Authentic, Romantic 450 Year-Old Historic Hacienda and Spa in Colonial Mexico

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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Welcome to Hacienda Las Trancas.
This huge 450 yr-old fully restored hacienda midway between San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, is situated outside Dolores Hidalgo in a small, safe, friendly village. Rent the entire hacienda and become an Hacendado for a week! Hacienda las Trancas has been featured in Vogue, Delta magazine, Dubai, La Attencion, Fodor's Travel guide and various food magazines. This property is fully furnished with colonial antiques and local artisan pieces reflecting its historic place in the rich history of Mexico. It is comfortably elegant, private, and fully staffed with bilingual guests services, cooks, maids, gardeners, stable and pool personnel, as well as a fully staffed SPA.
All meals are included! Our cooks are quite versatile in case you have special dietary needs. Over the last 10 years the cooks have accommodated a large variety of dietary preferences for the over 10,000 guests who have visited. The kitchen crew received a standing ovation from Rick Bayless and his staff when they visited the hacienda several years ago.
The hacienda is more than 50,000 square feet under roof, with 3.5 walled-in private acres. There is a pool heated with a dozen solar panels to assure year-round comfort, plus an 8 person jacuzzi. There are also lovely gardens and enormous porches overlooking the Sierra Madres. A vineyard out back. Our suites are huge with 30 foot arched ceiling and some measuring more than 600 sq feet. Each has its own separate bathroom. These accommodations feature luxurious bedding with high thread-count linens, feather beds and down duvets with floor to ceiling windows. Trail rides on our 12 horses, use of our full circuit cybex gym, 200 channel satellite TV, 10 Mbps internet throughout, mountain bikes, ping pong and Pickleball court are all included.
Best of all our finely trained massage therapists charge only $20 per hour in our in-house Spa.


Property Description: There are twelve beautiful barrel-vaulted elegant suites with beautiful views of the Sierra Madres, each with high speed Internet, satellite TV, fireplace, terrace, and private bath.
Rental includes entire hacienda, or just rent a single suite.
This property is extremely child-friendly.
All meals are included.
Perfect for Destination Weddings and workshops!
Step out your door and onto the Silver Trail. This is an ideal location for visiting a different colonial town each day, or simply enjoying the best of Mexico's Bajio region. Shop for beautiful Talavera pottery in Dolores Hidalgo, or for everything in San Miguel, while you enjoy gourmet restaurants, hot springs, and golf. Wander the charming streets and cobbled alleys of Guanajuato. Practice your soccer skills on our soccer field, play ping pong, or challenge the locals to a game of Pickleball on our private court. Spend a few hours horse-back riding down to the river, where you may see eagles. Work off all that incredible food in our Cybex exercise room or on our mountain bikes with a trip down the river banks.
Watch the sunset from our terrace, relaxing around the warm fire pit with a glass of Hacienda produced wine

Spa services are available on site in our beautiful spa, with numerous treatments including full body, reflexology, hot stone, and facials. We can arrange all travel excursions for you at the best available prices and provide you with knowledgeable bilingual guides into l locations that most tourists never see.
Although we are not a hotel we are happy to rent individual suites when available. When you rent the entire hacienda, it is all yours. This is obviously not your average vacation rental. Why rent a house when you can rent an entire hacienda!
Our guests are delighted and amazed with their vacation experiences here.
We pamper and nurture you within our walls, and the small village allows you an authentic experience difficult to find in most tourist areas. Come see why Vogue chose to stay with us and photograph us for their San Miguel location shoot. Elegant, yet rustic and warm...You will love it! Once a presidio, or fort, along the silver trail in 1567, it became a hacienda in the 1700's. It's walls are meter-thick adobe. Close the entrance doors and you could not be more secure.

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Property Type

  • Castle
  • 50000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Included In Price
  • Dinner - Included In Price

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Car Available
  • Car Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered:

    With prior approval of owner...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    No smoking in rooms, but there are plenty of outside lounging areas....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35, Beds for 35

  • Suite Rosa: 1 king

    Separate living room, Fireplace, and private terrace...moreless

  • Suite Verde: 2 double

    Handicap access, separate living room, Fireplace...moreless

  • Suite Amarillo: 2 twin/ single

    Loft living area and rooftop terrace, Fireplace...moreless

  • Suite Sala: 1 king

    Enormous with separate living area and private terraces...moreless

  • Suite Capilla: 1 king

    Huge with separate living area...moreless

  • Suite Pinata: 1 queen

    Separate living room with fireplace...moreless

  • Bedroom Corazon: 1 queen

    Can be living room for Ollas, or private suite with bath...moreless

  • Bedroom Ollas: 1 king

    Private bath and fireplace...moreless

  • Suite ei Dueño: 1 king

    Separate living room with fireplace...moreless

  • Suite Plaza: 1 king

    Two huge rooms with bath downstairs...moreless

  • Suite Hidalgo: 1 king

    Two huge rooms with bath downstairs...moreless

  • We have enough extra, high-quality beds which can be brought into the rooms to sleep up to 35 people....moreless

Bathrooms: 13 Bathrooms, 3 Half Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • All meals are included by our versatile cooking staff who can create meals to your dietary specifications- non gluten, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, etc. ...moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player:

    In every suite...moreless

  • Games:

    Chess, board games, ping pong, card games, volley ball, soccer, basket ball, PICKLE BALL court....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV with SKY in every suite, more than 200 english and mexican channel...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Portable bluetooth Sony speaker system...moreless

  • Television:

    All flat screen, LCD/LED...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Hundreds of movies available. Netflix works well at the hacienda...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Dolores is the site where the Mexican Revolution began-EL GRITO. Also famous for Talavera, the beautiful brightly colored Mexican dishware. Would you like chili or avaocado flavored ice cream? ...moreless

  • Mountain:

    Beautiful vistas of the Sierras...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    On a high mesa between the Sierra Madres. Semi-arid with huge cacti, beautiful birds and a river at the base of the canyon below the hacienda....moreless

  • Rural:

    We are located just 7 miles outside of the historic city of Dolores Hidalgo....moreless

  • Village:

    An authentic mexican 'rancho' of 300 families, 7 miles outside of Dolores. So friendly. a land of fiestas...a horse-drawn cart passes by, full of straw.......moreless

  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 30 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    (2) Staff can launder your clothing on request...moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    There is a FIRE PIT on the main terrace overlooking the mountains...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Full Cybex gym with treadmill and elliptical and inversion table. Also a variety of free weights, yoga mats, jump rope and stretch balls...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    (14) All suites have propane fireplaces...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    All rooms are heated with propane fireplaces...moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed unlimited downloads at 10 Mbps...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Luxury linens, most are at least 1000 thread-count...moreless

  • Living Room:

    (12) Every suite has a living room...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    In the office only...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    (2) Staff can launder your clothing on request...moreless

  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet:

    Throughout the hacienda...moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    One coffee maker for guests in the dining room...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    all meals included...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    available in dining room...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    (2) Our staff takes care of dishes...moreless

  • Freezer:

    (4) includes guest refrigerator outside of rooms...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    all meals included in the pricing for the hacienda...moreless


  • Balcony:

    (7)All with great views of the mountains. One on the roof of the hacienda....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Mountain bikes for all ages...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Huge stone-paved area for events with fountain...moreless

  • Golf:

    Available in San Miguel 30 minutes away...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Huge terraces with a beautiful view of the Sierras...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Pickleball court...moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    Jacuzzi fits 8 adults...moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool:

    The pool is heated by a dozen solar panels and is always inviting and comfortable. It is split into two sections, one warmer and one a bit more cool....moreless

  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Welcome to Autumn
Oct 3 - Nov 5, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 18%


For the exclusive rental of the entire hacienda, there is minimum of 10 adults or an equivalent payment at $150/person/night ($100 during our Autumn discount). We offer a slding scale for greater numbers. Please inquire through HomeAway or VRBO or contact us at 'stephen' at 'haciendalastrancas' dot 'com'

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Last updated: 10/03/2016
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport

Car: Not Necessary

Activities: Trail rides from our stable of 12 horses, Mountain biking into the high plains of the Sierras, Full spa services at the hacienda, Volleyball court, free cooking classes with our cooks, Salsa classes, trips to the colonial cities of San Miguel, Dolores Hidalgo and lovely Guanajuato, Bicycle tours, Eco tours, ATV rentals, Ping-pong, hundreds of DVD's, Vineyard on site, organic garden, Talavera shopping in Dolores.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2003

About: In 2002 we were searching for a possible retirement location. The idea of ‘googling’ “Haciendas for sale” began as a joke between bus, but the tables were turned as wediscovered the abandoned rambling structure known as Hacienda San Joaquin de las Trancas in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajauto. Several months after visiting the hacienda in 2003, we were able to purchase it. Although our original intent was simply to live in the hacienda and restore it over time, our intentions changed after we met and visited the local people and realized the situation of the families in Trancas. What was to become simply a retirement home instead became a ‘Vacation Rental’, and after several years of restoration opened its doors to guests in 2005. Our intent was to act as ambassadors between the countries of Mexico and the United states, as well as Canada, Europe, Asia. We offer this unique opportunity to reside in this colonial gem, to experience what it might have been like to be one of the ‘hacendados’, and have your own wonderful staff, horses, pool and other amenities, and especially to meet and love the incredible people and culture of Mexico. Although we have brought our standards up to 5 star level, and function as a small boutique hotel as well as a vacation rental, we want you to feel that this is your home, not a hotel.

Why Guanajuato, Mexico:
The history of this area and specifically this hacienda is so rich.The haciendas were the landed estates of Mexico, some with territories as big as Belgium. For visitors to Mexico, they conjure up surreal images of ruined palaces; still possessing a faded grandeur, dominating a desolate landscape of cactus and agave. Before the revolution of 1910, when their lands were confiscated, the haciendas (a term which referred either to the estate or the often huge house of the owner) made up a high percentage of Mexico's agricultural land, and their collective power was enormous. Each one was a rural, autonomous social unit with its own history, and for each, myths accumulate over the centuries It is said that one of the previous owners won it in a rooster fight (cock- fight). One particularly large caravan was hijacked by a renegade group of soldiers. Although they were rounded up and killed on the grounds of the hacienda, the treasure was never found. People have searched for it for years. There is a letter dated from the early 1800's, signed in blood, that tells of the treasure and how to find it.
 None have been able to decipher it.

The Unique Benefits at this Castle:
Las Trancas, like much of Mexico, is caught between times. The old women wrapped in their shawls walk next to teenagers in Nikes. Many of the men in town have left for the U.S, in order to provide a better life for their families. Some send money home, some fall prey to the allure of the American life and never return, some die in the desert crossing. You find yourself wistfully hoping that time could stand still, that the people could retain their heritage and culture, and not succumb to the American way of life. But time marches on, and the allure is all too real. Your rental supports the Village Project. Proyecto Pueblito, or the Village Project, is an ongoing project designed to help improve the quality of life for the villagers in the surrounding area. The original intent was to build roads, a public garden, a free medical clinic, supply water, build septic systems and bathrooms, provide materials and support to teachers and tutors, build a library, and provide sustainable jobs to area residents. The project has transformed into so much more. The work is supporting the villagers in small businesses, and encourages the next generation to stay with their families and work in Mexico, and help to carry on cultural traditions that are being lost in the face of progress. This planning is being done with a committee of respected villagers and involved professionals, including architects, builders, doctors, and historians. Already it has begun providing much needed jobs to many local people. It has supplied funds to families with urgent needs, begun repairing houses, roofs, and walls. We have associated ourselves with fine organizations such as Casita Linda, Apoya a Gente Emprendadora, and the Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío. We are now able to accept tax deductable donations to our project. A group of local women has formed a massage cooperative, to provide massages and spa services to our guests. We are excited to be involved in these projects.

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Speaks: english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Welcome to Hacienda las Trancas

    Welcome to Hacienda las Trancas

  • Outdoor living options for each suite

    Outdoor living options for each suite

  • Hidalgo Suite living area

    Hidalgo Suite living area

  • Great local organic food is our specialty

    Great local organic food is our specialty

  • Sala Suite

    Sala Suite

  • 12 sweet horses for trail rides

    12 sweet horses for trail rides

  • Part of the huge interior garden

    Part of the huge interior garden

  • Food Magazine featured us in an 8 page spread

    Food Magazine featured us in an 8 page spread

  • Relax in the garden

    Relax in the garden

  • El Charro

    El Charro

  • Heated pool and jacuzzi

    Heated pool and jacuzzi

  • Suite Corazon.

    Suite Corazon.

  • Miles of Porches

    Miles of Porches

  • Rest in a hammock for a few hours

    Rest in a hammock for a few hours

  • Dining room can seat up to 30 people at one table

    Dining room can seat up to 30 people at one table

  • Sala suite living area

    Sala suite living area

  • 15 Piece Cybex gym

    15 Piece Cybex gym

  • Suite Verde

    Suite Verde

  • We love to host weddings and events!

    We love to host weddings and events!

  • Incredible views of the surrounding countryside and mountains

    Incredible views of the surrounding countryside and mountains

  • Our gorditas feature whole heirloom corn ground in our own kitchen.

    Our gorditas feature whole heirloom corn ground in our own kitchen.

  • Vogue featured us in their gorgeous spread. The crew/models stayed for a week!

    Vogue featured us in their gorgeous spread. The crew/models stayed for a week!

  • View of the church across the street.

    View of the church across the street.

  • Starry night

    Starry night

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Saturday, October 22, 2016

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