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Casa Gala viewed from the pool area


Last updated: 05/09/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

For readers of my book, 'Gringos in Paradise', or my article in AARP magazine , you may recall that my wife and I decided to settle and build a Dream House in the lively, lovely village of Sayulita.

Sayulita, for those of you new to the area, is a surfing and fishing village tucked into the edge of the jungle, about 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. It was the paradise we picked after traveling throughout Mexico.

We built our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house, pictured on the cover of my book. It’s a handsome colonial home in the quiet north side of Sayulita, just a 10-minute walk from the life and color of the plaza.

There are restaurants and stores where you can get cold cervezas just down the street from us, too. We’re on the main beach road, 1 block away from the ocean, on the tranquil side. (Sayulita’s main beach can be crowded in high season.)

Our house has two stories inside a secure, corner compound enclosed by a big, hacienda-type wall. Except during High Season, each floor can be rented independently. There's secure private parking within the compound, though one of the charms of the village is that you don't need a car--you can walk everywhere.

The first thing you see upon entering our imposing wrought-iron gates are 2 tall flower-bedecked arches, one of which cascades water into our 30-by-15 pool. There is an enticing thatch-roofed poolhouse with its own bathroom, sink, and mini-fridge.Through the arch is a 'mini-secret garden' behind lush foliage, with a seating area and a corner fountain. There's an outdoor shower near our front gate.

On the ground floor, we have 2 beautifully-appointed bedrooms with queen-sized beds with custom-carved head boards and furniture, each with a private bathroom decorated in hand-made talavera tiles. There's a full tiled kitchen with breakfast bar.

The living/dining great room is open to the garden and pool area, which glows at night from the lanterns along the hacienda wall. There is also an inside den that can be closed off when it's cool for DVD-watching and sofa-loafing .

Our dishes and glassware are colonial Mexican, the doors and windows are of handsome parota wood, and we’ve decorated the house with handicrafts from our trips to the villages surrounding Patzcuaro.

Upstairs is a self-contained apartment with 1 Queen-sized bedroom and 1 very small bedroom with a sink. (It has a double bed.) The 2 bedrooms share a full bath. Plus a living room, kitchen and terrace with two long chaises where you can watch the life of the village and the garden below you. Both sleeping areas have AC.

All bedrooms are air conditioned, though it's not necessary during the winter months.

We also have a spiral staircase to a large roof pavilion, and a seating area where you can take in the sea breezes. You’ll have a view of the village and surrounding mountain and jungle, and a peak through the palms at the nearby ocean. It's surrounded by wrought-iron railings and lanterns.

Other amenities: laundry room with washer-dryer, bed linens, bath and pool/beach towels provided. Cleaning and change of linens & towels scheduled according to your preferences for days and times.

As you probably know if you’ve been scanning these listings, you can stay for 2 weeks and not visit all of Sayulita’s restaurants. There’s a wealth of beach activities, including Sayulita’s own world-class surfing, plus horseback riding, nearby snorkeling, whale-watching, canopy tours, and of course the glitter of Puerto Vallarta 40 minutes away.

See you on the beach!

Barry & Thia Golson

Keywords: Secure, Private Home, 1 Blk from Beach, Gorgeous Pool & Garden


Member since: 2005

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 05/09/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Staff


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 double


  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1) All 4 bedrooms are decorated with Mexican craftwork and paintings we collected ourselves. The bed headboards are all hand-carved, and there are wrought-iron breakfast tables and chairs just outside each bedroom. The first 2 BR's are on the ground floor, one on each side of the open-air great room (living, dining, kitchen) with separate bathrooms, steps from the garden and pool. The 3rd is on the upper floor and shares a bathroom with the 4th bedroom, which is very small but has its own sink. All 4 bedrooms have air conditioning and netting (never had to use). ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Includes handicap hand rails....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Includes handicap hand rails....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    This is shared with the small 4th bedroom w separate sink...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    Pool house rest room...moreless

  • The shared bathroom on the upper floor has a toilet and shower closed off from the sink. There's another sink in the 4th bedroom. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Thatched roof pool house w/ powder room, wet bar, seating area at pool house. Chaises around pool. Spiral staircase to 3rd floor viewing pavilion....moreless


  • Books:

    We have a large library (in the 'vestibule) with great vacation reading for all interests - plus a 'house copy' of 'Gringos in Paradise' about our adventures while building Casa Gala....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    For DVD watching and games....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    A mountain view of the hills behind Sayulita...moreless

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    All bedrooms and den have AC...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:


  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Plus the regular linens, you will find 2 pillows on the beds. Extra pillows and blankets available. They are changed twice a ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Room for 2 cars inside the compound, 3 in a pinch. Bet you won't need them....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Secure, enclosed, behind tall walls....moreless

  • Telephone:

    For local use; credit card calls to States...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All bath towels are in the bathrooms. Pool towels are in a basket on the pool bar....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Each kitchen also has: a blender and a juice squeezer and a coffee bean grinder. We have all sizes of frying pans, cooking pots, and stock pots. Also casserole ovenware....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    In both kitchens you will find dishes, glassware, and utensils: downstairs for 8-12 guests; upstairs for 2-4 guests. ...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Upper floor and roof pavillion...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Around the pool is a patio: long chaises for sunning and chairs and tables under the palapa for shade. There is a rooftop pavilion for taking in the views and having a margarita at sunset. ...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Find the 'hidden garden' with our dolphin fountain near the pool....moreless

  • Golf:

    1 course nearby, several within 30 minutes....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Ours is open to the 'great room' to enjoy Mexican style....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:


Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    It's a 'real' pool - not just a 'plunge or splash' pool. And ours has an 'aqueduct' that waterfalls over the deep end for fun . Our little guests love it....moreless



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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

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Major Holiday Rates: $4000 (weekly only)

50% at booking 50% 1 week before arrival. Deposit is refundable until 30 days before date of arrival.

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Last updated: 05/09/2017
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Car: Not Necessary

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Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 05/09/2017

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  • Casa Gala viewed from the pool area

    Casa Gala viewed from the pool area

  • Entrance Gate

    Entrance Gate

  • Pool, palapa, and aqeduct

    Pool, palapa, and aqeduct

  • The ground floor Great Room (looking toward den)

    The ground floor Great Room (looking toward den)

  • The Green Bedroom (ground floor)

    The Green Bedroom (ground floor)

  • Cozy den w TV

    Cozy den w TV

  • Living area (upper floor)

    Living area (upper floor)

  • From the terrace

    From the terrace

  • Rooftop pavilion

    Rooftop pavilion

  • Our stretch of beach: one block away!

    Our stretch of beach: one block away!

  • Yard, garden and pool

    Yard, garden and pool

  • Our 'ancient' pool aqueduct

    Our 'ancient' pool aqueduct

  • The Blue bedroom (ground floor)

    The Blue bedroom (ground floor)

  • The Green Bath (ground floor)

    The Green Bath (ground floor)

  • Stairway to Gala heaven (2nd floor)

    Stairway to Gala heaven (2nd floor)

  • Upstairs


  • Spiral staircase toward rooftop pavilion

    Spiral staircase toward rooftop pavilion

VRBO #72155

This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Sunday, May 21, 2017

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