|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
This unique, custom designed One Bedroom House is situated in Ojochal in the southern Pacific zone of the country.
A 3 hr. 15 mins drive along the beautiful Costenera which is a paved road running along the coast. Or if you fancy a short hop on a small place it is just 40 min. flight to Palmar sur airport, then 20 min drive to the property.
Interior: The pictures should tell the story of the interior with its well organized, full kitchen, spacious living/dinint room, bedroom and bathroom. With windows all around the house as well as two sets of double French doors from the living and bedroom areas leading directlyu onto the patio you are sure to enjoy both sea and mountain breezes.
In detail: 1 bedroom with two windows, rounded tops are stained glass featuring heliconias and butterflies, as well as double French doors leading to the covered, front dining patio, 3pc bathroom with shower, half tiled walls. The living room with matching two windows same as the bedroom end, but with stained glass heliconias and humminbirds, also with double French doors leading to the covered exterior dining lania. The living room is open to a fully equipped kitchen, plus lots of tall 40' upper cabinets, lazy susan, stove, fridge, microwave.
There is excellent air flow from three interior plus one exterior 5 blade fans. Wonderful cooling daytime breezes off the Pacific Ocean and night-time breezes coming down from the Fila Costena Mountain range (2,600 ft) . The bedroom is Air Conditioned.
Pool and Patios: A short stroll through the Tropical garden brings you to the Saline Pool and a 2 meter deep end, beautifully tiled in small glass mosaics with a 7 ' deep Wave Border edging, built in table, and best of all ... a close up view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Watch the change of tides whilst sipping your fruit drinks. Various fruit and exotic trees are on the property including the sensational Ylang-Ylang trees with their sweet smelling yellow flowers spread all along the branches and situated besides the pool.
Saline: (salt water, for those not familiar this is not salt like the ocean it is salt like your tears, kind to your skin, hair, eyes and swim wear)
Village and Location:
International flavour, in our village one can hear Dutch, German, French, English as well as Spanish. The property is within walking distance of numerous restaurants: from the two riverside cafes, next street is Ylang Ylang a Dutch owned Indonesian restaurant plus at thebottom of the street there is a French-Moroccan restaurant with their beautiful gardens and outdoor patio. Then there are a nuber of other restaurants including our favourite, exquisite, French restaurant further along the road into the actual village itself, or on the same road a right turn will take you to Mamma y Papas an Italian owned restaurant featuring home made pasta dishes. El Fuego, as you would expect, serves Steaks.
We are located south of Dominical and its famous surfing conditions. Only 15 mins to Uvita and the famous Whales Tail.
The property is just minutes off the Costanera Highway, read that: as a well paved road...
1 km to the closest walking beach, then every 2 kms thereafter the area abounds with beautiful beaches for swimming which can be explorated at your leisure. No crowds, just ocean, sand, coconut palms and sun. We have included a picture of our favourite which is just 3 kms from your door to beach.
Activities: numerous vacation activities abound, waterfalls, fishing, bird watching, butterflies, monkeys, wildlife in general as well as secluded beaches up and down the coast from the property. Osa peninsula day trips accessible as are mangrove boat tours, Cano island for scuba /snorkeling day trips.
To the north are Jaco Beach, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park also within easy reach for day tripping Hacienda Baru is just 25 mins on a well paved road, a very Interesting place for both young and more mature visitors, whether for nature hiking or canopy zip lining. To to south about 1 hour drive is the fabulous Sierpe River Mangrove boat tours, where it is possible to see numerous animals, birds, and flora in their natural habitat.
Come visit and ENJOY !! all that this stunning area has to offer.
We are a retired couple from Ontario, Canada
We had a lovely 10 day stay at this guest house. Beautiful, quiet property close to several beaches, restaurants and natural attractions! Laurice and Dennis were very helpful and attentive with any questions we had. Had a great stay, would recommend! :)
We stayed at Dennis and Laurice's guest house for 9 nights in late February/early March, and loved both the house and the area. The house is very well outfitted, and has a beautiful view of gardens and the mountains across the valley. Dennis and Laurice are perfect hosts - providing privacy yet available to offer information and assistance (inc coconut water for an upset stomach!). We especially appreciated a drive with Dennis to show us the nearby sites, beaches and restaurants in order to get oriented. The house is a great location from which to explore the area - about an hour's drive to Sierpe, 15 minutes to Uvita, and the village itself is definitely worth exploring (bakeries, restaurants, lots of back roads to wander), plus several beaches nearby - our favourite was Playa Ventanas, just a few minutes' drive. Oh, almost forgot the lovely pool!
What a lovely vacation home Laurice & Dennis' guest house is. Hard to judge when the posted photos were taken, but the amazing pace of growth of their gardens suggests at least 2 years ago. But the house is as fresh and pristine as the mountains in the background. I could sit with a coffee or a cerveza for hours watching the clouds build, swirl and retreat over the mountains (they rarely reach Ojochal itself but provide spring water for household use and gentle garden watering). The property is built on sold notches cut into valleys between smaller hills and is easily accessible from the paved coastal road. Laurice had thought of pretty well everything you might need in the kitchen dept. and provides an amazing array of linens, towels, sheets etc. There is a lovely shaded patio in the "front" of the guest house where you can sit and watch the mountains change, and listen to the cicadas, the toucans and parrots. There's another small patio at the south east side of the house which can get a little hot in the afternoon but which for most of the day is right on the flight path of birds (like a caracara) that glide past to alight in trees lower down in the garden. If you are doing any amount of self-catering - there are two excellent supermercados (supermarkets) in Uvita - but there are two smaller but well stocked supermercados in Ojochal itself. If you want good food and pampering, there is a great choice of restaurants both in the village and in either direction along the coastal road. We have visited Costa Rica many times, but our stay in Ojochal stands out. Want some adventure? Ask Laurice to link you up with Lalo for horseback riding up in the lower mountain trails (Lalo also supplies gardeners to maintain properties like this one and when you stop at Lalo's home a short distance from the guest house to start your horse ride you'll see a garden that is outstanding in the community).
Paul & Suzanne
Linda and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Laurice and Dennis for their hospitality during our recent stay, February 2 – 7, at their Casita.
From the tour of the local area to the education regarding the local wildlife and the details of owning a home in Costa Rica, every conversation was a complete pleasure. They are truly a lovely couple and are most willing to ensure your stay in their Casita and in Ojochal is everything you hoped it to be.
The Casita itself is all anyone could ask for when looking for a home base to explore the area from. The morning mountain view while enjoying a coffee and listening to the howler monkeys in the distances is as peaceful as you could ask for. Late afternoons spent by the pool while listening to the distant waves is just what the doctor ordered.
Be sure to take their recommendations for local dinners and make reservations when suggested. You don’t want to miss out of some of the wonderful restaurants in the area. Do remember to rent a 4X4 if you are planning to drive the roads in this area. It really is a necessity.
Wonderful location, excellent value and lovely people. We are already planning a return next year.
We must echo the positive reviews of those who have come before. "Heliconia" casita is easily accessed from the coastal highway (4x4 vehicle best) and perfectly located to take advantage of the the fine restaurants of Ojochal - the culinary capital of Costa Rica. It's a perfect mid-way point to day trip south to Sierpe and the Osa and north to Manuel Antonio and points in between. Our hosts, Laurice and Dennis, took us on an orientation tour of the immediate area on arrival which opened up all sorts of possibilities for exploration during our week's stay.
The house is comfortable and the kitchen well equipped for simple meal preparation. We enjoyed sitting on our patio in the evening watching darkness descend on our mountain view and awaiting the cooling evening offshore breeze to take away the heat of the day.
We fell into a rhythm of exploring the area in the morning (Sierpe is a must) and enjoying the glorious saltwater pool and fabulous gardens in the heat of the afternoon. The "sails" above and around the pool assured shade was always possible.
Although the casita sits on the same gloriously landscaped lot as the owners' home, our privacy was never compromised. The casita is physically set apart. Laurice and Dennis are very conscious of respecting personal space, but make themselves available to answer any questions and offer advice. When we did come together. we throughly enjoyed our conversations, particularly about the history of Ojochal. Learning about the development of this unique village is a Costa Rican exploration in and of itself.
Looking for paradise? Well look no further. My wife and I stayed in this lovely guest house for two memorable weeks recently. The house, the gardens and the pool area are simply beautiful. We enjoy gardening, so to be surrounded by the lushness and colour of all the tropical plants, shrubs and trees was wonderful. Laurice and Dennis are terrific hosts. From the first evening we met them, we knew that we were going to be very well looked after. They kindly offered to show us around Ojochal and the surroundings the first morning to help us get our bearings. A few days later, Dennis said that he’d gladly pick up a fresh loaf of bread at the local bakery. Delicious. To top it off, Laurice provided freshly picked plantains and bananas from her garden for us to enjoy … and enjoy them we did. And then there were the birds. Most mornings we woke up to a chorus of toucans in the trees around us. One day, it was a bit more like a noisy alarm clock when about 30 green parrots showed up at 5:45 and had a real squawk fest. We loved it. The variety of birds in Costa Rica is truly amazing. There are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area and you can keep as busy as you’d like to be with different activities. We enjoyed the horseback riding, swimming and terrific meals at Nauyaca Falls, the beaches in the area, particularly Playa Ballena, the day we spent on the tour to Corcovado National Park, the Wildlife Sanctuary at Villas Alturas, the waterfall at Uvita, hiking at Hacienda Baru, exploring the tunnels at Playa Ventanas, and a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. And of course, at the end of a busy day, you can always come back “home” and enjoy the exotic fragrance of the ylang ylang tree while you have a dip in the pool. There are any number of restaurants in the neighbourhood to choose from. We tend to prepare many of our own meals and found the grocery selection at one of the BM stores in Uvita to be very adequate. All in all, we had such a good time here. We have absolutely no reservations about highly recommending a stay in this very well-maintained home. Thank you Dennis and Laurice for a truly memorable time.
Tours are available for world-class sports fishing,- horseback riding to spectacular waterfalls and swim holes,- Nature trekking through a nearby private Reserve,- Boat tour of nearby Sierpe Mangroves, wildlife abounds,-Canopy zip line,- Scuba diving and/or snorkelling tours available,- Boat rides for whale & dolphin watching in season,- Sightseeing by day, star gazing by night,- Experience the German, French Canadian, Moroccan, & Dutch Indonesian restaurants in Ojochal village.
Minimum 50% deposit upon reservation. 50% final payment 30 days prior to check in. Reservation dates not confirmed until deposit is received. Partial refund for cancellation with 60 days advance notice