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Encantada Guest House: Villa for 7, Free Nite Hike, An Extraordinary Experience

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


About the property

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


Costa Rica's motto, is Pura Vida, meaning “Enjoy life and be happy,” 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.


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.


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.

Book Now! Pura Vida is Waiting!

More Details

Nita Kemsley
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house rental in El Castillo

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • 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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Large Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Extra Large Walk in Shower, on Demand Hot Water.
  • Extra Large Shower
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • 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
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.


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average rating of 4.904762 based on 47 reviews

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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Great local location. Well maintained property and very helpful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Need a higher clearance vehicle to be on the safe side but once there the property was very nice. Everything was clean and very well maintained inside and out. Owners were very helpful even with finding some medicine for me (not related to anything in CR). The cat and dog were very friendly and like to follow you around. (They aren’t allowed in the house so no allergy concerns). Plenty to do nearby. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 26/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you. Let us know if we can answer any questions about your Utah project. Cheers Nita & Marty
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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
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. I am sorry I did not get the opportunity to meet you this time around. I do hope you get to come back to Encantada soon. The road is actually passable in a regular car, albeit with a few extra lumps & bumps along the way. We always recommend a 4x4 SUV to our guests because our area is very rural. Parts of our little road are paved but it is still a literally cow path and the way in off the main indeed rustic! We hope to do more improvements on our section of the road soon in the fall.
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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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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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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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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
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


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday guest house around the El Castillo

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Slow Season
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
1 night minimum stay
Holiday 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
1 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018
17 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
High 2019
1 Jan 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning AU$48.22

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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