The house is set in tropical gardens with a private gazebo.3 metre x 4 metre splash pool-1.5 metres deep is perfect for cooling off after a day of eco-adventure

Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

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About this listing

Our home is one of the top-rated in Costa Rica. Guests enjoy splendid views and privacy yet are close to many attractions and amenities. Experience an "authentic" Tico experience in a picturesque and friendly village just 7 km from Arenal Volcano.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $21
Security Deposit: $206
Weekly Discount: 10%


Our home is one of the top-rated in Costa Rica. Guests enjoy splendid views and privacy yet are close to many attractions and amenities. Experience an "authentic" Tico experience in a picturesque and friendly village just 7 km from Arenal Volcano.

Our 'Castle in The Clouds' is just seven km from Volcano Arenal, perched 700m above sea-level overlooking the volcano, rainforest, pastures and Lake Arenal. Wake to the sound of howler monkeys, toucans and parrots and enjoy your first cup of locally-grown coffee on our enormous 25 sq. m. covered deck. At night, watch the lava flows or count the stars overhead. Our home features a splash pool to cool off after a busy day of eco-adventuring. You can walk to many attractions in the village, including several quaint local restaurants. The home features casual dining indoor or out, hot water throughout, and stunning views from every room. It is completely equipped with a full-sized fridge with ice-maker, gas stove, microwave and blender and includes twice-weekly cleaning service (more often optional on request). An optional personal laundry service is also available. Active or passive, this is the perfect home base for your Arenal vacation!

In the last few months, we've been busy landscaping our property. We now feature a paved driveway, a separate covered Gazebo (perfect for al fresco dining) and the yard has been completely enclosed with a custom-made 5' stone and wrought-iron fence. You'll enjoy our garden paradise yard featuring a variety of local and tropical plants designed to maximize your Costa Rica experience.

Now-Book Local Tours and Attractions: Tomas and Hannah, owners of La Gavilana our on-site hosts can now book many local tours and attractions for you on your arrival, saving you the hassle of running around. From zip-line tours, hot springs, spas and volcano hikes to a horseback ride to a real eco-farm or a two day hike through pristine rainforest, you can be as busy or as relaxed as you like, but you'll never run out of things to do in the area. Just ask Tomas when you arrive and he'll be happy to make recommendations and reservations for you.

Guests enjoy full use of the house, pool and gardens. Laundry service is available for a small extra charge. The kitchen is fully equipped including full stove and microwave, all the pots, pans and utensils, coffee maker and blender. All linens are included.

We have property hosts, Hannah and Tomas, located just down the street. They will welcome you and answer any questions but give you complete privacy.

El Castillo is an authentic Tico village. The horses and cattle will pass your door each day. The locals are very friendly and will happily stop and chat. There are a couple of small groceries in the village and several restaurants, but walk up the mountain road a bit and you will be in the jungle with spectacular views in all directions.

There is no transit in the village. You will need to rent a 4x4 for travel in Costa Rica unless you are visiting resorts. All the best and most beautiful places are well off the beaten path. Driving is safe and convenient and well worth it.

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

No smoking allowed inside the house. $200 damage deposit is refunded at the end of your stay assuming everything is in order. A 4 wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended as the roads are steep and rough.



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

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

2 nights minimum stay

99 Reviews

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Jordan & Lesley User ProfileJordan & Lesley is a superhost.
March 2017
Our family of 4 had a wonderful stay at Johns house. The on-site hosts Tomas and Hanna are very welcoming, provided us a lot of helpful local tips. Our young kids enjoyed the swimming pool - the view was spectacular. We highly recommend this house to any Airbnb Traveller.

Aaron User Profile
February 2017
We absolutely loved how secluded the home was. It provided a great opportunity to unplug from regular life. Waking up each morning to the sounds of wildlife and the nearby river was extremely relaxing. John's local team at La Gavilana were superb and went above and beyond to help us.

John User Profile
January 2017
Unbelievable views and desolate location made for an off the grid experience. The place was as advertised.

Nasrin User Profile
December 2016
The house is well built and looks very new. Both the view and the people are fantastic. We will definitely come back to stay for an entire week!

John User Profile
December 2016
Awesome! Had a great time! Great Views

Karen User Profile
December 2016
We had a fantastic stay at Jon's place in El Castillo. The home was modern, comfortable and had everything we needed. We absolutely loved the location at the top of the hill overlooking the beautiful village, surrounded by mountainous countryside and a spectacular view of Arenal volcano. Thomas and Hannah were fantastic hosts and we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast with them on our last morning. I highly recommend visiting them for good company, local recommendations and their hot sauce. Other highlights included a breathtaking tour with Lilander, his horses and companion Osso the blue healer through his families mountainous ranch and rainforest property to their private waterfall. Rain or shine this is well worth the time and money. We also loved our morning coffee and breakfast out on the gazebo watching the country roses hummingbirds and beautiful scenery. We also went twice to pizza John's for dinner, great pizza and atmosphere. We went with our 13 year old son and highly recommend this beautiful home and village if you are considering this part of Costa Rica

Peg User Profile
November 2016
Our stay at El Castillo was fantastic! Well before we arrived, John was in touch to provide directions and suggestions for the duration of our stay. Once we arrived, Hannah (& later on Tomas) welcomed us and were very helpful in getting us started with enjoying the area. The house was perfect for our 4 person (2 couples) group. We found the entire house to be laid out nicely and well-equipped. We were able to easily prepare and cook meals when we felt like it. The beds were comfortable and the living spaces (both upstairs and down) were great for hanging out, playing cards and planning our adventures. The gardens and views speak for themselves. It is great that there is a pool, although it was too rainy/chilly for us to fully take advantage of that unfortunately. We hiked up the road from the house into some of the most beautiful rolling hills we've ever seen, complete with grazing cattle and horses. We took a horseback ride with the fun and awesome Lilander, which we recommend if you are comfortable with horses. We also soaked in a local hot spring, hiked to Cerro Chato and ate at many of the local restaurants. As stated clearly in the listing, you will need a 4x4 vehicle to access the house and it is totally worth it. We would all definitely stay here again and highly recommend if you are thinking about it, to book it!

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Hannibal, Missouri, United States · Joined in March 2013
John User ProfileJohn is a superhost.

We are a married gay couple from Canada and we have homes in Canada, United States and Costa Rica. We love to travel, horseback ride, garden, and explore new places.

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