Estate, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 12 Sleeps
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About Glenn McBride
Yep.. that's a tiny Red Poison Dart Frog on my hand. They are an endangered species, and even after 20 years of living in this area of Lake Arenal, I am still amazed and thankful for the beauty and nature that surround me. Every day is an adventure and to be able to share this slice of Paradise with our guests is more than anyone could hope for in their life... and I am very thankful for this opportunity. I am from Santa Fe, New Mexico. My 1st visit to Costa Rica and Nuevo Arenal was back in 1976... a long time ago. I've seen many changes since then and the Lake Arenal/Volcano Arenal region is now one of the most popular and visited areas in of all of Costa Rica . I built Villa Encantada in 1996 and have been renting it ever since, hosting many thousands of guests over the last 18 years. It's been an rewarding evolution and now my principal efforts go into making sure that our guests have the best vacation of their lives. I live here at Nuevo Arenal full time with my family, having built a 2nd home nearby as Villa Encantada is rented more often than not (Gracias a Dios!). By being here in the area full time, I am able to welcome guests to the villa and help them get the most out of their time at the villa and the area... and continue my 'work in progress' of 18 years in making Villa Encantada a DESTINATION, rather than just a place to sleep. You'll find 11 Virtual Tours of the villa interior and 40 Acre Nature Preserve/ Botanical Garden Estate in our photo section or cut/paste this URL to your browser ... On this VRBO site you'll find the maximum photos allowed (30) and (70) 5 Star Guest Reviews. In other words, you know what to expect when you spend time with us ~~ no unwelcome surprises. Our goal is to make your special vacation to Costa Rica and Villa Encantada memorable and hassle free. Thanks for allowing us to be of service to you, your family and/or group. Your Host, Glenn McBride
Glenn McBride purchased this Estate in 1995
Why Glenn McBride chose Cantón Tilarán
Our 40 acre Nature Preserve Estate at Villa Encantada is the only property with Lake Arenal access and Pristine Primary Rainforest with our own Aquifer Springs and too many waterfalls to count. Exquisite Nature surrounds you and you really will think 'I've died and gone to Heaven'. I can't improve Nature, but after 20 years, I've learned how to tweek it to make it to make it more accessible to our guests of all ages by building miles of manicured hiking trails and waterfalls that you can sit under and actually get an incredible massage that will be a very sweet memory that you'll always have to cherish. The manicured gardens and Golf Course are still a work in progress and now I look for plants that are unusual and hard to find to share with our guests. Our new swimming pool and 100 Waterslide have been a great success with Rave Reviews and have been met with enthusiastic smiles all around. Next... on my Bucket List ... build a Butterfly Garden area and Orchid Garden, and install a micro-hydroelectric plant. For me... it's so rewarding, and I love sharing this life's work with wonderful guests from around the world. Muchas Gracias!
What makes this Estate unique
Villa Encantada and Lake Arenal are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, just 90 minutes from the Liberia Airport and 3.5 hrs from the San Jose Airport. There are a multitude of activities within 1-3 hours from the villa, EASY self guided day excursions to the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Hot Springs, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, National Parks, White Water Rafting, Canopy Tours, Volcano Tours and many beaches--, Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip, Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area, Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Parks, Rincon de la Vieja National Park (volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls), Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to 240 meters, Beaches, and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is only 2 to 3 hours away, Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo Beaches
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A sentence or paragraph simply cannot begin to describe what a stunning and beautiful property Villa Encantada is. We traveled with five of our kids (ages 2 to 15) to spend a week at the property and were blown away by the beauty, amenities and Glenn's kindness. As a manager of high end vacation rental properties in the Nashville, TN area; I have very high expectations / standards and Villa Encantada and Glenn blew those both away. Glenn went above and beyond to make sure that we were taken care of, even going to pick us up homemade soup, medicine and Gatorade when our a few of our kids came down with a stomach bug (that started with our two year old on the plane ride over - only downside of the trip). We also had Glenn's wife prepare a meal for us one evening that was delicious and highly recommended. The waterslide was a hit with both the kids and adults and we all spent countless hours every day going up and down. We enjoyed hitting a few golf balls and the short five to ten minute hike / walk to the lake. The property is so great that really we felt no need to go anywhere and really only ventured out on two of the seven days we stayed. Moya's Pizza quickly became our favorite restaurant to eat at - great food and drinks and only 5 to 10 minutes away!
If you are reading this review and have not yet booked your stay - DO IT NOW! You will not regret it! We have already recommended this property to our friends and family and can't wait to return!
Beautiful house, property and breathtaking views
This is a beautiful home. The grounds were immaculate. There is a gardener that lives on site that maintains the grounds. The maid came in the middle of our 5 day stay, cleaned and provided fresh towels/linens which was a nice feature. There are trails on the property that are beautifully maintained and a joy to discover. There is a water slide and a small spring fed pool which is quite refreshing. There is also a nice pond and kayaks that can be used. You can also hike down to the lake, but we never made the hike down there. There are 2 Peacocks on the property that are let out daily. They are not afraid of people and the male will show off for you in the driveway in front of the garage. Don’t park your car there, if you want to see his fan. Glenn, the owner is a very friendly and helpful person. He provided us with much information and directions prior to our trip. He will bend over backwards to help you in any way he can. He also gave us some wonderful recommendations for restaurants in the area that we probably never would have gone to. They were all top notch! The house is about 10 minutes away from Nuevo Arenal where you can find restaurants, gas and groceries. If you want to go to the La Fortuna area to see the Volcano, waterfall, hot Springs, etc. - it is about an hour and 15 minutes away. So, it is quite a distance to the main attractions of the area. There are fans in the house, but no air conditioning. There are screen doors in the bedrooms downstairs that allow some air in, but not on the main level (kitchen and living room area). It was quite hot and humid when we were there and there were bugs outside, so we were not able to open the doors to cool off the main living area. Screen doors on the main living area and loft would be a definite plus to this beautiful home. Internet is not very strong, but that was disclosed prior to our stay and is expected due to its location in the mountains. Our only issue: The property is described as being secluded, other than the gardener. We were not aware there was another rental on the property that had access to the road and trails around our house. Some work was also being done during our stay, so workers/owner were on-site daily. The first morning, we were awakened by a gravel truck and workers at 6 AM outside our bedroom window. This would not deter me from staying here again and the home is still a 5 star rating. Just nice to know what to expect. Thanks Glenn!
Muchas Gracias Diane for your detailed 5 Star Guest Review. I very much appreciate your taking the time to expound on your stay and Great Experience at Villa Encantada. It's always helpful to receive guest feedback on how I can make Villa Encantada an even more rewarding experience and your suggestions are appreciated. Thank you for your visit and we look forward to hosting your family again.
Beautiful Property nestled away in the rainforest, surrounded by sounds of nature. Woke up to the sounds of beautiful birds and howler monkeys (although we never saw one). Amazing place to hike, swim (with an super fun slide). House has verything you could possibly need, plus some! Glen is a great host; very kind and attentive. Would definitely return.
Tank you Lori-Beth for taking the time to rate Villa Encantada with a Great 5 Star Guest Review. I very much appreciate your visit and the opportunity of hosting your family at Villa Encantada. Your family is ALWAYS welcome at our home and I do hope you'll find the time to return to "your home away from home".
Muchas Gracias Amiga!
Best stay ever!!
Glenn is amazing and such a wonderful host! He is so helpful with planning tours and giving suggestions for activities. Everything went so smooth!
Thanks Lindsay for taking the time to let our future guests that they have a very special adventure in store here at Villa Encantada. Our efforts are rewarded by your smiling faces and enthusiasm.... and repeat visits!
Gracias Amiga... Hasta Pronto!
Paradise!! This is a must stay!!
This property is nothing short of amazing. Where to start?
The house is very beautiful: full kitchen, nice bedrooms and bathrooms with rain shower heads. Sheets, towels, washer and dryer provided. The view is gorgeous!!! A pond to kayak/swim/fish in or just feed the fish.
The pool was cleaned daily and refreshed often. The slide is ridiculously fun. You can not go down without a huge smile when you hit the water. Multiple paths/trails meander around the vast property. One leading to a waterfall and river. We were able to take another path and stand directly under the howler monkeys that live near the house. The new greens and tee boxes are looking great. We hit balls daily. A nice unexpected addition. You can take a short walk down to Lake Arenal.
Each morning we enjoyed coffee on the patio while numerous species of birds went about their business. It was never ending fun and entertainment. Toucans were always out early.
Kitchen was fully stocked with everything you could need to prepare meals and drinks. We used the BBQ daily.
Location is perfect for popping out for groceries or going out for dinners and drinks. It’s also great for any excursions you may have planned. Glenn was very helpful in getting things planned and booked. We can not say enough about how great he was. We always had questions about the property or things to do and he was more than willing to help with anything. We had his wife Patricia prepare a delicious dinner one night on site.
I can not wait to go back to this place. The property is perfect to hangout at, you don’t really need to book excursions if you want to just enjoy all there is to offer at Villa Encantada.
The staff was also very wonderful. The villa was cleaned twice while we were there and the grounds were tidied daily.
This seriously is a must stay. I can’t say enough about how beautiful this place is, no matter what direction you look.
On a clear night the stars are absolutely breath taking. I promise!!! We’ve never seen stars like that before.
Glenn was excellent with communication prior to our travel. We had numerous messages going back and forth and he was just as fantastic in person. Thank you for everything!! We’ll be back!!! The group can’t stop talking about how amazing our stay was.
WOW Kim, ... Detailed 10 Star Reviews such as yours are a very special gift to receive., and know that they give me the renewed energy (after 20 years of receiving guests) to just "double down" and keep working hard to earn spectacular kudos such as yours. It my mission to help make your vacation the best and most memorable of your lives and our housekeeping staff and 2 gardeners are equally enthused with your very detailed and amazing Guest Review. I do share these reviews with our staff, and know that they put a BIG smile on their faces too.
You and your group of 9 persons stayed at the villa for 2 WEEKS... and saw and did it all, played golf on a daily basis (right in your back yard), kayaked, hiked our trails and sped down the ridiculously fun water slide.. Your entire group/family was one of the most memorable that I've had the honor of hosting and make all of my efforts so well worth it.
Thanks Amiga... Mi casa es su casa!
Your Host and Friend,
Slice of Heaven
Villa Encantada is a beautiful villa in close proximity to everything! The villa is in a safe secluded area with amazingly beautiful grounds. The home is spacious and has everything you need for a long stay. Glenn was very informative before and during our arrival. He even booked 2 excursions for us (hanging bridges at Mistico and zip lining at CR Paraiso. They were both amazing! My teen boys and I especially loved the pool slide and we loved walking the trails on the property. Lots of fun! We would definitely come back to Villa Encantada for its beauty and quiet relaxed setting away from the crowds in La Fortuna.
Thanks for your amazing 5 Star Guest Review. It was our pleasure hosting your family and thank you so much for your detailed guest review.
Yes, we are close to so many activities, restaurants, and the best of all is that NATURE and Serenity are right at your fingertips at Villa Encantada.
Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your special vacation to Costa Rica ad Villa Encantada. "We'll keep the light for ya amigo" .
Extensive hiking trails on the property~~See Monkeys, Iguanas, Deer, and Birds~~ 3.5 hours from San Jose Int'l Airport...90 minutes from Liberia Int'l Airport. Ample parking for 6-8 vehicles Fishing/Lake Tours available (extra) Cook available on request (extra) Responsible child care arrangements (extra) Professional massage therapy at your service (extra)
If you can drag yourself away from the comfortable, serene surroundings at Villa Encantada there are day excursions and a great many outdoor and adventure activities available in the immediate area that can be enjoyed.
In the immediate area here are some of your options:
Visit Arenal Volcano and one of the many Hot Springs mineral baths.
Visit the Rio Fortuna Waterfalls at the base of the Arenal Volcano.
Jungle hikes to discover pristine swimming pools fed by a spectacular waterfall of over 300 ft.
Canopy Tour at Lake Coter where suspension ropes hoist you above the treetops for a close up view of the rainforest canopy.
Venado Caverns for an exciting adventure viewing stalagmites, stalactites and cave exploring.
Jungle treks through the rain forest is an eco-adventure that most people will never have the chance to experience.
Miles & miles of manicured trails are at your beck and call.
Bird watching (this temperate zone climate offers as many as 300 different species of birds from keel billed toucans, tanagers, parrots, hummingbirds to red legged honeycreepers and a virtual
potpourri of colorful feathered friends).
Windsurfing (Lake Arenal is world renowned, attracting serious windsurfers from every corner of the globe). Rental equipment is available.
Horseback riding tour through the rain forest and up to Lake Cote, an extinct volcanic crater, where on a clear day you can see all the way to Nicaragua.
Tour Lake Arenal by catamaran sailboat or party barge. Fishing excursions are also available. Fish for rainbow bass and talapia with a guide that usually knows where the fish are.
Lake Arenal water-skiing tours are available, as are boat rentals.
Mountain biking on some of the best trails in Costa Rica through
protected wilderness areas. Bike rentals available.
Tour the Lake Arenal villages of Arenal, Tilaran, Tronadora, Canas,
and Fortuna to experience Costa Rica's friendly people. Personalized Spanish language study program. (Instructor comes right to Villa Encantada for Spanish lessons).
USA certified masseuse available on request (reasonable rates).
Because Lake Arenal and Villa Encantada are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, there is a multitude of activities that are but a few hours away by car. Birders and naturalists are particularly interested in many of the following sites or National Parks. A personal guide is available for a reasonable fee.
Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip - an excellent day trip in a lowland habitat where you'll see an abundance of birds, crocodiles and animal wildlife.
Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area - where a great many coastal birds reside. You will see 15 separate habitats with over 150 species of trees and 55 water plant species in this gigantic lagoon, as well the 279 species of birds that have been sighted here.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve with over 450 bird species sighted - a world famous destination where you may see the resplendent quetzal. You will want to get an early start as there is a host of activities.
Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve includes a lake and marshlands of over 800 hectares and 5 separate habitats. This lake virtually dries up in the dry season (February to May), but the river can be navigated and there is an abundance of waterfowl to see.
Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Park on the northwest Pacific Coast is a tropical dry forest and home to 260 bird species as well as cougars, jaguars, crocodiles and anteaters.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park ( volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls). This reserve is home to many of the high elevation birds that are seen at Monteverde. This park is known as "Costa Rica's Yellowstone".
Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to a depth of 240 meters and have a profusion of stalagmites, stalactites, pillars and other underground formations. Not much
wildlife, but very worthwhile park.
Beaches, Beaches. and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is less than 90 minutes away. Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa's Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo. Beach activities include scuba diving, sport fishing, golf, swimming,
surfing, horseback riding and shopping to name a few.