|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Location: Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico
Unlock the door in the wall and step into flower filled grounds with abundant fruit trees, tropical birds, a solar heated pool, and enough space for a game of croquette or bocce ball.
This 4,800 s.f. home is nestled in the foothills of Ajijic with views of Lake Chapala. The 2 story residence is about 3/4 mile from the city center of this tranquil English-speaking town and only 40 minutes from historic Guadalajara.
The villa provides the perfect getaway and is the ideal location for lazy days of sunning, swimming, bird watching, sipping margaritas, or reading. In the evenings you can enjoy superb meals at charming nearby restaurants or create your own meals in the villa's gourmet kitchen and eat on one of the outdoor terraces. The balmy breezes and quiet nights will soothe and revive you; and when you are revived, you can work online or keep in touch with folks back home using our wi-fi and high speed internet connections and VOIP set to your USA area code.
This walled property features 2 master suites, four terraces, abundant fruit trees and a view of Lake Chapala.
I am a retired lawyer and my husband is a retired teacher. We live in the E. Bay Area of Northern California and get down to Mexico about twice a year.
The Owner purchased this villa in 2005
My husband and I visited Ajijic for 4 days in the summer of 2005. Before we left, we bought this house! It was the most impulsive thing we had ever done, especially since we were not planning to move to Mexico. However, we love having a home in the magical little town of Ajijic. And now that we are sharing it with our guests, it makes sense to keep it.
For me it's all about the tranquility. We have the mountains in back of us, the lake down below, and tropical birds splashing in the fountain in front of the terraza. I'm a golfer so I play at Chula Vista just about every day when we're there. My husband is a computer guy so he spends most of his days online. But we eat out most nights -- so that is our together time. Also we're both readers so we bring a stack of books and magazines and catch up on our reading in Ajijic.
Thank you very much, Mimi, for allowing us to spend time in your beautiful home. There were three of us so we each had our own room and plenty of space, the gardens surrounding your home are absolutely spectacular, we enjoyed going out in the mornings for coffee and late afternoons for wine. It was a very nice gesture to have fresh flowers throughout the house upon arrival, they held up until we left. My only regret is that we didn't book for a longer stay, one week is too short. We are discussing a return trip next year!
This is a lovely property....so nice, in fact, that we are returning for a month in February, 2016. Our 45 days this year passed quickly, largely because of the wonderful garden and birds that entranced us. If you are a birder, the fountain visitors will captivate you. We used the pool daily, as well as having private massages on the decks and going to the thermal baths in San Juan Cosala.
The villa is great for 2 couples, there is so much privacy. Be aware that the master suite upstairs does not have a door, so anyone in the computer room will know everything you are doing. The stairway to the Master is also rather open and steep, so if you have mobility issues it may be a problem. The 3rd bedroom is a nice size and has a private bath attached.
The house is at least a 30 minute walk from the plaza (which we did not mind) with a steep hill on the return side. However, cabs are easy to get and charge about $3 back to the house. We did not miss a car at all. There is a nice, basic grocery/liquor store, fish market and meat market within a 10 minute walk. Also many nice restaurants nearby. But we chose to spend every morning by the fountain bird watching, and each evening watching the sun go down over the lake. A perfect place for sunshine and relaxation.
It's hard to write a review that does this beautiful villa and its owner justice. Mimi is the perfect hostess in absentia but easily reachable on-line or by 'phone and more than attentive to her guests needs, her property manager quick to answer any requests or questions and a delight to talk to, her gardeners and housekeeper unobtrusive but a joy to have around. The garden is quite simply paradise (and this from an avid and informed gardener!), full of birdsong and colour as others have borne witness to and with a full sized solar-heated swimming pool. Tuesday's organic market is close by and Wednesday's craft and food market an inexpensive bus ride away. This is a special hideaway in a delightful town with friendly natives, where hidden restaurants abound and an active ex-pat community centre provides myriad activities from yoga to bridge to dvd and book libraries for those who are lucky enough to come to stay for extended visits and who crave more activity than lounging within the walls of this special place. Thank you Mimi. Five stars +++
Hola Mimi and what a wonderful way to have spent our 50th anniversary at Rio Nazas 34 with both family and friends. Ajijic is truly a bit of paradise and your home is so accommodating and peaceful. Every day was a joy to wake up with views from the master bedroom as the sun rose over lake Chapala and the distant mountains. The memories of our family joining us for meals on one of the three patios or around the pool will stay with us forever.Watching sunsets from the upper deck while sipping some wine.....what could be better!!!. There are so many wonderful restaurants near by but our favorites would include: #4 RESTAURANT for those very special occasions, LA UNA at their new location for great food and dancing, TANGO is not to be missed on the lower part of Colon St. nor LOS TELAROS right across the street. Other favorites would include ADELITA'S for Tuesday rib night and Friday dancing, MARIA ISABEL on the beach (Malecon) for the crepes and cappacino, PRANZO on the Carretera for an excellent lunch, LA BAMBOLA in west Ajijic for the very best in wood fired Pizza and AVIVA MEXICO in near by San Juan Cosala for a truly Mexican dinner experience. Future guests can request in advance to be included on a weekly email from FRANCIS DRYDEN with all the highlights of musical entertainment going on at the local restaurants. Her contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org We really loved everything about your beautiful Villa Mimi and would forward to coming back in the future.
Best regards, Bob & Lynn Mills, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
'And what more will I say?' Mimi is the best & so is Rio Nazas! From the moment you walk in through the beautiful gate you feel as though you are walking into your own little piece of PARADISE - a "secret garden" to delight you every day of your stay. At every turn, beautiful flowers, birds & birdsongs. A breathtaking view of lake & mountains beyond, whenever you lift your gaze from the beauty closer at hand. Then, there is your 'home away from home'; Spacious, clean, beautifully decorated, comfortable beds, fully-outfitted kitchen, gas BBQ grill, TV's, WiFi, FREE phone to US, games, books (including local recommendations), sound system, pool - we enjoyed them all! Quite the long-distance hostess, Mimi has her lovely property manager, Ellen, bring fresh flower arrangements to further greet you. Aah, the total ambiance of the place! We would like to keep this as our own private find, but we can't stop sharing our pictures & information about this wonderful property. From the 'great crowd' of English-speaking new 'friends' that we made, we even had a small, BBQ dinner party the last night of our stay to share the experience. We are very anxious to return to the Ajijic area & Rio Nazas. Further afield, we truly enjoyed walking around Ajijic & the malecon absorbing the fascinating collage of brightly-colored buildings, profusion of flowers, peeks into garden courtyards, sounds, & people. Just one of our highlights was the Choc-Lan in San Juan Cosala where we enjoyed drinks & a beautiful meat & cheese board appetizer under the huge, open-air palapa overlooking the most gorgeous panorama of lake & mountains. We also took advantage of Mimi's facilitated recommendation for airport pick-up & rental car from Mark. GREAT CHOICE! - Prompt pick-up; clean, reasonably priced, reliable older, insured car (no worries about possible little "dings" you may get); on top of that an honest, Englishman fluent in Spanish. What an easy, comfortable way to come & go! 'For time will fail me if I go on to relate about' the beauties of the people & the area & Rio Nazas. You must personally see to believe. Go, Enjoy, & See what we have had the privilege to experience!
MIMI - Thank you for sharing your "PARADISE FOUND".
FABULOUS, AMAZING, WONDERFUL! Yes, Rio Nazas #34 is all of those things, but it is also a home. And the minute we walked into the garden, then into the house, it felt like our home. I stopped and twirled around and said "we get to live here for 4 weeks!" Truly, we had an amazing time during our stay there.
The VRBO listing and photos don't begin to do justice to this property-it is stunning! The home itself is spotless and perfectly set up for living there. There were several 20 liter bottles of water in the pantry, plenty of dishes and wine glasses (very important), beach towels for the pool, golf clubs (which we didn't use), lots of books (also very important) and games - everything to make us feel comfortable. And fresh flowers were left for us several times during our stay! And the view...it is one of the finest features of the home. From each terrazza it is different and compelling. The lake and mountains are inspiring at any time, but sunrise and sunset are exceptional. We were there during the rainy season, and it did rain, but only at night; come morning the clouds were caught on the peaks of the green mountains and made us feel like we were in Hawai'i.
The location is excellent. We were far enough from the village that the sound of all-night roosters, church bells, rockets, and car alarms weren't so loud - but close enough that we could walk to the village and down to the malecon (and back, all uphill, of course!). We could walk to the French bakery (phenomenal croissants & brioche), several restaurants (Yves, Tabarka, Frida's), the organic tiengas on Tuesdays and the Ajijic tiengas on Wednesdays. But every time we left, we couldn't wait to return - and usually jump right in the pool!
We had guests while we were there - so we ended up with 5 adults sharing the home and it easily accommodated us all. The beds were all comfortable, everyone was able to come and go on their own schedule without disturbing the others. We did develop a ritual - whoever got up first put on the coffee, and eventually we all ended up on the front terrazza sipping coffee and tea, and watching the hummingbirds and butterflies in the garden.
Mimi (the owner) was wonderful - we had several long conversations before we traveled to Ajijic, and her love of her home and Ajijic shows through in every room. In sum, we hope to return next summer for 2 months!
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa
Golf: There are 2 great golf courses near the house. The first is Chula Vista, a small, visually stunning nine hole course with no electric carts. The caddies, some of them English-speaking are wonderful and knowledgeable. Most golfers play this course twice. Chula Vista is about 3 miles from the house.
The Chapala Country Club also has a nine hole course, providing an 18 hole option. This course is longer than the course at Chula Vista and and has electric carts. It is a lovely place to play, about 20 minutes from the house.
There are also several world class courses in Mexico, several of which are in Guadalajara. Guadalajara is 45 - 60 minutes away from Rio Nazas #34.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
Oct 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59.00|
|Notes||These rates are for a maximum of 4 adults and unlimited children. There is a surcharge of fifty dollars ($20) per adult per night for every adult above the 4 included in the rate schedule.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.