Vacation House -- Central Historic District -- World Heritage City

Vacation House -- Central Historic District -- World Heritage City




Sep 2010

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our house, La Casa de Los Abuelos, is a recently remodeled city house in the historic district of Querétaro, in the colonial highlands of Mexico. The house is all on one floor - ground level; three rooms on each side of a central open patio with small fountain. The bedrooms and library are on one side, the Living Room, Dining Room and kitchen on the other. There are two spacious bedrooms: a master bedroom with queen size bed and view into the patio and an even larger guest bedroom, with twin beds that convert to king-size if preferred. Each bedroom has its own full bath, done in typical Mexican talavera tile. Separating the two bedrooms is the library with gas burning fireplace, books, and cable television with DVD player.There is wireless internet service throughout the house. We have recently added a land phone for local calls. The living room is furnished with traditional but elegant burgundy leather "equipale" furniture, just right for curling up with a book. There is a CD player, plenty of CDs of a variety of music, games, like dominos, and a game table. The dining room has a table with eight chairs and large glass doors to the patio. There are plenty of dishes, glasses, wineglasses and flatware. The colorful, fully equipped Mexican kitchen has a microwave as well as full size Whirlpool appliances including dishwasher and a purified water system. There is also a roof top terrace with view of the city. The house comes with bed linens, plenty of towels, extra blankets and pillows. There is also a washer and dryer. The ceilings are high with small skylights in the library, kitchen and bathrooms. The floors are all Mexican tile. The house is light and airy and very comfortable. Bedrooms, kitchen and living room have ceiling fans. The walls are 3 ft. thick, so it is cool in the warmest months (April and May). The library is cozy and warm with the gas fireplace on rare chilly evenings in the short winter. The house is self-catering but with maid service cleaning once a week.


More about us

  1. We are a US couple who love Mexico. We visited/vacationed here for a number of years, and decided to sell our house in West Virginia and make our life here. Bob is a professor of philosophy and sociology (retired) who now teaches bioethics at the state university here. Maria is a civil rights attorney (retired) who is now a teacher of English.

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Where is it?


Querétaro has a central historic district designated as a United Nations World Heritage site, but is also a modern economically up-scale city. It is over 475 years old and has a rich history including important events in the War for Independence from Spain, the Revolution (1910-1920) and the Maximillian era. Our house is within easy walking distance of 6 public squares (including the main Jardin Zenea), cafes, pedestrian walkways (andadores), restaurants, many museums, art galleries and the historic Theater of the Republic -- the home of the Querètaro Symphony Orchestra. The Hidalgo Market, a typical open Mexican market is only a block away. The city is noted for its large mansions, churches and ex-convents and monasteries built in the 17and 18th centuries. An important historic monument of the city is the early l8th century aqueduct spanning 1280 meters. There are many restaurants (traditional Mexican and international food) and even the best are very reasonably priced. It is a vibrant city with a lively nightlife. It's well known as a safe, and a clean city, very welcoming to visitors, but retaining its traditional Mexican lifestyle. Querètaro has recently been designated as Mexico's safest city. It is also its cleanest. The streets are swept twice a day and trash picked up every night of the year. You can stroll around the center until all hours of the night and find music, theater, street performers or just families out having fun. Mexico is always a fiesta, and some of the best are celebrated here in Querètaro. The climate in the central highlands of Mexico is ideal. There is no wrong time of the year to visit Querètaro? It is cooler in the summer months than most of the US. It is in the high desert so there's no humidity. Surprisingly, April and May are the warmest months, and even then the mornings and evenings are cool and refreshing. Temperatures range from 85/60F (29/16C) in the warmer months to 75/55F in the cooler months (24/13C)

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