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Historic Luxury Hacienda with Sumptuous Design

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Last updated: 05/03/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:13
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Villa, 5 Bedrooms + 1 Loft bedroom, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 13)

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.



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
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/03/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 6000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 13
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 13

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master suite...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 king


  • Bedroom 5: 1 king


  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    This is a loft bedroom above a king bedroom in Casa Vieja...moreless

  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    I-pod ready stereo. Stereo speaker selector for music at living room, pool, courtyard and master bedroom...moreless

  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Video Library


  • Family


  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    30 minutes outside of the capital city of the state of Yucatan, Merida. In a small Mayan village of 50 families. Just 10 minutes off the 180 highway ...moreless

  • Town
  • Village:

    Located in Sac Chich, a rural Mayan village of 100 Mayans, you will be able to tap into the local culture. One mile down the street is Acanceh, the county center and the Mayan ruins of Acanceh....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    In Casa Nueva only. Fans throughout both houses...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All bed linens are 100% Egyptian cotton,600 count. Beds made daily and bed linens changed by staff every three days...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    All parking within walled hacienda...moreless

  • Telephone:

    The house phone is a cellular phone. All calls made will be deducted from deposit....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    In the loggia...moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything the cook will need. Coffee is prepared in Bodums....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Staff washes all dishes except for Sunday when there is no staff...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    There is an oven and microwave, water cooler, stovetop, refrigerator and large sink....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Additional freezer in Bodega( storage area) ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck areas off pool and patios off of kitchen, master suite, a king suite and loggia building....moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Our 'lanai' is the loggia building surrounded by decks and reflecting ponds....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Actually a plunge pool with hot and cold water...moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    40 foot fresh water swimming pool with bamboo pergola, hammock and 4 chaise lounge. Pool water is changed every three days and maintained daily....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 35 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low season
May 1 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
High Season
Nov 1 - Dec 14, 2017
3 night min stay
Holiday Season
Dec 15 - Jan 6, 2018
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Taxes Not included


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. This is the economical for smaller parties who do not require the 3 extra bedrooms that are in the Casa Nueva building. The property is rented in full except the Casa Nueva building is locked. Please inquire about that rate. A 5% gratuity is added to the rental fee for the household and garden staff.

A reservation deposit of 50% is due upon confirmation of the reservation. The balance of the rental fee, gratuity

and the damage deposit is due in full 90 days prior to the arrival date.

Payment can be made via check, wire transfer or Paypal.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 05/03/2017
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Merida International Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 180/ Cancun to Merida highway
35 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Recommended


This property is centrally located to many historic haciendas, cenotes and Mayan ruins. The hacienda is located in a small village of 100 people.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: We live in California and travel to our hacienda any opportunity we get.

Why the Owner Chose Acanceh, Mexico:
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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Calendar last updated: 05/03/2017

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  • Pool and chimney

    Pool and chimney

  • Loggia Living area, fireplace and settee

    Loggia Living area, fireplace and settee

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Hacienda kitchen

    Hacienda kitchen

  • Casa Vieja guest bedroom

    Casa Vieja guest bedroom

  • Loggia


  • Sitting area on rooftop

    Sitting area on rooftop

  • Guest bath

    Guest bath

  • Casa Nuevo master bedroom & entry hall

    Casa Nuevo master bedroom & entry hall

  • Pool and pergola with shallow playita, hammock, chaises and outdoor speakers

    Pool and pergola with shallow playita, hammock, chaises and outdoor speakers

  • Loggia at night-another living/dining area with fans, fireplace and sound system

    Loggia at night-another living/dining area with fans, fireplace and sound system

  • Bocce court

    Bocce court

  • Loggia and stairway to rooftop

    Loggia and stairway to rooftop

  • Dining under the stars

    Dining under the stars

  • Kitchen through entry doors

    Kitchen through entry doors

  • Casa Vieja master bedroom

    Casa Vieja master bedroom

  • Casa Vieja

    Casa Vieja

  • Rooftop lounge area and star viewing platform

    Rooftop lounge area and star viewing platform

  • Casa Nuevo guest beedroom #1

    Casa Nuevo guest beedroom #1

  • Casa Nuevo guest bedroom #2

    Casa Nuevo guest bedroom #2

  • Master  Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Hacienda pool with hammock

    Hacienda pool with hammock

  • Entry


  • Hacienda entry and parking

    Hacienda entry and parking

VRBO #202866

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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