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Historic Luxury Hacienda with Sumptuous Design

Bedrooms 6
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 5 Bedrooms + 1 Loft bedroom, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 13)

Tucked away on the lush grounds of Hacienda Sac Chich,Casa de Maquinas are 3 limestone buildings, a water tower and an 85 ft. chimney. Surrounded by palm filled gardens Casa de Maquinas consists of three 2000sq.ft. rectangular structures that date to 1850.

CASA VIEJA houses the LIVING ROOM, 2 KING BEDROOMS, A LOFT BEDROOM AND 2 BATHROOMS AND THE COLONIAL KITCHEN. Opposite the Casa Vieja is the CASA NUEVA, where a dramatic central hallway is the entrance to 3 BEDROOMS and 3 BATHROOMS all with soaring 26’ ceilings and 13’ high doors. The large master has a sunken living area, and outside within a walled garden is a settee and plunge pool. Between these two buildings is an open-air living room and dining room, the LOGGIA. From the loggia climb a staircase to a ROOFTOP LOUNGE AND A STAR GAZING PLATFORM. Through a sea shell mosaic tunnel from the inner courtyard you find the 40 foot POOL AND regulation size BOCCE BALL COURT.

Throughout the hacienda there is evidence of its previous utilitarian life. Iron wheels and massive beams are remnants of its past. Once the water tank for the hacienda, the pool is now a shimmering refuge from the heat of the Yucatan. A steel and bamboo pergola and a playita of shallow water with a hammock suspended above provide areas for rest and shade. We have six chaise lounges for your relaxation. The open-air living room and dining pavilion, the Loggia is surrounded by lily and fish filled reflecting water ponds and dramatic lighting. From the loggia climb an enclosed spiral staircase to the roof top lounge area and a star gazing platform. Here you can watch the moon, stars,sunset, an approaching storm or enjoy the night breeze. Framing the entire hacienda are dry stacked stone walls, tall hedges of Fica and walls creatively designed with metal cages filled with local limestone. The grounds are filled with exotic rare palms, bamboos, gingers, tropical plants and fruit trees.

The house restoration has been a project of the renowned Mexican architect Salvador Reyes Rios and his partner and wife Josefina Larrain. Most of the furniture throughout is designed by Salvador and fabricated locally. This hacienda has been published in numerous magazines and books. Most recently Hacienda Style by Karen Witynski and Joe Carr, and prior to the renovation of the pool and Casa Nueva, The New Hacienda by the same authors.



The hacienda is close to many of the Mayan Ruins. Uxmal is 1 hour away, Mayapan is 20 minutes, Chichen Itza is 1 hour. The road to Mayapan is 5 minutes away and this road is referred to as the Ruta de Convento. Spend a day winding in and out of the villages where these grand Spanish colonial convents are. The Gulf Coast is 45 minutes away where you can swim in the Gulf water and enjoy fresh seafood. Go diving or snorkeling in many cenotes that are close by: Cuzama is 25 min away. Merida is 35 minutes away.

In addition to the loggia restoration and the new rooftop and Bocce Ball court we have a new hacienda entrance, driveway, bodega and a NEW 2100 SQ.FT. 2 BR, 2 BATH GUEST HOUSE. This house is called CASA SISAL and is VRBO # 286207. Although this home was designed in the modern aesthetic, the construction techniques and materials are the same as the hacienda. Surrounded by water lily filled reflecting ponds it was built in the henequen drying fields, adjacent to the hacienda. It is on 3 acres and is surrounded by a 10 foot historic hacienda wall. There is a modern kitchen, a dining area for 8-10 and a sunken living room with fireplace and a flat screen monitor for DVD viewing, and the house is wired for sound and i pod ready. There is a King in one bedroom and 2 Queens in the other. In the master bathroom the shower can open to an enclosed garden. There is a 30 ft edgeless pool with a playita of shallow water. The home is fully screened and air conditioned. This house also has access to the bocce ball court. It is a comfortable private enclave. A winding driveway from the main entrance leads to a private parking area. The house can be rented with the hacienda or separately.

Keywords: Historical Hacienda Estate

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Member since: 2008
Speaks english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2018

About The Owner

We live in California and travel to our hacienda any opportunity we get.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2003

Why The Owner chose Acanceh

Being frequent visitors to the Pacific beaches and colonial central Mexico since the 70's we read about the restored haciendas of the Yucatan. In 2001 we went on the first of many 'hacienda hopping' trips to the Yucatan. The grandeur, architectural scale, historical and economic relevance and process of restoration of these haciendas intrigued us and soon we were researching haciendas for sale on the internet. It wasn't until we rented a Hacienda for my 50th Birthday in 2003 that we experienced a sense of ownership while entertaining friends and family there. On that trip we toured hacienda Sac Chich, shortly thereafter made an offer and 5 months later it was ours. Sac Chich was the first and only hacienda we looked at for sale.

We always knew we would someday have a home in Mexico, but always envisioned the Pacific coast or colonial interior. The Yucatan became the pure isolated uncomplicated Mexico that we remembered from travels 30 years ago.

What makes this villa unique

Being at Sac Chich is our opportunity to stop. We are surrounded by such tropical lushness and architectural grandness that sometimes you find yourself just sitting taking it all in. The simple sounds of the village children playing or a dog barking mingles with the bamboo swaying and clacking in the wind or the amazing birds that sing all day. We relax and enjoy the people we are with, swim, read a book,nap in a hammock, bird watch, play pool games, volleyball,frisbee,card games, charades,enjoy music, dine by candlelight. I had to laugh at the review we received from Heather from Colorado. Spontaneous dance parties are something we also enjoy!

We are always hopping in the car to explore and discover. We go to Mayan ruins, cenotes to snorkel and swim, nearby haciendas to just see or relax and have lunch or dinner on their patios, go to the beach and eat seafood in Progresso or Celestun, visit Merida for tacos at our favorite taco stands, visit the early weekend market downtown Merida or enjoy one of the many cultural events that take place all week long there. Sometimes we just get in the car and drive and head down a road towards a village we have never been and stop in a tortilleria to get a stack of fresh tortillas. We always find smiling and curious Mayan people, giggling children and if we're lucky there is a tienda next door with very cold Mexican Coke in a glass bottle for us to enjoy! It is the simple pleasures of being at the hacienda that gives us the greatest joy!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Acanceh, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Town
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Master suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , This is a loft bedroom above a king bedroom in Casa Vieja
  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • Yard
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
1- 1,000 sq.ft. master suite w/King and private bath and patio w/plunge pool, 2 King and 1 Queen bedrooms all w/private baths, 1 King bedroom and loft bedroom with 1 Queen and 1 twin beds and shared bath in restored water tower. 2000 sq. ft covered loggia , 85 foot chimney, trampoline , 4 bikes on property for guest use. Lit Bocce Ball court, Volleyball, badminton, Frisbee and ping-pong.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

A dream come true

  • 5 of 5

Hacienda Sac Chich was everything we'd expected and some more. We hosted our wedding there and came away with rave reviews. The compound is GORGEOUS but without being pretentious. We will always remember our swims in the well-maintained pools, our outdoor dinners by the fireflies, and our stays in the tastefully decorated bedrooms. As a bonus, the hacienda is easily accessible for those visiting from Merida and Cancun/PDC/Tulum; Cyndy and her house staff were ultra-attentive to all of our needs; and it all came at a reasonable cost. We recommend the Hacienda without reservations to anybody looking for a memorable experience in the Yucatan, and we hope to visit again sooner than later.

  • Review Submitted: 03/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place was absolutely STUNNING. Cyndy was such a pleasure to work with. Beyond helpful and accommodating. Also the house staff were lovely. So helpful and kind. Everything about our time and wedding here was amazing. Not a single hiccup or complaint. Loved every moment. Would recommend it 100%

  • Review Submitted: 28/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The authentic and magical Mexico!

  • 5 of 5

This was my 4th visit to Hacienda Sac Chich and if I thought it was amazing before, I was blown away by it now. The owners have continued to refine this property, going to any and every length to ensure its authenticity, beauty, and comfort. Their eye for the artistic and dramatic offer a feast for the senses. I tried to snap photos for social media bragging rights, but I could never do it justice.

On this particular trip we were 4 couples for a 5-night getaway and it couldn't have been more perfect. Based on the owners recommendation we had an exceptional dinner in nearby Merida, we hired a wonderful massage therapist to come to the hacienda for a few treatments, we visited nearly a cenote a day - each one more wonderful than the next, climbed the Mayan ruins, and were thrilled at our good fortune that there was a festival/rodeo/bullfight right in their little village the weekend of our visit! But mostly, we just enjoyed this magical place with our big decisions each day being which pool to dip in, which location to watch the sunset from, and what kind of margaritas we would serve at happy hour.

If you need to escape the stresses of life, turn back time, rejuvenate - this is where you need to be. And just in case you're not able to fully shut off the outside world (full disclosure - that includes me) they do have wifi ; )

  • Review Submitted: 21/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolute dream

  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding at Hacienda Sac Chich—it was an absolute dream. We stayed across the lawn at Casa Sisal while some close friends stayed in Casa de Maquinas, where we made mezcal cocktails, dipped in the pool around the clock, and dozed off on the star gazing platforms during the clear, hot nights. The house is beautifully restored from an 1860s henequen plantation with beautiful industrial details intact, of which the 85-foot chimney is mereley the largest. The bedrooms are airy with high ceilings, and each is beautifully arranged with mostly custom furniture—especially the master bedroom in the more newer side of the house, with its sunken settee and private plunge pool.

Cyndy, Howie, and the staff were not just warm and attentive hosts but were easygoing in response to the sundry needs that came up surrounding the wedding. We had their staff prepare a delicious dinner (across the firefly-covered lawn at Casa Sisal) and a wedding-day brunch of fruit plates, chilaquiles, and mimosas under the loggia. We also had our reception in Casa de Maquinas’ dramatic courtyard; the kitchen proved a great place for our caterer to set up.

The hacienda is near the small village of Acanceh, as well as a number cenotes and ruins—but we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave the grounds. Mérida, the nearest city, is about 40 minutes away and full of fantastic markets, restaurants, and bars (as well as beautiful places to stay for our other guests).

We daydreamed about visiting Hacienda Sac Chich before we were engaged, then dreamed about it throughout our engagement—but from the moment we drove through its gates it exceeded those dreams. It’s a truly special place run by truly special people, and we can’t wait to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 20/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unforgettable and magical

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for 4 nights in the Hacienda Sac Chich with a group of women celebrating a birthday. We had the time of our lives together and because of the magic of Hacienda Sac Chich. The talented and interesting owners kept the Hacienda's original structure and walls which frame the beautifully updated dining, living, sitting, kitchen and sleeping areas of this expansive home. Prepare to be amazed and dumbstruck by the beauty and the details. There are ponds, exotic plantings, rooftop sitting areas, vaulted ceilings and thoughtful lighting throughout. The bedrooms are airy, private, and all the beds are wonderful. We slept to the sounds of water, birds, frogs, gentle breezes in the trees and bamboo each night. The pool is a gem and an oasis of refreshment when it is hot outside.

I will never forget this place!

  • Review Submitted: 12/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic Mexico

  • 5 of 5

Most people think of the beach for a Mexican vaycay. But there is nothing like the Yucatan for an authentic and truly unique experience. This review of Hacienda Sac Chich requires some history to put the property in context though, so... For almost 100 years, Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan, was the richest city in the world-- thanks to the hefty production of henequen (hemp). Wealthy Spanish families used native Mayans as slave laborers, to plant thousands of hectares (1 hectare = about 2.5 acres ) of henequen plants, harvest the leaves and then produce rope, sisal (named for the Mexican shipping port "Puerto Sisal") or "green gold" as it was later called. These hard-working plantations, demanded gigantic buildings: casas de maquinas (houses of machines) to shelter huge machines brought from Europe, as well as elaborate haciendas for the owners' weekend use. Once nylon entered the market in 1920, all of the gorgeous structures were quickly abandoned. Today they appear everywhere as heaps of rubble consumed by the jungle, unless... you happen to be Cyndy and Howard Berger, who some 13 years ago, recognized the beauty and potential of one such place: Hacienda Sac Chich. Over the past 14 years-- I have visited Sac Chich 6 times in all seasons, and every time it gets better. Every room is a work of art, with hand-made furniture and traditional woven fabrics. The beds and baths are luxuriously simple and complete. And the gardens! The palms and plants are full of birds, and lovely water features are everywhere-- including a beautiful private pool. The entire property is incredibly private within a very bustling village and a magical place for a romantic getaway, family or group gathering, or destination wedding. A wonderful Mayan family has worked for them for years, and the food is traditional, (handmade corn tortillas and salsas daily) and delicious. Or you can shop and cook on your own. There are fascinating places to explore throughout the entire area: cenotes, (deep clear and cold freshwater pools) other haciendas, (rubbled or renovated), Mayan ruins (small and large-- Uxmal is about an hour's drive), Merida-- a magnificent Colonial city, and if you really must get to a beach, you can drive to many that are much less crowded than the Mayan Riviera south of Cancun. What I and most people find though, is you really don't want to leave Hacienda Sac Chich once you arrive. I can't recommend this property highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 27/05/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Merida International Airport
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 180/ Cancun to Merida highway
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
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Homun Cenote
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Uayma Convent
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Hacienda Temozon
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Hacienda Ochil
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Cuzama Cenote
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Hacienda San Jose
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Hacienda Tepich
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Puuc Region
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The Puuc Route
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Chichen Itza
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The Gulf Coast
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Hacienda Teya
Car: recommended


This property is centrally located to many historic haciendas, cenotes and Mayan ruins. The hacienda is located in a small village of 100 people.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Acanceh, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
7 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
1 May 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
High Season
1 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
Holiday 2018
20 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
7 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
1 May 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
1 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
Holiday 2019
20 Dec 2019 - 7 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$1,303.8
Pet Fee AU$65.19

The Hacienda is available two ways. You can rent just the Casa Vieja with the grounds,the loggia and pool, or the hacienda in its entirety. This is the economical for smaller parties who do not require the 3 extra bedrooms that are in the Casa Nueva building. The property is rented in full except the Casa Nueva building is locked. Please inquire about that rate. A 5% GRATUITY IS ADDED TO THE RENTAL FEE FOR THE HOUSEHOLD AND GARDEN STAFF.

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