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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 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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Leo Gutman
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2018


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 4.9139786 based on 93 reviews

Great base for the best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

The Jewel house is a charming place. Nicely decorated in Mexican style. Very comfortable. Well furbished and squeaky clean. The pictures & UTube videos don't do it justice. Very well located within easy walking distance to everything you will want or need to do. You would be foolish to rent a car. Located in the traditional village portion of Ajijic - narrow cobble stone streets, small family stores, wonderful bakery, cowboys ride the streets on their horses, roosters crow, fish monger shouts his wares. All the Mexicans were very nice & tolerant of my nonexistent Spanish. I never felt threatened or unsafe, even walking at night.

Leo is the perfect host. He meets you on arrival and gives a very good orientation to the property, then butts out. He is never intrusive, but always available and helpful. I think he is just a naturally friendly guy who seems to be well liked by everyone in the neighborhood.

The Jewel House immediately feels like home, and makes the perfect base for the perfect vacation.

  • Submitted: 21-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Jewel of a House

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at the Mexican Jewel House in Ajijic. The host, Leo, was more than accommodating. He met us on arrival and welcomed us to this charming place. We walked in and the house instantly felt like home, from it's amazingly appointed kitchen to the nice beds and wonderful porch where we had breakfast every morning. It's an easy walk to town and the many restaurants that are available. Leo has an amazing book which points to everything and explains everything that you will need for your stay. It was a great help in orienting where we were and where we needed to go. We enjoyed our walks on the Malecon, a welcome break from the rainy Pacific Northwest. The short walk to the bakery each morning for fresh bread was a special treat. In short, this was one of the nicest VRBOs that we have stayed at. We simply can's say enough good things about this stay. Thanks Leo for taking the time to talk with us about life at Lakeside. We will be back, perhaps even to find a place of our own.

  • Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our two week stay at the Mexican Jewel House, despite the cooler weather. Leo keeps the property very well maintained, with gardeners and housekeeping staff around on a regular basis. The hillside location in a residential area was a cozy retreat from the busy main street, and only a 10 to 15 minute walk to the malecon. Almost daily we would hear a horse and rider go by on the street, and often a horse or two would be tethered at the corner. The kids playing in the street and the neighbours were friendly, as were all of the people we met. Leo provided detailed information for his guests on places to go and things to do. Ajijic was an interesting town with plenty of shops, churches, restaurants and opportunities for people watching, especially during the weekend on the malecon. I would love to go back.

  • Submitted: 22-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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
2019 Peak Season rate
Nov 1 2018 - Apr 30 2019
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest
2020 Peak Season rate
Nov 1 2019 - Apr 30 2020
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$66.42

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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