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Elegant - Spacious Home on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano

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Captivating night view of this beautiful home

Captivating night view of this beautiful home Spectaculars views from El Mion Master Bedroom with Beautiful Lake and Volcano Views

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Last updated: 04/08/2014
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  • Pets considered:No
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La Fortuna house description

Picture yourself in this private oasis, perched on a lush green hillside overlooking lake Arenal and the Arenal volcano!

This modern style home is a wonderful complement to the gorgeous tropical setting. Set in the tiny village of El Castillo, this home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths plus a beautiful living room/dining room/kitchen area off of a wrap around terrace. The three bedrooms are located on the upper level of the home. The master bedroom has a full bathroom with a shower. The other two bedrooms have a bathroom centrally located next to the bedrooms for your convenience and the third bathroom is located on the lower level of the house next to the living room and kitchen. The washer and dryer are located on the lower level in a spacious laundry room. High quality, designer furnishings have been used to create this luxurious home. They have been carefully selected to reflect the contemporary style, yet a casual, comfortable atmosphere has been created.


The village of El Castillo is tucked in the rainforest in the mountains on lake Arenal. Home to about 240 'ticos' and about 12 americans, this village has lots to offer! If it is action and adventure you are looking for try ziplining through the rainforest at Sky Trek Adventures or go exploring on horseback to one of the three waterfalls and take a swim. Kayaking is always fun and what a way to catch some sun and some fish!! Go rapelling or canyoning at Rancho Margot or white water rafting for even more adventure. You can go to The Butterfly Conservatory or The Snake Zoo all right here in Castillo! When it is time to unwind after a long day of adventure, nothing will soothe your bones like a soak in the free Hot Springs! This village may be small, but can pack a huge vacation!!

We will be happy to book any of these local attractions at no charge to you:

* Hanging Bridges
* Zip Lines
* Hot Springs
* ATV and other rentals
* Butterfly Conservatory
* Eco-Snake Zoo
* Horseback Riding
* Volcano Hikes
* Rafting
* Canyoning and Rappelling
* Bird Watching
* Swimming
* Much more

This home away from home is a true gem!

Keywords: House, luxury, jungle, rainforest, great views, volcano, lake, nature, eco friendly, spacious, horses, river, mountains, birds, bird watchers, eco friendly,kayaking,zipline,boating,flowers,paradise, El Castillo, La Fortuna, Arenal, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, village,cultural,waterfall,trails,hiking,monkeys, toucans,different,remote, family

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            25 and older...moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Refrigerator
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Microwave
          • Catering Available
          • Kitchen

          Amenities

          • Parking Off Street
          • Washing Machine
          • Air Conditioning
          • Babysitter
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided

          Entertainment

          • Satellite / Cable
          • Television
          • DVD Player

          Communications

          • Wireless Internet
          • Telephone

          Outdoor Features

          • Balcony
          • Deck / Patio

          Location & View

          • Water View
          • Lake View

          Activities

          • Hiking
          • Rafting
          • Fishing
          • Swimming
          • Cycling
          • Parasailing
          • Rock Climbing
          • Kayaking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Hot Air Ballooning
          • Massage Therapist
          • Boating
          • Shopping
          • Sight Seeing
          • Restaurants
          • Zoo
          • Groceries
          • Laundromat
          • ATM/Bank
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • Horseback Riding

          Other Activities

              • We are located in El Castillo on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. The Eco Zoo, Butterfly Conservatory, Rancho Margot, Kayaking, Sky Trek Zip Line, National Park, Arenal 1968, a local grocery store and many restaurants are all right here in our village. It is a must see place in Costa Rica!!...moreless
               

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              • Very Nice house and incredible host

                Very Nice house and incredible host

                • Guest(Québec, Canada)
                • Date of stay 01/04/14
                • Review Submitted 01/07/14
                The house was perfect for our family. Very clean, spacious and the view on the volcano was such a bonus !!! Nancy, the host, been incredible with us. She helped us to book tours, gave us lot of advices about what to do and see in the area. Tasting a good coffee on the balcony with a red maccaw at 10 meters from us has been an unfogettable expérience. 100% for El Castillo, the house and the host !

                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers.

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              • Everything we hoped it would be

                Everything we hoped it would be

                • Guest Chris (Maryland, USA)
                • Date of stay 11/04/13
                • Review Submitted 11/22/13
                My girlfriend and I spent 4 perfect days and nights at this house on our first trip to this incredible country. After reading the reviews on this sight, we had high hopes for our stay here, and they were all easily met. The house was wonderful. I personally enjoyed sitting out on the upstairs balcony and watching the sunrise while listening to the howler monkeys. The house was air-conditioned, so we were always comfortable. The house had everything you could need to make your own meals. Be aware that if you want to bring your own food to prepare, your best bet is to stop in La Fortuna on the way in. It's a long drive over a bumpy gravel road to go back to La Fortuna once you've made it to the house. We did every activity we could possibly fit in. We went on a hike to the base of the volcano with Miguel, who was awesome! He even took us into La Fortuna and showed us a Soda that had some of the best food we had all week. We went Zip Lining with Sky Trek and had a blast. We also did the Waterfall Repelling with Pure Trek and I strongly recommend trying it out. It was easily our favorite part of the trip. We also went to Tabacon Hot Springs. It was a little on the expensive side, but worth every penny after a long day of hiking. All in all, we loved the entire time we spent at the house and we wish we could have stayed for another week... or two... or three. Thanks again Nancy for all your help.

                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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              • Living with a volcano view

                Living with a volcano view

                • Guest Steve O.
                • Date of stay 02/05/13
                • Review Submitted 03/08/13
                Arsenal is no longer active but looks like a text book volcano and Walter's House looks directly out at it. The property is well equipped and very comfortable. It's location at the top of the hill above the Butterfly Sanctuary is up a very bumpy and steep road. However it does contribute to great views. To find it go past the Butterfly Sanctuary and it is the second house past the Essence Arenal (backpackers hostel) on the right hand side and on the corner of the road. There is no sign or name and Nancy also calls it the Hideaway which locals do not know. The house is spacious and well equipped. It does have great views in all directions. Nancy telephoned regularly to make sure all was in order and there is a local lady who is available to assist if there are any problems. There are numerous restaurants and shops in La Fortuna but it is about 30 minutes away along very rutted road. There is a small supermarket at the bottom of the hill hill for basics and an excellent German bakery 50 metres from the house - be aware that their bread is very good but very heavy and filling! A visit to John's Pizza house a little further along the lake road is very worth while. For day to day meals the Soda at the bottom of the hill opposite the school is great and friendly. There are great forest walks and zip wire trails nearby provided you are prepared to bump along the roads to get there. Riding is also good and it is possible to ride across to Monteverde. If you are not driving around the lake to Monteverde consider just a trip up to Nuevo Arenal past the Germanic/Swiss chalets. The road is sealed and good although typically winding.

                Manager response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely and informative review. You were wonderful guests and I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay. I would like to mention, just so others know, I don't refer to this property as the Hideaway. Several years ago I had a property named the Hideaway, but it has since been sold and the property you stayed in does not have a name. Nancy

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              • Wonderful!!

                Wonderful!!

                • Guest KL (North Alabama)
                • Date of stay 07/12/12
                • Review Submitted 07/24/12
                Me, my wife, and two teenage kids stayed here four nights and were delighted. The house had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and pleasant. Nancy could not have been more helpful. She did all of our planning and tour booking for us and all of her recommendations were superb. El Castillo is a quaint little Tico village that is very scenic and peaceful, and yet also close to many restaurants and all of the fabulous tours available in the area. The view of Arenal volcano from the house is spectacular. If we ever go back (and I hope we do!) we will definitely stay at this lovely home again.

                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers.

                Manager response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this beautiful review! You were marvelous guests and we enjoyed meeting you and sharing a piece of our paradise with you. I am thrilled that you had such a wonderful time and hope you will come back again someday! Nancy

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              • An experience we will never forget!

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                An experience we will never forget!

                • Guest Bill
                • Date of stay 03/25/12
                • Review Submitted 07/13/12
                Hi Nancy, We just wanted you to know that we thought you were perfectly wonderful! Mom and I loved it in CR and she truly thrived. I guess we have learned here to take each day as a gift and pray for the next one. Regardless, the CR trip was certainly cathartic and we were blessed with a lifetime of memories--you were integral in that. Please tell Lilander how highly we think of him as well. He is a gentle man and showed such pride in his family, work and respect for the land. Keep me informed of when you come back to the States to visit family. I will drag you out! Bill

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              • Beautiful home

                Beautiful home

                • Guest Brenda H. (San José, Costa Rica)
                • Date of stay 07/03/12
                • Review Submitted 07/10/12
                We stayed with our children and teen-age grandchildren for 3 days in this wonderful home. It was fantastic with everything we needed as we wanted to prepare our own meals as much as possible to save money. The home was actually a bargain for the 6 of us as well as luxurious and comfortable surroundings. We live in Costa Rica and wished to share our favorite places with our kids and this is definitely the way to go....we zipped at Sky Trek which I consider to be the safest canopy tour and our family was completely blown away by it. Their breaking system is the best - no displaced shoulders there. The kids all went hiking up Cerro Chatto a smaller volcano behind Arenal and we didn't even have time or energy to do much more - although Ecotermales hot springs is misty and mysterious at night and we really enjoyed that. Nancy and her husband were most helpful and were excellent hosts.

                Manager response: Thanks, so much for this beautiful review. I am so glad that you and your family liked our special spot here in Costa Rica. We really enjoyed getting to know you and hope that you will return soon. Nancy

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              • Absolutely Wonderful!!

                Absolutely Wonderful!!

                • Guest Klara V. (Key West, Florida)
                • Date of stay 03/29/12
                • Review Submitted 07/05/12
                This house is absolutely amazing! You don’t expect such perfection in the rainforest of Costa Rica, but perfect it is. The house was clean and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need! New state of the art appliances, granite countertops, new furniture, satellite t.v., dvd player, internet and it was impeccably clean and comfortable…we couldn’t have asked for more! The views of the Lake and Volcano are spectacular and sitting on the decks off of the bedroom was like heaven. You wake to the sounds of the howler monkeys and hundreds of singing birds…paradise. We didn’t think the road was any worse than any other dirt road in Costa Rica. I agree that it adds to the charm and the drive to the village was breathtaking! It was like being in a movie. We even got to see a sloth crossing the road!! The village is quaint, friendly and very safe and the restaurants are plentiful. We didn’t venture out to La Fortuna but once as we wanted to enjoy the local vibe of the village. Nancy and Z were so helpful in booking all of our activities and guiding us to the best restaurants which saved a lot of time and money! Lilander’s horseback tour to the waterfall there is a fantastic experience and I highly recommend it! Thanks Nancy and Z for making our vacation one we will never forget! We will definitely be back again! Thanks Again, Klara

                Manager response: Thanks so much for the beautiful review!! I am so glad that you enjoyed your time here! I knew that you would love it! You were amazing guests and it is good to know that so many people appreciate our special part of the world. It is definately a magical place and for those who have the Pura Vida in their hearts, this place sweeps them away!! I am looking forward to your return! Nan

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              • Just a beautiful area and home

                Just a beautiful area and home

                • Guest Dan (Tyrone, PA)
                • Date of stay 06/18/12
                • Review Submitted 07/02/12
                Never had the chance to meet Nancy, but dealt with Dan her husband. The house is as described and very nice. We had zero problems and all the equipment worked well. House was clean and well stocked with the essentials. One word to the wise, you can get to the home by car, but it is a long way up.up..up on a road that is far from anything your prepared for. So that said, if you can swing a 4x4 in your travel budget, you will be glad you did. El Castillo is about 7 miles from any paved road, and the road condition can vary from a dusty stoney road to a bouncy pothole mess. This place is for those who like to be off the beaten path and have some adventure left in your soul. The views are unsurpassed and from the heights you can see the lake and volcano in one great shot. On hindsight, I would gladly do it all again and stay in "Walters" house. Always check Tripadvisor for great reviews on all the local resturants and activities, written by people like you. Pura Vida!!

                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing, families with teenagers.

                Manager response: Thanks, Dan, for the lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves while you were here. The road is really bumpy right now, but it is not always like this. We just got through a rainy season, so it is at it's worst! They have a road crew working on it as we speak. It will soon be great again for about 4 or 5 months and then they will do it again. It is part of the charm here and we hope it never gets paved!! It would change everything here...and, after all, being off of the beaten path is why we came here! The nice thing is, with all of the restaurants and activities here, once you get here, you don't really have to leave! I hope you will be able to return, we will look forward to seeing you again!

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              • great lodging outside of la fortuna

                great lodging outside of la fortuna

                • Guest Ted (Oakland, CA)
                • Date of stay 05/26/12
                • Review Submitted 06/02/12
                This is a great place to stay with views from each of the three bedrooms. The master bedroom has the e best view but doesn't have an attached bathroom. The attached bathroom bedroom still has good views too. This house is in el castillo which is on a mostly dirt road and therefore takes longer to get to. Its definetly not touristy here but its farther away from la fortuna (30 min or so). Good for getting away from it all. Nancy was also very helpful in setting up tours and answering any questions about the area. Even though she was out of town, she was very accessible by phone. If you don't mind staying outside the tourist zone, this is a lovely place.

                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

                Manager response: Ted, thanks so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review! We are so happy that you enjoyed yourselves here, as we enjoyed having you. If you ever come back to Costa Rica, we hope you will return to our special little village! Pura Vida!

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              • Nice retreat in tiny town

                Nice retreat in tiny town

                • Guest Holly M.
                • Date of stay 01/15/12
                • Review Submitted 04/25/12
                My husband and I along with two grown children enjoyed our three-night stay here. The architecture made great use of space, and the basic kitchen equipment was good for cooking most of our meals. The volcano wasn’t much of an attraction through the clouds when we were there, but the area is lovely for those seeking a spot away from crowds. Nancy gave us a great approach to the weather - don’t plan around the rain, as it won’t keep you from enjoying all of the fun activities. We loved the rafting trip she helped arrange, and the nearby zip line tours. The two speed-bump community of El Castillo is very friendly, from shop owners to local workers riding their horses past the little school house. A tip to finding the home is to search for the Butterfly Conservatory on your GPS, then locating Essence Arenal a bit further up the road from there. The house is just two doors past Essence on the right. Plan to arrive before dark (late afternoon in January), even if your first night in Costa Rica is spent at a hotel by the airport.

                Recommended for: Pet owners.

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              Peak season - 165.00 per night January 1st thru April 30th
              Green season - 160.00 per night May1st thru September 30 Nov 1st to Dec 15
              Off season - 135.00 per night October 1st thr October 31st
              Christmas and Easter 195.00 per night... weekly rate available
              Price per night is for up to 4 people. Each additional person is 25.00 per night.
              45.00 cleaning fee
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              • Captivating night view of this beautiful home

                Captivating night view of this beautiful home

              • Spectaculars views from El Mion

                Spectaculars views from El Mion

              • Master Bedroom with Beautiful Lake and Volcano Views

                Master Bedroom with Beautiful Lake and Volcano Views

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              3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 6

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