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Jungle ranchito w/ astounding view!
Jungle ranchito w/ astounding view!
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1.5 baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1.5 baths
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
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Our ranchito is just about the greatest place place on earth! Astounding views of the ocean, a tranquil and cultural Costa Rican village life, tropical surroundings, and a comfortable, well-equipped house with internet and TV. In short: paradise.

The space

Our house is quirky and quaint. Though it's rustic, it has all the amenities to be comfortable. Waterfalls are nearby. Depending on the time of year, the fruit trees on our land will be hanging heavy (coconuts, mangos, papyas, bananas etc.) and you are more than welcome to eat your share. Fresh local fish is always available down the hill and the views from our house (especially at sunset) are truly breathtaking. Our fully stocked kitchen opens up to the view as does the bedroom. Hammocks are hung. Water is fresh from a spring and drinkable. And the shower is hot.
There are many hotels and guest houses in Samara and they can be nice, but this is distinct. It's a house and it's yours. We invite you to make it your own. To date, there have been two marriage proposals on our patio and it's no surprise. There is such a great feeling about the place.
Without a car, Santo Domingo can be difficult to get to (with a car, it's only a few minutes to Samara and Carillo), but while it's not right on the beach, there is NO view in Samara that can compare. Cracking a cold beer while watching the sunset from on top of the hill exemplifies Costa Rica's national motto: Pura Vida.
It is also much safer than Samara and other larger towns. Santo Domingo is one of the last remnants of the old Costa Rica and our friends who will greet you (Paco and Iris) will make you feel like you belong to the family. Howler monkeys, iguanas, toucans and all kinds of birds make their homes in and around our property. That is much rarer than in larger towns.
We are proud of our house and proud of our community. You are sure to be taken in by the charm, the tranquility, the nature, and of course...the views!

Guest access

High Speed wi-fi. Television (no cable) and DVD player. Large gas BBQ for grilling. There is not an AC unit at the house, but because of the higher elevation, it is much cooler than in Samara and there is often a nice ocean breeze drifting by. We have found that there is almost never a need for an AC unit.

Interaction with guests

We will be communicative via email and our phone in the US. However, our neighbors and best friends Paco, Iris and their family will be available at all times. They will greet guests and show them the property, how everything works, and an orientation. If desired, Iris can cook up a damn good typical Costa Rican breakfast or dinner and their son Michael can organize all kinds of trips from waterfall excursions to horseback riding to surfing.

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Extra people £11 / night after 3 guests
Cleaning Fee £31
Security Deposit £229
Weekly Discount: 15%
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)

Please smoke outside the house. Pets are just fine. And please be conscious of the vibe of our town. It is a small town that exemplifies Pura Vida. Feel free to interact with the locals. They are wonderful!!!


Safety features
First aid kit

1 night minimum stay

9 Reviews

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Krijn User Profile
July 2016
The host canceled this reservation 26 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Jackie User Profile
June 2016
The space is magical!! Truly a unique jungle experience. I enjoyed it and would love to come back.

Kristin User Profile
January 2016
The host's ranchito was just as described, very tranquil and surrounded by lush vegetation and amazing views. We were even lucky enough to catch a glimpse of howler monkeys as they swung by in the nearby trees. We enjoyed typical Costa Rican breakfast made by Iris, and can confirm that it is the best breakfast in Costa Rica! We spent a lot of time down at Playa Samara and the surrounding town, or just relaxing in the hammocks on the porch of the ranchito. One of the highlights of our trip was zip lining through the jungle with Wingnuts Canopy Tours.

Martin User Profile
January 2016
We both had a great stay at Ellen's ranchito in the village of Santa Domingo in the hills above Samara. The property was just as described - quirky, fun and comfortable. We loved the outside bed and bugs didn't seem to be much of a problem. The internet worked really well, although there were a few short lived power outages. I guess that comes with the territory. The neighbors were all great and very friendly. We were made to feel very much at home and loved the awesome views and abundant wild life. The night time stars were some of the best I've ever seen. Don't forget a good pair of binoculars to view both the stars and, of course the animals. We saw monkeys and parrots from the deck on several occasions. True - the drive up the hill from Samara is a little rough but no worse than a lot of the local dirt tracks and you do get used to it pretty fast! I went running in the hills most mornings and it was wonderful, if a little tiring!! We also explored the area fully and can highly recommend the horse riding at Horse Jungle on the far side of Samara. Samara itself is a small and funky little seaside town, that seems to almost be caught in a bit of a time warp. We loved it and hung out there quite a lot. Check out the new micro-brew beer bar - about 20 different beers on draft and all brewed in Costa Rica. I thought I was hallucinating when I first walked past it...... Finally, the beach was great and the sea was positively warm. We'd definitely recommend Ellen's little piece of paradise and hope to go back again before too long.
Ellen User Profile
Response from Ellen:
Wow , thank you Martin. So glad you enjoyed the whole experience of being there. Our neighbors and Host enjoyed your visit as well. And Yes ,you are totally welcome back. My husband and i look forward the New Mico-Bar.The fun part about coming and going there is that we are always pleasantly surprised at whats new in town. When we arrived in Samara 15 years ago. There were just a few restaurants and a few stores , and it funny because people think of Samara and Santa Domingo as a small , Now we almost can call it a large town ... !!! Until next time .Pura Vida , Ellie
January 2016

Herve User Profile
December 2015
Nice and original rustic house, in a nice small village. The wake up view is awesome and the garden peaceful. We loved it.

Angela User Profile
December 2015
Ellen and her host iris were fantastic and the home was beautiful, unique and serene. We had breakfast every morning on the terrace made by Iris and she was polite, warm and engaging. We were very pleased with our stay.

Tyson User Profile
May 2015
We had a great visit! Since Ellen wasn't at the house, she provided a very detailed explanation on how to get to the house and what to expect. The neighbors (Iris and Paco) are the caretakers and are the nicest people I have met and were great hosts. They made us feel very welcome and made sure we had everything we needed. Note, although they do not know English, Iris is very good at combining spanish and gestures to communicate. The house is rustic, and this is how the place was advertised, but it is important to consider. But for us, it was perfect. You are also in a small Tico village, and I encourage everyone who stays here to chat and say hi to the neighbors. It makes the whole experience better.

Santa Rosa, California, United StatesJoined in February 2015
Ellen User Profile

Me and my husband, Kevin, love living life as fully as possible. We moved to Costa Rica some years back because we fell in love with the people, the culture, and the way of life. The views aren't too bad either :) We split our time between our great home in Northern California and our beautiful bungalow in Costa Rica. We are fun loving, easy going, and very hard working. We love food straight out of the ocean and being active is a way of life for us. While in Costa Rica, we spend at least a little while in the ocean every day and while in California we prefer to spend as much time with our family as possible.

Languages: Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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