Luxury Villa Featured in Architectural Digest(10 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, sleeps 14
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.
Member since: 2007
- 6000 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 14
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- 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
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Seating for 12 people
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Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 10 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Refundable Damage Deposit $1,100
- Property Damage Protection $59
- 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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: We're a family the divides our time between Mexico and New York.
Why the Owner Chose Santa María Ahuacatlán, Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico:
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.
Infinity pool with view of La Pena
Poolside dining area under pergola
Pergola-covered dining area seats 16
View of town with sunset directly across lake
Featured in Architectural Digest.
From Architectural Digest article.
Living room has a wall of glass looking out onto the town and lake
Outdoor terrace at night with Moroccan lanterns
A great place for a special event or intimate celebration
Multiple cozy spaces to eat outside
View from deck outside the office
Master bedroom with goosedown featherbed, duvet, and pillows
Photo taken by paraglider passing overhead
From Architectural Digest article.
From Architectural Digest article.
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