The location of Pierre's garden chalet is between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. It is in a safe and tranquil garden jungle, out of the mainstream, yet is quickly accessible to shopping, the beach and the National Park. While there is no AC in a rather hot climate, there is plenty of ventilation with outside exposure to make it quite comfortable. Pierre is a great host with three ageing and friendly dogs who know their place and are not intrusive. We did not venture out much at night so having most everything available in the chalet was an asset -- we ate meals at 'home'. Pierre was available to discuss activity options, but it would also have been nice to have brochures of local events on hand and readily available. We also thought it would be useful to have a more detailed list of 'how to's' around the chalet. We figured most things out but had to bother Pierre to find out the procedures for waste disposal, washing clothes, etc. (perhaps his way of forcing engagement with him?). All in all this was a wonderful experience and we would go back for more.
This open spacious house is nestled into the rainforest, with a lovely scented breeze, and a welcoming veranda. When you come out of its serenity, it is a short bus ride to the beaches of Manuel Antonio, and the shopping and restaurants of Quepos are even closer. There is a new zipline right up the road, and the host Pierre is helpful in arranging excursions to horse riding to magnificent waterfalls or visiting the surfer beaches. The sunsets over the Pacific are guaranteed to erase all stress. This is a perfect place for a first time visit to Costa Rica, with the balance of recreational activity and relaxation. The magnificent fresh food makes for happy healthy eating. We have returned several times to this chalet, and consider it one of our most favorite places. Please refer to previous review of 2015. The spacious and open house is nestled into the rainforest, has a wonderful breeze carrying the flower scents, and is a place to relax and shed stress. When you come out of its serenity, the beaches of Manuel Antonio are just a short bus ride away, and the restaurants and shopping of Quepos are even closer. A new zipline is just up the road, and our host Pierre was helpful in arranging excursions for horse rides to immense waterfalls, or visits to the southern surfing beaches. This is a great place for a first time visit to Costa Rica. We have returned to this chalet for several visits, and consider it one of our most favorite places. Please refer to previous review of 2015.The spacious and open house is nestled into the rainforest, has a wonderful breeze carrying the flower scents, and is a place to relax and shed stress. When you come out of its serenity, the beaches of Manuel Antonio are just a short bus ride away, and the restaurants and shopping of Quepos are even closer. A new zipline is just up the road, and our host Pierre was helpful in arranging excursions for horse rides to immense waterfalls, or visits to the southern surfing beaches. This is a great place for a first time visit to Costa Rica. It offers a balance of recreational activity and pure relaxation. We have returned to the chalet again, and consider it one of our most favorite places.
My stay at Pierre's chalet exceeded my expectations. The chalet is very secure while hidden in the rain forest. The kitchen has a coffee maker, blender, refrigerator, stove, and plenty of cooking utensils. The WiFi offered the convenience of using my smartphone to stay in touch with my family. The nights were very peaceful with a symphony of sounds from birds, insects, and howling monkeys. Ceiling fans in the chalet and on the balcony kept the room at perfect temperature. Pierre offered me lots of information on the local beaches, places to eat, and ways to get around town. The local bus and taxi were simple to use when going to and from the chalet.
We loved staying in Pierre's house. The house is gorgeous; spacious, airy and well stocked with everything you need. The wrap-around deck was our favorite part and we spent most of our time there, savoring the breeze. Fans in every room kept air circulating and the house was cool at night, so we slept well. The best part was Pierre, who took care of us with more grace than we have ever had the good fortune to experience with a vacation rental. He checked in every day to see how we were doing, gave us perfect tips for places to go, and was responsive when we needed him, but never intrusive. He has a great heart and a gift for hospitality and was wonderful with our little boy. It was an easy drive to Manuel Antonio and the beaches; very nice to have a peaceful sanctuary a little apart from all the tourist action. We highly recommend Pierre's house!
We stayed in the Gran Chalet for 9 nights and could not have been happier. The chalet is located in the jungle, we were one with nature and loved it. Whether laying in the hammock or sitting out on the veranda, we were always experiencing the sounds of nature: monkeys, birds, rains, etc. and even had a visit from the monkeys a few times. The chalet is far away from it all but close enough to get to everything- restaurants, stores, beaches, day trips- all just a bus or cab ride away. We had a car for half of our trip and Pierre made wonderful day trip recommendations. This place is in the perfect location and Pierre was the most gracious host. We can't wait to return!
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We stayed at the Gran Chalet North for nearly a month. Pierre's knowledge of the area is an invaluable resource; he directed us to places (beaches, restaurants, farmers' markets) that are only known to locals, and as a result, our stay was greatly enriched.
Be prepared to bring your own provisions--not only food, but also dishwashing liquid, shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent. Plenty of places in nearby Quepos will have what you need.
The Gran Chalet has one bed (in the US, it would be called "full" or "double") and two daybeds with wood frames on three sides. Each daybed would probably accommodate a child, or an adult if the mattresses were placed on the floor. The accommodations would be ideal for two young backpackers who are planning to stay a few days to a week. The Chalet is not within easy walking distance of the town of Quepos--a bus runs on the main road that is accessible from the Chalet via a steep approximately 100-meter walk--so if you are planning to stay longer than a few days, you will probably want a car, and will need to make arrangements to have your laundry done.
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Staying at Pierre's Gran chalet was very pleasant. It has a beautiful terrace where we spent most of our time. Pierre was a good host, I would recommend this place to everyone.