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Lakeside Paradise

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Are you looking for a piece of paradise? If so our beautiful, private farm home, built in June of 2010 is just for you! The nearest town is 10 minutes away. This peaceful home is nestled in a rural area that is away from the commercial tourism. You can enjoy relaxing moments next to a tranquil lake. From the deck you can see a wonderful variety of birds that come to the lake. Views of Arenal volcano can also be seen outside the house. Arenal is one of the top 10 most active volcanoes in the world. The smoke and lava flows daily.

This home is air conditioned and about 1,250 sq. ft. with an open floor plan. It has 2 bedrooms with a king sized bed in each and 2 bathrooms. If additional room is needed, there is a queen air mattress which sleeps 2 more. The open kitchen and living room show off the beautiful Costa Rican wood. All the rooms have beautiful Costa Rican wood ceilings too. The French doors in the bedrooms and living room open onto a beautiful wood deck that overlooks the lake. In addition, the house and yard are handicap friendly. There are no steps. The doors and hallways are wide and the showers have nothing to step over. There is no washer and dryer inside the house, but for a small fee laundry arrangements can be made.

Do you enjoy kayaking? If so kayaks are located by the lake for your use. There is also a large deck that you can use that is not pictured. It is located on the north side of the lake, A pool table is located on this deck. If you are more adventurous then water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing is available on our lake next door. Arrangements for boating need to be made separately in advance. Exploring the farm and lakes on horseback is also an option. The horses are kept next door. You can also make arrangements to tour a private frog farm close by. Poisonous Dart Frogs and the famous red-eyed tree frog are just a couple of types of frogs you will see there. If you want to hold a red eyed tree frog then just let Claudio, owner of the farm know. He will often wake up a red eyed tree frog and place it in your hands.

A 40 minute drive to the base of Arenal Volcano is the town of La Fortuna. In La Fortuna you will find plenty of shopping. At the base of Arenal are several thermal hot springs. We would be happy to offer you recommendations on hot springs because we visited all of them.

We highly recommend for you to experience a guided Canopy tour! You are hooked up to a cable with the safety harness. As you travel along the zip line, you will go from tree platform to the next. One cable is over 1/2 mile long and zips past a waterfall. The Canopy tour is quite memorable and thrilling.

We know you will enjoy your peaceful and relaxing visit to our home nestled in paradise!

Keywords: Lakefront, House, Paradise

More Details

Susan Kilsdonk
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 2, 2016

About Susan Kilsdonk

My husband and I are farmers in California. We farm mostly grapes and almonds. We are avid water skiers and always wanted a place where we could water ski year round. My husbands mother is Costa Rican. With lots of relatives living in Costa Rica we started going down to visit about 6 years ago. We fell in love with the country and the people. We found this place where we could water ski year round in 80 to 85 degree water.

Susan Kilsdonk purchased this house in 2010

Why Susan Kilsdonk chose

My husband and I fell in love with this area about 5 years ago. We are avid water skiers and found these lakes with 80 to 85 degree water year round. We have brought our ski boat down to Costa Rica. This is the first house we have built here at the farm. We are starting to build another house on another lake. We go to our beach houses to, but prefer the weather and the people that we have gotten to know and love here.

What makes this house unique

You will enjoy staying in paradise. Many things to see and do in the area.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Lakeside Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Indianapolis, Indiana


  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at this property from 3/22/12--30/12. We were so pleased with the home and the news friends that we met during our stay. Susan made every effort to make our stay memorable and was the most gracious host I've met in a long time. Everyone we met went out of their way to make sure that we were comfortable and had an enjoyable time. We enjoyed horseback riding, and hiking. Susan invited us to her home to enjoy her waterslide and she was able to arrange a wonderful ziplining adventure for my family. The home was beautiful and well furnished and lived up to its description. As we left the home to return to the States, my children talked about how sad they were to leave. We plan to return and will certainly look forward to staying at this home. I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was pleasure to get to meet you and your family. My goal here is to always help in assisting families in having the best experience possible. I look forward to your return. I hope this will be a place that your family will continue to have great family mememories.
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Porterville, ca

A week in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our time here in Costa Rica was surely enhanced by staying in this Lakeside Paradise home. The name says it all. We came here to Costa Rica in January 2012, leaving the fog in the San Juaquin Valley behind. Our days began with local coffee on the deck surrounded by nature including, monkeys, birds, frogs, butterflys, and several igueanas. Don and Susan and the local people were very warm, gracious and friendly. This house was clean, cooled and spacious, furnished with all necessities. This was truly a perfect location for us at this time as my husband is recovering for sholder surgery.We both needed a break from stress and this fit the bill. Come on down and enjoy yourselves. We'd love to come with you. Patti and Randy

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: you were an enjoyable guest. Hope your recovery continues on track. Thanks for sharing dinner on the town and kareoke the other night. You guys really sing good. Hope next trip you can join us with some water skiing, zip lining and a hike down to the water fall.
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san diego

best mix of tranquility, adventure and family fun!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Lakeside Paradise in Aug 2011, and it was everything that was promised and Way more! We really loved the large house with spacious air conditioned rooms, hot showers, and clean, comfortable beds to sleep on. I thoroughly enjoyed waking early, brewing my own Costa Rican coffee, and quietly reading on the large deck, while watching flocks of wild parrots in the nearby trees. My family would then all wake to help make breakfast of tropical fruits, scrambled eggs, & Quanabana smoothies ( introduced by our host Susan & Don, yummy-THX!)Then we could all sit down on the huge table, and look out to the lake together. The pure drinking water out of the tap was such a bonus, I froze large quantities for packing cold lunches with, with the added bonus of being able to have pure, cold, melted ice water later in the day! Clean up was always a snap, as everyone looked forward to running down the grassy slope to jump off the pier & go swimming in it!! I could peacefully read & plan the days trip to nearby Arenal, while the kids played around on their own. Ryan could go frog and lizard hunting, while Rachel enjoyed kayaking around the lake borders. We also planned a day with our hosts to go water sliding & skiing on their nearby lake. We all couldn't believe the fun at being able to go down a 175+ feet waterslide on mats & rejoicing at their teaching ability as we all were able to get up on water skis and film it off their boat! That was an amazing Day! We also enjoyed more hospitality as they took us tubing around the warm lake, and then watched Dons' skill & agility on H20 skis at incredible speeds! We then took Susan up on her offer to book our zip lining adventure with her favorite group, Arenal Mundo! What a great trip that was, Thx for the great recommendation & discount, Susan! We all think you and your piece of lakeside paradise Rock! A huge amount of thanks to you, Don and Jason, for trip highlights that will have us talking for years! (Yes, even Ryan picking up the poisonous frog at dinner!)Tell Don I have found a good Camenere vino to enjoy here and can't wait to bring it over next year to share! We can't say enough great things about Lakeside Paradise- you'll just have to book it yourself & enjoy :}

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was fun to get to know you and your family. Some times it works out that we are at our other house nearby. Renters are always welcome to come use the water slide even when we are not there, but when we are there we can take people out in the boat. Your family was very fast at learning how to ski. Not to often 4 out of 4 are able to learn to ski the same day. Looking forward to seeing you again next year.
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San Carlos, CA

This IS the place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

If you truly want to be part of the Costa Rican culture, this is the place for you. The home and location are beautiful. The home was spacious and very clean and well kept. We had all the ammenities needed for a family of 4. The kids even got to use Susan's waterslide that went right into the lake!

We saw monkeys which were nearby and Susan took us to a place where we could find the adorable frogs in their natural habitat. She and her husband, Don suggested places to eat, where the locals eat (not touristy restaurants). The food was delicious and it was nice to become part of the Costa Rican culture. La Fortuna was an easy drive from their farm, where we went zip lining, hot springs, and swam next to a waterfall!

We are already trying to figure out when we can come again!

It was the best vacation we've ever had and Susan had alot to do with it :) Thanks Susan and Don!


  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Christine, It was nice to get to meet you. When people rent the house when we are down here in Costa Rica (we have another house about 1 mile away), we try to show them a good time and take them to places that normal tourist would never find. Seeing red eyed tree frogs and getting to hold them is not on the normal tourist list of things they get to do. Hope you can come back again some time.
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Wonderful Vaction

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at Lakeside Paradise last summer and had a wonderful time. The house was comfortable and clean and our surroundings were so quiet we could hear the monkeys howl off in the distance. Each evening we would BBQ on the big outdoor balcony and enjoy the view of the lake. During the day we found plenty to do near the house as well as in La Fortuna which wasn't that far away so we didn't have to spend most of our time driving.

I would tell anyone that whether you are going to Costa Rica on a couples only vacation or you are taking the whole family, Lakeside Paradise is a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time and got to see a lot of wildlife around the area.
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Atascadero, CA USA

Our Stay at Lakeside Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at this lovely home, back in August, 2010. We kept very busy enjoying our surroundings, with water-skiing, horse back riding, kayaking and my favorite pass time, viewing the Howler Monkeys in the near by trees. The house was very comfortable, clean and the kitchen was well equipped for our cooking needs. We especially enjoyed the big deck where we bar-b-qued and watched the rain and lightening show in the evenings. The town of La Fortuna is not too far away, where we explored; ziplined, soaked in the hot springs, shopped and dined. I hear the active volcano, Arenal can put on a fabulous show at night. On our next trip to Costa Rica (which is soon) we will plan to stay at Lakeside Paradise again. Thank you Susan

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Fortuna House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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