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Authentic, Romantic 450 year-old Historic Hacienda and Spa in Colonial Mexico

Bedrooms 11
Half Baths3
Space 50,000 sq ft
Property type castle


About the property

11 huge suites, Overlooking the Sierras.SPA, POOLS, HORSES, GYM, Gourmet Meals

Welcome to Hacienda Las Trancas.

This huge 450 yr-old fully restored hacienda midway between San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, is situated outside Dolores Hidalgo in a small, safe, friendly village. Rent the entire hacienda and become an Hacendado for a week! Hacienda las Trancas has been featured in Vogue, Delta magazine, Dubai, La Attencion, Fodor's Travel guide and various food magazines. This property is fully furnished with colonial antiques and local artisan pieces reflecting its historic place in the rich history of Mexico. It is comfortably elegant, private, and fully staffed with bilingual guests services, cooks, maids, gardeners, stable and pool personnel, as well as a fully staffed SPA.

All meals are included! Our cooks are quite versatile in case you have special dietary needs. Over the last 10 years the cooks have accommodated a large variety of dietary preferences for the over 10,000 guests who have visited. The kitchen crew received a standing ovation from Rick Bayless and his staff when they visited the hacienda several years ago.

The hacienda is more than 50,000 square feet under roof, with 3.5 walled-in private acres. There is a pool heated with a dozen solar panels to assure year-round comfort, plus an 8 person jacuzzi. There are also lovely gardens and enormous porches overlooking the Sierra Madres. A vineyard out back. Our suites are huge with 30 foot arched ceiling and some measuring more than 600 sq feet. Each has its own separate bathroom. These accommodations feature luxurious bedding with high thread-count linens, feather beds and down duvets with floor to ceiling windows. Trail rides on our 12 horses, use of our full circuit cybex gym, 200 channel satellite TV, 10 Mbps internet throughout, mountain bikes, ping pong and Pickleball court are all included.

Best of all our finely trained massage therapists charge only $20 per hour in our in-house Spa.


Property Description: There are twelve beautiful barrel-vaulted elegant suites with beautiful views of the Sierra Madres, each with high speed Internet, satellite TV, fireplace, terrace, and private bath.

Rental includes entire hacienda, or just rent a single suite.

This property is extremely child-friendly.

All meals are included.

Perfect for Destination Weddings and workshops!

Step out your door and onto the Silver Trail. This is an ideal location for visiting a different colonial town each day, or simply enjoying the best of Mexico's Bajio region. Shop for beautiful Talavera pottery in Dolores Hidalgo, or for everything in San Miguel, while you enjoy gourmet restaurants, hot springs, and golf. Wander the charming streets and cobbled alleys of Guanajuato. Practice your soccer skills on our soccer field, play ping pong, or challenge the locals to a game of Pickleball on our private court. Spend a few hours horse-back riding down to the river, where you may see eagles. Work off all that incredible food in our Cybex exercise room or on our mountain bikes with a trip down the river banks.

Watch the sunset from our terrace, relaxing around the warm fire pit with a glass of Hacienda produced wine

Spa services are available on site in our beautiful spa, with numerous treatments including full body, reflexology, hot stone, and facials. We can arrange all travel excursions for you at the best available prices and provide you with knowledgeable bilingual guides into l locations that most tourists never see.

Although we are not a hotel we are happy to rent individual suites when available. When you rent the entire hacienda, it is all yours. This is obviously not your average vacation rental. Why rent a house when you can rent an entire hacienda!

Our guests are delighted and amazed with their vacation experiences here.

We pamper and nurture you within our walls, and the small village allows you an authentic experience difficult to find in most tourist areas. Come see why Vogue chose to stay with us and photograph us for their San Miguel location shoot. Elegant, yet rustic and warm...You will love it! Once a presidio, or fort, along the silver trail in 1567, it became a hacienda in the 1700's. It's walls are meter-thick adobe. Close the entrance doors and you could not be more secure.

More Details

Property Manager
Stephen Wilkinson
Member since: 2005
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
28 February, 2018

About Stephen Wilkinson

In 2002 we were searching for a possible retirement location. The idea of ‘googling’ “Haciendas for sale” began as a joke between bus, but the tables were turned as wediscovered the abandoned rambling structure known as Hacienda San Joaquin de las Trancas in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajauto. Several months after visiting the hacienda in 2003, we were able to purchase it. Although our original intent was simply to live in the hacienda and restore it over time, our intentions changed after we met and visited the local people and realized the situation of the families in Trancas. What was to become simply a retirement home instead became a ‘Vacation Rental’, and after several years of restoration opened its doors to guests in 2005. Our intent was to act as ambassadors between the countries of Mexico and the United states, as well as Canada, Europe, Asia. We offer this unique opportunity to reside in this colonial gem, to experience what it might have been like to be one of the ‘hacendados’, and have your own wonderful staff, horses, pool and other amenities, and especially to meet and love the incredible people and culture of Mexico. Although we have brought our standards up to 5 star level, and function as a small boutique hotel as well as a vacation rental, we want you to feel that this is your home, not a hotel.

Stephen Wilkinson purchased this castle in 2003

Why Stephen Wilkinson chose Dolores Hidalgo Cuna de la Independencia Nacional

The history of this area and specifically this hacienda is so rich.The haciendas were the landed estates of Mexico, some with territories as big as Belgium. For visitors to Mexico, they conjure up surreal images of ruined palaces; still possessing a faded grandeur, dominating a desolate landscape of cactus and agave. Before the revolution of 1910, when their lands were confiscated, the haciendas (a term which referred either to the estate or the often huge house of the owner) made up a high percentage of Mexico's agricultural land, and their collective power was enormous. Each one was a rural, autonomous social unit with its own history, and for each, myths accumulate over the centuries

It is said that one of the previous owners won it in a rooster fight (cock- fight). One particularly large caravan was hijacked by a renegade group of soldiers. Although they were rounded up and killed on the grounds of the hacienda, the treasure was never found. People have searched for it for years. There is a letter dated from the early 1800's, signed in blood, that tells of the treasure and how to find it.
 None have been able to decipher it.

What makes this castle unique

Las Trancas, like much of Mexico, is caught between times. The old women wrapped in their shawls walk next to teenagers in Nikes. Many of the men in town have left for the U.S, in order to provide a better life for their families. Some send money home, some fall prey to the allure of the American life and never return, some die in the desert crossing. You find yourself wistfully hoping that time could stand still, that the people could retain their heritage and culture, and not succumb to the American way of life. But time marches on, and the allure is all too real.

Your rental supports the Village Project.

Proyecto Pueblito, or the Village Project, is an ongoing project designed to help improve the quality of life for the villagers in the surrounding area. The original intent was to build roads, a public garden, a free medical clinic, supply water, build septic systems and bathrooms, provide materials and support to teachers and tutors, build a library, and provide sustainable jobs to area residents. The project has transformed into so much more. The work is supporting the villagers in small businesses, and encourages the next generation to stay with their families and work in Mexico, and help to carry on cultural traditions that are being lost in the face of progress.

This planning is being done with a committee of respected villagers and involved professionals, including architects, builders, doctors, and historians. Already it has begun providing much needed jobs to many local people. It has supplied funds to families with urgent needs, begun repairing houses, roofs, and walls. We have associated ourselves with fine organizations such as Casita Linda, Apoya a Gente Emprendadora, and the Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío. We are now able to accept tax deductable donations to our project. A group of local women has formed a massage cooperative, to provide massages and spa services to our guests. We are excited to be involved in these projects.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much again for an extraordinary experience and wedding at Las Trancas. I really do not believe I have ever been anywhere more beautiful... not just the place itself, but all the little touches: the taste and awesome artifacts with which you guys have decorated it, the lovely staff, the food, everything. And the wedding was amazing, everyone said it was the best they had ever been to.

Your staff is remarkable... The wedding went down perfectly... Everything went exactly as we'd talked about. I think that's why it felt like a dream... There was no differentiating between what we hoped would happen and what did happen. The folkloric dancers were a huge hit (and what a great job they did!), and the tequila burro and the fireworks were a surprise to everyone. The fireworks even surprised Phil and me, they were SO GOOD! Everyone was just laughing and shouting and clapping hysterically. It was hilarious. The waitstaff and bartenders were wonderful. The trio - oh my gosh, they played the songs we'd picked out as if they'd written them themselves.

I know it must have take a lot of practice.

It was really special.

So clearly it was a thrilling, relaxing, fun, memorable-in-every-way week. I think our friends and family were really blown away by the Hacienda, the staff, and the way we did the wedding. Many of them told us it was the most unique and fun wedding they'd ever been to...The best part is that we did it that way for us, because that's the way we wanted to get married.

We still can't believe we pulled off a wedding just the way we wanted to do it, and everyone had such a blast.
Mar 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in Dolores Hidalgo Cuna de la Independencia Nacional

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Included in Price
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 50000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 35
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 30 people
  • 13 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom Hidalgo - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom Rosa - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom Verde - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom Plaza - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom Mujeres - toilet
    Bathroom Hombres - toilet
    Bathroom Sala - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom Capilla - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom Ollas - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom Piñata - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom Dueño - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom Public - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom Spa - toilet
    Bathroom Corazon - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom Rincon - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom Amarillo - toilet , bath with shower
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35
  • Suite Rosa - 1 extra lg. double bed , Separate living room, Fireplace, and private terrace
    Suite Verde - 2 double bed , Handicap access, separate living room, Fireplace
    Suite Amarillo - 2 single bed , Loft living area and rooftop terrace, Fireplace
    Suite Sala - 1 extra lg. double bed , Enormous with separate living area and private terraces
    Suite Capilla - 1 extra lg. double bed , Huge with separate living area
    Suite Pinata - 1 large double bed , Separate living room with fireplace
    Bedroom Corazon - 1 large double bed , Can be living room for Ollas, or private suite with bath
    Bedroom Ollas - 1 extra lg. double bed , Private bath and fireplace
    Suite ei Dueño - 1 extra lg. double bed , Separate living room with fireplace
    Suite Plaza - 1 extra lg. double bed , Two huge rooms with bath downstairs
    Suite Hidalgo - 1 extra lg. double bed , Two huge rooms with bath downstairs
  • We have enough extra, high-quality beds which can be brought into the rooms to sleep up to 35 people.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 15 bicycles
  • 30 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
All meals are included by our versatile cooking staff who can create meals to your dietary specifications- non gluten, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, etc.


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average rating of 4.714286 based on 26 reviews

Everything and more..

  • 5 of 5

This place has everything you think about when travelling with your loved ones.

Beautiful, safe, clean, loaded with character, history, culture, and the staff... the food.. goodness me, honest, absolutely wonderful.

Thank you HLT for making our family holiday a memorable one.

  • Review Submitted: 08/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Gathering of Friends in Colonial Mexico

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I hosted a large group at the Hacienda, renting the entire property. She had been there before, the rest of us had not. It is a magical place. First the food. It is so wonderful, fresh and flavorful authentic Mexican food. The rooms are all more than spacious; the first time you see your room you really can't believe it. The Hacienda is located in a small Mexican village and it is important to be able to absorb the local culture. You will feel very safe there. We took day trips on several days, other times staying to enjoy the Hacienda. Most of us had massages and/or facials which were very good. I can highly recommend Hacienda Las Trances. It would be perfect for a family gathering, a girlfriends getaway, a romantic journey or any type of relaxation.

  • Review Submitted: 11/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Historical, beautiful, relaxing hacienda getaway

  • 5 of 5

We've lived in Mexico (based in Mexico City) for 1.5 years and we've stayed at Hacienda Las Trancas twice (early November 2015 and late November 2016). (In fact, we're already planning to go back with a family reunion next spring.) We love it there because of the beautiful historic buildings and palatial rooms, delicious food, fun (free!) activities like horseback riding or mountain biking through the countryside or taking a dip in the pool or hot tub. For me, I prefer to go there and STAY there to take full advantage of all the activities and to really just stop, relax and enjoy the surroundings. If you stay there for more than a couple days, though, you can easily visit San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo and other surrounding towns. I congratulate the staff on being very professional and so friendly and accommodating, from front office staff to the masseuse to the cooking staff--speaking of, they do an exceptional job of handling different eating preferences/restrictions. I am a vegetarian but my husband is not and my kids, I hate to admit, are pretty picky. They found perfect combinations of dishes to satisfy us all. I encourage you to pay for the early check-in with lunch--an alfresco lunch by the pool was my favorite meal! On one occasion it was creamy corn soup, fried cheese empanadas, fresh salsas, fresh guacamole and a jar of margaritas for parents and fresh juice for the kids. On another occasion (a chilly afternoon), it was a hearty vegetable soup, traditional gorditas stuffed with cheese and potatoes for me and stuffed with shredded chicken for the rest. I recommend you bring a couple bottles of wine to accompany dinner or to drink as you sit by a fire (you can ask the staff to prepare) on the back terrace watching the sunset. You will sleep like a baby there--so quiet, with the thick hacienda walls and being out on the edge of the valley. The second time we stayed we had the fireplace crackling as well, which was so calming. Beds are huge and super comfortable. In sum, there are quite a lot of haciendas where you can stay in Mexico...but they are not all created equal. This one is above and beyond the best that we've visited.

  • Review Submitted: 13/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Step Back in Time

  • 5 of 5

The first time a friend took me there about six years ago, I could not believe my eyes. This 450-year-old hacienda is gorgeous and stunning and comfortably luxurious. It has been lovingly and beautifully restored. Since my first visit, I have taken four groups there and have also stayed there on my own, when it was totally quiet.

The staff makes it unforgettable. They are attentive and accommodating and lovely. By the time you leave, you are on a first-name basis with everyone. I have never encountered a problem they could not solve with grace and warmth. You feel that you have stepped back in time into your own private oasis. There are enough activities in the Hacienda to keep you both relaxed and energized. Have you ever had a private gym with oriental rugs?

I also love the location in the middle of nowhere. It is about an hour to San Miguel, Guanajuato city, and to Pozos, and about 15 minutes to Dolores Hidalgo. The Hacienda arranges transportation wherever you want. If you venture into the community of Las Trancas, you will see the life of a small Mexican pueblo. Go during a Mexican holiday, and you can join in the life of the community. This Hacienda is stunning and real.

  • Review Submitted: 07/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect immersion into old Mexico!

  • 5 of 5

I have been bringing a group to Hacienda Las Trancas every year for the last half dozen years, and it has become a ritual I always look forward to. Honest truth . . . I feel like royalty when I stay there! The rooms are romantic, each different, and wonderful. Over the years the staff has become like family. The cooking is out of this world, authentic, and fresh. (Chefs have come to the hacienda to learn the recipes!) The staff bends over backwards to make any of your plans work, whether you want to lay low and disappear, or explore the three nearby UNESCO world heritage cities of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, and San Miguel d'Allende. If you want to be in the buzz of a city, stay in one of them--however if you want the tranquility of the Hacienda to sweep over you, letting go of the hectic pace at home, and venture to the city when you are ready, Las Trancas is perfect. And I highly recommend finishing each day with the homemade guacamole and margaritas!

  • Review Submitted: 28/05/2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
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  • 5 of 5

I've never been to Mexico before this trip. What an introduction! I had a large group of family and friends, and we rented the entire Hacienda. I think this is perhaps the best way to experience this location, if you can manage to get enough people together. What sticks out to me is that the experience in fact surpassed the website. You see the pictures, you see the description--everything looks fabulous, and you wonder: there's got to be a catch? No. No catch. You get all of this but what the pictures can't capture is the experience of being there... MUST GO BACK!

So, on to the details:

Was the listing accurate? YES

Was the property clean and well-maintained? The property is OLD but that's a huge part of the experience and charm. Very well maintained for what it is.

Did the owner/manager provide good customer service? YES. When managing a group event you will need lots of communication and the managers Tere and Alejandro were completely ready for this, and maintained a great flexible attitude when scheduling complexities came up.

Would you recommend? YES! I think I have recommended this experience to everyone I know!

What activities, attractions, restaurants? Go to the cities San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo. The small city where the Hacienda is situated (Trancas) is also fun ... the staff can tell you interesting places to visit everywhere. Also, a must: the winery Cuna de Tierra. Incredible.

The Hacienda itself is rich with activities and the food is outstanding. If you are planning a big celebration (in our case we were celebrating a wedding) the Hacienda can help you arrange some great spectacles. We went for the "works" piñata, tequila burro, folklorico dancers, outdoor dining, mariachis, fireworks. The whole celebration was incredible! So many fond memories to look back over.

  • Review Submitted: 21/05/2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
All meals are included at the hacienda
Car: not necessary

The hacienda has its own IN-HOUSE SPA with 6 fully trained massage therapists who charge only $30 USD/hour. They offer full body, hot stone, reflexology, fresh facials and specific body part massages, all within 20 feet of your rooms. We can also arrange stylists from Dolores Hidalgo for hair, nails, shaves and more.

Our staff make celebration arrangements for you and your group. Would like a 12 person mariachi group to serenade you during dinner? A Taco cart or churro cart or ice cream cart to come to the hacienda? How about a Salsa dance instructor? Or local folkloric dancing troupe. We do weddings, birthdays, holidays.

ACTIVITIES: Trail rides from our stable of 12 horses, Mountain biking into the high plains of the Sierras, Pickleball court, free cooking classes in-house, day, trips to the colonial cities of San Miguel, Dolores Hidalgo and lovely Guanajuato, La Gruta hot springs, Hot air balloon rides, Rock Climbing, Bicycle tours, Eco tours, ATV rentals, Ping-pong, hundreds of DVD's, Vineyard on site, Talavera shopping in Dolores, Historic tours of the surrounding haciendas....or perhaps you would just like to relax in our hammocks, read a book and listen to the birds above.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday castle in Dolores Hidalgo Cuna de la Independencia Nacional

Additional information about rental rates

Each guest more than 22 AU$117.34 + Tax
Tax Rate 18.0%

Rates noted are for a single suite of your choice - double accommodation. Meals are included.
YOU CAN RENT THE ENTIRE HACIENDA EXCLUSIVELY. See more on our website, It is such a great place for friends and family. The hacienda can easily accommodate up to 22 guests, double accommodation and has enough extra beds to allow two beds or three in each of our 11 suites. Every room has been restored and has its own bathroom, high quality beds and sheeting, and each is truly unique.
All meals are included in our pricing. The cooks can accommodate almost any dietary preferences.
We have16 staff members including two full time bilingual concierge guest service attendants to take care of your guests. Horseback riding is available twice a day from our stables. The solar heated pool, jacuzzi, fitness center with full circuit Cybex equipment, mountain bikes, satellite TV, 10 Mbps internet throughout the hacienda, ping pong, and PickleBall court are available to your guests throughout the day.
In addition we have an in-house SPA with 6 trained massage therapists whose prices are $20 per hour.
You can see our general pricing on the website. For large groups or extended stays we do offer discounts. We have a special during January 2017- $100/person/night.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.