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New and introducing 'PARROT HILL'- vacation guest Ranch with a glorious view.

Bedrooms 5
Space 222 m²
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Your Chance To Experience Ranch Living And Local Culture . New World to explore

' loving life on the hill with the parrots'

Simply said a world class location and high quality accommodations awaits. The views are of 4 volcanoes(only site where this is possible on super clear days), the full stretch of the lake (24miles), and the surrounding wilderness of primary and secondary forest. It is awesome and inspiring.

Parrot Hill Guest Ranch is a small, 50 acre, working ranch at the end of the public road at the top of the mountain. The rolling hills back into the Monteverde Childrens Eternal Rain Forest to the South and is bounded on the East by Volcano Arenal National Park. The Rio Aguas Gatas (Cat Water river) separates us from the village of El Castillo to the west. Therefore it remains peaceful, quiet, safe, and fun. You will have private access to roam free with private trails to rivers and waterfalls. Literally 5,000 sg miles of Jungle out our back door. Expansive 360 views includes sunrise over jungle and Cerro Chato (extinct volcano) to sunset on the water . We are located in the heart of Volcano Arenal and Lake Arenal North Zone which means, close to all the exciting adventures such as zip line, hanging bridges,hot springs, white water,fishing,kayaking,river drifting,canyoning and miles of secluded forest trails literally out our back door.

Absolutely the best place for families traveling with children. My three kids(12-16) are friendly and helpful. They love to play and show your kids around the ranch. Most young ones love the farm animals and like to help feed and collect eggs or try your hand at milking .We can do guided Horseback trail riding tours (only $30 for our guest $50 public)) with free lessons for novice riders. Just wait until you meet our orphan wild parrot named 'Papuga'. He is hysterical and will make you smile and laugh for hours. A true life building cultural experience that they will never forget. Kids don't get bored here.

The Tarzan swing, climbing trees , playing with the ducks or horses can keep them busy. Happy exhausted children make for happy ,not so exhausted, parents . Best part is it's free entertainment for the little ones-

The house itself is quite nice being spacious and clean. Modern amenities, Wi-Fi, sat TV, fully equipped. Heavy use of exotic native hardwoods. We also build custom wood furniture(see the shop) so the home is well furnished with every thing you'll need. We have dedicated the villa to you,the valued guest, and we live close by in the original farm house built totally of wood over 40 years ago. This means you have privacy while at the same time we are close by if you need us.

The 2 story house is roomy with a combined living area of 2400+ sf. The floor plan features 5br/3bath/2kitchen/wrap around deck/dormitory

There is a lovely space called the 'sky bungalow ' which is connected to the top floor and served by a private entrance.

The way of the design provides that the home can be split in 2 parts and affords three rental options.

3. *the ROOST*

entire house package - includes both floors + bungalow , a 2400sf private residence .Groups /families up to 15 persons and the rate range is $250-300 per night.

2. * the PAPUGA ROOMS*

top floor only with the connected 'sky bungalow' space consist of +1600sf with 3br/2bath/kitchen and sleeps 10 max. in real beds + one sofa/sleeper.

The introductory rates currently are $150-200 per night for this space.


700 sf featuring 2br/kit/bath. Sleeps up to 5 persons. Interior design is Old World Colonial style and rustic . Lava rock shower.Opens to expansive gardens and fruit arbor on the ground floor which is natural bird habitat. Exotic species seen daily. Covered corridors and 11 ft ceilings with massive stone columns.

Private entry and independent space.

Rates are from $100 -125 .

House receives cool Easterly breezes consistently. Nice and cool (avg 72f.yr round) means no need for air conditioners. Fans are sufficient. Forever spring time ,always green and fresh.

For groups of 2-5, especially if you are 2 couples or small family, we recommend *Parakeet Landing*. Double private bedrooms and very creative space and feel to it.

The 2nd floor, *The Papuga Rooms * , are suitable for up to 8-10 persons and is the principal offering as the main listing. It has 1600sf and includes the 'sky bungalow' and large wrap around deck.

If you are traveling with a larger group consider *The Roost* - entire house for up to 15 people comfortably in a total of 5br/3bath/2 kitchen home. 2400sf private residence.

ASK about extended stay program

and free upgrade when available

Meal service ; home cooked , farm fresh, natural organic ingredients served family style . reasonable cost between $7-12 depending.

There is no swimming pool on site but we have arranged complimentary pool/hot tub privileges at a nearby 5 star Hotel for your enjoyment.

The sights and sounds of the natural setting will captivate the soul and liberate the spirit in all. Peace and blessings to all.

NOTE: please contact owner regarding your anticipated travel dates and do not rely on the calendar. It does not provide for multiple rent options so I don't use it.

My family and I live in the original ranch house so the guest home and grounds are dedicated to you. We enjoy hosting as a family and it is our distinct pleasure to be of assistance. You are Welcome here .

Thank you

More Details

Property Manager
charles keckler
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About charles keckler

My name is Charles Keckler and I am 59yrs old, married with 4 kids. My wife ,Janet, is from Nicaragua and has an unbelievable life story of survival growing up during the Sandinista civil war in that country. My path is coming from a long career in the real estate biz ,in the US, to having the experience of ranching in Costa Rica has been a wonderful journey . My wife can teach you so much about natural herbal and medicinal plants and my children-ages 12-16 are great little guides. We really enjoy hosting visitors and especially families traveling with kids.

charles keckler purchased this chateau / country house in 1999

Why charles keckler chose Alajuela Province

Too beautiful to ignore. I couldn't stop dreaming of it and the challenge to learn another way to live, another language and culture. I was like a pioneer on this mountainside and managed to develop the road, power, and water resources to establish the ranch. Now we enjoy sharing it with other travelers.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Atmosphere is alive with the power of nature. There is a healing affect and many are the dreams born here. First house I ever designed and built. It's pretty fine- but what makes it so special is where it is and the inspired land it sits on. Come see for yourself. We welcome your visit.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a great three days here! It was so lovely to have a great view of the Arenal Volcano and lake. We went kayaking, horseback riding, hiking and fun with the farm animals and the nature here.

Also, Charlie and the family were so friendly and helped us a lot. Thank you for this nice vacation.
Jan 2013
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San Carlos Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 222 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2-sky bungalow - toilet , shower , small but servicable and always clean
    Bathroom 1-Papuga Rooms - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , spacious -open feeling with great garden and Volcano view
    Bathroom 3-Parakeet Landing - toilet , shower , large lava rock shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 5/dorm room in 'Sky Bungalow' - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleeps 6 max counting sofa bed
    #4-Parakeet Landing - 1 double
    Bedroom 3-Parakeet Landing - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 1-Papuga Rooms - 1 king , we build hardwood furniture -one of a kind furnishings
    Bedroom 2- sjy bungalow - 1 double , good mattress, super sunset lake view
  • All have views and are cozy. Baby crib/play pen available 2 Sofa /beds available
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Janet and I have been hosting travelers from all over the world for a couple of years. We enjoy it and so will you. We can offer good advice and help with tour reservations and in -house farm choice meals. Our strongest amenities are the sights and sounds of nature being at our doorstep. The experience of living on a ranch ,away from it all, for a few days is something really special.You can get involved ,or volunteer, if you like to help out. Collect eggs, learn to milk a cow, saddle a horse, or chase the sheep around, etc,etc. Usually some work needs to be done on a trail and the more help the merrier! Hands on if it suits you or sit back and relax on the scene, your choice. PURA VIDA (pure life) is a reality on the ranch. Everyone tells us that the views are the best from here but you need to see them for yourself. You're invited and hope to see you soon.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)


Authentic Costa Rica experience, warm family

  • 5 of 5

Our trip would not have been complete without a stay with this family on their ranch. I brought 13 college students to Costa Rica. They all say that our stay here made the trip memorable. We were all hugging the family when we left. Eduardo speaks great English. His mom, brother, aunts and uncles all live on various homes on the property. They all took such great care of us. Genuine, generous people. The house has breathtaking views. They build the place from scratch. Eduardo's father Charles had the vision for the ranch and started it before he passed away. You feel great supporting this family business. Horseback riding, hikes to waterfalls, riding dirt bikes, visiting with the animals on the ranch, making breakfast, trips into town... this place has it all. The students participated in a variety of activities on the property. Eduardo gives you a document with pricing on it for transport from the airport, optional meals, ziplining, kayaking, etc. I went with a tour company because I was nervous that I would get there and they would not be able to arrange everything. I should have just gone through the ranch. My only thing you should know is that this place has bed space for 14 adults. You can fit more if you are bringing young children. The little town is adorable. You cannot walk but Eduardo is able to arrange affordable transportation. This town is quaint compared to La Fortuna. A/C is great. Wifi is not the best but really you should not be spending moments on wifi in this beautiful place. Kitchen has everything you need.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Unique Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for something a little different and we found it here. We stayed in the lower part of the house but i would recommend staying in the upper part if you can. We meet our "neighbors' and ran into them in different areas of Costa Rica after leaving here. The beds were comfortable. We took the horse ride to the waterfall. Get ready for a challenging hike! There were some hammocks and a rope swing that the girls enjoyed. Their puppy was a frequent visitor along with the cats. We enjoyed them too. We had a nice dinner with Eduardo, his mom and brother. I would recommend that if you are able to. We visited the Butterfly Conservatory and had a great burrito in El Castillo. We were not able to get to Pizza Johns this visit but it is a great place to go if you are in this area.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing people, house and area

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Parrot Hill despite some very unfortunate weather while we were there. Eduardo was very helpful in finding us things to keep us busy and entertained! He was especially helpful when we lost power for a short while due to the weather. He came to check on us several times and provided us with everything we needed to be more than comfortable.

The house had everything we needed and more. It's a spectacular location (definitely need a 4x4) with an amazing view. We went with four adults and two kids and had more than plenty space.

While we were there we took in the eco-zoo of reptiles - very informative and a lot of fun. We also went to Don Olivo's chocolate farm tour (about an hours drive and worth every minute). As well we took time to enjoy the amazing scenery in the Arena area.

We would stay here again in a heartbeat! Thankyou for everything Eduardo. It was truly wonderful to meet and spend time with you and your family.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning, Out-of-the-Way, Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 12 (2 parents, 5 adult children and their 5 spouses/partners) spent several days over the Christmas/New Year week at Parrot Hill. We rented the whole place and had a fun time choosing which uniquely designed and decorated space each couple would stay while there.

Coming straight from 9 days of sunny, glorious beach weather on Nicoya Peninsula, the rain forest type foliage and climate were a lovely change. We experienced some torrential downpour and a power outage (the first in 3 months apparently) just to make things a little more exciting.

With Charles' passing away in October, Eduardo, the oldest son, is now the host in charge of renters. We so missed getting to know Charles personally as he had been exceedingly friendly, kind and knowledgeable in our email conversations over the past 8 months but clearly he and Janet, his lovely wife, did an amazing job of raising their children. Eduardo did a wonderful job taking care of us on every front (from getting flashlights to us asap when the power went out, to, along with Janet, cooking several amazingly flavourful breakfasts and dinners, to arranging a zipline/hot pool day for us at Los Lagos). We loved the adventurousness of the location (yes, the road is as recounted in every review!), the wonderful hike down to one of the waterfalls on the property (Rio Tico) and the restfulness (lots of card/game playing in the evenings).

The information package that Charles had sent us upon rental confirmation is the best set of information we've ever received from a vacation rental owner. There was clear directions and explanations of the property guidelines; good descriptions of the meals that could be ordered; some great family history; and wonderful options described on how to take advantage of the beautiful and adventurous activities in the area.

The views are stunning, the property fun and well-maintained and the activities in the area suitable for virtually every type of family or couple.

Stay at this property. You won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Farm fun with a view...

  • 4 of 5

Without any knowledge of the area, Parrot Hill was an experience of a life time. It was ‘out of the way’ in paradise and allowed us to decompress and unplug. Wi-Fi was available via a hot spot and worked fine. There was plenty of room for 6 adults (ages 40’s to late 60’s) and 2 pre-teen girls. The fully functional kitchen was perfect for our morning breakfast. We did eat out and found several amazing restaurants in the area.

Driving in the area is slow going and as others recommend, get a 4x4. The paved roads in the area are very winding, the dirt roads require focus and the hills are steep.

It’s a working farm and the host family welcomed the so called “help” with morning routines. Our girls loved working with the animals and never noticed the morning downpour (rainy season). Other highlights on the property were the horseback rides, the hikes that were fun and challenging and the bird watching. Most of all, the view of the lake and volcano was exceptional.

It was more than we ever expected and would recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure.

Thank you Parrot Hill family!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great stay in mountain

  • 4 of 5


just came back from Parrot hill

group of 6 rented the whole place and didnt regret it

like a lot of reviews before , i must mention that long long bumpy road / driveway , it is pretty amazing , all we kept saying first night driving up was , are you kidding me ?

but next day looking at the expensive beautiful views , we thought it was well worth it

the place is large , family is friendly and are very helpfull

internet is very spotty ( borrowed hot spot from Charles ) which could also be a blessing with young adults or teenagers.. but i would reccommend doung your homework before you get there

it is a small working farm, which is cool , if you like animals , birds , critters , bunnies, dogs cats , butterflies, huge flying things , this is the place for you

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
parakeet landing hi season
Dec 1 2018 - Apr 30 2019
3 night minimum stay
parakeet landing green season
May 1 2019 - Nov 30 2019
2 night minimum stay
the roost green season
May 1 2020 - Nov 30 2020
3 night minimum stay
the roost peak season
Dec 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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Property Damage Protection $59

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