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Gorgeous Spanish Style home with Pool and adjoining cottage!!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Two bedroom home and a one room cottage centered by a pool (rented separately)

We call this fabulous NEW spot here in El Castillo “Pie in the Sky”! A gorgeous location that lives up to it name in every way! This 2 bedroom home (Pie 2) and one room cottage (Pie 1), are two separate rentals, and are nestled above 7 private rooms of the Majestic Lodge B&B, on a secluded 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, 2 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, including a center breakfast bar that seats 6 people.

The one room cottage, with the same amazing views, sleeps two with a Queen size orthopedic bed, small kitchenette, private bath and airconditioning. Take just a few steps off of the porch and enjoy the pool! These two homes are separated and private and centered by the pool, but close enough for a family or group to enjoy together.

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 a bar and grill for your convenience.

Outdoor area with pool and bar is on the property. Full housekeeping service is provided by request (with a fee)

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

Please note that you must have four wheel drive 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 few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2017


El Castillo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in bedroom
  • New bathrooms with hot water and all towels and soaps are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Large bedroom with a private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Large bedroom with a private bathroom
  • Both bedrooms have custom made bedding and draperies, a vanity with stool and mirror, an armoire for clothes, night stands and lamps and both have luxurious, private bathrooms.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Pie in the Sky will not disappoint. This home is located on the top of a mountain, away from it all, but close enough to all local activities. We do not provide transportation up and down the mountain, so you must have a four wheel drive car. Amenities at the Majestic Lodge are not for use of the private rental homes.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Gorgeous Spanish Style home with Pool and adjoining cottage!!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews
Montgomery County, PA

Amazing views and surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

We got bounced around a bit on the ride to Pie in the Sky, but it was well worth it. The property is amazing - it has beautiful views and incredible stone work and landscaping. I don't think there's a better view of the Volcano to be found. We stayed at Pie 2, which I believe is listed as sleeping 8. There were 2 queen beds and a futon, so if you need to sleep 8, you might have to snuggle up or ask for cots! We were fine because there were only 4 of us.

We had one full day in the area and spent it hiking at the Arenal Observatory Lodge (hours worth of great hiking trails) and then relaxing back at the pool. We were lucky with the weather - it was warm and clear and we almost got to see the very top of Arenal Volcano.

On our way back to airport we stopped at Sky Adventures and zip lined - this requires some bravery but was so much fun - we loved it! I recommend dinner at Fusion (in the El Castillo Hotel) and if you have time there is a great restaurant on the other side of Lake Arenal called the Bistro, which was such a pretty restaurant in a beautiful setting. (We stopped there on the way back to Liberia Airport.)

We didn't get to meet Nancy who was out of town, but we met Dan (Z) and Daniel, who were extremely friendly and welcoming. Nancy had warned us that we would want more time in the area and she was right. We highly recommend Pie in the Sky!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the beautiful description of our little piece of paradise. The dirt road is off the beaten path, but the reason for the charm! Just to be clear to those that are reading this review, the two bedroom home is not advertised as sleeping 8 on it's own, as it only sleeps 6 with 2 queen beds and a custom made, memory foam futon in the living area. It is advertised that if you rent the one room cottage and the two bedroom home , that sleeps two, that you can accommodate a group of 8. Warmly, Nancy
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This dream home is a must!

  • 5 of 5

Besides the fact that you have help and information at your fingertips, because the owners of the property are there to guide you at every bend, it was absolutely the most serene time for our family. From enjoying the volcano to the awesome horseback riding, this place is an absolute must! Thank you so much Z and Nancy...great times for the Quinn's <3

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with others! You were stellar guests and we really enjoyed having you!! Nancy and Dan
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Poor Customer Service

  • 1 of 5

We agree with the previous reviews about the beautiful views and the proximity to the volcano and outdoor activities.

Unfortunately we misjudged the size of Pie 1 when we booked and when we arrived discovered that the facility had room for only a bed and no chairs. The only seating was outside in the rain and cold. Also the fridge in the room was a very small bar fridge - certainly not big enough for a week of cooking.

The management was very slow to respond to our emails and we and other newly arrived guests were left alone to sort ourselves out in the casitas. The Lodge was also closed for extended period and there was no one to help. We tracked down Z who very willingly relocated us to the larger Pie 2 for three nights of our 7 night stay. Pie 2 was extremely spacious and well appointed however we soon discovered that the bed was hard as a rock. Anyone who sleeps on their side and may have lower back issues should take note that these beds will force your spine out of alignment and may cause significant distress.

The grounds are beautiful with river rock, pools, etc. However the water in the pool is cold and with the cool air temperature (jackets required) it was like a polar bear dip.

After two days we were forced to abandon our time here as my husbands back began to bother him significantly. The management were not agreeable to any refund at all even though they had rented our original unit out the same day. All of our communication prior to arriving at Pie in the Sky was with Nancy but she never took the time to come and meet us. This was very disappointing as we always enjoy creating a relationship with our hosts. It was only because we ran into Z that we had any support at all.

Customer service is what brings people back to a location. We certainly do not feel that Nancy cared about our situation or was willing to help us out. We would not go back to Pie in the Sky again. It was the most expensive accommodation during our three weeks in Costa Rica and the only one that we were disappointed in.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would like for potential guests to know the truth about this situation, as there are always two sides to every story. This couple originally wanted the two bedroom home, but could not afford it, so I suggested since there was two of them that the one room cottage would be a nice fit and it is a very popular home for couples. It is small, one room with a bathroom and kitchenette, as described in this listing. There is a small table and 2 chairs, so there is a place to sit and eat, as well as a deck area with 2 chairs in the front overlooking the Volcano. At the time they arrived, my partner, whom is my husband, greeted them at the home to welcome them. Upon seeing the home they were disappointed in the size, which was very clear when I rented it to them, but since the two bedroom home was available, we upgraded them to that home to please them. They were thrilled and thought that we were wonderful and had nothing but wonderful things to say about us and the home. They were reserved to stay for 7 nights, but due to the fact it rained every day they asked to leave early and receive a refund. Our refund policy is clear and we do not refund money due to bad weather. The pool is not heated, the real issue was that it was raining, so not very many warm days to swim while they were there. The beds are perfectly fine and are very comfortable, orthopedic beds and we have never had a complaint thus far. It is absolutely untrue that we were slow in responding to emails or that we were not there leaving our guests to figure out things for themselves. Normally, either my husband, myself, the owner, or one of our staff greet guests, but I was out of town during their stay which in no way affected them as my husband and staff were there for them, so they were in no way inconvenienced. We did rent the cottage for one night while they were there, but we had every right to, as it was no longer theirs once we upgraded them to the larger home. We certainly could not be expected to give them both homes for the week. Sadly, this review is clearly a "pay back" for not refunding their money and it is unfortunate that a person is allowed to unjustly write a negative review because they were unhappy that it rained the entire time they were here. Reviews are not supposed to be used for this purpose. We are a five star property for a reason. We give excellent customer service and have the nicest rental homes in the area. Reading previous reviews tells the true story.
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Beautiful house with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

We stay in the 2 bedroom cottage. The house is beautiful, very comfortable, with a great kitchen and amazing, amazing views of the lake and volcano. It is also central to the various activities in the area. Nancy was a great help with suggestions (there are many activities to choose from) and in helping reserve the things we wanted to do. Our absolute favorite was the horseback ride to the waterfall with Lilander!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my husband and another couple visited Costa Rica for the first time this past December and stayed in Pie 2. WOW! Just beautiful! The grounds were meticulously landscaped and the views of the Arenal Volcano were breathtaking! The property is shared by two other rentals but we really had the entire mountain to ourselves while we were there. The pool was amazing and we took advantage of it more than once. There is a large covered patio space just above the pool with a gas grill (and great 360 degree views!) where we ate dinner every night. Nancy and her husband were a joy to meet; warm, wonderful and accommodating; making last minute reservations for us at EcoTermales and arranging a day at Skytrek before we arrived. My husband and I are already discussing a return trip! Such a gem; we feel blessed to have been able to stay and experience Arenal from here!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly a pie in the sky!

  • 5 of 5

Not much I can add to what all other other reviewers have said. Few tips:

1. If you are arriving at night and if its raining, it could be a challenge to find the place. Its the little entrance right after Howlers Bar and Grill and just before Majestic lodge.

2. Once you make it up to the house, there are three units. Check with Nancy which unit you are checking into as it could be difficult to tell if its raining. Take a flash light.

3. The laundry is right under the pool and you use the key marked with a yellow dot to open the laundry.

4. The last 8 kms to get to this place is unpaved and again if you are arriving at night ,be prepared to drive in total darkness for the last 20 minutes or so.

But then, these are precisely the things which made our stay exciting!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

El Castillo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Green Season
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Summer Peak Season
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall Green Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Green Season
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $45 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

These homes are rented individually. The rate of the cottage(Pie 1) is 135.00 per night and a one time cleaning fee of 25.00
Rates are subject to change without notice.
The rates above, for the two bedroom home, are for up to 4 people and 25.00 for each additional person.
Holiday rates are 25% higher than seasonal dates and include Thanksgiving, Xmas, Easter, Fourth of July, Memorial day. No weekly discounts available during Holiday dates.

Four wheel drive a must
Taxes are not included

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Howlers Bar and Grille
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Rt 4
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles

Almost all activities that one would come to this area for are located in our village...Horseback to the waterfall, Ziplining, hanging bridges, rapelling, kayaking, hiking the Volcano, Serpentarium, Butterfly Conservatory, Rancho Margot, white water rafting, etc.


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