Lodging & Tours

At Barking Horse Farm you will enjoy rustic luxury in our Dream Catcher Tree House.

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Cyrus and Brooke, designers, builders, and owners of the Tree Mansion

Cyrus and Brooke, designers, builders, and owners of the Dream Catcher Tree House

Since he was a young boy, my son Cyrus dreamed of living in a tree house. In 2008, with the help of his lovely wife Brooke, he realized that dream when construction was begun on what we have now come to call the Dream Catcher Tree House.
More than a simple tree house, this 30 foot octagonal structure, built high it the tree tops from teak and mahogany has a full kitchen, a wrap around deck, two bathrooms and a beautiful, out door, hot water shower. It is nestled in the peaceful corner woods of the farm, but only a short walk down a well groomed trail to the main farm house.

Along with the Dream Catcher Tree House they also built what we call the  “Bird House.”  A smaller, but just as beautiful, tree house structure that is the master bedroom. Imagine how you will feel, waking up to the sound of tropical birds as the soft forest breezes blow through the screen doors and windows of your tree top hideaway.

During your stay in the Tree House you may choose to:

  • prepare your own meals with your favorite ingredients purchased in town or
  • hire a local cook to prepare meals just for you (with your groceries)
  • puchase family style meals from our property manager and neighbor, Marta.
  •  (for meal prices please visit our rates page)

We invite you to stay in our Dream Catcher Tree House, meet our friends and neighbors, explore the wondrous natural beauties of Costa Rica AND ride horses every day.

Barking Horse Farm is  located in the small, rural, and peaceful village of San Rafael de Puriscal, far from tourist areas . The people in this village live much as they have for generations, farming sugar cane, cacao, beans, plantains and bananas, by keeping honey bees, by harvesting and milling hard woods and by raising pigs, cattle and milking cows. And of course there are the cowboys and their horses to herd the cattle.

We have been living in this town since 2004, becoming part of this rural community.

Join us for daily horseback rides and explorations of the nearby, rivers and waterfalls.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFollow trails  through tropical forests filled with birds and wildlife.

Climb to breathtaking vistas with 360 degree views.

Discover hidden waterfalls deep in the jungle.

Ride to small towns and stop for a delicious lunch in a local cafe.

Ride your horse across rivers and over bridges.

March fotos 093Gallop along ridges with sweeping views.

Stop for a picnic and go for a refreshing swim at a mountain stream.

Arrive on horseback to local cultural events such as town “fiestas.”

Ride through private farms and along abandoned ox cart trails.

Take your horse for a swim in a mountain stream.

Even herd cattle with the cowboys.


When you are not riding there are lots of other activities to enjoy.

imgp0406Take a 15 minute hike to either of two waterfalls right near the farm.

A visit to a local horse training facility where a  real Costa Rican  cowboy will present you with majestic examples of the Costa Rican horse and demonstrate his fancy lasso and roping skills.

Spend a lovely afternoon wandering around in Puriscal, still an authentic Costa Rican town. Sit in the park in the center of town and watch the world go by.



Tour a “Trapiche” where sugar cane is processed into delicious brown sugar.Visit the notorious “bat cave”, also a short hike from the farm.

Visit a nearby indigenous reserve, meet their shaman and take part in a traditional sweat lodge.


Visit La Iguana Chocolate an authentic chocolate farm and take part in processing chocolate from the tree to the truffle.

Hike to a beautiful waterfall in the La Cangreja Rain Forest National Park.

Take a boat ride on the Rio Tarcoles and see crocodiles, from juveniles to grand daddies, as well as many species of tropical birds.

Visit the private nature reserve of Turrubarri for an exciting zip line and gondola ride and take an informative, guided nature walk to learn all about Costa Rican flora and fauna.

For details and prices about meals, tours, and horseback riding please visit our rates page

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