“19th-century countryside hacienda and art museum south of San Cristóbal de las Casas, near the Montebello lakes”
The hacienda has 8 elegant rooms - 4 doubles and 4 twins. They have white walls, rustic beamed ceilings and tiled floors, and are packed with an impressive collection of antique furniture. Some come with four-poster beds with breezy white drapes; others have intricately-embroidered bedspreads and walls adorned with cherubs and religious paintings.
Each room has its own name, connected to the furniture inside: hence the Chiapaneca Room has 2 carved beds from Chiapas, and the French Room has a French dressing-table and a traditional wooden armoir. The Plateresca Room is connected to the porfiriato epoch, and has a chimney and 2 beds carved by Mexican cabinet-makers. The Art Nouveau Room has a magnificent brass double bed, and the Comiteca Room has furniture by Don Adonahi Herrera - a native carpenter of nearby Comitán.
All rooms look on to the hacienda terrace (which has sedan chairs and comfy hammocks), with a view over the garden.
In the pretty terraced restaurant next to the main house (with a wide view over the hacienda garden and the valley below), chef Richi prepares salty meat dishes, quesadillas, fresh maize tortillas, magnificent sweets and delicacies of Comitecan cuisine. Most of the various grains, fruit and vegetables (from avocado to cauliflower and elote) used in the dishes are organically cultivated and harvested on the property (as are the coffee beans).
The house specialities are pork in orange sauce and pork cooked with chile, tomato, onion and herbs, but there are also plenty of vegetarian options. The salads in particular are an organic feast, using fresh ingredients picked from the garden that day. Don‘t miss the Aztec carrot cake prepared with chayotes.
If you want a tipple before or after dinner you can head inside the main building to the elegant salon-bar, which has arched doorways, carved stone fireplaces, antique furniture and a pool table.
Children are very welcome here, though there are no particular facilities for them. Extra beds can be set up in the rooms and baby cots are available.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking