Secluded Luxurious Villa, Los Angeles Cloud Forest
Description from the owner
Villa Hada Escondida is a beautiful private and secluded home decorated with Costa Rican hardwoods, ceramic tile, original native artworks and luxurious amenities throughout. Surrounded by 180 degree pastoral mountain views of the stunning Central Valley and adjacent canyon, Villa Hada sits on a quiet country lane in the lush Los Angeles Cloud Forest. Our guests love when the morning clouds briefly enshroud the house in mist in this unique ecosystem. We enjoy an average daily high of 82F (28C) and a low of 64F (16.5C). The villa is situated on a hilltop facing east/west so you can watch the sunrise from the kitchen table and relax over a sunset that's perfectly framed by the balcony's teak timber posts.
Villa Hada is elegantly decorated with Pottery Barn window treatments including a romantic wall of sheer ivory curtains in the master bedroom. Our guests will love the two huge showers overlooking the canyon complete with Moen rain shower heads and plush white cotton towels after a long day of exploring. The master and guest beds are made with Pottery Barn and Laura Ashley high thread count sheets, down pillows and duvets, and decorative cushions and plush throws for comfort. Our upstairs sitting room is beautifully furnished with comfortable cushions in the rattan seating area. Our colourful cotton hammocks, rocking chairs, and eucalyptus wood table and chairs are perfect for birdwatching over the canyon from either the ceramic tiled terrazza or the mahogany-floored balcony. And art enthusiasts will love Villa Hada's collection of original artwork and paintings by the German-born La Fortuna Coco Loco Gallery owner and artist Ruth Deiseroth-Kweton and the artisan statuary by Guanacaste's indigenous Chortega indians throughout the garden.
Why Choose Villa Hada Escondida? Villa Hada Escondida is a unique single family home located on nearly two acres of lush rain forest and is surrounded by guava and ratoncillo trees covered in epiphytes and bromeliads. Because of the humid cloud forest climate, our hibiscus hedge-enclosed garden has beautiful hydrangea and rose bushes in addition to the tropical plants you'd expect to see in Costa Rica. Our private nature trail leads past golden bamboo to a creek and waterfall where you'll see hummingbirds, blue morpho butterflies, tree ferns and birds of paradise.
Our home is just 15 minutes from the center of San Ramon, two minutes from the road to La Fortuna/Arenal, two hours from Arenal, and about one hour and 10 minutes northwest of San Jose Airport. Villa Hada is a non-smoking home. Our home is located in a guarded and gated community of European and North American expatriates. Many of our guests choose Villa Hada as place to research the San Ramon area for its affordable real estate.
Villa Hada's ceramic-tiled first floor features a gourmet kitchen with a stainless steel refrigerator and gas stove, a wooden trestle table with bench seating, a sitting room area with a convertible futon, and a full-service laundry room. The downstairs bedroom has two beautiful hardwood twin beds with high thread count sheets, and hardwood nightstands and an armoire. Enjoy views of the hibiscus-hedge enclosed back garden and ridge line road to La Fortuna right from the tiled bathroom shower in the downstairs bathroom. A separate sink area has an elegant glass bowl basin for washing up.
Upstairs you'll find an open-beamed ceiling great room with the master bedroom's dramatic wall of ivory cotton voile curtains behind the hardwood-topped hand wrought iron railing on one side and a sitting area on the other. The sheer drapes filter the light and add privacy without blocking the gorgeous views of rolling hills through the balcony's wall of windows. The entire upstairs has beautifully polished hardwood floors, including the outside balcony. The upstairs full bath has a huge shower with a rain shower head, and long wall of windows and a glass bowl sink.
What to do at Villa Hada Escondida: Plan the next day's adventures or enjoy the view through the balcony windows from the upstairs sitting room's wicker settee and chairs. Villa Hada's guest library on the rattan etagere in the balcony hallway offers a collection of Costa Rican guide books, brochures, maps, and wildlife identification books including a log of the 45 species of birds that have been seen in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. Yoga enthusiasts will be in heaven practicing yoga on our balcony. Only minutes away you can take a guided day or night tour through the 6.75 miles of trails in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest, try zip lining through the canopy or go horse back riding past working dairy farms.
Wondering what the house's name means? Villa Hada Escondida means Country House of the Hidden Faerie. Our two small children love faeries and all things magical and truly believe that faeries exist, especially in their house in Costa Rica....Read more
Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the [owner/manager]’s discretion.
Pet deposit | $50 per stay | Villa Hada Escondida is a pet-friendly home and property and we allow our Tenants to lodge in Villa Hada Escondida with pet dogs and service dogs. However, Tenants may house no pet of any kind on the premises, even temporarily, without first obtaining Landlord's written permission. A refundable $50 pet deposit is required of guests bringing pets or service animals.
Additional notes from the owner
Regrettably, Villa Hada is not available for last minute booking. We require seven days' notice for all reservations to ensure the house and grounds are ready for our guests' occupancy. The house is available for rent for periods of up to thirty (30) days and is not available for long term bookings.
Left on 07/20/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Kreston FamilyReviewed Jul 20, 2010Stayed Jun 2010
We found this house online and I have to say we loved the experience. It is a stand-alone villa close to the Cloud Forest in Los angeles Sur, San Ramon. The house is all tile and hardwood with a great view and a full kitchen.
I highly recommend the house for all looking for a romantic getaway of a family vacation.
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