Private Retreat with Volcano Views; Be as Busy or Relaxed as You Want(7 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home With Views Of World-famous Volcan Arenal (Sleeps 4)
High quality construction with granite counter tops in kitchen/bathrooms, built-in stove in island, stainless appliances, tiled floors. Each bedroom has own private full bath (guest bedroom has shower, master has shower/tub). Perfect for 2 couples, each with own space.
Large central, open living/dining/kitchen area, with sliding doors out to large covered deck. All rooms and deck with volcano views.
Includes satellite TV, DVD, local phone with internet. 2 acres of property to explore, which is fronted by a river bordered by jungle which contains a selection of native animals, birds and plants, including monkeys (which we haven't seen in our brief stays there, but have been seen by other residents). We have done some landscaping on the property, and have plans for much more.
10 kms (6 miles) to charming and friendly town of Nuevo Arenal where all basic necessities can be purchased. Note: road is not paved; four-wheel drive recommended (contributes to the privacy of the development, but close enough that it's not remote).
Local attractions include La Fortuna (where episodes of 'The Batchelor' were filmed), healing hot springs, Monteverde cloud forest (one of the few places where the mystical Quetzal bird can be found), world-class wind-surfing nearby on Lago Arenal, all withing 1 to 1 1/2 hours on paved road and 2 hours to Pacific beaches (Coco, Hermosa, Panama). Lesser-known local attractions include the ancient Venado caves, which are partially open to the public, the small Lago Cote, where local native tribes still practice healing and other rituals, and which is rumoured to be the landing place for extraterrestrial visitors.
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Member since: 2013
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- There is an internet stick and a phone in the top left kitchen drawer (please leave here upon departure). INTERNET ACCESS: We have purchased a newly-introduced (Feb/15) internet USB stick, which can be rented for $10 (unlimited minutes). Note that this will allow access for one user at a time. Costa Rica is converting to 4G network, but on our last visit, were still on a 3G network, so the internet works more slowly than you may be accustomed to. There is also an inexpensive phone which can be used for calls - all of Costa Rica is a local call - PLEASE, NO LONG DISTANCE CALLS ON THIS PHONE. You can purchase minutes cheaply for the phone at several stores in Nuevo Arenal. Moya's restaurant, across from the gas station in town is a great place to eat or just relax with a drink. They speak English, and can help you with questions about the town and local activities....moreless
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Rain Forests
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 3 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Jun 1 - Nov 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $304.20
- Cleaning fee $30.42
- Internet stick $9.13
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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DIRECTIONS AND DRIVING TIPS: Our house is in a gated development in the hills approximately 10 km outside the town of Nuevo Arenal. THE KEY TO THE HOUSE WILL BE LEFT UNDER THE MAT AT THE ENTRANCE DOOR. If the key is not there, please go to the gatehouse at the entrance to the development, and I will have the house key left there for you to pick up when you arrive. If possible can you let me know your planned arrival and departure times?
For directions, I will provide in two ways. I would recommend you rent a GPS (or take your own, loaded with a Costa Rica map), since there are NO street addresses in Costa Rica, so for an outsider, a GPS is extremely helpful.
The coordinates of the gate/guard house at Bella Vista are N 10 31' 18.3'; W 84 49' 15.4'. When you enter the development, proceed along the road, and you will come to a corner with a turn to the right - don't take the turn, keep going straight. Once past this turn, the second house on the right (pink/orange stucco with green roof) is your destination. (Coordinates are N 10 31' 05.3'; W 84 49' 09.4').
I'll also provide road directions: The main corner in the town of Nuevo Arenal has a new office building on one corner, a gas station, a public hall, and an open field with a bus stop on other corners.You need to proceed on the gravel road (between the public hall and open field). Continue along this road for 9.5 kms (5.9 miles) from the corner in town. There are turn-offs, but don't take any - stay on this road. At 9.5 kms, you will come to a T-intersection, where the main road bends off to the left. There's a sign for Bella Vista on the right. (you need to check carefully - it's a tall sign supported on two posts, very weathered, with some of the lettering missing, and facing the wrong way - Pura Vida! - so you can easily miss it). Turn right down this road, proceed for a short distance, past one or two private gated properties, and you will arrive at the entrance to Bella Vista.
With these two methods to find our house, you should not have a problem. Just a word of caution - the roads in Costa Rica are not the same as where you live - and you will be travelling a rough road through beautiful, but remote landscape. It will take much longer to travel the 8-10 kms than it does here. After a few trips, we have become very accustomed to the road (especially my wife!), but it may seem challenging at first. Go slow and drive around the potholes - it is quite acceptable to drive on the opposite side of the road to avoid them.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: Owners are Canadian couple, professional accountant and teacher. Nearing retirement, we wanted a property we could enjoy ourselves for part of the year, and rent out for the remainder.
Why the Owner Chose Guanacaste, Costa Rica:
Visited Costa Rica three times and came to appreciate the beauty, diversity of the country, and the welcoming, helpful attitude of its citizens, the 'Ticos'. Didn't want a typical beach location, but something with more connection with the native residents, while still having access to certain conveniences. Lake Arenal area met these requirements.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Moderate consistent year-round weather, beautiful, green rolling hills, close to major attractions (Monteverde cloud forest, Arenal volcano, world class windsurfing, etc), and growing popularity with expats and tourists. Just enough 'out of the way' that it likely won't get over-crowded, but still easily accessible.
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Approaching our house - pink with green roof (note-a new house is now in front)
View from deck.
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