Mountain B&B with Spectacular Views
Santa Barbara de Heredia, Costa Rica - Costa Rica's perfect mountain 'bed and breakfast / vacation rental' is Casa Cielo. It's a newly renovated, light and airy 700sf private master suite with king bed, full bath, kitchenette, outdoor deck, swimming pool, walking trails, gardens, sauna, elliptical exerciser, Internet access, loaner cell phone or GPS, and more. It's a gated mini-resort, 4,000 feet above sea level with fabulous 50-mile view, housekeeper, and gardener. There's just one guest suite; it's part of a beautiful 20-year-old Costa Rican home loaded with amenities you will appreciate. The furniture is custom-made by Costa Rica's best woodworkers, and the walls are decorated with Costa Rican crafts.
Your hosts are bilingual permanent residents Erin and Fabian, their newborn son Max, housekeeper Ligia (Lee'-hee-ya), gardener Don Carlos, and two cats. You'll enjoy WiFi at your large personal office desk and at the pool, free evening use of a USA/Canada phone line, a well-equipped kitchenette, parking space, 32' TV for DVD-viewing and shared access to an elliptical exerciser and an outdoor gas grill.
Located just 25 minutes from Costa Rica's San Jose (SJO) Airport in a distinctly tropical setting, Casa Cielo's valley and mountain views are unmatched. The 2.5-acre (one hectare) property is beautifully landscaped and criss-crossed by walking trails. Temperatures are consistently spring-like year-round: 72-78F daytime and 62-68F at night, usually with low humidity. Casa Cielo offers a 16' x 40' swimming pool, walking trails, herb and vegetable gardens, fruit trees - andCasa Cielo 16x40 Swimming Pool a view that includes two volcanoes, city lights, the national soccer stadium, and occasional fireworks displays. An outdoor sauna is available at extra cost. Next door is one of Central America's largest herb farms. Across the road is a working coffee farm.
Casa Cielo: Spanish for Heaven's Home, or Home in the Sky
It's an easy one-mile downhill walk to the small town of Santa Barbara - where you'll find friendly, helpful people and nearly everything you need: groceries, restaurants, bakeries, pharmacies, office supplies, clothing and shoes, the central park and Catholic Church, medical clinic, and Saturday's farmers' market (the 'feria'). The uphill return trip from the feria to Casa Cielo with a large load of bargain-priced fresh fruit and vegetables makes the $2 taxi fare a good choice.
From Casa Cielo, there's easy access by car, taxi, or chauffeured 'turismo' van to active and dormant volcanoes, national parks, stunning waterfalls, a zoo, butterfly farm, orchid garden, coffee plantations, and and Costa Rica's capital San Jose. Resident Costa Rican travel experts Fabian and Erin can provide sightseeing advice, rent you a car, and book day trips or overnight excursions for you anywhere in Costa Rica.
This is the real Costa Rica, the green ecotourism destination you've heard about, not an isolated beach resort that looks just like something you can find near home. But if you want to enjoy popular beaches, they're just 90 minutes away.
If you speak some Spanish, housekeeper Ligia can tell you the very best sources for whatever you need in Santa Barbara or nearby. Gardener Don Carlos will share his fresh plantains, limes, passion fruit, herbs, lettuce, hot and sweet peppers, corn, onions, and more - whatever's in season.
Casa Cielo is owned by Americans who love Costa Rica. We are committed to sustainable practices and to maintaining a low energy footprint at Casa Cielo. Fallen trees become rustic outdoor furniture and reinforce steps on walking trails that connect to the guest deck. Lighting uses low-energy CFLs. A tankless hot water heater conserves power. A solar powered pool ionizer reduces chlorine use, and a solar blanket heats the pool. Solar panels, coming soon, will nearly eliminate our use of Costa Rica's hydropower.
San Jose's airport (SJO) is just 25 minutes southwest. San Jose itself is 45 minutes southeast. The Pacific Ocean is a day trip southwest; the Caribbean (including popular Puerto Viejo) is a 3-4 hour drive southeast. Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest are 3-4 hours northwest.
Your stay at Casa Cielo will be your best Costa Rica vacation ever. Casa Cielo's guest suite is the perfect vacation rental for honeymooners, business travelers, and empty nesters looking for something unique that's off Costa Rica's beaten path.
Rates & Reservations
Rates: Our rate is $99/night year-round, with no minimum stay and no cleaning fee. One week (seven consecutive nights) is $599. Add 13% tax. Rates include Continental Breakfast, plus free use of a cell phone or GPS (with a damage deposit). Maximum occupancy is two adults. We accept Visa/Mastercard.
Deposits: A 50% deposit, including tax, is required at the time you reserve your stay, with the balance due 10 days before you arrive. Cancellations: If you cancel at least 30 days prior to your check-in date, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel 11 to 29 days in advance, we will refund your deposit minus a cancellation fee equal to the first night's lodging (including tax). If you cancel less than 10 days prior to check-in, you will receive no refund. No-shows pay full price, including tax.
For $5/person/day, housekeeper Ligia can prepare hot American or Costa Rican breakfasts for you on weekdays; she can launder your clothes mid-week for $8/load. Sauna use is $1/hour. If you do not rent a car, an airport taxi is about $10 each way.
Amenities Summary: The complete modern master suite totals 700& square feet plus deck. The master bedroom includes a king bed with orthopedic mattress, blanket for cool nights, full bath with hot-water tub and shower, reading lights, rocking chair, clothes tree, large custom-crafted armoire, 8'x14' outdoor deck with table for two to enjoy your morning coffee, two umbrellas, two walking sticks for the trails, a tripod that's suitable for your lightweight camera, a hair dryer, and an alarm clock/radio. Just outside the master bedroom there's a Casa Cielo Walking Trail at Guest Deckkitchenette with refrigerator, a bar stocked with red and white wine ($15/bottle extra), microwave, toaster oven coffee maker, dishes and flatware, game table, games, sofa, 32' TV and DVD player, powder room, a shelf full of books about travel and wildlife in Costa Rica - plus shared office space and a shared elliptical exerciser. Outside you'll enjoy walking trails, productive herb and vegetable gardens, beautiful flowers and fruit trees, swimming pool, pool bathroom and hot shower, sauna, gas grill, one guest parking space, and more.
Please make your reservation with your Visa or Mastercard, but please do not book a reservation at Casa Cielo if you are allergic to cats - or young children.
In Costa Rica, call Erin or Fabian at 506-2269-8659. This phone is usually answered in Spanish. Do not dial 506 if you are in Costa Rica.
In the USA, call Erin or Fabian at our USA VOIPNo. in Costa Rica: 540-352-3131. This phone is usually answered in English.
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This page was last updated: 08 March 2012