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Villa Encantada~40 Acre Lakefront Nature Eco-Preserve Estate

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Estate, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 12 Sleeps

Villa Encantada Estate Description

19 YEARS OF SERVICE. We are the Original Vacation Villa rental property on Lake Arenal. At Villa Encantada we offer a complete vacation experience, a DESTINATION, not just a place to sleep, with PAVED ROAD all the way to the villa. When you stay at Villa Encantada you get the entire lakefront villa and 40 acre Private Nature Preserve Estate... COMPLETE PRIVACY

To see what really awaits you at Villa Encantada, visit our Photo Section for the Virtual Tour Video access.

You'll find miles of Manicured Hiking Trails thru the Rain Forest. ~~ A Brand New 100 ft WATERSLIDE that is Awesome Fun for all ages. Our Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals), Drained / Cleaned and Sanitized prior to your arrival with crystal clear water, so clean you can drink it. And WATERFALLS, lots of Waterfalls, an experience in Nature that you'll not find anywhere but at Villa Encantada.

We've hosted tens of thousands of guests since 1996, with a great many repeat visitors. Our goal is to provide a memorable and hassle free experience for your group/family and to help you get the most out of your time with us and in the area. Over the years we've learned so much about what we can do to help you have the best vacation of your life, to 'hit the ground running', provide useful info on the area, including assistance in arranging your Tour Itinerary and/or Ground Transportation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERIENCE.

Most importantly, see our Guest Comments from those who have visited Villa Encantada and happily share their experiences to get an idea of what really awaits you at Villa Encantada. Once you arrive, you'll be thinking... 'I've died and gone to Heaven ~~ It just doesn't get any better than this'. Our reward is your smiling faces and the knowledge that we've made a difference.

Casual Elegance ~ Our Tri--level 2800 sq. ft. architectural masterpiece designed villa is fully furnished with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces and comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons. On many occasions we’ve hosted groups of 15 persons. In the event you have a large group of 15+ persons we have contacts with other nearby villa rentals.

You’ll find imported Italian tile & exotic hardwoods throughout the villa, an interior design of local art, indigenous masks, Hand Carved Doors, Antiques and floor to ceiling glass windows that will make you feel at one with the mature manicured gardens/nature trails and lake and rainforest views that surround you. You have a fully equipped kitchen w/ new appliances, Wet Bar, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo system, Telephone, , Barbecue Grill, Washer & Dryer... and MUCH more!Experience our newly remodeled bathrooms. Linens & towels are provided with maid service every third day. Chef Services, Child Care and Professional Massage service are available upon request.

Villa Encantada is situated on an INCREDIBLE 40-acre lushly landscaped Private Nature Preserve Estate on the shores of Lake Arenal, yet conveniently located to the village of Nuevo Arenal with its restaurants, shopping and tourist amenities. We’re close to the Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, and just minutes away from the multitude of adventure activities in the area with which we have 19 years of experience at your disposal. We refer you only to the most reliable and efficient tour operators in the area. Take advantage of easy day excursions to Monteverde, Cano Negro, National Parks, Cloud Forests and many Beaches.

Finally, what really sets us apart from other properties is that here at Villa Encantada you’ll enjoy Nature at its Exquisite Best.. with acres of mature gardens, complete with miles of extensive manicured hiking trails through virgin rainforests and rivers. Natural Spring Fed Ponds for swimming and waterfalls to relax by… lots of Waterfalls, FLY FISHING streams on our property, stocked FISHING PONDS w/ BIG fish. Huge ponds that you can use our (8) Kayaks on, or take them down to the lake and paddle in secluded lake coves to see wildlife with Flora/Fauna too numerous to mention here. We are the ONLY villa rental property that has LAKE ARENAL ACCESS, just an easy 3 minute walk to the lakeshore to explore the Gem of Costa Rica: Lake Arenal.

At Villa Encantada we do have a 3 night minimum stay requirement. Exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons. Honeymoon couples or groups of 15 persons will find Villa Encantada an unforgettable experience in a tropical paradise setting. Rental rates are based on the number of guests in your group. Children 6 years of age or under are free***

Thanks for your interest in Villa Encantada and we hope that we’ll be a part of your special travel experience to Costa Rica. We’re here to be of service in any way that we can.

Your Host,

Glenn McBride

Keywords: Arenal Volcano,Arenal Lakefront Vacation Vil

More Details

Property Manager
Glenn McBride
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2017

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 ... http://www.vpix.net/index.php?tour=108108 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 18 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 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

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hey Glenn,

Villa Encantada was awesome. So much so, that we really felt like we were slumming it once we got to Jaco. The house is absolutely gorgeous and so are all the surroundings. You have done a wonderful job. We just got all our pictures back and had already forgotten how green everything is there. For the most part we just relaxed a lot. Each night we ate somewhere different. Our adventures included the Canopy Tour, La Fortuna waterfalls and Tabacon Hot Springs. All were absolutely beautiful. The landscaping is absolutely beautiful. Once we left Villa Encantada we made our way to Jaco just in time for the rain. So much for going to the beach. Anyhow our visit there was short and like I said we really felt like the luxurious part of our trip had ended. We had an incredible time. We certainly appreciate you sharing your home with us. Please send me some cards and brochures as I have already had inquiries from people we have showed our pictures to. Thanks again,
Mar 2011
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Amenities

Cantón Tilarán Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • CANCELLATION POLICY:**(In cases where payment in made by credit card, a 5% credit card surcharge of the amount paid is deducted from any Cancellation
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Our Bathrooms are a work of art.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Master Suite w/ Full Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Mini- Master Suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Mini-Master Suite
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Huge 500 sq ft "Master Loft" sleeps 6 persons comfortably
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Villa Encantada~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ An Architectural Masterpiece in a Paradise Setting Villa situated on a 40 acre private Lakefront Eco-Estate; total privacy in this lushly landscaped tropical paradise setting with Awesome 360 degree Lake Arenal and Rainforest views. Villa comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons--can accomodate large or small groups, Family Reunions, Weddings or Honeymooners. In addition, we have a 2nd villa on the Estate that can sleep 6-8 persons, so that we have the overall capacity to accomodate as many as 20-22 persons. Easy Day Trips to Tabacon Hot Springs, Monteverde, Beaches, Rio Celeste Waterfalls, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve and many National Parks. Convenient to the village of Nuevo Arenal ~~Restaurants & Shopping nearby~~ COOL CLIMATE Springlike weather year 'round...average temperature 78-82 degrees F. Tri-level 2800 sq. ft. home with 4 bedrooms including huge master loft & 3 bathrooms. All bedrooms in the villa have their own private entrance access Imported Italian tile & exotic hardwood throughout 2 Fireplaces (living room & master bedroom) Fully furnished home with comfortable/modern furniture Fully equipped modern kitchen w/ microwave, appliances & wet bar DirecTV, DVD, stereo system, Telephone & FAX, WiFi Internet Connection Outdoor Barbeque grill Washer & Dryer for your personal use, Linens & towels provided Maid service provided every third day. Natural spring fed pond for swimming/fishing and waterfalls to relax by. Kayaks (7) for your personal use. Owner operated~~ deal directly with the owner

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5

Arenal Lake View Oasis

  • 5 of 5

You can tell who cares about what they do. They do more not so they can say "we do more" but because they think it will make your experience more interesting, more memorable. All of that extra effort is something you can touch and feel at Villa Encantada. There are so many physical elements that have been discussed in other reviews that clearly make the Villa outshine all of the others that dot the Lake so this review will not focus on those physical aspects. Instead, I will talk about what is the driving heart and soul of this peaceful place: Owner Glenn McBride.

Glenn's sweat and tears are in the Villa. He cares about it so much that it's grounds are manicured to the level of 5-star hotels that I have stayed at. A fishing pond, a fresh mountain water pool and slide, patios abound, and hiking trails are among the amenities that distinguish the property. The interior of the Villa itself makes you feel like you entered someone else's home complete with trinkets and and personal artifacts on the walls - Glenn is sharing his home and I would venture to guess he comes here as well to get away for a while. How could he not?

Glenn doesn't stop giving there, however. He is a proactive host but not to the point that you wish you could escape from your own vacation. He is a solutions provider from booking zip line tours (then telling you that the day you planned it would work better on a day when the weather is more agreeable AND then reschedules it for you.), to being your advocate with the local car rental agency when things go wrong, to offering only-in-the-know driving directions that will make you feel like a local because of the inside knowledge he armed you with.

His knowledge is as endless as his good heart. Somewhere in his life he decided it was better to be happy and open rather than be critical and judgmental. He fits the setting and the people of Costa Rica beautifully because the kindness in this country knows no bounds.

If you have the means and/or the will to visit Neuvo Arenal, explore it from Villa Encantada. You will have without question the best seat in the house. Go here.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW ... Eric, your glowing Guest Review is more than any Innkeeper could ever hope for and it surly gives me the resolve to continue my efforts in helping our guests to have the best and most memorable vacation of their lives... to return time and again and tell there friends/family about their awesome experiences both at the villa and exploring the Lake Arenal area. A very high percentage of our guests are via personal reference from past guests and when a guest returns or sends a friend/family member, I double down to make sure that everything they've heard is spot on and more. I certainly try to make the difference and appreciate your comment that I try to be proactive and helpful... but not to the point of being an annoyance. I contact my guests just about on a daily basis by telephone or occasional personal visit to make sure that everything is perfect and to help with any info that they may need, and after 19 years of receiving literally (many) thousands of guests at Villa Encantada, I think I've gotten to the point of knowing where to draw that line and that our guests are happy and thankful that I'm always there for them.. 24/7. I am very thankful for this opportunity and very much appreciate your comments and choosing Villa Encantada as your Costa Rican destination. Hasta Proximo (see you next time). Your Host and friend, Glenn
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5

Dream Property and Dream Host, Book Now You will be ASTOUNDED

  • 5 of 5

We had the most incredible time you could possibly imagine at Villa Encantada. The pictures are gorgeous, but even they do not do this phenomenal property justice. It truly is paradise. I spent countless MONTHS looking at all the properties in the area and there is no contest. Villa Encantada has everything you could potentially want.

The grounds are stunning. Everywhere you look is lush, verdant landscaping. We had our wedding pictures taken on site because the beauty of this property is beyond compare ( I wish it would allow me to share the pictures with this review). The pond is well kept and delightfully picturesque, the trails are easily traversed, and the waterfalls are stunning. You can walk to the lake and kayak, or swim, or fish. The trails are well designed and Glenn even provides a map (which includes time and difficulty). I know I am repeating myself but I cannot adequately express how spectacular this property truly is. The water-slide offers endless fun for those of all ages, the trails are a boon for those who love to explore and those who enjoy a scenic walk alike. The view from the terrace and the front door is perfection. This property has something (lots of somethings!) for everyone. Glenn has poured his heart into this miraculous spot and it shows. We would stay forever if we could afford to be away from reality for that long!

In addition to the property being incredible there is Glenn! He is the most welcoming, helpful, thoughtful, and kind host I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He has made sure every potential need you have while staying at Villa Encantada is filled. It was a running joke throughout our stay that anything you might think of, that would be helpful, Glenn had already thought of it. Whether it was life jackets, crock pots, Tupperware, fishing gear, laundry soap, etc. Glenn had us covered. Glenn went out of his way to make this an exceptional stay for each and every person. Glenn was my saving grace, helping me coordinate and plan a wedding that turned out just perfect. If you are considering getting married in the area or planning an event in town hire Glenn- It was the best decision I could have made!

There are plenty of activities in the area, from ziplining, hiking, waterfalls, atv's, paddleboarding, hotsprings, Rio Celeste, etc. However you might find it difficult to leave the paradise of Villa Encantada. Make sure you stay long enough to enjoy all the beauty and peace this place has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW.... WOW!!! ...Ashley and Ryan... What an Incredible Guest Review... Wow! Muchísimas Gracias Amiga/o for such a detailed and heartfelt 5 Star Guest Review. You booked Villa Encantada a full year prior to your arrival for your Wedding Ceremony which started out with 15 persons and grew to 40+, so that meant I had to find additional accommodations for your family/friends... and thankfully was able to get everyone settled in. By the time you arrived I felt like you were my best high school buddy ~~ and I just checked my inbox~~ and we exchanged (more than 187 email messages.. no kidding)!! You were always pleasant, patient and non-demanding and it truly was my pleasure helping to make your special event memorable and hassle free. I can laugh about it now, but you put me (and my wife Patricia) to the test... and from your Awesome Guest Review ~~ I guess I (we) passed! Coordinating accommodations, tour activities for your group, and finally your Incredible Wedding Reception at the Las Tinajas Restaurant (they did a spectacular job on your behalf) and it was alot of work, but was well worth the effort, and I mean that in a personal and not monetary manner! Your group used Villa Encantada as it's gathering point and it was so refreshing to see so many happy faces and I do hope you'll all find your way back to your "home away from home" at Villa Encantada. We'll keep the light on for ya! Warm Regards, Glenn and Patricia
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5

"I have found my PARADISE"... 9 year old grandson.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of eight consisted of two grandparents (mid-60's), three adult kids (late-30's), and three grandkids (11, 9, and 6). We stayed a week at Villa Encantada during the g-kids spring break. Before the trip, the adult kids conferenced and completed an aggressive list of activities (suspension bridges in rainforest, white water rafting, horseback riding, hot springs, rappelling, and zip-lining). Glenn was provided the list and took care of booking the activities. Throughout the pre-trip preparations, Glenn was very helpful with his suggestions and timely responses to our questions. His directions to the Villa were spot on and easy to follow. Upon our arrival, our 9 year old grandson exclaimed, "I have found my Paradise!" And he, along with his brother and sister, made the most of their time at the Villa. They caught (and released) more than a hundred fish out of the backyard pond. They also swam and kayaked in the pond. The pool and waterslide were also a family favorite. We hiked trails and played in the waterfalls. Glen provided great suggestions for places to eat when we chose not to dine-in. The landscaping is spectacular and the peacock put on a daily display for us. When it came time to leave, our 6 year old granddaughter lamented, "Do we have to go back home? Can't we stay here?" We assured her that we would be back on future vacations. -Larry-

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Larry, I'm humbled by your Incredible Guest Review, and thankful that I had the opportunity is assisting your family in having the most memorable and hassle free vacation of a lifetime. Make no mistake about it... that a 5 Star Guest Review such as yours is what I and all hospitality providers strive for and make all the effort that we expend so well worth it! And.. you can be sure that your 9 yr old grandson and 6 yr old granddaughters enthusiasm and comments about "I have found my Paradise" and "Do we have to go back home? Can't we stay here?" are so heartwarming and are among the very best guest comments that I have had the honor of receiving in these past 19 years that I've been lucky enough to host families such as yours. Detailed reviews like yours give me the refreshing enthusiasm and energy to do all that I can to make your special time at Villa Encantada more than you could have expected my goal, and Thank You for allowing me the opportunity to be of service. I'm very much looking forward to your next visit Larry, and seeing all of your smiling faces once again. Your Host and Friend, Glenn
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5

Four couples, LOVED Glenn's place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Glenn's house for 6 nights (wish it were more!), four couples, all relatives and friends. We just loved this place, so impressed just arriving. The grounds are just wonderful, Glenn has put so much love care into the place. The pool is wonderful, several swam in the pond for fun too. The pictures almost don't do it justice. Beds are super comfortable, they house has too many wonderful details to pick out a few. Glenn was so helpful in setting us up for zip lining (exhilarating and scary fun!). He also assisted in helping couple of guys to go fishing, It was a rainy day and not a lot biting but the guide would not quit until there were enough for a nice BBQ. Just cannot say enough positives about this magical place, hope to be back one day! Thanks so much to Glenn and the hardworking groundskeeper and cleaning staff!

Jeanne

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeanne, Thanks so much for your (detailed) Glowing Review of your time with us at Villa Encantada. It was a pleasure hosting your group/family and helping make your vacation all it should be .. and more! That you enjoyed the Villa, Gardens, Pools and Trails as well as the area is all I could hope for and I'm glad that I could assist in arranging your activities. We look forward to your next visit and will keep the light on for you and yours Jeanne. Warm Regards ~~ Your Host, Glenn
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5

Stunning property! A great place for everyone.

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 3 kids and my parents just returned from Costa Rica and the highlight of our trip was staying at Villa Encantada. The house and grounds are simply amazing and will leave you wishing you had more time. We stayed for 4 nights and could have easily spent 7. The best bird watching was on the property with many types of jays and toucans eating at the feeder. Everyone enjoyed the pools and the 100 foot water slide. 5 star properties also have 5 star owners and Glenn is the most welcoming and helpful owner. He was like a personal concierge arranging our tours and giving us maps to the places we are going since the roads in Costa Rica are not well marked. He even put up a fence around the patio so that my 2 year old could not run off into the pool or pond. All members of my traveling party from my 70 year old dad to my 2 year old son thoroughly enjoyed Villa Encantada. All of us can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mikko, Thanks for your glowing 5 Star Guest Review and for allowing us the opportunity of hosting your extended family at Villa Encantada. Detailed reviews such as yours are what we strive so hard to attain and that we were able to be of service in helping your family have a memorable and hassle free vacation of a lifetime ~~ makes my day! Muchas Gracias Amigo, we look forward to seeing your smiling faces again as soon as time allows...We'll keep the light on for you. Your friend and host, Glenn
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5

What a great place to stay in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a long holiday week-end with family at Villa Encantada with a number of family members. It was as beautiful and comfortable as advertised, if not more so. The owner, Glenn, was great to work with. He provided a wealth of information about activities in the area and helped us select a zipline tour that did a great job accommodating a seven-year old member of our party. Since our party was too big to all stay at the Villa, he arranged an additional house a few minutes away to take the overflow. He met us on our arrival and showed us around the property, providing a map of the trails, and checked on us regularly during our stay. We really enjoyed the well laid out trails throughout the property. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and well maintained and the views of the lake and rainforest are spectacular. We had six kids aged seven and under who would have spent the entire stay making the circuit up and down the water slide if the adults had the stamina to stay with them. (OK, the adults had their share of fun on the slide as well, especially when they could splash an unsuspecting onlooker.) Another popular activity was fishing in the pond located on the property, especially from the island in the middle. We hiked down to Lake Arenal, but didn’t fish there – that will have to wait on a future trip. The house itself is beautiful and comfortable with lots of nice touches. It is well stocked with towels (including for the pool), pots, pans, dishes, basic spices, etc. – far better than we have experienced in other rentals. Nuevo Arenal (sometimes just called Arenal) is only three or four miles away and has a grocery, meat vendor and bakery, as well as a pharmacy and we shopped and cooked most dinners at the Villa. There are a number of good restaurants in the area, and we had lunch at several, but we preferred not to drive at night. But watch your fuel level – the “gasolineria” in town was closed while we were there and is reputed to be expensive when open. The closest we found was Tilaran (about 15 miles) or La Fortuna (about 30 miles), but there are a lot of activities in and around La Fortuna, so you may be going there anyway. Remember that you are in a rainforest and I read somewhere that it typically rains at some point during 22 or 23 days in September, the month we were there, and it rained three of four days we were there, but only one day for a long period and you can find activities nearby that are rain-free since the climate changes wi

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jim, Thanks so much for your (detailed) 5 Star Guest Review of Villa Encantada. Detailed reviews such as yours are worth their weight in gold. It was a pleasure hosting your family of 17 persons, and as you know we do have several independent properties that we utilize for larger families. That your entire family enjoyed the water slide, hiking trails and fishing in our pond (and catching lots of fish) is very rewarding to me. We strive to make your stay at Villa Encantada "All it can be.. and More", and sharing our slice of Paradise for 18+ years has been a dream come true. Meeting enthusiastic, fun loving families like yours makes all of our efforts so well worth the hard work that we do. As a side note, the gas station in Nuevo Arenal has reopened after a major upgrading project. Thanks again amigo for your visit and I' hope that I'll be seeing you as soon as time allows. Warm Regards, Glenn
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Map

Arenal Volcano
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Liberia
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nuevo Arenal
Nearest Golf
75 Miles
4 Seasons
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hiway 142
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nuevo Arenal
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Hermosa Beach
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Volcano Arenal viewing.

* Canopy Zip Line Tours.

* Fishing Excursions.

* White Water Rafting.

* Wind Surfing.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Nature Hiking.

* Kayaking on Lake Arenal.

* Horseback Riding.

* Canopy Zip Line Tours.

* Fishing Trips.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Fishing Excursion.

* Bike Riding.

* Kayaking on Lake Arenal.

* Swimming on Lake Arenal.

* Picnic in the Rainforest.

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).

DAY EXCURSIONS:

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.

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 13.0%

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 13.0%
3 night minimum stay requirement. Pro-rated on weekly rate. Minimum stay exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons. ~~ ~~ Rental Rates: Based on the number of guests in your group ~~

** Children under 6 stay free ** 3 kids equal one adult rate. Proof of age may be required.

December 1-September 15th ~2-4 persons: $2,100.00 per week ...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

September 16th-November 30th~~2-4 persons: $1,850.00 per week...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

GROUP RATE WEEKLY DISCOUNTS: May be available for groups of 9+ persons for visits of 7+ nights ~~ Ask!

Christmas/New Year,Thanksgiving & Easter Weeks $3,500.00 per week for 2-12 persons.

Rates do not include 13% Sales and Occupancy Tax. All major credit cards accepted.

~~ Rental Rates: Based on the number of guests in your group ~~

You get the 40 acre Lakefront Villa & Nature Preserve Estate ..no sharing w/ other groups. Total Privacy!

CANCELLATION POLICY:**(In cases where payment in made by credit card, a 5% credit card surcharge of the amount paid is deducted from any Cancellation Refund).
*100% of Reservation Deposit refunded if cancelled 60 days prior to arrival, less $250.00 handling charge fee.
*50% of Reservation Deposit refunded if cancelled 30 to 59 days prior to arrival.
*-0% of Total Rental Price (less D&S Deposit) refunded if cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival……..In cases where payment in full is received, the Reservation Deposit is calculated as 50% of the Total Rental Amount. Cancellations must be made in writing to Villa Encantada at the above listed email address

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.