Nuevo Arenal house rental - Front view of home, with surrounding rainforest and lake view!
Front view of home, with surrounding rainforest and lake view!
 
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
Minimum Stay 4 nights
 

Nuevo Arenal House Rental Photos and Description
House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Arenal (also called 'Nuevo Arenal') is in a less visited area of Costa Rica, between the towns of Tilaran and La Fortuna. Within easy reach are the Hanging Bridges of Arenal, Lake Arenal (windsurfing, sailing, jet-skiing, fishing), an Eco-Lodge (bird-watching, rainforest trails, hiking, horseback riding), boat trips to Monteverde, white-water rafting, canopy tours and rappelling. The amenities of both towns as well as the world-famous Tabacon Resort and Arenal Volcano lie within less than 45 minutes easy drive.

You have the best of both worlds - a secluded, beautiful and quiet paradise with all the amenities within easy reach. What is more, in Nuevo Arenal, we enjoy the perfect climate of 80ºF during the day and 65ºF in the evening, with a soft, refreshing breeze all day long.

This beautiful detached bungalow sits in its own gated grounds, complete with gardened terraces, private pool, and sweeping views of tropical rainforest jungle, Lake Arenal, and the hills of Monteverde beyond. You literally wake up to the sound of Howler Monkeys and Toucans every morning! You can linger in our pool, take a pleasant walk on our garden terraces or in the jungle beyond, or be more adventurous with the dozens of activities offered in La Fortuna, a short drive away.

In the evening, you might try one of our many restaurants nearby (the world-class 'Gingerbread' restaurant is within easy reach, and also nearby is the famous 'Caballo Negro'), or enjoy a romantic dinner at home in the seclusion of your own private mahogany-furnished dining room, as you watch the sun setting over the lake.

Our private property is perfect for couples, each of our three bedrooms having its own self-contained bathroom. You have access to the world with free WiFi Internet, telephone, fax and photocopier, computer with printer, and SKY satellite TV. There is also an impressive collection of DVD movies and an extensive library with books on local travel, cuisine, nature and history.

While many of our guests do enjoy all that the area has to offer, many choose to spend an entire week languishing by the pool, enjoying our beautiful gardens, lake/jungle view, local wildlife, birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, or just sleeping-in!

Please see our website for more details and bigger photographs! Click on the VRBO link or see our website, displayed in the link below.

Keywords: Luxurious private detached vacation home with pool on the banks of Lake Arenal, surrounded by rainforest filled with wildlife. Near Arenal Volcano, local hot springs, zip lines/canopy and horse riding! 3 bedrooms - 2 KING SIZED. FREE WiFi!

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We offer a unique vacation rental experience, from the moment we meet you with keys and a welcome basket, a tour of the property and generous information about our beautiful area. We have been managing this property for ten years now, and our guests return year after year.

The Owner purchased this house in 1995

The location is simply stunning; we are on the bank of Lake Arenal facing south, with towering trees to the sides and back of the property to give total privacy, yet the house is located in a gated community with good neighbors only a few moments away. Shopping and excellent restaurants are only a few short minutes' drive from Neuvo Arenal, and the area is rich in activities including zip-lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking and fishing. Sometimes the nicest day of our stay is when we choose to relax at the house and watch the myriad of beautiful birds that come to our feeders, listen to the wild parrots as they fly overhead, try to spot the howler monkeys and just let the day flow by as we relax on the covered deck and enjoy the freshest air we have ever found anywhere.

91 Reviews of Property 129631 in Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!
average rating of 4.986111 based on 91 reviews
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  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
Casa Gavilan couldn't have been a better start to our Costa Rican vacation. This is the first time we have rented a house and anchored in one spot for five days. What a great decision! The house is wonderful---clean, attractive, well-equipped, cozy, comfortable, safe and welcoming. The beautiful gardens and views of the lake and ever-changing skies are hypnotic.The owner, Ian, would be a great penpal. Responsive, easygoing and friendly even in email. He and his wife, Lynne, must be special people because everyone we met in the town of Arenal seemed to know and love them. The property managers, Ed and Leslie, are the kind of people you'd invite home for Thanksgiving dinner. The community is neat and even the neighbor will become your new BFF. After two days of slothful relaxation, we were joined by our "kids" and their "significant others." The three master bedrooms with private FULL baths guaranteed a harmonious trip! We stayed during the rainy season and have no regrets. In fact, we think it was better because we "owned" every activity we did. If you don't mind the drama of tropical storms and mud, you'll reap the rewards of fewer tourists. We ziplined (better views here than in Monteverde), rode horses, "did" Hanging Bridges, hiked to volcano lookouts, went white water rafting (awesome!), paddled on a river safari to see the flora and fauna, spent an evening at Tabacon (save your money) and kicked back at Casa Gavilan. It was so much fun to cook and eat in (go get the pre-seasoned chicken at the butcher shop next to the supermarket) that we didn't eat out much, but Gingerbread is a MUST for fun and food (brilliant!) and Lucky Bug is great for breakfast and banter. I guess if I had to say something negative, it would be that the birds were apparently jealous that we were on vacation so they decided to take one too. We set out fruit religiously each day but nothing came to eat it. The only Toucans we saw were the ones in Casa Gavilan's artwork. But the butterflies made up for it and the howling of the monkeys in the morning kept us ever mindful that we were "not in Kansas anymore." All in all, there is PLENTY to see and do in the Lake Arenal area and Casa Gavilan will quickly become your second home.
Helpful votes: 5/5
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  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
The trip to Costa Rica was wonderful and my friends and I are so happy that we choose to stay at Casa Gavilan. From the outset, Ian and Lynn were very helpful at providing any and all information that I requested and more! The house was in great condition and we were met by Ed and Leslie who provided us with some food staples to get us by until we could make it to the grocery store. The nearest town is Nuevo Arenal and has some great grocery stores, a bank, and some great bars and food! We stopped by the bar one night and met some great people who helped us with finding great things to do in Costa without having to spend too much money. One resident even took us on a tour of Lake Arenal on his boat! The house had everything one could ask for! It is very important to keep the kitchen clean to avoid seeing bugs, and it is wise to keep the screen door shut if you don't like insects. The views from the house and other house in the neighborhood were absolutely amazing! We ventured one day to the Lucky Bug and the girl who works there, Monica, was extremely helpful and was able to arrange a budget horseback ride that was right around the corner from the house. We ventured into La Fortuna almost every day, and that is a great town too! Just be wary of the tourist traps...they tend to over charge for the attractions. Overall the trip was great and I think we all want to move there! Thank you so much and this house is highly recommended!!
Helpful votes: 4/4
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  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
Thank you Ian and Lynn for sharing this wonderful experience. The lake is beautiful and very inviting. Thank you Monica, you helped us a lot on scheduling activities. Ed greeted us with warmth and genuine kindness, and was always there to help-Thank you.
Whether you are an avid birdwatcher or not, you will be by the time you leave. The monkeys will alert you of the weather more accurately than the local weather man. The pool was refreshing after a hard day of playing and eating. The house and grounds are beautifully maintained and make you feel at home. Again, thank you all.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
The home and site are more beautiful than the photos and descriptions show. It was the perfect stay in paradise with the natural rainforest fiews and gardens. Waking up to the sounds of monkeys, exotic birds and the sighs of humming birds and tucans was amazing. The location was ideal and near any adventure activity that could be desired. The property managers were extremely pleasant and accommodating. Just spending the day on the property was a joy as well as a satisfying experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit Costa Rica. I will definately go back on my next visit.
Helpful votes: 4/4
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Sussex, England
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You won't find a better house!

You won't find a better house!
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 24, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
We were originally scheduled to spend 3 weeks at Casa Gavilan but an Icelandic volcano decided to intervene. UK airspace was closed the day before we were due to fly out of London. I have nothing but praise for Ian and Lynn (the owners) and Ed and Leslie (the caretakers) for their communication, patience, understanding, and flexibility as our flights changed on an almost daily basis. We eventually arrived 6 days later than planned, and there at the house to meet us, completely unfazed, were Ed and Leslie.

Casa Gavilan was everything we had hoped for – beautifully designed and furnished with lovely gardens. The pool was just right and we used it two or three times every day.

We brought some guide books and wildlife books with us from the UK but it was unnecessary as the reference library at the house is very comprehensive.

The wildlife around the house is amazing. We did long walks at Arenal Hanging Bridges and Santa Elena Reserve, which were a great experience, but you will see as much wildlife sitting on the patio at Casa Gavilan with a cold beer. There is even a tree frog living by the pool who comes out every evening.

We had three feeders out for the Hummingbirds and by the end of the first week they were getting through 2 litres of sugar/water mix a day! (There is a recipe at the house). If you keep a selection of fruit available on the bird table you will also get a great variety of other birds. A good pair of binoculars is a must to spot the birds in the surrounding trees. We heard the howlers every day at the house but didn’t see them. We did see them on the road to Tileran and on the road from Nuevo Arenal towards the volcano.
Keep an eye out for the Kingfisher who sits above the pond by the road from the main road down to the house.

We had read about the bad roads in Costa Rica so were expecting the worse but were pleasantly surprised. Yes they are only one lane each way, but there were no potholes and we had no problems. The road from Nuevo Arenal around to the volcano is a very pleasant drive.

We found everything we needed in the local shops and probably entertained the locals with our attempts at Spanish! Highly recommend the ‘Chorizo Tico’ (sausages) from the Pali supermarket in Tilaran, also their bacon.

Altogether, I cannot imagine that there is a better vacation home anywhere around Lake Arenal. We had a wonderful time at Casa Gavilan and plan to return soon.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 7/7
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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin USA
5

Mountainside Retreat Spectacular

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
Everything as described. The property felt like a home, very comfortable with all appointments. Views were spectacular. House was modern with beautiful landscaping and nice pool.

Owners and Managers were a pleasure to work with. No misunderstandings, no misrepresentations. Available for any questions.

We so much preferred this location to the "busy" Fortuna area about 30 minutes away by car. We felt like we were seeing a unique part of Costa Rica and without the burden of tourists.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed Casa Gavilan! The location of the house is perfect, with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view of Lake Arenal, the tropical rainforest next to the house, the array of birds and monkeys, a sense of solitude and peace. Shopping and restaurants are only minutes away, and we also love our being so close to the many activities of the Arenal area, including horseback riding (5 minutes away), white water rafting, boating on Lake Arenal, zipline and canopy tours. Do come back and visit us again!
Helpful votes: 4/4
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canada
5

Casa Gavilan

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
Casa Gavilan is situated in the middle of the beautiful Los Flores estate and is therefore surrounded by similar properties on rolling wooded hills. The other properties give a feeling of security and community while not being too close for privacy. Seeing the pictures IN NO WAY gives you the full impression of how wonderful the house and setting are.
The house is beautifully decorated and has all of the amenities for whipping up a great meal with all of the fresh produce close by. The water is safe to drink or wash fruit and veggies with.
The property manager is very helpful and always available if needed for advice on the area or if any problems arise he is there in a flash.
Those are the details but when you are there you will experience unrivalled views and serenity on the back porch, the pool or on the grounds. If you are a birder, It is paradise and Ian has any field guide you could possibly need on his well stocked bookshelf.
My wife will be heading back as soon as we can sneak away from work. Enjoy!
Thanks Ian and Lynn!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We love knowing our guests enjoy our home away from home as much as we do. We would love to have you as our guests in the future - we'll keep the bird feeder filled for you!
Helpful votes: 3/3
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israel
5

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
We have stayed in Casa Gavilan for 4 nights. Had an amazing time and the house is lovely and well taken care of. The birds in the mornings were fantastic and we even had a coati in the garden one day. You just sit in the patio and the show goes on... Everything you need is within easy reach in Nuevo Arenal, the volcano is about 30-40 minutes away on a lovely and scenic road. Most of all - Ian the owner is perfect to deal with - cooperative and you feel welcome from the first email. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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London, England
5

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
We stayed at Casa Gavilan for 4 weeks and, for me, was one of the best holidays ever had. There were 7 of us who stayed for various lengths of time over the 4 week period and all enjoyed themselves enormously.

Casa Gavilan is beautifully located within the rain forest and many birds (toucans,motmots,guans,chachalacas etc..) and mammals (coati, tayra, squirrel) visit the garden. Most mornings can hear the howler monkeys but they actually visit infrequently.

The weather conditions were not what some people would call ideal - it rained often but it is believed that this was related to the global weather problems that were being experienced. For us, though, the overcast conditions created the ideal climate for going out and exploring Costa Rica where there are many places, both inland and on the coast, to visit - surely, visiting Costa Rica is all about having adventures and not just sitting in the sun. On sunny days at Casa Gavilan, it was HOT and lethargy set in with the swimming pool beckoning.

I can without doubt recommend Casa Gavilan as a tranquil, beautifully located, place to stay that is away from the heat and hubbub of the coast.
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Albuquerque, NM
5

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2010
  • Stayed: Feb 2010
I am an active vacationer to Costa Rica. I travel there 3 times a year for the last 5 years. The days that I spent at Casa Gavilan was one of the very best and relaxing that I have enjoyed. Lake Arenal is trully one of the best destinations. The house was set up with very hi end finishing. I felt more at home than where I live. Walking the neighborhood was special in itself. I highly recomend. Scott
Helpful votes: 1/1