Casa Escuela

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Creative Residential Rebirth

A century-old architectural school has been given new life in the picturesque city of Mérida, Mexico, renovated by architect Ezequiel Farca and designer Monica Calderon. A place where students once gathered to design for future generations, the school’s pioneering creative spirit has been preserved and the location reborn as an elegant modern residence, welcoming artists and guests from around the world to discover art, design, food, and wellness within its colonial-era walls.

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Today an elegantly appointed modern sanctuary welcoming creatives from around the world, this historic architectural academy was built in 1919. Every room in the spacious structure tells a story, and this former center of learning has kept its “school” name and is fulfilling its creative mission in a new, distinctly 21st-century manner.

Renovated to retain the creative spirit alive in its walls, and the detailed beauty of its architecture, the school-turned-residence features preserved pasta-tile floors, sturdy wooden doors, traditional Yucatan celosias on the walls, and adorcreto bricks in its bedrooms, stunning central courtyard, and elegant historic dining room.

Five bedrooms, a foyer, spacious living room, noble dining room, office, bar, fully-equipped modern kitchen, and indoor cinema make up the residence’s principal interior spaces. An open patio, pool, and unique underground water well for deep relaxation make up the outdoors. Each of the bedrooms is unique, though all feature linen bedding, tzalam wood furnishings, and a soothing natural color palette. The largest bedroom, a king, offers guests a private outdoor tub and shower terrace. A double queen bedroom offers dramatic staircase views, a smaller, “junior” king bedroom on the top floor features a private balcony with city views, and two additional queen bedrooms are connected by an outdoor terrace.

The common areas of this villa for rent in Mexico are elegant and comfortable, whether indoors or out. Spaces created for gathering and connection, each has its own unique energy and style. The living room is pale and soothing, architect-designed to be a relaxed, restful space, with low slung couches, a bar and a mid-century feeling to it. The casa’s open, hacienda-styled patio, located outside the living room’s windows, is plant filled and open air, yet intimately located at the heart of the house. 

An outdoor lap pool and built-in daybed fill a separate outdoor patio space set across the elegant vintage dining room from the courtyard. Operable windowed doors allow for the elegant, tile-floored dining room to serve as a breezeway between the patios. The kitchen also opens onto the courtyard and pool areas, and it features an industrial-styled look with vivid yellow furnishings offsetting old stone walls. Set up for a crowd, the kitchen is fully equipped and offers a wide countertop workspace, with bar stool seating and a fat pizza oven.

Unique additions to the former school include a multimedia room set within pocked, historic walls for a distinctly retro appeal, and a natural water well that lies underneath the courtyard. This dimly lit underground pool has been updated as an oasis for guests to rest and rejuvenate.


AROUND

This villa for rent in Mexico is located five blocks from Mérida’s town square and Cathedral, and a 10- minute walk from the city’s most popular neighborhood of cafes, restaurants and shops. Mérida is the capital of Yucatan and is known for its vibrant colonial-era architecture and its ancient Mayan heritage. Named several times as a “Cultural Capital,” Mérida makes a great base for discovering UNESCO-designated archeological sites such as Chichen Itza and Uxmal, as well as touring the Pueblos Magicos, or charming small villages nearby. 

Within the lively city, open-air markets are abundant, and the region is a gastronomical destination within Mexico. Museums, and galleries are housed in colonial mansions, and historic haciendas, artisanal markets and boutiques are available for visits. Nearby outdoor recreation opportunities include visiting the cenotes, the legendary regional swimming holes, or making quick day trips to the coasts on either side of the Yucatan peninsula.


LOCATION

Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico. Nearest airport: Mérida.


BEST TIME TO VISIT: November to March.

 
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Casa Escuela
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Historic Architectural Academy Reborn

A century-old architectural school has been given new life in the picturesque city of Mérida, Mexico, renovated by architect Ezequiel Farca and designer Monica Calderon.

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Overview Fully stocked with coffee, sodas, beer and snacks on arrival.
TV Yes
Air Conditioning Yes
Kitchen Fully equipped
Internet Yes
Hot Tub Yes
Washer Yes
Pool Yes
Dryer Yes
Breakfast Daily breakfast is provided by a personal chef.
Bedrooms 5
Bed Type 2 kings, 6 queens
Kitchen Fully equipped
Bathrooms 6
Accommodates 12
Kid-Friendly Not kid-friendly
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 3:00PM
Check-Out 11:00AM
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit $2000
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit amount required with booking via BH. BH pays the owner the deposit with the rental fee payment on payout date
Cancelation Policy Strict
The guest will receive a full refund, less the BoutiqueHomes service fee, if the booking is canceled within 24 hours of making the reservation (grace period). After that, the reservation is non-refundable.

BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non-refundable.
Notes Hosts will provide two keys to the main door and one for each room. Please return the keys at check out. Room cleaning and towel change is only provided if the room is left by 11:00AM. Bed sheets changed every week. Towels changed daily.

No parties. No events. No workshops, commercial photos, film shoots or sponsored media posts. This requires a special pre-approved contract, and there will be a $1,000 fine for violating this rule. No smoking, fireworks, fires. Please respect home as your own. Please keep furniture where it is.

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