Category: hacienda

Tuesday
July 19, 2011

Mexico Hacienda



I am obsessed with Central and South American architecture -specifically that of the colonial haciendas from centuries ago. The high ceilings, endless arches, and colorful floor tiles make haciendas so charming. This particular one is called Hacienda Katanchel. It dates back to the 18th century, though has been beautifully restored since. Hacienda Katanchel is about a 25 minute drive from Merida, & surrounded by jungle.

The Main House has a series of corridors with extraordinary terraces, halls, large parlors and rooms that are interconnected. The elegant classic decoration and furniture of common areas give Katanchel a unique and unforgettable personality. Extended around the Main House are 33 smaller buildings called Pavilions, each one with a bright and ample bedroom and bathroom, with glazed tiles and floors made with fine yucatecan traditional materials. Every Pavilion has front terraces and charming back patios where a small private pool invites you to cool off. The Owner’s House offers all comfort and services, as well as other special rooms with customized names such as “Las Princesas” (The Princesses), “Las Niñas” (The Girls) and “Del Obispo” (The Bishop’s Room), the latter being located beside the Chapel. The construction of the Chapel is original, dating back to the 18th century.






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