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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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 September, 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 around the Zona Centro around the 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 ...
  • Internet
  • 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!"
average rating of 4.8974357 based on 43 reviews

Lovely oasis close to town center. Bright and cheerful Mexican decor.

  • 5 of 5

Very happy with comfortable villa. Lovely rooms and huge king sized bed. Nice bathrooms and beautiful outdoor patio completely shaded with bubbling fountain. Ruth was a big help with any questions and Rufina ,her maid, came every day to make the beds and clean the kitchen and baths. We were just able to relax. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review Sue. We enjoyed having you and your guests stay with us. Ruth
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Beautiful, comfortable, located close to everything

  • 5 of 5

Kat Mandu is one of the most beautiful spaces in SMA. The gorgeous flora and fauna in the courtyard envelop you as soon as you walk through the door. All the rooms surround gorgeous trees and fountains. It is truly like paradise. We stayed in the villa, and it was perfect for our girls’ trip. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and clean, and each one had privacy while being connected to the other. Ruth, the owner, is so sweet and accommodating. She helped us with everything from getting taxis, telling us how to get places, suggesting sights, tipping, securing massage and dinner reservations, etc., etc. You will love her and you will love staying at Kat Mandu!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These two guests arrived hesitantly in Mexico challenging fears brought about by negative reports they had received from family and friends back home in the US. They soon relaxed and enthusiastically explored all that San Miguel has to offer. We were happy to see they were soon sleeping with their bedroom doors open to the garden and we look forward to their return visit.
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Portland, Oregon

Our haven in San Miguel centro

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three loved our stay at Casa Mandu. The villa and surrounding gardens are even more beautiful than the photos. We found it to be very private despite being part of a "compound." The location gives excellent access to Centro- bakeries, restaurants, churches, the Jardin--all within steps. We could pop in and out during the day, exploring for the morning, then coming home to our refuge for a nap or a cool drink in the garden before heading out again. Ruth is a fantastic host with great suggestions for sights and meals. We highly recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Petra We enjoyed having you and your family here at Casa Manda. So glad you were pleased with everything. Thanks for the lovely review. You make a good point that your privacy was not compromised despite being part of a three-unit compound. Please tell your friends about considering San Miguel for their next vacation Ruth Hayward
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Newton, MA

One of the best places (maybe THE BEST) places I've ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well appointed, luxurious, fabulously decorated. Ruth was kind, boundaried and very helpful. Fantastic place! Thanks so much Ruth!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Cate It is always a pleasure to have guests who really appreciate all that we, and San Miguel, have to offer. We are so glad that Casa Mandu and San Miguel lived up to your high expectations. Kind regards Ruth Hayward
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5 Stars in every way!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this two bedroom villa for 6 weeks with the intention of having family and friends come visit. During my stay in SMA I had 2 girlfriends come for a week at a time. I had my daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law for a week. My son came for a week and my sister came for the last 10 days. With the assistance of Ruth I was a constant tour guide. Ruth was a tremendous help recommending restaurants, tours, points of interest and even took me to her seamstress to have a dress altered. She was always available to assist in any and every way. The villa was lovely, well appointed and the location was just blocks from the El Jardin. The garden setting is as beautiful as the pictures. I would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Jeannie We enjoyed having you with friends and family staying at our villa. Thanks for your kind words Ruth Hayward Garden Villa
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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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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: 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 around the Zona Centro,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
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 £30.61
Refundable Damage Deposit £191.33

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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