About the property
- Villa4800 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
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.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Mimi Johnson-Jacobs
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.
Mimi Johnson-Jacobs purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Mimi Johnson-Jacobs chose Rancho del Oro
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.
What makes this Villa unique
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.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
No hot water, no person to greet us and explain things
The house and grounds were fantastic. The ability to rent van for the week was a wonderful deal. The main problem was that there was no dependable hot water. Getting ready to go out to dinner (the restaurants were very, very good and inexpensive) and having to get ready in a cold shower was a problem. We were told there would be a person there to greet us and that never happened. The house keeper was to come twice a week but she came only one time. The gardener was there every day and he insured the grounds were in perfect condition. There was so much that was wonderful (the pool delightful) but the person who was to explain things to us never showed. That and no hot water was a huge problem. I would give the house, pool and yard an A+ and the issues mentioned above a grade of D-.
Thanks for the feedback. I certainly apologize for the difficulties you had during your stay and am hoping for another chance to host to you and or your friends and family in Ajijic. Please contact me directly if or when you or they will be down that way and Veronica and I will do what we can to make amends. I really appreciate you taking the time to let us know the good and the bad about your stay at Rio Nazas #34. Mimi JJ
Another Perfect Vacation
After spending our 6th wonderful winter at Mimi's home I can only say that it just gets better! As I have said in past reviews, Mimi is always improving and maintaining this lovely property! (This year the wifi and TV service were greatly enhanced and the stone walkways were streamlined and extra stairs were removed.) It is such a quiet and peaceful garden and yet close enough to great restaurants and to downtown Ajijic. Life is always relaxing here and any concerns, big or small are always immediately resolved by Mimi's wonderful manager Veronica, who cares for this home as if it were her own! Visiting this beautiful spot is the highlight of our year! We look forward to coming back in 2019!
Thank you from Sue and Dave
Hi Sue & Dave,
The staff always looks forward to your annual visits and when I am in Ajijic, they ask about you. I'm going down sometime over the summer and will take pictures the grounds during the rainy season. It is my very favorite time of the year -- and you need to see it because you always come during the winter months. Veronica, Juan, Chuy, Monika and I hope you keep coming to Rio Nazas for many years to come. Thank you for posting a review. Que le vaya bien, Mimi JJ
P.S. I just sent your booking for 2020!
Another wonderful stay in Ajijic
Loved our two weeks in this beautiful home. As return guests, we appreciated the upgrades made to the lighting and loved the new bannister leading to the master bedroom. Thank you Mimi for sharing your little piece of paradise with us.
Please forgive the long delay in responding to your very kind review. The website has undergone some changes, and I'm not all that tech-y. So, it has taken me a minute to get it together to say how very much I appreciate your re-booking with us and taking the time to write a review.
I am so glad that you like the changes. I also added disabled access in the bathrooms and ramped the outside for wheelchair access so that you and I and other lovers of Ajijic can keep returning to Rio Nazas #34 for a very long time. .
Fabulous first class Mexican villa.
Really enjoyed our stay. Pictures don’t even do the property justice. Veronica was very helpful and responsive. Exceeded our expectations.
Thanks for the kind words. We live for positive guest feedback and are happy when you're happy!
Hope 2018 is your best year yet and that we will see you later this year at Rio Nazas #34.
Extraordinary! We will be back!
Words can't do justice to describe this Casa! As a world traveler, I must say this was by far one of the best vacations. My only regret is that it was too short! Casa Rio Nazas #34 is ideally located in Ajijic with incredible views from every room. We enjoyed the garden with its' many fruit trees and singing birds. The local staff are wonderful - Veronica, the property manager was extremely helpful in responding to questions and giving us a lay of the land. Juan, the gardener is a delight and does an excellent job of maintaining the gardens (not to mention, he is a great teacher as well!). As foodies, we loved the kitchen where we prepared many meals and then enjoyed eating on the various terraces. This is a slice of heaven on earth! Highly recommend! Mimi - thank you so much for sharing your home with us! We will be back. Muchas Gracias, Nancy
Basking in your praise at the moment. LOL.
Thank you for sharing such a complimentary vacation review. You can be sure that I will forward it with Veronica and the Ajijic staff.
Happy New Year. Come back soon.
Paradise in Ajijic!
Words cannot describe adequately enough how wonderful this villa is. Charming, relaxing, flora-fabulous, high end, fully appointed... We felt like we were staying in a 5 star resort that we had all to ourselves. Thank you Mimi for sharing your beautiful home and the ability to experience Lakeside and all it's wonders!
Thank you for the kind words and for being our guest(s), Julie. It was our pleasure. Now is a good time to book for 2018! Feliz Festivos, Mimi JJ
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
These rates are for a maximum of 4 adults and unlimited children. There is a surcharge of fifty dollars ($50) per adult per night for every adult above the 4 included in the rate schedule.