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Beautiful home in charming village

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Private, Two Bedroom Apartment With Enclosed Courtyard.

Casa Xano Xano is located half an hour from the colonial center of Oaxaca in the village of San Augustin, Etla, in the foothills of the Sierra Norte mountains. The house is high on a hill overlooking the village, valley, and the mountains. From the terrace you can see two colonial churches nestled in the trees.Our home has two completely separate apartments. The guest apartment has two bedrooms with queen size beds. Each bedroom has french doors leading out to private plant filled courtyard with gurgling fountain. There is a large kitchen with complete water purification system. There is a great view from the kitchen table looking out over the pool to one of the pink colonial churches in the valley. The comfortable, art filled, living room has a flat screen TV with cable. French doors open onto a second private terrace overlooking our vegetable garden and the mountains beyond. Wifi internet is throughout the apartment.There is a large pool house with outdoor living/dining and a gas grill. It is a perfect spot for cocktails and sunsets.

The area is full of daily adventures. For this reason it is more convenient to have a car. But we are only three minute walk from the collectivo stand. [ Five person taxis] It is a twelve peso ride into the city. We can arrange for airport pickups and private taxis for touring at very reasonable rates.

Basic shopping is available in the village as well as simple restaurants. In the next village there is a colorful daily market.

San Augustin is home to CASA, Center de las Artes de San Augustin. Housed in a magnificently renovated textile factory. There are revolving exhibitions and various classes. Next door is a wonderful paper factory. They are happy to walk you through the handmade process.

There are miles of beautiful trails in the hills around us.

We ask for a minimum of a three day stay. Unfortunately, we are not a house for small children.

There is weekly maid service. Laundry service available for a fee.

San Agustin is an authentic Mexican village. Birthdays are celebrated with fireworks, funeral processions through the village are led by brass bands. Roosters, burros and dogs, punctuate it all. It is truly a magical place. We will do all we can to make your stay memorable.

Hasta Pronto.

More Details

Penny or Victor Whitehurst
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Penny or Victor Whitehurst

Penny and I are transplanted Brooklnites who retired in 2010. I taught theatre design and Penny was a decorative painter. We fell in love with Mexico on a vacation years ago. So, the years before retirement, whenever we could get down here, we toured all over, looking for a new home. We stepped off the plane and it was love at first sight. Our dogs Maggie and Molly will be only to happy to let you pet them.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in San Agustín Etla in San Agustín Etla

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Each bedroom opens onto a beautiful courtyard with fountain & table with umbrella & chairs & sweeping mountain views
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Beautiful home in charming village
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Montreal, Canada

Deux semaines inoubliables!

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons eu la chance de passer deux semaines à Xano Xano, une propriété absolument magnifique! Les photos ne rendent pas justice à la beauté des lieux. Située en retrait dans un petit village pittoresque, la maison est entourée de jardins de fleurs, de cactus et de palmiers, d'une piscine creusée et d'une immense terrasse couverte où il est possible de faire un feu lors des soirées plus froides. Plusieurs oeuvres d'art mexicain ponctuent les lieux et ajoutent à la beauté.

L'appartement, situé au premier étage (les propriétaires habitent le deuxième), est spacieux, parfaitement bien équipé pour cuisiner et comprend deux terrasses indépendantes où il fait bon savourer un café le matin ou un verre de vin en soirée. Les lits sont grands et confortables et nous n'avons eu aucun problème avec l'eau chaude.

Les propriétaires, Penny et Victor, sont des hôtes charmants, généreux et toujours disponibles. Ils nous ont gâtés avec plein de petites attentions tout au long de notre séjour, sans jamais devenir envahissants. En fait, ils sont les meilleurs hôtes que nous ayons eu!

San Agustin est à environ 25 minutes en voiture de la ville, mais il n'est pas nécessaire d'en posséder une pour profiter de Oaxaca: des "collectivos", sorte de taxi communs, passent à une fréquence régulière à seulement 2 minutes de la maison et vous emmènent en ville pour 14 pesos. Nous étions d'ailleurs heureux de revenir au calme du village et de Xano Xano après une journée bien remplie dans la cohue de la ville.

Si vous cherchez un endroit sécuritaire, où vous vous sentirez chez vous et où vous aurez tout le confort voulu, Xano Xano est l'endroit idéal. Nous planifions déjà un deuxième séjour pour l'an prochain!

Penny and Victor, thank you so much for everything!

Manon et Martin

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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No hay como ir a Oaxaca!!

  • 5 of 5

Esta es una casa PRIMOROSA decorada con muy buen gustó, llena de detalles que la hacen super acogedora como si te estuvieras hospedando en un hotel boutique, a un precio super accesible. El entorno te envuelve en la magia de Oaxaca.Está a 30 minutos del centro de la Ciudad de Oaxaca, asi que este viaje lo puedes combinar disfrutando la casa y la alberca así como visitando pueblos cercanos como San Martín tilcajete, Teotitlan del Valle, Mitla, Monte Alban, Hierve el agua, las destilerías de mezcal, en fin Oaxaca no te lo acabas y si te hospedas en este bello lugar se complementa tu viaje a la perfección.

Los host Penny y Victor, son unas finisimas personas, tuvieron miles de detalles para con nosotros.

Recomiendo ampliamente este alojamiento.


  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Second stay as great as the first!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Xano Xano for 3 weeks in 2015 and came back this year for a week. It was like coming home....Penny and Victor are so welcoming and accommodating. The apartment is perfect...nice art work, kitchen well equipped and such a relaxing environment. We will be back again. It is so good to get back after a day in busy Centro Oaxaca to this peaceful and charming abode. You will love it!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beware! Once you get here, you don't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Xano Xano was the best holiday home we ever had. The house itself is beautiful, everything you need - and even more- is there, very complete and state of the art. The surrounding garden is a delight, as is the terrific palapa with the pool.

The two terraces are so nice for outdoor- living. And on top of this all, the hosts Penny and Victor are the bonus.

They respected our privacy, but were always available for advice and tips and help, very very special!

San Agustín is a safe Mexican village, people are kind and helpful, the little shops have the basic stuff and the collectivo-taxi's take you to Oaxaca-City within half an hour. So we had the advantage of living in the clean air of the country-side with all the advantages of Oaxaca, this beautiful city with museums, churches, markets, top restaurants and the prettiest zocalo of all Mexico. We went there most days and coming back, enjoyed the Mexican village life, with the fireworks, music, dogs, donkeys and cocks, starry nights and the mountains, wich have many good trails for exploring. We are recommanding casa Xano Xano !

Penny and Victor : thanks for your friendship, your house is the best home away from home, abrazos, Michiel and Elly

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a wonderful & thoughtful review, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay in our little village - you fit right in! It was lovely to get to know you both & we look forward to sharing more time together in the future. Abrazos, P & V
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Perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Penny and Victor's house is a real home from all points of view. It is comfortable, clean and equipped with everything necessary for one day or 30 days. Colors and art are everywhere and reflect Penny and Victor's artistic personalities. The vegetation is luxuriant and the pool is unique. The village is pleasant and VERY clean. Walk the trails around and you will enjoy beautiful vistas. Collectivos to the 30 minute drive to Oaxaca are five minutes away and private taxis are easily arranged as well as airport pick up. Penny and Victor are great hosts, and their beautiful property is a perfect destination any month of the year.

Michele and Herb

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michele & Herb, Thank you so much for the lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay & look forward to seeing you again. Saludos, Penny
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Far from the Madding Crowd

  • 4 of 5

Xano Xano is a lovely property and its owners are helpful understanding renters.San Agustin Etla is a pretty basic little village but worth a daily meander to get acquainted with the local dogs.The main attraction for us was the city of Oaxaca about 20 miles or a 15 minute ride in a colectivo away.Don't rent a car just pile in with the locals it is well worth doing.We visited during all the Saint's day celebrations which meant that every evening resounded to a 2hour firestick cacophony.They are noisy and prolonged,but hey what's a holiday without a whine?

This is a beautiful part of Mexico,not at all "resorty",and very multifaceted if you speak Spanish.A trip to Xano xano is at the opposite end of the holiday experience from the cruise ship.I highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Oaxaca de Juarez
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
San Agustin
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Mexico 190
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
San Agustin
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in San Agustín Etla, Mexico

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5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

+2 guests per night £15.37

There is an additional charge of $15 per night per person after 2 people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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