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Looking up at the house from the orchard

Looking up at the house from the orchard The huge window overlooking the orchard Looking from the living room into the kitchen and dining room The view from the terrace Looking down on the great room The two person shower (one short, one tall) Hand beaten copper kitchen sinks The main bedroom The front door to the house (with laundry room to the right) The dining room Living room fireplace The terrace Down in the orchard

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Last updated: 03/24/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Guanajuato City house description

Set in a small orchard of orange, avocado, mango and peach trees, Casa Palma is a peaceful 2 bed house nestled half way up the south-facing hillside that leads directly up from the University and the Plaza de la Paz. With a huge wall of windows, terraces, a fireplace, beautiful Mexican tile work, herb gardens, birds and butterflies, and a spectacular view across town to La Bufa and El Pipila, it's an idylic place for anyone wanting to be within easy walking distance of downtown (5 mins) while still having lots of peaceful, sun-filled space to spread out in.

The house is situated on a wide, well-lit street (with car access) in a traditional Mexican family neighborhood. If you walk downhill 3 1/2 minutes to the east you hit the University steps, the Plaza de la Paz, and the entire cultural center of Guanajuato, with all its theaters, restaurants, museums, bars, and live music. Four minutes to the west gets you to the Diego Rivera museum and the Alhondiga de Granaditas (the best museum of Mexican history outside of Mexico City and one of the most significant sites in Mexico's war of independence). Two minute further, having wandered through Plaza San Roque and Plaza San Fernando, you come to the heart of the town's commercial center. The Mercado Hidalgo (a huge covered market designed by Eiffel) is full of fruit, vegetable, and meat stalls, and lots of bustling places to eat lunch. And the Comercial Mexicana, the centro's only big supermarket, is two minutes further on, past innumerable restaurants, department stores, bus stops, banks, pharmacies, hardware stores, shoe shops and street vendors.

The walk back uphill to the house takes longer depending on your level of fitness (takes us 1 1/2 times as long). If you don't want to carry shopping bags from town, a taxi will bring you straight to the door. Alternatively, half a block uphill from the house and two hundred yards along the flat gets you to numerous food shops for the locals - a great fruit and vegetable market, a good butcher, a tortilleria, a beer vendor, and several small grocery stores - and you'll get a good feel for real Mexico. Because the house has car access you can also 'go to the Mega' (the mall on the outskirts of town) and take a taxi home, but Guanajuato is a great walking city and you'll get most place much faster on foot than by taxi (which has to go around and under and loop back behind), plus get some good exercise into the bargain.

Our gardener comes once a week, usually Friday mornings, to work in the orchard. And if you want to be picked up at the airport or taken on a tour, our property manager when we're abroad speaks perfect English, offers great trips to Valenciana, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, Dolores Hidalgo, and knows Guanajuato like the back of his hand.

The house has wireless internet, a good quality speaker system with earphone jack for iPhones, iPods etc., a well-equipped kitchen, washing machine and much more. If you're interested in a walk through, here goes...

WALK THROUGH:

As you enter the property you emerge into a large private terrace with a huge view of downtown across an oasis of fruit trees. Our 1969 VW camper is usually parked on the gravel to the left of this terrace. But if you're arriving in Guanajuato on an overland adventure and want to park securely at the house (we'll ask for an extra $15/night), we can find an alternative spot for our bus.

Turning to the right, you face the main entrance to the house - a tall archway with a beautiful forged iron door full of leafy curves. To its right is a small laundry room/tool shed. You're welcome to use the washing machine if you stay a week or more - although we do ask that you don't use fabric softeners or bleach (and half as much detergent as normal!) because our fruit trees much prefer it that way.

On entering the house there's a coat closet on your immediate right (with wireless router on its upper shelf). Next is a spectacular bathroom extravagantly tiled in hand-painted Mexican tile from Dolores Hidalgo. In fact, if you're interested in learning about 'talavera' our bathroom is a great place to start - it has an example of practically every tile they make in Dolores Hidalgo (well almost!). The house has solar heated water so you need to take your time getting the temperature right when you're getting in to the two person shower or you can accidentally scald yourself. And relax about water usage because the shower drains straight to our fruit trees - either directly by way of a green-painted grey water pipe, or indirectly through a sunken dry well deep beneath our top terrace.

From the entrance landing you can now go two ways. Either down three curving steps to the bedrooms, crossing a sunny day room with seventeen foot ceilings and a wall of glass overlooking the orchard. Or up three steps through a tiled archway into an open-plan kitchen/living room with a fireplace and three comfortable couches. From the living room three more steps get you to a small dining room that opens onto a sunny roof terrace. In summer, with the terrace doors wide open and warm rain pattering on the dining room's terracotta roof, it's like eating outside. Mariachi music drifts up from the town center below. Bursts of sheet lightening illuminate La Bufa and the mountains beyond the statue of El Pipila. And thousand of city lights twinkle brightly from the surrounding hillsides, meaning you can easily eat by candlelight alone.

The open plan living room/kitchen is a great place for spreading out while you hang out or cook a meal. It has a nice quality speaker system with an earphone jack so bring your computer or music playing device and enjoy your own music. As for the fireplace, a few words of explanation: yes it works, but unless you specially request it we'll only supply firewood for the two or three weeks a year (usually in January or February) when it actually gets chilly in Guanajuato. Not only is wood expensive and hard to come by in Guanajuato, but because Casa Palma faces directly south and is designed for thermal efficiency (lots of big, openable windows and sun-soak teracotta floors) it's a much warmer house in winter (and pleasantly breezier in summer) than most houses in Guanajuato. Of course, if a man passes in the street with a donkey loaded with firewood, feel free to buy some from him (with luck his donkey will poop in the street and we can shovel it onto our fruit trees later). For most of the year, however, we only supply a few candles for you to burn in the fireplace, where it creates a nice romantic feel and melted wax isn't a problem.

Heading back downstairs, the peaceful and quiet master bedroom is surrounded by the garden and far from the street, with two windows overlooking the orchard, one beautifully shaded by an orange and avocado tree. With lots of fresh air people tell us they sleep very well here. You hear birds in the morning, not cars, and even the town's church bells (not to mention barking dogs and cockerels) are muted here. The small second bedroom, next door to the first, has a single bed and a large rustic wardrobe, making it work well either as a child's bedroom or as an attached dressing room. Casa Palma is therefore perfect for a couple on a romantic getaway, or a couple with a child. (One note about children - the front terrace doesn't have a railing so it's not suitable for children under 5.) If you have a second child or young adult, our 1969 VW camper is a popular extra bedroom among our nieces and cousins who love 'glamping' in central Guanajuato's most spectacular camping spot (we ask an extra $15/night).

Property Type

  • 1300 sq. ft.
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Smoking Allowed:

                on one of the terraces or in the orchard...moreless

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

              • Main bedroom: 1 double

                ...moreless

              • Second bedroom: 1 twin/ single

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              • If you have a second child/young adult who'd enjoy 'glamping' in our 1969 VW camper, we'll happily squeeze them in for an extra $10/night...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Refrigerator
              • Dining
              • Kitchen

              Amenities

              • Fireplace:

                If you're here during a cold snap we'll provide firewood; otherwise candles (see description for details)....moreless

              • Parking:

                Please contact us if you're interested in parking your car at the house...moreless

              • Washing Machine
              • Living Room
              • Linens Provided
              • Towels Provided

              Entertainment

                  • Stereo:

                    good quality iPhone/iPod dock speakers...moreless

                  Communications

                      • Internet

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Deck / Patio

                      Theme

                      • Tourist Attractions
                      • Historic
                      • Away From It All
                      • Romantic

                      Location & View

                      • Mountain View
                      • Monument View

                      Car

                          • Not Necessary

                          Activities

                          • Groceries
                          • Hospital
                          • Laundromat
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Antiquing
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Hiking
                          • Rock Climbing
                          • Medical Services
                          • Mountain Climbing
                          • Cycling
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Cinemas
                          • Live Theater
                          • Churches
                          • Playground
                          • Restaurants
                          • Museums
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Walking
                          • Shopping
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Eco Tourism
                           

                          Reviews

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                          • Highly, highly recommended...

                            Highly, highly recommended...

                            • Guest Tim (Toronto, Canada)
                            • Date of stay 02/18/14
                            • Review Submitted 03/25/14
                            A wonderful spot, with a million-dollar view of Guanajuato. The very amiable owners - an American and a Brit - live around the corner and could not be more helpful. A really nice place to unwind for a few days, and the city down below is enchanting, especially at night. The only caveat is that as with almost everywhere else in Guanajuato, the hills ARE a little steep, so if walking/trudging is an issue, this might not be ideal. Otherwise, this gets five stars. Safe, friendly and - some would say - a great alternative to gringo-clogged San Miguel de Allende.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Winter
                          Dec 5 - Apr 21, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $500 $1,300
                          May
                          Apr 22 - May 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $325 $750
                          June
                          Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $400 $850
                          July August
                          Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $475 $1,100
                          September
                          Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $450 $950
                          Cervantino
                          Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay

                          $575 $1,500
                          My Standard Rate
                          7 night min stay

                          $575 $1,450
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
                          • Cleaning fee/week $20
                          • Taxes Included

                          Notes:

                          October thru April we welcome short stays at $120/night (3 night minimum).

                          If you'd prefer to pay in British pounds or Canadian dollars let us know and we'll work something out.


                          Cancellation policy:

                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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                          Last updated: 03/24/2014
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                          Location

                          • Nearest Airport: Leon/Guanajuato International airport - BJX at 25 Miles
                          • Nearest Barpub: Lots and lots of them at 250 Metres
                          • Nearest Restaurant: Lots and lots of them at 250 Metres
                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2010

                          About the owner: Originally from London and New York City, we met in a small town on the south coast of Crete and lived briefly in Hollywood before deciding - in a moment of madness in November 2005 - to buy a 1969 VW van on eBay and head south for the winter. We fell in love with Mexico instantly, but it wasn't until we reached Guanajuato that we both knew we'd found home. It had everything we needed - extraordinary beauty, spectacular weather, a relaxed lifestyle, a stimulating and exciting arts scene, a symphony orchestra, great dance, theater and opera, and, probably most importantly of all, warm, friendly, happy, welcoming people.

                          Why the Owner Chose Guanajuato City:
                          We love our neighborhood - all the children who play hopscotch in the callejones and practice their minimal English with us and our guests (how do you DOOO?? What is your NAAME?) - so when our painter told us the trombonist in the orchestra was selling a small house with a beautiful orchard just 200 yards from our first house, we couldn't resist. As well as an orchard, the property also had car access, very rare in the town's center. But most of all we love that it's less than a five minute walk downhill to all the theaters, live music, restaurants, markets and hustle and bustle of the center, while still being in an authentic family neighborhood. The house is very quiet and peaceful yet just a couple blocks of flat walking take you to a great fruit and vegetable market and the town's last real molina - a store that grinds it's own fresh flour, masa, and fresh spices.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Pick your own fresh oranges for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be surrounded by flowers and birds and butterflies. Soak in day after day of hot winter sun. Relax, get healthy, and stay close to nature while discovering the very best that Mexico has to offer.


                          Contact us

                          Speaks: english, spanish

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                          Photos

                          • Looking up at the house from the orchard

                            Looking up at the house from the orchard

                          • Looking from the living room into the kitchen and dining room

                            Looking from the living room into the kitchen and dining room

                          • Looking down on the great room

                            Looking down on the great room

                          • The main bedroom

                            The main bedroom

                          • The dining room

                            The dining room

                          • Living room fireplace

                            Living room fireplace

                          • The terrace

                            The terrace

                          • Down in the orchard

                            Down in the orchard

                          • The huge window overlooking the orchard

                            The huge window overlooking the orchard

                          • The view from the terrace

                            The view from the terrace

                          • The two person shower (one short, one tall)

                            The two person shower (one short, one tall)

                          • Hand beaten copper kitchen sinks

                            Hand beaten copper kitchen sinks

                          • The front door to the house (with laundry room to the right)

                            The front door to the house (with laundry room to the right)

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                          Date last modified - Thursday, December 12, 2013

                          $325 - $575 per week (USD)
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                          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 3

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                          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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