Jillian Wieseneck lives in Portland, Oregon and also Dominical, Costa Rica. She is a landscape designer, on and off musician, and mom of two young boys.
Renting Jillian's Dominical house was the best thing we could have possibly done. The house was perfect in every way. We saw different animals daily and were so at peace surrounded by the noises of the jungle around the serene and private house. It's hard to list my favorite things but here are a few: the view from the upstairs shower at sunset, laying out on the hammock, picnicking in the grass behind the house, showering in the outdoor shower, walking the road at sunrise to see more monkeys, and even the pleasant dings of the washing machine. Our 2.5 weeks at the house were the absolute best ever! My boyfriend and I had privacy, but also help from Marvin the caretaker and Jillian (email) whenever we needed it. Jillian was so quick to respond and always very helpful and kind. Marvin is so sweet and it was such a pleasure to practice our Spanish with him. The local beaches are perfection. Hermosa and dominicalito were our favorites for opposite reasons, surfing then shells/ tide pools respectively. All of the nearby waterfalls are great but posa azul (ref: Jillian's directions) was our favorite as it was so nearby, fun, secluded, and the locals were always nice (it helps if you speak Spanish) . I could go on and on, but I will just sum this up by saying. DO IT. Book this house and you will not regret it.
experiencia maravillosa, rodeado de naturaleza, con una relajante vista maravillosa del océano. La casa es muy acogedora con todo lo necesario. Jillian servicial y atento. Marvin la persona fantástica arquero. experiencia inolvidable.
Response from Jillian:
muchas gracias Francesco! Espero su carro es mejor!
Jillian's house was just fabulous and we really enjoyed the week that we spent there. The house is not only gorgeous and unique, it's also very functional and comfortable.
Jillian was so helpful and responsive before and during our stay. We could also count on Marvin, our local contact.
In short, if you're for a great accommodation in that area, don't think twice and contact Jillian.
This place was amazing! If you want to stay off the beaten path, go here! My wife and I stayed here for 7 days on our honeymoon, it was perfect. You must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the house. It's about a 10 minute drive up to the house from the main road, just cross through the river (my wife loved this) and follow Jillian's directions closely, they are very accurate.
The house was incredible...amazing views and relaxing atmosphere.
Recommended for those who want a lot of privacy and a bit of adventure.
Castle in the hills! Beautiful house. Beautiful view. Tranquility.
Definitely need a car to get there - almost definitely a 4wd too.
Close to town, so only a short 5min drive to the beach and the surf.
Certainly an intriguingly designed house - bringing the outside in.
This house really was phenomenal. Its located in the jungle which makes it feel so special. You have views of the ocean and all the surrounding jungle. The sunsets were so beautiful they didn't look real. I would highly recommend this place and will definitely come again. The wildlife you see is great as well. We loved the outdoor kitchen living room. Great place!!!!
We loved Jillian's home. The views were breathtaking, the location ultra private. The home was very clean and unique.
Before our arrival Jillian communicated very clearly with me to help us arrive safely, gave suggestions for rental car companies etc. Her communications were very clear.
Her caretaker was thoughtful and very proactive about making sure we were comfortable. He even left a beautiful bouquet of flowers for our arrival.
The area was quite and not over run. The beaches breathtaking and again private.
We would love to return soon to Jillian's beautiful home.
We had a wonderful time in Jillian's open house. The house's open layout makes it so that you can truly feel like you're living at one with the Pacific's coast jungle and makes it easy to disconnect. The house is well located for you to explore the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It has everything you need to stay comfortably and the fully equipped kitchen has everything you need to cook a full meal. I would advise future guests to bring some sound equipment (like an Ipod deck). Since there's no tv, it's nice to be able to listen to music. The family's board game collection also makes for some fun evenings. All in all, a really nice experience!
Want to experience the "Pura Vida"?
Try Jillian's place, a joy for all the senses. What a fantastic location with a great view on the tropical rainforest and the sea, sunsets from the garden. A very private getaway, you hardly feel the need to leave, hammock provided. Just bring some books and you're all set.
It will take you around ten minutes to cover the dirt track to the house, going straight through the lush jungle. First time will probably take a bit longer.
Take Jill's advice to arrive during daytime and yes, you need a 4x4 car to get there! It's about 15 minutes to Dominical, a very laid back surf town.
Jill's responds to email very quickly. Great stay and will certainly recommend this place to other people.
Jillian has a spectacular home in the mountain rainforests of Costa Rica overlooking Dominicalito Beach.
The home itself is a phenomenal combination of modernist architectural design and traditional Costa Rican construction. It features an open-concept living space that allows the kitchen, living, and dining areas, to flow unobstructed outdoors into the backyard, and drop into the rainforest below. The home is well constructed, of solid concrete and tropical wood, with elegant tile finishing’s. It is very clean and comfortable, and a joy to reside in. The two bedroom areas are fully enclosed, and feature spectacular views of the coastline. The climate in this region is comfortable year-round, both in the day and at night
If you are an eco enthusiast, you will love the vast arrays of exotic flora and fauna surrounding the home. We saw species of creatures and plant life that we had only ever seen in films or read about.
For those unfamiliar with the Costa Rican mountain roads, the drive-in for the first time may be a bit unnerving. However by the second day, we had become quite accustom with the winding route. The phenomenal vistas and lush foliage along the way overshadowed the bumpy ride up and down the forested hillside.
The Dominicalito Beach and Waterfalls are not far from the home, and are absolutely beautiful and unspoiled by commercial establishments.
I would strongly recommend a stay here for any great lover of the outdoors
Response from Jillian:
Thanks for the great review Sean. I really appreciate that!
Great house in Domincalito! Open-air living area perfect for entertaining, not to mention awesome views of ocean, jungle, mountains, and picturesque bay with fishing boats and Punta Dominical. Sunsets over the Pacific are an added bonus. The location is ideal...minutes away from the paved coastal highway and yet very private. Proximity to the highway gives access to restaurants, grocery stores, beaches, ATMs of Dominical but one is also just minutes to Uvita and Ojochal to the south. If looking to experience Costa Rica then this is the way to do it!
Jill is a great host with excellent taste.
You are sure to have a lovely time.
Jillian is a very helpful, a gracious person and friend. She has 2 wonderful boys and is a great mom. She is a designer and has a great eye for detail. She is very organized and clean. Her house is an amazing spot. Very special.