Large 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, private pool Home Sleeps 9-10.
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About José López
NANCY AND I TRAVELED TO COSTA RICA AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT TO EACH OTHER IN 2002. ON AN ATV TOUR OF THE AREA, WE FOUND THE PROPERTY, A HORSE PASTURE, THAT IS NOW NEPENTHE RESORT. THE ADJACENT PROPERTY BECAME AVAILABLE AND IN 2012 AND OROPENDULA WAS BORN. AFTER EXTENSIVE REMOLDING, IT BECAME OUR HOME. SINCE WE RETURN TO OUR HOME IN CALIFORNIA SIX MONTHS A YEAR, WE LET OUR GUEST ENJOY OUR BEAUTIFUL HOME..
José López purchased this House in 2013
Why José López chose La Fortuna
THE LOCATION OF CASA DE OROPENDULA IS VERY UNIQUE AS IT HAS A VIEW OF LAKE ARENAL, ARENAL VOLCANO AND SURONDED BY THE COSTA RICA RAIN FOREST AND THE NATIONAL PARK. LOTS OF JUNGLE LIFE, MANY DIFFERENT BIRDS, ANIMALS, FLOWERS, AND GREEN TREES. AFTER ALL, WE LIVE IN THE JUNGLE.
What makes this House unique
CASA DE OROPENDULA IS WALKING DISTANCE TO EL CASTILLO WITH THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN, SNAKE ZOO, HORSE TOURS, AND ART GALLERY WITHIN 20 MINUTES WE HAVE THE FAMOUS HOT SPRINGS, SKY ZIP LINE AND RIVER RAFTING, LAKE BOATING, MISTICO HANGING BRIDGES. WE OFFER OUR RESTURANTE PHOENIX RESTURANTE AT NEPENTHE, THE BLUE LAGOON SPA AT NEPENTHE FOR YOGA AND MASSAGES, A SPRING FED SWIMMING POOL, RECREATION ROOM WITH PING PONG AND SHOFOL BOARD, MANY SWING CHAIRS AND HAMMOCKS
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great views and people - perfect place to adventure with kids.
A great way to vacation with our 3 kids in the El Castillo area near Arenal and looking over Lake Arenal. It was great to walk to breakfast at Nepenthe every morning and we also walked to and ate at the Phoenix Restaurant just down the hill almost every night.
The kids caught frogs every night, we had white-faced monkeys visit the trees behind the house, heard howler monkeys every morning, saw Toucans and other birds flying, plus several big and cool looking insects out in the yard.
We got great recommendations from Joel at Nepenthe for Zip Lining, Hot Springs, Hanging Bridges, Rafting.
We loved our stay.... the views, the grounds. It was amazing! We started each day with a wonderful breakfast - far exceeded our expectations and finished every day with a relaxing dinner at the The Pheonix.
Our group of 2 families stayed Mar 29 - April 2, 2019. The pictures of the view, grounds do not do this property justice. Yes, you will need to travel a bit on a dirt road up some steep terrain, but it is worth it. Lovely hosts and a great value for the $. Loads of great activities within reasonable drive. Be sure to ask for directions to hike to the hidden waterfall!
There were 6 of us (3 adults and 3 kids) and we had more than enough room. The view over Lake Arenal was gorgeous and the food was convenient and great - Juan in particular did a fantastic job. Nancy & Gordon (owners) were there too and great to speak with and were receptive to my wife’s comments about some of the wildlife that entered the place (primarily bugs) - this was perhaps the one draw back of being in the rainforest. Location was great in that we easily found local flavour but an easy trip to many of the great sights around La Fortuna. My son was ‘homesick’ for Vosta Rica when we got back. Thx G
The home smelled horrible, coming from downstairs bathroom. The place is also run down and built weird. The stairs and floors upstairs were all really slippery, and really loud, you could hear every step any of us took. The beds were uncomfortable, the light in master didn't work. The place wasn't very clean. There were some nice things, but the smell made none of it worth it. The view is amazing, the flowers and grounds were pretty and the staff was very nice. The pads on the outdoor swings were dirty, musty and worn out and the pool looks beat up, but it was too cold to swim anyway. The restaurant was not very good either. Breakfast was ok.
Huge House with great views
This house is big, with a generous kitchen (with dishwasher), a dining room table, bar and sitting area with a large flat-screen TV. 2 bedrooms overlooking Lake Arenal upstairs, as well as a bathroom and an open loft sleeping area. Downstairs there's another bedroom and a smaller bathroom. For me, the architecture of the house didn't really flow and it felt a bit convoluted. We were there for 2 days in December and it was overcast or raining, so the house felt a bit dark and gloomy. I'm sure it's much more enjoyable in the dryer season when you get to enjoy the pool too. I would absolutely recommend it then. Note that the drive up to the house is steep and rough.
We thoroughly enjoyed the great breakfast at Nephente's which is included in the price...you just walk a few steps down the stairs. We also tested the on site restaurant and can absolutely recommend it - great cocktails at great prices, delicious local food, also very reasonable prized, super friendly service.
The spacious grounds and tropical garden of Oropendola are surrounded on three sides by jungle, providing the opportunity to view monkeys, many types of birds including toucans, parrots, oropendolas, hummingbirds and others.
Nearby activities include horseback riding, led by an experienced local horseman; water activities such as fishing, kayaking and pontoon boating; zip lining; thermal hot springs; hiking in the jungle and to beautiful waterfalls; and hanging bridges. A large butterfly conservatory is located nearby and offers fascinating tours and information. Also nearby is a serpentarium with many varieties of local snakes and frogs.
Tours may be arranged for river rafting and river boat excursions.