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Maison Couturier, Veracruz, Mexico

Tuesday 19 Apr 2011

France meets Mexico

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Grupo Habita transform 19th century estate originally built by the French into a unique hotel 

Maison Couturier is an old estate in tropical Veracruz, Mexico built by French immigrants in the nineteenth century. Surrounded by lush vegetation, banana and lemon plantations, this estate has been transformed by Grupo Habita into a small agricultural house consisting of nine rooms with private terraces and antique furnishing details.

The French community that established here in 1833 has preserved its traditions; hand crafted cheese and water bread are still produced nearby and food served at private homes has a marked French influence because it is based on old family recipes.

The region's main activities are agriculture and stockbreeding. This is a place where tractors, day labourers and the fresh scent of nature merge to promote wellness and tranquility.

Maison Couturier captures all of these elements in a single space. It is a lime producing estate where one can enjoy a traditional French meal, bathe in a natural pond, take a nap under old mango trees and end the day with an Armagnac nightcap.

Maison Couturier is about experiencing those places that still exist in Mexico where nature, human richness, great architecture and tradition come together in peace and harmony. It is the French spirit that survives surrounded by well-kept and productive fields; a fusion of Veracruz and France in a tropical estate. It is the profound love of  le terroir.

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