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Holy Mary of the Prickly Pear

Into its fifth century and still in the same family, a country home in the Mexican state of Jalisco serenely stands the test of time

Written by Candace Ord Manroe


Alicia Hernández walks toward the shady pergola, preparing for an alfresco feast of regional cooking.


An antique santo stands protectively over the master bedroom's sitting area, furnished with early-20th-century cane-and-wood pieces. Family portraits are sprinkled throughout.

A small window in one of the upstairs guest rooms overlooks the ancient ash tree at the hacienda's entrance.