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Spectacular Volcano And Lake Views, Modern Bali-style House

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,147 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

****SPECIAL START-UP PROMOTIONAL RATE $125 PER NIGHT*****

Casa Karon is a breathtaking new home, custom built to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings while still having every comfort. It enjoys views of the majestic volcano, the tranquil lake complete with wind turbines on the horizon, rolling pasture lands, and the lush rainforest.

The house is modern Bali-style architecture. Construction finished in 2013. It is a gorgeous combination of steel and sharp angles with natural stone and wood. The whole house is furnished with custom-made furniture and cabinets made from the most beautiful local hardwoods. The ceilings are vaulted and 20 feet high. There are two bedrooms, one with a view of the lake and mountains (one queen size and one small sofa bed), the other with a view of the volcano (one full size bed). The bathroom has an oversize slate shower and double vanity. The kitchen is fully-equipped with new appliances, and we provide the basics- salt and pepper, paper towels, soap, etc. The living room has an oversize double sliding glass door which opens wide to give the sensation that the deck and the living room are one in the same. Without a doubt, the best feature of the house is the exotic wood bench and bar that runs along the entire length of the covered deck. Guests can sit and dangle their feet in the air with a drink or meal, and take in the majestic views below.

Also offered for your enjoyment are a hot tub, a beautiful fire pit with formed-benches, and an immense grill. If you just feel like staying in, we offer Netflix movies, high-speed Wi-Fi, a selection of DVD’s, and board games.

When you venture out, we are a 15 minute drive to do some spelunking in the Venado Caves. La Fortuna is 45 minutes away where you can visit natural hot springs, go canopy jumping, horseback riding, four-wheeling, visit the snake and reptile zoo, indulge in a spa treatment and do some souvenir shopping. Other day trips will take you to magical waterfalls or the crystal-clear blue water of Rio Celeste. As a bonus, our guests may feel free to load up our 2 kayaks and go down to the boat launch in town, where they can explore Lake Arenal and look for artifacts along the shorelines. The entire area around Lake Arenal is a cyclist’s heaven, with excellent roads and trails to navigate.

It is a perfect place to connect with nature. Our guests will enjoy the marvels of all the local wildlife right at their door-step. The call of the 'congos' swinging through the trees, gigantic toads, a myriad of brightly colored insects and butterflies, bromeliads growing all over the trees, exotic flowers. Bird watchers will be in heaven here in overlooking the treetops at the toucans, hawks, vultures, hummingbirds, parrots and more.

The house is located in a spacious gated community 10 kilometers up the mountain on a country dirt road from the town of Nuevo Arenal. The road is in decent condition at most times (depending on rainfall). A rental car is a must, and 4x4 recommended. The development is secluded, yet still close to town and all the local amenities. Being higher in elevation, you will always enjoy a fresher, crisper, breezier climate than 'down the mountain'- between 5-10 degrees difference on average. Unlike many beach areas in Costa Rica where it is always the same weather-hot and humid- here you can experience a refreshing mix of sunshine and heat with rain, clouds, mist, and cooler weather. Our family lives on the property as well with our 2 large dogs. The two houses are separated completely, and we will never interfere, but are glad to be of any assistance if needed.

The town of Nuevo Arenal has four grocery stores, a bank with an ATM, two pharmacies, gift shops, a gas station, and several bars and restaurants. There is also a "laundromat" in town where you can bring your soiled clothing to be washed, dried and folded (charged per kilo). The town is 20-30 minute drive from the house, depending on road conditions. Because of the distance to town, we always recommend that our guests do any shopping for provisions BEFORE heading up the mountain. We also HIGHLY recommend arriving before nightfall if possible, as the road to our house is dark and bumpy, and can be disconcerting to weary travelers.

Pura vida!

More Details

Owner
Kelly Karon
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
June 30, 2017

Why Kelly Karon chose Lake Arenal

After traveling all of Costa Rica in search of our dream property, we knew in an instant this was our paradise. It was a combination of cooler weather, lush rainforest, lake and volcano views and above all privacy, peace and security. Casa Karon is pure Costa Rica, our little piece of heaven.

Amenities

Nuevo Arenal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1147 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Over-sized slate shower with seating, double vanity
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , playpen available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Opens out onto the deck by sliding glass door, 20 ft high ceiling with angular windows to ceiling. Lots of storage space in gorgeous hardwood closet and desk.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Spectacular Volcano And Lake Views, Modern Bali-style House
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
5

A hilltop retreat with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

9.5 km doesn’t seem far unless you’re driving down a bouncy, twisty dirt road. But at the end of the road there is a pot of gold with a beautiful hilltop home overlooking the valley and Lake Arenal. The views are spectacular, and after a cool night’s sleep you awaken to a cacophony of birds. The temperate climate is definitely a plus in the very warm Arenal area. Michael was a most entertaining, gracious and oh so helpful host. He helped with reservations and back road detours and he just makes you smile. Kelly arranged our day trips, like rafting the Balsa River, an amazing adventure with knowledgeable and entertaining guides from the very safety conscious, professional Desafio Tours. The next day, a relaxing afternoon at Ecotermales Hot Springs soothed our sore muscles. Our most memorable meal during our entire stay in Costa Rica was at Neuvo Arenal’s The Gingerbread, where we opted for Chef Eyal’s offerings rather than ordering from the menu. Like his cuisine, Chef Eyal is larger than life. The property is a bit out of the way, but so worth the drive for the views, quiet, and climate. Many thanks to Michael, Kelly and Jax for a memorable visit.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Magical Christmas Stay in the Cloud Forest

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a place! This home really is amazing and an incredible way to experience the cloud forest and the rain forest. We arrived on Christmas Eve and enjoyed a relaxing week there. The home is beautiful, airy and very clean. The views are incredible and the grounds are beautifully landscaped with exotic flowers and walking paths (nice job, Michael!) There were five of us and we never felt crowded. The bedrooms are comfortable and there were plenty of blankets and linens to keep us cozy. The rain absolutely pours up there but it isn't cold. The kitchen was well equipped and we were able to cook a number of meals there. The bath is large and the double sink and stone shower give it a spa-like feeling. The only drawback was not having a washer/dryer (though we learned having that seems to be a great luxury in Costa Rica. (We took our laundry into La Fortuna and found a very reasonable laundry service at the entrance of town.) The owner, Michael, was very helpful and gave us suggestions for outings. If you stay and are going to La Fortuna, , ask him for directions using the back road. It is definitely 4-wheel drive, but saves you lots of time. Nuevo Arenal was about 20 minutes from the house; La Fortuna was about 1:15. The house was gated and in a beautiful development. We always felt very safe. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to any friends or family. It is really a hidden gem in an already incredible area.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, VA
5

Beautiful Grounds

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 stayed here through Hurricane Otto (yes, we lived through a historic hurricane). Just our luck but what a great place we picked. The house is perched up on top of the mountain (a 15 minute drive to town) so we were able to see everything. The owner lives on the property so we felt very safe and could ask any questions about local activities and food. Our kids were able to run around the grounds, pick fruit and play with the dogs. We also played numerous board games while stuck inside. Once the rains and wind cleared, we were so happy to see the beautiful lake arenal. We were able to drive to arenal and do the free hot springs and hike the volcano in one day. Enjoy your time here if you decide to rent!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for 7 nights. This was our base of operation throughout our time in Costa Rica as everything we wanted to experience on this trip was within a 90 minute drive. The view is absolutely stunning from the deck of this home. We saw more birds (number and diversity) sitting on this deck than anywhere else in Costa Rica (we visited several national parks and a private reserve).

The weather was absolutely perfect. Much cooler at this elevation than the town of Nuevo Arenal below. There was a constant breeze that kept us cool even in the heat of the day. It seemed to rain most nights and was misty many of the mornings, but it cleared up quickly and we experienced a great deal of sun here. I was concerned we would be hot at night with no air conditioning, but that was not a problem. In fact, the constant breeze kept us on the cool side at night (perfect sleeping temps!).

From this base of operations we experienced the Tenorio National Park, Arenal National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest (and zip lining!!), a private reserve, and much more. We were also able to experience the culture of Costa Rica by our trips into Nuevo Arenal, La Fortuna and the surrounding area.

Michael was an outstanding host. He was very gracious and patient. He provided a great deal of information that helped us get from place to place and learn about the culture. We got there late our first evening and didn't have time to stop at the grocery store before arriving. Michael generously provided breakfast for us in the morning. He also has many life experiences that I enjoyed listening to.

The peace and serenity that my wife and I experienced at Casa Karon really made this our best vacation ever. We were both completely stressed by life's demands prior to our arrival, and felt totally reinvigorated by our stay here. We would certainly stay here again if we vacation in Costa Rica in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warwick, RI
5

Amazing home and hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

They were incredibly helpful making the reservations/getting us there and were fantastic as hosts. The home is beautiful and situated so that the views are breathtaking. They made top selections for retaurants and hot springs, we loved it. The dogs and the kiddo were an added bonus! We would definitely return and suggest this home to our friends. A+++

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed at Casa Karon for 5 nights in February and we had a great time! It was definitely the highlight of my trip. The house is situated at the top of the mountain with amazing sunset view of the lake, plus volcano view from the bedroom on a clear day! The house is clean and nicely equipped with all the basics. The property is also very nice, we took a walk within the property and saw lots of birds and flowers. The owners were super nice and helpful with tons of excursion suggestions! They also helped my boyfriend arrange a fishing charter boat. Living in this house is like living in the cloud forest as every morning the rain and birds will wake you up, then the sky will clear up before noon and the day will finish with an amazing sunset view right from the large deck. They hv 2 friendly dogs on site which is a plus for dog-lovers! You will need 4x4 for the long dirt road esp. on rainy days. 15 mins to Nuevo Arenal town for groceries and restaurants. 45 mins to La Fortuna. Must visit Ginger Bread restauant in town! We love this house and miss the deck so so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Nuevo Arenal House Rental Rates

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Owner accepts payment in:
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3 night minimum stay
$125
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Rate per night is for up to 4 people. $15 per night per person over the 4 person limit. Children under 7 years of age stay for free. Rates for extended stays are negotiable. Rates are subject to change until confirmed by owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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