Penthouse Casita,1 Bd, 1 Bath, 10-Min. Walk to Centro, Views
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Centro apartment description
The Little House of the Swallows (Casita de Las Golondrinas) is the western-most, second floor apartment. The south-facing private balcony is a tree-top perch with a spectacular view of the city center, a wonderful place to sun and sip beverages in the evening, and admire the birds and views. The center of town is only a 10 minute walk away (note: 20 minute walk back uphill...for built-in aerobic exercise! Or a 3 minute taxi-ride for US $2). From the balcony can be viewed not only swallows, but vermillion flycatchers, white-faced ibis, great white egrets, broad-tailed grackels, and numerous other birds and humming birds, on their daily flights to and from the near-by reservoir in the botanical garden.
Las Golondrinas consists of approx. 700 sq.ft., with a combined LR/DR/kitchen "great room." The high domed brick ceiling with a cupola plus French doors onto the balcony and several windows, make the room light and airy. An excellent wood-burning fireplace takes the chill off on winter evenings (cost of wood is extra). Amenities include a full bathroom with tub and shower, a good sized bedroom with gas heater, cable TV with English-speaking channels (such as CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, several movie channels, etc), king-size bed (or two twins if desired) and walk-in closet/dressing room with a window and a extra single bed. There is a private cell phone plus a wireless Internet for your laptop. All is furnished in colorful Mexican style with custom-made furniture and original art work.
The owners of the property live on-site, to provide you with answers to all your questions or repair stuff.
Maid service (twice weekly) as well as all utilities (including cable TV, cell phone (tenant to provide card) and wireless internet, but excepting bottled water) are included in rental rate. Laundry service is available for 60 pesos/load, 60 pesos/hour for ironing, payable to maid directly..
Come pamper yourself, or continue your education at several art and language schools, nearby.
Keywords: casita, upstairs apartment, comfortable home, short-term apartment, long-term casita, romantic retreat, private balcony, beautiful views, safe retreat, helpful managers
- Vacation Rental
- Limited Accessibility:
- Children Welcome:
- Pets Considered:
- Wheelchair Accessible:
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8, Beds for 3-8
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Catering Available:
- Washing Machine:
- Parking Off Street:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Linens Provided:
- A 5-minute walk to swimming pool/weight room (50 pesos daily or 500 pesos a month), a 10-minute walk to the Botonical Garden with jogging trails (charge), a 10-minute walk to downtown and dozens of restaurants, museums, galleries, shops, etc.. 20-minute walk to supermarket/mall (even a McDonalds to satisfy sudden junk food cravings!) Get a taxi to bring all your packages home. 25-30 pesos (US $2), golf course and tennis courts, horse-back riding, hot air baloon, dirt bike tours, etc....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Cable TV with with dozens of Spanish lanuage channels, movies (frequently with English subtitles), and CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC in English, at NO extra charge... If you are staying more than one months, other channels may be purchased....moreless
- Video Library:
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Free Long Distance:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Fitness Center
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Live Theater
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Duplicate bridge games almost every day, ask Judy
ReviewsWrite a review
Light, Bright, Safe and Comfortable
Light, Bright, Safe and Comfortable
I spent several months in this airy casita belonging to Judy Arnold and David Hernandez. It is a gorgeous property with incredible views from the many windows, and fine gardens filled with flowers. I enjoyed being in a safe home, with dogs and friendly people around. The huge bed is comfortable, towels fluffy, and the kitchen with a view, was well equipped. I appreciated having a blender to make Mexican sauces. There is a new TV, a floor fan for warm nights, plenty of hot water. You walk a steep, but picturesque hill to get up to the house or downtown, but the distance is really not far. Many rentals I looked at were further out... The covered patio overlooking the city was wonderful regardless of time of day. I loved waking up to a view of San Miguel. A recommendation for next time: Use extra bedside table, in living room to bring TV down to eye level...and maybe put high cupboard someplace else. Thank you Judy for a wonderful visit. I hope to return. San Miguel from your hilltop vantage point never looked better.
- Guest Jean (Florida)
- Date of stay 08/02/12
- Review Submitted 11/03/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, girls getaway.
When my wife informed me I was retiring and we would be moving to San Miguel, I said: "Don't you think we should go there first?"; through the internet, she found Las Golandrinas. !What a pleasant surprise!; we could not have had a better first visit; Judy Arnold and Golandrinas lived up to (if not surpassed) all expectations. Spacious, bright, all the amenities and conveniences (phone, TV, internet); Great place at a reasonable price. We fell in love with the town and now make San Miguel our home. We continue to stay in touch with Judy.. Definitely check it out!!
- Guest Van (San Miguel; previously Saratoga Spgs,NY)
- Date of stay 03/04/10
- Review Submitted 10/25/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car, girls getaway.
I have found the perfect hideaway in San Miguel de Allende. It is called Las Golondrinas , rented to me by Judy Arnold and David Hernandez. I definitely lucked out, and had no idea that the reality here is even better than the photos. This lovely flat is good for one to two persons, and I was delighted by my hours spent at the table on the balcony that overlooks the city. I sat in the early morning sipping tea, or doing sketches. I sat in the afternoon while sunbathing and I sat in the evening as I looked out over San Miguel and caught the tiniest of refreshing breezes. I also loved the kitchen and sitting room and cooked a few simple meals that were eaten either on the balcony or at the lovely long table that looks out over the city from the inside of the flat. This spot is a gem, and if you are lucky, and the force is with you, you will not hesitate one minute to rent it. An added plus is a quick ten minute walk downhill to the center of town, and an even shorter walk of five minutes to a lovely lap pool and gym. I don't think it gets any better than this. Judy and David are lovely and generous hosts, and I had the opportunity to become friends with Roja, their gentle dog (whom I took for a walk) and Kako, their occasionally wolf whistling green parrot. Evita (Evie) Lindemann
- Guest Evita (Evie) Lindemann (New Haven, CT )
- Date of stay 07/13/09
- Review Submitted 07/13/09
Guest comment entered by owner
Hi Judy, Patricia and I plan to leave Sunday morning, as previously arranged. We have truly enjoyed our stay in your little casita. I hope we can return soon. I cannot imagine staying anywhere else in San Miguel. Las Golondrinas is simply perfect. Oh, I wanted to tell you that Roja has willingly agreed to go with us to the U.S. I told her how lovely Kentucky is and how many rabbits she can chase there. Just kidding, but I do like Roja a lot. She is a great dog, who will miss my daily treats. Please let us know what we can do to leave the casita as you prefer. Until later, John and Patricia
- Guest N/A
- Date of stay 04/22/09
- Review Submitted 04/22/09
We found Las Golondrians to be a very peaceful relaxing place to be. The view is particularly nice. It is a nice healthy walk downhill into town, which gives you the benefit of being high enough above Centro to be out of the automobile pollution. The casita is very comfortable and private. Judy and David were very accommodating hosts.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 04/01/09
- Review Submitted 04/07/09
Guest comment entered by owner
Hi: I know comments from the owner are sort of suspect... But this really is a very nice place, and has lots of things other places don't have: a 24-hour wireless internet connection and ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc. channels on the cable TV, for example... View out over the city including sunsets, from the private balcony. The apartment is bright and cheerful, and has a high-domed, brick ceiling in the living/kitchen. And excellent, helpful neighbors/managers (namely my husband and me)... Try it, you'll like it.
- Guest JudyArnold
- Date of stay 08/04/06
- Review Submitted 08/04/06
Credit cards rentals from PayPal.com to: firstname.lastname@example.org Children &/or pets accepted on a case-by-case basis. Casita Las Golondrinas 1BR,1 BA for 3, $550/Week..$975/two weeks...$1350/month... Week before Easter,or Thanksgiving week, Christmas wk or New Year's wk: $750/week 2-BR, 2 BA: Las Golondrinas AND La Mariposita together: $850/week, $1850/month Las Golondrinas can be rented (wkly only) with Casa Las Palomas for 3 king BR,3 BA with one hide-a-bed and fabulous viewing terraces, suitable for 6 to 9 persons large kitchen/dining room for $1250/wk, holiday wks: $1750/holiday week.
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Year Purchased: 1984
About the owner: We brought this property in 1984 but didn't start remodeling it until 1990 (see photos!!) We have had a good time and we hope you will enjoy yourselves, too!!
Why the Owner Chose Centro:
We LIVE here, in the most perfect climate and with the most interesting neighbors we have ever known... Actually, David is a native "sanmiguelense", but I feel the same way...
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Beautiful views, quiet, unlimited sunshine from many windows, all utitites includings (local cell phone, right to use owner's Vonage phone to US and Canada, wi-fi for Internet, maid service 2 morning a week (maid does laudry for extra charge), fully furnished including all linens.
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Las Golondrinas: living room/dining room, kitchen to the left, balcony, right
Las Golondrinas: watch the weather approach from private balcony
Las Golondrinas: kitchen, from open door to private balcony
Las Golondrinas: Second floor; Street view
Casita Golondrinas, close-up of balcony
up on top of Sierra Gorda #12 (telephoto view)
Sierra Gorda #12: 2012, 25 years later (Las Golondrinas behind balcony,left)
Casita Golondrinas, livingroom from balcony door(note domed brick ceiling)
LasGolondrinas: living room, with fireplace; private balcony through door
Las Golondrinas: Bedroom, with walk-in closet/dressing room beyond door
Las Golondrinas: Dine indoors or out (umbrella furnished)
Casita Golondrinas, patio below
Casita Golondrinas, gernauims and jacaranda at Easter-time
"the Project" 1985, (2-room ruin, now the owners' office and bedroom!)
Casita Golondrinas, exterior from the street down below
Las Golondrinas, view from balcony
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