These testimonials are direct quotes from our Guest Book or from e-mails sent to us. To see comments with ratings entered directly by our renters, look at the comments at our vrbo listing.
Robert & family, Québec, Canada ~ Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
We are very well and very happily installed in your home. It is really beautiful. Many thanks.
Back in the city......a very hard return to reality! We are so happy about the vacations!
E-mails (Translated from French)
Bill & Diane, Washington DC ~ November 2012
Thank you so much for a most amazing experience! Our stay at Casa Sevana has been exquisite. The house design, construction and attention to detail is elegant! The views, yard, pool and wild life have truly restored us. We have found the beach to be an unequaled experience ... the sunsets and the stars from the pool and/or terrace breathtaking.
Rich & friends, AL, CO, TX & WA ~ September 2012
6 old college friends came down to snorkel, fish, hike, river crossing and drinking! You have a fantastic home! Thank you for a memory of a lifetime.
Sara & Patrick, North Carolina ~ August 2012
We couldn't have asked for a better honeymoon! The house and location are fantastic and Sevana was a joy to work with, graciously allowing us to stay an extra day when we arrived a day late. ... We haven't left yet and are already longing to come back. ... Thanks for a wonderful start of our marriage!
Eric & Kristy Pennsylvania ~ August 2012
The house was fantastic ... we saw about 8 Howler Monkeys across the street in a tree. ... Carrillo Beach was unbelievable ... We booked a dolphin and snorkeling tour with the local tour company ... we were told that we may see some turtles. Well, when we first departed the bay we saw a Humpback Whale and her baby. We then saw some turtles and dolphins ... I was able to reel in dinner for the evening which was a black Tuna.
Chris & family, England ~ July 2012
We really enjoyed staying in a house surrounded by such beautiful scenery. The pool was lovely - so clean and refreshing
Terry, Allen, Ashley & Addison, North Carolina ~ July 2012
We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful home! ... loved the pool and the hammock ... We feel very at home here and hate to leave.
Paige, Colorado ~ June 2012
We so enjoyed our stay! The house was perfect!
Katelyn & Phil, Washington DC ~ June 2012
We had a lovely stay in the house and had an amazing honeymoon!
Ian, Allison, Minnesota ~ May 2012
What a delight to be here. We enjoyed it all ... You have organized well for guests with thinking ahead for every detail. We will tell our friends!
John, Lee, Elliot, Peace Corp Costa Rica ~ May 2012
Your home is very accommodating ... excellent instructions ... we can tell you put a lot of "TLC" (Tender Loving Care) into this place. ... I so admire the "creative love" you both have for this wonderful retreat. ...
Carrie, Scotland ~ April 2012
Lazy days by the pool and evenings watching the sun sink slowly, melting into the horizon ... being able to go where the Ticos go, away from the tourist traps speaks volumes ... this little piece of paradise on earth
Shannon & family, Oregon ~ March 2012
We had a wonderful time and enjoyed your home tremendously. ... crew were VERY responsive.
Ken & friends, Washington ~ March 2012
Thanks again for providing such a great resource! My best birthday ever. We’ll be back.
Robert & Elizabeth, Canada ~ February 2012
Never have I experienced a gift as wonderful as Casa Sevana. In this splendid villa Beauty is everywhere. ... A world class welcoming oasis ... a superior standard ... Exceeds all expectations ... Wonderful balance of niceties & necessities ... We will always cherish our stay in the Absolutely Astonishing Ambience of Casa Sevana
Paula, Massachusetts ~ February 2012
We had a wonderful time -- simply beyond words. Your home is just gorgeous and so beautifully designed. It was everything we were looking for -- a beautiful location not completely overrun with tourists, but still so comfortable and accessible. … I loved cooking...you are the first rental EVER that has had real knives that I could sharpen. I knew it was the real deal when there were no serrated knives :)
We enjoyed the beach so much, but also had time for some horseback riding and snorkeling. Both experiences were amazing, especially the views from the hills late in the afternoon.
4 days in heaven ... Your home is beautiful and so amazingly designed. The Carrillo Beach is unbelievable ... All people so friendly and kind. Don't want to leave.
Matt, England ~ February 2012
Can I say a massive thank you for allowing us to stay in your wonderful house. It was a pleasure and one that me and my family will not forget for a long time to come. The views, the accommodation, the facilities and the comfort were all just perfect and I had the best time, just exquisite!
André & Isabelle, Germany ~ January 2012
your house is wonderful … the nice ceiling, view and ventilation ... it is very welcoming and pleasant. You can construct a beautiful house, but it is difficult to construct a house that also is welcoming and pleasant :-)
Elizabeth, Illinois ~ January 2012
What a beautiful place this is! … off to dinner just down the street which is so convenient … Playa Carrillo most definitely is the best beach that we have ever seen. We loved that there were NOT many tourists around.
Your house is so nice + private yard + perfect pool. Saw howler monkeys from the yard + heard them “howling” at night.
John, New Hampshire ~ January 2012
You will have to call the police to get me out of here … Thank you for being a great host. Your home is absolutely fantastic and the beach is the best.
Ian, Carol, Lyndall & Jillian, California ~ December 2011
This really is the most wonderful home. The best designed holiday home we have seen & the world’s best beach!
Marco, California ~ December 2011
The design of this amazing house is very nice and very functional. As an architect I loved every corner of it. The idea to put the social area upstairs is simply wonderful.
Brian, California ~ November 2011
Sevana - You have done an amazing job in making this house a model of efficiency. The best house we have ever rented while on vacation.
We are so thrilled with the house. It is absolutely beautiful and perfect! … We enjoyed a gorgeous sunset over Carrillo beach.
Mike, Colorado ~ November 2011
Casa Sevana is a new favorite accommodation. So well thought out, beautiful, comfortable and so user friendly! Your information is very thorough.
Anne, France & Laure, New York ~ Aug – Sept 2011
We are doing great in your home and we are enjoying the house and the area so much we were thinking about staying one more week in your home.
Michele, Francois, Amelie & Laura Maude, Quebec ~ August 2011
Many thanks for sharing this so well designed and built house. Every space is so well thought. … We could not have dreamed of a better place to finish our holidays in Costa Rica. … We had planned on visiting different areas of Guanacaste from your house, but we felt so well here that we just stayed around.
I just wish we still were in Casa Sevana! Thank you again for making our stay in your house so enjoyable. The house was just a paradise for us, it is just perfect. Everything is so well designed, perfectly maintained. We also felt that your house was very well equipped, we just had everything we needed to cook, go to the beach, even the book on birds of Costa Rica was a nice treat for us. … We felt that we were very lucky to have picked your house among several others, I am convinced that not many have as much to offer than yours!
Jane, Minnesota ~ July 2011
I always said that we would come back and we are so excited that we are. I haven't ever been able to get it out of my mind. It was so beautiful and it will be wonderful to come back.
Bill & Marlene, Michigan ~ July 2011
There are few adjectives that would adequately describe our stay at Casa Sevana + Playa Carrillo, … The area is simply breathtakingly beautiful and Casa Sevana is obviously the best place from which to enjoy it all. Fabulous house, brilliant design, exquisitely cared for and par excellence down to the last detail. Your home lacks nothing, … one of the best vacations our family has ever had. …
Thanks, Sevana, and I can truly say that your kindness + helpfulness were an integral part of one of the best vacations ever! …
On a scale of 1-5, I’d rate this place a "10"
Well, if it weren’t for the fact that I love my work, I’d be a pretty depressed fellow right now. We absolutely LOVED your place, and we would go back tomorrow if it were possible. The kids are already asking if we can return for a full two weeks at Casa Sevana next year. … your house was EVERYTHING it advertised and more!!! unbelievable in all ways.
We’ve rented lots of places before, but this was the very best we’ve ever stayed at.
Richard & Marianne, Costa Rica / Switzerland ~ June – July 2011
We had an awesome, relaxing and unforgettable stay in your house. The weather was just perfect (almost no rain) and we mainly moved around the water in the pool and the sea. The kids loved it.
Tony & Missy, Florida ~ June 2011
The 4 characteristics of the perfect diamond –
Carat and now, add another
The Perfect Diamond! ♥
i don't think there are enough stars to ever compete :)
Tom, Jamie, Beth, Becca & Shane, California ~ June 2011
Wow! … The design of the house is lovely and it is so well-equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous view and the sparkling pool. … The Carrillo beach is the best one around!
I was amazed how cool it stayed upstairs w/o an a/c
Francisco & Diane, Costa Rica ~ April 2011
We enjoyed as usual! (2009, 2010 & 2011)
Margareta & Barry, California ~ April 2011
Paradise!!!! Thanks for sharing your second home with us. It's wonderful!
Susan, Bob, Colin (8) & Taylor, Connecticut ~ March 2011
We’ve had a wonderful time – your home is delightful, the pool, the view, perfect. This journal proved very helpful as we planned our time here.
And, a favorite:
Allan & Carolyn, Quebec ~ March 2011
Everything is as wonderful as last time we were here.
Jeff, Cathy, Doug, Kailynn & Nikki, Washington ~ February 2011
Today we have to leave this beautiful paradise. We are sad!!! Our second time here at Casa Sevana has been another incredible experience.
After spending sometime travelling around Costa Rica, I see why you chose Carrillo.
Karen & Mick, Connecticut ~ February 2011
BEST VACATION EVER !!! … amazing, comfortable, beautiful home … Everything exceeded our expectations ten fold – at least!
It has been a pleasure corresponding with you and putting this awesome vacation together with your help.
Laurie, Wisconsin ~ January, 2011
Your home is incredible – beautiful lines and colors, warm teak wood, Scandinavian accessories. The view of the Pacific from the pool and the 2nd floor is breathtaking. … delightful location in Carrillo.
Our week stay was marvelous! Your beautifully designed house was a big part of what made the vacation unforgettable!
Karen, Michigan ~ January 2011
Loved the house, great view, great setup, clean and comfortable.
Steven & Louise, England ~ January 2011
Your house is amazing … we took part of excursions and they were brilliant – the local people were fantastic.
Mick & Sue, England ~ Dec - Jan 2010
What a unique place you have.
heaven so far. went down the trail for some fresh lobster today … loved your villa … there is a pair of large lizards with their home on the edge of your garden, we named the big male pilsen …
Lucy, England ~ December 2010
we thoroughly enjoyed our stay - no improvements from us!
Michael, Dawn, Ashley, Alex & Andrew, South Carolina ~ March – Dec 2010
Happening upon Carrillo along our journeys, we agreed that it was the place for us to settle … a stunningly beautiful beach and affable small town. After several months, we had the blessing of finding Casa Sevana. It is the predominant memory of our time here. … The sunsets are beautiful, the upper deck is the best spot in Carrillo to view them from. Your attention to detail provided for us throughout our entire stay, its consistency and security provided peace of mind.
moved into the house today. We love it already! … Our 12 year old daughter is ecstatic … if we build a house we would like to hire you as our architect. It is so well thought out.
Cindy & Allan, Quebec ~ March 2010
Wonderful country, wonderful house.
the only regret is that the stay was too short.
Julie, Rhode Island ~ February 2010
We have simply marveled at this very distinct very unique house and environment. The sights & sounds are never ending & ever changing. … Could live in it all year long.
Gail, California ~ February 2010
such a wonderful place to stay … having restaurants and markets at the end of the road … The pool is fantastic. The woodwork here is amazing – even doweled door jambs! So well done! … must recommend “Wingnuts’ Canopy Tours in Sámara – they were wonderful.
Jan, Massachusetts ~ February 2010
There are no words to truly explain the fabulous vacation we had here. … I especially appreciated the closeness to a nature like no other I’ve experienced before.
Cathy, Doug, Jeff, Shannon, Nikki (7), Washington ~ February 2010
We all felt so fortunate to have stayed in your beautiful home. The view of the ocean is amazing and the sunset truly spectacular. … We were especially moved by the friendliness of the people here. You truly have a piece of heaven here and we thank you for the memories.
Gary, Washington (returnee) ~ Jan – Feb 2010
We hope to be back next year. Everyone loved the house. …. Sevana, we're having a great vacation. As I write this I believe my son is down at Playa Carrillo proposing marriage to his girlfriend … whom we love!!!! The surf has been epic for us, just the right size and shape ... The place looks and is as wonderful as I remember ...
Sean & Heather, Florida ~ January 2010
We are here on our honeymoon and cannot imagine a more beautiful, wonderful place to spend our first days together as a married couple. We love everything about the house – the beautiful design, the layout, the magnificent views. Thank you for providing such a clean and comfortable place for us to enjoy. … Today we went horseback riding, which was one of the best experiences … Most Do!!!! … [to arrange] ended up going to the little store right here in Carrillo (at the bottom of the hill by the entrance at the beach) and are so glad we did … fantastic
Michel, Quebec ~ Dec 2009 – Jan 2010
We greatly enjoyed our stay in your home. I won’t repeat all the positive comments we read in your book ... we agree with all of them!!!! Your house is beautiful ...!!! ... We visited a dozen beaches from Tamarindo to Mal Païs and Carrillo is by far the most beautiful and most pleasant, it is unparalleled ... We also appreciated Silvio at hotel Carrillo and his delicious Italian dishes, restaurants El Colibrí and Esmeralda, etc. .. but mostly 21 days of beautiful weather. ... Costa Rica is Fantastic!
E-mail (Translated from French)
Emma, Emilie, Eugenie, Jean-Francois & Nicolas, France ~ November 2009
Bravo for your magnificent house. Everything is well conceived and very functional. We leave for France with our hearts full after our stay at such a magical place.
Guest Book (Translated from French)
Jean, California ~ August 2009
Thank you so much for making your fantastic beach home available to us. We had a terrific time here! …Your home was more than we could have dreamed of – a blessing for sure. I love your architectural design – so clean and modern. We had a great relaxing visit.
Jane, Minnesota ~ July 2009
i was wondering how you ever leave this house? it's so wonderful. we arrived yesterday and i think we may not be able to leave. i love the surf on the beach and fighting the waves and running on the beach but just sitting on the deck listening to the monkeys and looking at the view is the best. thanks so much for opening it up to our family.
Chelle & Gabe, Michigan ~ May 2009
We got engaged out here, so memorable! on the zip-line … Your setup is amazing – very good architectural work – IMPRESSIVE! … Your house is so tranquil! … you have thought of everything to make this a fantastic trip. … What an amazing place to relax and be around the people you love. … Coming in “low-season” was spectacular, because we got the culture we were looking for.
Jim & Sue Ellen, Michigan ~ May 2009
The photos of your home on the website don’t begin to tell the story of the magic that it encompasses. There wasn’t anything that we could have added to make it better. … It is difficult to describe the joy of relaxing. … All thanks to your fantastic atmosphere. … Your recommendations for restaurants / activities / etc. are excellent. … Your lovely home is worth multiple hotels.
Frank & Carrie, Costa Rica ~ April 2009
The house was fab! especially having the kitchen upstairs and having a sea view to look out on to. … The house has everything you need to enjoy and have a wonderful time. … The beds were very comfortable! Showers great!
Ryan, Colorado ~ March 2009
Many thanks to you for your beautiful house. We had an absolutely brilliant time in Carrillo and it was made all the more enjoyable by the attention to detail that is evident in the house. We practically had the beach to ourselves everyday and we didn't miss a sunset from the porch. I hope to return in the future. Thank you.
Carrillo is a stunning town and you clearly have one of the best views in town. Our stay was so comfortable thanks to your attention to detail. What a delight!
Kim Family, Costa Rica ~ January 2009
Guest Book (Korean)
K.K. Costa Rica ~ January 2009
The house is amazing best house ever! … We love your so thoughtful and detailed decorated sweet home! Even though we live in C.R., it’s been so far one of the BEST place to rest and enjoy this wonderful country. … the place I’ll like to come every time we escape
Gary, Washington ~ January 2009
Your home was a central point in the success and enjoyment of our trip. All of my surfing partners mentioned how the house made the trip the best we have had to this point. This is our fifth surfing trip to CR. We intend to come down again next year and hope that your home is available. … I videoed a walk-through to show my wife in the hopes that I could persuade her to return to CR with me. She went to Guiones once and didn't enjoy herself ... primarily due to the accommodations.
Gillian, Canada ~ Dec 2008 - Jan 2009
We spent most of the time in Carrillo because of the sense of oasis at the residence.
I would like to have such a well appointed house as yours and have come home with ideas on renovating
Ian & Carol, California ~ July 2008
We would like to thank you for the use of your wonderful home. We all had a wonderful time visiting the Carrillo area and your house was perfect for us. We were both incredibly impressed with the design. We have used VRBO for several years and have stayed in many houses in many countries. Your home is clearly the most elegant, comfortable and best designed that we have ever seen.
Doug, California ~ May 2008
It was so nice to have a clean, well organized house & with a dishwasher! You put a lot of thought into your house. We enjoyed our stay. Thank you!
Jessica, Colorado ~ April 2008
What a great place! Everything was so easy and thought-out. The house had everything we were looking for. … Outdoor shower is a blessing. … We saw 7-8 howler monkeys playing, it was so amazing. … Carrillo Beach is so beautiful!
Bill, Colorado ~ April 2008
We are back to reality after 11 days on the most beautiful beach I've ever seen. All went well at your home and our family enjoyed the entire experience. A couple of items I must comment on simply because they are pet peeves of mine and while small you had them covered. Plenty of hooks to hang stuff on and a night light in the bathroom, simple pleasures often over looked. We loved Samara and hope it only changes slowly and with proper planning. At any rate thank you for the opportunity and sharing your slice of nature’s beauty.
Leah ~ February 2008
The pictures on vrbo do not do your place justice. It is an absolutely beautiful house! I love the kitchen, my husband is a chef, so he is cooking right now. And all the detail of your house, the beautiful wood ceiling, the fans, very nice.
Karl, Canada ~ January 2008
We had a great time – the house is very comfortable, clean, well-equipped and quiet. The kitchen is especially good with every gadget you could need. The laundry is a handy feature. We would highly recommend the house to others.
Lina & Chris, Illinois ~ January 2008
We just returned from Costa Rica and just wanted to say we really enjoyed staying at your house in Carrillo. The house is fabulous. The home is nicely designed and everything functioned well.