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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

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Sue S
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Paradise!”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 for a stay in December 2013

Hacienda Encantada is like living in a dream! The grounds are magical, the home is the perfect size and uses the space really well and the views of Arena are amazing! Nita and Marty are excellent and really helpful hosts. A 4wheel drive vehicle is a must. The cats were fun friends and I am not even a cat person!

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Liked best: Views and the grounds
Liked least: It would be difficult to drive to the house at night
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
Jan 11, 2014
Sue, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Our Jungle Kitties, Quinn & Riley, love to interact with our guests, when they are invited. They are such good boys!
Come back Soon!
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Utah
Reviewed October 2, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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Management Response
Oct 2, 2013
Tom, Thank you for your lovely review.
We look forward to hosting you and your lovely wife again soon.
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CA
Reviewed September 2, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

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Management Response
Sep 2, 2013
Pura Vida and please do come back soon!
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Puerto Rico
Reviewed August 6, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Management Response
Aug 6, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. So glad you had a great stay!
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PA USA
Reviewed March 6, 2013 for a stay in February 2013
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Management Response
Mar 6, 2013
Thanks Alison for a great review..We are so glad that you enjoyed you stay. As a side note...We are going to do some more work on the road, while we are here.. so hopefully that will make it a little easier to drive!
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USA
Reviewed May 21, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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Management Response
May 21, 2012
Tori
So glad we could share our little piece of Pura Vida with you. Thanks!
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Angus2000
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“Should have booked more time--I'll be back!”
Reviewed April 3, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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What a pleasant surprise. Nancy and "Z" were such an asset to this property. I am not sure I would have rented had Nancy not maintained immediate and consistently helpful contact. She really markets this property appropriately.

The highlight of our stay was a horseback ride to a private waterfall, led by Nancy's colleague Lilander. He owns Estable Apaloosa, which is within sight of Hacienda Encantada (across the valley). This man impressed us to no end. All of his animals were in wonderful health and he obviously showed his pride through them.

Hacienda Encantada was perfect for us. We wanted privacy, fresh air and a home which would allow relaxation. We will definitely return.

Suggestions--book five or more days. There is too much to do in the area and definitely schedule some free time to enjoy the house and the surroundings. The immediate village, El Castillo has much more to offer and the locals are perfect.
Tobacan Hot Springs was too expensive and commerical--not worth the sacrificed time.

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Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
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Liked best: Seclusion and waking up with the sounds of nature at your door. A nice place.
Liked least: The single bed was not comfortable
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Apr 3, 2012
So Glad you had a Great Time, we look forward to your Return!
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