Here a review from Matt who stayed with us in November 2014.
Perfect home - possibly the best I've ever stayed in! Very nice caretaker that opens it up and gets out of your way. Look for the PILATES sign on the main road as a landmark, as the sign for Jardinne La Morette is a little hard to see. Turn on your 4 wheel drive and shut your windows - it gets muddy but in a good, fun way (like a truck commercial) The turn is the left road after the beautiful monkey/toucan gate, near a garbage holder that resembles a rabbit hutch/chicken coop. We never saw the turtle rock, so thought we would mention it.
Nice to have a free local phone - we had to call caretaker to turn on the hot water, so write down his number.
The pool is gorgeous and even better than expected! Many doors to the house open to the forest, which is incredible. We slept in the guest house one night because it smelled so good - brand new with gorgeous wood. House would be fine for 1-4 people and guest house is good for 1-2 other people. Toucans and hummingbirds everywhere! Lime tree and orange tree were in bloom - good thing there was a blender! Unfortunately, there was no toilet paper in any of the three bathrooms (my only complaint about the house, but might have been a mistake - but hey! Three bathrooms! Cool!). Also, no coffee filters, shampoo, or conditioner, so make sure to bring some! Soap was available. The BM grocery store near the house is VERY expensive for some items (sunscreen $14-$30, toilet paper: $3 per roll, almond milk $6), so I would stock up before hitting this area - Uvita, Dominical, etc. are more touristy than many of the smaller towns near the airport.
Otherwise, neighborhood is wonderful - we saw MANY monkeys at the national park. Great view at the Whale & Dolphin lodge next door - worth the drive up the hill. Most of the local bars and restaurants have WiFi if you need it (but don't do it! You're on vacation!)
We were so moved by the beauty of this property that my husband and I plan to build a house like this in Costa Rica when we retire. Looking up at the endless stars by the pool house was very memorable. Wish I could have met the owner so I could talk to her about how she made this place so darned great! Thanks for being so great and responsive!
Here an old picture of Gumercindo (the caretaker) and me from 2005!!!! The house was just built and Gumer just hired :-)
Author: Simone Schaerf
I first came to Costa Rica in 1998. I fell in love with the country right away for so many reasons. I have been coming, living and unfortunately never staying off and on since.