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“Beautiful view at off the beaten track retreat”
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The Turrialba Volcano is smoking nearby but not too near!! The living room area with TV, computer desk and books
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Watch all the different birds on the balcony at Steve's cabin
The Turrialba Volcano is smoking nearby but not too near!!
The living room area with TV, computer desk and books
Orchids on the farm
Down in the jungle on the farm are colorful flowers and berries
View of the Tuis Valley below from the farm
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Turrialba, Province of Cartago

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AlisonJea...
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful view at off the beaten track retreat”
Reviewed 18 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

This is a great retreat from which to experience the central mountains of Costa Rica. The view from the cabin is beautiful, and Steve was a great host. He loves playing tour guide, and we saw and experienced many beautiful parts of the area that we definitely wouldn't have found by ourselves.

Since it is a bit out of the way, I would recommend trying to get there in daylight. The timing of our trip was lucky enough that Steve was able to meet us at the airport and guide us to his home, because otherwise finding his farm in the dark would have been challening.

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Liked best: The location of Steve's farm is beautiful!
Liked least: The mattress on the bed we slept on was a bit old and sloped towards the middle. Great for cuddling, but not always the most comfortable.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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happyfeet...
Austin, Texas
1 review
“Awesome host, great time exploring the farm!”
Reviewed 25 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013

My husband and I spent 2 nights of our honeymoon here and we have great memories of our stay. Steve, the host, was extremely gracious and did all he could to make sure we had a wonderful time. He took us on a hike around the farm which has lots of different vegetation, tilapia ponds and even waterfalls. He showed off his impressive MacGyver skills with a water pump that he fashioned himself. I enjoyed picking lemons, raspberries and blueberries to my heart's content. He also gave us fresh eggs (just hatched by the farm chickens) and green peppers to make delicious omelettes for breakfast. He lives right next door so anytime we needed anything (like pepper for cooking!), we got it immediately(we bugged him several times and he was always very helpful). He regaled us with interesting stories of his experiences as a gringo living there. He is also an encyclopaedia of information on birds and other information about the place. He's a super nice guy who, when I left my iPhone in the cabin, took the trouble to have it shipped back to me in the US at the cheapest cost (through a friend)!

While we were there, at night we enjoyed watching movies and a good internet connection. During the day, we drove to town to go rafting on the river Pacuare which was another big highlight of our trip. The Irazu volcano park is also great to visit while there although we ran out of time.

The only con to this place is that it is remote but it was completely worth it for us as it blew our expectations. We spent 3 weeks in Costa Rica and of all the places, this is the only one that I felt moved enough to recommend (this is also my first ever recommendation on Trip Advisor).

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Liked best: The host and the cabin
Liked least: Distance
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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MarcBrand...
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Relaxing and Beautful”
Reviewed 7 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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Me and my girlfriend stayed here for three nights and had a lovely time. The location was quiet and serene with beautiful views of the valley and surrounding mountains. Steve was a generous and accommodating host who went out of his way to make sure our stay was exceptional. The cabin we stayed in was roomy, clean and comfortable with a full kitchen we utilized for breakfast. Tuis, La Suiza and Turrialba are great vacation spots with lots to do but if you just want to be lazy, sleep in and left alone, this place works to. Great value for money. I highly recommend this rental.

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Liked best: Beautiful location where we felt privacy without feeling isolated.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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71joe
san diego
1 review
“A Must stop, Mountain and valley View Cabin”
Reviewed 19 April 2012 for a stay in April 2012

This is a must for people wanting to see the real Costa Rica countryside.
The Cabin has all the modern conveniences, with a bedroom, shower, and balcony view of the valley. There are lots of birds; we saw toucans, hummingbirds and a variety of others.
Steve is a wonderful host. He is very knowledgeable about Costa Rica, and was kind to accommodate us with our questions. We highly recommend making this a stay when in Costa Rica, we will be back.
Thanks Steve…. for everything that made our trip most enjoyable.

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Liked best: The countryside, and Steve is the host with the most.
Liked least: The bus drive from San Jose was beautiful, but plan on 2 hours.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Kathy K
West Valley City, Utah
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A nice place to stay”
Reviewed 12 April 2012 for a stay in August 2011

 While in Costa Rica Aug 6- Aug 15th  I stayed at  Steve's Place. A cabin on the mountain above Turriaba  - Two hours from San Jose.  This is a beautiful wood cabin on the hillside above Steve's  home. A large sunny living space with T.V. and kitchenette. One bathroom.  One large bedroom with 2 full beds and a bunkbed. This cabin is nicely decorated with local artwork and pictures. My favorite spot was sitting in the rocker on the porch. Wonderful views of  the mountains and valley below.  Maybe another traveler will walk down the road below the porch.   I love to see the hummingbirds soar and hover about the feeders.  All in all a nice place to stay for a few days.        
                                                                 

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Liked best: The hummingbirds on the veranda
Liked least: I liked everything about my stay here
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
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