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Casa Tordesillas, a sustainable way of life

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5 bedrooms
10 bathrooms
15 guests
2 nights minimum
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Wellcome to Casa Tordesillas, Marga and Chema offers you the possibility of sharing their way of life. It is relaxing and full of inspiration, since the area is so peaceful and complete with natural beauty. The coolness of the high mountains and being close to tropical beaches, makes it a unique place. Nearby cascading rivers and jungle trails for the more adventurous that can be covered hiking or on horses of our own breeding, spanish andalusian crossed with costarican paso fino. If you do not know how to ride, we will give you ridding lessons. You can also participate in sustainable and regenerative activities such as reforestation with native species, organic and biological gardening, Do-In exercises (japonesse yoga) and join Marga and Chema for evening meditations. We are locate...Wellcome to Casa Tordesillas, Marga and Chema offers you the possibility of sharing their way of life. It is relaxing and full of inspiration, since the area is so peaceful and complete with natural beauty. The coolness of the high mountains and being close to tropical beaches, makes it a unique place. Nearby cascading rivers and jungle trails for the more adventurous that can be covered hiking or on horses of our own breeding, spanish andalusian crossed with costarican paso fino. If you do not know how to ride, we will give you ridding lessons. You can also participate in sustainable and regenerative activities such as reforestation with native species, organic and biological gardening, Do-In exercises (japonesse yoga) and join Marga and Chema for evening meditations. We are located up on top of the Coastal Range, above the National Park of Marino Ballena and Uvita beach, on the Pacific south west and 4 hrs drive from the capital San Jose. The road is rural and requires a 4X4 vehicle. The main access road is from the valley side of the ridge, it is paved up to 5 km and the rest is well gravelled. What is a sustainable way of life? Marga and Chema have been living a sustainable way of life for over 20 years and they would like to share it with you, even if it is just for a few days. This way of life is much more economical and nature friendly, where arts and crafts predominate over mass consummerism; where walking, bicycling, horses and public transport is the form of transport, instead of the private car; where the use of energy is minimized and sustainably produced. But perhaps the most important is to grow as much of ones own food, since food is health and health is food. To summarize, it is about quality of life instead of standard of living; it is about enhancing, empowering and a conscientious way of life. It is about sharing with family, friends and neigbours; to barter, to trade to be frugal and not to waste; which is true economy. Marga and Chema have built their own house and furniture (Chema has been a cabinet maker and a carpenter). Marga is a seamstres and makes most of their clothes. Energy is sustainably produced and waste is minimized. They breed, raise and traine (the natural way) their own horses, a cross between andalusian and costarican paso fino; they also do all the animal husbandry, to include the maintenance of the fields and do their own farrier work. The home is a large, two storied, round building. 5 bedrooms with their own bathrooms, a large living room with a fireplace, dinning room overlooking the tropical forest and the Pacific ocean, with a geodesic dome at the second floor for holistic exercises. Solar panels and candles for light. The farm is located on top of the Coastal Range, on the south west of Costa Rica, sorrounded by tropical forests and the Biological Corredor 'El Paso de la Danta' (The Path of the Tapir). It has its own water springs which feed the house. Mountain trails arround the forest to the many waterfalls and down to the beach at Bahia Ballena National Park (a migrating destination twice a year for the humpback whales). A 12 km rural road conects us to the beach and national park (4 wheel drive, walking or horses) taxi services available. We offer sustainable practice and holistic health semminars throughout the year, you may inquire about them. Also, our ecuestrian tours give you an insight to the regions way of life, which still uses the horse as a form of transport and if your visit coincides with the local villages festivities, one can join in the cabalcades, which are one of the main events. Also the phylosofical conversations and story telling with Chema arround the fire place. But perhaps the most distinguishing factor about our place, is Margas Kitchen; with its many different dishes, all naturally made. Some of the most popular dishers are the lasagna, the paella, spanish omelett, stuffed fowl, sushi, and many baked pasteries. Our place is a mountain retreat for the artist, the mistic and the naturalis; it provides a haven to inspire, to reveal and to view nature with all its grandeur and splendor. More
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Jose M
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:73%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:June 2013
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Reviewed 9 March 2016

This place is one of the most amazing experiences that I have ever had on a vacation. Chema were Marga made my son and I feel like one of their family. Chema and Marge built the house by hand mostly from the material on their...More

Date of stay: January 2016
1  Thank Tripman00790405
Reviewed 9 April 2015

Peaceful and beautiful grounds. Same goes for the accommodations. Clean, quiet, and well kept. Delicious and healthy food. The hosts were very accommodating to us and our small baby. They have a good sense about when to check up on us, and when to give...More

Date of stay: March 2015
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xhemasoy, VR Owner at Casa Tordesillas, a sustainable way of life, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2015

Thank you for your visit, the few days you stayed with us where great.

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Reviewed 13 January 2015

Chema and Marga live a unique lifestyle and I was privileged to experience it. Casa Tordesillas sits on acres of land with a view of the ocean on one side and the surrounding mountains on the other. They invite you to help with he horses...More

Date of stay: January 2015
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Greg L
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

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Date of stay: April 2014
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

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Date of stay: January 2014
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Porch
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Private Garden
A Winter Sun Getaway
Books
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Telephone
Cooker
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Fishing Nearby
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Water Views
Blender
Freezer
Housekeeping Optional
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Hiking Trips
Balcony
Mountain Views
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
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Our farm and home is up on top of the ridge of the Coastal Range, on the south west coast of the Pacific in Costa Rica. It is sorrounded by tropical forests and cascading rivers, the nearest village is 3 km away and the beach (National Marine Park of Marino Ballena) is 12 km by rural road (4X4 required). We have several water springs, one of which feed the house. It overlooks the ocean, to the west and the tall Tallamanca range, with the highest mountain in Costa Rica the Chirripo, to the east. A good place to observe nature, wild life and very good birding, since the farm is set at a mountain pass comming from the ocean low lands to the fertil valleys on the other side of the ridge. On the western border, an impresive scarpment of a 1000 mts, overlooks the tree tops of the tropical ...
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