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Our Guests Say Our Two Bedroom Villa in historic center is "Heaven On Earth!"

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Read our reviews and you will decide to spend your vacation at our Garden Villa in San Miguel. "Heaven on Earth", "soooo affordable", "Exceeded our expectations" "paradise in San Miguel" "ideally situated" "quiet oasis in the center of San Miguel's hustle bustle", "thumbs up!"

Come and experience what the rave reviews are all about. This light filled, two bedroom villa, with it's large walled garden, in San Miguel's historic center is the perfect place to begin your San Miguel vacation. Newly renovated with skylights and glass paneled French doors, the villa is spacious, bright and sunny to enhance your holiday enjoyment. In the garden, a bubbling fountain will soothe away your cares as you read and relax in the shade of our 100 year old mesquite tree. Pomegranate, avocado, orange and lime trees compliment the property and the butterflies and hummingbirds visit daily.

The living room, incorporates an original stone wall, and is beautifully decorated in bright Mexican colors. There is a 40" flat screen t.v and a gas fireplace adds a romantic touch and takes the chill off cool winter evenings. Dining can be enjoyed indoors or alfresco on the villa veranda beside the fountain. Kitchen is fully equipped with full sized fridge and stove, microwave oven and other small appliances. The large master-suite has a king size bed, which can be converted into two twins if you prefer, a gas log fireplace, t.v., walk in closet and en suite bathroom The second bedroom has a queen size bed, fireplace and en suite bathroom. Both bathrooms are decorated with colorful Mexican hand painted sinks and tiles. In the traditional Mexican style, all rooms have glass paneled doors that open to a peaceful garden area. The villa sits in a large walled garden and is part of a complex which includes the owner's main house, and a one bedroom casita. See our short video on this site for an overview of the property. All three units are situated to insure privacy for the occupants. For overflow villa or casita guests visiting for short term, we also offer a queen sized bedroom with en-suite bath and fireplace which can be reserved at reasonable nightly rates.. The one bedroom casita on the same property is also available for rent at vrbo #181896. Total guest sleeping accommodations could number 9 using the villa, the casita, and the guest suite in the main house, making this a perfect location for family reunions or a group gathering. Maid service is provided daily and is included in the rental price. There is reliable and fast speed Wireless internet throughout the property..

Located in the historic center of town, we are a short 3 block level walk to the main square,(El Jardin). Historical landmarks, fine restaurants, laundry services, cinemas, pharmacies, food and artisans markets, live theater, art galleries and supermarkets are all within easy walking distance.

The Canadian owner lives on site and is a valuable source of local information and can arrange transportation to and from any of the area airports.

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More Details

Ruth Hayward
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2017

About Ruth Hayward

After traveling the world and living in many countries - Canada, England, France, Italy, India and Brazil, - I discovered the Unesco World Heritage town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 2006 . It was an easy decision to unpack my suitcases and settle down. I could never go back to live in my native Canada and the cold winters. The Spanish colonial architecture delights my eyes as I walk the cobblestone streets. The sun shines daily and the climate suits me to a T. There is an incredible expat community in this town, many are travelers like myself, artists and writers. San Miguel offers a banquet of cultural activities, live theater, music festivals and art openings. And we have one of the largest English libraries in Latin America. As an avid reader this is a big bonus for me. It took two years to convert my old adobe house with large garden into a guest house with, my own home, a two bedroom villa (181940), a one bedroom casita (181896)and a studio apartment. Renovating and decorating is my passion. The main house, which is my home, is an old adobe hacienda style house. The villa is newly constructed using part of an old construction in the garden and the casita has been converted from a wing of the original house.

Ruth Hayward purchased this house in 2007

Why Ruth Hayward chose San Miguel de Allende

The property's great location and the challenge of rescuing an old neglected place and making it beautiful motivated me to buy. Located in the historic center of town where I wanted to make my own home, and it had potential to renovate part of the old historic construction into comfortable rental accommodations Location, Location, Location. Everything within a few minutes walk away. Yet the large garden in the historical center provides a quiet respite from the busy town.

What makes this house unique

Right in the historical heart of San Miguel, you can be in the Jardin, the main square, in a few minutes. There is no need to have a car since everything is close by. Walk the cobblestone streets, lined with flowers on the way to your favorite restaurant. Magic happens here on a daily basis, and at Casa Mandu you are right in the center of it all, but our garden oasis is the perfect place to relax with a book or just sit and watch the butterflies and hummingbirds flit from flower to flower.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a lovely, but entirely too short month, we spent at Casa Mandu. The accommodations were perfect for us ,and our favorite time of day between 5:30/6:00 in the evening, spent on "our porch" overlooking the splendid garden below. We can hardly wait to return.

Martha and Donald
May 2016
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Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (1) King bed can be converted to two twins, Queen size Beds (1) Queen bedroom available in main house on same property
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Our Guests Say Our Two Bedroom Villa in historic center is "Heaven On Earth!"
average rating of 4.857143 based on 31 reviews

Heaven on earth in San Miguel de Allende

  • 5 of 5

For years we have lived and traveled in Asia, Europe and the Americas and, finally, we found heaven in San Miguel and Casa Mandu!

From the airport our van brought us to Casa Mandu past the towering spires of the Paraquilla on the town square, past the Belles Artes and,after a few blocks, to Hernandez Macias #24 where a wooden door opened to reveal a beautiful courtyard. Just around the corner,our incredible single story villa sat along the back of a gorgeous garden

resplendent with the colors of the fruit and flowers growing there. ( there's also a wonderful fountain).

We found the villa to be charming, comfortable and in perfect repair. The location is just what you would want,a short walk to everything but away from the hustle and bustle.

The real gem of Casa Mandu is the owner, Ruth. Not only does she know "everything ", and I mean everything, about San Miguel but she is so gracious in sharing it all. Her knowledge, kindness and willingness to help made our stay

exceptionally enjoyable!

We cannot recommend the Villa at Casa Mandu more highly. It's that place where, when you look at the pictures and

hope it really is that great, lives up to your hopes and much more.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When guests are happy I am happy. These two are coming back next year for two months. I am so grateful for their beautiful review that came unsolicited from me. Ruth
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Ruth, the landlady, is your best friend in Mexico!

  • 5 of 5

Left on Nov 16, 2016 for a stay in Nov 2016

Ruth at Casa Mandu in San Miguel de Allende is the best friend you could have in Mexico. We stayed at her lovely Villa in Early November '16 and although we I thought I had researched the best restaurants in town, her recommendation was better. She got us tickets to a fabulous concert, told us where to find the best shops in town, called out for pizza on a rainy night and generally saved us a lot of time and trouble. The villa itself has a lovely courtyard, is fully equipped and has daily maid service! The bed and pillows were comfy and there is a purified water tap in the kitchen. The Villa is only 4 or 5 blocks from the central square in town, called the Jardin, so we could walk most everywhere without constantly having to flag down a taxi, which would have been necessary if Casa Mandu wasn't in such a prime location. And our whole vacation was soooo affordable compared to anything in Europe or the states. Say hi to Ruth for us!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When guests are happy, I am happy! Ruth
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Montréal, Canada

Quiet, clean, green and sympathetic !

  • 5 of 5

...And close to all cultural offers... !! That's our experience at Casa Mandu !

See you soon Ruth !

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worst experience in 50 years of traveling

  • 1 of 5

The WORST experience we have ever had in fifty years of traveling!!!!

We arrived mid-afternoon on Saturday to the lovely Casa Mandu. We had reserved the villa for three weeks of quiet, rest, and study. Husband was to stay a week, wife spending the three weeks in an intensive Spanish course that included hours of “homework.”

On Monday construction began on the next door house. Drilling, drilling, directly into the wall behind the master bed. Horrible. The noise filled the entire villa – the first week from 7:00 – 9 or 10:00 at night. We could not use the villa – sleep late, relax, study, have dinner. The whole place shook. We were told it would end in a couple of days and the “noise” would stop at 2:00 every day. We were paid $400 for the “inconvenience.” Then we were told it would not stop at 2:00 every day, and it continued. We began to look for another accommodation, calling friends, friends of friends, searching the internet, walking the streets. (No luck – it was Day of the Dead time!) Our owner said that if I stayed, she would refund a total of half the rent. If I left she would refund all of the rent. Husband’s entire vacation week was ruined. Construction noise, usually concentrated directly against our villa wall, continued on and off for two more weeks – starting at 7:00 in the morning. I stayed away as much as possible, but would arrive home late in the afternoon to more drilling.

The owner refused to honor her promise. She and the maid had been “monitoring” the situation and it “really wasn’t so bad.” (She was often away). She will probably deny making the offer.

Also to consider: the description says that the rooms open onto the porch “Mexican Style.” Be aware that this means there is no connection between the bedrooms and the kitchen/living area except along this porch, and one section of the porch that leads from bedrooms to living area is not covered. If it is raining or cold you are exposed moving from space to space. I like to study at random times so I tried to leave the porch light on at night so I could get back and forth without moving through the dark, but the lights were turned off automatically. We were also told it was safe to leave doors unlocked and windows open – that there was always someone there. Not True. And workmen appeared in front of our bedroom when we were trying to get dressed! There seemed to be constant maintenance. And watch out for scorpions!

A miserable and uncomfortable experience for these two world travelers.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: After 8 years of being host at Casa Mandu this is the only negative review we have had. Unfortunately we had no prior knowledge of the pending construction on the neighboring property, nor did we have any control over construction noise during the first week of these guests stay. They arrived on Sunday and the noise of drilling was continual for four days, from Tuesday to Friday of their first week. We told them they could cancel the following two week reservation without a cancellation fee, and gave them a $100 refund per day off their price paid of $125 per day. We did offer a refund if the construction noise continued. For the following two weeks there was no loud continuous noise at the construction site as there had been those first days. The workers were painting and working on finishing touches. And now the boutique hotel construction next door is finished and they are opening this week. We so regret that these guests were put in this situation that was unfortunately out of our control. Please read our other reviews from contented guests before writing off our rental property. Thank you, Ruth Hayward"
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Perfect week in SMA

  • 5 of 5

From the time we booked our trip along up to our stay at Casa Mandu, Ruth answered our questions promptly and while we were there she was the most gracious hostess. Ruth has a most attentive staff that takes care of everything. From the daily cleaning of the room ( Rufina) to the gardener who keeps the courtyard immaculate. We were there during the Mexican Independence holiday...which can be quite lively....throughout the night even. Be prepared for a lot of walking. But not to worry, its all worth it. The food choices in the Centro district are too numerous to name. Ruth suggested a small café that we went to everyday for breakfast. From the small markets to the artists shops to the street vendors selling their small crafts. The location of the property is right in the middle of everything...the Jardin, parades, shops, and restaurants. We have traveled to Riviera Maya for years but this was a first to mountains of Mexico, and its definelty not the last. We can't wait for a return trip to Casa Mandu.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

Colonial Oasis

  • 5 of 5

As I unpack and settle back into home routines, memories of our recent holiday warm my heart. Our visit to San Miguel exceeded our expectations on every level. The geography, climate, history and culture combined with your world-class hospitality made this a truly memorable vacation. Casa Mandu is not only spectacular, it's an oasis of calm, with burbling fountains, hummingbirds, butterflies and gardens. It's also ideally situated for walking to places of interest, historical sites, shopping, dining and yoga. Our host's timely recommendations were spot on. Each day we had an interesting activity, place to visit or musical event to attend. When we got home, we would remark that it had been a perfect day.

The Ex-Pat community adds a lot to the local scene. They have integrated into the fiber of the city and provide a well organized network of social support. There is a lot of mutual respect and pride in the many opportunities and spirit of cooperation in which they have settled into their adopted hometown. We walked all over town, rode public transportation and explored out of the way joints. We never felt unsafe. People were genuinely friendly, helpful, polite and cheerful. Sitting in the plaza, watching families with small children, seniors and youngsters relaxing, laughing, enjoying the fresh air, music and each other, I was reminded or simpler, kinder times. San Miguel is a fascinating combination of history, culture, art and also an attractive destination for foodies, outdoor enthusiasts and health/wellness seekers.

There were so many highlights, that it would be difficult to decide which was the best. Casa Mandu and our host's hospitality were the key to our San Miguel experience. My only regret is that I waited so long to visit. It was the first of many more.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Colonial town in the center of Mexico. Conde Naste travel magazine awarded San Miguel best city in the world in 2013. Cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, Mayan Pyramids, Hot Springs, Unesco World Heritage site


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Summer High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter High Season
Dec 15 2017 - Mar 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

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Refundable damage deposit $250

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