Ever wondered about how the wealthy and powerful Puerto Ricans lived in the old days? Then make sure you visit Castillo Serrallés when you’re in Ponce. Also known as the Serralles Castle, it was once the home of the affluent Serrallés family, who built their fortune from sugar and rum.
The family had sugar cane plantations in Ponce and they also operated a sugar mill and produced rum. The patriarch, Don Juan Eugenio Serrallés, wanted to have a mansion built for him in 1930 so he commissioned architect Pedro Adolfo de Castro to design his future home. The highly respected architect picked Spanish Moroccan architecture as inspiration for this elaborate project.
Castillo Serrallés is located in Ponce, on the south side of El Vigia which is very close to the Ponce Historic Zone. It is overlooking the entire city, and its location atop rolling hills is one of the main reasons why this castle is more popular than other mansions in Puerto Rico. Built on a 2.5 acre land, this Spanish Colonial Revival home is gifted with a magnificent landscape and filled with impressive architectural details.
The huge house has 4 floors. You will find the garage on the ground floor; a library, patio, living room, dining room, kitchen and solarium on the second floor; bedrooms on the third floor; and service quarters in the basement. There is an expansive terrace on the fourth floor, that is partially covered. It gives visitors a panoramic view of the city and will surely take your breath away. But that’s not all. When you step outside the house, you will be led to an equally impressive garden. It has a large swimming pool, topiary and terrace.
Castillo Serrallés Tours
If you are planning to visit Castillo Serrallés, you can choose from English and Spanish tours. There are several of them throughout the day. Your tour guide will give you plenty of interesting information about the home, the Serrallés family, their sugar and rum business and even some background about the items displayed throughout the home.
You can also find a gift shop in the castle where you can buy souvenir items to bring back home. There’s a snack bar and a wine cellar, and you can even buy orchids and plants.
Tickets cost $8.50 for adults, and $4.25 for seniors and kids. If you would just like to check out the gardens then you will pay less, but why would anyone skip a tour inside the castle? Castillo Serrallés is open Thursday through Sunday, from 930am to 530pm.
The Serrallés family are the owners of world renowned rum brands like Don Q which is a favorite in Puerto Rico. With their wealth, they certainly could afford to build a grand home unlike any other on the island. Take a peek into one of the finest homes in Puerto Rico by visiting Castillo Serrallés.