we had a great experience at casa buendia it is pretty much as described.. when we arrived and found the caretakers are lving in a couple of rooms off the garage we thought it might be strange but they couldn't be nicer. you see as much or as little as you want. eric cleans the pool early mornings and his wife yelba empties the wastebaskets( they ask you not to flush toilet paper but put it in the basket). there were spices and could have been a few towels but i know we did buy some. i had brought some tide pods and they worked out well(THINGS ARE EXPENSIVE IN THE STORE) the washing machine is in the garage and yelba looked after it for us she may have even used her soap from time to time.
not sure of your age group but if you have anyone older going have them take the inside stair case, the front stairs are pretty steep. eric will take you to a waterfall close by and also on a walk thru the property in search for monkkies (you may see howler monkies near the waterfall).
before we left san jose we went shopping at wal mart for some supplies and there is a maxi pali on the way to the house( bigger store run by wal mart).a t the end of the street when leaving the house if you turn left there is a small market.
please tell eric and yelba the group from boston says hello, we were there over xmas. he gave us his email but it did not work! they do not speak much english but he uses his phone to translate.
if you have any other question feel free to ask and enjoy!!
Edited: 4:40 pm, March 20, 2013