“Art, music, greenery and 5 perfect rooms come together in an enchanting colonial mansion in the heart of Patzcuaro”
Each spacious bedroom is named after an artist or composer, who dictates a style and character in harmony with the history. Original wooden doors, chunky beams, polished terracotta or wood floors and beautiful antiques combine with modern touches like plasma TVs and drenching showers; Paniagua, the twin room, opens to one of 3 patios.
As you recline on your beautifully dressed bed in the La Folia Suite, the eye is drawn to the domed and luminously frescoed ceiling of archangels - inspired, some 400 years ago, by the ceiling of a nearby church. Furnishings in this very romantic room range from a Persian Tabriz rug to a set of Peruvian paintings to stunning framed photographs on the wall.
In all rooms, there are CDs (an unusual, eclectic collection) and DVDs, slippers and robes, handmade organic soaps, luffa sponges and more. Beds are kingsize, sheets are finest cotton, duvets are filled with down, and unusual tilework lines bathroom walls and floors. The suite has double antique doors leading to a bathroom with his and her showers.
We hear good things of breakfast: a gorgeously presented spread of fresh fruits, yoghurt, granola, guacamole, eggs, homemade breads and croissants, plus a savoury regional dish like corundas or tamales, served at the long table before the big fire. Chairs are topped with woven cushions, the sunlight dances on the terracotta tiles, atmospheric music plays - perhaps a touch of French baroque - and your lovely hosts help you plan your day.
Dinner can be arranged with 24 hours' notice. The owners describe the cuisine as "international and served with candlelight, music and wine". You may be offered a glass of mezcal (like tequila only stronger!) as a nightcap.