Tucked away on the lush grounds of Hacienda Sac Chich,Casa de Maquinas are 3 limestone buildings, a water tower and an 85 ft. chimney. Surrounded by palm filled gardens Casa de Maquinas consists of three 2000sq.ft. rectangular structures that date to 1850.
CASA VIEJA houses the LIVING ROOM, 2 KING BEDROOMS, A LOFT BEDROOM AND 2 BATHROOMS AND THE COLONIAL KITCHEN. Opposite the Casa Vieja is the CASA NUEVA, where a dramatic central hallway is the entrance to 3 BEDROOMS and 3 BATHROOMS all with soaring 26’ ceilings and 13’ high doors. The large master has a sunken living area, and outside within a walled garden is a settee and plunge pool. Between these two buildings is an open-air living room and dining room, the LOGGIA. From the loggia climb a staircase to a ROOFTOP LOUNGE AND A STAR GAZING PLATFORM. Through a sea shell mosaic tunnel from the inner courtyard you find the 40 foot POOL AND regulation size BOCCE BALL COURT.
Throughout the hacienda there is evidence of its previous utilitarian life. Iron wheels and massive beams are remnants of its past. Once the water tank for the hacienda, the pool is now a shimmering refuge from the heat of the Yucatan. A steel and bamboo pergola and a playita of shallow water with a hammock suspended above provide areas for rest and shade. We have six chaise lounges for your relaxation. The open-air living room and dining pavilion, the Loggia is surrounded by lily and fish filled reflecting water ponds and dramatic lighting. From the loggia climb an enclosed spiral staircase to the roof top lounge area and a star gazing platform. Here you can watch the moon, stars,sunset, an approaching storm or enjoy the night breeze. Framing the entire hacienda are dry stacked stone walls, tall hedges of Fica and walls creatively designed with metal cages filled with local limestone. The grounds are filled with exotic rare palms, bamboos, gingers, tropical plants and fruit trees.
The house restoration has been a project of the renowned Mexican architect Salvador Reyes Rios and his partner and wife Josefina Larrain. Most of the furniture throughout is designed by Salvador and fabricated locally. This hacienda has been published in numerous magazines and books. Most recently Hacienda Style by Karen Witynski and Joe Carr, and prior to the renovation of the pool and Casa Nueva, The New Hacienda by the same authors.
DAILY GARDENERS AND HOUSEKEEPERS ARE ON THE PREMISES MONDAY TO SATURDAY.
NEED MORE BEDROOMS AND SPACE FOR A LARGER PARTY? RENT OUR BEAUTIFUL CASA SISAL # 286207 IN ADDITION TO THE HACIENDA.
The hacienda is close to many of the Mayan Ruins. Uxmal is 1 hour away, Mayapan is 20 minutes, Chichen Itza is 1 hour. The road to Mayapan is 5 minutes away and this road is referred to as the Ruta de Convento. Spend a day winding in and out of the villages where these grand Spanish colonial convents are. The Gulf Coast is 45 minutes away where you can swim in the Gulf water and enjoy fresh seafood. Go diving or snorkeling in many cenotes that are close by: Cuzama is 25 min away. Merida is 35 minutes away.
In addition to the loggia restoration and the new rooftop and Bocce Ball court we have a new hacienda entrance, driveway, bodega and a NEW 2100 SQ.FT. 2 BR, 2 BATH GUEST HOUSE. This house is called CASA SISAL and is VRBO # 286207. Although this home was designed in the modern aesthetic, the construction techniques and materials are the same as the hacienda. Surrounded by water lily filled reflecting ponds it was built in the henequen drying fields, adjacent to the hacienda. It is on 3 acres and is surrounded by a 10 foot historic hacienda wall. There is a modern kitchen, a dining area for 8-10 and a sunken living room with fireplace and a flat screen monitor for DVD viewing, and the house is wired for sound and i pod ready. There is a King in one bedroom and 2 Queens in the other. In the master bathroom the shower can open to an enclosed garden. There is a 30 ft edgeless pool with a playita of shallow water. The home is fully screened and air conditioned. This house also has access to the bocce ball court. It is a comfortable private enclave. A winding driveway from the main entrance leads to a private parking area. The house can be rented with the hacienda or separately.
Keywords: Historical Hacienda Estate
We live in California and travel to our hacienda any opportunity we get.
Being frequent visitors to the Pacific beaches and colonial central Mexico since the 70's we read about the restored haciendas of the Yucatan. In 2001 we went on the first of many "hacienda hopping" trips to the Yucatan. The grandeur, architectural scale, historical and economic relevance and process of restoration of these haciendas intrigued us and soon we were researching haciendas for sale on the internet. It wasn't until we rented a Hacienda for my 50th Birthday in 2003 that we experienced a sense of ownership while entertaining friends and family there. On that trip we toured hacienda Sac Chich, shortly thereafter made an offer and 5 months later it was ours. Sac Chich was the first and only hacienda we looked at for sale.
We always knew we would someday have a home in Mexico, but always envisioned the Pacific coast or colonial interior. The Yucatan became the pure isolated uncomplicated Mexico that we remembered from travels 30 years ago.
Being at Sac Chich is our opportunity to stop. We are surrounded by such tropical lushness and architectural grandness that sometimes you find yourself just sitting taking it all in. The simple sounds of the village children playing or a dog barking mingles with the bamboo swaying and clacking in the wind or the amazing birds that sing all day. We relax and enjoy the people we are with, swim, read a book,nap in a hammock, bird watch, play pool games, volleyball,frisbee,card games, charades,enjoy music, dine by candlelight. I had to laugh at the review we received from Heather from Colorado. Spontaneous dance parties are something we also enjoy!
We are always hopping in the car to explore and discover. We go to Mayan ruins, cenotes to snorkel and swim, nearby haciendas to just see or relax and have lunch or dinner on their patios, go to the beach and eat seafood in Progresso or Celestun, visit Merida for tacos at our favorite taco stands, visit the early weekend market downtown Merida or enjoy one of the many cultural events that take place all week long there. Sometimes we just get in the car and drive and head down a road towards a village we have never been and stop in a tortilleria to get a stack of fresh tortillas. We always find smiling and curious Mayan people, giggling children and if we're lucky there is a tienda next door with very cold Mexican Coke in a glass bottle for us to enjoy! It is the simple pleasures of being at the hacienda that gives us the greatest joy!