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Hacienda Katanchel is a hidden treasure that preserves the magnificence and ambiance of 18th Century colonial Spanish architecture, turning it into one of the most exquisite country houses of Yucatan Peninsula. Surrounded by exuberant vegetation, exotic wildlife, and located between Chichen Itza and Uxmal, two of the Mayan World wonders. It is very close to picturesque little towns, churches and colonial monasteries.
This palace lost in the jungle is amazingly well-located and communicated with modern infrastructure, just about 25 minutes from the populous Merida, Capital City of Yucatan State, and about 30 km. from the ocean and white sand beaches.
The construction structure was drafted with the main house and gardens as the hacienda center. All building exteriors have been painted in brick red with white trim, these being the traditional colors of Yucatan colonial haciendas. 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.
Fresh water is one of today’s most valuable resources. In Hacienda Katanchel water is pumped around the property from 16 wells by windmills, with the same technique used from the 19th century around this region. That’s why plunging into any of the chemical-free, filtered mineral water pools on the estate makes for an invigorating and pleasant experience all year round. There is a railroad along all the property, which was used to transport Henequen (sisal) in freight cars pulled by mules. In the past, this railroad connected the fields with the Henequen plant, and it has been preserved in perfect conditions to date, communicating pavilions with the Main House and common areas.
The old Machine House (Casa de Maquinas), the place where henequen was processed in that time, has been beautifully transformed into a sophisticated Grand Hall and a beautiful dining area, maintaining the style of the unique old factory design, with high ceilings and large, open windows with views of the exotic gardens.