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Grant Carlson

Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

Highly Recommended!! Secluded Guest Privacy Yet Central To All Activities

48 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Alajuela Province House Rental Photos and Description

Home 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms | Cabana 1 bedroom /1 bathroom

The first thing people usually say after arriving at the Posada Colonial is that 'The pictures don't do it justice'. We are confident from our reviews that you, your family and your friends will feel the same way.

We are central, yet secluded, with patios, balconies and grounds looking on to the world famous Arenal Volcano. This Almendro home has a wrap-around balcony, is gated and very private. We have WI-fi, cable and Sky TV, indoor and outdoor dining with flowers, birds and butterflies everywhere. It is a natural paradise.

We are near the charming town of La Fortuna, and our area is famous for its diversity of interests. These include bird watching, river rafting, jungle cruises, jungle canopy tours, butterfly farms, horseback riding, world famous spas and hot springs or relaxing and enjoying the best views of the spectacular Arenal Volcano. And because we are well located on the main road, all is within easy access. We encourage everyone who is planning on visiting to read the reviews of our home to help determine your decision for your visit to this lovely part of the world.

We have been a Bed and Breakfast for about 15 years, with excellent reviews in the guide books, Our housekeeper/cook Miriam is local, friendly, helpful and has developed a great reputation for her breakfasts, which you can read about in the reviews. She is the soul of the place.

Security: Although the property is on the main road, with easy access to all the local attractions, it is gated, fenced, on a partial rise, and thus very safe and private. The newly formed 'tourist police' make regular checks with all the property owners.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
Grant Carlson (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

About Grant Carlson

I'm a Canadian who came here in 1993 for a combination of adventure and investment. I built a home in La Palma overlooking Arenal Volcano, and because of the shortage of places for people to stay gradually became involved in tourism. It has been a wonderful experience meeting people from all over the world. When it comes to the wonders of nature, everyone reacts in a similar way. Awe, respect, wonder and delight.

Grant Carlson purchased this house in 1995

Why Grant Carlson chose Alajuela Province

When I decided on Costa Rica as a place to live in and invest I knew very little about the country, apart from its positive reputation. It was only later that I realized I needed a 'where' in Costa Rica. After driving around the country for a week or so I arrived in La Fortuna and immediately knew that this was where I wanted to be. It was something I still can't explain. I built the home, which eventually evolved into a B and B, about two years after arriving. I drove a fifth wheel down here from Vancouver and lived in that until my home was complete.

What makes this house unique

The Nicaraguan and Costa Rican people Ive become friends with over the years have enhanced my life immeasurably. As well. the climate, the greenery, fresh air, the birds and, of course, the volcano, all serve to make this area a very special place in the world.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Two friends and I recently visited Arenal and stayed at this wonderful home just outside of La Fortuna. We had a great time, mostly because of the wonderful hospitality of the owner and his staff. The home itself is beautiful with wonderful views of the volcano and rainforest. Grant went out of his way to help us plan our stay: he helped set up various excursions and provided great recommendations on things to do. Miriam cooked amazing breakfasts every morning, and we couldn't have asked for more. It made everything so easy. If I ever return to Arenal, I will certainly want to stay here again!



Recommended for:Families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway, pet owners, age 55+.
Nov 2011
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Reviews

4.9
based on 48 traveler reviews

Highly Recommended!! Secluded Guest Privacy Yet Central To All Activities
average rating of 4.9375 based on 53 reviews
5

Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Posada Colonial during our visit to the La Fortuna/Arenal area and were very happy with everything! We felt like we were in paradise and the home was absolutely beautiful. Grant and Miriam were very helpful and made us feel welcome at all times. I highly recommend this home to any groups/families visiting Arenal and hope to be able to go back sometime.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much and, as usual, I'll share this with Miriam. She's always pleased to hear these wonderful reviews! Again, all the very best to you and your family. Grant and Miriam
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League City Texas
5

Paradise

  • 5 of 5

How wonderful to wake up at the foot of the illusive Arenal Volcano! This was a lovely, conveniently located property surrounded by lush nature with a variety of tropical birds to observe. The hospitality was remarkable. Miriam was most gracious and we treasure her delicious breakfasts on the porch. Grant was very helpful and kind and often went out of his way to be of assistance. Our three generation family ranged from 89 to 21 years. There was plenty to see and do. We enjoyed the zip line, waterfall, hot springs, safari float and trips to La Fortuna. While we were generally comfortable, air conditioning would have made our stay even more perfect. Thank you so much for sharing your special home! We hope to return again to Posada Colonial. Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for those kind words, Karen, and we enjoyed your visit as well. Please pass on our very best to your wonderful family. Every happiness from your 'old friend', Grant
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5

Exactly what we wanted it to be

  • 5 of 5

You are always nervous when you book a property based on the solely the pictures, but they are exactly correct! this place is awesome. from the birds in the morning, to the breakfasts, to the house itself, it's the perfect place in fortuna! not to mention the privacy of having your own home with a gated entrance. Eder, who is the property manager will advise you on anything you want to do

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this very kind review.. We're only able to continue because of reviews like yours so they're very much appreciated. I'll pass your this along to Miriam as well. Thanks again, Grant
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Bothell, WA, USA
5

This Place Will Knock Your Socks Off!

  • 5 of 5

WOW.

This property is incredibly beautiful and perfectly located. It is just outside La Fortuna, so it's close to everything you need. Its short drive from the city center leaves you feeling safe and secluded. (We felt comfortable sleeping with just a screen door on the first floor.) It's also just a hop, skip, and a jump to the many hot springs resorts and the park at Arenal. The view of the volcano from the back porch is incredibly beautiful and idyllic - the pictures don't do this place justice! The included breakfast is such a fabulous touch! We stayed for three days in Arenal before heading to the Nicoya Peninsula, and we were really missing Miriam's divine cooking the rest of our trip. There is no A/C in the house, but it wasn't necessary for us - the cool breeze and shade kept this house feeling comfortable, and the owners provided plenty of fans. We were also really surprised by the lack of biting bugs. You could hear the jungle come alive at night with insects, but even when sitting on the porch for hours we were never bothered by biting insects.

In the area -- we had an absolutely fabulous time at The Springs. We were a little scared off by the price tag of $60 per person for two days... but the view of the volcano from the hot springs, drinking blended drinks while sitting in a pool, playing on the fabulous water slide, taking the bus down to the natural riverside springs made it really worth it. There is a local swimming hole with a rope swing and some spots for cliff jumping that was really fun as well. And, of course, don't miss the hike to Cerro Chato (and loop in the waterfall on the way back to the lodge).

It's impossible to exaggerate how perfect this house was for our traveling group of 6 adults. Thanks for a fabulous stay, Miriam, Grant, and Eder! If you're looking for a spot for two or three couples, THIS is the spot!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review of Posada and the area! It is truly a pleasure hearing how much people enjoyed themselves during their stay and of course I'll be showing this to Miriam also. I know she will have a constant and happy smile on her face while I tell her. Thank you so very much! I wish all of you very happiness and please stop by and visit if you ever have the chance! It was a real treat! Grant and Miriam
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5

Idyllic Costa Rican setting

  • 5 of 5

The setting and staff truly make this an perfect vacation location that you will want to return to again and again.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Perry, and it was truly a pleasure to see you and your lovely wife again. I do hope you both return soon, and bring your family with you! All the vert best, Grant
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Seneca Falls, NY, USA
5

Just fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 3 nights, and we did not want to leave. This property is the beautiful placed we have stayed in Costa Rica. The pictures do the talking for this house. Inside was fine and had all that we needed. The real treat is the huge porch that looks out over the jungle and up to the volcano. We sat out there for hours, just watching the birds and waiting to see the volcano, which remained hidden. This is more than just a rental, this is more like a B&B. The lovely Miriam made breakfast for us each day, and it was absolutely delicious-- the best breakfast we had in Costa Rica. Grant, the owner, popped in and about on occasion to make sure we had everything we needed. It was a ways from the town of La Fortuna, so we had to get a taxi on several occasions, which was fine with us. One thing to know-- this is not a house for people looking to party, this is house where you relax and let everything melt away. Enjoy the view, enjoy the porch, and enjoy La Fortuna.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your very kind review. Your response and the feelings you get from staying with us is just what we're hoping to achieve. We wish you and your family every happiness and hope you can find an occasion to visit us again. All the very best, Grant
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Juan Santamaria, Liberia
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Puentarenas
Nearest Motorway
Property is on main road.
Nearest Beach
120 Miles
Tamarindo Beach
Car: recommended

The area has many famous natural springs heated underground by the Volcano, and is also famous for its birds and other wild life,and its easy access to rain forests, Lake Arenal is the largest lake in Costa Rica and just a few minutes away by car.and is known for world famous rafting and wind surfing Of course there are canopy tours, horse rentals to the famous La Fortuna waterfall (and other areas as well). It's very easy to fill in an entire week enjoying all the natural activities in the area without doing the same thing twice.

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Rates & Availability

Volcano Arenal House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Navidad 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$220
$1,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Semana Santa 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$220
$1,400
$4,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$155
$975
$4,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

In order to confirm your reservation we ask one night deposit to our Paypal account, as soon you decide to book we will send you a Paypal invoice.

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Amenities

Alajuela Province House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Cabina Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • En suite upstairs also has a door leading from the living area. Downstairs bathroom has very large tub sink and shower. Both bathrooms are done in Spanish style ceramics. The bathroom in the private Cabina includes a sink and shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    cabina - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Large Master Bedroom has an en suite and sliding bronzed glass doors leading on to the wrap around balcony. Downstairs house bedroom also has sliding bronzed glass doors leading on to the patio and garden area. Third bedroom is in the nearby private cabina which is a part of the complex.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We have a housekeeper who will have everything prepared for your arrival. The house is situated on the Rio La Palma which is a short hike down to the bottom of the property. Across the small river, actually a large creek, is jungle. Monkeys visit regularly but at times known only to them. We have feeders so there are always plenty of birds around. Deer, wild boar, pesote, and other animals have also been sited. Of course there is an abundance of flowers as well. It s a very comfortable home which fits into the surrounding ambiance quite naturally. There are interesting views everywhere. It is private and enclosed yet near everything the area has to offer.

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