Imagine 5500 sqm (1.35 acres) of lush tropical gardens framed by bamboo and palm trees, flowering ginger plants, orchideas and heliconias. Fruit trees (from papaya to mango, lime and orange, even a small banana plantation), dramatic big rocks scattered in the natural landscape. A highlight and a very unique offer is the maintained jungle path that goes down to the Rio Morete where you may swim, sunbathe or just relax in absolute privacy. The sounds of the rainforest, the river and at night the waves from the beaches closeby. And here is YOUR vacation rental: The Garden Cottage (previously Chocolate House, newly renovated and renamed in June 2013).
Uvita, with its infrastructure that includes banks, supermarkets, health care and restaurants is only 1 mile away by car. Add another mile and you are at one of the finest beaches in the area, the famous Whale's Tail. Plenty of sports and excursion activities can be booked in Uvita. In addition, you will reach the bustling top surf spot Dominical with a 15 min drive (9 miles).
So you are able to have it all: the tranquility of nature, your private spot on the river to cool off and the sounds of the rainforest, as well as an active, but still laid back small town experience and beach life and sports galore. Choose what suits you best each day!
The Garden Cottage is designed to accommodate 2 persons comfortably. On 50 sqm (538 sq ft, incl. deck) you will find everything necessary for a joyous Costa Rican vacation: the open inside features a queen size bed on one side and the kitchen and lounge area on the other. Closet, toilet and shower are separated.
Sliding doors lead to the deck, which is equipped with lounge chairs and a hammock. From here you have a splendid garden and rainforest view and may watch toucans and red and green parrots, the most colourful butterflies and humming birds and even the occasional monkey and other furry friends, who would like to welcome you.
The Garden Cottage also features: wireless internet, air condition, ceiling fan, kitchen with small appliances (stovetop, coffee maker, blender), safe deposit box, parking. Included is the supply of linens, bath towels, toilet paper, hand soap and cleaning tools. Please help us in our own efforts to conserve natural resources, minimizing waste of water, electricity (esp. air condition) and chemicals. Also the house is non smoking, but of course you may smoke outside.
Peace and tranquility and being in touch with nature are key elements in our neighborhood. Noise, pollution, negative energy, overcrowded spaces are being left outside when you enter the property. There are only a few neighbors and we all share and enforce the same philosophy.
A rental car is absolutely recommended for your stay at the Garden Cottage (a safe parking space is located next to the house). We will be happy to provide you with driving directions before your arrival.
1) How far is it from the international airport in San José?
It is a 124 miles / 3,5 hours drive from the international airport in San José to Uvita. We recommend to rent a car and to do the drive during daytime (please consider this when making your reservation, as you might have to spend one night in San Jose). The best route from the airport is to take the new highway 27 direction Caldera and then highway 34 via Jaco, Quepos, Dominical to Uvita.
2) How close is The Garden Cottage to the beaches?
The nearest beach with calm water and therefore good for swimming is Playa Bahia Uvita at the famous Whale's Tail, in a driving distance of 2,5 miles, the nearest surfer beach with big waves is Playa Hermosa, also 2,5 miles. All together you will be close to seven different and stunning beaches here in the Uvita area. All within easy reach with your rental car.
Dog lovers will find our two four legged cookiemonsters irresistible: Mike and Pinto are charming, social and easygoing. Pinto is also in charge to guard the property. Mike is mainly in charge of cuddling and entertaining.
What an incredible spot. Represented very well by posted pictures. Such beautiful gardens, so lovingly tended by Mona. A path off the garden takes you to the river, a perfect way to cool the body and watch brightly colored birds at the same time. The porch of the cottage was a perfect place for long views of the jungle, for watching the monkey and birdlife happening in the canopy. She was a fantastic host, offering beach recommendations and complete peace and quiet. I really enjoyed meeting Mona and felt so comfortable traveling solo with her as my host. I can only hope this place doesn't become constantly booked. I plan on returning! Thank you Mona, Mike and Pinto. I am so glad I met you!
The Chocolate House was an absolute perfect place for our 9 day stay. The hosts were very warm and gracious. The house was super cute and extremely private . We loved waking up to the sounds of the jungle everyday and with only a short drive to the beach, it made for an incredible vacation. Although there was no Pool, the well kept, beautifully wild landscape made up for it. With a locking gate and secure hidden fence around the whole place made us feel very secure. The kitchen was perfect to make small meals and coffee everyday. It was very convenient to have a washer as well. The air conditioning worked great, but we found that the cottage's many windows made it cool enough at night to sleep with out and the extremely comfortable mattress helped as well. I highly recommend the Chocolate House for anyone planning a long of short stay anywhere near Uvita or Dominical, Costa Rica. I plan to go back and would definitely stay there again.
It was awesome!!!
Great ambience, full of life and color.
Lovely place for a couple!!!