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Villa Encantada: 40 acre Private Lakefront Nature Eco-Preserve in Lake Arenal

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PLEASE NOTE... The 'Instant Quote' feature above may not give you an accurate rate quote, as kids 6 and under are FREE and No Cleaning Fee charge for less than 6 person occupancy. For an accurate quote, Email Owner or see our Rates Section. (Our Base Rates have not increased since 2005).


16 YEARS OF SERVICE. We are the Original Vacation Villa rental property on Lake Arenal. At Villa Encantada we offer a complete vacation experience, a DESTINATION, not just a place to sleep, with PAVED ROAD all the way to the villa. When you stay at Villa Encantada you get the entire lakefront villa and 40 acre Private Nature Preserve Eco-Estate...COMPLETE PRIVACY

To see what really awaits you at Villa Encantada, go to our VRBO Photo Section for the Virtual Tour Video access.

You'll find miles of Manicured Hiking Trails thru the Rain Forest. ~~ A Brand New 100 ft WATERSLIDE that is Awesome Fun for all ages. Our Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals), Drained / Cleaned and Sanitized prior to your arrival with crystal clear water, so clean you can drink it. And WATERFALLS, lots of Waterfalls, an experience in Nature that you'll not find anywhere but at Villa Encantada.

We've hosted thousands of guests since 1996, with a great many repeat visitors. Our goal is to provide a memorable and hassle free experience for your group/family and to help you get the most out of your time with us and in the area. Over the years we've learned so much about what we can do to help you have the best vacation of your life, to 'hit the ground running', provide useful info on the area, including assistance in arranging your Tour Itinerary and/or Ground Transportation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERIENCE.

Most importantly, see our Guest Comments from those who have visited Villa Encantada and happily share their experiences to get an idea of what really awaits you at Villa Encantada. Once you arrive, you'll be thinking... 'I've died and gone to Heaven ~~ It just doesn't get any better than this'. Our reward is your smiling faces and the knowledge that we've made a difference.

Casual Elegance ~ Our Tri--level 2800 sq. ft. architectural masterpiece designed villa is fully furnished with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces and comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons. On many occasions we’ve hosted groups of 15 persons. In addition, we have a second villa on the Estate that sleeps 6 persons, so that we have the overall capacity to accommodate 18/20 persons when necessary.

You’ll find imported Italian tile & exotic hardwoods throughout the villa, an interior design of local art, indigenous masks, Hand Carved Doors, Antiques and floor to ceiling glass windows that will make you feel at one with the mature manicured gardens/nature trails and lake and rainforest views that surround you. You have a fully equipped kitchen w/ new appliances, Wet Bar, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo system, Telephone, FREE Int'l telephone calls, Barbecue Grill, Washer & Dryer... and MUCH more!Experience our newly remodeled bathrooms. Linens & towels are provided with maid service every third day. Chef Services, Child Care and Professional Massage service are available upon request.

Villa Encantada is situated on an INCREDIBLE 40-acre lushly landscaped Private Nature Preserve Estate on the shores of Lake Arenal, yet conveniently located to the village of Nuevo Arenal with its restaurants, shopping and tourist amenities. We’re close to the Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, and just minutes away from the multitude of adventure activities in the area with which we have 16 years of experience at your disposal. We refer you only to the most reliable and efficient tour operators in the area. Take advantage of easy day excursions to Monteverde, Cano Negro, National Parks, Cloud Forests and many Beaches.

Finally, what really sets us apart from other properties is that here at Villa Encantada you’ll enjoy Nature at its Exquisite Best.. with acres of mature gardens, complete with miles of extensive manicured hiking trails through virgin rainforests and rivers. Natural Spring Fed Ponds for swimming and waterfalls to relax by… lots of Waterfalls, FLY FISHING streams on our property, stocked FISHING PONDS w/ BIG fish. Huge ponds that you can use our (8) Kayaks on, or take them down to the lake and paddle in secluded lake coves to see wildlife with Flora/Fauna too numerous to mention here. We are the ONLY villa rental property that has LAKE ARENAL ACCESS, just an easy 3 minute walk to the lakeshore to explore the Gem of Costa Rica: Lake Arenal.

At Villa Encantada we do have a 3 night minimum stay requirement. Exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons. Honeymoon couples or groups of 15 persons will find Villa Encantada an unforgettable experience in a tropical paradise setting. Rental rates are based on the number of guests in your group. Children 6 years of age or under are free***

Thanks for your interest in Villa Encantada and we hope that we’ll be a part of your special travel experience to Costa Rica. We’re here to be of service in any way that we can.

Your Host,

Glenn McBride

Keywords: Arenal Volcano,Arenal Lakefront Vacation Villa, Private Nature Preserve, Eco Adventure, Botanical Gardens

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estate rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • estate
    • floor area 2800 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • lake view
    • lakefront
  • Theme
    • adventure
    • away from it all
  • General
    • iron & board
    • mobile phone
    • pc
    • activities guide
    • alarm clock
    • ceiling fans
    • filtered water
    • firewood
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • security system
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • living room
      • Sunken Living Room w/ Fireplace and Awesome Views of Lake Arenal and surrounding manicured gardens
    • telescope
    • heating
    • fireplace
    • parking
    • garage
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • safe
    • sunbed
    • wood fireplace
      • Fireplace in the Living Room and in the Master Bedroom
    • parking off street
    • parking for rv/boat/trailer
    • telephone
      • Magic Jack for Free International and Local calls.. Call home for FREE
    • linens provided
      • Maid Service included every 3rd day.
    • wireless internet
      • Free High Speed WiFi at your disposal.
    • washing machine
    • clothes dryer
    • broadband access
  • Kitchen
    • grill
    • blender
    • stove
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • cooking utensils
    • kitchen
    • ice maker
    • refrigerator
    • microwave
    • catering available
      • Chef Service Available at additional charge
    • oven
  • Dining
    • child's highchair
    • dining
    • dining area
  • Pool / Spa
    • private pool
      • Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals) and 100 ft Waterslide.. Great Fun for all ages. Also our 120' X 100' Ponds for kayaking and swimming.
    • outdoor pool
  • Bathrooms
    • 3 bathrooms
    • bathroom 1:
    • bathroom 2:
    • bathroom 3:
  • Bedrooms
    • 4 bedrooms, sleeps 15, beds for 2-15
    • bedroom 2: 1 queen, Mini-Master Suite w/ Fine Furniture & remodeled bathroom
    • bedroom 1: 1 queen, Master BR (HUGE)w/ Fireplace, Fine Furniture, New Bathroom
    • bedroom 3: 1 queen, Mini Master Suite w/ Fine Furnishing, New Bathroom, Views
    • bedroom 4: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single, 2 sleep sofa /futon, Master Loft sleeps 6.. Huge area w/ Awesome views
    • additional sleeping area: We can place extra beds in any of the BR's.. LOTS of Room!
      • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa fold out double bed
  • Entertainment
    • stereo
    • dvd player
    • vcr
    • cd player
    • satellite / cable
      • (2)
    • video library
      • Over 2000 DVD's available for your use
    • television
    • radio
    • audio tape player
    • books
    • books for adults
    • books for kids
    • games
    • games for kids
    • toys
  • Outside
    • bicycles
    • boat
    • kayak / canoe
    • canoe
    • beach chairs
    • beach towels
    • binoculars
    • boat with paddles
    • large cooler
    • small cooler
    • fish cleaning table
    • raft
    • wood deck
    • boat dock
    • outdoor grill gas
    • patio
    • porch / veranda
    • unscreened porch / veranda
    • walkway to water
    • tennis court
    • barbecue
    • lawn / garden
    • terrace
    • deck / patio
      • (3) More than 2,500 sq ft of Decks and Patios
    • balcony
    • outdoor grill
    • lanai / gazebo
  • Suitability
    • wheelchair accessible
    • children welcome
    • smoking allowed
      • We request that you smoke outside only...please!
    • alternative lifestyle
    • pets considered
    • events allowed
    • low allergen environment
    • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Onsite Services
    • staff
    • massage
    • chauffeur
    • private chef
    • concierge
  • Notes
    • Unique custom architectural design, Tri-level home 2800 sq, ft, Extensive Decks, patios and balconies, Villa situated on a 40 acre Lakefront Private Nature Preserve Estate, miles of manicures Nature Hiking Trails, Natural spring fed pond for swimming and waterfalls to relax by, Hammocks and outdoor gas grill, Magnificent views from every room in the house, Convenient to the village of Nuevo Arenal (5 km, ), Sleeps 2 to 12 persons, (many times we've hosted groups of 15 persons) CHILDREN UNDER 6 FREE**, 4 BR, 3 Bathrooms, Vaulted ceilings, Imported Italian tile and exotic hardwood throughout, Hand carved doors, Spacious spiral staircase, 2 Fireplaces, Telephone, TV, DVD, WI-FI, stereo system & CD player, Fully furnished, Full kitchen w/ microwave, appliances & wet bar, Ceiling fans throughout, Licensed massage therapist available for guests, Maid service provided every third day, Linens and towels provided, Garage and ample parking for 6-8 vehicles. SEE OUR GUEST COMMENTS

activities and attractions in Lake Arenal Costa Rica

  • Attractions
    • museums
    • theme parks
    • restaurants
    • botanical garden
    • nude beach
    • health/beauty spa
    • bay/sound
    • caves
    • churches
    • cinemas
    • forests
    • library
    • playground
    • pond
    • rain forests
    • recreation center
    • water parks
    • ruins
    • volcano
    • waterfalls
  • Leisure Activities
    • boating
    • beachcombing
    • outlet shopping
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
    • paddle boating
    • scenic drives
    • walking
    • horseshoes
    • shopping
    • horseback riding
    • wildlife viewing
    • antiquing
    • shelling
    • sight seeing
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • wind-surfing
    • hiking
    • spelunking
    • kayaking
    • water skiing
    • cycling
    • tennis
    • swimming
    • sailing
    • jet skiing
    • basketball court
    • mountain biking
    • fishing
    • rafting
    • rock climbing
    • surfing
    • mountaineering
    • paragliding
    • roller blading
    • equestrian events
    • fly fishing
    • freshwater fishing
    • mountain climbing
    • pier fishing
    • sound/bay fishing
    • water tubing
    • whitewater rafting

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  • owner Glenn McBride
  • phone Cell: 011-506-8706-7079
  • 2nd phone Tel/Fax: 011-506-2694-4731 (Costa Rica)

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Peak Season
Dec 13 2013 - Sep 15 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
Sep 16 2014 - Nov 30 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee for 6+ pax $100 + Tax
TERMS: 50% Reservation Deposit at time of booking with Balance Due 60 days prior to arrival.

Rental Rates: Based on the number of guests in your group ~~

** Children 6 yrs or under stay FREE ** 3 kids equal one adult rate (proof of age may be required)
3 night minimum stay please ~~ EXCEPTIONS>> for groups of 8+ persons.
You get the entire Lakefront villa and 40 acre Nature Preserve Estate.
December 1-September 15th ~2-4 persons: $2,100.00 per week ...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

September 16th-November 30th~~2-4 persons: $1,850.00 per week...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

Christmas/New Year,Thanksgiving & Easter Weeks $3,500.00 per week for 2-12 persons.

Rates do not include 13% Sales and Occupancy Tax. All major credit cards accepted.

Total Privacy!
Tax Rate 13.0%

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traveler reviews for this lake arenal estate rental

Villa Encantada stay was terrific

Review submitted: August 22, 2006   Date of arrival: March 1, 2006

Our family spent 7 wonderfull days at Villa Encantada. Not too far away from Nuevo Arenal a quiet little town which we all enjoyed visiting. Villa Encantada is close to, and has a spectacular view, of Lake Arenal.

The owner (your host) also has a pontoon boat available for fishing trips. Or, in our case, for sight seeing cruises. We were in awe of the beautiful Volcano Areanal. Our trip on the boat was so enjoyable and relaxing.

Speaking of relaxing. From the moment we arrived at the Villa we felt at home. The Villa is everything we had read about prior to selecting Encantada as our vacation destination in Costa Rica. Honestly Encantada is everything it was to be and MORE.

The Villa has a beauty and warmth you can feel the moment you see it... Not to mentiion how one feels upon walking in the front door. Of course you will have to tear yourself away from the spectacular view of Lake Arenal, from the front porch, in order to enter the Villa.

Walking into the Villa you immediately have a view of the back porch and the garden paradise which is your backyard. The pond and island are the center piece of the back yard and garden. You will want to walk across the suspended bridge to the island where you can enjoy feeding the fish in the pond. A daily task my Granddaughter gladly took on and which we all enjoyed sharing with her.

There are 4 Kayaks available to use in the pond or take down to the hill to Lake Arenal. My granddaughter and I tried our kayaking skills in the pond. She took to it like a duck takes to water. And, I can attest to the fact the water in the pond is clean, clear, cold and drinkable... As I swallowed half the pond before I mastered the art of getting onto the Kayak. Another fond memory from our stay at Encantada.

The nature trails created by the owner are maped out for your review. Or, as wek did, you can begin exploring them on your own. Getting caught up in the beauty of the rain forest, following the flowing creek up to the water fall and beyond... An enjoyable time was had by us as we explored the gardens and trails of Encantada.

Every morning we were awakened by the Howler Monkeys in the rain forest. Once you have heard them you are not likely to forget it. Even better than hearing them was seeing them one morning from the back porch of the Villa.

Watching the amazing variety of birds eating from the bird feeder and taking a whole bunch of pictures... Most enjoyable! And, if you don't have a camera I seriously doubt if you will soon forget the first time you see the Toucans.

We enjoyed the variety of restaurants which are easy to get to from the Villa. We found them to be clean, reasonably priced and the food and service was very good to terrific.
Eating "Tico" is most enjoyable, and we would recommend the pleasure that can be derived from eatiing "Tico".

The canopy tour is most enjoyable and only a short drive from the villa. If you want to see the rainforest try seeing it from the Top down... Very impressive.

Our host, guide, skipper (on our boat tour of Lake Arenal) and new "Friend". Made our stay at the Villa truly and Enchanted vacation. You can not ask for a better host anywhere.

We will return again to visit paradise at Villa Encantada.
It is everything it was said to be... and more!!

If you are going to Costa Rica you do not want to miss out on staying at Villa Encantada where you can experience the gem of Costa Rica... Lake Arenal, and the crown jewel Arenal the Volcano

Helpful votes: 49 / 98


Amazing people, house and grounds!!!

Review submitted: March 30, 2014   Date of arrival: March 19, 2014

Our family along with another family recently stayed at Villa Encantada for 9 days. The house and grounds are beautiful!! The kids had so much fun on the water slide and exploring the grounds. We didn't want to leave!! The Howler monkeys were so wonderful to listen to in the mornings. They really sound like big gorillas but are these cute black monkeys.
We went on a couple of excursions. We went zip lining in the Monte Verde Cloud Forest through a place called Selvatura. It was the best zip line I have ever done in my life! Glen booked this for us. The roads to get there are an experience in itself and I would highly recommend this. We also went white water rafting (2-3) in the Balsa river. That was so much fun and we felt really safe and the guides really make it a great time for everyone. We also went into La Fortuna for some shopping and went to the Baldi Hot Springs. When we called Baldi, we were told it would be $51.00 per person including either lunch or supper. When we went into La Fortuna we were able to get tickets for $33.00 per person for the same thing.
We also had chef Joan cook for us one night and it was amazing! We went to Equus BBQ one night and I would not recommend this place. It is fun to go see and have a drink there ( they have a disco made entirely of stone) but would not recommend the food. We went to the gingerbread house and the food was wonderful. The owner is very boisterous and opinionated but the food was wonderful.
Overall our trip was more than what we anticipated and we felt so safe and taken care off. Even the people in the little grocery stores went out of their way to help us!! You can tell that the people that live in Nuevo Arenal and Arenal are very close and it makes you feel so safe and accepted. I would recommend this over and over to anyone who asked. One of the best experiences if my life!!!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Dear Kathy,
It’s ALWAYS a Great Pleasure hearing from our guests at Villa Encantada. Your detailed 5 Star Guest Review outlining your adventures at Villa Encantada of your 9 day stay, and of the Lake Arenal area with it’s Amazing people with so many excursions options… is a terrific way for our future guests to get a feel for what they might expect when they stay with us at Villa Encantada.

Seeing your 5 kids (ages 11-16) zipping down the slide and running back up the stairs for another ride … Then kayaking, fishing the ponds, swimming and hiking the trails ~~ for me, is as good as it gets. From experience, I know that if the kids are happy, enthused and aren’t bored that the parents are very happy and content. There is a Huge added benefit when the kids are active on the Estate, and that is you are saving money (lots of it) as day excursions for a large family like yours can be a bit pricey. Most tour excursions cost from $50-$95 per person. Multiply that by 7, 8 or 9 persons and you’ve spent a tidy amount of $$.

Of course you’ll want to do a few activities such as I arranged for you like the Canopy Zip Line and White Water Rafting, but it’s just awfully nice waking up in the morning and not have to wonder, “what are we going to do today”. I’ve heard it many times from our guests that “we don’t need to go anywhere”.. It’s all right here, and this is a great way to economize on your expenses.

A very special treat is having one of our (2) chefs come right to the villa and prepare a 5 Star Dinner for your family. Chef Joan and her husband Jim always get rave reviews, as does Chef Tyron. Chef Joan is so creative with her dinner presentations, and the professional attention that they give our guests is second to none, not to mention a dinner meal that you’ll be writing home about… simply scrumptious! We’re very pleased to be able to offer their Chef Services.

You mentioned several times how safe and taken care of your felt and how accessible the locals are here in Nuevo Arenal, and I agree that this village of Nuevo Arenal is really what Costa Rica is and should be.. Sincere and with approachable locals. Many of the more traveled destinations oftentimes just don’t give you that authentic feeling, but no matter where you wind up, Costa Ricans are always friendly and polite.

Thanks again Kathy for visiting Villa Encantada and sharing your experiences with those that follow you.

Your Host and Friend

Helpful votes: 1 / 2


Stunningly beautiful and loads of fun

Review submitted: February 4, 2014   Date of arrival: January 26, 2014

It really is just as beautiful as the videos. It has 40 acres of well-maintained jungle hiking trails and beautifully manicured grounds with tropical vegetation. The water slide was a big hit, even though we are adults! The pond was great for swimming, floating around, and kayaking. We saw many many beautiful birds in and around the bird feeder - put lots of fruit or rinds/seeds out! We heard the howler monkeys every day and got some good pictures of them on one day. We also saw toucans and many leaf cutter ants, which are fascinating to observe. We loved the peacocks, which Josue lets out of the cage every once in a while. The chickens were cute, but a little too loud. Glenn has thought of everything you might need or want - from fish food to a portable iPod player to running water for the water slide to an extension cord. He really does seem to care that the guests have the best experience possible. The house is designed very well. It is very spacious and comfortable, with large patios and decks for viewing the spectacular scenery of tropical vegetation, sunsets, and stars. The kitchen is well-stocked with dinnerware, nice sized glasses, and cookware. We had Joan and Jim cook meals 3 times for us; they were great and so was the food. In the 6 days that we were there, our group only did one outside activity (horseback riding). We had wanted to do more, but we didn't want to leave the property! We bought fresh yogurt and cheese from El Establo which is just up the road - excellent! This is the nicest place I have ever stayed at.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car

Owners response: Dear Carolyn,

Thank you so much for visiting Villa Encantada, and for taking your valuable time to write such a detailed guest review of your week with us. I'm glad you mentioned the video, (actually the 12 Virtual Tour Videos) of the villa and grounds on this VRBO site that give our guests a real sense of the many amenities we offer and what they can expect when they arrive.

That you decided to spend most of your time enjoying the villa, the grounds, hiking trails, pools/slide, kayaking the ponds and experiencing pristine nature, rather than venturing off the property ... truly is the Best Endorsement and Compliment that I can receive and I'm flattered that Villa Encantada was "the nicest place that you've ever stayed at". Thank you for your kind words Carolyn.

We're very pleased that you found our chef services provided by Chef Joan and Jim so delightful that you had them cook dinner for your family on 3 separate occasions. They do a spectacular job. The food creations and presentation really are a 5 Star event.

We hope that this will be the first many visits, and rest assured that on your next visit you'll find new amenities/attractions and surprises to enjoy. And that even after 16 years of hosting guests at Villa Encantada... we are still a continuing "work in progress", making it the best it can possibly be for you and those that follow you.

Your Friend and Host,

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Lake Arenal vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 03/18/2003.