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Canton Mansion - Rent a piece of history

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Property Details

Updated: Sep 7, 2016
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.

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
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

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12 Reviews

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based on 12 traveler reviews

5

Peaceful,beautiful,memorable,one-of -a -kind house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Canton Mansion last year and we were so impressed with virtually everything about our stay that we vowed to stay here again ,this time much longer.

So this year we stayed full three weeks ,and loved every minute of it.

It's the type of the place you just do not want to leave.Merida is a stunning city ,full of cultural events and good restaurants,and still we spent most of our time here this time inside of the house ,enjoying the cool and unusual pool ,the shady patio around it ,reading in the hammock ,the large library not only of books ,but also of movies ,the two spectacular inner patios,well equipped kitchen ,humongous stylish bedrooms,stylish dining room like from a good Italian museum.

And this time we were lucky and Chris Collins Lee was in residence in Merida ,so we could enjoy the classical music of his string quartet when they were practicing in the music room.Needless to say ,we met Chris in person ,and enjoyed three symphony orchestra concerts where Chris plays the first violin,in Merida theather and concert hall 5 minutes away.

Like during our first stay last year ,this year all was impeccable, made possible by Neil,the house manager ,although I would rather call him mayordomo,to stress his excellent service, and of course ,the overall spirit of the entire fine stay.

We would grant 6 stars ,if it only was possible .

Next year we are coming again ,again for 3-4 weeks stay.

Andrew from Fort Myers,FL,USA

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Andrew, it was a pleasure to have you and Noriko stay again at Canton Mansion - thanks for the great review and description of the house, being able to hear the string quartet rehearse is the perfect accompaniment to the wonderful classical architecture of this house. I look forward to seeing you again next time. Neil
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Cobalt, Ontario Canada
5

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

How fortunate I feel to have had the opportunity to stay in The Canton Mansion. There is a feeling to this place that is so calming. When I first arrived I felt like a Princess, due to the castle like feeling. The building is grand. Tall ceilings, courtyards, private walled pool with pillars, flowering vines, palm trees. The library an oasis to listen to music and read. A gentle breeze blew in our bedroom all night as we slept so comfortably. How nice to be able to dine under the stars or watch the rain pour inside on the courtyard as you are preparing dinner. What a wonderful treat to hear Chris practicing his music...it draws you to it. He is a very kind host! Although we searched and visited other homes to rent in the area, I knew immediately when I stepped into the Mansion that I had found our place. Without a doubt my husband felt the same. We have booked for the next two years and I cannot wait to come back. My experience here has been one of a lifetime and I feel blessed.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house in Merida

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I often stay in rental holiday houses or apartments during our travels. This option always offers more space and more privacy than staying in a hotel and the price is either comparable or often cheaper than regular hotel room. It is difficult to predict how one will feel in such an apartment – usually they are very good, some surprisingly attractive , some less comfortable than expected . Canton Mansion in Merida - the house belonging to the violinist Christopher Collins Lee was really a wonderful surprise. We have read some reviews and expected a big stylish house but it was so much more that that. After entering this house from the busy crowded street of Merida one feels like transferred to another world, quiet space full of plants and beautiful things. We actually felt as if we were in some old residence in Italy, with high ceilings, patio with open roof, stone sculptures, swimming pool surrounded by trees and plants. The best things were books and music records, our host was not at home when we stayed in Merida but we listened to his music every evening and it added very special value to our stay in this great city. The house has unique atmosphere , it does not feel like a rental apartment ( although all the facilities are there- large, very well equipped kitchen with all appliances and modern washing machine, modern bathroom, TV etc) - it is really like being a guest in private home of a friend who has exquisite taste. The location is very good , in the heart of the old city , in walking distance to many attractions. The manager of the house , Neil, was very helpful in all matters and everything was very well organized. We also appreciated very much all the very useful information about the house, Merida and Mexico in general , which we found in the booklet in the house – it was very precise and helpful , we visited some of recommended places, restaurants, bought hammocks in La Poblana.. I hope we will be able to come to Merida and stay in Canton Mansion- for longer time- again !

Krystyna and Boguslaw from Gdansk, Poland

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great review Krystyna, you describe the house very well, it does indeed have a unique atmosphere. I hope you and Boguslaw will return and stay longer next time, and hopefully get to meet Chris and hear him perform with the symphony or string quartet. Best wishes Neil
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Los Angeles
5

Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

Canton Mansion exceeded my expectations. Neil, the property manager, answered all my questions, took me to the airport, and we even went on some mini excursions in the Yucatan. Chris, the owner, was extremely gracious and kind. The house is very large and from another time period. I'm grateful to both Chris and Neil for making this such a memorable experience for me.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Myers,Fl,USA
5

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! Best Neil
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5

FANTASTIC GETAWAY

  • 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. Best Neil
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Location

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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$771
$1,937
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$583
$1,471
 

Additional information about rental rates

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

Low season April 1st to October 31st
Minimum 1 week stay
$595 USD per week
$1,500 USD per month
Electricity charged separately

High season November 1 to March 31
Minimum 1 week stay
$795 USD per week
$1995 USD per month
Electricity charged separately

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Luxury
  • Romantic

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Suitability

  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Downtown

Attractions

  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1

Bedrooms

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

Outside

  • Outdoor Grill

Notes:

  • 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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