|Minimum Stay||14 nights|
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This is a unique jewel of a home designed by the famous Mexican architect, Manuel Parra. If you enjoy beautiful views, gardens, and an escape only minutes away from the bustle of downtown Guanajuato, this is the house for you. Choose from six sunny terraces and patios that surround the main house, affording stunning, panoramic views over the city, mountains, and valleys, and up to the fabulous church of La Valenciana.
You don't have to be outdoors to enjoy the view, however; you can enjoy them from every room in the house. All of the rooms are open, spacious, and filled with light. The main floor features a large, convenient kitchen. A separate dining room opens to a patio, to the beautiful living room, and to a gracious hallway with guest bathroom. Antique wooden doors separate the living space from the large study and the spacious master bedroom with its king-sized bed. The ensuite bathroom has one of the best views in the house. Gracious, wrought iron-and-glass doors open around the house onto the beautiful terraces and patios. Bovedas (high, domed, brick ceilings) grace every room, along with conchas, antique wood-beam supports, and archways.
Downstairs there is a separate spacious guest room with double bed and bathroom. It, too, has beautiful views, and an adjoining patio and walkways. In the main-floor study you will find two desks, a sofa with a pullout double bed for guests, and still more superb views.
Casa Newman is featured in a 2015 coffee-table book about the houses designed by Manuel Parra.
Parking is available within the fine wrought-iron gate and stone walls.
A caretaking couple lives in a separate casita on the property. The lovely Maria will work as a housekeeper and do cleaning and laundry for you if you wish, and her husband, Gabriel, can also be a driver (costs are additional). You can walk to the end of the lane to catch a bus into town for 5 pesos (25 cents US), or take a taxi for 40 pesos (about $2 US).
A short distance away in the other direction you can enjoy the shops around the lovely town square of Valenciana. It faces what is called the prettiest church in the state, completed in 1778 with an imposing facade of pink stone.
The large property is graced by mature gardens, bougainvillea, and jacaranda and eucalyptus trees. There are dogs on the property that are sweet and friendly to house residents and well looked after by the caretakers.
This house is for those who want to be surrounded by beautiful art, architecture, and stunning views, yet have close access to the vibrant centre of Guanajuato.
We are a Canadian family in love with Guanajuato and we have been coming here for many years. Our parents built this home designed by a famous architect on a prized piece of land, surrounded by beautiful nature and stunning views.
We love to have breakfasts on the sunny terrace with freshly squeezed orange juice and papaya. What a way to start the day, with hummingbirds and spectacular views over the city and mountains! We are happy to share the pleasure of living in this uniquely beautiful house, close to the vibrant cultural and social life of the city.
Guanajuato is the loveliest small city in Mexico. Its picturesque, winding laneways lead to colorful houses that climb the steep hillsides. It's fun to visit the markets and shops, pretty little squares, galleries, and charming restaurants. We also love the extraordinarily full cultural life, of concerts, art exhibits and museums.
The thousands of university students give the town a youthful feel, and mix with local families and visitors to make the Jardín de Unión the vibrant centre of the town.
This home has more charm, beauty, views and architectural interest than we ever dreamed! We had seen the photos which looked great, but the home was bigger and better than we expected. Every nook and cranny was gorgeous and charming in its simplicity. The brick ceilings were in every room - even each bathroom! And the furnishings were individual talk-pieces...nothing matched yet everything blended beautifully in a good old-fashioned (mexican antique?) style. Wonderful iron windows allowed us to view all the wonderful surrounding mountains, and even the La Valenciana church which we attended one Sunday.
We were warmly welcomed by Gabriel who picked us up from the bus station (we took Primavera Plus luxury bus from Guadalajara...excellent) then Maria had fresh juice to greet us when we arrived at Casa Newman. Maria is so sweet and a terrific cook! She made us a staple of authentic mexican food and salsa which we then fixed up at each meal ourselves. She even did the grocery shopping with Gabriel picking her up in the car so we could sightsee!
Their son was also fantastic and took us on a day trip to San Miguel through the Sierra and made a short stop at Antolito (sp?) which was unexpected yet historically significant.
My husband, daughters and I walked regularly down the mountain into Guanajuato using the natural (steep) trail through the woods that led directly to the Soriana grocery store and picked up supplies daily. My 80-year old mother was also able to make it to the central district by walking down the street to the bus and taxi.
We cannot say enough good things about this property except that if you visit Guanajuato, this home is a must-see, even if just to stop by and look at it!
As seasoned travelers to Mexico we have rented many different homes and apartments in the last decades. When we chose to go to Guanajuato and saw the photos on VRBO, we knew that we found a jewel. However, this house was way beyond our expectations. Only one word could describe it...absolutely BEAUTIFUL...It's location high above Guanajuato offers great views of the city and surrounding hills from numerous patios, and beautifully landscaped terraces. Also it is only a 10 minute ride by bus or taxi into town. The area is quiet [ unusual for most Mexico} and very secure. Gabriel and Maria, the wonderful caretakers that live on the property are most helpful. Maria is also a great cook and we enjoyed a lovely meal together which she had prepared. We had the most wonderful time there and are in complete agreement with the previous reviews. We could not say it any better. Our plans are to come back again and stay at least 1 month, that is how much we loved it.
5 STAR RECOMMENDATION
The photos on VRBO immediately intrigued me, but not without suspicion. You know what they say about things that look too good to be true! There had to be a catch. Having spent five weeks here I’m still left bewildered and wondering how Paradise came to be listed on the internet?
From the moment we entered the house, I was overwhelmed by this architectural wonder to the point of choking back tears. There’s this easy sense of harmony created by space and light which instantaneously makes you feel at home. In every direction you look you are transfixed by the natural beauty of the outdoor landscape which is magically incorporated with the interior. The huge windows and doors which overlook the gardens, patios and views create this seamless passage between the inside and outside. The furnishings, with numerous antiques, and Mexicana collectibles, provide a natural, comfy feeling of shabby chic.
In addition to the house, and gardens a real plus is the on-site (but out of sight!) presence of the most delightful Mexican caretakers - Gabriel and Maria - and their four dogs!! Not only are they, the caretakers, friendly, cheerful and helpful, but just knowing that they are there, provides a complete sense of security.
And then there’s the lovely city of Guanajuato, just a ten minute bus ride away, or once we acclimatized to the altitude, a relatively easy walk. It doesn’t have the ex-pat population that San Miguel de Allende does, but to us, that adds to its charm. It has a University, a number of concert venues, with weekly performances, sophisticated restaurants and a bustling marketplace.
It truly is Paradise.
This house added another dimension to our stay in Guanajuato. Photographs cannot fully convey the quality of the spaces Manuel Parra created—expansive, mostly non-rectangular, beautifully integrating interior and exterior. Just walking to the kitchen barefoot every morning was a pleasure—feeling the flagstone and tile floors underfoot, taking in the shifting views of the mountains and city, and appreciating the brick boveda ceilings above. And coming back to this comfortable home after a day in lively Guanajuato was always a delight.
We (two couples) found the practicalities easy to manage. Gabriel was often available to take us to town or we walked up the callejon to the main road and caught a bus or a passing taxi. We purchased most of our groceries at Soriana, a small supermarket at the bottom of the hill—taking a bus down the hill and a taxi back (the supermarket will even call a taxi for you).
Guanajuato has many attractions, but don’t miss the University of Guanajuato Symphony on Friday nights nor a visit to the Museo Gene Byron, which in addition to its beautiful architecture and landscaping has superb music on Sundays and an excellent selection of well-priced arts and crafts.
For two delicious weeks in Feburary, this stunning, sun drenched home provided an oasis of rich beauty from which we reluctantly would emerge to soak in all the cultural experiences available in the captivating city of Guanajuato. The main square of the town was constantly vibrant with an everchanging scene of music, families with their little children, university students and the aromas of amazing food.
So many wonderful restaurants and so little time ! Complicating the decision of just where to eat was our pergola covered patio, steps from our living room.
It constantly begged us to come home, make our own dinner and savour the sunset across the valley. While finishing our wine, the twinkling lights of Guanajuato would begin to emerge and lace the valley with magic.
Warm sunny days, gentle breezes, cool evenings and the hot springs less than an hour away all beg us to come back !
The kind and knowledgeable caretakers, who also live on the property, were consistently caring and helpful.
Our only regret is that we had only booked this wonderful place of calm for two weeks.
Mariachis serenade outdoor diners in the main town square, the Jardin. Neighbourhood street festivals and parades spring up unexpectedly. For music lovers, there are weekly symphony orchestra concerts in the Teatro Principal. Two other venues offer weekly chamber music concerts. We have an excellent Spanish teacher who comes to the house and if you wish will do the same for you.
The annual Cervantino Festival in October is world-renowned and features international artists and performers.
San Miguel de Allende is about an hour and a half by car or a comfortable bus. It is an easy day trip with great shopping and sightseeing.
Dolores Hidalgo is even closer and is renowned for its pottery and tiles.
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14 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
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The balance along with a refundable damage deposit of $250 is due two weeks before the rental begins.
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