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Beautiful Villa in Lush Walled Garden

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Zona Centro House Rental Photos and Description

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

This light filled, two bedroom villa, in the large walled garden of our 200 year old historic home in the center of San Miguel awaits you. 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.

Newly renovated with skylights and glass paneled French doors,the villa has spacious, bright and sunny rooms to enhance your holiday enjoyment. The living room, incorporates the original stone garden 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. Our large master-suite has a king size bed, which can be converted into two twins if you prefer, TV, fireplace, walk in closet and ensuite bathroom The second bedroom has a queen size bed, fireplace and ensuite 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. In the main house,a queen sized bedroom with en-suite bath and fireplace can be reserved at reasonable nightly rates for overflow guests of villa occupants. A one bedroom casita on the same property is also available for rent. vrbo #181896. Total sleeping accommodations could number 9 with the use of 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. Wireless internet throughout.

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, theaters, art galleries and supermarkets are all within easy walking distance.

The Canadian owner lives on site and can assist you to arrange transportation to and from any of the area airports.

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Ruth Hayward
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
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Calendar last updated:
July 15, 2016
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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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based on 24 traveler reviews

Beautiful Villa in Lush Walled Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

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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The Best Location, The Best Villa, The Very Best Hostess!.

  • 5 of 5

I knew from the first conversation that Ruth would help me make this trip a winner for my friends' first trip to SMA. Her home is lovely, the location is perfect, and her assistance invaluable. Thank you again, Ruth

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, California

Paradise in San Miguel de Allende

  • 5 of 5

It was obvious from the very first communications that Ruth was going to be incredibly helpful in making our first trip to San Miguel special. She lives on the property, is delightful to talk to, warm and informative. She made many suggestions as well as some reservations for us. The extent of her assistance was unexpected and totally terrific.

We stayed in "The Villa". It consists of two bedrooms (with totally comfortable beds) and a combined living room/kitchen/dining room - all are situated along the porch overlooking the property and all have their own full bathroom. It is a perfect set-up for two couples or a family (although it was just the two of us staying there). Casa Mandu is beautifully decorated and landscaped and centrally located just a few blocks from the central plaza.

We were enchanted by this special place on earth and can't wait to return to San Miguel, Casa Mandu and to great conversations with Ruth.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Need to exhale and enjoy tranquility, the Ruth Hayward’s Casa Manu is my recommendation. Both the larger Villa or the smaller casita are a centrally located, flat part of the town, to use as home base and enjoy the magic San Miguel Allende can serve up to visitors who are open to it’s many charms.

Both accommodations are welcoming abodes, tastefully and thoughtfully decorated by the owner. The grounds contain gardens and plants typical of aristocratic old Mexico, and are kept in tip top shape by the gardening staff. The housekeeping staff will do light housekeeping duties daily and a once a week heavier cleaning of your accommodations. Everyone at Casa Mandu is of good cheer, and helpful.

Both the villa and casita are priced right for what one receives in return. I am a retired major airline employee, and have been around the travel and accommodations block. It’s my opinion that both the villa and casita are priced right for what one receives in return. I plan on returning in the spring, and once again will make Casa Mandu my first choice visiting San Miguel.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Quinta, CA

A gracious hostess and a beautiful garden property in the heart of town

  • 5 of 5

We are just back from a month in "The Villa" at Casa Mandu and couldn't recommend it more highly. It is such a beautiful property, hidden behind unassuming walls. The property is well maintained by a friendly and highly competent staff. The beds are VERY comfy and the indoor/outdoor areas make it a relaxing getaway. However, the best part of the property is Ruth, the owner. Although we had been to San Miguel before and came armed with the requisite guide books, Ruth was invaluable pointing out music and restaurants and events that we would never have found on our own. We felt like we had our own private concierge. By the end of our stay, she even organized a farewell wine party for us and our other new found friends staying in the "Casita" below but also on the property. Oh, and I forgot, the other important feature is the proximity to Le Jardin (the main town square). Taxis are inexpensive but this town is a walking town. Bring your tennis shoes or rubber soled shoes...the cobblestones are quite slippery especially in the rain. I would not hesitate to recommend this property and hope to come back in the future. We miss you already Ruth!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • 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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Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
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
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • 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

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