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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights

Overview

About the property

(Scroll down for 10 Fun Things to Do)

NOTE: Minimal rental period is 14 days. Less than one month $400/week. One month or more $1200/month ($40/night).

NO PETS! NO SMOKING! Thanks.

Calzada Tecolote ('La Ruta de la Independencia' down which Miguel Hidalgo rode in 1810) is a car-free 'callejon' (alley) four minutes walk 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 (back and front) with the option of a third using a fold-down sofa in the middle room. Front room doubles as a yoga studio. Please note: door between front room and middle room, curtain between middle room and back room (master guest bedroom). Guests in back bedroom go through middle room to access.

MIDDLE FLOOR: Kitchen, sala (living room) with fold-down sofa-bed, patio (with fountain and plants), storage room (with small library of English & Spanish books), small 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!)

Manager (bilingual) on-call, fiber-optic wifi, local phone, electricity, city 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. Mari is also a hiker and will guide you on all the local trails for a small fee (you negotiate). 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 24-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

BONUS: Friday night symphonies at Teatro Principal, 5 minutes away...80 pesos!

More Details

Property Manager
Barry Evans
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

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 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 Zona Centro

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. Intimate 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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Amenities

Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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
  • 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!)

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Fun, gorgeously-renovated, view-rich, traffic-free, in heart of old city
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews
Boise, Id
5

Great location with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

This home is well equipped and it’s located just a very short walk to the center of town. The views from practically room are stunning!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Much appreciated--we love it when guests appreciate our vistas as much as we do when we're there!
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San Luis Obispo County, CA
5

Stayed a month, and didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, Barry was very prompt about communicating with us when we inquired about the property, and his manager, Mario, was most helpful on several occasions (before and during our stay). The detailed information provided ahead of our stay (and in the binder in the house), as well as the labels on various items in the house were all very helpful.

As for the house itself, we absolutely loved staying there. As background, this was our fourth stay in Guanajuato since 2015. For our first two visits, we stayed in a hotel and for our third visit (six weeks this spring) we stayed in a different nearby home. Barry and Louisa's home will be our first choice for future visits, if it is available.

Importantly, given the wealth of things to see and do in Guanajuato, Barry and Louisa's home is perfectly located. We walked or took buses everywhere we needed or wanted to go. And, on top of that, it's a comfortable, inviting home with fabulous views. The kitchen/dining room quickly became our favorite area, and we spent many hours at the table there (I was taking Spanish classes and my husband was writing), soaking in the stunning view overlooking Templo San Francisco. We realize that Mexico isn't for everyone, nor is Guanajuato, nor is Barry and Louisa's home, but for us--it was a perfect fit. THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful home!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And thank you for your glowing review! Hope to see you back soon--Barry and Louisa
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5

BEAUTIFUL CASA, GREAT LOCATION

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 3 glorious weeks at Barry & Louisa's lovely home in Guanajuato. The location is pretty much ideal: we walked about 2 minutes to outstanding coffee, gelato and falafel. A walk of five-ten minutes brought us to excellent restaurants and museums of all kinds. We had a choice of two Spanish schools for our kids (6, 12, and 15) and us, again within 5-10 minutes. The house has stunning views from the second and third floors, plenty of room for a family of five, and a nice place to work out on the first floor. Barry was great at answering my questions before we got there, and Mario took over as my go-to for almost anything once we arrived. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Colorful, comfortable, and pleasant stay

  • 4 of 5

We spent two weeks in Guanajuato and just loved the house. The views from the top-floor bedroom were breathtaking; the midlevel was comfortable and cozy; the bottom floor was just perfect for exercise and play with our 7-year-old. The location is excellent--close to the charming Cafe Santo, great coffee at Cafe Tal, gorditas and juices in Baratillo Plaza, and the wonderful Los Campos. Close enough to the Jardin but far enough away that the callejonadas didn't keep us up all night. We'd come back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the awesome review! barry and louisa
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Bloomington, Indiana
5

Wonderful stay, nice location

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (including my 4 year old son and parents) stayed at Tecolote and had a great time there. The climb up the street to the house was bit hard on my father's knees but we learned to just take it slow. My son loved the cute little garden on the second floor and the view from the third. The location is really great, minutes away from Union and the local theaters. The lighting around the house is really nice--I did a lot of work at night and during the day and was able to find lots of little places where to write and work. I was also thankful for the reliable internet connection--it made a lot of things possible and I hardly missed anything form home!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review--we love it when our guests appreciate our home. Tania and family were super-nice guests, according to Mario, our manager in Guanajuato. Happy travels to you all!
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5

Mingling with the locals, a safe place for families

  • 5 of 5

My children and elderly father stayed here for two months last summer. As Barry notes in his description, it is rustic, but that is what we wanted. We made great friends with the locals - the store owners and street vendors in the neighborhood. This apartment is located only a few houses up from street level (this is important in GTO, which is set in the mountains), near the bridge to the famous Cafe Santo, but is also a quiet neighborhood street where we felt very safe. It is a three or four minute, safe walk to the main plaza where all the action is - music, vending, performances, great eateries, shopping, markets, plazas, cafes, museums, and more. My children, ages 11 and 14, could walk to La Escuela Mexicana on their own, and I could see them learning Spanish in the immersions school (one I highly recommend for all levels - beginners to advanced) from the back balcony of the apartment. We loved hearing the church bells right out the window while having our morning coffee and staring at the gorgeous view. There are some stairs in the apartment, and to get from some rooms you need to pass through the outdoors, which can be tricky at night when raining, but this is not uncommon for houses in GTO. The house manager, Mario, is the biggest asset to this rental. He was always helpful, took us on trips, picked up friends from the airport for us, helped with mailing issues, gave us tours of the city, and more. Of course, we paid him for his services, but he quickly became a friend to our family and we shared hugs a tearful goodbyes with him on our last day. He is fluent in both Spanish and English. This city is vibrant, and I am returning with students this summer after seeing how much my own children learned last summer. Of course, I am renting Barry and Louisa's place for the chaperones - it is the perfect spot for us, a place that our students (who are staying with host families) can find easily.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Kate! We love our home and Mario too!
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Map

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

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.