|Minimum Stay||14 nights|
(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).
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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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Date of Stay
November 21, 2013
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.
This property is centrally located. Great for going in and out several times a day and not having to climb alot of hills to get back. House was very nice, 3 levels inside. Very quiet, no vehicle traffic. One thing is the bathrooms are not in the rooms, you have to go out of the rooms to get to the bathroom..wasn't too big a problem if you have to go in the middle of the nite. Main living area & kitchen are very cozy. Kitchen has big picture window that looks out to the city, beautiful for sitting and visiting and just enjoying the view!! I would highly recommend this rental property.
|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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.