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Mexican Jewel House ....... Allan Fotheringham Stayed Here !

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

[Yes - that's right; Allan Fotheringham, the famous Canadian writer & journalist (magazines, newspapers, and books), stayed here while visiting Ajijic.]


Your hosts are The Gutman's who reside in Ajijic.

The Mexican Jewel Home was built only a few years ago and everything is fresh, fresh, fresh!

This charming Mexican Jewel House is located in the most desirable area of Ajijic- Las Salvias area. Walking distance to EVERYTHING!!!

Set into the hills, with a lake view,why not rent your very own one story Mexican style house?

Are you considering retirement? The Mexican Jewel home will give you a true flavor of life in our village. An excellent getaway to a warm climate and a chance to experience the authentic Mexican life -enjoy the morning church bells, smell the fragrant flowers and be peaceful in the hills of Mexico. Some of the best weather in the world is enjoyed by folks from all over the world! This well designed home is located in a very safe and secure area and you can feel comfortable to walk the village streets in the evening.

The Mexican Jewel home has two spacious bedrooms-styled for comfort and charm with dramatic domed ceilings (cupula)in a large living room dining area. The terazza (terrace) provide space for outside dining and the lull of the fountain will make you understand why you are in paradise. Protected from the sun, you can enjoy the terazza all day long and dine out in the evening.

The master bedroom has an American queen size pillow-top bed with built-in spacious closets. We've taken the liberty to have all the rustic furniture hand painted by a well known local artist. This Mexican style room is light, airy and over-sized for your comfort with brick ceiling and tropical fan. The master bathroom is steps away with a Mexican tiled sink, dramatic shower with an actual built-in tiled sitting bench and sky lights to show off the hand painted wall mural.

The second bedroom has French doors to a small terrace, an American sized queen size bed, as well as an elegant rustic desk to set up your laptop - high speed internet access is already set up for you. Just step outside to another half bathroom with stained glass windows, Mexican tiled sink and all the comforts of home.

Mexican arches and nooks allow for a very open and spacious flow in this jewel of a home. Dramatic lighting sets off the hues and colors used on the walls. The Mexican kitchen was designed for easy living - with its array of bright colors and original tiles- has all modern appliances, large pantry, gas oven and stove-top. There is a triple filtered water system as well as bottled water.

All linens and towels are quality fabrics, understanding the needs of spoiling visitors. The TV, with 600 satellite stations from Canada to United States, includes movies,sports and a host of music stations for your listening pleasure.

For your convenience: there is a US washer and US dryer, a storage room for folks with golf clubs and sports equipment.

We've taken the pleasure to supply you with a list of our favorite restaurants, shops, village outdoor market days and full day outings to artistic and historical cities. We enjoy stocking the fridge with a few goodies to get you going the first day you arrive and you can certainly pop down the street for some fill- ins. This home is so well located that many visitors never use their cars. There are a variety of small fruit and vegetable markets 3 streets away, 2 fish markets and a small grocery store. This will give you a chance to stock up on our local produce and enjoy the quality foods.

Only 3 minutes from home,we have our very own baker (Pan). Walk down the cobblestones to the original rustic bakery and buy warm fresh rolls every morning, croissants, sweet rolls (pan dulce) and have an authentic experience with our local baker who speaks English! Once inside this amazing bakery-you can special order: bagels, baguetes whole wheat croissants and cactus bread.

If you are here for affordable plastic surgery, dental work or medical treatments - this home is a perfect place to be peaceful.

With everything on one floor, you can be mobile and enjoy the house.

Remember – location, location, location! Just a short stroll away and you are at the main plaza with over 40 international restaurants, local artist galleries, shops and the true Mexico, at your feet. Walk the cobblestone streets, get caught in the local sights and sounds of the village, and enjoy what over 7,000 North Americans call home.

We would also like to remind you that we have another home, The Mexican Sunrise House (VRBO #143099),that is close by for families and friends that want to enjoy their visits together, but maintain their privacy and comfort. Just ask for both homes if you are considering multi- family/friend visits to our village.

Maid and gardener services are included once a week as are gas, electric and local phone calls. There are absolutely no hidden charges!

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Ajijic, Mexican Riviera

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Village
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) American Queen size bed in both bedrooms
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ceiling fans in every room, Mexican crafted ceilings, stained glass windows, hand painted furniture


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Mexican Jewel House ....... Allan Fotheringham Stayed Here !
average rating of 4.911111 based on 90 reviews

A Jewel Indeed

  • 5 of 5

Recently stayed with Leo and Gabby at their Jewel House. Absolutely perfect in every way. Our host were so kind and helpful. The architecture and interiors are first class. So easy to walk every where and felt perfectly safe. Thanks so much for an excellent vacation stay.

  • Submitted: 1-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent location; marvelous hosts.

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to the Lake Chapala area. We couldn’t have found a better place to call home. Our family group (Mom,dad, 4 adult children) occupied both the Jewel House and the Sunrise House. Perfect for privacy as well as for getting together.

The location was perfect— close enough to the center of Ajijic to walk easily for food and shopping and mixing with the locals. Everyone in Ajijic is friendly and more than happy to help with the language barrier— since our command of Spanish is embarrassingly limited. Leo, our fabulous host,was amazing. Whatever we needed was taken care of promptly. Due to my poor planning we arrived too early in Guadalajara to occupy our residence — but Leo did us a huge favor and let us check in early ( 6 am) and even had a bottle of wine on the counter to soothe away our jet lag. We sipped our wine and watched the sunrise. It was the best way to begin our week.

The accommodations were perfect— especially for such a reasonable price. I can see why Leo’s properties are so popular. We won’t hesitate to stay here again.

Thanks for taking such good care of us Leo.

  • Submitted: 29-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Christmas in Ajijic

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous accommodation. Walking distance to everything. Leo and Gaby were great hosts and made us feel very much at home.

  • Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Jewel of a vacation rental in Ajijic

  • 5 of 5

If you want to feel safe and comfortable and surrounded by cleanliness and beauty while exploring village life in Ajijic, the Mexican Jewel House with Leo Gutman as your friendly and knowledgeable host is just the place.

From the moment we stepped off the plane in Guadalajara after an all-night flight, Leo's detailed instructions (in Spanish and in English for the cab driver) brought us to the front door and inside this lovely, gracious casita. Too tired to go, out we were happy to find breakfast makings in the refrigerator along with a complementary bottle of wine for our 30th anniversary.

The kitchen was fully furnished. We went out for dinner each night in the village (I highly recommend the gorgeous Peacock Garden restaurant on Colon Street, along with Leo's very fine suggestions) and brought home our leftovers for breakfast. A small mom-and-pop store just down the street supplied basic cooking essentials. Leo's instructions also guided us to the best ways to exchange money, and when he came to aquaint us with the rental he also filled us in on details of village life, such as the festival for the Patron Saint of Ajijic we encountered all of Thanksgiving week. I would love to return during the Christmas holiday!

Leo insisted we must see both the Organic Farmer's Market and the traditional outdoor Mexican market. We loaded up our kitchen with snacks and goodies from each, and met some wonderfully friendly local ex-pats at each.

The casita also had free unlimited calls to the United States, something I didn't think I would need, but I did end up having to call both my bank and cellular carrier to straighten out various issues, so this was very handy, indeed!

Be sure to look through the pictures of this rental, which barely do it justice with its stained glass, brick ceilings and colorful Mexican tiles and sinks. It was a tremendous bargain for a very reasonable price. We had breakfast on the enclosed patio in the mornings, and at night we would turn on the fountain which, along with the high wall around the courtyard helped block out street noises. I was glad I'd brought good walking shoes at Leo's behest for getting around on the rough cobblestone streets.

We're already looking forward to our return to Ajijic and hope to stay at the Mexican Jewel house again.

  • Submitted: 30-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place for a short vacation

  • 3 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at the Jewel House. It is close to the center of town, the shops and the restaurant. It is comfortable, quiet and perfect for a short stay.

  • Submitted: 17-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Looking Forward To Coming Back!

  • 5 of 5

Every detail was exactly how other guests have already mentioned in their reviews. We loved the central location and walked to different restaurants, stores, the lake, farmer's market. We used uber to go to a mineral springs spa. If you like hiking, there is a beautiful hike up the mountain and the trail head was about a block and a half from the house. Leo and Gabby are wonderful hosts; they checked on us immediately to see if we had questions and/or needed anything. We all came home weighing more from all the delicious food. 😋 I wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: 4-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leo Gutman
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Gudalajara Int'l Airport (GDL)
Nearest Point of Interest
Ajijic's Main Square
Car: not necessary

Spanish classes, tours of Guadalajara, trips to Tequila, San Miguel Allende, Mexico City and other cities in the vicinity


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Ajijic, Mexican Riviera

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2018 Peak Season rate
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest
2019 Peak Season rate
Nov 1 2018 - Apr 30 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$63.25
Extra Night C$126.5
Extra Pers./nite-above 2 C$12.65

Price includes everything. You will not pay for anything else.

For extended rentals of 3 months stay or more, a further discount is provided:
Off-Peak Season Rates: $1,800/month. ( From May 1st. to Oct. 31st.)
Peak Season Rates: $2,200/month. (From Nov. 1st. to Apr. 30th.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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