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Luxury Home with Pool and Fantastic Views Of Lake Arenal And The Arenal Volcano

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Property Details

Updated: Feb 27, 2017
  • Sleeps 17
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

About the property

5 bedroom 5 bathroom, luxury mountain home with stunning Lake and Volcano views

We call this fabulous spot here in El Castillo “Pie in the Sky”! A gorgeous location that lives up to it name in every way! This 5 bedroom home is nestled above our 8 room Villa, the Majestic Lodge, on a private mountaintop. With 360 degree views of the primary Rainforest, 26 mile Lake Arenal and the Majestic Arenal Volcano, you can see for miles in the privacy of this secluded setting. This large home is a single level, 5 bedroom home and fully equipped to make you feel right at home! The bedrooms are luxurious and inviting with custom made bedding and draperies, air conditioning, and private access to the outdoor porch for your convenience. All linens are provided. The kitchen, with granite counter tops and Guanacaste wood cabinets, is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need!

There is also an adjoining cottage and two bedroom home on this mountain top, with the same amazing views! The one room cottage sleeps two with a Queen size orthopedic bed, kitchenette, private bath and air conditioning. Take just a few steps off of the porch and enjoy the pool! The two bedroom home is elegant and comfortable with all of the comforts of home.

We pay special attention to every detail to assure the best vacation for you and your family. We can accommodate large groups and welcome Private or group parties. Catering can be arranged. Complete tour and trip planning services available including travel from within Costa Rica. We offer a beautiful pavilion for wedding parties, family reunions, yoga retreats, etc. We offer private yoga and massage on premises and have Howlers bar and grill at the bottom of the hill for your convenience.

Outdoor area with pool and bar is on the property. Full housekeeping service is provided.

We can also arrange transportation for our guests from anywhere in Costa Rica.

Four wheel drive car necessary to access Pie in the Sky.

You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to access this home.

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About the Owner

Nancy and Dan Zintsmaster /Contact us for availability
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2017

13 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)


Magical in every way

  • 5 of 5

My retreat group had been to six locations around Costa Rica prior to our visit to "Pie in the Sky". It is beyond breathtaking, and more idyllic and "forgotten in time" than our other great villa locations. From the outrageously scenic drive from San Jose, to the incredible view or Arenal volcano and lake Arenal, to the gorgeous design (the glass room and towering "Eagles' Nest" were a real treat), great gourmet kitchen, stonework, pools... to the top-notch hospitality... This is the place I know I'll return to for my retreat clinics again and again. Thank you Nan and Z!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family vacation at the peak of the mountain

  • 4 of 5

This awesome place served us well. We arrived late in the evening after a lengthy drive from San Jose and woke up to the most impressive view one can ask. The owners are very responsive and the handiman on place is ready to help in a short notice. The activities nearby include Hiking in the jungle, (recommend only with a guide), zip-line, hot springs all within 30-60 minutes drive from the place. Speaking about the drive...highly recommend to have 4X4. This amazing view is only possible from a high point and the last 40 minutes to the house is a dirt road that will put you car and your driving ability to the test. If you arrive at night, the last leg will take you from the lake to the top of the mountain in a 25 degrees slope. The owners did right and placed stones on the road to increase the traction, however, at 3/4 of the way there is a sharp left and the slope increases to about 35 degrees. At that point, in a dark night, your headlights will face the opposite mountain and you need to be careful making that turn. I highly recommend that a nice light reflected sign will point the way, if a lamp post is not available. Adding some guard rails at that point will be great.

The rooms are specious and the yard is spectacular. I wish there was a laundry machine too.

Overall- it is highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. Just to be clear to other potential guests, the dirt road is only the last 7 km and is very easy to drive. It can be bumpy at times throughout the year, but was just recently graded, so is quite nice now. Grading is done several times a year. Actually, we are off the beaten path which is what makes this place so charming and special! It is also not difficult to drive up the road to the home and the S in the road is fine if you use bright lights. There is a laundry area centrally located next to the homes as well.
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  • 5 of 5

The pictures make this property look amazing, but don't do justice to the actual beauty once you arrive. The views from this property are amazing. I could have sat outside and just looked around the entire time, but there are so many activities to do nearby so we didn't. Be sure to have 4 wheel drive to get to the property.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to unwind and bird watch after a day adventuring in lovely El Castillo .

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time in El Castillo. We definitely recommend you spend more than just a few days there. There are so many things to do, it’s tough to fit them into fewer than 5 days. While it is not imperative that you rent your own vehicle (4x4), here is what you should understand: private shuttle from Liberia took 3 ½ hours on paved highways with a skilled driver. When you arrive at the entrance to the Arenal Rainforest, there is a dirt road full of large potholes which takes you to El Castillo. It's about a 5 mile drive that takes 45 min to an hour. Majestic Lodge is deep in the jungle. What's more, if you stay in any of the VRBO's such as "Pie in the Sky", these are all located at the top of a long, narrow, winding, and rocky driveway. Most shuttle vans cannot get up this driveway. There are many transportation options in town (regular shuttle service, private taxis, and if you get in good with the locals someone will usually give you a lift). Don't miss these things: La Mesa de la Mama is a perfect place for breakfast and has excellent WiFi; Michael owns the Hostel in town is a wealth of knowledge and very friendly; Benedict is the town chef and runs a couple restaurants such as Fusion; and La Ventanita de Kelly has incredible food and beverages. Here’s what we loved about Pie in the Sky: incredible birdwatching; the house is gorgeous and spacious; the town of El Castillo is full of very friendly and wonderful people; the best Zip Line in Costa Rica (Sky Trek) is less than 10 minutes away; the view of the volcano from the house is incredible; the pool is beautiful; Here are some things that would have made our trip even better: a welcome binder about the workings of the house including how to work the TV, coffee maker, and dish soap; brochures or phone numbers for local businesses and transportation options. It’s quite grueling to get to Pie in the Sky no matter how you come; a welcome basket would have been very appreciated. A few more kitchen staples such as salt and pepper, bug spray, and bag clips; guide or birding books in the house would be great. WiFi connection was intermittent. We were really only able to use our phones when we went into town. If we would have written this review after only a couple days there, I think our rating would have been lower. We were first-timers to Costa Rica and had much to learn. But Pie in the Sky, El Castillo, and Costa Rica grew on all of us. It is an amazing place. We would love to come back often.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place in Arenal

  • 5 of 5

This property is very nice, it has been made with good taste, in spite is a rustic place, you see all the details with very good materials, well finished. Beds are comfortable, and you are plenty of spaces. The spot is incredible, after been in this place you don´t need to move anywhere to check the lake or the volcan, you have both of them from the house.

Access, certainly is a little rough, I do not consider you need a 4 x 4, but a SUV or a car with enough power, mainly to access the main entrance, since has a short slope. You have a rustic road to get to the house for about 20 min, but for me is very nice since is part of the adventure, and the exclusivity you are looking for, the slope to get to the house, well... if you like panoramic view you need to be high!

The property is a group of few houses, about 4, so if you are a bigger group is perfect to stay all in the same place.

NAncy was very kind, and provide us with all the information we could need.

During our stay, there was a blackout, and was very nice get to our house and find we have electricity thank you to the power generator they have.

Definitelly I would stay next time, thank you Nancy!!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Family Stay at Majestic Lodge

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Majestic Lodge! Two families of 5 with children from 10-16 years old for 3 nights. The Lodge is in a great location near all the events you would want to do in Arenal (hiking, ATV, Zip, Ecological, hot springs, Fortuna waterfall). Great CR breakfasts in the morning! The Lodge is about 3 hours from Liberia airport. Nancy was extremely helpful in coordinating all our activities and providing directions, info etc. We leased the whole B&B and it was very accommodating. Beautiful hard woods and we used 6 of the 7 bedrooms. Pool and the hot tub were nice after a long day of activities and to keep the kids at bay. Personal favorite was the beautiful and relaxing deck overlooking the lake. I was a little concerned about the directions but soon learned that CR is very undeveloped with few roads and directions are all driving towards cities/towns - it was pretty easy to get to Majestic from the airport and overall the roads in CR are better than I expected. The dirt and composite road the last few miles is a little rough but part of the adventure and you can just take it as fast or slow as you like - 4WD nice but not required. We did not see anywhere we would have rather stayed and we would DEFINITELY go back to Majestic!!! Thanks Nancy and Dan - Pura Vida!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Off Season
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Summer Peak Season
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
Sep 1 2017 - Dec 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $65 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.0%

These rates are subject to change without notice. The rate is for minimum number of people and 25.00 for each additional person.
Holiday rates are 25% higher than Peak Season rates. Christmas, New Years and Easter are based on the maximum number of guests regardless of how many are in your group. There are no weekly discounts for Holiday dates.
Four wheel drive necessary to access this home.

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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 2000 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet, shower


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 double, This bedroom is a circular room with spiral staircase
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single, This room can be made into a king by request


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to access this home.

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