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Elizabeth Packard

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish

Casita Loma de Guadalupe, Charming 'new' Colonial Estate In Sonora

7 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

El Volantín Estate Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 2 Bath Casita And Living Areas

My home and rentals are situated on a hill with expansive views overlooking the colonial town of Alamos and the more distant mountains of the Sierra Madre. The property consists of a two story 'Casa Grande' and a smaller Casita. You have the opportunity to rent one or two bedrooms on the first floor of the Casa Grande (VRBO listing # 567811) and have full access to a living, dining room and kitchen. The Casita offers privacy, with one bedroom, two bathrooms and a living/dining room area plus kitchen. At times the Owner's Unit is available, a one bedroom apartment on the second floor of the Casa Grande. The views from this property are spectacular! Relax with a book on one of the patios or swim in the large solar heated pool.

The property is fenced and gated providing security and ample parking for your car. A five minute walk takes you to the cobblestone streets and historic buildings of the Plaza de Armas. There your will find restaurants featuring famous Sonoran food, artesan shops to browse, a lovely colonial church, and a fascinating museum depicting life in Alamos during the 17th and 18th centuries. Stroll these streets or book a birding tour, a rafting trip down the Rio Mayo river or go horseback riding and explore the surrounding countryside. Stop by the five star Hacienda de Los Santos for a glass of tequila, a meal, or a visit to their spa. Return home for a drink on the patio viewing the sunset over the mountains and the twinkling lights of the city.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Elizabeth Packard (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish

About Elizabeth Packard

My family and I had been enjoying vacations in Mexico for some years before I retired. I spent many years teaching high school English, speech and drama and raising three children. We fell in love with Alamos, enchanted by the friendliness of both the Mexican residents and the ex-pat community. We kept returning to visit, especially to enjoy the week long Ortiz Tirado Music Festival held in late January. Before we knew it, I had purchased a small, dilapidated house on a beautiful view lot, and spent the next few years remodeling the casita, building the pool, planting flower and vegetable gardens and finally building and decorating the two story Casa Grande. I have an apartment on the second floor of the Casa Grande and rent out a two bedroom unit on the first floor as well as the lovingly restored one bedroom, two bath Casita.

My family and I have made many friends in this gracious community and have sponsored Fe y Esperanza, a group of local women who came together to form a non-profit which supports cancer prevention programs for the community and gives assistance to locals who have been diagnosed with cancer.

A number of our ex-pat friends had years ago started philanthropic groups. One, Amigos, benefits many children in Alamos by providing resources to buy uniforms and books for families who could not otherwise afford to send their children to school. Another, Comadres, provides help for people who can't afford to buy food or medicine. Many of us also especially enjoy going to the History Club which meets on Thursday from October through May and discusses highlights of the history of Alamos, of the state of Sonora, and of the country of Mexico.

Elizabeth Packard purchased this estate in 2002

Why Elizabeth Packard chose Alamos

I had no intention of buying a property in Alamos. I have a condo in Tucson (our home base), and a condo on the beach in San Carlos, Sonora. But I was seduced by the beauty of the views from the property and could see the potential it had. Also, my family and I loved the fact that it was just a 10 minute walk to the center of town, the Plaza de

Armas. So, within a few days of seeing it, I made a deal with the owner, who was now living in Florida, and within a few months had begun renovating the original little home.

What makes this estate unique

Sitting on the patio of the original casita, in one direction one can see the beautiful dome of the historic church, the crenelated top of the Palacio (18th century government building), and the mountains of the Sierra Madres unfolding in the distance. A quarter turn and the peak of 6,000 foot Mt Alamos dominates that view. The property has several very large mesquite trees that attracted birds, and I envisioned flower and vegetable gardens, a large fountain, and a pool to complete the view. A few years later I embarked on building and decorating a second house, and settling in on the second floor while renting out the first floor and the lovingly rehabilitated Casita. Our guests now love sitting by the pool or on one of the patios, gazing out on the same vistas that enchanted us almost ten years ago. We never tire of watching the ever changing seasonal colors of the hills and mountains, and trying to identify the birds drawn by the fountain, the foliage, the infinity edge pool and splash pool. Tired of relaxing at home? Walk a five minutes down the hill and enjoy a meal at Dona Lola's, our favorite 'neighborhood' Mexican restaurant or go to the five star Hacienda de ls Santos resort and restaurant for a fine meal and free musical entertainment.

Reviews

5
based on 7 traveler reviews

Casita Loma de Guadalupe, Charming 'new' Colonial Estate In Sonora
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Tucson, AZ/Southwest of the US
5

Casita in Alamos, Sonora

  • 5 of 5

The casita and the compound are even nicer than presented in the pictures with a large landscaped area and views of the Mirador. Our dog enjoyed wandering around the area and playing with the other dogs. It was nice to have the property manager, Irma, to provide suggestions about the town and Marisa and Gilberto were there to help with any requirements. For a small casita the kitchen is complete and the bedroom is spacious with a comfortable king size bed. Water pressure and water temperature are excellent in the shower. The pool is very nice and we used it every day. Alamos is a fascinating town-for certain a step back in time. For such a small town there is a wide selection of restaurants--we recommend Teracitas and Dona Lola, both within walking distance of the casita. The first day we drove to the Mirador for a view of the entire town and area. On Sunday we went to La Aduana to see the old church. Will recommend this to friends that wish to visit Alamos.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had such a lovely time in the Casita! And our staff, Marisa, Gilberto and Irma thought you were such delightful guests. Yes, we have many good restaurants and interesting places to visit, like your explorations of nearby Aduana. We look forward to your return and thanks for referring your friends to us. The best kind of publicity! Saludos, Elizabeth Packard (co-owner)
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5

beautiful confortable house

  • 5 of 5

Amazing view, big pool!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, California
5

Wonderful stay with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

amazing peace and quiet, really enjoyed the nature that is all around it. Beautifully manicured landscape. Gorgeous views.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Oscar, for your kind words. We were so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the beauty of the setting and the landscaping. We will make sure Gilberto, our groundskeeper, hears your review! Hope you and your wife can return again. Elizabeth Packard, owner
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Tubac, AZ
5

Highest recommendation possible!

  • 5 of 5

We feel so fortunate that we discovered this property and had a fantastic month in the pool casa. The staff are amazing, the owners are sweethearts who care deeply about their guests.

Beautiful grounds, amazing views of the Mirador and town, lovely pool and patios. Just a stroll to restaurants and the Square. Very safe and secure.

What could be better!!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Will and Mona, Thank you for your thoughtful review and kind words. Our staff misses you both as they began to consider you a part of the family! We will look forward to seeing you when you return to Alamos next year, and are so very pleased that your time at Casa Loma with us prompted your return for another visit. Abrazos, Elizabeth Packard
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5

This is an amazing, peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights and 4 relaxing days at Casa Loma De Guadalupe, staying in the Mt Alamos room and enjoying the amenities of the sala, kitchen, balcony overlooking town, well kept grounds, infinity pool and secure premises. The rooms are clean, spacious, beautifully furnished with bright decor from many countries. The owners and staff were extremely friendly and accommodating to our every need, yet not intrusive. As former homeowners in Alamos, we are familiar with most of the wonderful lodgings in the area. We rank this one as the best value, most comfortable, travel-friendly place to stay in Alamos. The views of the town and the mountains alone are unsurpassed. It is easy to walk down to the Plaza or to the Alameda, but it is also nice to have a car to visit outlying areas. Alamos remains one of the loveliest towns in Mexico. You won't want to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Heaven on Earth in Mexico! / Le paradis sur terre au Mexique!

  • 5 of 5

Magnificent property, parking, swimming pool, beautiful garden, cozy rooms, quiet, easy access to the main plaza and the market square less then 5 minutes of foot, everything is taken care of to ensure a wonderful stay in Alamos, Colonial jewel of Northern Mexico. A well appointed great room with kitchen allows for home cooked meals and the staff (Gil and Marisa) is charming and wonderfully attentive. I will be back!

Propriété magnifique, parking, piscine, jardin enchanteur, chambres comfortables, tout est prévu pour un séjour de rêve à Alamos, joyau de l'époque coloniale au nord du Mexique.

Ici, nous jouissons du calme a moins de 5 minutes à pied de la place centrale, avec son café, ses restaurants et de la place du marché et ses commerces. Une charmante sale commune avec cuisine bien appointée permet aussi de préparer ses repas sur place. Le personnel (Gil et Marisa) est charmant et très attentif! Je reviendrai!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Small airport for private planes located in Alamos
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Chrisma Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Dona Lola's
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Huatabampo
Car: recommended

Alamos is a 17th Century Mexican Colonial town in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Our home is situated on a hill overlooking the magical pueblo of Alamos, and looking off to the foothills of the Sierras, the vistas extend for hundreds of miles.

Five minutes' walk down the hill, you will find yourself on the cobblestone streets of the historic Plaza de Armas where you can feast your eyes on buildings exhibiting the classic architecture from Mexico's Colonial period. Restaurants featuring famous Sonoran

food await as you stroll the streets and gaze at the restored mansions built hundreds of years ago by the great silver barons who made their fortunes in Alamos and the smaller, nearby town of Aduana.

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Rates & Availability

El Volantín Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Apr 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$85
$450
$900
 
 
Winter
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$85
$500
$900
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

The above listed rates change during the Christmas Holiday (Dec. 20-Jan. 2), the Ortiz Tirado Music Festival (more or less the last week of January - dates are determined in Hermosillo), and the Easter Holiday (the week preceding Easter Sunday). At those times, the rooms rent for $90.00 a night and the Owner's Unit, if available, for $100 a night.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

El Volantín Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , There are 2 bathrooms in the Casita.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Mt. Alamos bathroom is fully equipped.
  • Both bathrooms in the casita are equipped with towels, washclothes, soap and shampoo. Hair dryers are available if requested.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Casita Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Casita has beds which can be used as a king or 2 twin beds.
  • All King size beds except in the Owner's Unit can also be set up as twin beds. The Casita has a sleep sofa.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes:
The property consists of two rental properties, the 1 bedroom casita and the 2 bedroom first floor of the Casa Grande. From time to time the 1 bedroom Owner's Unit on the second floor of the Casa Grande is available for rental. The Casita can sleep 2 in the bedroom and 1 adult or 2 children on the sofa bed. The Casa Grande can sleep 2 adults in each bedroom. Guests can choose to have twin beds or king size bed in the Casa Grande. A total of four people can be accommodated there but there is an inflatable air mattress available if a guest chooses to sleep an extra child or adult.

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