5 Star Rainforest Cottage: Stunning Views, Lake Arenal & Volcano + Adventure!

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Last updated: 09/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Have you been Debating between the Comforts of a Boutique Hotel and prhaps something a bit more Authentic? Why Not enjoy the Best of Both, by choosing this Charming, Award Winning, 5 Star, 2 Bedroom, Eco-Cottage!

Encantada Guest House, is quietly nestled high among the Rolling Green Hills of the Arenal Countryside. It is within walking distance of El Castillo, our local village, close to all the Popular Adventure Activities and adjacent to the Arenal Volcano National Park.
Bright and cheerfully decorated, this home is perfect for Couples, Groups of Friends, Honeymooners and Families. It features: 2 Deluxe Bedrooms, 1 Large Bath. House can sleep up to 7 persons, with our Queen Airbed. (Extra person fee required)

Comfortable and Spacious, the Cottage offers: Free WiFi, Full Guest Kitchen with lots of extras for Cooking Your Gourmet Meals, Spectacular Views, Tranquility, Abundant Bird watching, Lush Tropical Gardens, Security, Privacy and Plenty of Outdoor Seating!

Plus it is located only 5-25 minutes from all those Popular Adventure Activities that you have come to Costa Rica to Enjoy! : Zip lines, Hiking, Hanging Bridges, Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, Butterfly Gardens, an Eco Zoo, Bird watching, National Parks, Animal Rescue Centers, as well as a variety of Water Sports like: Fishing, Kayaking, Boating, Rafting, Tubing and more!

Many Activities are actually just minutes away, and the Village also offers an interesting array of Small Markets and Restaurants, serving everything from Steak and Seafood to Local Cuisine and even Vegetarian Fare.



Close to Adventure Activities
Free WiFi, Free Parking
Fully Screened Doors & Windows
On Demand Hot Water
TV, Classic DVD Library & Games
BBQ, Hammocks & Outdoor Seating
Cool Mountain Breezes, Ceiling Fans and Fresh Air Ventilation
Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
Quality Linens
In Room Safes & Security System
2 Acres of Lush Tropical Gardens
Protected Rain forest Habitat & Private Hiking Trail to Creek Below
Full Service Guest Kitchen with Condiments & Spices
Free Concierge and Activity Booking Service
Stunning Views of Lake Arenal & Simmering Arenal Volcano
Fresh Pure Mountain Spring Fed Water
Abundant Wildlife: Birds, Monkeys, Toucans, Jungle Animals
Two Furry Ambassadors, Quinn & Riley, our very sweet Outdoor Jungle Kitties
Property is Large, Private, Peaceful, Relaxing, Secure
Perfect for Families with Young Children, Crib, High Chair and Toys are available.
Owner Managed & Operated with Unprecedented Personal Service

Encantada Guest House, is the Perfect Place to Come Home to After a Hard Day of Vacation Play! But Beware.. when those Stunning Views, Cool Mountain Breezes and Early Morning Bird & Monkey songs, are combined with a Good Book and a Cozy Hammock...It can derail your plans for the rest of your stay!

Please Note: A 4x4 SUV or High Clearance Vehicle is Strongly Recommended due to Rough Road Conditions in the Arenal Area, including our own little cow path to adventure.
Also: We do have Two very sweet outdoor Jungle Kitties that live on the property for Rodent and Snake control. Please enjoy their Company Outside, as a courtesy to Future Guests with Allergies.

Encantada Guest House
It's Simply Magical!
This is a NON SMOKING Property.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Hiking, Hammocks, Wildlife, Splash Pool in the creek...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking on the Property IS NOT allowed...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Service Animals Excepted...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    No Stairs, One Story, Large Shower with Small Curb...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Sunroom


  • Queen Size Bed (1) Pillow Top Mattress with Memory Foam Topper, Double Bed (1) Pillow Top Mattress with Memory Foam Topper, Twin or Single Bed (1) Twin Mattress with Memory Foam Topper; Queen Size Air Bed also available ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Coffee Maker, Iron, Crock Pot, Bender, Rice Cooker Toaster, Condiments, Coffee, Cooking Spices, Complimentary Tour Booking Service, WiFi, Tiki Torches, Window Screens, Alarm System, Dead Bolt Locks, Volcano Views, Covered Patios, Covered View Terrace, Hammocks, Memory Foam Mattress, Pillow Top Mattress, Room Safes, Candles, Ceiling Fans, Security Lights, Solar Lights, Dependable Hydro Electricity, Pure Fresh Spring Water, Herb Garden, Zen Garden, Cool Breezes, Very Close to Popular Costa Rica Tourist Attractions Like: Arenal Eco Zoo, Butterfly Conservatory, Sky Trek, ( Zip Lines) Sky Tram. Baldi Hot Springs, Tabacon Hot Springs, River Rafting, Rancco Margot and more. 4x4 or SUV VEHICLE SUGGESTED ! We do have two Jungle Kitties that live outside on the property, It's a Jungle out there and They eat the mice and lizards.. and that helps to keep the snakes away....moreless



  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Nude Beach
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Fantastic View of Lake Arenal...moreless

  • Monument View:

    Spectacular View of Arenal Volcano...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Volcanoes Arenal and Tenorio...moreless

  • Rural:

    Peaceful and full of Birds & Wildlife...moreless

  • Village:

    El Castillo Village is only 1 kilometer away with small markets, activities and restaurants...moreless

  • Water View:

    Lake Arenal , Rio Gatos and The Quebrada Encantada...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Small Dining table for 4 plus 2 bar stools...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Covered Clothes Lines are available for Outdoor Drying. Laundry Service available...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High Thread Count Cotton, or Microfiber...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Sun Room/ Living Room...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    For Local Use Only, During your Stay and Contacting our Property Manager....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for Two Cars...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Uncovered next to the house...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell phone for guest use, local calling only...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Quality Cotton Towels, Hand Towels and Wash Cloths...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    On site Laundry Service can be Arranged, There are also Clothes Lines Available....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Password required....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Private Chef or Catering of In Home Meals & Dinner Parties can be arranged for an additional fee....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    8 Cup, Coffee Grinder...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All The Basics, Plus Napkins & Paper Towels...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes for 6 people, lots of utensils and extras....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full Guest Kitchen with all the Basics and lots of Extras, Rice Cooker, Coffee Grinder, Crock Pot, Blender, Mixer, Bake ware, Food Processor. ...moreless

  • Oven:

    The Oven is lit with a match....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, Sugar, Flour, Oil, Spices are provided....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    This is a Full Height but Half Size Refrigerator with a Freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    4 Burner Gas Stove, ...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster Oven & 2 Slice Toaster...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Beautiful Views...moreless

  • Boat:

    Can be Rented Nearby...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered with Double Hammock and Seating Areas and a Lovely Lookout ( Rancho) with beautiful views and a Dining Table....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Large covered Viewing Platform or Mirador with Dining table, Seating & Hammock...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Can be Rented Nearby...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Beautiful Views...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    @ Acres of Lush Tropical Gardens and Hiking trail...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal or Gas Grill may be available for Guest Use....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Can Be Rented Nearby...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Not a Swimming Pool, but a Cool Shallow Splash Pool down at the Quebrada (Brook) Serene and secluded....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 28 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green 2016 2
Nov 1 - Dec 16, 2016
2 night min stay
Holiday 2016
Dec 17 - Dec 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Green 2017
Jan 1 - Dec 16, 2017
2 night min stay
Holiday 2017
Dec 17 - Dec 31, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning $40


You Will be Charged a Late Check-out Fee of $35 per hour, if you do not request or pre-arrange for a Late Check Out, with me!

We strongly suggest you rent a 4x4 vehicle in Costa Rica, as many of the roads are very rough, including ours, in places. Especially during the Rainy season.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 09/28/2016
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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
# 142
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mama's Table, Fusion, Chill, Essence Arenal
90 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Relax: Take a Photo Safari to the Bottom of Our Private Rainforest Trail, Howler Monkeys, Toucans, Butterflies and Humming Birds, Enjoy a Nap in the Double Hammock, Watch A Sunset, Costa Rica is about Adventure, your vacation Rental should be fun! So just go do it -GO Ziplining, Hike, Birdwatching, Go fishing, Visit Lake Arenal, Go to The Hot Springs.

Other Fun Things to Do!

Thrill to the Fastest, Longest & Highest Zip Lines in Costa Rica, Experience a Sky Trek on Soaring Suspension Bridges or Fancy a Tranquil Glide Through the Jungle on a Sky Tram, Make a Run in the Sun on either of Costa Rica’s Best White Water Rafting Rivers, the Rio Frio and the Rio Toro, Try Kayaking or Windsurfing on Lake Arenal, Rent a Mountain Bike or Take an ATV Tour, Visit the Country’s Largest Butterfly Conservatory and their Beautiful Botanical Garden, Test Your Courage by Holding a 125 lb Python, at the Arenal Eco Zoo, Famous for its Serpentarium and Frog Garden.

Take a Lava Hike on the Famous 1968 Volcano Trail, Ride a Horse up to La Fortuna Waterfall, Marvel over the Rio Celeste, and Much More!.. Costa Rica..It's Pura Vida


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: Greetings from the owners, Marty & Nita Kemsley. We bought this Beautiful 2 acre property in 2006, with an eye toward early retirement and the dream of running a small eco-friendly, culturally pleasing B&B. However due to on going economic difficulties in the US, the grand scheme of our plan is now developing at a much slower pace than we had hoped for. The Casita, as an independent eco-rental, marks the completion of Phase One of our vision and Phase Two, will include a Spanish Colonial style Hacienda, with two additional upscale rental Cabinas. It will also feature, a Half Moon Infinity Swimming Pool with Volcano View, Hot Tub, More Landscaping and Further Road improvements. Your bookings are much appreciated and will move us ever closer to building the dream, one brick at a time! Pura Vida...There is nothing like it. The Casita is eco-friendy, we operate totally off the grid, using only natural herbicides, natural spring water and hydro-electric power. We are proudly carbon neutral and we strive to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Why the Owner Chose El Castillo, Costa Rica:
There is something both magical and captivating about the area of El Castillo, Adding a sunset or an active lava flow from the Arenal volcano makes it mesmerizing. Moving to Costa Rica is a calling and we were hooked on our very first trip.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We very much enjoy being unplugged and at one with nature and the local community. Pura Vida, is more than a tag line, it is a way of life here. Hacienda Encantada, Costa Rica. It is simply magical!

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Speaks: english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Welcome to Encantada Guest House

    Welcome to Encantada Guest House

  • Room Two: Queen Bed

    Room Two: Queen Bed

  • Enjoy Our Fully Equipped Kitchen

    Enjoy Our Fully Equipped Kitchen

  • Kitchen View Toward Front Door

    Kitchen View Toward Front Door

  • Room One Triple

    Room One Triple

  • Large Bath

    Large Bath

  • Front Zen Garden

    Front Zen Garden

  • Garden View

    Garden View

  • The Rancho

    The Rancho

  • Private Rainforest Trail: 105 Easy Steps

    Private Rainforest Trail: 105 Easy Steps

  • Beautiful Arenal Volcano

    Beautiful Arenal Volcano

  • WElcome Home!

    WElcome Home!

  • Room Two with a View!

    Room Two with a View!

  • Table for 4 Please

    Table for 4 Please

  • Pura Vida

    Pura Vida

  • The Sun Room or Sala

    The Sun Room or Sala

  • Nap Time!

    Nap Time!

  • Encantada Guest House
View from the Upper Terrace

    Encantada Guest House View from the Upper Terrace

  • Front Door  View From the Rancho

    Front Door View From the Rancho

  • The Rancho View

    The Rancho View

  • Our Rainforest Gem: Quebrada Encantada

    Our Rainforest Gem: Quebrada Encantada

  • Spectacular Lake Arenal View

    Spectacular Lake Arenal View

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, September 29, 2016

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