Front Porch, Rocking Chairs, Garden ViewThe Guest House at Hacienda Encantada
Romantic Lake Escape for 2, Views, 1 Bdrm Cottage
Romantic Lake Escape for 2, Views, 1 Bdrm Cottage

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Our Beautiful 1 Bdrm Lake Cottage is Perfect for Solo Travelers or Couples. Spectacular Views of Lake Arenal & Arenal Volcano. 1 Comfy Deluxe Queen Bedroom, Full Kitchen, Media/Sun Room and Lots of Charm. Enjoy Peace & Privacy, Beautiful Outdoor Seating, Private Rain Forest Trail to a Hidden Stream. Lush Tropical Gardens. Within Walking Distance of El Castillo Village, Several Restaurants and Small Markets. Close to Adventure Activities. Great Reviews! Also available in a 2 Bedroom Option.

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


Cleaning Fee: $21
Security Deposit: $206


The space

This lovely Lake View Cottage for 2, offers a Full Kitchen, Media / Sun Room, Beautiful Tropical Gardens and Fabulous Lake and Volcano Views! Enjoy Handmade Furniture, a Comfy Queen Bed, Local Art Work, Rain Forest Hiking Trail, Birds, Monkey's, Toucans and more. Private & Tranquil plus Personal Concierge Services. Encantada Guest House has Great Reviews!

Guests enjoy use of the Entire House with one Deluxe Queen Bedroom. 2 night min. Located on a Private Estate.

(Note: With this offer, the second bedroom will be closed off. We also offer another rental option for 2 bedrooms, sleeping up to 7 people.)

Yes..You Really Do Get this Whole Wonderful Place, all to yourself.. and at a great price! Why pay more.. for so much less?

Encantada Guest House is located near the Rustic Village of El Castillo, which has several Small Markets and a Tantalizing Variety of Restaurants. and Only Minutes away from all the most Popular Adventure Activities: Ziplines, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, Butterfly Gardens, Eco Zoo & the Arenal Volcano National Park.


Eco Friendly, Fresh Pure Spring Fed Water
Birds, Monkeys, Toucans, Rain Forest Trail
Private, Peaceful, Relaxing, Private & Secure
Full Guest Kitchen with Condiments
& Lots of Extras, Quality Linens.

Free Parking
Free WiFi
On Demand Hot Water
TV & Classic DVD Library
Board Games & Book Exchange
Free Local Cell Phone
Free Activity Counseling.
Fully Screened Doors & Windows
Room Safes and Dead Bolt Locks
Ceiling Fans and Fresh Air Ventilation
2 Acres of Lush Tropical Gardens
Protected Rain forest Habitat.
Abundant Wildlife
Spectacular Views of Lake Arenal & the Simmering Arenal Volcano.

The Guesthouse is Surrounded by 2 Acres of Tropical Gardens, and has a Private Rain Forest Trail down to a Small Creek
Enjoy Hammocks, Covered Outdoor Seating in the Upper Terrace or Patios, Gas BBQ Grill, Book Exchange & More. All Linens and Cooking Gear are Provided.

Note; a 2x4 or 4x4 or SUV is Strongly Suggested because the Roads in this Area are a Little Rough, including the one up here.. But It's Oh So Worth the View!

Guest access

I live in a separate house on site and will usually host and greet my Guests personally.

Interaction with guests

Owner lives on nearby, so she is almost always available to help with Booking Adventure Activities or to help solve any issues that might arise!

The neighborhood

You will Love Being Away from all the Hustle of the World and Waking Up surrounded by Nature, everyday! Enjoy Stunning Views and Privacy, While still being close to all the Adventure Activities that Arenal & La Fortuna have to offer! The Charming Rural Village of El Castillo, also has Several Attractions, Tantalizing Restaurants and Small Markets and is within walking distance of the property.

Getting around

No Regular Bus or Shuttle Service to El Castillo
Taxi's are $25 each way from La Fortuna
2x4 or 4x4 or SUV Strongly Suggested for Our road and those in the Arenal Area in General.

Other things to note

We have Two outdoor Jungle Kitties, who live on site. Quinn & Riley, love to interact with Kids and Guests Please enjoy their company outside.

Smoking is allowed in Designated Area only. Smoking in or Near the House will cost you!

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

This is a NON Smoking Property with Smoking in Designated area ONLY! Violations will incur extra Cleaning fee of $200
Please be Respectful of our Personal Pets.



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

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

12 Reviews

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Tim & Iyla User Profile
March 2017
We had a wonderful stay at Nita's house. The house was clean and the location can't be beat. We also wanted to say how wonderful her property manager Michael is! An incredibly kind person :)

Apurva User Profile
February 2016
It's difficult for us to say if we liked the place or not. I think the best way to review it is just say exactly what happened. Nita was very prompt at responding when I asked for a reservation. She also offered help with booking activities around the place and letting us check in early since there was no one at the place before us that day. We arrived there and the place around the house is extremely beautiful. There is approximately an 8 - 10 km road leading from the main road to her house, the condition of which is horrendous. We drove over 1000 Kms in the week we were in Costa Rica and nothing came close to that. So it will take you an hour just going through that road and then there is a road uphill to her house which is well not really a road at all and gets very treacherous in rains. An SUV is your best bet but even then that travel will definitely leave you torn. The property is taken care of by Juan who is nice but has a day job and not quick to respond while he is at it and try's to run the bnb through mike who is not reliable to show up. The day we reached there, we lost power and then we lost water. While I understand that's not something Nita can control, I certainly believe that she would not want her guest so uncomfortable that they can't shower, brush, well literally do anything at all. We stayed there without power and water for almost the entire stay. We hoped for a cancellation or a part refund because the kind of hardship we experienced, I don't think it's imaginable. When I spoke to Nita about it, the reply we got was and I quote, ' Welcome to the 3rd world and we hope weather gets better for you soon.' If I wanted to experience that kind of third world, I would have camped somewhere and not been there. She had a back up generator which lasted all of three hours and I had to literally plead for an hour for Juan to show up and the reason he wouldn't show up is he had no gas for his vehicle. So after I made this terrible drive up at the end of the day when I expected the generator to be set up since we specifically asked him to, he tells me that I need to come pick him up at his place which is outside of town so he can come fix it. I felt like I was the caretaker at times. It was a terrible mess and I really think Nita should have cancelled the booking and we wouldn't have to go through this. There were ants in the sugar, the other spices and things which Nita blamed the weather and the humidity for. We felt very betrayed and left to fend for ourselves, which...
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Wow. I can only apologize for the difficulties that Apurva experienced, that are in the realm of my control. We allowed them to check in at 6:00 AM on the day of their reservation and I was not told of any problems with the house, until the next morning, when I got an email saying the water and power had gone out. They were NOT without power and water for their whole stay, but only for a few hours and that was due to some extreme weather in the area. I responded to get the backup systems activated as soon as possible. At no time did they ask me about a cancellation or a refund for their stay nor did they mention that they were wanting to check out.. As far as I was made aware, and although they had a very unusual experience during their stay, to my knowledge it was all under control. I would never be so flippant as to respond to a guest in the way that I was so loosely quoted here and you would have to read that statement in it's entire context to understand. It is true that some of the roads in Costa Rica are in terrible shape. We have tried as a community for over a year to get some work done on the main road to El Castillo, but there is no money in the Municipality for repairs at this time. This is WHY we always strongly recommend a 4x4 for our area. I will note that neither the guests before or after this guest, had any issues and they loved their stay. I feel I did the best I could under the circumstances and as far as Our Caretaker goes, we will address these issues with him promptly.
February 2016

Meredith User Profile
January 2016
Nita and Marty were wonderful hosts. Their property manager, Juan was so helpful and kind during our stay. This home is an absolute gem, off the beaten path. Nita's reccomendations were perfect and helped us make the most of our time in the Arenal area. I would suggest future guests to print out and throughly read all driving directions before arrival!
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Thanks for your Kind words. Hope you return to Costa Rica Soon! As for driving instructions, we also include our GPS coordinates, so at least have those on hand!
January 2016

Bill User Profile
September 2015
Phenomenal experience! The Encantada Guest House is super nice, with great views and scenery! Would definitely stay again if in the La Fortuna/El Castillo area. I will say, a vehicle with sufficient ground clearance is a MUST to reach this property, but that was half the fun!

Gregg User Profile
February 2015
The Encantada guest house was amazing! My girlfriend and I stayed in one of the bedrooms but were lucky enough to have the house to ourselves the whole time! The views of Lake Arenal and the volcano were very nice, and offered a very good place to watch sunsets and unwind after busy days exploring. The only issue was a small communication confusion with the housekeeper and getting the keys to get in, but we just watched the first sunset on the porch while we waited for him! Once in the house it was very comfortable and well furnished. We really liked being in a more private setting and had no problem getting up the road in our rental 4x4, even in the rain. We would recommend to friends!
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Thanks Gregg for the kind words, we are so glad you had a great time. Nita
February 2015

Marika User ProfileMarika is a superhost.
January 2015
We are absolutely in love with this off-the-beaten-path home. Gorgeous views, a short hike to a little creek, a huge shower with plenty of hot water and pressure, and beautiful tile and woodwork. There is everything you could possibly need to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. The bed is super soft and cozy, and Nita even has a ton of DVDs to watch. We found some amazing restaurants nearby, including the delicious and fairly priced La Mesa de Mama and Pizza John's. The people are friendly and helpful, and Juan (Encantada's caretaker) was an absolute angel. Nita could not have been more helpful with travel and tourist tips. Very highly recommend -- we'll be sending friends Nita's way, and I hope to see the finalized B&B they are building!
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
So glad you had fun while staying in our home. We are very excited about going down in April to do some more building on the B&B We look forward to your return.
January 2015

Amanda User Profile
January 2015
We really enjoyed our stay at the Encantada Guest House. The location was really close to the Arenal and some day adventures, yet it was private enough and had a beautiful view. The house was very clean and the caretaker was very responsive. We would definitely stay again!
Nita User Profile
Response from Nita:
Thank you for the kind words..I will pass your praises on to Juan and Sondra, our wonderful boots on the ground team. Come back anytime!
January 2015

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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

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