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Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!

Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!


Property Details

Updated: Dec 10, 2014
House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Arenal (also called 'Nuevo Arenal') is in a less visited area of Costa Rica, between the towns of Tilaran and La Fortuna. Within easy reach are the Hanging Bridges of Arenal, Lake Arenal (windsurfing, sailing, jet-skiing, fishing), an Eco-Lodge (bird-watching, rainforest trails, hiking, horseback riding), boat trips to Monteverde, white-water rafting, canopy tours and rappelling. The amenities of both towns as well as the world-famous Tabacon Resort and Arenal Volcano lie within less than 45 minutes easy drive.

You have the best of both worlds - a secluded, beautiful and quiet paradise with all the amenities within easy reach. What is more, in Nuevo Arenal, we enjoy the perfect climate of 80ºF during the day and 65ºF in the evening, with a soft, refreshing breeze all day long.

This beautiful detached bungalow sits in its own gated grounds, complete with gardened terraces, private pool, and sweeping views of tropical rainforest jungle, Lake Arenal, and the hills of Monteverde beyond. You literally wake up to the sound of Howler Monkeys and Toucans every morning! You can linger in our pool, take a pleasant walk on our garden terraces or in the jungle beyond, or be more adventurous with the dozens of activities offered in La Fortuna, a short drive away.

In the evening, you might try one of our many restaurants nearby (the world-class 'Gingerbread' restaurant is within easy reach, and also nearby is the famous 'Caballo Negro'), or enjoy a romantic dinner at home in the seclusion of your own private mahogany-furnished dining room, as you watch the sun setting over the lake.

Our private property is perfect for couples, each of our three bedrooms having its own self-contained bathroom. You have access to the world with free WiFi Internet, telephone, fax and photocopier, computer with printer, and SKY satellite TV. There is also an impressive collection of DVD movies and an extensive library with books on local travel, cuisine, nature and history.

While many of our guests do enjoy all that the area has to offer, many choose to spend an entire week languishing by the pool, enjoying our beautiful gardens, lake/jungle view, local wildlife, birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, or just sleeping-in!

Please see our website for more details and bigger photographs! Click on the VRBO link or see our website, displayed in the link below.

Keywords: Luxurious private detached vacation home with pool on the banks of Lake Arenal, surrounded by rainforest filled with wildlife. Near Arenal Volcano, local hot springs, zip lines/canopy and horse riding! 3 bedrooms - 2 KING SIZED. FREE WiFi!

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Wheelchair access

Recent Review

About the Owner

We offer a unique vacation rental experience, from the moment we meet you with keys and a welcome basket, a tour of the property and generous information about our beautiful area. We have been managing this property for ten years now, and our guests return year after year.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

The home and site are more beautiful than the photos and descriptions show. It was the perfect stay in paradise with the natural rainforest fiews and gardens. Waking up to the sounds of monkeys, exotic birds and the sighs of humming birds and tucans was amazing. The location was ideal and near any adventure activity that could be desired. The property managers were extremely pleasant and accommodating. Just spending the day on the property was a joy as well as a satisfying experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit Costa Rica. I will definately go back on my next visit.
Jul 2010
  • 1 of 19

75 Reviews

Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!
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Nuevo Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
SF area, California, USA

Like being welcomed into the exotic home of friend

  • 5 of 5
This was a great beginning to our 16-day trip - like being welcomed into the exotic home of friends. Overall rating: 5

House: 4.5 - The description barely does this place justice. This is a real house, cool airy design & easy to keep clean. Huge comfortable beds, nice seating areas and outside spaces, and an amazing, ever changing view of the lake nearby. Lots of DVDs, satellite TV/radio, etc. The washer and dryer were a godsend after rafting. The unheated pool was a little cool for our Green Season stay, but our two 10 year-olds used it every day anyway; I bet it's perfect during the hot season. The internet was down, but we weren't craving email that early in the trip, so that wasn't a factor for us.

Kitchen: 4.5 - Not a big fan of electric ranges, but this kitchen was still a pleasure. Nice size fridge w/good freezer, range, and oven, with lots of pans, utensils, and appliances. I really enjoyed the adventure of working with the local supplies to make some pretty good meals.

Location: 5 - Elegant base for day trips to Fortuna and other adventures, though Monteverde is better as an over-nighter (we did it on our way to Manual Antonio [property 150823], which worked well, though I don't recommend the hotel Helaconia). You do need a car to get around. We alternated horse riding, rafting (class 2-4), & zip-lining w/days at just hanging out at home. A few nice walks near the property: we saw howler monkeys, lots of birds, and some truly wild bugs (mantises, moths, grasshoppers, etc.) up close. None of the bugs seemed to be biters despite the lake being so close. There are a few nice restaurants within 15 mins drive, though we generally ate in.

Welcome: 5 - The owners stayed in contact with lots of great information, answers to questions, and suggestions. They, and their rep in country, really went out of their way to be welcoming. Billing was easy and spread across two payments, which was nice. The price was a real value!
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!
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Nuevo Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal

Perfect Solitude and Location

  • 5 of 5
This was our third stay at the house and we love the location, the quiet and the opportunity to commune with nature. The house has 3 nice size bedrooms and bathrooms and its own pool. We thoroughly enjoyed swimming everyday. The addition of the poolside terrace was what the house was lacking and now the house is almost too perfect to leave. We have already planned our trip back next year. We can't speak highly enough of the house and Ed who looks after the house and the owners. Nuevo Arenal is only 5 minutes away and has everything that you need to make your stay enjoyable.
  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!
+1 -Toll Free (888) 663-6210 (In USA)
Nuevo Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

perfect place to stay at Lake Arenal! Nancy & Rusty

perfect place to stay at Lake Arenal! Nancy & Rusty
  • 5 of 5
You can't find a better place to stay at Lake Arenal. We used to live there and this house has everything you would need or want. Private enough to skinny dip! The house is private but located in a neighborhood that is secure with friendly residents. Monkeys and Toucans come to visit. The house is equipped with everything you will need. Wonderful mattresses and showers, a few of my major concerns along with well equipped kitchen. Internet was fine during our stay, just ask Ed about getting connected. Ed and Leslie make sure your stay is as pleasant as it can be, they are the best managers we have encountered on our travels. Ed can answer any question you have about the area and direct you to all the great places in the area. The house is kept immaculate. We travel us much as we can and stay in VRBO when ever possible. This rental could not be any better. If you are planning a trip to Lake Arenal make your trip so enjoyable by staying in this perfect home. Make sure you have dinner at Gingerbread, it's one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica!
  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!
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Nuevo Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
Manteno, IL

Feels like home!

  • 5 of 5
This was the second year we have stayed at Casa Gavilan. A rancho by the pool was a pleasant addition. There is plenty of room in this house for three couples to stay. The house is decorated so beautifully I would not recommend bringing small children. Everything in the house was in working order. Ed Woods, the manager, was there to greet us. He had been kind enough to stock the kitchen with some essentials to get you through until you can shop. Fresh flowers were prevelant, and the aroma of the gardenias filled the house, so nice. The view of the lake, the beautiful grounds, and of course, the howler monkeys made this the location to be. We ate at local restaurants and did some sight seeing. Attended Mass in the beautiful local church. Our favorite was eating at Rancho Tinaje for our 20th anniversary. The food and location are not to be missed. We would never consider staying anywhere else when we visit Lake Arenal in the future.
  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!
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Nuevo Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal

AWESOME time in Arenal

  • 5 of 5
We just completed a wonderful 2 week vacation in Costa Rica. We spent our first week in Arenal and stayed at this wonderful property. It's located in a quiet neighborhood just outside of Nuervo Arenal and is beyond belief. On a daily basis, we would have pleasure of seeing everything from amazing Toucans to the Howler monkeys traveling through the trees.The property is just as described and very well furnished. It suitable for families or a group of adults as well. Ed, who is the property manager was very nice and helpful. He was there for any questions you might have or for help if you have issues with the property. This is a great location to venture out from and explore the wonders of Costa Rica. Everything is within your grasp from here if you have a rental car. Don't let the fact that you haven't driven there before stop you, get the rental car and JUST do it, you will be so happy that you did. Anything from zip lining to cave exploration to white water rafting is easily reachable from here. And when your done for the day, its really nice if you hired the local chef to cook for you. Jeff was an awesome individual along with his assistant Jamie. They will cook up some of the best meals you can hope to enjoy while in Costa Rica. Every meal was wonderful. They would adjust their daily schedule based on what you were doing for the day. We hired them for the entire week to cook both breakfast as well as dinner and it was worth every penny. All I can say is this is a wonderful property and you will not be disappointed in renting it or hiring Jeff and Jamie. Pura Vida
  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!
+1 -Toll Free (888) 663-6210 (In USA)
Nuevo Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal

All you could ever want!

  • 5 of 5
Thank you so much for sharing your property with us. After long flights and a cancellation, it was so great to walk into Casa de Gavilan and have everything we needed. The welcome package was so great as we did not need to go to the supermarket that first day! All the little touches of fresh flowers to the multitude of amenities were fabulous. Ed and Leslie were very helpful and friendly. This is such a great value and a wonderful place to stay!
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children


From the Owner

The location is simply stunning; we are on the bank of Lake Arenal facing south, with towering trees to the sides and back of the property to give total privacy, yet the house is located in a gated community with good neighbors only a few moments away. Shopping and excellent restaurants are only a few short minutes' drive from Neuvo Arenal, and the area is rich in activities including zip-lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking and fishing. Sometimes the nicest day of our stay is when we choose to relax at the house and watch the myriad of beautiful birds that come to our feeders, listen to the wild parrots as they fly overhead, try to spot the howler monkeys and just let the day flow by as we relax on the covered deck and enjoy the freshest air we have ever found anywhere.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Liberia (LIR) at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Gingerbread Restaurant at 3 Miles Nearest Motorway : 142 at 0.25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Lucky Bug Restaurant and Gallery at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Playa Coco at 80 Miles Car: necessary

This property is near the small, quiet town of Nuevo Arenal, within easy reach of Tabacon Hot Springs, the Hanging Bridges, the Aerial CanopyTram, and the ever active Arenal Volcano. The Pacific beaches such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, Coco, and Papagayo are 2 hrs away, and the Liberia airport is 1 1/2 hrs. Monteverde Cloud Forest and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge are just a couple of hours away.

Other Activities: Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing


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Updated: Dec 10, 2014

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season Fall 2014
Nov 30 2014 - Dec 20 2014
4 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 3 2015
4 night minimum stay
High Season Spring *2015*
Jan 4 2015 - Apr 25 2015
4 night minimum stay
Green Season Summer *2015*
Apr 26 2015 - Nov 28 2015
4 night minimum stay
High Season Fall *2015*
Nov 29 2015 - Dec 19 2015
4 night minimum stay
HOLIDAY SEASON *2015-2016*
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Reservation is done by signed agreement and a credit card payment of the total at time of booking. If you would like to reserve your stay at Casa Gavilan, simply let us know and we will send you our reservation agreement; once you’ve faxed it back to us (or sign/scan/email if you prefer), you’re in!

A fully refundable cash deposit of $250 is required at check-in, to be held by our manager who will meet you at the property with keys and a welcome basket of goodies so your kitchen is not empty when you arrive! Your $250 cash deposit will be refunded by our manager on your check-out date, if all is well with the house (as it should be!).


Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Communication / Internet

  • fax

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Mountain View


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 2500 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • 3.5


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • King size beds (2) 2 KING SIZED BEDROOMS! Beautiful lake view from master bedroom. All bedrooms have separate en suite bathrooms for complete privacy. Our second king sized bedroom has television and DVD player, and ample space for an additional portable bed if required., Queen size Beds (1) En suite bathroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Please contact us if you require this feature.


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Three bedrooms, two of them KING SIZED, three and a half baths. The third bedroom is Queen sized. Each bedroom has it's own separate bathroom. p /p Fully equipped kitchen (microwave, toaster, coffee maker etc.), just like home. All dishes and utensils provided, along with cookware, and a professional outdoor grill. Utility room with Washer and dryer, and garage. Satellite TV, VCR, and Stereo, and Phone Internet service provided, with computer and ethernet router. FREE WIFI! Maid service (maximum once weekly) can be arranged upon request for an additional fee. Beautiful pool and lounging area, Surrounded by jungle, and wildlife, and walking paths. Very private yet in gated community.
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