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Quiet View Home in Centro with Bikes.

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Last updated: 06/04/2014

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Centro house description

Designed by Japanese-American architects, Casa Chepito has amazing views from the four balcony/terraces. Fronted with a huge, eclectic garden, it has an open-air yet private Japanese bath, a well equipped, colorfully tiled kitchen, fireplaces, purified water system, high speed internet and cable TV, as well as the two front suspended mountain bikes for use by guests. Eat fruit from the mature orange, avocado or pomegrante trees; pick herbs from the kitchen garden; enjoy meals cooked by Ofelia.

The smaller bedroom has a boveda ceiling done by a master craftsman with a covered terrace ideal for breakfast. There is a new covered 'outside room' on the roof terrace, where you can watch vermillion fly catchers playing in the giant bamboo, with views of town and the valley to the mountains of Guanajuato beyond. There is a garden with fruit trees in back, and off-street parking. The gardener/handy-man and housekeeper come three times a week.

Located in the centro, mid-way up the hill from the jardin (6 blocks), this two bedroom, two bath home is the perfect place to relax, read a book while dozing in a hammock underneath the mesquite tree, or simply do nothing but watch birds overhead on their way to the Jardin Botanico, or the fish as they feed in the pila. In town yet on a quiet street, enjoy the many restaurants and shops of San Miguel, or take the bikes out for a spin on the miles of single track.

From Casa Chepito it's ten minutes on foot down to the main square, 15 minutes up to the JARDIN BOTANICO, Mexico's largest botanical garden, and by bike, minutes away from more than 800 miles of some of the best mountain biking trails in Mexico. Adjacent to the landmark orchid farm, there is a heated pool at the gym just across the arroyo.

As a happy renter recently commented:
'Casa Chepito' is a country home in the city. (You really can walk downtown in five minutes, but once inside the property's walls, you are in a 'Secret Garden' kind of world.) On every level, it opens 'wide to the view', and it may well be the best view in San Miguel. The huge garden is terraced down from the house to the street (no traffic) and has 3-story high bamboos that will astonish. One of Casa Chepito's best points is a big, comfortable eat-in kitchen with windows to the view. Those who like a 'natural' setting, will love 'Casa Chepito'.

Keywords: House, home, villa, casa

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • Children Welcome:

                Kids love our house and garden which has many places for them to play and escape their parents! However please note it is not suitable necessarily for toddlers without adult supervision due to the balconies and pool....moreless

              • Pets Considered
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


              • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, outdoor shower


              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils:

                In addition to many pots and pans, good knives, several cutting boards, juice squeezers and numerous cookbooks, there is also have a convection oven, rice cooker, coffee maker, blender, electric frying pan, pressure cooker....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Basic spices, sugar, flour etc. It may be a good idea to bring a small amount of coffee and/or tea; and it's nice to leave a bit for the next person....moreless

              • Dining:

                Dining area adjacent to the kitchen at large table, also in the living room, and casual dining at the kitchen counter-island....moreless

              • Kitchen:

                There is a full, well-equipped kitchen with toaster, coffee-maker, microwave, blender, pots and pans, etc....moreless

              • Catering Available:

                The housekeeper, Ofelia, can cook (booked independently of the house rental)....moreless

              • Oven
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Seating for 8 people


              • Babysitter
              • Washing Machine
              • Fireplace
              • Towels Provided
              • Parking
              • Living Room
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • High speed internet and cable TV, Japanese Bath, 2 Fireplaces, Terraces, Balconies, large gardens with patios, 2 mountain Bikes, pool adjacent. You can use our membership card to the Jardin Botanico for free admission and discounts to special events....moreless


                  • Music Library:

                    Bring your iPod to hook up to our speakers....moreless

                  • Books:

                    Full library for guests....moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • VCR
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • Video Library
                  • Television


                  • Broadband Access:

                    Bring your laptop to use our high speed connection...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Communal Pool:

                        There is an indoor/outdoor pool across the arroyo at the health club which you can use for a nominal daily fee....moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        A large garden in front and smaller one in back of the house with veggies, fruit trees, flowers, cacti etc....moreless

                      • Balcony:

                        (4) There are two balconies, a terrace off the smaller bedroom, and a large rooftop terrace...moreless

                      • Gazebo:

                        There is an outdoor roofed room with hammocks on the roof for the best view in town....moreless

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        (2) There are two flagstone patios, one in front and the other behind Casa Chepito...moreless


                      • Away From It All
                      • Family
                      • Historic
                      • Romantic
                      • Sports & Activities
                      • Tourist Attractions

                      Location & View

                      • Resort:

                        UNESCO world heritage site. For those interested in culture as well as shopping, nightlife, art, language and outdoor high desert activities....moreless

                      • Lake View:

                        The 'lake' (or presa) is in the valley below San Miguel, and can be seen during rainy season especially....moreless

                      • Monument View:

                        Views of the many churches of San Miguel; watch fireworks from the balconies....moreless

                      • Mountain View:

                        Watch the spectacular lighting storms come across the valley from Guanajuato...moreless


                      • Live Theater
                      • Antiquing
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Medical Services
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Shopping
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Cycling
                      • Kayaking
                      • Swimming
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Golf
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Hiking
                      • Hot Air Ballooning
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Museums
                      • Cinemas
                      • Restaurants
                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Churches
                      • Library
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Water Parks
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Walking
                      • Ruins
                      • Tennis


                      Write a review 4.7
                      from 18 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      $644 $2,220
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                      Fees and Rental Conditions:

                      • Property Damage Protection $49
                      • Taxes Not included


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                      90 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Leon, Guanajuato
                      0.3 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      0.3 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant

                      Car: Not Necessary

                      Single-track heaven for Mountain Biking, 60 acre Cactus Garden 5 minutes away, and two mountain bikes are provided with the house.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1989

                      About the owner: The owners are a photographer/writer team who purchased the raw land to build Casa Chepito in the late '80s. They have worked for many national magazines including the New York Times, LA Times Travel & Leisure and Smithsonian, as well as the 'MTV Guide To Mexico.' After traveling all over Mexico they are very happy to get back to San Miguel.

                      Why the Owner Chose Centro:
                      As journalists we have traveled throughout Mexico but decided San Miguel Allende was our favorite place because of its culture, history, people, natural beauty and climate. The historical monument in the high desert is amazingly beautiful, reminding many of Tuscany; but with the special warmth of the Mexican people. San Miguel somehow has a perfect symbiotic meld between the foreign and Mexican communities. Although a small town, as an art colony it is more sophisticated than many big cities, with a wide choice of art and language schools, many types of restaurants, a world class theater, and great shopping. And it is high enough in elevation that it escapes the heat and humidity of the coasts.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      Although you may want to spend most of your time in town, the beauty of the countryside surrounding San Miguel can really be appreciated by bike. Because there are miles of dirt roads and single track connecting to town the mountain bike possibilities are endless. There are two front-suspended bikes at Casa Chepito for guests to use. The Jardin Botanico, a 60 acre garden bordering the spectacular gorge above town, can also be readily accessed for hiking from Casa Chepito. Free entrance & discount to special events with membership card, included in rental. The garden at the house is also a tranquil way to watch birds, read, or just relax in a hammock.

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                      • Living room

                        Living room

                      • You can see the Parroquia spires while lying in bed in the master bedroom

                        You can see the Parroquia spires while lying in bed in the master bedroom

                      • Bedroom Terrace

                        Bedroom Terrace

                      • Tiled kitchen is fully equipped with convection oven, coffee maker, blender, etc

                        Tiled kitchen is fully equipped with convection oven, coffee maker, blender, etc

                      • interior stairway

                        interior stairway

                      • There are many books to read in the office library, or go online

                        There are many books to read in the office library, or go online

                      • Dancing in the new outdoor rooftop room.

                        Dancing in the new outdoor rooftop room.

                      • Enjoy Christmas Day at a nearby festival.

                        Enjoy Christmas Day at a nearby festival.

                      • Exterior of Casa Chepito, from front garden.

                        Exterior of Casa Chepito, from front garden.

                      • Boveda bedroom

                        Boveda bedroom

                      • Kitchen dining area

                        Kitchen dining area

                      • Japanese bath

                        Japanese bath

                      • Balconies at Night

                        Balconies at Night

                      • Hummingbirds feed on the bedroom's terrace.

                        Hummingbirds feed on the bedroom's terrace.

                      • View from cistern of kitchen windows above the bike and tool room.

                        View from cistern of kitchen windows above the bike and tool room.

                      • Night view

                        Night view

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                      This listing was first published here in 1996.

                      Date last modified - Saturday, June 21, 2014

                      $99 per night (USD)

                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

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