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Joe Anderson

Speaks english, french, german, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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La Fortuna Chalet Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, sleeps 4 comfortably, optional blowup bed for children

Our 'Castle in The Clouds' is just seven km from Volcano Arenal, perched 700m above sea-level overlooking the volcano, rainforest, pastures and Lake Arenal. Wake to the sound of howler monkeys, toucans and parrots and enjoy your first cup of locally-grown coffee on our enormous 25 sq. m. covered deck. At night, watch the lava flows or count the stars overhead. Our home features a splash pool to cool off after a busy day of eco-adventuring. You can walk to many attractions in the village, including several quaint local restaurants. The home features casual dining indoor or out, hot water throughout, and stunning views from every room. It is completely equipped with a full-sized fridge with ice-maker, gas stove, microwave and blender and includes twice-weekly cleaning service (more often optional on request). An optional personal laundry service is also available. Active or passive, this is the perfect home base for your Arenal vacation!

In the last few months, we've been busy landscaping our property. Although our small stretch of the road is usually in good shape it is steep and the road coming into El Castillo is very rough. We highly recommend a 4x4 vehicle for all your excursions in Costa Rica. We now feature a paved driveway, a separate covered Gazebo (perfect for al fresco dining) and the yard has been completely enclosed with a custom-made 5' stone and wrought-iron fence. You'll enjoy our garden paradise yard featuring a variety of local and tropical plants designed to maximize your Costa Rica experience.

Now-Book Local Tours and Attractions: John Divita (the famous Pizza John), our on-site host can now book many local tours and attractions for you on your arrival, saving you the hassle of running around. From zipline tours, hot springs spas and volcano hikes to a horseback ride to a real eco-farm, you can be as busy or as relaxed as you like, but you'll never run out of things to do in the area. Just ask John when you arrive and he'll be happy to make recommendations and reservations for you.

July 2011: If you catch the new reality show 'Love in the Wild' airing on CTV in Canada or NBC in the US, you'll experience life in El Castillo. They were filming the series when we visited in March and almost all of the scenes were shot in and around our little neighbourhood.

Read about 'Love in the Wild' here

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Joe Anderson

This advertiser has been with since 2011
Speaks english, french, german, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Property Reviews

31 Reviews Write a Review
Lake Arenal-Stunning views of the lake, volcano and jungle.
average rating of 4.8 based on 31 reviews
Lake Arenal-Stunning views of the lake, volcano and jungle.
La Fortuna Alajuela Province

Wonderful Oasis!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2013

We stayed at El Castillo in March 2013 & loved every bit of it!

The property has everything you need. All updated & not just nice, but very nice with so many little touches that put it over the top. The views are amazing! The wildlife in the trees is just what you want when you go to a tropical paradise.

It is a bit off the beaten path, which was perfect for us. Yes the roads are a bit rough, but if you’re driving through the Arenal area you should already be prepared for that.

We met Pizza John at his restaurant which was a nice respite after a long drive. He led us to the property & we enjoyed his company so much that we asked him to stay for a drink. The owners knew we were coming from our Costa Rican wedding & had a bottle of champagne waiting for us – another very nice touch. We took advantage of the local convenience store & restaurant & had everything we needed. We had no problems getting to & from the property, just be aware that you need a bit more time, but it’s worth it to have your own oasis. Pizza John arranged a horseback ride with the local guy (meaning the guy down the street, a true local) who met us at the house in the morning with horses.

Our only regret is that we didn’t have more time here. We would absolutely recommend this property!
Lake Arenal-Stunning views of the lake, volcano and jungle.
La Fortuna Alajuela Province

Great house with amazing views

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
Overall, a very good experience.

The owner was always friendly and has been very flexible with our requests.

The house was great, very clean and well maintained, with two beautiful rooms and bathrooms. The kitchen was nicely equiped. The swimming pool is not big but you really have a stunning view from it, as well as from the entire house.

But this wonderful view and environment can also be a drawback for some people and this is the only reason why we are rating this house 4/5 instead of 5/5.

The house is located far away from the first city (la fortuna). We were in the house with our parents, and this was kind of an issue. Local shops and restaurants are ok for one or two days but not for a week, and not (always) for persons coming from a main european city. Besides the distance and duration (40min), the road is difficult in the last 20min and can even be very uncomfortable during the last 5min (a 4x4 is a must have !).

However, we enjoyed our stay tremendously and would recommend this house.
Lake Arenal-Stunning views of the lake, volcano and jungle.
La Fortuna Alajuela Province

Trip of a life time!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
There isn't enough space in this review to share with everyone the experiences we shared while staying at this amazing location!
First, Joe is the best owner we have rented from. He is very timely in his responses and does a fantastic job getting you to his location and providing you a ton to do if you opt to venture out.
The home is stunning. The drive to alone is an adventure! The views are simply breathtaking. The home is equipped with EVERYTHING you will need to make your stay comfortable.
The village is so welcoming! We were invited to both a Xmas Eve and Xmas day dinner by locals we met as we ventured out! Our caretakers were incredibility helpful. Make sure you have a lunch with them, their food is incredible! The quality of their companionship will go unmatched.
If you desire to get away from the masses and to avoid tourist traps, this is the place to come. There certainly plenty of those placed to visit however, if you are into sustainable living, local feel, and adventure, this is the place to come.
I would highly suggest taking the hike up the volcano, go horse bike riding, sit in the hot springs, and most importantly RELAX at their home.

Thank you Joe for making your home available for others to use! We have used homeaway several times and this was by far our best experience!
Lake Arenal-Stunning views of the lake, volcano and jungle.
La Fortuna Alajuela Province

Remote location that feels like home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
This beautiful home is located in el Castillo, which is about a 30 min drive from the nearest town, la fortuna. It had a beautiful view, modern house, fully furnished, lots of space, kitchen is fully stocked even with spices and coffee. The pool is really pretty. There is a little outdoor sheltered area that is amazing for breakfast as well as an beautifully thought out panoramic viewing room on the second floor. We were very comfortable for our 3 nights and didn't have problems with any Mosquitos or other bug bites!

Be warned though that the location is very remote. We arrived in the evening and had to drive on a very bumpy road at nighttime for about 20 minutes. You really can't go much faster than 20 miles/hour on it. There are a few restaurants in the area but I'd recommend this place if you want some time alone and feel like preparing a few meals of your own. Would be great for 2 couples or a family.

We loved arenal, be sure to do the cerro chato hike!
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We're so glad you had a great time. We fell in love with the community and the views on our first visit and building the home here has been a labor of love. The photos were taken before we enclosed the second floor to create a panoramic sunroom which gives the home much more useable space without detracting from it's best attribute-the views. This is now our favorite room.
As you know, we strongly recommend that all our guests rent a 4x4 for travel within Costa Rica as roads are steep and rough once you leave the main highways and it's only when you leave the highways that you get to experience the authentic "Tico" lifestyle.
Once again, thank you and we hope you come back to Costa Rica soon!
Lake Arenal-Stunning views of the lake, volcano and jungle.
La Fortuna Alajuela Province

The views are absolutely breathtaking!

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
The pictures don't do the views justice and they are why I chose this house. It's definitely off the beaten (paved) path. Do not try to find this house when it's getting dark and raining! We had not been give the updated contact and found Pizza Johns place closed and for sale! After the long, winding, crazy drive from San Jose all we wanted to do was get to the house and relax. Once we finally arrived it was more than we could ask. Nice clean house, beautifully landscaped gardens and outstanding views of the Volcan Arenal, Arenal Lake and the countryside. Definatley need a 4x4 vehicle to reach this lofty palace. Everything you could need was in the house. We were a bit concerned that it did not have A/C, but the cool breezes at night were refreshing, especially after enjoying a dip in the pool. I definately recommend trying to get up early enough to see the sunrise over he volcano, these are my best photos of the entire trip!
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
San Jose Juan Santamaria or Liberia
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
either coast
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Car: recommended

Arenal Volcano. Lake Arenal. Backs onto Arenal National Forest. Close to La Fortuna and Tabacon Resort. Volcano Arenal is the second-most-visited tourist attraction in Costa Rica, after Manuel Antonio. Our village is located 10 km off the main highway inside the National Park in the quaint village of El Castillo (population 300). Lonely Planet recommended, El Castillo is the perfect base to explore the many attractions this area has to offer. Within the village, you'll find horseback riding, restaurants, the butterfly conservatory, the serpentarium, canoe and kayak rentals and a pulperia (village store). Within a comfortable drive, you'll find the SkyTram, zipline tours, whitewater rafting, the Hanging Bridges, the Arenal Observatory, yoga, hiking trails, Monteverde National Park and a dozen or more hot-springs resorts to suit any budget.

Breaking news-they're filming M.Night Shyamalin's 'After Earth' starring Will and Jaden Smith in our neighbourhood month of February.

Other Activities: Hiking-our European visitors rave about the many interesting hiking trails starting right at your front door.

Horseback riding- 150 metres down the road.

Butterflies or snakes-both museums are walkable from the house

Hot Springs-the area is famous for a dozen hot spring resorts where a day pass is as little as $15pp or join the locals at the 'free' springs right off the main highway.

Ziplining-You have several choices within a few minutes drive of thehouse

SkyTram-for those who prefer a less strenuous ride, take the SkyTram right to the base of the volcano.

Kayak rentals-in the village, explore Lake Arenal and its many islands.

ATV rentals-10 minutes away, guided ATV tours of the area.

The Volcano-choose from several vantage points including the Observatory or the National park.

Massage Therapy-walk-ins welcome or our host can book an in-home massage for you.

Yoga-available at Racho Margot in the village, a world-class eco retreat.

Or just relax in the gazebo or by the pool

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Availability & Rates

La Fortuna Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
Jan 16 2014 - May 14 2014
3 nights
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 30 2014
3 nights
Dec 14 2014 - Jan 10 2015
3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Notes There is a $10 per person per night fee for more than 4 guests. Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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La Fortuna Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 144 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • River
  • Mountain
  • Lake
  • Village
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Backpack
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Living Room
  • Secure Parking
  • Living Area
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Kitchen
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , main floor
  • Eco-friendly toiletries are provided. Our water is natural spring water from high in the mountains.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Green Room - 1 queen , Volcano and Lake views
    Blue Room - 1 queen , Volcano and Jungle views
  • Accommodates 4 comfortably with ensuite baths (glass-enclosed showers) in both rooms. There is an optional queen-size blowup bed suitable for children on request (no extra charge) and a futon couch. Please specify at time of booking. Bedrooms are luxury appointed each with its own satellite television and a walkout to the 25 sq. m covered deck (very secure and private). Linens are changed twice weekly, or more often at an optional extra charge ($10 per day). Toiletries and towels are provided.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Small Cooler
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • In Ground Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • volcano
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
  • rain forests
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • horseback riding
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • wind-surfing
  • equestrian events
  • whitewater rafting
  • cycling
  • rafting
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • fly fishing
  • sailing
  • mountain climbing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • mountaineering
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • jet skiing
Smoking allowed outside only. Small pets considered, but the environment can be hazardous for pets allowed to roam due to local wildlife and livestock. 4 x 4 vehicle highly recommended as Costa Rican roads can be rough and steep.

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