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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Centro Historico house description
Please Note: six person maximum occupancy.
Beautifully renovated and stylishly decorated, our 3 bedroom home features Spanish Colonial architecture and all the modern conveniences! Perfectly suited for 2-3 couples, we have a truly enviable location, just two easy blocks from the Jardin. Our outdoor areas include a spacious center courtyard with fountains and a dipping pool, a second level covered patio with wet-bar, and a covered rooftop. Plenty of places to relax, entertain and enjoy.
Your rental includes our wonderful full-time housekeeper, Sofi who can also prepare simple and delicious Mexican fare. Sofi comes Monday - Saturday from 9 am until around 2 pm. Meals prepared during her working hours are included, although you will need to pay her for groceries, or any extra hours involved. Juan is our gardener and comes Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to tend the plants and pools. Both are trusted members of our household -- we wonder how we ever managed without them!
The location is unmatched for walkability and convenience to the Jardin (two blocks North), Parque Juarez (one block South) and the busy Ancha de San Antonio shopping area. There are more than 30 eateries, from posh to simple, within a 10 minute walking radius. The closest grocery is a small but well-stocked tienda on the corner. The proprietress Eva speaks English.
The renovation of Corazon de Oro was overseen by a well-known local architect and builder, with a strong interest in historic renovations. The home is full of interesting architectural details including handsome stonework, thick walls, antique doors, cantera arches and columns, boveda ceilings, skylights and more.
The ‘golden heart’ of our property is a light-filled courtyard, featuring a trio of waterfalls, a reflecting pool and an in-ground dipping pool that can be heated on request. By day or night, there are beautiful things to see everywhere you look, making it a delight for entertaining, or for enjoying all to yourselves.
With more than 3200 sq ft of living area, Corazon de Oro is ideal for up to six adults or family group. There are living rooms on each level, indoors and out, allowing plenty of space to find quiet time or engage in different activities.
The house has a coveted southern exposure, lots of south-facing French doors, and several spacious outdoor areas. During the winter the low sun warms the house with passive solar heat; during the summer the sun is more directly overhead, which keeps the interiors cooler.
The house is located in the Historic Centro, on the first block of Sollano, a one way street heading into the center of town. It is two blocks from the central Jardin and La Parroquia, and one block from Parque Juarez. The area is a mix of private homes, and a few small businesses and boutique shops. Some very nice restaurants are located on Sollano and neighboring streets, and there is excellent shopping as well.
Being in the Historic Centro means you are likely to hear church bells, fireworks, dogs, parades, music and more – it is all random, and sometimes chaotic! Wedding parties often proceed up Sollano to the Jardin, accompanied by singing musicians, giant puppets, and the Tequila Donkey. One of our favorite memories is racing to the roof's edge to watch these 'parades' go by.
San Miguel is a wonderful walking town, and you will very rarely need paid transportation. However, taxis are plentiful and charge a flat fee of 30 pesos ($2.50 USD) for most trips. There is an extensive bus system, and several reputable shuttle companies for further explorations.
Although we have no pets, there are several neighborhood cats who traverse the connected rooftops, and find our yard especially hospitable. It is okay to befriend these cats (a Siamese named Pearita, and a big grey named Tomas) but please do not invite them into the house. Some guests are sensitive to allergies and we want to make our house comfortable for all.
I designed the accommodations to be ideal for two couples sharing a house, so there are two spacious Master Suites, with very similar amenities. The Courtyard Suite is located on the courtyard level, and has direct access to the courtyard.. The Overlook Suite is located on the second floor overlooking the courtyard. In addition, there is a separate Casita suite located toward the front of the property.
The Courtyard Suite features an American King bed with a unique silver-leafed tin headboard. There is walk-in closet space with drawers, a sitting area by the gas fireplace, a full-length mirror, and air-conditioning/heating system. Two sets of French doors lead directly out to the courtyard.
The Courtyard Suite has an ensuite bathroom. The large, airy shower is tiled in marble, and has two separate shower controls and shower heads. The beautiful double-sink vanity in this suite has a honed Carrara marble top and deep drawers in the solid wood cabinetry. High quality polished nickel fixtures are used throughout.
The Overlook Suite is on the second floor. It has an American King bed set in a four-post alder wood frame. An entire wall of closets will hold your wardrobe nicely. This room has a spacious sitting area in front of the fireplace, and a small desk. Two sets of
French doors open to small balconies, and one of the balconies leads to a set a stairs that bring you to the Courtyard level, so you do not need to traverse the house while going down to the pool.
The Overlook Suite has an ensuite bathroom. The large, airy shower is tiled in white, and has two separate shower controls and shower heads. The beautiful double-sink vanity in this suite has hand-painted semi-recessed vessel sinks and a single deep drawer in the solid wood cabinetry. Extra towels and toiletries are stored in decorative baskets beneath the vanity. High quality polished nickel fixtures are used throughout.
Both Master Suites are located in the back of the property, far from the street. The location makes them quiet (well, as quiet as possible... In San Miguel there is no escaping the church bells, fireworks and festivities in Centro!)
All bedrooms are nicely appointed with quality bedding, pillows and linens. Custom furnishings and fixtures, made by local artisans, make these rooms extra special.
The self-contained Casita Suite is located toward the front of the property, and is reached via a small set of stone steps inside the first estancia (sitting room). It overlooks the estancia, and has some views to the Courtyard. It also has a window to the street. It has a large bedroom, a separate kitchenette, and a charming bathroom.
The Casita Suite has a full mattress set atop a Grand Tour iron bed frame. A charming Kiva-style fireplace warms the casita, which is graced with dark wood floors. Finished in bright white and vivid reds, this space is a bit boho and welcoming. A pair of white-washed armoires store your clothes. A small TV is hidden behind a pair of doors on the fireplace wall.
The bathroom of the Casita Suite has a large sink set into solid alder cabinetry. A high round window and skylights over the shower keep this room bright and airy during the day. The
shower is spacious, tiled in red and white, and finished with polished nickel fixtures.
The Casita kitchen is two steps above the sleeping area, in a separate room. It has a cantera counter top, stainless steel sink and mini fridge. There is plenty of room to spread out, read and relax. Note: The casita is never rented separately, so you are assured of complete privacy. It would make an ideal 'studio space' for a painter or writer.
LA COCINA (The Kitchen)
The main kitchen on the ground floor with a window to the street is a cook’s delight. Located in the oldest part of the original structure, some of the walls are two-feet thick and over 200 years old. It has a super-efficient galley layout, with lots of counter space and excellent lighting. It comes fully equipped with large and small appliances, quality pots and pans, and so much more.
Honed marble counters, a windowed cupola and a high boveda ceiling keep this room light and bright by day, and it has excellent task lighting. Deep drawers hold most all the plates and dishes, so it is easy to reach items. (Cooks, please ask me for the extensive list of Kitchen Equipment and gadgets.)
The Italian made stove features a five-burner gas cooktop, and two electric ovens. A nearly-silent disposal and integrated dishwasher make short work of clean up, and the kitchen faucet is a work of art which must be seen to be appreciated.
***The entire house has purified water with excellent pressure, and plentiful hot water. We drink from all taps without problem. Our water-softener removes mineral deposits which can really take a toll on your hair. ***
There is an outdoor kitchen (sink, BBQ and fridge) on the second level terrace, and also a wet-bar/kitchen in the casita.
EL COMEDOR (The Dining Room)
The semi-formal dining room, just off the kitchen, features an elegant yet welcoming trestle-style dining table, upholstered chairs and bench, which were designed and crafted by one of San Miguel’s fine wood-workers. It seats 8-10 comfortably. The elegant Manuel Padron armoire serves as a storage area for linens, tall vases, candles and some the larger kitchen appliances.
The second floor terrace is ideal for alfresco dining – anytime! Here you will find an outdoor kitchen, complete with sink, gas BBQ and mini fridge. The round table and
padded chairs seat 4-6. Sheltered from strong sun during the day, and beautifully lit by night, it is a delightful spot to take your morning coffee, a leisurely lunch or that evening libation.
Or take a meal in the Courtyard by the reflecting pool, where there is a 4 person seating area, plus two adjustable lounges. We have an outdoor gas heater to ward off any chill.
- 3200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
- Purified water throughout the house. The location is tops, and once inside, you are a world away from the Centro scene. I love the ability come and go several times a day, without a long walk or daunting hills to slow me down. The layout of the home provides privacy from neighbors. No one can see into our courtyard or pool area (unless they are in a hot air balloon). The courtyard is a jewel by day or night, with stunning vistas in every direction, and blooming plants all around. The patio is visited by hummingbirds and butterflies, the fruit trees are already producing delicious limes and oranges (which you are welcome to use during your stay). The hot tub/dipping pool is a super-relaxing way to end the day, or start it. The large rooftop with gentle double-sided glider-swing is a terrific place to escape it all, read or watch the sunset....moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Not Necessary
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
local services and businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
sports and adventure activities
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Clothes Dryer
- Living Room
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Housekeeper Included
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Coffee Maker:
- Deck / Patio:
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Where can we begin to tell you how much we LOVE this property? We came for a week in August. The location is marvelous. A few blocks to the Jardin and Juarez park and the city's best restaurants. Right in the center of it all is this oasis of elegance and beauty that we feel fortunate to have found. The design of this property with respect to the architectural elements, the colors, open and naturally lit spaces and how all of the rooms connect are amazing. This is a very large special property with so many areas where people could hang out. Really several living rooms including the beautiful courtyard, the roof, the main living room on the first floor, a smaller area with its own fireplace near the dining room, the wonderful porch with an outdoor barbecue, and a beautiful other living room on the second floor. There are two spectacular master bedroom suites with amazing bathrooms and great closet space. What is difficult to describe is the beauty of the property. The stonework, the lighting design and fixtures, the use of gorgeous antique wooden doors throughout, the tiled floors, the furnishings, and the tile work in baths and number and placement of plants in terra cotta pots throughout the villa. No expense seems to have been spared in this property: from the architecture, design, furniture, linens etc. high-end. Understated elegance and colonial beauty with a modern edge (example the waterfalls within the arches surrounding the dipping pool). The kitchen is also beautiful and highly functional with every potential gadget one might want or need. In the front part of the property is a sweet small casita that serves as another lovely smaller bedroom complete with en suite bath and its own small living room. The casita is connected through the main villa living area as well. The house keeper Sofi does a great job keeping this prize IMMACULATE and can make breakfast if you ask. Manolo, the house manager is a phone call away, extremely friendly, and always available for any questions etc. Really, very very clean and smelled wonderful. We could not have better dreamed up this lovely villa in such a magical city. Photos do not do it justice. We too were reticent leaving a review as we are in the midst of planning a return and don’t want to risk it not being available.
- Guest Henry K.
- Date of stay 08/24/13
- Review Submitted 09/01/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, adventure seekers, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
A Gem in the Heart of San Miguel
A Gem in the Heart of San Miguel
Where to start? There aren’t enough superlatives to describe San Miguel, generally, and Corazon de Oro, specifically. From the moment the airport shuttle dropped us off and the property manager opened the door, my jaw dropped and I thanked my lucky stars for finding this corner of paradise. The house was very recently renovated and careful attention has been paid to every detail. While enjoying the elegance of a Spanish colonial home (the pictures don’t begin to do it justice), you also get to enjoy wi-fi, cable TV, a Vonage phone to dial the US, a local phone, very comfortable beds, exquisite furnishings, and a fully equipped kitchen that any professional cook would be proud of. In addition, a very pleasant housekeeper is available to cook and do laundry. The house is so beautiful that you almost don’t want to leave it - Except for everything there is to enjoy outside: world-class performing arts events (film, music, dance, etc.), wonderful restaurants, UNESCO heritage sites, churches, parks, nice people and very favorable exchange rates. Corazon de Oro is on Sollano, one of the most desirable streets in the Centro, very close to everything, yet quiet enough to get away from all the hubbub. A true oasis! Finally, I must mention Carla (the owner) and the whole process involved in renting this property. There is naturally some apprehension when renting a place you haven’t seen, in a city you’ve never visited and from a person you don’t know. You do not need to worry about any of that here. Carla is extremely easy to work with, honest, and very responsive. Her orientation packet and recommendations re: restaurants and things to do in San Miguel were very considerate and helpful. The few minor things that came up during our stay were handled quickly once I notified her and/or the property manager, who responded within minutes of receiving an e-mail. My only concern about posting this review is that I fear the house will not be available when we want to return in the future. Thank you for helping to make our stay in San Miguel a very memorable one.
- Guest Frances L.
- Date of stay 07/21/13
- Review Submitted 08/01/13
Review from our guest book - Semana Santa WeekGuest comment entered by owner
Review from our guest book - Semana Santa Week
Dear St Johns, Your home is truly wonderful! We enjoyed it and San Miguel so much. You asked for suggestions. The house is nigh perfect, but just a few items: 1) Steps to continue in casita bedroom/bath. 2) Nightlights near steps. 3) Paper mache or wicker lap-trays, unbreakable goblets, etc for patio (It's so beautiful!). Visit VRBO property #395868 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It's a beautiful National Park, hot baths, 3 lakes. Our property is on Lake Hamilton. Come Visit Us! The "Splash" We want tot thank you and your hubbie for your fabulous hospitality! We have had a blast. Your home is beautiful! We hope to spend another fabulous week in the future - thank you so much!
- Guest Sue, Mari and family - From Little Rock, Arkansas
- Date of stay 03/26/13
- Review Submitted 05/02/13
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Rates include housekeeping five days per week.
Our bi-lingual property manager, Manolo, is available 24-hours a-day. Very professional, and responsive. He can arrange shuttles, excursions, and more.
Linens, basic laundry and light cooking included at no extra charge. Groceries are extra.
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Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: Born in New York, raised in Thousand Oaks, and currently dividing my time between Corvallis, Oregon (home for 26 years now -- how the time goes by!) and San Miguel de Allende. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have a such abundance in my life -- healthy family, long-time friends, and the greatest luxury of all -- time to enjoy them. I've had a life-long interest in houses -- designing, building (I've become a construction nerd of sorts...) and decorating. My goal is to create spaces that are simple, comfortable and elegant, but not fussy. I'm always admiring spaces that others have created.
Why the Owner Chose Centro Historico:
After several years of coming to SMA and renting some very nice vacation homes, I knew what I wanted when I was in a position to purchase. Location was paramount to my ability to explore SMA, day or night. I'm in and out, several times a day -- sometimes just to drop off a purchase, or pick up a sweater in the evening. I cannot over-emphasize the convenience of the location. ----Why We Love This Place---- San Miguel de Allende is specially blessed - Gorgeous weather year-round. Warm, welcoming citizenry, including a vibrant expat community, and locals who are rightfully proud of their special town. Fantastic food of all kinds. Festivals beyond count. Live music from classical to mariachi to street buskers. There are many opportunities to dance, take art classes, relax and rejuvenate. No car necessary! Plentiful taxis are available for 30 pesos, and there is so much to do within easy walking distance.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
When I bought the house, it was in sore need of renovation. It had wonderful location, lots of space, lovely outdoor areas, and 'good bones', but was pretty ramshackle and certainly lacked the kind of amenities one comes to expect: reliable plumbing and private bathrooms being the most obvious. Since it needed updating, I took the opportunity to create what I always seek in a vacation home: Open floor plan, welcoming spaces, and especially parity for couples traveling together (it's really difficult to choose a 'best' bedroom).
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The Golden Heart of our home - Gorgeous rockwork, night lighting and fountains
From the entry vestibule, view past dining room and into living room.
Dining room seats 10 comfortably and in style, with matching bench
Open the doors. Gentle sounds from the fountain, the breezes -- let's entertain!
Wide galley-style kitchen, sink, dishwasher and fridge on opposite side.
Suite opens onto the courtyard, just steps from pool.
Overlook living room, 2nd level. Wonderful light, comfy seating. WIFI thru-out
Overlook Suite -King Bed, carved headboard. Twin balconies w/ views to courtyard
Overlook ensuite. Custom vessel lavs and lighting, semi-circle shower.
Everyone loves the double-sided roof-top glider. Breezes, views - read, nap.
Open floor plan brings light through the interiors
Comfortable, high quality couches and views to the courtyard from living room.
Modern kitchen, top quality appliances, large and small for your use.
Courtyard Suite - King Bed, walk-in closet, silver-leafed headboard - stunning!
Courtyard Ensuite. Double vanity, semi-circle shower. Custom fixtures - luxury!
Skylights bring light deep into the house. Simple uncluttered spaces.
Second level covered patio, beautifully lit at night. Is it time for drinks yet?
People gravitate here when we entertain. Citrus trees, help yourself!
Hmm...read first, or take a dip? (high walls and layout make this super private)
3 Bedroom / 3.5+ Bathroom
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