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.
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.
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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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