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Mediterranean Style Villa Lake Arenal

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 queen/ bd bedrooms, 2 built in single/beds 2 cabins upon request

Fun, Mediterranean villa at Lake Arenal, sleeps from one to 6 occupants central house (plus two guest cabins.)

Main living area has two orthopedic queen beds, Living room has two built in orthopedic single beds around the fire place, all have orthopedic pillowtop matresses.

Full kitchen in the house

The property features lush well kept gardens of banana and other fruit trees and a central fountain.

Beautiful jungle view full of monkeys, and exotic tropical birds..

The water is very pure and drinkable. We are close to three really good restaurants and a family Brew Pub.

More Details

Helena Buell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Helena Buell

I am Helena,

I have been living here on the shores of Lake Arenal for the past 19 years.My children grew up here and my grand children are Costa Rican. I adore Costa Rica, the gentle warm climate, enchanting Lake Arenal , and the Volcano. Lake Arenal is paradise and I feel most fortunate to live here.

Helena Buell purchased this villa in 2000

Why Helena Buell chose Sabalito

I chose to live in this area because of the immense beauty of the surroundings combined with an ideal climate and warm friendly neighbors.

What makes this villa unique

My place is located in one of Costa Rica´s most scenic and adventurous areas. Beautiful drives to Hot Springs, Minutes from Windsurfing and Kiting, Kayaking Horseback Riding, Volcano Views. The most unique benefit I can think of is that my back yard over looks pure wild jungle where I can watch the daily life of exotic tropical birds like Tucans and Mot Mots and humming birds of many kinds. There are also monkeys in the trees around my place every day.

It is a very peaceful, beautiful , relaxing place to live.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the most wonderful stay at Helena's guest house - I'd go back in a second! The house was spotless, comfortable, cozy, perfect - everything you can see in the pictures and more! I loved hearing the birds and the monkeys in the morning, and sitting out in the rocking chair with some coffee and looking into the forest. Helena was also so lovely - really knowledgeable, passionate, and involved with the local community. Nothing but great things to say about this experience and I hope to repeat it. The lake itself is stunning as is the scenery just about everywhere.
Jan 2013
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Sabalito Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bathroom in main house shower, toilet and sink
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , outdoor garden shower in private corner of garden
  • Main living area has one tiled bathroom and an outdoor shower. For larger groups I open up an additional bathroom next to outdoor shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen, Orthopedic matress, out door shower
    Living Room built in full twin 2 - 2 twin/ single , living room orthopedic twin matresses
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen orthopedic matress jungle view
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • 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
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Mediterranean Style Villa Lake Arenal
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 15 reviews

A perfect slice of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful Villa with a wonderful host. Can't wait to go back next year for another trip!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True charming house into tropical scenery

  • 5 of 5

Helena is a caring wonderful host! She made sure we got all we needed and answered our questions quickly and efficiently! The house was clean, well furnished with everything we needed and more. It is located in the mountains, directly in tropical forest with numerous tropical birds. We heard howler monkeys every morning and did see the whole family the morning we left. We strongly recommend Casa de Helena if looking for a quiet, remote and true tico expérience!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean house and well maintenance

  • 3 of 5

The house is small but cozy and is clean and well maintenance. Pillows and bed linen can be better.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the tips Monica!
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  • 4 of 5

Casa Helena was very comfortable and well located. She did a great job helping us feel comfortable with plenty of local recommendations for food and fun. It was a little hot. Each room could use a small fan to help circulate the air. Thanks for the wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the suggestion about fans. It is usually quite cool up here in the mountains by the lake. I do have a standing fan in the storage room. I'll put it back in the house during this warmer spring weather! Helena
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Lovely house with great yard - wonderful owner!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the house and truly enjoyed the yard as well. It is located near some lovely restaurants and activities! It was great to meet Helene and learn more about the area and how it has developed over the last 20 years. Next time I hope to experience one of Helene's massages! We recommend the house and would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and our three teenagers stayed at Casa Helena. This place is so quiet and peaceful. Helena greeted us when we got there and gave us suggestions for things that we may like to do and places to eat. Her recommendations were spot on. We loved Equus BBQ restaurant (awesome Costa Rican BBQ and casado) and all of the activities we could take in over four days. Each day Helena checked in to see how we were doing and if we needed anything.

We rented a car so we could do all of the things our teenagers wanted to do i.e. Zipline, hanging bridges and thermal hot springs. These activities also seemed to be more affordable in this part of Costa. Rica. The drive from Sabalito and Casa Helena to all of these attractions was beautiful and easy. If we were to do this again, we would definitely stay at Casa Helena because the location was perfect and out of the tourist zone. It was nice to stay in a small village. The big bonus was hearing and seeing the Howler Monkeys. They were everywhere! We were truly in a rain forest jungle.

Thank you Helena for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Lake Arenal Brewery
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Punta Renas
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Hwy 142
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Mystica, Plaza del Cafe , y Eqqus barbeque
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Playa Blanca
Car: recommended

Lush tropical area with outstanding views of lake Arenal and five volcanoes and Bird Watching. Many local activities such as beautiful hot springs, zip lines, hanging bridges, waterfall walks, hikes to amazing views, horse back riding, river float day trips to see exotic birds and animals,kayaking, windsurfing,kite surfing, mountain biking,great restaurants and fun gift shops.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

Refund policy is STRICT.
Refunds will be given only if we can rebook the room for the dates you have requested and confirmed. Full refund is given for each or all of the dates we can rebook.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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