Two level, 4 bedroom beach house, on 1/2 acre lot with private pool
About Peter Downing
We are a Brady Bunch type family - we have 6 adult children between us and 10 grandchildren - this is our family vacation home! The house was designed to accommodate large groups - if the group is larger than this house can accommodate there are nearby over-flow options.
Peter Downing purchased this House in 2012
Why Peter Downing chose Parrita
We were initially attracted to the tropics by the beaches, palm trees and warm breezes. We chose Costa Rica for our vacation home because of its stable government and relative safety - we were attracted to La Isla Palo Seco in particular because of the pristine quiet beach. This is not the place to go for the night life - but if you are looking for a tropical paradise this fits the bill - the house is big enough for family vacations or groups who wish to vacation together with private pool and an essentially private beach! Sunset watching is very popular here - sunsets are different every day and they can be quite spectacular. As you end your day on the balcony (perhaps with a favorite beverage) you will be serenaded by the sounds of the ocean, the breeze in the palms and the cheeping of the geckos - enjoy.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Amazing retreat to recharge and take in this beautiful country
We traveled to this amazing property to get away from the craziness of work and life and it was perfect. This was a girls trip with 3 of us and we each had our own room (plus a spare) and 2 bathrooms. The beach is so close and you can hear the waves crashing from the patio.
There is dining in the little town of Parrita that is about 10 minutes away or the best food we had the whole trip just down the road at Mar y sol. It took about 45 minutes to get to Jaco and 25ish to get the Quepos and we enjoyed both towns. You must go to Manuel Antonio and plan to swim at the amazing beaches they have there.
Peter checked on us when we arrived to make sure we made it and to ensure the property was as expected. He was very quick to respond to our questions and we will plan on staying here again in the future!!
Thank you so much Camille - we are happy that you enjoyed your time at our vacation home - you would be welcomed back any time - Peter
A week in paradise!
Our group of two families (4 adults and 4 children ages 12-14) stayed for a week at Villa Dos Gatos in July. Peter was easy to communicate with and very responsive to our questions, as was Woody the property manager who lives a short distance from the Villa. Our stay exceeded our already high expectations. The home itself was perfect for our needs and comfortably slept the 8 of us. We cooked several meals in the kitchen and had a couple movie nights streaming movies through our computer using the house projector for a big screen experience. The beds were comfortable and the AC in the bedrooms greatly appreciated as it was very humid and hot (although during the day the heat didn't bother us as we were mostly hanging out on the balcony upstairs which had fans and a constant breeze from the ocean).
The best part about staying at Villa Dos Gatos however is the amazing location. You are just across a dirt road from a gorgeous beach that stretches on for miles. Our first four days we were on the beach constantly and didn't see another person! The surf is strong and constant and we made great use of the surfboards and boogie boards provided with the house. We also used the lovely pool in back of the house numerous times each day. The back yard was like its own nature preserve. Every morning there were several brilliantly colored crabs at the bottom of the pool, and the kids had a great time fishing them out with the net and watching them scuttle away. There were numerous iguanas who came and visited as well as frogs at night. The best part however was watching the resident sloth who lives in the tree by the front balcony and feeding bananas to the family of 7 Capuchin monkeys who visited several times in the back yard tree. Truly magical.
The location feels remote but you are 15 minutes from a major grocery store, 40 minutes from Quepos with great restaurants, tours and of course Manuel Antonio, and about an hour from Jaco. One of our favorite meals out was at the restaurant just down the road however at Mar y Sol, a 2 minute drive. Everything about our vacation at Villa Dos Gatos was wonderful and we are so grateful that Peter made this little slice of paradise available to our group!!!
Thank you so much for the very nice review of our home and description of your time there - Peter
Beach Villa Stay
We stayed at the Villa for 9 nights and really enjoyed everything about the place. Beach and pool were great. Close to town for supplies but still far enough to feel remote. Tons of wildlife right beside the Villa. It was really easy to communicate with Peter about the stay and he made it simple to check into the Villa. The A/C was definitely needed as it was quite hot during our stay. We would recommend and already have to friends and family.
Thanks Kalum, Katherine and family - you and/or friends are welcome any time - Peter
June 2019 - Family Vacation
Villa Dos Gatos was a perfect fit for our family vacation with our 3 teenage daughters. Palo Seco Beach was a beautiful secluded location. Amazing views of both the ocean and wildlife. The Villa was equipped with everything a visitor could have needed, down to the little things throughout. Brooms handy upstairs, down, poolside, clothesline in the laundry room / 4th bedroom and poolside and excellent selection of food storage containers. The information packets they provided were so so helpful. From the details on the home to adventure recommendations in the area. We tried many of their recommendations and they lived up to all our wildest vacation dreams.
Thank you Peter and Stephanie for all you did to assist us in having a vacation to remember for a lifetime.
Thank you for the kind words and you are very welcome Sue and family - we enjoyed having you all as guests and in particular we enjoyed reading e-mailed blogs of your adventures while there - you will be welcomed back when ever/if ever you wish to return - Peter and Stephanie
This was the perfect home away from home. The house and property are well maintained and completely private. Whether you're sitting in the backyard or on the front porch overlooking the ocean, the view was beautiful. We would definitely love to stay here again..
Thank You Monika - you would be welcome back any time - Peter
9 nights in Paradise
the Johnston party had a lovely stay we forgot to write in the book but it was wonderful
Thanks for writing - we are pleased that you had such a nice time on your vacation - Peter
on the back side of the Isla is and extensive estuary; (fishing and touring is available - Manuel Antonio National Park is located 30 km away; with jungle trails, beautiful protected beaches for swimming and snorkling - Jaco is 45 kms away; a surfer town with extensive tourist services - deep sea fishing is available out of Quepos (25 km away) or Herradura (50 km away) - horseback riding is available right on the beach - whitewater rafting can be arranged by our property manager - Sky Mountain zip-lining is about 20 minutes away with the longest lines in Costa Rica and spectacular views of the Parrita River valley