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Private Villa on Lake Arenal set in mountains with Rainforest and stream.

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private Villa, Birders Paradise, on Lake Arenal for boating and wind surfing

Costa Rica Lakeview Villa on Lake Arenal- Private Rainforest Reserve

Costa Rica Lakeview Villa offers a unique setting not found with other rentals in the Lake Arenal area.  Our home is located on a 40 acre private estate with no other homes in view and has direct access to the lakeshore from the property.  The Villa is a 2 level, 2 bedroom, 2 bath home that sleeps up to 7 guests with a unique design as the second story studio apartment has its own private entrance and offers a view of the lake from every room, porch and yard. The property is part of a rainforest preserve that has a spring fed stream, hiking trails and a water cascade running through the gardens. Relax and vacation at our rental home where you can walk to the lake and enjoy sunsets, bird watching, fishing and the sounds of the rain forest.


Additional highlights:

The Costa Rica Lakeview Villa is located in the cool rainforest mountains of Costa Rica on the north end of Lake Arenal as part of a large estate. The Villa is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, where you can replenish your soul or a place you and your family can use as a home base as you explore the northern part of Costa Rica for day trips and excursions to nearby sights and locations.

The Villa is a two story house that sleeps up to 7 guests with a unique design. The downstairs has living room, dining area, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and laundry room with large porch. The upper level has a separate private entrance and offers complete amenities with kitchen and dining area, combined living area, bedroom, bathroom and a veranda. From the veranda upstairs you have a perfect view of the lake, the wind turbines, the numerous birds and at night the lights of Tronadora across the lake. You can certainly leave your heart at our Costa Rica Lakeview Villa. Here you will enjoy a spectacular setting at this Rainforest retreat with incredible views of Lake Arenal and the surrounding mountains. The house is set in the mountains on the edge of a stream so we get the cool morning and evening breezes as well as the relaxing sounds of the running water.

Once you leave the comfort of the home you will find extensive hiking trails on our own private nature reserve within the rainforest preserve with streams, ponds to swim in and waterfalls to relax by as well as abundant wildlife and flora/fauna. You can follow the stream down to the Arenal lake shore or follow a trail through the property to the edge of the lake to discover the beautiful coves where you can enjoy the lake. This is one of the few rental properties that has direct Lake Arenal access with just a few minutes walk to the lakeshore from the house.

Jungle treks through the rain forest is an eco-adventure of a lifetime with miles of manicured trails available on the estate. The sounds and images of this rainforest preserve are all part of the experience of staying at the Lakeview Villa. Imagine waking up to the sounds of running water from the hillside water features and the stream, the unique howling of the howler monkeys, and dozens of birds making their morning sounds as they explore the trees surrounding the house. Bird watching in this temperate zone climate offers as many as 300 different species of birds in Costa Rica. We have seen keel billed toucans, tanagers, parrots, hummingbirds, red legged honeycreepers, hawks and a virtual potpourri of colorful feathered friends eating at the nearby bird perch. ( See the photos).

On occasion the howler monkey troop will choose the trees or canopy near the house to have breakfast or dinner. There can be up to 20 of various sizes as they circulate through the 40 acre property. We invite you to view some of the great pictures we have taken from the side of the house in addition to the videos on the Google plus site.

Some days it is great just to relax and enjoy morning coffee on the veranda, spend hours in the rainforest following the extensive hiking trails and the flowing stream down to the lake, enjoying the waterfalls and swimming in the natural pools of crystal water. It is like entering another world.


If you choose to leave the property, the town of Nuevo (New) Arenal is only about a 10 minute drive from the Villa and has changed little in the past 20 years. It remains a typical Costa Rican village with just enough grocery stores, bakeries, bars and restaurants to serve the community Here you can make your food purchases as there are two fully equipped kitchens where you can cook at home. A few minutes’ walk from the property is The Rana German Restaurant where you can feast on great food and see a collection of poison dart frogs. There are many great restaurants in Nuevo Arenal where you can enjoy the delicious pizza at Moyas, gourmet food at the Gingerbread, breakfast at Lucky Bug or typical Costa Rican food at Las Delicias or Las Tinejas.

There are many day excursions and great outdoor adventure activities available in the nearby vicinity to be enjoyed if you decide to drag yourself away from the comfortable serene surrounding at the Lakeview Villa. It is one hour drive to La Fortuna which is a warmer tropical climate and a busy central tourist hub. Here you have the opportunity to visit the Arenal Volcano, climb Cerro Chato the dormant volcano, swim in the pool created by the spectacular La Fortuna waterfall, go rafting in the rivers, ride the zip lines or relax in the hot thermal volcanic springs of Tabacon or Baldi Springs. It’s nice to be close to the activities and yet be able to return to the Villa for an escape to the quiet and cooler private rainforest property as you rest and relax after your excursions.

Traveling further west around the lake you can venture to Hotel Tiwala where you can rent equipment for wind surfing which is reputed as one of the best in the world. Further on you can also visit Tilaran and Viento Fresco Falls on the drive to Monteverde which is the most famous Rainforests in Costa Rica. During certain seasons the Quetzal bird can be spotted with its iridescent green and red color and hummingbirds are always abundant in the cloud forest. If you do go to Monteverde be sure to visit Selvatoura butterfly gardens and the zip line adventure which is one of the longest in Costa Rica. This Canopy Tour has 15 cables and 18 platforms and you definitely zip through the canopy. There are also many beaches about 1.5 hours from the house going toward Liberia where you can enjoy the warm waters and surf.

After exploring it is great to get back to the cooler comfort of the house so you can relax for the evening watching the sun set or a movie. There is a large collection of DVD’s for your enjoyment and a television and DVD player upstairs and downstairs.

There are paved roads all the way to the Villa from the Liberia airport (1.5 hour drive ) or the San Jose airport (3.5 hour drive.) No need to negotiate bad roads. Also bus transportation is easily available within minutes of the Villa for the more adventuresome so there is no need for a car.

The local managers of the property are native Costa Ricans Sandy and Michael who are available as needed for suggestions or ideas on how to pass your vacation time. . Come and enjoy your time in Costa Rica at the Costa Rica Lakeview Villa.

See additional pictures of the Villa and surrounding adventures at Google Plus.

Keywords: Private & Secure Rainforest Villa, Sleeps 4-7 Guests on 40 Acre Estate with River, Waterfalls, Wildlife, Views of Lake Arenal. Close to Many of CR's Top Destinations, Including the Arenal Volcano.

More Details

Property Manager
Daniel Reed - Florida, USA or Michael McBride - Arenal, Costa Rica
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018


Nuevo Arenal Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Living Room beds - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Two single size beds and sofa in the living room
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 double
    Upstairs Bedroom Studio - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Private Villa on Lake Arenal set in mountains with Rainforest and stream.
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

A+++ Location, scenery, peaceful, all amenities you need!!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location, peaceful yet close enough to town and other surrounding attractions you'd be interested in. All the amenities you need are in the home. Bird watchers will love this as well since you can see all types of birds from the home. I even saw a toucan! Mike and Sandy were very helpful answering questions on the area as well. A+++

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Amazing rainforest villa

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time here. From the moment we opened the car doors late evening and heard the forest sounds. Next day woken by howler monkeys. Mike came over to show us them in the trees. Great start to holiday.

We saw so many different birds , lizards, snakes, poison dart frogs, coatimundi, fire flies, variegated squirrel...the list goes on.

Must does: kayaking, night walk at Ecocentro Danaus.

This is the best place we have ever stayed.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Private, safe and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at Daniel's house. Daniel is easy to communicate with and answers all questions. Michael and Sandy were very helpful and accommodating. The villa was a perfect set up for our family vacation. We felt safe having our two pre-teenagers upstairs. The house has everything needed for day to day living. We loved the beautiful private set up in the jungle and enjoyed the view. My family enjoyed all the outdoor activities Arenal Volcano has to offer, white water rafting, zip lining, hot springs, nature tours and others. Highly recommended! We hope to go back here. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home, Wonderful Grounds, Gracious Hosts

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was off to a great start as the owners and the manager of the home were extremely accommodating and very accessible. This home is near the lovely smaller town of Nuevo Arenal. We always enjoy being away from more touristy locations, in this case La Fortuna, when we travel and this was just perfect. We had our own car so we were able to make some great day trips from the home and then end our days in our clean, comfortable and well equipped VRBO rental. The view is absolutely gorgeous and there is wonderful hiking and exploration activities right in the back yard. We were greeted each morning with the sound of howler monkeys and the songs of the local birds. We traveled with our 4 children. The younger two stayed downstairs with us and the teens were excited to have their own apartment and separate entry upstairs. The first day we enjoyed the grounds and the children swam in the waterfall right down the stream and we continued on with a hike to the lake. It's not a great place to swim without a proper beach but a few of the children did venture in for a bit. Do not leave without a good dose of bug spray for everyone. Our second day we spent at the Baldi Hot Springs definitely a great place for the kids. It's basically a water park with a few slides and a bunch of pool with hot water which I loved. Never got cold! Touristy of course, but a major highlight. Our third day was a hike near the 1968 eruption of the volcano. It was challenging, but not technical. Our children don't love to hike ,but this was a day for us so they came along. It's a good work out going up and then down a narrow rocky path. We did see monkeys and lots of leaf cutter ants. We were sad to have to leave our little oasis, but had an excellent time. Definitely one of our best rentals we have ever had in our budget. We highly recommend this wonderful home.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, peaceful, well equipped Villa

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 adults stayed at the Villa. We absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it to everyone. It was very peaceful and full of Rainforest life. We were surrounded by all kinds of nature. The hikes they have around the property were fine to follow and fun to do. We also went for a swim at the lake. It would had been nice if they had some kind of dock at the lake, since getting muddy wasn't too much fun. The house was very comfortable and the double/queen beds were great. The two single beds downstairs were very small, not even twin size but they worked fine for each adult. The only thing that was hard was the fact that people staying upstairs really couldn't feel like in the same group since the stairs to connect both floors are outside of the house. The floors upstairs are noisy and everyone downstairs could hear the walking around loudly at night.p Other than that the views are spectacular. The upstairs balcony that surrounds almost the entire house has breathtaking views. The chairs are inviting to just sit and read a book and relax. They also have nice sitting patio downstairs. The wifi worked fine. They have a selection of movies and most of them work. We were able to travel to nearby Tabacon area for a day at the hot springs. Our children were able to go nearby for kayaking as well. The booking was done very smoothly. Quick response. We would go again! Thank you Daniel and MIchael!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Great place to explore from

  • 5 of 5

Nice house on beautiful grounds with a lake view, spring, and rainforest trail. Nice to be able to cook at home or check out the area restaurants. Wished we had stayed longer there is a lot to do but also a nice spot to chill.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las Tinejas
"Great food and view of sunset"
Gingerbread restaurant
Lucky Bug Bed & Breakfast
Karacters Bar & Restaurant
"Friendly and helpful staff. English speaker hangout. Friday Night Bar-B-Que."
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nuevo Arenal
Nearest Motorway
Hiway 142
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nuevo Arenal
Nearest Beach
110 Miles
Playa Hermosa


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving & Easter Weeks: $900/week (2-6 guests, 5 Night Min.)
Monthly Rate (28 days): $2,500 / Longer Rental Term - Inquire

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.