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Luxury Home with Pool and Fantastic Views Of Lake Arenal And The Arenal Volcano

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 bedroom 5 bathroom, luxury mountain home with stunning Lake and Volcano views

We call this fabulous spot here in El Castillo “Pie in the Sky”! A gorgeous location that lives up to it name in every way! This 5 bedroom home is nestled above our 8 room Villa, the Majestic Lodge, on a private mountaintop. With 360 degree views of the primary Rainforest, 26 mile Lake Arenal and the Majestic Arenal Volcano, you can see for miles in the privacy of this secluded setting. This large home is a single level, 5 bedroom home and fully equipped to make you feel right at home! The bedrooms are luxurious and inviting with custom made bedding and draperies, air conditioning, and private access to the outdoor porch for your convenience. All linens are provided. The kitchen, with granite counter tops and Guanacaste wood cabinets, is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need!

There is also an adjoining cottage and two bedroom home on this mountain top, with the same amazing views! The one room cottage sleeps two with a Queen size orthopedic bed, kitchenette, private bath and air conditioning. Take just a few steps off of the porch and enjoy the pool! The two bedroom home is elegant and comfortable with all of the comforts of home.

We pay special attention to every detail to assure the best vacation for you and your family. We can accommodate large groups and welcome Private or group parties. Catering can be arranged. Complete tour and trip planning services available including travel from within Costa Rica. We offer a beautiful pavilion for wedding parties, family reunions, yoga retreats, etc. We offer private yoga and massage on premises and have Howlers bar and grill at the bottom of the hill for your convenience.

Outdoor area with pool and bar is on the property. Full housekeeping service is provided.

We can also arrange transportation for our guests from anywhere in Costa Rica.

Four wheel drive car necessary to access Pie in the Sky.

You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to access this home.

More Details

Property Manager
Nancy and Dan Zintsmaster /Contact us for availability
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017


El Fosforo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 17 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , This bedroom is a circular room with spiral staircase
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , This room can be made into a king by request
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to access this home.


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Luxury Home with Pool and Fantastic Views Of Lake Arenal And The Arenal Volcano
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Loved everything about Pie 3

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and staying at Pie 3 made it so memorable! We loved everything about it. The location is a little hard to find once it gets dark, but we found it. Luckily, as soon as we put all of our stuff inside once it was dark, Z found us and was able to show us down the hill where we could find a place to eat and grab a few groceries! He came up the next morning to check on us and help us with excursions as well. Top customer service! Nancy was out of town, so we were not able to meet her. I highly suggest visiting Howlers when you are visiting. Juan is awesome and keeps your drinks filled! The views at the house are amazing! The beds aren't as soft as at home, but I have a bad back, and they didn't bother me that bad. If we traveled back to this part of Costa Rica again, we will definitely stay here! Thank you Z for all of your help and hospitality! You're awesome!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Emily, People like you make my job easy and fun. Thanks for your kind words and look forward to seeing you again. Pura Vida Z
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No need to stay anywhere else

  • 5 of 5

I went to Costa Rica with a small group of friends to celebrate my 30th birthday. We wanted a place close to all the adventure tourism CR had to offer, and we found it with this rental. It was close to a great variety of activities, just a short 20-30 minute drive to La Fortuna, but we felt miles and miles away. After each morning of activity we were all so happy to relax at the house in the afternoons. There were cows nearby to watch, a wide variety of birds came to watch us every morning, a couple street dogs came up to visit with us and the views were amazing. We really don't think our housing could have been any more perfectly situated. It really was the perfect home base for a Costa Rican adventure!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Wondering whether to rent here? Stop reading reviews and do it! My kids just couldn't believe I found such a great spot. First, this is a great location. The things you probably want to do, like the amazing Sky Trek Zip Line, Hiking, Arenal Observatory, Tabacon Spa, etc are very close by, in fact this really is a perfect location to access them. Second, the pictures try, but fail to really do this property justice. It's beyond amazing. Its the kind of place that once you are there, you just want to bring everyone you know there and show it off. The setting is so perfectly remote and private with an awesome view of the lake and volcano. There is a small market and a few eating spots nearby and they are actually pretty good. Its Costa Rica so don't expect 5 star is all. I'd call the property 5 star though. You will hear lots of birds and howler monkeys. Be sure to use the little lookout tower, it is a bit unbelievable what a difference a little height makes on the view. Last but not least are the wonderful owners and property managers. The manager 'Z' is a really nice guy and was very helpful with everything including getting reservations to some of the attractions we visited. The owners were also very nice, had great communication and helped us get a rental car from San Jose. Their suggestion to use Adobe car rental was perfect. I had never heard of Adobe and was a bit unsure but am very happy to say they earned my repeat business anytime I find them again. Some reviews complained about the driveway... I just don't get it. Its a multi-million dollar house sitting on a hill... so yes it has a bit of a steep driveway. But we aren't talking about some gravel/dirt drive... its a gorgeous and very expensively built paved/rock driveway that clearly shows how much effort and money went into it. I drove up and down it many times during my stay and was glad that it was built so well. One last thing, at least while we were there, because this is such a huge and high end property, it takes quite a few gardeners and maintenance people to keep it up. They were nice and respectful and we had no issue but you do lose some privacy as they go about their jobs. If I ever return to this area, I won't hesitate to rent this property again. We spent a few days here and then a week at the beach. Doing it again I would stay here the week and spend a few days at the beach.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better than the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at "Pie in the sky". The home and property is beautiful and has stunning views to Lake Arenal and volcano. Our kids loved the pool and the "eagles nest". There is much to do in the area and Z was a great host and very helpful throughout our stay. We definitely recommend this property and we hope to be back to stay again in the near future.


Schmidt Family

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

This home is just beautiful and very well equipped. Situated in an area rife w potential activities and plenty of tasty places to eat. The views from every spot on the property are stunning. Super excellent place to stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical in every way

  • 5 of 5

My retreat group had been to six locations around Costa Rica prior to our visit to "Pie in the Sky". It is beyond breathtaking, and more idyllic and "forgotten in time" than our other great villa locations. From the outrageously scenic drive from San Jose, to the incredible view or Arenal volcano and lake Arenal, to the gorgeous design (the glass room and towering "Eagles' Nest" were a real treat), great gourmet kitchen, stonework, pools... to the top-notch hospitality... This is the place I know I'll return to for my retreat clinics again and again. Thank you Nan and Z!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arenal Volcano Sky Trek
Arenal Volcano
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Majestic Lodge
"This is an awesome B&B...beautiful views, comfortable, clean and friendly."
Sky Adventures
Desafio Rafting, La Fortuna
Don Rufino
La Fortuna
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.0%

These rates are subject to change without notice. The rate is for 10 people and 30.00 for each additional person.

Four wheel drive necessary to access this home.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund