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“Costa Rican Paradise”
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The view of the house from the garden
Rustic gate identifies the property and provides secure parking
Secure parking behind the gate, garden conceals the home from the road.
Meandering paths provide views of lush tropical plantings provide beauty and wildlife habitat.
At the frog pond, a Y, left goes to owner's upstairs, right to your private garden apartment.
The downstair's apartment looks over 100 species of bromeliads, orchids, and other tropical plants.
Bedroom made up with two twin beds featuring Tommy Bahama prints.
Bedroom made up with Kingsized furnishings
Bathroom sink and pedestal carved from a tree trunk
A private outdoor shower provides hot plumbed water among an ancient tree and mosaic murals.
Viewed from the living area
Sentry guards your corner of the garden
Resident sloth in garden tree (property fencing does not obstruct or affect arboreal animals)
Paths that led you to the home, lead you out for your adventures in the neighborhood.
The beach at Playa Chiquita, just a 5 minute walk.  It may take you 20 though with all you'll see.
Local fisherman casts a bait net from shore at Playa Chiquita
Ship rock in Manzanillo, 7 kms SE.  An easy bike ride, or walk down via beach and take the bus back.
A local man leads his horse home from the day's grazing spot.
Local panga in the cove at sunset.  Calm water, sunset, palms... our Caribe Sur.
The house from the garden at night along lighted paths
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon

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dougej
Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Costa Rican Paradise”
Reviewed 27 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016
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person found this review helpful

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 side of the road. Janet and Nick let us use their bikes and gave us the lowdown on restaurants and clubs. We saw all kinds of wildlife, up close and personal, and enjoyed our stay immensely.

We hope to make it back someday soon!

Cheers!

Doug & Angie

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Management Response
15 Feb 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, and I include Zuri, would love that!.
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Terry R
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Perfect location, fantastic hosts”
Reviewed 6 December 2016 for a stay in 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 town for convenience, yet remote enough to see troops of monkeys and flocks of parrots, right from the hammocks on the porch! The great Playa Chiquita beach is down a path across the street. Washer and dryer availability is a nice bonus too. The books, and games were also a nice touch.

We were on the pacific coast fighting the remnants of Otto and booked on the day we arrived.... The hosts had everything ready and waiting for us including some fruit, snacks and cold beers !

We can't say enough, no need to look further... stay here for a great trip!

Thanks again for everything Janet and Nick!

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Management Response
7 Dec 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 for a visit. We trust we'll see you soon. Best wishes in your upcoming adventures! Oh, and thanks for the very nice review!
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
265 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Jungle living at it's best”
Reviewed 14 August 2016 for a stay in November 2015
1
person found this review helpful

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 main living area is open to the elements on all sides giving a unique experience. The bedroom is like a cool cave, dark and chilled, complete with a gecko which made me jump on more than one occasion!

We loved our daily visits from Zuri (ridgeback dog) and Delgado (friendly cat). And the bikes were a useful edition for shopping or exploring. The nearby beaches are beautiful.

Nick & Janet were great hosts. Cooking dinner for us one night and taking us with them to a nearby macaw rescue centre.

Recommended if you want to experience a little jungle life with some home comforts.

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Liked best: the jungle garden and its animal visitors, the hosts, bedroom
Liked least: kitchen - could have been cleaner and under equipped
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Aug 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 I are continually blessed with the people who come as guests and leave as friends. Best wishes to you both.
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Christina...
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wish we could have stayed longer!”
Reviewed 24 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016
1
person found this review helpful

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 our shuttle back to San Jose to giving us rides into town when they could and anti-itch cream, they were truly willing to do what was necessary to make our stay wonderful! There is a kitchen where we prepared breakfast, access to snorkel gear and bikes, which saved us a lot of money in the end! At night and in the mornings you could hear howler monkeys and frogs, which made for wonderful sleeping arrangements! The shower was always hot and the beer stayed cold in the fridge they had! The property is ~4K to town and only 2K to the best beaches around up at Punta Uva. There are nearby restaurants and markets that don't require you to go into town if you don't want to. We didn't have a vehicle, but a bike just worked fine. Further, they gave us a cell phone to use with contacts built in for taxis, etc, which was so nice to have! I only wish we could stay longer! The price was on-point as well!

The only negative feedback is that because the owners live upstairs, you could hear them early in the morning. We are naturally early birds, so it was mostly fine, but for those that want to sleep in, might be a bit disruptive. They do their best to be quiet, but just the nature of the property. Also, they were doing some construction on the property while we were there and the sound of a saw made for less than private feeling. However, I understand you can't just cease all projects while people are there and while the weather is good, otherwise nothing would ever get done! But, something to keep in mind. But all in all, very quite, lovely, and truly a slice of paradise.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
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Liked best: The actual property, the gardens, and the location
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Management Response
26 Jan 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 a rainy month and tourism is low... but not this year. We are sorry that it disrupted you at all. We hope that bikes (to ride away to a quieter place) made up for it!! And yes, as you point out, we do live upstairs, and while Delgado (cat) and I are accomplished tiptoers, I can't say so much for my husband or Zuri (dog)!! Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it! But as you point out, this really is a better match for people who like to enjoy the monkeys, parrots, and toucans that commute through at 7:00 AM then take a nice siesta in the afternoon.
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Sarah P
Hamilton, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“True Paradise!”
Reviewed 20 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015

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 Howler monkeys, agoutis, blue morpho butterflies, black and green dart frogs, all types of birds (parakeets, toucans, trogons, hawks) and a even a sloth. Janet has created a beautiful garden that attracts all of these animals and numerous butterflies. There was nothing more relaxing than sitting in the open living area watching the wildlife and smelling the flowers on a daily basis.
Janet and Nick are the most gracious hosts and went out of their way to make our stay one of the most memorable of our 4 week trip. They included us for Christmas dinner with their friends, took us to town to enjoy their restaurant, made very last minute arrangements for transport to Jaco when our car rental fell through, and even had bicycles available for our use.
The short walk to the beach was as much of an adventure as the beach itself as we almost rode our bike into a sloth that was hanging from a tree branch.
Nick and Janet provided excellent recommendations for places to shop and have dinner and we absolutely loved all of their suggestions. All were either a short walk or bike ride away. We used the bikes to get everywhere we needed to go and made it more interesting to be able to see all the small things just off the road, hidden trails, animals, birds.
Angler's Lair is in the perfect location, half way in between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, and an absolutely tranquil place to relax.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
21 Jan 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!
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