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Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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!

More Details

Kathleen Grove
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Kathleen Grove

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.

Kathleen Grove purchased this house in 1995

Why Kathleen Grove chose Nuevo Arenal

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband, my one year old son and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Gavilan. The house has EVERYTHING you would need - especially in the kitchen. It is very clean, spacious, quiet and just 5km from Nuevo Arenal. Highlights for us included: howler monkeys in the trees beside the house, the wide variety of birds, the excellent resource library, El Establo (the local soda), learning to windsurf and kite board on the lake with the company Tico Wind, the hanging bridges hike, finding a free spot to enjoy the hotsprings with local Ticos and the waterfalls hike outside of Tilaran. We love to speak spanish and found many opportunities to use it in the local towns: Nuevo Arenal, Tilaran and Canas. The family at El Establo is lovely - we ate there all the time and really enjoyed their company. The guest book and bird book at the house were very interesting as well - we completely forgot to write in them! We are also grateful that there was a telephone. There is a nice little hike to a pond that you can do around the property through the rainforest as well. Thanks so much for a great vacation!
Jan 2011
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Nuevo Arenal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (2) 2 KING SIZED BEDROOMS! Beautiful lake view from master bedroom. All bedrooms have separate en suite bathrooms for complete privacy. Our second king sized bedroom has television and DVD player, and ample space for an additional portable bed if required., Queen size Beds (1) En suite bathroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Please contact us if you require this feature.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Three bedrooms, two of them KING SIZED, three and a half baths. The third bedroom is Queen sized. Each bedroom has it's own separate bathroom. p /p Fully equipped kitchen (microwave, toaster, coffee maker etc.), just like home. All dishes and utensils provided, along with cookware, and a professional outdoor grill. Utility room with Washer and dryer, and garage. Satellite TV, VCR, and Stereo, and Phone Internet service provided, with computer and ethernet router. FREE WIFI! Maid service (maximum once weekly) can be arranged upon request for an additional fee. Beautiful pool and lounging area, Surrounded by jungle, and wildlife, and walking paths. Very private yet in gated community.


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Lake Arenal: Lake View,Location,Wildlife,Pool,Wifi, King Beds!
average rating of 4.869565 based on 52 reviews

Relaxing Piece of Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My family of four recently stayed at Casa Gavilan and can't say enough how much we loved this place. It's a beautiful home that exceeded even our high school aged kids' expectations. Between relaxing in the private pool and watching the birds (including a toucan) we were close enough to all the Arenal area activities like zip lining or ATV's and just down the road from the Lucky Bug, which has some of the best food around.

Ed was a great host for us and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay including some breakfast items for the first morning. Thank you for helping to make our family trip to Costa Rica truly memorable.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Adam! It makes us very happy that others enjoy our "little slice of paradise" as much as we do. Thank you for taking the time to post!
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Beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at this beautiful house was exactly what we were hoping for. With two teenagers, having a bedroom and bathroom for each of them was fantastic. The house was equipped with everything we needed. Our favorite spot was the covered patio next to the pool. We enjoyed a fire one night, and spent many days reading and just listening to the constant hum. We saw a variety of birds and heard monkeys, but unfortunately never saw one. We would recommend this property to anyone who wants to be in the middle of La Fortuna and Monteverde. It was the perfect location! And we loved going in to town for groceries and the local fare! A great week!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We've stayed in many VRBO properties for the last 10 years or so and this one was one of the best furnished and equipped. The location is in a small neighborhood of homes however the lots are large and the home is situated so that you have complete privacy. You can hear all of the forest jungle sounds and very little of the modern world. Be prepared though, every morning we awoke to Howler Monkey banter in the area. The bedrooms are a good size and each with there own bathroom plus a common half bath. There really isn't much of a lake view from the home, the trees have grown up and blocked that but that's minor. Nuevo Arenal has a nice supermarket and is close by. There are several good restaurants in the area, the Lucky Bug for breakfast and lunch (turn right on the main road), El Corral (turn left on the main road), and Las Delicious in Nuevo Arenal also on the main road, left hand side just past the gymnasium. If it is raining, drive about 10 miles and either direction and you'll probably find better weather so don't let the rain (this is a rain forest) keep you from your adventures.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice, quiet and excellent manager

  • 5 of 5

Nice development and paved road. Ed, the manager was great, thoughtful and great follow through. Left us essentials for our first morning, so we could shop later on our first day.

Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

Wow, what a beautiful property in a quiet neigborhood! We did not hang out at the house very much as we traveled into the La Fortuna area (about an hours drive) for all the activities there but we did get to enjoy the scenery in the mornings!

The house has many items to help you enjoy your stay such as binoculars, games, books etc.

The directions to the home were spot on and the recommendations for eating out were fantastic! We particularly enjoyed Platillos Voladores and Gingerbread!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

To start we would like to thank Kathy! She was attentive and patient. Upon arrival we were taken back by the magnificent property. Extremely well maintained! The garden is superb, pool is clean and we'll taken care of, and the house has everything you could need making it feel more like a home. Ed the property manager is exceptionally pleasant and went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed, including some pantry essentials already provided on arrival (along with fresh flowers.) The area is stunning and a little less touristy. Plenty of activities to take part in. By far are favorite was personal ATV'ing, and the River Drift was amazing! Food is excellent and with a fully supplied kitchen we had the convenience of cooking and grilling at the house. There is also a outdoor fire pit we took advantage of.

Thanks again to the Groves and Ed! You made are vacation phenomenal! Hope to stay with you again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessica - Many thanks for taking the time to let us know about your stay. it always warms my heart when the house and the area is so enjoyed by our guests. I think of it as my little slice of paradise, and I am so glad you enjoyed it as well. We look forward to your next trip! Kathie
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Liberia (LIR)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Gingerbread Restaurant
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Lucky Bug Restaurant and Gallery
Nearest Beach
80 Miles
Playa Coco
Car: necessary

This property is near the small, quiet town of Nuevo Arenal, within easy reach of Tabacon Hot Springs, the Hanging Bridges, the Aerial CanopyTram, and the ever active Arenal Volcano. The Pacific beaches such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, Coco, and Papagayo are 2 hrs away, and the Liberia airport is 1 1/2 hrs. Monteverde Cloud Forest and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge are just a couple of hours away.

Other Activities: Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

A fully refundable cash deposit of $250 is required at check-in, to be held by our manager who will meet you at the property with keys and a welcome basket of goodies so your kitchen is not empty when you arrive! Your $250 cash deposit will be refunded by our manager on your check-out date, if all is well with the house (as it should be!)

***Please note this is the correct cancellation policy, not what is listed under "Owner's Cancellation Policy" below.
CANCELLATIONS: A six (6) month notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are made more than six (6) months prior to the arrival date will incur a 50% penalty (50% of the payment will be refunded if cancellation notice is received more than six (6) months prior to the arrival date). Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made on or within six (6) months of the arrival date, forfeit the full payment. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit. Due to our strict cancellation policy, we suggest that you purchase travel insurance in case of illness, change of plans, travel problems or other international travel issues while you are a guest. We have provided a courtesy link to for your convenience.

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.