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

Bedrooms 5
Space 185 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


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.

More Details

Property Manager
Nancy and Dan Zintsmaster /Contact us for availability
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017


El Fosforo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 185 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • 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
  • seating for 17 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • 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
You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to access this home.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)


Loved everything about Pie 3

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and staying at Pie 3 made it so memorable! We loved everything about it. The location is a little hard to find once it gets dark, but we found it. Luckily, as soon as we put all of our stuff inside once it was dark, Z found us and was able to show us down the hill where we could find a place to eat and grab a few groceries! He came up the next morning to check on us and help us with excursions as well. Top customer service! Nancy was out of town, so we were not able to meet her. I highly suggest visiting Howlers when you are visiting. Juan is awesome and keeps your drinks filled! The views at the house are amazing! The beds aren't as soft as at home, but I have a bad back, and they didn't bother me that bad. If we traveled back to this part of Costa Rica again, we will definitely stay here! Thank you Z for all of your help and hospitality! You're awesome!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Emily, People like you make my job easy and fun. Thanks for your kind words and look forward to seeing you again. Pura Vida Z
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Better than the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at "Pie in the sky". The home and property is beautiful and has stunning views to Lake Arenal and volcano. Our kids loved the pool and the "eagles nest". There is much to do in the area and Z was a great host and very helpful throughout our stay. We definitely recommend this property and we hope to be back to stay again in the near future.


Schmidt Family

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

This home is just beautiful and very well equipped. Situated in an area rife w potential activities and plenty of tasty places to eat. The views from every spot on the property are stunning. Super excellent place to stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 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

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $65 + Tax
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, etc. 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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