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Two Beautiful guesthouses on 1acre by La Fortuna & the Arenal Volcano-Costa Rica

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Rent one or both villas: 2 separate living spaces, 2 bedrooms, 3 bath, sleeps 7

We are located off the main highway that runs from La Fortuna to the Arenal Volcano. You will have the private guesthouse, pool & patio all to yourself on one acre in the beautiful countryside. The owners are on-site if you need anything at all to make your stay here in Costa Rica as wonderful as possible. The Villa Hermosa is located far enough for privacy & but close-enough to the attractions when you're ready to see the sights! The view of Volcano Arenal from the pool & patio is awesome and the amount of birds we get here is impressive.

The activities here are endless here...just about anything you want to do, you can find it here in the 'adventure capital of Costa Rica'!

Attention couples!: Whether you just got married, are celebrating a special occasion or are just looking for some privacy, this is the perfect place for you! You get all of the benefits of having a private guesthouse but have the owners close by if you need anything at all. We realize everybody is different so we ask you upon check-in what it is that you want from us so we can make sure you get it! If you don't want to see us for the entire visit, we'll do our best to make ourselves 'scarce'. If you enjoy having another couple around to chat with, we'll be there...whatever style works for you we'll do our best to make your stay here outstanding!

Attention families!: If you are looking for a place that it is safe for your kids to run around without worrying about them than Villa Hermosa is a good choice. We are a private property with a gated entrance and a fully-enclosed 1 acre property. We have native plants, trees, flowers, birds, butterflies and some frogs and other things that come to visit so your kids will have plenty to see. We have a view of the volcano from our private patio & pool and it's all need to share with 100's of other people like at large hotels!!! We have many games on-site that are good for both adults and children to play which include horseshoes, badminton, soft-tip lawn darts, soccer ball, frisbees and many more!

About the area...: We are just 15 minutes from the main road that runs from downtown La Fortuna up to the National Park & Lake. We are located in a beautiful area just outside the city where you can come home to a relaxing place after spending your day hiking or repelling down waterfalls! If you want an experience that is far different than that of staying at a hotel, than Villa Hermosa is for you.

More Details

Property Manager
Wendy Holt
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Wendy Holt

I moved here in November of 2009 and every day I still can't believe I get to call this gorgeous place home! I've created a very fulfilling life here by volunteering with animal rescue, creating a social club and volunteering with the orphanage and safe house for girls. Having the time to give back is a wonderful experience and helping people have a trip of a lifetime is very satisfying!

Wendy Holt purchased this villa in 2009

Why Wendy Holt chose Alajuela Province

I looked at many properties all over the country and they were too hot, too many bugs, this or that. This was the second to last property looked at before driving to the airport in San Jose. I heard nothing but the MOO of a cow, there was a cool breeze and I couldn't see any neighbors...SOLD! Today we've re-planted the one acre property with tropical plants and have many local animals come to visit and even chose to live here. The more I travel around Costa Rica I realize I chose the perfect place for me.

What makes this villa unique

This is in a quiet neighborhood just 5 minutes from a true 'Tico' town...what La Fortuna center was probably like about 50 years ago. People wanting to experience the real Costa Rica and aren't afraid of a dirt road (smile), this is the place! We are also just 4km from The Springs Resort & of my favorite places to go: food, hot springs, wildlife rescue, Club Rio and rock climbing. Pura Vida!

Guestbook comments from the manager

The Villa Hermosa guesthouse is a relaxing and well appointed retreat near La Fortuna. My family and I stayed at the guesthouse for 5 nights in early august. The accommodations were perfect for my family of four. We spent our days exploring all that La Fortuna/Arenal has to offer and then we would return to the guesthouse for fun and relaxing afternoons and evenings. We enjoyed swimming in the pool and some fierce games of horseshoes, darts, and pool. Wendy served delicious breakfasts and booked our activities. We especially liked Danny Vega, the guide she reserved for our Hanging Bridges tour. The Villa Hermosa gardens are lovely and the outdoor living space is really inviting. The ten minute drive from the main road offers some truly spectacular views of the volcano on one side and the gorgeous valley on the other side. We loved our stay at Villa Hermosa guesthouse!
Jul 2013
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Two Beautiful guesthouses on 1acre by La Fortuna & the Arenal Volcano-Costa Rica
average rating of 5.0 based on 80 reviews
Clinton Corners, New York

Perfect location for all Mt. Arenal based activities

  • 5 of 5

We were treated like royalty from the moment of our 1st inquiry about renting through our entire stay. Every amenity one could think of, or didn't even bother to think of, was well thought out and provided by Wendy prior to and throughout our stay. Private, spotless, secure, daily housekeeper, gorgeous grounds and gardens, pool, gameroom, and animal life. I had 2 teens with me who think the same. They found a red eyed tree frog moments after we arrived. In fact, if you didn't care to visit local attractions, staying here your whole trip would be perfect. Her partner, Gary is a knowledgeable, patient, and polite guide who offers hiking tours. We hired him for both a morning and night jungle tour - both excellent. Our night tour began and ended at a loving, friendly Costa Rican family home. At the end of the hike, this family served us a delicious, home cooked meal. While remote, there was surprisingly easily attainable food for home cooking, or fantastic restaurants. It was nice to arrive and find refrigerated water, frosted glasses in the freezer, milk, coffee, and condiments to get you started. Yes, I would recommend and yes, I would return without hesitation. Wendy provides a pdf with spot-on directions, including mile markers and landmarks that enabled us to successfully find her remote location on a very dark, cloudy night. Importantly, she advised us set the trip meter to zero when leaving the airport, then at 40 kms you should see such and such etc.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Richard, it was a pleasure to have the three of you here! To be able to please not only you but two teenage boys, that's a success! So glad you enjoyed your stay and come back any time!
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Fantastic, awesome,Wendy is the best!

  • 5 of 5

The long drive to Villa Hermosa was worth every minute! Wendy is amazing! The property is beautiful, clean and modern with just the right touch of Costa Rica. The gardens and pool are well maintained and the daily cleaning lady was a bonus. We enjoyed the pool every day. If you're a nature lover you will get excited seeing frogs, birds, lizards and various bugs. The open air common living areas add to the rainforest charm. The beds are comfortable and the showers hot! The best part of Villa Hermosa is Wendy. She's a beautiful soul who knows what she's talking about when it comes to the local activities. She helped us plan and book all of our excursions. And take advantage of her arranging transport from the airport or to your next destination. It's well worth the money. I highly recommend a stay at Villa Hermosa. You won't regret it. We miss you Wendy! Love, Hygeia and the Mejia Family P.S. Have fun in Madagascar! We're uber jealous!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have all of your smiling faces at the Villa Hermosa, come back soon! :-) Wendy & Gary
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Amazing property, with a bit of a drive

  • 5 of 5

Wendy was an amazing host. Her guest house is exactly as pictured, and just perfect for 3-4 people happy to sleep in the same room. Wendy went out of her way to take us to get groceries, money and a rental car. She booked activities for us after talking through the options and helping us choose the best way to spend our time. The road is very rough, so you must be prepared for the drive, but it's well worth it. My kids fell in love with her dogs, and we enjoyed the bonus of the pool table and darts in the evenings (especially since the sun sets so early in CR). Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Hermosa for 4 nights in July 2016 and it was a wonderful experience. Wendy, the owner was wonderful and we picked her brain about things to do and places to see and living in Costa Rica because my husband and I fell in love with the country. Everything was great about the venue. The bed is very comfortable as are all of the furnishings and the grounds are beautiful. My only advice is if you plan on cooking, stop at a grocery store in a big town and buy your food. The local stores don't have much to offer. Wendy was kind enough to have coffee and milk for us so I could wake up in the mornings. We were so busy that we didn't get a chance to use the pool but we did go to The Springs with a 2-day pass (highly recommended!) Wendy does an amazing job of making her guests feel welcomed. She is a lovely human and I know if I lived in CR we would be BFF's. I would recommend this property to anyone from honeymooners to families.

We took Gary's bush night tour (while this isn't my thing - it's my husbands) I enjoyed this tour very much. I got scared though when we saw a coral snake! Too much wildlife for me.

Thank you Wendy for allowing us the opportunity to stay in your guest house. If you are ever in Orange, California, please call on us as we would love to reconnect.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay and an amazing host!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Villa Hermosa was a highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. It is a beautiful place, and Wendy has 'thought of everything'! Everything was incredibly comfortable and every little detail of both decor and convenience were thought of. Our family of 4 (kids ages 12 and 9) were so happy staying here - for the first time on our trip we slowed down and relaxed because it was a beautiful place to just "be". Our kids really enjoyed the pool table, foosball, hammocks, etc. - and the parents enjoyed the kids being entertained! Wendy is an amazing host - she is so friendly and helpful both before and during the trip - she had great recommendations on activities, places to go hiking, restaurants, etc. It was so nice to have someone to ask all those questions we have when in a new place!

Among Wendy's recommendations which we really enjoyed and would recommend to others:

- ziplining at EcoGlide

- canyoning with PureTrek

- La Fortuna waterfall

- Club Rio at the nearby Springs Resort was our family's favorite day - the hot springs are beautiful and not crowded, and we all enjoyed horseback riding and tubing.

- Pizza from Monterrey

Thank you Wendy!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and private

  • 5 of 5

This is a private gated property with beautiful gardens and a swimming pool. There are many activities in the area. Wendy was fantastic and helped us with making reservations and getting to know the area. Wonderful place to stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
La Fortuna/El Tanque/Arenal
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
La Pollera or Safiro...local Tico!
Nearest Ferry
111 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
120 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
141, 142 & 4
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
La Pollera, Monterrey (Bajo Monterrey)
Nearest Beach
168 Kilometres
Playa Panama
Car: necessary

We are located 7 km off the main road that runs from downtown La Fortuna to the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The activities here are endless but some of the most popular are: hiking at Volcano Arenal National Park, canyoning, white water river rafting, canopy tours, ziplines, hot springs, horseback riding, animal watching, bird watching, fishing, rappelling, kayaking, wind surfing, atv/quad tours, spas, biking...and the list goes on! We are closer to Rio Celeste than staying right in town-the same goes for visiting the Maleku Indians & Venado Caves.

Other Activities: Rapelling, white water river rafting, canyoning, hiking, bird watching, jungle treks


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until confirmation has been received.
$169/night is based on double occupancy for a minimum of 3 nights and includes the local taxes.

Villa Toucan:
If you'd like to book the Villa Toucan but have less than 7 people, it is an additional $45/per night.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.


San Carlos Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Inside the suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This second bathroom is located by the pool table.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Located by the Game Room (Pool Table, Darts, Bar, ...)
  • Bathroom #1 is in the Main Guesthouse and is spacious with a hot shower, toiletries, sink, toilet, towels and hairdryer. Bathroom #2 is in the Toucan Villa and has a hot shower, sink, toiletries, sink, toilet, towels & hairdryer. Bathroom #3 is by the Game Room and has a shower & toilet in the bathroom. By the bar/just outside is a sink to wash your hands.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Villa Toucan: Located in the gardens for privacy
  • Bedroom #1 is in the Main Guesthouse and sleeps four people in one spacious suite. Bedroom #2 is located a short walk from the Main Guesthouse for maximum privacy.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The guesthouse includes a spacious master suite bedroom and bathroom with Air Conditioning. In the wardrobe in your room we provide you with towels, toiletries, and a safe for your valuables. The bar, kitchen, living room and dining room are all in an open air covered patio just outside of the bedroom. Everything you need to keep your beers cold or to cook yourself a meal is included (BBQ, 2 burner stove top, pots & pans, plates, glasses, etc.) Villa Toucan is a new room added in the gardens for some privacy. It sleeps 3 people in a Queen & twin bed. This is only rented out to the same people with the Main Guesthouse so it's very private and perfect for people looking for some privacy from the rest of the group. The pool, patio or game room are our guests favorite places to relax. We have many tropical birds that call this home and many visit us daily. We have several games are on-site for both inside and outside such as a pool table, darts, horseshoes and more.

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