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Gorgeous Spanish Style home with Pool and adjoining cottage!!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


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
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Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Gorgeous Spanish Style home with Pool and adjoining cottage!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

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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One of the coolest places in the world I have been to!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Pie in the Sky 2. Amazing territorial view of the Arenal Volcano and lake. We had fantastic weather too. Just breathtaking!

Pie in the sky 2 is the 2 bedroom with bathroom in each bedroom. The main room is a great room with a full kitchen, dining area and TV area. The TV and Wi-Fi were sporadic and Nancy said they are working on improving it but that is not why you should come here. (We where here during the US election night and didn't know the results until the next day) The beds were good and each room has a side door for privacy.

The grounds were lovely and landscaped beautifully! The driveway is very steep and 4 wheel drive or All wheel drive is a must. Access is a dirt road (approx. 8 kilometers)

We filled our days with Zip Lining, Mystico hanging bridges, at lunch at a German Bakery in Nuevo Arenal, went a public hot springs and bought groceries in La Fortuna. We swam in the pool and had cocktails while enjoyed the breathtaking views!!

Nancy and Dan were great to work with too! Kudos to you for having an amazing place you are willing to share! Pie in the Sky is 3 units, a one bedroom/bath, a two bedroom/bath and house that all share the common area, a pool and covered patio and, BBQ & larger patio area (covered)

Again, this place was so cool to come to! The pictures make it look too good to be true but you will be blown away to see it in person! If we come back to Costa Rica, we will come back to Pie in the Sky again!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Could Not Ask For More

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5, with 3 teenage boys stayed in Pie in the Sky 2 for 10 days. It was nothing short of phenomenal. Nancy was great from the very start as I tried to manage dates to match availability for the first part of our trip in Punta Uva all the way through our departure. We had a great time chatting with Dan and Walter at Howlers too. This house is very well done and supported with great service. The view of the Arenal Volcano and lake simply can't be beat. Our trip was focused on activities rather than wildlife and this property offered access to everything we wanted and Nancy was super helpful it making it all happen. Yes there are Spas and Resort options in La Fortuna, but for us...the view and the pool made this a no brainer. Having Sky Trek just down the road for multiple adventures like Zip lining was almost too convenient. It is a 40 minute drive in to La Fortuna, but the road really is not that bad if you have the right vehicle...more than the 4x4, its the suspension and clearance you need. The Toyota Landcruiser we rented was perfect. The road was not a problem. The highlights for us we taking Nancy's suggestion and rafting with Aguas Bravas on the Sarapiqi River. We also loved the water slides at Kolumba, opposite the Baldi resort. We found the local grocery store in El Castillo enough for most things, and hit the super mercado at the edge of La Fortuna to primarily cook our own meals, so we don't have alot to say about local restaurants. I fully concur with the rest of the 5 star reveiews on here. This is a special property managed by special people.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Pie 2 for 4 nights (Wife and 2 teenagers) - it was perfect ! The views, The location, The property all just what we wanted and the other 5 star reviews sort of tell the story. The team at Pie/Majestic are a very special group of people and it is amazing the effort they go to to insure your experience is everything you want it to be. Nancy,Z, Walter,Rasta and the other guys I cant remember names, thank you so much for helping make this vacation a time we will remember forever. We feel blessed to have stayed at Pie - as we drove up the driveway the first time the anticipation was building and when we turned the corner to park and first walked inside...WOW,WOW,WOW! When we drove down the driveway for the last time on this vacation, I knew we would be back.

The birds and noises of the howler monkeys just added to the incredible experience, the zip line, the no pay real deal hot springs (behind the yellow gate), the hikes at the Arenal Observatory, roaming around in LaFortuna for lunch and groceries...what a great time. The feeling of peace and solitude as you drive out the dirt road and over the bridges then up the driveway was awesome - Watching the sunrise behind the volcano was truly breathtaking and certainly a highlight.

Also after a long day don't miss walking (or driving) to the bottom of the driveway and hanging out in the evening with a cocktail or a few cold beers and good eats (excellent pizza) at HOWLERS bar and grill.

Can't wait to go back !

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Arenal Escape

  • 5 of 5

Three of us stayed at Pie in the Sky 2 for two nights. The house and pool amenities were very well kept and even better than advertised. Views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal were amazing! Very close to Sky Adventures zip lining and the Arenal Observatory Lodge. We highly recommend this property and would definitely stay again if ever in the Arenal area.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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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.


Rates & Availability

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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

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
Available arrival
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El Castillo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
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
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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