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Beautiful Walled Garden Paradise with Breathtaking Vista

Harvey

Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Beautiful Walled Garden Paradise with Breathtaking Vista

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Jocotepec House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This is an amazing opportunity to be in real Mexico with all the beauty and comfort one would want. The home is surrounded by a ten-foot high stone wall covered with bougainvillea and the property has plumaria, avacado, grapefruit, tangerine, banana, guava, orange,guava, lemon, and lime trees. The property is fully enclosed and safe and totally secure for your pets.

We now have high speed wifi internet access at the home, and a hi-def 22in. flat panel DVD player in the master bedroom.

Also, dozens of roses, birds of paradise, and others too numerous to mention. We go often to the home, but are flexible as to time. Housekeeper and gardener are long time employees who are very friendly and very helpful.

This vacation rental home is just fifteen minutes from Ajijic, where there are numerous restaurants, shopping, medical facilities, and art centers (Mexican crafts are everywhere), and the Guadalajara Airport is just 40 minutes to the north.

The town of Jocotepec has local markets (with all fresh produce) every day and large markets twice a week. Jocotepec has numerous fine shops and restaurants, some with the local specialty called 'Berreria,' a unique goat stew. The home is a short 3 block walk to the center of town.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Harvey (Owner)
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2015

What makes this house unique

The home is on a fully enclosed acre of land within the town which provides beauty, serenity and security for you and your pets.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.1
based on 8 traveler reviews

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Beautiful Walled Garden Paradise with Breathtaking Vista
average rating of 4.125 based on 8 reviews
Sonora, CA
5

Awesome home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this home for 10 days in November, 2010. It truly is a garden of Eden! Very tasteful decorating, interesting artwork and masks, lovely outdoor and indoor settings for lounging, playing games, visiting, or dining. The gurgling fountain in the center of the yard, church bells, and local celebrations provide a wonderful foreign sound track to the experience of the home. Jocotepec is a true Mexican town with virtually no tourism and few ex-pats. Come prepared to walk the cobblestone streets to downtown and pick up fresh fish from the lake, chickens, beef, and a cornucopia of fresh local produce each morning. Cooking is a joy in the well-equipped kitchen. The 2 resident cats kept us from being too homesick for our own pets.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
St. Paul, Mn. USA
5

Mexican Idyll

  • 5 of 5

My husband and sister and I stayed for January and February of 2015. It was so pleasant that I can't do it justice with a few words. The architecture of the house, the garden, and the plentiful artwork were enough to keep me happy for 2 months, reading and trying to paint. Photography is too easy there, there is so much life and color.

My husband loves to cook, bike, and hike, and he had a great time, he even joined a hiking group out of Ajijic and went there twice a week. He found the kitchen very well equipped and with the help of the Mexican cookbooks there, had a lot of fun learning Mexican cooking.

Sometimes we drove to neighboring towns, sometimes we took the bus, and often we walked down the hill to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, or to have some birria (a delicious local specialty made of slow cooked goat). For us, it was a big plus that we were forced to study some Spanish because not everyone understood English. If it was deemed necessary, shopkeepers would dig up a young person who did speak english to translate for us, so we were never totally shut out. Our neighbors were uniformly gracious about our ignorance.

We had read a negative review about barking dogs and mariachi music, but that was part of the adventure. We were prepared to be a bit out of our comfort zone and were very well rewarded. Inside the walls we were in a luxurious garden paradise, and directly outside the walls we were in a foreign, somewhat adventurous environment. I would recommend this place to those looking for a tranquil escape from stress with a beautiful climate, but not for those looking for surfing, beachcombing, or nightlife. I can see a family with small children having a great time, but teens might not be too enthused.

The owner and employees all were pleasant, responsive and accomadating. We went on excursions to the round pyramids, the "Mexican Alps" (Mazamitla), the Pacific Coast (Manzanillo), an art crawl in Ajijic and a boat ride from Chapala. Our friends took a day trip to the artisans around Guadalajara. There is much to see and do if you leave the premises, but you may not want to. We were 100% pleased with our stay and eager to go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Authentic Mexican neighborhood experience

  • 5 of 5

This Hacienda is so much better than the photos and description reveal. First off- Best Maid Ever! Gabby loves her work and we were the lucky recipients; Twice Weekly! The yard is walled in with a huge rock wall covered with color from Oranges, Grapefruit, Bougainvillea and 20-foot-high-Poinsettias in bloom at Christmas. Because the yard is sloped, you see the sunrise on the Lake and feel the tranquility all day. This yard is so private and so gorgeous; same gardener for 15 years. So many birds come to the bird bath fountain, butterflies and hummingbirds to the thousands of flowers. Behind you is the mountain unspoiled by any development at all. We hiked to the top every week. From the house just point yourself at the cell tower, then cross the road and keep taking the turns that have the greatest incline. The house is more like a lodge but instead of tourists, it's all yours. The gardener and maid keep everything working and running smoothly. There is wood for the fireplace and the gas starts the wood so it's the easiest wood burning fireplace in the world. Jocotepec is a beautiful specimen of an agricultural town. It supports an enormous community of berry farmers which are sold in the daily mercado for next to nothing because of the abundance. It's not a tourist town so you pay local prices and vendors can't survive without producing something good enough to keep the locals coming back for more. There is an outstanding park on the lake that gives a close-up of a multitude of water birds, many we've never seen before. And the people are as helpful and warm as you'll find anywhere; like Americans are during the two weeks before Christmas. There is a property manager who is your one-stop shop for any issues or information. She is responsive and delightful to communicate with. There is no need for a car because nothing is more than a mile from home, and there are buses leaving constantly for anywhere you want to go. Taxis are few but if you need one there are two taxi stands about four blocks away or you could make arrangements. We never needed a taxi, and the property manager gave us an outstanding limousine service that took us to Guadalajara in a very nice 10-passenger van; on time, perfect driver, no worries. The home is for sale but in a month's time, not one showing or phone call during our month which is only a reflection on the Realtor or economy or demand because if we were in the market for a gorgeous hacienda in a beautiful colonial Spanish town,

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Berk Ca usa
5

Unbelievably great!

  • 5 of 5

This Hacienda is so much better than the photos and description reveal. First off- Best Maid Ever! Gabby loves her work and we were the lucky recipients; Twice Weekly! The yard is walled in with a huge rock wall covered with color from Oranges, Grapefruit, Bougainvillea and 20-foot-high-Poinsettias in bloom at Christmas. Because the yard is sloped, you see the sunrise on the Lake and feel the tranquility all day. This yard is so private and so gorgeous; same gardener for 15 years. So many birds come to the bird bath fountain, butterflies and hummingbirds to the thousands of flowers. Behind you is the mountain unspoiled by any development at all. We hiked to the top every week. From the house just point yourself at the cell tower, then cross the road and keep taking the turns that have the greatest incline. The house is more like a lodge but instead of tourists, it's all yours. The gardener and maid keep everything working and running smoothly. There is wood for the fireplace and the gas starts the wood so it's the easiest wood burning fireplace in the world. Jocotepec is a beautiful specimen of an agricultural town. It supports an enormous community of berry farmers which are sold in the daily mercado for next to nothing because of the abundance. It's not a tourist town so you pay local prices and vendors can't survive without producing something good enough to keep the locals coming back for more. There is an outstanding park on the lake that gives a close-up of a multitude of water birds, many we've never seen before. And the people are as helpful and warm as you'll find anywhere; like Americans are during the two weeks before Christmas. There is a property manager who is your one-stop shop for any issues or information. She is responsive and delightful to communicate with. There is no need for a car because nothing is more than a mile from home, and there are buses leaving constantly for anywhere you want to go. Taxis are few but if you need one there are two taxi stands about four blocks away or you could make arrangements. We never needed a taxi, and the property manager gave us an outstanding limousine service that took us to Guadalajara in a very nice 10-passenger van; on time, perfect driver, no worries. The home is for sale but in a month's time, not one showing or phone call during our month which is only a reflection on the Realtor or economy or demand because if we were in the market for a gorgeous hacienda in a beautiful colonial Spanish town,

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Mexico City Mexico
5

Muy bueno

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed 1 month and it was fantastico¡ We live in Mexico City and have 2 ninos.

The home was gorgeous inside and out. Our children played with the neighbors kids and they had a blast

The staff who has been at the house for years were wonderful people and helped us a lot.

We loved everything about the home

It could not have been better

Thank you so much for the wonderful experience

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
1

misrepresented, unreliable amenities, lousy customer service, untrustworthy owner

  • 1 of 5

Rented 16 days 12/13 for a research trip to live in Ajijic. I chose here because the photos were stunning & it looked like a "rural" retreat, which i wanted for holidays & 60th birthday. Traveled all over MX before.

Could write a book of complaints & i just stumbled upon this last review while looking for another rental & HAD to comment to protect future renters.

Owner responded to them: "Not everyone is suited to be in Mexico & these folks clearly were not. We have rented for 17 years and THIS IS THE FIRST RENTER WHO WAS UNHAPPY." One of MANY lies. I was highly stressed & outraged & wrote him numerous detailed accounts. He is arrogant & uncooperative, & an American lawyer!

I was VERY clear with him that i wanted a quiet, serene setting & i had to be on the phone a lot locally & the internet for research & for my ONLINE business. Also told him i was concerned about the distance from Ajijic- he assured me that it was only 20 minutes away, & it was easy to get to public transportation & the internet was fast & dependable. It actually takes 30 minutes even on the Express bus after you walked 20 to the the station or found a cab, and no one speaks much English. I'm fit & active but walking up those steep hills on cobblestones everyday with groceries, etc was a chore, especially since it rained & was unseasonably cold & windy for 7 days. Cab to Ajijic was $12 & $22+ after 10pm to return & buses quit then.

Internet/phone continually out for hours at a time, hot water intermittent, tub didn't have any & i specified i needed it for back problems. TV is tiny & no heat. Fireplace in totally separate room at corner of house & found small space heater in closet, which no one informed me of before arriving even though i expressed concern over being chilly at night. He DOES ask you not to use it much. Windows don't shut completely & are everywhere so it is drafty! No microwave. The neighbors played LOUD music outside all hours, even until dawn, mangy dogs & trash everywhere.

Charged $50 extra for housekeeper to come on Jan 1 but informed them i was staying in Ajijic 12/31 because of noise & no phone to call cab to airport. Had to pay expensive rate for late reservation on NewYr's eve but got no refund for the $50 & for 1 day less stay, & i gave cleaner 2 days off week before! After he accused me of damages to rooms i didn't even use!

Rental agent very unhelpful, even with arrival. Setting lovely, house charming but NOT worth the hassle!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is very sad. All of the emails that I received from this woman were rude, and misstated so many things it's hard to know where to start. She complainded about the staff. They have been with the home for 17 years and are spectacular in every respect. The fact that she didn't like them speaks way more to her personality than it does to them. After reading her angry, negative and pointless review, I have concluded that she is a very sad person. I wish her well and I will be more discrinating when renting. I hope she can get over her anger and agressiveness.

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Car: recommended

Natural hot thermal pools and beautiful spas. This is real Mexico with beauty & comfort! The crafts of Talaquepaque & Tonala are only 30 minutes away

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Rates & Availability

From $300 Per week

Jocotepec House Rental Rates

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Refundable damage deposit $300
Notes There is an additional charge of $100 per week for each person over two
One half of the rental fee is due at time of reservation and the balance is due 60 days before the rental begins
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Amenities

Jocotepec House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
IPod speaker dock,22in.flat panel DVD player in the master bedroom with up to date DVDs, Washer/Dryer, New decorator open shower in master bathroom with 4 stained glass windows, Garden fountain, Maid & gardener included in rental cost, Property within walled 1 acre, Interior is painted in bold, but tastefull Mexican color motif, There is beautiful Mexican folk art from numerous master crafts artists in every room

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