Lake Arenal, 5 Star Rainforest Cottage: Stunning Views & Close to Adventures

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Last updated: 12/02/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description


Charming, 2+ Bedroom, Vacation Rental at Lake Arenal, Rated 5 Stars! Sleeps up to 7 persons, One Great Price: $145 Per night, 2 night minimum .
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, Sleeps up to 7, Clean, Comfortable & Budget Friendly. What's Not to Love ? Your Reservation is Waiting!


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.

Our very unique home is Bright, Cheerfully decorated and Centrally Located, so all of those popular Adventure Activities, that you are coming here to enjoy, are nearby or 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 (with lots of money saving extras) 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
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
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
Non-Smoking House.

Please Note:
1. A 4x4 SUV or other High Clearance Vehicle is Strongly Recommended in the Arenal Area due to Rustic Road Conditions, 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
It's Simply Magical!

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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

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, Crib, High Chair, & Toys are available....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; Deluxe Queen Size Air Bed is also available and can be set up in the Sun room....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....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


  • Child's Highchair
  • 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:

    Quality Linens...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


  • Coffee Maker:

    8 Cup, Coffee Grinder...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All The Basics, Plus Napkins & Paper Towels are provided,...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

  • Microwave:

    Large Microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

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

  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Flour, cooking 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 patio with Double Hammock and Seating Areas and a Lovely Terrace Lookout with beautiful views and seating....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Large Covered Rancho area with Outdoor Dining table, & BBQ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Can be Rented Nearby...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Beautiful Views...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    2 beautiful Acres of Lush Tropical Gardens and a Private Rain Forest 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 29 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:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 12/02/2016
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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
# 142
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Mama's Table, Fusion, Essence Arenal, Phoenix
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 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!

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. 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!

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

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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

VRBO #365601

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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El Castillo, Costa Rica #365601

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