Cute as a Button - Newly Renovated, Santiago, Mérida, Yucatan
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Merida house description
CASA DEL CARACOL - House of the Spiral
The spiral holds great meaning in Mayan culture. Start your Mayan experience from our Casa del Caracol; so named to honour this Mayan symbol and recognize the spiral-inspirations that have been included in our home.
From the unique two-dimensional wrought iron spiral window inset to the whimsical wheel hub coffee table and local artwork, we hope that you will feel as comfortable and relaxed as we do in Mérida.
Our home is ideally located in Centro, one block away from Plaza de Santiago where you can join locals and tourists alike dancing under the stars to live big-band music every Tuesday evening.
We are a short walk from Plaza Grande – the Sunday market and family hotspot - and a slightly longer walk from the Paseo Montejo, where you can view the spectacular architecture of the henequen mansions and visit the Museum of Anthropology. The house is also an easy walk to and from the zoo and in close proximity to health care facilities and local markets.
The house was completely renovated in the spring of 2011 and, unlike many houses in Centro whose doors exit directly onto a busy street, our house offers the safety of a covered front porch accessed by its own iron gate leading from the generous sidewalk. The original pasta tiles greet you when you enter the living room and continue to be featured in the dining room and master bedroom. The mahogany furniture has been custom made by the talented craftsmen of Yucatan Furniture. Air conditioning is installed throughout the house and separate casita and there are ceiling fans in all rooms.
Our favourite place is the cheerful kitchen; designed to allow interaction between the chef and any guests via a pass-through window and polished cement bar that looks out into the dining room. The bar is flanked on either side by two bar chairs. The kitchen is well appointed with a four burner stove and oven, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker and full-sized refrigerator. A complete set of Wolfgang Puck pots is included with all the necessary utensils, cutlery, glasses and crockery to cater for six people. Kitchen counter tops and open shelving are all of polished cement, as is the kitchen floor.
Tucked behind the kitchen is the office nook which also features a polished cement work surface and shelving. The nook is connected to the kitchen by the wrought iron 'caracol grande', facilitating light and air flow. Additional local artwork echoes the caracol theme.
The sunflower-accented main bathroom is appointed with a wrought iron vanity and hardware; and there is a glass block and polished cement shower wall with a niche for toiletries.
Cuban artwork brightens the master bedroom wall and the polished cement built-in shelving provides ample and tasteful storage space in addition to the hanging closet. Customized wrought iron folding doors open onto the deliciously private patio where you will find our refreshing plunge pool, two terracota tiled awnings and a breakfast corner with outdoor ceiling fan. If you are in luck you will find a daily offering donated by the overhanging sour orange tree. At times there is a visiting humming bird, or colibri, busily collecting nectar from the papaya blooms peeking through the decorator blocks that cap our wall.
Most exhilerating is the double water feature of the plunge pool. Decide whether you prefer to sit on the submerged wrap-around pool bench or dunk your entire body under the unique water fall. How heavenly it is as you sit sipping a freshly-frothed margarita made moments ago!
Out back, discover the guest casita which has its own large bathroom and two sturdy single beds that can be pushed together to make a king sized sleeping arrangement. Polished cement shelving is repeated in the casita and in the bathroom.The patio and casita can be accessed from the main house by a separate hallway door or from the master bedroom.
Although small, there is a utility room that houses a washing machine, new gas hotwater heater and utility sink. We use mother nature to dry our clothes on the retractable line, but if you need the services, there is a lavandaria conveniently located less than half a block away.
Santiago park is only one block away. There you will find:
AKI grocery store
OXXO convenience store (get phone top ups here)
MOVIE THEATRE recent releases shown
LA FLOR DE SANTIAGO restaurante - authentic Yucatan cuisine in a congenial atmosphere. Stop by for a coffee and pastry on your way back home. Buffet breakfasts also their specialty.
BEER/WATER - turn right out the front door and there at the end of the block is the beer and water tienda.
TAXI STAND – located on the south side of the park, across the street from the OXXO.
BANK - HSBC is the nearlest bank. Walk along 59th street heading east towards Gran Plaza. The HSBC with an ATM machine is on the right side of 59th street. About a 4 min walk from our front door.
GRAN PLAZA - on 60th and 61st. A Sunday must. There you'll also find the beautiful Mérida Cathedral.
WALMART on Paseo Montejo. Taxi ride home from Walmart is about 40pesos. Walk to the paseo and take in the fabulous architecture of the henequen mansions (make sure you stop at el Colon for the best ice-cream around.)
AKI on Calle 59 y 82, left hand side, is a much larger supermarket than the AKI on Santiago square.
ZOO - continue walking west along 59 past the big AKI store about four blocks, then left on Ave Itzáez. See the white tigers and baby hippo.
PANADARIA - take a walk to corner of C.72 and 61. Friendly service and yummy goodies!
ENGLISH LIBRARY - C.53 between 66 y 68. Popular meeting place for English speaking expats.
Keywords: house plus casita, sleeps 4 adults, central Mérida, plunge pool, internet, ideal location, air conditioned
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Mobile Phone
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Deck / Patio
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
Lovely little gem close to everything
Lovely little gem close to everything
Cara Caracol was exactly as described but looked even better than on the photos. The rooms are large, the ceilings high and we had everything my husband & I needed for our 2-week holiday.There is even an additional little house at the bottom of the garden with a double bedroom and bathroom. We enjoyed leisurely breakfasts and lunches in the garden in the shade by the pool.The house is just around the corner from the little plaza, with shops, market, cinema & taxi rank, and about 10 min walk from the main Gran Plaza. It is central and not far from anything. The owner and manager always replied to our emails straight away & were keen to help us enjoy our stay. All in all, a great place to stay.
- Guest Marie (Jersey, Channel Islands)
- Date of stay 11/01/12
- Review Submitted 11/21/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Everything They Say Is True!
Everything They Say Is True!
We have had the pleasure of being the first people to rent this lovely home. Absolutely everything was wonderful. The description is accurate and the home is, indeed, cute as a button. All of the appliances, fixtures, dishes, etc are first rate. The location is ideal, just a short walk from everything. We are sorry to be going home. Most of our days have begun in brilliant sunlight drinking coffee and eating breakfast on the back patio. Most of them have ended looking up at the stars while soaking in the plunge pool. This place is idyllic! The owner has been responsive to our needs and, even better, the property manager has been an absolute gem. She is easy to contact and is always quick with a solution. When some minor things needed attention (these things happen in a new home) she responded immediately. What more could renters ask for? Our advice: Come to Merida for an experience. Rent this house for a treat.
- Guest Bobson (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
- Date of stay 01/29/12
- Review Submitted 03/02/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, tourists without a car, romantic getaway.
USD 500 per week (6 nights) peak season November through April; USD 480 non-peak USD 1,400 per month non-peak season, May through October USD 200 deposit required upon arrival for electricity and damage deposit Additional cleaning charge of USD 75 for stays of one month or longer 50% rental deposit required to confirm reservation; balance due 2 weeks prior to arrival
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Year Purchased: 2011
About: My husband and I live and work in Bermuda; he is Canadian and I'm a Bermudian. We first visited Mérida in December of 2010 and loved it. Our Mexico connection began when we were married in the Baja in 2009. Little did we know we'd soon be property owners of a little slice of the opposite side of the country in Mérida. As a builder, my husband has always been fascinated with pyramids. How much more appropriate could the Mayan culture be? I have travelled a fair bit - Europe, Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand, Argentina, Costa Rica, The Galapagos Islands and, of course, Canada and North America. The Latino culture is fascinating and I really would like to be able to appreciate it more and improve my Spanish, having been introduced to beginner lessons rather late in life. My husband is a bookworm and likes to sing and dance. I just dance. We prefer the hot weather, even though he grew up on a ski mountain in BC. And, although I grew up on the ocean, I like cities. We both enjoy cooking and gardening and I have been a yoga student for over 10 years.
I am awed by the talent of the Mexican artists and the opportunity to stroll into Centro on a Sunday to peruse the latest renderings can't be beaten. The artisans bring back memories of childhood and a bygone era when women used to be so much more creative in my country.. The sewing, embroidery, crotchet and weaving are amazing. I love the colours, detail and quality of the handcrafts. Food....let's not forget that. Avocados are plentiful and the sour orange trees are also a reminder of 'what used to be' in my tiny island home. I am also addicted to Mexican icecream. Sorry gringos...that thick creamy stuff we were brought up on, just does nothing for me compared to an elote flavoured icecream from el Colon. The sounds....loud, blaring, exuberant. How can a body deny that vibrant Latin/Afro beat? Let's not forget the rhythmic sound of horse and carriage as it clip clops briskly down the Paseo. Carriages gayly decorated are filed with ladies; their tresses skipping in the breeze as they sail by. Simplicity of life and love of family, a cohesive unit - this is easily seen in Mérida. There is little evidence of graffiti and lots of evidence of la familia. Giggly teenagers? Yes of course....but laugh along with them. They can be one's best friend as you stumble along in limited Spanish trying to describe what you're looking for. Slow down, don't move to fast....gotta make the morning last....soon it will be time for a siesta. Wash the dust from your feet, retreat into the cooler calm behind the old front doors. The pool is beckoning.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Friendly, helpful neighbours. Easy walk to Gran Plaza and the Paseo Montejo. Our own Santiago Parque is only a block away with a small market and selection of luncharias. La Flor de Santiago is a lovely old restaurant. The interior is dimly lit, so at first look one might think it was closed. Definitely worth a visit. Move cinema right alongside the square. Bang up to date releases shown. The Zoo is an easy walk away along 59th - so long as animals in captivity does not upset you too much. The youngsters love it there and it's a treat to see their cherubic faces. If you have a need to go north for shopping or get to the local big markets, a taxi stand is conveniently located at the side of Santiago Square. Further afield you can discover panadarias tucked away, tempting you with the smell long before you arrive on site. Our plunge pool is just the ticket for a hot afternoon. It was uniquely designed so that you can sit under its waterfall and adjust the flow....gentle shower or scalp invigorating deluge...you choose. There is also a submerged bench for your your friends as they await their turn under the waterfall. The bench runs half way around the pool and is the ideal set up for sittin' and sippin'. Our rainbow coloured pool glasses are trouble free so it they get knocked over in all the excitement....no worries, they're concrete resistant!
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