Colorful Spanish Colonial in Historic Centro - Rave Reviews!
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Centro Historico house description
BEFORE REVIEWING THIS HOME, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE DON'T RENT IT OUT FOR LESS THAN A TWO-WEEK MINIMUM AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.
A colorful Spanish colonial house located in the historic center of San Miguel (five flat blocks to the Jardin and one block to the Mercado).
Indoor/outdoor living with lots of patios; lovely large courtyard/garden and fountain; roof-top terraces and expansive upper-level sala (outdoor living room) that includes wood-burning fireplace and counters with built-in gas barbeque, sink and fridge, perfect for entertaining upstairs.
The large indoor living room/dining room has four-meter-high beamed ceilings and a large fireplace. Opens to kitchen and courtyard on two sides, and a private reading room on the third. The large colorful light-filled kitchen has local tiles and eating area. Pressurized water filtration system throughout the house. High-speed Wi-Fi Internet available throughout.
The 26' X 16' master bedroom (California king-size bed) has its own bathroom en suite, fireplace, and a sitting area. It overlooks the courtyard, fountain and outdoor sala. The second bedroom (queen-size bed) has its own fireplace, bathroom/dressing room en suite, and sitting area.
The third bedroom also has its bathroom/dressing room en suite, as well as a sitting area. An additional studio/study has two twin beds.
Maid and gardener service is included MWF. Please, no Smoking in the house.
- 3200 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Gas Fireplace:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Satellite / Cable:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Sports & Activities
Location & View
- Car Not Necessary
- Fitness Center
- Wildlife Viewing
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Equestrian Events
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Live Theater
- Botanical Garden
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
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GREAT STAY IN A PEFECT & SUNNY LOCATION
GREAT STAY IN A PEFECT & SUNNY LOCATION
This is an exceptional property! The owners are terrific to work with, the property is well maintained, clean, and there are many places where the sun comes shining in (many places in San Miguel are much darker). All the amenities are furnished, Margarita comes 3 times a week to clean and garden, and if you pay her extra, she will do your laundry for you. Erika, the casa manager is absolutely wonderful to work with and handles any questions or problems speedily and with ease. The location of the property is just perfect--2 blocks from the Artisian Market and the fruit and vegetable market, close to Plaza Civica (3 blocks) where many events go on, about 5-6 blocks from the Jardin where something great is often going on or you can just sit & read there. There are many opportunities through the Bibliotecca for films, lectures, discussions, plays, etc. & it is only about 6 blocks. Nearly everything you need is really close, & there is a Bonanza Grocery store and other small markets, so you never have to go to a mega store. You can walk every place, but taxis in town are just 30 pesos wherever you go--more if you call them to your home so we usually walk a couple blocks to catch a taxi, but we rarely needed a taxi. You get 100 free calls from the phone at the casa, and we didn't use that many. There is no Vonage phone to make free calls, but we set up Skype before we came down, and it worked fine. We brought a laptop and a IPAD and had no problem with either one. The house is very large with a beautiful outside courtyard open to the sky when you come in. There is a deck upstairs with a partially covered patio with a grill, fridge, etc. & chairs. There are beautiful plants & flowers everywhere plus a fountain. We had some cooler weather this year, & there is a gas fireplace in the living room as well as in two of the bedrooms, to take the chill off. There is a small office space with nice light coming into it that was perfect. There is a large dining room table with 6 chairs & 2 candlelabras, and there are other candles in the house to enhance the mood. There are beautiful rugs, artwork, & Mexican decor. There are 3 full baths. I cannot say enough about the light pouring into the home--not so much it makes you too warm, but so lovely to wake up to and enjoy during the day. Everyone who visited us just raved about this casa. Also, there are so many GREAT restaurants in San Miguel. We stayed 2 months & loved our stay here & at this casa.
- Guest Sandee (Wisconsin)
- Date of stay 02/01/13
- Review Submitted 03/29/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing.
In August of 2009 we rented this home for a week. The home is awesome. The pictures are exactly what it looks like, they are not misleading if anything they do not do it justice. There were seven in our party who rented the house. From the floor plan it appears like the bathroom off of the 2nd bedroom with the queen bed is accessable from the court yard however it is not. So anyone sleeping in the room with two single beds has to use one of the other rooms bathroom. This was not a problem for us we didn't mind sharing. Every part of the house is charming and very well decorated. The only negative comment about the house that I could make was the bedroom with the double bed has an attached bathroom which is very cute but the water pressure in the shower was seriously lacking. This may be a problem that has be addressed but we ultimately chose to use one of the other two showers in the house. The home is located in a great area, it is really close to the vegetable market and artisians market. The Jardin is a short walk away. The home has compiled a book of restaurants, markets, shopping, travel guides, etc. and we found it very helpful. All the places we tried that they recommended were excellent. The house manager and maid were both very helpful and informative. I had never heard of San Miguel de Allende before coming on this trip. The people are kind and helpful and the culture is so warm. I felt very safe, if fact one day I went out shopping for the entire day alone. There are so many places to visit within a hour drive however I would recommend using a tour guide. The service recommended by the house was excellent. We went on a tour of four other towns as well as horseback riding in the mountains through this service and every experience was wonderful. I would definitely come back and rent this home again.
- Guest Shelley Kuhleman (Arlington, Texas)
- Date of stay 10/12/09
- Review Submitted 10/12/09
Casa Madelan is one of the best houses I have rented in my many years of travel in Europe and Asia. I'd give it a five-star rating, putting it right up there with some of the wonderful places I've been lucky enough to stay in in the Umbrian countryside. Classic Mexican colonial architecture, simple, exquisite taste in the layout, wall colors and textures, and furnishings, and all the comforts of home -- all on a wonderful street close to everything. This place is juicy in all the right ways -- friendly Mexicans live all around you; you're not isolated in some trying-too-hard hotel or tourist enclave. As I relaxed in the incredibly comfortable and huge master bed, I was delighted to hear roosters crowing, birds singing, and church bells ringing at all hours. After some long and sometimes over-stuffed and over-stimulating days running around San Miguel and the surrounding towns, my family and I would come back to Casa Madelan, open the front door and step into the courtyard, and breathe a huge sigh of relief-- we felt instantly relaxed and safe. On the Spanish/Mediterranean model, Casa Madelan provides a cloistered world unto itself. As I write this, I am picturing the lovely fountain gurgling in the garden at the center of the house and the play of the water and light making shadows on the patio and walls as night falls. Fireplaces in almost every room are an especially nice touch, particularly in December and January, when it's a bit chilly at night. Alan and Madeline have thought of every detail; the bathrooms and closets, for example, are great. I should add that Casa Madelan is also a terrific value. There were just four of us this time, and we used only part of the house. But it was clear to use that several families could use the house very comfortably and still have lots of privacy. The house is spacious and well-laid out. I agree with other guests posting comments that the house staff --Maria the maid, Erika the manager, and Ricardo the gardener -- are a great addition. They are sweet people and excellent at their jobs. We had several minor emergencies during our stay, and Erika was patient and helpful throughout. I will be telling my friends about this place and hope very much to return myself soon. This house is a very, very special find.
- Guest Geta (Berkeley, CA)
- Date of stay 01/08/09
- Review Submitted 01/08/09
My partner and I spent 5 wonderful weeks in San Miguel.the house was fabulous, so well located,close to the market for shopping for fruits and vegetables, Maris,the maid was excellent and Ericka who is the house manager was beyond efficient.we loved the house,its very well equipped,lots of room and the upstairs was so very rpivate and allowed us to also enjoy the sunny roof-top.San MIguel is a dream of a place to vacation and this home allowed us all that we needed.cant wait to return..
- Guest ruth carol feldman (winnipeg, mb..Canada)
- Date of stay 02/06/08
- Review Submitted 02/06/08
We were fortunate to find Casa Madelan on our seventh trip to San Miguel. We had previously stayed in a B&B and in a condo just up the hill from Casa Madelan. This was our best experience yet. The homeowner, Alan Kerr has taken the time to make a website to showcase his home - and believe me, it is every bit as lovely as it seems - and more. Alan goes the extra mile to send you information about the house, websites to help you plan your stay and other information. I was very impressed. The location of the house can not be beat - a very easy walk to the jardin. The house is lovely and not outfitted at all like a typical rental. We were comfortable from the moment we walked in the front door. It felt like we were in a home - plenty of hot water and water pressure, not something you usually find in San Miguel! The floor plan worked great for us with three couples - each with our own baths. The upstairs patio was where everyone congregated. In this internet age, where everyone has to be connected, the WIFI was a must. We had never visited in November before and except for a freak hail storm, it proved that there is never a bad time to be in San Miguel - it was during the celebration of Mexico's independence so the fireworks and parades were fun to see. We always say we wish we owned a place in San Miguel, now we are happy to know that we can come back to Casa Madelan.
- Guest Debbie Kearns (Houston, Texas)
- Date of stay 12/21/07
- Review Submitted 12/21/07
I want to let you know how thoroughly we enjoyed our visit to San Miguel, made especially memorable by "our" wonderful house on Calzada de la Presa. Your home was everything--and more--than we had expected. I understand the upstairs master suite was newly added this year, though it's so well integrated into the rest of the house that its newness is undetectable. The upper-level terrace was a place where we loved to hang out---great for reading, lounging, enjoying the late twilights and sometimes for outdoor dining. The house became such a magnet for us that it was hard to force ourselves out to see what lay beyond the doors. We did, however, manage to renew our acquaintance (from 1998) with San Miguel. Traffic is worse, the suburbs have grown outward, but the center remains with almost all the charm that we remember from before---the Jardin, the churches, the market, the architecture and the wonderful people. Experiencing the aerial bombardment of Independence Day night was a highlight (not a night for much sleep), as was the great parade in honor of St. Michael's Day. We were happily able to share the house and the SMA experience with my sister and her husband, who joined us for a few days before we left and who then stayed on for a week afterward. They were equally taken with the house and the city. Maria kept the house clean with great efficiency and very gamely tried to cope with our limited Spanish. Erika is a gem, who was always reliable in dealing with our needs or problems. She also gave us all a great tour of the botanic garden one day, a site we had missed on our previous visit. We greatly enjoyed meeting both of them and already miss being pampered and tended to so well. I'm glad we had this chance to experience San Miguel again from such a charming and comfortable perch.
- Guest Richard R. (Washington, DC)
- Date of stay 10/23/07
- Review Submitted 10/23/07
To leave Boston for Mexico in February (2/14-27/06) was a pleasure. To then stay in such a wonderful house was a huge treat. It was just as beautiful as the photos on the site -- even more so. From the living room and kitchen, to the en-suite bedrooms, and fantastic roof deck, the house was the ideal spot from which to enjoy San Miguel. The location was terrific.... close to the Mercado and only minutes from the Jardin, but up the hill just enough to feel more private, to feel part of a neighborhood. Fernando and Fatima were extremely helpful and proved to be excellent resources. I am looking forward to scheduling a return stay and hope that the next visit can be even longer.
- Guest Betsy Cohen (Watertown, MA)
- Date of stay 05/10/06
- Review Submitted 05/10/06
We have just spent the most wonderful stay in San Miguel...we were so happy to live in Casa Madelan! We loved everything about it: tle location, next to the central market in a very friendly neighbourhood, and so centrally located that we could walk to our the major centers of interest in SMA- the lay-out of the house, conveniently organized around a spacious patio-the large rooms with high ceilings and light pouring in-the decoration, traditional mexican colours, with beautiful african materials (the 2 mix beautifully and are very "chic")-the very well equipped kitchen perfect for a gourmet cook-the nice sound of the central fountain surrounded by luxurious ferns and trees- and our favorite space; the tejado, outside sitting rroom on the roof terrace, where we spend most of our day! We also appreciated the sense of service and the kindness of Fatima, The maid and Fernando, the house manager, both very friendly and efficient. We loved it so much, that we have already booked the house for next year!
- Guest Anne Challamel (Paris, France)
- Date of stay 05/10/06
- Review Submitted 05/10/06
From the moment I opened the fron door and stepped inside Casa Madelan, I knew that my family and I would be very much at home there. The decor was perfect. It was like a dream come true for me. I really felt as if I was in old Mexico. My 4-year granddaughter, upon seeing the twin-bedded room, shouted "this is mine" and moved right in. The two other bedrooms were spacious and very comfortable, and the great room was downright spectacular - simple but elegant and comfortable. My daughther and I spent many a night going over the day's events at the kitchen table. We just loved the way it was set up - also all the amenities, including purified water. Ample sheets and many large absorbent towels were a nice surprise, since that it not always the case with other rentals. My husband and son-in-law loved grilling on the large roof and contemplating the fire in the fireplace on cool evening. The neighborhood was very nice - very friendly and close to everything. My granddaughter especially liked playingwith the neighbors' children and seeing how many new chicks had hatched in the morning. All in all, our stay in Casa Madelan was perfect - including Fernando, the manager, and Fatima, the housekeeper, and I know that we'll be back at Casa Madelan again.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 11/10/05
- Review Submitted 11/10/05
I stayed at the house for a month and was not ready to leave. My adult children and spouses visited during that time. The patio on the second level was perfect for getting together at the end of the day and the barbeque grill upstairs was great for grilling on New Years Day. We all loved the close proximity to the market for fresh vegetables and flowers. We did some cooking while we were there and the kitchen is more than adequate. Fernando, who manages the property is wonderful. I'm ready to go back.
- Guest vicki meredith (Jackson, Wy.)
- Date of stay 05/05/05
- Review Submitted 05/05/05
Mar-Oct .. $1,250/week .. $3,250/month. Nov-Feb .. $1,550/week .. $4,550/month. PLEASE NOTE: TWO WEEKS MINIMUM STAY. $500 Security Deposit
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Central Courtyard, with stairs leading up to rooftop terraces.
Flores & Fuente
Sunny, expansive living room and dining area that open up to central courtyard
Expansive kitchen, ready for creative chefs!
View to second-floor master bedroom suite
Covered sala -- perfect for outdoor entertaining
Covered sala has it all -- BBQ, fridge, sink, storage
Walkway to Master Bedroom Suite
Master bedroom -- extensive closets!
Second Bedroom bathroom-en-suite
Entrance at night
Central Courtyard with fountain
Courtyard view to Living Room
Salita -- reading room
Kitchen To Dining Room
Patio view to Master Bedroom suite
Sala fireplace and seating area
View from sala to master bedroom suite
Master bedroom with California King bed
Master bedroom fireplace and sitting area
Second Bedroom View to Bathroom-en-suite
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