|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Casa San Sebastian offers a combination of desirable features that are hard to find in Guanajuato: a central location, yet with beautiful views of the city hillsides, trees and mountains; just minutes walking from the main square, yet located in a quiet neighborhood; a very large patio and garden, yet close to street level with no long steps to climb.
One of the most unusual features of Casa San Sebastian, especially considering its central location, is its enormous patio and garden—over 2000 sq. feet—with lime, orange, grapefruit and guava trees. Instead of a rooftop patio that requires more stair climbing, the patio and garden are on the same level as the house. The patio affords excellent views of Embajadoras Park with its beautiful Indian Laurel trees, colorful city hillsides and mountain views. Enjoy the almost year-round sun in a comfortable chair, or eat breakfast on a wrought iron table in the shade.
The master bedroom has one queen size bed, a small balcony that opens directly toward the Park, plus a large window onto the patio and grapefruit tree and a “linternilla” or raised skylight through which a portion of the night sky is visible from the bed. It also features a private, modern bath. The second bedroom is equipped with a double bed and a single bed, its own private bath and windows that open onto the patio and its trees. All rooms (except the two baths) and hallways have Mexican “boveda” or vaulted brick ceilings.
Casa San Sebastian lies at the end of a short “callejon” or pedestrian street. Its main neighbor is the Templo San Sebastian, one of the historic churches of Guanajuato. The house itself is of the traditional adobe wall construction, with two-foot thick walls. Guanajuato is famous for the life in its streets, and all the sights, sounds and colors are wonderful to enjoy. However, getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge for newly arrived tourists in much of the city. Casa San Sebastian offers a very quiet location (except for occasional church bells and one weekend at the end of January each year when the Festival San Sebastian is celebrated) and a welcome retreat from the sounds and commotion of the street at the end of a long day.
Of course, there are other peaceful locations in Guanajuato, but few are so close to the heart of the city. Casa San Sebastian is located right above the Embajadoras Park and Market, where you can find food and other necessities of all types. The market features a full floor of vendors selling fresh fruit and vegetables. The Hotel Embajadoras, just below the house, offers a full restaurant with a picturesque garden. A number of excellent Spanish language schools are within a 10 minute walking radius. A 15 minute walk takes you to the Jardin Union and Plaza de la Paz, the center of restaurants, churches and museums, as well as much of the City’s night life.
Guanajuato offers a wide variety of activities, including: hiking the surrounding mountains; music, dance and theater performances in both historic and modern venues; a wide variety of Spanish language schools and private instruction; the annual Cervantino festival en October; massage and other body therapies; shopping for handicrafts; classes of yoga, tai chi and other forms of movement; temazcal (the Mexican indigenous sweat lodge ceremony).
We are an American/Mexican couple who live just around the block from Casa San Sebastian, which we use for visits by our own families as well as a vacation rental. We also manage a holistic health center in town that offers classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation and pilates. Tom is from Austin, Texas, and Guillermina has lived in Guanajuato for most of her life.
Tom Reavley purchased this house in 2012
What makes this house so attractive for us is the combination of classic adobe construction and brick vaulted ceilings, no long steps to climb, central location just around the corner from where we live, a location unusually quiet for our city and a very large and beautiful garden. And we've remodeled it to offer all the modern conveniences. We've tried to made it nice enough to lure Tom's children and grandchildren down to visit us!
The description above tries to say it all. We always wanted to have our own fruit trees! To find such a big patio/garden in a quiet, easy-to-access spot so near our house was too hard to resist.
Prior to our arrival, our expectations were very high.
Casa San Sebastián exceeded everything we hoped for. Gorgeous house and delightful patio. You can feel the excitement of the park, yet it is ever so quiet.
Very, very comfortable in all ways.
After a few short days, you feel like a local. You will be part of the community and part of the everyday life. The merchants know your name as do the friendly neighbors. Transportation around the area is easy walking, plus bus or taxis readily available.
Be sure to take in a baseball game at the stadium within foul ball range. Or try the Ice cream at the park. Tacos al vapor also close by and so good!
Thanks Tom for taking care of us!
My husband, two young children and I stayed in Casa San Sebastian for the month of July while I attended classes at the University of Guanajuato. My husband worked from the house and the internet was fast and reliable. The home met all of our needs and is conveniently located near the Embajadoras Market. The back yard terrace is beautiful, everything in the house works well, and Tom was a great host. Tom welcomed us on a rainy night and brought us umbrellas for the short walk from the taxi down the private street to the house, which was very thoughtful. For the most part, the house is quiet and the only noise is from the church bells next door on Sunday. Overall, we had a great stay!
Kathy & Charles (Australia)
From our initial contact, right up to our departure, Tom (the owner) was always helpful. He took time to explain the house, oriented us to the local area, plus provided advice about Guanajuato city & the surrounding area. The house was clean, comfortable & functional, plus the delightful garden/courtyard was a real bonus. Given the layout of the city, the location of the house is perfect. It's within a 10-15 minute walk from 'everything' with no steep hills or steps to negotiate - a real bonus. We would certainly stay here again & would have no hesitation in recommending the house to other friends & travellers. Tom is an exceptional host & we wish him well in the future.
This is a lovely property and Tom is a great host. The house is about 10-15 minutes walk from the main square and is has everything you need.
The terrace is a perfect place to relax, listen to the birds and let the time go by.
We dined few times at the Hotel Embajadoras (next door) and had very good experience.
I hesitate to review Casa San Sabastian because I want to keep it all for myself!
The location is stunning and the separate suites make traveling with others easy. The patio is an oasis for the senses from the beautiful views to the fragrant flowers and fruit trees. Everything one needs is just a short walk from the casa. Bakery in the morning and shrimp cocktails at the gardin in the afternoon. We ate our way through the beautiful city of Guanajuato including street vendors with excellent tamales, hole in the wall eateries, sidewalk cafes and restaurants never disappointed us. We walked for hours and each turn provided incredible vistas. Tom, the owner, was very helpful and we were happy with Jorge the driver he hooked us up with for adventures beyond the city. We took in art galleries, street music, a ballet and the mummy museum.
The city is easily walked but may be a bit daunting for the physically challenged. The casa is also on a street for walking only which we loved for the privacy. The San Sabastian church is next door and the bells ring out for mass three times! The mercado is across the street and had all we needed for food shopping. Didn't cook much because the street food was delicious and very affordable. The house itself is extremely roomy with tile floors, brick ceilings, comfy furnishings, lots of light and privacy. The new internet is faster! Never watched TV. I mean when you can sit on the patio with a glass of wine looking out at the hillside and up at the stars who needs TV?
The casa was clean and more than met our expectations. The owner, Tom, was helpful and answered questions quickly. We felt safe and comfortable both day and night. The locals were very friendly and we managed to communicate with our limited Spanish and hand gestures.
A wonderful vacation in a magical city!
Last summer we spent a month in this terrific house (please see our review from September 2014 for a more complete assessment of our thoughts). This summer we returned for 10 days and it was like coming back home! Everything was as wonderful as we remembered it being, and it was fun knowing what to look forward to again!
Although Tom was out of town for our stay, his wife greeted us when we arrived and Tom got a couple of services set up for us before he left, which was really quite helpful.
We love Guanajuato and Casa San Sebastian, with it’s close proximity to the center of town, a view of the lovely Parque Embajadoras outside the master bedroom balcony and the bird’s eye view of the parades that we’ve been able to watch from the balcony on both of our stays.
We found Trip Advisor’s ranking of the top restaurants in Guanajuato to be very helpful in selecting restaurants to try out. We had more great meals and more fun times this summer in Guanajuato to add to our many great memories from last summer, and we can’t think of a better place to rent than Casa San Sebastian. We will return, both to this magical city and to Casa San Sebastian!!
Guanajuato is a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity city. Is is located in a groups of intersecting mountain valleys and was founded as a Spanish silver city 450 years ago. The narrow, winding streets and preserved buildings create a feeling of visiting the Middle Ages, although the city offers all the modern conveniences. It is a great place for walking, hiking and just 'hanging out' in the many beautiful small plazas sprinkled throughout the heart of the city. The mountains surrounding town provide many excellent hiking opportunities and the beautifully preserved theaters an unusual number of music, dance and other cultural events for a small city.
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