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Lake View Home Magnificent Panoramic View in the Rain Forest

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

This has one of the best views of Lake Arenal. The house sits on a side of a mountain that runs into the lake, approximately half way up. Monkeys, toucans, parrots, and so many birds are always around. There is a patio with a fabulous view of Lake Arenal that has a gas Bar-B-Que grill, love seat. The living and dining area faces the lake with a view that is really spectacular.

The location is near the town of Rio Piedras,between Nuevo Arenal and Tilaran, about 26 miles to Tobacon Hot Springs, The Hanging Bridges, the new Canopy Tram, and the Arenal Volcano, boat trips to Monteverde and more. This is important when comparing rentals, as some are on the south side of the lake, and Tronadora, which doubles the distance to these must-see locations. Its central location also makes the beaches of the Pacific Ocean a two hour drive, but the climate is cool and lush.

The lake is very clean and you can swim, fish, or boat there, and there is a nice short excursion, to Lake Cote (about five miles away). There is a nice canopy tour here, and the famous bottomless lake.

Keywords: Romantic, Lake Arenal, Volcano, Rain Forest, Hot Springs, Zip Lining, Family Vacation

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018


My husband Lawrence and I live on the property in a separate house. We are available to assist you with any of your vacation needs.

BARBARA FORSEY purchased this guest house in 2009

Why BARBARA FORSEY chose Tierras Morenas

We bought this property after searching Costa Rica from top to bottom. Lake Arenal has the perfect climate 70 to 80 during the day and cool evenings. This is truly paradise. Great for families and/or very romantic for couples.

What makes this guest house unique

We enjoy the clean air, water, and food in Costa Rica. We always feel so healthy there. We are constantly discovering wild life that are so amazing to be in our garden. We like to go to the hot springs and I particularly love to go zip lining. My husband loves photography and there is no shortage of opportunities for amazing shots.


Tierras Morenas Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

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Lake View Home Magnificent Panoramic View in the Rain Forest
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Great place, great yard, great people

  • 5 of 5

From the time we arrived until the time we left, Barbara and Lawrence made us feel like we were long lost family. They struck the perfect balance of being available to us and leaving us alone. Their guest house was perfect with all the amenities we needed to enjoy our week on their mountain. Any questions we had about their area they were willing to answer, and if they didn't know, they were willing to research for us - including posting on local Facebook pages for us!

If we come back to the Nuevo Arenal area, we will book our time at their guest house again! Thanks Lawrence and Barbara for your beautiful hospitality, including the little extras.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you so much. You have such a beautiful family. You are always welcome like family. Enjoy the rest of your Costa Rica adventure. Pura Vida, Barbara and Lawrence
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Lovely Hillside Casita

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to Lake Arenal and we found this to be a perfect place to stay. It is newly built, where it is obvious that quality and beauty were the goal. There is a nice view of the Lake and opposite hilly shoreline from the patio that gets even better as you walk out on the lawn. Lawrence and Barbara were great hosts. They were attendant to all of our needs yet stayed in the background so that it felt like we were in our own private space.

You really need a car to enjoy the area but we were able to walk to one of the best restaurants in the entire lake area. Part of that 15 minute walk took us through a lovely small valley with open views of pasture and hillsides and good bird viewing. The town of Nuevo Arenal is a 15 minute drive where we could enjoy more good restaurants and buy all of the food needed to prepare your own meals.

It was a great stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The place is quaint, and the view was lovely. The owners are great and always willing to help

  • 5 of 5

our Problem was we came down with BAD cold/flu bug day after arrival and finally went back home early. No fault of the property. The owners did all they could to help us.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry you didn't get to enjoy Costa Rica to it's fullest. We hope that you will return again soon and enjoy this beautiful country. Enjoy you trip to India. Love to see photos. Pura Vida, Lawrence and Barbara
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Owner was always available, polite with a great personality.

  • 5 of 5

We loved morning visit’s with their dog Lucy and my husband really connected with Lawrence. Cottage was perfect and would recommend to anyone wanting a clean place to crash at the end of the day of their Costa Rican adventures.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Howler monkeys as an alarm clock doesn't get anymore authentic then that!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

A terrific little guest-home to return to each night after a day of adventure. Laurie and Barbara were fabulous hosts, making us feel welcome immediately. Lucy, the mastiff, came by each day to check on us and play for a bit. We drank coffee on the patio gazing out to the lake and listening to birdsong every single morning, rain or shine. We spent 7 glorious nights at Casa Barbara, venturing out each day to experience as much of the area as we could. We zip lined through the cloud forest, went on a guided tour through the rainforest via trails, tram and hanging bridges, kayaked Lake Arenal, visited the butterfly conservatory, soaked in Hot Springs at Termalitas, walked on the black sand beach and received massages at Hermosa beach, visited the Puma Rescue and enjoyed typical food and drink at the little soda shops all along the way. For us a rental car with GPS was necessary and we didn't find a road we couldn't navigate, even with all the previous rains causing so many mud slides and potholes. The guest house was the perfect place to return to each night for a restful night of sleep before heading out for the next day's adventure. Thanks Barbara and Laurie for the homey accommodations and your helpful recommendations that made my birthday trip all that we imagined it to be.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

With our second trip to Costa Rica we decided to head to the mountains and were so lucky to discover this rental. It was a beautiful home with all we could possibly need and views were spectacular. We enjoyed the local offerings in La Fortuna of hot springs, hikes, and restaurants as well as the butterfly conservatory. Lots to do and see. The owners were helpful and johnny-on-the-spot whenever we had questions or needed assistance with anything. Definitely would stay in their home again should the opportunity arise!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We are happy you enjoyed our home and had a great time in Costa Rica. Hope to see you again soon. Pura Vida, Barbara and Lawrence
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Café y Macadamia
Right at the bottom of our street. Great food with a view of the Lake.
Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Rock River Rocks
You can walk from the house.
Río Celeste
Restaurante Caballo Negro
Arenal Volcano Sky Trek
Nuevo Arenal
Moya's Place
Casa Paniagua
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
Gingerbread restaurant
Karacters Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rock River Rocks
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Playa Coco or Playa Hrmosa
Car: necessary

Nearest beach about 90 minutes.

Hot Springs about 60 minutes

Zip Lining about 40 minutes




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $40
Additional Guests perDay $10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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