This is a lovely colonial style house in a quiet area of Cuernavaca set in 2 acres of tropical garden crossed by a stream. It is spacious, with six bedrooms, (all with ensuite bathrooms ), a 1800 sq ft living room with open fire place, 3 other dining / living areas, 3 terraces, a TV room and a piano. the Master bedroom has its own mezzanine dressing room and terrace
The house has been tastefully decorated by an eminent French designer, and enjoys a fine collection of paintings. The large swimming pool usually has a winter temperature of 74°F. The staff are friendly and the cook can usually prepare many international and mexican cuisine. Among other amenities, it has internet, cable TV, and a large barbecue.
The garden is planted with king palms, mandarin, orange and pepper, and many other tropical shrubs and trees in what can only be described as a harmonious disorder. It gives the property privacy, but with plenty of sunshine and shade where needed. Cuernavaca enjoys one of the finest climates: the daytime temperature is usually around 80°F all year round, though in winter it can drop to 46°F or less at night. It is dry and sunny nearly all the time, except in Summer when there are bursts of rain. It is rightly called the city of eternal Spring.
There are shops and supermarkets within easy reach of the house. Cabs are inexpensive and will come promptly when called. They can be rented by the hour. If you chose to see the local sights, try the palace of Hernan Cortes in the centre of town, with its famous Diego Rivera murals. Visit too the remarkable late gothic cathedral in the centre of town, and the Brady museum close by. Further away is the studio of the late muralist Siqueros - with many fine exhibits
A ½ hour by car brings you tothe colourful, magical town of Tepoztlan, with its craft market, shamans and restaurants. The Mexica legend says that the God Quetzalcoatl was born in the volcanic caverns nearby. Further away are the remarkable 8th century pyramids of Xochicalco, and the City of Taxco famous for its silverware. You can visit many of these fascinating locations in a day, and end up for a late lunch (as is the Mexican custom) at the 16th century hacienda San Gabriel and its beautiful grounds.
But is you just want to relax in a comfortable and beautiful surroundings, this is just the right place ! The butler can bring you an iced fresh lemonade or a fine margarita, while the cook prepares stuffed mild chile peppers in a green sauce ! Try it all out !
The house rules are based on common sense, and we hope you agree ! They should not interfere with the very pleasant surroundings you have chosen, nor with the pleasure of your stay. But they inevitably sound a bit formal, and that is their nature ! They include items as follows:
1. Pets may be allowed, but only with prior agreement.
2. Arrival time is normally in the afternoon from 5pm,
3. The check out time is 11am, The timing of weekend lets is by arrangement.
4. Guests are responsible for the purchase of all food and domestic materials. We can organize basic food shopping before your arrival as required.
5. You should agree menus with Cook in advance with plenty of notice. Cook has long experience of our eating habits, but please be considerate if Cook cannot meet all your requirements !
6. Timing of meals should be fixed in advance, so as to ensure that the staff have their own refreshment, meals etc. Normally breakfast is 9,30am to 10,30, lunch (phone number hidden), and dinn(phone number hidden). Other timings should be agreed in advance.
7. You should always ensure the staff are treated with respect and consideration. They have been with us for years, and are trustworthy. Unhappy staff at the end of a stay is to be avoided, and is usually the result of misunderstandings. Note their knowledge of English is minimal. At the same time we will not be held responsible for any alleged prejudicial action or event which might involve a member of staff.
8. No additional charge is made for the availability of staff. However a gratuity of 10% of the rental may be made and distributed to the staff by the principal guest, or by the owners as may be agreed.
9. Please tell one of the staff if a fixture is not working. Similarly all damage in the house or in the garden should promptly be reported. We reserve the right to deduct the cost of breakages or broken items from the deposit, but we appreciate wear and tear is normal.
10. Smoking or substance abuse is forbidden in any part of the property.The owners reserve the right to charge for any cleaning and redecoration if there is evidence this house rule is ignored.
11. Noise should be kept to a minimum so as to not to disturb neighbors. Music should also be kept at a reasonable volume for similar reasons.
That said - Have a wonderful stay !
I am an economist, originally from Scotland, educated in Engalnd, and now living happily in Mexico with my wife, a sucessful magazine editor. We make regular visits to Europe. My children now have their own homes, so our family home and flat are available for guests to enjoy from time to time. They have been well cared for and modernised. to a high standard
My priorities are family and friends, whom we entertain frequently. I also enjoy music and literature, and have sometimes been described as an amateur linguist and gourmet. I am sports enthusiast - fencing, golf and tennis, though sadly I now participate in some of these less actively.
My wife has an academic bent, and has a particular love for the arts and architecture, both modern and classical. This is possibly nurtured by her family traditions which go back some centuries in Southern Italy and Burgundy.
My mother in law is an interior decorator of repute, and has carried out important commissions in France, USA and Mexico. She is a French aristocrat, and the inspiration for the charm and comfort of our homes, which we cherish.
I am confident you will enjoy them too !