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Last updated: 08/13/2009

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Enjoy Valle de Bravo from our 6000-sqft villa, Casa Cantil. My wife is the architect and we built the house as a labor of love for our own use. It has five spacious bedrooms each with its own full bathroom, cozy lounge areas, 3 fireplaces, an infinity pool with outdoor dining under a pergola, and the best view in town -- a 210-degree sweeping view of the entire area. It's full of high-end details: Bose home theater, Sonos sound system, and luxury bedding (with ironed cotton linens and goose down pillows, featherbeds, and duvets). It's more than a house rental ... think of Casa Cantil as a private boutique hotel with daily maid/turn-down service, Mexican breakfasts served with fresh fruits and freshly squeezed juices, plus exquisite four-course gourmet comidas with ingredients from the farmers' market. Our guests all rave about the food and hospitality (see our reviews). In less than 10 minutes you can walk down the hill to Valle's Zocalo, shops, and restaurants. Although Valle offers lots of attractions, most guests rarely leave the property. They just relax, enjoy the view, and get spoiled by our attentive staff. Hablamos español.

Valle de Bravo -- Eco-Tourism Capital of Mexico: Valle de Bravo is known for its outdoor activities: paragliding, mountain biking, hiking, sailing, horseback riding, motocross, golf, and water-skiing. Right behind Casa Cantil is Monte Alto, a nature preserve with some superb running trails. In town you can rent mountain bikes (with or without a guide), motorboats and sailboats on the lake, and horses and ATVs. From November to March, 300 million monarch butterflies converge in the nearby sanctuary (in fact, the air is so thick with butterflies that a park ranger is stationed at the outskirts of town to slow traffic). We have a pool that can be heated for a fee. There is a colorful open-air market with fresh produce every day and an artisan market. In the summer dramatic thunderstorms sweep in across the lake in the late afternoon. The weather is comfortable and warm year-round. You can lie out in the sun and swim in the pool year-around, and yet it is cool at night, ideal for lighting fires and sleeping.

Valle de Bravo -- a paragliding Mecca: Valle de Bravo is world-famous among paragliders and hangliders for its thermals and spectacular views (Valle hosted the 2009 FAI Paragliding World Championships). You do not need any experience to enjoy this sport as they can send you out on a piloted tandem jump with a professional instructor -- my 67-year old mom jumped for the first time this way. At 1pm she called Fly Mexico (one of the local outfits) and by 3pm she was floating over the town. It cost about US$100. There are several golf clubs: Club de Golf Avandaro, Rancho Avandaro, Izar, and El Santuario Golf and Spa Resort. Valle hosts music and art festivals and sporting competitions throughout the year which draw local and international visitors.

Getting to Valle de Bravo: You don't need a car to visit Casa Cantil, especially since we are walking distance to everything in town.

Valle itself is a 2-3 hour drive west from Mexico City (MEX). Some of our guests like to combine a trip to Valle with a guided sightseeing tour of Mexico City and the Teotihuacan pyramids, or take advantage of the proximity to Toluca's regional airport to mix in a few days at one of Mexico's famous beach resorts (a two-hour flight from Toluca will get you to Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, or Los Cabos). San Miguel de Allende is a four-hour drive.


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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 6000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 baby crib


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 2 queen, 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen


  • All bedrooms have full private bathrooms. Master bedroom has a separate but attached baby room with crib and changing area. Bedroom 2 has two twin beds that can be combined into a single king size bed. Bedroom 4 is a suite with a second room that has a trundle bed (two twins)....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Casa Cantil is like a private five-star hotel. It's fully staffed and we provide daily maid and turn-down service, fresh breakfasts, and gourmet comidas for a nominal fee. It compares favorably to all the top hotels only a) it's private and b) it has a spectacular view. If you're considering El Santuario Hotel & Spa, call us first (or just look at TripAdvisor). The property has 3 fireplaces, a Bose 5.1 home theater with 52' HDTV, AppleTV & Blu-Ray player, wood-burning brick oven for making pizzas, and a Sonos whole-house music system (choose from millions of songs to play anywhere). There are romantic, cozy niches for relaxing, a giant outdoor table that seats 20 under a Tuscan-style pergola, and a dazzling infinity pool that can be heated for a fee. Wireless internet everywhere and an office. ...moreless


  • Games:

    A few board games...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Rhapsody subscription included with our Sonos (millions of songs on demand)...moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Sonos with four independent zones with Rhapsody service (you don't need to bring your own music)....moreless

  • Television:

    52' high-definition...moreless

  • Toys:

    Puzzles, Jenga, etc....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Small collection of discs plus Apple TV set up with a US account that is available for guest use (US iTunes accounts offer a greater selection of movies and TV shows)...moreless


  • Family


  • Forests
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Town

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing

Arrival Day

  • Flexible


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage:

    Fits two cars. We suggest parking additional cars in a secure lot in town....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Guests feeling adventurous may make their own pizzas (our kitchen staff doesn't operate this oven)....moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is managed by our chef and closes at 8pm. For hygienic reasons we ask that our guests allow our staff to do the cooking (in this respect, think of Casa Cantil as a hotel with a restaurant)...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Can be heated for a fee with 24-hours' notice. A chapoteadero for kids can be heated for free....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Regular Season 2015.
Apr 6 - Dec 17, 2015
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

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  • Taxes Not included


Infants who can't walk are free.

Additional guests are USD$100 per person.

Security deposit required, depending on number of people and length of stay. Gratuities are customary and not included.

Fresh Mexican breakfasts and daily maid/turn-down service are included. We also offer gourmet four-course lunches for a nominal fee. This is not a self-catered house rental -- we do the cooking for you.

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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
Mexico City

Car: Recommended

Casa Cantil is centrally located. You can walk to all of Valle's best restaurants, shops, art galleries, cultural centers, and the lakefront. You don't need a car. It is NOT in Izar, Avandaro, El Escondrijo, La Peña, Acatitlan, El Santuario, or the 'new' section of town (back from the lake). Many of those areas, such as Izar, are actually quite remote (easily a half hour drive to the Zocalo).

Valle de Bravo is one of Mexico's 'Magic Towns' (along with San Miguel and Taxco), 2 hours from Mexico City via the new highway. It is considered the Switzerland of Mexico as it is mountainous and clean with an 8 square-mile lake amidst pristine pine forests. At the same time, it is classic colonial Mexico: a centuries-old church in the main square that's bursting with music, energy, and color. It has a progressive side, too, with organic markets, Buddhist temples, and a triathlon. Casa Cantil is a 600m walk up from the Zocalo via cobblestone streets full of bougainvillea, African tulips, and hummingbirds.

Activities: butterfly watching, hiking, running, mountain biking, sailing, paragliding. The pine forest (Monte Alto) is just behind our house with gorgeous hiking and running trails. There is also a newly renovated deportiva nearby with a running track, tennis and basketball courts, and a couple soccer fields.

Golf & Boating: There are private clubs in the area.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: We're a family the divides our time between Mexico and New York.

Why the Owner Chose Valle De Bravo:
We built the property ourselves in 2006. Prior to that, the land was the town's unofficial lookout point as locals came to sit on the wall and admire the panoramic views and dazzling sunsets.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Most vacation rentals feel like rentals, with cheap furniture, uncomfortable beds, and mediocre installations. Since we furnished the house for our own use, we invested in high-end amenities like a Sonos sound system, Bose home theater, and extremely comfortable beds with real down featherbeds, duvets, and pillows. Our full-time staff also keep the house immaculate, to an even higher standard of hygiene than a luxury hotel and certainly higher than a typical house rental. (How many villas sterilize their sheets between visitors?). We appreciate these details for ourselves and we're pretty sure you will, too.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish

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  • Infinity pool with view of La Pena

    Infinity pool with view of La Pena

  • Poolside dining area under pergola

    Poolside dining area under pergola

  • Christmastime


  • Exterior lighting

    Exterior lighting

  • Pergola-covered dining area seats 16

    Pergola-covered dining area seats 16

  • Upper terrace

    Upper terrace

  • View of town with sunset directly across lake

    View of town with sunset directly across lake

  • Featured in Architectural Digest.

    Featured in Architectural Digest.

  • From Architectural Digest article.

    From Architectural Digest article.

  • Living room has a wall of glass looking out onto the town and lake

    Living room has a wall of glass looking out onto the town and lake

  • Outdoor terrace at night with Moroccan lanterns

    Outdoor terrace at night with Moroccan lanterns

  • A great place for a special event or intimate celebration

    A great place for a special event or intimate celebration

  • Multiple cozy spaces to eat outside

    Multiple cozy spaces to eat outside

  • View from deck outside the office

    View from deck outside the office

  • Master bedroom with goosedown featherbed, duvet, and pillows

    Master bedroom with goosedown featherbed, duvet, and pillows

  • Photo taken by paraglider passing overhead

    Photo taken by paraglider passing overhead

  • From Architectural Digest article.

    From Architectural Digest article.

  • From Architectural Digest article.

    From Architectural Digest article.

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Minimum stay: 2 nights
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
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  • Calendar last updated 08/13/2009
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