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About Kay Mitchell
We are a family from Pensacola, Florida who love our Costa Rican paradise. We have shared it with many people over the years, many of whom have come back every year or so and consider it their home as well. We are college professors, attorneys, farmers/ecologists, scientists, sailors, artists and people who love to have a good time.
Kay Mitchell purchased this House in 1993
Why Kay Mitchell chose Puerto Carrillo
Villa Mitchell and Playa Carrillo are both secluded non-touristy places which it make the home and the area a paradise away from the commercialism that has taken over much of Costa Rica. There is plenty to do there without condos and highrises! The most beautiful beaches in the world, clean water, wildlife, peace and serenity--also good places to eat, fish, swim, play.
What makes this House unique
Over the years we have improved the property, planted many trees and plants--mangoes, lemons, flowers etc--and restored the house along the way by adding new custom made Costa Rican furniture and Costa Rican artwork. We also have an excellent library from scientific books on plants and birds to the best novels as well as plenty of 'beach reads!' The view from the pool deck of the Pacific Ocean to unrivaled; sitting as the rail overlooking the ocean has become a daily and nightly place to be to relax and enjoy the view, the stars, the monkeys--you name it!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
The home and view, with pool is amazing! The best of the best I've found in Costa Rica!
Thanks so much for such a lovely review. We love it so much and it is a pleasure to know you enjoyed it too. I hope you will come back some day as now it is partly your home too🦋🌈
A great time
Carrillo is a gem. You won't regret going there. It's 5-8 minutes from busier but not as nice Samara, so you are minutes from all the touristy stuff, but kind of secluded from that. The beach, every day but one, was almost empty, and the water was warm and clear.
Wonderful tropical paradise!
Beautiful home, view, crystal clear ocean, great restaurants. The home is private and secluded while being close to Carrillo and Samara.
Breath taking views and amazing wildlife from this worn-out (in need of maintenance) home
We loved the view, the pool was very therapeutic, the location was perfect, the wildlife and insects were abundant and Isa (the house keeper) was supportive, thorough and on time. Long story short... there are multiple screens that had holes or hanging/broken screens- four days after reporting this (and the multiple reported insect invasion in the home) to Isa and Home owner- some of the screens were fixed, but not all! The owner (very responsive to emails) kept telling us “it’s a jungle”... “it’s CR”...”leave all lights off and doors/windows shut from dusk to dawn daily”...
The issue we had was there is no reason to have tarantula/s, a scorpion, poisonous spiders, centipedes, let alone all of the variation in ants... in the home while you are wanting to walk around indoors or sleep! Most of the exterior doors have huge (up to 2 inches) gaps between them and the floors, holes/broken screens,gaps in exterior walls and broken/missing/non-functioning window shutters. We booked this place for 9 days and ended up staying 4 nights there🤨� After the first two nights of no sleep, waking up with spiders/ants in the bed and a rash of unknown origin we stayed at other BNB (example...Sunset- right next door) & hotels atleast every other night to get sleep/rest. All of the other four places we stayed were absolutely bug free at night. Most of those places had air conditioning but all of them had no holes in screens, snug doors, working shutters and were routinely treated for insects. We would just sleep other places and go back to the house during day light hours.
With that being said we thought the Home could be amazing with routine upkeep and immediate repairs and treatments.
While we were at the house we were able to see howler and white face monkeys, iguanas, multiple birds, coates families and some of the most beautiful sunsets...
We would recommend this place, in the future, if you are open to be with all types of insects or if they put some deep TLC in it. Note- no working safe either.
We plan to go back to Costa Rica routinely... we have some amazing memories and love everything about there.
I’m sorry but that is just not true. Two glowing reviews from the two previous renters should prove that. We had repairs done as soon as someone could come—2 days. We do not believe in using poisons to kill harmless insects. But the house is in the Jungle and open with screens. A few bugs are inevitable and it is Costa Rica. Be assured, no one else in 22 years has even mentioned insects as a problem! These folks were just paranoid about insects. The housekeeper thought they were crazy!’
Also, there is a family there now who has rented the house twice a year for several years and we have NEVER heard anything like this. The previous renters used every one of our good towels--that then had to be washed--to cover every window in the house at night. That is just crazy behavior. Our housekeeper and our accountant, who came over to see if there was a problem, both thought they were crazy. And I think the previous reviews show that it is truly a lovely place, not run down or dirty.
One of the Best Views in Carrillo!
We stayed at the Mitchell house for the first two weeks of February 2018. The house was spacious and very comfortable for five adults. We spent lots of time in and around the pool, enjoying the view and listening to the endless surf, howler monkeys and beautiful birds. At night the stars were spectacular..It was the perfect location form which to take advantage of all the activities, sites and sounds that Carrillo and Samara has to offer. We highly recommend this piece of Paradise in Costa Rica.
Hi Jeffrey--Thanks so much for adding a review. It means a lot to us that you liked our home enough to share your feelings and I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as we do.
Spacious, comfortable, well equipped in the kitchen
Love the open air and view from the pool deck. Spent plenty of time in the living room watching all the birds. Delightful to have regular house cleaning. Our fourth stay - that says it all.
Hi Alan and Jenny--I'm so glad you enjoyed our paradise again and we are all delighted that you wanted to come back. You are almost like family now!! I hope you will come again.
Playa Carrillo is located three miles south of Samara on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. The beach is a huge horseshoe lined with coconut palms with a rocky headland on each end. There is no commercial development on the beach which adds to its natural beauty. It is in Guanacaste province on the northern Pacific coast in a area that so far is not overdeveloped and still retains the lovely natural beauty without condos and golf courses. You are sure to see parrots, howler monkeys, iguanas, frogs and many species of birds and other animals. It is the perfect place to relax, but there is plenty to do if you want to venture. There are horses, a zip line, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, fishing(some of the best sport fishing in Costa Rica) as well as short day charters that fish close to land. If you decide to rent out home, I will send you a detailed list of things to do and places to go.