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Casa Gavilan - Lake Arenal views, private pool & Rainforest! in Lake Arenal

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  • bedrooms 3
  • baths
  • sleeps 6
  • pool yes
  • hot tub no
  • pets allowed no
  • type House
  • community Las Flores de Arenal
  • rates (USD) $ 750 - $ 850 / week

vacation rental description

Paradise awaits you at Casa Gavilan, Costa Rica!

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.

Relax and enjoy your own lake view under our covered patio! 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 telephone, fax and internet, and we provide a brand new desktop computer with 17-inch flat panel LCD monitor, and combination printer/scanner/photocopier. We also have Satellite TV and two televisions, together with over 800 movies on DVD.
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 terraced gardens, lake/jungle view, local wildlife, birdwatching, white water rafting, hiking, horseback riding, or just sleeping-in!

For further information please check our website:
w w w . c a s a g a v i l a n a r e n a l . c o m.

Please note: Due to the overwhelming number of inquiries about this property, we will not respond to any inquiries for stays less than the four night minimum, nor to inquiries for parties exceeding our maximum of six people. We will also not respond to any requests for a reduction in rates.  Thank you for your understanding!

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house rental amenities

Vacation Rental Features - Amenities
2500 square feet of living space!!!
Washer / Dryer
Linens and Towels Provided
Adjoining Garage with direct access to house!
Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
Beds King Bed (2) , Queen Bed (1) - ALL 3 BEDROOMS HAVE EN-SUITE
Entertainment Cable/Satellite TV: SKY Satellite TV -
100s of channels to choose from, many of them in English!
DVD players x 2 - 640 movies on DVD also provided!
CD Player and Entertainment Center in living room!
Private Pool: Luxuriate in our private swimming pool, surrounded by
tropical rainforest, a sumptuous lake view, and the hills beyond.
Full kitchen with oven, range, microwave, electric frying pan, slow
cooker, electric kettle, toaster, coffee maker, cooking and eating
utensils, fridge/freezer and breakfast bar. Pool and rainforest view
from your kitchen window!
Cooking Utensils Provided - Everything you need to cook if you want
Refrigerator / Freezer (generous space)
Outdoor Features Propane BBQ Grill
Deck/Patio: Relax and bird-watch from our shaded deck. Read a book
on a rocking chair or fall asleep on our luxurious padded outdoor
furniture, as you feast your eyes on butterflies and birds in your
own private tropical garden. Of course, there is also the rainforest
and lake clearly seen from your own private deck!
View/Location Lake View: Between the lake and Casa Gavilan is
extensive rainforest and your own private terraced garden. Our
garden has three levels, planted out with flowering shrubs and
trees, and teeming with butterflies and birds.
Mountain View: View of southern shore of Lake Arenal, hills of
Monteverde and beyond.
Telephone in bedrooms and living room
Computer with Internet: Brand new desktop computer with 17
inch flat panel LCD montor. Internet, combination
fax/printer/scanner, all in house! Your own office right here in
Costa Rica if you need to keep in touch with work.
Other Amenities Three bedrooms, three and a half baths, two kings
and one queen size beds. Each bedroom has it's own bathroom. Fully
equipped kitchen (range, oven, electric frying pan, kettle,
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, DVD, and Stereo, and Internet service provided, with
computer. Beautiful pool and lounging area, surrounded by jungle,
and wildlife, and walking paths. Very private yet in gated
No Pets Allowed
Handicapped Accessible: Bungalow all on one level, level access from
front door and all internal rooms.
Wheelchair Accessible: Bungalow all on one level, level access from
front door and all internal rooms.
Smoking Not Allowed: Absolutely no smoking, please! Fire
regulations prohibit smoking, and there will be a surcharge from
$250 for cleaning if evidence of smoking is detected - sorry!

activities and attractions in Lake Arenal Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano - One of the world's top ten most active volcanoes,
with eruptions each day.
Horseback Riding - Ride through the rainforest! There are also
guided tours to the base of Arenal Volcano and to the waterfalls at
La Fortuna.
Local Ecolodge with nature trail, horseback riding etc.
Arenal Hanging Bridges - An easy hiking trail with seven suspended
bridges through the rainforest
White Water Rafting - Costa Rica has some terrific rivers for
exciting white water rafting experiences
Hot Springs - There are various lovely hot springs nearby, including The Springs Resort (owned by the same people as La Paz Waterfall and Gardens), Ecothermales, Baldi, and Tabacon.
Canopy Tours - Zip from platform to platform through the rain forest
canopy above the forest floor
Venado Caverns - A 1.5 mile system of limestone chambers replete
stalactites, stalagmites and underground streams formed 15 to 20
million years ago.
Corobici River Float - View the inhabitants of the tropical
rainforest on a serene river trip
Windsurfing - Lake Arenal is one of the world�s premier windsurfing
lakes, with winds reaching speeds of 30-40 miles per hour. Lessons
are available.
Waterfall Rappelling - Rappel down some of the most spectacular
cascading waterfalls in Costa Rica

vacation rental rates

Rates (in US Dollars) Major Credit Cards Accepted


Rate per Week:

Green Season 2014(Apr 27 2014- Nov 29 2014) $750/week for up to six people

High Season Fall 2014(Nov 30 2014-Dec 20 2014) $850/week for up to six people

HOLIDAY SEASON 2014-2015: (Dec 21 2014-Jan 03 2015) $1250/week for up to six people

High Season Spring 2015(Jan 04 2015-Apr 25 2015) $850/week for up to six people

Green Season 2015(Apr 26 2015- Nov 28 2015) $750/week for up to six people

High Season Fall 2015(Nov 29 2015 - Dec 19 2015) $850/week for up to six people

HOLIDAY SEASON 2015-2016: (Dec 20 2015-Jan 02 2016) $1250/week for up to six people

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Top things to do in Lake Arenal
  • Watch Arenal Volcano Erupt!
  • Horseback riding through tropical rainforest!
  • Soak in hot springs while watching the volcano erupt!
  • World Class Dining!
  • Canopy Tours!
Top things to do on a budget
  • Watch all the local birds from our decks!
  • Take a boat out on Lake Arenal and take in the view
  • Picnic on the shores of Lake Arenal
  • Play in our pool!
  • Eat out at local restaurants - $5 a head!

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traveler reviews for this lake arenal house rental

Like being welcomed into the exotic home of friend

Review submitted: August 6, 2009   Date of arrival: July 21, 2009

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!

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

Helpful votes: 17 / 17


Feels like home!

Review submitted: June 16, 2014   Date of arrival: June 3, 2014

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.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


AWESOME time in Arenal

Review submitted: October 3, 2013   Date of arrival: September 16, 2013

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

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


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