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Mesmerizing Rooftop View of the Parroquia

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Last updated: 04/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

From the rooftop of this luxurious hilltop home on a narrow cobblestoned street in San Miguel, you can almost reach the glittering spires of the Parroquia on starlit nights. The house renovations highlight the amazing artisan work by local artists who are masters in carved furniture, metal repoussé works of art, sculpted stone, sponged paintwork, tile work, vaulted ceilings (bóvedas) and wrought iron. The architect created light filled spaces, fully taking advantage of the golden light of this town...even the bathrooms all have skylights.

You enter from the street through heavy mesquite doors into the older colonial part of the house dating to the 17th or 18th century. As you come into this original colonial foyer with 15 ft high ceilings, you'll find the ground floor bedroom and its hand painted tile bathroom. The bedroom has a gas fireplace with a stone mantel carved out of the local cantera stone. Going past this columned entrance into the renovated part of the house you will walk through the courtyard and to the 'portal' containing a wet bar with red cantera sink for dining al fresco. The courtyard has a grill and an authentic pizza/bread oven. The scent of jasmin tangled around the columns and the Juliette balconies perched above this courtyard will dazzle you.

My husband and I are both serious cooks and our 'hacienda style' kitchen is designed to cook and entertain, with a tiled kitchen island and custom designed gas burners fitted with a 'comal' (griddle for tortillas). It is a delight to cook in this kitchen, with enough space for friends and family to be part of the fun around this kitchen island.

There is filtered water throughout, including the wet bar.
Only the faucets for watering our plants have unfiltered water from the city.

The heavy mesquite dining table can accomodate up to 8 persons. This dining area is a combination dining/living room. Our cook is on call to prepare breakfast for you three times a week and for a nominal fee you can arrange for her to prepare a gourmet Mexican dinner for you.

The living room space has a carved cantera stone fireplace and a seating area. A flat screen television is hidden behind a handcarved entertainment center/bookcase in this area.

The master bedroom, on the second floor has a balcony towards the street as well as a courtyard balcony. It has an imposing fireplace for cold winter nights (in fact, every bedroom has a gas fireplace) and a spacious lightfilled, tiled bathroom with a bidet.

This floor has the 'mayan blue' bedroom with its boveda ceiling and Juliette balcony. The ensuite bathroom is a vision in travertine with prehispanic looking cantera columns lining the entrance to the giant tub/shower area. This entire area is bathed in sunlight from multiple skylights.

On this second floor, there is a fourth bedroom converted into the library/office area for you to work in, although the distraction is the view of the spires of the Parroquia from this space. This office space has a fourth bathroom.

The stairway from here takes you up to the rooftop through a horizontal sliding glass door, a design by the architect to bring light into the house and allow a passage to the roof at the same time. The rooftop is the non plus ultra of this house, the perfect place to have breakfast, sunbathe, or to contemplate a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine, surrounded by pots of lavender.

Our housekeeper, cook, and gardener/manager are there to help make this a perfect vacation.

Please be sure to check out additional photos in our blog link on this website.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 310 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be responsible adults at least 30 years of age. No children from 1.5 - 12 years of age....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking whatsoever...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Huge travertine tub for two with skylight...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

    Luminous bathroom with skylight over shower...moreless

  • All bathrooms have heaters.

Other Amenities

  • This house has purified water throughout. Free calls to the US and Canada and a local landline. ...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Monument View:

    Fabulous view of the Parroquia from a rooftop encircled with pots of fragrant lavender. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The view of the Sierra Madre mountain range from the rooftop is staggering. ...moreless

  • Resort
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Dining:

    There is a combination kitchen dining living area ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Each bedroom has a gas fireplace ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas fireplace...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Fine linens provided ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    On street parking...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Percolator and mocha coffee maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Handpainted dishes and bowls, Italian mocha coffee maker, handblown wine glasses, a tortilla press and molcajete....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is a cook's dream ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Oil, sugar, coffee, spices, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Each bedroom has a balcony into the interior patio....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is an interior, colonial style garden....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


The rates are based on full occupancy of 6 persons. Please contact us if you are a party of less than 6 persons for a discount. Maximum rent for one month is $5,000.

Fifty percent of the rent is due within 3 days of booking, the other half is due three months before departure (if booking ahead of time) along with $700 reimbursable damage deposit.

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Last updated: 04/28/2015
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70 Miles
Nearest Airport
León, Guanajuato
15 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Cuatro Milpas

Car: Not Necessary

Majestic town of San Miguel de Allende, World Heritage Site, cradle of Mexico's battle for independence from Spain in the historical heartland of Mexico.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: I recently retired after teaching at a boys' school in Washington DC. I love the idea of travel and the world it opens up. I have brought my students to San Miguel in the summer for several years hoping to instill in them a respect, curiosity, and understanding of our neighbors to the South. I hope our guests experience an enriching and unforgettable cultural adventure in San Miguel de Allende as well.

Why the Owner Chose Centro Historico:
Coming here with 'my boys' made me think about what a special place San Miguel was: its unique history, the people who have lived here for generations and the international flavor that expats from all over the world give it.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
When my husband and I stood for the first time on the rooftop of this home one evening as the sun set, we knew this was the perfect place. We had rented in different areas of town and knew we wanted to be in the historic center, but not necessarily in the midst of the noise and commotion of the frequent San Miguel celebrations. We wanted a leisurely walk into town, but not too far of a walk either. We felt like Goldilocks when we found this house...not too far...not too close...just perfect!

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian



  • Breakfast on the rooftop

    Breakfast on the rooftop

  • Bathroom to Mayan Blue bathroom

    Bathroom to Mayan Blue bathroom

  • Downstairs bathroom

    Downstairs bathroom

  • Sunset on the rooftop

    Sunset on the rooftop

  • Interior patio, Juliette balconies encircle it on the second floor.

    Interior patio, Juliette balconies encircle it on the second floor.

  • Cantera stone detail on bathroom

    Cantera stone detail on bathroom

  • The locals prepare for the Good Friday procession on our street

    The locals prepare for the Good Friday procession on our street

  • View of jacarandas in bloom around the Parroquia from our rooftop

    View of jacarandas in bloom around the Parroquia from our rooftop

  • Spacious kitchen

    Spacious kitchen

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