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Lake Arenal-Stunning Views of the Lake, Volcano and Jungle.

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Last updated: 05/03/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
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  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Our 'Castle in The Clouds' is just seven km from Volcano Arenal, perched 700m above sea-level overlooking the volcano, rainforest, pastures and Lake Arenal and close to many of the most popular amenities the region has to offer . Wake to the sound of howler monkeys, toucans and parrots and enjoy your first cup of locally-grown coffee in our covered gazebo or in the 25 sq. metre sunroom. Our home features a splash pool to cool off after a busy day of eco-adventuring. You can walk to many attractions in the village, including several quaint local restaurants. The home features casual dining indoor or out, hot water throughout, and stunning views from every room. It is completely equipped with a full-sized fridge with ice-maker, gas stove, microwave and blender and includes twice-weekly cleaning service (more often optional on request). An optional personal laundry service is also available. Active or passive, this is the perfect home base for your Arenal vacation!


Although our small stretch of the road is usually in good shape it is steep and the road coming into El Castillo is very rough. We highly recommend a 4x4 vehicle for all your excursions in Costa Rica. We now feature a paved driveway, a separate covered Gazebo (perfect for al fresco dining) and the yard has been completely enclosed with a custom-made 5' stone and wrought-iron fence. You'll enjoy our garden paradise yard featuring a variety of local and tropical plants designed to maximize your Costa Rica experience.

Now-Book Local Tours and Attractions: Hannah and Tomas, our on-site hosts can help you book many local tours and attractions for you on your arrival, saving you the hassle of running around. From zipline tours, hot springs spas and volcano hikes to a horseback ride to a real eco-farm, you can be as busy or as relaxed as you like, but you'll never run out of things to do in the area. Just ask when you arrive and we can make recommendations and reservations for you.

July 2011: If you catch the new reality show 'Love in the Wild' airing on CTV in Canada or NBC in the US, you'll experience life in El Castillo. They were filming the series when we visited in March and almost all of the scenes were shot in and around our little neighbourhood.
Read about 'Love in the Wild' here http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/Love-in-the-Wild-host-Darren-McMullen-tells-all_Wednesday-August-03-2011.

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Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 144 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

  • Green Room: 1 queen

    Volcano and Lake views...moreless

  • Blue Room: 1 queen

    Volcano and Jungle views...moreless

  • Accommodates 4 comfortably with ensuite baths (glass-enclosed showers) in both rooms. There is a futon couch suitable for one adult or two children. Please specify at time of booking. Bedrooms are luxury appointed each with a walkout to the 25 sq. m second floor sunroom (very secure and private). Linens are changed twice weekly, or more often at an optional extra charge ($10 per day). Toiletries and towels are provided....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ensuite...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    ensuite...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    main floor...moreless

  • Eco-friendly toiletries are provided. Our water is natural spring water from high in the mountains....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Smoking allowed outside only. Small pets considered, but the environment can be hazardous for pets allowed to roam due to local wildlife and livestock. 4 x 4 vehicle highly recommended as Costa Rican roads can be rough and steep....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    The house is equipped with a ROKU player able to provide access to internet television from a wide variety of sources in many countries. ...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Rain Forests
  • Restaurants
  • Volcano
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

Write a review 4.8
from 19 traveler reviews
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2015
Apr 6 - May 17, 2015
2 night min stay
$190
$1,140 $4,560

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2015
Jun 26 - Aug 30, 2015
2 night min stay
$190
$1,140 $4,560

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Christmas 2015
Dec 11 - Dec 27, 2015
3 night min stay
$210
$1,260 $5,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

New Year 2016
Dec 28 - Jan 17, 2016
3 night min stay
$210
$1,260 $5,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Winter 2016
Jan 18 - Mar 17, 2016
2 night min stay
$190
$1,140 $4,560

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Semana Santa 2016
Mar 18 - Mar 27, 2016
3 night min stay
$210
$1,260 $5,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Spring 2016
Mar 28 - May 15, 2016
2 night min stay
$190
$1,140 $4,560

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2016
Jul 1 - Aug 28, 2016
2 night min stay
$190
$1,140 $4,560

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Christmas 2016
Dec 16 - Dec 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$220
$1,320 $5,250

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

New Year 2017
Jan 1 - Jan 15, 2017
3 night min stay
$220
$1,320 $5,250

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Winter 2017
Jan 16 - Apr 6, 2017
2 night min stay
$200
$1,200 $4,800

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Semana Santa 2017
Apr 7 - Apr 16, 2017
3 night min stay
$220
$1,320 $5,250

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Spring 2017
Apr 17 - May 14, 2017
2 night min stay
$200
$1,200 $4,800

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$170
$1,020 $4,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

There is a $10 per person per night fee for more than 4 guests. Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 05/03/2015
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Location

100 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
San Jose Juan Santamaria or Liberia
500 Metres
Nearest Barpub
local
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
142
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
local
100 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
either coast

Car: Recommended

Arenal Volcano. Lake Arenal. Backs onto Arenal National Forest. Close to La Fortuna and Tabacon Resort. Volcano Arenal is the second-most-visited tourist attraction in Costa Rica, after Manuel Antonio. Our village is located 10 km off the main highway inside the National Park in the quaint village of El Castillo (population 300). Lonely Planet recommended, El Castillo is the perfect base to explore the many attractions this area has to offer. Within the village, you'll find horseback riding, restaurants, the butterfly conservatory, the serpentarium, canoe and kayak rentals and a pulperia (village store). Within a comfortable drive, you'll find the SkyTram, zipline tours, whitewater rafting, the Hanging Bridges, the Arenal Observatory, yoga, hiking trails, Monteverde National Park and a dozen or more hot-springs resorts to suit any budget.

Breaking news-they're filming M.Night Shyamalin's 'After Earth' starring Will and Jaden Smith in our neighbourhood month of February.

Other Activities: Hiking-our European visitors rave about the many interesting hiking trails starting right at your front door.

Horseback riding- 150 metres down the road.

Butterflies or snakes-both museums are walkable from the house

Hot Springs-the area is famous for a dozen hot spring resorts where a day pass is as little as $15pp or join the locals at the 'free' springs right off the main highway.

Ziplining-You have several choices within a few minutes drive of thehouse

SkyTram-for those who prefer a less strenuous ride, take the SkyTram right to the base of the volcano.

Kayak rentals-in the village, explore Lake Arenal and its many islands.

ATV rentals-10 minutes away, guided ATV tours of the area.

The Volcano-choose from several vantage points including the Observatory or the National park.

Massage Therapy-walk-ins welcome or our host can book an in-home massage for you.

Yoga-available at Racho Margot in the village, a world-class eco retreat.

Or just relax in the gazebo or by the pool

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: We're a semi-retired couple gay couple who divide our time between homes in Canada, The United States and Costa Rica.

Why the Owner Chose Lake Arenal:
We fell in love with Costa Rica on our first visit here in 2007 and came to the Arenal area in 2010 when we had this home custom built for us. We love 'places at the end of the road' where we can experience authentic and unique characters. El Castillo is a true 'Tico' community. Apart from a dozen or so ex-pats from around the world, our neighbours are locals-farmers, labourers and professionals who live and work in this beautiful corner of the world. When we first stood on this piece of land we immediately knew that it was a one-of-a-kind view, and that has been confirmed by the hundreds of guests who have stayed here in the last four years. We're proud to be one of the most-popular destination properties in Costa Rica, enjoying super-host status and a five-star rating on every site. All our guests remark on the million-dollar view, the accommodations, the peace and the many local activities, but above all, they praise the friendly local people and how they make every one of guests feel at home and welcome.

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
Our house features quiet corners where even two couples or a family can find solitude. Whether in the second floor sunroom with its sweeping view of the volcano, the lake and the neighbouring jungle ravines, the secluded gazebo, a quiet chair on the front porch, sitting by the pool or taking a quiet walk in the tropical garden, this home offers many ways to commune with nature and connect with your inner self.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • Spectacular Poolside Views

    Spectacular Poolside Views

  • Modern open concept main floor

    Modern open concept main floor

  • Enjoy a cup of tea or an intimate moment at a table for two.

    Enjoy a cup of tea or an intimate moment at a table for two.

  • Two ensuite baths with spacious showers plus a half-bath on the main floor

    Two ensuite baths with spacious showers plus a half-bath on the main floor

  • Two ensuite baths with spacious showers plus a half-bath on the main floor.

    Two ensuite baths with spacious showers plus a half-bath on the main floor.

  • Tropical Garden Gazebo for casual dining 'al fresco'

    Tropical Garden Gazebo for casual dining 'al fresco'

  • New Pool Deck added. The pool is a 3mx4m, 1.5m deep splash pool.

    New Pool Deck added. The pool is a 3mx4m, 1.5m deep splash pool.

  • Iquanas, amphibians and reptiles at the Eco Zoo-a five-minute walk away

    Iquanas, amphibians and reptiles at the Eco Zoo-a five-minute walk away

  • The home overlooks the Arenal National Forest. Toucans, parrots and monkeys

    The home overlooks the Arenal National Forest. Toucans, parrots and monkeys

  • Nearby Waterfalls

    Nearby Waterfalls

  • A map of some local hikes, created by one of our guests

    A map of some local hikes, created by one of our guests

  • Beautiful stone exterior with top floor deck 3mx8m for quiet relaxation.

    Beautiful stone exterior with top floor deck 3mx8m for quiet relaxation.

  • A full-size, fully equipped kitchen with ice-maker

    A full-size, fully equipped kitchen with ice-maker

  • Two comfortable bedrooms,each with their own entrance to patio and views

    Two comfortable bedrooms,each with their own entrance to patio and views

  • Bedroom one with volcano and lake views plus walkout to patio.

    Bedroom one with volcano and lake views plus walkout to patio.

  • The second floor ceramic-tiled deck perfect for entertaining or relaxing.

    The second floor ceramic-tiled deck perfect for entertaining or relaxing.

  • Tropical Garden Gazebo for casual dining 'al fresco'

    Tropical Garden Gazebo for casual dining 'al fresco'

  • Beautiful gardens surround the pool.

    Beautiful gardens surround the pool.

  • Horseback Riding is available from a local resident

    Horseback Riding is available from a local resident

  • Zipline tours of the jungle just up the road

    Zipline tours of the jungle just up the road

  • Volcano Arenal, just 7 km away

    Volcano Arenal, just 7 km away

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
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  • Response rate 100%
  • Calendar last updated 05/03/2015
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