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Private Retreat With Volcano Views; Be As Busy Or Relaxed As You Want

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home With Views Of World-famous Volcan Arenal (Sleeps 4)

Newly-built home just purchased in 250-acre secure, gated estate development with only 23 lots. Not all lots have homes yet, so quiet and private.

High quality construction with granite counter tops in kitchen/bathrooms, built-in stove in island, stainless appliances, tiled floors. Each bedroom has own private full bath (guest bedroom has shower, master has shower/tub). Perfect for 2 couples, each with own space.

Large central, open living/dining/kitchen area, with sliding doors out to large covered deck. All rooms and deck with volcano views.

Includes satellite TV, DVD, local phone with internet. 2 acres of property to explore, which is fronted by a river bordered by jungle which contains a selection of native animals, birds and plants, including monkeys (which we haven't seen in our brief stays there, but have been seen by other residents). We have done some landscaping on the property, and have plans for much more.

10 kms (6 miles) to charming and friendly town of Nuevo Arenal where all basic necessities can be purchased. Note: road is not paved; four-wheel drive recommended (contributes to the privacy of the development, but close enough that it's not remote).

Local attractions include La Fortuna (where episodes of 'The Batchelor' were filmed), healing hot springs, Monteverde cloud forest (one of the few places where the mystical Quetzal bird can be found), world-class wind-surfing nearby on Lago Arenal, all withing 1 to 1 1/2 hours on paved road and 2 hours to Pacific beaches (Coco, Hermosa, Panama). Lesser-known local attractions include the ancient Venado caves, which are partially open to the public, the small Lago Cote, where local native tribes still practice healing and other rituals, and which is rumoured to be the landing place for extraterrestrial visitors.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2017

About Bob

Owners are Canadian couple, professional accountant and teacher. Nearing retirement, we wanted a property we could enjoy ourselves for part of the year, and rent out for the remainder.

Bob purchased this house in 2013

Why Bob chose Costa Rica

Visited Costa Rica three times and came to appreciate the beauty, diversity of the country, and the welcoming, helpful attitude of its citizens, the 'Ticos'.

Didn't want a typical beach location, but something with more connection with the native residents, while still having access to certain conveniences. Lake Arenal area met these requirements.

What makes this house unique

Moderate consistent year-round weather, beautiful, green rolling hills, close to major attractions (Monteverde cloud forest, Arenal volcano, world class windsurfing, etc), and growing popularity with expats and tourists.

Just enough 'out of the way' that it likely won't get over-crowded, but still easily accessible.


Guanacaste House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sound/bay fishing
  • wind-surfing
There is an internet stick and a phone in the top left kitchen drawer (please leave here upon departure). INTERNET ACCESS: We have purchased a newly-introduced (Feb/15) internet USB stick, which can be rented for $10 (unlimited minutes). Note that this will allow access for one user at a time. Costa Rica is converting to 4G network, but on our last visit, were still on a 3G network, so the internet works more slowly than you may be accustomed to. There is also an inexpensive phone which can be used for calls - all of Costa Rica is a local call - PLEASE, NO LONG DISTANCE CALLS ON THIS PHONE. You can purchase minutes cheaply for the phone at several stores in Nuevo Arenal. Moya's restaurant, across from the gas station in town is a great place to eat or just relax with a drink. They speak English, and can help you with questions about the town and local activities.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Private Retreat With Volcano Views; Be As Busy Or Relaxed As You Want
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

This is an absolutely beautiful property in a georgeous setting.

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for an out-of-the-way place in a stunningly beautiful location this is for you.

The owner Bob was great to deal with. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Keith. It was great having you as a guest, and I'm pleased that you were able to follow the directions I sent and had no problems getting to the house from Liberia. Happy to have you back when you return to Costa Rica.
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Dalton, Georgia

Relaxing and quite

  • 5 of 5

We have been lucky enough to be able to have a long term rental of this house *Aug 2015 - Nov 2016*. We have shared this home with many friends and family over the past year and they have all loved the house, location and many things to do in this area.

The location is great - only 9km from Nuevo Arenal - 5-6 awesome restaurants if you don't want to cook. Its only 45 minutes to La Fortuna for tourist options and an amazing waterfall as well as many other things to do.

Liberia airport is less than 2 hours away with the completion of the new road - life is much easier.

The owners (Bob and Pam) have been so easy to work with and we were able to help them as well.

The house is clean and well maintained and is a very comfortable place to stay.

We hope you will spend a few days here and enjoy this area of Costa Rica


  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home, nice area with lots to do

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The kitchen was well stocked with tools and the washer and dryer were very useful in fighting against the humidity. The tourist guides left by the tv were also extremely useful. The only thing we didn't like was the house alarm. The power went out often in the night and we had to get up every time and reset it.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property, worth the drive.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and well maintained property. My husband and I really enjoyed our stay here. We spent 11 nights and although Dec. is supposed to be the 'dry season' it did rain here every single night and a couple hours each day. This didn't bother us as we spent most of our days traveling the country. The laundry was great for us as we were without luggage for 2 days so had to wash what we had with us. Also, many of our excursions left us with a pile of wet clothing that would not dry in the humid jungle environment. Hence, the dryer was a real bonus. The 10 km drive to town takes about 25 minutes. Then it is another 45+ minutes to La Fortuna for activities. We felt it was well worth the drive and didn't mind it at all - just don't be in a rush. There are so many great restaurants in town that it was worth the 50 minutes of driving to head in for dinner on the days we spent 'home'. On the road to town is a Macadamia plantation that sells fresh nuts and gives tours. It was one of our favourite activities. Also, the Venado Caves are just a short drive away (turn right at the subdivision sign, instead of left onto the main road to town and it is only about 10 km away).

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Owner to work with

  • 5 of 5

Two hours before I was supposed to leave for Costa Rica and stay in this lovely home for a week, a family emergency arose and I had to cancel the trip. Bob was wonderful in working with me and giving me a full refund. I hope to one day get to Costa Rica and stay in the property. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for any Arenal visit!

  • 5 of 5

The house is absolutely gorgeous and has everything you need. The covered patio and almost every window has a view of the volcano, which we were able to see every day even though it is the rainy season. We bought groceries in Nuevo Arenal and cooked there in the very well equipped kitchen. We were even able to watch the World Cup games on the satellite television

We were driving a Toyota Yaris and made it to and from the house without 4x4 no problem, but next time I would probably get a vehicle that had a little higher clearance as some of the rocks on the road out of town and coming up to the house were quite big.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Liberia - approx 2 hrs; San Jose - 3 hrs
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Moya's Place
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Coco Beach
Car: necessary

DIRECTIONS AND DRIVING TIPS: Our house is in a gated development in the hills approximately 10 km outside the town of Nuevo Arenal. THE KEY TO THE HOUSE WILL BE LEFT UNDER THE MAT AT THE ENTRANCE DOOR. If the key is not there, please go to the gatehouse at the entrance to the development, and I will have the house key left there for you to pick up when you arrive. If possible can you let me know your planned arrival and departure times?

For directions, I will provide in two ways. I would recommend you rent a GPS (or take your own, loaded with a Costa Rica map), since there are NO street addresses in Costa Rica, so for an outsider, a GPS is extremely helpful.

The coordinates of the gate/guard house at Bella Vista are N 10 31' 18.3'; W 84 49' 15.4'. When you enter the development, proceed along the road, and you will come to a corner with a turn to the right - don't take the turn, keep going straight. Once past this turn, the second house on the right (pink/orange stucco with green roof) is your destination. (Coordinates are N 10 31' 05.3'; W 84 49' 09.4').

I'll also provide road directions: The main corner in the town of Nuevo Arenal has a new office building on one corner, a gas station, a public hall, and an open field with a bus stop on other corners.You need to proceed on the gravel road (between the public hall and open field). Continue along this road for 9.5 kms (5.9 miles) from the corner in town. There are turn-offs, but don't take any - stay on this road. At 9.5 kms, you will come to a T-intersection, where the main road bends off to the left. There's a sign for Bella Vista on the right. (you need to check carefully - it's a tall sign supported on two posts, very weathered, with some of the lettering missing, and facing the wrong way - Pura Vida! - so you can easily miss it). Turn right down this road, proceed for a short distance, past one or two private gated properties, and you will arrive at the entrance to Bella Vista.

With these two methods to find our house, you should not have a problem. Just a word of caution - the roads in Costa Rica are not the same as where you live - and you will be travelling a rough road through beautiful, but remote landscape. It will take much longer to travel the 8-10 kms than it does here. After a few trips, we have become very accustomed to the road (especially my wife!), but it may seem challenging at first. Go slow and drive around the potholes - it is quite acceptable to drive on the opposite side of the road to avoid them.


Rates & Availability

Guanacaste House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jan 3 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Green Season
Jun 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $296.24
Cleaning fee $29.62
Internet stick $8.89

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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