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Art Lovers Village Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 - 60 nights


About the property

Lovely sunny terrace surrounded by a home. 1 King Bedroom plus a sleeper sofa.

Each room in Los Girasoles has ceiling to floor windows facing the terrace. Mature trees, fountain, exterior fireplace.

The master bedroom and bath stand alone on the east side of the terrace/garden area. Separated by the outside dining area and fountain, the rest of the house ( kitchen, dining room, living room, office area and second full bath on located on the west side of the patio/terrace. Old Mexican style of living, bedrooms completely separated from the main house.

Property Manager
ricardo quirarte
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish, Some French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 2, 2017

About ricardo quirarte

Art lover and world traveler has returned to the USA to spend more time with those precious little grandchildren. Leaving her charming Mexican retreat available for you to rent and enjoy. You won't find a more accessible and safe house in Ajijic. Close to everything but totally private behind the high walls.

ricardo quirarte purchased this house in 1990

Why ricardo quirarte chose Lake Chapala

VERY CLOSE to the village center but NOT IN IT! .. One block from the lake and the Lake Chapala Society grounds (google them). Quiet street. good neighbors. Parking allowed on the street to the East of the house, if you need it. You will feel like you are in your own little world once on the grounds of this Artistic retreat. Entrance is an arched custom painted door way set under the typical Mexican tiled cupola.

Los Girasoles was built as a restaurant (Los Girasoles in the 1980's) and cleverly remodeled into this spacious well lit home by it's current owner in 1990.

What makes this house unique

Corner property, lovely roof top terrace with panoramic views of the village and mountains. BBQ being constructed now and will be ready by November 1. Giant gourmet kitchen.

Surround yourself with high quality art and furnishings … unlike the typical vacation rental where furniture and pictures are chosen as decorations based on how 'cheap' they are.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hello Tom and Ricardo,

First of all, thank you for your hospitality - you made us feel very welcome. You are both a pleasure to deal with and also just to hang around and chat with. The invitation to the employee party on our first night was over the top and much appreciated.As for Casa Girasoles, we loved it!! We were there just long enough to get attached and very familiar with it. Any longer and we would not have been able to leave. We did not break anything in there and tried to put everything back where it was - truth is, we ate out almost every night thanks to the great location.

We LOVED it here and would definitely come back. You may hear from Susan's sister and her husband shortly about a stay in March.

Okay, I think enough said. It was wonderful to meet the both of you and our paths may cross again. By the way, thank you for the oxygen tank - it works fine but thankfully was not needed - just having it there helped with the anxiety.

Take care,Martin & Susan
Dec 2014
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Ajijic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Soaking Tub and full bathroom in the west wing of the house.
  • Master Bath has a shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 2 king
  • Master Bedroom has a king bed and fireplace. Completely separated from the main house for privacy and late sleeping. Sofa Bed in the Living Room sleep two (at an extra charge).
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
A maid and gardener take care of the property for us. The gardner can work his visits around your schedule so that he does not interrupt your privacy. The maid comes the same day every week. Her day might be able to be changed based on your needs but not changed weekly or on short notice. She washes the sheets and towels and general cleaning, she does not wash your personal clothing. She can iron for you at an extra charge. She is available more than one day a week for an extra charge, if you would like the service. A Massuer is available by phone for private appointments at the house. Subject to availability.


4.7/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Art Lovers Village Retreat
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 4 reviews
Toronto, Ontario

A Home Full of Charm and Grace

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this remarkable home for four months and are very grateful for the experience. There are so many outstanding aspects to Los Girasoles it is difficult to list them all. The location could not be better. The lake, main plaza, Lake Chapala Society, restaurants, local grocery stores and the Wednesday market are all within easy walking distance. You certainly do not need a car. From the street you enter into a wonderfully tranquil private courtyard full of colourful plants and trees cared for by one of the best gardeners in the village.

The courtyard is an amazing quiet space where the majority of sounds you hear are the songbirds, horses clip-clopping by and the church bells. In the evening, be sure to enjoy the outdoor fireplace. The very large mirador which has a professional quality BBQ, is reached by an outdoor staircase in the courtyard and provides a beautiful expansive view of the mountains.

The house is unique. Floor to ceiling windows looking out on the courtyard ensure that every room is flooded with light. the huge kitchen is a cook's dream and is the most completely equipped kitchen of all the places we've ever stayed. The expansiveness of the rooms allowed us to host a dinner for 18 (we could have easily accommodated 24) while the courtyard provides a wonderful cocktail area.

The walls in every room are covered with quality original art which will continually fascinate and enchant you. Finally, our hosts, Ricardo and Thomas, bent over backwards to solve the small concerns we had and made us feel comfortable and completely at home. We recommend Los Girasoles without reservation.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fargo, ND

7 weeks in paradise

  • 4 of 5

I arrived at Guadalajara airport in mid January and was met by Tom, one of the property managers of the casa I rented via VRBO, who whisked me away to the charming, and most unique village of Ajijic. VRBO #622506 is situated very near the action, and is truly within walking distance of ANYTHING you need. The property is beautifully furnished, and that is an understatement!!. Anything you would ever need is there in a very large kitchen; two flat screen tvs; linens galore, comfortable bed with pull out sofa in living area (which my guests did not complain about); plus a beautiful garden well tended by a gardener twice a week. A sweet maid comes in once a week as well.

I will not return to this property basically because it was just too big for one person, not as cozy for my taste. It would be perfect for a couple.....a very romantic getaway spot with quality, expensive art pieces everywhere you look.

I failed to mention a roof garden with 2 comfortable chaise lounges exposed to the warm Mexican sun all day long. The roof also has umbrella table and 4 chairs, a wet bar, gas grill, flowers, trees, and laundry.

Yes, I would highly recommend this amazing property.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday stay

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at this wonderful house right in the town. We did not have a car but could walk everywhere in town and when we wanted to venture further, the local bus and taxis are easy and inexpensive.

When you enter through the beautiful painted doors you are into a completely safe and private environment. A courtyard with outdoor fireplace is set between two separate buildings - one housing the bedroom and bathroom, the other with kitchen, dining, living rooms and another, larger bathroom. All rooms are large and there is also a HUGE mirador on the roof that gives wonderful views of the setting sun. There are four distinct dining areas (two outside) to enjoy dining or refreshments. The photos in the listing are valid but they do not convey the feeling that the place has. We thoroughly enjoyed "our" house and will definitely consider returning.

Thank you Tom and Ricardo; your hospitality and help made the stay even better.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Chula Vista Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Ajijic Tango
Nearest Beach
120 Miles
Ocean Beach at Manzanillo, Colima
Car: not necessary

Casa Girasoles (Sunflowers) is located just 3 blocks from the village center (Ajijic Plaza). You can do most of your food shopping within 6 blocks of the house. There is a Catholic church on the Plaza and lots of restaurants. The bus line runs one block from Casa Girasol.


Rates & Availability

Ajijic House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
summer 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
14 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
14 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
60 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $800

We include all utilities, gas, water, electricity & telephone, We expect you to use common sense with your use of the utilities, Be aware excessive use (waste) of water or electricity could be charged against your deposit.
For tenants staying one month or more we will provide either a pick up at the airport or drop off at airport or in Guadalajara for your departure at no extra charge. Check in time is 4pm check out is 11am. We may have to hold your security deposit for up to 30 days to make sure that no long distance calls were made on the telephone.

50% down to make reservation, full balance due 60 days prior to arrival. 25% cancellation fee if canceled at least 60 days before arrival. 50% between 60 and 30 days. Cancellations within 30 days of arrival, no refund.
Paypal is one of our payment options,wire or direct bank deposit with Wells Fargo Bank NA. Damage deposit can be paid on arrival, in cash or by Paypal a few days before arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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