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Top Rated!! Elegant - Spacious Home on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano

Top Rated!! Elegant - Spacious Home on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano


Property Details

Updated: May 20, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Picture yourself in this oasis, perched on a lush green hillside overlooking lake Arenal and the Arenal volcano!

This modern style home is a wonderful complement to the gorgeous tropical setting. Set in the tiny village of El Castillo, this home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths plus a beautiful living room/dining room/kitchen area off of a wrap around terrace. The three bedrooms are located on the upper level of the home. The master bedroom has a full bathroom with a shower. The other two bedrooms have a bathroom centrally located next to the bedrooms for your convenience and the third bathroom is located on the lower level of the house next to the living room and kitchen. The washer and dryer are located on the lower level in a spacious laundry room. High quality, designer furnishings have been used to create this luxurious home. They have been carefully selected to reflect the contemporary style, yet a casual, comfortable atmosphere has been created.

The village of El Castillo is tucked in the rainforest in the mountains on lake Arenal. Home to about 240 'ticos' and about 12 americans, this village has lots to offer! If it is action and adventure you are looking for try ziplining through the rainforest at Sky Trek Adventures or go exploring on horseback to one of the three waterfalls and take a swim. Kayaking is always fun and what a way to catch some sun and some fish!! Go rapelling or canyoning at Rancho Margot or white water rafting for even more adventure. You can go to The Butterfly Conservatory or The Snake Zoo all right here in Castillo! When it is time to unwind after a long day of adventure, nothing will soothe your bones like a soak in the free Hot Springs! This village may be small, but can pack a huge vacation!!

We will be happy to book any of these local attractions at no charge to you:

* Hanging Bridges

* Zip Lines

* Hot Springs

* ATV and other rentals

* Butterfly Conservatory

* Eco-Snake Zoo

* Horseback Riding

* Volcano Hikes

* Rafting

* Canyoning and Rappelling

* Bird Watching

* Swimming

* Much more

This home away from home is a true gem!

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More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi Nancy,

We just wanted you to know that we thought you were perfectly wonderful!

Mom and I loved it in CR and she truly thrived. I guess we have learned here to take each day as a gift and pray for the next one. Regardless, the CR trip was certainly cathartic and we were blessed with a lifetime of memories--you were integral in that.

Please tell Lilander how highly we think of him as well. He is a gentle man and showed such pride in his family, work and respect for the land.

Keep me informed of when you come back to the States to visit family. I will drag you out!

Mar 2012
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21 Reviews

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Top Rated!! Elegant - Spacious Home on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano
-+ +506 8-703-1561 (Costa Rica)
La Fortuna Alajuela Province

great house, beautiful view

  • 5 of 5
It's a great house- plenty of space and very clean. After the first day of rain, we had beautiful, clear days and the view of the volcano was breathtaking.

Like the other reviewers mentioned, the house is on a very bumpy road. It is a small town, so getting a taxi isn't as easy as other parts of the country. If possible, arrange for a 4x4 rental car.
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Top Rated!! Elegant - Spacious Home on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano
-+ +506 8-703-1561 (Costa Rica)
La Fortuna Alajuela Province
Québec, Canada

Very Nice house and incredible host

  • 5 of 5
The house was perfect for our family. Very clean, spacious and the view on the volcano was such a bonus !!! Nancy, the host, been incredible with us. She helped us to book tours, gave us lot of advices about what to do and see in the area. Tasting a good coffee on the balcony with a red maccaw at 10 meters from us has been an unfogettable expérience.
100% for El Castillo, the house and the host !
  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Top Rated!! Elegant - Spacious Home on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano
-+ +506 8-703-1561 (Costa Rica)
La Fortuna Alajuela Province
Maryland, USA

Everything we hoped it would be

  • 5 of 5
My girlfriend and I spent 4 perfect days and nights at this house on our first trip to this incredible country. After reading the reviews on this sight, we had high hopes for our stay here, and they were all easily met. The house was wonderful. I personally enjoyed sitting out on the upstairs balcony and watching the sunrise while listening to the howler monkeys. The house was air-conditioned, so we were always comfortable. The house had everything you could need to make your own meals. Be aware that if you want to bring your own food to prepare, your best bet is to stop in La Fortuna on the way in. It's a long drive over a bumpy gravel road to go back to La Fortuna once you've made it to the house. We did every activity we could possibly fit in. We went on a hike to the base of the volcano with Miguel, who was awesome! He even took us into La Fortuna and showed us a Soda that had some of the best food we had all week. We went Zip Lining with Sky Trek and had a blast. We also did the Waterfall Repelling with Pure Trek and I strongly recommend trying it out. It was easily our favorite part of the trip. We also went to Tabacon Hot Springs. It was a little on the expensive side, but worth every penny after a long day of hiking. All in all, we loved the entire time we spent at the house and we wish we could have stayed for another week... or two... or three. Thanks again Nancy for all your help.
  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Top Rated!! Elegant - Spacious Home on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano
-+ +506 8-703-1561 (Costa Rica)
La Fortuna Alajuela Province

Living with a volcano view

  • 5 of 5
Arsenal is no longer active but looks like a text book volcano and Walter's House looks directly out at it. The property is well equipped and very comfortable. It's location at the top of the hill above the Butterfly Sanctuary is up a very bumpy and steep road. However it does contribute to great views. To find it go past the Butterfly Sanctuary and it is the second house past the Essence Arenal (backpackers hostel) on the right hand side and on the corner of the road. There is no sign or name and Nancy also calls it the Hideaway which locals do not know.
The house is spacious and well equipped. It does have great views in all directions. Nancy telephoned regularly to make sure all was in order and there is a local lady who is available to assist if there are any problems.
There are numerous restaurants and shops in La Fortuna but it is about 30 minutes away along very rutted road. There is a small supermarket at the bottom of the hill hill for basics and an excellent German bakery 50 metres from the house - be aware that their bread is very good but very heavy and filling! A visit to John's Pizza house a little further along the lake road is very worth while. For day to day meals the Soda at the bottom of the hill opposite the school is great and friendly.
There are great forest walks and zip wire trails nearby provided you are prepared to bump along the roads to get there. Riding is also good and it is possible to ride across to Monteverde. If you are not driving around the lake to Monteverde consider just a trip up to Nuevo Arenal past the Germanic/Swiss chalets. The road is sealed and good although typically winding.
  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely and informative review. You were wonderful guests and I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay. I would like to mention, just so others know, I don't refer to this property as the Hideaway. Several years ago I had a property named the Hideaway, but it has since been sold and the property you stayed in does not have a name.

Top Rated!! Elegant - Spacious Home on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano
-+ +506 8-703-1561 (Costa Rica)
La Fortuna Alajuela Province
North Alabama


  • 5 of 5
Me, my wife, and two teenage kids stayed here four nights and were delighted. The house had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and pleasant. Nancy could not have been more helpful. She did all of our planning and tour booking for us and all of her recommendations were superb. El Castillo is a quaint little Tico village that is very scenic and peaceful, and yet also close to many restaurants and all of the fabulous tours available in the area. The view of Arenal volcano from the house is spectacular. If we ever go back (and I hope we do!) we will definitely stay at this lovely home again.
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this beautiful review! You were marvelous guests and we enjoyed meeting you and sharing a piece of our paradise with you. I am thrilled that you had such a wonderful time and hope you will come back again someday!

Top Rated!! Elegant - Spacious Home on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano
-+ +506 8-703-1561 (Costa Rica)
La Fortuna Alajuela Province
San José, Costa Rica

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5
We stayed with our children and teen-age grandchildren for 3 days in this wonderful home. It was fantastic with everything we needed as we wanted to prepare our own meals as much as possible to save money. The home was actually a bargain for the 6 of us as well as luxurious and comfortable surroundings. We live in Costa Rica and wished to share our favorite places with our kids and this is definitely the way to go....we zipped at Sky Trek which I consider to be the safest canopy tour and our family was completely blown away by it. Their breaking system is the best - no displaced shoulders there. The kids all went hiking up Cerro Chatto a smaller volcano behind Arenal and we didn't even have time or energy to do much more - although Ecotermales hot springs is misty and mysterious at night and we really enjoyed that. Nancy and her husband were most helpful and were excellent hosts.
  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, so much for this beautiful review. I am so glad that you and your family liked our special spot here in Costa Rica. We really enjoyed getting to know you and hope that you will return soon.



Activity and Interests

Nearest Point of Interest : Casa Azul

Directions and more information:

We are located in El Castillo on Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. The Eco Zoo, Butterfly Conservatory, Rancho Margot, Kayaking, Sky Trek Zip Line, National Park, Arenal 1968, a local grocery store and many restaurants are all right here in our village. It is a must see place in Costa Rica!!

Directions to the house:

You will be checking in at the Majestic Lodge. Take the Pan American Highway to San Ramon,Exit when you see the sign directing you to San Ramon and drive through the town of San Ramon following the signs of the volcano route. You will go through Bajo Rodriguez, La Tigra, Chachagua and then finally, La Fortuna. When you get to La Fortuna go through the town and pass Tabacon on your right, then go a few more miles(about 4 miles) until you see a tiny little police station on your will take a left there onto a dirt road. Go 3 or 4 miles until you get to an intersection where you must take a left or a right. You will see a lot of signs directing you to different places in El Castillo. You will take a left. Go another few miles until you go over a small bridge and take your next more signs. Keep going straight. You will pass the Sky Trek and continue to follow the road for a few miles, keep driving until you go over another small bridge. You will pass the school on your left. You will see signs directing you to the Majestic Lodge and Howlers Bar and Grill. Continue about 1 more km and you will pass our bar/grill, Howlers, on your left and then you will see the Majestic Lodge. Please tell reception that you are staying at Walter’s House in El Mion (that is how they know it) and they will give you the keys. You will then go back out the way you came in, only ¾ mile on the right, you will see the school on your right.Take that right and you will be entering the village of El Castillo. Continue straight up the mountain and you will pass the Butterfly Conservatory and then Essence Arenal, both on your right. You house is two houses past Essence Arenal on the right. Please try to get here before dark, as it is extremely difficult to navigate here at night if you don't know where you are going. My number is 8-703-1561 and the number at the Majestic is 2479-1085.

Majestic N10.42843 latitude and W84.75634 longitude


From $150 Per night

Rental rates

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Mar 26 2015 - Dec 14 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • extra person over 4 $25.00
  • Damage Protection $59.00
  • Refundable damage deposit $59.00
  • cleaning $45.00

Holiday rates are 25% higher than regular rates. Christmas and Easter are 195.00 per night. Rates are for up to 4 people and 25.00 for each additional person and children 3 and under are free (owner reserves the right to charge for children if there are numerous children under the age of 3.
We will allow a two night stay for the rate of 2.5 nights.
There is a one time cleaning fee of 45.00

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Updated: May 20, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Water View


  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • 2.5


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Other (See Description)
  • Queen size Beds (3) sectional sofa could sleep 2 children or young adults


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio

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