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Luxury Lake Chapala Hacienda in Ajijic- Celebrate Mexico!

Family-friendly Ajijic vacation home with fireplace and kitchen

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Ajijic, JAL, Mexico
  • This was a beautiful Spanish colonial style home. The courtyard and fountain were lovely.…

    Nov. 2, 2019

  • We had a short four day stay that could not have been better! Thank you Margaret and…

    Jul. 21, 2020

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  • 6 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 3 beds
  • 5 bathrooms
  • Parking available
  • Bathtub
  • Kitchen

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • WiFi
  • Onsite parking
  • In a rural location
  • Dining area
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided

What’s around

  • Lake Chapala - 4 min walk
  • Sierra De San Juan Cosala - 14 min walk
  • San Juan Cosala Boardwalk - 2.6 mi / 4.1 km
  • Ajijic Malecon - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km
  • Tobolandia - 3.9 mi / 6.3 km
  • Chula Vista Country Club - 4.7 mi / 7.6 km

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 2

2 Queen Beds

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About this home

True Mexican Colonial design in a U-shape with courtyard and fountain. Boveda vaulted ceilings. Private gate. Huge areas for entertaining. Quiet cobblestone street. Cleaning service twice weekly.

1 mile from shops and entertainment. Thermal Hot Springs nearby. Excellent restaurants in a friendly community. Horseback riding, golf, tennis, shopping, dining, art galleries, Guadalajara, hiking and relaxation. A bird and botanical haven. Wonderful Wednesday open market. Picturesque views!


Besides the attractions of its climate, scenery and the ever-changing light on the lake, Chapala today has a wide range of tourist facilities including more sports facilities than any other lakeside town.

But you don't have to be an active or sports-minded person to enjoy Chapala. There are numerous restaurants, open-air cafes and ice-cream parlors in which to while away the siesta-time. A walk around the town should include the parish church, San Francisco, which while not particularly old, has a literary distinction, having been immortalized by D. H. Lawrence in the last pages of his novel, "The Plumed Serpent", written during Lawrence's brief stay in Chapala at number 307 on Zaragoza street. Across from the church, it is worth stepping inside the dining room of the Nido Hotel to look at a collection of old photographs of Chapala. These include some thought-provoking pictures of when the lake threatened to overwhelm the town, for several weeks people preferred canoes to bicycles!

The origins of tourism in Chapala go back to the mid nineteenth century when only a simple guest-house existed in the town. Later, Mexican national Railways began to offer daily trips by train to Ocotlan, with connecting lake steamer service to Chapala. In the early years of this century, President Porfirio Diaz stayed with friends in Chapala. With the presidential seal of approval, the popularity of Chapala grew. One very distinctive, European-style building became the home of Alberto Braniff, a member of the famous airline family. Today, his house is a restaurant, the Cazadores.

On the pier, boatmen, competing fiercely with each other, will try to convince you to visit Scorpion Island and its restaurants. A longer, but more interesting, boat trip is to Mezcala Island, and the remains of a fortress dating from Independence times. East of the pier, past the well-kept lakeshore gardens and a small children's park1 the Chapala Yacht club is an attractive building, often used for art exhibitions and cocktail parties.

A row of small fish restaurants is next to the Yacht club. At weekends, this area, like the lakefront Beergarden restaurant, near the pier, is a cacophony of mariachi sound. Just across from the Yacht Club is the Chapala handicrafts market, an excellent place to shop for inexpensive gifts - ranging from leather jackets, wooden furniture, and hand-embroidered dresses to decorated glassware, ceramics and trinkets.

Keywords: Colonial Hacienda

What’s around


  • Lake Chapala - 4 min walk
  • Sierra De San Juan Cosala - 14 min walk
  • San Juan Cosala Boardwalk - 2.6 mi / 4.1 km
  • Ajijic Malecon - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km
  • Tobolandia - 3.9 mi / 6.3 km
  • Chula Vista Country Club - 4.7 mi / 7.6 km
  • Chapala Malecon - 7.2 mi / 11.6 km
  • Lomas de Chapala Country Club - 13.7 mi / 22 km
  • Church of San Cristobal Zapotitlan - 17.9 mi / 28.7 km
  • Arena VFG - 24.8 mi / 39.9 km
  • Temple of Santa Cruz - 29.6 mi / 47.7 km

Getting around

  • Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Intl. Airport (GDL) - 37 min drive
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Ajijic, JAL, Mexico

The home

Key facts

  • Garage
  • WiFi
  • Car recommended
  • Washing machine
  • Pets allowed
  • Designated smoking areas


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 5 bathrooms
  • Full bathroom one - 1 toilet
  • Full bathroom two - 1 shower, 1 bathtub, and 1 toilet
  • Full bathroom three - 1 toilet
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided


  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Blender


  • Separate dining area

Entertainment and recreation

  • Cable/satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Video library
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Games
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Health or beauty spa nearby
  • Outlet shopping nearby
  • Casino nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Ecotours nearby


  • Access to spa tub


  • Barbecue grill
  • Patio
  • Outdoor furniture

Other amenities

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Fireplace
  • Limited housekeeping
  • Beach loungers
  • Telephone

Things to know

House rules

  • Pets allowed
  • Events/parties allowed
  • Max. guests: 6

Special check-in instructions

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking.

Fees & policies

Required at check-in

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

Travelling with others

  • Pets allowed
  • Restrictions apply*


  • This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business.

    For details on pet restrictions, contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

    Parties and events are allowed on site.

    Long-term renters welcome.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a first aid kit and a deadbolt lock on site.

Also known as

  • Luxury Lake Chapala Hacienda Ajijic Celebrate Mexico
  • Luxury Lake Chapala Hacienda in Ajijic Celebrate Mexico!
  • Chapala Hacienda Ajijic Celeb
  • Luxury Lake Chapala Hacienda in Ajijic- Celebrate Mexico! Ajijic


  • Yes. Onsite parking options include a garage.
  • Yes, pets are welcome.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Los Molletes (2.4 mi), Roberto's Restaurant (2.4 mi), and Perry's Pizza (2.5 mi).
  • Have fun with nearby activities like cycling and mountain climbing. Additional recreation nearby includes wildlife walks, birdwatching, and casino gaming. Luxury Lake Chapala Hacienda in Ajijic- Celebrate Mexico! also has a spa tub.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Location was great, price value excellent and Margaret it’s an excellent host.

    Awesome we’re going back next year.

    Edgar G., Other trip, Sep. 18, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Wonderfully Artistic Home, Great Host

    This has to be the most instagramable home ever ! The attention to detail is over the top and the resulting ambiance is a wonder to behold. We spent about 2 months and really made ourselves at home in this delightful hacienda. Our two pups thought it was a grand way to spend a winter ! Margaret was attentive to any need we had and texted me occasionally to see if all was well. The shower is wonderfully hot and the beds are a great night's sleep. Mexico has plenty of roosters and dogs but this house is really restful. A short drive down a picturesque lane and you are on the main drag into Ajijic. Bike or drive to town. But right up near the corner are several really good restaurants and even a chocolate shop ! Treat yourself to a delightful stay in this courtyard-centric masterpiece.

    Lundy W., Other trip, Mar. 12, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Could not ask for more.

    The Hacienda was stunning and Margaret went above and beyond to make sure our stay was perfect. Definitely will rent from her again.

    Luerenea dee ann b., Other trip, Oct. 30, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The Hacienda is a true Hacienda fantastic for a group party. Romantic get away from it all...

    Very beautiful old World Villa type of property. Very private. Very secure, safe and in a good location to explore Lake Chapala, Ajijic. A little out of town, but we loved the walk into town one day on Ocampo Road, so we did not have to walk on the highway. On the way to town we stopped at the Tuesday Market, saw more beautiful villas on the way, great little hideaway restaurants, fastastic landscaping, wonderful friendly people... What a wonderful place to visit and live.

    Susan F., Other trip, Sep. 30, 2019

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