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Contemporary Luxury Chalet Located in Quiet Valley

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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
1 night minimum
Chalet
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
2 Full baths
About the Owner
Christopher D
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2018
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Reviews (18)
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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
The chalet was beautiful! The check in process was very easy. The safe was very helpful. We did laundry which was a big plus. Grocery options are somewhat limited in the small town so bring what you want to cook. The cat was great. We went to waterfalls inToro about 1.5 miles away then a 45minutes to an hour hike into the interior but worth it. Definitely go to El Silencia for lunch and a hike or a beautiful dinner. We did both. Somewhat limited activities in the immediate area but a great place to unplug from the world. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Visited January 2020
Written January 22, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
The property is gorgeous, comfortable, and the views are unforgettable. It is a short walk to an incredible waterfall hike. I would suggest using Waze to determine the drive to any points of interest you plan on visiting by car. Something 15 miles away could be over an hour's drive as the roads through the mountains are of course not freeways! We had lovely meals at El Silencio and made use of the village grocers to make meals in the lovely kitchen. Property manager responded to all our questions. Wonderful visit.
Visited December 2019
Written January 1, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
Bajos Del Toro is a beautiful little village, set in an unbelievable part of the Costa Rican country side. There's a million things to see if, you don't mind alittle driving then some hiking. Waterfalls galore. Volcanos seemingly everywhere. Fantastic and patient people actually everywhere. If you're into the eco-tourism aspect of vacationing, this is your dream vacation. A guide is highly recommended. We used Kenneth at "Toro Amarillo 360" Eco-tours. He's local, is very knowledgeable and knows everywhere to go. The two small village restaurants were great and so was eating at the trout farms in the village. NENE's was fantastic and one or two of the family actually speaks English too. The chalet was comfortable and is fairly modern. The views, from the predominantly glass house, are simply fantastic. You can watch the sunrise on the surrounding mountains and watch the birds flying all over. Post card views in every direction. Everything we needed to cook was there. There were also some hiking poles and other outdoor equipment in the mud room, for our use. We loved to sit at night with nothing more than the back deck lighting on, as it lit the house and property perfectly. The chalet even has a daily feline visitor (Calypso) who will make you feel at home, even if you don't have a cat. The decor, inside and out, is casual, comfortable and relaxing. As another guest commented, there are some minor issues though. We too noticed the broken cabinet hinge. All it took was finding the screw, in the cabinet and putting it back in. I took care of that. The stair railing cables are still not repaired, there are a couple of exterior light fixtures that need to be remounted (plants growing out of them) and the general cleanliness of the house could have been better. My only real concern was we found the washer did not work and, when I informed the property manager, three days into our trip, he said he'd send somebody to fix it or stop by himself. When we left, 5-days later, we'd still not seen or heard from the manager and the washer hadn't been fixed. Overall, we have still recommended the chalet to several friends who are currently planning to also rent it. We too plan on returning in the near future. A fantastic house, in a fantastic place, with fantastic people. You make the rest of the trip fit your definition of fantastic.
Visited March 2019
Written April 2, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
Baja del toros is a wonderfully small and out of the way place with many waterfalls and access to many of the things that make Costa Rica wonderful, starting with its people. The home we stayed in was comfortable and relatively modern, particularly as compared to the surroundings. Everything worked and it was adequately stocked. There several minor issues such as cabinets with broken hinges, lack of overall cleanliness, broken wiring in multiple places in the stair railing etc. The only major area of concern was a the smell of sewage from the mud room we encountered upon reaching the home. The owner was very responsive to messages left with the app, but the local contact did not answer phone calls or return messages. The smell was mostly fixed after a 2-3 days and we received a small refund for the inconvenience. It returned intermediatley but was never as bad. The internet access through WiFi was dismal. No vent for cooking but opening windows and doors helped clear the air. Overall, we really did enjoy the place. If not for the smell, I think I would have rated the home much higher. We were all great full for the opportunity to visit Costa Rica again.
Visited March 2019
Written March 25, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
If you want to find a getaway that is unlike any other experience in Costa Rica, then look no further than the chalet in Toro Amarillo. Located in beautiful, untarnished central Costa Rica amongst (mostly) inactive volcanoes (the Paos volcano is still actively throwing off ash which adds such a unique experience), the chalet is steeped in Costa Rica's rich mountain terrain with sunshine, cloud forests, rain forests, waterfalls, hiking and lovely local residents. You won't see any Americans here unless you travel ~1 km up the road to the beautiful El Silencio Lodge for a nice meal, spa day or activities. You'll find your home-away-from home here and an experience like none other. If you're seeking a Costa Rica destination where you don't feel like a tourist and seek to be immersed in true a Costa Rica local experience, I couldn't recommend the chalet more. In this architecturally stellar home, you'll rise to the sunrise shining through the vast windows with the peaceful sound of birds chirping away (pretty sure Sharper Image recorded their bird song for their noise machine from this location )! Then settle in with a beautiful sunset in the evening as the clouds roll in (or if they don't you're treated to a star gazing sky most can only dream of!) This chalet has everything you need to be comfortable in Costa Rica. From a BBQ on a balcony to an outdoor dining table on the back deck. There were days I didn't even leave the house while staying here because I enjoyed it so much. Located ~30 minutes from the town of Zarcero where you can get all your groceries, supplies, etc. if the local shops don't have what you need, and within 2-3 hours of both coasts, and 1 1/2 hours from San Jose and Escazu, you just can't find a better location! Connect with Kenneth Ugalde with Ecotours Toro Amarillo 360, who has a kiosk in town. He's the local expert in the area and will take you to some amazing sites and adventures that will make your family and friends and home drool with envy. P.S. Please say hi to and give lots of love to the gray kitty, Calypso, and the small black/white/brown spotted dog, Cody, for me (you'll know her by her voracious whole boddy wiggle but and happy demeanor). They became my pets during my month stay here. I WILL be back!!! Thank you, Christopher, for being a gracious and attentive owner/host! I appreciate you and Vinicio were fantastic to work with during my stay. Enjoy this slice of heaven!
Visited February 2019
Written March 9, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
We enjoyed our stay in this mountain retreat. It can be a challenging drive up there but my husband got used to the roads weirdly fast and after that it was all fun - literally there was something fun or a new adventure in any direction you took from the house. The house owner did share useful tips about getting there and going about which was very helpful. Glad we stocked up on our way in Zarcero as the nearest supermarket was at about 20km drive by curvy roads with potholes. The house had an amazing design and mountain views all around. We did enjoy our stay, I gave the house 4 out of 5 stars since in the beginning we had a few technical issues but those were taken care of shortly. The mornings were breathtaking so we enjoyed our morning coffee out on the deck. It was our first time in such climate so we were shocked of the temperature changes, cool nights and mornings and hot days. So by noon it was hot and we generally took off to some adventure, waterfalls everywhere around, older kids did water rafting at Pozo Azul which was great, and since we also had a toddler we stayed at the farm on the premises. We loved it. We did not go gaga for the La Paz waterfall garden tho, I feel it's overrated and overpriced and it's just a nice zoo, but if you have lots of time then it could be a nice place for kids. We did also venture to Arenal (2,5 hr drive) and absolutely loved the Tabaccon hot springs! The 5 nights went fast and in the end we were left with the memorable smells and sounds of the surrounding nature and a great experience.
Visited December 2018
Written January 13, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
The house is beautiful with stunning views of the surrounding valley. It is well appointed, particularly in the kitchen. The local village is well served and very pretty but it is quite remote.
Visited August 2017
Written August 27, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
We do not like touristy, busy vacations. We were looking for nature, the simple life and getting away from it all. This place fit the bill! Yes, getting there (that road!) was an experience, but as Ticos say "you get used to it." The house is something else! It is an architectural beauty! Be aware that you have to climb a steel, secured to the wall, ladder to get up to the 3rd floor loft which wasn't a problem for us, but could be for some. The outdoor jacuzzi is not working, but the indoor jacuzzi tub does work. We had no problem with wifi and the television had English channels (although we didn't watch much tv.) What we really enjoyed is walking to the village (3 minutes) and getting to know the people at the restaurants, stores and the local bar where our family (kids too) ate many nights. The bar owner accommodated our various dietary restrictions w/help from a local who spoke English. The local market there has basic items and food. However, I would load up w/groceries in Sarchi before going over that mountain road! It's far and the road is not for the faint at heart. My daughter got a fever and fell ill one night. I panicked a little as we were far from a hospital. I called the property manager Jadir, who was great. He called the village nurse and she came over at 9:00 at night and gave my daughter some type of extensive glandular massage on her arms and stomach w/olive oil plus had her drink some concoction with lemon, soda water and salt. In the morning my daughter was 100% better! Oh, and the price? Nothing. She said it was a "present." My daughter also went to the medical clinic for an infected toe. We got antibiotics and the price? FREE! The people there are so NICE! We really made a lot of friends and connections in that small village. Yes, we did the El Silencio hike and lunch which was breathtaking and delicious, and we went ziplining in La Fortuna, swam in the thermal pools, etc, but it was truly the people there that made our vacation! Now back to the house; we had no problems. It's got everything you could want! We did temporarily adopt a little gray tabby cat who came morning and night, like clockwork to get some food. If you see him, please give him a pet and an snack. He is homeless, like many cats and dogs there. Christopher was great to deal with. You have a beautiful home in a beautiful setting! By the way, BRING A THICK SWEATER! It gets chilly at night and rains sometimes! 5 STARS!
Visited March 2015
Written May 7, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
Thanks to Christopher and Pilly for a wonderful month of country living. Bajos del Toro was quaint, safe, quiet and lovely. Having our coffee on the deck and watching the smoke rise from Poas Volcano was heavenly. Although the chalet is a bit of a drive from touristy attractions, it was ideal for us. We added over 110 new birds to our bird count, enjoyed El Silencio, LaPaz, Arenal, Tabacon Hot Springs, Poas Volcano, Catarata del Toro and the Caribbean lowlands. Beautifully decorated, contemporary home. It was like living in a house straight out of "Architectural Digest". The furnishings were impeccable. Everyone was friendly, helpful and kind with our "Spanglish". Beds were comfortable. Kitchen was well furnished. Take a sweater, it gets a bit chilly.
Visited February 2012
Written April 6, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
5 Star accommodation. Beautiful chalet, modern and with all the ammenities. Nice to have high speed internet access and laundry facilities. Next time I would travel with less since all the conveniences of home (and more) are there. The location is centrally located and we were able to travel to the Carribean and Pacific sides from the chalet. Best of all was the assistance and hospitality of Chris and Pilly. They do everything to help you with attractions and travelling within the country. Speaking of attractions, we were able to enjoy: hiking in National Parks, snorkelling, horseback riding, volcano sightseeing, zip lines through the jungle(my favourite), and just enjoying the incredble scenery of Costa Rica. Hope I am lucky enough to come back soon.
Visited July 2010
Written August 13, 2010. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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Contemporary Luxury Chalet Located in Quiet Valley is able to accommodate up to 8 guests. See all property details.

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