ABOUT : 109 Hectare Working Dairy Farm and Operational Eco-Lodge
This amazing property includes:
- Land of dairy farm (86ha), with dairy farm facilities, and additionally the cattle herd (sold separately)
- Hotel facilities plus 13ha+ of land in full operation
A unique and stunning property running as a boutique 12 bedroom hotel and hosting both international and national guests for the last 27 years. Prior to that a private residential home to the British owners and designed by top Costa Rican architects with inspiration from the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Beautifully positioned in the heart of the farm and with a stunning aspect towards the majestic Poas Volcano, this really is an awe-inspiring and unique property, both as a commercial venture or as a private home.
The Hotel business employs 22 staff from the local area, and offers guests an exclusive home-from-home feeling centred around excellent service and high quality rooms and hospitality. In terms of location, the Lodge is perfectly positioned to access the International Airport, Juan Santamaria, the Metropolitan area as well as visiting Poas Volcano National Park, coffee estates, birding and hiking tours, the Waterfall Gardens, and is positioned to offer a popular scenic route to Sarapiqui, Arenal and the Caribbean coast.
As a business the Hotel works with all the top inward travel agents both nationally and internationally and is considered a strategic destination for many wholesalers designing holiday routes for their client base.
Currently a member of the Enchanting Hotel group, the hotel has a strong and established online platform too, boasting top rated reviews in sites such as Tripadvisor and Booking.com
The dairy farm consists of 95ha of farmland and buildings, fully equipped, with 178 paddocks for rotation. Pasture grows all the year round, and is mostly kikuyu with some ryegrasses. The farm has 7 farm cottages including a manager´s house, a 12 bay Hosier style milking area, large barn for young stock, maternity wing, feeding barn andvarious store rooms. The farm employs 9 full time staff as well as an administrator, accountant and milking herd consultant.
Dairy Herd: The current dairy herd which includes heifers and calves add up to 310 head of cattle with the herd split between 55% Holstein-Friesian and the remainder Jerseys and Ayrshires - plus a purebred Ayrshire bull, brought in as an embryo transplant from New Zealand. Sales of surplus stock can generate a useful second income. Reproduction is mainly through artificial insemination. A vet visits the farm monthly to check on herd health, individual fertility and general condition. Vaccinations etc are carried out according to an annual program. All animals are monitored with an industry recognized program for logging the herd and organizing the breeding structure.
Current Milk Production: Around 2,400 liters of milk per day, with a current stock of 120 cows in production out of a 300 strong herd. The milk is sold under contract to various industrial cheesemakers. Collection is most days.
Water Sources: The farm has many springs on the property and has recently developed a pumping system to bring non-potable water to the dairy for cleaning, and potable water is supplied by the village water company — an ASADA — of excellent quality, for the farm cottages and milking area.
Communications: Telephones, electricity, broadband, are all available in the area. Driving time to San Jose is about one hour. All services are available within 40 minutes including the international airport, or 45 minutes driving time to Heredia, or to San Miguel de Sarapiqui. Our local community has schools, churches, shops and restaurants, health center, police station, gas station, sports facilities and several settlements.
Relations with the Community: There is an excellent relationship with the local community, from which many inhabitants have found employment in the farm and hotel, presently and in the past.