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Heritage House Tour: 4 Things You Need To Know About La Casita Mercedes

Sleep for a night and travel back in time in this charming bed and breakfast in the heart of Makati

Photography: Dakila Angeles

“I thought [of] turning it into a bed and breakfast to be able to support its upkeep and to present Philippine Heritage to Filipinos and visitors,” says Jon Ramos, proprietor of La Casita Mercedes. “I conceptualized it to be gracious, old Manila. I never envisioned it to be a luxury, status property,” he adds.

If you're looking for a new place to explore, here are four main reasons why a visit to this quaint hideaway is a must:

1. The charming bed and breakfast in Poblacion, Makati has been a sought-after accommodation since it opened its doors to guests last year.

It's easy to understand why—the house has retained much of its period features like the filigree detailing on the media agua that the original owners transferred from their older house in 1933 and the original capiz windows and wooden siding with mill work, which have successfully communicated the elegance and grace of old Filipino living.

2. It's airy and spacious.

The 350sqm house was built in 1933 and currently has three levels. It also features a living room, a kitchen, a breakfast nook, a courtyard, nine bedrooms, and nine bathrooms. All of these rooms are furnished with original and vintage furniture pieces, traditional, and contemporary art.

3. To adapt it to the present day, the owner was on top of the renovation.

Mr. Ramos headed the reconstruction of the building. He tore it down piece by piece, and used as many salvaged pieces as he can. Once done, he then raised this new old house three feet from the ground.

4. The house features a reconfigured floor plan.

Mr. Ramos reworked the floor plan to make it more efficient. The staircase was moved to the center of the house—it used to be on the side, right after the entrance.

Aside from adding en-suite bathrooms, he also installed modern lighting, the important air-conditioning units, and several more windows. All these improvements took about two-and-a-half years to complete.

For the bed and breakfast owner, an appreciation from people who walk through the front door is enough of a reward for all his hard work.

Fast Facts: 5 Things About La Casita Mercedes You Probably Didn't Know
  1. Mr. Ramos was first told that the house was built in 1939. Later on, an older family member corrected this mistake by saying it was actually built in 1933.
  2. When Mr. Ramos bought the property from the original owners, three generations of one family have lived within its walls.
  3. Pieces from the old house that couldn’t be salvaged were painstakingly reproduced like the balustrades. Broken glass panes were replaced with ones recovered from other old houses.
  4. La Casita Mercedes has her very own in-house dog named Sam.
  5. Though a bed and breakfast, La Casita could also be reserved as a venue for private events like birthday celebrations, family reunions, and even photo shoots.

La Casita Mercedes is located at 5956 Enriquez cor. Fermina Streets, Poblacion, Makati City. To learn how you can book a room, visit their website. You can also follow their Facebook page for updates.

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