I can't say enough about this delightful little place. While the ride up the driveway is apt to loosen a few fillings, you'll feel it is absolutely worth it, standing on the covered porch at the office, checking in, and gazing over Lake Arenal. Agustin, the manager was so helpful and accommodating in the weeks leading, up to the trip. He had all kinds of great suggestions for staying overnight in San Jose, and for making the drive to this place that is off the beaten path of La Fortuna. Just the drive through the heavily touristed town, made us happy to be going to the "boonies" near El Castillo where Nepenthe is located. Agustin even moved the days of our reservation when our flight out of the USA was delayed by 24 hours. And Gordon, the owner, who answered the Nepenthe's US phone number himself, was exceedingly friendly and helpful when we called for information. This B&B is clearly a labor of love for him. He seems interested only in the happiness of his guests and his staff.
The rooms are very warm and homey. Because it was our 30th wedding anniversary, there was even a bottle of wine waiting for us, and a free dinner at the immensely enjoyable Pizza John's restaurant. The view from the long covered porch (filled with beautiful rocking chairs, and hanging basket chairs), is breathtaking. And I haven't even mentioned the infinity pool, yet.
While Agustin can help arrange any excursion or adventure you might be able to dream up ( we went on the 3 hour horseback tour in the jungle), I would highly recommend leaving plenty of time for quiet gazing and relaxing at this little piece of heaven.