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Lake Arenal, 5 Star Rainforest Cottage: Stunning Views & Close to Adventures

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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El Castillo Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Delightful Cottage, 2+ Deluxe Bedrooms + Sunroom, Sleeps up to 7

Established in 2011, Encantada Guest House, has become a VRBO Favorite. Rated 5 Stars..This award winning cottage is Clean, Quiet, Comfortable, and has Stunning Views of Lake Arenal, the Volcano and the Arenal countryside. Plus it is within easy walking distance of the tiny Rustic & Charming village of El Castillo, where you can find an interesting array of Small Markets and Restaurants.

Our very unique home is Bright, Cheerfully decorated and Centrally Located, so all of those popular Adventure Activities, that you are coming here to enjoy, are nearby or just minutes away!

Why Encantada?

Encantada Guest House Features: 2+ Deluxe Bedrooms, a Spacious Kitchen, Large Sun Room, and an Extra Large Bath. It's Easy on your Budget because it Sleeps up to 7 Persons and It's Extra Family Friendly with a Crib, High Chair and Toys, available on request.

We are very pleased to welcome all kinds of Travelers and we offer lots of amenities to help make Your Stay Fun & Enjoyable: Free Internet / WiFi, Full Guest Kitchen (with lots of money saving extras) for Cooking Meals, Spectacular Views, Tranquility, Abundant Wildlife, Birding, 2 Acres of Rain Forest and Lush Tropical Gardens, Security, Privacy and Plenty of Covered Outdoor Seating!

All you have to do is unpack, relax and enjoy the very best that Arenal has to offer : Zip lines, Hiking, Hanging Bridges, Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, Butterfly Gardens, an Eco Zoo, Bird watching, National Parks, Animal Rescue Centers, as well as a variety of Water Sports like: Fishing, Kayaking, Boating, Rafting, Tubing and more! All within located within a few minutes of the property! We even offer Free Concierge Service for helping you with Everything from Car Rental to Booking and Arranging your Activities.


Close to Adventure Activities

Free WiFi, Free Parking

Fully Screened Doors & Windows

On Demand Hot Water

TV, Classic DVD Library & Board Games

BBQ, Hammocks & Outdoor Seating

Cool Mountain Breezes, Ceiling Fans and Fresh Air Ventilation

Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

Quality Linens

In Room Safes & Security System

2 Acres of Lush Tropical Gardens

Protected Rain forest Habitat & Private Hiking Trail to Creek Below

Full Service Guest Kitchen with Condiments & Spices

Free Concierge and Activity Booking Service

Stunning Views

Pure Mountain Spring Fed Water

Abundant Wildlife: Birds, Monkeys, Toucans, Jungle Animals

Two Furry Ambassadors, Quinn & Riley, our very sweet Outdoor Jungle Kitties

Property is Large, Private, Peaceful, Relaxing, Secure

Perfect for Families with Young Children, Crib, High Chair and Toys are available.

Owner Managed & Operated with Unprecedented Personal Service

Non-Smoking House.

Please Note:

1. A 4x4 SUV or other High Clearance Vehicle is Strongly Recommended in the Arenal Area due to Rustic Road Conditions, including our own little cow path to paradise.

2. We have Two very sweet outdoor Jungle Kitties that live on the property. Please feel free to enjoy their company Outside of the house, as a courtesy to Future Guests who might be allergic.

Encantada Guest House

It's Simply Magical!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Nita Kemsley
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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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 pleasing 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 cottage in 2006

Why Nita Kemsley chose Arenal Volcano - Lake Arenal

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 cottage 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wake up to the magical sound of howling monkeys and the view of..

A truly unique rental, very cozy and well appointed, in a very secluded location (4WD essential!), right in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle, with wonderful views of the lake and the arenal volcano! We were a family of 5 (3 adult children), and spent 4 nights here during our Christmas vacation to Costa Rica. Service by property manager was superb.
Nov 2011
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based on 28 traveler reviews

Lake Arenal, 5 Star Rainforest Cottage: Stunning Views & Close to Adventures
average rating of 4.857143 based on 33 reviews

Wonderful place to relax

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Encantada Guest House. Nita did a wonderful job of providing directions and "things to do Information" prior to our arrival. The property manager, Juan, is super nice & helped us set up a private hike with a local naturalist. We also loved visiting the Butterfly Conservatory. My favorite spot was the hammock each afternoon!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you can return when the new B&B is open!
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Lovely place! Can't wait to go back.

  • 4 of 5

Hacienda Encantada was the perfect place for my family. The views from the house were amazing and the landscaping was superb! The secluded location was just what we wanted, but it was also close enough to plenty of activities and restaurants. The property is very close to El Castillo where you can find quite a few restaurants and a small grocery store. There are plenty of activities in the area too; we especially enjoyed the Sky Limit adventure and the hike to Lilander's waterfall. We did have some issues with the internet losing connection for a day, but it was fixed the next day. The hot water tank also ran out of propane so we had a couple of cold showers, but it was fixed as soon as we let them know. We must've missed the information when booking, but Quinn and Riley (cats) were a nice surprise. It made our stay feel more like home away from home. Definitely recommend and would stay again!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so Much for your kind Review. I am glad it all worked out!. In April, 2016, We will be living on site, so It will be easier to stay on top of things. Hope you can visit again soon!
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and three friends had a wonderful time at this house. It's off the beaten path so you need 4 wheel drive, but once there, the view and property can't be beat. Nita was very helpful with booking activities and we had a great time white water rafting, ATVing, zip lining, horseback riding, etc. Definitely recommend it!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I do so appreciate your kind review. I hope you will come back to visit when we get the new B&B open!
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Excellent place near volcano Arenal

  • 4 of 5

We stages two nights at Hacienda Encantada and had a good time. Nice place with a great view and very close to activités near Arwnal. Highly recommandés.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your Review, we are glad you had a good time at our place. Please note That We do not recommend visiting without a Car.. but to each person, their own adventure.
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Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in a proximally six different houses condos bed-and-breakfast etc. and this was by far the most exciting and most Costa Rican of any of the above !!! The house just had so much Costa Rican character the views were to die for and most of all the cats are awesome !!! We are real dog people don't even really care for cats that much but Riley and Quinn we're actually part of our family vacation they followed us everywhere had so much character it was awesome !!! Would stay there again in a heartbeat thank you so much !!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your Kind review. We are so glad you had fun and Quinn & Riley really miss you guys...Come back soon!
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Lovely house in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We only had two nights in this cottage, but it was superb. The kitchen is well equipped and the whole place was well cared for. The two cats who have made this their home made us feel particularly welcome! Fortunately Santa managed to track us down to this cottage too :-) As we are birders, we were particularly delighted with the garden and the good range of plants attracting a variety of hummingbirds (pretty much the same as those at the butterfly garden which is at the same height on the next ridge). The only difficulty was knowing which way to look! The path down the garden leads to a very peaceful spot by a stream - great for a paddle, though popular with mosquitos too.

We can report that the view of the lake is indeed spectacular, but for the time we were there, the volcano was less so - we did catch glimpses of bits, but then it is Costa Rica and the weather is what it is...........

For anyone planning to stay here, it's worth knowing that the approach really is quite steep and possibly manageable with 2-wheel drive (at least when it's dry), but the high clearance of a 4WD makes it a lot easier. But then we found the same for everywhere we stayed and several places we visited too.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a glowing review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and playing with our Furry Ambassadors, Quinn & Riley. We hope you got to see lots of Birds and the Toucans too! You are most welcome to return to our little corner of Paradise any time and Yes.. the off roads and driveways in Costa Rica can be a challenge, but you nailed it.. renting a 4x4 for its clearance, is the way to go.
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
# 142
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Mama's Table, Fusion, Essence Arenal, Phoenix
Nearest Beach
90 Miles
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

El Castillo Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green 2016 2
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
Holiday 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Green 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Dec 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017
Dec 17 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $40

You Will be Charged a Late Check-out Fee of $35 per hour, if you do not request or pre-arrange for a Late Check Out, with me!
We strongly suggest you rent a 4x4 vehicle in Costa Rica, as many of the roads are very rough, including ours, in places. Especially during the Rainy season.

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El Castillo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Extra Large Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen Size Bed (1) Pillow Top Mattress with Memory Foam Topper, Double Bed (1) Pillow Top Mattress with Memory Foam Topper, Twin or Single Bed (1) Twin Mattress with Memory Foam Topper; Deluxe Queen Size Air Bed is also available and can be set up in the Sun room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Coffee Maker, Iron, Crock Pot, Bender, Rice Cooker Toaster, Condiments, Coffee, Cooking Spices, Complimentary Tour Booking Service, WiFi, Tiki Torches, Window Screens, Alarm System, Dead Bolt Locks, Volcano Views, Covered Patios, Covered View Terrace, Hammocks, Memory Foam Mattress, Pillow Top Mattress, Room Safes, Candles, Ceiling Fans, Security Lights, Solar Lights, Dependable Hydro Electricity, Pure Fresh Spring Water, Herb Garden, Zen Garden, Cool Breezes, Very Close to Popular Costa Rica Tourist Attractions Like: Arenal Eco Zoo, Butterfly Conservatory, Sky Trek, ( Zip Lines) Sky Tram. Baldi Hot Springs, Tabacon Hot Springs, River Rafting, Rancco Margot and more. 4x4 or SUV VEHICLE SUGGESTED ! We do have two Jungle Kitties that live outside on the property.

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