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Dos Gatos-Elegant Home, Ocean View with Private Pool

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3-4)

Built in 2005 , Dos Gatos is a unique home, designed perfectly for larger families or several people who want to vacation together but also appreciate privacy. The home has three separate buildings, with a large swimming pool in the middle. The house is centrally located in the quiet K section, situated between the Nosara Yoga Institute and Playa Guiones. The house is tucked away on a hilltop and although convenient to restaurants, stores and the beach, it is very private. Cool breezes waft through the house every day because of the higher elevation. It is one of the few properties within walking distance of the beach that has enough elevation for ocean views and the breeze.

In the afternoon, relax on your private patio, watching songbirds and jungle wildlife. Or sit by the pool enjoying a good book and the quiet surroundings of our private oasis. Or use the hammocks for lazy days and moonlit nights. When you're ready to hit the surf, kayak, fishing spots or walking trails, you are convenient to it all. The property is frequented by monkeys and many birds. There are jungle views from every window and terrace as well as the ocean views. The only views you don’t have are those of other houses. Because we don't have cats or dogs we have a profusion of wildlife that is wonderful to view. (There are no cats at Dos Gatos!)

The home contains three separate pods. Two buildings contain spacious bedroom/bathroom suites surrounded by patios, so you can sip your morning coffee watching the hummingbirds or monkeys before joining friends or family. The main building contains a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath. Each of the two bedroom suites contains a king-size bed, a large, private terrace area and a full bath. There are two additional twin beds for sleeping. The bedroom in the main house contains a queen-size bed. The large kitchen has granite countertops and is well designed and equipped for entertaining and cooking. There is a bar area for eating. as well as an outside dining area on the terrace. We do have a phone, WI-FI and an IPOD/radio music system, but no TV/VCR. There are ceiling fans in every room and because the ceilings are 25 ft high, every room is very cool, and breezy. The property has several retaining walls which are 6-10 ft high; it is not recommended for very young children.

This house is an exceptional and unique property available for rental. We are part time residents of Nosara and the house was built and

equipped with living in mind, not just as a rental property.

The home is in the K section of Nosara within a five-minute walk of Playa Guiones. Nosara is known for its natural beauty and commitment to protecting its wildlife refuge. Nosara is also one of the best surfing spots in Central America. Sports fishing, river and ocean kayaking, and bird watching abound. 4WD vehicle recommended.

Cook available upon request.

Cook available upon request.





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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About The Owner

We loved Nosara when we came here in 1997. We rented a house for the first six years we came, usually for several months at a time. We built our home to include the wonderful aspects we had experienced in other homes here, while avoiding some of the downside aspects we had seen. The house was designed by us so is quite unique and conveys a sense of natural jungle living. Everyone who visits, rents or comes to see our home comments on it's elegance and spaciousness. We built the house for us to live in, not just to rent. We live in the house for several months per year, thus it is appointed in a manner that reflects a homeowner not a rental.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Playa Guiones

We did not choose to buy a vacation rental. We chose to build a dream house for ourselves and rent it when we are not in Costa Rica.

What makes this house unique

privacy, both from neighbors, and from family or friends visiting. 3 separate units allows for unlimited privacy

hilltop location with ocean views but 5 minute walk to the ocean

gardens designed for tropical scents as well as appearance. Smells of ylang ylang, jasmine, and white ginger occasionally waft thru the property.

profusion of wildlife

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a great house to stay in! We brought ourselves and 3 adult children with spouses and the house

couldn't have been more comfortable. Everyone felt that they had privacy with the private patios attached

to each building, but we were all together. The outside space felt luxurious, dining with the birds and monkeys hanging from trees, sleeping with the doors wide open, every detail of the house felt that it was

carefully thought out. We would only consider coming back to Nosara if we could rent Dos Gatos again.
Dec 2008
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Playa Guiones House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • limited accessibility
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
IPOD dock/speaker system, games, book library There have been many thefts in Nosara, too many to dismiss, and the Nosara Security Committee recommended that all rental houses install a guard at night, especially during the holiday season. We hire a company that charges $250/week , and they install a guard every night (they sit in our garage, which is below the house) from 5pm to 5 am. This is an additional fee for rental.


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Dos Gatos-Elegant Home, Ocean View with Private Pool
average rating of 4.2 based on 7 reviews
Durango, CO

Wonderful vacation

  • 4 of 5

A beautiful property that is well cared for. Wildlife abounds and we were glad to have a heads up about water, electricity, bug and construction issues. A wonderfully relaxing time here reading, cooking, games and conversation. So many lovely beaches close by. Highly recommend it as a great place to park yourself for some time away.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boulder, CO

Not well managed

  • 2 of 5

As pretty as this place is, it's a shame it wasn't better managed. The property manager had not checked the condition of the property before my arrival. General cleaning wasn't done, the bedding wasn't fresh, and it was not "ready". Unfortunately, it took 3 days to get it feeling right.

Also, the property manager neglected to mention two important points:

1. water is often unavailable, and it's unpredictable when the taps won't flow; the house should have had a supply of 6L jugs of drinking water, but it didn't.

2. electricity is also problematic and unpredictable; we were UNinformed about the location of the main breaker, or the need to have candles and flashlights at the ready.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Massive Arrival of Tourists Caused Water Outages in Nosara" from Voz de Nosara, January 3, 2014. Nosara experienced an unexpected massive water shortage over the holidays, as well as frequent electrical power surges. This is not a normal situation in December but it did happen this time. It is distressing to receive a negative review (our first), but feel like the renter's dissatisfaction was partly due to events out of our control. The condition of the house upon arrival, not completely clean, has been addressed with our property manager. We strive to make our home a delight for visitors and have always received wonderfully positive feedback.
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A Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned today from our trip to CR. We spent five days in Nosara with our three adult children and Los Gatos was the perfect jungle retreat for us. The house was beautifully designed and decorated with much detail and love. Most of the time at the house was spent in the pool or playing cards outside on the lovely patio. It was beautiful to fall asleep to the sounds of the night and to awaken to the sounds of exotic birds and beautiful butterflies outside our window. We loved the outdoor showers and felt safe and private. AnnMarie, the property manager, was very accessible and offered many suggestions on how to best enjoy our stay. I would definitely recommend this property and the village of Playa Guiones to anyone visiting Costa Rica. A wonderful combination of nature and modern conveniences.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maine and California, USA

Amazing vacation home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I fell in love with Dos Gatos the minute we arrived in March 2010. Although we played tennis, kayaked, walked the beach, snorkeled, surfed and toured the surrounding area, we could have easily spent each day in quiet elegance, surrounded by the beauty and comfort of this hilltop retreat.

The kitchen is nicely equipped and a joy to cook in. Local farmers' markets offer the most deliciously fresh fruits and veggies and we highly recommend breads and goodies from the traveling baker who toots his horn at the bottom of the driveway on Wednesdays.

We ate every meal outdoors: a welcome reprieve from our frosty California winter and spring. Evening meals were best - candle light, soft blue glow of the infinity pool and a million stars in the sky.

Our bedroom suite had a very comfortable king bed, with attached bathroom featuring a private tiled outdoor shower and patio. We could have used the more traditional indoor shower, but preferred the open air.

There are several outdoor hammocks and comfortable cushioned recliners. Comfort was definitely high on the owners list when designing and furnishing this home.

We really liked the infinity pool. It was wonderful to be able to dive in several times a day to cool off, relax tired muscles or just float and listen to the birds and howler monkeys.

Tod and I give this rental a five star rating and can't wait to return in 2012. We highly recommend Dos Gatos.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2010
  • Stayed: March 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Maine

Jungle canapy

  • 5 of 5

This was the fourth winter in a row that I enjoyed the beauty and comfort of this unique getaway in the Costa Rican jungle. My favorite thing was to wake up early in the morning to the sounds of howler monkeys passing through the trees in search of their breakfast. Plenty of birds, too. Just a 10-minute walk to the beach, great surfing and beautiful sunsets. Comfortable cabanas, lush plantings and a pool to cool off in during the heat of the day. Mucho gusto!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2010
  • Stayed: February 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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canopy tour, tours of turtle nesting beach (Ostional).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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