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Beautiful Lake Arenal, Sleeps 7, Stunning Views & Close to Adventure Activities

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Delightful Home, 3 Bedrooms, 5 Stars, Sunroom, Sleep up to 7, Awesome Views!


Charming, 2+ Bedroom, Vacation Rental at Lake Arenal, Rated 5 Stars! Sleeps up to 7 persons, 2 night minimum stay.

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

Encantada, overlooks Lake Arenal and the Simmering Arenal Volcano, as well as the rustic village of El Castillo, where you will find an interesting array of great restaurants and several 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, 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. Plus it is within easy walking distance of the tiny Rustic & Charming village of El Castillo, where you can find an interesting array of Small Markets and Restaurants.

Bright, Cheerfully Decorated and with lots of Attention to Details, our home is very Centrally Located, so all of those popular Adventure Activities, that you are coming here to enjoy, are just minutes away!

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 Persons and It's 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 like spices, oil, coffee & more) for Cooking Meals, Spectacular Views, Tranquility, Abundant Wildlife, Birding, 2 Acres of Rain Forest and Lush Tropical Gardens, Security, Privacy and Plenty of Covered Outdoor Seating!

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 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

Pure Mountain Spring Fed Water

Abundant Wildlife: Birds, Monkeys, Toucans, Jungle Animals

3 Furry Ambassadors, Quinn & Riley, our Outdoor Jungle Kitties and Dobby the Rescue dog! (All very sweet)

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

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 exsist, including our own little cow path to paradise.

2. We have Two very sweet outdoor Jungle Kitties that live on the property. Please feel free to enjoy their company Outside of the house, as a courtesy to Future Guests who might be allergic.

Encantada Guest House - Since 2011

It's Simply Pura Vida!

More Details

Nita Kemsley
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

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 Alajuela

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wake up to the magical sound of howling monkeys and the view of..

A truly unique rental, very cozy and well appointed, in a very secluded location (4WD essential!), right in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle, with wonderful views of the lake and the arenal volcano! We were a family of 5 (3 adult children), and spent 4 nights here during our Christmas vacation to Costa Rica. Service by property manager was superb.
Nov 2011
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El Castillo Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Large Bathroom - toilet , shower , Extra Large Walk in Shower, on Demand Hot Water.
  • Extra Large Shower
  • 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 Dresser, Night stand, Reading Lamp, Closet and in Room Security Safe.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • 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, 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Lake Arenal, Sleeps 7, Stunning Views & Close to Adventure Activities
average rating of 4.882353 based on 39 reviews

Amazing Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 5 nights with two young kids under 4. Before arrival, Nita was very helpful and accommodating to any questions we had. We arrived to a very clean house. She provided coffee, spices and oils to cook with so you don't have to buy any of that at the store. Kitchen had pretty much everything.

The views were amazing, you can see the lake and the volcano from the hammock. It was nice listening to the howler monkeys every morning at 5 a.m. It's a beautiful property! The colors of the house, tile around the property and all the flowers too-- was so Costa Rican... we just can't say enough good things.

If you already booked this, some recommendations would be to visit Arenal National Park to see the Ceiba Tree (huge 400 year old tree).. you won't see much animal-wise because there are a lot of visitors there. Mistico Hanging Bridges, that was a fun thing to do and we saw a sloth! La Fortuna was really fun, we recommend horseback riding to the falls. Also, Los Lagos was a great place to spend the day... hot springs, slides, great food, toucans, frogs, and other wildlife.

Thanks for a great week!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your Kind Review. Your kids were so sweet and it was a pleasure to host your Family. I hope you get to visit us again soon! Nita
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Secluded, beautiful property - very comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful House and Location

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and comfortable. It was perfect for our group of 4 but could fit more. The patio was perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful views. The Kitchen had everything we needed to make our meals. We loved the back room to hang out and play the games that were provided. The road was definitely ruff for our little car but we made it with a few scratches on the bottom. A little more clearance on the vehicle would of made us feel safe but we were fairly warned about the road.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for your kind review. The roads around here can indeed be a little a 4x4 SUV is always the best option, when visiting the Arenal & Monteverde areas.
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Awesome house

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this house. Very clean, neat, tons of attention to little details. Owners made us feel very welcome and helped us plan our few days while we stayed there. We were able to hear/see the howler monkeys, many hummingbirds, some parrots and other little birds. There are a lot of pretty flowers surrounding the house and just sitting in the hammock was fun and relaxing to see all that surrounded you.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you got to visit Costa Rica and so happy to have met your lovely family. You are welcome back anytime! Nita
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Great Views from a Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay at the Enchanted Guest Casa. This is a very comfortable, clean and beautiful home that is located in a lush tropical setting. The landscaping is well maintained and has plenty of colorful vegetation. The kitchen is well stocked with all the necessities needed to prepare your own meals. The beds were very comfortable and the bathroom is spacious. There are plenty of outdoor areas to sit and relax while checking out the views or watching the array of birds and butterflies.

One of the best parts of our visit was hanging out in the local village of El Castillo. This is a quaint little town that gives you a good feel for the ordinary Tican way of life. The locals were very friendly and helpful. This area is off the beaten path but worth it if you want a true non-touristy experience, although there are opportunities for the typical tourist activities in nearby La Fortuna.

We also enjoyed having Riley and Quinn, the 2 cool outdoor cats, to help us with our daily cat fix!!

Marty and Nita were very friendly and we enjoyed meeting them. They were easy to communicate with and provided helpful info for our stay.

We would recommend this place to anyone looking for quiet relaxing Costa Rican experience.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your Awesome review, we very much enjoyed meeting you and hope you get to come back to visit soon! Nita
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Stunning place to relax

  • 5 of 5

I finally got the chance to go on a vacation of a life time ,after many nights of looking on the internet we came across this amazing Hacienda Guest House the price was reasonable so we booked the home for 7 days.After a long flight and the great directions Nita gave us we finally arrived I was not only amazed with the view of the Lake Arenal the Volcano and the beautiful rain forest from our Hacienda The guest house was also amazing clean and beautiful inside and out,It was also fully furnished bedding kitchen and bathroom. The out side had really relaxing areas with rocking chairs,Hammock and even a BBQ if you wanted.The next day we ventured out their was so much to see and do natural hot springs nice restaurants and shopping even the snake zoo was educational.In Returning back to our Hacienda from our daily adventures, we meet the owners of our guest house Marty and Nita they we so friendly ,nice and accommodating and offered to make reservations for any tours we might like to do in which we did two of them that were fantastic.I would recommend any one to stay at the Encantada Guest House .Thank you Marty and Nita for making our trip wonderful and all your assistance.

Nina G

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Nina, I am so glad you had a wonderful was a pleasure to meet you! Hope you get to come back soon. Nita & Marty
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
# 142
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Mama's Table, Fusion, Essence Arenal, Phoenix
Nearest Beach
90 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

El Castillo Guest House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Dec 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2017
Dec 17 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $35
Tax Rate 13.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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