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Simply the best,great views,pool,delicious food,great advice,peace

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,700 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps two to twelve. (Able to accomodate up to 15)

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 17 years and can advise you and your special group on the tours that you may really enjoy as well as those that perhaps are a bit overpriced for what you receive. 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.

More Details

Patrick Hughes
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 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.

Patrick Hughes purchased this villa in 1999

Why Patrick Hughes chose Cantón Tilarán

A shell of a house requiring a complete renovation, five 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.

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, office/business area and laundry . Guests enjoy a large, indoor, swimming pool with attached jacuzzi and gymnasium, with pool table and ping pong table. Fantastic panoramic views of Lake Arenal and the frequently active Arenal Volcano. There is an experienced and dedicated staff ready to assist in everything from where to go and what to do, to gourmet meals, group events, tours and therapeutic massage. All of this with some of Costa Rica’s most glorious national park treasures in your own backyard! When you stay at 'The Sunset' you are literally two minutes to one hour from almost all of Costa Rica's adventures' including breathtaking class four whitewater, rappelling down lush water fall filled rain forest canyons, canopy tours, horseback riding, windsurfing, kite boarding, ATV tours, mountain biking and natural jungle trails just to name a few. All activities can be tailored to your pace and the kind of vacation you want to have. Upon your return from a fantastic day of adventure enjoy a delicious home cooked meal or dine in one of the great nearby restaurants. Be our guest and experience the Costa Rica you've been dreaming about. '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: 15 ...
  • Max. adults: 15
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • 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 gas 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
  • 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
  • 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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average rating of 4.964706 based on 89 reviews
Glenview, IL

just as good as it looks online

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here between Christmas and New Year's in 2006. We had two families: 4 adults, 6 older children (high school and college). The listing is very true to what you find when you get there. The owner is next door to the property, and he is as helpful as the best concierge in the finest hotel anywhere. You are within 5 minutes to 1.5 hours of almost any activity you can think of. The only negative thing to say is that we took so many digital photos that 8 months later we are still editing and organizing them!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2007
  • Stayed: November 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simi Valley, California


  • 5 of 5

We have rented several vacation homes. I always read the reviews before we book a property and the reviews of this home were spot on!!!!! The home is spacious, clean, and welcoming. The view is breathtaking and the wood carved doors exquisite!! The breakfast was a trip favorite for all 6 of us!!! We LOVED the delicious and plentiful breakfasts. The fresh fruit and smoothies were amazing!!!! There are several positive comments about Jaime, the driver. He was REMARKABLE!!!!! He knows EVERY bump and pot hole on every road. (There are MANY) He knows the best places to eat and is the nicest man. We spent several hours in the car every day. He talked, laughed, and ate with us. We made a dear friend and we all were sad to leave him and his beautiful country. What a MAGICAL place to visit. We fell in love with the people and the land. Vientos Frescos was a favorite!!! We also loved Mistico Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Zip Lining, and the river raft. Patrick was so helpful. I emailed him for several months before our trip. He graciously answered all my questions. He helped us plan all the activities and made arrangements for us. I always research and plan activities. It was quite a treat to have Patrick take care of everything!!! He and his family live on the property and he was available to help with anything. Oh those breakfasts are made by his dear wife, Elisa. Each night we would tell Patrick what time we wanted breakfast. An hour before Elisa and a helper would come to the home and make breakfast. The BEST part was after breakfast they cleaned EVERYTHING!!! It truly felt like a vacation. After breakfast we would leave for our daily adventures and while we were gone, the beds were made, the home tidied, and clean towels replaced used ones. The home, Patrick, Elisa, and Jaime were ALL a BIG part of an AMAZING week in Costa Rica!!! I am so sad to be back home to work and reality. I keep telling myself, "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened." ( Dr. Seuss)

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Santa Cruz, California

Just what we wanted!!!

  • 5 of 5

Exemplary in every way, the personal and most pleasant owner and staff want you to feel so at home. It is a place to run around like crazy and just veg. Our large party with complicated schedules, all managed to enjoy and the advantage is the flexibility. A place to regenerate!!!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING house!

  • 5 of 5

This house was just so fantastic. Patrick was super helpful and made it extremely easy to plan activities once we got there. I am a crazy planner when it comes to vacations but it was so nice I didn't have to worry about booking our activities beforehand. When we got to the house, Patrick set us up with a horseback ride for the same day. It was unreal - we had the best time ever with those horses, and the family that owned them was beyond nice. They also have great food. For dinner we went to Tinajas - we actually went there two or three times because we thought it was delicious and it was pretty close by.

The second day we did the hanging bridges (which was cool, but I probably wouldn't do it again) and zip lining which was so so fun. My boyfriend & I had done zip lining a bunch of times and only went because my parents wanted to go, and WOW it was the most insane zip line I've ever been to - I'm scared to heights and it was high up there... so glad I did it though, even though the first zip line almost caused me a heart attack, ha!

The third day we did ATV'ing which was awesome and I'd highly recommend it. I had never driven one before but it was a blast! We then went to get great casados in town (place was recommended by Patrick).

Onto the house..... It was very breathtaking. The pictures don't do it justice, the views were incredible. It was only 4 of us but the house was HUGE. You could definitely fit a lot of people here and be very comfortable. Each bedroom had a bathroom with a shower. There is a separate pool house with a hot tub and a bunch of different games (ping pong, poker, etc), which was so cool. Everything was super clean!

I can't leave this review without mentioning the daily breakfasts that Patrick's wife makes. HOLY. It was delicious, and something different everyday. I dream about that breakfast, seriously so good.

Thank you Patrick! We loved everything and had the best time.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic start to our Costa Rica adventure and as it turned out, our favorite part of the trip. Just walk down the drive for the best hikes around...head towards Lake Cote or the Eco Lodge. Patrick's advice was spot on with our dining at the Gingerbread and Tanajas (on the shore of Lake Arenal at sunset!) restaurants being spectacular food and second only to his own cooking for us at the villa. He and his wife, Elisa, go above and beyond to make you comfortable and enjoy the most of your time in the area! Wonderful stay and couldn't be better.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pampered, Private, Pura Vida – Perfecto!

  • 5 of 5

From the first contact with Patrick we could tell this is an exceptional place to stay. He is the most responsive home owner and host; paying attention to every detail. I usually spend hours researching side trips, restaurants, etc prior to vacation. It was so relaxing to have Patrick as our personal adventure planner, superb chef and before you leave, you’ll feel like a friend. He sat down with us and visited about our to-do wish list, personally making reservations for us and drawing excellent maps of how to get there. (He also offers transportation if you prefer) What a treat to walk to the ticket counter or into a restaurant and simply say “Patrick at the Sunset called about us” and be immediately handed our tickets or seated at our table. Whether staying as a couple or a group you have the whole house to yourself. There are six big bedrooms, each having its own private bath. Incredible views out all of the windows, outdoor patio that is as big as a dance floor with panoramic views of Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. Breakfast is included; plentiful and delicious. The kitchen is very well stocked, you can cook if you like – but we strongly suggest that you let Patrick pamper you with at least one of his homecooked meals. The price is very reasonable and it’s so nice to have a freshly prepared dinner (with dessert!) waiting when you return from a long day of activities. They shop, prepare, serve the food and clean up afterward; all you have to do is enjoy. He and his staff make it the most pleasurable, carefree vacation. We were so spoiled! Whatever size group or pace of vacation you are looking for he can help tailor it to be memorable and fun. Or you can simply enjoy the spacious, privacy of the home and feel comfortable that Patrick and his staff are nearby if you need anything. The temps were perfect and we had NO mosquitoes! We enjoyed ziplining, hanging bridges, hiking up to Cote Lake (right by the house), therapeutic massage (conveniently came to the house), horseback riding, The Gingerbread restaurant, Crocodile River Float (on the way to airport but Patrick made arrangements for us) and simply sitting on the deck or in the hot tub visiting with our friends. Our only problem was that we ran out of time! We are already looking forward to visiting again!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Catarata Fortuna
Llano de Cortés Waterfall
Las Tinejas
arenal hanging bridges
Sky Adventures
Sky Trek Sky Tram
Wave Expeditions Rafting
Los Platillos Voladores
Proyecto Asis
Rio Corobici
Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
Gingerbread Restaurant
Pure Trek Canyoning
Chavez Tours
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Kayaks
Paradise Hot Springs
Rainforest Chocolate Tour
Baldi Hot Springs Hotel Resort & Spa
Arenal Volcano Sky Trek
Río Celeste
Cavernas de Venado
Lago de Cote
The Stable Arenal (El Establo)
Arenal Rafting
Don Rufino
Los Platillos Voladores
Moya's Place
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. 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
Tax Rate 13.49%

Children under six stay for free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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