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

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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

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 (URL HIDDEN) 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.

Guest access

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.

Interaction with guests

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.

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: 30
Security Deposit: 200
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 couch

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. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

2 nights minimum stay

107 Reviews

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Meredith User Profile
July 2017
We were 2 couples and John's place was perfect in every way. Beautiful home and gorgeous view that couldn't be beat. Tomas and Hannah are the perfect caretakers and by the end of our stay we felt as if they were old friends. Things to do: Eat at John's Pizza and Fusion. Absolutely go on the horseback ride tour offered by La Gaviliana (Tomas and Hannah) to the private waterfall. It was an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed it. The ride had breathtaking views leading to a magnificent private 90ft waterfall. Then you had back to a camp base where the owner of the farm cooks you a wonderful typical meal. So delicious!!! Zip with Sky Adventure. Go to a hot spring- we went to Los Lagos and it was reasonable and perfect Don't hesitate to book this one!

Robert User Profile
June 2017
The views from this home are breathtaking and must be seen to be appreciated! The landscaping was carefully chosen for its beauty and to attract local hummingbirds and butterflies, and there were many! The road to the home is fairly rough even when dry, so a 4x4 vehicle is recommended. The location had me wondering how the materials were transported to build the home... The high ceilings and ceiling fans left the home well-ventilated and cool. The home has all of the modern amenities that you could want despite the remote location. Amazing! I can't wait to go back!

Cory User Profile
June 2017
As other guests have said, the view and the house are absolutely amazing! We had a lovely time and though, as John says, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is necessary to access the place, we found it convenient and easy to access local attractions. The small pool was a nice feature. Try the hot sauce that Hannah and her husband make--it is fantastic! She is very available to help with whatever you need. This is a wonderful place to stay--we highly recommend it!

Kyle User Profile
June 2017
Beautiful views from this location! The house is at the top of a large hill, overlooking the lake and Arenal volcano! You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to access this location due to the steep unpaved hill leading up to the house.

Judith User Profile
May 2017
Lovely, quiet location overlooking the village of El Castillo. Prime views across Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano. Lovely walks up into the jungle above and behind the house. Mornings were a delight to wake up to the beautiful view and the sounds of wildlife just outside. Breakfast every morning in the Gazebo watching all the hummingbirds dancing through the Porterweed was too lovely for words. If you're looking for a little bit of seclusion and a quiet spot close to some stunning, adrenalin packed Costa Rican adventures, this is a perfect spot. Don't miss the Butterfly Conservatory. It's packed with amazing surprises and there's hardly a sole there! Communication with the owner was efficient. The local hosts are located down the hill in their own home/business. If you need assistance with anything, Tomas is just a phone call away. There's a phone in the house! Just give him a call. We were wishing seclusion, so didn't have need to bother him, but he checked up on us and made sure we had everything we needed. I did leave a few suggestions and comments and Tomas was onto straight away. There's so much to do in this little piece of the world, you can't fail to find something you'll love. Better to spend longer, so you can really absorb the tranquility.

Theresa User Profile
May 2017
Amazing views, lovely place and great communication on how to get to El Castillo, and recommendations of what to do in the area.

Jen User Profile
April 2017
We had an incredible stay in El Castillo. Property was exactly as described. It was a stunningly beautiful location. The information provided by the host was incredibly detailed and helpful. Hannah and Tomas were excellent local hosts. We would stay here again in a heartbeat and hope to!

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Hannibal, Missouri, United StatesJoined in March 2013
John User Profile

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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