A stay with Brenda and the animals is a life-affirming, perhaps even life-changing experience for anyone. She is an extraordinary woman and horse-woman, who can teach dressage to a high level on her much-loved horses, and also has the patience to help a distracted small boy begin to notice the wonders of the natural world. Beyond her human family, and their dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, goats and guinea pigs Brenda has a toucan who lives in her shower and a goose who follows her over the property. My son and I have stayed with her five times in as many years, flying down from NYC: each time has been different, and each wonderful: we have hiked up the river to the bat cave, swum (with and without the horses) in natural pools and waterfalls, sat by the fire pit under tropical stars, slept in a treehouse, seen parrots, monkeys, sloths and crocodiles in their natural habitats, watched sugar cane being processed, worked daily with the horses in the ring and out of the trails and -- this year, special treat, ridden the horses in the sea! If I need to justify spending the money for another visit to Brenda I have only to look at how much my son grows -- in patience, kindness, and happiness-- each time. I can't recommend this too highly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have two cozy cabinas, each with their own shower and bathroom. We also have two adjoining rooms with kitchenette and private bath. Also two singal rooms with shared bathroom. All located on our beautiful horse farm. Enjoy our new pool and gardens, breakfast is served on the porch overlooking the mountains and riding arena. You may choose to ride our horses on the mountain trails surrounding the farm, or try a session in natural horsemanship, we also give lessons in natural dressage, or jumping. If you are not interested in riding it is also nice to just relax and enjoy the farm or hike to the nearby waterfall. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Establo San Rafael B&B Costa Rica/Santiago De Puriscal