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Award Winning Lake Arenal Home, Sleeps 7, Spectacular Views & Excellent Reviews

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Delightful Home, 2+ Bedrooms, 5 Star Reviews, Sleeps up to 7, Awesome Views!

ENCANTADA GUESTHOUSE.. IN A NUTSHELL!

Looking for Pura Vida? The motto, meaning “Enjoy life and be happy,” is a favorite saying in Costa Rica for good reason. Natural surroundings of rain forest, jungles, Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, volcanoes, and hot springs make it an unforgettable and fascinating place to visit.

At Encantada Guest House, you will enjoy spectacular views of Lake Arenal & the simmering Arenal Volcano, private use of the Guesthouse and all the lush tropical gardens of our private estate. Lovers of wildlife can see more than 60 species of birds, 2 kinds of monkeys, sloths, Coati Mundi and more, living in their natural rain forested habitats. There are also plenty of activities nearby! The Arenal area offers everything from a "Tranquil Day" spent Hiking, Kayaking, Canoeing, Biking, Horse-back Riding, Visiting Waterfalls, Soaking in a Hot Spring and Exploring Nature - to- A "Heart Pumping Adrenaline Rush, while River Rafting, Zip lining, Riding an ATV, Canyoning, Repelling Down a Hidden Waterfall or Sky Boarding on the Lake!

Either way...Coming home, after a busy day of adventure, you'll look forward to relaxing in our steamy hot tub or resting in a cozy hammock gently lulled by the peaceful sounds of the river rushing through the lush rain forest jungle below.

Encantada is consistently rated as Five-star across the World Wide Web and offers our guests, a great location, peace, privacy, tranquility and many great amenities such as: a full kitchen, plenty of hot water, personal concierge, laundry service, BBQ, books, games, a classic DVD library and so much more. Choosing this delightful home will ensure that you find what Pura Vida means to you.

Costa Rica has two international airports, Daniel Oduber Quirós in Liberia (LIR) and Juan Santamaría in San Jose (SJO). Lake Arenal and Encantada are an easy 3.5 hour drive from either.

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Encantada Guesthouse, is a hilltop home overlooking Lake Arenal and the Green Arenal countryside. It is located near the rustic village of El Castillo, where you will find an interesting variety of attractions, great restaurants and small markets.

This wonderful home is well established as a top vacation rental in the area and has become a VRBO favorite. Consistently Rated 5 Stars.. Our award winning cottage is clean, quiet, and comfortable. Extra Large Picture windows make the home bright and cheerful. There is a lot of attention to detail. A Full Kitchen offers just about everything you'll need to make delicious money saving meals and includes most of the essentials: Sugar, Coffee, Spices, Flour, Oil and many condiments.

Why Encantada?

Encantada Guest House Features: 2+ Deluxe Bedrooms, a spacious well equipped Kitchen, a large Sun Room, and an extra Large Bathroom. It is great for couple or groups traveling together and perfect for families with young children. The house sleeps up to 7 guests, and an infant with Crib, High Chair and Toys, available on request.

We are very pleased to welcome all kinds of travelers and we we live on the estate, so we are always accessible and we will to do whatever we can to make your stay fun and enjoyable!

All you have to do is unpack, relax and explore the natural wonders that Arenal has to offer. Our free personal Concierge Service can help you with Everything from Car Rental to Booking and Arranging your daily activities.

OUR AMENITIES INCLUDE:

Close to Adventure Activities

Free WiFi, Free Parking

Fully Screened Doors & Windows

Plenty of Hot Water

Flat Screen TV, Classic DVD Library, Book Exchange & Board Games

Charcoal BBQ, Double Hammock & lots of Outdoor Seating

Cool Mountain Breezes, Ceiling Fans and Fresh Air Ventilation

Comfy Beds & Quality Linens

In Room Safe & Security System

Over 2 Acres of Lush Tropical Gardens & Protected Rain forest Habitat

Private Hiking Trail to Creek Below

Full Guest Kitchen with Condiments & Spices

Free Concierge and Activity Booking Service

Stunning Views & Hot Tub Spa

Pure Mountain Spring Fed Water

Abundant Wildlife: Birds, Monkeys, Toucans, Jungle Animals

Personal Greeting upon arrival

Furry Ambassadors, Riley the Cat, and Dobby our rescue dog.

Private Estate, Peaceful, Relaxing, Secure

Perfect Retreat for Families or Honeymooners

Owner Operated means lots of Personal Service

Non-Smoking House. Smoking only in Designated Areas

Please Note:

1. A 2x4 or 4x4 SUV or other High Clearance Vehicle is Strongly Recommended in the Arenal Area. The road to El Castillo is rustic and rough road conditions may exist, This included navigating our own little cow path to paradise.

2. As a courtesy to Future Guests who might be allergic, the pets are not allowed to enter the house. Please feel free to enjoy their company Outside as much as you'd like.

3. The Sun room may serve as an extra bedroom using our Comfy Queen Airbed.

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More Details

Owner
Nita Kemsley
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Nita Kemsley

Greetings from the owners, Marty & Nita Kemsley.

We bought this Beautiful 2 acre property in 2006, with an eye toward early retirement in 2008 and the dream of running a small eco-friendly, culturally pleasing B&B. However due to the on going economic difficulties in the US, the grand scheme of our plan is now developing at a much slower pace than we had hoped for.

The Casita, as an independent vacation-rental, marks the completion of Phase One of our vision and Phase Two, will include a Spanish Colonial style B&B, with two additional upscale Cabinas. It will also feature, a Half Moon Infinity Swimming Pool with Volcano View, Hot Tub, More Landscaping and Further improvements. Your bookings are much appreciated and will move us ever closer to building the dream, one brick at a time! Pura Vida...There is nothing like it. Thank You!

Nita Kemsley purchased this guest house in 2006

Why Nita Kemsley chose El Castillo

There is something both magical and captivating about the area of El Castillo, Adding a sunset or an active lava flow from the Arenal volcano makes it mesmerizing.

Moving to Costa Rica is a calling and we were hooked on our very first trip.

What makes this guest house unique

We very much enjoy being unplugged and at one with nature and the local community. The Views and Tranquility here are awesome and we are grateful to God everyday for this wonderful opportunity. Pura Vida, is more than a tag line, it is a way of life here.

Hacienda Encantada, Costa Rica. It is Simply Magical!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wake up to the magical sound of howling monkeys and the view of..



A truly unique rental, very cozy and well appointed, in a very secluded location (4WD essential!), right in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle, with wonderful views of the lake and the arenal volcano! We were a family of 5 (3 adult children), and spent 4 nights here during our Christmas vacation to Costa Rica. Service by property manager was superb.
Nov 2011
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house rental in El Castillo, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • guest house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • mobile phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Large Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Extra Large Walk in Shower, on Demand Hot Water.
  • Extra Large Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Deluxe Queen Bedroom - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , Play & Pak Crib available on Request
    Triple Family Bedroom - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , Family Room Sleeps 3
    Sunroom/Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Used as a 3rd Bedroom with a Deluxe Queen Airbed
  • Rooms have Artisan Furniture, Original Art work, Dresser, Night stand, Reading Lamp, Closet and in Room Security Safe.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Spectacular Views, Privacy, Coffee Maker, Iron, Crock Pot, Bender, Rice Cooker Toaster, Condiments, Coffee, Cooking Spices, Complimentary Tour Booking Service, WiFi, Tiki Torches, Window Screens, Alarm System, Dead Bolt Locks, Volcano Views, Covered Patios, Covered View Terrace, Hammocks, Memory Foam Mattress, Pillow Top Mattress, Room Safes, Candles, Ceiling Fans, Security Lights, Solar Lights, Pure Fresh Spring Water, Herb Garden, Zen Garden, Spa/ Hot Tub, Cool Breezes, Very Close to Popular Costa Rica Tourist Attractions Like: Arenal Eco Zoo, Butterfly Conservatory, Sky Trek, ( Zip Lines) Sky Tram. Baldi Hot Springs, Tabacon Hot Springs, River Rafting, Rancho Margot and more. 2x4 or 4x4 or SUV VEHICLE SUGGESTED ! We do have two Jungle Kitties that live outside on the property.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.902439 based on 46 reviews
5

Tico home a great experience!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (my husband, myself and our 3 children in early-mid twenties) stayed at the Encantada for 4 nights in April, 2018. It was our first of 3 stops in Costa Rica and we were very pleased we started here. It was the most authentic, and least touristy spot we visited. The village of El Castillo was charming and we were pleased we decided to stay outside La Fortuna although we visited there twice to see the waterfall, hot springs, a coffee tour and do some shopping. Nita and Marty were incredibly helpful. We emailed several times before we arrived and they promptly answered all my questions and provided detailed directions that were great because we were driving from Liberia and got there just as the sun was setting. Nita will make recommendations and reservations for you at the various outdoor activity sites which we appreciated. The housed everything we needed, and felt very homey. You definitely need an SUV with 4 wheel drive as the roads in that area, including the path to the house, are not paved, very hilly and filled with potholes.

  • Review Submitted: 06/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review. You guys were great and we are so glad we got to know you!
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5

Awesome Property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here. The house is beautifully set on a mountain top with an outstanding view. Comfortable and equipped with everything one might possibly need. For sure one needs a tall vehicle 4x4 to access property as the entry hill is quite steep and roads leading to it are unpaved. This is part of the whole adventure !! Loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 27/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Place

  • 5 of 5

Great house with a view, well equipped kitchen, comfortably furnished and beautifully landscaped. Loved El Castillo area, less crowded than other lake and volcano towns. Don't miss the zip line at Sky Adventures! Most fun of the whole trip!

Nita and Marty were helpful in planning activities and taking care of the property.

  • Review Submitted: 05/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Tranquility and adventure!

  • 5 of 5

Three couples, all in our 30s, stayed at the encantada guest house for 4 nights at the end of December 2017. The house is beautiful, secluded, clean, and spacious enough. There is sleeping space in beds for 5 people plus an inflatable mattress which was comfortable. We would highly recommend a higher clearance vehicle. The drive from Liberia is an adventure with a lot of twists and turns and the final road to the guest house was rough. Recommendations for activities

Sky trek (zip line)

Sky river drift (not for the faint of heart)

Hanging bridges hike

Hot springs (we went to los Lagos)

Exploring the town of la fortuna

La fortuna waterfall

The guest house is located about 5 minutes from the sky adventure park and about 30 minutes from la fortuna.

We bought some groceries to make meals but there are so many wonderful local restaurants I would recommend going out for as many meals as possible. There isnt much of a grocery store anywhere near the guest house. We ended up cooking all of our food for one lunch because there were so many recommended restaurants that wanted to try. If you are looking for tranquility combined with eco adventure, encantada is your place!

  • Review Submitted: 06/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review! I do so hope you will be able to return again for another adventure.
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5

Great place, great owners

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views from this house, the owners are so nice and very helpful with booking activities.

  • Review Submitted: 25/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words.. I hope you'll get to come back and check out the New B&B when its ready! Nita
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5

Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Nita was wonderful to work with! She answered emails right away and greeted us upon arrival. The home was perfect for the 5 of us! Nita did had a few extra touches we don't see at other places. She had a fresh pitcher of water in the refrigerator for us. When my teenage son did not want to share a bed with his friend, Nita pulled out the air mattress for us. There was no one staying the night we left so she offered us a late check out with no extra charge. She helped with reserving our activities. My family really liked repelling the waterfalls. I chose to stay "HOME" and get a massage by Mellisa (she was wonderful)! I do recommend a 4 x 4 to get up the hill to the home, you will need the ground clearance. Having a 4 x4 is also fun to river though the rivers with. This home is close to Zip Lining and Hot Springs and other fun activities. We enjoyed this small community with a few Restaurants (Jon's Pizza and Howler's were a few of our favorites and we found the new restaurant (Can't remember the name) just down the road from our home had the best service. You can't be in a hurry in Costa Rica. EVERY restaurant we went to, we had to tell them we were ready for the check. You must got to one of the Hot Springs the "Free" spot was a fun experience , but the resorts are so nice. I have been to Tabacon in the past and it was amazing, however I feel it is way over priced. Nita recommend a very nice Hot Springs that only cost $15pp. $28.00 includes a dinner buffet. We all enjoyed the water slides and swimming and soaking in warm water. You won't be disappointed if you chose to stay at this home.

  • Review Submitted: 17/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carla Thanks so much for your kind words. I enjoyed meeting you and hosting your stay. Come back soon!
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
# 142
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Mama's Table, Fusion, Essence Arenal, Phoenix
Nearest Beach
90 Miles
Liberia
Car: necessary

Relax: Take a Photo Safari to the Bottom of Our Private Rainforest Trail, Howler Monkeys, Toucans, Butterflies and Humming Birds, Enjoy a Nap in the Double Hammock, Watch A Sunset, Costa Rica is about Adventure, your vacation Rental should be fun! So just go do it -GO Ziplining, Hike, Birdwatching, Go fishing, Visit Lake Arenal, Go to The Hot Springs.

Other Fun Things to Do!

Thrill to the Fastest, Longest & Highest Zip Lines in Costa Rica, Experience a Sky Trek on Soaring Suspension Bridges or Fancy a Tranquil Glide Through the Jungle on a Sky Tram, Make a Run in the Sun on either of Costa Rica’s Best White Water Rafting Rivers, the Rio Frio and the Rio Toro, Try Kayaking or Windsurfing on Lake Arenal, Rent a Mountain Bike or Take an ATV Tour, Visit the Country’s Largest Butterfly Conservatory and their Beautiful Botanical Garden, Test Your Courage by Holding a 125 lb Python, at the Arenal Eco Zoo, Famous for its Serpentarium and Frog Garden.

Take a Lava Hike on the Famous 1968 Volcano Trail, Ride a Horse up to La Fortuna Waterfall, Marvel over the Rio Celeste, and Much More!.. Costa Rica..It's Pura Vida

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday guest house near El Castillo, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$195
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
AU$195
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning AU$47.04

You Will be Charged a Late Check-out Fee of $35 per hour, if you do not request or pre-arrange for a Late Check Out, with me!
We strongly suggest you rent a 2x4 or 4x4 vehicle in Costa Rica, as many of the roads are very rough, including ours, in places. Especially during the Rainy season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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