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New and Introducing 'Parrot Hill'- Vacation Guest Ranch with a Glorious View.

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Last updated: 07/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

La Fortuna chateau / country house description



' loving life on the hill with the parrots'
Simply said a world class location and high quality accommodations awaits. The views are of 4 volcanoes(only site where this is possible on super clear days), the full stretch of the lake (24miles), and the surrounding wilderness of primary and secondary forest. It is awesome and inspiring.
Parrot Hill Guest Ranch is a small, 50 acre, working ranch at the end of the public road at the top of the mountain. The rolling hills back into the Monteverde Childrens Eternal Rain Forest to the South and is bounded on the East by Volcano Arenal National Park. The Rio Aguas Gatas (Cat Water river) separates us from the village of El Castillo to the west. Therefore it remains peaceful, quiet, safe, and fun. You will have private access to roam free with private trails to rivers and waterfalls. Literally 5,000 sg miles of Jungle out our back door. Expansive 360 views includes sunrise over jungle and Cerro Chato (extinct volcano) to sunset on the water . We are located in the heart of Volcano Arenal and Lake Arenal North Zone which means, close to all the exciting adventures such as zip line, hanging bridges,hot springs, white water,fishing,kayaking,river drifting,canyoning and miles of secluded forest trails literally out our back door.

Absolutely the best place for families traveling with children. My three kids(12-16) are friendly and helpful. They love to play and show your kids around the ranch. Most young ones love the farm animals and like to help feed and collect eggs or try your hand at milking .We can do guided Horseback trail riding tours (only $25 for our guest $50 public)) with free lessons for novice riders. Just wait until you meet our orphan wild parrot named 'Papuga'. He is hysterical and will make you smile and laugh for hours. A true life building cultural experience that they will never forget. Kids don't get bored here.
The Tarzan swing, climbing trees , playing with the ducks or horses can keep them busy. Happy exhausted children make for happy ,not so exhausted, parents . Best part is it's free entertainment for the little ones-

The house itself is quite nice being spacious and clean. Modern amenities, Wi-Fi, sat TV, fully equipped. Heavy use of exotic native hardwoods. We also build custom wood furniture(see the shop) so the home is well furnished with every thing you'll need. We have dedicated the villa to you,the valued guest, and we live close by in the original farm house built totally of wood over 40 years ago. This means you have privacy while at the same time we are close by if you need us.

The 2 story house is roomy with a combined living area of 2400+ sf. The floor plan features 5br/3bath/2kitchen/wrap around deck/dormitory
There is a lovely space called the 'sky bungalow ' which is connected to the top floor and served by a private entrance.
The way of the design provides that the home can be split in 2 parts and affords three rental options.

3. *the ROOST*
entire house package - includes both floors + bungalow , a 2400sf private residence .Groups /families up to 15 persons and the rate range is $250-300 per night.

2. * the PAPUGA ROOMS*
top floor only with the connected 'sky bungalow' space consist of +1600sf with 3br/2bath/kitchen and sleeps 10 max. in real beds + one sofa/sleeper.
The introductory rates currently are $150-200 per night for this space.

1.*PARAKEET LANDING*
700 sf featuring 2br/kit/bath. Sleeps up to 5 persons. Interior design is Old World Colonial style and rustic . Lava rock shower.Opens to expansive gardens and fruit arbor on the ground floor which is natural bird habitat. Exotic species seen daily. Covered corridors and 11 ft ceilings with massive stone columns.
Private entry and independent space.
Rates are from $100 -125 .

House receives cool Easterly breezes consistently. Nice and cool (avg 72f.yr round) means no need for air conditioners. Fans are sufficient. Forever spring time ,always green and fresh.

For groups of 2-5, especially if you are 2 couples or small family, we recommend *Parakeet Landing*. Double private bedrooms and very creative space and feel to it.
The 2nd floor, *The Papuga Rooms * , are suitable for up to 8-10 persons and is the principal offering as the main listing. It has 1600sf and includes the 'sky bungalow' and large wrap around deck.

If you are traveling with a larger group consider *The Roost* - entire house for up to 15 people comfortably in a total of 5br/3bath/2 kitchen home. 2400sf private residence.
ASK about extended stay program
and free upgrade when available

Meal service ; home cooked , farm fresh, natural organic ingredients served family style . reasonable cost between $7-12 depending.
There is no swimming pool on site but we have arranged complimentary pool/hot tub privileges at a nearby 5 star Hotel for your enjoyment.

The sights and sounds of the natural setting will captivate the soul and liberate the spirit in all. Peace and blessings to all.

NOTE: please contact owner regarding your anticipated travel dates and do not rely on the calendar. It does not provide for multiple rent options so I don't use it.

My family and I live in the original ranch house so the guest home and grounds are dedicated to you. We enjoy hosting as a family and it is our distinct pleasure to be of assistance. You are Welcome here .
Thank you

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 2400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Massage
      • Staff

      Suitability

      • Pets Considered:

        animal friendly-consult owner and liable for damages ,if any . $50.00 pet charge and we recommend damage protection policy available for $49.00 through this site....moreless

      • Children Welcome:

        we have 3 kids and they enjoy making new foreign friends-we love children and they don't get bored here. Lot's of room to run and climb trees ...moreless

      • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

        no unaccompanied minors...moreless

      • Smoking Allowed:

        smoke outside is ok...moreless

      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Events Allowed

      Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15

      • Bedroom 5/dorm room in 'Sky Bungalow': 1 double, 3 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon

        sleeps 6 max counting sofa bed...moreless

      • #4-Parakeet Landing : 1 double

        ...moreless

      • Bedroom 3-Parakeet Landing: 1 queen, 1 child bed, 1 baby crib

        ...moreless

      • Bedroom 1-Papuga Rooms: 1 king

        we build hardwood furniture -one of a kind furnishings...moreless

      • Bedroom 2- sjy bungalow: 1 double

        good mattress, super sunset lake view...moreless

      • All have views and are cozy. Baby crib/play pen available 2 Sofa /beds available...moreless

      Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

      • Bathroom 2-sky bungalow: toilet, shower

        small but servicable and always clean...moreless

      • Bathroom 1-Papuga Rooms: toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub

        spacious -open feeling with great garden and Volcano view ...moreless

      • Bathroom 3-Parakeet Landing: toilet, shower

        large lava rock shower...moreless

      Kitchen & Dining

      • Dining:

        Wife and sis in law are great cooks and offer meal service. high quality , farm fresh, organically grown tipico cuisine. cost from $7-12 ...moreless

      • Kitchen:

        full size with breakfast bar and including automatic dishwasher ...moreless

      • Refrigerator:

        big one...moreless

      • Pantry Items:

        limited...moreless

      • Dining Area Seats:

        10...moreless

      • Stove
      • Oven
      • Microwave
      • Dishes & Utensils
      • Coffee Maker
      • Seating for 10 people

      Amenities

      • Washing Machine:

        we do the laundry for you x $6 per load charge. ...moreless

      • Living Room:

        open and roomy with teak wood floors...moreless

      • Parking:

        covered...moreless

      • Babysitter
      • Linens Provided
      • Towels Provided
      • Clothes Dryer
      • Garage
      • Iron & Board

      Other Amenities

          • Janet and I have been hosting travelers from all over the world for a couple of years. We enjoy it and so will you. We can offer good advice and help with tour reservations and in -house farm choice meals. Our strongest amenities are the sights and sounds of nature being at our doorstep. The experience of living on a ranch ,away from it all, for a few days is something really special.You can get involved ,or volunteer, if you like to help out. Collect eggs, learn to milk a cow, saddle a horse, or chase the sheep around, etc,etc. Usually some work needs to be done on a trail and the more help the merrier! Hands on if it suits you or sit back and relax on the scene, your choice. PURA VIDA (pure life) is a reality on the ranch. Everyone tells us that the views are the best from here but you need to see them for yourself. You're invited and hope to see you soon....moreless

          Entertainment

          • Television

          Communications

          Pool & Spa

          • Private Pool:

            not really a conventional pool on site-but we have the river and waterfalls to get wet and swim. 15 min walk/hike from house. Also, a neighbor Hotel offers our guest a day pool/jacuzzi pass for free...moreless

          • Communal Pool:

            We have complimentary pool privileges for our guest at a neighboring 4 star hotel. It is free to use anytime. They have jaccuzi, wifi, bar, restaurant . Only 6min away by car, short walk...moreless

          Outdoor Features

          • Kayak / Canoe:

            available to rent from neighbor-15$ per hour per person with life jacket and paddles...moreless

          • Boat:

            fishing boat and guide can be arranged separately - we are very close to the lake...moreless

          • Ski & Snowboard:

            ha just kidding -see if you're paying attention LOL...moreless

          • Bicycles:

            mountain bikes available to rent by hour/day...moreless

          • Lawn / Garden:

            25ft Tarzan Swing...moreless

          • Balcony
          • Outdoor Grill
          • Deck / Patio

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions
          • Historic

          Location & View

          • Village:

            We are just outside our little village of Walking distance to El Castillo with about 800 friendly people. Quiet and safe. Small grocery store, several restaurants ,Bar&grill, and 2 churches...moreless

          • Rural:

            end of road- 20hectare (50 ac)ranch. backs up to Monteverde Eternal Childrens Rain Forest and bounded on East by Arenal National Park. Jungle canopy. Wildlife abounds...moreless

          • Mountain View:

            on the mountain at 2600+ft elevation and border two rivers and the National Park. Cool and fresh always green and full of wildlife of all sorts ....moreless

          • Water View:

            private trail to Black rock river and 'Waldenfalls' a simple waterfall-Picnic facility short hike 10-15min...moreless

          • Lake View:

            15 min walk to lake- full scale panoramic view-sunsets on the water...moreless

          Activities

          • Botanical Garden
          • Hiking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Cycling
          • Swimming
          • Kayaking
          • Whitewater Rafting
          • Mountaineering
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Massage Therapist
          • Laundromat
          • Fishing
          • Groceries
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • Boating
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Scenic Drives
          • Eco Tourism
          • Bird Watching
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Restaurants
          • Zoo
          • Churches
          • Horseback Riding
          • Spelunking
           

          Reviews

          Write a review 4.9
          from 15 traveler reviews
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          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          the papuga rooms green season
          May 12 - Nov 30, 2014
          3 night min stay
          $150
          $750 $2,000
          papuga rooms peak season
          Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2015
          3 night min stay
          $200
          $1,200 $3,500
          parakeet landing hi season
          Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2019
          3 night min stay
          $125
          $700 $1,850
          parakeet landing green season
          May 1 - Nov 30, 2019
          2 night min stay
          $100
          $500 $1,500
          the roost green season
          May 1 - Nov 30, 2020
          3 night min stay
          $250
          $1,500 $4,000
          the roost peak season
          Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2021
          3 night min stay
          $300
          $1,800 $4,000
          My Standard Rate
          3 night min stay
          $200
          $1,200 $3,500
          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees and Rental Conditions:

          • Property Damage Protection $49
          • one time checkout cleaning fee $35
          • Taxes Not included

          Notes:

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          Important note~ please ignore the dates on the above rate chart ie:2020yr??? it was fake entry to workaround to show 3 rental option packages for the different spaces or combination thereof. The format does not allow such flexibility so I figured at least you, the traveler, will see it laid in. Of course I will answer questions and give you an exact quote.


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          Policy available by contacting manager when booking.


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          Calendar

          Last updated: 07/19/2014
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          Location

          100 Miles
          Nearest Airport
          San Jose 3+3.5 hrs drivetime
          150 Miles
          Nearest Beach
          Guanacaste Beaches 5hr drive
          1.5 Miles
          Nearest Barpub
          Howlers Bar And Grill
          0.5 Miles
          Nearest Restaurant
          Linda Vista

          Car: Recommended

          Parrot Hill is a small working ranch situated just outside the quaint village of El Castillo. Surrounded by 3 national parks/reserves this spot is ideal for nature lovers. High altitude (2700+ft) means it is fresh and cool and always green. Close by are various activities to keep you smiling. Sky Trek zip lines and hanging bridges, the largest live Butterfly and snake exhibits, hot springs, fishing -and more. In the pueblo are several fine dining establishments, including Howlers bar and grill.

          We offer horseback riding which has been popular along with guided hiking tours to the volcano , rivers and Waterfalls and the forest. Cost is only $25 for our guest ($50 to public) Catch a Wapoti on Arenal lake. We have a couple of semi-wild parrots that will entertain you for hours. A free locally known hot spring fed river is about 30 min drive from the ranch.

          Of course, if one would like to help out with some of the daily chores that is always a plus. The kids and adults as well love collecting fresh farm eggs for breakfast and feeding the ducks, shampooing the pony and /or chasing the sheep around the barn.

          Parrot Hill is much more than a nice house with views, it is a lifelong memory waiting for you to make it so.

          Hope to see you soon.

          Thanks Charlie & family

           

          Manager info

          Year Purchased: 1999

          About: My name is Charles Keckler and I am 59yrs old, married with 4 kids. My wife ,Janet, is from Nicaragua and has an unbelievable life story of survival growing up during the Sandinista civil war in that country. My path is coming from a long career in the real estate biz ,in the US, to having the experience of ranching in Costa Rica has been a wonderful journey . My wife can teach you so much about natural herbal and medicinal plants and my children-ages 12-16 are great little guides. We really enjoy hosting visitors and especially families traveling with kids.

          Why La Fortuna:
          Too beautiful to ignore. I couldn't stop dreaming of it and the challenge to learn another way to live, another language and culture. I was like a pioneer on this mountainside and managed to develop the road, power, and water resources to establish the ranch. Now we enjoy sharing it with other travelers.

          The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
          Atmosphere is alive with the power of nature. There is a healing affect and many are the dreams born here. First house I ever designed and built. It's pretty fine- but what makes it so special is where it is and the inspired land it sits on. Come see for yourself. We welcome your visit.


          Contact us

          Speaks: spanish, english

          Guestbook comments from the property manager

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          Photos

          • views fit for a Parrot King

            views fit for a Parrot King

          • meet Papuga- semi wild Parrott
namesake of ranch. 2 bird rescue projects

            meet Papuga- semi wild Parrott namesake of ranch. 2 bird rescue projects

          • our/your private waterfall/river on corner of land a 12 minute walk from house

            our/your private waterfall/river on corner of land a 12 minute walk from house

          • attached 'sky bungalow' 400sf 
1br ,kit, bath, private entrance- sleeps 4- 6

            attached 'sky bungalow' 400sf 1br ,kit, bath, private entrance- sleeps 4- 6

          • hola, como esta?
 No worry He is harmless

            hola, como esta? No worry He is harmless

          • BR with beautiful queen bed
we made. See woodworking in action.

            BR with beautiful queen bed we made. See woodworking in action.

          • weather/sunsets are awesome-you can see V. Tonorio in distance

            weather/sunsets are awesome-you can see V. Tonorio in distance

          • newborn goat-plenty of farm animals -kids especially love it here

            newborn goat-plenty of farm animals -kids especially love it here

          • always new life on a ranch-birthing is an experience you may get to witness

            always new life on a ranch-birthing is an experience you may get to witness

          • a keelbilled toucan hopped up one day for quick visit. Can be seen often

            a keelbilled toucan hopped up one day for quick visit. Can be seen often

          • we raise northern African tropical sheep called 'peliquay'

            we raise northern African tropical sheep called 'peliquay'

          • Parakeet landing floor master bedroom. Authentic rustic design,queen orthopedic

            Parakeet landing floor master bedroom. Authentic rustic design,queen orthopedic

          • Stay on the 50 acre  'Parrot Hill Guest Ranch'
experience real local culture

            Stay on the 50 acre 'Parrot Hill Guest Ranch' experience real local culture

          • MI CASA SU CASA
BIENVENIDO

            MI CASA SU CASA BIENVENIDO

          • large front deck wrap around breakneck views-bird watch

            large front deck wrap around breakneck views-bird watch

          • complete kitchen well equipped , dishwash appliances ,utensils. Dining seat 15pp

            complete kitchen well equipped , dishwash appliances ,utensils. Dining seat 15pp

          • my 11 yr old son Leno with Papuga riding shotgun

            my 11 yr old son Leno with Papuga riding shotgun

          • all over the place-many different species

            all over the place-many different species

          • we offer guided horseback tours all over the mountain side. several trails

            we offer guided horseback tours all over the mountain side. several trails

          • interesting dancing insect. Called 'esperanza' means hope -no bite

            interesting dancing insect. Called 'esperanza' means hope -no bite

          • snowflake

            snowflake

          • lake side ,we ride you here on horses then take the kayaks out.
lo cost to guest

            lake side ,we ride you here on horses then take the kayaks out. lo cost to guest

          • peace and blessings to all

            peace and blessings to all

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          Date last modified - Monday, May 12, 2014

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          5 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
          Sleeps 15

          View calendar: Updated 07/19/14
          Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
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