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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018


Nuevo Arenal Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • 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
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

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Private Villa on Lake Arenal set in mountains with Rainforest and stream.
average rating of 4.882353 based on 34 reviews

Beautiful surroundings, Rain Forest experience

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 loved our stay here. The grounds are beautiful and the kids loved walking the trails through the rain forest. The house was clean and plenty of space. The bird watching from the yard was amazing. The highlight for us was watching a group of howler monkeys moving through the forest, including seeing a mom with a baby on her back and a couple other young ones. According to Mike they visit this area about once every couple of months, so were lucky. I will say that there is NO WAY to sleep through the howls when they start early in the morning...but the bit of lost sleep was well worth the experience. You can get whatever you need from the local town, Nuevo Arenal and this location let's you explore south to La Fortuna area and north to Tenorio. We would definitely recommend the house and area.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake View Villa is a beautiful home with gorgeous landscaped garden!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 active adults (two couples—one couple had been to Costa Rica before, the other couple’s first time) shared this house for two weeks and fell in love with it and the beautifully landscaped garden! From the upper level there is a spectacular view of Lake Arenal and there is also a view from the downstairs level. Every day we heard howler monkeys, saw toucans, beautiful tanagers and orioles, loads of different hummingbirds, lots and lots of other birds, frogs, leafcutter ants, and some sort of lightning bug that was so interesting!

Since we were there for two weeks, we planned a “big activity” every other day, staying at the rental to enjoy the garden and surrounding towns of Nuevo Arenal, Aguacate, and La Fortuna on the alternate days. There were days when we didn’t want to leave to go into town because the house is just awesome! Everything you would ever need is in the house. Plenty of utensils, large refrigerator, nice stove and oven, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, toaster etc, outdoor wood grill, too! Washer and dryer was greatly appreciated! Shopping is close by, and lots of great restaurants, too! (Try Las Delicias in Nuevo Arenal—Berta, the owner is a wonderful cook and most of what she cooks comes from her own garden. She also sells fresh fruit and vegetables from her garden and everything we bought from her was delicious!)

The two levels at Lake View Villa worked out perfectly for us so that each couple had some privacy, and then we could all come together to cook, eat and hang out in the roomy living room or on the outdoor patio. There are loads and loads of dvd movies and some board games if you stay in—but why would you? You’re in paradise! Go explore!

The house is very well maintained, and if you need anything, the managers are just a short walk down the drive. Michael and Sandy are the perfect hosts—they are there if you need them or have questions. They both gave us great tips for upcoming events in Nuevo Arena, places to eat, etc. And their little dog, Oso, is adorable and came to visit us often.

We all agreed that would go back to this rental in a minute—as a matter of fact, I am planning a return trip to Costa Rica, hopefully in the next two years and will definitely book this gorgeous Lake View Villa if it’s available!

I would suggest flying into Liberia (a breeze as compared to San Jose) and renting a car. From this location, you really do need a car.

Just can’t say enough about this gorgeous house!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience

  • 5 of 5

GREAT house and even BETTER landscaping. We were greeted by toucans and howler monkeys within 5 minutes of our arrival ! The hike down to the lake is also a wonderful activity. Sit back and watch the numerous birds ... relaxing feels natural here. Thanks for having us !

  • Submitted: May 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful oasis in Nuevo Arenal

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful setting with 2 separate living areas. Perfect for 2 couples or family with older children. While here you will feel like you are in your private resort with the gardens, hiking trails to Lake Arenal, waterfalls, birds at the feeder and we can't forget the howler monkey alarm clock.

The villa is well stocked and in excellent condition. Even fresh flowers on the table and coffee for your stay. Michael and Sandy check in to make sure you are doing okay and offer suggestions on what to do.

Only caution we would offer is that it is quite far to La Fortuna and many of the activities...not far by kilometres but the road is windy and slow. A car is needed although there is bus service which we didn't use .

The wifi is good and there are lots of movies to watch. No tv service.

If you are looking for a quiet relaxing beautiful setting, this is the perfect place for you.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love the views and the landscape.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully maintained. Mattress is too firm though.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Beautiful!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. The landscape is amazing!! Gorgeous flowers and bushes of all colors. Beautiful property. Howling monkeys nearby. Birds of all kinds. It is a real gem. The home is well kept with thoughtful items included. Michael and Sandy are kind and knowledgeable. Absolutely beautiful!!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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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

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.