VILLA VERDE is a spectacular, exquisitely restored 1840’s Colonial Mansion, located in Colonia Santa Lucia, one of Mérida’s grandest and most desirable residential neighborhoods and a premium tourist destination. Paying close attention to historic, architectural authenticity and with the help of a detailed blueprint first developed by eminent architect Henry Ponce, the current owners have transformed this extraordinary property into a successful, award winning five suite boutique hotel and special events venue. A new owner wishing to sustain and grow the business would find every detail perfectly in place to ensure a seamless turn-key takeover, sure to guarantee ongoing stellar reviews. The sale price includes all websites, an extensive internet presence on social media and many travel websites, a proven operational infrastructure, a state of the art reservation system, client lists and all necessary documentation pertaining to license and permit issues.
This stately property could also, very easily, become once again a luxuriously glamorous private home, perfect for large-scale entertaining. The expansive layout and extensive garden areas would happily welcome large family gatherings or long stay house guests! In the 1840’s, Villa Verde would have been a beautiful, in-town family Casona and it certainly could be that again. Whether the property is sustained as a hotel or reclaims its status as a private home, the carefully chosen decorative elements and fastidiously maintained finishes throughout invite delight. Notable features include original pasta tile flooring, soaring ceilings with vigas, mahogany and cedar doors and cabinetry, marble and granite bathroom counters, handmade lighting fixtures & custom made furniture.
The classic, late colonial facade, punctuated by a series of tall gracious windows, opens into an airy vestibule offering plenty of space for both art and an attractive area of transitional seating overlooking the lush central courtyard. The symmetrical design provides a formal living room at the front of the property, mirrored by a formal dining room at the back: The two are connected by a grand covered portico framed by elegant arches, creating a breathtaking vista leading the visitor to the sparkling pool and gardens beyond. The current owners use the formal living room and an adjacent bedroom/bathroom suite as their private quarters. Lining the portico are four spacious bedrooms, each with a handsome en-suite bathroom and each offering uniquely different architectural details. All four of these suites open to the central courtyard with comfortable seating along the portico allowing guests to enjoy the tranquil play of water in fountains framed by palm trees and tropical foliage. The elegantly appointed formal dining room opens to an expansive covered terrace overlooking an inviting swimming pool, surrounded by a mature garden including dramatic stands of Scarlet Ginger, White Gardenias and other tropical flora. The terrace provides the perfect setting for both breakfast and evening cocktails and includes a fully equipped professional bar area connected to the service kitchen. Nestled in a private corner of the poolside garden is the fifth bedroom suite in the current hotel format. Only this suite offers direct access to the walled “secret garden” at the rear of the property.
Next to the formal dining room is the operational heart of the property which includes the main chef’s kitchen, an additional service kitchen and extensive storage facilities designed to accommodate and optimize the smooth running of the hotel. The pool area includes a waterfall fountain, a shady pergola/patio, plus conveniently located changing rooms, outdoor shower and public bathrooms. Across from the pool, a staircase detailed with wrought iron railing ascends to an oversized terrace overlooking the gardens, which could also provide a future owner with an ideal option for the construction of either a magnificent master bedroom suite or an alternate site for a manager’s accommodations. The enormous rear garden area, a contemplative place of retreat, ideal for yoga or reading a good book, is the perfect venue for magically intimate weddings, but could also be developed to create as many as six additional bedroom suites. The current owners would be happy to share the architectural blueprints for this and several other possible additions. The sale price includes almost all furnishings, guest amenities and operational equipment. A detailed inventory list can be provided on request.
This exceptional property, a rare opportunity for Hacienda style living right in the epicenter of Mérida’s celebrated Centro Historico, offers unparalleled opportunities for any new owner.