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Beautiful converted Forge on the Rio Guanajuato

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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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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Property Manager
Julie Foley
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About Julie Foley

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.

Julie Foley purchased this house in 1993

Why Julie Foley chose Guanajuato

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.

What makes this house unique

a very large swing. The best house in Guanajuato... but we're biased.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Beautiful converted Forge on the Rio Guanajuato
average rating of 4.25 based on 8 reviews
Dalton Gardens, ID

Nice Funky Place, Some Issues Though

  • 3 of 5

The people running this house are very nice and accommodating. The house is in a good location for access to Guanajuato, either driving, bus, or taxi. Note the taxi fare has gone up, now about $50 pesos. It has a nice outdoors space with comfortable furniture, both inside and out.

Prospective renters should note that although this house is advertised as three bedrooms, it really isn't. There is a large room upstairs with a low dividing wall that has three beds in it, no privacy like one would expect in a "bedroom," i.e., no door or walls. Also, the downstairs bedroom has no curtains on the large glass door that opens into the house, nor curtains for the large window overlooking the property. So, basically, no real privacy for any of the bedrooms.

The "beautiful gardens" could be that, except they are unkempt and largely overgrown. I find this is often the case here in Mexico when there is no real gardener tending the gardens.

Our real issue, besides the lack of privacy, was the situation with the keys. There is only one key for the front gate. The caretaker kindly gave us hers so we had two keys for three couples. Also, it is not possible to lock the gate from the inside so that it can be opened by the key from the outside. There is a latch that is not key operated. So, if one couple is home and latches the gate, the couple that is not home cannot open the gate. The bell was not able to be heard in the house. Also, there is one different key for every door. This was inconvenient but workable. Mostly, the problem was being locked out of the property until we were able to get the attention of the people in the house to come let us in.

Overall, we would not stay here again. The property was clean and beds comfortable. But the lack of privacy was a deal breaker. For one couple, it wouldn't be a problem though.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments! We try to be as clear as possible about the open floor plan, so I´m sorry it was not clear before your arrival. We do take all our guest´s comments seriously, and will certainly address the obstacles you encountered with us. Thank you, again. I hope you enjoyed Guanajuato!
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Lovely, spacious home within minutes of the center of town

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in the Forge on Camino Antinguo in Marfil. The grounds were lovely with beautiful plants and flowers, and the house was filled with an abundance of light. The house is clearly well-loved and taken care of by Carmen and Raquel who have worked for the family for many years, and who shared lots of joy with us during our stay. Julie, the property manager, has a wealth of information at her fingertips and all of her recommendations were terrific. We usually took a cab into town, or the bus which is only a short hop down the road. This would be a terrific rental for a family with children as the yard is spacious with great play space. We shared the house with another couple and found lots of space for privacy and gathering together. If you appreciate being out of the fray of El Centro, but love being close enough to pop in on a moment's notice this place could not be more highly recommended.

El Calendario restaurant is a jewel up the road a bit, and you're within walking distance of the ex-Hacienda Gene Barry which has wonderful Sunday afternoon concerts. There's plenty of little tiendas along the main throroughfare. If you hope to study Spanish while in Guanajuato, which we highly recommend, we can't speak more highly than classes at Escuela Mexicana. We visited several schools before choosing Escuela Mexicana and know that we made the right decision. Guanajuato is a beautiful city, made more accessible with some knowledge of Spanish. This isn't San Miguel de Allende with the majority of shop keepers and restaurant owners in command of the English language. This is the heart of Mexico, an incredible city, with a major university and lots of Mexican nationals visiting to appreciate their own culture. We love it here, and will come back again and again.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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All about the people

  • 5 of 5

What a great group. From the property manager, Julie, to Carmen who cooked 3 nights for us, the communication was great. The place was a charming, exquisite home, fully equipped and the grounds were beautiful. The neighborhood looked centuries old as is the City of Guanajuato, like an old Italian Hill town. Very inexpensive taxi ride to the Center of town. A warm and enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Very nice house, did not want to go out of the hoyse , and Carmen very nice person, sll in all reconendable.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation in a very comfortable home

  • 4 of 5

My family, my friends and I enjoyed our stay in this beautiful comfortable house in the beautiful city of Guanajuato. It has everything you need as if you were at home. It is near downtown and a beautiful sightseen walking around. The property manager and maintenance ladies are so kind and nice. We thank them for such a nice welcome and kindness.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house 5 minutes away driving from Guanajuato City.

  • 4 of 5

Me and my family really enjoyed our stay in this house. The service was good, the house is lovely and it's so close to Guanajuato city. For further travellers please consider there's not microwave, but the manager assure she will do something cause it's very necessary. By the way, this nice lady was great and very kind.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
León BJX
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
325 Miles
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!.


Rates & Availability

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4 night minimum stay

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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.

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Guanajuato House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2640 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , En-suite master bath, double vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , downstairs, double vanity
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Two queens upstairs under boveda dome
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs under boveda, separated from bedroom1 by glass
    Master - 1 king , Suite with Salon and Patio, En suite bathroom/shower. Safe.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
House keeping by our maid Carmen included once per week. You can arrange additional cleaning, washing, cooking with Carmen directly if you wish.

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