About the property
- House2200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Casa Esmeralda is a lovely well-maintained three bedroom, three bathroom Mediterranean style villa, located above Lake Arenal in the Guanacaste highlands of Costa Rica. The view is one of the most spectacular in Costa Rica that features ever changing colors as clouds pass high above the lake and surrounding mountains. The home was recently renovated and refurnished to be put back on the rental market after several years of exclusively private use. It features a spacious, covered terrace for morning coffee, afternoon cocktails and conversation anytime. There are four comfortable 'Tico' rockers on the porch for your relaxation. The home has satellite TV, DVD player, telephone and WiFi, in case you feel the need to stay in touch. The home is fully air conditioned, but this is rarely needed with our mild temperatures and gentle mountain breezes. The kitchen is well equipped with new appliances. The dining room seats eight and features dramatic lake and mountain views. The laundry room is conveniently located off the kitchen and is equipped with a washer and dryer. Each of the two main bedrooms comfortably sleeps two adults. The third bedroom is equipped with a futon for children or additional adults.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 19, 2018
About Ed Woods
The house is owned by a North American family. The extended family members vacation at the house whenever their schedules permit.
Ed Woods purchased this House in 2001
Why Ed Woods chose Cantón Tilarán
The owners were vacationing in Costa Rica. Overwhelmed by the view from the house and the surrounding area, they purchased the house without concrete plans. It has been one of their best decisions.
What makes this House unique
The house is conveniently located right off the main road and only a few minutes from Nuevo Arenal. The area is a vacationer's paradise that offers a variety of activities unique to Costa Rica. The house is entirely air conditioned for any 'outdoor challenged' visitors.
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Breathtaking view, good location, but back breaking beds
If you could take a picture of the ideal view, this would be it. We enjoyed mornings and evenings sitting on the porch, overlooking the bay and watching the colorful birds fly by. The house was very clean, equipped with all the basic necessities and cutely decorated with local art.
Our only complaint was the comfort of the beds. We used all 3bedrooms and the two regular beds you could feel/hear the squeaky springs and the futon has a gap in the middle. We were staying with our three pre/teen kids who generally can sleep anywhere, but complained.
Location was 45 minutes/hr from La Fortuna and all the activities, and the town of Nuevo Arenal had some really good restaurants (we ate at Las Delicias and Gingerbread). With new beds, we would come back here in a heartbeat.
Awesome property and view!
Loved this house and property. It helped that the weather was great while we were there. But the view and the yard with flowers and toucans and other beautiful birds also was awesome! Kitchen could use a little updating or it would be a 5 plus!
Wonderful Time in Nuevo Arenal at Casa Esmeralda!
The house was clean and well equipped. The view from the front porch was amazing. We watched the sunset most nights. Although the house doesn't normally have a BBQ, Ed was willing to make sure one was there when we arrived. A cell phone was made available for local calls- that was very convenient!
As we really liked to hike, it was convenient being able to hike to Cote Lake without needing to drive. Loved the history of the Aliens that have been reported to land there! We also walked around the nature walk in the adjacent development, Las Flores.
As driving anywhere in Costa Rica can take a long time, we limited our excursions mainly to the Arenal Area. We hiked the 1968 trail, the Observatory Trail and the Arenal National Park Trail. They were all different and beautiful. We also did the Mistico Hanging Bridges- if you need a Disney World Experience in Costa Rica- do it. Otherwise it's crowded and nothing special. We paddled in the eastern end of Lake Arenal. We rented kayaks right from the side of the road before the dam- $15 a person for 2 hours! No reservations needed.
We soaked in the free natural hot springs that are located right before Tabacon. Liked it so much we did it a few times after our long hikes. Pay the guy $5 and he'll make sure you park in a good spot on the side of the road. The springs were filled with both tourists and locals. We felt completely safe.
Our longest trip was to Rio Celeste in Volcan Tenorio National Park. The hike was well worth the muddy trek. The waterfall and river are a most beautiful blue! Be prepared for about an hour and 45 min trip each way- one hour of which was on a dirt road.
We zip lined at Sky Trek- a lot of fun- beautiful views of the volcano and Lake Arenal.
Eat at Las Delicias for inexpensive authentic Costa Rican food. It's minutes from the house. Berta is wonderful and makes you feel very much wanted. Don't worry if there are not a lot of people there- it just doesn't matter! Los Platillos Voladores has great Italian food. It's also close by. Forget about the German Bakery- my stomach felt like it had lead weights after eating there. We had breakfast a few times at Lucky Bug (also close by).Monika's breakfasts were delicious and nutritious! It overlooks a small pond- there are humming birds right next to you while you dine alfresco!
All in all, we had a wonderful time and I would recommend Casa Esmeralda!
The home is very comfortable, clean and just as pictured. The setting is much more spectacular than the pictures. The grounds are beautiful with so many flowering plants. Birds, butterflies abound! So wonderful to watch sunset from the rocking chairs on the porch. The property is very private and we felt very safe. The road from the highway to the house is rough in places. We had a 4 wheel drive. Ed Woods was very attentive, gave excellent recommendations on restaurants and efficiently handled a minor bathroom problem. We look forward to returning.
Beautiful, secluded spot.
Our family of 5 adults thoroughly enjoyed returning to this quiet oasis at the end of our busy touring days. Everything is there for your comfort, including the cozy rocking chairs on the patio. Others had mentioned slow wi-fi, our family had no issues. Would return again.
Incredible View and a great host too!
Stayed Mar 26-30. The house is great, and the view of the lake is beautiful. I found myself just sitting on the front porch for a couple of hours each day. The house is clean, roomy and completely stocked with everything needed. It was unusually hot while I was there, and the house having room air conditioners was a great benefit for sleeping at night. The directions provided were excellent and precise, so finding the house was fairly easy.
Nuevo Arenal is about 4km away for grocery shopping and some very good restaurants. La Fortuna and the tourist activities are about 45 minutes on a very scenic drive. I also went to Canas, Liberia, and Monteverde from this great central point...all a short drive away.
Ed was a great host, extremely helpful and just a phone call away if needed. His directions were precise, and he is so accommodating. I can't recommend this property enough. I go to the area about every 3 months, and feel that I will return to this property every time from now on.
Lake Arenal is a world famous wind and kite surfing destination. Tico Winds is a 20 minute drive. Zip-lining, hot springs, and waterfall rapelling are all within an hour driving distance. Monteverde Cloud Forest is a two hour drive.
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change until deposit is received. Refunds will be made for cancellation requests received 60 days or more before arrival date. Cancellations made less than 60 days before arrival will only be made if owner can re-book property for the rental period reserved.