We had a really nice time at Gabriella's!
We had a hard time finding the place so we went to Lola's where Gabriella was waiting for us! The timing was perfect. She drove us to the casita, which was really nice.
The house itself is on the rustic side (but also has great A/C!). It's surrounded by trees and has some very comfy hammocks in the front - it is very quiet and peaceful. We could hear the howler monkeys and birds in the morning and the crickets at night, which we loved.
We brought our mosquito net and used it because of some holes in the window screens, a big open drain in the bathroom and a gap under the front door. Gabriella kindly offered her motorcycle to us when we needed to go grocery shopping so we could make use of the stove while we were there (the grocery store didn't have much so stock up on wine and food if you're in Tamarindo beforehand). When we got back, we realized we forgot cooking oil, but Gabriella gave us some from her kitchen! We really appreciated that. She was very quick to respond anytime we had questions.
There are some very friendly cats and dogs on the property (be sure to give extra love to Oso, a super sweet brown and black skinny dog with no collar!).
Overall we enjoyed our peaceful stay at Casita de Avellanas and would come back again.
Getting there is a little tricky so hopefully this helps: If you are taking the bus from Tamarindo, you can ask the driver to let you off at the fork in the road right after Cabinas de Leon. From there you will see the bus turn right, towards the beach/Lola's. When you get off of the bus walk left (east) down the dirt road. Continue until you see Randy's place and Casa Bali, where you will make a left. The casitas will be on your right - there is a sign. Altogether, the casitas are 1.5km east of Lola's. It is a very pleasant 10 minute walk. Enjoy!