This two-story house is inside a secure, corner compound enclosed by a big hacienda-type wall. The first thing you see upon entering our imposing wrought-iron gates are two tall flower-bedecked arches, one of which cascades water into our 30-by-15 pool. There is an enticing poolside cabana with its own bathroom, sink, mini-fridge and barbecue, and through the arch is a ‘mini-secret garden’ behind lush foliage, with a seating area and a fountain.
On the ground floor, we have 2 beautifully-appointed bedrooms (queen-size beds with custom-carved head boards) each with a private bathrooms decorated in hand-made talavera tiles, and a full kitchen with breakfast bar. The living / dining great room is open to the garden and pool area, which glows at night from the lanterns along the hacienda wall. There is also an inside den that can be closed off when it’s cool for DVD-watching and sofa-loafing, or air-conditioned when it’s warm. (The den has a comfy inflatable queen-sized platform bed for extra guests.) Our dishes and glassware are Colonial Mexican, the doors and windows are of handsome parota wood, and we’ve decorated the house with handicrafts from our trips to the villages surrounding Patzcuaro.
All the bedrooms and the den on the main floor are air conditioned.
Upstairs is a self-contained apartment with 1 queen-size bedroom and 1 small bedroom with a sink. (There’s room for a convertible double bed–or can squeeze in a queen) with a sink. The two bedrooms share a full bath. Plus a living room, kitchen and nice small terrace where you can watch the life of the village and the garden below you.
We also have a spiral staircase to a large wood-beamed viewing pavilion and a seating area where you can take in the sea breezes. You’ll have a view of the village and surrounding mountain and jungle. It’s surrounded by high wrought-iron railings and lanterns.Rates:
- Nov 15th – May 15th: $2,700/wk
- May 15th – Nov 15th: $2,000/wk
- Ground floor: $1,800wk
- 2nd floor: $1,800wk
- Holidays: $3,500/wk