A HOME SURROUNDED BY BIRDS, FLOWERS, FANTASTIC VIEWS AND HOT SPRINGS. EXC. RATES

Grant Carlson

Speaks spanish, english
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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A HOME SURROUNDED BY BIRDS, FLOWERS, FANTASTIC VIEWS AND HOT SPRINGS. EXC. RATES

Volcano Arenal House Rental Photos and Description

Home 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms. Cabana 1 bedroom /1 bathroom

We are central, yet secluded, with patios, balconies and grounds looking on to the world famous Arenal Volcano. This Almendro home has a wrap-around balcony, is gated and very private.

We are near the charming town of La Fortuna, and our area is famous for its diversity of interests. These include bird watching, river rafting, jungle cruises, jungle canopy tours, butterfly farms, horseback riding, world famous spas and hot springs or relaxing and enjoying the best views of the spectacular Arenal Volcano. And because we are well located on the main road, all is within easy access. I encourage everyone who is planning on visiting to read the reviews of our home to help determine your decision for your visit to this lovely part of the world.

We have been a Bed and Breakfast for about 15 years, with excellent reviews in the guide books, Our housekeeper/cook Miriam is local, friendly, helpful and has developed a great reputation for her breakfasts, which you can read about in the reviews. She is the soul of the place.

Security: Although the property is on the main road, with easy access to all the local attractions, it is gated, fenced, on a partial rise, and thus very safe and private. The newly formed 'tourist police' make regular checks with all the property owners.

Beginning in the new year (2015) we will also be looking at long term rentals

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • limited accessibility
Grant Carlson (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Grant Carlson

I'm a Canadian who came here in 1993 for a combination of adventure and investment. I built a home in La Palma overlooking Arenal Volcano, and because of the shortage of places for people to stay gradually became involved in tourism. It has been a wonderful experience meeting people from all over the world. When it comes to the wonders of nature, everyone reacts in a similar way. Awe, respect and wonder and delight.

Grant Carlson purchased this house in 1995

Why Grant Carlson chose Volcano Arenal

When I decided on Costa Rica as a place to live in and invest I knew very little, apart from its positive reputation. It was only later that I realized I needed a 'where' in Costa Rica. After driving around the country for a week or so I arrived in La Fortuna and immediately knew that this was where I wanted to be. It was something I still can't explain. I built the home, which eventually evolved into a B and B, about two years after arriving. I drove a fifth wheel down here from Vancouver and lived in that until the house was complete.

What makes this house unique

The Nicaraguan and Costa Rican people Ive become friends with over the years have enhanced my life immeasurably. As well. the climate, the greenery, fresh air, the birds and, of course, the volcano, all serve to make this area a very special place in the world.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Two friends and I recently visited Arenal and stayed at this wonderful home just outside of La Fortuna. We had a great time, mostly because of the wonderful hospitality of the owner and his staff. The home itself is beautiful with wonderful views of the volcano and rainforest. Grant went out of his way to help us plan our stay: he helped set up various excursions and provided great recommendations on things to do. Miriam cooked amazing breakfasts every morning, and we couldn't have asked for more. It made everything so easy. If I ever return to Arenal, I will certainly want to stay here again!



Recommended for:Families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway, pet owners, age 55+.
Nov 2011
  • 1 of 5
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 28 traveler reviews

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A home surrounded by birds, flowers, fantastic views and hot springs. Exc. Rates
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews
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A home surrounded by birds, flowers, fantastic views and hot springs. Exc. Rates
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333618
+1 604 325 5277
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
Dripping Springs, Texas
5

Incredible Experience

  • 5 of 5
We stayed here for 5 nights. It truly is a bird lovers paradise! The house is perfect but the setting is unforgettable. We took a Costa Rican bird book and identified over 30 species of birds from our porch! We saw a sloth (thanks to the property managers who pointed it out to us) just across the street. Really beautiful setting with many wonderful things to do a very short drive away. We did whitewater rafting, hanging bridges, hot springs, waterfall hike, zip-lining and more. We also found time to lounge and watch the birds.

One of the most incredible aspects of this house is the people. Miraim came every day and made unbelievable breakfasts. She actually IS everything people say she is in these reviews. Amazing food! Also, Mireya and Omar stayed in the casita on the property (property managers) and made sure that we had everything we needed. The owner called to check on us to make sure we arrived safely. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful,..... true pleasure to meet.

I want to live there!!! You will NOT be disappointed!
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind response and it means so very much to us.

I am sorry I was unable to be there to great you but knew that Miriam and Mireya would do their best to make you and your family happy and comfortable. And it seems they did!! Our breakfast are really becoming famous!

Cheers, and wishing you all the very best,

Grant
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A home surrounded by birds, flowers, fantastic views and hot springs. Exc. Rates
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333618
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Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
Minnesota
5

Bird lover paradise

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for only 3 nights. This is a very nice place. The 3rd bedroom is above the carport. There are wrap around porches on both floors of the house. Part of our group are bird watchers and they had plenty of birds to watch. There was a pair of toucans that can ever day to the tree near by. Miriam made AWSOME breakfast every day. The only bad thing was the noise. There is traffic because of the main road and at night Mother Nature gets a little loud. If your a light sleeper bring some earplugs. But we enjoyed our stay and would stay here again if we ever come back.
  • Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank You so much, Katherine, and we're so happy we lived up to our reputation. I'll pass your kind words on to Miriam.

All the very best,

Grant
business
A home surrounded by birds, flowers, fantastic views and hot springs. Exc. Rates
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333618
+1 604 325 5277
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
Nashville, TN
5

Amazing Property. Even more amazing service!

  • 5 of 5
Grant's home is fantastic. Everything you need to relax and enjoy your time there. It's completely private, yet located on the main road......this made getting around extremely convenient. Hot Springs and tons of outdoor adventure are within an easy walk or drive.
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, Russ, and I'll certainly pass them along to Miriam. As you know we don't advertise at all so these reviews mean everything to us. Cheers, and I hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday in Costa Rica as much as you did in La Posada!

All the very best, Grant
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A home surrounded by birds, flowers, fantastic views and hot springs. Exc. Rates
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333618
+1 604 325 5277
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
Littleton, Colorado
5

Excellent getaway spot!

  • 5 of 5
Christine and Ian were awesome hosts that provided us with a wealth of information to help us decide on our desired adventures which we enjoyed oh so much. Miriam made an awesome breakfast each morning during our stay and is an excellent asset for this property. She deserves kuddos for her ability to cook and clean and perhaps an increase in her salary? :-) Thank you so very much for an awesome time.
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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A home surrounded by birds, flowers, fantastic views and hot springs. Exc. Rates
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333618
+1 604 325 5277
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
Washington DC
5

Just perfect: house, gardens, service, all perfect

  • 5 of 5
You cannot ask for anything more: reasonably priced, safe, convenient, would go back for Miriam's breakfast right now! Feed the birds and you will enjoy the company of more than 30 different types of birds during breakfast. Fast internet like we did not have in the entire country; this house provided the comfort we needed after one week roughing it out in Sierpe and Tortuguero.

There were 8 of us: two couples one each in each of the master bedrooms and 4 preteens in the adjacent cabina. We hiked to the top of Cerro Chato and swam in the lake in its carter, ziplined thorugh and over the canopy, walked over hanging bridges, and went to The Springs (2 days for one ticket). And more. Also, the steak at Cascajos is outstanding. The house is close to everything -restaurants, attractions, spas- but not too close. And it offers the best views of the volcano.

The owner is a dear and lives close by for anything you may need. Take advantage of this property before it is sold!!
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for that!!

Miriam, as you know, really deserves a lot of credit for making this place what it is, and I'll be sure to pass along your compliments.

All the very best from both of us, and thank you again!

Grant
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A home surrounded by birds, flowers, fantastic views and hot springs. Exc. Rates
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333618
+1 604 325 5277
Volcano Arenal Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal
Texas
5

AMAZING!!!!

  • 5 of 5
This home was PERFECT for our group of 4 adults and two children! The lush gardens and spectacular view of the volcano were our favorite features. Christine and Ian were such wonderful and kind hosts and Miriam made a delicious breakfast with a big smile every morning. Breakfast was our favorite time of the day during our way too short 3-night stay. We stretched it out for hours, at the large and comfortable outdoor dining table, talking, watching the extensive variety of birds, listening to the toucans chatter, and watching the smoke puff out of the volcano. It was perfect. I have to add that the shower was also a favorite feature! My children LOVED all of the birds, watching the volcano while swinging on the two hammocks, and even the treat of getting to watch a movie upstairs one night while us adults played cards. Thank you so much for creating such a magical environment filled with love. We enjoyed every second!!!
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The area has many famous natural springs heated underground by the Volcano, and is also famous for its birds and other wild life,and its easy access to rain forests, Lake Arenal is the largest lake in Costa Rica and just a few minutes away by car.and is known for world famous rafting and wind surfing Of course there are canopy tours, horse rentals to the famous La Fortuna waterfall (and other areas as well). It's very easy to fill in an entire week enjoying all the natural activities in the area without doing the same thing twice.

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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

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Amenities

Amenities

Volcano Arenal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Lake
  • Town
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Broadband Access
  • Garage ...
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Cabina Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • En suite upstairs also has a door leading from the living area. Downstairs bathroom has very large tub sink and shower. Both bathrooms are done in Spanish style ceramics. The bathroom in the private Cabina includes a sink and shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    cabina - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Large Master Bedroom has an en suite and sliding bronzed glass doors leading on to the wrap around balcony. Downstairs house bedroom also has sliding bronzed glass doors leading on to the patio and garden area. Third bedroom is in the nearby private cabina which is a part of the complex.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Books
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Wood Deck
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • rain forests
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • restaurants
  • forests
  • pond
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
We have a housekeeper who will have everything prepared for your arrival. The house is situated on the Rio La Palma which is a short hike down to the bottom of the property. Across the small river, actually a large creek, is jungle. Monkeys visit regularly but at times known only to them. We have feeders so there are always plenty of birds around. Deer, wild boar, pesote, and other animals have also been sited. Of course there is an abundance of flowers as well. It s a very comfortable home which fits into the surrounding ambiance quite naturally. There are interesting views everywhere. It is private and enclosed yet near everything the area has to offer.
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