|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Wake to the sound of birds and the trickle of a fountain in this adorable casita just 20 minutes from downtown Oaxaca. Nestled on the shoulders of the Sierra Norte above the valley of Oaxaca, this is the ideal destination for those wishing to take advantage of all the city has to offer while returning home to the quiet and clean air of San Pablo Etla, a traditional Zapotec village. The casita is accessible by public transportation. A car is recommended but by no means mandatory.
Decorated in a rustic Mexican style, the casita features the best of the indoor/outdoor style of living with a sheltered outdoor living room, private terrace and gardens with loads of comfortable places to relax. This area is known for its diversity of birds and hiking as well as mountain biking. We also offer a shared in-ground swimming pool with some of the best sunsets in Oaxaca.
Your hosts Adele and John will gladly assist you in making the most of your stay at La Casita del Barco. They can help you to arrange visits to Oaxaca's famous archaeological sites, colorful native markets, and rich art and culture museums to name but a few. While you are here, you might also want to take advantage of the language and cooking schools, restaurants, and shopping that Oaxaca and its surrounding villages are known for. With a nearly perfect climate, averaging 73 degrees in the day with pleasantly cool evenings and low humidity, La Casita del Barco is the perfect place for the perfect getaway.
"We had a wonderful time! We loved the casita and we appreciated your family's hospitality. You were there when we needed you yet we felt as though this was our home as we had plenty of privacy. We couldn't have asked for a better stay. Even our dog had a great time!" —Karen and John from New Hampshire
"What a very beautiful place—each window frames such natural loveliness! I love especially, all the Mexican art and great books." —Susanna and Brian, California
"Thank you for the great views, advice, tips,and making us feel at home away from home. Milan had a great time in the pool, chasing the dogs, feeding the chickens, and he perfected his walking skills on the rocky floors! We're so glad we found you and the beautiful casita!" —Sarah, Tim and Milan, Connecticut
Keywords: Casita,retreat,country paradise, romantic getaway
The casita is a tasteful, comfortable space that served us very well. The open living room has an exquisite fireplace in the corner that, on the chill evenings, was a delight to dine beside and enjoy a quiet, romantic evening. The kitchen is "muy Mexicano", user friendly and fully equipped. A small but complete bathroom lies off the kitchen, filled with thoughtful touches of art and function. The bedroom (s) are comfortable and clean. We chose to occupy the "optional" extra bedroom with it's lovely view out over the valley and were able to hear owls at night and lovely song birds and doves during the day. The grounds of the complex are beautifully maintained and designed. The small community consists of 3 major dwellings along the ridge, with extensive views out over the valley. The swimming pool is shared and also of tasteful design. We were able to access the laundry room beside the casita, which was very useful indeed. Finally, we found the owner and managers to be friendly, supportive and highly responsive to any needs or cares that came up for us. Highly recommended.
Our group of eight rented both the main house and casita at El Barco to celebrate my 50th birthday and Dia de los muertos. The place is magical! It is beautiful, charming, comfortable and nicely located beyond the urban reaches of downtown Oaxaca.
Property manager Florencio was attentive and helpful in getting us settled-in and his wife, Sarai, prepared three wonderfully delicious meals for us during our stay.
Initially we were concerned about transportation since El Barco is a few miles from Oaxaca. We opted not to rent a vehicle and have no regrets with that decision. We enlisted the services of Sebastian to shuttle our group all over the area and act as our de facto tour guide. We can't say enough good things about Sebastian! He bent over backwards for us and made our visit truly unforgettable!
My only hesitation in writing this very positive review is that it may make it more difficult to book El Barco again in the future! Great place and wonderful people! Thank you!
The casita was sweet and we did enjoy our stay. it was a bit farther from anything than we had expected - a 15 minute walk to get tortillas or some milk, and an hour an a half tuk-tuk and bus into Oaxaca City. Had hoped to be in a puebla, but instead found all our neighbors were gringos, mostly also short-term renters, though all quite nice and interesting folks. Even those with cars, which we would highly recommend, did not go out at night - the roads were just too bad, and the pot-holes too deep. The pool was lovely, the neighbors friendly and helpful, and there were lots of birds in the area.
The two of us have just checked out of La Casita and have been dropped off back in town by Lupe, the excellent taxi driver recommended to us during our stay. La Casita provided a lovely, countryside refuge after two weeks in Oaxaca City.
We enjoyed every minute of our time--cooking vegetables purchased at market in a lovely kitchen looking out on a small inner garden, eating in the warm outdoors surrounded by bird calls and fresh breezes, walking the mountain trails and the quiet roads into the villages, and meeting so many fascinating people who gave us the warmest of welcomes and made us feel immediately a part of a very vibrant community.
Wherever we looked at La Casita we were surrounded by beauty--the house itself is filled with examples of the various arts of Oaxaca and surrounded by well-kept gardens; at the pool, views stretch out across the valley to the distant mountains; and then there's always the Oaxacan sky.
If you do not have a car and are thinking of renting one, let me encourage you to think again. You are bound to enjoy being free of a vehicle. The walk to either of the nearby villages is very easy. There you will find good friendly greetings from the residents, very inexpensive internet service, stores to supply all your basic needs (including fresh fruits and vegetables), and plenty of mototaxis and taxis if you decide to go further than your own legs want to take you.
Definitely plan to take a half day at least to visit San Augustin Etla, home of a paper factory and an extraordinary art gallery--extraordinary for both its architecture and the quality of exhibits it hosts.
Our second stay at the Casita was more enjoyable than the first. We strolled the cobblestone streets of centro, searched the pueblos for handicrafts and hiked the hills close to the Casita. This is an amazing location.
The outdoor living room is delightful with a chiminea fireplace. A warm and romantic setting for a cool evening. We enjoyed breakfasts on the terrace watching the birds and listening to the donkeys
We enjoyed several afternoons at the beautifully designed pool. The views of the hills are sweeping. At sunset we enjoyed the company of neighbors Bill and Mary. Wonderful people.
Our little cat also feels right at home on the hill at the Casita, We'll be back on our next trip to Oaxaca.
The moment you arrive at this casita you are completely charmed. The driveway is sensitively landscaped with varieties of agave, cacti, echeveria and other succulents. Open the front door and another picturesque view unfolds onto a stone courtyard complete with fireplace, relaxing furniture and a step down to a sunny dining area.
The bedroom, kitchen and bathroom appear as they do in the photos. However, it’s not until you are actually there that you realize everywhere in the casita is a feast for the eyes. Windows frame a verdant landscape while a bedroom screen door offers a glimpse of a mini-courtyard complete with gurgling fountain and hot-pink bougainvillea. Mexican art – pottery, elaborately embroidered cushions, basketry, glazed tiles — are authentic touches that attest to the cultural talent of this region.
Fresh long stemmed calla lilies are on the outdoor table as well as kitchen table and bedroom console. An assortment of fresh fruit is offered in a bowl in the kitchen. Towels, for both the pool and bathroom, are plush and bed linens are of a very fine quality.
An easy drive from the town of Oaxaca, this casita is a refreshing “re-treat” at the end of a busy day. The swimming pool is long enough to swim lengths and just glamorous enough to hold a mirror to the magnificent sunsets.
For bookings within 6 months we request full payment to confirm the reservation. For bookings more than six months out, we request 50% payment to confirm the reservation and the remainder two months before arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.