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In the hearth of Monteverde


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We are right in the middle of Monteverde, on Curi-Cancha Reserve. Huge windows, soaring beams, and wraparound porch for enjoying the forest with your morning coffee.

This beautiful house was built with love in the early 50's by Hubert and Mildred Mendenhall, two of the original Quaker settlers.Several their children were born here. My family, the Lowthers, purchased the house and property in 1970. The property is now the Curi-Cancha Reserve and we are very proud that we are able to protect this gorgeous cloud forest and support many local families in an environmentally friendly way. The spacious living room with soaring cedro beams and huge windows looks out on the forest and the large deck. Note the original party line telephone on the wall as you enter. That party line phone no longer operates (although there is a nice modern phone and wifi) as there is no party line to be part of, but we love the way it looks. Linens are provided. I've left a guitar that you are welcome to use and also a number of games: Monopoly, Catan, Code Names, Chess, and several decks of cards. The house has WiFi, full kitchen with extras such as dishwasher, toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, rice maker, and crock pot. We recently added solar hot water and electricity. The house also has a washing machine, clothes dryer, and indoor garage. There is a bidet in the bathroom. The house sleeps 7 people with 1.5 bathrooms. Firewood is provided.

You have complete use of the 9 rooms and large yard of the house. Guests staying in the house also enjoy a discount on entrance fee to Curi-Cancha Reserve. If you would like a guide (and I HIGHLY recommend that you take one as you will see and learn far more on your walk) you will need to give Mauricio Ramirez, the administrator of Curi-Cancha Reserve, some advance notice by phone or email so that he can set a guide up for you.

The house is very quiet and private at the end of a long lane. Beatriz Salazar, owner/operator of the Cafe Orchid Coffee Shop. She will be happy to help you with any questions or needs. We also have a groundskeeper who takes care of the house, grounds, and property and he will be happy to help if you need more firewood or anything else.



Comfortable, house with a beautiful view. Wood floors, fireplace with firewood provided for the chilly Monteverde nights, beautiful windows so that you are looking down on the tops of the trees in the river gorge.

About Us

Curi-Cancha is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The Resplendent Quetzal, Three-Wattled Bellbird, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Orange-bellied Trogon, and many others are frequently seen. Indeed, over 200 species of birds have been observed making their home in Curi-Cancha. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, and three species of monkey: mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, and spider monkey.



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Give us a call at (506) 4002 4560 / (506) 8694 0436

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Come to visit us! We are in Monteverde, Puntarenas, 300 m Northeast of the Monteverde Cheese Factory.

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