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

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


About the property

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

' loving life on the hill with the parrots'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. *the ROOST*

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

2. * the PAPUGA ROOMS*

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

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


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

Private entry and independent space.

Rates are from $100 -125 .

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

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

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

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

ASK about extended stay program

and free upgrade when available

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you

More Details

Property Manager
Eduardo Gomez diaz
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
13 December, 2017

About Eduardo Gomez diaz

My name is Euardo gomez and I am 20yrs old. My mom ,Janet, is from Nicaragua and has an unbelievable life story of survival growing up during the Sandinista civil war in that country. My father charlie path is coming from a long career in the real estate biz ,in the US, to having the experience of ranching in Costa Rica has been a wonderful journey . My mom can teach you so much about natural herbal and medicinal plants and my children-ages 12-16 are great little guides. We really enjoy hosting visitors and especially families traveling with kids.

Eduardo Gomez diaz purchased this chateau / country house in 1999

Why Eduardo Gomez diaz chose San Carlos

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

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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

Guestbook comments from the manager

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

Also, Charlie and the family were so friendly and helped us a lot. Thank you for this nice vacation.
Jan 2013
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
San Jose 3+3.5 hrs drivetime
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Howlers Bar And Grill
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Punteranous 4 hr drive
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Linda Vista
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Guanacaste Beaches 4hr drive
Car: recommended

Parrot Hill is a small working ranch situated just outside the quaint village of El Castillo. Surrounded by 3 national parks/reserves this spot is ideal for nature lovers. High altitude (2700+ft) means it is fresh and cool and always green. Close by are various activities to keep you smiling. Sky Trek zip lines and hanging bridges, the largest live Butterfly and snake exhibits, hot springs, fishing -and more. In the pueblo are several fine dining establishments, including Howlers bar and grill.

We offer horseback riding which has been popular along with guided hiking tours to the volcano , rivers and Waterfalls and the forest. Cost is only $25 for our guest ($50 to public) Catch a Wapoti on Arenal lake. We have a couple of semi-wild parrots that will entertain you for hours. A free locally known hot spring fed river is about 30 min drive from the ranch.

Of course, if one would like to help out with some of the daily chores that is always a plus. The kids and adults as well love collecting fresh farm eggs for breakfast and feeding the ducks, shampooing the pony and /or chasing the sheep around the barn.

Parrot Hill is much more than a nice house with views, it is a lifelong memory waiting for you to make it so.

Hope to see you soon.

Thanks Charlie & family


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in San Carlos, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 222 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2-sky bungalow - toilet , shower enclosure , small but servicable and always clean
    Bathroom 1-Papuga Rooms - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , spacious -open feeling with great garden and Volcano view
    Bathroom 3-Parakeet Landing - toilet , shower enclosure , large lava rock shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 5/dorm room in 'Sky Bungalow' - 1 double bed , 3 single bed , 1 cot , 1 sofa bed/futon , sleeps 6 max counting sofa bed
    #4-Parakeet Landing - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3-Parakeet Landing - 1 large double bed , 1 child bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 1-Papuga Rooms - 1 extra lg. double bed , we build hardwood furniture -one of a kind furnishings
    Bedroom 2- sjy bungalow - 1 double bed , good mattress, super sunset lake view
  • All have views and are cozy. Baby crib/play pen available 2 Sofa /beds available
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Janet and I have been hosting travelers from all over the world for a couple of years. We enjoy it and so will you. We can offer good advice and help with tour reservations and in -house farm choice meals. Our strongest amenities are the sights and sounds of nature being at our doorstep. The experience of living on a ranch ,away from it all, for a few days is something really special.You can get involved ,or volunteer, if you like to help out. Collect eggs, learn to milk a cow, saddle a horse, or chase the sheep around, etc,etc. Usually some work needs to be done on a trail and the more help the merrier! Hands on if it suits you or sit back and relax on the scene, your choice. PURA VIDA (pure life) is a reality on the ranch. Everyone tells us that the views are the best from here but you need to see them for yourself. You're invited and hope to see you soon.


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New and introducing 'PARROT HILL'- vacation guest Ranch with a glorious view.
average rating of 4.7291665 based on 51 reviews

Costa Rica Connection

  • 5 of 5

The Parrot Hill experience begins with the drive there; some members of my extended family party thought we were heading to the edge of the Earth as we wound up the kilometers of unimproved road to the Inn. But the drive demonstrates how you're getting off the tourist path into the real Costa Rica.

The ranch and house are charming. Not at all a Holiday Inn -- again, real Costa Rica. So, be prepared to be in a ranch setting, and a local home, not a tourist hotel. But we enjoyed this a lot -- experiencing something genuine and local.

And, you're in the rain forest -- get used to rain! (And to mud, if you go hiking, or on the wonderful horseback ride/hike to the waterfall.)

The hosts are amazingly friendly and helpful. More like you're staying at a friend's place, than in a hotel with servants; there might be a little of a laid back attitude, but again, this is "genuine" local life, not an artificial facade.

We'd go back!

  • Review Submitted: 07/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good location, views and value...but reality fell short!!!

  • 2 of 5

After reading the description and reviews, we were really excited to be staying at Parrot Hill. We were attracted to it being family-oriented, with opportunities for kids to help with farm chores, and enjoy homecooked food. Unfortunately, it didn't completely live up to it in reality.

The property is in a great location with beautiful views, and the owners Eduardo (Charlie's son) and Janet (Charlie's wife) are very friendly. If you are looking for wildlife, you will find it here... In addition to the farm and wildlife, the family also have dogs and cats that frequently wonder into the property (even through your bedroom window at night).

You are very close to some fun activities - sky adventure zip, rainforest chocolate tour, eco Terra hanging bridges tour, ecotermales, proyecto Asis. Everyone (especially our teens) had a good time.

Nearby, there are are some good places to eat - Cafe Mediterranean, Mia Terra, Mr Coffee (la fortuna), Pizza John, Howler Bar (nearby). Everything was tasty and reasonably priced.

Sadly our stay in the property was not perfect. With the exception of the main upstairs accommodation (which was nice), the other accommodation was less than ideal, with strong odors, a non-working bathroom, and cold water for showers. Also a lot of the advertised amenities (fans, dishwashers, microwave, washer/dryer, stove, fully-equipped kitchen) were broken/unavailable during our stay. We also had inconsistent service for things like homecooked meals, laundry changes, and garbage/recycle removal.

BUT...despite this, it's still a wonderful property and a lot of the issues could be put down to owner transition and the size of our group (thirteen). If you are planning to stay at Parrot Hill, here are some suggestions that may help:

- Bring some shopping essentials with you like breakfast cereal, trash bags, coffee, milk etc. The nearest supermarket is 30 minutes away, so it's good to pick things up on the way in.

- A 4x4 drive is essential. You will not get there without one.

- Bring your allergy medication if you are remotely allergic to anything. Pets will visit you during the night.

- Plan to eat out, or cook in

- use Waze for navigation

- use WhatsApp for communication. Most locals use it, and it will save your cellular plan.

As a side note, the property descriptions on the website should be updated to reflect some or the owner changes that have occurred and the amenities available.

  • Review Submitted: 15/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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1 Star accommodations 5 Star disappointment

  • 1 of 5

We left after one night of a three night stay. If there would have been more pictures posted we would not have rented.

Trust me, we have rented on VRBO and other sites for years and have rented close to 20 properties, we really are easy going people, but the collective looks on our groups faces when they saw this place, we had to leave or risk ruining our families dream vacation.

No arguing they have a million dollar view, but one star accommodations. We went into town after being there only one night (12 hours) and rented a hotel room. Some of the low lights:

Furnishings were old, lights not working in the jungle, no TV or internet as advertised. Th beds we awful, the pillows, felt like rolled up towels stuffed int an old pillow case....

You need a 4 wheel drive to get there and we did not have one and we arrived at night in the rain.

They offer dinner on their website, so we had arranged through email for it to be prepared the first night as we drove 10 hours and we had 9 kids in our large group. We barely arrived up the mountain without 4 wheel drive, in the dark, in the rain and no dinner. So we asked for breakfast. They delivered and it was good, but it was also twice the price as advertised on their webpage, even after they dropped the ball the night before, so we left. They charged per person in our party although we had an infant that could not eat the meal.

Bugs we expected, but not to this extent on the mountain. Make no mistake, it is modified camping. Kids woke up to ants and bugs inside of their suitcases...Could not get a breeze in the hot rooms as the screens had large holes in them and the bugs came flying in...

Eduardo was nice, accommodations need a ton of work to meet thei guests expectations for a rental on VRBO.

  • Review Submitted: 07/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic Costa Rica experience, warm family

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 09/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unique Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 07/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing people, house and area

  • 5 of 5

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

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

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

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

  • Review Submitted: 22/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$46.31
Damage Insurance AU$78.07

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Important note~ please ignore the dates on the above rate chart ie:2020yr??? it was fake entry to workaround to show 3 rental option packages for the different spaces or combination thereof. The format does not allow such flexibility so I figured at least you, the traveler, will see it laid in. Of course I will answer questions and give you an exact quote.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.