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Oasis at Casa del Zalate
Oasis at Casa del Zalate
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
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El Zalate house is set within an oasis of tropical vegetation one block away from Ajijic's lakefront walkway (malecon). It is set in a calm, relaxing garden environment and you will love the experience of staying in an authentic traditional Mexican village house with lots of space and gardens.

The plaza is a 12 min walk and five small grocery stores are within a minute walk, nice to forget about your car in days.

The space

El Zalate house was built in Ajijic by American writer Neill James in the 1950s as a retreat by the lakeside for expat artists set within an oasis of palm trees and tropical gardens. This oasis has been preserved till today for you to relax and enjoy its calmness and terrific garden and mountain views.
Lie down on a lounger chair or a hammock and relax at its fantastic terrace and 800 sqm (8600sqft) of tropical gardens and trees.

The house is all on one level, with a fireplace, indoor dining area, kitchen, living area, terrace, one full bathroom and two bedrooms organized as follows:
- Master bedroom 1 (king size bed)
- Bedroom 2 (double bed and bunker bed)

The house is one block from the quiet part of the Malecon (lakeside walkway), very close to local shops and 10 min walk to Ajijic main square (Plaza). We have two parking spaces within the property (off-street and gated).

We also rent a separate guesthouse studio (casita) that can be booked together with the Zalate house, adding space for 2-3 more people and one full bathroom. You can check the availability of the guesthouse (Casa Caoba) here https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/20504992

Interaction with guests

I speak English and Spanish and will try to meet you in person but in any case will be available on the phone when required. A local person will meet you and will take care of all the needs during your stay.


Extra people £5 / night after 3 guests
Cleaning Fee £11
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price £43 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 bunk bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 3PM - 11PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Parties and loud music are not allowed at any time. This is a place to relax. The house is set within a large property shared with two other independent houses. Guests should respect the gardens and common areas, keeping the main gate shut and behave appropriately at all times.


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10 Reviews

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Pamela User Profile
September 2017
The house and gardens are magical here at the Casa. The Banyan tree is absolutely amazing. The location is excellent. You can walk anywhere in town and to the Malecon and walk to your hearts delight. There are also buses that run every 10 minutes or so that you can catch about a block away. The kitchen is very well equipped and Fidel, Pablo's helper, is so helpful and charming.
Pablo User Profile
Response from Pablo:
Dear Pam, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Zalate house, and even made new friends with a neighbor. We would love to host you and Margo in Ajijic again soon.
September 2017

Nelida User Profile
August 2017
Great location and spacious

Dominique User Profile
August 2017
Pablo's place was amazing! We really enjoyed our stay and Fidel, the property manager, was incredibly accessable and helpful. Would absolutely stay at Pablo's place again!

Lili User Profile
April 2017
We enjoyed our six-week stay. Pablo was extremely helpful and friendly. The house is spacious, comfortable and all is as described in the website. The screened porch was our favorite space to relax and entertain guests. The garden with its green vegetation, colorful flowers and beautiful birds surrounds the house and provides a restful retreat. It a was treat to be within walking distance to the fruit market, tortilla shop, meat shop and restaurants as well as downtown. We made Ajijic our base for day and weekend trips to Guadalajara, Tequila, Tlaquepaque and the archeological site of Guachimontones. Other than the wifi which was very slow and sometimes not available at all, we were extremely pleased with the house and Pablo's responsiveness. We can't wait to go back to Pablo's house in beautiful Ajijic.
Pablo User Profile
Response from Pablo:
Dear Lili, thanks for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay at El Zalate house and the 6-corners area of Ajijic. it was lovely to host you. We have now changed the wifi supplier and will get a super fast broadband line within a couple of weeks. I look forward to seeing you soon in Ajijic
April 2017

Juan Pablo User Profile
March 2017
The host canceled this reservation 45 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Ken User Profile
March 2017
Pablo is very accommodating and responsive if there are any questions or problems. The house is roomy and very nicely located. Problems we encountered related to wifi accessibility and some bugs.
Pablo User Profile
Response from Pablo:
Hi Ken, it was lovely to host you during your stay. Thanks for the feedback provided, specially useful since you were our second host ever!. We have now installed a Wifi broadband line and made a few other changes. We look forward to seeing you again in Ajijic.
March 2017

Carol User Profile
February 2017
This house has large rooms and a wonderful screened in porch. Six Corners is quieter than being closer the central square, yet only a few minutes walk to the shops on Colon, LCS, and the Malecon. The property is secure and quiet. Plenty of hot water! Pablo greeted us at the airport even though our flight was 6 hours late! I would stay there again.
Pablo User Profile
Response from Pablo:
Carol, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and liked the house and location. Thanks for your comments and look forward to seeing you back in Ajijic.
February 2017

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Pablo User Profile

I am a Spaniard living in Mexico and Ajijic is a lovely piece of paradise where me and my wife - a globetrotter Mexican - enjoy spending part of our family life. We lived for a long time in London (UK) and understand exactly what "northerners" love in Ajijic's ambience and climate.

We like travelling, visiting museums and art galleries, spending time with our children and learning about geography, history, anthropology, education and museum studies, amongst many other things

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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