|Minimum Stay||30 nights|
The house has two queen sized beds, one in each bedroom. It also has a small cozy fireplace. In addition, the house is fully equipped with dishes, linens, a small TV for watching videos (there are some in the drawer under the TV) and a few books. If you are planning to stay for several months, we are happy to exchange some of the disks for ones we have here at home.
The roof garden and sunroom (accessible by spiral staircase) offer privacy and an agreeable view of the mountains and the neighborhood rooftops. There is clothes-washer and lines to hang your wet clothes. There is also a small bar-b-que on the roof.
The kitchen and dining cabinets are all hand-carved and hand painted wood, adding charm and color to this little casa.
There is a small safe in one of the bedrooms, and Wireless Internet is included in the rent.
The neighborhood is a great deal quieter than the downtown area, and the walk to the downtown (though by taxi, it is about 5 minutes, and very cheap) is between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on how fast you like to walk.
There is a small store down the block about five minutes, where you can get water and a few snacks. Restaurants are available about 7 minutes down the street, and more if you walk a little further.
This house is not up one of the callejones, so it is safer and less cumbersome to get to. It shares a yard with two other families, and everyone looks out for each other. The families are quiet, so if you want to have late loud parties, this is not the place for you as we like to keep on good terms with the neighbors.
In the evenings, you can join a band of minstrels, dressed in medieval costumes, who will walk you around the callejones while singing. In addition, of course, there is the famous, albeit small, mummy museum, if you enjoy that sort of thing.
If you walk to the end of the Presa (right at the bottom of the street instead of left to go downtown) there are small boats available for rowing (especially enjoyable for children) on the 'presa' (dam). To get there, you will pass by a beautiful park where my husband and I greatly enjoyed walking in during the 3 years we lived in the neighborhood. It's about 15 - 20 minutes up the hill.
On Friday nights during the season (most of the year) there are concerts available in the downtown area performed by the state orchestra for under $8.00 per person.
You may know that Guanajuato is considered to be the 'Heart of Mexico' and with good reason. It is alive with history and a variety of colonial architecture. In the downtown area, you can see a small museum, which shows that the entire downtown was rebuilt on top of existing buildings in the 18nth. Century after a big and damaging flood. They still are in the process of uncovering some of what what buried under the Templo San Diego, across from the information booth in the 'jardin.'
We are at your service and will be happy to share with you what we know about the area if you are interested.
We are a married couple who have lived in Guanajuato for about 6 years. My husband is an optometrist who has a shop in the Plaza San Javier, close to the house we built on a hill in Valenciana where we live. It is about 15 minutes by car (traffic jams, notwithstanding) from the rental house.
My husband, in addition to being an optometrist and managing the shop, is a watercolorist and a motorbike enthusiast. He belongs to a club of middle aged business owners, who often convert to weekend warriors when there is a local motor club rally, and occasionally, they go on trips (don't worry, not anywhere near the Presa house!)
I taught English, i.e., ESL, in California although I am from Germany originally. Currently, I volunteer teach in several places in Guanajuato, and I am also a photographer, and have had one exhibit at a local museum. (I am trying to find the time to do another one, but it is a lot of work, and currently, I am not sure when I'll get to it.) I am also taking a figure drawing class at the moment which is available for 200 pesos a semester in the downtown area for anyone living or visiting in Guanajuato.
Once a month we have a lady's poetry workshop at our house, which any woman would be welcome to join. It is for fun and for free.
My husband and I met in California nearly 20 years ago, and we have settled in this little town because we like the people, the history, the architecture, the university atmosphere, the Cervantino, and the climate. There is also a lively ex-pat community here, and many little classes, workshops, and cultural events available for English speakers.
Gustavo Garcia purchased this cottage in 2013
We bought his little house about a month ago, from some Australian acquaintances who needed to go back to Australia for business reasons. We had seen it once before, and we liked the atmosphere and the secure feeling of it, as well the fact that they were willing to leave all their furniture, plants, dishes, sheets, cooking and cleaning utensils. The house is ready to live in, and has more amenities than most, including a washing machine, a small TV, a microwave, and several electronic kitchen gadgets.The immediate neighbors seem friendly and considerate, and the little shared garden is nicely cared for by one of the neighbor ladies. The house is a short walking distance to the local clinic, where they are fully equipped with cat-scans, and excellent diagnosticians. The big hospital in Leon is about an hour away, and considered to be a world class hospital, which I can personally vouch for.
We moved to Valenciana about 5 months ago, but before that, we lived in the Presa neighborhood as well, and we found it interesting, friendly, and charming. We often walked our pooches in the park right up the street from the rental house. We also once rented a canoe and paddled around the dam. Silly, but fun. It made us feel like locals.
The best way I can put this, is to say that if I were coming here to rent a vacation place, I would grab this one in a hot second because it's a great bang for the buck.
There is even a tour you can take here of a local pyramid, only unearthed a couple of years ago. if you are interested in knowing more about the Cervantino, you can google it and inform yourself. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Mexicans refer to Guanajuato as the heart of Mexico, and so it is. Not only located in the geographic center, it is quintessentially Mexico, and it is dear to Mexicans for this reason. An old mining town - some mining is still done - for around 200 years, it was the world's top silver producer, around 2/3 of all the world's silver, and as such, it has the history and architecture to tell it's varied and fascinating history. The oldest church in town was built in 1532, and there are ruins of old mines virtually, everywhere. Paseo de la Presa, where the rental is located, is one of the oldest neighborhoods, and one can see French, English, and Canadian influences in the architectural styles as well as, of course, the Colonial Spanish styles. Around the corner and up the street is a dam on which one can rent a paddle boat and canoe along side the ducks and view the mansions surrounding this small body of water, and about 15 minutes walk in the other direction, there is the old historic center of town. The neighborhood is considered on of the safest, and it is, of course, a lot quieter than the downtown area.
My husband and I sincerely hope you will enjoy your stay in our little town, and we are happy to give tours or refer you to the many tours available for Guanajuato and the surrounding areas, like San Miguel de Allende, which is only an hour and a half away by bus.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jul 13 - Jul 13
|Notes||Please replace broken items, unless, like with some older electrical items, they have simply received too much wear and tear, in which case, let us know, and we will replace them. Please leave the place more or less like you find it. We can do the last load of towels and sheets and last minute dishes, but please be aware that we need to pay to have the place cleaned based on the amount of work.|
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