Sensuous Refined and Sexy: La Kasbah in Historical Center
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Centro Historico house description
This is the place for the serious epicurean.
Just restored to the exacting standards of its European art dealer owner, La Kasbah is not only a house, it is a state of mind. It is the relaxing haven of her closest friends, not just another rental property, a little slice of paradise right in the middle of the Historical Center for those who cross the pond to come visit. Look at the pictures and you will understand. It is a special house. No, there are no formal dining rooms or living rooms but many places in and outdoors where according to the sun, the shade or one's whim, having a meal, reading a book, listening to music or just sitting under the key lime tree becomes a joy. The kitchen is well stocked with trays to carry one's food to the perfect place. The patio is Mediterranean style, the centre of the house. For the pleasure of her guests, the owner has planted on the upper terrace the most beautiful specimens of the outstanding collection of cacti she has lovingly collected all over the great surrounding desert or exchanged with other collectors throughout the Americas. She has also displayed excellent art work gathered in Europe and Latin America.
The Kasbah has its own private entrance. From the entrance which has beams, a bench and a mirror the visitor greeted by the sight of a delightful patio, with its mission tiles, its sunken fountain, a table, chairs and stools, the perfect place to enjoy the sun, the shade, a meal, a chat a Margarita in hand. The limes are the sole property of whoever picks them up. (the owner's favorite Margarita recipe awaits you in the kitchen). From the patio you can also see part of the cactus garden above and the balcony of the Sahara Lounge.
The first door to your right in the patio takes you to a double room. The first one has in addition to a desk, a stereo, bookshelves, a sofa and chairs. Two steps below there is another sitting area with a table a gas fireplace and a TV/DVD. With its thick adobe walls it is both cool in the summer and thanks to the fireplace warm in the winter. It is the perfect place to enjoy a meal, a movie, a fire or just cool down after coming from the street. (the sitting area in front of the fireplace can sleep a single person albeit a tall one).
The second door in the patio opens onto the first bedroom, the blue room, with its adjacent bathroom. The bedroom has a Mexican king size bed (61 inches) good lighting for reading and like the kitchen and the other bedroom well lit and ample closets. The bathroom also opens onto the patio to serve as a guest bathroom in case of a party.
Next there is the picturesque staircase, a childhood memory of lazy summers in Spain really, that takes you to the upper terrace, the cactus garden and the Sahara Lounge.
Counterclockwise, the next door is the kitchen. It is large, full of sun, has a table to eat it in and is fully equipped to please the most demanding chef. It includes among other things a dishwasher, an oven, a microwave, a toaster, the indispensable blender for Margaritas, a wok, tons of pots and pans and nice table ware to set an elegant table. The sink is made out of red travertine and the room is ample and airy. The rear door of the kitchen opens onto the outside patio with a washing machine neatly hidden in a closet behind antique doors and all that is required to dry your clothes short of a dryer. The sun does the trick very quickly here.
The last door, the blue door in the pix, opens onto the second bedroom, the green room, with a standard double bed. It also has an en suite dressing room/bathroom with lots of well lit and ample closets and a good reading light by the bed.
After climbing 14 easy steps you will reach the terrace. There you will reach your own private botanical garden. Some specimens are unique to this garden such as the Backergia militaris, the Shotii monstruosa or the Saguaros (one from Arizona one from Baja California) to name a few. At the rear of the terrace the cushiest of sofas awaits you under the huge boveda (vaulted ceiling) in the Sahara Lounge. Plunge into it like there is no tomorrow and whether during the day or at night (the garden is spectacularly lit) enjoy the best the Mexican nature has to offer: those botanical sculptures called cacti. In the winter you can light a fire in the wood burning fireplace and feel like a beduin in the desert at night.
If you are fit, adventurous and as importantly sober, climb the ship ladder along the Kasbah wall, among plants, a bench awaits the intrepid to enjoy the most tremendous vista of San Miguel, its baroque domes and proud steeples and, if the time is right, the sun setting in all its glory over the stupendous sierra de Guanajuato. Â¡Viva la vida!
La Kasbah is the perfect place for the assiduous practitioner of l' Art de Vivre! Come enjoy its delights
(Special attention has been given to the lighting throughout the Kasbah and the cactus garden to be both romantic at night and practical and safe when needed (reading, searching into closets, going up and down the stairs etc..) All rooms have gas heating, it does get cool in the winter at night, and electric radiators are provided for both bathrooms. We don't want anybody to get hurt: please note that La Kasbah is not the safest place for toddlers!)
A maid comes twice a week to change bed linen, towels, and clean up.
A gardener once a week.
- Vacation Rental
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 2.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided
- Wood Fireplace
- Gas Fireplace
- Washing Machine
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- Video Library
- Broadband Access
- Mobile Phone
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Monument View
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
San Miguel is a magical place, and so is La Kasbah.....true respites in a chaotic world. Nine days restored our beleaguered spirits. The people of SMA are as warm, welcoming, and elegant as this lovely home. Gail, Pilar, Christina, and Juan Carlos....thank you. We will be back soon! After all, our hearts are here.
- Guest Stanley Ruggerio (Houston, Texas)
- Date of stay 01/06/09
- Review Submitted 01/06/09
Liebe Gail, Noch einmal einen ganz herzlichen Dank fuer die wunderbare Zeit in Deiner aussergewoehnlichen Kasbah. Wir fuehlten uns von anfang an in eine andere Welt versetzt und haben dabei jede Minute genossen. Alles ist mit so viel Liebe zum Detail und Fantasie gestaltet, einfach einzigartig... Auch der Ausritt mit Steve üeber das riesige Weideland hat uns eine Welt entdecken lassen, die bisher nur in unseren Träumen existiert hat. Bis zum nächsten JahrChristophe, Zurich, Switzerland
- Guest Christophe3 (-)
- Date of stay 11/18/07
- Review Submitted 11/18/07
J'ai eu l'immense privilège d'être parmis les premier occupants de la Kasbah et je le répète ce fut un véritable privilège. L'ambiance marocaine et parfaitement reconstituée et ce alors qu'une maginifique collection de cactus rares nous entoure en permanence. Le tout est extrêmement confortable avec un aspect lounge très agréable. J'ai vraiment aimé tous les voilages dans les chambre ainsi que le choix des couleurs. Je recommande la Kasbah chaudement surtout qu'elle est située à 4 minutes du zocalo en passant par les pittoresques rues de SMA... Une ambiance vraiment unique et confortable
- Guest Patrick31 (Paris)
- Date of stay 11/15/07
- Review Submitted 11/15/07
Comment Text: Vi hade en helt underbar vistelse i La Kasbah... Det var som om vi befann oss i en liten oas mitt i stadens centrum i en svunnen, stillsammare tid. Trädgården gjorde oss till riktiga kaktusentusiaster och vi tillbringade många långa kvällar i 'the Sahara Lounge' bara för att njuta av allt omkring oss. Vi kommer definitivt tillbaka och kommer att rekommendera alla våra vänner i Uppsala och omnejd att bege sig till denna underbara plats på jorden. Återigen: tusen tack! Anna från Uppsala
- Guest Anna 1 (Uppsala Sweden)
- Date of stay 10/23/07
- Review Submitted 10/23/07
Two beautiful weeks, beyond any expectation. Your place is really spectacular. Every time I came back from a stroll in downtown San Miguel, and opened the door, I would sigh with contentment, just stepping into the mediterranean patio, with the whisper of water (reminding me of the Alhambra in Granada) and then the cool shade between whitewashed walls, forgetting for a moment where I was. Beautiful and comfortable rooms (the artwork was quite nice!). As the day ended, I would go to the lounge and watch the view, feeling the king of the world with a Margarita at hand (thanks for the recipe, stiff and velvety, as it should be). The nights of San Miguel (quite lively by themselves) became unforgettable after the first evening in the cactus garden watching the lights and the half-moon up in the sky (sinnlig och lysande) and dreaming of caravans. Tack sa mycket for a truly unique experience, I will have to come back in winter, just to try the fireplace (and some more margaritas...) M Wan Harem from Sweden
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 10/19/07
- Review Submitted 10/19/07
Just simply the image of the owner/creator. Warm, smart,feminine, friendly and surprising. A great place to stay in beautifull San Miguel and the Bajio region. Don't miss it.
- Guest Ch.Jean (Paris, France)
- Date of stay 10/18/07
- Review Submitted 10/18/07
Guest comment entered by owner
Bienvenidos, Bienvenue a la Kasbah.. This house once belonged to a cabbie and it is adjacent to the large house I inherited from my parents who came to San Miguel in 1973. I guess this makes me a proud 2nd generation sanmiguelense..I purchased the house to avoid being surrounded by too many buildings and restored it for myself -in case I rented the large house - and for the many friends who come visit from South America and Europe. It was a labor of love and having spent my childhood summers in Spain and a walk down memory lane. It is meant to be thoroughly enjoyable...I hope you will agree and enjoy it..The owner
- Guest Gail - The owner
- Date of stay 10/17/07
- Review Submitted 10/17/07
Nov-March, Jul-Aug .. $950/wk .. $2200/mo April-June, Sep-Oct ....... $ 700/wk .. $1700/mo Half the rent for a wk upon reservation and balance 15 nts prior to arrival $1000 dollars guarantee deposit No inquiry for less than a wk will be answered. ON A YEARLY BASIS 1000 $ PLUS UTILITIES
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Upstairs - The cactus garden and Sahara Lounge at dusk -
From the entrance a peek into the TV room...with moorish gas fireplace
The blue room with a queen bed looks onto the patio
The green room at night
The view of the staircase from the kitchen sink
Upstairs: The cactus garden seen from the Sahara Lounge
Welcome to La Kasbah - View of the central Patio
The den, reading room, music room adjacent to TV room
The bathroom of blue room
Green room bathroom and dressing
Full of light and spacious...the kitchen
Atop the Sahara Lounge feels like atop of the world..
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