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Villa Encantada on Lake Arenal: 40 acre Private Lakefront Nature Eco-Preserve

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-15)

PLEASE NOTE... The 'Instant Quote' feature above may not give you an accurate rate quote, as kids 6 and under are FREE and No Cleaning Fee charge for less than 6 person occupancy. For an accurate quote, Email Owner or see our Rates Section. (Our Base Rates have not increased since 2005).


We are the original Vacation Villa rental property on Lake Arenal. At Villa Encantada we offer a complete vacation experience, a DESTINATION, not just a place to sleep, with PAVED ROAD all the way to the villa. When you stay at Villa Encantada you get the entire lakefront villa and 40 acre Private Nature Preserve Eco-Estate...COMPLETE PRIVACY

To see what really awaits you at Villa Encantada, go to our VRBO Photo Section for the Virtual Tour Video access.

You'll find miles of Manicured Hiking Trails thru the Rain Forest. ~~ A Brand New 100 ft WATERSLIDE that is Awesome Fun for all ages. Our Spring Fed Swimming Pool (no chemicals), Drained / Cleaned and Sanitized prior to your arrival with crystal clear water, so clean you can drink it. And WATERFALLS, lots of Waterfalls, an experience in Nature that you'll not find anywhere but at Villa Encantada.

We've hosted many thousands of guests at Villa Encantada , with a great many repeat visitors. Our goal is to provide a memorable and hassle free experience for your group/family and to help you get the most out of your time with us and in the area. Over the years we've learned so much about what we can do to help you have the best vacation of your life, to 'hit the ground running', provide useful info on the area, including assistance in arranging your Tour Itinerary and/or Ground Transportation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERIENCE.

Most importantly, see our Guest Comments from those who have visited Villa Encantada and happily share their experiences to get an idea of what really awaits you at Villa Encantada. Once you arrive, you'll be thinking... 'I've died and gone to Heaven ~~ It just doesn't get any better than this'. Our reward is your smiling faces and the knowledge that we've made a difference.

Casual Elegance ~ Our Tri--level 2800 sq. ft. architectural masterpiece designed villa is fully furnished with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces and comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons. On many occasions we’ve hosted groups of 15 persons, and if your group is larger than 15 persons, we have contacts w/ other nearby villas and can arrange additional accommodations for you.

You’ll find imported Italian tile & exotic hardwoods throughout the villa, an interior design of local art, indigenous masks, Hand Carved Doors, Antiques and floor to ceiling glass windows that will make you feel at one with the mature manicured gardens/nature trails and lake and rain forest views that surround you. You have a fully equipped kitchen w/ new appliances, Granite Counter tops, Wet Bar, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo system, Telephone, Barbecue Grill, Washer & Dryer... and MUCH more! Experience our newly remodeled bathrooms. Top quality Linens & Towels are provided with maid service every third day. Chef Services, Child Care and Professional Massage service are available upon request.

Villa Encantada is situated on an INCREDIBLE 40-acre lushly landscaped Private Nature Preserve Estate on the shores of Lake Arenal, yet conveniently located to the village of Nuevo Arenal with its restaurants, shopping and tourist amenities. We’re close to the Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, and just minutes away from the multitude of adventure activities in the area with which we have 18 years of experience at your disposal. We refer you only to the most reliable and efficient tour operators in the area. Take advantage of easy day excursions to Monteverde, Cano Negro, National Parks, Cloud Forests and many Beaches.

Finally, what really sets us apart from other properties is that here at Villa Encantada you’ll enjoy Nature at its Exquisite Best.. with acres of mature gardens, complete with miles of extensive manicured hiking trails through virgin rainforest and rivers. Natural Spring Fed Ponds for swimming and waterfalls to relax by… lots of Waterfalls, FLY FISHING streams on our property, stocked FISHING PONDS w/ BIG fish. Huge ponds that you can use our (8) Kayaks on, or take them down to the lake and paddle in secluded lake coves to see wildlife with Flora/Fauna too numerous to mention here. We are the ONLY villa rental property that has LAKE ARENAL ACCESS, just an easy 3 minute walk to the lake shore to explore the Gem of Costa Rica: Lake Arenal.

At Villa Encantada we do have a 3 night minimum stay requirement. Exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons. Honeymoon couples or groups of 15 persons will find Villa Encantada an unforgettable experience in a tropical paradise setting. Rental rates are based on the number of guests in your group. Children 6 years of age or under are free***

Thanks for your interest in Villa Encantada and we hope that we’ll be a part of your special travel experience to Costa Rica. We’re here to be of service in any way that we can.

Your Host,

Glenn McBride

Keywords: Arenal Volcano,Arenal Lakefront Vacation Villa, Private Nature Preserve, Eco Adventure, Botanical Gardens

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Glenn McBride
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

About Glenn McBride

Yep.. that's a tiny Red Poison Dart Frog on my hand. They are an endangered species, and even after 20 years of living in this area of Lake Arenal, I am still amazed and thankful for the beauty and nature that surround me. Every day is an adventure and to be able to share this slice of Paradise with our guests is more than anyone could hope for in their life... and I am very thankful for this opportunity.

I am from Santa Fe, New Mexico. My 1st visit to Costa Rica and Nuevo Arenal was back in 1976... a long time ago. I've seen many changes since then and the Lake Arenal/Volcano Arenal region is now one of the most popular and visited areas in of all of Costa Rica . I built Villa Encantada in 1996 and have been renting it ever since, hosting many thousands of guests over the last 18 years. It's been an rewarding evolution and now my principal efforts go into making sure that our guests have the best vacation of their lives. I live here at Nuevo Arenal full time with my family, having built a 2nd home nearby as Villa Encantada is rented more often than not (Gracias a Dios!). By being here in the area full time, I am able to welcome guests to the villa and help them get the most out of their time at the villa and the area... and continue my 'work in progress' of 18 years in making Villa Encantada a DESTINATION, rather than just a place to sleep.

You'll find 11 Virtual Tours of the villa interior and 40 Acre Nature Preserve/ Botanical Garden Estate in our photo section or cut/paste this URL to your browser ...

On this VRBO site you'll find the maximum photos allowed (30) and (70) 5 Star Guest Reviews. In other words, you know what to expect when you spend time with us ~~ no unwelcome surprises. Our goal is to make your special vacation to Costa Rica and Villa Encantada memorable and hassle free.

Thanks for allowing us to be of service to you, your family and/or group.

Your Host,

Glenn McBride

Glenn McBride purchased this estate in 1995

Why Glenn McBride chose Alajuela Province

Our 40 acre Nature Preserve Estate at Villa Encantada is the only property with Lake Arenal access and Pristine Primary Rainforest with our own Aquifer Springs and too many waterfalls to count. Exquisite Nature surrounds you and you really will think 'I've died and gone to Heaven'. I can't improve Nature, but after 18 years, I've learned how to tweek it to make it to make it more accessible to our guests of all ages by building miles of manicured hiking trails and waterfalls that you can sit under and actually get an incredible massage that will be a very sweet memory that you'll always have to cherish.

The manicured gardens are still a work in progress and now I look for plants that are unusual and hard to find to share with our guests. Our new swimming pool and 100 Waterslide have been a great success with Rave Reviews and have been met with enthusiastic smiles all around. Next... on my Bucket List ... build a Butterfly Garden area and Orchid Garden, and install a micro-hydroelectric plant.

For me... it's so rewarding, and I love sharing this life's work with wonderful guests from around the world. Muchas Gracias!

What makes this estate unique

Villa Encantada and Lake Arenal are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, just 90 minutes from the Liberia Airport and 3.5 hrs from the San Jose Airport. There are a multitude of activities within 1-3 hours from the villa, EASY self guided day excursions to the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Hot Springs, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, National Parks, White Water Rafting, Canopy Tours, Volcano Tours and many beaches--, Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip, Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area, Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Parks, Rincon de la Vieja National Park (volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls), Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to 240 meters, Beaches, and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is only 2 to 3 hours away, Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo Beaches

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey Glenn,

Villa Encantada was awesome. So much so, that we really felt like we were slumming it once we got to Jaco. The house is absolutely gorgeous and so are all the surroundings. You have done a wonderful job. We just got all our pictures back and had already forgotten how green everything is there. For the most part we just relaxed a lot. Each night we ate somewhere different. Our adventures included the Canopy Tour, La Fortuna waterfalls and Tabacon Hot Springs. All were absolutely beautiful. The landscaping is absolutely beautiful. Once we left Villa Encantada we made our way to Jaco just in time for the rain. So much for going to the beach. Anyhow our visit there was short and like I said we really felt like the luxurious part of our trip had ended. We had an incredible time. We certainly appreciate you sharing your home with us. Please send me some cards and brochures as I have already had inquiries from people we have showed our pictures to. Thanks again,
Mar 2011
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Guatuso Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 15
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Mini-Master Suite w/ Fine Furniture & remodeled bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master BR (HUGE)w/ Fireplace, Fine Furniture, New Bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Mini Master Suite w/ Fine Furnishing, New Bathroom, Views
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Master Loft sleeps 6.. Huge area w/ Awesome views
    Additional Sleeping area - We can place extra beds in any of the BR's.. LOTS of Room!
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Queen Sleep Sofa (1) Sofa fold out double bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Unique custom architectural design, Tri-level home 2800 sq, ft, Extensive Decks, patios and balconies, Villa situated on a 40 acre Lakefront Private Nature Preserve Estate, miles of manicures Nature Hiking Trails, Natural spring fed pond for swimming and waterfalls to relax by, Hammocks and outdoor gas grill, Magnificent views from every room in the house, Convenient to the village of Nuevo Arenal (5 km, ), Sleeps 2 to 12 persons, (many times we've hosted groups of 15 persons) CHILDREN UNDER 6 FREE**, 4 BR, 3 Bathrooms, Vaulted ceilings, Imported Italian tile and exotic hardwood throughout, Hand carved doors, Spacious spiral staircase, 2 Fireplaces, Telephone, TV, DVD, WI-FI, stereo system & CD player, Fully furnished, Full kitchen w/ microwave, appliances & wet bar, Ceiling fans throughout, Licensed massage therapist available for guests, Maid service provided every third day, Linens and towels provided, Garage and ample parking for 6-8 vehicles. SEE OUR GUEST COMMENTS


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Villa Encantada on Lake Arenal: 40 acre Private Lakefront Nature Eco-Preserve
average rating of 4.976744 based on 92 reviews
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Stunning property! A great place for everyone.

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 3 kids and my parents just returned from Costa Rica and the highlight of our trip was staying at Villa Encantada. The house and grounds are simply amazing and will leave you wishing you had more time. We stayed for 4 nights and could have easily spent 7. The best bird watching was on the property with many types of jays and toucans eating at the feeder. Everyone enjoyed the pools and the 100 foot water slide. 5 star properties also have 5 star owners and Glenn is the most welcoming and helpful owner. He was like a personal concierge arranging our tours and giving us maps to the places we are going since the roads in Costa Rica are not well marked. He even put up a fence around the patio so that my 2 year old could not run off into the pool or pond. All members of my traveling party from my 70 year old dad to my 2 year old son thoroughly enjoyed Villa Encantada. All of us can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mikko, Thanks for your glowing 5 Star Guest Review and for allowing us the opportunity of hosting your extended family at Villa Encantada. Detailed reviews such as yours are what we strive so hard to attain and that we were able to be of service in helping your family have a memorable and hassle free vacation of a lifetime ~~ makes my day! Muchas Gracias Amigo, we look forward to seeing your smiling faces again as soon as time allows...We'll keep the light on for you. Your friend and host, Glenn
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What a great place to stay in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a long holiday week-end with family at Villa Encantada with a number of family members. It was as beautiful and comfortable as advertised, if not more so. The owner, Glenn, was great to work with. He provided a wealth of information about activities in the area and helped us select a zipline tour that did a great job accommodating a seven-year old member of our party. Since our party was too big to all stay at the Villa, he arranged an additional house a few minutes away to take the overflow. He met us on our arrival and showed us around the property, providing a map of the trails, and checked on us regularly during our stay. We really enjoyed the well laid out trails throughout the property. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and well maintained and the views of the lake and rainforest are spectacular. We had six kids aged seven and under who would have spent the entire stay making the circuit up and down the water slide if the adults had the stamina to stay with them. (OK, the adults had their share of fun on the slide as well, especially when they could splash an unsuspecting onlooker.) Another popular activity was fishing in the pond located on the property, especially from the island in the middle. We hiked down to Lake Arenal, but didn’t fish there – that will have to wait on a future trip. The house itself is beautiful and comfortable with lots of nice touches. It is well stocked with towels (including for the pool), pots, pans, dishes, basic spices, etc. – far better than we have experienced in other rentals. Nuevo Arenal (sometimes just called Arenal) is only three or four miles away and has a grocery, meat vendor and bakery, as well as a pharmacy and we shopped and cooked most dinners at the Villa. There are a number of good restaurants in the area, and we had lunch at several, but we preferred not to drive at night. But watch your fuel level – the “gasolineria” in town was closed while we were there and is reputed to be expensive when open. The closest we found was Tilaran (about 15 miles) or La Fortuna (about 30 miles), but there are a lot of activities in and around La Fortuna, so you may be going there anyway. Remember that you are in a rainforest and I read somewhere that it typically rains at some point during 22 or 23 days in September, the month we were there, and it rained three of four days we were there, but only one day for a long period and you can find activities nearby that are rain-free since the climate changes wi

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jim, Thanks so much for your (detailed) 5 Star Guest Review of Villa Encantada. Detailed reviews such as yours are worth their weight in gold. It was a pleasure hosting your family of 17 persons, and as you know we do have several independent properties that we utilize for larger families. That your entire family enjoyed the water slide, hiking trails and fishing in our pond (and catching lots of fish) is very rewarding to me. We strive to make your stay at Villa Encantada "All it can be.. and More", and sharing our slice of Paradise for 18+ years has been a dream come true. Meeting enthusiastic, fun loving families like yours makes all of our efforts so well worth the hard work that we do. As a side note, the gas station in Nuevo Arenal has reopened after a major upgrading project. Thanks again amigo for your visit and I' hope that I'll be seeing you as soon as time allows. Warm Regards, Glenn
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Fort Collins, CO

A Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our 5 days spent at Villa Encantada were unforgettable. All 13 of us thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful rainforest gardens, the waterslide and pool, fishing in our personal lake pond, discovering new fruit, watching the abundant wildlife, and kayaking in Lake Arenal. The house is beautiful, and comfortably accommodated us all. Glenn was extremely helpful, personable, and he checked in with us frequently to see if we needed anything. He is knowledgeable about the best restaurants around the area, and he never once let our family down. One recommendation is to have the authentic Costa Rican dinner the Glenn's personal chefs cook and serve at the house. It was delicious and well worth it! We ate a lot of delicious food during our stay. If you want a relaxing stay with options of activities for everyone, Villa Encantada is a great place to come. If you are looking to do a good amount of fishing however, I would recommend bringing your own fishing rods if possible. This house has some but they aren't in great shape. This is truly a great way to see the unique Costa Rican rainforests while being immersed in the culture of Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise! Perfect for kids!

  • 5 of 5

I'm afraid this review is just going to be a repeat of the others, but the details bear repeating! This place is just beyond amazing. We are typically pretty frugal travelers, but when I saw the pictures of this place, I knew it was going to be well worth the splurge, and it absolutely was! We spent five nights out of our trip at VE; I had every day planned with activities, but the moment we arrived we abandoned many of our plans just to have more time at the villa. Everything in CR was pretty pricey, so this place ended up being a bargain with everything that we could do there for free. We hiked trails, played in waterfalls, collected and painted rocks (the owner's wife has beautiful painted rocks all over the property, and they have paint at the house to make your own!), fished, kayaked, swam in the pool (kids loved the slide, it was very fast!), picked the sweetest bananas for breakfast each morning, walked (5 min) to Lake Arenal, watched dozens of birds, including parrots and toucans, monkeys, etc right in the yard. These are things that we did all over CR on our 10 day trip, it was just so amazing to be able to do them right there at the house! The grounds were just astoundingly beautiful.

The house has 3 bedrooms and then a loft with 3 more beds (2 twins and 1 full). There were also 3 bathrooms, so there was plenty of room for us. Everything is just so nice; the architecture, the views, the furniture and artwork, etc. There were board games and some movies that the kids enjoyed late at night before bed. The kitchen is the best stocked kitchen I've ever seen in a VRBO property. There are plenty of towels and linens, they provided laundry detergent, paper towels, and those kinds of things that most rentals don't.

Glen provided a wealth of information prior to our arrival, and his directions were most welcome in a country without addresses. I was having some trouble booking a couple of activities (trying to coordinate our family splitting up with only one car), so I asked him for help... He booked everything for us with the greatest companies and even got us a discount. He checked on us several times but was not intrusive. We luckily did not need him, but I felt completely comfortable calling him for anything if we did need him!

We have already been talking about returning to this villa again, it's perfect for day trips or just staying put. I cannot fathom anyone not loving this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Villa Encantada has it all

  • 5 of 5

My wife and 8 year-old daughter stayed here for a too-short two days and had a great time. Although far larger than we needed, the location was perfect for us - on the lake and close enough to La Fortuna to do day trips. The plan, anyway, was to do a day trip to the volcano, but instead we stayed at the house the entire time, leaving only to go to the grocery store or restaurants. We hiked all of the trails and saw many animals; howler monkeys, poison dart frogs, toucans and dozens of other birds. We kayaked on Lake Arenal. And of course the waterslide saw its share of use. The crystal clear non-chlorinated water (refilled for each new arrival) was terrific. Glenn is a great host, and made sure we had everything we needed, including an abundance of information. If you're looking to do day trips in the area, Glenn is an essential resource. Josue was always around if we needed anything (like help portaging kayaks), and he does an amazing job on the grounds. The house has all that you'll need: linens, towels, TV/stereo, great patios, even a few musical instruments and a good spotting scope for checking out the wildlife. The kitchen is very well stocked with pots and pans, utensils, paper towels, as well as a reasonable stock of spices. It really had everything you'd need to cook regularly for a good sized crew - much better than average for a rental home. There are some cool restaurants nearby when you don't want to cook, too. The only negative I have is that we didn't stay longer, but I have a feeling we'll be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michael, Thanks so much for your flowing guest review.. that truly was so descriptive and packed with details that our future guests will find very helpful. That your family chose to stay on property rather than venture off to the many local attractions is a nice compliment... and it's true that many of our guests don't leave the property at all and are more than content to "stay home" and enjoy all the we have to offer on site. We look forward to your next visit and thanks again for sharing your thoughts on Villa Encantada. Your host and friend, Glenn
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Impeccable !! A vacation you will never forget!

  • 5 of 5

This review has been a long time coming, 5 years in fact. In February 2011 my husband , grown up kids and myself stayed at Villa Encantada for 3 weeks. Needless to say we found the grounds and house to be nothing short of impeccable. During those 3 weeks we had many things happen that required the help and concern of the owner Glenn. If it hadn't have been for him we don't know what we would have done or where we would be now. With the assistance of Glenn and weeks and weeks of phone calls and emails we bought our own house in Nuevo Arenal. Being a property owner and our home also being rented out to vacationers our appreciation and respect for Glenn has increased tenfold. He has rented the Villa to hundreds of people, and each and every person who stays there he treats with the same service and care as he did us. The house itself is spotless and maintained to perfection. If you have need of anything he lives close by and is always available. Even though the Villa is located out of town, we always felt safe, Glenn ensures through a security system and his gardener living on the property that people who stay there are secure and have nothing to worry about except having an awesome vacation. Our personal experience staying at the villa and our continued friendship with Glenn makes us very good candidates to recommend this amazing property but even more amazing is the person who owns it and does everything in his power to ensure that a person's stay is nothing short of spectacular and worth every penny.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awesome Holly and Garry~~ Thanks so much for your genuine and positive sentiments. Geez, to think.. 5 years has passed since your extended stay at Villa Encantada. Time does fly. I can't believe I'm going on 19 yrs of sharing our slice of paradise with literally thousands of guests. This vocation as Inn Keeper turned out to be a career for me and I think I've fined tuned it now, so that my Real Priority is Guest Satisfaction and more! Falling in love with this Incredible Area of Costa Rica is easy to do, and that's exactly what you're family did .. bought a house here as a 2nd home to escape from the cold Canada climate. I'm glad that I had some small role in your making your dreams come true and it's always great having your family here in Arenal, and it's nice that you're able to earn income from that property as a vacation rental. I'd put a link to your site but VRBO doesn't allow that ~~ sorry! At the end of the day ~~ here we are in Paradise... where time stands still and days turn into months and years .. wow, almost like living in the Twilight Zone. Thanks again Holly and Garry for your beaming review and thanks for your friendship as well. Pura Vida Amigos Glenn
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Rates & Availability

Guatuso Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Dec 1 2016 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
Sep 16 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee for 6+ pax $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

December 1-September 15th ~2-4 persons: $2,100.00 per week ...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

September 16th-November 30th~~2-4 persons: $1,850.00 per week...Extra Guests: $50.00 per person/per night

GROUP RATE WEEKLY DISCOUNTS: May be available for groups of 9+ persons for visits of 7+ nights ~~ Ask!

Christmas/New Year,Thanksgiving & Easter Weeks $3,500.00 per week for 2-12 persons.

Rates do not include 13% Sales and Occupancy Tax. All major credit cards accepted.

Total Privacy!

TERMS: 50% Reservation Deposit at time of booking with Balance Due 60 days prior to arrival.

Rental Rates: Based on the number of guests in your group ~~

** Children 6 yrs or under stay FREE ** 3 kids equal one adult rate (proof of age may be required)
3 night minimum stay please ~~ EXCEPTIONS>> for groups of 8+ persons.
You get the entire Lakefront villa and 40 acre Nature Preserve Estate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
75 Miles
4 Seasons Resort (Arnold Palmer design)
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
Hiway 142
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Playa Hermosa/ Playa Coco
Car: recommended

Villa Encantada and Lake Arenal are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, with a multitude of activities within 1-3 hours from the villa, EASY self guided day excursions to the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Tabacon Hot Springs, Cano Negro, National Parks, White Water Rafting, Canopy Tours, Volcano Tours and many beaches--, Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip, Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve with over 450 bird species sighted, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, Rio Celeste Nat'l Park,Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Parks, Rincon de la Vieja National Park (volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls), Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to 240 meters, Beaches, and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is only 2 to 3 hours away, Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo Beaches


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