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Our Guests Say Our Two Bedroom Villa in historic center is "Heaven On Earth!"

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,005 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Read our reviews and you will decide to spend your vacation at our Garden Villa in San Miguel. "Heaven on Earth", "soooo affordable", "Exceeded our expectations" "paradise in San Miguel" "ideally situated" "quiet oasis in the center of San Miguel's hustle bustle", "thumbs up!"

Come and experience what the rave reviews are all about. This light filled, two bedroom villa, with it's large walled garden, in San Miguel's historic center is the perfect place to begin your San Miguel vacation. Newly renovated with skylights and glass paneled French doors, the villa is spacious, bright and sunny to enhance your holiday enjoyment. In the garden, a bubbling fountain will soothe away your cares as you read and relax in the shade of our 100 year old mesquite tree. Pomegranate, avocado, orange and lime trees compliment the property and the butterflies and hummingbirds visit daily.

The living room, incorporates an original stone wall, and is beautifully decorated in bright Mexican colors. There is a 40" flat screen t.v and a gas fireplace adds a romantic touch and takes the chill off cool winter evenings. Dining can be enjoyed indoors or alfresco on the villa veranda beside the fountain. Kitchen is fully equipped with full sized fridge and stove, microwave oven and other small appliances. The large master-suite has a king size bed, which can be converted into two twins if you prefer, a gas log fireplace, t.v., walk in closet and en suite bathroom The second bedroom has a queen size bed, fireplace and en suite bathroom. Both bathrooms are decorated with colorful Mexican hand painted sinks and tiles. In the traditional Mexican style, all rooms have glass paneled doors that open to a peaceful garden area. The villa sits in a large walled garden and is part of a complex which includes the owner's main house, and a one bedroom casita. See our short video on this site for an overview of the property. All three units are situated to insure privacy for the occupants. For overflow villa or casita guests visiting for short term, we also offer a queen sized bedroom with en-suite bath and fireplace which can be reserved at reasonable nightly rates.. The one bedroom casita on the same property is also available for rent at vrbo #181896. Total guest sleeping accommodations could number 9 using the villa, the casita, and the guest suite in the main house, making this a perfect location for family reunions or a group gathering. Maid service is provided daily and is included in the rental price. There is reliable and fast speed Wireless internet throughout the property..

Located in the historic center of town, we are a short 3 block level walk to the main square,(El Jardin). Historical landmarks, fine restaurants, laundry services, cinemas, pharmacies, food and artisans markets, live theater, art galleries and supermarkets are all within easy walking distance.

Contact owner through vrbo web site for special two-week and three-week rates.

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More Details

Ruth Hayward
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Ruth Hayward

After traveling the world and living in many countries - Canada, England, France, Italy, India and Brazil, - I discovered the Unesco World Heritage town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 2006 . It was an easy decision to unpack my suitcases and settle down. The Spanish colonial architecture delights my eyes as I walk the cobblestone streets. The sun shines daily and the climate suits me to a T. There is an incredible expat community in this town, many are travelers like myself, artists and writers. San Miguel offers a banquet of cultural activities, live theater, music festivals and art openings. And we have one of the largest English libraries in Latin America. As an avid reader this is a big bonus for me. It took two years to convert my old adobe house with large garden into a guest house with, my own home, a two bedroom villa (181940), a one bedroom casita (181896)and a studio apartment. Renovating and decorating is my passion. The main house, which is my home, is an old adobe hacienda style house. The villa is newly constructed using part of an old construction in the garden and the casita has been converted from a wing of the original house.

Ruth Hayward purchased this house in 2007

Why Ruth Hayward chose Zona Centro

The property's great location and the challenge of rescuing an old neglected place and making it beautiful motivated me to buy. Located in the historic center of town where I wanted to make my own home, and it had potential to renovate part of the old historic construction into comfortable rental accommodations Location, Location, Location. Everything within a few minutes walk away. Yet the large garden in the historical center provides a quiet respite from the busy town.

What makes this house unique

Right in the historical heart of San Miguel, you can be in the Jardin, the main square, in a few minutes. There is no need to have a car since everything is close by. Walk the cobblestone streets, lined with flowers on the way to your favorite restaurant. Magic happens here on a daily basis, and at Casa Mandu you are right in the center of it all, but our garden oasis is the perfect place to relax with a book or just sit and watch the butterflies and hummingbirds flit from flower to flower.

Guestbook comments from the owner

On an ordinary street open an ordinary door and discover an ideal holiday. San Miguel de Allende is a unique place, full of sweet and friendly people, great beauty, wonderful food, incredibly low prices and interesting history which also seems to enjoy eternal springtime. But for a really exceptional experience consider making Casa Mandu your home during your visit. The website pictures cannot convey the beauty of the garden, the exceptional taste that makes every space and every corner a place of beauty or the fact that no possible amenity to ensure a visitor's comfort has been overlooked. Ruth Hayward should be studied as the ideal model for any accommodation's host or hostess. She provides invaluable guidance and help, a winning personality and that extra effort to make her visitors' experience exactly suit their needs. We are four seasoned travelers who count Ruth, Casa Mandu and SMA among our very best travel experiences.
Jan 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Zona Centro in San Miguel de Allende

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1005 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 12
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Other (See Description) - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Master Bedroom has King size beds (1) King bed can be converted to two twins, Second bedroom has Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • tennis


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Our Guests Say Our Two Bedroom Villa in historic center is "Heaven On Earth!"
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Casa Mandu

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at Casa Mandu. The location, the garden, the accomodations and the thoughtful assistance of the owner Ruth made us return. We love SMA and were thrilled to share the villa with our friends, who are first time visitors. They couldn't get over the beauty and serenity of the Casa and were impressed with SMA. I hope to return for a longer stay to study Spanish. Thanks as always to Ruth.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kitty We enjoyed having you and your friends stay with us at Casa Mandu. Glad to hear you are thinking of returning to study Spanish. Many thanks for the great review Ruth
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Palo Alto

Superlative experience at Casa Mandu

  • 5 of 5

Our 5 star superlative rating adds to the 31 prior reviews of this delightful and restful villa that Ruth has created. Ruth continues in Jan 2018 to happily share her knowledge of all that is happening in the area. We concur with the wonderful comments of the prior reviewers. We were so fortunate to not only have Casa Mandu available to us, but to have met Ruth. It is difficult to imagine a more comfortable and better located lodging in San Miguel Allende.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jay and Sally We really appreciate your taking time to write such a superb for our Garden Villa. It is guests like you that make this business so enjoyable. Many thanks Ruth
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Asheville, NC

Run don't walk to Casa Mandu!!

  • 5 of 5

Superlatives will fall short of our overall experience staying at the 2 bedroom Villa at Casa Mandu. San Miguel is full of energy constantly exciting your senses so what a treat to return each day to the tranquil setting at Casa Mandu. The Villa (in the rear of Casa Mandu which includes the Villa where we resided, the owners residence, and a small casita) overlooks a lush garden with fountain and provides a serene setting which we so appreciated. All the rooms of the Villa face the garden with plenty of outdoor covered areas. The Villa is fully equipped - you lack for nothing. A few nights after full days running around San Miguel, we brought dinner back to the Villa and enjoyed relaxing in the comfortable and superbly decorated combined living/dining/kitchen part of the Villa. The housekeeper Rufina kept things spotless and cooked us a delicious Mexican breakfast our first morning. Ruth the owner lives in residence at Casa Mandu. We became fast friends. Each day she provided us with suggestions of places to visit and dine throughout San Miguel. Her attention to detail is expressed throughout the Villa. Gardeners are onsite periodically to keep everything sparking and pristine. The Villa is a short walk to the Jardin (main square) and central to everything. The property Manager, Kris, greeted us upon arrival and gave us a complete tour of the Villa and answered all our questions. He remained available throughout our stay for any questions or concerns - we had none!! We could not have been happier with our stay. I used to be in the vacation home rental business and so my standards are quite high. Casa Mandu is top notch!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The pleasure was all ours! Having guests like these two is what makes being in the tourist rental business so enjoyable. We are loooking forward to their next visit. Ruth and Kris Casa Mandu
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  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this property almost every year for 9 years. Close to el cento, lot's of art and excellent restaurants within walking distance. Of course Ruth and her staff are what makes Casa Mandu so outstanding with many welcoming amenities!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous property, fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Mandu. The villa is beautifully furnished and well equipped. The outdoor space is divine -- perfect for relaxing after a day of wandering the charming streets of SMA. The owner, Ruth, welcomed us warmly and was available for questions and to offer recommendations on restaurants and places to visit. We hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy when guests say they will return. This way we know we have done our job well. Ruth Hayward
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Lovely Oasis in Heart of San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

The lush garden setting of the Villa at Casa Mandu was the perfect place to return after a day of experiencing San Miguel's many charms. Each afternoon, we would enjoy a glass of wine on the comfortable verandah, listening to the sounds of the birds and the garden fountain.

The views from each room are stunning (my favourite was the blooming orange tree outside our bedroom window) and, from a practical standpoint the Villa is equipped with everything you will need for a very comfortable short or long stay.

The location is a short walk to many interesting neighborhoods and to all amenities. The delightful owner, Ruth went above and beyond with recommendations on everything from restaurants and cultural events to day trips.

We were so enamoured with the magic of San Miguel and the Villa at Casa Mandu that we will be returning there next year.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Looks like our attention to detail and to our guest's needs reaps the benefits of returning reservations.. Angela and Robert stayed two months in our villa and have booked to come back again next winter. When guests are happy, we are happy.
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Nearest Airport
94 Kilometres
Leon BJX or Queretaro
Car: not necessary

Colonial town in the center of Mexico. Conde Naste travel magazine awarded San Miguel "Best City in the World" in 2013, and again by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2017. Cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, Mayan Pyramids, Hot Springs, Unesco World Heritage site

Transportation to casa Mandu from Airport:

Leon airport (BJX) is about 2 hours away. Queretaro Airport (QRO) about 1 hour and 20 minutes, and Mexico city (MEX) is 4 hours. You can book a direct shuttle from any of these airports on line at: info@bajiogo.com They will need the name of your arrival airport, your flight number, and scheduled arrival time. Our address in San Miguel is: Casa Mandu, Hernandez Macias 24, San Miguel Most shuttle drivers know our property and they will bring you right to our front door.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Zona Centro, Guanajuato State

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer high season
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest
Winter High Season 2019
1 Dec 2018 - 8 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning on check out £28.7
Refundable Damage Deposit £179.35

Extra person charges for more than two occupants at the rate of $15 US per person per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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