Same house with its original sod roof, now covered with a universal and waterproof roof.  You can compare the young forest with the previous photo about 5 years later.Big dining area with garden view and barrel stove for heat on chilly mornings.
Finca Dos Lados CloudForest Retreat
12 guests
1 bedroom
8 beds
2 baths
12 guests
1 bedroom
8 beds
2 baths
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PLEASE NOTE: Finca Dos Lados Cloud Forest Retreat is located above Trojas, Sarchi. The GPS incorrectly locates Finca Dos Lados in San Luis de Grecia. Trojas is one ridge to the west and in Valverde Vega, not Grecia.

The deafening Silence of Finca Dos Lados is truly unique in the bustling world in which we live. We are perched atop the Continental Divide and thrive in Paradise where I like to say we live up here in the Clouds with the Angels.
I have one room with a queen size bed, one room with three twin beds, and a third room with four bunk beds. All three rooms look out on the garden planted with flowers for the native birds. There is a large dining and meeting room and a lounge across the front of the house with an expansive view of the valley below. There are two complete bathrooms down the hall. Up on the hill above the house there is a building which can serve as a studio/study space (no bathroom yet for this one) which has a beautiful view out over our reforestation project. The hillside studio would make a wonderful writer or painter's studio for someone who seeks a peaceful place without interruptions.
We are located about 25 minutes up the mountain from the town of Sarchi, the "Cradle of the Artisans" and the center of the wooden furniture made in Costa Rica. Four wheel drive is recommended for the last 3 km of the drive, especially during the rainy season. Transportation can be arranged from the end of the bus line, about 6 km.
I have cows, chickens, ducks and dogs on the property and an organic produce garden.
I have a good clean water supply on the property with plenty of pressure for a good shower and inline gas water heaters. No cold showers up here. I have a wood burning heater made from a recycled oil drum, which warms us up on chilly evenings.
There are a couple of hiking trails maintained which go over the continental divide into the valley of the Gorrion River.with its waterfalls and more tropical forest.


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Kitchen
Internet
Heating
Free parking on premises

House Rules

no smoking
no rowdies

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Dog(s) and other pet(s) live in the house

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Tammy User Profile
February 2016
What a wonderfully unique experience we had at Finca Dos Lados! Let me start by reiterating that a 4x4 is absolutely necessary to get up the road that leads to the house. After some of the rough terrain we encountered on our way there from Puerto Viejo (roads that had been covered from landslides), we thought our rental car would be able to handle the road to the house but we were hugely mistaken! Sara kindly made arrangements for us to park in a gated area at a neighbor's house and she drove us the rest of the way, which was an adventure of it's own! I also recommend giving yourself plenty of time to get there in daylight depending on where you're coming from because it's not the easiest place to find if you're not familiar with the area. Also, bring some warm clothing! The climate here is much cooler. After finding your way there, the place is quite magical and the beauty of the area was matched by the warmth of the company. Sara, Coco (and her family), and the 3 sweet dogs were a joy to spend time with. The food was wonderful, the accommodations were comfortable, and we enjoyed all of the knowledge and stories Sara had to share. We plan to continue following her progress and mission and hope to come back someday. We wanted to see and do as many different things as we possibly could while in Costa Rica and the time we spent at Finco Dos Lados at the end of our trip was like nowhere else we had been and was the perfect end to a great adventure!
Sara User Profile
Response from Sara:
Thank you for coming all the way up here. It was a real pleasure to meet you and I appreciate your spirit of adventure. I hope you will come back to Costa Rica and share it with your boys. Abrazos, Sara
February 2016

Briana User Profile
March 2015
Our stay with Sara at Finca Dos Lados was a dream come true. Tucked away in the mountains above Sarchi, "up in the clouds", it truly is a little piece of heaven here on earth. Finca Dos Lados was the first stop on our family's very first visit to Costa Rica and though we visited some absolutely amazing and astoundingly beautiful places, Finca Dos Lados remained everyone's favorite. In addition to the cozy, welcoming home, the delicious food cooked up by Coco, and the breathtaking surroundings, was the inspiration and restoration all we experienced. Our two children (8 & 11) enjoyed every moment rolling in the grass, playing with the dogs, exploring the grounds, and splashing in the creek. Sara's vision for Finca Dos Lados and all that she has accomplished so far are inspiring beyond words. Our only regret was not being able to stay longer. We're already dreaming up another trip; this time for a longer stay with friends and plans to dig in and work! "Sara's Place", as we refer to it now, felt like home and Sara and Coca felt like family.

Lindsay User Profile
January 2015
We had an absolutely wonderful time on Sara's farm, Finca dos Lados! The scenery is breathtaking, the accommodations very cozy and the people with whom we shared time and space were kind and warm. We spent time hiking the grounds, learning about the history of the farm, playing games, eating Coco's delicious cooking and altogether relaxing. If we make another trip to Costa Rica, which we hope to, a return visit to Finca dos Lados will be on the itinerary. (Note: When visiting Sara, make sure to have a 4x4 as the drive to her farm is quite rugged!)
Sara User Profile
Response from Sara:
I look forward to your next visit. I'll order some pretty weather for it. There might even be a bit of road improvement by then.
January 2015

Charmaine User Profile
March 2014
This was a fantastic time for our family. Sara is a great host. Her place is a true inspiration for achieving a dream. The journey there is also part of the adventure. I can be as quiet as you wish or as busy as you want. Great to walk in the jungles behind her house, high in the clouds or up her long 6 k drive way, not easy walk!!!!.Or you can sit and meditate ,paint or enjoy Cocco, Jose and Juans conversation. My daughter will be back with more friends, you need at least 4 full days here. 60 min from San Jose airport via Grecia bus 660 kolonas each and Sara meets you at red church. Regular busses leaving. She has turned a cattle deforested pasture into a reforested lush area.
Sara User Profile
Response from Sara:
Thank you, it was a real pleasure sharing my home and project with you, and you are an inspiration in return. I wish you many happy adventures, I am confident your future will be filled with them..
March 2014

Quentin User Profile
December 2015
Nous sommes allés chez Sara en arrivant au Costa Rica. Nous avons été très bien accueillis. Les enfants (5 et 8 ans) ont beaucoup joué avec les chiens qui sont très gentils. La cuisine de Coco était excellente et Sara a été une hôte plus que prévenante. elle est même partie faire des promenades avec les enfants! On était vraiment comme à la maison! Alors que ce n'est qu'à une heure de l'aéroport, c'est déjà une expédition et un 4x4 est indispensable. Avec un Rav4 de location, nous y sommes parvenus sans problème. Les chambres sont basiques, on est dans une ferme, mais cela nous convenait parfaitement... Même a ma compagne qui n'aime pourtant pas beaucoup les "petites bêtes".

Sarchi, Costa RicaJoined in January 2013
Sara User Profile
The owner and imaginer of the Reforestation and Research Project is Sara Clark, a retired lady who loves Nature. In 2002 she bought 723 acres of cleared and eroded pastureland and so far has planted 18,500 trees. There is room for a lot more. She wants the land to be available fo…
Languages: English, Español

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