Working Guest Ranch with the most incredible view- at end of the road on top of the mountain where you see everything Arenal. House is super set up and always clean. Experience local life culture and nature in one spot. Great choice for the children.
What makes Parrot Hill Guest Ranch special is not only the fine modern home and furnishings but the gracious land it rest on. Bordering the Arenal National Park along river's edge this 50 acre parcel is absolutely a gorgeous setting for your vacation . Awe inspiring views of the Volcano and Lake and Monteverde Forest surround . You will experience life amidst a rare natural environment and micro climate. A good learning opportunity in many ways.
The Living space is a custom finish ,hi quality home consisting of two floors being a total of 2400+/-sf in the entire house . It can be split in two parts which affords 3 rental options. as follows.
#1- PARAKEET LANDING *
This private ground floor contains 2 br/1 bath/kitchen and opens to expansive botanical gardens and look out hi-point.
Sleeps up to 5 people in 700 sf.
Old world colonial motif and rustic décor. Lava rock shower. 11 ft high ceilings, large cathedral windows. Separate and private entrance off front corridor. Newly remodeled and first time offered to public.
$100-125 per night introductory offer-
extended stay discount program and free upgrade program when available-ask about it.
#2 - the PAPUGA ROOMS *
2nd floor + the 'sky bungalow" served by private and covered staircase .
Roomy and open feeling the 1600 sf living area has 2br/2bath/ full kitchen+ additional dormitory room with 3 single beds. Xtra double day sleeper in great room. Sleeps 10 max on this floor. Lots of windows and exotic native hardwoods used. Teak floors and bamboo ceilings. We make our own grand furniture which means place is outfitted beautifully with one of a kind design.
$150-200 night-extended stay discounts
#3- the ROOST *
This is the option to reserve the entire house which means the two floors + sky bungalow = exclusive private residence for up to 15 souls.
2400sf 4br/3bath/2 kitchen/dorm .
Priced from $250-300 nightly- ask about extended stay program discount.
Please contact owner for details or clarification.
We are flexible and will try to accommodate special needs, including a HONEY MOON vacation package. My wife and sister in law are great cooks and can provide home cooked, farm fresh, organic meals for reasonable cost. Tico style cuisine.
The guest have unlimited access to the 50 acres of private space to explore and enjoy. Kids especially will run wild on the ranch and never get bored. Many farm animals including cows, sheep, chicken,ducks,pigs and horses. We offer horseback rides/lessons - pleasure mount or trail rides for small cost ($25). The stars of the animal show are now 3 PARROTs after which we named the place (meet Papuga Papagai, and ToTi). We rescued them from fallen nest and have raised them since chicks. 'Born free live free' they fly around and will entertain you for hours. recently an abused baby toucan was brought in and Teddy is doing fine at this time.
U can volunteer to help with daily farm chores or join us in trail building .Take the time to hike the private trails to secluded rivers and waterfalls.
The wonderful sights and sounds of nature will enchant you and warm the soul. It's really peaceful and quite, cool year round and always green. Forever springtime here. The elevation is 800 mts(approx. 2650 ft ) which means temps are low and views are high.
My family and I enjoy hosting. Our service goes beyond just renting space . We can, and will , help make your upcoming vacation trip to Costa Rica the very best ever possible. We wish you wellness and look forward to hearing from world travelers just like you.
sincerely, Charlie and family
IMPORTANT NOTE: please do not rely on the calendar for availability. It does not provide for multiple spaces so I do not use it. Also, the auto $ quote you see on a reservation inquiry is produced by AIRBNB and may not be accurate due to same limitations... Contact owner for dates and rates .I will confirm and guarantee. thank you. PLEASE READ ABOVE
Full access to ranch and all facilities (some restrictions apply) Close by are zip lines, hanging bridges, and Arenal Volcano Observatory. Popular activities are: Hot springs (ask about free hot river) hiking trails and horseback riding,fishing lake , living Butterfly Conservatory and Eco- zoo in the village. A new action tour just starting is ' river drifting' and is a lot of fun. Several nice restaurants and sodas , a small grocery store and two places of worship in our village of El Castillo.
Although there is the river and waterfall on the property we do not have a real swimming pool. So, we negotiated complimentary pool privileges at a 4 star Hotel close by for our special Guests. It is 5 min away by car or mellow 15 min walk from the house. They have free wifi ,cold and hot pools, bar and restaurant. Enjoy.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the original ranch house on the property so the Guest house and surrounding gardens are dedicated to you. The family and I interact when appropriate/ needed and consider it a privilege to be of service. We are available especially if guest want help setting up activities such as tours, home cooked farm meals to order and recreation/entertainment. Our hosting service style goes beyond a simple rental management into caring for the needs and comfort of our guest. Our mutual goal is to make this vacation ,your vacation, the best ever!!
Otherwise it's a private set up at the house and independent living in quiet enjoyment.
Thank you for looking us over and we hope you choose to spend some time on Parrot Hill. Looking forward to it.
Hasta Luego and Pura Vida,
Quite little village of 800+/- friendly people. Few restaurants and a grocery store. Largest living butterfly and snake exhibits in all of Costa Rica right here.
Many activities very close ie: canopy zip lines ,hanging bridges, and hot springs (ask me about a free local spot)
local busette makes twice daily run to La Fortuna for $6,
Recommend 4x4 rental car when driving in Costa Rica in general, but it is not essential, as the road leading here is in decent shape at this time.
Other Things to Note
I can help arrange tours at no extra charge to you and make secure advance reservations.
Golden Rule and quiet enjoyment. Love is all there is.
We had a beautiful stay at the Parrot Ranch. Charles and his whole family were very friendly and hospitable. Every moment was magical. From the entertaining birds to the beautiful sunsets that lead to lightning bug evenings this place is everything Charlie describes and more. We were able to enjoy a fantastic horse ride to one of the water falls with Carlos who despite his limited English taught us a great deal about the forest and how the farm works. Janet made us a delicious meal with the best lemonade ever. The view from the balcony is breathtaking. The home is beautiful but we enjoyed sitting on the balcony much of the time. We are so glad we made time for the second waterfall, another hidden jewel on Charlie's property. Our only regret is that we did not plan to stay longer. We could have easily stayed our entire vacation here and had a fabulous time. Thanks again Charlie and to your whole family. We hope to come again someday :)
Charles is a fantastic host! He genuinely cares about his guests and goes out of his way to make sure everything is perfect.
The view is fantastic, lots to do nearby. Loved the birds!!!
The house is large, lots of room, comfortable and very nice.
I would definitely return to visit!
Parrot Hill is a wonderful place. The house was built by the owner and has many unique details reflecting his interests and personality. Standing washing dishes after fixing breakfast we looked up and the clouds had completely cleared.
There was a full, clear view of the Arenal Volcano. Priceless. Charlie was an exceptional caring host that was available and helped schedule and then reschedule a few excursions when problems with car rental agency made us miss our allotted time. He also did some last minute reservations on the zip line for us and offered freely advice on the local sites. The eggs and homemade cheese were wonderful every morning. And Janet made some great dinners for us all with chicken, beef and pork from the farm. That helped a lot as the trek down the very rough dirt road was a long drive to the nearest restaurant I would highly recommend a visit to Parrot Hill. You won't be disappointed.
Our stay at the Parrot ranch was quite an experience.
We arrived late afternoon and Charles was here to welcome us. He is a really friendly person and made us visit the place. During our stay he gave us lots of recommendations and was always available.
The place is clean and spacious with an incredible view on the lake and Volcano.
With no exaggeration this is the best place I have ever been with AirBnB!
Be wise and get a good car/truck to get there. The road to get to the ranch is part of the experience!
Staying at Charles place at Parrot Hill was such an Awesome experience. The photos are exactly what the place looks like. So peaceful and beautiful. I would highly recommend anyone to stay here it's such a unique experience that you could not get any where else.
I would also highly recommend you do the horseback tour to the waterfalls. The property is so beautiful and don't forget your bathing suit.
We also had Charles wife cook for us....it's a must if you want to experience the authentic culture. The food was fabulous :)
Charles you have a beautiful family and we all felt honored to be a part of your family for the few days we spent at your home. It was a lot of fun to feed the animals in the morning....what an experience we will never forget.
This group of 10 belong to a travel club and go all over the world so their report is especially interesting.
We try to be the best host and truly appreciate your stay, so make plans to visit Parrot Hill Ranch and be part of the scene.
Love and life is in the air ,
Charles og hans familie var hjertelig og imødekommende. Vi fik en fantastisk service, og indblik i livet på ranchen. Begge lejligheder var fantasifuldt indrettet og skønne på hver deres måde. Fra den øverste lejlighed er der en storslået udsigt til vulkanen Arenal, søen og bjergene. Charles tamme papegøjer og den haleløse tukan Teddy bor i træerne omkring ejendommen, og der er mulighed for ride- og gåture til nærliggende vandfald.
Vi kan varmt anbefale the Parrot Hill Ranch til alle - også store grupper (helst med 4WD).
My family spent two nights at the Parrot Hill Ranch. Charlie and his family were absolutely amazing hosts! And the view is just amazing!!! It must be the best view around.
We stayed on the lower floor which is private, clean, and comfortable. We appreciated the availability of FRESH eggs and milk from the ranch. Our 5 year old son had an amazing time on the ranch. He loved all the animals and gathering our breakfast eggs from the chicken-coop!
I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone looking to enjoy Costa Rica scenery and wildlife!
It was our pleasure to host these guest. They stayed in the Parakeet Landing ,lower level,which is very nice although a different interior design than you may be accustomed to. It will remind you of an old castle ,in a way, or a movie set of a Clint Eastwood western. The pictures do not do it justice at all, in fact, I have improved it tremendously in the last 90 days and it is really authentic now.
If you are a party of 5 or less, it will be perfect and the introductory price of $100 a night is still current. Hope to see you on the hill.
Married with 4 Kids. Ex business owner (Real Estate) and re invented myself in '99 when I came here and started the Ranch. I love a challenge and I certainly have my hands full.
Wife is from Nicaraugra and has amazing life story. It is of raw survival during Sandinista civil war and living in the jungle.
We enjoy hosting travelers from all over the world. Kid friendly spot ,new friends ,new experiences.