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Casa Sisal - Exclusive Contemporary Country Home

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3-6)

Casa Sisal is located in the Mayan village of Sac Chich, 35 minutes from the city of Merida, but worlds away. Relax in the privacy of this contemporary home. Casa Sisal is adjacent to Hacienda Sac Chich, Casa de Maquinas ( VRBO # 202866) .

Surrounded by water lily reflecting ponds and a large green lawn this 2000 square foot home is built within the 2 acre henequen drying fields of the hacienda and is enclosed by the haciendas original 10-foot wall, creating its own private world.

Casa Sisal has 2 BEDROOMS (ONE KING AND TWO QUEENS), 2 BATHS, FULL KITCHEN, LIVING AREA AND DINING FOR 8. Walk out of the living area on one side you'll find a patio with a 30 foot lily pond and out the other side is a beautiful 3-sided infinity edge SWIMMING POOL, palapa and patio.

The sunken living room has a large couch, fireplace, flat screen monitor for viewing DVD’s and the home is wired for sound and i-pod ready. This home is constructed of hard woods, limestone and plaster polished to a sleek finish by the ancient Mayan technique called chukum. EACH WINDOW IS SCREENED, EVERY ROOM HAS FANS AND THE HOUSE IS FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED. The ceiling and door heights are 10 feet giving every room a sense of great space. The house is lit very dramatically and on the lawn there are 2 rows of 9 royal palms that at night seem to be suspended in space.

The great lawn in front of the house is 2 acres and is a perfect place for playing frisbee, soccer or volleyball. The sky at night can be viewed while lounging on the chaise lounge by the pool or in the back or even while dining inside the house. Designed to experience the beauty of the Yucatan light and sky you will find Casa Sisal a respite from it all.

Casa Sisal is just outside of the town Acanceh, 10 minutes from the Cancun/Merida highway 180 where you can drive to Chichen Itza ( 45 minutes), Izamal (40 minutes), Progresso (45 minutes) and is exactly a 3 hour drive to Cancun. We are 5 minutes from the Convent Route which is the road to not only many of the Convents (Tecoh, Muni, Mani, Ticul) but the Mayan Site of Mayapan( 20 Min), Loltun Caves ( 1 hour). Uxmal is also 1 hour away. We are also close to many cenotes where you can swim in crystal clear water . The Cuzama cenotes are 25 minutes away.

This house shares the private entrance to the Hacienda Sac Chich ( VRBO # 202866) and has its own winding driveway that leads to a private entrance and parking area.

There is a housekeeping staff to wash dishes, do laundry, clean daily and change linens on beds every three days.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About The Owner

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. In 2006 we purchased the drying field lands and in 2008 we began construction on Casa Sisal. This is Sac Chich 2010 with architecture in a modern vernacular. Casa Sisal opens itself up to the magnificent sky and light of the Yucatan. It is comfortable, magical and serene.

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.

The Owner purchased this house in 2006

Why The Owner chose Merida

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.

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!


Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2) There are 2 queen sized beds in the 2nd bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Casa Sisal - Exclusive Contemporary Country Home
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This place was absolutely STUNNING. Cyndy was such a pleasure to work with. Beyond helpful and accommodating. Also the house staff were lovely. So helpful and kind. Everything about our time and wedding here was amazing. Not a single hiccup or complaint. Loved every moment. Would recommend it 100%

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Buchen/Odenwald, Germany

wunderful time after a roundtrip through Mexico

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 days in the Hacienda at casa sisal in early September. We enjoyed the quietness, the feeling to be in the nature there, the places around and to live in an outstanding design object.

Cyndy and Howie as well as Wilhelm and the staff made us everything comfortable, so could enjoy the heat in the pool, the frogsound in the evenings and the lights of fireflies when it gets dark.

Merida is close, with a lot of fantastic possibilities for food. Uxmal and Chichen Itza are 1h away, Mayapan only 30 min. Enjoy the cenotes around ... it is amazing to swim there. But the best is the feeling, when you come back to Casa Sisal after all these activities ...

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolute dream

  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding at Hacienda Sac Chich—it was an absolute dream. Casa Sisal’s architecture is even more outstanding than you imagine it, with each detail thoughtfully considered—from the way those enormous windows slide gently in their pockets to the waterfall showerhead in the sun-filled master bath. The master bed was heavenly, as is sleeping surrounded by the scents and sounds of the jungle before taking a quiet early morning dip. The central living area was beautiful open air or closed, day or starry night, and the great palm-lined lawn was breathtaking whether during the usual brilliant sunshine or the one gray afternoon we spent in our robes watching tropical birds stop by in the drizzle.

Cyndy, Howie, and the staff were not just warm and attentive hosts but were easygoing in response to the sundry needs that came up surrounding the wedding (including providing a great list of suggested vendors). We had the staff prepare a delicious dinner to welcome our families to Mexico (a night we were surprised by fireflies), and a wedding-day brunch of fruit plates, chilaquiles, and mimosas for our guests staying across the lawn at Casa de Maquinas.

The hacienda is near the small village of Acanceh, as well as a number cenotes and ruins—but we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave the grounds. Mérida, the nearest city, is about 40 minutes away and full of fantastic markets, restaurants, and bars (as well as beautiful places to stay for our guests).

We daydreamed about visiting Casa Sisal before we were engaged, then dreamed about it throughout our engagement—but from the moment we walked in (past the lily pond, to the aroma of fresh-baked banana bread) it exceeded those dreams. It’s a truly special place run by truly special people, and we can’t wait to visit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stay in a home that wins prizes for it's design and hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Sisal is approached from across an expanse of lawn that is set off by palm trees against rock walls by day and a chorus of fireflies by night. The pool reflects the moods of the sky and cools you in clear water a few steps from your bedroom doors. The house itself holds surprises and exquisite features in every room and opens completely to the outdoors whenever you wish. This house is heaven. I can't wait to go back and take friends or family!

The owners are some of the best and most welcoming people in the world. Their exquisite taste is reflected in every aspect of this beautiful and magical place. Thank you to everyone there who made our stay so fulfilling!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio, Texas

Fully alive!!

  • 5 of 5

Magical is the word that comes most quickly to mind, also spectacular, exquisite, amazing, mind-blowing, unexpected, beautiful, enlivening! Casa Sisal, where I stayed for 5 days with a group of women celebrating a big birthday at Hacienda Sac Chich, and then for 3 more days with my husband, surpassed all my quite high expectations. Having studied the website, I knew this would be an unusually fine experience. I still found myself struck speechless by the beauty and joy of this property, the people who built and maintain it, and the staff who lovingly tend it. The people of the Yucatan are kind, welcoming, open-hearted. I felt absolutely joyful the entire time, even though the temperatures were quite hot during our stay. That just made plunging into the gorgeous pool all the more refreshing. I felt fully alive!

Life is lived closer to nature here. Casa Sisal has sliding glass and screen doors on both north and south sides so that, when they are opened all the way, the living area becomes part of the wide open space that surrounds this spectacular home. Relaxing in the pool at sunset, we sipped margaritas, listened to mariachis, and watched fireflies twinkle in the 2 acres of lush green grass which were once drying fields for the henequen fiber (made from agave) that made many hacienda owners rich in the 1800's.

(See, we not only had FUN, we learned so much, too! Go see nearby Sotuta de Peon, a working hacienda museum of henequen production. And Uxmal, of course! A wonder of ancient Mayan civilization. And do some great shopping and eating in nearby Merida, tambien! Oh, and swim in the cenotes, the underground caves filled with clear, cool water!)

Cyndy and Howie Berger, the proprietors, are two of the most interesting, talented, creative, and kind people you will ever meet. Casa Sisal and the larger Hacienda Sac Chich, are their labor of love and creative vision. They are true artists of life and make you feel like you are part of their ongoing creativity.

Mexico has always had a piece of my heart, but here I fell in love with the culture, the language, the history, the food, and the creativity of the Yucatan, all new to me. And the hacienda renovation movement is just going to grow. If you want to experience the cutting edge of wonderful, go stay at Casa Sisal, or book the entire Hacienda for your family and friends. You'll come home remembering how good it is to be alive!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful stay!

  • 5 of 5

A group of girlfriends and I vacationed at this beautiful guest house for 5 days. We were all so impressed with the design of the house and grounds, the level of refinement and finish were incredible. The staff were all very kind, and William in particular helped us arrange a day trip to visit the best cenotes in the area. The location is great for days trips in the area, and also close/far enough from Merida to enjoy the downtown scene. Cyndy and her husband Howie were also incredibly welcoming and offered us a tour of their neighboring Hacienda. All together a perfect stay for groups or couples!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Casa Sisal has access to a regulation size bocce ball court that is located on the Hacienda Sac Chich property


Rates & Availability

Centro House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
2017 Low Season
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
2017 High Season
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 14 2017
1 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2017
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 7 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
May 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 1 2018 - Dec 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 15 2018 - Jan 6 2019
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

A reservation deposit of 50% is due upon confirmation of the reservation. The balance of the rental fee and the damage deposit is due in full 90 days prior to the arrival date.

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