When the fast pace of modern life is hard to keep up with, you might wish for a different kind of life. A life where time seems to slow down and the past is revered. That place exists, and it could be yours to enjoy as a country get-away or full time home. It's called Hacienda Las Luciérnagas, and is located in Tepóztlan, about 1.5 hrs. from Mexico City. Tepóztlan is indeed a world apart; it's known as the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the famous serpent god who was worshipped in ancient times. In addition, the town has been awarded the prized Pueblo Magico designation, and retains much of its original charm. It is surrounded by tall verdant mountains and huge rock outcroppings. You can't help but slow down and breathe a little deeper here.Hacienda Las Luciérnagas is situated in the clouds, a short drive above this small town. The two principal buildings are the hacienda itself and the separate, private home. A third building functions as the service house, and a fourth, the chapel. The long cobblestone driveway which ushers you toward the house is lined with stone walls and tall trees.The hacienda itself is built around a central courtyard, in the tradition of the haciendas of old. Covered patios surround this courtyard and provide ample opportunity for outdoor entertaining. Just to the side of this courtyard is a pool with spacious, partially shaded lounge area. The property covers 10 acres, and is beautifully landscaped, full of lush vegetation, and immaculately maintained. As such, there are any number of places where you can rest, enjoy the sunshine, or take in the incredible views. There's even a pond that irrigates the entire estate.Indoors, the mood is relaxed. Natural elements like the stone floor and viga (wood) beams add warmth, and numerous nichos create a homey touch. The living room is spacious and inviting, and includes a fireplace and French doors overlooking the central patio. The adjacent dining room also has easy access to the patio. Skylights placed among the viga beams bring in even more light.A second dining area could also be purposed as a chef's kitchen, and feels especially airy with its large windows that overlook the surrounding greenery. It is accompanied by a second cozy sitting area accented by a high circular window.You'll notice that the hallway leaving to the kitchen is wide and runs alongside the patio. Combined with so many living areas, this home can comfortably accommodate big groups and large scale entertaining. The kitchen has a solid, old-fashioned feeling, with its highly textured walls and brick, farm style sink.The hacienda is home to a large assortment of bedrooms; five of the six are en suite, several are larger master bedrooms, and there's even one that will make you feel like you're nesting in a tree, above it all. The ground floor bedroom is large and great for vacationing parents with small children. Three more bedrooms are on the second floor, each with its own comfortable style, one more on the fourth floor, and a final bedroom in the stone tower.As you walk the grounds, you'll notice the majestic stone chapel is freestanding and echoes the design elements of wood beams and skylights. It's the perfect size for intimate weddings and dinner parties. It also functions wonderfully as a conference room during corporate retreats since religious elements can be easily removed.Just steps away from the hacienda is the separate home with its own beautiful landscaping and gardens. Although this house is newer, the use of stone, traditional Mexican tiles, textured walls and viga wood beams throughout help maintain a sense of old world charm. The great room is quite expansive and includes a living area with fireplace, formal dining area, wet bar, and breakfast nook. Large windows and French doors lining the walls look out over the adjacent patio and bring in lots of light. The kitchen is just off the dining room and features a cut-away, which makes for easy serving between the two rooms. It includes extensive storage, warm wood cabinetry, and a central island.Just off the kitchen is a cozy office and sitting area with storage and lots of built-ins to hold your books and collectibles. This area can also be considered part of the master suite, depending on which access doors are left open. The master bedroom is generously proportioned and boasts a grand fireplace, another sitting area, and an open flow to the closets and master bath.You'll find two more inviting en suite bedrooms, one that also has its own sitting area overlooking the patio.In addition to the principal bedrooms there is an independent casita that is separate from the main house. It can be configured to remain separate or opened up to flow with the rest of the home. A living room with office area are also part of the casita.When you're ready for some fresh air and sunshine, you've got several options. You can enjoy billiards in the loggia. There's a lap pool with plenty of space for sunbathing or relaxing under the hanging vines. And of course, you can simply wander the grounds, and later take your meals under an umbrella in the patio. It should be noted that special care has been taken in these areas to provide shade as well as wind protection so that you can fully enjoy your outdoor experience. For a more rigorous workout there's also an exercise room inside, full of windows and breathtaking views.Between the hacienda and the private house, you'll certainly have a lot of choices as to how you might configure your new life. The hacienda is B&B ready, or you could create a retreat center. You might want to simply enjoy a steady stream of guests, be it family, friends, or both. Whatever you decide, the rich history of Tepóztlan will remain, as will this home in the clouds.