The Vrbo Bear stayed here
We found this property to be beary special
6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps two to 19 or more with airbeds.
- english, spanish
About Patrick Hughes
Patrick Hughes: Is the head cook, bottle washer and buck stop at “The Sunset”. If you need something special, out of the ordinary, corresponding to a birthday, celebration etc. talk to him and it will happen. He also promises to coordinate your chosen activities, meals and transportation to make your stay enjoyable, hassle free and unforgettable.
Patrick Hughes purchased this Villa in 1999
Why Patrick Hughes chose Cantón Tilarán
A one bedroom , one bath home that we rebuilt from the ground up a complete renovation, ending with 6 bedrooms and 6 en suite bathrooms, 26 acres of rain forest, high atop a hill, near the town of Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica. An absolutely breathtaking view overlooking nearly the entire lake Arenal valley and on clear days a perfect view of frequently erupting Volcano Arenal, all within minutes of some of the worlds premier adventure activities and natural treasures, was more than enough to convince the Hughes family to risk a move to the beautiful and nearly undiscovered gem of Lake Arenal, Costa Rica. So we took the risk and bought the property, then the work began. A complete renovation turning it into labor of love where we wanted to be and knew others would love as well!
What makes this Villa unique
'The Sunset' Luxury Guesthouse has six beautifully appointed bedrooms, bathrooms en suite featuring Costa Rican art throughout. With a gourmet kitchen, large shared library/TV room, dining hall, wi-fi, and laundry . Guests enjoy a large, indoor, swimming pool with attached jacuzzi and gymnasium, with pool table and ping pong table. A frequent question we receive is why we have a "indoor pool house" true it is unique to the area and the only enclosed pool house around. The reason is simple "people just do not go swimming in the rain". We want our guests to enjoy every aspect of their stay and no matter how gorgeous an outside pool is in sunny weather, we are realists that understand that when it rains you aren't going to go swimming outside. So with our unique indoor pool, guest groups can and do enjoy swimming, the jacuzzi, workout area, ping pong and billiards, till the wee hours if they like, under roof and protected from a sudden downpour, guests just love it and we are the only ones that offer it. We strive to accommodate all dietary restrictions and put out world class meals for your group to enjoy. We do everything we can to ease your transition in to paradise and are on hand, yet non obtrusive and no more than a phone call away to come over and help arrange the vacation that you REALLY want! We can set up all activities up for you, so you have one less thing to worry about and so much more time to enjoy! 'The Sunset' Guesthouse is for singles, couples, families, corporate groups and all those that know how to travel well.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
No smoking - You may smoke outside of course.You may smoke outside of course.
Max guests: 20 (sleeps up to 19 adults) - We have extra airbeds for larger groups.We have extra airbeds for larger groups.
- The base rate is for up to 4 guests. Additional guests pay a pro-rated nightly rate of $46.00 per night plus tax, with breakfast included, per person.
- Spread out, enjoy all the space, go out on the deck at night and stare at the stars! Don't wander into the jungle at night.
Vrbo Bear Stay review
Fantastic Trip to Costa Rica
We could not have asked for a better trip to Costa Rica the week of 2/22. We had a group of 4 adults and 4 kids between the ages of 7 and 12. 'Amazing' was the word of the week. The house is beautiful and the views from the balcony were breathtaking. We saw several toucans while drinking our morning coffee. The pool/hot tub was great in the evening so we could relax after a busy day. The house has so much character and offers something for all ages and all personality types. Our week was a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.
Patrick and Elisa are incredible hosts. Breakfast was always a treat, and we had a new dish to try every day. We especially loved the fresh smoothies and scrambled eggs from their own chickens. We also had Patrick and Elisa cook dinner for us 6 nights, and the meals were delicious and well worth the money. We would do several adventures most days and then come back to home cooked meals. Elisa also made delicious desserts every night, and the kids loved making guesses during the day of what she would serve next. Their favorite of the week was the chocolate lava cake. I really recommend letting them cook for you. You won't be disappointed.
Patrick booked all of our fantastic adventures for us and lined us up with daily transportation. Some of these included ziplining, rapelling waterfalls, rafting down a river, a sloth tour, and a cocoa plantation tour. Patrick seems to know all of the best tours, and we weren't disappointed with any of his recommendations. He made everything so easy for us. All we had to do was relax and have fun.
Our driver, Jaime, was patient and hilarious. I recommend asking for him. He and Patrick worked together to coordinate our days. He knew all the great places to stop for lunch, and he was great with the kids. We even got hugs from him when he dropped us off at the airport to go home.
Costa Rica was a great adventure that our family will remember and talk about for years to come. Amazing people, amazing food, and amazing times.
Patrick and Elisa were wonderful hosts. Incredible breakfasts and dinners. The place was very clean and spacious. Patrick looked after our excursions and everything went smoothly. Previous reviews are spot on. Highly recommended.
J&C, T&C, Ontario
A taste of heaven
This house and the owners are beyond superb. Have them cook each night and you will be in heaven. Sit on the patio, take in the expansive view, have a drink, and relax. Tours were fantastic and Patrick recommended the best ones. Jamie, the driver, is timely, accommodating, and funny. We were so glad we used him to drive everywhere. Patrick and his wife are gracious hosts, so welcoming. Stay here! You will not only be in paradise but heaven! Thanks for such a wonderful week.
Wow What a time at The Red Sunset of Guanacaste
We had a great time. In fact i was so impressed this is my second review. The house is as good as the photos. There is a little wear on the out side but it is everything you could hope for overall. The house staff was fantastic and did way more than we anticipated. They kept the place clean and the breakfast included was amazing and on time within 1-2 minutes.
The swimming pool was a bit cool but the hot tub was up to temp and the pool table is good and level.
The stay far exceeded our expectations and we would stay again if we were in the area.
This was a fantastic value
Maine Yoga Adventures
My group of adventurers absolutely loved the house and its surroundings. Our driver Jaime was awesome as was Patrick the owner of the house. Great attention to detail, the sun room/ dining area was amazing - it rained our whole time there so this room made all the difference, we were almost outside; the kitchen had everything you could possibly need! The pool area was so fun with the hot tub and ping pong table, a great place to finish up your evenings. So many excursions are to be had within an hour's distance, you will not be disappointed (the hanging bridges and the rafting safari are super cool) and I highly recommend the night hike with crazy Allen, don't miss it! The only downside for me was the lighting at night which Patrick took care of for our house (ask to turn them off) but there are flood lights coming from his house as well. As Patrick was such a proponent for wildlife I was surprised by the bight lights which can definitely be an issue for wildlife and insects. Overall a stunningly beautiful property that we all enjoyed immensely.
Thanks for the great review!
The purpose of lighting the walkways and areas around the home and our home is several fold, security, having a visible pathway from the parking area into the home, being able to see where you are walking among other reasons. As you mentioned we are happy to turn them off.
We really enjoyed your group and hope to have you stay again!
All our best,
Patrick and The Sunset team.
The rental property is perched high in the Tilaran Mountain range nestled between three of Costa Rica’s most magnificent treasures; Lake Coter, Lake Arenal and the world-renowned Arenal Volcano. This luxury, Eco-friendly Costa Rican rental home has first class amenities and is located within minutes of many of Costa Rica’s exciting adventure activities. The rental home offers an unequaled view of Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano. Lake Arenal, Lake Cote, Arenal Volcano and other adventure tours are available. There is great dining nearby or dine in with the services of our world class chef. We also feature the only indoor pool house in the area, so you can enjoy the pool, ping pong, billiards, weights, jacuzzi and plain relaxing rain or shine! For families, groups, classes or corporate retreats, it all adds up to a fantastic luxurious rental home value.
Other Activities: canopy tours, birding, ATV tours, canyoneering, jungle hiking, spelunking, fishing, waterfall hikes, hot springs.