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Luxury Villa Featured in Architectural Digest

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, sleeps 14

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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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Mariana

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

Mariana purchased this villa in 2006

Why Mariana chose Santa María Ahuacatlán

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.


Santa María Ahuacatlán Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Town
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bath - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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).
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
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.


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Luxury Villa Featured in Architectural Digest
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

De las mejores vacaciones que hemos tenido

  • 5 of 5

Estar en Casa Cantil fue una experiencia maravillosa, desde la calidad de las colchas, los hermosos jardines, la alberca con una vista impresionante de Valle, la comida hecha por doña Cuca en ollas de barro, los mantelitos y servilletas bordadas a mano que cambiaban cada día, todo el staff que nos hizo sentir como en casa. Ya estamos planeando nuestra próxima visita porque nos faltaron días para seguir disfrutando de un lugar tan hermoso. Recomendamos Casa Cantil desde principio a fin, desde el primer mail con Mariana la dueña hasta el último abrazo que le dimos a su staff fue para nuestra familia una experiencia inolvidable.

Sentimos que tenemos una casa en Valle que nos espera con los brazos abiertos. Gracias por unas vacaciones maravillosas!!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mexico City

Great place!!!

  • 5 of 5

We did spend an incredible weekend in the Casa Cantil. The house is very well designed, the equipment amazing (especially sound system), the view just spectacular and the staff extremely nice.

We heavily can recommend the house to everybody, and we are looking forward to coming back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our weekend in Valle at Casa Cantil

  • 5 of 5

We went as a group of 5 couples to Casa Cantil during February 2010 and absolutely had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful and we were all very comfortably separated in one of 5 private rooms all with their own bathroom. We enjoyed eating at the house and i highly recommend using this option as their staff is very attentive and the meals were very very good. We enjoyed a wood burning fireplace every night as there are a total of 3 in the house and the view out of the living room and outside terrace and garden did not fail to impress every day of our stay. We will for sure repeat as guests of Casa Cantil in the future and if anybody is thinking of choosing this location you will not be dissapointed. We also were very pleased with the owners who attended our every need.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2010
  • Stayed: February 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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13 8
Mexico City

Casa Espectacular es poco al describir esta casa

  • 5 of 5

Casa Cantil se ha convertido en nuestra casa favorita, de verdad es algo espectacular, todos quedamos muy impresionados por la vista y la casa esta increíble. Mi familia y yo pasamos un fin de semana en esta maravillosa casa, mi papa y mi hermano son arquitectos y estaban encantados con la casa al igual que todos los demás, la disfrutamos muchísimo. El servicio de todos los que trabajan en la casa fue excelente, la comida deliciosa, vale mucho la pena probar los platillos de Doña Cuca. La casa esta para no querer salir nunca de ella, una felicitación muy grande a los dueños por que aparte de ser unas personas encantadoras en verdad lo que tiene ahí es un paraiso.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2010
  • Stayed: January 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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10 5

Espectacular ... todo estuvo maravilloso

  • 5 of 5

Felicitarte por la casa que tienes, de verdad es algo espectacular, todos quedamos muy impresionados por la vista y la casa esta increíble, mi papa y mi hermano Jorge son arquitectos y estaban encantados con la casa al igual que todos los demás, la disfrutamos muchísimo y el servicio fue excelente, la comida deliciosa, de verdad todo estuvo maravilloso.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2010
  • Stayed: January 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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10 4

Casa de Valle de Bravo

  • 5 of 5

Es una casa maravillosa, todo esta cuidado con esmero y detalle. Las vistas, el lago, la comida, el silencio, el servicio, la piscina climatizada... etc.

Todo esta pensado con un gusto exquisito, el menu que dispone la casa es cocina tipica mexicana que nada puede envidiar a un restaurante de lujo.

Los dias se hacen cortos en esta casa.

Sin duda repetiria la estancia.

Gracias a los dueños y a el equipo que cuido de nosotros durante el fin de semana.

un abrazo.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2009
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,100
Property Damage Protection $59

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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