Great home for whale watching with 2 bedrooms+convertible bed, 2 baths, sleeps 5
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About Paula M
My favorite spot is in the hammock on the front patio of Casa Colina. Great place to watch the changing of the light as the sun moves across the sky, the flight and chase of the beautiful tropical birds, as well as the spouting of the Humpback whales as they do their yearly migration from the northern waters of Alaska to the Bay of Banderas. Also my favorite spot for reading a good book or just taking a mid day nap.
Why Paula M chose San Francisco
We never intended to buy property in Mexico. We were just on an extended trip through Mexico in our new RV. Once we discovered the beauty of the tropical paradise called 'San Pancho, we were hooked! The RV trip we had planned through Mexico and up the eastern coast of the USA, came to an abrupt end in San Pancho! That was about 18 years ago. We did eventually take an extended trip through Mexico, in addition to exploring the East Coast of the U.S. but the tropical beauty along with welcoming people of San Pancho continues to draw us back to our favorite place, San Pancho, year after year! The beauty of San Pancho inspired my husband to design our beautiful and unique home, Casa Colina. After spending numerous hours on our hill, recording the direction and times of the changing breezes, he designed 6 foot glass doors, strategically placed to take full advantage of the tropical breezes. As another way of augmenting the flow of the air, he designed the palapa roof, made of Royal Palm fronds and natural wood, that shelters the front half of the house, in addition to the coupala that sits at the peak of the roof. He then added three ceiling fans to the palapa roof in addition to hanging one in each bedroom. All his careful planning and design gives us a home that is very comfortable without the need for any air conditioning until well into the summer months. At that time, we head for the much cooler summers of the NW. I am also a music lover and my husband's additional thoughtfulness resulted in built in speakers in the front of the house, giving us the amazing effect of beautiful surround sound!
What makes this House unique
Since we discovered San Pancho and built Casa Colina, many others have continued to be drawn to this pristine paradise but we have been lucky enough to have lots of land and space between our home and our closest neighbors. We not only continue to have the kind of privacy we had when we initially built Casa Colina but both our ocean and jungle views have and will remain unobstructed. The increased population of San Pancho has brought more varied and excellent restaurants, a golf course that is open to the public, a polo field hosting Friday evening polo matches, festivals throughout the year with one of the annual highlights being the February music festival! As more visitors from all over the world have continued to discover San Pancho, our local hospital has also enlarged and upgraded it's facilities. No matter where you are in San Pancho, the hospital is approximately 10 minutes away!!!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Sweet Tree House
Loved the open home in the trees... amazing views!!!
Unbelievable sunsets, stars, birds, gorgeous architecture
Beautifully designed house with lots of outdoor space (and shade to escape the sun when it gets too much.) The two bedrooms/ bathrooms are very separate so would work really well for two couples. I would recommend getting a golf cart because it is up pretty high on the hill and about a 30 - 35 minute walk from town -- doable walking but better with golf cart. Very quiet and private, a real escape. There is no pool but there is easy access to an outdoor shower. The owner tries very hard to make you comfortable and happy. Really loved this trip.
Our best Mexican vacation yet! We will soon return.
When we walked into Casa Colina, our first impression was, WOW, what an amazing view! Due to the openness of the front half of the house, we were able to enjoy an unobstructed 180-degree view! We found it difficult to tear ourselves away from the lounges on the front patio and walk the short distance into the village of San Pancho, but when we did, we discovered an adventure awaiting us as we explored the numerous and varied shops, interacted with both the locals and visitors, and savored the food in the numerous and diverse restaurants.
Casa Colina and San Pancho are definitely high on our list of favorite vacation places. We hope to return soon
Cudos to the owners who created this unique home, in a pristine environment, that also has one of the best views on the Riviera Nayarit Coast.
We loved this house!
We absolutely loved Casa Colina! My wife and three children had a great time. Paula was great - v. responsive and 'on it'.
Bob, thanks for your review and for taking such good care of Casa Colina. We hope we will think of us and San Pancho when planning any future trips to Mexico.
Disappointing house experience
The actual physial description of the property was accurate.It's a pretty place with great views. However, our experience that week was different from what was contracted.The house had clearly not been prepared for renters. No one had used the house for several months and it showed. Examples: Sinks in the bathrooms were dirty, a partily filled old botttle of wine was in the living room, musty smell in the bedroom, owners' property stuffed behind the bed, no clear surfaces in the guest bedroom for renter use, some light bulbs out with no replacements around, towel rack broken.The description included internet service, phone service, filtered water, and a housekeeper for 2 days. None of that happened (except internet on the last evening of our stay}. Having no phone service was especially stressful as the house is up a steep hill and somewhat isolated (the closest house was empty and up for sale). Cell reception was, at best, spotty. It was difficult, frustrating, and expensive to communicate with the owners who live in the US. They were slow to respond and, in general, did not treat us well. The tone was set when we first got there.The key to the house was not where it was shown in the photo they sent us. We called. Their first reaction was to argue that they had sent a photo of where the key was rather than to believe it was not where it was supposed to be. In fairness, they did attempt to remedy some of these complaints from afar, did eventually listen to our upset , and did refund us a small portion of the rental charge.
We hope the owners will take this review to heart and be more prepared for the next renters.
Our guest is correct, the key was in the wrong place and after she told me, I called our manager, who apologized, and told me where to find it. When I called her back with the info., she said the phone wasn’t working. I called the phone company, they said they were working on it, and I let her know. She told me it was costly for her to use her cell so I told her I would call her in order to keep in touch and make sure things were going OK. However, I soon found that I could only leave messages on her cell, to which she didn’t reply, so I began e-mailing, also to no avail. I still don’t understand why she didn’t communicate with me, regarding the problems she describes in her review, as there were numerous occupied homes nearby and anyone of them would have let her use their phone and/or internet. In addition, it is only a short walk into the village, where she could have used one of the internet cafes. Casa Colina is in a private setting but definitely not isolated.
Since she had only informed me of the 2 problems, described above, there was no way I could have rectified the others she mentions in her review. She says I argued with her about the location of the key. I don’t understand why she perceived our conversation that way. It would be foolish for me to take that tact with someone who was going to be staying in my house for a week.
As a result of the problems this guest encountered, we have now hired a new manager. His office is on the main street in San Pancho and he is open 24/7 so he can assist our guests with any problems they may encounter, and we now have a lock box at Casa Colina in order to prevent any future problems with the location of the key.
After our guest returned to the U.S., I called to ask how her vacation had gone. She expressed disappointment, due to the lack of phone service and the condition of the house. I was quite dismayed when I heard her statements, regarding the condition of the house, since we have never had anything but glowing comments from past guests. I asked what she felt would be fair compensation. She said $500. so I sent her a check for that amount, yet In her review, she expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of the refund, even though it was the amount she had requested.
Beautiful, quiet, and all the comforts of home - we couldn't have asked for more than Casa Colina!
My friend and I rented this beautiful home as a 'girls getaway' for a week of relaxing and old friends reconnecting. We couldn't have DREAMED of a better place! The view was outstanding and the home was just lovely. The beach is just a nice walk down the hill; a short walk down the beach and you're in town and being served margaritas on the beach!!!
The two master suites were perfect and provided us privacy when we wanted it, and the open-air showers were wonderful! The nicely-equipped kitchen provided us with everything we needed to cook at home, or re-heat anything we brought back as leftovers.
I would definitely recommend Casa Colina to friends and relatives - we are already planning on going back next year!
Sea kyaking, surfing, surf lessons, horse back riding, yoga, massage, manicure, pedicure, or just relaxing in a very quiet private setting.
NOW NEW in San Pancho.....a BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE open to the public and only a 10 minute walk from our
The San Pancho activity center now offers Spanish lessons, guided trips to an orchid farm and hot house, in addition to other community activities. Just be sure to frequently check their schedule by stopping by the center.
There are also tour companies in town that offer numerous excursions: snorkeling, scuba and fishing trips, excursions to San Blas and nearby mangrove swamps, sea kayaking, sailing and many more new and exciting experiences await you when you vacation in San Pancho. Oops, I almost forgot about the polo matches which are regularly held in San Pancho as well as the weekly turtle presentation which is usually followed by a baby turtle release on the beach. For anyone who has an interest in tropical birds, San Pancho now has it's own resident expert who often leads groups of locals and tourists around our local area as he points out the numerous varieties of tropical birds who make their homes in the area. You can often find the inf. on where and when these walks are scheduled by logging onto www.sanpancholife.com