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Simply the best, incredible views,pool,delicious food and a friend in the area.

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,700 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps two to 19 or more with airbeds.

Come stay at the rental home that offers the services of a fine hotel. On site chef services, complete transport arrangements, great breakfast included in the rental rate, all tours can be arranged for you so that you spend your vacation having fun instead of trying to plan your next activity. Let us help you tailor your vacation to exactly what you want. We have been in the Lake Arenal area for 18+ years and can advise you and your special group on the tours that you will really enjoy and steer you clear of the tourist traps. Let us help you make the most of your vacation by offering our years of local experience and contacts. Take full advantage of having 'a friend in the area', right here at 'The Sunset'

Adventure at every turn.: Lake Arenal is the premier adventure spot in Costa Rica for windsurfing, canopy tours, lake fishing, boat tours, jungle hiking trails, quad rentals, kite surfing, horseback riding, kayaking, swimming in an extinct volcanic crater, spelunking and more. Enjoy the many adventures available or simply relax in our indoor glass pool/jacuzzi area with pool table and ping pong and enjoy the tranquility and majesty of your surroundings.

Tourism with a purpose.: In an effort to help the Costa Rican National Park system finance education, outreach and protection. Red Sunset of Guanacaste will devote a full 50% of each commission gained through our sales of adventure tours sold toward this goal. With the added benefit of specialized access to individuals in the tour system that make it all work. Tribal leaders, guides, and park directors.

What you can expect at 'The Sunset': Six beautifully appointed bedrooms featuring Costa Rican art, hand carved beds and doors with bathrooms en suite The entire property is a showcase of Costa Rican art, decorative tile, stone and craft work. Two of the bedrooms feature decorative fireplaces. The downstairs master suite bathroom features a hot tub built for two. Large library/ living room area with wrap-around couch, television, Direct TV, DVD, stereo. Large dining/presentation hall with a variety of available seating arrangements. Our unique indoor pool house features a divers pool, 4.5 feet on the shallow end, 10 ft deep on the deep end. 18x35 feet with attached jacuzzi heated on request. Featuring billiards, ping pong, weights, lounging areas, inversion table, massage table. We live in the rainforest and nobody wants to swim in the rain, with our indoor pool house your group has access to all these amenities rain or shine, many groups hang out till the wee hours of the morning enjoying this incredible space, that is only offered by The Sunset!

All located in the "real rainforest" we aren't in a gated community or off the side of the road. We are easily accessed but just far enough removed that your stay will be in the "real Costa Rica", a 500 hundred acre preserve is to the east of us and several thousand acres of protected rainforest encompassing Tenorio National park is to our North and West. A spot of perfect peace and privacy with access to all the great activities and adventures this country has to offer.

More Details

Patrick Hughes
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Patrick Hughes

Patrick Hughes: Is the head cook, bottle washer and buck stop at “The Sunset”. If you need something special, out of the ordinary, corresponding to a birthday, celebration etc. talk to him and it will happen. He also promises to coordinate your chosen activities, meals and transportation to make your stay enjoyable, hassle free and unforgettable.

Elisa, the heart and soul of "the Sunset" coordinates your fantastic breakfasts and keeping the home spotless with the aid of our fantastic maintenance manager Marjeny. Young Hunter is a tour guide in training and will dazzle you with his knowledge of the local wildlife!

Patrick Hughes purchased this villa in 1999

Why Patrick Hughes chose Cantón Tilarán

A one bedroom , one bath home that we rebuilt from the ground up a complete renovation, ending with 6 bedrooms and 6 en suite bathrooms, 26 acres of rain forest, high atop a hill, near the town of Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica. An absolutely breathtaking view overlooking nearly the entire lake Arenal valley and on clear days a perfect view of frequently erupting Volcano Arenal, all within minutes of some of the worlds premier adventure activities and natural treasures, was more than enough to convince the Hughes family to risk a move to the beautiful and nearly undiscovered gem of Lake Arenal Costa Rica. So we took a risk and bought the property, then the work began, A complete renovation turning it into labor of love where we wanted to be and knew others would love as well!

What makes this villa unique

'The Sunset' Luxury Guesthouse has six beautifully appointed bedrooms, bathrooms en suite featuring Costa Rican art throughout. With a gourmet kitchen, large shared library/TV room, dining hall, wi-fi, and laundry . Guests enjoy a large, indoor, swimming pool with attached jacuzzi and gymnasium, with pool table and ping pong table.

A frequent question we receive is why we have a "indoor pool house" true it is unique to the area and the only enclosed pool house around. The reason is simple "people just do not go swimming in the rain". We want our guests to enjoy every aspect of their stay and no matter how gorgeous an outside pool is in sunny weather, we are realists that understand that when it rains you aren't going to go swimming outside. So with our unique indoor pool, guest groups can and do enjoy swimming, the jacuzzi, workout area, ping pong and billiards, till the wee hours if they like, under roof and protected from a sudden downpour, guests just love it and we are the only ones that offer it.

We strive to accommodate all dietary restrictions and put out world class meals for your group to enjoy.

We do everything we can to ease your transition in to paradise and are on hand, yet non obtrusive and no more than a phone call away to come over and help arrange the vacation that you REALLY want! We can set up all activities up for you, so you have one less thing to worry about and so much more time to enjoy!

'The Sunset' Guesthouse is for singles, couples, families, corporate groups and all those that know how to travel well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank You Patrick!! for making our stay in Paradise so enjoyable, all your recommendations were spot on, we couldn't have asked for a better guide, to send us on all the activities that we we really wanted to do. From the hanging bridges to Skytrek everything you advised was outstanding. The house was perfect, clean and gorgeous with lots of room for our group of 6 then 9 as the other group arrived. I've never seen views like what your home has to offer. The breakfasts were healthy and sooooo delicious with just the right amount of indulgence. Just outstanding in every way.
Feb 2013
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Cantón Tilarán Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:30 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 20 ...
  • Max. adults: 15
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 24 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Two person stone jacuzzi tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , All bedrooms have bathroom en suite.
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
  • The master bedroom features a built in stone covered jacuzzi for two and stone shower. The other rooms include a walk in shower with toilet, a sink and mirror is featured outside each bathroom. All the bedrooms have a private bath.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , cribs available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , additional airbed available
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , additional airbed available
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , additional airbed available
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , additional airbed available
    Bedroom 6 - 2 queen , All bedrooms have bathroom en suite.
  • The Master bedroom features a custom designed, decorative fireplace. All the bedrooms feature custom designed, hand carved, sustainably harvested exotic hardwood beds.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Staffing: Depending upon your groups needs, standard every other day maids service, on site self-service laundry, Internet is provided free of charge. However, if you are looking for a more accommodating vacation, daily maid service, laundry, chef, translator/Spanish teacher, massage therapist and chauffeur services are available at an additional, affordable daily rate. Adventure tours: Our proximity is very close to several landmark adventure areas. The mysterious Lake Coter sits behind us where fishing and boating excursions can be arranged, as well as on Lake Arenal. Other lake activities that are nearby include world class wind surfing, sunset volcano cruises, shopping or relaxing at the Tabacon or Baldi hot spring resorts. Venado Caverns, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, and Arenal National Park are nearby protected areas and are a worthwhile day trip by car


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Simply the best, incredible views,pool,delicious food and a friend in the area.
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 100 reviews

We are coming back!

  • 5 of 5

Everything that you read in the other reviews is true. The house is great for big groups, the kitchen has everything you may need to fix meals if you feel like cooking, the views are incredible (we are coming back just so we can enjoy sitting in the balcony some more!), the breakfast is to die for, Patrick makes all your wishes come true so you don’t have to stress about booking and planning ahead of time, the location is close to everything but far enough from the crowds to relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, Elisa and the girls are super nice, kids love the pool … you will want to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You! Making our little bit of Paradise even better, only takes wonderful people such as we had the pleasure of hosting with your family and friends! We look forward to having you back whenever you can make it. You truly embraced the "Pura Vida" vibe of Costa Rica and I personally could not recommend your family and friends family high enough to any future host you may visit. A real pleasure to meet you all! Best Regards, Patrick
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A perfect stay, as always!

  • 5 of 5

There's a reason we go back to Red Sunset every year – it's simply the best! Do yourself a favor and have Chef Patrick & co. prepare your dinner, at least on a few nights. Absolutely wonderful, as is everything else at Red Sunset. See you in 2019!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Huntington Beach, CA

Great view of the lake!

  • 5 of 5

This was a big house, good for our party of 8. The hosts made breakfast every morning, and it was a good variety of food and fruits. Great view of the lake. The last part of the road up is a bit bumpy, good to have a vehicle with ground clearance.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ryan and group! It was our pleasure to have you as our guests and so glad you enjoyed staying with us. You folks got out for a lot of great activities and it was great to hear how much you enjoyed them. Till the next time! Best Regards, Patrick and The Sunset Staff!
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  • 5 of 5

The property is fantastic. You can see all of Arenal Lake and Arenal Volcano from the patio. We were greeted by monkey's, beautiful birds, and butterflies each morning. Patrick and his crew are fantastic. The breakfasts are delicious and enough to keep you going until dinner. Have them fix dinner for you at least one night. Patrick is an amazing chef.

You are within an hour drive of just about any activity you can think of - Waterfall tours, rafting, ATV's, Hot Springs, Zip lines (amazing), and so much more. Yet, when you retire to the house you have plenty of room, amenities, and privacy to feel truly away!

Bring a crowd, the house can comfortably house you all. Definitely get an SUV though, the road up, as well as many roads around Arenal, is a bit rough and you will appreciate the SUV.

Can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Property!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a few days at The Sunset. It is a stunning property high in the rainforest, with views of Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. Patrick is a knowledgeable and gracious host. He arranged a driver, and suggested several outings (including a jungle hike with a local naturalist) which we thoroughly enjoyed. Meals served at The Sunset were fantastic. When you walk through the doors, you feel like you’ve stepped back 100 years - but it’s a fairly new property with any modern convenience you need. Hearing Howler Monkeys in the morning, watching Toucans and other birds fly to the trees in front of your patio, and just listening to the jungle noises - an amazing experience! We can’t wait for our next visit in 2019!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique home off the beaten path

  • 4 of 5

Staying at this house felt more like being at a boutique hotel. As others have mentioned, Patrick and his family provide an amazing level of service. Dinners and breakfasts were all hearty and well-prepared, and Patrick had an answer for our every question. (Bonus points for being so kind to grandma when she was ill!)

My only caveat would be the roads around the lake and driving time. As is usual in Costa Rica, the roads are winding and occasionally treacherous, and this house is a fair ways from most activities. The driveway is rocky and steep, as another reviewer mentioned, so renting a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is a good idea.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jenne P.! Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I also appreciate that you highlight that drivers here must be super cautious and aware. Costa Rica doesn't have the infrastructure that many countries do, but we are always working to improve it. Our shareholders/staff come up here everyday in 2 wheel drive small cars but they are used to the roads. Your families stay with us was a true pleasure and we are happy you enjoyed it so much! I understand what you mean about distance from things , it has always been important to me that we are (a safe distance) from the Volcano, that's why we stay current on all of the activities to send our groups in either direction (towards LaFortuna or towards Canas/Monteverde , of which we are centrally located to both) and also horseback, kayaking and a private rainforest guide from 5 minutes away to meeting you here on site. We enjoyed meeting you all and hope to have you back someday. Best Regards, Patrick and The Sunset Staff! P.S. It was our pleasure to make sure "Grandma" was okay while you folks were all out and about, she is a super interesting Woman and it was my pleasure to learn from her. Family is what we are all about!
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Liberia, Daniel Oduber
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
The Caballo Negro
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Gingerbread
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Coco, Panama, Nascoscolo, Ocotal.
Car: necessary

The rental property is perched high in the Tilaran Mountain range nestled between three of Costa Rica’s most magnificent treasures; Lake Coter, Lake Arenal and the world-renowned Arenal Volcano. This luxury, Eco-friendly Costa Rican rental home has first class amenities and is located within minutes of many of Costa Rica’s exciting adventure activities. The rental home offers an unequaled view of Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano. Lake Arenal, Lake Cote, Arenal Volcano and other adventure tours are available. There is great dining nearby or dine in with the services of our world class chef. We also feature the only indoor pool house in the area, so you can enjoy the pool, ping pong, billiards, weights, jacuzzi and plain relaxing rain or shine! For families, groups, classes or corporate retreats, it all adds up to a fantastic luxurious rental home value.

Other Activities: canopy tours, birding, ATV tours, canyoneering, jungle hiking, spelunking, fishing, waterfall hikes, hot springs.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250

Children under six stay for free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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