About this listing
Cleanly modern lines on our house with outdoor / indoor living in an amazing setting perched over the jungle and ocean.
Rustic designer dream. Newer contemporary open living 2 bedroom private house on 15 acres with incredible views of sunset, Dominicalito fishing beach and Manuel Antonio. Bedrooms are glassed in but the living space is open. Wildlife viewing abounds. This 1700 sq. ft. home is perched above the jungle at the top of 2 slopes, so it has an incredible breeze that cools it off about 20 degrees. We have a very flat front and back lawn for easy outside use. On 3 sides there is a protected drop off so you look over the canopy. We are at the top of the foothills over the beach and behind us sits an old growth forested mountain cliff. Adventurous location on the mountain with a gravel road and a drive through a creek that has footbridge in case of emergencies.
There are two bedrooms that are glassed in. The upstairs bedroom is very large, with a huge veranda/ yoga platform overlooking the jungle, canopy and ocean. There is a custom built queen bed with 2 single mattresses in case you need them. You can sleep up to 4 people in this bedroom. There is also a downstairs 1/2 bathroom suite with sunset view and a custom queen bed.
The downstairs bedroom has a custom queen bed with sliding glass doors leading to the garden. This bedroom has a 1/2 bath indoors.
Open air living / dining/ kitchen space with custom modern furniture. Lock down bodega in the kitchen allows for good security in the open downstairs living area. Covered laundry room with a washer (dryer hookup available for long term renters who bring dryers). We air dry our laundry on our lines. Wireless 2gb internet is available with $30 extra charge. One can usually (website hidden), Facetime and stream movies. This house has a 10 minute drive up from the coastal highway and Dominicalito beach. 13 minute drive to the market. 14 minute drive to Dominical beach town that has small stores, restaurants, and a bank. Both Dominical and Dominicalito are great surf beaches.
South by 15 minutes is Uvita with lots of banks, restaurants, 2 large grocery stores, mechanics, medical daytime clinics, pharmacies, and the gas station. 10 minutes south of Uvita is Ojochal, which has many Europeans and great restaurants. 20 minutes south of Ojochal is Cortez with hospital. 45 minutes north of our house is Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.
This house is great for independent and adventurous people who want to get away in a very private abode, have beautiful views and wildlife, yet have the town and ocean 10-15 minutes away in a car. 4wd drive is deeply recommended.
There is a tv with no reception hooked up to a dvd player and a dvd collection.
Interaction with Guests
I manage the house from the States so I try to respond to any questions as soon as possible, which is usually quite quick unless I am out of range with my phone wi-fi. You will have the phone number of my very friendly part-time Costa Rican caretaker, Marvin, who only speaks Spanish. Either you can call him or I can call him if there is something he can help with. We have a friend, Victoria who can has a concierge service for tours, massage, rentals, etc. I will be sending you her info, so if you'd like, you can call her. I try to help with restaurant suggestions, etc if you need this. Most of our clients are wanting privacy and independence though, and are not excepting hotel like services at the house itself. There are tons of business in the town for Spanish and surf lessons, and to rent surf boards, paddle boards, etc. There are horseback riding waterfall tours, canyoning tours, zipline tours, and much more.
The house is located in a very uniquely private end of a mountain road in the jungle. We have a few neighbors on the top of the hill with us. You will have a quick drive up or down from the main town and will have access to restaurants, rental shops, stores, etc
Please allow yourself enough time to arrive during daylight. It is the jungle with no addresses, a dirt road climbing up, and you will be a lot happier finding our house the first time during daylight. (5:30-6:00 is sunset) Even though Dominical is only 2.5-3 hours from San Jose, driving in Costa Rica can be quite tiring. I recommend pulling over for dinner the first night in Dominical before coming up to the house. This way you can become better situated with the kitchen when you wake up on you first beautiful morning.
Other Things to Note
You are in the jungle and in an open house. Sometimes there will be very few insects, sometimes there will be much more. They can fly in and out of the house. Sometimes the jungle is quiet and sometimes it is loud. The dry season January - March brings on cicada sounds that can be loud. There are animals in the jungle, but they tend to stay out of our main open living area unless you leave food and garbage out at night. Every day we see toucans and parrots, occasionally the monkeys, and sometimes really interesting animals. Geckos will be in the house, and occasionally a toad might visit. The bedrooms and bathrooms are the only part of the house fully protected by glassed in windows with screens (as pictured).
I will send you the house rules upon booking. thanks
Um mich kurz zu Fassen: Es war der Weg ins nirgendwo und am Ende wartete das Paradies! Absolut schönes gepflegtes Haus traumhafte Ausblicke noch schöner als es auf den Bildern wirkt. SUPER NETTE NACHBARN! Pura vida Costa Rica
Here's the translation for the English speakers!
To keep it short : It was the road to nowhere and end up waiting paradise ! Absolutely nice well-kept house fantastic views even more beautiful than it looks in the pictures . SUPER nice neighbors ! Pura Vida Costa Rica
Jillian and Jeff's place is super cool if you want a very natural experience in the jungle. We were there for 9 days and it felt like we lived at Jurassic Park. We never knew what large colorful insect we might run into next. Sometimes scary but ALWAYS fascinating! Jillian kept in contact with us very closely and we needed her help as we arrived during a storm and the town's power was out and we were somewhat freaked out. Prior to arriving Jillian provided us with a whole folder of info and we treated it like our bible. She tells you basically everything you could possibly need to know about this house. Make sure you print that info and bring it with you. Her guy Marvin was very helpful when we arrived and he explained a lot to us even though we did not speak Spanish. You will definitely need a 4 wheel drive to get up and down the mountain and over the river, and definitely arrive in the daylight. Once you get the hang of it you'll have no problem even in the dark. Bring votive candles and flash lights you will need them as the power goes out from time to time. We called Victoria as Jillian suggested to book activities. She is great. Super cool to deal with. We did horseback riding, jumped off water falls, snorkel, scuba, zip line, whale watching, wildlife sanctuary and we went to tons of the restaurants. Pack light, bring clothes you can easily dry on a line in the humidity. The shower is really great, especially when you shower by candle light at night. The downstairs is open air so you are basically one with the jungle. The upstairs has the main bedroom and bathroom/shower. It was nice being able to shut the jungle out at night, It felt safe in there. Be sure and walk the road at dawn and dusk, you'll see monkeys and other jungle animals. The jungle is alive with all kinds of loud noises day and night. This is an adventure type destination. The accommodations are very clean and the design of the house is super modern with a very well thought out design. This is not a posh resort. If you are looking for that, go to the Hilton. BUT, if you are looking for a really rad, unique and true jungle experience THIS is the house to stay in! Highly recommend!
This place is a great way to experience Costa Rica! Jillian made us feel welcome and gave us all the information we needed to really enjoy our trip to Dominical. The pictures are true to the feel and situation of the house and it is set back in the mountains with an amazing ocean view. The bugs really are something else - not the place if you are squirmish with bugs since they are huge (cool...but huge!) I would suggest this place to anybody who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, relax and have some adventure while doing it!
If you’re looking for the place you’re staying in to be an experience in and of itself, you should certainly stay in Jillian’s mountaintop house! The views are incredible and the open concept living room means that you truly become a part of the jungle you’re staying in. Absolutely rent a car with 4 wheel drive to stay here and do arrive in the daytime- we made the mistake of journeying up the mountain for the first time in the dark, which was harrowing! Once we were able to do it in the daytime, however, it became a fun part of coming and going from the house. The town of Dominical is wonderful for a laid-back vacation with lots of beach time and wildlife watching. A tip- ask a local how to get to Playa Linda a few kilometers north of Dominical, it was stunning and always nearly empty! The house is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for a little adventure, you’ll love staying here!
Jillian was the most accommodating host. She made sure we were safe and comfortable the entire time we were there. The home is absolutely memorable in every way possible. I recommend it to anyone. The only thing missing was a radio for those nights of dancing on the lawn under the starts, but we made do! The scenery is stunning and the sounds of the forrest truly make you feel as though you're living "Pura Vida." I'll definitely be back. Cheers and thank you so much Jillian.
We spent a lovely week at Jillian's home. She was super responsive and was very helpful before and during our stay. Even though we didn't speak any Spanish, we got along fine with Marvin on the first day as he showed us around. Jillian's home is a dream and Dominicalito is great if you want to be away from busier tourist towns. I would definitely advise leaving yourself plenty of time to arrive during daylight on the first day as the turn into the road to her house is easy to miss in the dark and the subsequent drive up the mountain can be a little harrowing for lifelong city dwellers. Don't buy too many perishables and stock the fridge to the brim as the power does go out from time to time (sometimes for 20min, sometimes for a few hours), making it questionable if the raw meat you bought will still be edible the next day. We had a little disappointment with Victoria, who handles tour bookings, but Jillian was prompt and considerate in addressing it. Overall, it was an amazing week in Costa Rica! I would definitely come back and stay with Jillian again!
Thanks Michelle. I am glad you had a good time and you were a great guest!
I often have people asking me for assistance with reservations on tours, etc, and I cannot help from the US. So I give people a referral to Victoria's concierge service, which is a separate business. Unfortunately she had a family emergency the week during your stay and made a major glitch. I apologize for that again. As of this week she has made some changes in terms of keeping certain hours and making sure she will be able to properly follow up so that I can continue referring people to her. From what I know, she has done a really good job for our guests up until last week and will now have better back up in case of another emergency. thanks for your patience!
We had a fantastic time in Dominical. I have travelled a lot and have never wanted to return to a place so badly. Jillian's place is beautiful. It's nestled high up on a perch in the mountains, affording incredible ocean views. We really enjoyed watching the sunsets, waking to the sounds of monkeys and being lulled to sleep by the melodic tune of the birds. The drive up the mountain several times a day was a highlight for us, as we think of ourselves as adventurers, but it is not for the faint of heart. It is very steep, narrow and twisted and, there is a creek to cross. For us, it was always thrill ride. Do not try to find it at night, it is so easy to find in daylight, but your landmarks are difficult to find at night. We could not have been happier with our stay.
About the Host, Jillian
Jillian Wieseneck lives in Portland, Oregon and also Dominical, Costa Rica. She is a landscape designer, a musician, and she and her husband, Jeff are the parents of two young boys.