Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Arenal house description
Arenal (also called 'Nuevo Arenal') is in a less visited area of Costa Rica, between the towns of Tilaran and La Fortuna. Within easy reach are the Hanging Bridges of Arenal, Lake Arenal (windsurfing, sailing, jet-skiing, fishing), an Eco-Lodge (bird-watching, rainforest trails, hiking, horseback riding), boat trips to Monteverde, white-water rafting, canopy tours and rappelling. The amenities of both towns as well as the world-famous Tabacon Resort and Arenal Volcano lie within less than 45 minutes easy drive.
You have the best of both worlds - a secluded, beautiful and quiet paradise with all the amenities within easy reach. What is more, in Nuevo Arenal, we enjoy the perfect climate of 80ºF during the day and 65ºF in the evening, with a soft, refreshing breeze all day long.
This beautiful detached bungalow sits in its own gated grounds, complete with gardened terraces, private pool, and sweeping views of tropical rainforest jungle, Lake Arenal, and the hills of Monteverde beyond. You literally wake up to the sound of Howler Monkeys and Toucans every morning! You can linger in our pool, take a pleasant walk on our garden terraces or in the jungle beyond, or be more adventurous with the dozens of activities offered in La Fortuna, a short drive away.
In the evening, you might try one of our many restaurants nearby (the world-class 'Gingerbread' restaurant is within easy reach, and also nearby is the famous 'Caballo Negro'), or enjoy a romantic dinner at home in the seclusion of your own private mahogany-furnished dining room, as you watch the sun setting over the lake.
Our private property is perfect for couples, each of our three bedrooms having its own self-contained bathroom. You have access to the world with free WiFi Internet, telephone, fax and photocopier, computer with printer, and SKY satellite TV. There is also an impressive collection of DVD movies and an extensive library with books on local travel, cuisine, nature and history.
While many of our guests do enjoy all that the area has to offer, many choose to spend an entire week languishing by the pool, enjoying our beautiful gardens, lake/jungle view, local wildlife, birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, or just sleeping-in!
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Keywords: Luxurious private detached vacation home with pool on the banks of Lake Arenal, surrounded by rainforest filled with wildlife. Near Arenal Volcano, local hot springs, zip lines/canopy and horse riding! 3 bedrooms - 2 KING SIZED. FREE WiFi!
- 2500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Catering Available
- Housekeeper Optional
Not Suitable For Children:
Casa Gavilan is tastefully decorated with art and ceramics from local artists. We also have over one acre of terraced gardens and access to tropical rainforest. Our decor and amenities are really not suitable for infants, or for children under the age of nine....moreless
Non Smoking Only:
Absolutely no smoking, please! This is a condition of our fire insurance and is strictly prohibited. Additionally, evidence of smoking inside will incur a minimum of $250 credit card penalty....moreless
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Events Allowed
- Pets Not Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- King size beds (2) 2 KING SIZED BEDROOMS! Beautiful lake view from master bedroom. All bedrooms have separate en suite bathrooms for complete privacy. Our second king sized bedroom has television and DVD player, and ample space for an additional portable bed if required., Queen size Beds (1) En suite bathroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Please contact us if you require this feature....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Clothes Dryer:
- Linens Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Hair Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Iron & Board
- Living Room seats 6
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Three bedrooms, two of them KING SIZED, three and a half baths. The third bedroom is Queen sized. Each bedroom has it's own separate bathroom. p /p Fully equipped kitchen (microwave, toaster, coffee maker etc.), just like home. All dishes and utensils provided, along with cookware, and a professional outdoor grill. Utility room with Washer and dryer, and garage. Satellite TV, VCR, and Stereo, and Phone Internet service provided, with computer and ethernet router. FREE WIFI! Maid service (maximum once weekly) can be arranged upon request for an additional fee. Beautiful pool and lounging area, Surrounded by jungle, and wildlife, and walking paths. Very private yet in gated community....moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
Full desktop computer with high speed internet access is in your living room, including WiFi internet, fax, scanning, photocopying, and printer. It's like a miniature office if you need it, but unobtrusive if you don't....moreless
Wireless Internet is provided free of charge to all registered guests. Use your iPad or iPhone at Casa Gavilan on WiFi (turn off your 3G) and avoid international data charges from your cellular provider!...moreless
Pool & Spa
Deck / Patio:
Relax and bird-watch from our shaded deck. Read a book on a rocking chair or fall asleep on our luxurious padded outdoor furniture, as you feast your eyes on butterflies and birds in your own private tropical garden. Of course, there is also the rainforest and lake clearly seen from your own private deck!...moreless
- Garden Chairs:
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Porch / Veranda
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Lake View
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Whitewater Rafting
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Rock Climbing
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Water Tubing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Rain Forests
- Botanical Garden
- Duty Free Shops
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- This property is near the small, quiet town of Nuevo Arenal, within easy reach of Tabacon Hot Springs, the Hanging Bridges, the Aerial CanopyTram, and the ever active Arenal Volcano. The Pacific beaches such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, Coco, and Papagayo are 2 hrs away, and the Liberia airport is 1 1/2 hrs. Monteverde Cloud Forest and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge are just a couple of hours away. Other Activities: Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing...moreless
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Like being welcomed into the exotic home of friend
Like being welcomed into the exotic home of friend
This was a great beginning to our 16-day trip - like being welcomed into the exotic home of friends. Overall rating: 5 House: 4.5 - The description barely does this place justice. This is a real house, cool airy design & easy to keep clean. Huge comfortable beds, nice seating areas and outside spaces, and an amazing, ever changing view of the lake nearby. Lots of DVDs, satellite TV/radio, etc. The washer and dryer were a godsend after rafting. The unheated pool was a little cool for our Green Season stay, but our two 10 year-olds used it every day anyway; I bet it's perfect during the hot season. The internet was down, but we weren't craving email that early in the trip, so that wasn't a factor for us. Kitchen: 4.5 - Not a big fan of electric ranges, but this kitchen was still a pleasure. Nice size fridge w/good freezer, range, and oven, with lots of pans, utensils, and appliances. I really enjoyed the adventure of working with the local supplies to make some pretty good meals. Location: 5 - Elegant base for day trips to Fortuna and other adventures, though Monteverde is better as an over-nighter (we did it on our way to Manual Antonio [property 150823], which worked well, though I don't recommend the hotel Helaconia). You do need a car to get around. We alternated horse riding, rafting (class 2-4), & zip-lining w/days at just hanging out at home. A few nice walks near the property: we saw howler monkeys, lots of birds, and some truly wild bugs (mantises, moths, grasshoppers, etc.) up close. None of the bugs seemed to be biters despite the lake being so close. There are a few nice restaurants within 15 mins drive, though we generally ate in. Welcome: 5 - The owners stayed in contact with lots of great information, answers to questions, and suggestions. They, and their rep in country, really went out of their way to be welcoming. Billing was easy and spread across two payments, which was nice. The price was a real value!
- Guest DFW58 (SF area, California, USA)
- Date of stay 07/21/09
- Review Submitted 08/06/09
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children.
AWESOME time in Arenal
AWESOME time in Arenal
We just completed a wonderful 2 week vacation in Costa Rica. We spent our first week in Arenal and stayed at this wonderful property. It's located in a quiet neighborhood just outside of Nuervo Arenal and is beyond belief. On a daily basis, we would have pleasure of seeing everything from amazing Toucans to the Howler monkeys traveling through the trees.The property is just as described and very well furnished. It suitable for families or a group of adults as well. Ed, who is the property manager was very nice and helpful. He was there for any questions you might have or for help if you have issues with the property. This is a great location to venture out from and explore the wonders of Costa Rica. Everything is within your grasp from here if you have a rental car. Don't let the fact that you haven't driven there before stop you, get the rental car and JUST do it, you will be so happy that you did. Anything from zip lining to cave exploration to white water rafting is easily reachable from here. And when your done for the day, its really nice if you hired the local chef to cook for you. Jeff was an awesome individual along with his assistant Jamie. They will cook up some of the best meals you can hope to enjoy while in Costa Rica. Every meal was wonderful. They would adjust their daily schedule based on what you were doing for the day. We hired them for the entire week to cook both breakfast as well as dinner and it was worth every penny. All I can say is this is a wonderful property and you will not be disappointed in renting it or hiring Jeff and Jamie. Pura Vida
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 09/16/13
- Review Submitted 10/03/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, people with disabilities, tourists without a car, families with young children, pet owners.
All you could ever want!
All you could ever want!
Thank you so much for sharing your property with us. After long flights and a cancellation, it was so great to walk into Casa de Gavilan and have everything we needed. The welcome package was so great as we did not need to go to the supermarket that first day! All the little touches of fresh flowers to the multitude of amenities were fabulous. Ed and Leslie were very helpful and friendly. This is such a great value and a wonderful place to stay!
- Guest Candace B.
- Date of stay 07/14/13
- Review Submitted 08/10/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children.
Wonderful time in Arenal!
Wonderful time in Arenal!
We had a wonderful stay in Arenal! The house is large, beautiful, comfortable and well-equipped! You will have to drive everywhere, though, so make sure you rent a vehicle during your stay! Wifi and Internet were down our entire stay, so I'd print maps and directions ahead of time. Also, be careful walking the neighborhood - stay away from the bottom of the hill roundabout. When I went for a run, a large Weimaraner bit my hand. It was just a warning nip and barely marked me up, but certainly not a pleasant experience!!!! ;) Overall, I highly recommend this house. Everyone was great to work with and very professional!!! Thank you!
- Guest Charmaine M. (Richmond, Virginia)
- Date of stay 07/27/13
- Review Submitted 08/04/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
Owner response: We are aghast that you should have had such an encounter with a dog in the area. In eight years we have never encountered a problem with dogs, but it is an unfortunate fact that, in even the most elite neighborhoods in the USA, loose dogs can sometimes be a nuisance if owners are negligent. We have located the owner of the dog that was responsible for your injury and we have reported the incident to the local police. We have just been informed that the owner has relocated the dog to another town, so it will not longer be a problem in our usually quiet area. We are sincerely sorry for your experience with the dog, but we are glad to hear that your stay at Casa Gavilan was otherwise delightful. Internet in these remote areas can occasionally experience service interruptions, but we understand that our high speed Internet service is back on line. We hope you will return to stay with us again, and that you will enjoy remembering your vacation at our beautiful house.
We spent a week here and we loved the property. The house is beautiful and the surrounding gardens are amazing. Every time we looked outside we could see a bird (especially hummingbirds) or butterflies. We could hear the Howler Monkeys and caught a glimpse of them one day. The house is well furnished and they supply plenty of extra towels and linens, which is really nice. The town of Nuevo Arenal is small and quiet, but there are several excellent restaurants in town and grocery stores. It is a bit of a drive to the bigger "tourist" town that has most of the tours and activities, but other than that it was a perfect place to stay.
- Guest khenn (Fort Worth, TX)
- Date of stay 07/20/13
- Review Submitted 07/30/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
This house is even better than we expected. We were greeted by Ed, a great guy, and made to feel most welcome with the food provided for breakfast, fresh fruit and flowers. We took full advantage of everything this house has to offer. It was hard for us to get up and go each day, as the house is so comfortable and the surroundings are breathtaking. The beds and furnishings are most comfortable, and the decor is so nice. It is exactly the house I would want to live in if I lived in Costa Rica. We en-joyed the pool and the patio. We felt very safe. We explored the area towns of Tileran, Neuvo Arenal and LaFortuna. Spent a day at The Springs Resort and Spa, which was totally luxurious. Also, visited Proytecto Asis, near LaFortuna, where we learned so much about the animals in their rescue center. We were able to hold baby monkeys and even a boa constrictor! On Sunday we attended Mass with the Ticos in Arenal, and even though we didn't understand much of the language, we were able to follow along, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We ate at Gingerbread, Moya's and Lucky Bug. All of the food was very good. If we return to Lake Arenal in the future we would not consider staying anywhere else. Thanks to Ian and Lynn for opening up their home to us, and Ed for being so helpful.
- Guest Shirley K. (Monroe, TN)
- Date of stay 05/14/13
- Review Submitted 05/23/13
Lovely Home Away from Home
Lovely Home Away from Home
The house was roomy enough for our group of 3 adults and 2 11-year-olds, beautifully furnished and close to all of the outdoor day trips (kayaking, horseback riding, zip-lining, etc.) that we wanted to do during our stay in Costa Rica. We were initially concerned about the safety of staying so far away from touristy areas but the house was very secure and we felt right at home. The owner and property manager were very helpful with recommending local restaurants and activities to try during our stay. Dinner at Gingerbread while staying here is a MUST if you love great food! Let the chef select your foods and enjoy!
- Guest Susan (Virginia)
- Date of stay 03/23/13
- Review Submitted 04/02/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Perfect Vacation, again.
Perfect Vacation, again.
2nd time staying at Casa Gavilan, once again we had a wonderful time. Ed greeted us at the door and had stocked the kitchen with essentials so we didn't starve. Ed is by far one of the best people I have ever met, just a gem of a guy. House was as we remembered it, clean, spacious, all the mod cons and a breathtaking pool and back yard. 5th time to Costa Rica, 10th for my wife and we would not stay anywhere else. Took our 5 month old who had a blast. What we enjoy is the seclusion of the house and pool, it is so quiet and private. But 5 minutes down the road is Nuevo Arenal where you have a supermarket, bank, pizza place, gas station and plenty of places to eat. Sundays we like to go hang out with the local Ticos and watch the soccer. Got lucky and watched a tournament this time! 90 minutes from Liberia, really easy drive. Thanks Ian, Ed, once again a perfect vacation. Oh and go eat at The Lucky Bug, see Monica, trust me on this, it is life changing.
- Guest Robert A.
- Date of stay 03/16/13
- Review Submitted 04/01/13
IF Five stars are excellent. This property is a SEVEN STAR.
IF Five stars are excellent. This property is a SEVEN STAR.
Just spent 2 weeks in this paradise. This property and house are in a private, safe and convenient location. We did venture out a few times to see some sites and attractions such as Hanging Bridges, LaFortuna and Arenal Volcano. We enjoyed short trips to Nuevo Arenal. One of the friendliest towns we've ever experienced. Most of the time was spent at the beautful Casa Gavilon. The house had everything we needed, the grounds were immaculate and awe inspiring. Waking up to the sound of Howler Monkeys was something we looked forward to each morning. Then coffee on the patio watching dozens of different bird species. Warm afternoons were spent at the perfectly sized pool. Evenings outside listening to sounds of the surrounding jungle. We've enjoyed all of our past rentals through VRBO in various countries but this one tops them all. Manager Ed and his wife Leslie took care of any needs we had. Thank you guys. Thanks for all your helpful advice Ian. You answered all of my questions, no matter how trivial they may have seemed. We will be back next year.
- Guest Dawn & Dan (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada)
- Date of stay 01/04/13
- Review Submitted 01/27/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
I can't say enough about how impressed we were with Casa Gavilan! It is a beautiful home in an idyllic setting. It was immaculately clean and well stocked for our week in the area. The "basics" that were provided for our stay were very generous, plenty of bread, coffee, milk etc. We truly did NOT have to get food until the day after our arrival. Ed and Leslie Woods were there when we arrived and were incredibly welcoming and very knowledgeable about local eateries, what was worth doing/what wasn't and their focus was on value for money. My wife, daughters (10 and 12) and I have stayed in VRBOs in Europe, South Africa, Canada and the US and this was by far the best price for the best place we have ever stayed. There was enough to do "at home' on those rainy days with a huge DVD selection, puzzles and board games while being well located to take in the Arenal Volcano area attractions, and other nearby towns . The place we went to, for a week, after Casa Gavilan had a lot to live up to...and didn't! Well done Ian and Lynn, and a special thanks to Ed and Leslie.
- Guest Duke (Oakville, ON, CAN)
- Date of stay 11/17/12
- Review Submitted 12/11/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, families with young children.
Green Season Summer 2013: (Apr 28 2013-Nov 30 2013) $750/week for up to six people High Season Winter 2013: (Dec 1 -Dec 21 2013) $850/week for up to six people Holiday Season 2013-2014: (Dec 22 2013-Jan 4 2014)$1250/week for up to six people High Season Spring 2014: (Jan 5 2014-Apr 26 2014) $850/week for up to six people Green Season Summer 2014: (Apr 27 2014-Nov 29 2014) $750/week for up to six people Rate per night: $195/night minimum 4 nights for up to six people except holidays Long Term Rentals are charged at the same rate as Short Term Rentals. Please do not ask for special rates or discounts.
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- Nearest Airport: Liberia (LIR) at 60 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: 142 at 0.25 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Playa Coco at 80 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Gingerbread Restaurant at 3 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Lucky Bug Restaurant and Gallery at 1 Miles
Year Purchased: 1995
About the owner: We offer a unique vacation rental experience, from the moment we meet you with keys and a welcome basket, a tour of the property and generous information about our beautiful area. We have been managing this property for ten years now, and our guests return year after year.
Why the Owner Chose Arenal:
The location is simply stunning; we are on the bank of Lake Arenal facing south, with towering trees to the sides and back of the property to give total privacy, yet the house is located in a gated community with good neighbors only a few moments away. Shopping and excellent restaurants are only a few short minutes' drive from Neuvo Arenal, and the area is rich in activities including zip-lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking and fishing. Sometimes the nicest day of our stay is when we choose to relax at the house and watch the myriad of beautiful birds that come to our feeders, listen to the wild parrots as they fly overhead, try to spot the howler monkeys and just let the day flow by as we relax on the covered deck and enjoy the freshest air we have ever found anywhere.
- Primary: Toll Free (888) 663-6210 (In USA)
- Secondary: (305) 905-8577 (Florida, USA)
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Front view of home, with surrounding rainforest and lake view!
A view of Casa Gavilan from our front garden, surrounded by nature...
Tropical rainforest jungle views, with Lake Arenal and Monteverde beyond
Fully equipped, modern kitchen
Our second king-sized bedroom en-suite bathroom, TV/DVD, and extra room!
Relax in your own private covered deck and let the time slip away...
This is a "Tayra", a local visitor at Casa Gavilan!
Imagine dining here with your own private Lake, Mountain and Rainforest views!
2013 introduces our poolside terraced deck, overlooking our pool & Lake Arenal.
Our covered deck gives easy access to a comfortable corner to enjoy nature
Hidden corners of our house-side deck give opportunities to show local greenery
Local artisans contributed to our new poolside deck, splashes of pleasing color!
View of Patio. Why live indoors?
This is your view, through the open doors of your living room to Lake Arenal!
Just like home, with books, TV, DVD movie collection, computer and internet
Sweet dreams! Master bedroom enjoys sweeping views over Lake Arenal!
Admire our view from the living room, over the porch to Lake Arenal beyond.
Aracari Toucans at one of our bird feeders, less than 10 feet from you!
Our generously proportioned living area has sweeping vistas of Lake Arenal!
Relax and watch birds in the shade... or play in the pool in the sun!
Our pool side deck includes a barbeque, firepit and ample seating.
Our covered breakfast nook is a wonderful place to greet you day's adventures!
A firepit for toasting marshmallows, & a perfect place to watch the sun go down.
Watch the sun go down in complete comfort, birds, rainforest, pool and lake.
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