in the promotional pictures) obscuring any real beauty that's out there.
Getting to and away from this property is not for the faint-hearted, at least in rainy season. The road is deeply rutted, steep, twisty and bumpy. It took a good half hour for us to get to the hard road from the house. The views along the road are really nice, though. And we saw all sorts of interesting rural scenes. Getting to the beach at Samara took us an hour, easily.
No matter what your GPS tells you, do not turn left out of the driveway and expect to get anywhere good, at least during rainy season. We were "headed to Nosara", as per the GPS, and nearly blundered into a small river. Yikes! Getting back UP the steep hill we'd gone down was dodgy.
Twice when we returned to the home after having been out, a mob of well-meaning but ill-mannered dogs greeted us at the car. Our small children were terrified, though not harmed.
If you enjoy sleeping past 4a, either bring some serious earplugs or stay elsewhere. There are no curtains on the windows, but it really wasn't light before 5:30a. The rooster, however, started at 4a. Every day.
We really wanted to like this house. But I can't recommend it.
This beautiful home was a real treat for our vacation. The pictures don't do justice to the beauty of the home. We were glad we had a 4 wheel drive to get there, so be sure not to attempt the drive in a car. The scenery is incredible. It is a bit of a drive to and from the house to do anything around the area so be prepared for that.
The guesthouse sits atop a ridge in a secluded mountainous region between Nicoya and the coast. The house sits on a 115-hectare tree plantation with more than 50 hectares of unspoiled natural forest including two streams that run through the property. Nature walks, wildlife viewing and peace and tranquility are abundant.
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