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Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven

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At the frog pond, a Y, left goes to owner's upstairs, right to your private garden apartment.
Rustic gate identifies the property and provides secure parking
Take a dip after a long day of exploring, or just relax under the stars.
1 of 28At the frog pond, a Y, left goes to owner's upstairs, right to your private garden apartment.
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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
9 guests
2 nights minimum
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Jungle living at its’ finest!  An acre of tropical gardens, water features, fruit trees and wildlife habitat–all just 300 footfalls to the Caribbean sand.. Book an intimate getaway in the downstairs apartment; The upstairs suits a family (up to 7); Or the entire home for a multi-family retreat, (up to 9). In all, the 3 bed, 3 bath will accommodate 2-9 persons in a jungle-luxury home away from home. Regardless of the size of your group, we rent to only one party at a time, assuring you a place to assure privacy. The fully furnished ground floor apartment sleeps two; choose the bedroom arranged with a pair of twin beds or a king, all properly outfitted with quality mattresses, plump pillows and imported linens. Security screens afford airflow or may be shuttered to assure absolute privac...Jungle living at its’ finest!  An acre of tropical gardens, water features, fruit trees and wildlife habitat–all just 300 footfalls to the Caribbean sand.. Book an intimate getaway in the downstairs apartment; The upstairs suits a family (up to 7); Or the entire home for a multi-family retreat, (up to 9). In all, the 3 bed, 3 bath will accommodate 2-9 persons in a jungle-luxury home away from home. Regardless of the size of your group, we rent to only one party at a time, assuring you a place to assure privacy. The fully furnished ground floor apartment sleeps two; choose the bedroom arranged with a pair of twin beds or a king, all properly outfitted with quality mattresses, plump pillows and imported linens. Security screens afford airflow or may be shuttered to assure absolute privacy. We’ve done everything we can to deliver a good night’s sleep, but the Howler Monkeys are beyond our control… Kitchen includes range, refrigerator, blender, coffee maker, cookware and table setting. We’ll stock some basics for your arrival then guide you in shopping the weekly farmer’s markets or haggling with the mobile vendors for fruits and vegetable, fish, eggs and meat. Belly up to the breakfast bar for casual seating, dine at the hardwood table under ceiling fans, or head out to the pool deck for a gourmet picnic in the garden. The artisan bamboo sofa and two oversized chairs provide cushioned seating in the wall-less room where the outside blends to inside. Under the wide eaves and overhead fans, this area is cool on even the warmest of days. Hammocks along the perimeter put you under-cover but virtually in the garden, a decadent way to spend the afternoon. Bathroom features a sink carved from a tree trunk, mosaic murals and a garden shower, all faucets deliver plumbed hot water. The tree-level upstairs puts you at eye-level to the howlers and sloths that frequent the property. The kitchen, dining and living area are surrounded by bannisters and open walls, like living on a big covered deck. The effect is amazing. Overhead fans throughout the space supplement the natural breezes. With a full kitchen, oversized refrigerator/freezer, 6 burner stove, oven, double sink, prep island, microwave, toaster oven, blender and an abundance of quality cookware, the kitchen draws in helpers for the family style feast. A gas BBQ is situated around the corner to allow easy access. With a table hand constructed from a single tree, the dining area will seat up to 10 comfortably. An ample quantity of dinnerware, in delightful bright fiesta colors set a table that makes any meal a party. Or gather the crew and play cards, board games or build a puzzle when you just want to sit up high and watch what might climb, crawl, creep, flitter, or buzz by below. The living area features a large cushioned sofa and two oversized cushioned chairs, two rocking chairs and a hammock. A handprinted game table features backgammon, checker/chessboard, and cribbage. Wifi throughout the house keeps you connected and able to post those selfies to jealous friends back home. The “Master bedroom” features a king-sized bed and headboard crafted from reclaimed lumber designed to celebrate the Caribbean colors, culture and craft.. Overhead fan and secure screens create a restful night sleep. With an ensuite bath--sink and toilet with the shower perched on a ledge extending off the back of the house. Generous plantings and screen afford modesty while providing a unique experience. Mosaic and painted murals decorate the bath areas. The second “Family bedroom suite” is two distinct rooms. The bedroom includes a king-sized bed with a headboard of live-edge wood designed by the homeowners. Utilizing the often-discarded pieces of fallen trees, the headboard stirs the imagination similar to seeing pictures in clouds. The family room also features a bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom and a twin bed on the top. The bunk, too, is crafted from reclaimed lumber and live-edge wood. Sleep well knowing you saved a tree!! The adjoining bathroom includes a sink and toilet within the house and a shower perched off the back. Here the theme is jungle with a waterfall scene depicting local Volio Falls, An assortment of bathroom essentials and quality towels are for home use and we provide sarongs for the beach. A jacuzzi sits undercover of a traditional thatch roof allowing you a soak among the beautiful gardens regardless of weather. The pool features a pebble zero-entry, wet deck for sunning, and plunge depth. This has become a favorite place to watch the monkeys overhead. Extensive plantings and a frog pond provide habitat for many species of wildlife; keep tabs on Max the sloth and her expanding family who now occupy several trees on the property, catch the routine visits of the agoutis, and try your luck at nabbing the perfect photo of the magnificent blue morpho butterfly as it regularly weaves through the garden. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
The house may not be suitable to young children due to widely spaced bannisters and an in ground pool. All pets must be with deposit and prior approval of the owner, including photos. Smoking is only allowed in the outdoor spaces.
Bathrooms
3 Full baths
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About the Owner
Janet J
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:January 2014
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Reviewed 6 February 2020

This was a wonderful place to spend a week. The owners are terrific and went out of their way to take us places and to make sure we were comfortable. They treated us like family - In the best way! The gardens were lovely, birds...More

Date of stay: February 2020
Thank wtrevath
Reviewed 19 August 2019

I really enjoyed staying at this house. It is about two stories tall which makes it about tree height. The only thing I was disappointed with was the wild life, because the description said, there are howler monkeys that were near the house and would...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank steelneel
Janick2010, VR Owner at Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2019

Thanks for taking the time to offer your feedback. I'm so sorry you didn't get the monkey visitors during your stay. The howlers (like all wild animals) follow the food, so it must be they were finding what they wanted in my neighbor's yard this...More

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Reviewed 25 May 2017

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Date of stay: May 2017
Janick2010, VR Owner at Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

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Reviewed 27 January 2017

We stayed at Angler's Lair over New Year's and had a great time. The accommodations were excellent. Outdoor kitchen. Outdoor living room. Outdoor shower. Inside bedroom. Felt like we were living in the jungle... because we were! And the beach was just on the other...More

Date of stay: December 2016
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Janick2010, VR Owner at Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2017

Thanks For such a nice review! We enjoyed you both just as much. We take such delight when our guests are able to relax and just let the way of this place envelope them in the natural beauty and simple pleasures. Please do return, we,...More

Reviewed 6 December 2016

We just returned from Janet and Nicks perfect spot. We had everything we needed for a great 6 nights. Comfortable bed with soft sheets, french press coffee maker are just a couple of the special touches provided by the super accommodating hosts. Close enough to...More

Date of stay: December 2016
Thank terryr766
Janick2010, VR Owner at Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

Terry and Tracie, You were a delight, and the reason we love sharing our home with guests from around the world; your delight in the wildlife, the quest to find every hidden beach, the easy conservation, it felt like having long lost friends drop in...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Janet very kindly came to pick us up from our previous lodgings. The accommodation is the entire ground floor of a house set in a very lush jungle garden and even comes complete with a resident sloth, and howler monkeys who pass through loudly! The...More

Date of stay: November 2015
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Janick2010, VR Owner at Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2016

We loved having you for the short stop on your long adventure! Thank you for the kind words, in brought back happy memories of your stay. All is well here at Angler's Lair, Zuri is still patrolling for snacks, Delgado for laps, and Nick and...More

Reviewed 24 January 2016

We really enjoyed our stay at Angler's Lair. The property is absolutely gorgeous, it is spacious and quaint at the same time. It truly feels like your own personal property. The owners were kind, accommodating, and helped us in any way they could. From booking...More

Date of stay: January 2016
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Janick2010, VR Owner at Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

Thank you, Christina, for the thoughtful review. I wish you could have stayed longer... we would have enjoyed a cup (or 3) of great Costa Rican coffee in the NEW ranchito that Chicho finished! It's funny, we schedule January for the construction because it's often...More

Reviewed 20 January 2016

This was our first visit to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and what an experience it was! We were hoping to see a lot of wildlife and we didn't have to leave the property as Janet and Nick have regular visits from Capuchin and...More

Date of stay: December 2015
Thank Sarah P
Janick2010, VR Owner at Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2016

Thank you Sarah for the very kind review. We have the privilege of hosting great people from around the globe, and you clearly represent some of the best. We enjoyed you both and hope you'll visit us again!

Reviewed 14 September 2015

If there's a better place to stay in puerto Viejo I'd be hard pressed to find it. It's like visiting your favorite aunt and uncle in paradise. They've been so helpful and comforting. First day here Janet explained how to use the money (we had...More

Date of stay: September 2015
Thank Shannon M
Janick2010, VR Owner at Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2015

Thank you honeymooners for such a nice review! We really enjoyed you as guests and what a funny coincidence that we come from the same town--funnier still that you had no idea of this when booking! I guess it just proves the magic of the...More

Reviewed 22 April 2015

The two plus weeks we spent here were just wonderfull. It was a very relaxing and safe place to stay. We could take a bus to town or on down the beach if we were so inclined. There is a small grocery store very close...More

Date of stay: March 2015
Thank 796MichaelL796
Janick2010, VR Owner at Angler's Lair--A little slice of heaven, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2015

Thank you!! We hope you will come back next year! Or even in October when the seas are flat, or September when all the weird tropical fruit are out, or .... Well, we obviously look forward to the next time!

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Alarm Clock
Grill
Blender
Boat Available
Books
Ceiling Fans
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dryer
Freezer
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Hot Tub
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Patio
Private Garden
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Shared Garden
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Cooker
Telephone
Toaster
Towels Provided
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
A Winter Sun Getaway
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About the neighbourhood
We are located in the village of Playa Chiquita, down the road from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Just 300 footfalls from the sandy beach, you're an easy walk to a well stocked market, restaurants, watering holes, and a chocolate lounge. The Jaguar Rescue Center, horseback tours, cacao farms, stunning beaches, kayaking, swimming, surfing, and snorkeling are close enough to assure you won't need a car, but if you brought one, we provide secure off-street parking. The multi-national community welcomes visitors from around the world. Featuring diverse international cuisines earning top spots on Trip Advisor, Yelp, and Google Places, you'll find Jungle Love Cafe, La Biela Sabores del Mundo, Pura Gula, Malbec, Selvyns, and Pita Bonita.
Getting around
There are several options for getting to the Caribe Sur from San Jose/SJO, including the national bus, private shuttles/taxis, shared shuttle service, and an adventure tour that includes a 1/2 day raft trip down the Pacuare River. Limited air travel to Limon is available, with the option of a private taxi or shuttle to get you the last 50 kilometers. Once you're here, the public bus, Mepe, passes hourly on the main road between Manzanillo (6 km SE) and Puerto Viejo (6 km NW). Bicycles are the preferred method of transportation, with several options for rental near the property. Taxis and tuk-tuks are easily available.
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