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Amazing Volcano Views! $95 and $180-night suites. Entire Villa for $275-night.

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About the property

2 beautiful suites w/ private bath and kitchen. From 2-4 people per suite.

Nestled on a lush and secluded hilltop, with spectacular views of Lake Arenal, Arenal Volcano and the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest, Birdsong Villa welcomes you to little piece of paradise. Experience an unforgettable holiday in one of Costa Rica’s premier travel destinations.

Location: Birdsong Villa is only 3 hours (150km) from two international airports, either in the capital of San Jose, or on the northern pacific coast in Liberia. Birdsong Villa is just 30 minutes from La Fortuna, which offers amenities such as grocery, banking, post office, restaurants, hot springs, excursions and much more.

Accommodation: Birdsong Villa is a unique and luxurious accommodation that offers you the flexibility to rent one or both floors of the villa. The Bird's View Suite ($180-night) offers a queen bed and extra mattress that accommodates 1 extra adult or 2 children. The Garden View Suite ($95-night) offers a full size bed and extra mattress that accommodates 1 extra adult or 2 children. You can rent the entire villa for $275-night and accommodate 6 adults and 4 children.

Room 1: The Bird’s Eye Room has a beautiful Bali interior with huge glass windows opening to the breathtaking 180-degree views. The suite has a modern built-in kitchen, large bedroom with corner Jacuzzi tub, large bathroom with walk-in rain shower and separate toilet, and an outdoor enclosed rock shower. $180-night.

Room 2: The Garden View Room looks out on vibrant and luscious gardens with dozens of hummingbirds and butterflies fluttering around. The suite has a fully equipped kitchen, sitting area, sleeping area, and bathroom. $95-night.

Amenities: Both suites offer luxury and elegance with the comforts of home, including satellite TV, high speed wifi internet, and telephone, computer, and printing service.

A delicious breakfast is included in your stay. We’ll serve breakfast at your preferred time, or leave the ingredients for your own cooking pleasure. Lunch and dinner can be requested for a fee.

As you sit out on the observation deck and the sunshine warms your skin, close your eyes and listen to the melody of the birds and howler monkeys, all set against the rushing waters of the Piedras Negras river and nearby waterfalls.

Experience the ultimate Costa Rican holiday with some of our recommended day trips. The Arenal area has it all, from zip-lining, water rafting, hot springs, butterfly conservatory, wind surfing, fishing, extreme hiking, birding, and more. Everything you could ask for is less than an hour away so you will spend more time enjoying your holiday and less time driving.


Birdsong is a lovers paradise! Looking for a perfect place to spend your honeymoon, or celebrate a significant anniversary? Birdsong Villa offers a variety of romantic add-ons to your stay. We would be happy to build you a custom package that suits all your tropical desires. A few of the available activities include:

PRIVATE DINNER: enjoy a candle lit dinner under the stars, prepared by a local couple skilled in traditional cuisine that is sure to hit the spot!

EVENING HOT SPRINGS: soak your body in the natural springs after your busy day of touring.

HORSEBACK RIDING: saddle up at the ranch next door, and take a guided horseback ride through the eternal rainforest.

COUPLES MASSAGE: start or finish your day with a relaxing massage in your own suite.

PRICING: Please contact us for pricing for any of the above service. Or, let us know what you are looking for and we'll find a local provider.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
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February 18, 2017


I have lived in Florida, New York City, and Jamaica. Have traveled the world looking for beautiful destinations, and have found this area to be one of those 'world class' destinations. Graduated Queens college in New York City, majoring in Business.

ALLAN RUDICK purchased this house in 2009

Why ALLAN RUDICK chose Alajuela Province

I have traveled to Costa Rica numerous times over the last decade. I have found this area to suit me, because of the natural beauty, and easy-going lifestyle. Also have friends that live in area.

What makes this house unique

I enjoy the serene and quiet environment, while still having easy access to the local restaurants and shopping in the nearby town of El Castillo and La Fortuna. I also enjoy the benefit of friendly neighbors, and the green style of living.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Amazing Volcano Views! $95 and $180-night suites. Entire Villa for $275-night.
average rating of 4.84 based on 50 reviews

Perfect home base for exploring Arenal

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Birdsong Villa for the first part of our honeymoon in Costa Rica. We upgraded from the Garden View room to the Birds View room and it was definitely worth it - the view is amazing and the set up is just perfect. Allan was a wonderful host; he made suggestions (must have a meal at La Ventanita! and hot springs to visit at Los Lagos) and set up tours for us (a hike/zip line combo with Sky Adventures). We loved the observation deck for sunsets, and having breakfast with Allan out on our patio. This was the perfect location for us to explore the Arenal area and it felt luxurious to be in a private home as opposed to staying at hostels/hotels. An SUV is best for navigating the gravel roads, but we found that was the case with most of the driving around Arenal and even towards the coast in CR. We enjoyed the road trip from Liberia, and made fun stops along the way (Lake Arenal Brewery was cool). Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Off the beaten track

  • 5 of 5

Birdsong is an amazing property if you like to be away from the horde of tourists yet close to some amazing activities such as Sky adventures (zip-lining and guided walks in the jungle), Arenal Observatory lodge for great hiking trails and the many hot springs. The view from the villa is outstanding, overlooking Arenal volcano, Lake Arenal, the jungle and grazing cows and horses. Allan, the owner is a great host, joining us for the delicious breakfasts and giving us an insider view on life in Costa Rica and specifically the regions of El Castillo and La Fortuna. The house itself is comfortable and it was incredible experiencing wind and rain beating against the many windows. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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  • 5 of 5

It was just an amazing place. Allan (the owner) is very nice and he cares for everyone who stay at his place. The place is clean, the breakfast is really good! If you want to go to a little paradise on earth.. it's your place!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Pura Vida!

  • 5 of 5

This is as the Costa Ricans say, "pura vida!" Pure life! We loved everything about our stay at Birdsong. The location is breathtaking. The way the morning mist settles over the dense rainforest is just sublime...and you have a panoramic view of it each morning as you arise to a delicious breakfast cooked by a man who prides himself as much on his food as he does his personality (both of which are incomparable.) :-) As other reviewers have said, if you are a person averse to mountain roads and remote outings, this may not be the place for you. We'd advise making the first trip there during the day. The upside is so well worth it. At times we felt we were the only ones on the Earth! At other times we had the company of the immediately amiable Allan, a tough New Yorker turned soft by years of Pura Vida. Allan adds pizzaz and personality to your stay. He's a sweet guy who genuinely wants your time at Birdsong to be as enjoyable as possible. If you want alone time just mention this to him and he'll keep his distance, but at least have breakfast with him one morning. He is as much of a character as the surrounding landscape is green. He also gives great advice on where to go and what to see. Everything you'd ever want to see is a short drive away -- the Volcano lake, hot springs, hikes, a Butterfly Conservatory, hanging bridges! While you there be sure to enjoy the amazing food cooked and served in an very warm and personable setting at the nearby Phoenix Restaurant. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Allan and his incredible getaway to you. Happy Vacationing!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Absolutely stunning property but you won't like the drive up.

  • 4 of 5

Make sure to find your way during the day. The directions ended up being very good, but its a climb. We are used to mountain roads too. So worth it though!!! The view was exceptional and Allan was a very good host. Great to be able to have breakfast or dinner made for you if you'd like.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pure Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Birdsong. It was stunning. We stayed at four VRBOs around Costa Rica in a four week period and Birdsong was one of the best. Allan was so nice and gave us great suggestions. He suggested we take the kids to Los Lagos which was brilliant for the cost. The kids loved the jacuzzi and the frog in the outside shower was awesome as well as the tadpoles in the little pond on the wall. We hiked down to the waterfall and that was an adventure and a half. We also went caving.

People complain about the road on this page but really....all the other roads in Costa Rica are like this also. Consider it an adventure!!

Breakfast was yummy and a pleasant surprise upon booking. Thank you Allan and if we come back to La Fortuna area - we will be booking with you.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Juan Santamaria International Airport
"within 3 hours of Birdsong"
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Rancho Margot
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Ranch Margot
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Playa Coco

Other Activities: Shopping, boating, kayaking


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San Carlos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Garden View: Ensuite bathroom with walk-in rain shower. Bird's View: Ensuite bathroom with private toilet, walk-in rain shower, and outdoor rock shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Garden View: One double bed with option for an extra mattress for 1 adult or 2 children. Bird's View: One queen bed with option for an extra mattress for 1 adult or 2 children.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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