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Fun, gorgeously-renovated, view-rich, traffic-free, in heart of old city

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

(Scroll down for 10 Fun Things to Do)

NOTE: Minimal rental period is 14 days. Less than one month $400/week. One month or more $1200/month ($40/night).


Calzada Tecolote ('La Ruta de la Independencia' down which Miguel Hidalgo rode in 1810) is a car-free 'callejon' (alley) four minutes walk from Jardin Union, the unofficial city center.

Our house (two-minute walk up the callejon from where taxi drops you off) is adobe, dating back to perhaps 1850. We spent three years renovating after buying it in 2005.

GROUND FLOOR: Three rooms plus a bathroom with shower and washing machine. Two bedrooms (back and front) with the option of a third using a fold-down sofa in the middle room. Front room doubles as a yoga studio. Please note: door between front room and middle room, curtain between middle room and back room (master guest bedroom). Guests in back bedroom go through middle room to access.

MIDDLE FLOOR: Kitchen, sala (living room) with fold-down sofa-bed, patio (with fountain and plants), storage room (with small library of English & Spanish books), small bathroom with shower, tiny workshop.

TOP FLOOR (azotea): One room which we use as the master bedroom, office and view-sala, with terraces on both sides, each with a unique view.

ROOF of the top floor room is accessible via a narrow stairway, for 360-degree city views. (Use at your own risk--no handrail!)

Manager (bilingual) on-call, fiber-optic wifi, local phone, electricity, city water and gas included. (But not bottled water.) Weekly cleaning service included.

Our home is a trifle 'rustico'--not everything matches, you're under open skies going from floor to floor--but everything's clean, everything works, it's cozy, spacious and cheerful. We love sharing our home, but it is just that: a home, not a 5-star hotel!

Our location is pretty amazing. You can walk down and be in the very center of town in less than five minutes on pedestrian-only streets. But if you walk UP Calzada Tecolote, in 15 minutes you can be at the start of everyone's favorite hike: La Bufa/Los Picachos. This is an outstanding volcanic formation, from which you get a fabulous view of the city. Takes another 45 minutes to reach the cross on top if you're fit.


1. Walk up the 113 University steps

2. Enjoy a 24-peso Executive Breakfast (gordita y jugo) from the four sisters puesto just off Baratillo

3. Go up the tower of Mercado Hidalgo (ask at office at top of stairs inside)

4. Take the bus to El Cubo to see a mining village

5. Identify the nine churches you can see from the top of our house

6. Return to our house from downtown via Potrero and the steep steps of Caracol

7. Walk through Guanajuato's original tunnel, 'Subterranea Miguel Hidalgo,' from Teatro Cervantes to near Comercial Mexicana

8. Meditate at 8 am weekdays (only when the University is 'in') at Meson San Antonio on Alonso

9. Climb the fire escape on the side of Teatro Juarez

10. Watch squadrons of grackles fly by at sunset on their (seasonal) flight path between Embajadoras and Reforma

BONUS: Friday night symphonies at Teatro Principal, 5 minutes away...80 pesos!

More Details

Property Manager
Barry Evans
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About Barry Evans

Barry's a Brit, Louisa's from the U.S. (growing up around the world). We divide our time between our home in Eureka, California (on the northern coast), Mexico and Europe. We love our Mexican life and enjoy our local friends, Spanish language, and savoring the culture here. Barry's a science writer and meditation facilitator; Louisa is a management trainer and business coach.

Barry Evans purchased this house in 2005

Why Barry Evans chose Zona Centro

After three weeks of house-searching, Louisa found our home almost exactly across the street from where she was staying -- and couldn't believe her luck. We're on a quiet street yet right in town, minutes away from shopping, markets, and entertainment. We walk everywhere (no need for a car). Within 15 minutes we are in the hills above town, exploring and hiking.

What makes this house unique

House works as a family home or as an apartment if you're only one or two people. Intimate yet expansive. Multiple views, pedestrian street, close to city center. Can be warm and cozy if it's chilly outside, but also has cool areas when it's hot. The ground floor is self-contained, with a fridge and two-burner range. We spend a lot of time in our plant-filled patio with the sound of the fountain.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a delight to stay in the heart of Guanajuato at El Tecolote.

This is a charming, colorful and vintage Mexican 3 story home complete with everything you need. Included are gorgeous vistas of the entire city for great photography,a fantastic library from the arts to sciences. There are well placed gardens to read and lounge in, and a wonderful kitchen/dining room overlooking beautiful domed churches which I painted daily from so many angles.

Within a five minute walk we were at really good and reasonable restaurants, our favorite coffee at Cafe Tal, excellent classical music concerts, beautiful local stores, excellent museums- like the Don Quiote, and the architecturally wonderful university.

You feel at home here. It is a place you do not want to leave, especially the third floor bedroom way up in the stars.
Nov 2013
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Note no bathroom on top floor, and stairs and passageway to bathrooms are open to the sky (i.e. rain)
  • Note it’s a steep (short) walk to the house, no car access
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2--shower only, no tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Plus one more folding futon to go on the floor if needed
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
Plant-filled patio with fountain. Top-floor view terraces facing in two directions. Access to roof (at your own risk--no handrail!)


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Fun, gorgeously-renovated, view-rich, traffic-free, in heart of old city
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

This colonial mansion is fantastic! They have kept many of the original colonial features; which is what I love about it. It is spacious, clean, and gives you a little insight into what a "real" Mexican house was like. The view from the giant kitchen window is amazing. It is the best value in Guanajuato for the price, location, space, and authenticity. We will definitely stay there again next year.

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this, Dana, we love having you stay. Barry and Louisa
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Grand Junction

Best view and location in, and reasonable

  • 5 of 5

Location is key when visiting Guanajuato. This house is just minutes from el centro, and close to many restaurants, historical sites, and museums. While not luxury accommodations, it is very clean and comfortable. It is perfect for two couples, and there's one other comfortable single bed. We stayed the entire month of January, and even on cooler days the house was comfortable. I think it would stay cool in the summer with the thick walls. Other friends rented a luxury house in Marfil for more than twice the price, and had to taxi into town every day. Unless you are right in the historical center of Guanajuato, like at this house, you may be disappointed. Even rentals on the panoramica are too far out, or should I say up. Location is everything in Guanajuato. We will stay there on our next trip.

  • Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Stephen, for this review--we so agree with you about our location! And yes, it is cool in summer, as you surmise.
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Boise, Id

Great location with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

This home is well equipped and it’s located just a very short walk to the center of town. The views from practically room are stunning!

  • Submitted: 10-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Much appreciated--we love it when guests appreciate our vistas as much as we do when we're there!
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San Luis Obispo County, CA

Stayed a month, and didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, Barry was very prompt about communicating with us when we inquired about the property, and his manager, Mario, was most helpful on several occasions (before and during our stay). The detailed information provided ahead of our stay (and in the binder in the house), as well as the labels on various items in the house were all very helpful.

As for the house itself, we absolutely loved staying there. As background, this was our fourth stay in Guanajuato since 2015. For our first two visits, we stayed in a hotel and for our third visit (six weeks this spring) we stayed in a different nearby home. Barry and Louisa's home will be our first choice for future visits, if it is available.

Importantly, given the wealth of things to see and do in Guanajuato, Barry and Louisa's home is perfectly located. We walked or took buses everywhere we needed or wanted to go. And, on top of that, it's a comfortable, inviting home with fabulous views. The kitchen/dining room quickly became our favorite area, and we spent many hours at the table there (I was taking Spanish classes and my husband was writing), soaking in the stunning view overlooking Templo San Francisco. We realize that Mexico isn't for everyone, nor is Guanajuato, nor is Barry and Louisa's home, but for us--it was a perfect fit. THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful home!

  • Submitted: 4-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And thank you for your glowing review! Hope to see you back soon--Barry and Louisa
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  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 3 glorious weeks at Barry & Louisa's lovely home in Guanajuato. The location is pretty much ideal: we walked about 2 minutes to outstanding coffee, gelato and falafel. A walk of five-ten minutes brought us to excellent restaurants and museums of all kinds. We had a choice of two Spanish schools for our kids (6, 12, and 15) and us, again within 5-10 minutes. The house has stunning views from the second and third floors, plenty of room for a family of five, and a nice place to work out on the first floor. Barry was great at answering my questions before we got there, and Mario took over as my go-to for almost anything once we arrived. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we’re happy when you’re happy!
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Colorful, comfortable, and pleasant stay

  • 4 of 5

We spent two weeks in Guanajuato and just loved the house. The views from the top-floor bedroom were breathtaking; the midlevel was comfortable and cozy; the bottom floor was just perfect for exercise and play with our 7-year-old. The location is excellent--close to the charming Cafe Santo, great coffee at Cafe Tal, gorditas and juices in Baratillo Plaza, and the wonderful Los Campos. Close enough to the Jardin but far enough away that the callejonadas didn't keep us up all night. We'd come back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the awesome review! barry and louisa
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
BJX (Leon-Guanajuato)
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$126.65

Included: internet (basic-speed wifi); electricity; tap water; gas (if one bottle runs out and you replace, give the receipt to our manager and we will refund at same time as damage deposit); phone for local calls.
Not included: potable water, delivered in 20 liter bottles ("garafons"), about $2 each.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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