Introduce the PARROT HILL RANCH new

House - Entire home/apt · km South Hotel Linda Vista, El Castillo, Alajuela, San Sarlos 21007, Costa Rica

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.

The Space

(Please contact owner for availability on your travel dates. do not rely on the calendar as it cannot handle the various rental options I can provide)

'Lovin Life on the P. hill '
What makes Parrot Hill Guest Ranch special is not only the fine modern home and furnishings but the gracious land it rest on.
Living space is custom finish 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 *
The 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. 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"
1600 sf living area has 2br/2bath/ 1 full kitchen+ additional small kitchenette/ and dormitory room with 4 single beds. 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 both 2 floors + sky bungalow = exclusive private residence for up to 15 souls.
2400sf 4br/3bath/2 kitchen/dorm .
Priced from $300-$350 night- 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. Tico style tipico 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 and horses. We offer guided pleasure mount or trail rides for small cost. The stars of the animal show are 2 PARROTs after which we named the place (meet Papuga and Howie). 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.
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

Guest Access

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 snake 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,
charlie

The Neighborhood

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)

Getting around

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 14
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 9
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Monthly Price: $1000 /month
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Parrot Hill Ranch is an amazing place! The views of the volcano and the lake and the rolling hills in between have to make this one of the most beautiful places in the country. The accommodations of the second floor were exactly as you see in the pictures. The wood is hand-crafted, beautiful and everything you could want for a relaxing escape.

    The animals on the farm are great! Papuga the parrot in the pictures had breakfasts and dinners with us and would great us with an "Hola!" every time he would fly up.

    Charlie and his family are most accommodating. I had great communication with Charlie before we arrived to discuss his family preparing meals, taking us on a hike to Cerro Chato, horseback riding, and even shared a dinner with us with a dance performance! We agreed on prices up front, he took care of shopping, and even went to the pharmacy for us when we needed something.

    Our group of 7 rented a 12 passenger van to get around Costa Rica. The roads to get to Parrot Hill are gravel, but we managed just fine in the van with out 4x4.

    Its an amazing place to spend a vacation, Charlie and his family are very helpful and work hard to make sure you have a great time, and we can't recommend the place enough!

    April 2014
    Charles
    Response from Charles:

    People are enjoying their time here . They enjoy the meals my wife and sister in law prepare. They enjoy the beauty and serenity of this place. They enjoy the wonderful tropical climate here, not to hot not to cold. They enjoy attentive and helpful service by their host family, yours truly. They enjoy the activities and tours easily accessible from here . People are learning to ride horses here and even the experienced riders enjoy the unique trails we have to the waterfalls . They even enjoy my curious and mocking parrot,Papuga, whom we raised from an orphaned chick.
    Thank you in advance for enjoying Parrot Hill .

  • This space is a truly unique experience. Charles built this building and all the furniture within with his own hands. Every morning, you awaken to roosters crowing and cows lowing, with the most gorgeous view if you're lucky enough to be in the sky bungalow. Charles and his family are very kind and considerate, and actually did some lovely things to make my birthday (for which I was making this trip with friends) totally breathtaking. I absolutely recommend Parrot Hill to anyone looking for a unique, true farm experience. One word of advice - bring bug spray, as the main house has no screens on the doors or windows and most of us got a lot of bug bites. This is not a criticism of the space, as I expect any house in the rainforest without screens would have this issue. But it's a recommendation for visitors. Buy the fresh milk and eggs from Charles, they are delicious and reasonably priced. Just know that, even if he tells you not to worry about paying for it, that's because he's keeping a running record of what you've bought that you'll be paying at the end of your stay. Again, reasonable - just good to know as you go in to it. And like I say, the prices are more than fair and the fresh milk and eggs is WELL WORTH it - unbelievable what a difference the taste is from grocery store products. The family makes delicious food as Charles mentioned in another review, with breakfast at $8 and dinner at $10 I believe. And if you want to cook yourself, the kitchen is great and the nearby town of La Fortuna has ample grocery stores. But the real draw of this place is the land. Stunning views everywhere you look, a culture of living and working with the land, and nothing but the sounds of wildlife day and night. My favorite thing to do was gaze out the window in the sky bungalow at night, when the huge picture window would be just filled with stars. I felt like the astronaut my child self had wanted to become, floating through space with galaxies as far as the eye could see. This was possible because we were so far from the light pollution of cities, so each bright star was there to see.

    February 2014
  • Charles place is a bit hard to find especially in the dark but once you're there, it's well worth it. The view is breathtaking of the arenal volcano and arenal lake. Charles was hospitable and super helpful in giving us recommendations and directions. We had the entire 2nd floor to ourselves, which had a great kitchen and big windows for the view. The only qualm was that Charles charged each of us for dinner without telling us beforehand (because we arrived in the evening and it was the breakfast meal that was included). Had he told us upfront and asked if we'd want dinner for $10/each beforehand, I would have discussed it with my group. But he mentioned the charge for the first time, the morning we left. You also should have a vehicle, a 4 wheel drive, to get around.

    January 2014
    Charles
    Response from Charles:

    I'm glad this group of 6 young adults had a good time . I wished they would of stayed longer to really get a feel for the area and thereby given a more comprehensive review.
    Yes we do charge for meals, they had a triple meat platter with several side dishes, fresh green salad and natural fruit beverages for $10 each. great value on our house meals.
    We prepare home cooked, farm fresh, organic, family style meals.
    Good food and good accommodations make for happy experiences.
    Best wishes from Parrot Hill ,
    charlie

  • Staying at Parrot Hill Ranch was special in so many ways. We stayed in the pleasantly rustic ground level suite. Charlie extended such genuine warmth and compassion! We were in awe of the gentle manner in which he and his family reside on this peaceful property. The little pens of ducks and chickens amidst the stunning pink "queen of the night" bushes is a beautiful sight. Caring for the animals on the ranch seems to happen almost effortlessly, with ease and with love, and guests have the option to observe, or not. For us, despite being out and about a lot, catching glimpses of daily life here highly enriched our day-to-day experience. We appreciated the availability of FRESH eggs and milk from the ranch. Bantam, Cornish, russet, and turkey eggs were all equally delicious! The milk made the best mugs of hot chocolate! We utilized and enjoyed the many "extras" in the kitchen, including the large electric skillet, rice-cooker, sandwich-maker, extra-large kitchen sink (for hand-washing). The hot-water shower is THE best, you'll see! We liked the practical features including abundant shelving around the bathroom sink, a place to hang our clothes, a lovely "study" table, lots of outlets for technology, and rocking chairs and bar stools on the patio (used upstairs patio too). After dark, peaceful nights on a good bed with nice bedding, it was glorious to receive the bright light and fresh mountain air through the many open windows. We were entertained by the friendly parakeet and parrot, Howie and Papuga. We were served very delicious meals including yummy FRESH everything: salsa, cheese, tortilla chips, and lemongrass tea. We LOVED the close proximity to El Castillo for groceries, the EcoZoo, Butterfly Garden, good restaurants, yoga, and massage just down the road. We were able to purchase the fresh food we needed in El Castillo including yogurt, cheese, ice-cream, vegies/fruits, and whole grain bread too! We easily managed without a vehicle for quite a few days and found the uphill walk to Parrot Hill Ranch to be wonderful exercise (and we are in our late 50s). We rented a vehicle for a portion of the time, to visit further destinations. And we used the 8 a.m. bus service from El Castillo to get to the fabulous trails at the Observatory Lodge and the National Park, which was quick and easy. Charlie's son took us horseback riding along the mountain ridge, and to a waterfall where we could swim. Starry skies and fire flies at night, amazing views of volcanoes and the lake by day, and waterfalls right on this property. It's such a pretty, quiet, and convenient location and Charlie is a very generous, helpful and knowledgeable host!! LOTS more was offered that I haven't even mentioned!

    January 2014
    Charles
    Response from Charles:

    This keeps me in the vacation hosting business. Meeting great people, like this couple from Canada, and making many fond memories. Seeing the smiles in the eyes of the travelers is priceless. This place is fantastic and I'll never take it for granted. No doubt you will love it too. Welcome to the ranch anytime!

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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.
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