Historic Luxury Hacienda with Sumptuous Design
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Merida villa description
Tucked away on the lush grounds of Hacienda Sac Chich,Casa de Maquinas are 3 limestone buildings, a water tower and an 85 ft. chimney. Surrounded by palm filled gardens Casa de Maquinas consists of three 2000sq.ft. rectangular structures that date to 1850.
CASA VIEJA houses the LIVING ROOM, 2 KING BEDROOMS, A LOFT BEDROOM AND 2 BATHROOMS AND THE COLONIAL KITCHEN. Opposite the Casa Vieja is the CASA NUEVA, where a dramatic central hallway is the entrance to 3 BEDROOMS and 3 BATHROOMS all with soaring 26’ ceilings and 13’ high doors. The large master has a sunken living area, and outside within a walled garden is a settee and plunge pool. Between these two buildings is an open-air living room and dining room, the LOGGIA. From the loggia climb a staircase to a ROOFTOP LOUNGE AND A STAR GAZING PLATFORM. Through a sea shell mosaic tunnel from the inner courtyard you find the 40 foot POOL AND regulation size BOCCE BALL COURT.
Throughout the hacienda there is evidence of its previous utilitarian life. Iron wheels and massive beams are remnants of its past. Once the water tank for the hacienda, the pool is now a shimmering refuge from the heat of the Yucatan. A steel and bamboo pergola and a playita of shallow water with a hammock suspended above provide areas for rest and shade. We have six chaise lounges for your relaxation. The open-air living room and dining pavilion, the Loggia is surrounded by lily and fish filled reflecting water ponds and dramatic lighting. From the loggia climb an enclosed spiral staircase to the roof top lounge area and a star gazing platform. Here you can watch the moon, stars,sunset, an approaching storm or enjoy the night breeze. Framing the entire hacienda are dry stacked stone walls, tall hedges of Fica and walls creatively designed with metal cages filled with local limestone. The grounds are filled with exotic rare palms, bamboos, gingers, tropical plants and fruit trees.
The house restoration has been a project of the renowned Mexican architect Salvador Reyes Rios and his partner and wife Josefina Larrain. Most of the furniture throughout is designed by Salvador and fabricated locally. This hacienda has been published in numerous magazines and books. Most recently Hacienda Style by Karen Witynski and Joe Carr, and prior to the renovation of the pool and Casa Nueva, The New Hacienda by the same authors.
DAILY GARDENERS AND HOUSEKEEPERS ARE ON THE PREMISES MONDAY TO SATURDAY.
NEED MORE BEDROOMS AND SPACE FOR A LARGER PARTY? RENT OUR BEAUTIFUL CASA SISAL # 286207 IN ADDITION TO THE HACIENDA.
The hacienda is close to many of the Mayan Ruins. Uxmal is 1 hour away, Mayapan is 20 minutes, Chichen Itza is 1 hour. The road to Mayapan is 5 minutes away and this road is referred to as the Ruta de Convento. Spend a day winding in and out of the villages where these grand Spanish colonial convents are. The Gulf Coast is 45 minutes away where you can swim in the Gulf water and enjoy fresh seafood. Go diving or snorkeling in many cenotes that are close by: Cuzama is 25 min away. Merida is 35 minutes away.
In addition to the loggia restoration and the new rooftop and Bocce Ball court we have a new hacienda entrance, driveway, bodega and a NEW 2100 SQ.FT. 2 BR, 2 BATH GUEST HOUSE. This house is called CASA SISAL and is VRBO # 286207. Although this home was designed in the modern aesthetic, the construction techniques and materials are the same as the hacienda. Surrounded by water lily filled reflecting ponds it was built in the henequen drying fields, adjacent to the hacienda. It is on 3 acres and is surrounded by a 10 foot historic hacienda wall. There is a modern kitchen, a dining area for 8-10 and a sunken living room with fireplace and a flat screen monitor for DVD viewing, and the house is wired for sound and i pod ready. There is a King in one bedroom and 2 Queens in the other. In the master bathroom the shower can open to an enclosed garden. There is a 30 ft edgeless pool with a playita of shallow water. The home is fully screened and air conditioned. This house also has access to the bocce ball court. It is a comfortable private enclave. A winding driveway from the main entrance leads to a private parking area. The house can be rented with the hacienda or separately.
Keywords: Historical Hacienda Estate
- 6000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Daily Maid Service
- Children Welcome
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 13
- King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items
- Linens Provided:
- Air Conditioning:
- Parking Off Street:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Covered Parking
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Towels Provided
- 1- 1,000 sq.ft. master suite w/King and private bath and patio w/plunge pool, 2 King and 1 Queen bedrooms all w/private baths, 1 King bedroom and loft bedroom with 1 Queen and 1 twin beds and shared bath in restored water tower. 2000 sq. ft covered loggia , 85 foot chimney, trampoline , 4 bikes on property for guest use. Lit Bocce Ball court, Volleyball, badminton, Frisbee and ping-pong....moreless
- Music Library:
- Video Library
- CD Player
- Broadband Access
- Wireless Internet
- Mobile Phone
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool:
- Deck / Patio:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
- Wood Deck
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Porch / Veranda
Location & View
- Basketball Court
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sight Seeing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
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I have stayed at Hacienda Sac Chich several times and look forward to the feeling of calm the minute I get there. The owners have mixed Mayan history with easy luxury. (I mean - fabulous all-cotton sheets, fluffy pillows and plush Turkish towels! Among many other things - all of the wonderful fabrics, candles, furnishings!). I adore the ambience of sheer grand-ness. We wake up to rustling palms and trills of the cellphone/slide-whistle birds (my own term, but you'll find that's what they sound like...). At dusk, fireflies sparkle over the great lawn of Casa Sisal. You want to chase them in the grass. Sac Chich is absolutely majestic. I look in awe at the 20-ft high ceilings, ochre colored walls, massive old stone work and huge mahogany doors It was the Casa de Maquina, after all, and has machinery in its beginnings. The property is lush with every kind of tropical greenery - palms of every kind, ginger plants, hibiscus, and bougainvilleas.The staff is always attentive and caring, just ask. You can totally linger at the hacienda and enjoy it in itself or venture away to explore. It's an easy half-day trip to the cenotes, henequen plantations, and famous Mayan ruins. We like the lesser known ones that are closer and more fun! Visit nearby colorful villages such as Acanceh or Tixcocob - the hammock town- or spend several days exploring Merida, capital city of Yucatan. Relax poolside or read email in the huge open-air loggia. At night, everyone in the world becomes a kid again star gazing from the roof top. The grand circular stairway to the roof is also an architectural marvel. For me, my favorite thing is to cocoon in the courtyard with books and wine, enjoying the ever changing Yucatan sky overhead. You won 't regret or forget your stay here!
- Guest Jann - Montana (Livingston, MT. USA)
- Date of stay 11/15/13
- Review Submitted 11/26/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
My (recently new) fiancé and I stayed for a week at Casa Sisal after stumbling upon it online while planning our Mexican holiday from Australia. We were both immensely blown away with our experience at Casa Sisal. I would highly recommend (and have been) staying here. Cyndy, the owner is very kind and aims to please. I coordinated with her to plan the surprise proposal for our engagement during our stay at Casa Sisal. it couldn't have been planned any better and Cyndy was very helpful in arranging everything we needed prior to arrival. She arranged a beautiful table with flowers and candles and recommended a great private chef. An unforgettable night. Right from the front gate, the perfectly manicured grounds, the house, the location and the facilities are AMAZING. The house has everything you need to stay comfortable as if you had never left home. Although it's location is not right in town, travelling by car is easy and a fun adventure. It also makes it easy to see other towns and sights in the area. Maps and guides of the area made by Cyndy are also very helpful. Honestly, we have never been to such an amazing getaway in all our travels and will definitely be a returning, even all the way from Australia.
- Guest Tom (Australia) (Australia)
- Date of stay 10/28/13
- Review Submitted 11/25/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, people with disabilities, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Casa Sisal - Living the dream
Casa Sisal - Living the dream
Casa Sisal is an architectural masterpiece and without doubt the most incredible place we ever imagined staying! Amazingly when we arrived it was even more astounding than we thought possible. Everything about the property and gardens was completely effortless. Everything was where you wanted it to be if you had designed it specifically for yourself! The kitchen, sunken lounge area, pool, bedrooms and huge open windows all set off by the elegant and stylish furnishings. Around every corner is another interesting view or stunning vista. This alone would have made our honeymoon stay unforgettable. However, we also had the incredible service and attention from Cyndy (the owner - accessible remotely from about 3 months before we arrived to a fortnight after!) and the ladies and gentlemen who prepared our food, kept the house spotless and the gardens effortlessly manicured. The location is also perfect for exploring the area, though, once you arrive it is almost impossible to leave the house.. Finally I actually cannot believe the incredible value of it. We have paid 4 or 5 times this to stay in places that will not hold such as happy place in our heart as Casa Sisal.
- Guest Neil (London)
- Date of stay 06/26/13
- Review Submitted 07/29/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
I came with my five year old, two year old, wife, father and step-mother. We had an abundance of rooms and hope to return with a larger group. The house is beautiful, the grounds are lovely, the staff perfect. At first the towns around the very luxurious hacienda seem impoverished, but as you stay longer you will notice a real living community, that is very interesting and seems connected by real values, and then you will begin to find treasures all around you. Or you can just stay on the grounds and be perfectly happy in your own private resort. We will return, though next time via the Merida airport instead of Cancun, and we will stop at the Walmart on the way out of town to load up on food for our very particular little kids, but I would also ask the staff to cook more nights, the one time we did it, the meal was excellent. The relationship to the other house gives plenty of distance, but is also close enough that taking both houses for a really large group would work very well. Anyway, I highly recommend this house, I don't have as single criticism. Perfect.
- Guest New Yorker (NYC)
- Date of stay 01/02/13
- Review Submitted 04/02/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Dream Mayan Vacation Retreat
Dream Mayan Vacation Retreat
Wow -- we had seen the pictures but they paled in comparison to Hacienda Sac Chich in person. We were blown away by every luxurious detail from the exquisite colonial and modern architecture of both buildings and the fabulous appointments of every room on the property to the drop-dead beauty of the pools, gardens and grounds. We felt like Kings and Queens since we had the entire Hacienda to ourselves. We relaxed by the pool, savored candlelight dinners in the magic of the bodega, climbed to the rooftop viewing area for star-gazing, played a little bocce ball, read in the soaking tub, and enjoyed huevos ranchos and other delights prepared by the lovely Yucatacan ladies in the comfort of the traditional mayan kitchen. Everything was perfect. We loved how close Hacienda Sac Chich is to all the sites of the Peninsula -- we drove to the mayan ruins, several fascinating cenotes, and to the Gulf where we savored cervesas under yalapas, viewed the flamingos in Celestun and toured the walled city of Campeche. It is all close by. The best part of every day was returning to the comfortable elegance of the Hacienda for margaritas and a dip in the exquisite pool. We will return again and can't wait to have a family gathering there in Sac Chich. It surpassed our expectations!
- Guest H.S. (CO)
- Date of stay 06/04/12
- Review Submitted 08/13/12
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
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the most generous hosts a person could wish for and a truly magical experience. property is spectacular and the area is rich in history. friendly people, great food, and yummy tequila - what more could a person ask for!
- Guest lisa (denver, co)
- Date of stay 01/05/12
- Review Submitted 02/06/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, pet owners, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
The Dream lingers
The Dream lingers
After our experience visiting Hacienda Sac Chic, the magical memories still linger with color images in my mind. It was a fabulous mix of activity, architectural history, cultural diversity, epicurean surprises and days that flowed with no sense of time. Relaxing by the pool, dining with large groups of friends, candles flickering in the warm gentle evenings while the music filled the air. The attention to detail, the warmth of the owners and the gracious hospitality was not to be exceeded in all my years of experienced as a well seasoned traveler. Would I return? Yes, however, only with my closest friends and family to share yet again this unsurpassed experience, inhale the local fragrances and feast my eyes on the tropical paradise. It is beyond a five star experience. They have established a new higher standard. Go and enjoy your dream memories.
- Guest artana (San Francisco)
- Date of stay 03/31/10
- Review Submitted 03/31/10
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, girls getaway, pet owners, people with disabilities, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed my stay at Hacienda Sac Chich. It was absolutely amazing…the gardens, the buildings, the roof top sunsets, the staff, all you great directions….everything was so fantastic. I can’t wait to go back. Sophie was a great addition to the hacienda. She was really fun to have around. Bartola and Soco were great and perceptive as you had said. I really enjoyed the proximity to so much fun stuff: Merida, Acanceh, Izamal, the tres cenotes in Cuzama, Hacienda San Jose. And there were so many places we did not make it to: Mayapan, Hacienda Teya, more of Merida, all the famous taco places.I loved the home-made popsicles, the pedi-cab rides, the village setting and so much more …it’s just great! Thank you both so much for opening up your lovely and oh so special home to us. We feel privileged to have been able to enjoy it and hope so much to return. With such fond memories.
- Guest Chuck16 (Minneapolis, MN)
- Date of stay 03/15/10
- Review Submitted 03/15/10
As you drive the five miles or so off the main road from Merida or Cancun (HWY 180) passing through a few small yucatacan villages, you immediately start to relax. You see the simple way people live, the children running around playing, the school children in uniform gathered around a store during a break, and lots of women walking about on their daily missions. The countryside seems a million miles from the traditional, hectic US life. And that is just what we were after. As you enter the tiny town of Sac Chich you arrive at the Hacienda through iron gates and into a tropical paradise. Soco and Bartola, the domestic help, are there with shy smiles and fresh tortillas, guacamole, and other traditional snacks waiting for us. But where to go to eat them??? Shall we go to the roof top and listen to the birds and catch some sun? Or should we go to the pool, or sit by the water gardens or in the loggia? Or stay right in the kitchen, cooled by soaring ceilings and cool breezes through the French window? These are the types of dilemmas you are up against. And at every meal!! The hacienda itself is an amazing estate…the gardens, the interior with its high ceilings and antique henequen machine equipment, the bedrooms with lovely linens, the pool, the loggia, the indoor sitting area, the roof top lounge for viewing the sun set…it’s all so great. Cyndy and Howard have thought of everything and were so helpful with maps, rides from the airport, local information and arranging for meals to be prepared in house. Another thing we love about Hacienda Sac Chich is its proximity to so many great places to visit. There is a ton to do/explore if you wish. There is a great little town about a mile away called Acanceh, population about 4,000, that has great taco stands, a morning market, a clinic, home-made coconut ice-cream (that alone I would travel thousands of miles for)…just about anything you need. We walked into town in the cool of the morning and took a “pedi-cab” back to the hacienda with our market wares. So fun and so charming. Our kids loved it. The other thing I would travel thousands of miles to see again were the hundreds of lightning bugs that lit up the grasses and trees right after it got dark. If you walk through the loggia gate looking towards casa sisal (a super cool, modern house on the property) and let your eyes adjust to the immense dark a few seconds you will see them! And then soon the frogs come out to sing/scream! And the sta
- Guest Jennifer299 (Saint Paul, MN)
- Date of stay 03/15/10
- Review Submitted 03/15/10
Hacienda Sac Chich was one of the most amazing places I have ever stayed! The rooms were all comparable to top notch hotels. The room I stayed in had a very comfortable king sized bed with plush white linens. The building itself is incredible because of the historical significance and yet, it still maintains a modern feeling. The property provides a very relaxing atmosphere. I really enjoyed walking the grounds and taking pictures of all the beautiful flowers and lush shrubbery. We went during the summer (July) and while during the day it was hot, the infinity pool was never far away. The town itself is close enough to feel like your not alone. To my recollection there was a really delicious restaurant by the town square and a great place to grab beers and sodas. The hacienda is also distant enough to feel like you are in your own private world. We took side trips to the pyramids and cenotes (underground pools) on the weekend and everything was close enough that getting to attractions was not a problem. I highly advise anyone who is looking for a place to rent to pick Sac Chich! The experience I had was one of a kind and unforgettable to say the least.
- Guest Joanna22 (Denver)
- Date of stay 02/18/10
- Review Submitted 02/18/10
High Season Nov 1-Apr 30.. $500/night(Casa Vieja)*..$900/night(Casa Nueva & Vieja) Low Season May 1-Oct31.. $400/night(Casa Vieja)*..$650/night (Casa Nueva & Vieja) Holiday Season Dec 15 - Jan 6 .. $1200/night for Casa Vieja and Casa Nueva During Holiday Season only entire hacienda for rent, 7 night minimum. * The Hacienda is available two ways. You can rent just the Casa Vieja with the grounds,the loggia and pool, or the hacienda in its entirety (Casa Vieja and Casa Nueva)
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- Nearest Airport: Merida International Airport at 30 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Highway 180 at 4 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Progresso at 35 Miles
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: We live in California and travel to our hacienda any opportunity we get.
Why the Owner Chose Merida:
Being frequent visitors to the Pacific beaches and colonial central Mexico since the 70's we read about the restored haciendas of the Yucatan. In 2001 we went on the first of many 'hacienda hopping' trips to the Yucatan. The grandeur, architectural scale, historical and economic relevance and process of restoration of these haciendas intrigued us and soon we were researching haciendas for sale on the internet. It wasn't until we rented a Hacienda for my 50th Birthday in 2003 that we experienced a sense of ownership while entertaining friends and family there. On that trip we toured hacienda Sac Chich, shortly thereafter made an offer and 5 months later it was ours. Sac Chich was the first and only hacienda we looked at for sale. We always knew we would someday have a home in Mexico, but always envisioned the Pacific coast or colonial interior. The Yucatan became the pure isolated uncomplicated Mexico that we remembered from travels 30 years ago.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Being at Sac Chich is our opportunity to stop. We are surrounded by such tropical lushness and architectural grandness that sometimes you find yourself just sitting taking it all in. The simple sounds of the village children playing or a dog barking mingles with the bamboo swaying and clacking in the wind or the amazing birds that sing all day. We relax and enjoy the people we are with, swim, read a book,nap in a hammock, bird watch, play pool games, volleyball,frisbee,card games, charades,enjoy music, dine by candlelight. I had to laugh at the review we received from Heather from Colorado. Spontaneous dance parties are something we also enjoy! We are always hopping in the car to explore and discover. We go to Mayan ruins, cenotes to snorkel and swim, nearby haciendas to just see or relax and have lunch or dinner on their patios, go to the beach and eat seafood in Progresso or Celestun, visit Merida for tacos at our favorite taco stands, visit the early weekend market downtown Merida or enjoy one of the many cultural events that take place all week long there. Sometimes we just get in the car and drive and head down a road towards a village we have never been and stop in a tortilleria to get a stack of fresh tortillas. We always find smiling and curious Mayan people, giggling children and if we're lucky there is a tienda next door with very cold Mexican Coke in a glass bottle for us to enjoy! It is the simple pleasures of being at the hacienda that gives us the greatest joy!
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Pool and chimney
Pool and pergola with shallow playita, hammock, chaises and outdoor speakers
Water Tower Bath
Casa Nueva Master Suite w/private bath,outdoor plunge pool & patio area
Casa Nueva guest room with private bath
Casa Vieja Sala looking toward the side entry/garden
Loggia at night-another living/dining area with fans, fireplace and sound system
Dining under the stars
Loggia Living area, fireplace and settee
The sea shell grotto walkway from one garden space to another.
Loggia and stairway to rooftop
Rooftop lounge area and star viewing platform
Casa Nueva hallway entry to 3 bedrooms all with private baths
Casa Vieja Sala looking toward the kitchen
Casa Nueva and Loggia
Hacienda entry and parking
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