The Outstanding *Jewel* of San Miguel
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Centro Historico house description
See our calendar link on this site for availability. Extended stay inquiries invited.
How we love spring in SMA! The town blossoms with gardens, and walking around town and taking the easy walk to the Jardín is a highlight of the area. Please remember to bring your long lenses (and binoculars) for your cameras, because capturing the gardens, spectators, and surroundings of this World Heritage Site at this time is really REALLY special. You'll not soon forget this! What awesome time to be here.
The three formal gardens here at our home have flowers of various types all spring. Our on-premises gardener and House Manager makes sure that all looks fine every day! Also, WE HAVE A VIDEO LINK tour of our home (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbUndh4YVDs&feature=youtube) clickable on this site! You will find the link below. A plethora of new restaurants and businesses have been established. We will be at home there during all of February again this year, and would love to stay longer, but hey, you've got to work sometime!
Our lovely home was designed by famed Méxican architect Xavier Barbosa and is about 80 years old, secured and walled in a style which encourages comfort, relaxation, activities, socializing, bird-watching, and evening activities.
The gardens and fountains are fully lighted, a beautiful sight at night! This is a peaceful neighborhood which contains many foreign owners of homes (Americans and Canadians) and very friendly neighbors.
During our stay in February, 2013, I was very impressed with the multitude of new activities at the Biblioteca (library) here in SMA. Americans and Canadians have sponsored and organized many new programs. We saw lectures, a terrific Flamenco performance, a guitar/harp concert by artist-musician Sergio Basurto, a play at the library theater, and many others.
Languages (Warren Hardy [the finest of all language programs in SMA] is a few doors away!!), photography, art, drawing, music, walking and and shopping are some of our favorite activities. An incredible gentleman named Norman Popovsky teaches wonderful yoga classes just one street over from our home. The Playreaders of San Miguel (email@example.com) have a fascinating schedule, and if you drop them a line, you can find out what's on their docket during the time you are there! They also have an excellent newsletter. This year we found a wonderful new opportunity to see the latest and best movies! It is a small 'matchbox'-type theater on Calle Jésus which, for 80 pesos, includes even a pastry and a drink!
And while the city is indeed growing a little, it is an old colonial area in which all changes must be approved and are carefully regulated. The town is now not only a Mexican Historical Site, but is on the UNESCO list of Historic Masterpieces, and a World Heritage Site. Our house, behind our walled compound, is the leading home in the whole area of el centro, the heart of the city. It is near the central garden of the town and the main church, a very easy walk to all the best sights and restaurants, language instruction, the Instituto, and shopping.
One added note: The master bedroom has one large double bed and each of the other two bedrooms contains 2 twin beds (a total of 4 twin-sized beds). All mattresses are firm, and the 4 twin beds are all brand new in Feb., 2012
Keywords: A most elegant home; fabulous ambiance, with three formal gardens, patios, incredible amenities. Best residence in all of San Miguel!
- 5000 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Gas Fireplace:
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Wood Fireplace
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Video Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Broadband Access:
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Jetted Tub
- Deck / Patio:
- Tourist Attractions
- Not Necessary
- Massage Therapist
- Horseback Riding
- Fitness Center
- Equestrian Events
- Medical Services
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Bird Watching
- Play-reading weekly, painting lessons, 100 steps from the finest and friendliest Spanish instruction with Warren Hardy, terrific photos of Méxican windows and doors a major fun hobby, and as an 'art colony,' this town is a mecca for artists and it is replete with painting lesson opportunities! San Miguel de Allende is a paradise of interests for active adults. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Mexico, located in the state of Guanajuato. This historic town was founded in 1542. It is now a major tourist destination for a large American and Canadian expatriate community of retirees. Of the total population of about 130,000, 7,000 or so are North American expatriates. During the 60's San Miguel was a big scene for American counterculture - Ken Kesey's travels here were chronicled in 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test'. San Miguel de Allende almost became a ghost town in 1900. Fortunately it was declared a national historic monument in 1926. The city has been designated as a World Historic spot because the code in San Miguel de Allende requires maintaining the colonial look in the city proper. Therefore it is beautifully charming. The sidewalks are 500 years old. The interesting architecture and history also make it very special. San Miguel de Allende also offers visitors and residents a vibrant and lively community of artists, musicians, photographers and writers and a delightful mix of Mexican folk traditions, fiestas and religious celebrations....moreless
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Una Casa Fantastico!
Una Casa Fantastico!
My wife, college-age daughter and I were privileged to spend a week at Lavender Hill in Jan 2014. It is a very special place that we highly recommend to travelers of all types. The VRBO listing pictures and reviews do it fine justice, and all was exactly as expected. We were met at the gate by the property manager Miguel, one of the most delightful individuals that we have ever met. We enjoyed his many stories about SMA, the property, and the history of his family. He was diligent in taking care of our every need and his attention to detail, especially evident in the extensive and breathtaking gardens around the property, was excellent. The Centro location of the property is exceptional for exploring SMA on foot and very quiet and peaceful. We slept soundly and woke to birds and the sound of running water each morning. We felt totally safe and secure and never considered locking away any of our valuables. The house is beautifully decorated and adequately furnished for a stay of any length. A strong wifi signal is accessible from every nook and cranny, not typically the case in large historic properties with thick stone walls. While SMA was unseasonably cold during our visit, we could easily imagine summer nights on the spacious patios and lush gardens. We travel extensively, and truly, Lavender Hill is among the most pleasant and comfortable properties we've ever visited.
- Guest Robert R. (Redmond, WA)
- Date of stay 01/11/14
- Review Submitted 02/19/14
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
Beautiful home and incredible gardens. Attention to detail throughout the house. We walked all over San Miguel, perfect location. We enjoyed a weeks stay celebrating my mother's birthday. Great place for a family reunion. Would go back in a heart beat.
- Guest Rossana R.
- Date of stay 08/19/13
- Review Submitted 10/03/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Mrs. R, We cannot thank you enough for your gracious and descriptive review of our home in SMA! You are a Jewel, and our House Manager Miguel and his wife Aracely tell me all the time how nice you were to them. As you can see, they are like family to us, and to have tenants who appreciate the place and our folks there who take care of you, is really a thrill. Thank you very much, and please come back! Joseph P Bark MD
Amazing trip to Lavender Hill
Amazing trip to Lavender Hill
This was our second trip to Lavender Hill and will not be the last. The photos do not do it justice. It is absolutely beautiful and peaceful! The staff is more than accommodating, friendly and helpful. The Villa is sparkling clean and I would definitely recommend it to friends. Miguel, the property manager is helpful and will recommend nearby activities, attractions and restaurants and will arrange for transportation if needed.
- Guest Kitty (Lexington, Kentucky)
- Date of stay 11/01/12
- Review Submitted 11/11/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing, tourists without a car.
Gene (Beaumont, Texas)
Gene (Beaumont, Texas)
This house and its grounds are magnificent. Spacious and elegant with utmost tranquil surroundings. Neighborhood is quiet and convenient to the center of town. The setting here gives the house guests the real sense of colonial San Miguel. The house manager, Miguel, may be the real "jewel" of Lavender Hill. He is perfectly fluent in English and most knowledgeable of SMA and local area. If there is any downside, the mattresses could be updated but nothing you can't get past. I highly recommend this rental and we will be back.
- Guest Gene (Beaumont, Texas)
- Date of stay 07/24/11
- Review Submitted 08/08/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
My favorite San Miguel Vacation
My favorite San Miguel Vacation
Can't tell you how much I loved the house- The gardens were beautiful and the house and location were perfect. Miguel and family were delightful. Can't wait to go back this winter.
- Guest Lissa (Beaumont. Texas)
- Date of stay 07/24/11
- Review Submitted 08/07/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers.
This is an amazing property! From the Fortress-type wooden gates that feel like they are out of another century, to the immaculate gardens and warm, elegant interior, this home is perfect in every way! I found myself opting out of activities so as to be in this beautiful space as much as possible! The owners have created an elegant, yet comfortable, welcoming atmosphere that attends to every need. The bedrooms are separated and very roomy for maximum privacy. The gathering spaces are wonderfully welcoming, such as the rooftop terrace and the beautiful living room. The gardens are lovely and give a sense of long-ago luxury. The resident family couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. There are so many cultural and shopping opportunities here. We visited a pottery factory, a Hot springs pool, a spa; did horseback riding, dance lessons, and lots of walking and exploring the lovely city. I will return to this Magical place at every opportunity!
- Guest Jennifer (Nicholasville, KY)
- Date of stay 10/31/10
- Review Submitted 11/13/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
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7 night min stay
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Year Purchased: 1989
About the owner: Dermatologist, private practice in Lexington, Kentucky. Instructor in Dermatologic Photography, motorcycle safety avocation, traveler, artist, writer, and Rotarian. Love SMA for its arts, music, photographic, linguistic opportunities, and take many pictures there. Active Rotarian (Past District Governor) and love to attend the meetings of the two Rotary Clubs in SMA. Some of the paintings in the house are mine, and are hung there since 3-4 years of painting lessons in San Miguel.
Why the Owner Chose Centro Historico:
Fell in love with SMA and its people on second visit and found it such an oasis of culture and languages that we just had to purchase our home. Holidays and fiestas here are incomparable.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Safety, security and tender loving care are the hallmarks of our home. Many guests (we have donated time on many occasions to benefit various charities) have returned, and some have even asked for longer stays! You may contact our House Manager (lives in the separate staff quarters on the property), Miguel, to arrange transportation from the airport to our home and vice versa on your departure.
- Primary: (859) 221-9492 (Kentucky, USA)
- Secondary: 859-252-4313
Links to more information:
Our Lavender Hill placard on the front outside wall at the main door.
View of the main Formal Garden from our private terrace!
The Main Garden from our Breezeway. This is Peace Personified!
Lower Terrace from Main Formal Garden
One of the guest bedrooms
This is the Upper Sala, one of my favorite places to read, write and draw.
Painting and drawing lessons, as well as many language courses plentiful in SMA!
Nothing better to us than arising early and reading in our Sala Grande!
Another scene from the Sala Grande toward the breezeway to the Master Bedroom.
Long view, including lower terrace but not master bedroom suite.
Casita and inside the compound parking area.
Guest Bedroom sitting area. Beds off to the right.
Upper Sala fireplace. This is where we watch weather reports from the States!
Many wonderful and gratifying volunteer opportunities!!
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