House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
- english, french, spanish
About ALEX SHEPHERD
Retired snow birds in 2004. Built our dream vacation home and we are willing to share that with you. Come and be part of the dream.
ALEX SHEPHERD purchased this House in 2005
Why ALEX SHEPHERD chose Sámara
Samara has the greatest beaches, the best climate and great wild life viewing.
What makes this House unique
Panoramic views of the Pacific and beach. New wildlife every walk and great people to share it with.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Christmas in Samara
This is a lovely property, with a fantastic view! My husband and I stayed her with our 2 teenage kids (16,13) 12/21-12/24/17. It is well equipped for cooking. The rooms are spacious and everything is open air. This is a tropical climate and there are alot of bugs/insects/ants and giant beetles. If this sort of thing bothers you, you should stay at a resort. The property is a ways out of town. We did not have a rental car and when I had queried Alex re: transportation, they said it was a 20 min walk to beach. It is actually quite far to town, so a car is MANDATORY if you want to stay here. There is a National Car rental in Samara. We ended up renting 2 Quads (ATV's) which also worked great but not ideal for groceries, etc. There is a pristine beach if you go south to Carillo (instead of north to Samara). There are towels and beach chairs at the house but, again, you would need a car to transport. One of the cool things about this property is it's location up on the hill. It lends a sort of rural, untamed feel to it. You hear howler monkeys in the morning, there are stray horses wandering around. Large iguanas sun on the roof, clacking there nails on the ceramic tiles. You mustn't leave food out, or you will have unwanted guests. However, nothing beats coffee on the veranda in the sunshine looking at that view! Note to Alex: the AC unit in the middle bedroom leaks and we had to put a bucket under it, as there was a giant pool of water in the am. Also, check out was a little unclear. We were supposed to check out at 11 am and had arranged for our driver to pick us up at that time. However the cleaning crew showed up at 8:30 am and wanted to start cleaning while we were still there, needing to shower and pack. If this is a normal occurrence, it is tacky and rude. However, it was Christmas eve and we assumed they wanted to get their work done to be home with family. Also, it was very confusing trying to get keys to Melissa. She told me she would meet us on the road at 11 am but she didn't show and we had to drive into town to drop keys off. In future, just have a plan when checking in how to get keys to her when you leave. I would definitely recommend staying at this property.
Wow, what a place to spend a week and what a view to wake up to each day! This was our second stay at Casa Pastor and this time we brought our three teens along. The home is comfortable, clean & spacious. We enjoyed the covered porch and cool pool every afternoon and took turns relaxing in the hammock! The mangoes on the mango tree were ripe so we made mango pancakes one morning! Melissa, the property manager, made sure we had everything we needed. We played at the beach each morning (surfing, boogie boarding, beach volleyball) and relaxed at the house in the afternoons before we went back to the beach for more activities like kayaking, snorkeling, etc. For those who enjoy a blend of relaxation & adventure in a beautiful place that is off the beaten path, Casa Pastor in Samara is for you! Alex & Carol, our family thanks you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home! Hope we can return someday! Stacia
I hate to review Casa Pastor since it is a gem that we want to keep to ourselves. From the moment we arrived, we thought we were in paradise. The house is beautiful, the layout was open and airy and allowed us to enjoy the beautiful view. We had two college age kids and on one or two days, they were content to just hang at Casa Pastor. We loved it's location up the hill and the secluded woods behind it. We loved the monkeys, birds and lizards. Additionally, both the gardener and housekeeper were gracious and helpful. Samara is, of course, wonderful as well. This is not for people who want an American resort...it is more genuine than that! Enjoy!
Fantastic vacation in Costa Rica
We enjoyed a perfect 10 vacation with my family of 4 with 2 teenage girls. The house was amazing - VERY comfortable, well equipped, spacious and spotless. Samara has everything needed to keep us all well entertained for the week. We only wish we could have stayed longer. Thanks to Alex and Carol for sharing and to their property manager Melissa for making sure everything was in order!!
Clean, Amazing Views
The house was very clean - even more so after the gardener arrived. I believe we may have been the first guests for the dry season. We did not find the kitchen well stocked. Many of the pots and pans were not in a safe condition to use. That is to say the non-stick coating was badly peeling. The ingestion of such coating has been linked to increased risk for cancer. The knives were in bad condition and very dull. The kitchen lacked basic necessities such as salt and pepper. We called the manager and she told us the house did not provide salt or pepper. So we purchased these and left them behind for the next guests.
The towels and linens could use updating. I almost cried the first night because the mattress was poor, but we got used to it. I don't have many opportunities to travel abroad and I really try to make the most of my limited vacation time. I was hoping the house had been up to higher standard. The views are beautiful, but it is quite basic. I thought I would write this review so future renters will have the right expectations.
We did love the compost bin in the kitchen. Of course the splash pool is lovely. The backyard is private but there are neighbours. This was another disappointment because I did not expect any neighbours and thought we would enjoy total seclusion. Maybe I misread the website, but that was what I was led to believe. Occassionally we heard the neighbours fighting/drama and many times we could hear them operating power tools, doing construction, or burning yard waste. It really wasn't the natural paradise we were looking for.
Finally, a few of the fans were busted or would swing wildly when operated. This meant we could not enjoy the porches at night because we could not blow the mosquitoes away. In general, we found the house to fall short.
For those of you that follow reviews you will note that there are always people who are never happy. This seems to be the case here
Here are the issues answered: First mentioned problem – there was no salt and pepper. While we leave consumables for renters as do most renters as we don’t stock them. I presume other tenants used them all -the Teflon on the pots are separating – why not use our supplied stainless steel ones? The bed was not comfortable – we use the bed ourselves it is fine; no other tenant has ever mentioned it. Things need updating etc.etc. what can we say everything is fine. The neighbours fight. The neighbour to the west was not there. On the east you cannot even see them because of the forest. We never hear them. We value our privacy greatly.
The fans are working perfectly fine we sit out at night ourselves with them on and there are no mosquitos in December as it is the dry season.
The view wasn’t to her liking - it is a view of two of the best beaches in North America and that is not just me saying that it is National Geographic
This is our retirement home so we are always trying to make in better both for tenants and ourselves. We enjoy sharing this opportunity with others.
Fabulous place with a great ocean view!
Stayed here with my family including two young nephews and we all were very pleased with Casa Pastor! Thank you Alex and Carol for sharing your piece of paradise! We especially love the howler moneys when they were close by.
scuba diving, canopy tour, inter-country airstrip 30 min, Within one hour: take a boat tour on the Tempisque River estuary beside Palo Verde National Park and view the bird life, woodstorks, eagles and pink spoonbills abound. Also one hour away: take a 3hr return hike in Barra Honda National Park to explore the caves; guides can explain about the flora and fauna (including monkeys and blue morpho butterflies) as you hike up to the beautiful 'mirador' on the way to the caves.