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Luxury Home overlooks Arenal Volcano & Lake Arenal & Ceiba Tree

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths2
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3000 sq ft home with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, pool and hot tub.

This recently constructed (2012) spacious 3 bedroom/4 bathroom home is located on 2 private acres adjacent to Arenal Volcano State Park. Each bedroom has its own terrace overlooking the old Ceiba Tree and views of Arenal Volcano and Lake. The open layout allows cool mountain breezes to flow through the home. Enjoy leisure activity in our bar/game room and cool off in our swimming pool or relax in the hot tub with direct views of the last active face of the volcano. Ideal for groups/families (sleeps 6-12 people). Enjoy meals cooked by our personal chef (available on request) or prepare your own culinary creation in our fully equipped gourmet kitchen. Cleaning service provided on alternate days. Laundry service available on request.

Located within minutes of El Castillo, Sky Trek Zip-Line Canopy Tours, Kayaking and ATV rentals. Horseback tours to the waterfalls or fishing tours on the lake or Rio Frio can be arranged. Massage therapy is available at the Blue Lagoon Spa just 500 meters up the hill. Hot Springs and La Fortuna are just 30 minutes away. An escape from the daily stress of work for a week in paradise will rejuvenate your soul and reconnect you with what life is meant to be.

The property is adjacent to virgin cloud forest. Explore miles of hiking trails through the rain forest that lead down to the nearby Rio Piedras Negras. Howler monkeys, toucans, wild turkeys, parrots, coati mundis (aka pizotes), tayras and more can be regularly spotted from the house and in the vicinity.

WiFi broadband internet access is included. Tune in internet radio from anywhere in the world or watch DVDs and Netflix on a 42' HDTV.

More Details

Owner
Jim Florance
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Jim Florance

From left to right: Jim, Wes, Josie, Robin. Our family first visited Costa Rica in 2010 and fell in love with the Arenal area. Two years later, we spent our first week in the new house. We're in NJ most of the year. Jim is a marketing manager for an electronics company, Robin is an accountant. Wes is a senior in HS and Josie is a sophomore at URI.

Jim Florance purchased this house in 2012

Why Jim Florance chose San Carlos

You'll hear many stories about people that visit Costa Rica and experience an epiphany or an awakening. That's what happened to us. We began searching for land in Aug 2010 and found the Old Ceiba Tree lot. A year after beginning construction, the house is nearly finished. There is an energy that one can feel when you are there; it's indescribable but undeniable. Once you experience it, you'll be going back over and over.

What makes this house unique

We designed the home to bring the outdoors and indoors together. There are floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that open to lake and volacano views. The cool mountain breezes flow thoughout the home. The temperatures average about 75°F year round so no airconditioning is necessary. We get our pure crystal clear soft water from a mountain spring ('naciente') that is about 6km in the virgin cloud forest. At night the temperates typically drop about 10° and in December and January you might even need to put a fleece on to stay warm. Being on the edge of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, we get a lot of rain but if you wait an hour the weather will change and when the sun pops out be careful because you can get a sunburn even when the sky is overcast (ask Josie). Each room has a terrace facing the lake/volcano side of the house. We love to enjoy the unbelievable cooking of Emilce, the former owner of a restaurant in Fortuna (Vaca Muca). She has the ability to take just about anything that's in the refrigerator and turn it into a meal that you'll never forget. Our favorite is 'pescado al ajillo' (corbineta or tilapia filet sauteed in fresh garlic) served with home fries, mixed vegetables (be sure to ask for chaote, cauliflower and carrots) and 'patacas' (plantain chips). Be prepared to rise early to the sounds of howler monkeys that frequently spend the night in our guarumo tree (a favorite hangout for all kinds of monkeys and birds) or the cacaphony of our flock of loras (red-lored parrots) that reside in the remaining branches of the 500 year old giant Ceiba tree that has unfortunately reached the end of it's life but still stands majestically on the west edge of our property. It's a local landmark that can actually be seen in satellite photos. We have a hiking trail that connects to the Linda Vista Hotel that winds past the Ceiba and down through the forest. Another trail has been cut farther up the hill that leads all the way down to the river for a refreshing dip.

Amenities

San Carlos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Wet Bar
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 2 full baths and 2 half baths
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (4) Sofas convert to 4 twin sized beds all located in living room. Queen size inflatable mattress can be placed in the master bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Inflatable queen size mattress available for use in the master bedroom so up to 12 persons can be accomodated.

Reviews

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5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier with our selection to stay at this property. Allan, the property manager, went above and beyond to help plan our activities. I would HIGHLY recommend having your dinners and breakfast cooked by Emile and her husband. Very good food and a sweet couple. Jim was very responsive to all of my email questions. Thank you for a memorable stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luxury in slightly remote area

  • 4 of 5

The house is beautiful, tranquil, and idyllic. Great balconies and terraces and pools.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Fantastic view and a beautiful home!

  • 4 of 5

This beautiful home can be difficult to find, but very much worth the effort! Views beyond compare and so peaceful and relaxing. We beat our rental car up with the gravel roads and did do battle with ants and bugs, but I would go back in a heartbeat! We flew all night and arrived early, but the staff was warm and welcoming. We met a few of the neighbors and they too, were kind and helpful. It rained daily but it was calming to watch the thunderstorms roll in across the lake. Birds and wildlife abound and there is no shortage of activities nearby. Loved the hot springs and Sky Trek zip lines! Really enjoyed the local restaurants like the Phoenix with Juan and staff! Very personable, bilingual, and the food was great.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

It isn't far from La Fortuna and is really close to Sky Adventures which our family loved. When you walk in, the view makes you stop in your tracks. From the lake to the volcano to the landscaping - so beautiful. We used the pool and hot tub every day and enjoyed the fireflies at night, hiked at Allan's nearby, ate dinner at the Phoenix, tried the flyboard at lake Arenal and zip-lined with Sky Adventure. We stayed for 3 nights but plan on spending our entire time here next time. I recommend a car for sure. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC
5

Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My family had the pleasure of staying at Casa Ceiba for four nights. Our experience was exceptional. The property was beautiful and accurately described in the description. The owner, Jim, was responsive to my questions and the property manager, Allan, was available throughout our stay to give guidance.

Aside from the absolutely gorgeous view of the volcano, the biggest treat was the daily meals that were available upon request for a very reasonable cost. Allan was able to arrange for our meals to be provided by Luis and Emily. The food was absolutely amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed their company - a highlight of our trip for sure!

My family enjoyed the very pleasant temperatures. We didn't mind that the house didn't have air conditioning. The temperatures were cool enough at night for sleeping and warm enough during the day for swimming. The pool and hot tub were well maintained. Daily, the pools were skimmed and cleaned.

There is so much to do in the area. We hiked from our property on Trail Rio to a gorgeous waterfall. The Butterfly Conservatory was a favorite and only a five minute drive away. There are also lots of other things within a five - ten minute drive - zip lining, tubing, etc.

This is the perfect property for groups looking for gorgeous views, peace and quiet and a totally relaxing experience. My words do not do our absolutely wonderful experience justice!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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4

Beautiful large home with amazing views!

  • 4 of 5

This is a very nice and spacious home. We loved waking each morning to the beautiful sounds and views out the back yard. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub too. We had two meals cooked for us by Emilice and they were both beyond delicious! We would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Juan Santamaria International (SJO) San José
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Tres Cabras Restaurant and Bar (at Nepenthe B&B)
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Route 142 (La Fortuna-Nuevo Arenal)
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Linda Vista del Norte
Car: recommended

Arenal Volcano Park, Zip Line Canopy Tours, ATV rentals, Hot Springs, Horseback Riding, Serpentarium, Butterfly Conservatory, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Table Tennis, Kayaking, Bird watching, Hiking, Near Jardin Escondido (Pizza John's)

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 5.0%

Rates based on 6 persons occupancy. Add $25/pp per night for over 6 persons.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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