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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 4 / Bathrooms 3 / Sleeps 12 / Villa
Bedrooms: 4  Bathrooms: 3  Sleeps: 12  Type: Villa
Villa Encantada 40 Acre LakeFront Nature Preserve
TripAdvisor property ID 2297778

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Book this 4 bedroom villa in Nuevo Arenal today! A total of 12 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a pool, deck, and parking space among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 65 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $2100 to as high as $4900, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 90% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jul 20, 2017.

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About the owner

About the owner

Glenn M.
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Calendar last updated:
20 Jul 2017
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Nuevo-arenal Attractions




  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Telephone

Pool / Spa

  • Children's pool
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)

Property Features

  • High chair
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Secure parking
  • Waterfront


  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Shared garden
  • Tennis court (shared)

Onsite Equipment

  • Boat available


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (65)

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“This man works hard to keep the grounds like paradise”

Reviewed 28 Jul 2015

It is a beautiful house, with all that you need to have a great stay. The only thing that was disappointing was the house wasn't air conditioned and we didn't see any monkeys. The owner of the home was available if we needed him for anything. The trails on the property are NOT as long as specified on the spec sheet, so don't be disillusioned by the time it has posted to complete the trails. If it says it takes an hour to complete the trail, only expect 10-15 minutes, depending on how athletic you are. Overall, the landscape was to die for, the pool was a blast, and the lake in the backyard offered a bunch of fun fishing and kayaking.

“The Best of Costa Rica!”

Reviewed 5 Jun 2015

This was my second visit to Villa Encantada! After the first visit in 2010, my daughter decided this was the place to get married! We returned with a group of 30+. The bridal party(14) stayed at the Villa and Glenn helped to place the rest of us in properties close by, including his sister's house up the hill. The whole event could not have been better! Let me say that Glenn is a great guy and incredible host! If you want to experience the best of Costa Rica, stay with Glenn at the Villa! The grounds are as beautiful as the pictures indicate and you can be entertained right on the property. The Tabacon Lodge and Skywalk at Volcanoes National Park are under one hour drive. Shopping and dining in Nuevo Arenal has a true Tico feel and much better than dealing with the big tourist towns. Pura Vida! Thank you Glenn!

Response from the owner Thanks so much for your Beaming (detailed) 5 Star Guest Review Doug. Having your extended family (30+ persons) here at Villa Encantada for your 2nd visit and your daughters wedding was an Awesome Experience for me. Of course, I was able to locate additional accommodations for your family, as well as assist with all of your needs, ie: ground trans, wedding planner, tour activities, and more. It's my goal to make sure that our guests have a memorable and hassle free vacation of a lifetime that will ALWAYS be one of the fondest moments of their lives.... and That, for me is my reward ~~ Building Lasting Memories!!!. I really look forward to your next visit Amigo, and as Ol Vern says.. "we'll keep the light on for ya partner" Your Host and Friend, Glenn

“My second visit was even better than the first.”

Reviewed 4 Jun 2015

I've stayed at Villa Encantada twice. The price is incredibly reasonable, and the host (Glenn) is a real stand-up guy. He'll go way out of his way to accommodate you and your family/friends in whatever way he can. The property is super cool; I highly recommend walking the trails around the house and then taking advantage of the spring-fed pool.

Response from the owner Hola Steve, Thanks for your Vote of Confidence. It's ALWAYS an honor to have Guests return for a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th visit, and I look forward to your next visit as soon as time allows. I appreciate your comment about "The price is incredibly reasonable". Fact is, that I haven't raised my Base Rate in more than 14 years, and when I ask guests about this topic, they all affirm what you've stated. We're still not inexpensive, BUT here at Villa Encantada you get VALUE for your hard earned dollars. You don't have to be spending $$$ off site, as there is so much to do on our Eco_Estate that you don't need to leave... just take advantage of everything right at your fingertips.... which in the long run ~~ saves you ALOT of money. We're happy and humbled to share our "slice of paradise"with you and yours. Pura Vida Amigo Your Host, Glenn

“Amazing Vacation spot”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2015

We just finished an amazing week at Villa Encantada in Nuevo Arenal- Beautiful house and property, amazing pool with water slide, fun fishing in the pond. Easy access to N. Arenal for groceries and wonderful restaurants (La Tinaja and Equus are AMAZING!) Best of all, Glenn provided real hospitality for our family, including spot-on recommendations for attractions and dining. We will definitely be back! The house has plenty of room, comfortable beds, is clean and private. Our kids (17 and 15) really enjoyed fishing in the pond and swimming in the wonderful pool. Incredible wildlife right on the property (Howlers, toucans, parrots, coatis). Be sure to save time for just enjoying this property! Thank you for a wonderful vacation!

Response from the owner Dear Jim, Thanks a million for your 5 Star Guest Review. That your family came to us as a referral from a past guest, and that you've shared your sentiments with future guests at Villa Encantada validates all of the hard work we do to ensure the best vacation of your lives. You spent much of your time right at your home away from home... venturing off property occasionly for day excursions, but it's great that everyone in your family found the villa so accommodating, both inside and out. There is no shortage of activities on-site to keep everyone enthusiastic and smiling. Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to be of service, and above all, thanks for sharing your time and smiles with us. We look forward to seeing you and your family next year. Hasta Pronto Amigo Glenn

“This Incredible Place Just Keeps Getting Better”

Reviewed 31 Mar 2015

We stayed at Villa Encantada In March for the fourth time. This property is incredibly beautiful,meticulously landscaped and manicured, and we love returning. The property includes 40 acres of jungle with trails throughout, streams and a trail to Lake Arenal. Trails are varying lengths and easy to hike. The house is beautiful, large, extremely well maintained,and well stocked. Since our previous stays, the kitchen and three bathrooms have been updated with granite, tile and stone. They are awesome. Glenn has also added a spring fed swimming pool and waterslide near the lake. The waterslide is great fun, even for adults. Villa Encantada is a paradise for wildlife lovers. Howler monkeys, blue jean frogs, coatimundi, basilisk lizards, a Costa Rican White-tailed deer, numerous bird varieties, and other wildlife are on the property. There is a large bird feeder near the patio that can be filled during a stay. We brought bananas, watermelon, mango and apples to place on the feeder, and it was continually busy with many large and small colorful birds. Owner Glenn is a great host and called us periodically to see if we needed anything. He ensures his guests are well taken care of, and will arrange tours, meals, taxis etc. Villa Encantada is an amazing property, and I cannot imagine a better value in a rainforest property.

Response from the owner Dear Brian, Betty, Jim and Jean, There is nothing more rewarding as an Innkeeper and host, than to have repeat guests, and your FOURTH visit to Villa Encantada and Great Review has made my day! You arrived with all of your provisions and that you spent your entire 3 days on the property, not leaving even once even to go grocery shopping, is really an awesome and a great tribute to our efforts. Even after 18 years Villa Encantada is still a work in progress, and we are constantly striving to (as you've stated) make it better ~~ and yes, it's true that our base rental rates have not increased in over 13 years. We just keep adding amenities that our guests so richly deserve, and always have a project or two on the list to complete... next up, install our own Hydroelectric Plant, and start producing our own electricity. Our eternal source of water is just screaming to be put to work. .. and a 9 hole golf course really is going to be a reality one day! That you hiked all of our trails, spotted too many birds to mention and even saw a Whitetailed Deer along with Howler Monkeys, Poison Dart frogs, Jesus Christ Lizards (can really walk on water) and Coatimundis.. while enjoying the waterfalls and more is what our Nature Preserve is all about. Our goal is that our guests have the best vacation of their lives, a memorable and hassle free experience that will always be in their minds eye. And to return for a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th visit as you have done. Thanks amigos. I look forward to seeing your smiling faces again and sharing your unbridled enthusiasm. Hasta Pronto, Your Host and Friend, Glenn

“The most beautiful place to be on our special day”

Reviewed 20 Feb 2015

We traveled from California to vacation here & get married. It was the most memorable trip we have ever been on! The property without a doubt was much nicer than any of the resorts we looked into. The price was unbeatable. The villa is so elegant and had everything we needed. Most of all the owner Glenn was so helpful & made our entire trip go smoothly. From answering emails right away to helping us with our activities & transportation, he was there for us since we first started planning our trip. I'm so glad we came here instead of a hotel. We had our wedding ceremony on the veranda with the most beautiful backdrop. The views on this property are breathtaking. We would go back in a heartbeat!

Response from the owner Hi Jessica and Hector, Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of and hosting your Special Wedding Celebration. That you choose Villa Encantada as your Destination for the starting point of your married lives together is especially rewarding to myself and our staff. Knowing that our little slice of Paradise will always be a part of your lives means more than you'll ever know to me. Your family was Awesome, Refreshing, Fun Loving, Happy and Invigorating and it was a genuine pleasure to be able to get to know you all. Having guests like you and yours is what completes the circle for me and I thank you all for leaving a lasting and fulfilling memory for all of us at Villa Encantada. Keep living your Dream my friends, Your Host and friend, Glenn

“Cristobal says Me Gusta Villa Encantada Mucho!!!”

Reviewed 13 Feb 2015

Everything that you can think of is there. The property is exquisite and the amenities are top notch. I could have stayed the entire 8 days on the property without any qualms of leaving. There are plenty of things to do nearby though. Thoroughly enjoyed the slide and pools fed by the natural spring water. The hiking through the property was an adventure every single time I went. From frogs, mushrooms, flowers, and waterfalls you couldn't turn your head and not see something awesome. Highly recommend using Glenn's chef Natalie, she prepared things that she both grew and raised from her farm. Meals were absolutely world class. Glenn was amazing. He made sure everything we needed was taken care of. From getting groceries delivered to making sure we had taxis, Glenn truly cared. This place would be awesome for a romantic getaway for 2, a large family, or a corporate retreat. Definitely plan on going back!

Response from the owner Dear Cristobal, Thank you for taking your valuable time to write your 5 Star Review of your time and experience at Villa Encantada. It's always so much of a pleasure to host enthusiastic travelers like yourself and your great family. Even after 18 years, Villa Encantada truly is a "work in progress" and we're always upgrading amenities, making sure that everything is as you say ~~ Top Notch. To be sure, property maintenance, both inside and out is a detail that we take very seriously. Recently, a guest commented to me that the villa itself looks brand new, and that is what we strive for... giving our guests the best that we possibly can. When our guests hike our miles of manicured trails and discover the beauty of Nature, and say so in their comments, it just makes me want to get out there myself to make 100% sure that that our efforts are nothing less than perfect and very user friendly. To be sure, we didn't create the blissful nature that is there for all to enjoy ~~ we have simply made is accessible and tried to enhance it for your pleasure. That you could have just stayed on property for the entire 8 days is the Most, the Biggest and the Best compliment that we could ever hope to achieve and thank you so much for saying so. I'm glad you had a great time on the water slide and pools. Chef Natalie is the newest member of our staff, and myself and all of the guests that she has provided her spectacular dinners for are just raving about the food and service, and your description of her service as "World Class" is what we strive for. Truly, it's all in the details! Chris, thanks so much for visiting and we're glad to have been of service to make your Holiday all you had hoped for and more. We look forward to your next visit in 2016. Your Host and Friend, Glenn

“The most memorable vacations of our lives”

Reviewed 3 Dec 2014

My wife, daughter and granddaughter have made 3 vacation trips to Costa Rica and have been fortunate all 3 times to stay at Villa Encantada. Our first trip was almost 9 years ago when my wife and I decided to renew our wedding 40 years because at the time it was doubtful I would live until our 50th anniversary.. Booking Encantada was the best decision I could have made. From the first contact with Glenn McBride to the present time I have found Glenn and his family to be truly great people. Glenn truly cares about his guest and is ready to help them in every way. During our stays we have gotten to know Glenn and his family quite well and consider them to be best of friends. Villa Encantada is beautiful inside and out and over the years Glenn has made several excellent improvements to the Villa and the grounds. It is difficult to imagine a more likable property and accommodating host than Villa Encantada and Glenn McBride. To me there is not a more relaxing place than Costa Rica and the best place to enjoy Pura Vida is at Villa Encantada. The town of Nuevo Arenal is a quiet town on Lake Arenal with grocery stores, restaurants, souvenir shopping and banking available to visitors. For those who wish to venture out and explore all that the area offers... Glenn is ready, willing and able to assist you in making the necessary arrangements for a pleasant experience. My wife and I have been unable, due to illnesses, to make a fourth trip to Costa Rica and Villa Encantada. However next year we will be celebrating out 50th wedding anniversary, and we intend on sharing this very special event with Glenn and Patri at Villa Encantada.. To anyone who is seeking an excellent place to stay and experience Pura Vida while in Costa Rica I highly recommend Villa Encantada at Nuevo Arenal ...

Response from the owner Dear Ray, Mickey and Family, Thanks so much for your beaming 10 Star endorsement of Villa Encantada. I've been receiving guests here at Villa Encantada for 18 years now, and have had the honor of meeting literally thousands of enthusiastic travelers over those years. In the process, I've been fortunate to have made many long lasting friendships and your family is among the most memorable of those. It's an especially personally rewarding experience for our family and staff to have the opportunity to welcome guests for a return visit (your 4th) and get the chance to renew and grow those friendships, and God willing we'll all be here to receive your family and celebrate yours and Mickeys 50th Wedding Anniversary... It will be our pleasure to provide the Mariachis and Wedding Cake for your Special Event. Thanks for always keeping in touch over the last 10 years Ray and Mickey. Friendships like yours are what makes my efforts to be the very best host that I can for our guests so much worth it. Truly, I am humbled by your sentiments and look forward to seeing your smiling faces again mis amigos... Muy Pronto! Your Friends ~~ Glenn and Patricia

“Dream vacation in Costa Rica”

Reviewed 16 Aug 2014

We considered staying at a hotel during our week in Costa Rica but were most fortunate to have found Villa Encatada. The pictures on the website looked beautiful, but it was beyond expectations when we got there. The house was not only richly decorated, but had very comfortable beds and lots of outdoor furniture to lounge and enjoy spectacular scenery. Un believable landscaping. Our teenage kids enjoyed the slide and pool with fishing poles and kayaks available to play around with on the pond. Our whole family spent several hours hiking what looked like any State Park in the United States right there at the Villa. There were very well maintained trails through the woods and along a beautiful waterfall. The owner checked in with us every day to make sure everything was working OK and was so helpful in arranging some of the activities (white water rafting -through Wave Expeditions- absolutely a fantastic ride and great guides and Zip lines through Selvatura- also highly recommended activity if you like adventure and thrill. We did go to the beach one day but because of the road construction ended up taking us 4 hours ( I would recommend staying overnight rather than a day trip for that one). We also went to the Baldi Hot Springs which was about an hour a way-good if you have kids because of the slides that they also have in addition to the cemented hot pools-nice clean park. We were able to go into the town of New Arenal which was less than 10 minutes away and do grocery shopping, however we really enjoyed the restaurants Moyas, Los Establos-authentic tica food, and great German cooking at the German bakery in town and La Rana. We very much hope to return one day to Villa Encatada.

Response from the owner Dear Lori and Family, We really appreciate your detailed 5 Star Review. Your family was very active with numerous tours that I helped arrange for you,.. Zip Line at Selvatura, White Water Rafting, Hot Springs and more, but most important to me is that you spent plenty of time exploring our manicured hiking trails, enjoying the waterfalls, waterslide, kayaking and fishing on the ponds, and I thank you so much for your comment about our trails being like a State Park in the USA. Our goal is to help you have the best vacation of your lives.. to make that dream come true for you, and to leave you with a remarkable experience that your family will always cherish and keep at the top of your bucket list... to stay in your "minds eye" and return again and again to Villa Encantada. Right now we're hosting a family that is visiting for the 4th time... and we hope your family will join us again as well ~~ as soon as time allows. We'll keep the light on for ya Lori and Family ~~ thanks so much for sharing your unbridled enthusiasm with us. Your host and Friend, Glenn

“Amazing Vacation”

Reviewed 4 May 2014

We have stayed in a number of vacation homes, but never anything as nice as this. The grounds were gorgeous and there was more to do here than in many resorts. We took full advantage of the hiking trails, pool, water slide, kayaks, horse shoes etc. One of the kids' favorite part was the bench under the waterfall on the River Walk Trail. Glenn was very helpful in getting us booked for zip lines and rafting. He also suggested some great places to eat, local activities and day trips. This a perfect vacation spot!

Response from the owner Dear Christine, Thanks so much for your kind comments and 5 Star Guest Review. One of our primary goals is to provide a Vacation Destination with plenty of activities right on the property for your group/family. I'm so glad your family explored our miles of hiking trails through Virgin Rainforest and that the kids had a blast under the Waterfalls on the River Walk Trail ~~ nothing like a soothing massage under the jungle waterfalls after a long trail hike. That your kids had so much fun on the Water Slide/Swimming Pool and with the Kayaks and stayed so active during your weeklong stay is very gratifying for me personally. Thanks for allowing me to be of service in arranging your Zip Line and White Water Rafting excursions and pointing you in the right direction for other "walk up" activities to get the most out of time with us and to fulfill your anticipation of having the "Amazing Vacation" that your family deserves. We look forward to hosting your family again Christine. Muchas Gracias Glenn

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