5 bedroom/2 full baths w/lots of room, sleeps up to 10
About Bret Fields
We stumbled upon this property and immediately knew it was special. We have worked hard to keep the property pristine and to keep it as natural as possible. We hope our guests can appreciate the natural beauty this property has to offer as much as we do.
Why Bret Fields chose Nuevo Arenal
Our property is situated approximately 1.5 miles (2.5km) above the town of Nuevo Arenal.. There are over 3 miles of roads and trails throughout the property, several ponds, and many species of flora, fauna and wildlife. In addition to the 7-8 springs/creeks that run through the property, we have a 1 acre naturally refreshed swimming pond that is great for a refreshing dip after a long hike.
What makes this House unique
We have many exotic orchids that grow on the property and our property is host to endangered wildlife.... safe but endangered. You will also see many different varieties of birds and flowers that make Costa Rica the most bio-diverse country that it is... please enjoy.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Pre-Approval required w/supplemental cost.
Pets will be considered on a case by case basis.
Great for children
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Five star. Amazing house and property
We loved our stay at El Paraiso. It was clean and spacious. The property was beautiful. We enjoyed swimming in the pond and hiking the trails.
The house is large and clean. The on-site ziplining and horseback riding were terrific. Delicious restaurants in town, and a kitchen with everything you need to make meals at the house. Our family had a wonderful time. Henry, Allen, and Mario were so helpful.
Everything available on site
Brett was very helpful at every step of the process and he always replied to my mails in a timely manner. His team was readily available for every inquiry!
The location is remote, 10 minute drive from Nuevo arenal and one hour drive form La Fortuna. Roads are well paved, but winding which makes driving at night demanding.
Fortunately, they offer great on site activities (we did canopy and horse back riding). The guides accomodated our younger children so that they could safely take part to most activities.
The house is spacious and the numerous rooms make it easier for everybody to find their own space. The layout upstairs is very welcoming and warm. Some elements of furniture are worn out for north american standards.
Kitchen is fully equipped and allowed us to eat in easily. Although, I have to recommend the italian restaurant in town, Los Platillos Voladores. Exquisite food and great encounter with owner!
Good from afar: far from good
Sorry, but I disagree with the high ratings. Our stay was 6 weeks long. We expected a reasonably well organized, functional house. The following represents our experience: extremely nasty odour from ant deterrent; toilets were unreliable, downstairs toilet unusable, until eventually replaced, but not before a major flood throughout virtually the whole downstairs, causing waterlogged shoes, luggage, and anything else on the floor: no dryer to help and no sympathy from the owner (drop-off laundry in town is very expensive over time, with no alternative)
the house water was not drinkable, as it had a rusty, metallic smell and rusty water came from all faucets; Wifi did not work until the 4th week of the 6 weeks we were there; the house phone did not work as promised and could be a safety issue; the DVD's were less than reasonably current; Scrabble was the only functioning game; the kitchen utensils seemed like rejects from another kitchen, for example mismatched dishes and cutlery, left handed peeler, appliances scattered in cupboards, threadbare tea towels, smelly plastic glasses etc etc.
I could go into much more detail with all of what happened to us. Much of our vacation time was spent with dealing with a multitude of problems and issues. At no time do we blame the staff on site for any of the problems. They were nothing short of terrific and they tried to help us in any way possible, especially Allan! Also on the positive side, it was fun to see horses loose on the property, the flora was spectacular, it was great watching for the birds, the scenery amazing and the fresh bananas were a treat. Zip-lining and horseback riding (for a fee) were right on the property for anyone who cared to. Driving up and down the road up to the property became my personal challenge, kind of fun after a while, and opening and closing the rusting gate was difficult, especially in the dark. Like I said, this property looked great in the listing, but only after a short time, the warts started to appear. Definitely not a property for long stays until all the problems are rectified. Costa Rica is amazing.
Fantastic place with lots to do
Great property with plenty of activities. House is perfect for families and groups with lots of room to spread out. Location is close to town and convenient to shopping and dining. The grounds are spectacular and the staff very accommodating. Zipline canopy, horseback riding, night tour and bird watching are a must do.
What a wonderful relaxing place to spend a vacation with friends and family.
We had 8 family members from 7 months to 67 years for 17 days and the the house just absorbed us all seamlessly. Lots of space to be together and to find privacy as well. Everyone who we dealt with, from owner Brett to the gardeners felt like one big family and were veryattentive to our needs. I would say that a car is necessary , given the beautifully quiet and slightly removed location, to access all the wonderful activities around Arenal . That being said we could have been quite happy for one week just doing the horseback riding, zip line, guided walks and hiking trails on the property.
The house was spotless, the beds were comfortable and the views from the huge veranda and two upstairs balconies were breathtaking. On the property itself we saw toucans, hummingbirds, and a bunch of birds I never identified, we also saw a tapir, howlers and an armadillo.
I could go on forever but in the end I would just say go and experience this wonderful property yourself.
Hanging Bridge Tours, Zip-Lining through Jungle Canopy, Volcano Hike, Waterfall Hike, Natural Volcanic Hot Springs and Boat Tours.