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Richard Harkness

Member since: 2001
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Speaks: english

Best Beachfront House in Sayulita: Hacienda right on the sand!

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

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Private Beachfront House, 5 Bedrooms including Living Room, 4.5 Baths, Sleeps 12

Set amid palm trees at the edge of a white sand beach flecked with gold, stands a gracious Mexican villa with a broad shaded veranda, offering an unobstructed view of the warm Pacific Ocean only steps away.

This grand hacienda is private and peaceful, within walking distance of the center of the charming village of Sayulita. Complete with housekeeper at no additional charge and the option of having a private cook prepare meals at your request for a nominal fee, this is the perfect vacation home for a luxurious but uncomplicated beachside holiday.The villa consists of a main house with 2 master bedrooms, a living room (which can be configured as a 5th bedroom), a dining room and a large fully equipped kitchen, plus a separate 'casita', or guest house, just a few steps across the small courtyard, consisting of 2 non-connected bedrooms.

The waves are often gentle enough for leisurely swims right in front of the villa, because of the smooth sandy bottom in our choice location. However, because on other parts of the beach, the ocean bottom changes to cobblestones, we are fortunate to have within sight of the house, two surf breaks that have some of the best and most consistently ride able waves along Mexico's Pacific Gold Coast. Down the beach, about 7 houses south of our villa, is the fast and exciting, left hand surf break. The more forgiving and fun, right hand break, which was the site of the Mexican National Surf Contest, is only a short stroll beyond that. Sayulita is becoming internationally known as an excellent spot for the experienced surfer as well as an ideal place for those eager to learn.

MASTER BEDROOM #1 features a king-sized bed with a carved stone headboard, an exceptionally spacious bathroom and a fabulous view of the ocean including the surf break. There is built in Air Conditioning in all 4 bedrooms, including this one.

MASTER BEDROOM #2 is even bigger than Master #1. It has its own private entrance, private bathroom and also has the option of being connected by a common door to Master Bedroom #1. It is spacious enough to easily accommodate a king sized bed and two other single beds. It can alternately be provided with 4 single beds. It is light and airy and like all the bedrooms, it has a fabulous view of the ocean. Like all 4 of the bedrooms, Master Bedroom #2 has built in Air Conditioning.

The HIDEAWAY BEDROOM has its own separate entrance, and it normally comes with two single beds which can be configured as a king if requested. It also has a toilet in an alcove of the room behind a shell curtain and a hot water sink “ensuite”. Its window provides a view of the ocean, shaded by mature tropical trees. Because of its situation, this room is ideal for teenagers or others seeking privacy. This bedroom has it's own individually controlled Air conditioning.

The upstairs EAGLES NEST BEDROOM was originally designed as an artists’ studio by the owners. It is accessed by an outdoor stairway covered with hand painted Mexican tiles. The Eagles Nest has unmatched views of the ocean and jungle as it is the only bedroom which has some windows facing in all 4 directions. This spacious, light filled, room comes furnished with a king sized bed to provide a very romantic and very private nest with a sweeping view of the beach and jungle below. The room is ample enough that, as an alternative, it can easily accommodate a king and 2 single beds or 4 single beds if arrangements are made in advance. This art studio/bedroom now contains its own brand new bathroom, with toilet, shower, glass sink and granite countertop. All bedrooms have ceiling fans, plus all 4 bedrooms also have their own, built in, individually controlled Air Conditioning.

BEDROOM #5: Because the spacious living room is a mirror image of Master Bedroom #1, and it too has an exceptionally large bathroom of it’s own, it can be used as 5th Bedroom, with single or king bed, if specifically requested. Guests generally use the broad shaded veranda as their living room and dining room, because the weather is usually so inviting that everyone wants to spend as much time as possible on the veranda with the beach spread out before them only steps away.

In summary: We are right on the beach, close enough to easily stroll into the center of town yet just far enough to be private quiet and peaceful. We can see both surf breaks from the house and easily walk right to them. We are on the desirable north side of Sayulita, but we don't need to climb any hills and we are still so close to the restaurants and shops and surf breaks, that we don't need to get in car to easily participate in everything the town has to offer. There are many great restaurants in Sayulita and we have a large, fully equipped kitchen, so sometimes we take advantage of the fact that we can hire our sweet and trusted housekeeper Delia to cook us an authentic Mexican meal for a very reasonable price. I am confident that everyone in your group will be delighted if you get to stay at what renters keep telling us is the best beachfront house in Sayulita

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Richard Harkness (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Richard Harkness

For many years I was an editor of motion pictures and television in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. My wife is a fine artist/painter who grew up outside of New York City and spent her summers at their beach house on the Jersey Shore. My wife's family are Canadians who live all across Canada from Montreal to the Canadian Rockies to British Columbia. Our daughter grew up in California, loves to swim and now that we have a house on the beach in Mexico, she became fluent in Spanish and she even learned to surf.

Richard Harkness purchased this house in 2001

Why Richard Harkness chose Sayulita

Although we have traveled all over the world to places like Bali, Hawaii, Guatemala, Europe, El Salvador, Canada, both coasts of the USA and many places in Mexico, we didn't get to Sayulita until 2000. It was the perfect little fishing village that we had been looking for, where the food is good, the local people are friendly, it's a quick easy flight from the USA, and it was the prettiest curve of beach we had ever seen. By 2001 we went back to buy a vacation home and found this perfect house right on the beach. My wife Sharon loved the classic hacienda style of the house and all the elegant antiques that came with it. My daughter Heather loved the fact that it was right on a soft sand beach where she could swim and play, and I loved that I could see two fabulous surf breaks that I could stroll down the beach to surf, within sight of the house. Less than a year after we purchased it, we loved it so much that we decided to live there full time, which we did for a year and a half to seize the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the culture, learn Spanish, and really get to enjoy this fabulous spot. We now live in Santa Barbara and visit the warm tropical waters of Sayulita as often as we can, but since we can't be there year round, we like being able to share it's pleasures with others.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Richard , just a late note to let you know that everything at the house went great during our stay. Delia was very helpful. As you said, the location is fantastic and town is convenient. The whole family had a wonderful time and we are hoping we get another chance next year.
Jan 2011
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)
Best Beachfront House in Sayulita: Hacienda right on the sand!
average rating of 4.75 based on 38 reviews
5

Fabulous house on the beach

  • 5 of 5

Richard - We had a lovely stay at your place in Sayulita! Thank you so much for the wonderful accommodations and for providing us all the information about the house and the town. We thoroughly enjoyed relaxing at the house, spending time on the beach, and checking out the town. Looking forward to a future stay at your place!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burlington, VT USA
5

Ideal spot in Sayulita

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this house in Feb 2016 and had a wonderful vacation. Prior to the trip Richard did an excellent job of communicating regarding the house, arrival, etc.

Our flight arrived late, but thanks to Richard's instructions we were able to find the house and get in without a problem. The house itself is perfectly situated - walking distance to the action, but located in the quieter part of the beach. At night, all you hear is the sound of the waves. This proved key as friends of ours rented a house closer to town and had a lot of noise problems.

The house is very well equipped with everything you need. Tons of beach/bath towels, multiple washer/dryers, etc. Our only quibble is that the front door can be tricky to lock or unlock. It is a handmade door and just takes a few tries, but can be frustrating until you get the hang of it.

The only other thing worth noting is that the turn off to the street where the house is located is quite steep - it is easy to bottom out your rental car if you are not careful. Not a big deal, but just worth noting so that you don't damage your car.

I won't spend a ton of time repeating all the wonderful things other reviewers have already said. Suffice it to say this is a lovely beach home and you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect family vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just returned from a wonderful week at Casa Aguila. The location of the house is perfect. The north beach is calmer and the sand is nicer compared to the main beach. The house is so close to the beach that we often didn't even bring towels down with us. This was perfect with our two young kids. Hard to beat the views from the porch any time of day. It was great to head back to the house mid day and escape the hot sun while still feeling like we were outside at the beach. We spent most nights on the porch as well. We used Antonio's car service to get from the airport to the house. Our driver was Hugo and he was courteous, friendly, and informative. He took us to a supermarket on the way to Sayulita. Once in town, we rented a golf cart and easily got around everywhere we wanted including Playa Los Muertos on the southern end of town. It was <10 minutes to get to downtown and we found wonderful restaurants on the north side of town near Casa Aguila thanks to Richard's recommendations. Richard is very responsive and a wealth of information regarding all things Sayulita. He was very easy to work with. The house is beautifully maintained and Delia the housekeeper is wonderful. We can't wait to be back to Sayulita again. We will definitely be returning to Casa Aguila.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jim and Nancy

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Sayulita and your beautiful home. Beach walks, surfing, massages by Marcello, and the incredible cooking by Delia were all fantastic. We enjoyed the style of your house and of course the great location and landscape. It was quite crowded starting Thursday, but, as you know being up the beach at your place really helped save us from much of the crowd. Thanks so much. Kind regards, Jim and Nancy

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is quite gratifying to know that these renters so thoroughly enjoyed staying at our beachfront house, particularly during the week called Semana Santa, that leads up to Easter Sunday, which can traditionally be the most popular week of the year in Latin American coastal towns. It is nice to hear that being up the beach at our ideal location really helped save them from much of the crowd and that they loved our housekeepers cooking and getting massages from an expert masseuse who comes right to our house, which is a wonderful luxury.
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A very special spot

  • 5 of 5

We've been missing Sayulita since the day we got back - this is a truly very special spot in town. Nothing beats doing yoga on the veranda facing the ocean!

This was our third trip to Sayulita and first at this property. We stayed for 10 days and found the location spectacular. We held our wedding ceremony on the beach in front of the hacienda and hosted the reception on the grounds. Our guests were raving about the venue, and it was relaxing to stay on premises before and after the big day.

Delia and her helpers were thoughful, helpful, and discreet. We felt well taken care of during our stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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TELLURIDE, CO
5

AN UNFORGETTABLE VACATION

  • 5 of 5

Yes, Sayulita has changed a bit in the last 12 years but it still has a wonderful locals flavor. Your home was perfect for our family. As you said it is a lot easier, especially with two little ones, being right on the beach. Thank you for the beach towels! Delia prepared 3 meals for us which also made dinner time much easier, although I wish we could have tried a few more restaurants. Next time when the boys are older. We did eat at Don Pedro’s and Miro Vino – thank you for the recommendations. Our transportation to/from the airport with Antonio Garcia couldn’t have been easier – prompt and courteous. Also was great having a golf cart reserved to cart the young and old around town. We will recommend your home to anyone we hear is visiting Sayulita.

Thank you so much for helping us with an unforgettable family vacation. Becky

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Puerto Vallarta International Airport =40 minutes
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
LaTerrazola Beachfront Restaurant & Bar 2 blocks
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Four Seasons,Vista Vallarta, El Tigre, Flamingos.
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Highway 200 to Puerto Vallarta
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
LaTerrazola, beachfront restaurant is 2 blocks
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Sayulita Beach
Car: not necessary

To see our location better, on the above MAP click on the word "SATELLITE" in the upper right hand corner. Then to zoom in, click several times on the "+" in the upper LEFT corner of the map. Our property has very broad beach frontage, right on the sand. We are situated a good distance from our neighbors on either side and are fortunate to have a large grove of mature coco palms and manicured lawn as the neighboring property behind us. The sandy ocean bottom right in front of our house makes it a safer place to swim than practically anywhere along the entire beach, except for any body surfing or boogie boarding, go right in front of Don Pedros restaurant on the beach in the town center, only a short walk from our home. When sitting on our shaded veranda, one can feel very private and privileged and serene and yet the blue Pacific is invitingly close just a few steps away. We picked this spot because it is in the ideal location, close enough to easily stroll into the center of town in 10 minutes and yet just far enough from the busy center to keep out location, peaceful and quiet, and serene.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing,

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Rates & Availability

North End House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Aug.7 to Oct.7, 2016
Aug 7 2016 - Oct 6 2016
4 night minimum stay
$750
$4,830
 
 
October 7 to November 18, 2016
Oct 7 2016 - Nov 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
$500
$2,800
 
 
Thanksgiving Week Nov.18-24
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 23 2016
6 night minimum stay
$850
$5,950
 
 
Thanksgiving Week Nov.24-Dec.1
Nov 24 2016 - Nov 30 2016
6 night minimum stay
$850
$5,950
 
 
Bargain Season Dec.1-10
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 9 2016
5 night minimum stay
$500
$2,800
 
 
Dec.10 to 17, 2016
Dec 10 2016 - Dec 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,850
 
 
December 17-24, 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,830
 
 
Christmas Week Dec.24-31, 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$8,400
 
 
New Years Week Dec.31-Jan.7
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$8,400
 
 
High Season Jan.7-Feb.18, 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 17 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,830
 
 
Presidents Week Feb.18-25,2017
Feb 18 2017 - Feb 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
 
High Season Feb.25-Mar.4, 2017
Feb 25 2017 - Mar 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,830
 
 
March 4-11, 2017
Mar 4 2017 - Mar 10 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,830
 
 
Spring Break Week #1 Mar.11-18
Mar 11 2017 - Mar 17 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
 
Spring Break Week #2 Mar.18-25
Mar 18 2017 - Mar 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
 
March 25 to April 1, 2017
Mar 25 2017 - Mar 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,830
 
 
April 1-8, 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,830
 
 
Semana Santa, Apr. 8-15, 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
 
Easter Week, April 15-22
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,950
 
 
Flexible Season Apr.22-May31
Apr 22 2017 - May 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,830
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$4,830
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $600

Rates are subject to change until reservation is complete
Bookings go to whoever first gets the required 50% of the rent payment by check or wire directly to us, and are not confirmed as booked until we have received 50% of the rental. The remaining balance of the rent is then due at least 60 days prior to your arrival along with a separate check of the fully refundable loss/damage deposit.
EXACTLY 7 NIGHT STAYS BEGINNING AND ENDING ON SATURDAYS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED FROM MID DECEMBER TO AFTER EASTER WEEK. Then Bookings become flexible for other parts of the year so that bookings can be for more than 7 nights and sometimes for less than exactly 7 nights and do not have to begin or end on a Saturday, from after Easter week to Mid December.

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Amenities

North End House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Beside Bedroom#1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Beside Bedroom#2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Beside Upstairs Bedroom #3
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Beside Bedroom #4
    Outside Hot Shower - outdoor shower , Outside Bedroom #4
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Beside LivingRoom/Bedroom #5
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Master BR #2 Can be converted to 4 single beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Living Room can be a 5th bedroom
    Bedroom 4 (The Hideaway Bedroom) - 1 king , The King bed can be converted into 2 single beds,
    Bedroom 3, is called the Eagles Nest - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Eagles Nest BR Can be converted into 4 single beds
  • If the living room is requested in advance to be set up as a 5th bedroom, the house can have 5 king sized beds plus 2 extra single beds in either of the largest bedrooms. Or, all but one of the king beds can be separated into 2 single beds so that alternately we can provide up to 10 single beds plus 1 king bed, or any combination in between.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Piano
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The living room (which can be bedroom #5) and the broad shaded oceanfront veranda have ceiling fans. All 4 bedrooms have ceiling fans, and also have built in Air Conditioning. We have 2 washers conveniently located in the largest bathrooms, which are available for use by the guests. We even provide free laundry detergent. Catering Available: Our housekeeper is also available for a nominal fee to shop for and cook meals for you at the house, so you can enjoy the most exclusive dining location on the beach. This beautifully appointed 4 or 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom beachfront home has a fully-equipped spacious kitchen. Bottled purified drinking water is provided along with linens & towels. Maid service, for an hour or so per day, 5 days per week, including the day you arrive, is already included in the price of the rental, so it is free. A tip given directly to our long time housekeeper, named Delia, is customary and I am sure is greatly appreciated by her and her family.

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