Garden and view-lovers eco-dream in the heart of Guanajuato just minutes to University. Indoor/outdoor living with the birds and butterflies. Huge windows, 16-foot ceilings, multiple rooms, artistic tilework, fruit trees, garden, gorgeous views & great neighbors.
Hidden behind one of Guanajuato's most spectacular murals, this gorgeous house and secret garden is full of birds, butterflies, bees and fruit trees. Looking to ripen over the summer are peaches, papayas, oranges, mangoes and figs - and there's a never-ending supply of rosemary, aloe vera and lavender.
Casa Palma is nestled half way up a south-facing hillside directly above the Plaza de la Paz, with a spectacular view across the Centro to La Bufa and El Pipila. The house has huge windows, 16-foot ceilings, one and a half bedrooms, a fabulous bathroom with endless piping-hot solar water (with a gas back-up), multiple terraces, beautiful Mexican tilework, custom built furniture, artistic lighting, a barbecue, and an amazing solar oven (look up UiTzi Solar Ovens). During the winter we live only a block and a half away, so we'll make sure you have everything you need for a great, romantic stay in Guanajuato. (And if you're interested in experiencing a traditional Mexican sweat-lodge (Temescal), or a solar-cooked meal, or having a massage or yoga session while you're here, let us know and we'll hook you up with all the right people.)
Casa Palma is located in a traditional Mexican family neighborhood. If you walk downhill 3-5 minutes you hit the University, the Plaza de la Paz, and the entire cultural center of GTO, with all its theaters, restaurants, museums, live music, etc. If you walk up the Rampa de los Eloteros and along the flat for a few blocks you'll find numerous neighborhood food shops for the locals - a fruit and vegetable market, a butcher's, a few small grocer's, etc - and won't have to carry your shopping home up the hill.
My two favorite things about Casa Palma are the sounds of birds in the fruit trees and the lushness of the garden. As almost everywhere in Guanajuato there can always be a chorus of barking dogs, or the noise of a truck backing up in the narrow callejon outside, but because the bedrooms are protected by the orchard's walls and below street level the music and party-sounds drifting up from the city center are always muted and our guests always report sleeping well. And yes, the garden is lush and fragrant and a great luxury in Guanajuato - pick some lavender, dry it in the solar oven, and take home a fragrant momento of your time here! There's no better place in Guanajuato to eat oranges off the tree, watch the stars at night (and fireworks going off from the Presidential Palace above El Pipila) and enjoy a peaceful garden only minutes from the hustle and bustle of the cultural center.
Car accessibility, a rarity in Guanajuato, makes it easy to get here by taxi on those times when you're too tired or carrying too much stuff to walk home. With one and a half bedrooms Casa Palma is a perfect romantic getaway for a couple or a couple with a child (but probably not appropriate for babies).
You'll have access to the entire house and garden.
Interaction with guests
We're generally here from October through May, and in Canada from May through October. We miss the summers, though! The weather in GTO in the summer is gorgeous - crystal clear blue skies broken by brooding clouds and torrential downpours. The one summer we spent here was beautiful.
Other things to note
Our entire house except the toilet is grey-watered to the garden, so please be careful what you put down the drains. In other words, all the water from the sinks and shower goes into the orchard either through the green-painted PVC pipe that you can see outside, or through an underground grey water tank. Please use only organic products when possible, and absolutely no bleach or other heavy-duty cleaning or beauty products down any of the sinks. (Please don't take this as the opportunity to dye your hair. Thank you!)
Smoking in the orchard and on terraces only
And as above, please remember all our water goes into the garden so please use organic cleaning products when possible and please, no bleach, hair dyes, chemical cleansers or chemical beauty products. Thank you.
Please inform us before you come if you want to bring a pet. Pets must be kept in travel crates when left alone in the house.
Parking on site can be arranged for an additional fee if needed
If you are staying longer than a week we ask you to pay a $15/wk cleaning fee
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I am a writer/designer who divides my time between Nova Scotia, Canada and Guanajuato, Mexico. My husband and I design high end, gourmet solar ovens called uitzis. Look up "uitzi solar ovens" online to learn about our solar ovens and cooking with the sun in Guanajuato. I am passionate about design and beauty, and feel incredibly lucky to have such beautiful homes and be able to share them with interesting people. I love being a part of the airbnb community, and have stayed at fabulous places in Amsterdam and Oxford. I am also passionate about food and happy to share recommendations of good local eats! I like reading but am not big on TV so neither of our rentals has a TV. But both our homes are warm and beautiful with exquisite attention to detail - and if you're on vacation in a fabulous place, do you really want to be watching TV?