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Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Private and romantic casita in a garden and above the lake

We are in a small gated community in west Ajijic. We can walk to several restaurants, a grocery store, a fish store, and the Tuesday morning organic market. The bus stop is less than a 10-minute walk away at the highway. We are up a small hill and have a view of the lake and usually have a breeze. The mountain and a farm are behind us. Our garden blooms year-round. This is a perfect place for couples. A medical/dental concierge service is located just outside the private gate. And this is a great base of operations for house hunting in the area.

The casita is a 1/1 on ground level and our (the main) house is a 2/2.5 on the second level. The roof is a huge mirador with even better views than the lower levels and is accessed by stairs. Modern and open is the general design. The casita has a stove, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker & grinder, and toaster. The bathroom has a shower. There is a fairly private patio and a hammock in the garden. The laundry area is on the casita level in a storage room and can be used by the tenants. There is WiFi internet to watch movies and to do online banking and to use social media. The casita has a TV with DVD player combo and an Amazon Fire Stick. Electricity, phone and WiFi are included. There are ceiling fans as well as a small portable fan. There is a gas wall heater for the rare very chilly nights in December and January. The bed is king size and it is softer than most Mexican mattresses. It was purchased in 2017 and has a synthetic comforter. There is a carport if you rent a car. We chose to go car free as we are young enough to walk and the buses and taxicabs are reliable. Uber is used all over Guadalajara and is preferred to cabs. It is just getting going here in Ajijic but a good way to leave the airport in Guadalajara.

Again, these are short-term rentals. In the high season (December through April) we have a 7-day minimum stay and off-season (May through November) the minimum is 3 days. The casita will be available beginning November 2017. There is weekly housekeeping. It is pet-free and smoke-free. Our fee is $65 USD ($1150 MXN) per night which compares favorably in the area. A $300 USD ($5300 MXN) damage deposit will be required upon arrival and will be refunded on the last day. There is a 35% discount for stays over 28 days.

The owners are newly retired (Merri - physician & Craig - licensed general contractor and home inspector). We have been here since February 2017 and have not looked back. Craig is also a terrific chef! We are early 60's and very agreeable. We chose to be without a car as we are young enough to walk and are still fascinated with the buses and taxicabs. Mexicans are lovely people and we have adopted their slower pace, which was easy for Craig but an effort for Merri. We are from Florida and this year we had the most fantastic July ever. The climate is great year-round from our point of view. It gets "hot" for a few weeks in May and June but that is not the word Floridians would use. There is a second season developing in the summer for "sun birds," those who escape the summer heat and humidity. We have the altitude of Denver with the latitude of Hawaii.

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Merri Morris & Craig Rule
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2018

About Merri Morris & Craig Rule

We are happily married and in our early 60's. Our motto is, "The kids are grown and the pets are dead..."

We are best friends and we love staying home as much as we like going places. We are very laid back, too. Craig is a retired licensed general contractor & housing inspector (for those house hunting) and Merri is a retired physician.

Merri Morris & Craig Rule purchased this guest house in 2017

Why Merri Morris & Craig Rule chose Los Sabinos

We knew it was our style when we saw it on the real estate listing site. It was even better when we saw it for real. It was more than we wanted to spend but for the rest of our lives, it was well worth it. We love the view and the sense of space it provides.

We had long planned to retire out of the country and we read about this area back in 1989. We looked at Panama first but Ajijic and Mexico have so much more to offer than just the American dollar.

What makes this guest house unique

We only have one casita and we provide personal service, including providing information about car rentals and arranging rides from the airport. We also are a good resource for first time visitors to the area.


#1B - The Mexican people are lovely and we have a lot more than Spanish to learn from them

#3 - The much lower cost of living, ESPECIALLY MEDICAL CARE

#4 - A car is not really necessary, though it is very convenient. The taxicabs are very reasonable and the bus is less than 50 cents USD.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house in Los Sabinos in Ajijic

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • village
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower and 1 sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 bedroom with new king size bed that is softer than most extremely firm Mexican mattresses. We moved the rock hard queen that was there when we bought the house to our upstairs guest room. We encourage guests to sleep downstairs in the comfortable bed!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

merri and carl's place in Ajijic

  • 5 of 5

My hosts were very cordial and even cooked for me twice. The property is super clean, quiet, comfortable and in walking distance of the town. I would stay again with out a doubt.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, David. It was a pleasure and I improved my technical skills, too. Loved your stories.
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Immaculate structure with beautifully maintained gardens and lawn

  • 5 of 5

I had the nicest stay. Craig and Merri could not have been more accommodating nor could they have been more helpful. I would heartily recommend a stay at their wonderful home!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Dave. You are are a gem with a great sense of humor.
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graz, austria

merri und craig sind wundervolle gastgeber,

  • 5 of 5

... durch die die bezeichnung "homeaway", was ja bedeutet "daheim in der ferne", wirklichkeit wird. sie lesen einem jeden wunsch von den augen ab und sind stets hilfreich zur stelle. das "casita" selbst ist komfortabel eingerichtet und eignet sich hervorragend für einen längeren aufenthalt. ich habe mich dort sehr wohl gefühlt.

der ort ajijic am chapala see ist bestens auf englisch-sprachige langzeit-touristen eingestellt, als hinweis: für rollstuhlfahrer allerdings etwas problematisch, weil kopfsteinpflaster-gassen und unebene bürgersteige nicht darauf eingerichtet sind.

mein nächster aufenthalt wird schon geplant.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I just now figured out how to respond. Thank you so much. Please come to our next Christmas Party.
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Very Impressed!!

  • 5 of 5

Merri and Craig keep the place spotless. Both are very knowledgeable about the neighboring communities and are open to sharing information. Friendly, peaceful and serene...excellent location with great views. Would not hesitate to book their place again. Merri speaks spanish which was very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry this took so long, Allan, I just figured out how to do the response. The link from the HomeAway email does not work. You and your mom are lovely and I am so happy about your new home down here in our little piece of paradise,
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Brew House
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Main Highway ("carretera")
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: not necessary

Local tours to Tequila and other places available in the village of Ajijic


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £35.72
Damage Deposit £214.29

If staying monthly then the first month paid at time of booking and each month paid by the first of the month in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.