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Property Details

Updated: May 3, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 4 Sleeps

This is a rare opportunity to stay in a truly historic and wonderfully elegant house. Cantón Mansion comprises three adjacent double height colonial townhouses that were built by one of the most famous native political figures in Yucatan’s history, Generalissimo Francisco Gregorio Cantón Rosado (1833-1917). General Cantón was in charge of all Mexico’s armed forces and later was governor of the Yucatan peninsular. He retired in 1902, one of the wealthiest Yucatecans of that era, owning many haciendas during the henequen boom.

On Paseo de Montejo stands one of Merida’s landmark buildings, Palacio Cantón, which for the past 60 years or so has been used as Merida’s Anthropology Museum, but was the home of General Cantón until his death there in 1917. The Cantón Mansion on Calle 56, part of which is offered for rent here, was constructed for his three sons, and the eldest, Eduardo, lived in this house. The three houses were originally connected on the second floor by archways, doors and terraces.

The house is presently owned by Christopher Collins Lee, concertmaster with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, and Christopher occupies the second floor of the property.

Guests will have exclusive use of the ground floor of the property except for the entrance hallway and staircase which the owner will use for access to the second floor when he is in residence; his international playing schedule means he is often away from Merida for weeks at a time. If he is in residence while you are staying you may have the pleasure of hearing a violin maestro practicing his art, however Christopher would like to stress that the privacy of guests will be respected at all times.

The ground floor consists of a living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom, two inner courtyards, and the garden with terrace and large pool. There is also a music room on the ground floor with two pianos which may be available to guests who play the piano.

Like the Palacio Canton, to the north, the Canton Mansion was conceived and constructed by Italian architects and craftsmen led by Enrico Desarti, built in an eclectic style, with neoclassical, Spanish colonial, and French baroque elements. Desarti is also credited with building the Peon Contreras Theater just two blocks away from this house, where the symphony orchestra performs.

The Mansion Canton was constructed with and on top of megalithic Mayan building stones, which they used, turning them into the foundation, subterranean cisterns and walls. Under the front courtyard with the lion head fountain, for instance, lies the stone living room of a large Mayan dwelling inhabited over 1,000 years ago.

Though modern plumbing (street water) and concealed electrical wiring have been added, along with comfortable modern furniture, air conditioning, wi-fi and many other comforts of home, it should be stressed that the owner has opted to restore this historic house in much of its original Porfirian style, keeping many antique elements, the age-worn tiles being a notable example. It serves as a celebration of times past and an inspiration for the future. It is not modern, but rather for the historically and artistically responsive, it is in this spirit that the house is offered and hopefully appreciated.

The house is ideally located just two blocks from Santa Lucia and four blocks from Merida’s main plaza, Parque Principal, making it the perfect location from which to explore on foot Merida’s architectural, cultural and culinary delights.

Additional photos available on request. Also available on request are the dates when the owner Chris will be in residence.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet

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Canton Mansion - Rent a piece of history
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan
Fort Myers,Fl,USA

Our most unique,comfortable and pleasant stay

  • 5 of 5
We were met in the house on time by Neil ,the property manager.He explained all the house details to us .The house is very spacious,very clean ,and full of unforgettable character.You are staying in a grand ,historical house,and yet you have all the modern comforts you are used to.The ceilings are very high and the walls are extremely massive ,which keeps the whole house cool even on the hottest days.Merida is a noisy city ,and yet you can not hear the outside noise anywhere inside of the house.The library in the living room has a selection and diversification of books that will keep you reading for months ,if you choose to.Internet is strong and fast in the entire house ,including the backyard patio.And yet ,when we looked around , we often had an impression that we found ourselves in the beginning of the XX century.Unforgettable feeling, we are still talking about.I spent quite a lot of time in the hammock by the swimming pool in the back patio(there are two more atmospheric and cool inner patios,full of plants).The back patio is like a tropical garden,with colorful flowers ,palm trees and shade from a huge bougainvilla.We had our breakfasts there ,or in the patio off the very large and very well equipped kitchen.There a plenty of restaurants within 3 blocks of the house ,and two large supermarkets within 5 blocks.Once a week the maid cleaned entire house ,and the gardener cleaned the patios and the pool.
Neil ,the manager was very responsive ,and to contact him was even easier by the cell phone in the house ,which he graciously loaded with additional minutes on our arrival ,just in case.
Overall:on our next trip to Merida we are staying in Mansion Canton again.
  • Submitted: May 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Andrew & Noriko for a great review full of details of this amazing house, it was a real pleasure to have you stay there and we look forward to seeing you again!

Canton Mansion - Rent a piece of history
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan


  • 5 of 5
Our trip to Merida, and especially staying at Canton Mansion, was perfect! The Mansion was exquisite and offered everything as described. The location made it easy to walk around the city exploring all of the cultural offerings and then return to our own quiet haven - the Mansion quickly felt like our own home.

The pool was the gathering spot - especially at cocktail hour! We spent days exploring the neighborhoods, tasting Yucatan cuisine and practicing our gringo version of Spanish. It was very easy to get around by bus and we visited the beaches several times - even taking in a day with the flamingos.

Neil was outstanding and made our stay very easy and relaxing. He arranged transportation to and from the airport and ensured we had everything we needed. We also spent a day with him as our tour guide and did things we may have otherwise missed - like swimming in the cenotes and visiting Mayapan. Thank you for a great mini-adventure Neil!

We could not have asked for a better way to celebrate a wedding anniversary, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, a birthday, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! We highly recommend Canton Mansion as a great place to stay with excellent management!

Lee, Mary Lynn and Deb
  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lee, Mary Lynn and Deb,

thank you for an informative review, it was a pleasure having you all stay at Canton Mansion and having such a good time. We hope to see you back again sometime soon.

Canton Mansion - Rent a piece of history
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan

Unexpectedly Wonderful

  • 5 of 5
Canton Mansion was a complete delight. I can't say enough good things about it. The property was beautiful...everything was even better than described. It was really a treat to live in a classic Merida house for 10 days, and it is convenient to Centro, Paseo Montejo, Santa Lucia, and Santa Ana. The interior was charming and comfortable with a wonderful blend of indoor and outdoor spaces. We were in the pool multiple times a day and especially enjoyed the hammock pool-side. Five to ten minutes walk to more restaurants and museums than we could take advantage of; helpfully, the house came with a personalized guide to getting around and enjoying Merida.

The airport pick up and return by Neil was so easy and efficient and we were glad to get to meet the owner, Chris, who has done such a great restoration on our last day. This was our fifth trip to Merida and far and away the best place we've stayed. We'll definitely be back next time and would absolutely recommend to our friends.
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jennifer & Hunter for your comments about Canton Mansion, it is indeed a wonderful and unique rental property in Merida. Hopefully next time you come Chris will be in residence and you'll hear the wonderful string quartet rehearsing in the music room.

Canton Mansion - Rent a piece of history
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan
Charleston, SC, USA

Elegance and Serenity from a Bygone Era

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed at Canton Mansion for 21 nights. We were in need of a holiday to just decompress and relax in a place that provided value for money together with character and elegance. This is what we received during our stay at Canton Mansion. What a truly wonderful and relaxing experience!

The grandeur and elegance of Canton Mansion cannot be understated. We loved the central location of the house, within walking distance to many restaurants and museums. Perfect location.

The furniture, amenities and character of each room fitted in perfectly with the bygone era of Colonial Merida. Wonderful time to just relax poolside from the heat of the city streets and watch the hummingbirds enjoy the nectar from the blooming flowers on the outdoor patio.

Neil, the Property Manager was both professional and very responsive to any queries during our stay. Thank you Neil, for making our stay so enjoyable. We also thoroughly enjoyed our day trip with Neil to nearby Mayan Ruins and Cenote. Truly a unique experience to enjoy the cool and somewhat spiritual waters of a Yucatan Cenote.

Thank you for a wonderful stay at Canton Mansion.
  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Tracey & Michael,

so glad you enjoyed your stay at Canton Mansion, and thanks for being such great guests. I hope to see you again in Merida sometime.

Canton Mansion - Rent a piece of history
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan

Oasis in the city

  • 5 of 5
We rented the property for 10 days. It's a very unique experience to spend time in a house like this, both historic and elegantly beautiful. The photos while accurate can't capture the ambience of the interior spaces. Courtyards bring in fresh air. I loved hearing the birds sing in the morning and early evening. The salon is lined with with a wonderful collection of books, music and DVDs. It's a beautiful room to sit in at night, listening to music, reading or watching a movie. We also enjoyed the dining room which has a stunning stained glass window, very large and colourful. The kitchen has everything you need to cook and its very convenient to have a blender for making smoothies/licaudos. The pool is also nice for a dip and very private.

The location is very good and provides easy access to the main plazas, wonderful restaurants, museums and the Paseo Montejo, which closes on Sunday for half a day to pedestrians and cyclists. Merida is a very safe city and being close to Calle 60 which is very lively in the evening, its really pleasant to walk home at night.

We were lucky to hear Christopher rehearsing with other musicians. That was truly a very enjoyable experience and encouraged us to get tickets to the symphony. The theatre where the symphony plays is very close by and is in a refurbished theatre, very baroque in style with a huge chandelier. Christopher is a very warm and thoroughly charming person and also knows about food. He recommended a nearby restaurant that was easily the best food that we've had since we got to the Yucatan. While Christopher is the owner, the property is managed by Neil, the property manager. He provides you with a cell phone with minutes in case you need to make some calls. He responds promptly to any request, is very polite and explains the details of the house well.

At times we were just happy to hang around the house, enjoy the pool and read. WIFI works very well. It can get quite hot in the afternoon and the house is a great retreat from the urban heat and noise of the streets.
  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Helen and Virendra,

thank you for a lovely review, and for telling me how much fun you both had staying here - with all the grandeur of this house I sometimes forget that actually it's a great place to kick off one shoes, and relax in a house that is fun to be in, right in the heart of Merida.

You said you'd be returning for another visit, I look forward to welcoming you back to Canton Mansion.

Canton Mansion - Rent a piece of history
-+52 19999020452
Merida Yucatan
Schomberg, ON, Canada

Quiet Elegance in Centro Historico

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I rented this home for 10 days in September. What a wonderful find right in the heart of Merida! The historic home is beautifully restored to its original charm, yet is still perfectly suited for a comfortable and relaxing stay, with all the modern conveniences needed(including wi-fi and cable television).

The property is exactly as pictured and described. Very quiet even though it is in the middle of the city. We were very happy to have pleasure of hearing Chris (the owner, who is concertmeister of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra) rehearsing upstairs. He was a very gracious host who treated us like we were old friends.

The location is wonderful, just a few blocks from the Plaza Grande (one of the main attractions in Merida). The property manager, Neil, provided some wonderful recommendations for multiple restaurants within a few minutes walk. We tried many of them and were very pleased with his selections.

In short, we would highly recommend this property to anyone fortunate enough to visit the city of Merida. We will always have very fond memories of our time there.
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Hi Joel and Belinda,

thank you for your kind review, I'm so glad you had such a great time in Merida despite the unusually wet September this year. Canton Mansion is indeed perfectly located for exploring Merida on foot with many attractions being no more than 10-15 minutes walk away.

The owner Chris is determined to continually improve the house for his guests and since you left the kitchen courtyard has been screened in to provide protection from direct sunlight for the more fragile plants and to keep mosquitoes out, and he has added additional furniture to the master bedroom and more art on the walls.

It was a pleasure having you stay at Canton Mansion and we hope to see you return some day.

Kind Regards
Neil - Property Manager



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Weekly Rate: $595 - $795
Monthly Rate: $1500 - $1995

Low season April 1st to October 31st
Minimum 1 week stay
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High season November 1 to March 31
Minimum 1 week stay
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$1995 USD per month
Electricity charged separately

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Property Type

  • house


  • Luxury
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool


  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Outdoor Grill


  • Sleeps 2-4 adults (sorry, no pets, children by agreement) 2 air-conditioned bedrooms with queen-size beds with high quality mattresses and linens. Both bedrooms open onto the second courtyard. Living/reading room with comfortable modern leather furniture, well stocked library containing many best sellers both fiction and non-fiction, chess set. Marble-walled dining room seats six people beneath the crystal chandelier. Kitchen equipped with fridge/freezer, gas cooker, clothes washer, microwave oven, toaster, coffee maker, blender and plenty of cooking utensils and good quality pots and pans. The kitchen is open onto the second screened courtyard where there is a table and chairs for an alfresco breakfast. Bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, renovated using traditional polished concrete. Totally private garden with terrace providing natural shade and hammock for your afternoon siesta. On the terrace is wrought iron patio furniture and two sun loungers, and next to the terrace the large pool. There is also a music room at the front of the house containing two pianos one of which is a Steinway grand. Guests who are musicians may request access to this room. A weekly house cleaning service is included in the price. Electricity is charged separately based on usage. A pool maintenance service and gardener is also included. Bedrooms and bathroom are equipped with linens and towels, and the bathroom equipped with essential soaps and shampoos, etc. There is an iron and ironing board, and hair dryer. Wi-fi internet is provided, and a TV with cable service and DVD player is provided in the master bedroom. Due to the preserved historic nature of the house it is not possible to have TV in the living room. English speaking property manager

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