About this listing
Located in a quiet, colorful, tropical garden setting The Garden Cottage attracts guests who appreciate the special vibes and the tranquility of this location. Medidate or do yoga on the deck, walk down to the river or watch local animals. Pura vida!
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, and 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.
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, small fridge), 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.
Other Things to Note
Dog lovers will find Mike and Pinto charming, social and easygoing. Pinto is also in charge to guard the property. Little red Garfield has joined us recently and especially enjoys to hunt butterflies and geckos.
1.Smoking is allowed outside only. Of course the Garden Cottage is drug-free.
2.Persons other than the guests confirmed thru AirBnB are not permitted on the property.
3.The Garden Cottage is privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occur while on the premises or its facilities. The owners are also not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this rental agreement, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises (incl. riverside).
4. Please keep the property clean and all furnishings in good order and
5.Only use appliances for their intended uses.
6.We are sorry, but pets are not allowed.
7. The Garden Cottage is located in a very private and tranquil area, and I kindly ask my guests to respect - and enjoy - this experience.
8. Guests have 24/7 access to a router for wi-fi. Signal strength and connection speed may vary during your stay, due to weather or other conditions.
9. There is a 100 USD cash security deposit due on check in. The deposit shall be refunded upon checkout, provided no deductions are made due to:
a.damage to the property or furnishings;
b.loss of house/safe deposit box keys or remote control for entrance door
c.dirt or other mess requiring excessive cleaning; or
d.any other cost incurred by homeowner due to guest’s stay.
About the Host, Mona & Mike
I am a European lady who has chosen Costa Rica as her home a couple of years ago. My own house is on the same premises as The Garden Cottage, on the other side of a little creek. If you enjoy peaceful natural surroundings, tropical plants, the sounds of the jungle, the river and the beaches closeby, you will love The Garden Cottage!