Enchanting 2 BR, 1 BA Rainforest Mountain House
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.
Wonderful area away from all the tourists
About the Owner
Wonderful area away from all the tourists
This was a family vacation for us - myself, my two boys (ages 16 & 20) and my sister. This was the perfect place in the perfect location. The hotel nearby is a great addition. The house is remote enough to not be caught up in the hustle and bustle yet not so remote that it was difficult to get to. We booked all our day trips through the staff at the hotel (which was less expensive than booking them online ourselves) plus the staff was very helpful in giving recommendations and helpful information. The restaurant has a great staff and delicious food and very inexpensive. It was great to come back to the house after dinner to just relax after a day of fun. There are cards and numerous games at the house so we just kicked back on the deck every evening with a few drinks and many laughs while playing games. This is what a vacation means to us...a chance to just hang out and reconnect while taking a break from our normally hectic lives. Ute is great about responding quickly and answering all your questions.
Great view and quiet spot!
Enjoyed the location and the quiet, calm view. Very rustic and charming!
Just the right amount of remote-ness
Our group of five really enjoyed our stay at Ute's house. It's a nice house in a fantastic setting. Free wifi and swimming pool were available at the hotel, which was only a 5 minute walk from the house.
Anne Marie and Richard
What a wonderful, remote but accessible location in Chachagua!! So lovely with he mountain view, birds feeding from the porch, yet close enough to enjoy the amenities of the nearby hotel/hacienda. Very welcoming and accessible to La fortuna area.
Not far from perfection...
A wonderful place for nature lovers and farniente specialist. It's the place we have seen more toucans and birds in our 2 months in Costa rica. It's well equiped, except for the oven (the small one only toast on one side). But it has to be something wrong in paradise. Clean, nice area near main attractions in Lafortuna, but just far enough to escape once the activities are over.
Thank you Ute, I'm sorry we didn't sign the guest book we woke up late... and all our cloths were still wet and had a little rush with the kid before we left.
Loved staying at this beautiful mountain retreat. We saw over 50 species of birds from the deck and enjoyed the nearby trails through the Rainforest. The volcano in Arenal was stunning and I am still missing all those Hot Springs. Pura Vida!
From the Owner
“I fell in love with this house on my visit this spring and ended up buying it, I am continuing to rent it and have the same delightful caretakers as the prior owner. There is a lot to do and see in the area. Unfortunately when I took over the listing all the info and good reviews got blocked out but there is a book with information and reviews by previous visitors in the house.”
Activity and Interests
This wonderful house is located near Volcano Arenal east of La Fortuna.
This map shows it in the town of Chachagua, But in reality 2km away and is adjacent to the Children's Eternal Rainforest.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 2 2016 - Nov 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 4 2016 - May 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional information about rental rates
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
$300 security deposit
(December - April) Daily Rate…..$120/night (3-night minimum)
(May-November) Daily Rate…..$100/night (3-night minimum)
Fitting in between existing reservations, longer stay , last minute ,will negotiate
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
- Away From It All
- Activities Guide
- Ceiling Fans
- Covered Parking
- Internet ...
- Linens Provided
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine ...
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- CD Player
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible ...
- Mountain View
- botanical garden
- rain forests
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horseback riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
- wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- whitewater rafting
- 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.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
- Bedroom 2 - 1 double, 1 twin/ single
- Other - more beds available upon request
- besides the beds there is a couch in the living room but not a pullout couch. for longer rentals we can put up another bed or a crib. if children share beds I allow 6 persons but not 6 adults.
- Deck / Patio
- Fish Cleaning Table
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill ...
- Porch / Veranda
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Wood Deck
- Guests provide their own meals
- 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.