Cozy 3BR Home on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano

Cozy 3BR Home on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Oct 17, 2014
3 bedroom, 2 bath home

Villa Millon just 7 km from Valcono Arenal, 675m above sea level overlooking the volcano, rainforest, and pastures. Front floor to ceiling windows, provide an impressive view of Volcano Arenal. Wake to the sound of howler monkeys and wildlife.

OVERVIEW:

Villa Millon just 7 km from Valcono Arenal, 675m above sea level overlooking the volcano, rainforest, and pastures. Front floor to ceiling windows, provide an impressive view of Volcano Arenal. Wake to the sound of howler monkeys and wildlife.

Six people can live comfortably in this beautiful home in its beautiful location. Three bedrooms including a 2013 addition of a beautiful master bedroom.

The home has 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms: One Bedroom accommodating a King, One a Queen, and one with two twin beds that are easily transformed into a King if necessary, with our comfortable memory foam topper. The living area is large and spacious with a full sofa, loveseat and chair, a 42' flat screen TV, with a DVD player as well as a HDMI connected Roku box which will connect you with any internet TV providers you wish, already set up with Neflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon accounts. House is equipped with High Speed Internet and WIFI. The kitchen is fully equipped full-sized fridge, gas stove, microwave, blender and coffee maker. Centered in the spacious kitchen/great room is an L shaped bar for you to relax and enjoy the view of the Volcano while having cocktails or just hanging out to be together in the cooking experience. If it is a sit down meal that you prefer, then you will enjoy the beautiful custom made dining table that accommodates 6.

The Master BR also has a flat screen TV with Roku and its own private bath.

All beds are equipped with orthopedic mattresses.

THE ARENAL REGION AND LOCAL ACIVITIES:

The region of Arenal, Costa Rica centers itself around Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. Located approximately 14 miles outside of La Fortuna, a popular tourist town, the charming Village of El Castillo awaits you with everything you need to enjoy luxury and relaxation and still see the 'real' Costa Rica. Although tucked away and private, Castillo is also home to The Butterfly Conservatory, Snake Zoo, The National Park Arenal 1968, and a diverse selection of restaurants.

If action and adventure are what you are looking for, Sky Trek, the largest zip line over the Canopy in Costa Rica as well as hanging bridges and sky tram, are located right in our village! There are horseback tours to scenic waterfalls, or kayaking on the lake. There are also repelling and many organized nature hikes and tours that center around the volcano. If you like to push yourself, there are also off road bicycle tours in the hills around El Castillo as well as guided hiking tours through the rain forest. In and on the way to La Fortuna you can find White Water Rafting, a number of hot springs pools facilities, ATV tours, and many other adventures.

After your exciting days of adventure you can leave the fast pace of tourism and go back to your home in El Castillo, traveling through tunnels of rain forest and the beautiful countryside in and around the beautiful village of El Castillo. There you can relax and listen to the Howler Monkeys and enjoy a leisurely dinner and sit outside (or inside) and enjoy the pleasant breezes all the while relaxing in a tropical forest, enjoying the wonderful view, the wildlife and the quiet country atmosphere.

After a wonderful night's sleep in the comfort of custom made beds and orthopedic mattresses, you will awaken to the singing of hundreds of different species of birds and in the background, the howler monkeys sing their own morning song. Just a short walk across the street you will find a beautiful river for your swimming enjoyment and there are several local waterfalls that can be accessed by horse or hike A bird watchers' paradise and a relaxing retreat for nature lovers young and old. Villa Millon is the place to go when you want to get off the beaten path of tourism and explore.

TRANSPORTATION:

Car: Recommended 4WD

There is public transit both from the airports to La Fortuna and from La Fortuna to El Castillo and Villa Millon and various activities. Please call us for more information on the alternative transportation options.

TRAVEL DIRECTONS:

From San Jose, take the Panamerican 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 Arenal volcano route. You will go through Bajo Rodriguez, La Tigra, Chachauga and then finally to La Fortuna. We suggest that you use a GPS mapping and routing system. Also the WAZE App for your cell phone works very well. When you pick up your car, enter La Fortuna and select the police station as your destination in your GPS router. Go west out of La Fortuna entering El Castillo as your destination in your GPS router. Upon arriving in El Castillo turn left through the village proper and continue up the hill approximately 1km. There are two stone pillars at the end of the drive holding a gate to the property on the right. You can write me at pdavis0429@gmail.com or call 1-303-915-0568 go get more detailed directions to the house.

DIRECTIONS TO EL CASTILLO FROM LA FORTUNA:

When you get to La Fortuna go west through the town and pass Tabacon on your right, then go a few more miles (about 4) until you see a tiny little police station on your right..you will take a left there onto a dirt road. Go 3 or 4 miles until you get to an intersection (T) where you must take a left or 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 right...at 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. The first left after this bridge is the entrance to our village. Go through the village proper and then up the hill and you will pass the Serpentarium, then the Butterfly Conservatory (the house is approximately 600 meters from here)..continue going up and you will see Essence Arenal on the right. You will pass two streets on your right and then your house is the 6th house on the right. There are two stone pillars at the end of the drive holding a gate to the property. Please call us when you arrive in La Fortuna and either myself or our caretaker will meet you there. If for some reason we miss each other there will be a key in a combination lockbox. Please call me at (303)915-0568 for the combination.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I am an accountant and live in Colorado. My favorite places to travel are Costa Rica - beautifully country and love the people, and Italy. I love being active and love to travel. I fell in love with Costa Rica - Specifically the Arenal Area as El Castillo is approximately 2000 feet above sea level in the rain forest where the temperature is moderate 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit with cooling breezes and beautiful countryside.

I cannot live without bicycling, skiing, my friends, my husband, books and Television - Almost but not necessarily in that order.

The most unforgettable book that I have ever read is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I love the Ender series by Orson Scott Card. My favorite adventure and espionage writer is Nelson Demille because he interjects humer into his main characters. I loved the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon about life in Scotland during its revolt with England and the early days of the settlement of America all combined with time travel.

Two of my most favorite travel destinations are Italy and Costa Rica and when I go I like to join bicycling tours and see the country by bike.

One of my favorite book series and movies was the Hunger Games. I loved the movies Top Gun and also Knights Tale and I mustn't forget The Princess Bride.

I am still a rock music enthusiast as it is very good listening for Biking, skiing and rollerblading. I also like Pucini Operas.

I have to confess that I am a gluttin for carbs which I must reduce at my age and have gotten into juicing. My favorite juice is Banana, green grapes, Orange, pineapple, spinach, slice of lime and crushed ice.

As your Airbnb host I will provide you with a cozy environment that I would live in (and I have). I supplied and decorated the house in a style and comfort pleasing to me as if I were to live there. The renting of my vacation home is a work in progress, and I am open to any and all suggestions because my aim is to ensure my guest's comfort and enjoym

Speaks: english

Reviews

business
Cozy 3BR Home on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p438579vb
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
5

It was clean, and sufficiently supplied!

  • 5 of 5
This was a great get away. Spectacular views and we were able to do everything outdoors even in the rainy season. The house was very beautiful, well decorated with hardwoods and well supplied for sleeping "most comfortable beds" and cooking, if you choose to fix your own meals. The local food was amazing and don't forget to try the homemade sour cream! Cookies and horse riding can be found a short distance from the house. Daily hikes are a must just too much to see and do, waterfalls, hikes by the volcano, zip lines, and then go and enjoy the spas. If you are a camera enthusiast the butterfly conservatory and all of the rain forest plants await your eye,. If you are in need of assistance the managers here are the best!
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Cozy 3BR Home on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p438579vb
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
Colorado
4

Great location for the area

  • 4 of 5
We enjoyed this property very much as it was a great location for the activities we were interested in.The Sky Trek Zip Line experience was terrific, the butterfly tour included a nature hike, We loved eating at the local "soda" and found a wonderful working farm for a great meal experience. There are many very good restraunts close by, (we enjoyed the Fusion) Next door to the propery is a couple that have beautiful art and crafts shop alone with some very good baked cookeis!! The village of El Castilla was just what we were hoping for, the property was comfortable and quite and clean. The on site manager for the home was very helpful to us.
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
business
Cozy 3BR Home on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p438579vb
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
United States
5

J.Jones and family

  • 5 of 5
Thanks to Nancy and Julia for their hospitality!! We certainly hope to be back...
This home is beautiful and is located in a magnificent setting on the hill in El Castillo. The home affords front row viewing of Arenal, is surrounded by excellent neighbors and is within reasonable walking distance to the Butterfly Conservatory and town. Although we never saw any howler monkeys on the property we could hear them close by every morning and evening. We had the good fortune of visiting with a number of neighbors and neighborhood children and they were all warm, friendly and fun!! We thoroughly enjoyed the daily pace of the village and watching the cows commute to and from their pastures. Thanks to Julia's husband, Lilander, for the excellent horseback ride and for allowing our two young children to visit with his horses and dogs! We prepared most of our meals in house and the amenities were just what we needed.The washing machine was an added bonus. We did enjoy wholesome and yummy bread, cookies and sandwiches from Thomas and Hanna at La Gavilana which is located just down the street. The local Soda was great and the kids really enjoyed Pizza Johns. There are so many fun hikes and activities in the area that we hope to return to see more... Thanks again for a wonderful base of operations!!
  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words. I am so glad that you enjoyed our special spot in the rainforest and I hope you will return someday soon!
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
business
Cozy 3BR Home on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p438579vb
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
4

volcano view

  • 4 of 5
The house is lovely - high ceilings, lots of hard wood, floor to ceiling windows. But it's really really lovely when the clouds clear and you can actually see Arenal (which was three days after we arrived). Spectacular.

This house also has the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. And blackout shades. I could have stayed in bed all day.

But no, there's too much to do! While staying in El Castillo (for a week), we went hiking at Arenal 1968 and at Arenal Observatory Lodge, we took a day trip to Cano Negro, we took my small children to the excellent nearby Butterfly Conservatory and we spent two days soaking at The Springs Resort & Spa (highly recommended). The 9km gravel road to El Castillo is NOT an easy drive (very bumpy) but it's worth it!

It's a minor point, but you can't actually see the volcano from anywhere in the house, as stated in the description. But it is on full display in the living area - just not the bedrooms.

Also, the dining room table would seat six if there were six chairs, but there are only four chairs. Our family of six had to use a rocking chair and an end table (!) when we dined together.

We felt like the house has a few issues that still need to be resolved (understanding that it is new on the rental market). But Nancy was very responsive about everything that came up while we were staying there.
  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and were comfortable in the house. I appreciate your suggestion about getting more chairs. We have the breakfast bar with 4 chairs as well as the dining table with 4 chairs, so we assumed that seating for 8 would be sufficient, but are now planning to add 2 more chairs to the dining table.

Nancy
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
business
Cozy 3BR Home on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p438579vb
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
toronto, canada
5

Cloudforest Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5
Beautiful open comfortable house with spectacular view of the volcano. Finished in locally crafted tropical hardwoods and ceramics. Clean, bright and well appointed.
Set in a small village away from the overbuilt areas of La Fortuna which is nontheless accessible for supplies and activities. Nancy and Z were perfect hosts, helping to organize activities and providing a wealth of knowledge.
There is no better base for a holiday in the Arenal area - it suited our family of 4 perfectly.
  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, 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 nice review. We are so glad that you liked our little piece of paradise and we hope you will return someday soon.

Nancy and Z
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
business
Cozy 3BR Home on Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p438579vb
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
5

Spectacular Vacation

  • 5 of 5
It was wonderful to come out in the morning to the 180 degree views of the mountains, village and volcano, relax and look out over this spectacular view, have breakfast, and listen to the howler monkeys singing their songs. The Zintsmasters were wonderful in patience and accomodating to our needs.
The house was homey, beds very comfortable, and the wood work was warm and gorgeous. The home was well stocked and wanting for nothing. Made the vacation one of the most wonderful I have ever had.
Some days it was very relaxing to sit and watch the view and the village acivity along the road in front of and below the house.
I highly recommend this home for anyone who wants the beauty and serenity of the rain forest and also enjoy the many activities available very close by.
  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.

Location

From the Owner

I came to CR with a friend in January of 2012. I had been to Costa Rica before and had to come back. We stayed in El Castillo at another property nearby and looked into purchasing a property. I fell in love with this house the moment I saw it With it's fantastic view of the Volcano Arenal, and rolling hills and pasture land, and it's location in the village - very country and nestled in with the locals. Also there are many, many adventures within 1, 2, 3, and 5 kilometers of the house. The house is spacious and very cozy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : San Jose or Liberia at 95 Miles Nearest Barpub : Howlers at 2 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : 142 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Balcon Castillo at 350 Metres Car: recommended

2km from Volcano Arenal - Fantastic View

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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Off Season
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 20 2014
2 night minimum stay
$125
$800
$2,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Green Season 2
Nov 21 2014 - Dec 14 2014
2 night minimum stay
$150
$900
$3,300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Holidays
Dec 15 2014 - Jan 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
$195
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
Jan 16 2015 - May 8 2015
2 night minimum stay
$175
$1,050
$4,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Green Season
May 9 2015 - Aug 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
$900
$3,300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
 

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $500
  • Cleaning Fee $45
  • Property Damage Protection $49

These rates are for up to 4 people. Each additional person is 25.00 per night per person.

Rates are subject to change.
security deposit and prop damage protection required
Holiday rates are 195.00 per night plus 25.00 for each additional person over four.
cleaning fee 45.00
Transaction Fee from 2.5% to 3.75%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.

Amenities

From the Owner

This home is a 3 bdrm home located in the village of El Castillo. There are many things to see and do and the views are beautiful. The region of Arenal, Costa Rica centers itself around Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. Located approximately 14 miles outside of La Fortuna, a popular tourist town, the charming Village of El Castillo awaits you with everything you need to enjoy luxury and relaxation and still see the 'real' Costa Rica. Although tucked away and private, Castillo is also home to The Butterfly Conservatory, Snake Zoo, The National Park Arenal 1968, and a diverse selection of restaurants. If action and adventure are what you are looking for, Sky Trek, the largest zip line over the Canopy in Costa Rica as well as hanging bridges and sky tram, are located right in our village! There are horseback tours to scenic waterfalls, or kayaking on the lake. There are also repelling and many organized nature hikes and tours that center around the volcano. If you like to push yourself, there are also off road bicycle tours in the hills around El Castillo. In and on the way to La Fortuna you can find White Water Rafting, a number of hot springs pools facilities, ATV tours, and many other adventures. At Villa Millon, you are on your own so sit back and enjoy your privacy and freedom. Should you need any information or assistance, there is a telephone in the house and numbers provided for you to contact with your questions or concerns. After your exciting days of adventure you can leave the fast pace of tourism and go back to your home in El Castillo, traveling through tunnels of rain forest and the beautiful countryside in and around the beautiful village of El Castillo. There you can relax and listen to the Howler Monkeys and enjoy a leisurely dinner and sit outside (or inside) and enjoy the pleasant breezes all the while relaxing in a tropical forest, enjoying the wonderful view, the wildlife and the quiet country atmosphere.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Television ...

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Village

Attractions

  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 2000 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • 2

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)

Outside

  • Bicycles ...

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals
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