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Arenal , La Fortuna ,Luxury Getaway in the Mountains!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,077 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 bed, 2 bath, sleeps 8 !

Don’t miss this beautiful and enchanting place, ideal for resting and relaxing with an excellent view of the entire Valley and Arenal Volcano. To see a video of the property visit the following link

There are no words to describe the feelings and emotions you experience when you wake up each morning to a magnificent encounter with nature.

Or if you wish you could seat on the deck with a hot cup of coffee just thinking about nothing or simply admiring nature as far as your eyes can see.

On the Jacuzzi area you will meet our neighbors : the Toucans , they love to stay there stealing our papayas in the mornings and afternoons.

Some days you can admire Scarlett Macaws (big red Parrots), their habitat is La Marina Zoo located 10 minutes from our house, they flight over on their way out in the morning and come back to their house in the afternoon. You can help these big parrots by visiting the zoo, the entrance fee is $6 per person.

The design of this beautiful house was based on a unique, innovated concept to show the sharp contrast between the contemporary and the magic charm of the rustic wood provided by our own natural environment thus creating a blend of being in a familiar setting, domestic but at the same time in a minimalistic ambient home where the ultimate decoration is our outdoor scene. It includes an integral area; living, dining and kitchen where three gigantic clear glass doors allow us to access the wooden deck and to the wonderful view of the valley. The dormitories are located on two lateral wings of the central common area, two dormitories on one side and the master bedroom on the other. Each room has a window strategically positioned to the outside deck and valley. The master bedroom is very spacious with a sliding glass door providing access to a small terrace where you can view the Arenal Volcano. We are located a short drive, only 25 minutes from La Fortuna in a centralized position where you can choose to spend your vacation time around the Volcano, or the Caño Negro a natural and environmental resource park, Sarapiqui Town, or visit the spectacular and romantic Rio Celeste.

You could experience extreme sports and adventures as you wish, white water rafting, canopy, horseback riding, etc. they are all around the corner.

Or, you could elect to stay in this lovely setting and allow yourself indulge with a spectacular panoramic view surrounded by a peaceful and quiet atmosphere. We can provide a catering service.

If you stay at this vacation home you will not regretted!

More Details

Maria Magdalena Murillo
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Maria Magdalena Murillo

We are from Costa Rica , we live in Miami FL. My husband is a Civil Engineer a graduated of the University of Florida, currently he is working for a consulting firm in Miami, I am house wife( I take care our three kids), and I am an artist painter in acrylic, we are an average family...

Maria Magdalena Murillo purchased this villa in 2012

Why Maria Magdalena Murillo chose Alajuela

We built this house with all our love and dedication for our retirement , each a piece of teak good was a specially selected and brought from the reforestation wood crops of the north part of Costa Rica, we choose this location because is peaceful and quiet area as well as centralized within the tourist attractions, restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals, churches etc. We want to share this beautiful place with you...

What makes this villa unique

You will fall in love with the view, cool nights and windy warm days, try laying down on the deck and watch the stars at night and wake up listening to the birds singing in the morning...


San Francisco Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2077 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • beautiful view from the shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , New mattress and very good quality, very soft lines!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , New mattresses and very soft lines
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , good quality matress
  • All the rooms have air condition and ceiling fans, the rooms have spectacular views !
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
If you want a private service for you convenience like cooker , driver , or driver with very comfortable van, I can make arrangement and I can also help you with all your tours information and reservations.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Arenal , La Fortuna ,Luxury Getaway in the Mountains!
average rating of 4.75 based on 24 reviews

Well appointed home with great views

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time here...beautiful views, great house, nearby to the major attractions, an easy-to-navigate kitchen, spacious, modern design with attention to detail. You can do your laundry yourself or Magdalena can help coordinate with someone to do it for you. Laundry was definitely necessary for us after spending the day zip lining and horseback riding!

Driving there is a bit of an adventure...we found the place on our first try, but that was somewhat by luck and we were driving in the daytime. Magdalena had made sure in advance that we had the name of someone though in case we couldn't find it. Overall, Magdalena was very organized, and made sure we had everything we needed. ps... we also liked your art, Magdalena... love the vibrant colors!

Overall, good value for the price and a memorable spot.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jamie ! Thank you for your words ,I'm happy that you had a good time in our house ! For me it is very important that our guest feel comfortable and happy in our property . For us it was a pleasure having you in our house. I love painting but the best part of painting is that other people like my art! I hope you come back soon! Again thank you for visiting our Country! Magdalena
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  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed here for a full week. Everything was EXACTLY what we had hoped for. Magdalena was amazing and helped us with every step of our vacation. She set us up with a driver, booked our adventures, and was able to have our groceries waiting for us upon our arrival.

The house is about 30 mins from town, which we loved! The view was worth it and the peaceful mornings are exactly what we wanted.

Magdalena thinks of everything to make sure that you are well taken care of, including someone to provide fresh towels on a regular basis!

If we ever get to stay in La Fortuna again, we will only stay with Magdalena!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was my second time to Costa Rica and we will be back.

The experience is invigorating, there is never a dull moment.

At the house itself, we seen green parrots and tucans and one night could hear the howlers, just incredible! The hot tub was the best to go home to after a long day of travelling and seeing the sites. The slow raft/boat tour is the best if you want to see wildlife; monkeys, sloths, iguanas, birds, etc...can't beat it.

Baldi's blows away the Dr Paradise place so don't waste your time, go straight to Baldi's. The people who complained about the towels must have gotten theirs stolen or lost because if you rent them, you get your money back when they are returned, so what's the problem? The food is just fine, no issues, we enjoyed it and we are very fussy!

The house is very clean and fully equipped and Magdalena and Jonathan who helps out around the house are continually there to help with a friendly smile! You have to remember you're in the tropics so insects are a given, there is no way around it. Bring a flashlight for a night if you walk around the house.

The drive to the house, well, as other reviews have said, you need to do this during the day! We tried to but the flight was late and getting our car was late so the drive was very very tough!!! Going home was much easier. it takes 2 to 2.5 hrs to get there from airport. The view at the house you will most likely NEVER SEE AGAIN!!! We felt like celebrities sitting on the mountain in this classy glassed home! Super cool.

So, if you haven't gone to Costa Rica...what are you waiting for?

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Stevenson's

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute of our stay in this home. When reading some of the reviews during my search I was concern about the access to the property and had some reservations about the distance to La Fortuna, but my worries were easily transformed to joy when we reached the entrance to the house without a glitch, there was a short up-hill dirt road but it was in good condition, just a matter of getting used to, no need for a four wheel drive. The same was true for the drive to La Fortuna, it took us about 25 minutes the first time, but later it only took us 20 minutes once you know where you are going. The house was very spacious and comfortable, Magdalena was awesome she provided us guidance and excellent recommendations for our tours and restaurants. We definitely recommend this home to anyone that loves nature for the magnificent view of the valley and the early morning beautiful sunrise.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very beautiful view and spacious house.

  • 4 of 5

It was a fabulous home with lots of space. The bedrooms all have ac. The living room and kitchen does not but If you open all the sliders there is a nice breeze that comes through. The only thing that is a negative is thr drive to get there. We rented a 4x truck which was well needed to get to hous . The roads are very very bumpy with stones and gravel. You just have to take it very slow.

Jonathan was a big help when it came to helping us find things and he even washed our clothes for us. Maria was also a big help responding to our emails quickly when ever we had a question or concern. The drive to la Fortuna and arenal was about a 45 minute drive everyday and that's where all the attractions are.

Overall we had alot of fun white water rafting tubing and zip lining. Out best adventures were finding waterfalls and swimming. It was a blast.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Magdalena's beautiful home. We read the reviews so were prepared for the roads (and familiar with how Costa Rican roads can be!) so we weren't at all shocked by the drive up to the house. And once you get up there, you're in a world of your own! The grounds are stunning, the view is incredible and the birds never stop singing! A very relaxing place to unwind! Like others have also mentioned, it's about 30min away from La Fortuna, but after a day spent doing tours in the crowds of people, going back to solitude each night was bliss.

The home itself is beautiful and luxurious with excellent air conditioning in the bedrooms and 2 gorgeous bathrooms.

Magdalena was so very helpful from the initial booking and all the way through to the end of our stay. She was very responsive to my emails during our stay, usually answering our questions within minutes. And it always felt more like speaking to a friend!

Jonathan was also incredibly helpful. He came right away any time we needed anything that required hands on and we ended up using his services to do our laundry during our stay which was very helpful. He doesn't speak much English, but through the use of a Google translate, we communicated with ease!

It was very windy and raining during our stay so we didn't end up using the grill area or whirlpool but it looked to be a nice place to spend some time.

If I were to make any recommendations to improve the house, it would be to add a proper stove top and oven. Because the weather didn't cooperate during our stay, we chose to cook inside but there was only a toaster oven and a 2 ring induction cooktop. We did just fine with this, but if anything could be added to improve, that's it. Otherwise, Madalena's house is perfection!

Magdalena, thank you for making your property available for us to stay at and for all your help and kindness while we were there! If we're ever in the area again, we hope to meet you or stay there again!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nadine , Thank you for you review I really appreciate it! I am happy that you enjoyed in our Vacation home which is yours any time you want to come back ! Your family is beautiful ! Magdalena
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
San Jose Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Rancho Huetar
Nearest Ferry
85 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Rancho Huetar
Nearest Beach
110 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Termales Del Bosque: from the house only 4 miles

Zoo La Marina : 3 miles

Restaurant Rancho Huetar: 2 miles

Supermarket : 1.5 miles

Gas Station : 2.5 miles

Restaurant Las Iguanas: 6 miles

Supermarket and Bakery Su Casa: 5 miles

National Bank : 5 miles

Tilajari Country Club : 5 miles


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Rates & Availability

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Holidays Season
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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