Delightful Home, 2 Bedrooms, 5 Star Reviews, Sleeps up to 6, Awesome Lake Views
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About Nita Kemsley
Greetings from the owners, Marty & Nita Kemsley. We bought this Beautiful 2 acre property in 2006, with an eye toward early retirement in 2008 and the dream of running a small eco-friendly, culturally authentic B&B. However due to the on going economic difficulties in the US, the grand scheme of our plan is now developing at a much slower pace than we had hoped for. The Casita, as an independent vacation-rental, marks the completion of Phase One of our vision and Phase Two, will include a Spanish Colonial style B&B, with two additional upscale Cabinas. It will also feature, a Half Moon Infinity Swimming Pool with Volcano View, Hot Tub, More Landscaping and Further improvements. Your bookings are much appreciated and will move us ever closer to building the dream, one brick at a time! Pura Vida...There is nothing like it. Thank You!
Nita Kemsley purchased this Guest House in 2006
Why Nita Kemsley chose La Fortuna
There is something both magical and captivating about the area of El Castillo, Adding a sunset or an active lava flow from the Arenal volcano makes it mesmerizing. Moving to Costa Rica is a calling and we were hooked on our very first trip.
What makes this Guest House unique
We very much enjoy being unplugged and at one with nature and the local community. The Views and Tranquility here are awesome and we are grateful to God everyday for this wonderful opportunity. Pura Vida, is more than a tag line, it is a way of life here. Hacienda Encantada, Costa Rica. It is Simply Magical!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Small Weddings Excepted
Designated Areas ONLY!
Family Pets live on the Estate
No extra Carge for using the Crib
Minimum age of primary renter:23
Max guests:7 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Unauthorized Late Check out fee: $35 per hour, after 2 hours daily base rate will apply and premises will be vacated. Registered Guests only.
Smoking in Designated Areas only. Smell of smoke in the house: $100 Extra Cleaning Fee will apply.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a wonderful stay at Encantada. The house is close to activities, but far enough away to feel like you have privacy. Nita was helpful in planning meals and activities.
Great local location. Well maintained property and very helpful hosts
Need a higher clearance vehicle to be on the safe side but once there the property was very nice. Everything was clean and very well maintained inside and out. Owners were very helpful even with finding some medicine for me (not related to anything in CR). The cat and dog were very friendly and like to follow you around. (They aren’t allowed in the house so no allergy concerns). Plenty to do nearby. Would definitely stay there again.
Thanks so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you. Let us know if we can answer any questions about your Utah project.
Nita & Marty
We had a wonderful time here. The house is beautifully set on a mountain top with an outstanding view. Comfortable and equipped with everything one might possibly need. For sure one needs a tall vehicle 4x4 to access property as the entry hill is quite steep and roads leading to it are unpaved. This is part of the whole adventure !! Loved it.
Thank you so much for your kind review. I am sorry I did not get the opportunity to meet you this time around. I do hope you get to come back to Encantada soon. The road is actually passable in a regular car, albeit with a few extra lumps & bumps along the way. We always recommend a 4x4 SUV to our guests because our area is very rural. Parts of our little road are paved but it is still a literally cow path and the way in off the main road..is indeed rustic! We hope to do more improvements on our section of the road soon in the fall.
Tico home a great experience!
Our family of 5 (my husband, myself and our 3 children in early-mid twenties) stayed at the Encantada for 4 nights in April, 2018. It was our first of 3 stops in Costa Rica and we were very pleased we started here. It was the most authentic, and least touristy spot we visited. The village of El Castillo was charming and we were pleased we decided to stay outside La Fortuna although we visited there twice to see the waterfall, hot springs, a coffee tour and do some shopping. Nita and Marty were incredibly helpful. We emailed several times before we arrived and they promptly answered all my questions and provided detailed directions that were great because we were driving from Liberia and got there just as the sun was setting. Nita will make recommendations and reservations for you at the various outdoor activity sites which we appreciated. The housed everything we needed, and felt very homey. You definitely need an SUV with 4 wheel drive as the roads in that area, including the path to the house, are not paved, very hilly and filled with potholes.
Thank you so much for your glowing review. You guys were great and we are so glad we got to know you!
Great house with a view, well equipped kitchen, comfortably furnished and beautifully landscaped. Loved El Castillo area, less crowded than other lake and volcano towns. Don't miss the zip line at Sky Adventures! Most fun of the whole trip!
Nita and Marty were helpful in planning activities and taking care of the property.
Tranquility and adventure!
Three couples, all in our 30s, stayed at the encantada guest house for 4 nights at the end of December 2017. The house is beautiful, secluded, clean, and spacious enough. There is sleeping space in beds for 5 people plus an inflatable mattress which was comfortable. We would highly recommend a higher clearance vehicle. The drive from Liberia is an adventure with a lot of twists and turns and the final road to the guest house was rough. Recommendations for activities
Sky trek (zip line)
Sky river drift (not for the faint of heart)
Hanging bridges hike
Hot springs (we went to los Lagos)
Exploring the town of la fortuna
La fortuna waterfall
The guest house is located about 5 minutes from the sky adventure park and about 30 minutes from la fortuna.
We bought some groceries to make meals but there are so many wonderful local restaurants I would recommend going out for as many meals as possible. There isnt much of a grocery store anywhere near the guest house. We ended up cooking all of our food for one lunch because there were so many recommended restaurants that wanted to try. If you are looking for tranquility combined with eco adventure, encantada is your place!
Thank you so much for your kind review! I do so hope you will be able to return again for another adventure.
Relax: Take a Photo Safari to the Bottom of Our Private Rainforest Trail, Howler Monkeys, Toucans, Butterflies and Humming Birds, Enjoy a Nap in the Double Hammock, Watch A Sunset, Costa Rica is about Adventure, your vacation Rental should be fun! So just go do it -GO Ziplining, Hike, Birdwatching, Go fishing, Visit Lake Arenal, Go to The Hot Springs.
Other Fun Things to Do!
Thrill to the Fastest, Longest & Highest Zip Lines in Costa Rica, Experience a Sky Trek on Soaring Suspension Bridges or Fancy a Tranquil Glide Through the Jungle on a Sky Tram, Make a Run in the Sun on either of Costa Rica’s Best White Water Rafting Rivers, the Rio Frio and the Rio Toro, Try Kayaking or Windsurfing on Lake Arenal, Rent a Mountain Bike or Take an ATV Tour, Visit the Country’s Largest Butterfly Conservatory and their Beautiful Botanical Garden, Test Your Courage by Holding a 125 lb Python, at the Arenal Eco Zoo, Famous for its Serpentarium and Frog Garden.
Take a Lava Hike on the Famous 1968 Volcano Trail, Ride a Horse up to La Fortuna Waterfall, Marvel over the Rio Celeste, and Much More!.. Costa Rica..It's Pura Vida