"Our stay here was such a wonderful experience. The house is roomy and comfortable, the view from the deck is stunning, and Jose and his family are so friendly and helpful. Our family stayed at Jose’s house for about 10 days in Sept 2015 and there was never a dull moment; Always something to do. Jose set up activities for us, such as horseback riding, a trip on the Pejebaye River, and canyoneering which is an adrenaline-charged rappelling descent down the face of several waterfalls!
The house is reached by descending a steep (intimidating) road/driveway, but don’t let that put you off; the roads are gravel (not mud) and some neighbors use only 2wd sedans to go in and out. With a 4wd there will be no problem. The property is surrounded by beautiful forest on all sides so there’s no shortage of bugs and critters (arachnophobes beware) but the upside is you’re surrounded by an explosion of wildlife. You can hike the trails on the property or pass through Jose’s farm to secluded swimming in a nearby stream. There are so many birds; hawks, woodpeckers, toucans, oropendola, hummingbirds, finches, buzzards, egrets, owls, and you can see most of these from the comfortable stone deck that overlooks Jose’s farm and the forests. If you have a passion for bird-watching, Jose has a remarkable knowledge of the local species and can explain the detailed characteristics that set them apart from one another. He’s a pro.
Breakfast was included with the rooms, so you will get a chance to meet Jose’s family when they bring the food each morning. The food is delicious and they are so much fun to have around. We felt very fortunate to get to know them and their energetic children, and other neighbors as well.
We definitely want to go back someday. Altogether, the house, the location, Jose’s family and the neighbors make for a complete vacation package. Don’t miss this opportunity to make new friends and see some of the best Costa Rica has to offer."
Guest: Eugene L.
Date of Stay: September 2015
Review Submitted: October 27, 2015