Unique Artists Retreat Near San Miguel
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Other San Miguel de Allende Properties house description
Maybe you’ve seen San Miguel. But have you seen Mexico? If you need to get off the tourist trail try experiencing life in a real Mexican rancho by renting this get-away just minutes from San Miguel.
The village lies high above San Miguel at the foot of the Picacho Mountains. A reservoir created by a 400-year-old stone dam draws a daily procession of livestock to its shore. Horses, sheep, goats and cattle all water here daily, then move up to graze on the slopes of the Picachos. Near the reservoir (‘presita”) sits Huisaches Escondido, a house designed by two American artists and lovingly built by the abaniles of the village.
The house sits on a quarter-acre lot surrounded by a brick and iron fence. The main gate is a cattail motif, designed by one of the artists. Inside the gate is secure parking, enough for at least two cars. The striking two-story house nestles against a mature pirul or pepper tree, which lends its fragrant shade to the south of the house. In front you can follow paths through a lovely cactus garden, then cross a natural stone patio. You approach the house under a Spanish-tile porch and enter through a custom crafted colonial style door.
The downstairs living room is a cozy, round conversation nook under a stunning boveda ceiling. Relax on the built-in cushioned couch and enjoy a wood fire on a cool mountain evening. There’s also a gas heater in this space to take the chill off. But the house itself is your friend here because the walls are built with “sillar’, a natural stone with excellent insulating properties. The house stays warm during those cool mountain nights and holds the cool during the hot Mexican days, much like an adobe house.
The kitchen is set in shades of green tile with a contrasting patterned border. It’s fully equipped so you can make yourself at home right away by cooking your favorite Mexican meal. All dishes and utensils are at hand. A gas stove and refrigerator with ample counter space makes working in this kitchen easy. Two bar stools provide seating at the peninsular counter, which separates the kitchen from the four-chair dining room.
At the rear of the first floor you will enter a cool, blue bedroom to find built-in closets and a custom-made bed with carved headboard, all crafted by the local carpenters. The bedspread is made from hand-loomed fabric in traditional Mexican pattern. The windows face onto the “hidden Huisaches” which give the place its name. These trees hold their color all year and create a shady, green refuge behind the house.
A separate utility room off the back patio has an electric washing machine, ready for your use. The water system is pressurized so you will be able to enjoy a good hot shower every morning in the main floor bathroom. It features cream-white talavera tile, a multichrome ceramic bowl sink, and a hand-carved mirror frame.
Ascend the curving stairs outside the front door to the studio space upstairs. This space has been tailored to make this rental an ideal artist’s or writer’s retreat. The studio is set up with two separate workspaces on either end, both with track lighting and excellent views. A half bathroom and utility sinks are there for your convenience. A spiral staircase provides access to the roof terrace where the large pirul tree provides rooftop shade as you take in the views from this unique property. The terrace is perfect for viewing the procession of animals moving up from the presita and past the iron “cattail” gate. The views both down the valley and up towards Eagle Canyon are spectacular. In a short while you begin to move with the rhythms of life in the rancho.
This is a house for those who are looking for something different than just staying in town with the San Miguel tourist flock. Spend your days and long afternoons enjoying the excitements and flavors of the city, then fly away in the evening to your home in the village to taste the other side of Mexico. Or enjoy quiet days at the casita and come into town for dinner. Either way, it’s only a short 15-minute ride, and a taxi will take you there if you need it. There is also daily bus service to and from San Miguel.
Stay with us at this hidden jewel. Find another life in Mexico. Hike the Picacho Mountains. Put your feet up on the roof patio and enjoy a cool drink while you take in the view. Experience the buzz of San Miguel on your own time and then return home to the Hidden Huisaches.
- 900 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Fireplace
- Gas Fireplace
- Parking Off Street
- Broadband Access
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Basketball Court
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Botanical Garden
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Bird Watching
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I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this lovely casita. Being a bit nervous about making a trip alone to Mexico, I found it a lovely and secure-feeling refuge. I loved seeing the sheep passing nearby each day, walking around the town, and just relaxing in a different way of life. Even though I don't speak the language, I found the people of Alcocer so friendly. I hope to return soon.
- Guest A (Austin, TX)
- Date of stay 07/27/13
- Review Submitted 09/13/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
We just spent 1 month in that lovely place near San Miguel. It's very quiet and the place is very comfortable. We have found all the facilities needed in the house. A nice place to discover real Mexico.
- Guest Benoit Beauregard (St-Adolphe-d'Howard, Qc)
- Date of stay 02/05/08
- Review Submitted 02/05/08
Ms. Graves, Thank you for your rental services! We have already recommended your casita to several of our friends.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 01/25/08
- Review Submitted 01/25/08
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Apr 1 - May 31, 2014
7 night min stay
Jun 1 - Mar 31, 2015
7 night min stay
Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
7 night min stay
Jun 1 - Mar 31, 2016
7 night min stay
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection: $89
- Taxes Not included
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- Nearest Airport: Leon/Guanajuato at 100 Miles
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We are David Lucht and Stefanie Graves, artists from Paducah, Kentucky USA
Why the Owner Chose Other San Miguel de Allende Properties:
Like many visitors to San Miguel de Allende, we are enchanted by its beauty, mild weather and charming people. We decided to build this casita in a small village nearby because it provides the best of both worlds; access to San Miguel and the peace that comes from village life.
- Primary: (270) 908-0755(Kentucky, USA)
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Boveda ceiling and living area
View from dining table to entry area and into living area
Ample built-in closets for bedroom storage
Front with side yard and stairs to studio and spiral staircase to roof terrace
View of the presita from the rooftop terrace
Fully stocked kitchen with living area fireplace and gas heater seen to the left
Downstairs bedroom with queen-sized bed, Mexican tile floor
Downstairs bathroom with Mexican-style open shower
Rooftop terrace for relaxing and enjoying the view!
The cactus garden and front gate as seen from the front door
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