A small 2 bedrooms house / cottage on the countryside. With plenty of charm and character, fitted with many local arts & crafts items. The perfect escape for a quite retreat. A vehicle is a must-have (unless you enjoy long walks in the countryside).
- The perfect location and settings for a peaceful retreat. The air is pure, no pollutants around, no traffic. Wake up to the sounds of the roosters and the birds; may be to the sound of a donkey or a horse!!! Take a walk to the strawberry fields next door, or walk the nearby trails that lead to some small villages and to the lake of "Valle de Bravo".
- Back to the basics of a simple life (no land-line phone, no internet). Do you enjoy doing some reading while listening to the sound of the breeze in the trees? This is the perfect location.
- Looking for a place to spend some time under the sun of Mexico, at 5,700 feet high? The weather can reach 30 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 85 for the day during the winter season; so bring some sunscreen even for December or January!
- No luxury. A small 2 bedroom house with a touch of sophistication that comes from the unique and personal decoration. A cozy ambiance and a friendly atmosphere.
- You are 25 minutes outside of Valle de Bravo, 1.5 (straight line) miles north-west of the lake (10 minutes from the lake - the property is NOT on the shoreline - the property does not face the lake). 10 minutes to the Santuario / Sanctuario resort Access to the property is through a dirt road (0.9 miles): no need to have an off-road / 4x4 / SUV vehicle; regular low ground clearance cars will make it. A vehicle is a must-have to be able to move around with ease.
- GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 19°13'43.11"N or (phone number hidden)
Longitude: 100°11'10.71"W or (phone number hidden)
- You will get:
- a 660 square feet house on 1/2 acre yard.
- 2 bedrooms with 2 individual beds in each room. A 5th person can sleep on a coach in the living-room (extra cost applies).
- a functional kitchen without dishwasher.
- a bathroom with shower (hot water), lavabo and toilet - no bathtub -.
- a chimney in the living room.
- a stream of water at the west side of the property - perfect settings if you are in the mood for a refreshing bath.
- You will NOT get:
- no land-line phone (a payphone booth is at the next village - 2 minutes drive)
- no G3 or G4 services in the area, so forget about the data use on your smart phone: it is time to disconnect from the wireless world.
- no access to internet (you can use high speed internet access at the closest town - 15 minutes drive - for less than US$1.00 per hour)
- no dishwasher
- no A/C unit
- no fire pit in the yard
- Your pets are welcome at extra cost if they are well behaved and friendly to other pets and humans. They are NOT allowed to jump on furniture.
- The caretaker does NOT live on the site; however, he is very flexible and he can be reached on his mobile phone 24/7. Make sure that you provide him with an estimated time of arrival. Be aware that he does not speak English.
Almost all the property is to the guests access. Only the mezzanine with the owner's private belongings is out of reach.
Interaction with Guests
No interaction with our guests: we do not live on the property.
The caretaker will welcome you and will try to help you with anything you may need. As he only speaks Spanish, and if you cannot communicate with him, we'll be happy to "link" the communication: call us on our mobile phones and we'll reach him and we'll translate for you.
This private (non gated) community is mainly the home of weekenders (Mexicans and expats - from Switzerland, France, Germany). One or two houses are the (almost) permanent homes of two families from Switzerland.
No public transportation nearby. You would need to walk 5 miles to reach the main road and then you would be able to catch a local bus to either Valle de Bravo or Colorines. If you ask for a ride, many locals with private vehicles will give you a lift. A car is almost a must-have.
Other Things to Note
- Absolutely no smoking in the house.
- The caretaker is very serviceable. Make sure to tip him for the services he can provide you (should he deserves it).
- Check out before 12:00pm. Check in after 3:00pm. Late check-out and early check-in can be accommodated; ask us for details.
- Candles are provided as emergency lights when the electricity goes off. You may use them for romantic purposes, however, never leave a candle unattended.
- Toilet bowls: Only human waste! Absolutely no toilet paper, hygienic towels, Q-tips, ... !!! The basket next to the toilet bowl is for this purpose.
- He does NOT live on the site; however, he is very flexible and he can be reached on his mobile phone 24/7. Make sure that you provide him with an estimated time of arrival.
- Be aware that he does not speak English.
ENERGIES and RESOURCES:
- Help us keep our low rates: save water and electricity. Shut off fan, heater and lights when you leave the house.
- Report any water leak (toilet flushing all day day long, ...).
Help us be environmentally responsible:
- by reducing the amount of detergent used: If you plan in re-using the towel, do not through it on the floor.
- by reducing our impact on the underground phreatic and aquifer waters: do not flush medications or any chemicals in the toilet bowl.
- Absolutely no smoking in the house.
- Should you decide to smoke in the yard / garden: make sure that you pick up the cigarette butts.
- Please wash the kitchen utensils as soon as you used them; failure to do so, will attract all kind of bugs and vermin in the house.
- When you leave Casa Tilostoc, you are expected to leave the kitchenette and all the utensils washed and cleaned.
No laundry service is provided on site.
- Pets' owners: pick up IMMEDIATELY after your pet. Make sure your pet does not jump on the furniture.
- Be aware that the West end of the yard is NOT fenced as it ends on a stream of water, therefore your pet could escape through the stream of water.
SERVICE / TIP / GRATUITY:
- The gratuity, also called tip or "service" is NOT included.
- It is NOT mandatory, however, the caretaker and the maid will surely appreciate it (should he/she deserves it).
- It is left to your appreciation and it is completely discretionary.
- 10 to 15 % would be an excellent tip.
We had a very relaxing weekend here at this peaceful spot within easy driving range to Valle de Bravo. Terrific to have such a large lawn for our bub to run around on. Pleasant community for strolling in. Loved hearing the flow of the river as we went to sleep. Well-kept but small house is simple and comfortable, but a little cluttered, and overall it fulfilled all our needs. Easy to find thanks to the directions. Many thanks Christine.
Notre séjour familial de 2 jours à la fin avril 2014 nous laisse un excellent souvenir: maison petite mais mignonne, avec du charme. Très beau et grand jardin, bien entretenu. Bon accueil par la famille chargée de garder et entretenir la maison. Calme de la campagne et jolies promenades aux alentours, avec l'amusante compagnie de deux chiens du voisinage.
El valle de Tilostoc es muy hermosos y el clima fue ideal.
La casa esta bien mantenida y equipada correctamente. El jardin esta muy bien cuidado.
El encargado siempre estuvo disponible.
This is a lovely tranquil cottage. The location is remote and very calm with a babbling brook at the bottom of the large garden. A lovely bonus to our stay were the neighbours - extremely generous and engaging. Also a couple of lovely resident dogs (Negri & Kio) that kept us company on our many walking excursions.
Whilst a car would be a necessary resource in most instances we were happy to walk from the cottage to the main road (about an hour) to then pick up low cost local shared taxis to either Valle de Bravo or Colorines.
A local convenience store, providing the simple amenities, is only 4 minutes away. Again charming people.
The sun shone, the stars were vivid and the clarity of air was thrilling to us city creatures. A wonderful retreat.
Peter & Melinda.
Casa Tilostoc es un lugar super lindo y acogedor. Estuvimos muy contentos. Lo único que me gustaría que tuviera la casa son puertas en los cuartos para que haya más privacidad. La dueña, Christine es muy linda, amigable y flexible. Nos mandó a una persona muy cerca de la carretera para que nos guiara hasta la casa y no nos perdiéramos.
If you like to be disconnected from the world, this is the place. Ask landlord for a more specific map and try to carry a map as there is no GPS or 3G in the area. Also ask for the cleaning service to avoid all the spiders that live in this lovely country house.
We enjoyed being immersed in the culture in the community, and truly felt welcomed and at home at Casa Tilostoc. We spent time outside, watching the birds, enjoying the flora, reading and just "being." The Casa was perfect for us: comfy, cozy, comfortable (especially the fire-place). Although we were unable to meet Christine we fell in love with the care-taker and the dog SASSY. What a wonderful man, and what a wonderful dog. Should we travel again to Valle de Bravo, we will book again. Gracios!
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Born in 1962 in Germany, my mom was from Colombia, my dad was from Germany. Since the age of 5, I moved from country to country and was exposed to many different cultures: Spain, Columbia, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, Belize, Guatemala, Switzerland, France, USA … My parents would never speak to my brother and myself in German, therefore, I never learnt German.
My mom, Luz Acevedo was an artist who exposed her oil paintings in major permanent expositions such as “El Jardin del Arte” in Mexico City, and Tepozotlan (Mexico State).
I studied to be a biochemist engineer and I discovered at a young age that I love paintings. I self taught myself different techniques such as oil color, water colors, acrylics and collage. My love for arts and my passion as a bio-engineer bring me to my current project: acrylic painting on natural leaves from plants found in the Yucatan peninsula (by Cancun on the Mexican Riviera) in Mexico.
I have worked in the eco-archaeological park, Xcaret, as a project leader in 3 major departments: the botanical garden, the aquarium and the cultural events.
I am an active member of an Aztec dancing group, the “Concheros”: these dancers aim at preserving the traditions of the natives and they strive in providing the coming generations with the values and philosophy of life of the native ethnic groups that show deep respect to the nature.
My current project combines the essence of nature with the techniques of acrylic painting, depicting the expression of native cultures in their traditional costumes and attires. The main challenge of the project resides in the diversity of supports on which I paint. The uniqueness of each leave leads to an ad-equation of the painting technique and therefore each piece is unique cannot be reproduce.
- from March 1989 to November 1991, “Galeria Azteca“, Costa Careyes Hotel in Jalisco, Mexico
- from May 1992 to November 1993, “Galeria del Sol” San Carlos , Guaymas in Sonora, Mexico
- from January 1994 to October 1998, “Xcaret” Museum of Cultures Eco-Archaeological park Mayan Riviera, Mexico
- from January 1997 to October 1998, “Quinto Sol” Fine Mexican Art, Cozumel, Mexico
- from April 1999 to December 2004, “Maroma” Hotel on the Mayan Riviera, Mexico
- from April 2000 to Today, “Casitas Kinsol”, Puerto Morelos on the Mayan Riviera, Mexico
- from February 2004 to September 2006, “Ceiba del Mar” Hotel & Spa Resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico
- from May 2007 to November 2008, “Acorn Benevolent” gallery, Grand Avenue, Saint-Paul, MN