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Villa Encantada 40 Acre Lake Front Eco-Nature Preserve

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Villa Encantada Lakefront  40 acre Eco-Nature Preserve. 'You'll think you died and went to heaven'
Villa Encantada ~~ A vacation DESTINATION~`~ one you won't forget
White Tail Deer on a frequent visit to Villa Encantada
1 of 103Villa Encantada Lakefront 40 acre Eco-Nature Preserve. 'You'll think you died and went to heaven'
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4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
12 guests
2 nights minimum
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20 YEARS OF SERVICE. We are the Original vacation villa rental property at the Lake Arenal/ Arenal Volcano area. At Villa Encantada we offer a complete vacation experience DESTINATION, not just a place to sleep, with PAVED ROAD all the way to the villa (no need to negotiate seemingly endless rock-dirt roads). When you stay at Villa Encantada you get the entire Lakefront Villa and 40 acre Private Nature Preserve Estate with acres of Manicured Botanical Gardens (that no other property has). AND NOW.. Our Brand New EXECUTIVE Nine Hole Par (walking) 3 GOLF COURSE w/ 5 Bermuda Grass Greens and golf clubs for your use ~~ additional fee may apply! No sharing with other groups. View our 12 Virtual Tours of Villa Encantada and Gardens at so that you'll really knows what awaits you at Villa Encant...20 YEARS OF SERVICE. We are the Original vacation villa rental property at the Lake Arenal/ Arenal Volcano area. At Villa Encantada we offer a complete vacation experience DESTINATION, not just a place to sleep, with PAVED ROAD all the way to the villa (no need to negotiate seemingly endless rock-dirt roads). When you stay at Villa Encantada you get the entire Lakefront Villa and 40 acre Private Nature Preserve Estate with acres of Manicured Botanical Gardens (that no other property has). AND NOW.. Our Brand New EXECUTIVE Nine Hole Par (walking) 3 GOLF COURSE w/ 5 Bermuda Grass Greens and golf clubs for your use ~~ additional fee may apply! No sharing with other groups. View our 12 Virtual Tours of Villa Encantada and Gardens at so that you'll really knows what awaits you at Villa Encantada. We have hosted many thousands of guests since 1996, with a great many repeat visitors. Our goal is to provide a memorable, hassle free experience for your group/family and to help you get the most out of your time with us and in the area. Over the years we've learned so much about what we can do to help you have the best vacation of your life, to 'hit the ground running', provide useful info on the area, including assistance in arranging your Tour Itinerary and/or Ground Transportation. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERIENCE. Most importantly, see our 100+ (5 STAR) Guest Comments here on the TripAdvisor site at of those who have visited Villa Encantada and happily share their experiences. Once you arrive, you'll be thinking... 'I've died and gone to Heaven ~~ It just doesn't get any better than this'. Our reward is your smiling faces and the knowledge that we've made a difference in providing a unforgettable travel experience for your group/family. Enjoy Casual Elegance at an affordable price. This Tri--level 2800 sq. ft. architectural masterpiece designed villa is fully furnished with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, fully equipped Kitchen and comfortably sleeps 2-12 persons, and on many occasions we’ve hosted groups of 15 persons. You’ll find imported Italian Tile, Hand Carved Doors and Exotic Hardwoods throughout the villa. An Interior Design of local art, indigenous masks, antiques, and 30 ft. glass windows that will make you feel at one with the mature manicured Botanical Gardens/Nature Trails with lake and Rainforest views that surround you. You have a fully equipped kitchen w/ microwave, appliances, Wet Bar, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD, Stereo system, Telephone, Barbecue Grill, and Washer & Dryer just to name a few of the amenities. Linens & towels are provided with maid service every third day. Chef Services, Child Care and Professional Massage service are available upon request.. Villa Encantada is situated on an INCREDIBLE 40-acre lushly landscaped Private Nature Preserve/Botanical Garden Estate on the shores of Lake Arenal, yet conveniently located close to the village of Nuevo Arenal with its restaurants/shopping and tourist amenities. We’re close to the Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, and only minutes away from a multitude of adventure activities in the area. We refer you only to the most reliable, efficient tour operators in the area. Take advantage of easy self guided day excursions to La Fortuna, The Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, Rio Celeste Waterfalls, National Parks, Rain Forests and many Beaches that await you. Finally, what really sets us apart from other properties is that here at Villa Encantada you’ll enjoy Nature at its Exquisite Best.. with acres of Mature Botanical Gardens, complete with miles of extensive manicured hiking trails through virgin Rainforests and rivers. NEW SPRING FED SWIMMING POOL (no chemicals) with a 100 FT WATER SLIDE & Natural spring fed ponds for swimming and waterfalls to relax by… lots of Waterfalls, FLY FISHING streams on our property, stocked FISHING PONDS w/ BIG fish. Huge ponds that you can use our (8) Kayaks on, or take them down to the lake and paddle in secluded lake coves to see wildlife with Flora/Fauna too numerous to mention here. We are the ONLY villa rental property that has LAKE ARENAL ACCESS, just an easy 3 minute walk to the lakeshore to explore the Gem of Costa Rica ~ Lake Arenal. At Villa Encantada we have a 3 night minimum stay requirement. Exceptions can be made for groups of 8 or more persons OR for a 2 night stay when available between other reservations. Honeymoon couples or groups of 15 persons will find Villa Encantada an unforgettable experience in a tropical paradise setting. Rental rates are based on the number of guests in your group. Children 6 years of age or under are free** Thanks for your interest in Villa Encantada. We hope that we’ll be a part of your special travel experience to Costa Rica. We’re here to be of service in any way that we can. Your Host, Glenn McBride More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Smoking allowed outside only in designated smoking section.
Bathrooms
3 Full baths
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About the Owner
Glenn M
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:November 2011
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Reviewed 13 March 2020

Villa Encantada is a total body, mind and soul experience. It is located 3 miles from the town of Arenal. This hidden gem is more then you can ever phantom. It comes with its own waterfalls, hiking trails, water slide, peacocks and howler monkeys! Glenn...More

Date of stay: March 2020
Thank Kimberly F
Reviewed 20 February 2020

Our trip to Villa Encantada this year was our fifth, and the sixth for our friends who introduced us to this spectacular place. Glenn is continually updating the property, and a small golf course is the latest addition to an already amazing property. We rarely...More

Date of stay: February 2020
Thank 5VacationLuvR7
Reviewed 4 May 2019

I woke up every morning between 5-6am ready to explore the property and take in all the beautiful sites and sounds. This place is magical! So many trails through the rainforest, a fresh spring pool with a crazy fun slide, a small golf course, and...More

Date of stay: April 2019
Thank Jkline5990
Reviewed 30 April 2019

We booked Glenn's property for our group of 9. We flew into Liberia and rented cars for the week- it was such a neat drive to get to the house. Landing in Liberia looked like a desert, but half way through the drive the terrain...More

Date of stay: April 2019
Thank Marsha G
Reviewed 6 April 2019

Our family of 8 stayed at this awesome villa the second week of February: 4 seniors, 3 younger adults and my 9 year old granddaughter. This was a perfect place for us. The villa and property are absolutely amazing! We felt like we were staying...More

Date of stay: February 2019
Thank Explorer300301
Footprints310049, VR Owner at Villa Encantada 40 Acre Lake Front Eco-Nature Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2019

Thank you Jacquelyn and Terry, I very much appreciate your kind words and detailed 5 Star Review.... so well written and documenting the highlights of your visit. To be sure... detailed guest reviews are oftentimes difficult to come by and know that I Thank you...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2019

Staying here you have the perfect resort property with the privacy and space of a house. I have never seen a house with such manicured grounds!! The views from the house were great from both the livings area and the bedrooms. The last morning of...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank 889krisk
Footprints310049, VR Owner at Villa Encantada 40 Acre Lake Front Eco-Nature Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to "weigh in" with your 5 Star Review on your visit to Villa Encantada. I appreciate your comments and the fact that you posted your review 7 months after your visit really does say alot ~~ that we're...More

Reviewed 17 December 2018

I cannot find adequate words for this place and its owner. Privacy has a whole new meaning here....40 acres all to yourselves, and those acres include manicured and heavenly trails, waterfalls, glorious gardens, a lagoon complete with lily pads and kayaks to use, a swinging...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank jmgMatthewsNc
Footprints310049, VR Owner at Villa Encantada 40 Acre Lake Front Eco-Nature Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2018

Thank You Very Much for our 5 Star Review Jami ~` you made my day, and it was a pleasure hosting your extended family of 10 persons. I appreciate your detailed Guest Review and am so glad that your visit to Villa Encantada was "all...More

Reviewed 12 November 2018

This Villa is a piece of heaven. Our family of 6 (3 couples) stayed here for a week. The Villa is beautiful and the grounds are gorgeous. Glenn was in the States on vacation but was still so helpful. My daughter called him for help...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank 428vickif
Footprints310049, VR Owner at Villa Encantada 40 Acre Lake Front Eco-Nature Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2018

Hi Shelly, Vicki and friends/family, Thank you so much for your detailed Guest Review. I always like to be on hand and at the villa to receive our guests in person, but every once in a while I (and my family) get to take a...More

Reviewed 2 July 2018

Our family booked Villa Encantada based on our friend's recommendation. We were just as thrilled with our experience as they were. Villa Encantada is the BEST place to stay in Costa Rica. Our 2 families (4 adults and 4 kids under 14 years old) had...More

Date of stay: June 2018
1  Thank Tim E
Footprints310049, VR Owner at Villa Encantada 40 Acre Lake Front Eco-Nature Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2018

Hola Tim and family/friends, Thanks for taking the time to express your sentiments in glowing detail and I'm so glad that we had the opportunity of hosting your group/family of 8 persons. It's a great "job" that I have ~~ getting to meet new guests...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

We stayed at Villa Encantada with another family (3 kids and 4 adults in total). The property is amazing and easily accommodated all of us. The kids loved the pond and the water slide and hiking along the river near the waterfall. The birds and...More

Date of stay: April 2015
Thank DEDALES
Management response:Responded 12 October 2017

Thank You so much for your 5 Star Guest Review Donya... entitled "Such an Amazing Place". I very much appreciate your taking your time to describe your visit with us at Villa Encantada. REALLY, what is "Amazing" is that you visited Villa Encantada a full...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Alarm Clock
Balcony
Grill
Blender
Boat Available
Books
Ceiling Fans
Children's Pool
Deck
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Garage
Hairdryer
Highchair
Housekeeping Included
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Patio
Porch
Private Fishing Lake/River
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Garden
Safe
Cable/satellite TV
Secure Parking
Shared Garden
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Water Park Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
City Getaway
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Good Nightlife
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
A Winter Sun Getaway
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About the neighbourhood
Villa Encantada and Lake Arenal are centrally located in the Guanacaste province, just 90 minutes from the Liberia Airport and 3.5 hrs from the San Jose Airport. There are a multitude of activities within 1-3 hours from the villa, EASY self guided day excursions to the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Hot Springs, Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, National Parks, White Water Rafting, Canopy Tours, Volcano Tours and many beaches--, Corobici River and waterfalls guided float trip, Palo Verde National Park and the Rio Tempisque lowland area, Santa Rosa & Guanacaste National Parks, Rincon de la Vieja National Park (volcano and cloud forest with many hot springs and waterfalls), Barra Honda National Park features caverns of limestone descending to 240 meters, Beaches, and ...
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Villa Encantada 40 Acre Lake Front Eco-Nature Preserve is able to accommodate up to 12 guests. See all property details.

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