The rental was very easy to arrange with the owner, Lorraine. The casa at La Ruina is perfect and is so much more than we expected. It is located near to everything. There is a laundry/dry cleaner nearby on Jesus and a well stocked convenience store just up the hill on Terraplen.
There are two apartments upstairs, which are also available for rent. Access to the apartments is securely separated from the casa by a small courtyard just off the main entry vestibule. The casa/house is very spacious and extremely comfortable. There is a second courtyard separating the main house from the bedrooms. I harvested the oranges daily to make delicious juice from the orange tree in this courtyard. This orange tree was also a lemon tree that was grafted at the main trunk. The tree bore both fruits.
As you enter the house, there is an office/single bedroom with a bathroom just off the living room. From the beautiful entry courtyard you enter a spacious living room and sitting area. And from there you enter the dining room. The dining room is connected to the kitchen. Everything you would need to serve 8 at the beautiful wooden table is available from the side-board in the dining room. The two bedrooms are very quiet as they are located well away from the street. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom. The bedrooms are accessible through the second courtyard just off the dining room. There is wonderful artwork all over the entire house. In the courtyard connecting the bedrooms to the house is a stairway taking you to up an airy and well lit studio above the two bedrooms, which we assume the owners use when they are in town.
Maria is the housekeeper who comes daily to clean the house. She is wonderful.