Front Porch..Ready for your Morning CoffeeEncantada Guest House, Welcome Home!
3 Brm Lake Cottage, Awesome Views, Private Estate
3 Brm Lake Cottage, Awesome Views, Private Estate

Entire home/apt

7 Guests

2 Bedrooms

4 Beds

Entire home/apt

7 Guests

2 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

Encantada in A NUTSHELL.
This Charming 2+ Bedroom home, is close to Adventure Activities: Hiking, Ziplines, and More! Comfy beds for up to 7 guests. Fantastic Views! Private, Clean and Tranquil. Owner Managed, so there is a lot of Attention to Details and Personal Service! Lush Tropical Gardens, Covered Outdoor Seating and Hiking Trail! Full Kitchen with Freebie Extras, like Spices, Sugar, Coffee, Cooking Oil etc. Enjoy a Free Welcome Drink! Family Friendly or Great for Newlyweds and Couples!

The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: $10 / night after 5 guests
Cleaning Fee: $31
Security Deposit: $206
Weekly Discount: 15%
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The space

They have a common saying in Costa Rica.. "Pura Vida!" ( It means pure life) and a stay at Encantada Guest House is.. Pura Vida!

This cheerfully decorated 2+ Bedroom home, sleeps up to 7 and has large picture windows, filled to the brim with breath taking panoramic views! Large Fully Equipped Kitchen, Media / Sun Room with TV, Games & Internet. Plenty of Outdoor seating with 2 Covered Patios and a Great Covered Garden Terrace, with Awesome Views of Lake Arenal. All surrounded by Lush Tropical Gardens, filled with Exotic Flowers, Fruits, Birds, Butterflies, Toucans and even Monkeys!

Enjoy sipping your morning Coffee, while gazing out at the Lake or sitting in a Front Porch Rocker as you listen to Tropical Birds and Howler Monkeys calling from the Rain Forest Jungle below. There is no better way to start your Fantastic Adventure filled day!

While there are many lovely homes to choose from in El Castillo, but Encantada Guest House is a Very Unique Estate Property! Enjoy Beautiful Views and Secluded Privacy, lots of places to sit and enjoy the peaceful views! Close to everything and yet away from from it all.. you'll sleep like a baby, being soothed by the soft thunder of rushing rivers and the ever so gentle night song of Crickets, Red Eyed Tree frogs and Wiley geckos.

Encantada Guest House makes a perfect romantic retreat for Couples and Newlyweds and is also very Family Friendly. Accommodates up to 7 persons. We have 3 very comfy conventional beds in 2 bedrooms and true to the founding concept of Airbnb, we even have a Deluxe Queen Airbed, that can be set up in the Sun Room as a 3rd bedroom!

Traveling with young children? Just let us know and we'll be happy to provide items to make their stay a little easier! Toys, Play & Pak, High Chair and lots of Family Friendly movies too!

As an added Bonus, our Full Guest Kitchen comes stocked with a variety of money saving Kitchen Essentials, such as: Coffee, Spices, Sugar, S&P, Flour, Paper Towels, Cooking Oil, and More to help you prepare wonderful meals. Maybe you'd rather hire a Personal Chef? We can make it happen!

There are nearby Activities for Everyone: Ziplines, Hiking, Hanging Bridges, Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, Butterfly Gardens, an Eco Zoo, Bird-Watching, National Park, 1968 Lava Flow Hike, Animal Rescue Centers, as well as a Variety of Water Sports like: Fishing, Kayaking, Boating, Rafting, Tubing and more!


This Exceptional Award Winning Estate Property, has been featured in Mother Earth News Magazine and is Consistently Rated as Excellent on Various Travel and Vacation Rental Sites, across the Web!

Our Mission is Simple: We want to Help You Make This Trip..Your Best Vacation Ever! Have Questions? Need Recommendations.. Just Ask! We take our guests needs seriously and we work very hard maintain our reputation for Excellent reviews.

Amenities Include:

Close to Adventure Activities
Free Internet / WiFi
Free Parking
Fully Screened Doors & Windows
On Demand Hot Water
TV & Classic DVD Library
Book Exchange & Board Games
Hammocks & Covered Outdoor Seating
Cool Mountain Breezes, Ceiling Fans, ( AC is rarely if ever needed here)
Fresh Air Ventilation
Comfy Beds
Quality Linens & Hand Made Artisan Furniture
In Rooms Safes & Home Security System
Lush Tropical Gardens & Protected Rain Forest Habitat
Private Hiking Trail
Fully Equipped Kitchen with Condiments, Spices and Lots of Extras!
Free Activity Booking & Personal Concierge Service
On Site English / Spanish Speaking Owner/Manager
Stunning Views and Panoramic Vistas
Pure, Fresh, Spring Fed Water
Abundant Wildlife: Lots of Birds, Monkeys, Toucans, Butterflies
Privacy, Tranquility & We Even Yoga Mats on Request
Outdoor Dining with a Small Gas BBQ Grill
Things to Note:

1. The House can sleep up to 7 persons, with a very comfy Deluxe Queen Airbed, that can be set up nightly in the Sun Room, No extra person charge.
2. We Require a Two Night Minimum Stay.
3. A 4x4 SUV is Strongly Recommended for the Monteverde and Arenal Areas, due to Rough Road Conditions. (Including our own little cow path to Paradise). I can suggest a Great Car Rental Agency too!
Encantada Guest House
It's Simply Pura Vida

This is a NON SMOKING Home.

Our Recommendations and driving Instructions will be sent upon Confirmed Booking.

Guest access

Guests have full private access to the 2+ Bedroom House & Property.

It is an easy 3.5 hour Drive from either San Jose or Liberia, International Airports. Once you leave the pavement, get ready for an adventure! The gravel road out to El Castillo can be a bit rough depending on how much rain we have received since the last time the road was graded, But fear not there is a "Pot of Gold" waiting at the end of the Pot Holes!

Interaction with guests

My name is Nita Kemsley and I live in a separate home on the property, so I will personally greet you upon arrival with a smile and your keys in hand and I am always available to answer your questions, make great recommendations or to help you arrange adventure tours!

The neighborhood

Our home is located near all the most popular Adventure Activities and is also within walking distance of El Castillo, a small charming village that offers an interesting array of attractions, small convenience markets and tantalizing restaurants. Be sure to check out: The Eco Zoo, Butterfly Conservatory, The Phoenix at Nepenthe, Fusion Bar & Restaurant or for something lighter: La Ventanita, Pizza John's or Howlers Bar & Grill.

This area has Activities for Everyone: Ziplines, Hiking, Hanging Bridges, Horseback Riding, Zorbing, Hot Springs, Butterfly Gardens, an Eco Zoo, Bird-Watching, National Park, 1968 Lava Flow Hike, Animal Rescue Centers, as well as a Variety of Water Sports like: Fishing, Kayaking, Boating, Rafting, Tubing and more!

Getting around

No Public Bus. Shuttle Services can be arranged.
Taxi's are about $25 each way from La Fortuna.
A 2x4 or 4x4 SUV Strongly Suggested For the Arenal / Monteverde Areas, including our own Cow Path to Paradise.

Other things to note

1. We have two very sweet Jungle Kitty ambassadors, who live outside, on the property. Quinn & Riley, love to interact with our Guests, but please always enjoy their company Outside of the House.
2. This is a NON Smoking Home. However; you may still enjoy smoking in the covered upper terrace. Please note..this is a strict policy and if the smell of smoke is detected within the house, or butts have been casually discarded..a portion of your security deposit may be forfeit to pay for extra cleaning.
3. It's a Jungle out there! So it is important to clean up any crumbs or spills immediately or bugs & ants may drop by for a visit.

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

This is a NON Smoking Property except in Designated Areas
and Please Clean up any crumbs or spills Immediately.
Please Be Respectful of all Wildlife and our Furry Jungle Ambassadors, Quinn and Riley and Dobby the Dog.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

8 Reviews

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Liz User Profile
March 2017
Nita was a wonderful host! We loved our stay at her home. It was beautiful and a great location.
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Thanks! It was fun to host such a vivacious group of young women on their way to rocking the world!
March 2017

Karina User Profile
January 2017
Encantada was a great place to relax while also being close to all the activities that you want to do near Arenal Volcano. Nita was extremely helpful and communicative and helped every step of the way. Highly recommended!!
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Thanks for your kind review Karina. I hope you get to come back and see more of Costa Rica soon.
January 2017

Blake User Profile
December 2016
We had a great time! Nita was very helpful with recommendations. The home was very clean and well kept.

Arka User Profile
November 2016
Nita's place was great and she was very helpful in guiding us towards our day's activities and extremely accommodating to our needs. The place was extremely clean and well kept and had everything you would need. I would recommend anyone to stay here if they are trying to enjoy what the Arenal Volcano has to offer!
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Thanks so much for your kind review.. I hope you get the chance to come back soon!
November 2016

Steve User Profile
March 2016
We stayed at the guest home a few weeks ago and loved it. The space was awesome and looked exactly like the photos. It's high up in the jungle and has some pretty amazing views and grounds are beautiful. Nita was so ultra helpful with planning that it puts hotels to shame. Literally 4 minutes away from the house (up the side road) we saw Howler monkeys and a lone Toucan! You will definitely need a vehicle with 4x4 as the road to the place is pretty rough and steep (if you aren't used to the gravel roads in Costa Rica.) Two of us loved the road up and the two others in our travel group didn't like the road. None the less, I wouldn't let that keep you from experiencing it. One side note: Nita mentions that they do have cats on site (who are pretty cool) but one person travelling with us has major cat allergies and had a pretty crazy reaction to them. A previous guest may have let them in the house so if you do have really sensitive cat allergies, be aware of this and bring medication. I would definitely recommend this place.
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Thanks so much for your uplifting Review. We had very some very difficult guests right after your departure and I was feeling very discouraged. Thanks also for your comments about the Kitties, they do us a great service on the property by keeping the Jungle Critters at bay! While they do love to interact, they also are OK with folks who are not "cat people" or allergic. I will make a greater effort to alleviate, any stray hairs, left over from guests who may have cuddled with them inside. I will be living on site as of April 2016. So it will be much easier for me to control things. Hope you can return soon!
March 2016

Barry User Profile
January 2015
There was someone to welcome us and show us around. It was a beautiful house with an incredible view. The house was as described and really quite peaceful. The quick walk down to the creek is really not to be missed, even in the rain!
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Thank you so much for the kind words Barry. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. You are welcome back anytime.
January 2015

William User Profile
December 2014
Nita and Marty were fabulous hosts. What a location. Could not have been more please. Extremely clean, wonderfully decorated, and a remarkable jungle setting. Loved the Rooster that got us up each morning. Wish we could have stayed longer.
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Thanks Bill, So glad you got to meet Rudy our Rooster and enjoyed your stay. Come back anytime!
December 2014

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Nita User Profile

We live full time in El Castillo de La Fortuna, Costa Rica, We (Marty & I ) are a married couple of over 30 years. We love Costa Rica and We love to travel! We love to meet new people and interact with our guests. We are also in the process of Building a New B&B.

Response rate: 100%
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Response time: within an hour