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

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Last updated: 10/26/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
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  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Lake Arenal chalet 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.

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • 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 an optional queen-size blowup bed suitable for children on request (no extra charge) and a futon couch. Please specify at time of booking. Bedrooms are luxury appointed each with its own satellite television and a walkout to the 25 sq. m covered deck (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
              • 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

              Forms Of Payment

                  • Accept Credit Card

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional
                       

                      Reviews

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                      from 17 traveler reviews
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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Christmas 2014
                      Dec 12 - Dec 28, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      $210
                      $1,260 $5,000

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

                      New Year 2015
                      Dec 29 - Jan 18, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $210
                      $1,260 $5,000

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

                      Winter 2015
                      Jan 19 - Mar 26, 2015
                      2 night min stay
                      $190
                      $1,140 $4,560

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

                      Semana Santa 2015
                      Mar 27 - Apr 5, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $210
                      $1,260 $5,000

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

                      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: 10/26/2014
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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.


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                      Speaks: english, french, german, spanish

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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

                      $170 - $220 per night (USD)
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                      2 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

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