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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.

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Nuevo Arenal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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.


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Private Retreat With Volcano Views; Be As Busy Or Relaxed As You Want
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 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: February 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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Great view and comfy house

  • 5 of 5

Be prepared for driving on gravel roads, you cant get this good of a view off the main road.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint little house

  • 4 of 5

Nice and comfortable little home in the mountains. Great volcano views. Enjoyed our stay there very much. That being said, home owner needs to get better internet connection. Other then that it was a great stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent House with a fantastic view!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a truly wonderful stay at this property! The property was very clean, nice open-concept layout with beautiful views of the Arenal volcano.

The kitchen was very well stocked and it was so nice to have a washer and dryer, specially with our toddler who got her clothes quite dirty.

Just as an FYI, the road to get to this property is about 6 miles of unpaved road, if you're staying at this property, a 4x4 vehicle is highly recommended.

You can buy all the groceries you need in Nuevo Arenal town (about 6 miles away). There's a few grocerie stores and a pharmacy. The town of La Fortuna is only about 45 minutes away. This is the town were the volcano is located and they also have a few resorts were you can get a day pass and enjoy the hot springs. We went to Baldi Hot Springs and it was awesome!

There's also a few restaurants in Nuevo Arenal, we visited a little Italian Restaurant called Los Platillos Voladores, the food is cooked from scratch and it's the most delicious Italian food we've had. The owners are very nice too!

Overall, this was an excellent stay and we hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Natalia. It was great having you as a guest! Please let me know when you plan to return, and I'll be happy to have you back as a guest. Bob
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It was nice

  • 3 of 5

Directions were bad. No to or Kleenex power was out when we arrivedlost power everyday.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm happy to receive this review. It permits me to address a couple of points anyone visiting Costa Rica should take into account before visiting this country, which admittedly does not have all the conveniences North American natives are accustomed to. You should be prepared to "rough it" a bit when in Costa Rica. First, there are NO street addresses in the country. Directions are given in a different way: "600 meters west of town football field" or "two blocks south of the Goodyear plant". So to go to a specific location, GPS coordinates are often used (and are provided in my listing), and visitors are advised to rent a GPS unit (which is often included in a car rental fee). I also provide specific directions from the nearby town of Arenal in my listing, with distances to turnoffs and to the house specified. Renters are advised to print out all the details in the listing to have with them. Secondly, it is very common for brief power interruptions to occur in Costa Rica, particularly in more remote regions, like the north shore of Lake Arenal. They normally last less than five minutes, and are also part of the "adventure", which one gets used to after a couple of days. I apologize for the lack of toilet paper (I suspect this is what the reviewer meant by the word "to") and Kleenex, and will instruct my housekeeper to make it available for future guests. Despite these comments, I am pleased by the "It was nice" heading to the review.
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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: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 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 Nuevo Arenal

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.


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.

NOTE: You should plan to arrive at the house by mid-afternoon, well before dark. Leave yourself more time for travelling than estimated. Traffic and other tie-ups are unpredictable in Costa Rica, and you DO NOT want to arrive after dark).

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, approximately 100 yards/meters past the end of the concrete section of the road) 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $31.5
Damage Deposit $314.96

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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