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Fun, gorgeously-renovated, view-rich, traffic-free, in heart of old city

Barry Evans

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Barry Evans

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2015
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Fun, gorgeously-renovated, view-rich, traffic-free, in heart of old city

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Guanajuato House Rental Photos and Description

(Scroll down for 10 Fun Things to Do)

First things first: we charge $500/week, $1450/month (20% surcharge during October/Cervantino)

Calzada Tecolote ('La Ruta de la Independencia' down which Miguel Hidalgo rode in 1810) is a car-free 'callejon' (alley) four minutes from Jardin Union, the unofficial city center.

Our house (two-minute walk up the callejon from where taxi drops you off) is adobe, dating back to perhaps 1850. We spent three years renovating after buying it in 2005.

GROUND FLOOR: Three rooms plus a bathroom with shower and washing machine. Two bedrooms, with the option of a third using a fold-down sofa. Third room doubles as a yoga studio.

MIDDLE FLOOR: Kitchen, sala (living room) with fold-down sofa, patio (with fountain and plants), storage room (with small library of English & Spanish books), bathroom with shower, tiny workshop.

TOP FLOOR (azotea): One room which we use as the master bedroom, office and view-sala, with terraces on both sides, each with a unique view.

ROOF of the top floor room is accessible via a narrow stairway, for 360-degree city views. (Use at your own risk--no handrail!)

Professional (bilingual) management, wifi, local phone, electricity, water and gas included. (But not bottled water.)

Our home (as our plainspoken cleaning lady and friend Mari tells us) is a trifle 'rustico'--not everything matches, you're under open skies going from floor to floor--but everything's clean, everything works, it's cozy, spacious and cheerful. We love sharing our home, but it is just that: a home, not a 5-star hotel!

Our location is pretty amazing. You can walk down and be in the very center of town in less than five minutes on pedestrian-only streets. But if you walk UP Calzada Tecolote, in 15 minutes you can be at the start of everyone's favorite hike: La Bufa/Los Picachos. This is an outstanding volcanic formation, from which you get a fabulous view of the city. Takes another 45 minutes to reach the cross on top if you're fit.

Other great hikes abound. Our cleaning lady, Mari, is also a hiker and will guide you on all the local trails for a small fee. She's also a great cook--ask her to quote you for a family dinner.

10 FUN THINGS TO DO WHILE STAYING AT TECOLOTE 39

1. Walk up the 113 University steps

2. Enjoy a 20-peso Executive Breakfast (gordita y jugo) from the four sisters puesto just off Baratillo

3. Go up the tower of Mercado Hidalgo (ask at office at top of stairs inside)

4. Take the bus to El Cubo to see a mining village

5. Identify the nine churches you can see from the top of our house

6. Return to our house from downtown via Potrero and the steep steps of Caracol

7. Walk through Guanajuato's original tunnel, 'Subterranea Miguel Hidalgo,' from Teatro Cervantes to near Comercial Mexicana

8. Meditate at 8 am weekdays (only when the University is 'in') at Meson San Antonio on Alonso

9. Climb the fire escape on the side of Teatro Juarez

10. Watch squadrons of grackles fly by at sunset on their (seasonal) flight path between Embajadoras and Reforma

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Barry Evans (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2015

About Barry Evans

Barry's a Brit, Louisa's from the U.S. (growing up around the world). We divide our time between our home in Eureka, California (on the northern coast), Mexico and Europe (we love touring on our folding bikes). We love our Mexican life and enjoy our local friends, Spanish language, and savoring the culture here. Barry's a science writer and meditation facilitator; Louisa is a management trainer and business coach.

Barry Evans purchased this house in 2005

Why Barry Evans chose Guanajuato

After three weeks of house-searching, Louisa found our home almost exactly across the street from where she was staying -- and couldn't believe her luck. We're on a quiet street yet right in town, minutes away from shopping, markets, and entertainment. We walk everywhere (no need for a car). Within 15 minutes we are in the hills above town, exploring and hiking.

What makes this house unique

House works as a family home or as an apartment if you're only one or two people. Cozy yet expansive. Multiple views, pedestrian street, close to city center. Can be warm and cozy if it's chilly outside, but also has cool areas when it's hot. The ground floor is self-contained, with a fridge and two-burner range. We spend a lot of time in our plant-filled patio with the sound of the fountain.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a delight to stay in the heart of Guanajuato at El Tecolote.

This is a charming, colorful and vintage Mexican 3 story home complete with everything you need. Included are gorgeous vistas of the entire city for great photography,a fantastic library from the arts to sciences. There are well placed gardens to read and lounge in, and a wonderful kitchen/dining room overlooking beautiful domed churches which I painted daily from so many angles.

Within a five minute walk we were at really good and reasonable restaurants, our favorite coffee at Cafe Tal, excellent classical music concerts, beautiful local stores, excellent museums- like the Don Quiote, and the architecturally wonderful university.

You feel at home here. It is a place you do not want to leave, especially the third floor bedroom way up in the stars.
Nov 2013
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

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Fun, gorgeously-renovated, view-rich, traffic-free, in heart of old city
average rating of 4.5 based on 3 reviews
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What a delight!

  • 5 of 5

Date of Stay

November 21, 2013

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What a delight to stay in the heart of Guanajuato at El Tecolote. This is a charming, colorful and vintage Mexican 3 story home complete with everything you need. Included are gorgeous vistas of the entire city for great photography,a fantastic library from the arts to sciences. There are well placed gardens to read and lounge in, and a wonderful kitchen/dining room overlooking beautiful domed churches which I painted daily from so many angles. Within a five minute walk we were at really good and reasonable restaurants, our favorite coffee at Cafe Tal, excellent classical music concerts, beautiful local stores, excellent museums- like the Don Quiote, and the architecturally wonderful university. You feel at home here. It is a place you do not want to leave, especially the third floor bedroom way up in the stars.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
san diego calif
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Great Rental

  • 4 of 5

This property is centrally located. Great for going in and out several times a day and not having to climb alot of hills to get back. House was very nice, 3 levels inside. Very quiet, no vehicle traffic. One thing is the bathrooms are not in the rooms, you have to go out of the rooms to get to the bathroom..wasn't too big a problem if you have to go in the middle of the nite. Main living area & kitchen are very cozy. Kitchen has big picture window that looks out to the city, beautiful for sitting and visiting and just enjoying the view!! I would highly recommend this rental property.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your nice review--we love our house dearly, and so enjoy sharing our pleasure with others! Barry and Louisa

Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
BJX (Leon-Guanajuato)
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

From $500 Per week

Guanajuato House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Cervantino
Oct 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$600
$1,700
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$500
$1,450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Notes Included: internet (basic-speed wifi); electricity; tap water; gas (if one bottle runs out and you replace, give the receipt to our manager and we will refund at same time as damage deposit); phone for local calls.
Not included: potable water, delivered in 20 liter bottles ("garafons"), about $2 each.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Guanajuato House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2--shower only, no tub
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Plus one more folding futon to go on the floor if needed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
Notes:
Plant-filled patio with fountain. Top-floor view terraces facing in two directions. Access to roof (at your own risk--no handrail!)

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