About the property
Jungle living at its’ finest! Beautiful home on nearly an acre of tropical gardens, water features, fruit trees and wildlife habitat–all just 300 footfalls to the sands of the Caribbean.
Looking for an intimate getaway? Rent the downstairs apartment, (maximum 2 persons); Need a second bedroom? Rent the upstairs, (up to 7); Or want to spread out? Rent the entire home for a multi-family retreat, (up to 9). In all, the 3 bed, 3 bath will accommodate 2-9 persons in a clean, comfortable, and well-equipped home away from home. Regardless of the size of your group, each rental is to only one party at a time, assuring you a place to kick back and get that pura vida going.
The fully furnished 100 meter squared ground floor apartment sleeps two; choose to have the bedroom arranged with a pair of single beds or an enormous king-sized, all properly outfitted with high quality mattresses, plump pillows and imported linens. Furnishings crafted of reclaimed lumber include a dry-box closet, nightstands, and overhead fans. Security screens afford plenty of airflow or may be shuttered to assure absolute privacy. We’ve done everything we can to guarantee a good night’s sleep, but the Howler Monkey “alarm clock” is beyond our control… take it up with them over your first cup of fine Costa Rican coffee enjoyed in the garden ranchita.
A complete kitchen includes range, refrigerator, blender, coffee maker, cookware and table settings allowing you to prepare your own meals. We’ll stock some basics for your arrival then guide you in harvesting many of your ingredients from the gardens, shopping the weekly farmer’s markets or haggling with the mobile vendors over local fruits and vegetable, fish, eggs and meat. Belly up to the breakfast bar for casual seating, dine at the hardwood table under ceiling fans, or head out to the pool deck or ranchita for a gourmet picnic in the garden.
The ample seating area is furnished with artisan bamboo furniture. The sofa and two oversized chairs provide cushioned seating in the wall-less room where the outside blends to inside. Under the wide eaves and overhead fans, this area is cool on even the warmest of days. Hammocks along the perimeter put you under-cover but virtually in the garden, a decadent way to spend the afternoon.
One of a kind bathroom features a sink carved from a tree trunk, a constantly evolving mosaic mural and a garden shower, all faucets deliver plumbed hot water. An assortment of bathroom essentials and quality towels are for home use and we provide sarongs for the beach. A jacuzzi sits undercover of a traditional thatch roof allowing you a soak among the beautiful gardens regardless of weather. The pool features a sandy pebble zero-entry, wet deck for sunning, and plunge depth. This has become a favorite place to watch the monkeys overhead.
The Tree-level house
The tree-level upstairs is an open floor plan, where you are at times eye-level to the howlers and sloths that frequent the property. The kitchen, dining and living area are surrounded by bannisters and open walls, like living on a big covered deck. The effect is amazing. Overhead fans throughout the space supplement the natural breezes.
Equipped with a full kitchen, oversized refrigerator/freezer, 6 burner stove, oven, double sink, prep island, microwave, toaster oven, blender and an abundance of quality cookware, the kitchen draws in helpers for the family style feast. A gas BBQ is situated around the corner to allow easy access.
With a huge table hand constructed from a single tree, the dining area will seat up to 10 comfortably. An ample quantity of dinnerware, in delightful bright fiesta colors set a table that makes any meal a party. Or gather the crew and play cards, board games or build a puzzle when you just want to sit up high and watch what might climb, crawl, creep, flitter, or buzz by as you gaze out through the trees to the garden below.
The living area features a large cushioned sofa and two oversized cushioned chairs, two rocking chairs and a hammock. A handprinted game table features backgammon, checker/chessboard, and cribbage. Wifi throughout the house keeps you connected and able to post those selfies to jealous friends back home.
The “Master bedroom” features a king-sized bed and headboard crafted from reclaimed lumber designed to celebrate the Caribbean colors and philosophy of up-cycling. Overhead fan and secure screens create a restful night sleep.
The ensuite bath includes a sink and toilet with the shower perched on a ledge extending off the back of the house. Generous plantings and screen afford modesty while providing a unique experience. An artistic mural depicting a beach scene created by a local artist covers the interior bath area, while a mosaic installation designed/installed by the owner covers the shower area.
The second “Family bedroom suite” is two distinct rooms. The bedroom includes a king-sized bed with a handcrafted headboard of live-edge wood designed by the homeowners. Utilizing the often-discarded pieces of fallen trees, the headboard stirs the imagination similar to seeing pictures in clouds. The family room also features a bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom and a twin bed on the top.
The bunk, too, is crafted from reclaimed lumber and live-edge wood. Sleep well knowing you saved a tree!! The adjoining bathroom includes a sink and toilet within the house and a shower perched off the back. Here the theme is jungle with a waterfall scene depicting local Volio Falls, a favorite day trip for locals.
Wake early to the sounds of the Howler monkeys in the trees overhead, followed by the Parrots and Parakeets in flocks headed to wherever parrots go each day–we call them “the commuters”, and keep an ear and eye out for the Great Green Macaws which have made a miraculous recovery and are now frequently seen in the mature trees along the coast.
Extensive plantings and a frog pond provide habitat for many species of wildlife; keep tabs on Max the sloth and her expanding family who now occupy several trees on the property, catch the routine visits of the agoutis, and try your luck at nabbing the perfect photo of the magnificent blue morpho butterfly as it regularly weaves through the garden.
Outdoor seating areas, swimming pool, hot tub, hammocks, and covered picnic tables immerse you in the tropical setting with hundreds of species of bromeliads, tillandsias and orchids. Heliconias, gingers and other flowering plants attract an endless rainbow of birds and butterflies. We take pride in the design of our home and garden spaces maximizing nature’s paradise.
About the owners
Owners, Janet & Nick, constructed the home in 2005-06, and offered the home as a vacation rental for almost 5 years while they pined away in the great Pacific Northwest. In 2010 they made Puerto Viejo their full-time home. Realizing they had an abundance of space, they remodeled the downstair to create a rental unit to accommodate their fishing guests. It soon became apparent that more than fishermen were interested in the apartment, they began to host couples from around the globe, living upstairs with their overgrown Rhodesian Ridgeback pup, Zuri, and an elusive cat, Delgado.
In 2016, the owners acquired a beach-front property which they are currently developing into a unique vacation rental and retreat center, while they simultaneously renovate a classic Caribbean bungalow. They retreat to the bungalow when their original home is occupied, or just when they want to wake up beachfront; regardless, they’re available to you when you need, absent when you don’t. Zuri accompanies them wherever they land, and Delgado, well, he’s the house cat, give him a lap and he’ll be your’s for a wink or a while.
- Apartment $90/night
- Upstairs $140/night
- Entire house $220/night. Two night minimum on typical rentals.
Prime Time– (Semana Santa/Easter Week, Christmas, etc):
- Apartment $125/night
- Upstairs $175/night
- Entire house $275/night. Three night minimum on prime rentals.
Prices do not include 13% tax (required by CR law) or $40 cleaning fee per floor (up to $80 if both floors rented).
Guests received 25% off price of all bookings on Wahoo Fishing & Tours
On site Amenities
*Denotes deposit required or fee for use
- Washer & Dryer *
- Bicycles *
- Snorkel Equipment *
- Cell Phone *
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Toaster oven
- Outdoor Grill
- Hot Tub