Fun, Gorgeously-Renovated, View-Rich, Traffic-Free, in Heart of Old City(4 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:14 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Ask Manager
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)
NOTE: Minimal rental period is 14 days. Less than one month $400/week. One month or more $1200/month ($40/night).
NO PETS! NO SMOKING! Thanks.
Calzada Tecolote ('La Ruta de la Independencia' down which Miguel Hidalgo rode in 1810) is a car-free 'callejon' (alley) four minutes walk from Jardin Union, the unofficial city center.
Our house (two-minute walk up the callejon from where taxi drops you off) is adobe, dating back to perhaps 1850. We spent three years renovating after buying it in 2005.
GROUND FLOOR: Three rooms plus a bathroom with shower and washing machine. Two bedrooms (back and front) with the option of a third using a fold-down sofa in the middle room. Front room doubles as a yoga studio. Please note: door between front room and middle room, curtain between middle room and back room (master guest bedroom). Guests in back bedroom go through middle room to access.
MIDDLE FLOOR: Kitchen, sala (living room) with fold-down sofa-bed, patio (with fountain and plants), storage room (with small library of English & Spanish books), small bathroom with shower, tiny workshop.
ROOF of the top floor room is accessible via a narrow stairway, for 360-degree city views. (Use at your own risk--no handrail!)
Manager (bilingual) on-call, fiber-optic wifi, local phone, electricity, city water and gas included. (But not bottled water.)
Our home (as our plainspoken cleaning lady and friend Mari tells us) is a trifle 'rustico'--not everything matches, you're under open skies going from floor to floor--but everything's clean, everything works, it's cozy, spacious and cheerful. We love sharing our home, but it is just that: a home, not a 5-star hotel!
Our location is pretty amazing. You can walk down and be in the very center of town in less than five minutes on pedestrian-only streets. But if you walk UP Calzada Tecolote, in 15 minutes you can be at the start of everyone's favorite hike: La Bufa/Los Picachos. This is an outstanding volcanic formation, from which you get a fabulous view of the city. Takes another 45 minutes to reach the cross on top if you're fit.
Other great hikes abound. Mari is also a hiker and will guide you on all the local trails for a small fee (you negotiate). She's also a great cook--ask her to quote you for a family dinner.
10 FUN THINGS TO DO WHILE STAYING AT TECOLOTE 39
1. Walk up the 113 University steps
2. Enjoy a 24-peso Executive Breakfast (gordita y jugo) from the four sisters puesto just off Baratillo
3. Go up the tower of Mercado Hidalgo (ask at office at top of stairs inside)
4. Take the bus to El Cubo to see a mining village
5. Identify the nine churches you can see from the top of our house
6. Return to our house from downtown via Potrero and the steep steps of Caracol
7. Walk through Guanajuato's original tunnel, 'Subterranea Miguel Hidalgo,' from Teatro Cervantes to near Comercial Mexicana
8. Meditate at 8 am weekdays (only when the University is 'in') at Meson San Antonio on Alonso
9. Climb the fire escape on the side of Teatro Juarez
10. Watch squadrons of grackles fly by at sunset on their (seasonal) flight path between Embajadoras and Reforma
BONUS: Friday night symphonies at Teatro Principal, 5 minutes away...80 pesos!
Member since: 2012
- 1800 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- 2--shower only, no tub
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Linens Provided
- Dishes & Utensils
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My Standard Rate
14 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $100
Included: internet (basic-speed wifi); electricity; tap water; gas (if one bottle runs out and you replace, give the receipt to our manager and we will refund at same time as damage deposit); phone for local calls.
Not included: potable water, delivered in 20 liter bottles ("garafons"), about $2 each.
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Year Purchased: 2005
About: Barry's a Brit, Louisa's from the U.S. (growing up around the world). We divide our time between our home in Eureka, California (on the northern coast), Mexico and Europe. We love our Mexican life and enjoy our local friends, Spanish language, and savoring the culture here. Barry's a science writer and meditation facilitator; Louisa is a management trainer and business coach.
Why Zona Centro, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico:
After three weeks of house-searching, Louisa found our home almost exactly across the street from where she was staying -- and couldn't believe her luck. We're on a quiet street yet right in town, minutes away from shopping, markets, and entertainment. We walk everywhere (no need for a car). Within 15 minutes we are in the hills above town, exploring and hiking.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
House works as a family home or as an apartment if you're only one or two people. Intimate yet expansive. Multiple views, pedestrian street, close to city center. Can be warm and cozy if it's chilly outside, but also has cool areas when it's hot. The ground floor is self-contained, with a fridge and two-burner range. We spend a lot of time in our plant-filled patio with the sound of the fountain.
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Kitchen/dining room with stunning views over the city
"Sala" looking through to patio
Entranceway from street
Ground floor middle room
Main bathroom, ground floor, with washer
Tecolote 39 from the pedestrian-only street
Our favorite hiking hills beyond the city from roof
Sunset from back terrace
Patio "plantera." Fountain is behind camera
Ground floor main bedroom
Ground floor--used as bedroom, yoga room, salon--your choice!
Upper room, where we usually sleep, with work-desk, sofa and easy chair
Looking down on front terrace and patio, street beyond
You can see nine churches from our roof
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Saturday, March 18, 2017
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