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Quiet Country Ranch House Surrounded by Exotic Views and Charming Rural Village

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:9
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, Ranch House sleeps 9

Rancho Pitaya sits nestled as the base of the western foothills of the valley of Tlacolula, the eastern arm of the great valley of Oaxaca. While the ranch is only 20 minutes from Oaxaca's center, a UNESCO world heritage city with all the cultural experiences it has to offer there are countless fascinating destinations within 20 miles of the ranch.
Traditional Mexican architecture in wooden beams, wild cane and hand-painted tile defines the design of the adobe brick construction. The three spacious bedrooms, each with private en suite bathroom and kitchenette opens on to a 900 sq. foot open-style terrace with expansive vistas of untouched back country.
Just up the stone walkway is the ranches’ spacious open-style kitchen, dining/living room where you will have your own local cook to prepare fresh Oaxaca specialties. Rancho Pitaya is about outdoor living and the old-fashioned verandas duplicate the interior space with big vistas southeast down the valley and west up into the mountains.


Activities at Rancho Pitaya: Guided Horse Riding Tours, Birdwatching, Self-guided hiking and cycling. Owner Mary Jane Gagnier specialises in guided horseback riding. Rancho Pitaya has well-trained, well-cared for horses that like their job. And the riding is a spectacular way to explore the area; trails wind through a rare biosphere of old growth elephant foot yucas & massive organ cacti. Or ride to nearby destinations like the fantastic but 'untouristy' 16th century church in Tlacochahuaya & the archeological site of Dainzu.
Rancho Pitaya has horses for all level of riders from total beginners to experienced riders.
Horseback rides begin at $60 U.S. for 2 -hour guided adventure
You can visit our dedicated horse riding site www.horsebackmexico.com
HIKING: On your own or with a guide explore the breathtakingly beautiful biosphere that borders the ranch. Groves of ancient and massive cacti intermingle with exotic 'palmillo' yucas while big sky vistas of both the northern and southern sierras dazzle the eye.

COOKING CLASSES: Rancho Pitaya is renowned for its fresh & delicious cooking focused on regional Oaxaca cuisine. Learn, in a hands-on informal way, to prepare authentic, moles, pipian ( nut or seed based sauce ), roasted salsas, tropical beverages and ices then enjoy these dishes with family and friends on the ranch's dining veranda. Cooking class: $75 U.S. per person including meal.

COMPLIMENTARY BICYCLES: Tour the many sites of the valley of Tlacolula on the ranch's complimentary mountain bikes. The flat & fertile valley is perfect for touring on two wheels. Safe and easy cycling on the quiet country lanes give you a bird's eye view of traditional village life. You'd cycle back horse-drawn carts, oxen plowing the fields, herds of goats grazing and fields of emerald green alfalfa, aromatic garlic & onion crops & in the rainy season corn fields as far as the eye can go. Sites within a couple of hours of cycling from the ranch include: 2,000. yr. old tree in El Tule, 16th century church in Tlacochahuaya, Zapotec ruins at Dainzu, rug weaving in Teotitlan, basket weaving in Santa Cruz Papalutla.
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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/23/2017

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 3000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 9
  • Children Welcome

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9

  • Sunflower Room: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    can have 2 single beds instead of king...moreless

  • Cactus Room: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    can have 2 single beds instead of king...moreless

  • Sun & Moon : 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    ...moreless

  • Both the Sunflower & Cactus rooms can be made up with either a kingsize bed or 2 single beds. All bedrooms have fridge and coffee maker....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Rancho Pitaya has horses and friendly dogs. There is 24 hr. staff at the ranch. A local cook prepares breakfast which is included in the rate. She is available to prepare lunch or dinner, she services are included in the rate but the groceries are not. A suggested menu is sent out prior to arrival renters to choose from. Inquire about Rancho Pitaya's plan that includes full breakfast and dinner....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 9 people

General

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Day of the Dead
Oct 27 - Nov 4, 2017
3 night min stay
$575
$3,450
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$495
$2,970

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $0
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Pet Fee $50

Notes:

These rates are for the rent of the three guest rooms for 5 or 6 guests and include two full meals a day: breakfast and lunch or dinner. Add $30 per day per person for 7th, 8th or 9th making triple occupancy. Inquire about smaller groups wanting to reserve only one or two guest suites at a prorated cost.


Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

Car: Recommended

Rojas de Cuauhtemoc is located on the western side of the valley of Tlacolula, the southeastern arm of the great valley of Oaxaca with the city of Oaxaca at its center. Rancho Pitaya is approx. 15 kms. from the historic center of Oaxaca city. Rancho Pitaya has the perfect location to explore the fascinating Valle de Tlacolula where Mitla, Yagul, the Sunday market in Tlacolula, the 2, 000 yr. old tree in El Tule, the stunning 16th century church in Tlacochahuaya, rug weaving in Teotitlan and much more.

The ranch has the unique location of being on the very edge of the village with pristine back country directly to the west. This is the ideal location is you like to explore on horseback or bicycyle, hike breathingly gorgeous trails or tour the valley without returning to the city every day.

Other Activities: Bird Watching

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2010

About: Mary Jane, who grew up in Canada is now a naturalized Mexican who has lived in Oaxaca for over twenty-eight years. In 1987 she founded Galería La Mano Magica, one of Oaxaca's premier art and craft galleries. Both Rancho Pitaya and Casa Murguia, VRBO listing 265010 are decorated with original art and crafts collected while running the gallery. Mary Jane and her son Gabriel guide guide the riding tours from her guest ranch Rancho Pitaya. Visit the website HorsebackMexico and enjoy a day riding in the country during your stay.

Why Rojas de Cuauhtémoc, Oaxaca, Mexico:
The old growth organ and nopal cacti, as well as the rare native Tepeguaje trees are a haven for birds and butterflies. The views of the mountains give the impression of a movie set - in a good way! The traditional adobe structures are both beautiful and deliciously thermal for perfect indoor temperatures. Of course you'll want to spend most of your time outdoors.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
The location is perfect for exploring the Valley of Tlacolula teeming with fascinating places. Any you'll be well fed at Rancho Pitaya; guests eat how the owner likes to eat: fresh, local and authentic.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/23/2017

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Photos

  • A winter sky. Looking towards the three-room guest lodge.

    A winter sky. Looking towards the three-room guest lodge.

  • View from the porch of the dining terrace. The hammock is for the taking!

    View from the porch of the dining terrace. The hammock is for the taking!

  • Rancho Pitaya cooking is all about fresh, local ingredients.

    Rancho Pitaya cooking is all about fresh, local ingredients.

  • Rancho Pitaya's famous mezcal margarita with chile garlic peanuts.

    Rancho Pitaya's famous mezcal margarita with chile garlic peanuts.

  • View on the patio outside the guest suites.

    View on the patio outside the guest suites.

  • The sitting area in the Sol y Luna guest suite

    The sitting area in the Sol y Luna guest suite

  • The cool Cactus room  with vintage has vintage art and textiles.

    The cool Cactus room with vintage has vintage art and textiles.

  • Rare Tobala agave in the ranch's rock garden.

    Rare Tobala agave in the ranch's rock garden.

  • Ride out from the ranch and in minutes experience this rare and beautiful trail.

    Ride out from the ranch and in minutes experience this rare and beautiful trail.

  • The common sitting room and library for guests.

    The common sitting room and library for guests.

  • Explore old haciendas in the valley surrounding the ranch by horseback or car.

    Explore old haciendas in the valley surrounding the ranch by horseback or car.

  • Whether you ride them or just look at them, the horses make the ranch special.

    Whether you ride them or just look at them, the horses make the ranch special.

  • Freshly prepared food and perfect weather outdoor dining.

    Freshly prepared food and perfect weather outdoor dining.

  • Dinner on the veranda. The ranch has year round great weather for outdoor meals.

    Dinner on the veranda. The ranch has year round great weather for outdoor meals.

  • Handprinted tiles in the guest rooms.

    Handprinted tiles in the guest rooms.

  • View from the guest patio to the dining veranda.

    View from the guest patio to the dining veranda.

  • The guest suites can be reserved with a kingsize or two twin beds + 1 or 2 cots

    The guest suites can be reserved with a kingsize or two twin beds + 1 or 2 cots

  • Vintage folk art in the guest suites.

    Vintage folk art in the guest suites.

  • Massive old growth cacti grow on Rancho Pitaya

    Massive old growth cacti grow on Rancho Pitaya

  • Rancho Pitaya welcomes families. We have gentle, trained horses for children.

    Rancho Pitaya welcomes families. We have gentle, trained horses for children.

  • It's easy to visit craft villages and historic sites from the ranch's location.

    It's easy to visit craft villages and historic sites from the ranch's location.

  • Sunrise at Rancho Pitaya

    Sunrise at Rancho Pitaya

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