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Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.

Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.


Property Details

Updated: May 13, 2015
Cottage, Studio + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The dream of finding that private spot, nestled in the jungle among nature and wildlife, is fulfilled by a stay in Casa Selva. Sit on the porch overlooking the Pacific shoreline, whitewater playing on the rocks below. Watch the toucans and a myriad of bird life pass right by. White face and Howler monkey's, sloths and pizotes are frequently seen passing through the canopy overhead.

The villa is removed from the hustle and bustle, not only of 'back home', but the feeling of being removed from the world is palpable. Numerous guests have commented on the 'therapeutic affect' of Casa Selva. You truly unwind here. You can enjoy solitude on your balcony or visit our porch/pool area to exchange adventure stories. Because there is only one other rental casa on our property it is always an intimate gathering! When we are not available, and the guests ask for a referral to something similar, we are hard-pressed to come up with the answer. There simply isn't one.

From Casa Selva you can drive 15 minutes to either the world famous surf town of Dominical, or the thriving community of Uvita, complete with grocery stores, banks, ATMs, pharmacies, etc. Numerous sites and activities are all around: horseback waterfall tours, whale and dolphin tours, sport fishing, turtle vigilance, diving, surfing, ATV tours, the list goes on. Or, how about some quiet time in a hammock with a good book? A stay at Casa Selva includes access to the pool, which overlooks the entire southern coastline.

Keywords: honeymoon, romantic getaway, jungle hideaway, additional jungle villas available if needed. Secluded in nature for privacy, but close enough to beaches, surfing, waterfalls, horseback riding, zip-lining, nature reserves, fabulous restaurants and spas, snorkeling and scuba, etc...

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.
-+011 506-8304-2859
Dominical Puntarenas
San Jose (originally from the UK)

Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5
You will need a 4 four drive/SUV to get to this place. However, it was 100% worth it!! The property has amazing views of the Pacific coastline, and the Casa Selva, where we stayed, had amazing views of the jungle. The views were not the only amazing part however. Night time is a treat for the ears, with sounds I only expected to hear in a wildlife documentary. Diane and her family are incredibly pleasant people and very well informed about the area, despite moving there relatively recently. In short, do your eyes and ears a favour, and stay at this property!!
  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.
-+011 506-8304-2859
Dominical Puntarenas

Osa Vista Acres

  • 5 of 5
A Great Tranquil environment!

This was just what we needed. A quiet place to relax and enjoy the nature of Costa Rica.
The grounds are so private, we woke up in our casita feeling as if we were in a treehouse.
The wildlife was great too! This property is centrally located for great day trips to go zip-lining, hiking, canopy tours, and surfing! The views are unbeatable, you can see the ocean, the islands, and all the way down to the Osa Peninsula. Sunsets and sunrises were spectacular and the pool was very enjoyable.

We stayed at Peter and Diane’s home in Dominical for the month of February. Peter and Diane were gracious hosts and very helpful with our questions and house hunting efforts. The access is a little bumpy, but it’s well worth the ride, only about 10 min from Dominical where you can buy groceries, eat at restaurants and go to the nearby beaches. We felt at home and would come back again. The whole experience is hard to put into words but the memories will last forever.
  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.
-+011 506-8304-2859
Dominical Puntarenas
Sacramento, CA

Best of Both Worlds

  • 5 of 5
We were in Costa Rica for four weeks staying in five locations and had a beautiful awe-inspiring experience everywhere we went. But this location just has it ALL. It's everything you think about Costa Rica - close to beautiful beaches (the view of the ocean and coastline is spectacular!) and in the middle of the jungle with wildlife literally at your doorstep. All we had to do was to step out on the balcony for morning coffee to watch tribes of white-faced monkeys and howler monkeys passing by. Blue morpho butterflies, cicadas, glowing click beetles, toucans, falcons, lizards - seriously! The howler growls greeted us each morning and put us to sleep each evening. The casitas are both different but are both true gems - with complete privacy yet easily accessible to the main house and the shared pool. You definitely need a 4WD and probably don't want to go up and down the road more than once a day but it is a beautiful drive. Jolly Rogers restaurant is less than a mile down the dirt road coming up to the property and is a fun place to have dinner at sunset - the BEST wings and burgers ever! So convenient when you don't feel like cooking. The hosts, Diane & Peter, are delightful, knowledgeable and helpful. They are very attentive to your needs while giving you complete privacy and they have created a very safe, secure and well-maintained property. We loved the open-air casita (especially taking a shower while watching the jungle!) and some days we had to convince ourselves to venture out since it was so easy to stay and enjoy everything the property has to offer. If you're traveling with another couple it would be fun to rent both casitas. The main road to get to Dominical is really very good yet you do feel as if you are on the "frontier" of Costa Rica. Loved every minute and can't wait to get back there! Thanks Diane & Peter!
  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.
-+011 506-8304-2859
Dominical Puntarenas

A Howling Good Time!

  • 5 of 5
Our first visit to Costa Rica and a truly magical experience! We wondered what we had gotten ourselves in to climbing the rocky mountain road in our jeep. When we reached the property, however, we knew we had found a piece of paradise. Dianne and Derby (the dog) met us and showed us our home for the next three days and we were overwhelmed by the beauty everywhere from the gardens to the pool area, the vistas and the lovely landscaping. It was just like being in a luxury jungle treehouse. Amazing view of the jungle and the ocean right from the balcony. The highlight was waking up to the howler monkeys which we heard but could not see until our last day when the whole troop came through right before our eyes. It wasa sight I'll never forget being up in the trees with the monkeys. Dianne and Peter were great hosts and very willing to spend time talking and offering suggestions for excursions. The pool was very refreshing and the entire experience was absolutely perfect. We were sad to leave and are already planning our next trip to Costa Rica and this lovely property. Don't miss this gem in the hills.
  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.
-+011 506-8304-2859
Dominical Puntarenas
Winnipeg, Canada

Romantic hideaway--jungle AND views

  • 5 of 5
Ever wonder why non-Costa Rican folks end up settling down in CR? Look no further than this property for an idea of why this may be so. The hosts of this property certainly caught the bug and, along with their hospitality, the property is sure to capture your dreams as well. We loved the cottage...its privacy yet openness to the 'elements' was novel and welcomed each and every day. We made one trip a day out and then back in; you are in close proximity to Manuel Antonio, Dominical (surfing) and the burgeoning town of Uvita and its market. The 3 km trip to the property requires a four-wheel drive--anything else is not an option and makes the cottage remote enough to be truly private. We used the kitchen for breakfasts and some dinners and it really had all you would ever need. The bed is comfortable and the environs relatively peaceful (you are in the midst of a jungle)--neither of us had a bad night’s sleep! Showering while being exposed to the outdoors is exhilarating. The furniture on the deck encourages outdoor eating, drinking, reading and just plain observing (e.g., the toucans and the blue morphos--butterflies). Feeling like you need some sunshine? A short walk to the property's pool will give you a vista of the South Pacific Coast of CR which is hard to beat. The hosts are incredibly helpful and friendly without being overbearing...the antics of their Australian Shepherd are sure to please. The 5 stars are well-deserved!
  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Private Cottage Nestled in the Jungle, Above the Rocky Shore.
-+011 506-8304-2859
Dominical Puntarenas


  • 5 of 5
We chose this place as our stay for our honeymoon, and aside from my husband this is one of the best decisions I made in our wedding planning. It's hard to summarize how wonderful our stay was with Diane and Peter at their little casita. But the first word to come to mind is 'perfect'. The photos do not do it justice, and that was our first impression when Diane gave us the tour. It is WAY more than we expected! We came to Costa Rica excited for the nature, wildlife, and beauty and this casita did not disappoint! The cottage is stocked with anything you need, and the local grocery store is not too far away. The road to the place is rough, so we were very glad we opted for the 4X4 vehicle. The cottage is nestled in the gorgeous jungle with an amazing view of the ocean in the distance. We had such a blast watching monkeys climb trees around us and toucans flying above us. Diane and Peter were so sweet, accommodating, and knowledgeable!!! They made us feel so much at home, and had lots of information to help us get around the area. They were truly wonderful hosts and they were such a joy to be around. We couldn't recommend this place enough, it's a wonderful way to get the feel of the Pura Vida lifestyle!
  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


From the Owner

We really love and enjoy, the hospitality biz so now we live and work at what we love to do. Peter spends hours in the gardens, he loves to putz. We're here to help with what ever the guests may need.

Activity and Interests

When we are feeling vigorous, there is an amazing ocean view hill climb that can be walked, guaranteed to burn off a few pounds during your stay. There is also a Gym in Uvita and lots of Yoga and Pilates studios to choose from. There is a health and beauty spa where you turn off of the highway to come up to the house. The spa features some of the latest health treatments: mud packs, heated stones, massage and so on.


From $85 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jan 4 2015 - Jun 13 2015
2 night minimum stay
Low Season 2015
Jun 14 2015 - Nov 14 2015
2 night minimum stay
High Season 2015
Nov 15 2015 - Dec 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
Holiday 2015/2016
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

25% deposit thru paypal to reserve. Balance due in cash upon arrival.

Christmas, New Years & Easter are holiday pricing & must be totally prepaid with no refunds.
If the guest cancels less than four weeks before the start of the stay there is no refund.
•a 50% refund of the total cost (minus the booking fee ) if they cancel at least eight weeks before
•a 25% refund of the total cost (minus the booking fee) if they cancel up to four weeks before

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Updated: May 13, 2015


From the Owner

This is a place to let your hair down, relax and enjoy nature. Because we are so close to the jungle (indeed we have a large amount on our property), you will see more wildlife here than in other rentals. Both howler & white faced monkeys frequently use our trees as a path from one valley to another. You can conveniently do as much or as little as you like while you're here. It's a very central location for the area.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Games

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View


  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • 1 with open air hot water shower under roof, enclosed by screens, with great view of ocean thru the jungle!


  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Other (See Description)
  • Queen Bed (1)


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio


  • Guests provide their own meals

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