Former Army officers Steven and Rachel Grey were looking for a property in the Costa Ballena area of Costa Rica to run as a B&B. They bought the property - three casitas or lodges on the edge of the jungle - as a going concern for £256,000 and it produced an instant income. Here Steven, 46, tells their story.
"After a career in the Royal Engineers and the British Army (my last post was Belize where Rachel, now 41, was my boss!) and then two years in the Australian Defence Force I changed tack and trained to be a butler at the International Butler Academy in Valkanberg, Holland. I then did worked at the Savoy until filming A Place in the Sun in January. We closed the house deal in February, and moved out in April.
"We have three Casitas situated on the edge of the jungle over looking a beautiful river with toucans, monkeys and sloths in the garden full of tropical flowers. Rachel and I live in a large open-plan two-bedroom house.
"Each day we wake up to the sound of howler monkeys and birds and then here the sound of the river. We make smoothies picked from our own pineapples, papayas, bananas, plantain and limes.
"Although we've had guests from day one our day is never planned we just go with what we feel. We have bought a puppy and recently it has meant morning walks on the deserted beaches. Our families also come to visit (I have two teenage sons) and it really is like living like a millionaire!
"In fact we have just sold our London flat [near Waterloo station] for a ridiculous price - and another near one Salisbury - and as they say we are living the dream in Costa Rica." (costaricariver.com)