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Award Winning Lake Arenal Home, Sleeps 8, Spectacular Views & Excellent Reviews

El Castillo, Costa Rica
  • Guest House1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Delightful Home, 2+ Bedrooms, 5 Star Reviews, Sleeps up to 8, Awesome Views!


Charming, 2+ Bedroom, Vacation Rental at Lake Arenal, Consistently Rated 5 Stars! Sleeps up to 7 adults and one infant.

Enjoy Stunning Views and an Excellent Location, with Birds, Monkeys & Rain Forest Trail, Close to Adventure Activities. Private and lots of room for the Kids to run around!

Encantada, is a hilltop home overlooking Lake Arenal and the simmering Arenal Volcano and is located near the rustic village of El Castillo, where you will find an interesting variety of Attractions, Great restaurants and Small markets.

Looking for Adventure? Activities are almost at your doorstep, so you can easily do one or more activities per day, to get maximum fun during your vacation stay! Zip-lines, Zorbing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, Butterfly Gardens, Eco Zoo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Water Sports and more..are all just 5-25 minutes away.

Established in 2011, Owner Operated, Free Personal Concierge, Free Booking and Trip Counseling, Great Property Staff, Family Friendly, Clean, Comfortable & Private

What's Not to Love ? Your Reservation is Waiting!


Well established, Encantada Guest House, has become a VRBO Favorite. Rated 5 Stars..This award winning cottage is Clean, Quiet, Comfortable, and has Stunning Views of Lake Arenal, the Volcano and the Arenal countryside.

This lovely home is bright, cheerfully decorated and offers lots of attention to detail. Full Kitchen includes just about everything you'll need to make delicious money saving meals and we even provide the essentials: Sugar, Coffee, Spices, Flour, Oil and many condiments.

Why Encantada?

Encantada Guest House Features: 2+ Deluxe Bedrooms, a Spacious Kitchen, Large Sun Room, and an Extra Large Bath. It's Easy on your Budget because it Sleeps up to 7 guests plus an infant. We are Extra Family Friendly with a Crib, High Chair and Toys, available on request.

We are very pleased to welcome all kinds of Travelers and we offer lots of amenities to help make Your Stay Fun & Enjoyable: Free Internet / WiFi, Full Guest Kitchen (including many extras) Spectacular Views, Tranquility, Abundant Wildlife, Birding, 2 Acres of Rain Forest and Lush Tropical Gardens, Security, Privacy and Plenty of Covered Outdoor Seating& a Hot Tub Spa!

All you have to do is unpack, relax and enjoy the very best that Arenal has to offer : 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! All within located within a few minutes of the property! We even offer Free Concierge Service for helping you with Everything from Car Rental to Booking and Arranging your daily activities.


Close to Adventure Activities

Free WiFi, Free Parking

Fully Screened Doors & Windows

On Demand Hot Water

TV, Classic DVD Library & Board Games

BBQ, Hammocks & Outdoor Seating

Cool Mountain Breezes

Ceiling Fans and Fresh Air Ventilation

Comfy Beds & Quality Linens

In Room Safe & 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 & Hot Tub Spa

Pure Mountain Spring Fed Water

Abundant Wildlife: Birds, Monkeys, Toucans, Jungle Animals

Come meet our Furry Ambassadors, Riley the Cat, and Dog All live outdoors and are very sweet.

The Estate is Large, Private, Peaceful, Relaxing, Secure

Perfect for Families with Young Children, Crib, High Chair and Toys are available.

Owner Managed & Operated with exceptional Personal Service

Non-Smoking House. Smoking only in Designated Areas

Please Note:

1. A 2x4 or 4x4 SUV or other High Clearance Vehicle is Strongly Recommended in the Arenal Area although they have recently paved the road to El Castillo rustic road conditions still exist, including our own little cow path to paradise.

2. As a courtesy to Future Guests who might be allergic, the pets are not allowed to enter the house. Please feel free to enjoy their company Outside as much as you'd like.

3. Sun room serves as an extra bedroom using our Comfy Queen Airbed.

Encantada Guest House - Since 2011

It's Simply Pura Vida!


Nita Kemsley

Member Since 2011
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english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Nita Kemsley

Greetings from the owners, Marty & Nita Kemsley. We bought this Beautiful 2 acre property in 2006, with an eye toward early retirement in 2008 and the dream of running a small eco-friendly, culturally pleasing B&B. However due to the 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 vacation-rental, marks the completion of Phase One of our vision and Phase Two, will include a Spanish Colonial style B&B, with two additional upscale Cabinas. It will also feature, a Half Moon Infinity Swimming Pool with Volcano View, Hot Tub, More Landscaping and Further 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. Thank You!

Nita Kemsley purchased this Guest House in 2006

Why Nita Kemsley chose El Castillo

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.

What makes this Guest House unique

We very much enjoy being unplugged and at one with nature and the local community. The Views and Tranquility here are awesome and we are grateful to God everyday for this wonderful opportunity. Pura Vida, is more than a tag line, it is a way of life here. Hacienda Encantada, Costa Rica. It is Simply Magical!


    • Internet
    • Accessible
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Deluxe Queen Bedroom
        1 queen, 1 baby crib, Play & Pak Crib available on Request
      • Triple Family Bedroom
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Family Room Sleeps 3
      • Sunroom/Bedroom
        1 queen, Used as a 3rd Bedroom with a Deluxe Queen Airbed
      • Rooms have Artisan Furniture, Original Art work, Dresser, Night stand, Reading Lamp, Closet and in Room Security Safe.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Large Bathroom
        toilet, shower, Extra Large Walk in Shower, on Demand Hot Water.
      • Extra Large Shower

      Location Type

        • Lake View
          Fantastic View of Lake Arenal
        • Monument View
          Spectacular View of Arenal Volcano
        • Mountain View
          Volcanoes Arenal and Tenorio
        • Rural
          Peaceful and full of Birds & Wildlife
        • Village
          El Castillo Village is only 1 kilometer away with Small Markets, Activities and a Variety of Restaurants.
        • Water View
          Lake Arenal , Rio Gatos and The Quebrada Encantada


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Parking
                      Parking for Two Cars
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Covered Clothes Lines are available for Outdoor Drying. Laundry Service available for a small fee
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Quality Linens
                    • Living Room
                      Sun Room/ Living Room
                    • Mobile Phone
                      For Local Use Only, During your Stay and Contacting our Property Manager.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Uncovered next to the house
                    • Telephone
                      Cell phone for guest use, local calling only
                    • Towels Provided
                      Quality Cotton Towels, Hand Towels and Wash Cloths
                    • Washing Machine
                      On Site Laundry Service can be Arranged for a small fee, There are also Clothes Lines Available.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Password required.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                          10 Cup, Coffee Maker and Grinder
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          All The Basics, Plus Napkins & Paper Towels are provided,
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dishes for 7 people, lots of utensils and extras.
                        • Kitchen
                          Full Guest Kitchen with lots of Extras: Rice Cooker, Coffee Grinder, Crock Pot, Blender, Mixer, Bake Ware, Spices and Condiments, Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Flour, Paper Towels, Cooking Oil.
                        • Oven
                          The Oven is lit with a match.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Flour, Cooking Oil, & Spices are provided.
                        • Refrigerator
                          This is a Full Height but Half Size Refrigerator with a Freezer.
                        • Stove
                          4 Burner Gas Stove,
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster Oven & 2 Slice Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Dining Table for 4 plus 2 Bar Stools and a High Chair
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Book Exchange and Children's books are available.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Classic DVD Library available
                                • Games
                                  Classic Board Games plus..Scrabble, Cards, Dominoes, Cards, Etc
                                • Stereo
                                  Echo Dot
                                • Television
                                  Small HD TV DVD Player
                                • Toys
                                  Toys & Board Games are available.
                                • Video Library
                                  Large Classic DVD Library is available


                                    • Balcony
                                      Beautiful Views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal as well as the rollinggreen hills of the Arenal Countryside
                                    • Boat
                                      Can be Rented Nearby
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Covered patio with Double Hammock and Seating Areas and a Lovely Terrace Lookout with beautiful views and seating.
                                    • Gazebo
                                      Large Covered Rancho area with Outdoor Dining table, & BBQ
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Can be Rented Nearby
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Beautiful Views
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      2 beautiful Acres of Lush Tropical Gardens and a Private Rain Forest Hiking trail down to a hidden stream.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Charcoal Grill, Charcoal and fluid may be available for Guest Use.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Can Be Rented Nearby


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • alternative lifestyle
                                        • smoking allowed
                                          Designated Areas ONLY!
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          No Stairs, One Story, Large Shower with Small Curb

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              No Children under 8 years old allowed in the SPA and All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Concierge
                                                • Massage
                                                • Staff


                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • churches
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • marina
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • water parks
                                                    • zoo

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • photography
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • parasailing
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • spelunking
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • water tubing
                                                                • whitewater rafting
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • Spectacular Views, Privacy, 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, Pure Fresh Spring Water, Herb Garden, Zen Garden, Spa/ Hot Tub, 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, Rancho Margot and more. 2x4 or 4x4 or SUV VEHICLE SUGGESTED ! We do have two Jungle Kitties that live outside on the property.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      39 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Beautiful Place

                                                                      Sue K.

                                                                      Great house with a view, well equipped kitchen, comfortably furnished and beautifully landscaped. Loved El Castillo area, less crowded than other lake and volcano towns. Don't miss the zip line at Sky Adventures! Most fun of the whole trip!

                                                                      Nita and Marty were helpful in planning activities and taking care of the property.

                                                                      Tranquility and adventure!

                                                                      Ashley B.

                                                                      Three couples, all in our 30s, stayed at the encantada guest house for 4 nights at the end of December 2017. The house is beautiful, secluded, clean, and spacious enough. There is sleeping space in beds for 5 people plus an inflatable mattress which was comfortable. We would highly recommend a higher clearance vehicle. The drive from Liberia is an adventure with a lot of twists and turns and the final road to the guest house was rough. Recommendations for activities

                                                                      Sky trek (zip line)

                                                                      Sky river drift (not for the faint of heart)

                                                                      Hanging bridges hike

                                                                      Hot springs (we went to los Lagos)

                                                                      Exploring the town of la fortuna

                                                                      La fortuna waterfall

                                                                      The guest house is located about 5 minutes from the sky adventure park and about 30 minutes from la fortuna.

                                                                      We bought some groceries to make meals but there are so many wonderful local restaurants I would recommend going out for as many meals as possible. There isnt much of a grocery store anywhere near the guest house. We ended up cooking all of our food for one lunch because there were so many recommended restaurants that wanted to try. If you are looking for tranquility combined with eco adventure, encantada is your place!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you so much for your kind review! I do so hope you will be able to return again for another adventure.

                                                                      Great place, great owners

                                                                      JR S.

                                                                      Beautiful views from this house, the owners are so nice and very helpful with booking activities.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks so much for your kind words.. I hope you'll get to come back and check out the New B&B when its ready!


                                                                      Relaxing Retreat

                                                                      Carla W.

                                                                      Nita was wonderful to work with! She answered emails right away and greeted us upon arrival. The home was perfect for the 5 of us! Nita did had a few extra touches we don't see at other places. She had a fresh pitcher of water in the refrigerator for us. When my teenage son did not want to share a bed with his friend, Nita pulled out the air mattress for us. There was no one staying the night we left so she offered us a late check out with no extra charge. She helped with reserving our activities. My family really liked repelling the waterfalls. I chose to stay "HOME" and get a massage by Mellisa (she was wonderful)! I do recommend a 4 x 4 to get up the hill to the home, you will need the ground clearance. Having a 4 x4 is also fun to river though the rivers with. This home is close to Zip Lining and Hot Springs and other fun activities. We enjoyed this small community with a few Restaurants (Jon's Pizza and Howler's were a few of our favorites and we found the new restaurant (Can't remember the name) just down the road from our home had the best service. You can't be in a hurry in Costa Rica. EVERY restaurant we went to, we had to tell them we were ready for the check. You must got to one of the Hot Springs the "Free" spot was a fun experience , but the resorts are so nice. I have been to Tabacon in the past and it was amazing, however I feel it is way over priced. Nita recommend a very nice Hot Springs that only cost $15pp. $28.00 includes a dinner buffet. We all enjoyed the water slides and swimming and soaking in warm water. You won't be disappointed if you chose to stay at this home.

                                                                      Owner's Response:


                                                                      Thanks so much for your kind words. I enjoyed meeting you and hosting your stay. Come back soon!

                                                                      Wonderful Home, Great Hosts, Awesome Views

                                                                      Encantada Guest HousePark City, Utah

                                                                      Encantada Guest House was awesome, clean quiet and comfortable. Great views, Amazing hosts and the family pets are so sweet. A 4x4 is strongly recommended for road clearance, but the road is totally passable. We'll be back!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you so much for your kind words! It was so nice to get to know you. See you next year!

                                                                      Secluded, beautiful property - very comfortable!

                                                                      Ke K.

                                                                      Lovely little cottage in a beautifully landscaped property. This secluded home looks out over the lake and the volcano with breathtaking views. We saw howler monkeys and beautiful birds right from the property. The home was comfortable with a modern bathroom, kitchen and comfortable beds. Nita was very helpful with booking tours and answering questions. This was better than we expected and great way to start our Costa Rican vacation.


                                                                      El Castillo, Costa Rica

                                                                      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

                                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                                      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 2x4 or 4x4 vehicle in Costa Rica, as many of the roads are very rough, including ours, in places. Especially during the Rainy season.

                                                                      39 Reviews
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