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Beautiful Converted Forge on the Rio Guanajuato

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Last updated: 04/07/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Light spacious house in large lush garden just 3 miles from Centro

Built as a forge in the 1970's the original building was converted to an airy spacious home with large windows bringing in the beauty of the mature garden. Minutes from town by bus or taxi, or a couple of miles walk along the river, the house is the perfect combination of tranquility and access to the city of Guanajuato. Ideal for those already familiar with Guanajuato or who have time to relax and enjoy the City and its environs.
Located along the Rio Guanajuato, where traditionally the silver processing haciendas were, the house is on an unusually large lot. Hence our beautiful garden. The house is very welcoming and very unique due to its two enormous boveda ceilings. Each one 25 feet across! Everywhere you look there is the outside coming in due to the massive windows. Having said that the house is very private from the road, being completely walled in. Three miles out of the center of town, it costs 40 pesos ($3) to hop into town or 5 pesos to take the bus to Alhondiga.
We have a fantastic family who have been caring for the house as long as we have owned it. Carmen, our maid, is a tiny, salt of the earth kind of woman who is always happy and singing. She is a joy to have around and an excellent cook! Rachel, her daughter, takes care of the garden and caretakes the property.
The living/dining/kitchen areas have an open plan feel due to the 30 feet ceiling, whilst the upstairs and master suite have a cosy, more intimate feel. Perfect for reading or enjoying a movie. Each bed is complete with a down duvet comforter and the beds upstairs have memory foam toppers, as comfortable as you would have in your own home! We love to cook and entertain so you should find most things you need in the kitchen. Feel free to use anything that is still in the pantry.
We just love this house and we hope you will too!
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/07/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2640 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    There is a significant set of stairs leading to the upper level so children need to be out of the toddler/dangerous time period....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    for your peace of mind only children who can safely negotiate stairs should use the house....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Thus is a non smoking house. If you wish to smoke, please do so outside. The 2000 peso security deposit will be forfeited if you smoke in the house so please respect this rule. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We love pets and have several dogs so we know how messy they can be! Please ask us before bringing your pet. We have had various experiences with pets. Not all good! No cats are allowed as we find they SCRATCH and no fighting cocks or other poultry are allowed as we are just not into that! $50 per visit or per month pet fee is imposed. Please make sure any pet does not climb on furniture. A security deposit of 2000 pesos is required in case there are any pet incidents or other damages.See pet addendum in rental rules section....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    There are several sets of steps leading to the house so it would make using a wheelchair awkward....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 2: 2 queen

    Two queens upstairs under boveda dome...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Upstairs under boveda, separated from bedroom1 by glass...moreless

  • Master: 1 king

    Suite with Salon and Patio, En suite bathroom/shower. Safe....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    En-suite master bath, double vanity...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    downstairs, double vanity...moreless

Other Amenities

  • House keeping by our maid Carmen included once per week. You can arrange additional cleaning, washing, cooking with Carmen directly if you wish....moreless


  • Games:

    selection of children's games/puzzles...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    No satellite or Cable but internet provides for streaming through Netflix etc....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bose wave radio/CD with amplified speakers and mini audio jack for playing iPod/phone/m3. Additional stereo system in master suite...moreless

  • Television:

    Large flat screen TV...moreless

  • Video Library:

    collection of about 60 movies, in varying genres...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing


  • Dining:

    Large mesquite table (made from an antique door) for 8-10 people. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Drying line outside...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    built in fireplace in living room. Firewood is stored onsite...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    two propane space heaters...moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed internet suitable for streaming movies through netflix etc...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Three living spaces, one in the master suite with two leather sofas and ottoman. Main living area with over sized Sofa and large chair. Third area upstairs with TV and large sofa....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking on the street. One secure parking spot inside the garden....moreless

  • Telephone:

    for local calls only. Cell service is good from the house. you can use skype, facetime, viber etc for long distance through wifi....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    located outside, washing and ironing service can be arranged with our maid Carmen...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    yes and french press, though we drink tea... we're eeenglish!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    plenty of plates, cutlery etc for entertaining...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    We love to cook, all you need to make and serve most meals is available in the kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave:

    A small microwave oven....moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio:

    Paved patio out back of house with dining table for 6. Day lounger bed outside....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lawn with large trees and swing. Large garden with trees of all kinds....moreless



Write a review 4.3
from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$800 $1,700
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning fee $30
  • Pet Fee $50


Please note that a 2000 pesos refundable damage deposit is required upon arrival.

For rentals longer than 2 months the rate can be reduced, depending on number of guests, and with guests paying their own utilities.

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/07/2017
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16 Miles
Nearest Airport
León BJX
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
325 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Located a few miles from Guanajuato Centro, Marfil sits along the Rio Guanajuato in an area of old haciendas. Our neighbor, the Club Campestre Nepomuceno (country club) is built in the ruins of one of these. The area was devastated in the great flood of 1905 and was bought and renovated by the Italian architect Giorgio Beloli. Many of the houses in this area were built by him and many contain windows created at our house when it was a forge. By now you've probably read plenty about the great city of Guanajuato, The vibrancy and culture of the city is what keeps bringing us back. If you're visiting the city for only a couple of days and want to be part of the bustle and noise, our house is probably not for you, but if you're coming to enjoy the city for a little longer you'll likely appreciate the tranquility of Marfil as a place to return and rest after a day or night on the town!.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1993

About: We are originally from England and moved to Arizona in 1998. We originally visited Guanajuato for a wedding. We fell in love with the city and within a year had bought our home along the river in Marfil. Rather a crazy idea actually as it was the first house we ever owned... and we couldn't live in it... We remodeled the home, walled in the garden and started planting. 20 years later we are still coming back to Guanajuato and spend our summers there with our three children.

Why Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico:
Guanajuato is really an amazing City. I call it a small big town as it has the life and vibrancy you would associate with a much larger city yet it is a small town with only a few hundred thousand people. Anything of cultural importance flows through Guanajuato whether the Pope or the Rally of Mexico. We keep returning to soak in the diversity of culture and activity from theatre, music, bars and restuarants to street tacos and colorful local festivals. Camino Antiguo is the Old road to Guanajuato and runs along the Rio Guanajuato. The area is lush with centuries old pepper trees as well as Mesquite and Jacaranda. The home is very light and airy with large windows looking out into the walled garden. Two huge Boveda domes 30ft across form the roof making the architecture of the home very unique yet comfortable. The combination between space, tranquility and easy access to centro. made this the perfect home for us. Though only an easy cab ride or pleasant walk from Guanajuato the home is located in Marfil, its own vibrant Mexican community with local restaurants, bakery and essentials. The people are very friendly and we love being part of their community and enjoying participating in their festivals.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
a very large swing. The best house in Guanajuato... but we're biased.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/07/2017

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  • Welcome to our home!

    Welcome to our home!

  • Looking down into the living area from the second level

    Looking down into the living area from the second level

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Private salon in Master bedroom

    Private salon in Master bedroom

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • through the master to the living room

    through the master to the living room

  • Second bedroom has two queens. separated from third bedroom by glass partition

    Second bedroom has two queens. separated from third bedroom by glass partition

  • Den upstairs with TV./DVD

    Den upstairs with TV./DVD

  • Second bathroom has bath/shower

    Second bathroom has bath/shower

  • Day bed on back patio

    Day bed on back patio

  • Camino Antiguo, the old road to Guanajuato follows the Rio Guanajuato into town

    Camino Antiguo, the old road to Guanajuato follows the Rio Guanajuato into town

  • Our princess can feel a pea!

    Our princess can feel a pea!

  • Dining room from the entrance

    Dining room from the entrance

  • Living room

    Living room

  • The kitchen and bar with seating for 6 - 8

    The kitchen and bar with seating for 6 - 8

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master bathroom has shower

    Master bathroom has shower

  • third bedroom

    third bedroom

  • Office area with wifi

    Office area with wifi

  • Dining on the back patio

    Dining on the back patio

  • The beautiful garden with crazy swing. Play slide no longer on site.

    The beautiful garden with crazy swing. Play slide no longer on site.

  • Dancing at local church festival in Marfil

    Dancing at local church festival in Marfil

  • Our wonderful, well connected, property manager, Julie. She will settle you in.

    Our wonderful, well connected, property manager, Julie. She will settle you in.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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