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Mediterranean Style Villa Lake Arenal

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Helena Buell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 17, 2017

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 Alajuela

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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Amenities

Sabalito Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Mediterranean Style Villa Lake Arenal
average rating of 4.875 based on 12 reviews
HEBER, ARIZONA
4

COMFORTABLE

  • 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: Mar 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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San Francisco, CA
5

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: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

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: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Show Low, AZ
5

Amazing Jungle Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

Helena's Villa at Lake Arenal was awesome. Helena was the nicest host we have ever met. Everything about the place was awesome. The location is great too. Short walks to spectacular views and activities. The backyard of the property is so beautiful, and she does a great job at maintaining the natural feel of the jungle in her villa. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to stay near the lake. It is a short drive to Rio Celeste as well, I recommend this hiking trail to anyone who wants see spectacular rain forest views.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful inviting home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (9 of us) stayed (Feb., 2016) at this beautiful and comfortable home. The gardens were surrounded with green lush trees, bushes and flowers everywhere. Which made for birds to serenade us every morning! I also liked the hammocks and rocking chairs outside to relax after a long day out. My husband and I didn't get to meet Helena but my kids did and they absolutely loved how wonderful and inviting she was.

We met her daughter , which was also very accommodating and attentive if we needed directions in to town or arranging tours. We absolutely recommend this beautiful and fully equipped home!

Marilyn- San Diego California

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Casa Helena is so nice, I have stayed here four different times

  • 5 of 5

Even if you have never been to Costa RIca, and even if you don't know a word of Spanish, and even if you don't have a good idea about where to sight-see, you will be very well served staying at Casa Helena. I ahve stayed in the main house on four different trips. Once I stayed with my wife and two teenage sons, once I stayed with just my wife, and once I stayed there by myself. Helena is a very attentive host, and she provides her guests with everything they need including a great information book on the local sights. Everything is in working order in her house, including high speed internet, hot water, fan, appliances. There is also a nice outdoor shower. The patio is a very comfortable place to lounge. Helena is very security conscious, and with the perimeter gate, outdoor lighting, secured windows and doors, and security alarm this is a very safe place for a tourist to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Sabalito Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
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Mar 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$95
$665
$2,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$100
$700
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

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.
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