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Luxury Home with Pool and Fantastic Views Of Lake Arenal And The Arenal Volcano

Sleeps17
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

5 bedroom 5 bathroom, luxury mountain home with stunning Lake and Volcano views

We call this fabulous spot here in El Castillo “Pie in the Sky”! A gorgeous location that lives up to it name in every way! This 5 bedroom home is nestled above our 8 room Villa, the Majestic Lodge, on a private mountaintop. With 360 degree views of the primary Rainforest, 26 mile Lake Arenal and the Majestic Arenal Volcano, you can see for miles in the privacy of this secluded setting. This large home is a single level, 5 bedroom home and fully equipped to make you feel right at home! The bedrooms are luxurious and inviting with custom made bedding and draperies, air conditioning, and private access to the outdoor porch for your convenience. All linens are provided. The kitchen, with granite counter tops and Guanacaste wood cabinets, is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need!

There is also an adjoining cottage and two bedroom home on this mountain top, with the same amazing views! The one room cottage sleeps two with a Queen size orthopedic bed, kitchenette, private bath and air conditioning. Take just a few steps off of the porch and enjoy the pool! The two bedroom home is elegant and comfortable with all of the comforts of home.

We pay special attention to every detail to assure the best vacation for you and your family. We can accommodate large groups and welcome Private or group parties. Catering can be arranged. Complete tour and trip planning services available including travel from within Costa Rica. We offer a beautiful pavilion for wedding parties, family reunions, yoga retreats, etc. We offer private yoga and massage on premises and have Howlers bar and grill at the bottom of the hill for your convenience.

Outdoor area with pool and bar is on the property. Full housekeeping service is provided.

We can also arrange transportation for our guests from anywhere in Costa Rica.

Four wheel drive car necessary to access Pie in the Sky.

You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to access this home.

More Details

Property Manager
Nancy and Dan Zintsmaster /Contact us for availability
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

Amenities

El Fosforo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 17 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , This bedroom is a circular room with spiral staircase
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , This room can be made into a king by request
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to access this home.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Luxury Home with Pool and Fantastic Views Of Lake Arenal And The Arenal Volcano
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5

Loved everything about Pie 3

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and staying at Pie 3 made it so memorable! We loved everything about it. The location is a little hard to find once it gets dark, but we found it. Luckily, as soon as we put all of our stuff inside once it was dark, Z found us and was able to show us down the hill where we could find a place to eat and grab a few groceries! He came up the next morning to check on us and help us with excursions as well. Top customer service! Nancy was out of town, so we were not able to meet her. I highly suggest visiting Howlers when you are visiting. Juan is awesome and keeps your drinks filled! The views at the house are amazing! The beds aren't as soft as at home, but I have a bad back, and they didn't bother me that bad. If we traveled back to this part of Costa Rica again, we will definitely stay here! Thank you Z for all of your help and hospitality! You're awesome!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Emily, People like you make my job easy and fun. Thanks for your kind words and look forward to seeing you again. Pura Vida Z
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Santa Barbara, CA
5

Absolutely loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Wondering whether to rent here? Stop reading reviews and do it! My kids just couldn't believe I found such a great spot. First, this is a great location. The things you probably want to do, like the amazing Sky Trek Zip Line, Hiking, Arenal Observatory, Tabacon Spa, etc are very close by, in fact this really is a perfect location to access them. Second, the pictures try, but fail to really do this property justice. It's beyond amazing. Its the kind of place that once you are there, you just want to bring everyone you know there and show it off. The setting is so perfectly remote and private with an awesome view of the lake and volcano. There is a small market and a few eating spots nearby and they are actually pretty good. Its Costa Rica so don't expect 5 star is all. I'd call the property 5 star though. You will hear lots of birds and howler monkeys. Be sure to use the little lookout tower, it is a bit unbelievable what a difference a little height makes on the view. Last but not least are the wonderful owners and property managers. The manager 'Z' is a really nice guy and was very helpful with everything including getting reservations to some of the attractions we visited. The owners were also very nice, had great communication and helped us get a rental car from San Jose. Their suggestion to use Adobe car rental was perfect. I had never heard of Adobe and was a bit unsure but am very happy to say they earned my repeat business anytime I find them again. Some reviews complained about the driveway... I just don't get it. Its a multi-million dollar house sitting on a hill... so yes it has a bit of a steep driveway. But we aren't talking about some gravel/dirt drive... its a gorgeous and very expensively built paved/rock driveway that clearly shows how much effort and money went into it. I drove up and down it many times during my stay and was glad that it was built so well. One last thing, at least while we were there, because this is such a huge and high end property, it takes quite a few gardeners and maintenance people to keep it up. They were nice and respectful and we had no issue but you do lose some privacy as they go about their jobs. If I ever return to this area, I won't hesitate to rent this property again. We spent a few days here and then a week at the beach. Doing it again I would stay here the week and spend a few days at the beach.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Better than the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at "Pie in the sky". The home and property is beautiful and has stunning views to Lake Arenal and volcano. Our kids loved the pool and the "eagles nest". There is much to do in the area and Z was a great host and very helpful throughout our stay. We definitely recommend this property and we hope to be back to stay again in the near future.

Sincerely,

Schmidt Family

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA
5

Beautiful home in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

This home is just beautiful and very well equipped. Situated in an area rife w potential activities and plenty of tasty places to eat. The views from every spot on the property are stunning. Super excellent place to stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Magical in every way

  • 5 of 5

My retreat group had been to six locations around Costa Rica prior to our visit to "Pie in the Sky". It is beyond breathtaking, and more idyllic and "forgotten in time" than our other great villa locations. From the outrageously scenic drive from San Jose, to the incredible view or Arenal volcano and lake Arenal, to the gorgeous design (the glass room and towering "Eagles' Nest" were a real treat), great gourmet kitchen, stonework, pools... to the top-notch hospitality... This is the place I know I'll return to for my retreat clinics again and again. Thank you Nan and Z!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Family vacation at the peak of the mountain

  • 4 of 5

This awesome place served us well. We arrived late in the evening after a lengthy drive from San Jose and woke up to the most impressive view one can ask. The owners are very responsive and the handiman on place is ready to help in a short notice. The activities nearby include Hiking in the jungle, (recommend only with a guide), zip-line, hot springs all within 30-60 minutes drive from the place. Speaking about the drive...highly recommend to have 4X4. This amazing view is only possible from a high point and the last 40 minutes to the house is a dirt road that will put you car and your driving ability to the test. If you arrive at night, the last leg will take you from the lake to the top of the mountain in a 25 degrees slope. The owners did right and placed stones on the road to increase the traction, however, at 3/4 of the way there is a sharp left and the slope increases to about 35 degrees. At that point, in a dark night, your headlights will face the opposite mountain and you need to be careful making that turn. I highly recommend that a nice light reflected sign will point the way, if a lamp post is not available. Adding some guard rails at that point will be great.

The rooms are specious and the yard is spectacular. I wish there was a laundry machine too.

Overall- it is highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. Just to be clear to other potential guests, the dirt road is only the last 7 km and is very easy to drive. It can be bumpy at times throughout the year, but was just recently graded, so is quite nice now. Grading is done several times a year. Actually, we are off the beaten path which is what makes this place so charming and special! It is also not difficult to drive up the road to the home and the S in the road is fine if you use bright lights. There is a laundry area centrally located next to the homes as well.
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Map

Arenal Volcano Sky Trek
Arenal Volcano
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Majestic Lodge
"This is an awesome B&B...beautiful views, comfortable, clean and friendly."
Sky Adventures
Desafio Rafting, La Fortuna
Don Rufino
La Fortuna
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

El Fosforo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Peak Season
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$295
From
$325
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Green Season
Sep 1 2017 - Dec 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
$275
$1,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
$375
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
$325
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$200
From
$225
Fri,Sat
$1,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $65 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

These rates are subject to change without notice. The rate is for minimum number of people and 25.00 for each additional person.
Holiday rates are 25% higher than Peak Season rates. Christmas, New Years and Easter, etc. are based on the maximum number of guests regardless of how many are in your group. There are no weekly discounts for Holiday dates.
Four wheel drive necessary to access this home.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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