Monkey and Bird Viewing on back porch

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2 bedrooms

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Private home with full kitchen. Located in the central hub of all Lake Arena's activities. Kite & Windsurfing, Birdwatching, Great Restaurants, Volcano Views and Local Brewery . Orthopedic pillowtop mattresses Patios for viewing monkeys, toucans and other exotic birds.

Great Day Trips, Amazing scenic drives to Rio Celeste, Hanging Bridges, Zip Lines, Tarzan Swing, Waterfall Hikes, Fishing, Kayaking & Horseback Riding. Sleeps up to 6 with two additional cabins upon request sleeping 5 more.

The space

Lake Arenal Eco Adventure House is an enchanting , private, Mediterranean style guest house just ten minutes drive from the lake shore in the hills over looking Lake Arenal in Guanacaste Costa Rica. Casa de Helena is clean, comfortable and relaxing.

There is a full kitchen, two main bedrooms each with a queen size orthopedic beds one is pillow top and the other adjustable to be more firm when needed, and built in beds around the fire place for kids or extra guests. There is upon request two other cabins with private baths as well. See our other two listings.

Great space for groups of friends or family on sports adventures and it is also a very romantic space for two. Each person over 2 in the house is an additional 12 USD per night. There are two additional cabins on the private lower garden area to accommodate larger groups.

We are only about 5 minutes drive from three very good restaurants 8 minutes drive to a great family Brewery and Restaurant. There are many other great restaurants around the lake from 20 minutes to one hour away. And we are located just a 10 minute drive to Tico Wind Kite and Surf center which is open from 1 December until 1 May each year. The other launch site is 15 minutes away and open all year 24/7.

The roads to reach here are all paved and the route is easy to find. The area is clean, safe and breathtakingly beautiful.

Water is clean and pure, completely drinkable and usable from the tap.

US. dollars can be used in Costa Rica. And there are local bank machines which give either dollars or Colonies. Exchange rate is better at the banks than at the airport.

The central house is surrounded by covered porches and garden area, with comfortable seating for watching birds and other wild life in the jungle below. There is a full kitchen, breakfast nook with comfortable rocking chairs for watching birds and other wild life in the jungle below the house.There is Private bathroom and also out door shower in the back patio area of the house.

We have laundry service at an additional fee .

I recommend that you shop for groceries on the way to the house. There is a small grocery store in the village.

The nearest airport is Liberia International LIR But you may also fly in to San Jose International airport.

.I recommend renting a car because there is so much to see and do in this area of Costa Rica. I also have two really great professional drivers who pick up my guests from either airport.. They even wait while you go shopping for groceries on the way up to the Lake. They can take you on private tours which is great for small groups. You have only to relax and really enjoy the enchanting beauty and majesty of the live volcano, hot springs, jungle and waterfall hikes on well groomed easy trails.

The drives around the lake are absolutely beautiful. And even walking down the street in my village there are a breathtaking views of the volcano and lake.

Local activities include, beautiful hikes just out the front door, hanging bridges tour, an easy hike over huge bridges suspended over the rainforest canopy, zip line tours, kayaking, horseback riding, and lessons, windsurfing and kiting and lessons, hot springs.. There is also one of the best gift shops in the province just 20 minutes away.

We welcome you to join us in Beautiful Costa Rica

Guest access

Guests will have access to the main house gardens and covered porches.

Interaction with guests

I tend to leave my guests their privacy after I introduce them to the property, explain about recycling and how the house is set up to be eco friendly.
I also assist guests in planning their adventures with my custom adventure book.
And if desired I help guests arrange guides, tours and transportation.
And I am always just a text or phone call away to help if they need me personally or the help of the maid for more towels or other items.

Other things to note

If you plan to windsurf or Kite and you are not bringing your own gear please reserve gear and instructors at Ticowind before chosing your dates.


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The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Smart lock, Keypad, Lockbox, Doorman

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Prices
Extra people: 12 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 21%
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House Rules

Relax and enjoy your stay.
Smoking is permitted on out door patio areas only
We recycle


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

66 Reviews

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Chelea User Profile
April 2017
We loved waking up to a beautiful and well kept property

Alexa User Profile
February 2017
We definitely enjoyed our stay at casa de Helena. We loved the space and the location. The space it's self was extremely relaxing and peaceful and just had wonderful energy. The neighborhood was quaint. There are many things to do in this area but you need transportation. We had a horrible mishap with the rental car but Helena was there to help us get it figured out. She found us a diver whom we loved very much. He didn't speak much English and we didn't speak much Spanish but nevertheless I couldn't have asked for a better transportation experience. Overall our stay was perfect and we are so grateful to Helena for all her help and accommodations. Thank you, pura vida !

Gayle User Profile
February 2017
We really enjoyed our stay in this charming casa. Helena was warm and welcoming, stopping by in the mornings to make sure we had everything we needed. We especially enjoyed the outdoor patio and eating area, where we sat to enjoy the song birds in the early morning and to star gaze after dark. It is a noisy place, only because of nature, so bring earplugs. Howler monkeys and roosters make their presence known very early in the morning. There is no hot water to the kitchen or bathroom sinks, so be prepared to use the electric water pot for washing dishes and faces. It's a great place to stay for wind surfing on Lake Arenal, but not so convenient for some of the other popular places to visit. Plan a long drive on winding, unpaved roads to visit national parks. Scenery is breathtaking on the way!

Fredjoseph User Profile
January 2017
Helena's house is nice and cozy and in a safe rural neighborhood within driving distance of wind and kite surfing which was our key activity. Helena was great, gave us oranges from her orange tree and drove us to the nearest gas station (10 km+) to get a tire repaired. A great host.

Amanda User Profile
January 2017
What a wonderful place to stay in arenal! Helena was beyond kind and helpful! Love her!

Stephanie User Profile
December 2016
Casa Helena was fantastic! Not to mention Helena was fantastic!! My husband and I enjoyed 4 days here and loved every second of it. The house was comfy and cozy, we loved the yard because it's the rainforest! We saw some wildlife back there as well! We enjoyed the clean bathroom and open living room/kitchen. It was just a few minute drive to a lot of great restaurants we discovered as well. Helena makes delicious all natural chocolate that we also enjoyed. Helena also had a lot of great recommendations for us, to which we took and had a great time. Kayaking on the lake with Beth & Jeff, a few restaurants and ziplining! All together, it was a great experience and we hope to come back to stay with Helena again some day! PURA VIDA!

Holden User Profile
July 2016
Helena met us the day after we arrived because we arrived late. She was very helpful in providing information on things to do, places to see, etc. The house is about an hour from any major towns and consequently, the food options are limited. If you are looking for a more rural Costa Rica retreat, then this is a great place. The national park is very close and just driving around is gorgeous. Helena has everything laid out nicely when you get there and is very easy to get in touch with. Overall a great experience!

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Guanacaste, Costa RicaJoined in April 2011
Helena User ProfileHelena is a superhost.

Casa de Helena is a private guest house which welcomes people from around the world. The closest airport is Liberia International 1 1/2 hour drive on good paved road.

Languages: English, Español, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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