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Hollywoods hidden treasure and historic property in gringo gulch

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 5 Bedrooms + Attached Unit, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Villa Leonarda is a 5 bedroom villa

**See rates below; Can be rented as a 4 bedroom or 5 bedroom with a small variation in price.

Villa Leonarda is a Riverfront property located at the heart of Puerto Vallarta in the artsy neighborhood known as Gringo Gulch.

Local hardwoods, adobe bricks and handcrafted tiles make up the organic structure of the house where period pieces of furniture alternate with artwork signed by renowned Mexican contemporary artists.

The Villa consists of two buildings with two bedrooms and two well-appointed bathrooms each, separated by the swimming-pool with heating system, and a spacious central patio surrounded by lush tropical, enhanced by the sound of the river rushing by. It is ideal for sunbaths and pool parties during the day, and candlelit dinners and cocktail parties at night.

A very historic home from the early days of Puerto Vallarta, designed in the traditional colonial style, with all rooms opening onto a huge central courtyard with heated pool, fountains and gardens that overlook river, mountain and jungle. Ocean views and sunsets can be enjoyed from the expansive rooftop terrace.

Three foot thick stucco walls, arches, high ceilings, trestle doors, hacienda style wooden shutters, antique wrought iron and vintage hand made tiles are the distinctive design details of this century old master piece. The villa has been completely renovated in recent years; the bedrooms have air conditioning, kitchen and baths have been modernized - all while retaining the integrity of the original architecture.

The romantic bedrooms are hung with flowing muslin and mosquito netting; the decor is eclectic and chic. Antiques and unique period pieces are mixed with imported furnishings and original paintings by famous artists, all set against large palms and dramatic lighting. The ambiance at night is often described as “magical”.

The original owner, Xavier de la Torre, was a famous clothing designer close friends with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Villa Leonarda was a celebrity hangout during the 1960s and the mystique lives on; it is still a gathering place for artists, writers, movie stars and intellectuals. Angelica Huston and brother, Danny Huston, have attended VIP cocktails hosted at the villa for the Puerto Vallarta Film Festival, following in the footsteps of their famous director father, who used to play poker with friends around the pool. Internationally acclaimed artist Alejandro Colunga and photographer Gabriel Figueroa, Jr. are also frequent guests at the villa.

Property includes:

- 4 or 5 bedrooms each equiped with A/C and ensuite bath

- Huge central courtyard with heated pool, fountains and lush gardens

-Rate includes cook service for one meal per day, breakfast or early lunch, dinner service extra. Tips and cost of food and beverage not included.

- Breathtaking views of river, mountain and jungle

- Large Rooftop sundeck with ocean views, perfect for sunset

- Impressive art collection; designer furnishings and antiques

- Charming staff with many years of experience

- Netflix TV, DVD and stereo sound system with speakers in living area and courtyard/pool area

- Wireless internet

- Partial staff with cook and maid service daily except Sunday and holidays.

- Great central location in the heart of Old Town Puerto Vallarta, within blocks of world class dining, shopping and popular Los Muertos Beach. Three blocks to the Malecon boardwalk and main plaza.

- Climbing Puerto Vallarta’s hills is not necessary at this villa; Leonarda is located on a flat street next to the Rio Cuale in the center of Old Town.

- Kid friendly, few stairs

- The perfect venue for events and weddings, please inquire as an event fee applies

Bedroom Information:

- 4 bedroom rate sleeps 8 persons / 5 bedroom rate sleeps 10

- 2 bedrooms with terrace, 1 bedroom opens onto a lovely pool area with fountain, 1 bedroom overlooks the river

More Details

Vallarta Dream Rentals
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 29, 2017

What makes this villa unique

Villa Leonarda is an oasis in the middle of the City. When looking from the outside you never imagine what's hidden behind its walls.

One of the great classic villas from the jet set days of the 1960s, recently updated with an urbane sophisticated style and upscale art and furnishings, Villa Leonarda evokes a glamorous age when Hollywood ruled Puerto Vallarta. Behind the stately hacienda walls, you will step into a magical world of beauty, charm and grace.

Villa Leonarda offers a unique experience that connects with the City history in a traditional Mexican architecture but renewed, fully equipped to provide a comfortable and sophisticated stay.


Centro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Bathroom located near the pool
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3: Obelisco - 1 king
    Bedroom 4: Pueblito - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2: Tapanco - 1 king
    Bedroom 1: El Arbol - 1 king
    Bedroom 5: El Rio - 1 queen
  • Each bedroom is equipped with an ensuite bathroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Any additional service or request you may have please let me know and we can gladly assist you to the best of our ability to ensure you have a memorable vacation.


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Hollywoods hidden treasure and historic property in gringo gulch
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 13 reviews

Beware! Great place and visit - but security deposit not returned and messages have gone unanswered

  • 2 of 5

There is new management for this villa so my problem may be a new one and not observed in previous experiences.

I'd look elsewhere....

My family and I had stayed over Thanksgiving week and honestly the house was beautiful. The location, pool and facilities were all great and we had an excellent time.

However...on our return, the security deposit has not been returned. I have emailed the host, contacted via message on VRBO, and all attempts have gone silent. I spoke with Vallarta Rentals, the mgmt company, but they say it is out of their hands. I have filed a complaint with VRBO, but wanted to highlight such a pain after an otherwise pleasant visit.

Hoping for a quick resolution to highlight the good points, but currently, the experience is very flawed.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Andrew, We apologize for the delay on the security refund, it really was in the hands of Vallarta Rentals as they were representing the owner at the time of your reservation and during your stay, its really a shame they didnt assist you as they should have, and caused this pleasant experience to be a pain. As you can see this is why they are no longer representing the owner and the property. Now under new management, we have refunded your security deposit. Thank you for your patience and we hope to see you again in Villa Leonarda.
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Ciudad de México

Absolut paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Charming villa, fill with vegetation, art and comfort. Open spaces, beautiful river view, bohemian decoration with all the amenities to get your needs covered.

You don't need to get out the villa but if you do, cannot ask for better location, two blocks from the Malecón, two from Market of Cuale's river.

We just loved it!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Copenhagen Denmark

Oasis in downtown

  • 5 of 5

The place is full of charm and bohemian atmosphere. Personal details all over and non traditional rooms. Close to the river and full of vegetation the estate is located just a couple of steps from the "malecon" where you can find all type of entertainment.

This is a place to come and relax. No need to get out. The staff is very friendly and willing to accommodate special demands regarding food cravings.

This is Mexico at its Best. We ll definitivt come back. We miss it so much.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Leslie and her entire team were excellent from the start! They answered questions in a timely manner, were very friendly and the staff were excellent in handling all requests(even last minute). The property is perfect.Quiet yet fun and close to town.

Only complaint - I wish I had more time!

Thank you again for a perfect stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Edina, Minnesota, USA

Historic Beauty, Convenient Location, Modern Amenities

  • 5 of 5

When we booked Villa Leonarda for our three-generation family beach vacation, we hoped it would be a comfortable base of relaxation during our exploration of Puerto Vallarta. It was so much more! From the first step inside the unpretentious door we were overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the place with its lush plantings and tasteful décor. It is a beautiful combination of modern amenities, lovely art, and attention to history. The location is exactly what we required. An easy walk to the beach for the time you prefer the ocean to the villa's heated pool, and walking distance to anyplace in town including fabulous restaurants featuring any type of food you have a yen for.

Sergio and Leslie were the perfect hosts, and staff members Delia and Josefina took great care of the villa (and of us) making us feel right at home. Deliia's cooking is absolutely delicious. It was a special contribution to the family birthdays which we celebrated with a party while at Villa Leonarda. Leslie's assistance was also invaluable in planning for the party. We would all definitely recommend the villa as the perfect location for any type of celebration.

Everyone returned home relaxed and rejuvenated. We were able to enjoy each others' company in ways that would not have been possible at a resort or hotel. Villa Leonarda afforded each of us plenty of private space both personally and as a family group. This vacation left us with many happy, warm memories that we cherish always. Thank you, Sergio and Leslie!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara, It was a pleasure to have host you and your family in Villa Leonarda back in February. We were so happy to participate in making this vacation something to remember for your loved ones, specially during the birthday party for your son's. You have a fun and beautiful family!!! Thank you for staying with us and certainly hope to host you again sometime in the near future. Cheers!!!
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Wunderschoene Ferien!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten eine wundervolle Zeit hier in der Villa Leonarda. Es war total entspannend, ruhig und extrem sauber.

Jedes Zimmer war liebevoll eingerichtet und bot alles was wir uns wuenschten. Das Haus liegt in der Innenstadt, aber auch zum Strand ist es nicht weit.

Die Vermieten sind immer hilfsbereit und lesen einem jeden Wunsch von den Augen.

Perfekt fuer Familien oder kleineren Gruppen (5 grosse Zimmer). Eine wunderschoene, freie Kueche laed zum gemeinsamen Kochen ein.

Wir koennen dieses Haus auf jeden Fall jedem empfehlen, wir haben es hier sehr genossen.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Art and art-crafts sales, painting and yoga workshops on request. Private events like birthday parties, wedding and cocktail parties allowed. Ask for events guidelines.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.