Visit create.airbnb.com »
Thanks for taking the time to report this user.
Your participation helps keep Airbnb a safe and trusted
community, and it doesn't go unnoticed!
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.
Every Superhost has their own style, but they've all reached key hospitality goals.
See What Makes a Superhost
Congratulations, you're a Superhost! We'll reward you with priority support, product previews and more.
Review Your Rewards
John has completed online and offline ID verification.
Learn more »
My friends and I had an amazing time at your place. It exceeded our expectations. Truly a magnificent home. The views are absolutely breathtaking.
Also, Hannah and Tomas, the property managers on site, are fantastic people. They were helpful and caring and kind.
We made memories that will last a lifetime.
Without a doubt, this is the home to stay at if visiting the Arenal area in Costa Rica.
Thank you so much for everything.
The house was as advertised. It's a beautiful home, the last one at the top of the hill overlooking the Arenal volcano & the lake. We couldn't ask for a better view!
The house was well equipped with everything you might need. You can have laundry service for $25 done on-site or $2,000 colones/kilo done off-site. They will pick up clothes at the house.
Weather was great! Nice cool weather, nice cool breeze and raining off and on during our stay. We did many walks, including down to the river. Just ask the locals, they'll tell you how to go down to the river. Everyone living in the community was nice and helpful.
Any needs/requests were not only handled quickly but always with a great disposition by Hannah & Thomas. John was also very responsive to any emails we sent his way.
We would definitely stay at this house again if the opportunity came up.
Useful information that the host makes you aware but important to point out:
1. You must drive several kilometers of unpaved roads to get to the house. This was hands down the best unpaved road we were on, this includes the 2-hour dirt road one must drive on if visiting Monteverde.
2. GPS. Bring one. You enter Points of Interest, not addresses
3. Good restaurant within the community, La Ventanita.
We had an amazing stay in El Castillo! The view is perfect and the house is just as pictured. Tomas was very helpful and responsive; he also helped us book an excursion. The house is 20 min from most activities on the west side of the volcano and about 40 min from La Fortuna. Definitely rent a 4x4 as the last 10 km from the highway is unpaved and can be quite steep. If we ever come back to the Arenal area we would love to stay here again!
Great house and overall a wonderful experience. It's in a very convenient location for access to many parks and various things to do (Sky Trek, Arenal Observatory Lodge, horseback riding, rafting, etc.). The last road leading to the house is pretty bumpy and steep so definitely suggest a 4x4 vehicle, but by no means should this be a reason to hold you back from staying here. This is a great place to enjoy all the interior of Costa Rica has to offer.
The house was awesome. Great place to stay in Arenal area that is secluded. The drive isn't bad either.
We couldn't have had a better time staying in El Castillo! The house was great for our needs however our biggest issue was probably not renting a car. The hill the house sits on provided a ton of exercise walking down into town, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't love some good exercise. Coming to El Castillo from Playa Flamingo we weren't sure what to expect. After getting there we simply fell in love with the town, the people, and the views. I don't think you can have a more picturesque place to stay. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to stay near Arenal. There is so much to do from horseback riding, amazing hikes, hot springs, zip lining, great food, and white water rafting all pretty close. Thanks for a trip we will never forget!
Our stay began by meeting Hannah and Tomas at La Gavilana near the rental property. They were very welcoming, and Tomas proceeded to showing us the house as well as providing many tips for nearby activities and restaurants. The house itself was a gem! Huge kitchen, well stocked, amazing volcano and lake view (once the clouds clear if you`re lucky like we were). Didn`t use the TV, wifi worked well. We were 4 people, so with the 2 bedrooms we were very comfortable. Nice surprise that each bedroom has its own walk in bathroom. Hot water doesn`t last long, but you`re in Costa Rica so no need for long hot showers here. Landscaped yard and dip pool are a nice touch. We will definitely recommend it to our friends and colleagues and consider staying there again in the future. The locals in El Castillo are all super friendly and welcoming Ticos. Definitely a 4x4 SUV is recommended to get to the house, as it really is the last house up the mountain in El Castillo, the road is very rough, good adventure! There are a couple small markets in El Castillo, but limited selection, so best to stock up on food in La Fortuna on your way in. We booked horseback riding with Lelander, it was just my girlfriend and myself, best horseback ride ever, including a short hike to a stunning waterfall. Started off it was raining, then the clouds cleared, sun came out and the volcano came into full view, breathtaking! Make sure you pack sunscreen. We didn`t since it was raining, but then weather can change quickly there, and that burned us, literally! It is higher altitutude here, so sun is quite strong. The Sky ziplines are a short drive away, highly recommended, makes our ziplines in Quebec feel amateur-ish. Also recommend the free hot springs by the bridge to La Fortuna, maybe 30 minute drive from the house, make sure you bring a flashlight if you plan on staying there until after 6pm. Glad we opted for that instead of the pricey hot springs that use essentially the same volcanic water stream but in swimming pool settings. With the $ we saved there, we splurged in good food. Many solid eating options in the small El Castillo village and its surroundings, cheaper and more laid back than at La Fortuna, quality just as good if not better. I would give this place a (phone number hidden) it was just perfect! Thanks to John for his great communication prior to our trip, he really sets the bar high for airbnb hosts.
We had a wonderful 6 day stay at El Castillo en las Nubes. Tomas and Hanna were extrememly helpfulThe house is situated in the small village of El Castillo, at the top of a very rough and gutted road and we were glad to have rented a 4x4. We loved the locals, the cows that walked past to graze up the hill every morning, and the horses in the field below, who often visited our front gate. The yard and gardens are absolutely gorgeous and the vista below is stunning.
The interior of the house is quite comfortable, well designed and clean. On the first floor, kitchen is well appointed and easy to work. The bedrooms and en suite bathrooms on the second floor were well designed and comfortable, and the second floor porch affords an amazing view of the gardens and the volcano.
The house is a beautiful home away from home.
It really helped that directions were given both from San Jose airport and Liberia airport, as the house is not that easy to find on its own. We had a GPS so that was really helpful also. The roads off of the main road is rough terrain and it helps to have a 4x4. It is well worth it because once you arrive, it is beautiful.
The view was amazing, and as pictured, although we couldn't really see the volcano because of the clouds. Had coffee every morning on the lawn chairs by the pool, with the amazing view.
It was a great stay overall and Tomas was very helpful with everything that we required. He even cleaned the pool so we could use it the following day.
Tomas and Hannah are always eager to help. Great house! We were 5 people, it would be great if the air bed offered by the local host wasnt broken, good thing there are lots of couches in the house. Great views from the house.
Joe and Wesley were great guests, clear communications before they arrived, nice lads and easy to chat to. Ideal guests!
John and Wesley were brilliant guests! Friendly and gracious, they looked after our flat beautifully. We enjoyed having them.