The origins of the Hacienda go back to 1567, when a Spaniard named Diego Martin received land and troops from the Spanish Crown to begin construction, located northeast of the city of what is now called Dolores Hidalgo.
Originally a fort, or presidio, along the silver trail, its main function was to house and guard the caravans of silver. One particularly large caravan was hijacked by a renegade group of soldiers.
Although they were rounded up and killed on the grounds of the hacienda, the treasure was never found. People have searched for it for years. There is a letter dated from the early 1800's, signed in blood, that tells of the treasure and how to find it. None have been able to decipher it.
Officially became a hacienda in 1709. During the years that Father Miguel Hidalgo, a forward-thinking priest who was a champion of the common people, was posted in Dolores, the hacienda was part of his parish. He would stay here in a room designated for him when he visited. He is considered the leader of the Mexican Independence movement. It was from Dolores that he gathered his forces comprised of farmers, labourers, and townspeople.
During the revolution of 1910-1920, most of the haciendas were burned and destroyed. This Hacienda is one of the few that were not damaged. The architecture is unique and unusual.
The history of the Hacienda reads like a romantic mystery novel. The more we learn, the more we are intrigued. It is filled with stories of passion, vengeance, hidden treasure, secret tunnels, murder, love and betrayal. It has housed the likes of Father Miguel Hidalgo, who hid his weapons here with the consent of Count Canal before the Independence War from Spain.
A century later, when Pancho Villa decided to camp out here during the unexpected war in Dolores Hidalgo, the then-owners decided to accommodate him instead of fighting him. The doors were opened wide and the hacienda was spared. At one time the hacienda owned nearly a million acres.
The Hacienda is now a hotel and all the rooms are built with enormous barrel vaulted ceilings. There are 18 full time staff that include a manager, an accountant, two in-guest services, two stable workers, three cooks and six massage therapists are available from 9-5 to provide in-house massages/facials. The hacienda provides horses for trail rides and bicycles.
There is high speed satellite internet, WIFI and Satellite TV in each of the suites. There is a heated swimming pool, vegetable garden which provides all vegetables for the hacienda, gym and Jacuzzi.
There is a lucrative market in destination weddings and it is presently a simply weekly vacation rental that is all-inclusive of transportation, massages and alcohol.
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