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The Unicorn Lodge in the Cloud Forest of San Gerardo de Dota

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house


About the property

House, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath. Sleeps up to 6.

The Unicorn lodge is nestled among ancient oaks along side the pristine Savegre River in the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota. Our area is famous for its dense concentration of the Resplendent Quetzal which is sought after by bird watchers from all over the world. We have had breakfast on our front deck with these magnificent creatures several times. There are several high end eco-resorts in our magical valley, but we have the only fully equipped homes in the area. We have an additional villa(Dreamwater Villa) on the property as well.

The lodge has 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, and an sleep 4-6 comfortably. The Savegre River is just off the front deck and was called 'the cleanest river in Central America' by National Geographic. We are located just 75 miles from the airport in San Jose or about a 2 hour drive

More Details

Ryan Huett
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

Why Ryan Huett chose San José

The valley in San Gerardo de Dota is one of Costa Rica's best kept secrets. It is one of the most pristine environments anywhere on the planet. The area is world renown for its birdwatching, but offers amazing waterfalls and ancient forests nestled into an unspoiled cloud forest at 7500 ft elevation.


San José House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


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The Unicorn Lodge in the Cloud Forest of San Gerardo de Dota
average rating of 4.6 based on 20 reviews

Insanely beautiful property. If you want a retreat from anything stay here!

  • 5 of 5

This is a paradise. We saw 3 male Quetzals right when driving into the property so birdwatchers will love it here. The property is vast and beautiful. Would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We stayed in Dreamwater

  • 4 of 5

Dreamwater is lovely property with water running underneath. It is modern and the bed is very comfortable. Lovely to have space and well positioned in San Gerarado del Dota.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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House was wonderful but....

  • 3 of 5

The house and the location were beautiful.

However, there weren't even the basics of basics in the house. We knew we had to get groceries before arriving, but we should have been told to get (or better yet the house should have had) dish soap, a sponge, paper towels....basic things a house should have. There wasn't even salt and pepper.

Also there should be reading lamps next to the beds.

Location: beautiful, Amenities: subpar

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place off the normal route

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Unicorn lodge. Lots of trails to explore and things to see. Our kids fished the Pond across the street and the restaurant cooked then right up for us. We went to Irazu volcano one day and explored the ruins along with taking a short horse back ride which was also so beautiful. Make sure you bring in your groceries.

There is no TV but internet worked good so we downloaded a movie and watched that at bed time. We typed Los Lagos Restaurant in the GPS and had no problem finding it at all. It was chilly so bring warm pajamas. We had a large fire in the fire place but it didn’t do much to warm the place but was beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Panama City Beach, FL

Beautiful location but lacking amenities

  • 3 of 5

Although the property is very beautiful it is lacking the small details that we expect when booking through HomeAway. There is wifi (unless it's raining), hot water, and the kitchen is stocked with dishes. There are some dvd's but unless you bring your own player there is no way to watch them. The computer there doesn't work, there is no mouse and the screen is broken. There are books to read if you like middle school text books or cookbooks from the 1970's. Most of the other books had water damage. The fireplace is nice but inadequate to heat the place. You have to buy your own wood which the caretakers can provide. We had to move the couch in front of the fire to stay warm. There are two small space heaters provided which we used to take the chill out of the bedroom. The hiking trail behind the house was washed out and impassable. One of the other trails to the big waterfall was also damaged. We were able to get to the fall but it's not for the weary.

We never received the email from the owner with important information like directions to the cabin, even though we messaged twice asking for more info. We were able to find the turn off the main highway using the Waze app. There is one small sign on the entire road , right before the driveway, that says Unicorn Lodge , if you blink you miss it. We were able to get Ryan on the phone after we pulled into the drive and he confirmed we were in the right spot. The caretakers came out to greet us and showed us to the house. They do not speak English but are very nice and helpful people.

Overall we enjoyed our time in the area but for the price we would not stay here again. A deck of cards, a board game, even a pen to play tic tac toe would have been nice. Better communication from the owner before we arrived would have also helped.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Diego, CA

Beautiful spot!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 nights with our three kids after trekking through the middle of nowhere for 10 days in extremely remote places. This was the perfect ending. Unfortunately, the coordinates led us off track and we got lost for several hours because of that but, once we finally arrived, it was very relaxing! Ryan responded to my message for help right away and helped us get back on track. Within 30 minutes of our arrival, Emi helped us get dry firewood and a bottle of wine and secure our tours for the next day. We ate at many of the restaurants that were recommended and were not disappointed. We took a short quetzal bird tour where we saw several birds, a horseback ride and hike to the falls! All of these things were affordable, relatively short activities suitable for all of us. The hike to the falls was described as relatively easy, but, I would caution taking small children or stop at the first set of falls. The big fall at the end was gorgeous, but the hike was a challenge and the very end was impassable due to fallen trees. Overall a great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Located in the pristine cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota.....this area is often called the best kept secret in all of Costa Rica. One of the few places on the planet to view the Resplendent Quetzal, San Gerardo de Dota is truly a must see on your visit to this amazing country.

San Gerardo de Dota is located off Highway 2, about 2-3 hours from San Jose and 2 hours from Dominical. Like everywhere in Costa Rica, signage is not the best; however, there is a small sign at the turnoff. It helps to keep a lookout for kilometer markers. San Gerardo de Dota is located at kilometer 80.

Once you turn off Highway 2, you’ll descend into the valley for about 15 minutes, maneuvering down several steep switchbacks before arriving at the village. Just one main road runs through town so there’s little chance of getting lost.

Leave early in the day: Driving after dark on Highway 2 is not recommended. The road is windy and steep and visibility can be very limited when it rains or the cloud cover increases.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Pet Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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