Colorful, Comfortable Artist's Home with Casita Art Studio
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Colonia Guadalupe house description
“Duende” is a Spanish word that loosely translates to mean the transcendent emotional-physical-spiritual state achieved by flamenco dancers and musicians at the peak of artistic expression; it also refers to a fairy or goblin-like creature in Latin American mythology. Casa Duende, with its quirky shapes, vibrant colors, and jungle-like garden is designed to inspire creativity.
The casa grande has richly hued walls, colorful polished cement floors, artful Talavera tile in the kitchen and one and a half bathrooms, and lots of whimsical Mexican folk art. One bedroom has a brick dome ceiling, another is situated in a tower room, and the third has a watery blue floor.
The casita has a sky blue bedroom, bright Talavera tile-filled bathroom, simple kitchen, and light-drenched painting studio. It contains an extensive library of art books.
There’s a brick patio between the buildings and a roof terrace on top of the casita. Both houses have Wi-Fi and access to a washer and dryer. In addition, there’s a small painting-writing studio at the front of the property.
Casa Duende is located in the Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood, a flat 10-minute walk to the Centro or to the Fabrica la Aurora art and design center. One wakes up to the sound of church bells, chirping birds, and often fireworks (exploded in honor of all manner of saints). The tranquil, mixed Mexican-expat neighborhood boasts Via Organica (an organic market and café), as well as a fish market and natural meat butcher, a well-stocked art supply store, and more than a dozen street murals that were painted as part of the new Guadalupe Art District.
The rent includes housekeeping three times per week by Delia (who you can also hire to bake amazing pastel de tres leches cakes if you like), gardener Faustino two times per week (he sweeps the bougainvillea blossoms off the terrace and keeps the plantings lush), and on-call assistance from our charming, handy, and helpful bilingual property manager, José.
Casa Duende sleeps up to eight people, but is more comfortable with six or fewer given the number of bathrooms.
In general, we do not rent the houses separately, but may do so at the last minute if there’s availability.
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Not Suitable For Children:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Coffee Maker:
- Air Conditioning:
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library:
- Music Library:
- Lawn / Garden
- Deck / Patio
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Car Not Necessary
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Live Theater
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I, along with two friends, recently experienced an little bit of magic when we spent a week at Casa Duende in San Miguel Allende. Just by chance we found this property and it was perfect for our needs not to mention beautiful. It is central located and an easy walk to all of our "must sees" as well as a short taxi ride to those when are feet were rebelling!! Our hostess, and her staff at the casa, had all in order to include little details such as enough hangers for three women!! Concerning activities....just put on walking shoes and go. The area will create your time spent in this magical location. We have reserved Casa Duende for time in 2014.
- Guest Judy (Sarasota, Florida)
- Date of stay 10/12/13
- Review Submitted 11/01/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Muchisimas gracias, Judy! It was such a pleasure hosting you and your friends and we're glad you'll be back!
Quiet, Artistic Jewel of a Place
Quiet, Artistic Jewel of a Place
Case Duende is a quiet jewel of a place. The casa grande and the casita are behind a safe, enclosed gate that separates the two houses and grounds from a peaceful street. Once inside, one passes through a lovely jungle-like garden before reaching the houses. There is a very pleasant and light roof terrace with chaise lounges, a hammock and table and chairs. There are two studio spaces, one in the casita and another small, separate one. I have just spent a month and a half in the casita, and have appreciated the solitude that it affords, as well as an atmosphere that is conducive to creative work. The property is cared for by a lovely family, which consists of a gardener, a housekeeper and a property manager (who is fluent in English). They have all been helpful and friendly, and have been sensitive to any of my needs. Casa Duende is about a ten minute walk to the center of town. It is a flat walk through a family-oriented neighborhood, which is populated enough at all hours for one to feel safe at all times. I would highly recommend this rental. It has been very pleasant staying here, and a pleasure working with the owners, who have made life in Casa Duende very comfortable and inviting.
- Guest C.R. (New York City, NY)
- Date of stay 08/01/13
- Review Submitted 08/31/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Thanks. We're so glad you enjoyed yourself!
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7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
US$1,250 per week; US$3,950 per month. Discount available for longterm (3+ month) rental.
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Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: Our family's San Miguel de Allende roots stretch back to the late 1950s, when Gina's mother, Leigh, who was a well-known artist, earned her MFA in painting from the Instituto Allende. Gina and Dave currently divide their time between the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and San Miguel de Allende. They lived in Mexico for four years when their now college-aged daughter was little and built Casa Duende with Gina's mother. Gina is a writer and editor and Dave is a musician and arts administrator. We love the color, music, cultural traditions, and humane pace of life in Mexico.
Why the Owner Chose Colonia Guadalupe:
The Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood is wonderful. It's artsy, tranquil, and an easy 10-minute walk to the historic Centro. Unlike some San Miguel neighborhoods that feel like suburbs of the United States, Colonia Guadalupe is still full of Mexican families. During the past few years, it's also become foodie central with the establishment of Via Organica (an organic market and café), as well as a fish market and natural meat butcher. There's an art supply store near the house and more than a dozen street murals now adorn the neighborhood thanks to the new Guadalupe Art District organization.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We built Casa Duende to serve as a creative family compound. It took a year and half to build. Dave oversaw the jazz-like process -- the builders drew the outlines of the rooms with sticks in the dirt and no power tools were used to construct the buildings. Even the ladders were made by hand, so the house is full of soul and personality.
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Casa Duende Street Entry
Casa Grande Living Room
Casa Grande Dining Room
Casa Grande View from Kitchen to Dining Room
Casa Grande Bedroom 1 has a double bed and a desk.
Bedroom 2 has a double bed.
Casa Grande Bedroom 3 has two twin beds.
Casita Art Studio Sitting Area
Casita Library Nook
Steps to Roof Terrace
Entry to Casa Grande
Casa Grande blue concrete stairs flow down to the living room like a waterfall.
Casa Grande Kitchen
Casa Grande Bedroom 1 has a brick 'boveda' dome ceiling and a walk-in closet.
Entry to Bedroom 2 (aka the 'tower room')
Little Art Studio and Laundry Room at Front of Property
Casa Grande Upstairs Bathroom
Casita Art Studio
Courtyard Sitting Area Between Casita and Casa Grande
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