- Updated On:
- October 18, 2021
- 14 Bedrooms
- 14 Bathrooms
The Yucatan Peninsula is truly a beautiful spot. Nature is not stingy with its charms here. The lush green of the extensive forests and grassy areas spoils the eye as well as the azure blue of the fantastic Caribbean beaches and those on the Gulf of Mexico. The sun here regularly ensures a good attitude towards life and is a constant companion on all excursions to explore the countless attractions and sights all over the country. Yucatan’s fiery red sunrises and sunsets are just spectacular, every day anew.
The entire region is world-famous for the legacies of the ancient Mayan civilization, which can still be admired today as silent witnesses in the form of numerous historical sites such as Chichen Itzá or Uxmal or can be actively experienced in direct contact with the descendants of the Maya.
Centuries after the fall of the Maya culture, the henequen (sisal) production of Yucatans also achieved world fame. The robust fiber, which was obtained from the agave in a relatively complex process, was mainly used to manufacture ship ropes, which were exported all over the world via the port of Sisal. The agaves were cultivated on huge plantations that were spread over the entire peninsula. The center of each plantation was a hacienda, a most magnificent country residence of the plantation owners, equipped with all the rooms and machines for cultivating the land. Many of the once impressive buildings have lost their importance together with the raw material henequen, which has been replaced by modern, chemical fibers and have now fallen into disrepair. However, some haciendas have been cherished and cared for over the years, later completely modernized, and now shine more than ever in full splendor.
A no less attractive subspecies of these beautiful haciendas, an animal breeding ranch, is for sale here. The extraordinary property is one of the best-preserved and modernized of its kind on the market right now.
Embedded in a gentle hilly landscape, surrounded by shady palm trees and trees, the main house of the ranch sits enthroned in front of the grandiose backdrop of a deep, open cenote. The landscape alone makes this property unique. Its overall condition, both that of the living area and the cultivated areas, is also unparalleled! All buildings are meticulously worked and well maintained, the stables are absolutely clean, and the green areas are well laid out and well cared for.
The U-shaped main house houses two large bedrooms, each arranged in one of the two sidearms. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom with a walk-in closet. Large windows with balconies allow wonderful views over the cenote and the garden. The center of the house is the actual living area consisting of a large central dining room with a dining table for twelve people, an elegant living room with a separate TV area, and a classy, fully equipped kitchen. A separate storage room rounds off the space in the main house.
With the exception of the kitchen, all rooms in the living and sleeping area have access to a beautifully landscaped, roofed terrace in the interior of the U, the roof of which is supported by elegant columns. Another open terrace extends over the entire front of the house. From there a fantastic, unobstructed view opens up over the front part of the property, from the garden to the stables up to the pretty, completely restored chapel “San Antonio” from 1880, which is still in regular use today and its bells at least twice to be rung daily. The front terrace also provides direct access to the original bathing area with a large and deep pool, a bar, and a sanitary area in the rear.
The center of the property, which can be counted as part of the living area, is a large play area framed by numerous mature palm trees behind the main house. To the left, this is also limited by an accurately laid out, illuminated footpath with metal railings. Behind it, the property drops steeply to the already mentioned open cenote. To the right of the meadow, a new bathing area is currently being built on a large open space with a large pool modeled on a cenote, a leisure house, a large playroom, a large central dining room with a marble table, and a large bathroom. This construction project, which has not yet been completed, impressively illustrates the high-quality standards that the owners apply in every area of the property. The building is clad with beautiful natural stones and the shapely pillars of the inner terrace of the main house can also be found here. All rooms have high ceilings and large windows for a pleasant indoor climate. The floors, a combination of tiles and polished concrete, are not only very well made, but they were also optimally color-coordinated with the building and its surroundings.
In the rear part of the property of the living area, there is a large, massive guest house with four rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, as well as a separate wooden blockhouse, which is currently used as a storage room. The fact that even this room is air-conditioned allows it to be used as an additional guest room. Below both buildings, directly on the edge of the sloping open cenote, runs a fantastic, large swimming pool.
A total of four further guest houses, each with a bedroom and its own bathroom, are nicely integrated into the green garden landscape, in the front part of the property, near the main entrance. Two of the guest houses form a common unit and are already fully equipped. These also have their own pool overlooking the front garden.
But there is even more! The situation of the owner’s family required another large residential building in the course of the rich history of the hacienda. A little further east, not far from the main house, a second, beautifully located full-fledged house was built. Like the first main house, it has two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. In addition, it offers a kitchen and a large living-dining room. Both the covered front terrace, which extends over the entire width of the house, as well as the also covered small terrace at the rear of the house, offer an impressive view over the green farmland. The roofs of both terraces are supported by the same elegant pillars that were used when the inner terrace of the first main house was built. They give the building the unmistakable, attractive look of a typical hacienda of the region. Also, in the rear area is a large rectangular pool for swimming and a smaller jacuzzi for relaxing. Both pools can be entered directly from the rear terrace. There is also another large pool, prominently laid out on a hill, a bit away from the house, which is currently being completed. The entire house is currently being renovated and will shine in a completely new light in the near future.
At this point, it should be pointed out again that the living area is being sold fully furnished. Only works of art and personal belongings of the owners are excluded. As you can see in the photos, the furniture is in absolute top condition. Really all rooms in the living area have air conditioning and, in most cases, elegant, powerful ceiling fans. High ceilings also ensure a pleasant room climate before the use of technical aids is even necessary. All devices in the house are of the highest quality!
The ranch itself is just as impressive as the living area. It currently can be divided into the following separate production areas:
- Horse breeding (inactive)
- Cattle breeding (active)
- Poultry farming (inactive)
- Fish farming (inactive)
- Beekeeping (active)
- Fruit growing (active)
Basically, it can be said that all production facilities are in very good condition. This applies both to the active facilities, for example for cattle breeding, and to the buildings that are currently not being used productively, such as the horse stables.
A total of seven clean horse stalls, a training area, and a large arena with stands and toilets can be allocated to the horse breeding area. In addition, there is of course enough open space for the animals. The arena is still very popular today for large family celebrations and other celebrations. Then friends and family members come together there, marvel at the elegant animals, and cheer for the impressive performances.
With 80 hectares of permanently fenced paddocks, including an irrigation system and a further 110 hectares of seasonal paddocks, there is also sufficient pasture land for active cattle breeding. The total number of cattle is currently around 200. These are raised and resold less for direct meat processing and more for breeding purposes. The area includes four illuminated cattle stalls with drinking troughs, two feed silos, and all technical equipment for raising and selling the animals.
The area of the poultry farm, which was discontinued at the beginning of 2020, includes a total of seventeen poultry houses (3,692 m2) designed to accommodate up to 30,000 chickens, as well as the complete infrastructure, such as water storage, sanitary facilities, storage rooms, an office, and a staff kitchen. The production volume of the plant was 3,000 chickens per week until the end. The condition of the system allows reactivation with comparatively little effort.
A total of seven large tanks, which are spread over the farmland, as well as a warehouse, are available for fish farming. A bit out of the way, in the back of the ranch, and still in operation today, there is also a beekeeping facility. The cultivation of lemon (1,000 trees) and avocado (800 trees) fruits are also actively pursued.
Of course, in addition to the actual production facilities, the ranch also has all the other facilities needed to successfully maintain production operations. This includes, among other things, a well-tended boundary fence surrounding the entire site with imposing entrance gates in the hacienda style. The main entrance even has an electric gate. Definitely worth mentioning is the well-developed, weatherproof infrastructure, consisting of unpaved roads for indoor traffic with motorized vehicles. Two large aviaries as well as various facilities for the employees and a current 10-year water concession as well as numerous other details complete the ranch. Further information on the technical equipment of the entire property can be found in the facts section.
POSSIBILITIES OF USE
In the case of such a large, well-maintained property with a long history, there are a wide variety of options for future use. Of course, there is always the option to continue to operate or even expand the existing production areas of the farm.
The convenient location, only about an hour away from Mérida, in connection with the excellent accessibility via a very well-developed, four-lane country road, similar to a highway, as well as the also very well-developed mobile phone infrastructure, prepare the ground for further tourist uses. The great backdrop of the ranch with its chapel, the beautifully landscaped garden, and the cenote is very suitable for large events such as weddings, large birthday parties, and family celebrations. It would also be conceivable to implement a nature experience concept, keyword “family vacation on the farm”, through the further expansion of the already numerous guest rooms. Special events such as horse or cattle shows, or riding events could be seamlessly integrated into such a concept.
Due to its central location in the land of the Mayas, the ranch also serves as an ideal starting point for exploring the countless historical Mayan sites such as Uxmal, Chichen Itzá, or Mayapán to name just a few. The expansion of the tourism sector to include other services such as various wellness treatments, embedded in the great landscape, further increase the attractiveness of such a concept.
Other possible uses could be:
- Physical recovery retreat
- Retreat for executives
- Event location with special charm (open-air cinema in front of an impressive backdrop, Thanks Giving, bathing fun in the adjoining crystal-clear cenote, …)
- Restaurant for special culinary delights
- Living space for self-sufficient people and supporters of the “farm-to-table” concept
- Exclusive multi-generation family property
- Second-home with spacious accommodations for guests
There are certainly numerous other possible uses. There are almost no limits to the imagination of the owners and operators of this extraordinary property.
- FANTASTIC LIVING AREA WITH LUXURIOUS MAIN HOUSE
- HUGE PARK-LIKE GARDEN
- FULLY FURNISHED AND EQUIPPED!
- IDYLLIC ENVIRONMENT
- EQUIPMENT AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL!
- ORDERLY RANCH OPERATION WITH WELL MAINTAINED FACILITIES
- DIRECT ACCESS FROM MAIN ROAD TO BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY
- Two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets
- Elegant, fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops
- Central dining room with a dining table with twelve seats
- Large living room with a separate TV area
- Storage room
- Large front terrace
- Large covered interior terrace
- Leisure area with large, filtered pool, separate sanitary area, and bar
- Fantastic architectural lighting (main house and garden)
- Two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
- Kitchen with granite countertops
- Large, combined living room and dining room
- Large covered front terrace
- Covered terrace at the back
- Two large pools
- A jacuzzi
- Large, beautifully designed garden with ponds
- Four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
- Wooden log house with clay tiles (30 m2)
- Large community pool with great views over the open cenote
- Two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
- Community pool with great views over the garden
- Two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
- Huge, beautifully landscaped garden (event area for up to 300 people) with:
- Two man-made lakes
- Old trees, palms, and tropical plants
- Illuminated paths
- Automatic irrigation system
- Deep open cenote
- Wonderful “San Antonio” chapel from 1880
- Large central play area behind the main house No. 1 with automatic irrigation system
- Newly created a bathing area with:
- Large pool modeled on a cenote
- Leisure house with playroom, dining room, and bathrooms (310 m2)
- Separate toilet block (men and women separated) (50 m2)
- Large lawn
- Numerous parking spaces
- All entrance gates with beautiful concrete arches in the typical hacienda-style (main entrance with electric gate)
- Perimeter fence along the external borders of the entire property
- Two large aviaries (diameter: 6 m, height: 5 m)
- 1,000 lime trees
- 800 freshly planted avocado trees
- Employee dining area with palapa roof (30 m2)
- Maya (staff) house (40 m2)
- Maya guardhouse (60 m2)
- Weatherproof infrastructure consisting of unpaved roads for indoor traffic with motorized vehicles
- 10-year concession from the National Water Commission
- Seven horse stalls
- Training area for horses
- Arena with grandstand and toilets
- Four cattle stalls with drinking troughs and lighting
- Two feed silos
- A feed mixer
- Scale and weighing cabin
- Storage room
- 80 hectares of permanently fenced paddocks with an irrigation system
- 110 hectares of seasonal paddocks
- 17 poultry houses (3,692 m2)
- Capacity: 30,000 chickens total
- Production: 3,000 chickens per week
- Storage room
- Sanitary facilities
- Staff kitchen
- Warehouse (40 m2)
- Seven tilapia (freshwater fish) tanks
- Air conditioning throughout the complete living area
- Ceiling fans
- Powerful cellular reception
- Electricity via CFE network
- Transformers: 2 x 75 kVA, 3 x 25 kVA, 1 x 30 kVA
- Two wells 45 m deep with a 10-inch dam for the paddock irrigation system
- Pumps: 1 x 30 HP, 1 x 60 HP for irrigation of approx. 80 hectares of pasture land
- Two wells with a wind turbine
The magnificent ranch is beautifully embedded in a gentle green hilly landscape, surrounded by palm trees and trees, southeast of Mérida in the so-called “citrus belt” of Yucatan. From Mérida’s international airport, it can be easily reached in just one hour’s drive on the four-lane highway that connects the northwestern parts of the peninsula with the southeastern parts. The road is in perfect condition and does not require a toll. The ranch itself is easily accessible, but not directly on the main road. Direct access from the main road is possible and can be purchased separately.
Mérida, Yucatan’s prosperous capital, offers the comfort and interesting, lively lifestyle of a modern city. Visit the impressive historic center, dine in good restaurants, stroll down the Paseo Montejo, Mérida’s famous boulevard, enjoy the numerous museums, theaters, and cinemas, immerse yourself in the Mayan culture or simply go to one of the large shopping centers shopping. In addition, many large North American retail chains such as Costco, Wal-Mart, or Home Depot have at least one market here. Of course, you can also find all the well-known grocery chains in Merida.
But you don’t have to go that far. The picturesque towns of Maní, Oxcutzcab, and Ticul are close by and offer as much history as Mérida. Their fascinating fresh markets also offer everything you need for daily life, especially limes for which the southern part of the state is so famous. Throughout the region, you will find hotels, good restaurants such as the famous “El Príncipe Tutul Xiu” in Maní, as well as interesting sights such as colonial churches, historical Mayan sites such as Uxmal or Mayapán or the Loltún Caves, to name just a few.
The location of the ranch is ideal if visitors want to drive the well-known Convent Route and the Puuc Route to see the sights or to explore the southern part of the peninsula in general. This geographic advantage can provide an additional source of income for the ranch should the new owners decide to rent rooms out to tourists or convert the entire concept into a nature and adventure resort. Just 500 m from the main entrance of the ranch, and thus within walking distance, there is also a spectacular cenote with crystal clear water, which is still an insider tip today!
- Maya Ruins of Mayapán｜15 km (9.3 mi)｜12 min
- Maya Ruins of Uxmal｜60 km (37 mi)｜1:00 hrs
- Mérida Int. Airport｜80 km (50 mi)｜1:00 hrs
- Maya Ruins of Chichen Itza｜150 km (93 mi)｜1:45 hrs
- Progreso (Beach)｜100 km (62 mi)｜1:15 hrs
- Valladolid City｜200 km (124 mi)｜2:00 hrs
- Campeche City｜200 km (124 mi)｜2:45 hrs
- Cancún Int. Airport｜350 km (218 mi)｜3:30 hrs
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