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Tropical Rainforest Mountain House Near Volcano Arenal. Private and Safe. in Alajuela

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vacation rental description

Your own Costa Rican private hilltop house located 25 minutes from the town of La Fortuna and Volcano Arenal. This beautiful retreat is about 2 and 1/2 hours from San Jose (main airport) and about 3 hours from the Pacific beaches. This well-built and locally decorated home sits on a hill overlooking its own tropical fruit and flower garden. Just beyond the exotic garden are beautiful horse pastures, a whitewater river and the jungle of the federally protected Children’s Eternal Rainforest which offers endless hiking trails and birding opportunities. Wake up to the magical sounds of the Costa Rican Rainforest (howler monkeys, gentle rain, and the songs of over 123 species of birds seen on-site). Brew a pot of locally grown fresh Costa Rican Café, and step out onto the large deck to enjoy the 270° view and lounge in one of the 2 hammocks provided.

This house is very peaceful and remote yet it has the wonderful feature of being within walking distance to the ecotourist destination Chachagua Rainforest Hotel. This unique setting offers total privacy with all the comforts of a first class lodge. The conveniences offered by the hotel include: English-speaking staff on property at all times, cell phones in case of emergencies, night watchman, laundry, restaurant serving delicious local Costa Rican cuisine, fully stocked bar, beautiful outdoor swimming pool, massage therapists, tropical gardens,, access to rainforest hiking trails, rental horses and tours. We consider this to be the best of both worlds: the security and convenience of a hotel yet the quiet remoteness of a private home.

The house has 2 bedrooms. The master bedroom has a nice queen size bed and its own porch with superb views. The guest bedroom has two beds, one double and one twin.

There is 1 bathroom with beautiful private shower that overlooks rainforest. Colorful hand painted murals cover three of the walls within the house and illustrate forest scenes (done by a talented local artist). There is a great kitchen with all the tools to cook a healthy meal. There is also a family room that opens up to the best porch in the world. The house is an awesome place to relax. Guests can spend countless days just sitting in the hammocks, eating fresh fruit and watching the toucans, parrots, hummingbirds and countless birds that visit the garden at the house.

Over the past 10 years we have planted many fruit trees. Fruits include mangos, oranges, figs, coconuts, rambatans (chinese leechis), guanabanas, tamarindos, bananas, plantains, limes, water apple, coffee, and cacao (chocolate). All ov which is available to you when it is ripe!

Not only is the house a great place to chill out, but it is in an ideal location to use as a home base when you go on adventures.

Things to do in close by La Fortuna are:

Watch lava flow from the crater of Volcano Arenal (one of the most picturesque volcanoes), visit a 100ft waterfall (Catarata La Fortuna), bathe in natural hot springs, fish and windsurf on Lake Arenal, whitewater raft, explore the Volcano Arenal National Park, take a wildlife/bird tour to Cano Negro, go on a caving tour, dine at many restaurants, dance at the local discothèque (Volcan Look), get cool souvenirs, get money from an ATM, or use the internet. Also, you are less then a 4 hour drive to a variety of nice beaches on the Pacific coasts as well as the enchanting cloud forests of Monte Verde. The Caribbean coast is only about 5 hours away.

Whatever your questions might be about the house, general area, or Costa Rica, I would love to answer them. I lived in this friendly and peaceful community for a year when I first went to Costa Rica in 1998 to be an English Teacher.

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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • mountain view
    • mountain
    • rural
  • Theme
    • away from it all
    • adventure
    • family
  • General
    • covered parking
    • telephone
    • internet
    • washing machine
      • small washer ans spinner just purchased 2014
    • linens provided
    • activities guide
    • ceiling fans
    • paper towels
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • local restaurant guide
    • toilet paper
    • garage
    • towels provided
  • Kitchen
    • kitchen
    • stove
    • microwave
    • dishes & utensils
    • coffee grinder
    • stove
    • cooking utensils
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • blender
    • pantry items
    • refrigerator
    • freezer
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • dining
  • Pool / Spa
    • communal pool
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • bathroom: toilet, shower, feels outdoors because of the one way glass
      • The shower feels outdoors because of the one way glass. Watch toucan while you bathe.
  • Bedrooms
    • 2 bedrooms, sleeps 6, beds for 5-6
    • bedroom 1: 1 queen
    • bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 twin/ single
    • other: more beds available upon request
      • besides the bed there is a couch. for longer rentals we can put up anotherr bed or a crib
  • Entertainment
    • toys
    • radio
    • cd player
    • books
    • stereo
  • Outside
    • lawn / garden
    • terrace
    • balcony
    • fish cleaning table
    • wood deck
    • porch / veranda
    • unscreened porch / veranda
    • deck / patio
    • outdoor grill
      • charcoal grill
  • Suitability
    • pets not allowed
    • non smoking only
    • children welcome
    • long-term renters welcome
  • Notes
    • Refrigerator/freezer, 4 burner gas range, ceiling fans, coffee-maker, toaster, blender, dishes, utensils, pots and pans, glasses, cups, soaps, toiler-paper, towels, sheets, blankets, CD-player, shower overlooking rainforest with hot water, great wood-deck with hammocks (270° view), Costa Rica maps and books, rain forests, horseback riding, tropical gardens, bird watching, ponds, river, carport, 3 awesome hand-painted murals, hand-painted yoke for ox cart plus many other Costa Rican artisan goods, couch, chairs, interior is all beautiful hardwood paneling, access to the following: butterfly garden, orchid garden, hiking trails, restaurant, bar, pool, English speaking hotel staff, horseback riding, and massages.

activities and attractions in Alajuela Costa Rica

  • Attractions
    • botanical garden
    • forests
    • pond
    • rain forests
    • restaurants
    • volcano
    • waterfalls
    • caves
    • churches
  • Leisure Activities
    • wildlife viewing
    • eco tourism
    • horseback riding
    • walking
    • sight seeing
    • scenic drives
    • bird watching
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • wind-surfing
    • mountain biking
    • rafting
    • kayaking
    • whitewater rafting
    • fishing
    • swimming
    • fly fishing
    • freshwater fishing
    • hiking

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
green season
May 1 2014 - Nov 1 2014
2 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $300
From $100/Night
$300 security deposit

High Season
(December - April) Daily Rate…..$120/night (3-night minimum)

Weekly Rate…..$600/week

Monthly Rate…..$2000/month

Green Season
(May-November) Daily Rate…..$100/night (3-night minimum)

Weekly Rate…..$500/week

Monthly Rate…..$1500/month
Fitting in between existing reservations, longer stay , last minute ,will negotiate

traveler reviews for this alajuela house rental

Amazing Rainforest Escape

Review submitted: July 19, 2014   Date of arrival: June 29, 2014

We spent four days and three nights at this amazing property. Everything is as advertised in the listing and photos: secluded, beautiful, access to a first class hotel/resort, hiking trails, birds, animals, and much more. Our family of four (2 adults, 2 kids ages 7 + 11) had ample room to live, sleep, cook, and relax on the deck and hammocks. The house was clean, and stocked with all needed kitchen equipment. Towels provided and a shower with hot water. We were there during the rainy season, and believe it or not it rains quite often during the rainy season. With that being said, we were not denied the beauty and activities of the area: hikes, hanging bridges, waterfalls, hot springs, bird watching and animal preserves all less than an hours drive, and we only scratched the surface. The hotel close by offered suggestions, directions, guided tours, access to their natural spring water pool and a full service restaurant.

Understand that you are in a secluded rainforest retreat, there are bugs of all shapes and sizes (just like anywhere in Costa Rica). But if you are looking to stay in a home that is away from the hustle of tourism this is your place, it was a truly peaceful escape. I would recommend this property to friends, family and anyone looking to experience a quiet retreat. The owner answered all inquiries in a timely fashion and was helpful with directions and information.

Thanks for a wonderful stay!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Recently stayed on our honeymoon

Review submitted: January 12, 2014   Date of arrival: January 2, 2014

We recently spent a week at this beautiful rental home. Jan 2 - Jan 9. The owner is honest - property was well described and all transactions went smoothly.. The home is very nice. It is equipped with all you will need for your stay. FYI it doesn't have tv or internet but there is so much to see and do, you won't need it. If you want to check your email/internet or watch tv, it is easily available at the hotel located within walking distance of the house. The Chachagua hotel/resort was an awesome amenity to the house. They have a swimming pool, restaurant - serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, bar, and friendly staff for any questions or to schedule tours. Tours such as Arenal volcano, hot springs, hanging bridges, waterfalls, river rafting ect.

There are many things to do on the grounds of the home or hotel as well at no cost. Such as the 2 ponds are stocked with fish. 1 has Talapia and the other has Guapote. The hotel will provide the bait. I was able to catch about 10 talapia in less than 30 minutes. Take them to the grill. Yum. They have trails through the rainforest. The natural landscape is full of interesting plants, trees, fruit, birds. It's truly amazing how fertile the land is. The home is very quaint and relaxing. It is set in the trees with the birds. You can cut some fruit and leave it on the feeders off the balcony and many colorful birds will come up for you to take pictures of the various species. As far as seeing La Fortuna area, it's about a 30 minute drive. It's reasonably close when you take into consideration the privacy this home offers. This home allows you to feel like you are living as the Ticos do but also allows for amenities that the tourist enjoy. It's an awesome place to visit. Our stay was absolutely perfect. I would certainly recommend this vacation home and we can't wait to go back. Pura Vida!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thank you for the detailed review, I just wish to add that the internet from the hotel works at the house as well, they allow us to use their password.

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


Toucans on the patio

Review submitted: September 5, 2012   Date of arrival: July 22, 2012

Well equiped house in a beautiful location. Good service from the owner. That's exactly what a chalet in the mountains should be. We saw 2 Toucans coming to the patio while we were playing cards! I would recommend this property to my friends. Pura Vida!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


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Alajuela vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 07/27/2004.