Beautiful locale and structure. We stayed one night in the "hotel" above the museum. Low on amenities, but big on charm. Pleasantly surprised by a gorgeous bathroom and consistent hot water shower. Huge patio with hammock overlooking grounds. Very open-air design, so a spider on the bedroom wall shouldn't come as a surprise. Great history. Close to the San Sebastian square and hike up La Bufa. Loved the indoor fireplace.
Friday 13th April and we visited San Sebastian as part of Vallarta Adventures cultural tour, Pueblos Magicos tour, one of the stops was a visit to this Hacienda on the outskirts of the Town.
We travelled a short distance down a dusty dirt track and parked up near by and we walked over the bridge, which in olden days ways the owners entrance, and we entered a large courtyard where this beautiful house stood.
Our guide explained that the house was the administration building of the estate when it was operational producing silver. We were able to see around the grounds evidence of the silver production, there were the remains of the ovens and pools used in the process of producing silver from the mined rock.
Since the demise of the mining industry the usage of the building has been a number of things including a hotel/B&B. In the 70/80s it was used by Hollywood movies stars for private partys. The small landing strip nearby was ideal for landing small private aircraft. There are framed photographs on the walls of some of the celebrities that visited.
Sadly the building is no longer in use and it is decline is pretty obvious walking from room to room, the ravages of time and the elements are very apparent.
When we closed our eyes we could imagine how this grand building would have been. The building is 2 storeys and there is still furniture in the rooms as well as many old artefacts.
On its own it would not be worth a visit as it is rather remote, but was an interesting stop as part of our cultural tour, Pueblos Magicos, of Mascota and San Sebastian.
It is currently up for sale, it would need a vast injection of cash to restore this once grand building to its former glory.
So, the Havienda is not open to the public. Actually, it is for sale. However, we recently took a tour offered by Superior Tours in Puerto Vallarta to San Sabastian. The tour was wonderful and included a stop at Hacienda Jalisco. What a step back in time. There is a very large room where on a table are journals cataloging accounts dating back to the late 1800's.....a wonderful accounting of an age gone bye. The astounding thing is that these journals are simply on a table! No protection from the elements or thieves! I have written the Governor of Jalisco , Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz, about this....but have heard nothing.
The house is a step back in time....bedrooms. Baths, kitchen, and much more are there for you to explore.
Tour #2 with Vallarta Adventures Feb9/16. Having been on one tour already, (off-road adventure) we were really looking forward to another one. What really topped off excitement was getting Gabe for the second time!!
We were so pumped we ran up and gave him a big hug.
Again - Same beautiful meeting place, light breakfast and clean bathrooms. Because the total tour group was large, we travelled on a big air conditioned bus, up high into the Sierra Madre Mountains, and back in time.
Gabe kept this large group informed, amazed and laughing all the way there! That is a big + for me when going on a tour, ( Keep the attention of the group) and Gabe does it well! How do you learn 30 + names in an hour? He did just that, and had everyone on the bus cheering before we even arrived!
Short stop for bathrooms and pictures of the gorgeous scenery, before we crossed the massive new bridge to the sleepy little town of San Sabastion.
A relaxing tour through Hacienda Jalisco and the museum room. Very interesting information given on the history of this beautiful property, it's owners, silver mining some 200 years ago, and the revolution.
Had a Wonderful 3 course meal with drinks and dessert, and stopped to learn about the coffee beans grown there. Take pesos if you want to purchase from the plantation owner.
Walking tour through the town of San Sabastion was exciting and breath taking at the same time. Loved the cobblestone streets and old world Spanish style architecture!. So much amazement to take in. Met back at beautiful Revolution Square to continue on to the (must See) town church, museum and jail house.
Interesting to see all the children walking home from school with their parents. Some had heavy scarves and winter warm jackets, while we were sweating in shorts.
Had our second opportunity to test taste tequila, but this time we learned even more as they were in the process of distilling the alcohol. Of coarse we brought More home with us!
I have to commend Valentino for his Skill in driving a big bus up and down through the hills, and Gabe for the Excellent Day he gave us!
Thank You for Another Amazing Day in Mexico!
"Bob" and Sheila AB
Anita and Denis. SK
Easily accessible by bus from Pto. Vallarta. Lovely two mile walk along the creek to the village of San Sebastian. Spacious room, huge tiled bathroom, gorgeous views from the veranda. Joe made us feel very welcome, and even his dog accompanied us on an evening walk. The gourmet dinner was delicious. Thank you.