2 Story House in Rain Forest, on Lake Arenal, Close to La Fortuna Volcano
Daniel Reed - Florida, USA or Michael McBride - Arenal, Costa Rica
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About Daniel Reed - Florida, USA or Michael McBride - Arenal, Costa Rica
Our vacation rental home has been our paradise retreat for about 10 years. We been using Home Away VRBO since 2010 with hundreds of guest. We live in Florida and have family in Costa Rica as property managers across the road from the villa.
Why Daniel Reed - Florida, USA or Michael McBride - Arenal, Costa Rica chose Nuevo Arenal
There are many day excursions and great outdoor adventure activities available in the nearby vicinity to be enjoyed if you decide to drag yourself away from the comfortable serene surrounding at the Lakeview Villa. It is one hour drive to La Fortuna which is a warmer tropical climate and a busy central tourist hub. Here you have the opportunity to visit the Arenal Volcano, climb Cerro Chato the dormant volcano, swim in the pool created by the spectacular La Fortuna waterfall, go rafting in the rivers, ride the zip lines or relax in the hot thermal volcanic springs of Tabacon or Baldi Springs. It’s nice to be close to the activities and yet be able to return to the Villa for an escape to the quiet and cooler private rainforest property as you rest and relax after your excursions. Traveling west around the lake you can venture to Hotel Tiwala where you can rent equipment for wind surfing which is reputed as one of the best in the world. Further on you can also visit Tilaran and Viento Fresco Falls on the drive to Monteverde which is the most famous Rainforests in Costa Rica. During certain seasons the Quetzal bird can be spotted with its iridescent green and red color and hummingbirds are always abundant in the cloud forest. If you do go to Monteverde be sure to visit Selvatoura butterfly gardens and the zip line adventure which is one of the longest in Costa Rica. This Canopy Tour has 15 cables and 18 platforms and you definitely zip through the canopy. There are also many beaches about 1.5 hours from the house going toward Liberia where you can enjoy the warm waters and surf.
What makes this House unique
This is one of the few rental properties that has direct Lake Arenal access with just a few minutes walk to the lakeshore from the house. On occasion the howler monkey troop will choose the trees or canopy near the house to have breakfast or dinner. There can be up to 20 of various sizes as they circulate through the 40 acre estate. Some days it is great just to relax and enjoy morning coffee on the veranda, spend hours in the rainforest following the extensive hiking trails and the flowing stream down to the lake, enjoying the waterfalls and swimming in the natural pools of spring water.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Outside Only. No Smoking Inside
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Heaven on Earth
The Lakeview Villa is paradise. Landscaping is pristine. Total immersion in the Costa Rican life. The villa has two stories, completely separate, so we as a couple did not even use the top floor. The bottom villa so suited our needs. We came to relax, go at our own pace, and see if we would blend into the culture, and our goal was accomplished. It would also be a great home base for those who wanted to enjoy the activities in the area. The villa was very clean, and has everything you need, except food and there are several groceries in the area. The only thing I would mention is there is no mechanical A/C, but the breeze, the open windows and doors make it very comfortable. Few to no mosquitoes in the rainy season. I was really surprised.
I cannot say enough about Sandy and Mike McBride. They are a wealth of knowledge, and so friendly. We already miss them and their little dog OSO.
Definitely would return.
This house is a destination itself.
Loved the location and views. Check in and check out was easy. It's not next to the touristy towns, which is a good thing. Nice location for venturing into the local mountains. The upstairs flooring is loud downstairs, but not so bad when the downstairs bedroom door is closed. We really loved exporing the property all the way down to the lake. Thanks!
Privacy and seclusion in the rainforest!
If you're looking for complete immersion in the tropical surroundings, experiencing nature sounds and sights night and day, this is a great property for you! Our family had a wonderful time. We struggled a bit in the heat and humidity, however you just accept that this is a part of being in the middle of the jungle with no air conditioning. Insects large and small and in big quantities are also a part of the experience here. The amazing positive aspects of this property are the lake views, incredible sunrises, sunsets, nature's 24/7 soundtrack, the privacy and seclusion, and the neighborhood dogs coming to visit us every day!
Wow!! Is all I can say
Where to start on this spectacular home!! Mike and Sandy are such great hosts and full of great information. We loved hiking around the property and saw Howler monkeys, tons of beautiful birds and Dart frogs. We saw more wildlife on the property than we did on an excursion that we paid for. The views from the house and the sunsets are spectacular. The kitchen is the best kitchen with everything you need for every kind of meal you want to cook. This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we are planning on coming back after staying here. Mike gave us great hints on where to go for food. His information on going to Baldi Thermal Springs was amazing and we are so glad we took his advice in going there instead of the other springs. We enjoyed just hanging out on the upper and lower decks watching all the wildlife. You won't be disappointed if you book this wonderful house.
Great home with an amazing garden
Wowww!!! Great home with an amazing garden! Well equipped and maintain, this home has everything you need. Mike and Sandy, our host, made themselves available to guaranty a perfect stay. You will not be disappointed! Thank you!
A wonderful location to enjoy nature with a great view of the lake
We were 2 retired couples touring in CR and this was our first trip to the Arenal region. The property was as described and was clean, comfortable and well appointed. Everything was there that we needed including rain gear which we needed since we got 3 days of rain during our visit. The rain didn't dampen our visit at all (since the area is a rain forest). We continued to do our touring to attractions like the hot springs. Bird watching from the property was amazing and the howler monkeys made their presence known morning and evening. Our on-site hosts. Sandy and Mike. were very hospitable and let us know they were available if we needed anything. We used the trails along the stream that ran across the beautifully landscaped property. How could you not be relaxed here. You definitely need a car here to explore the area. Comments by others on this site indicated that the upstairs floor is noisy to those below which is true. However, it isn't a problem over the lower bedroom area since that area is set off to the side of the lower space. We had just a great visit and would definitely return.