Estate, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 12
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About Glenn McBride
Yep.. that's a tiny Red Poison Dart Frog on my hand. They are an endangered species, and even after 20 years of living in this area of Lake Arenal, I am still amazed and thankful for the beauty and nature that surround me. Every day is an adventure and to be able to share this slice of Paradise with our guests is more than anyone could hope for in their life... and I am very thankful for this opportunity. I am from Santa Fe, New Mexico. My 1st visit to Costa Rica and Nuevo Arenal was back in 1976... a long time ago. I've seen many changes since then and the Lake Arenal/Volcano Arenal region is now one of the most popular and visited areas in of all of Costa Rica . I built Villa Encantada in 1996 and have been renting it ever since, hosting many thousands of guests over the last 20 years. It's been an rewarding evolution and now my principal efforts go into making sure that our guests have the best vacation of their lives. I live here at Nuevo Arenal full time with my family, having built a 2nd home nearby as Villa Encantada is rented more often than not (Gracias a Dios!). By being here in the area full time, I am able to welcome guests to the villa and help them get the most out of their time at the villa and the area... and continue my 'work in progress' of 20 years in making Villa Encantada a DESTINATION, rather than just a place to sleep. You'll find 11 Virtual Tours of the villa interior and 40 Acre Nature Preserve/ Botanical Garden Estate in our photo section or cut/paste this URL to your browser ... See our Virtual Tour link http://www.vpix.net/index.php?tour=108108 On this VRBO site you'll find the maximum photos allowed (30) and (130) 5 Star Guest Reviews. In other words, you know what to expect when you spend time with us ~~ no unwelcome surprises. Our goal is to make your special vacation to Costa Rica and Villa Encantada memorable and hassle free. Thanks for allowing us to be of service to you, your family and/or group. Your Host, Glenn McBride
Glenn McBride purchased this Estate in 1995
Why Glenn McBride chose Nuevo Arenal
Our 40 acre Nature Preserve Estate at Villa Encantada is the only property with Lake Arenal access and Pristine Primary Rainforest with our own Aquifer Springs and too many waterfalls to count. Exquisite Nature surrounds you and you really will think 'I've died and gone to Heaven'. I can't improve Nature, but after 20 years, I've learned how to tweek it to make it to make it more accessible to our guests of all ages by building miles of manicured hiking trails and waterfalls that you can sit under and actually get an incredible massage that will be a very sweet memory that you'll always have to cherish. The manicured gardens and Golf Course are still a work in progress and now I look for plants that are unusual and hard to find to share with our guests. Our new swimming pool and 100 Waterslide have been a great success with Rave Reviews and have been met with enthusiastic smiles all around. Next... on my Bucket List ... build a Butterfly Garden area and Orchid Garden, and install a micro-hydroelectric plant. For me... it's so rewarding, and I love sharing this life's work with wonderful guests from around the world. Muchas Gracias!
What makes this Estate unique
Villa Encantada and Lake Arenal are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, just 90 minutes from the Liberia Airport and 3.5 hrs from the San Jose Airport. There are a multitude of activities within 1-3 hours from the villa, EASY self guided day excursions to the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Hot Springs, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, National Parks, White Water Rafting, Canopy Tours, Volcano Tours and many beaches--, Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip, Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area, Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Parks, Rincon de la Vieja National Park (volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls), Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to 240 meters, Beaches, and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is only 2 to 3 hours away, Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo Beaches
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Smoking outside only!
CANCELLATION POLICY:**(In cases where payment in made by credit card, a 5% credit card surcharge of the amount paid is deducted from any Cancellation
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had an amazing 4 days at Glenn's property. The grounds are meticulously cared for. We loved the waterslide and the peacocks the most! It is a beautiful place. Lots of stairs in the house so you need the be careful if you have small kids, and bring bug spray as there are lots of noseeums when we were there. Overall a fantastic time and Glenn is so helpful with restaurants, activities, etc! We cant wait to go back.
Thanks Julia and Tom for sharing your sentiments regarding your stay at Villa Encantada. As you mentioned .. 4 days goes by fast when your having such a Great Time, and I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the villa, grounds and on site activities at Villa Encantada. Normally we don't have an insect issue, but on occasion with the change of seasons , we do have a few days with noseeums... but it's really kind of rare to see that occur.
We look forward to hosting your family again amigos and thanks for your visit.
Villa Encantada is amazing!! The house was well laid out, spacious and clean. The landscaping was stunning! We couldn’t get over all the beautiful flowers, trees and plants and how well maintained everything is! The hiking trails are well kept up and easy to follow. Our three boys, ages 16, 14, and 8 had so much fun on the water slide and pool. They must have gone down the slide a million times! Glenn was super helpful booking excursions and recommending restaurants in the area. We had such a wonderful time at Villa Encantada and made memories to last a lifetime!!
Thanks so much for your detailed 5 Star Guest Review. It was a pleasure hosting your family and that you all enjoyed your time at Villa Encantada is my reward ~~ Thank You!.
Aside from a few off site tour excursions that I arranged for you, I love it when guests spend LOTS of time at the villa and enjoy all that we've worked so hard to create. There's so much to do right on our property ~~ that you can relax, enjoy and make memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your very special Costa Rican experience. We look forward to you next visit amiga and we'll keep the light on for you!
Your Host and Friend,
Villa Encantada was an amazing location for our family vacation. There were 8 of us and there was ample room for everyone. The house itself was beautiful and a vacation in itself. Our kids could not get enough of the waterslide into the pool and fishing in the pond (hot dogs made great bait!). Kayaking in the lake was beautiful and daily hikes in the jungle and swimming under the waterfall were a must. We woke up each morning to howler monkeys and beautiful birds while we enjoyed our coffee on one of the three decks overlooking the property.
The staff was absolutely remarkable. They were incredibly kind and went out of their way to make sure that we were comfortable and had everything that we needed to have a great time. Glenn was so helpful in setting up activities for us before we arrived and met us at the property to give us a tour and get us settled. He checked back in with us and made sure that everything exceeded our expectations during our stay.
The area around Arenal offered great food options and we enjoyed some amazing tours in the area. Rappelling down waterfalls was our favorite (Go do it now!) along with zip lining next to the volcano and the warm water at Kalambu waterpark. Everything was easily accessible and a short drive from the property.
I would absolutely recommend this property to anyone looking to enjoy the rain forest and the beauty of Costa Rica! Thank you so much Glenn! Pura Vida!
A sentence or paragraph simply cannot begin to describe what a stunning and beautiful property Villa Encantada is. We traveled with five of our kids (ages 2 to 15) to spend a week at the property and were blown away by the beauty, amenities and Glenn's kindness. As a manager of high end vacation rental properties in the Nashville, TN area; I have very high expectations / standards and Villa Encantada and Glenn blew those both away. Glenn went above and beyond to make sure that we were taken care of, even going to pick us up homemade soup, medicine and Gatorade when our a few of our kids came down with a stomach bug (that started with our two year old on the plane ride over - only downside of the trip). We also had Glenn's wife prepare a meal for us one evening that was delicious and highly recommended. The waterslide was a hit with both the kids and adults and we all spent countless hours every day going up and down. We enjoyed hitting a few golf balls and the short five to ten minute hike / walk to the lake. The property is so great that really we felt no need to go anywhere and really only ventured out on two of the seven days we stayed. Moya's Pizza quickly became our favorite restaurant to eat at - great food and drinks and only 5 to 10 minutes away!
If you are reading this review and have not yet booked your stay - DO IT NOW! You will not regret it! We have already recommended this property to our friends and family and can't wait to return!
WOW.... Thank You Sarah for such an AWESOME and Detailed 5 Star Guest Review. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to help make your family's special vacation to Costa Rica and Villa Encantada a hassle free and long lasting memorable experience for you and yours. As a property manager yourself, you know that the kind of Guest Review that you shared with me and our prospective guests is worth more than anything that I might say about my life's work of 20+ years at Villa Encantada. Reviews such as your give me a renewed sense of my mission to make a difference in the most positive way that I can to ensure that our guests will remember their stay with us for a lifetime. ... and that they find their way back time and again. Thank You for your confidence Sarah ~~ we look forward to seeing your family's smiling faces again and know that "we'll keep the light on for you".
Your Host and Friend,
Beautiful house, property and breathtaking views
This is a beautiful home. The grounds were immaculate. There is a gardener that lives on site that maintains the grounds. The maid came in the middle of our 5 day stay, cleaned and provided fresh towels/linens which was a nice feature. There are trails on the property that are beautifully maintained and a joy to discover. There is a water slide and a small spring fed pool which is quite refreshing. There is also a nice pond and kayaks that can be used. You can also hike down to the lake, but we never made the hike down there. There are 2 Peacocks on the property that are let out daily. They are not afraid of people and the male will show off for you in the driveway in front of the garage. Don’t park your car there, if you want to see his fan. Glenn, the owner is a very friendly and helpful person. He provided us with much information and directions prior to our trip. He will bend over backwards to help you in any way he can. He also gave us some wonderful recommendations for restaurants in the area that we probably never would have gone to. They were all top notch! The house is about 10 minutes away from Nuevo Arenal where you can find restaurants, gas and groceries. If you want to go to the La Fortuna area to see the Volcano, waterfall, hot Springs, etc. - it is about an hour and 15 minutes away. So, it is quite a distance to the main attractions of the area. There are fans in the house, but no air conditioning. There are screen doors in the bedrooms downstairs that allow some air in, but not on the main level (kitchen and living room area). It was quite hot and humid when we were there and there were bugs outside, so we were not able to open the doors to cool off the main living area. Screen doors on the main living area and loft would be a definite plus to this beautiful home. Internet is not very strong, but that was disclosed prior to our stay and is expected due to its location in the mountains. Our only issue: The property is described as being secluded, other than the gardener. We were not aware there was another rental on the property that had access to the road and trails around our house. Some work was also being done during our stay, so workers/owner were on-site daily. The first morning, we were awakened by a gravel truck and workers at 6 AM outside our bedroom window. This would not deter me from staying here again and the home is still a 5 star rating. Just nice to know what to expect. Thanks Glenn!
Muchas Gracias Diane for your detailed 5 Star Guest Review. I very much appreciate your taking the time to expound on your stay and Great Experience at Villa Encantada. It's always helpful to receive guest feedback on how I can make Villa Encantada an even more rewarding experience and your suggestions are appreciated. Thank you for your visit and we look forward to hosting your family again.
Beautiful Property nestled away in the rainforest, surrounded by sounds of nature. Woke up to the sounds of beautiful birds and howler monkeys (although we never saw one). Amazing place to hike, swim (with an super fun slide). House has verything you could possibly need, plus some! Glen is a great host; very kind and attentive. Would definitely return.
Tank you Lori-Beth for taking the time to rate Villa Encantada with a Great 5 Star Guest Review. I very much appreciate your visit and the opportunity of hosting your family at Villa Encantada. Your family is ALWAYS welcome at our home and I do hope you'll find the time to return to "your home away from home".
Muchas Gracias Amiga!
See our Virtual Tour link http://www.vpix.net/index.php?tour=108108
Extensive hiking trails on the property~~See Monkeys, Iguanas, Deer, and Birds~~ 3.5 hours from San Jose Int'l Airport...90 minutes from Liberia Int'l Airport. Ample parking for 6-8 vehicles Fishing/Lake Tours available (extra) Cook available on request (extra) Responsible child care arrangements (extra) Professional massage therapy at your service (extra)
If you can drag yourself away from the comfortable, serene surroundings at Villa Encantada there are day excursions and a great many outdoor and adventure activities available in the immediate area that can be enjoyed.
In the immediate area here are some of your options:
Visit Arenal Volcano and one of the many Hot Springs mineral baths.
Visit the Rio Fortuna Waterfalls at the base of the Arenal Volcano.
Jungle hikes to discover pristine swimming pools fed by a spectacular waterfall of over 300 ft.
Canopy Tour at Lake Coter where suspension ropes hoist you above the treetops for a close up view of the rainforest canopy.
Venado Caverns for an exciting adventure viewing stalagmites, stalactites and cave exploring.
Jungle treks through the rain forest is an eco-adventure that most people will never have the chance to experience.
Miles & miles of manicured trails are at your beck and call.
Bird watching (this temperate zone climate offers as many as 300 different species of birds from keel billed toucans, tanagers, parrots, hummingbirds to red legged honeycreepers and a virtual
potpourri of colorful feathered friends).
Windsurfing (Lake Arenal is world renowned, attracting serious windsurfers from every corner of the globe). Rental equipment is available.
Horseback riding tour through the rain forest and up to Lake Cote, an extinct volcanic crater, where on a clear day you can see all the way to Nicaragua.
Tour Lake Arenal by catamaran sailboat or party barge. Fishing excursions are also available. Fish for rainbow bass and talapia with a guide that usually knows where the fish are.
Lake Arenal water-skiing tours are available, as are boat rentals.
Mountain biking on some of the best trails in Costa Rica through
protected wilderness areas. Bike rentals available.
Tour the Lake Arenal villages of Arenal, Tilaran, Tronadora, Canas,
and Fortuna to experience Costa Rica's friendly people. Personalized Spanish language study program. (Instructor comes right to Villa Encantada for Spanish lessons).
USA certified masseuse available on request (reasonable rates).
Because Lake Arenal and Villa Encantada are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, there is a multitude of activities that are but a few hours away by car. Birders and naturalists are particularly interested in many of the following sites or National Parks. A personal guide is available for a reasonable fee.
Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip - an excellent day trip in a lowland habitat where you'll see an abundance of birds, crocodiles and animal wildlife.
Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area - where a great many coastal birds reside. You will see 15 separate habitats with over 150 species of trees and 55 water plant species in this gigantic lagoon, as well the 279 species of birds that have been sighted here.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve with over 450 bird species sighted - a world famous destination where you may see the resplendent quetzal. You will want to get an early start as there is a host of activities.
Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve includes a lake and marshlands of over 800 hectares and 5 separate habitats. This lake virtually dries up in the dry season (February to May), but the river can be navigated and there is an abundance of waterfowl to see.
Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Park on the northwest Pacific Coast is a tropical dry forest and home to 260 bird species as well as cougars, jaguars, crocodiles and anteaters.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park ( volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls). This reserve is home to many of the high elevation birds that are seen at Monteverde. This park is known as "Costa Rica's Yellowstone".
Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to a depth of 240 meters and have a profusion of stalagmites, stalactites, pillars and other underground formations. Not much
wildlife, but very worthwhile park.
Beaches, Beaches. and more Beaches - the pacific coastline is less than 90 minutes away. Our favorites include Coco Beach, Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, Playa's Ocotal, Flamingo and Tamarindo. Beach activities include scuba diving, sport fishing, golf, swimming,
surfing, horseback riding and shopping to name a few.