$287 / night
Total guests, Nights

Casa Tordesillas, a sustainable way of life – Home 3253791 Villa

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 15 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Casa Tordesillas, a sustainable way of life – Home 3253791

  • Villa
  • 5 bedrooms
  • sleeps 15
  • 2 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 13 mi
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Wellcome to Casa Tordesillas,

Marga and Chema offers you the possibility of sharing their way of life. It is relaxing and full of inspiration, since the area is so peaceful and complete with natural beauty. The coolness of the high mountains and being close to tropical beaches, makes it a unique place. Nearby cascading rivers and jungle trails for the more adventurous that can be covered hiking or on horses of our own breeding, spanish andalusian crossed with costarican paso fino. If you do not know how to ride, we will give you ridding lessons.

You can also participate in sustainable and regenerative activities such as reforestation with native species, organic and biological gardening, Do-In exercises (japonesse yoga) and join Marga and Chema for evening meditations.

We are located up on top of the Coastal Range, above the National Park of Marino Ballena and Uvita beach, on the Pacific south west and 4 hrs drive from the capital San Jose. The road is rural and requires a 4X4 vehicle. The main access road is from the valley side of the ridge, it is paved up to 5 km and the rest is well gravelled.

What is a sustainable way of life?

Marga and Chema have been living a sustainable way of life for over 20 years and they would like to share it with you, even if it is just for a few days.

This way of life is much more economical and nature friendly, where arts and crafts predominate over mass consummerism; where walking, bicycling, horses and public transport is the form of transport, instead of the private car; where the use of energy is minimized and sustainably produced. But perhaps the most important is to grow as much of ones own food, since food is health and health is food.

To summarize, it is about quality of life instead of standard of living; it is about enhancing, empowering and a conscientious way of life. It is about sharing with family, friends and neigbours; to barter, to trade to be frugal and not to waste; which is true economy.

Marga and Chema have built their own house and furniture (Chema has been a cabinet maker and a carpenter). Marga is a seamstres and makes most of their clothes. Energy is sustainably produced and waste is minimized. They breed, raise and traine (the natural way) their own horses, a cross between andalusian and costarican paso fino; they also do all the animal husbandry, to include the maintenance of the fields and do their own farrier work.

The home is a large, two storied, round building. 5 bedrooms with their own bathrooms, a large living room with a fireplace, dinning room overlooking the tropical forest and the Pacific ocean, with a geodesic dome at the second floor for holistic exercises. Solar panels and candles for light.

The farm is located on top of the Coastal Range, on the south west of Costa Rica, sorrounded by tropical forests and the Biological Corredor "El Paso de la Danta" (The Path of the Tapir). It has its own water springs which feed the house. Mountain trails arround the forest to the many waterfalls and down to the beach at Bahia Ballena National Park (a migrating destination twice a year for the humpback whales). A 12 km rural road conects us to the beach and national park (4 wheel drive, walking or horses) taxi services available.

We offer sustainable practice and holistic health semminars throughout the year, you may inquire about them. Also, our ecuestrian tours give you an insight to the regions way of life, which still uses the horse as a form of transport and if your visit coincides with the local villages festivities, one can join in the cabalcades, which are one of the main events.

Also the phylosofical conversations and story telling with Chema arround the fire place.

But perhaps the most distinguishing factor about our place, is Margas Kitchen; with its many different dishes, all naturally made. Some of the most popular dishers are the lasagna, the paella, spanish omelett, stuffed fowl, sushi, and many baked pasteries.

Our place is a mountain retreat for the artist, the mistic and the naturalis; it provides a haven to inspire, to reveal and to view nature with all its grandeur and splendor.

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Bed & bathroom

  • 4 Full beds, 5 Bunk Beds, 11 Twin beds
  • 5 Full baths, 5 Showers


  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Stove
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Telephone
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Arrival time is before 5:30 due to being in a wilderness area with no neighbours nearby. There are a maze of rural roads in which is easy to get lost at night.


About the owner

Jose M.
Calendar last updated:
21 May 2017
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English





10 reviews

Very Good

“What an amazing place!”

Reviewed 9 Mar 2016

This place is one of the most amazing experiences that I have ever had on a vacation. Chema were Marga made my son and I feel like one of their family. Chema and Marge built the house by hand mostly f… More

“Beautiful and tranquil piece of paradise”

Reviewed 9 Apr 2015

Peaceful and beautiful grounds. Same goes for the accommodations. Clean, quiet, and well kept. Delicious and healthy food. The hosts were very accommodating to us and our small baby. They have a good … More

Response from the owner Thank you for your visit, the few days you stayed with us where great.

“Once in a lifetime experience”

Reviewed 13 Jan 2015

Chema and Marga live a unique lifestyle and I was privileged to experience it. Casa Tordesillas sits on acres of land with a view of the ocean on one side and the surrounding mountains on the other.… More

“Wish I could have stayed a month”

Reviewed 20 Apr 2014

The setting here couldn't be better. On a hill, just above a pass, with a view of the Pacific from 1000m up. Well preserved forest behind the house and across the street. Howler Monkeys and an… More

“Simple, peaceful, beautiful, inspiring - just what we needed”

Reviewed 30 Jan 2014

Chema and Marga offer such a unique experience staying at Casa Tordesillas. Chad and I were traveling through Costa Rica and this was the last place we stayed before coming home. What a wonderful plac… More

Response from the owner Thank you Kristy, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in our place, it was great showing you arround and we do hope you and Chad will return. Chema y Marga

“Life is simply beautiful at Casa Tordesillas”

Reviewed 28 Nov 2013

Never have I (voluntarily!) gotten up so early in the morning as when a group of friends and I stayed at this amazing place with Chema and Marga. You couldn't wish for a more serene and yet spect… More

“The place where I always want to go”

Reviewed 24 Nov 2013

In Casa Tordesillas I found peace, adventure, art, health, time that lasts to do a lot of things, close contact with Nature, delicious and nutricius meals, good company and conversation, the magic lig… More

“"pura vida "”

Reviewed 24 Nov 2013

Si Quieres Pasar Unos Dias Maravillosos EN UN Paraiso DE Mucha Belleza Tanto EN Paisajes Como LaS Personas QUE alli TE atenderan ,Podras Difrutar Todo lo QUE TE Ofrece "Casa Tordesillas "TE … More

“Inspiring !”

Reviewed 29 Jul 2013

Chema´s and Margas place is inspiring. I admire how they are congruent with their world vision, and found a sustainable lifestyle, surounded by nature, a great location where you can see the o… More


Reviewed 14 Jul 2013

This place was extraordinary, great views of the mountain ranges and the coasline. Took an incredible hike right by the property in an old growth cloud forest with Chema. Marga and Chema are graciou… More

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Send Jose (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

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Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Jose the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

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Why can't I call Jose (the owner) before booking?

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In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I withdraw my booking request?

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How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Jose (the owner) a message.

If Jose (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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