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Architectural Jewel with Stunning Views

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 13 nights


About the property

2+BR/3 BA /Sleeps 4-6

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.

More Details

Property Manager
P. Newman
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About P. Newman

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.

Why P. Newman chose Guanajuato

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Guanajuato House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Ensuite bathroom with skylight and adjoining access to master bedroom and studio; hall bathroom with toilet and sink; guest suite downstairs has bathroom with toilet, sink, and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed with double mattress
  • Master bedroom with king size bed and large dressing room; guest suite with double bed; studio with sofa bed (double). All bedrooms open onto garden patios.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Our housekeeper, Maria, comes once a week to change bedding and clean the house, and is included in your rent. If you wish, Maria is also pleased do your daily housekeeping, laundry, and/or grocery shopping. Maria will also be happy to cook Mexican dishes for you if you wish, for a very reasonable additional charge. Our caretaker, Gabriel, can drive you locally for the cost of a taxi ride, usually 40 pesos (about $2). The gardener, Apolonio, comes every second Monday and is included in your rent. A safe is provided for your valuables. For renters who are musicians, there is a high-quality Cassio electric piano with speakers that may be used with permission from the owners. For exercise, an Olympic-sized pool is also nearby. There is also a 400 metre track close by in a beautiful mountain setting. It is open to the public all day, and also features exercise machines.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Amazing, comfortable home in artsy Guanajuato

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at Casa Newman from Nov 18 to Dec 1, 2017. The home is a work of art. Built by famous architect Michael Parra, every ceiling, archway, window etc. of this home is beautiful. And the views from the house are exquisite, both down toward the city and up to the church. Caretakers Gabriel, Maria and their adult children helped us with anything we needed, including taking our family to San Miguel and Dolores Hildalgo for the day. Maria, who is a fantastic cook, made us breakfast each morning at our request. We feel very fortunate that we were able to spend time in this very special place during our vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

As soon as we walked through the gate at the end of the callejon, we knew we were someplace very special. Casa Newman is perched on a hillside about half-way between the Guanajuato Centro and Valenciana, with amazing views to the west, south and north. It's private and the grounds are lush, with birds, butterflies and flowers everywhere (and a rooster and couple of hens with their chicks.) The house itself is remarkable. The architecture is stunning - very few 4-sided rooms, windows on all sides that allow you to look from one side of the house out the other side, very light and open, so many inside and outside places to be and enjoy. The furnishings are a interesting and perfect blend of Mexican, antique, and mid-century modern, with lots of art contributed by various family members - you really feel the generations of Newmans who have grown up in the casa. The caretaking couple Marie and Gabriel were wonderful, their dogs great, and getting to and from el Centro easy and inexpensive. Very special, we'll be back. Thank you Peter.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting mountain home

  • 5 of 5

Set in the low mountains overlooking the valley where Guanajuato is nestled, this architectural original by celebrated Mexican architect, Manuel Parra is delight to stay in. The rooms admit day and night skies and city lights via large windows. Desert vegetation abounds naturally below and is painstakingly cultivated on the property. There is ample room to spread out and have privacy. The furnishings are traditional, comfortable, and inviting. There are patios at different levels, fountains and look-outs. The staff live separately on the property and take good care of it daily. They are warm, eager to please but not intrusive. The town is a 10 minute bus ride in from a five minute walk to the stop, and on the road to nearby villages and local sights. The house has been owned and lived in by three generations of one family and has the intimacy of a family home rather than a cookie cutter BB for tourists.

I agree with the other reviews in their praise of this wonderful find!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orlando, Florida

An Authentic Mexican Dream Home

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara Californis USA

Architectural Jewel in Guanajuato

  • 5 of 5

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.


  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Guanajuato Gem

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this truly wonderful review. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay so much. We think it's Paradise, too!
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Guanajuato/ León (BJX)
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $266.88

Providing there is no damage, the damage deposit will be refunded 14 days after checkout.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.