The view from the main terrace
Casa Palma - Guanajuato's Secret Garden
Casa Palma - Guanajuato's Secret Garden

Entire home/apt

3 guests

2 bedrooms

2 beds
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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.

The space

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).

Guest access

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!)

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: 2PM - 9PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

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Extra people $15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $20
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price $80 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed

House Rules
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 2PM - 9PM

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


6 nights minimum stay

11 Reviews

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Colleen User Profile
August 2017
The host canceled this reservation 37 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Valentina User Profile
March 2017
Absolutely amazing, beautiful home! Fantastic, interesting hosts! Couldn't recommend highly enough! 5 stars *

Sandy User ProfileSandy is a superhost.
February 2017
We had visited Guanajuato in the past at a hotel and knew how difficult it can be to get to your location. Adam provided detailed driving instructions, arranged for a very close by inexpensive secure parking spot for our car. We were able to drive to the house, drop off our luggage and then head to the parking. The garden is beautiful, the kitchen was well equipped, we cooked in three nights and the views are phenomenal. One note, the walk down and back up is steep with a lot of steps, if you have a disability I would not recommend this place, for anyone able to walk, it is good location, the 10-15 minute walk brings you right to the University and the center of town. We got used to the walk and the taxis were 45-50 pesos when we did not feel like walking back in the evening. We had a puppy with us and the area with hammock and table was great. The bathroom is large and clean. We met up with Raquel and Adam and their dog one evening for drinks and snacks, they are delightful and it is fun to see the organic composting, gardening and other aspects they are creating in their homes. I would recommend this place to stay in Guanajuato.

Jessica User Profile
January 2017
Great place to stay!! Highly recommend! The house is a beautiful little oasis in Guanajuato. The views were amazing and the hosts were so sweet and helpful. You will feel right at home. Keep in mind that the place is nestled on a hill. The walkway down to the center is easy and you end up right at the university steps! The walk up is obviously more work but can feel good after exploring some of the amazing restaurants in Guanajuato. We also opted to take a quick and inexpensive cab a couple of times when we didn't feel like walking the hill. It was very easy to arrange while walking through the town center. Another thing to mention is that the water is solar heated and the water is also used to sustain the beautiful garden on the premises. We appreciated that the hosts included these environmental efforts into their little oasis. Overall, this place is amazing and you will not be disappointed with your stay, location or with the fabulous hosts!!

Michael User Profile
May 2016
As soon many others have noted, Rachel and Adam’s home is an artistic treat with a fine overview of the Pipila statue and the multicolored houses on the opposite hills. Particularly noteworthy in the house is the tile work – not only in the arrestingly colorful shower, but also on the steps, the kitchen backsplashes, and the ribs of the vaulted ceilings. The colorful locally-made crockery is a treat to use. We enjoyed our stay, but want to mention a few things that might help others determine whether the location and environment suits their personal needs. Sound sleepers may not share our experience, but we found that barking dogs and neighborhood stereo systems interrupted our sleep considerably. The 10-minute climb up from the university (the best pedestrian route) became easier the more we did it, but one should be aware that it is a steep climb. We really appreciated the speaker system from which we could stream music from our iPad, and the wifi/internet service which was amongst the best we’ve experienced in Mexico. However, a few additional touches would make the house even more comfortable, such as cushions for the wooden bench seat on the terrace and new bed linens and pillows in the main bedroom.

Rikin User Profile
January 2016
Raquel and Adam were both very welcoming and great host. Their house is very unique and beautiful and perfectly matches listing. House has great view of Guanajuato and we really enjoyed staying there. House is very close to most of the attractions and we never needed to hire cab. Adam and Raquel also provided us with hand drawn map of the town that was much useful and they also provided list of restaurants which was helpful. They always made sure that everything is going smoothly for our stay. Since we drove to there place, they helped a lot during going in and out of the narrow streets of Guanajuato. Very wonderful hosts and we would recommend their house to anyone.

Allison User Profile
December 2015
Raquel and Adam are the great Airbnb hosts. Raquel made us feel very welcome, gave us a introduction to Guanajuato on our first day. We loved the location--amazing views and a few minutes walk to Plaza de La Paz. The place is even better looking than the pics! Plus there's a huge hammock perfectly situated to see the garden and the view. The house plumbing drains to the fruit trees and garden so it's a great opportunity check out how gray water plumbing works, if you're interested in that. Our only gripe is the bed was a bit loud and creaky (might only be ok for sleeping ;-)).

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Raquel User Profile

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?

Languages: English, Español, Français
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