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1 Bedroom , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 2
El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
A roofed terrace wraps this contemporary home with views of Arenal Lake, Arenal Volcano, jungles & tropical gardens. 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 2 baths, kitchen, living & dining room. US plumbing. On demand Hot water everywhere. Perfect for Honeymooners!

In Costa Rica it is traditional to name your home. We thought about it a lot, and over our first few months building here noticed a pair of beautiful huge birds that flew thru the valley along side of the house almost every morning. They appeared to live deep in the mountain valley on the right side of the house as you look at the Volcano. As they fly, they let out a piercing cry that is unmistakable. We realized we were building our home near their “home” . It seemed appropriate to name our home “The Home of the White Hawks” We even had our exterior door carved with one of my ph...
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Listing #FKN6764376
About the Owner
John H
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2015
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

What an amazing property! The views are so much better in person, and the amenities are absolutely as described. The potholes in the road coming into the property are almost as unforgettable, but it's all part of the rustic charm. John does an amazing job...More

Date of stay: November 2017
Thank Vacation726132
DeLoyd, VR Owner at A PRIVATE, ROMANTIC RETREAT FOR TWO!, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

Thanks for your kind words. The drive to the house is one you just have to accept as a fact of life and take it slow and easy. And it is unforgettable. But you did venture into a fairly remote part of a third world...More

Reviewed 30 July 2017

This was one of three homes that we rented around Costa Rica for our honeymoon, and this was our favorite. It is an absolutely beautiful home with AMAZING views (you wake up to views of the volcano!), and the property has private hiking trails, one...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank damiennmarshall
DeLoyd, VR Owner at A PRIVATE, ROMANTIC RETREAT FOR TWO!, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

So glad you had a great time. Thanks for the kind words about our home. It is always special to rent it to those who seem to love it as much as we do. Thanks for staying with us...come back soon...Susan and John

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

For me I really enjoyed the location and house. The house is comfortable and you can tell it is cared for. Once you get to the top of the hill you really feel close to the volcano. I enjoyed sitting on the porch and watching...More

Date of stay: June 2017
Thank jeremy z
DeLoyd, VR Owner at A PRIVATE, ROMANTIC RETREAT FOR TWO!, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2017

Thanks for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us and took the time to relax and watch the tropical world drift by. Many have felt it is a spiritual place and glad to hear you enjoy it here as much as we...More

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cooker
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (6)
  • En Suite Rooms (1)
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Garage
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Kettle
  • King Beds:(1)
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (2)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Parking
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Not kid-friendly
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 3:00 PM
    Check out: 11:00 AM
This is our home which we are letting you use. We expect you to care for it as it were a treasure, which it is for us. No more than 2 people are allowed here, and we hope you...
    1 Full bath
    1 Attached (ensuite)
    1 King
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  • Damage Deposit: AU$486 / stay - Deposit
  • Cleaning fee: AU$25 / stay - Fee
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About the neighbourhood
We are in 'real' Costa Rica. we are about 2 km off the main road to El Castillo, a rural gravel road of some 15 Km from the main highway. El Castillo has several great local authentic restaurants, a church, a community center, a small store for the basics, an art gallery, snake and reptile zoo, three area rivers, several hostels, several sodas, and lots of friendly people. it is truly rural Costa Rica.

I know we can provide a fantastic adventure using our home as a base. And best of all, you will not have to drive over 45 minutes from here for any of them. We can provide beautiful Hot Springs, a hike to the top of an extinct volcano filled with emerald water where you can swim and even rent a canoe, a horseback ride into the jungle and then a hike to a beautiful secluded w...
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How to get there
Airport: San Jose between 3 and 4 hours....: 89.0 km
You can exchange your dollars for Colones, but everyone in Cost Rica loves dollars. 1 dollar = about 520 Colonies, but the rate changes daily. So when buying something, remember 1000 colonies is about $2.00. We usually get Both US dollars and Colones from our local bank before we leave. You can use credit cards for most things in most stores and restaurants, but bring one with no foreign transaction fees. One warning…stores will NOT take US bills that are heavily worn, have any kind of tear or parts of the bill missing, or any kind of stamps or writing on them. We usually go to the bank and ask for new or almost new bills to carry with us. THERE ARE NO ATMS OR BANKS IN EL CASTILLO. Last chance is in La Fortuna.

In restaurants, activities and most shops, there will be peo...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, Horse Riding Nearby, Water Park Nearby, Watersports Nearby.
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