Welcome to Villa Serenidad. Villa Serenidad sits on 2 acres (8, 000 m2) of pristine land in the Central Valley in a small, private, gated community in Atenas, Costa Rica. The home is single level, features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10 and covers about 4, 250 square feet (395 m2) including the patio and is suitable for the entire family including the elderly. Have a look in the gallery to see what's new or read more to find out why we fell in love with Villa Serenidad and why you will too. We are so excited to have completed a massive remodel both indoors and out. The biggest expansion was the outdoor patio and terrace. In addition, we did a huge number of little things all around the house to make your stay more enjoyable. Villa Serenidad features warm and beautiful cedar wood throughout. A very rare site in Costa Rica due to its expense, cedar is elegant and feels like a home should feel. Long cedar planks adorn every bedroom in the house and the ceilings throughout. The master bedroom, with a comfortable king size bed and huge glass windows with an 8' wide sliding door, opens up to views of the terrace, the valley below and mountains in the background. A spotting scope is available to view the diverse wildlife in the area and attached to the master is a en-suite bathroom featuring a huge walk in shower and wonderful soft lighting from the large frosted glass windows on two walls. On the opposite end, a queen bedroom also has huge glass windows on two walls allowing views of the valley meadows. The third bedroom, one without windows for those who prefer a darker space to nap during the day, also features a queen bed with a large en-suite bathroom featuring dual sinks, a large walk in shower and an abundance of closet space. The fourth bedroom has dual twin trundle beds of which one bed is stored underneath the other while not in use. The lower beds can be rolled out and used in this bedroom or easily rolled into the living room as a 5th sleeping area. Again this bedroom has large glass panes and cedar wood throughout and the third bathroom, again with a large walk in shower, is located just outside the doors to this bedroom. Each bedroom features high ceilings which helps tremendously with cooling and also has a variable speed overhead fan with a chain extension so it's easy to use. In addition, bedside lamps, ample closet space, new comfortable mattresses, new linens and bedding, many pillows (20 throughout) and enough plug ins on each side of the bed to charge your phone, plug in a laptop and still power the alarm clock and bedside lamp are available. Not to be overlooked, the bathrooms feature delightfully soft Turkish cotton hand and bath towels. The custom beds were handmade by the artisans in Sarchi and Atenas. Stepping into the very spacious kitchen with its 24' high ceiling and big center island, you feel like there is room for the whole family to cook. Exquisite granite covers both of the counters and center island. A number of amenities you're not likely to find elsewhere include a dish washer we shipped in the from the US and an in-sink garbage disposal with an air pressure switch. Of course, the kitchen has all the things you would want; a stove, an oven, a microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker, electric tea pot, electric can opener, blender, juicer, a large assortment of pots, pans, dishes and Tupperware, spices, and importantly acrylic glasses that can be used throughout the home and on the terrace without fear of broken glass. We have three dining areas including an indoor table with seating for 8, the kitchen island with seating for 3 and the outdoor patio table with seating for 6. Each of the tables can fit additional chairs when needed and we include a booster seat for the little one. We have full place settings available including dishes, plates, bowls, table mats, trivets, cups, wine glasses, coffee mugs, knives and silverware, napkins and more. In the living area you can sit back on either of the two couches, relax and enjoy satellite TV which includes a number of channels from the US including the NFL Network, plug in your smart phone or media player to the stereo system and enjoy the tunes while playing in the pool or sunbathing on the terrace or just cuddle up with a good book under the reading lamp on either of the two reading chairs. An assortment of DVD's are available to view on the TV, a number of books are available to read as are coloring books, crayons, play cards and games for the family. Free WiFi coverage is available throughout the house and out onto the patio and terrace. Massive sliding glass doors open on either end of the living area, combined with a number jalousie windows and overhead fans allow you to regulate airflow throughout the house for maximum comfort. The laundry room has a clothes washer and clothes dryer, a number of lightweight aluminum folding racks for outdoor drying, a mop sink and a large set of metal shelves for cleaning products and excess storage. We include a starting supply of laundry detergent, dish washer tablets, dish washing liquid or paste, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and a tank of propane for the BBQ grill, and a travel size bottle of shampoo, a bar of soap and small tube of toothpaste in case it's needed. Stepping outside is like a breath of fresh air. It's all encompassing with the 180 degree view of the Rio Cacao valley and a clear view of the volcanoes and mountains some 15 to 30 miles in the distance, all from the wonderful outdoor terrace. With the nearest neighbor on this side over a 1/4 mile away on the other side of the river gorge, the peacefulness and serenity you will experience is inspiring. Opening the massive glass sliding doors from the living area gives you unabridged access to the covered patio with incredibly comfortable wicker lounge chairs to relax in the shade throughout the day or venture a little further onto the terrace surrounding a big 13' x 26' solar heated swimming pool and enjoy a fun filled day in the sun. The Coralina, known as Coral Stone in the states, was imported from the Dominican Republic. As the oceans transformed over the millennia, coral limestone deposits were created and are quarried in the southern part of the country. As you walk around the terrace, you may notice tiny shells and similar natural items embedded in the Coralina, very cool. Speaking of cool, Coralina, with its unique thermal properties, rejects heat from the sun better than any other material in the marketplace. Under the scorching hot sun you can walk comfortably on the Coralina without fear of burning your feat. Yes, it's that good. In addition to being cool, Coralina is not slippery when wet. We've experienced way too many pools around Costa Rica that are slippery as ice when wet. Coralina is a wonderful material and if you've never had a chance to experience it, be sure to do so. Spread throughout the patio and terrace are six (6) adjustable lay down wicker loungers, six (6) more wicker lounge chairs, two portable wicker drink tables, a small glass table, the outdoor dining table and six (6) wicker dining chairs. There are a dazzling number of places to lay out in the sun or shade or sit back in a lounge chair with your feet dangling in the pool while reading a book. The pool varies in depth from about 36" (0. 9m) to about 50" (1. 3m) at the deep end. Easy to use wide steps with a stainless steel handrail allow easy entry and exit from the pool for all ages. One of our pet peeves with every other place we've traveled to is a lack of pool toys and floaties never being included at homes with otherwise wonderful pools. We've had to waste many hours searching for something so simple that we always thought should have been provided but never were. So we brought down over a dozen various tubes, rafts, floaties and similar pool toys for you to enjoy. And we also include an electric pump to inflate and deflate them at the touch of a button. Very few people are aware of how important it is to shower before using a pool due to the chemicals your body expels. To make it easy, we installed an outdoor shower next to the pool so you can quickly shower and hop right in the pool without tracking water all over the house. Of course, just like the soft Turkish cotton towels inside the house, we supply the same wonderful Turkish cotton towels to lay on the loungers and use around the pool. Just off the patio is a lush grassy area that wraps around the house to the covered carport where the propane BBQ grill is located under cover for your enjoyment. A few outdoor toys, like an American football, are also available for you to enjoy. Walking up and down the sole private road in the community is great exercise and for those more adventurous, the gravel road/path leading down to the river below our house makes for a great hike, especially during the dry season. After walking in the grass you can use the lower part of the shower to wash off your feet or sandals or cool off all around and jump back in the enticing pool. Not to be overlooked is the safety in our home, each bedroom and the living area has a smoke detector, a fire extinguisher resides in the laundry room and a first aid kit with extra band aids is also available. A land line phone is also available for local calls and emergencies. A programmable safe, like you might find in a hotel, is available for your valuables should you want to use it. The house is protected by an alarm system with an easy to use wireless remote control and the community is protected by a huge steel gate. An easy to use electronic lock means you never have to worry about carrying keys for the house and the lock will accept your own chosen 3 to 6 digit code during your stay and automatically stops working after your departure. Two small remote controls (one for the gate and one for the house alarm) are the only items needed to get in and out. Life simplified!