How Would You Like To Rent A Huge Spectacular House, Built In Mexico In 1567?

Its 40,000 square-foot footprint is unchanged since. It is one of the oldest buildings in North America, and you can rent it for weddings, reunions, conferences and because you wanta.

The Haciendas Las Trancas in central Mexico is a rectangular structure with 3-foot-thick walls built around two large courtyards. The first is a tropical garden and the second an open event space.

There are 11 suites, from lovely to huge and spectacular (2,300 square feet). The whole place rents for $1,500 a night for as many as 10 people. The tab includes three meals a day. Suites rent from $320 to $450.

Father Miguel Hidalgo, who led the Mexican Revolution of 1810, stayed here, as did Pancho Villa 100 years later. During the war the owners welcomed the insurgents and Las Trancas wasn't burned. (They bricked up their women in a separate room.)

Guests have use of he horses, bikes, swimming pool, spa and volleyball court, the back wall of which is pockmarked with bullet holes reputedly put there by firing squads.

The place has everything you need, especially if you bring friends. Las Trancas is owned by Americans Kelley and Stephen Wilkinson. They and their staff of 18 help to arrange transportation from Del Baijio International Airport (BJX), near Leon in Guanajunto. haciendalastrancas.com. (Mama yo quiero?)