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Visit the House that Rum Built – Serralles Castle in Ponce

6/21 The house is open for tours with COVID health safety restrictions. Summer hours Thurs- Mon 10am – 4:30pm.

Serralles CastleIf you are in Ponce and like antiques, gardens, hand-crafted furniture and stunning views, then a visit to the Serralles Castle (Castillo Serralles) should probably get on your "must do" list. Located on the hill above the City of Ponce, Serralles Castle was the "summer home" of the Serralles family. The Serralles made their money growing sugar cane, operating a sugar mill, and producing rum. The house was built in the 1930s, and it is carefully maintained. So it is as beautiful today as it was back then. Almost all of the furniture and articles displayed in the mansion are original to the family. Tours are offered in Spanish and English throughout the day. Tour guides tell you about the Serralles family, sugar production, rum distillation, and about many of the antiques that are on display. They give you a fairly exhaustive tour of the home. You get to view many of the rooms, and see how technically advanced the house was for its time. The Gardens at Serralles CastleThe gardens outside are lovely – terraces, pools, and topiary. There are lots of orchids on display around the house and property. And the views of Ponce are beautiful. The Serralles family still makes many brands of rums, the largest is Don Q (a Puerto Rican favorite). The rum factory is located in Ponce, off of Route 52, south of the "PONCE" letters. In addition to distilling their own rum, they import many quality wines. The Courtyard at Serralles CastleAt the Castle, there are restrooms, a gift shop, a wine cellar, and a small snack bar. There is also a place where you can buy plants and orchids, but I haven’t figured out how – ask at the desk. We were lucky enough to tour during the Christmas season, and on a day when they were preparing for a wedding on the grounds later that night, so there were lots of extra pretty decorations and lights. The museum administrators also display a number of rotating art exhibits in the Castle that you will see during the tour. When we went, there was a glass art exhibit and a children’s exhibit. They looked a little out of place in this historic setting, but they were enjoyable to look at nonetheless.

Details

The house tour comes only as a combo ticket. Tickets for Serralles Castle and Gardens and Butterfly house and the Vigia Cross and Japanese garden (located just uphill from the Castle) is $15.00 for adults and children, $10 for senior citizens. Prices include tax. Ticket office was up by the Japanese Garden last we went. If you book online, there is an added fee but you get the tour time you want and you don’t have to wait on line at the ticket office. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recorrido-castillo-serralles-serralles-castle-tour-tickets-136439021787

Hours change with the season, summer hours Thurs- Mon 10am – 4:30pm..

For more information call 787-259-1774 .

Visit their website at www.castilloserralles.org

The Castle is located two miles (3.2km) north of the center of town. Follow Bertoly Street or Union Street, and then follow the signs.

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Comments & Discussion

There are 3 comments on this article.

I don't know. But it is great you have some fond memories of Vieques and PR. I bet the Vieques Conservation Trust would like to see the movies! http://www.vcht.org/

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Nov 2017

Do the Seralles family still own their beach houses in Esperanza? When I was a kid in the early 1950's my parents were invited there many times while my father was stationed at Ramey AFB. I was in the 4th grade and was taught to drive a jeep in Esperanza so I drove all the kids all up and down the beach and to the boat docks where their boats were kept. Great time. I have home movies of this time showing all the fun that was had there and Tito's island. I liked the bird averary.

Comment by linda ruark carns on 27 Sep 2017

We ran out of time and weren't able to visit the inside of the castle. We were able to drive up to it to see the house and the cross. It is really beautiful and has some impressive views. This is a must see on our next visit to PR!

Comment by Michele on 15 Nov 2011

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