About this listing
Stylish privacy in Historic Center. Hidden, unexpected pleasures await.
A rare city find, this 2 bedroom 2 bath home-away-from-home features modern and elegant touches in a relaxed, spa-like setting.Sleeps 4 - 6. On-site prkng avlbl. Quiet (website hidden).
Set back from the street and hidden behind a nondescript wall, you pass through a blue gate and enter a large graveled front garden.
Beyond the door lies an expansive home garden and large double-size lap pool nestled among jungle greenery.
The multi-winged home features stone-clad walls, casement wrought-iron windows and doors, and cement and wood decorative floors, with, industrial stainless steel fans throughout and soaring ceilings of 5.40 meters or 17 feet 8 inches high. Ambient lighting, all with dimmers, set the perfect get-away mood at a touch.
A formal entry flows easily into living dining library and kitchen spaces, with large openings for gracious transitions. Three grand French doors open onto a lush garden of native, fragrant plants like yellow Oleander, Chaya, and passion fruit on the vine. A favorite haunt of hummingbirds, the garden is anchored by a majestic Ceiba tree, an important symbol in Mayan mythology.
Off the library is a passage leading to the master bedroom suite lit with industrial lighting reclaimed from a ship. Luscious curtains separate the master bedroom suite from the library for maximum air flow.
The master bedroom has a queen size bed, a chest of drawers, and ample illumination for midnight reading.
The master bathroom has an extra large polished cement shower with a custom-designed limestone sink. An unseen transom overhead completes the airy feel and adds natural glow during the day.
A second bedroom is a private retreat separate from the main house, opening onto the private back garden and pool. It also has a queen size bed in an all white room surrounded by flowing curtains and birdsong. Local Artist Katrin Schikora makes the ethereal sconces that flick light about.
The second bathroom is reached through the garden patio and is not en suite with the second bedroom. It serves as a bathroom for the guest bedroom, and also, for post-pool use. It has a floating ceramic-vessel sink, and a strong rain shower head with excellent water pressure.
The kitchen is fully stocked featuring brand-name stainless steel appliances by Samsung, Cuisinart, Krups, and Bosch, and custom-designed lighting and cabinetry.
Off the kitchen is a fruit and herb garden. Make agua de chaya and passion fruit smoothies with the bounty of herbs and fruits from the garden.
Property size: 1,250 square meters (13,455 sq ft)
Pool size: 11m x 4.5m x 1.7m (36' x 15' x 5.5')
Only eight blocks away is Plaza Grande (Zocalo) where you can visit the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, Governor's Palace, Casa de Montejo, Macay Museum, and Olimpo. In and around the plaza are many shops, restaurants, and cultural centers such as Teatro Peon Contreras, Pancho's, Piedra de Agua, Ki Hannah, Apoala, Trotters, and many more.
Five blocks away is Santiago Square with it's food market and church. Tuesday night's Big Band Dance, active since the 1940's, is a must. "La68", is a local open air documentary and movie space with restaurant and a great gift shop. Also close by is "Lo Que Hay Cafe" a new vegan cafe, and "Maiz Canela y Cilantro Comida Corrida" is another favorite. Down along the Historical Camino Real (Calle 59), new galleries restaurants and bars are opening daily.
"The Guidebook" for locations, contact info and hours is available online and at the house.
2 Queen size beds & 1 pull out queen sofa bed
Property is 1,250 sq. mts.
There is a visitor's guidebook in the entry with a list of helpful suggestions to make your stay as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
If there are any questions please contact the house manager via cell or email your host with inquiries.
What a wonderful home in really interesting city. We are a family of four - our children are quite small - and Giovanna was a fantastic host. She shopped for us before we arrived, gave us great info on where to go, and generally made sure we had everything we needed. We all loved the pool, and chilling out in the very peaceful garden. And Merida is well worth a visit - Giovanna's house is lovely, and she's a fabulous host.
Giovanna made us feel extra welcome in her absolutely stunning house in Merida. We really loved every bit of the house from the open and airy feel to all stylish details. It felt like we were staying in a luxurious and hip boutique hotel! As a host, Giovanna was always extra helpful with any questions we had and had so many excellent suggestions of things to do in the area.
The location was also perfect. We all fell in love with Merida so much so that we hope to have a family home there one day. We really enjoyed walking through the charming streets with faded coloured walls and visiting the many places that Giovanna recommended including Maiz, Canela y Cilantro where Lili served us the most amazing blue corn enchiladas And, also, the Slow Food market on Saturdays was fantastic for picking up local products and the tastiest tamales. Another recommendation we also really enjoyed was the energetic local vibe at La Fundación Mezcalería, great for mezcal cocktails and dancing.
Merida was also a great location for many enjoyable day trips. We really enjoyed swimming in the many cenotes in the area. And, our highlight was a trip to the serene setting of the mayan ruins at Uxmal which we thought was far better that the touristy Chicén Itzá.
Giovanna's house is not only an exceptionally beautiful place to stay but also a fantastic location to truly have an amazing holiday experience in Mexico.
En plus d'être idéalement située, la maison de Giovanna est décorée avec beaucoup de goût. Nous étions deux couples de trentenaires et avons apprécié la répartition des pièces qui nous a permis de conserver chacun notre intimité. Nous avons passé de merveilleux moments au sein de cette maison et au bord de la piscine. Enfin, Giovanna a été de très bons conseils (notamment pour les adresses culinaires) Nous n'avons qu'un regret ne pas avoir pu y séjourner plus longtemps.
Set behind a wall on a very unassuming street, this was an absolutely beautiful property. The house's open design and huge living room makes the property feel airy and spacious but also intimate. The huge backyard and pool were also put to good use and made us feel like we weren't in a city at all. The place was plenty of space for the five of us staying.
The property itself is about a 15-20 minute walk or 5 minute cab ride from the central area of Merida. While the walk over is through a quieter part of town we never felt unsafe or isolated. The street itself was fine for parking cars and the house was very secure when we were away.
Overall we had a wonderful weekend staying in Giovanna's home and would highly recommend it to anybody visiting Merida!
El mejor lugar de esta casa es, sin duda, el patio inmenso con la piscina amplia y bien cuidada que permite huir del calor tenaz de Mérida. La casa misma está decorada con mucho gusto y con lindos detalles (por ejemplo en la ubicación de las luces indirectas), y el baño es un sueño. La instalación de mosquiteros en las entradas permitirá disfrutar de la casa aún más, dejando circular el aire fresco por la casa ahora bastante calurosa.
El cuidador Marcos está cerca y siempre listo para ayudar en los detalles. Una estadía inolvidable, y después de la instalación de los mosquiteros ¡sin duda regresaremos!
Giovanna was extremely helpful. We had not visited Merida before and to have someone familiar with the place give us a few hints was perfect. Now onto the house - WOW! They have done such a beautiful job renovating and the whole play is very modern and clean. The house actually made our trip to Merida very enjoyable. We swam in the pool, relaxed in the hammock, chilled to music and were able to get places very easily. Anyone who is visiting Merida should stay in this house! It is perfect! Loved every minute.