Nita and Marty, the owners of Encantada Guest House, were amazing hosts. We felt right at home the minute we arrived. The house is very cozy, clean and well stocked with all the equipment you need to be self-sufficient. The home is very well situated with a partial view of the Arenal Volcano and Lake. You can relax inside the screened home or sit outside and enjoy the evening breezes and sunset with the sounds of the rainforest. Be sure to request Michael to take you on a night hike down through the jungle trail to the river. On your hike you’ll see the best of Encantada night-life! Nita and Marty also provided us with many tips, information, connections and suggestions on how to get around the area and what to expect. Be sure to heed your host’s recommendation and arrive safely and easily in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. You might also want to stop by a grocery store to get all your necessities prior to heading to the Guest House. We will definitely be staying there again. Thank you Nita, Marty and Michael for making our stay exciting and memorable!!!
Roads are an adventure. Be sure to have 4x4. Jungle experience. Beautiful views. Great house dog, Dobie, and cat. Nita is wonderful.
We loved our 3-night stay in this colorful and charming Costa Rican house in El Castillo! Our family of four enjoyed lounging in the hammock on the porch outside while listening and watching howler monkeys in the foreground of beautiful Arenal Volcano.
Nita and her husband, the owners, live next door to their rental (but there is plenty of privacy) and the kids loved playing with Dobby their dog and two cats. Nita was extremely helpful helping us book activities before and during our stay and was available to answer questions about the house. She has the rental beautifully decorated with plenty of lounge space both indoors and outdoors. She gave very detailed directions to get there and we didn't get lost once. Like most Costa Rican roads, their driveway is a bit steep at some points, so I would recommend a 4-wheel drive vehicle and an adventurous spirit.
The beds were comfortable and there were plenty of linens and a huge shower. They also equipped the home with plenty of board games, toys, and movies to keep the kids busy. While the house is in the hot and humid rainforest, it has plenty of windows providing beautiful views as well as airflow to keep things cool and comfortable.
We bought groceries and used their bbq and well-equipped kitchen two of the three nights we stayed there. One night we ate in La Fortuna after a day of activities there and let's just say we were all ready to leave the over-crowded tourist trap and get back to our little oasis in El Castillo, an easy 45-minute drive away.
While the home is not in the main tourist area, it is only an 11-minute drive from SKY Adventures, where we walked hanging bridges and went zip-lining. I highly recommend it! It's also very close to the Arenal Park entrance and the El Castillo Butterfly Conservatory. El Castillo itself is a tiny village with a little market and a few sodas. We had the BEST homemade ice cream just outside of El Castillo at Pizza Johns. If you stay here you have to visit.
I would highly recommend staying here, and would rent it 100 times over! You won't regret it.
Excellent accommodations with a lovely garden and beautiful views. The owner was so very helpful with our stay and guiding us to different activities in the area. We had a wonderful time at this rental and will be return
We LOVED this relaxing little cottage, and only wished that we had planned more than a 3 night stay! Although the drive to the cottage was adventurous, it was certainly not in any way dangerous or difficult. The views were impressive, and we were so thankful for the amenities that allowed us to cook tasty meals and save money in the process. The home was well cared for, clean, and had a creative flair which we enjoyed! Although we took in several activities each day during our stay in El Castillo, we always looked forward to coming "home"! We were also thankful for the security system at this cottage because there were times when we simply didn't wish to carry all of our expensive photography gear, and we always felt safe leaving it here.
From the moment that we arrived at the Encantada Guest House until the moment that we left, we felt that Nita would provide any of the information or assistance that we needed. She even washed our clothes for us and had them folded upon our return.
Our son slept on the air mattress that Nita provided, and he was thankful for how extremely comfortable it was - even for his 6 foot tall frame. With this mattress, all 6 of us were able to comfortably stay at the home together!
Do NOT miss out on an opportunity to stay at this delightful cottage!!
P.S. While you are in El Castillo, make certain that you visit Victor at the Arenal Eco Zoo! He was extremely informed about the snakes, frogs, turtles, birds, and crocodiles in the area. He even helped us to capture some stunning pictures of the red-eyed tree frogs.
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