With more than 49 acres and sweeping views of the Rio Laja valley to the west and majestic canyons to the east, Rancho La Cantera awaits you. In the heart of San Miguel´s rich farmland, the property is ideal for vineyards, lavender, olive groves, a picturesque equestrian ranch or family retreat.Amenities on the ranch include a rustic 2-bedroom home, a one-bedroom casita and ruins which could be restored to provide space for a retreat or event center. The light-filled house, an extension of an old chapel features views of the countryside from every room and panoramic views from the second-floor terrace. The property boasts a 2-acre botanical garden featuring local succulents, medicinal plants and hundred-year-old cactus specimens along with cobblestone walking paths and a meditation area. Raised-bed organic gardens are home to heirloom tomatoes, squash and lettuce.Located on the historical Camino Real, the Royal Road, the legendary route for the transportation of Spanish gold and silver from the rich mines of Guanjuato north to Zacatecas and south to the Gulf of Mexico, Rancho La Cantera is steeped in the rich history of the area. The ranch was originally part of a 16th-Century land grant when Spanish settlers were given 40 to 50 hectares within proximity to town to supply the settlers with food, wine and meat. The name La Cantera is from the stone used in many of the old buildings.Whether you´re looking for a working ranch, events center or a family retreat, Rancho La Cantera is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity located minutes from one of the top small cities in the world, San Miguel de Allende.