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I am from the United States and have lived in Costa Rica for fifteen years. I love to work with medicine plants and be outdoors in the rainforest.
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The house is exactly like shown in the photos- basic and serene. The rooms do not have AC and the bathrooms are small but you really have all you absolutely need the rest can be considered excess (depends on the traveler). It's not the place to sleep-in as it gets too hot and bright in the morning (7 a.m.) but it is surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants and has a spacious porch for relaxing and sipping some coffee. There were a lot of people visiting while we were there to work on the garden. It didn't bother me but thought you should know.
The location is not too far from the town. A ten minute walk. There is a long dirt road you have to take before reaching the house. Maybe half a mile. I really recommend getting there by Taxi and then ridding a bike through it for the remainder of your stay. Like others mentioned, it gets dark but I used my flashlight on my phone to guide me through.
Ana, Rachel's intern, greeted us when we first arrived. She was very pleasant, helpful and sweet. The house was a very unique experience like the other commentators mentioned. I would recommend the house to friends with a few disclosures as this is not the place for everyone; although, still an awesome experience.
We met Rachel on our second day and she was delightful. The house is beautiful and relaxing and in an amazing location in the jungle. It is a bit further from town, but that adds to the experience and made our stay calmer though we visited the area during its peak season. I advise to follow her directions to the house exactly as we got lost in our first attempt! The rooms were great and we loved the view and tranquility.
This place was amazing! The house is absolutely beautiful and everyone was extremely friendly. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking to stay in a jungle setting with great location near town.
There's nothing like waking up to howler monkeys!
Though we did not take advantage of the therapeutic services, we still thoroughly enjoyed the unique and relaxing stay at the wellness center.
We easily walked to/from town and nearby beaches every day (make sure you have a flashlight at night though; bicycles and taxis also available).
Sharing a bathroom with the room next to us wasn't an issue.
Rachel is sweet and has a wonderful place (be sure to ask about the story of Casa Redonda) :)
This was my second visit to Rachel's Hidden Garden. It was such a delight the first time so I made a point to go back and visit again.
This time I was smart and rented a bike to get me into town and back as it's about a 15 minute walk, which isn't a big deal unless it's pouring and the dirt road can become full of puddles (so bring your rubber boots!)
Hidden Garden was a nice retreat off the beaten path. Rachel has built a unique, rustic home, perfect for nature-lovers. The property is a short walk, bike ride or drive to the main shops and cafe's of Puerto Viejo, and Manzanillo. The side streets are pretty dark at night in Puerto Viejo, so pack a flashlight for the walk home. Definitely check out the nearby Pure Jungle Spa for and exceptional open-air massage. We weren't able to participate in a yoga class while we visited, but the yoga deck looks great, and the yoga teacher, Molly, is delightful and welcoming.
Nice and really peaceful place in Puerto viejo jungle! We just loved our stay in this wood made home.
Everything was ready for us when we arrived. We did not meet anyone until the next day but were able to make ourselves at home very easily. It is at the end of the road and set up against the jungle. A calm peaceful, quiet place.
This is a very relaxing place just in the middle of the exuberant tropical forest of the costa rican Caribbean. This rustic house has the necessary to stay few days in a "simple-hearted" way. The house is not as closer to the beach as you can wish, and you will probably prefer to have 4x4 vehicle to take to road to the cabin, but you will receive instead beautiful awakenings surrounded by monkeys and birds. Even when I didn't meet Rachel (she was not in CR), the communication via internet was very fluent, she was very kind and did all the possible for us to have some great vacations days.
This place was great and so serene! Puerto Viejo is an amazing place and I would recommend the town and this spot to everyone! If you're wanting a place a little off the beaten path instead of in the thick of town, this is the place. We didn't have a chance to take advantage of the yoga and massages :( but it was great being in the jungle. It was a little hard to find, thank goodness I had a phone number to call once we got to town! I would definitely recommend renting a bike during your stay and have a headlamp/flashlight on hand if you plan to stay out after dark. Check out Tasty Waves for their amazing fish tacos and Cocles beach :)
Rachel and her friends were great! She let us know when she was arriving and kept in touch, even giving us some helpful advice on directions. She left the house in good shape! She is welcome to come anytime!
It was nice having Rachel, her friend and Rachel's daughter. They were quiet and respectful guests. The only problem was that on the first night we had to remind Rachel's friend of our strict no-smoking policy, which was very clear on our listing (hence the two stars for house rules). Otherwise they were good guests and once we reminded Rachel's friend of our policy she apologized and we had no more problems for the rest of their stay. To be clear it was Rachel's friend and not Rachel who was smoking (I think Rachel may actually have been out of the house at the moment) but this did feel important to share since it's an important house rule to many hosts. I would still recommend Rachel as a guest as long as the smoking policies are very clear, like I said she and her friend were very kind, friendly and respectful otherwise.