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The Most Beautiful House in Valle De Bravo

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Set in a valley, surrounded by pine covered mountains leading down to the eastern shore of spectacular Lake Avandaro, Valle de Bravo is known as one of the most beautiful towns in Mexico. With natural beauty, authentic Mexican architecture, a thriving artistic community, and many outdoor activities (boat trips, sailing, swimming, paragliding, water skiing, golf, horseback riding, hiking trails, Monarch butterfly sanctuary) Valle de Bravo has attracted visitors from around the world.

One of the most beautiful homes in Valle, this property is located in an exclusive area of town (just 4 blocks from the main plaza and a 10 minute walk to the lake). From the house you have spectacular views of the lake, mountains and the rooftops of the town.

The house was built by Francis Kalnay, a Hungarian writer who came to Valle de Bravo many years ago and immediately fell in love with it. Combining his Hungarian and Mexican sensitivities, he created this unique custom-made home and made it his own. Each corner of this unique and very specially decorated and well kept home, offers breathtaking views. Through the beauty of its exquisite and well chosen décor and calming sunsets, this is the place for relaxation.

The house has two levels. The living room, dining room, kitchen and well apointed terraces on the ground/entrance level. And on the lower level, two exquisite master bedrooms, (one king size and one queen size bed). Both master bedrooms feature a fireplace and one also has a private terrace. In addition there is one smaller bedroom with two single beds. Each bedroom has a full bathroom and closet. A full kitchen and charcoal grill on the terrace make cooking very easy. The house is on a dead-end street and has off street parking.

The house intentionally does not have a TV, or video. You are invited to bring your iPod, a speaker is availble. The sound of your own selected music plus the church bells at a distance will accompany you during your stay. You will enjoy complete privacy. These beautiful surroundings will enrich your personal creativity.

Activities on site and nearby: two golf courses, sailing, jet skiing, biking, hiking, tennis, boating, swimming, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, waterskiing, windsurfing, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, paragliding, hang-gliding, health beauty spa, shopping, art galleries, handcraft market, regional products market, and lovely walks through the woods.

During the summer months, mornings are sunny and warm and the afternoon rain will invite you to light a fire. After the downpour, be ready to enjoy one of the many beautiful sunsets.

If you choose to have our cook pamper you, she will present you with various menu possibilities. The town also has excellent prepared food (gourmet take-out), a lovely market with fresh produce, health oriented shops and a range of restaurants. Some of these will be closed during week days. These days in Valle are the most peaceful and quiet. Although some fancy places will be closed, the many smaller shops and restaurants will be open.

The night of September 15 is the celebration of Mexican Independence. From each of our terraces you will have a firsthand view of the incredible fireworks all through the town and on the lake. Music festivities continue through the long weekend.

Christmas is spectacular with cool evenings and beautiful sun and sky during the day. Various concerts and cultural activities are scheduled throughout the week. The fireworks on New Year´s eve are something to be seen! From our terraces you will have a front row seat!

For your comfort, taxi service from the Toluca airport can be arranged.

Keywords: Beautiful house, Great view, Private, Terrace, Valle de Bravo

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About The Owner

Like the Hungarian who built the house, the previous owners came from Europe. The fell in love with Valle de Bravo, the first town they visited outside Mexico City and spent ten years trying to buy this house. Now the house belongs to their daughter, an artist/photographer, who finds it a restful place which inspires her own creativity.

Why The Owner chose Santa María Ahuacatlán

When we arrive to Mexico, my father was advised by the European Community to come to Valle, as one of the two most beatiful towns in the country.

What makes this house unique

One of the most outstanding sights of the whole town in Valle, in a hill just four streets from the center of town.

Five minutes walk to the charming streets of the pueblo and market.

No need to use the car to go to galleries, museums, restaurants, etc.


Santa María Ahuacatlán House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Full Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Full Bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Full Bathroom - Fireplace - Outside Patio
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Full Bathroom - Fireplace
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Beautiful covered terrace with fireplace and a panoramic view. One of the unique Kalnay houses decorated with exquisite style and taste.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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The Most Beautiful House in Valle De Bravo
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Excellent everything

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful house for the weekend, it is extremely well kept, clea, and all the details to make one feel welcome are thought of. The rooms are nice and airy, each with its own bathroom, the views are splendid, from either terrace or the living room. We almost did not want to leave the house to visit Valle as it was nice to just be there enjoying the peace and silence. The owner is very nice, replies quickly and has very good tips to enjoy the stay even more. The maid service is great, she is very nice and kind and a great cook. Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Te agradezco mucho el haberte tomado el tiempo para escribir tu muy lindo comentario..
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Amazing Experience all Around

  • 5 of 5

This well kept, beautiful squeaky-clean home was above and beyond all expectations. The manager, Edgar, was always quick to respond to my Emails and extremely informative. He sent us informational packets and specific directions/maps to locate the house. Once we arrived, we were greeted by Remedios, the housekeeper. She helped us with our luggage, showed us around, and treated us to refreshments. Our breaths were taken away when we stepped out onto the terrace and witnessed the remarkable views of the city and lake. This home has extensive views from every room as well as terraces and private retreat areas. Everywhere we looked we commented on the uniqueness within the house and outside. We enjoyed breakfast every morning on the kitchen terrace, relaxed on the outdoor patio beside the living room, and rested in the hammock off the master bedroom. In the evenings, we captured a beautiful sunset over the lake while sitting on the terrace. In the morning, we heard the sounds of the church bells ringing in town. Remedios made the best Mexican breakfasts I have ever had. Each day we took a short 5-10 minute walk into town and visited the stores and square. We found ourselves always commenting on the perfect location of the house and the short distance many wonderful stores, superb restaurants and the lake. All the shopping and eating recommendations Edgar gave us were spot on. We particularly liked the store Europia which had wonderful meats, cheeses, and wine. For dinner we loved Dipao although we did not experience a poor meal the entire time. We found it easy to walk to all eateries and shops, but at first we found the uphill hike back to the house to be tiring and learned to take a cab back to the house for $35 pesos which was well worth the money. By the end of the week, we were walking up the hills with no problem. I do recommend a comfortable pair of flat shoes to walk on the cobblestone roads to, in, and from the city. Remedios worked all day, kept the house spotless, and took care of our every need. We had freshly ironed sheets every day, clean linens and fresh flowers. One day, we went horseback riding and asked if she would wash our dirty riding clothes. She was happy to accommodate us, and we found the clothes on hangers in the closet. We wanted to take her with us back to the United States! I would definitely call this "The Most Beautiful House in Valle de Bravo," and we will be back! Thank you, Edgar and Remedios, for a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your wonderful review, I am so happy the house and service were more than what you expected. I look forward to having you back. My best to the four of you . Edgar
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Another excellent home in Valle

  • 5 of 5

One European built a series of very nice homes in Valle; we have now stayed in two of them. This one has a nicer floor plan and better views, at the expense of more of a hike up the hill. This is not a place for a crowd (6 maximum) but instead for those who want plenty of space and pleasing surroundings. The kitchen is fully appointed, and the included daily maid service and optional cook were well appreciated. You will enjoy it!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike Thank you very much.
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So charming!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the charming architecture, art and decorations all over the house.

The views, the location, the great meals that were prepared for us were all so wonderful.

Rent this house now. You won't regret it.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mejor imposible!

  • 5 of 5

Altamente recomendable!!! De verdad que esta casa hace honor al título que sus dueños le escogieron: La casa más bonita de Valle! Muy cómoda; con servicio de hotel pero con calor de hogar. Esta llena de detalles hermosos con una decoración de un gusto finísimo que refleja el amor que sus dueños tienen por su propiedad. La vista es única, espectacular ya que se domina todo el pueblo y la vista hacia el lago y Avandaro es sin igual. La casa tiene una ubicación magnifica que permite bajar al pueblo caminando cómodamente sin necesidad de mover el auto. La señora Eva quien es la cocinera y encargada del aseo es una persona muy agradable, con un excelente carácter dispuesta a ayudar en todo lo que se necesite y con un sazón de diez! Edgar, el dueño, es una persona sumamente educada, muy cumplido y ha sido un gusto tratar con el. Por todo lo anteriormente mencionado resultaron unas vacaciones de fin de año increíbles y esperamos pronto regresar!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quality and Excellence

  • 5 of 5

The property was as described and even more beautiful. Made from such quality materials. The housekeeper was an absolute delight, and worked hard to cater to our whim. What a treat it was to have freshly made delicious food, and to have her prepare and clean no less. What a treat. The proprietor, Edgar, is very helpful and responsive. I can't wait to come back with my family.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Toluca Int'l
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Valle de Bravo Toluca Mexico City
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Club de Golf Avandaro
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Nearest Point of Interest
San Francisco Church
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Food Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Arts and Craft Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Maria Church
Nearest Point of Interest
El Pino Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Joaquin Arcadio Pagaza Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Regional Cultural Center
Car: not necessary

Paragliding, Hang-gliding, Handcraft market, regional products market.

Airport Transportation, Mexico city or Toluca (Extra fee)

Laundry service if needed.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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