Authentic, Romantic 450 Year-Old Historic Hacienda and Spa in Colonial Mexico(13 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Property type:Castle
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
11 huge suites, Overlooking the Sierras.SPA, POOLS, HORSES, GYM, Gourmet Meals
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.
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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Member since: 2005
- 50000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Included In Price
- Lunch - Included In Price
- Dinner - Included In Price
- Housekeeper Included
- Daily Maid Service
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- Low Allergen Environment
Bedrooms: 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35, Beds for 35
Bathrooms: 13 Bathrooms, 3 Half Bathrooms
- Games For Kids
- Ping Pong Table
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- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
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
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- Basketball Court
- Mountain Biking
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- Bottled Water
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- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
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- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking On Street
- Toilet Paper
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Rent entire for up to 10 guest
Jan 1 - Feb 2, 2017
1 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Each guest more than 22 $90 + tax
- Tax Rate 18%
Rates noted are for a single suite of your choice - double accommodation. Meals are included.
YOU CAN RENT THE ENTIRE HACIENDA EXCLUSIVELY. See more on our website, http://www.haciendalastrancas.com. It is such a great place for friends and family. The hacienda can easily accommodate up to 22 guests, double accommodation and has enough extra beds to allow two beds or three in each of our 11 suites. Every room has been restored and has its own bathroom, high quality beds and sheeting, and each is truly unique.
All meals are included in our pricing. The cooks can accommodate almost any dietary preferences.
We have16 staff members including two full time bilingual concierge guest service attendants to take care of your guests. Horseback riding is available twice a day from our stables. The solar heated pool, jacuzzi, fitness center with full circuit Cybex equipment, mountain bikes, satellite TV, 10 Mbps internet throughout the hacienda, ping pong, and PickleBall court are available to your guests throughout the day.
In addition we have an in-house SPA with 6 trained massage therapists whose prices are $20 per hour.
You can see our general pricing on the website. For large groups or extended stays we do offer discounts. We have a special during January 2017- $100/person/night.
Manager's cancellation policy:
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Car: Not Necessary
The hacienda has its own IN-HOUSE SPA with 6 fully trained massage therapists who charge only $20 USD/hour. They offer full body, hot stone, reflexology, fresh facials and specific body part massages, all within 20 feet of your rooms. We can also arrange stylists from Dolores Hidalgo for hair, nails, shaves and more.
Our staff make celebration arrangements for you and your group. Would like a 12 person mariachi group to serenade you during dinner? A Taco cart or churro cart or ice cream cart to come to the hacienda? How about a Salsa dance instructor? Or local folkloric dancing troupe. We do weddings, birthdays, holidays.
ACTIVITIES: Trail rides from our stable of 12 horses, Mountain biking into the high plains of the Sierras, Pickleball court, free cooking classes in-house, day, trips to the colonial cities of San Miguel, Dolores Hidalgo and lovely Guanajuato, La Gruta hot springs, Hot air balloon rides, Rock Climbing, Bicycle tours, Eco tours, ATV rentals, Ping-pong, hundreds of DVD's, Vineyard on site, Talavera shopping in Dolores, Historic tours of the surrounding haciendas....or perhaps you would just like to relax in our hammocks, read a book and listen to the birds above.
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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Welcome to Hacienda las Trancas
8 sweet horses for trail riding
Our full circuit Cybex gym
one of our bathrooms
All meals are included
Great mountain biking on the mesa
One of our hallways
Our dining room seats 30 guests
Fountain area with the stables behind
Ancient stonework details throughout the hacienda
The pool area
Relax in the garden
We love weddings and celebrations!
Plaza Suite living room
The central garden
A bathroom with Dolores Hidalgo famous Talavera tiles
Horse and Cactus garden
Our reception area for weddings up to 250 guests
This listing was first published here in 2005.
Date last modified - Thursday, January 19, 2017
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