About this listing
Nestled in the treetops overlooking the center of town, including the cathedral & opera house, Casita Rosa is like floating in heaven. With multiple terraces, many hammocks, 16 ft ceilings, gorgeous tile work, a king-size bed, huge windows, and the most jaw-dropping view imaginable, it's no surprise our first guest described staying in Casita Rosa as hitting the jackpot. There's a small herb/vegetable garden and a solar oven called a Uitzi. Mainly available May-Oct at great long-term rates.
Perched high amongst the treetops on the central south-facing hillside of the heart of Guanajuato, our casita is a slice of heaven. With a view to die for, this spectacular split level studio floats above the hustle and bustle of the centro, but it is only a 3 minute walk down to the Plaza de la Paz, the Jardin or the Alhondiga. Surrounded by both covered and un-covered terraces, Casita Rosa is a spectacular spot from which to explore Guanajuato or hole away and write your opus, inspired by the extraordinary sparkling city below. Birds sing in the trees and fly in flocks beneath you, church bells ring in the Basilica and music wafts up the hillside.
There is NO car access - Guanajuato is a largely pedestrian city, and our house is on a callejon, which means "carless street". While you can take a taxi to about one block uphill from our home and walk down, it is not suitable for people who are out-of-shape or hate to walk.
Interaction with guests
We mainly rent Casa Rosa during the summer months when we are not here. But our neighbor Rosario, in the house below us on the hillside, will welcome and look after you. She is also one of the best masseuse we know and offers authentic Mexican sweat-lodges (temescals) at weekends.
We absolutely love our neighborhood. It's very family-centric and community oriented - everyone knows everyone and the callejones are full of children playing hopscotch or soccer. The children are very polite and like to practice their three words of English with anyone who looks like they might understand. Most of the people who live in our neighborhood are families who have been here forever, and often grown siblings will own houses next door to each other. There are several excellent small fruit/vegetable/grocery markets just up the hill from us, even closer, or at least more on the level, than the centro. You can buy most of what you'd need there without going downhill, the exceptions being wine or alcohol. You can buy beer everywhere. Also up the hill in our little "neighborhood center" you can get fresh-squeezed juices, homemade ice cream and, on weekends, delicious goat-meat tacos.
Guanajuato is mostly a pedestrian city. It is great for people who like to walk! But there are also excellent inexpensive taxis that will take you all over the place (seemingly when only trying to go a short distance - but that's the crazy twisty one-way streets of Guanajuato). You can take a taxi from the bottom of the hill to the car street one block above Casita Rosa, and walk down from there. It might seem like you're driving forever to go a short distance, but it's a great way to see the city. There is also an excellent and very cheap public bus system that goes all over the city, but it helps to speak Spanish and know the city. Still, it can be a fun adventure to explore the city by bus, and often there'll be musicians. When giving directions to a TAXI driver, tell them to go to the RAMPA DE LOS ELOTEROS EN EL CERRO DEL CUARTO.
Other things to note
We're very sorry but our home is not suitable for young children. There is a floating staircase and several other open places where kids could fall. (Very clumsy people or sleep walkers might want to look elsewhere as well.)
We are open to pets so feel free to ask us if you'd like to bring yours - but please don't bring your pet without asking. Also, we have a labrador retriever so if you're allergic to dogs, our home may not be for you.
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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?