New and Introducing 'Parrot Hill'- Vacation Guest Ranch with a Glorious View.(45 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-3 nights
- Property type:Chateau / Country House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Your Chance To Experience Ranch Living And Local Culture . New World to explore
' loving life on the hill with the parrots'
Simply said a world class location and high quality accommodations awaits. The views are of 4 volcanoes(only site where this is possible on super clear days), the full stretch of the lake (24miles), and the surrounding wilderness of primary and secondary forest. It is awesome and inspiring.
Parrot Hill Guest Ranch is a small, 50 acre, working ranch at the end of the public road at the top of the mountain. The rolling hills back into the Monteverde Childrens Eternal Rain Forest to the South and is bounded on the East by Volcano Arenal National Park. The Rio Aguas Gatas (Cat Water river) separates us from the village of El Castillo to the west. Therefore it remains peaceful, quiet, safe, and fun. You will have private access to roam free with private trails to rivers and waterfalls. Literally 5,000 sg miles of Jungle out our back door. Expansive 360 views includes sunrise over jungle and Cerro Chato (extinct volcano) to sunset on the water . We are located in the heart of Volcano Arenal and Lake Arenal North Zone which means, close to all the exciting adventures such as zip line, hanging bridges,hot springs, white water,fishing,kayaking,river drifting,canyoning and miles of secluded forest trails literally out our back door.
Absolutely the best place for families traveling with children. My three kids(12-16) are friendly and helpful. They love to play and show your kids around the ranch. Most young ones love the farm animals and like to help feed and collect eggs or try your hand at milking .We can do guided Horseback trail riding tours (only $30 for our guest $50 public)) with free lessons for novice riders. Just wait until you meet our orphan wild parrot named 'Papuga'. He is hysterical and will make you smile and laugh for hours. A true life building cultural experience that they will never forget. Kids don't get bored here.
The Tarzan swing, climbing trees , playing with the ducks or horses can keep them busy. Happy exhausted children make for happy ,not so exhausted, parents . Best part is it's free entertainment for the little ones-
The house itself is quite nice being spacious and clean. Modern amenities, Wi-Fi, sat TV, fully equipped. Heavy use of exotic native hardwoods. We also build custom wood furniture(see the shop) so the home is well furnished with every thing you'll need. We have dedicated the villa to you,the valued guest, and we live close by in the original farm house built totally of wood over 40 years ago. This means you have privacy while at the same time we are close by if you need us.
The 2 story house is roomy with a combined living area of 2400+ sf. The floor plan features 5br/3bath/2kitchen/wrap around deck/dormitory
There is a lovely space called the 'sky bungalow ' which is connected to the top floor and served by a private entrance.
The way of the design provides that the home can be split in 2 parts and affords three rental options.
3. *the ROOST*
entire house package - includes both floors + bungalow , a 2400sf private residence .Groups /families up to 15 persons and the rate range is $250-300 per night.
2. * the PAPUGA ROOMS*
top floor only with the connected 'sky bungalow' space consist of +1600sf with 3br/2bath/kitchen and sleeps 10 max. in real beds + one sofa/sleeper.
The introductory rates currently are $150-200 per night for this space.
700 sf featuring 2br/kit/bath. Sleeps up to 5 persons. Interior design is Old World Colonial style and rustic . Lava rock shower.Opens to expansive gardens and fruit arbor on the ground floor which is natural bird habitat. Exotic species seen daily. Covered corridors and 11 ft ceilings with massive stone columns.
Private entry and independent space.
Rates are from $100 -125 .
House receives cool Easterly breezes consistently. Nice and cool (avg 72f.yr round) means no need for air conditioners. Fans are sufficient. Forever spring time ,always green and fresh.
For groups of 2-5, especially if you are 2 couples or small family, we recommend *Parakeet Landing*. Double private bedrooms and very creative space and feel to it.
The 2nd floor, *The Papuga Rooms * , are suitable for up to 8-10 persons and is the principal offering as the main listing. It has 1600sf and includes the 'sky bungalow' and large wrap around deck.
If you are traveling with a larger group consider *The Roost* - entire house for up to 15 people comfortably in a total of 5br/3bath/2 kitchen home. 2400sf private residence.
ASK about extended stay program
and free upgrade when available
Meal service ; home cooked , farm fresh, natural organic ingredients served family style . reasonable cost between $7-12 depending.
There is no swimming pool on site but we have arranged complimentary pool/hot tub privileges at a nearby 5 star Hotel for your enjoyment.
The sights and sounds of the natural setting will captivate the soul and liberate the spirit in all. Peace and blessings to all.
NOTE: please contact owner regarding your anticipated travel dates and do not rely on the calendar. It does not provide for multiple rent options so I don't use it.
My family and I live in the original ranch house so the guest home and grounds are dedicated to you. We enjoy hosting as a family and it is our distinct pleasure to be of assistance. You are Welcome here .
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Member since: 2013
- Chateau / Country House
- 2400 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 15
- Events Allowed
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Housekeeper Included
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- Janet and I have been hosting travelers from all over the world for a couple of years. We enjoy it and so will you. We can offer good advice and help with tour reservations and in -house farm choice meals. Our strongest amenities are the sights and sounds of nature being at our doorstep. The experience of living on a ranch ,away from it all, for a few days is something really special.You can get involved ,or volunteer, if you like to help out. Collect eggs, learn to milk a cow, saddle a horse, or chase the sheep around, etc,etc. Usually some work needs to be done on a trail and the more help the merrier! Hands on if it suits you or sit back and relax on the scene, your choice. PURA VIDA (pure life) is a reality on the ranch. Everyone tells us that the views are the best from here but you need to see them for yourself. You're invited and hope to see you soon....moreless
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View:
- Mountain View:
We are just outside our little village , walking distance, to El Castillo with about 800 friendly people. Quiet and safe. Small grocery store, several restaurants ,Bar&grill, and 2 churches...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool:
- Housekeeper Included
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
parakeet landing hi season
Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2019
3 night min stay
parakeet landing green season
May 1 - Nov 30, 2019
2 night min stay
the roost green season
May 1 - Nov 30, 2020
3 night min stay
the roost peak season
Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2021
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- one time checkout cleaning fee $35
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Taxes Not included
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Important note~ please ignore the dates on the above rate chart ie:2020yr??? it was fake entry to workaround to show 3 rental option packages for the different spaces or combination thereof. The format does not allow such flexibility so I figured at least you, the traveler, will see it laid in. Of course I will answer questions and give you an exact quote.
Manager's cancellation policy:
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Parrot Hill is a small working ranch situated just outside the quaint village of El Castillo. Surrounded by 3 national parks/reserves this spot is ideal for nature lovers. High altitude (2700+ft) means it is fresh and cool and always green. Close by are various activities to keep you smiling. Sky Trek zip lines and hanging bridges, the largest live Butterfly and snake exhibits, hot springs, fishing -and more. In the pueblo are several fine dining establishments, including Howlers bar and grill.
We offer horseback riding which has been popular along with guided hiking tours to the volcano , rivers and Waterfalls and the forest. Cost is only $25 for our guest ($50 to public) Catch a Wapoti on Arenal lake. We have a couple of semi-wild parrots that will entertain you for hours. A free locally known hot spring fed river is about 30 min drive from the ranch.
Of course, if one would like to help out with some of the daily chores that is always a plus. The kids and adults as well love collecting fresh farm eggs for breakfast and feeding the ducks, shampooing the pony and /or chasing the sheep around the barn.
Parrot Hill is much more than a nice house with views, it is a lifelong memory waiting for you to make it so.
Hope to see you soon.
Thanks Charlie & family
Year Purchased: 1999
About: My name is Charles Keckler and I am 59yrs old, married with 4 kids. My wife ,Janet, is from Nicaragua and has an unbelievable life story of survival growing up during the Sandinista civil war in that country. My path is coming from a long career in the real estate biz ,in the US, to having the experience of ranching in Costa Rica has been a wonderful journey . My wife can teach you so much about natural herbal and medicinal plants and my children-ages 12-16 are great little guides. We really enjoy hosting visitors and especially families traveling with kids.
Why San Carlos, Costa Rica:
Too beautiful to ignore. I couldn't stop dreaming of it and the challenge to learn another way to live, another language and culture. I was like a pioneer on this mountainside and managed to develop the road, power, and water resources to establish the ranch. Now we enjoy sharing it with other travelers.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Atmosphere is alive with the power of nature. There is a healing affect and many are the dreams born here. First house I ever designed and built. It's pretty fine- but what makes it so special is where it is and the inspired land it sits on. Come see for yourself. We welcome your visit.
- Primary: +011 (506) 8374-7725
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views fit for a Parrot King
meet Papuga- semi wild Parrott namesake of ranch. 2 bird rescue projects
our/your private waterfall/river on corner of land a 12 minute walk from house
attached 'sky bungalow' 400sf 1br ,kit, bath, private entrance- sleeps 4- 6
my 11 yr old son Leno with Papuga riding shotgun
sweet jetts for two with garden and V.view
all over the place-many different species
we offer guided horseback tours all over the mountain side. several trails
interesting dancing insect. Called 'esperanza' means hope -no bite
lake side ,we ride you here on horses then take the kayaks out. lo cost to guest
Stay on the 50 acre 'Parrot Hill Guest Ranch' experience real local culture
MI CASA SU CASA BIENVENIDO
large front deck wrap around breakneck views-bird watch
hola, como esta? No worry He is harmless
BR with beautiful queen bed we made. See woodworking in action.
Parakeet landing floor master bedroom. Authentic rustic design,queen orthopedic
weather/sunsets are awesome-you can see V. Tonorio in distance
newborn goat-plenty of farm animals -kids especially love it here
always new life on a ranch-birthing is an experience you may get to witness
a keelbilled toucan hopped up one day for quick visit. Can be seen often
we raise northern African tropical sheep called 'peliquay'
peace and blessings to all
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017
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