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Gideon's jungle house is absolutely beautiful. Somehow they managed to create this stunning log cabin / treehouse structure in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle. The house sits into a mountain so the front door is level with the ground while the deck stands high above the ground and makes you feel like you are in a luxury treehouse, which is what we wanted in a home. When you open up the entire house (like many of the photos), it is a beauty to behold.
There were a few things that were a bit unexpected (possibly because of our newness to Costa Rica). The house was pretty hot and humid if we didn't open up all of the windows and doors. We decided to do this, and obviously received some new houseguests in the form of insects and lizards. Because of the creatures, and also to feel safe at night, we had to close up most of the house to sleep, which made it get hot again. There were two standing fans that made things feel better, but sleeping was a bit difficult until we got used to it.
The house is about 10 minutes up a rocky hill, so you definitely need a 4WD vehicle. We had one fortunately, so we made it to and from the house pretty easily, but it made it a definite trip to go to and from town. If you're looking to retreat for an entire day, this house is perfect. If you want to be involved in what's happening in town, then maybe this house is a bit off the beaten path for you.
We definitely enjoyed our time. Gideon was an awesome host and his go-between Thomas was extremely helpful. We didn't have a cell phone in Costa Rica and they still managed to get us into the house without much trouble. Thank you both for a wonderful stay!
We stayed at the jungle house for a couple of nights and had an amazing experience!
The house is beautiful and spacious located just inside the jungle! It's gives you the real feel of CR jungle life and also located just 10 mins drive from the beach which means you can enjoy both worlds at the same time.
Gideon was just great, he responded really quickly and on a short notice and coordinated our stay smoothly!
If you want to have real jungle experience yet in a well facilitated house this is THE place!
If you are not up to jungle sounds at night (for example very loud howler monkeys) and not really into spiders and geckos crawling around you, it might not be the place for you...
La casa es preciosa y muy cómoda, tiene todo lo necesario. Lástima que la persona que nos tenía que indicar cómo llegar no lo hiciera bien, tan solo tenía que dar el nombre de la urbanización donde está la casa esto hubiera evitado perdernos como lo hicimos. Gracias a Harry por su ayuda.
Words cannot express how much we enjoyed this rental. We truly loved the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, had a blast on our tours, but what we enjoyed the most was coming back to this home, kicking back on the hammock, listening to the sounds of the jungle.
If your budget allows, rent a 4wd to get back and forth. We did not but used the services of two wonderful taxi operators to get us back and forth. The walk out the road to the beach is much easier than the walk back in so we usually took a taxi back.
We stayed for a month and don't regret any minute.
Gideon est un propriétaire très intègre et juste. Il s'est montré très flexible avec nous et compréhensif.
La maison est superbe, le cadre l'est aussi. C'est une vraie 'jungle' house avec tout ce que cela comporte. Il faut donc absolument aimer la nature et l'isolement. Il faut aussi disposer d'un 4x4 pour y accéder car le chemin (environ 2km) est difficile.
This "treehouse," as my daughter called it, was truly an experience to be remembered. Our family thoroughly enjoyed living in the jungle in this beautiful home for 5 nights. Surrounded by the sounds of nature, we were able to get a great feel for the Costa Rican jungle and enjoy the town and beaches of Puerto Viejo, which are only a 10 minute drive away. Property manager, Thomas, is an essential part of this jungle house experience. He set us up with great connections, people and food during our stay and made sure all our needs were met upon arrival. For those wanting an authentic, beautiful and healing experience, we highly recommend staying in Gideon's home.
Authentic jungle house. Immediately on arrival we spotted white-faced capuchin monkeys swinging in the trees. We heard rather than saw Howler monkeys, but spotted many birds and butterflies. Facilities good but road in really requires a 4WD. Great place to chill for a couple of days and enjoy watching the wildlife from your balcony.
Jungle seclusion, monkeys frolicking in the back yard, 10 min drive down one road to a beautiful beach. An incredible stay.
I unfortunately wasn't there to welcome Gideon and his family but my mother told me only good things about them. Very sweet. The apartment was left clean and tidy. They are welcome to come back anytime.