Breathtaking Vistas - Bohemian Artist Retreat

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View from our rooftop terrace of downtown city center


Last updated: 11/18/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The name of our home Manto de Luna means cloak of the moon and this eclectic colonial artist's house is nestled at the top of a hill overlooking the city center of San Miguel de Allende. You can see our home when standing in front of the main church in the zocalo city center. A romantic private deck off the master bedroom and rooftop terrace opens up to sweeping vistas of the Parroquia-main cathedral that will take your breath away. Sip a glass of wine and watch the fireworks or the birds migrating from the botanical gardens. Relax in the sun beside a Moorish inspired fountain or read books in the two shaded lounge chairs surrounded by blazing purple bougainvilleas in our garden. The secluded patio on the other side of the dining area has an outdoor table and umbrella to dine al fresco. The living room has a gas fireplace, cozy furniture, stereo, cable television, and high speed wireless internet.

The spacious master bedroom has a king size bed, dressing area, and secluded deck perfect for morning coffee. There is an antique wooden desk that looks out to the mountains and a large tiled bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub. The upstairs guest room has a king sized bed, bathroom and whimsical folk art. Downstairs the romantic den has a Moroccan theme and there is an additional queen sized bed and window that looks out to the garden. The fully stocked kitchen has everything you need to prepare gourmet food at home. There is a bottled water dispenser in the kitchen and the house is supplied with large bottles of fresh water for cooking and drinking. Our maid Concha cleans twice a week and our local property manager Gwen is very responsive and available to help should any need arise. There is a washer and dryer in the basement.

Follow the winding cobblestone streets for a 10-15 minute walk down to the main zocalo past 17th century buildings in this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage city. It is also just 10 minutes to the botanical garden where you can hike among succulents and cacti swarming with birds and butterflies. Just blocks away is a fascinating mask museum and the bustling Mercado Ignacio Ramirez. It's a 3 minute walk to the Santo Domingo swimming and spinning club and you can take a cab to visit the nearby hot springs and swim in bovedas and caves. Atascadero is a historic neighborhood filled with gorgeous homes adjacent to the city center and was home to Sterling Dickinson, the director of art-conscious San Miguel de Allende's biggest art school.

Our colorful home is uniquely filled with original paintings, prints, ceramic pottery and folk art. The owners are both artists with a young son and Rafael López is an accomplished painter who has created United States Postal Stamps, award winning children's books and an official campaign poster as one of the Artists for Obama. You can view his work by typing Rafael Lopez into your browser or clicking on the link below to his website. There is a also a link to the Manto de Luna website posted below.

We created a house book filled with insider suggestions of activities listing our favorite restaurants & cafes, live music and activities, guidebooks to San Miguel de Allende. Renters who have stayed at our home have returned year after year bringing their family and friends. It is the ideal spot to explore our magical mountain city of colorful gardens, intimate cafes and shady courtyards.


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Large water dispenser with plenty of fresh bottled water for drinking and cooking. Fountain, Master bedroom and roof deck terraces with stunning views from 2 balcony decks....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    One of the most spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage city center, zocalo and main church. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Sweeping vistas out to the mountains...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Last updated: 11/18/2015
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  • Rincón de Don Tomas

    "This cozy corner restaurant right on the zocalo has just 8 tables. The friendly waiters and ..."

  • Posada Corazon

    "This hidden gem is the gourmet spot for breakfast. Ring the buzzer next to the heart on Alda..."

  • Instituto Allende

    "If you can attend a craft faire here it's always lots of fun. Get really lucky and catch Gil..."

  • Mixta

    "This unique shop is filled with one of a kind eye candy from clothing and accessories to thi..."

  • Jardín Botánico el Charco del Ingenio

    "Take a relaxing hike through succulents as this place is wonderful any time of the year. The..."

  • Casa de la Cuesta

    "The Mask Museum: Other Side of Mexico is a treasure not to be missed. Located inside Casa de..."

  • La Posadita

    "The view here is gorgeous, the food is really great and affordable. Well worth checking out ..."

  • Mercado de Artesanías

    "San Miguel is known for it's folk art and it's so much fun to stroll this market for treasur..."

  • Fábrica La Aurora

    "Stroll the studios and if you are there for a gallery opening wear white. Largest concentrat..."

  • Escondido Hot Springs near San Miguel

    "Swim in bovedas and relax in the many glorious pools with water ranging from cool to VERY HO..."

  • Cañada de la Virgen

    "Explore seven architectonic structures of different sizes and styles. The last occupation wa..."

90.3 Miles
Nearest Airport
Leon BJX
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Club de gold Malanquin
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
On Correo

Car: Not Necessary

17th century UNESCO World Heritage site, Live music, Processions, Gourmet Food & Wine Festivals, Cooking classes


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2003

About: Rafael and Candice López are both artists and the owners of Manto de Luna. Rafael is a painter born in Mexico City who has created seven United States Postal Stamps including the 2011 Latin Music Legends stamps series. In 2010 his illustrations won the Pura Belpré from the American Library Association for Book Fiesta and in 2014 he won the Pura Belpré honor for Tito Puente Mambo King. In 2012 he won the Pura Belpré honor for The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred. He has won 2 Americas Awards for children's books. In 2012 he was asked by the Library of Congress to paint the official National Book Festival poster. He has created paintings for Oprah Winfrey's school in South Africa. He is one of 8 Artists for Obama and did the official campaign poster Voz Unida that sold out overnight. To learn more google Rafael Lopez Artist and Illustrator in wikipedia. Candice is a professor of Art and Design who teaches in San Diego and has taught students abroad in Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland. She teaches a course called Travel by Design and believes that many people use travel to promote personal transformation. They have a desire to make a change and by visiting and exploring new places are able to discover parts of themselves they are unable to find in any other way. As a result of travel they become fearless risk takers, more flexible and can solve problems that lead to a more fulfilling, inspired and productive life.

Why Atascadero:
We spent a month in San Miguel in 2003 and connected to the architecture, mercados and spirit of community. In San Diego we live in the heart of downtown in a large industrial loft that is our studio and home so we fell hard for the garden, immense vistas, unique quality of light and warmth of San Miguel de Allende. The vivid colors and rich textures of our town fuel Rafael's artwork and books. Atascadero was our neighborhood of choice because it lies next door to the city center and has panoramic views of the downtown zocalo, hillsides and surrounding countryside.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We come to drink in the local color of stirring religious processions, authentic regional foods, international chamber music and film festivals. We like to sit in intimate cafes and listen to street musicians and draw and write in our journals. There is an artist sketchbook easel in the house and you can take it out and paint should you be so inspired. Often we sit quietly in the lounge chairs and read good books or enjoy toasting the sunset from the roof. Our son enjoys long hikes in the nearby botanical gardens and together we shoot photos and draw to record our experiences. We love walking to town each day, exploring the mercados, savoring the restaurants and meeting with friends. Our home is a place to renew and re-charge your batteries and we enjoy the chance to share this restorative experience with others. Our house book is filled with wonderful notes and sketches from previous guests who have connected with the people, culture and spirit of our town.

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Speaks: english, spanish

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  • View from our rooftop terrace of downtown city center

    View from our rooftop terrace of downtown city center

  • Read a book while relaxing by the fountain

    Read a book while relaxing by the fountain

  • Charming patios to rest and unwind

    Charming patios to rest and unwind

  • Kitchen, living room fireplace & folk art

    Kitchen, living room fireplace & folk art

  • Spacious master bedroom with adjoining sundeck perfect for morning coffee

    Spacious master bedroom with adjoining sundeck perfect for morning coffee

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, November 23, 2015

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San Miguel de Allende #288355

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