English Style Country Estate


Heredia, Central Valley







This incredible, secluded estate property is being liquidated, almost given away by its present owner, for personal reasons.

Designed by a California movie set designer/architect, it took three years to build for an English movie producer (Bridge Over the River Kwai, etc) some twenty-five years ago. It later became a monastery, before being acquired by the present owner.

A magnificent botanical paradise, this property adjoins the Braulio Carrillo National Park, which includes the extinct Barva Volcano. The estate overlooks the entire Central Valley (what a light show at night!) and a brilliant view of the Bay of Nicoya and the Pacific Ocean.

The two-story Manor House features exceptional craftsmanship, including Cathedral doors and windows, three custom fireplaces, (large enough to park a park in), massive hand hewn beams, built-in floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a large hand carved bar with brass railings and two beer taps.

A polished rock staircase, hardwood floors and steam sauna. And in the garden areas, stone mason craftsman labored years to create the formal gardens and terracing, with its five fish and duck ponds and which culminate in a spectacular waterfall   and pond, with trout, and surrounded by thousands of giant rainforest trees.

The elusive, mythical Quetzal nests and feeds on the estate.

Two towering double-gated entries lead to the guest parking area and the Manor's private parking.

This refined country estate includes 5,038 square meters of property bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park. The three-bedroom, two-bath Main House includes two Master Suites, each with a fireplace and large private bath, walk-in closets and one wall of built-in custom cabinetry. Both suites offer magnificent views of the capital city of San Jose.

The 800 square foot top floor bedroom includes a large sauna/steam bath. The lower level bedrooms measure 500 square feet and 400 square feet. The smaller bedroom has a private bath and private exterior entry. It is currently used as a workshop and laundry.

There is an enormous attic with 1500 square feet of floor space that could easily be converted to bedrooms and baths.

The 382 square foot kitchen is finished in custom tile and hand carved custom cabinetry. There is also a large, sunny outdoor breakfast patio with a waterfall and fish ponds.

The property includes a Guest or Caretaker's house/garage (1743 sq. ft.) with two bedrooms and one bath, and a two-story 1067 sq.ft. carriage house. The present employees have been with the property for 15 years.

New additions include family room and recently renewed kitchen, sauna, extended rooms and some great internal design, without loosing it's original charm.

What can one say about such a place, hidden here in the tropics of Central America?   It certainly is a birder's paradise, a retirement dream place, or perfect for a boutique luxury hotel, as there is ever-increasing tourism to the Barva Volcano.   And presently there are no hotels in the area yet.

And above all other considerations, it is almost being given away. At substantially less than replacement cost.

Very motivated seller will offer terms and financing:


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