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San Isidro del General Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful Cottage, overlooking gardens and river, secluded, yet near to it all.



ONLY $39. /day

.The Garden Cottage is an Elegant studio Home with a nice patio overlooking flowering gardens and the San Isidro River. Here there is an abundance of exotic and colorful birds...over 60 varieties, a virtual haven for rare tropical birds....And, fresh air, and clean water, peace and tranquility.. Here you can walk along the river, or go for a dip, it is within 50 yards. The weather is perfect, never too hot, nor too cold.

The Garden Cottage is located Halfway between DOMINICAL Beach (Playa Dominical) and the highest mountain in the country, Mt. Chirripo (National Park). There is a national reserve ('Fudebiol) within 15 minutes of the cottage, and a variety of activities from hiking, birdwatching, swimming, surfing, horseback riding, fishing, diving, canopy tours, etc. most, within 45 minutes or less. Buses to downtown San Isidro are within 5 minutes walk. There are 3 mini markets within 5 minutes, and 2 bars/restaurants within 15 minutes...All is convenient, yet the cottage is hidden and secluded and safe behind a very high Cana India fence. We also have our German Shepard, "Betty" for extra safety...

The Farmers market on Thursdays is a wonderful way to meet the locals, buy your fresh fish (very innexpensive), your fresh fruit, and fruit you have never had before perhaps, like 'guanavana' or 'mangostein' ...both with abundant healing powers....Enjoy the Adventure!

Near here there are buses to everywhere, to the coast to the mountains, to all parts of the country. By bus, the beach, Playa Dominical, is about 1.5 hours, and, although, a bit long, the ride is a delight in beautiful views. At the beach there is surfing, fishing, eco tours with canopy trips, scuba diving, swimming, horseback riding, etc., plus lots of restaurants, bars, various stores.

Staying at the beach, however, can be an unpleasant experience if your sheets are damp, if the noise bothers you, if the price is quite high....And the temperature is too very hot for you.....for these reasons you may want to visit, and stay with us, where the temperature is perfect, not too hot, nor dry, the price is reasonable, the sheets are dry, and downtown is near for convenience, and so are the beaches and the highest mountains.

Importantly, The Garden cottage is Only 10 minutes to San Isidro de El General, a friendly, and fairly large town, 3000 ft. above sea level, which has everything one may need. (see below), .

The Garden Cottage comes completely furnished including excellent full sized bed (matrimonial), linens, dishes, refri, stove, toaster oven, etc. hot water, tables, chairs, sofa, large kitchen,

Beautiful ceramic floors and counters add to the elegance. There is also a home phone, high-speed internet and cable TV connected and ready to go.

San Isidro De El l General (10 minutes away) has just about everything: farmers market, doctor, hospital, mechanics, boutiques, restuarants, bars, hospital, church, and buses to everywhere. San Isidro is about 40 minutes to the beach, or the other way to the country's highest peak at, Mt. Chirripo National Park.

Buses near the Garden cottage pass by every 20 minutes, or every hour, depending on the bus, and it costs 35 to 50 cents. to go downtown, where it terminates at the market and bus station for most destinations locally. .

The Garden cottage is near to it all, yet it is private, secluded and quiet. Here you get a complete home, with all amenities, for less than the price of a hotel room. $45./day (7 day min).

At the river (Rio San Isidro), which is 50 meters away, you can go for a quick dip, walk along its edge, listen to the unique sounds, and watch a great variety of exotic birds of many colors.

This small river also has little waterfalls, that act as massage agents for your feet, for your shoulders. There are little pools formed for swimming. In the evening the 'Chitarra' (large bug) puts out a marvelous sound (cannot describe), announcing the upcoming chorus of frogs, and crickets. The sounds are beautiful, and you will sleep like a baby, as the river lulls you to sleep.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
james (Owner)
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About james

We are a family of four: Mom and Dad and 2 respectful kids.

We love to meet new people and help them discover the many wonders of the area. We have information about the reserves, the birdwatching, the beaches, the mountains.

We are located 3000 feet above sea level, about halfway between the highest Peak, Mount Chirripo (natl park), and the Beach at Playa Dominical. Near are natural reserves for hiking for birdwatching. And when you return to your cottage, it is cool breezes, riversounds, the frog concerts. Downtown is but 10 minutes away, and the bus service (close) is convenient and often.

If there is any way we can make your stay more comfortable, and more enjoyable we will be happy to do so. We have maps, and information from actual experience, and can help you and guide you to your most enjoyable possibilities during your stay.

My wife is 'Tica' Costa Rican and Lovely. I am an Expat

from California, and have been here for 0ver 18 years. We live in a large home, near the cottage with our 2 kids...Great Kids!

We have a German Sheppard, 'Betty' and a cat named, 'Jack'

Here, we are surrounded by a plethera of rare birds. We will put bananas in the tray outside the cottage, and you will have a fabulous show of color and variety.

When stay in the Garden Cottage, you will have a coffeemaker and a gift bag of our best, world famous, coffee. Also, a bowl of fruit will be provided to give you a beginning idea of the rich selection of Costa Rican fruit. And that fruit, plus wonderful fresh fish, and wholeistic foods and natural medicines can be found in the 'Ferria' (farmer's market) each week. I would be happy to include you in our weekly trips to the Ferria, and be your guide for best purchases and to explore the abundance of local varieties, unique to this area of the tropics.

We hope to see you soon, and wish to serve you as our esteemed guests.

james purchased this cottage in 2006

Why james chose San Isidro del General

We used to live just up the river, in a small little house. When this property became available 8 years ago, we knew that there was none like it. We have 3,500 meters, a large 2 story chalet, and One Rental: The Garden Cottage (Studio Home with deck).

This property is unique for 5 reasons.:

1. It is only 10 minutes to San Isidro, a town that has everything.

2. It is secluded and private and secure in a good neighborhood.

3. It has perfect weather, not too hot, nor cold, just right.

4. Bus service is excellent, no car is needed.

5. Our main house is all natural, hardwoods and stone, with patio and balcony overlooking the river..

We could say more about this beautiful country that has no army and that has an incredible variety of birds, and fruit, the iguana and the whitefaced and howler monkeys. There are wonderful places to go, like the beach and the rainforest, and the tallest peak, Mt. Chirripo And in addition to the great location of our property, we cherish the very nice people throughout this country, who are friendly and willing to help, and who appreciate those who try to speak the Spanish language.

We are so very grateful to be here in this unpolluted region, with fresh air, and river sounds to sleep by.

What a Beautiful Country! with Such Beautiful People!

It is a great honor and privilege to be here.

All who have been here agree that our location is one of the most beautiful places in this country, and in this Area. And that this Country is one of the most beautiful places on the planet for a great many reasons.

What makes this cottage unique

This is a perfect little house, near to everything, and yet very reasonable to rent. Compare to Any Other Rental. A hotel will rent a room for about the same price, or more...but it is Only a room. And this is so much better. It is a complete house, well furnished, nice kitchen, all utensils, dishes, etc. And it is quiet with perfect weather, not too hot, nor cold. You will find that you that you can use this as a base to travel, without costing you

lots of money.

While many who come to Costa Rica will prefer to stay at expensive hotels at the beach, or Homeaway rentals there,

Those who stay here will not have the noise, nor the heat, nor the damp sheets to deal with. Those who stay here will hear the 'Chitarra' (large bug) as it announces the evening with the following chorus of frogs and the beautiful concert at night. You will sleep like a baby as the river lulls you to sleep. In the morning you will see a treasure trove of rare and exotic birds. They will announce the morning.

Here, we have a best bed, 'Jiron' brand. Excellent, and very comfortable. Coffee will be provided, Fruit Bowl upon arrival,

and all the information you may need to plan your days here.

My wife has been here, in this area, all her life; and I have been here for 18 years. We know the area well, and can help you with your dreams for travel and experiences.

A visit to the river, right below us, can lead you to the natural 'jacuzzi s' for your tired feet, or your shoulders; and there are small natural pools for a pleasant dip.

A trip to the Ferria (farmers market) is a delight.

20 minutes from us is the Bio Reserve 'Fudebiol' where you can hike and enjoy the beautiful views and rare animals and birds and flowers.

There is a lot more that could be written about the benefits of this region, the 'Brunca' region and it's unique history, but that may need to wait for your visit, or your research:

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Perfect setting, perfect location = great holiday!

  • 5 of 5

When we booked our week at the Garden Cottage, James sent us detailed and helpful information on getting a taxi at San Jose airport, finding the correct bus terminal and safeguarding our belongings while en route. From the beginning we felt that our communication with James was very good, and by the time we arrived we knew that we could rely on him to be honest and helpful.

And our arrival at the cottage couldn't have been nicer. James was there to greet our taxi, help with our luggage, and introduce us to our new home. His thoughtfulness in providing basic start-up necessities in the kitchen, delicious Costa Rican coffee, and a bowl of fresh fruit, was very much appreciated by 2 weary travellers. He gave us a quick orientation, left us to settle in and delayed the business aspect until the next day.

The cottage itself was clean, comfortable, nicely furnished and decorated, and had everything we needed. We felt at home right away. And the setting couldn't have been better....quiet, restful, birds chirping in the trees, a babbling brook nearby, an outdoor deck to enjoy our morning coffee, while indoors we had all the conveniences of home, including a phone and reliable wi fi.

James came by the next day to see how we were doing and to give us information on buses, stores, nearby attractions, San Isidro restaurants etc. On Thursday, he accompanied us to the Ferria (farmers market) and acted as our guide and advisor as we navigated our way through the many stalls selling wonderful fresh produce, fish etc.

We had a wonderful holiday here, and would definitely recommend it to family and friends. And if we're back in Costa Rica again, we will certainly stay in this little bit of paradise! Thank you James for your wonderful hospitality.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Aux oiseaux!

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons vécu du 11 au 27 février 2015 dans un véritable petit paradis, un jardin luxuriant qui fait le bonheur des oiseaux. James et sa famille nous ont accueillis chaleureusement! Du café, des épices, du sel et du poivre, des fruits frais, du thon en boîte, des craquelins, de l’eau, du jus nous attendaient. Il y avait même une mangeoire pour les oiseaux en face de notre fenêtre. Et des oiseaux de toutes les couleurs, nous en avons vu près d’une soixantaine juste sur le terrain de James! Du tangara évêque au guit-guit émeraude en passant par les callistes rouverdin, à coiffe d’or et safran, le martin-pêcheur vert, le piranga à tête rouge, le saltator des grands bois et l’oiseau national du Costa Rica, le merle fauve, etc.

Le rio San Isidro longe la propriété, ce qui attire de nombreux oiseaux, dont quelques toucans et amazones, des iguanes, des lézards. Pas vu un seul serpent par contre. Les rochers y forment de nombreuses cuvettes, des baignoires à remous (jacuzzi) naturelles, où il fait bon se rafraîchir. Parce qu’il peut faire chaud à San Isidro! Environ cinq degrés de moins que sur la côte du Pacifique cependant. Et les nuits y sont très confortables.

Le pavillon de jardin que nous avions loué est clôturé et « sécurisé » par un portail fermé à clé. Il comprend une grande pièce, genre studio, une cuisine fonctionnelle, une salle de bain attenante avec douche, un vaste « walk-in » et une terrasse baignée par le soleil. James et sa famille habitent à quelques pas.

Dans les environs, on trouve la réserve Las Quebradas, le refuge d’oiseaux Los Cusingos, la Cloudbridge Nature Reserve à l’entrée du parc du mont Chirripo (4 X 4 essentiel!), le Cerro de la Muerte, les eaux thermales de San Gerardo de Rivas, et les fabuleux Jardines Secretos, une belle découverte!

James, qui est une mine de renseignements, nous a fait visiter la foire agricole. Les gens y sont accueillants et souriants. San Isidro est une ville à l’échelle humaine. Beaucoup de guichets automatiques, dont un dans un McDo… Et le système d’autobus est performant. Les paysages sont magnifiques.

Que demander de plus!

D’y retourner, bien sûr!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Oshawa. Ont. Canada


  • 5 of 5

We made an immediate connection with James on our first email. He was amazing with all the arrangements and directions. James and his wonderful family gave us an authentic C.R experience, complete with great local bird watching on the site and at Los Cusingos (absolutely awesome if you are a birder/hiker) only 20 minutes drive away.

James was so kind to provide basic herbs and essentials. The rest could be bought at the local store, only 10 minutes away. The community is quiet, safe and friendly, local store 100m away. The whole enclosure was very safe, secure and insect free. The river is soothing and the stars are great.

We made a wonderful connection with James, Rocio and the boys and were made to feel part of the family.

The weather is perfect because of altitude, perfect for sleeping.

Look no further this is the place to go!!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful, tranquil oasis

  • 5 of 5

I just returned home from a wonderful 10 day trip to San Isidro, Costa Rica.

I stayed in this darling cottage, and couldn't have chosen a better place to be! It was comfortable and clean, with easy access to the town of San Isidro, by way of taxi ($6), or by very nice public buses that ran regularly by the cottage for a fare of .35 -.50 cents!

This lovely little oasis is surrounded by beautiful flowers and greenery, close to a river that was delightful to play in and listen to, while lying in the hammock during the day or falling asleep at night. There are a variety of colorful birds that come to eat the fruit placed in the feeder and the natural background sounds are so soothing!

...and talk about fruit! I've never had so many choices of fresh fruits and vegetables in my life! Attending the Market on Thursdays is a must! There are many restaurants, shops, and just about anything else you could possibly want in town. The roads are well maintained well, and the drives breathtaking!

Jame and his family couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. They are an incredible family!! I will definitely come back for another stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

un petit coin de paradis

  • 5 of 5

Ce cottage est idéalement situé entre la mer et la montagne.

Dès notre arrivée, nous avons été accueillis chaleureusement par le propriétaire.

Des fruits, des glaçons, de l'eau fraîche et du café nous attendaient.

Le lendemain, le propriétaire toujours disponible nous a fait découvrir la bien agréable petite ville de San Isidro avec son marché coloré et bien achalandé.

Le studio de bonne grandeur, propre et bien entretenu est équipé de tout ce qu'il faut pour cuisiner. Le matin nous prenions nos petits déjeuners sur la terrasse où nous pouvions entendre couler la rivière toute proche (rivière où nous nous sommes baignés avec les enfants du propriétaire), voir et entendre chanter des oiseaux rares aux couleurs éclatantes.

Un véritable paradis!!!

Nos propriétaires habitaient sur place. Tout en étant indépendants nous nous sentions en sécurité.

Notre maison est située tout près du Mont Chirripo, l'un des plus haut sommets du Costa Rica (3819m).

Nous étions également proches ente autres de deux parcs nationaux bordant la mer:

-le parc Marino Ballena où comme son nom l'indique nous avons vu des baleines

-le parc Manuel Antonio avec ses singes, ses biches, ses agoutis....

Les plages qui bordent ces parcs sont magnifiques, agréables avec une mer aux eaux chaudes.

Un véritable délice!!!

Nous avons également adoré la petite plage de Ventanas bordée de rochers déchiquetés et troués située tout près du parc Marino Ballena.

Autre avantage du cottage : ses nuits à la température parfaite ni trop chaude, ni trop froide nous permettent de bien dormir.

Nous conseillons cette location à un couple qui souhaite profiter à la fois de la montagne et de la mer.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway


Cafetería Delicias
"Very clean, good cookies, pastry, juice; nice people. However, it is quite Expensive. "
Nearest Airport
84 Miles
Santa Maria Int'l
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pelon's or El Rodeo
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Bazookas, Pelon's Bar & Restaurant, Rodeo Bar/rest
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Playa Dominical
Car: not necessary

Near to the National Park, Mount Chirripo Highest Peak in Costa Rica. 45 minutes to Park Entrance. Also wonderful surfing at Playa Dominical, Eco Tours, Howler monkeys, Whiteface monkeys, Toucans, Canopy Tours, Horseback Riding...all within 45 minutes


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San Isidro del General Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Dialup Access
  • Heating ...
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , hot water
  • Hot water nice ample space, plenty of light, fresh air, Towels provided. provided, toilet paper and soap provided
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • This is a studio home, with like new, full sized bed (matrimonial). This is a very comfortable bed, complete with good sheets and . and blankets, pillows. You will sleep like a baby to river sounds
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
The Garden Cottage is a beautiful studio home with a nice deck, elegantly furnished, tv and internet connected, hot water, home phone, big closet and comfy bed. Kitchen is ready to go. This low-priced accommodation is lower than nearby hotels, and is twice as good, quiet, and elegant. you will not sweat in your sheets like at the beach. We are within 45 minutes of most attractions be it the beach or national park, and 10 minutes from San Isidro de El General, a sweet mountain town about 1000 meters above sea level. Whatever you may need is there, , shops, farmers market, doctor, hospital, haircut, hardware, and buses to most anywhere. People are very friendly here, nice, and kind. We can tell you some stories, and have suggestions and travel info. for your visit. At the Garden Cottage, you will have perfect temperature, not too hot nor cold. You will be secluded and private. The river will lull you to sleep like a baby.

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