A Celebration of Light & Color in El Centro, Great Cook, Beautiful Garden(21 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
House, 5 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
From the moment I open the door to our house which I share with my husband and family, I feel centered. Our home is about joy, light, and color. It is located just 3 blocks from the center of San Miguel, uphill from the cathedral, jardin and market with wonderful views of the city.
We have 5 bedrooms on the entry level floor, 4 with queen size beds and 1 with 2 twins, sometimes used as an extra living room. The bedrooms open directly to the patio (no corridors) in the true Mexican tradition and thus provide privacy for each room.
Between the master bedroom and another bedroom there is a split bathroom, one room with a toilet and lavatory, the other a tub shower and lavatory. The second bathroom, quite large, has its access from the courtyard and contains a large shower along with toilet and lavatory.
The stars at night are huge and an added treat if you go to the bathroom in the night. When looking at the entry photo, note that the bedrooms and bathrooms are all to the left while the living room, dining room, kitchen, and pantry are to the right.
Twenty eight years ago when we first saw this house, occupied by the refrigerator repairman, there was a giant sow nursing her piglets in what is now our laundry space. Fortunately we also saw that the plan and light orientation were perfect. When we came back for the closing several months later, the ceilings that had been propped up by wood poles at the corners, were now on the floor of each room. A year later, with a lot of rubble removed, our house was somewhat ready.
My husband, an architect who built schools in Columbia during his Peace Corps years, along with myself, put the house back together, nurtured the existing trees, planted more bougainvillea and a garden, added skylights to each colorful room and decorated with simple furniture and textiles from Mexico.
After our first vacation where I had to cook, we hired Juana, who is a fabulous cook of typical Mexican comidas, a wonderful vegetarian cook (our proclivities), keeper of the house and a wonderful spirit who will listen patiently to bad Spanish (mine) or anybody willing to try.
There is a fountain, a large and venerable olive tree, table and chairs for eating in the patio. From there stairs lead up half a level to a garden with a fruitful lime tree, a patch of grass for sunbathing or reading, as well as a table and chairs. You may also get to the garden by a meandering garden ramp for anyone who doesn't do stairs.
From the garden there are a few more stairs and a ramp to an upstairs bedroom/sitting room and a very large flat roof. Our daughter when younger, would roller skate there but not before 9 a.m.
Here is a good view of the street activity and over the roof tops of town and at dusk, the birds fly in overhead to find their evening rest. Then about margarita sipping time come the brilliant sunsets and night sky. Often the cathedral is lighted at night as well as a number of the many other churches of San Miguel.
My favorite thing to do is watch the light in the morning which first freshens and warms, flattens at midday, intensifies in the afternoon, and backlights toward dusk. This house is just wonderful. It is only three blocks to the Jardin in the center of town, or to the main market, an easy walk.
One of our renters recently wrote' We loved your house. You are so right that it is full of soul. Guests who arrived at night just gasped at the sight of the lanterns illuminating the courtyard..then we would take them up to the roof deck to see that glorious unfolding of the night sky. It is wonderful the way every room has folk art and fabrics..very much a loved home, rather than a 'rental'.' Marion F. of Sarasota, Fla.
While shopping is fun, looking at the old buildings the shops are housed in is also fascinating. Many of these buildings are 400 years old. There is a lot of musical events to choose from with the Chamber Music Festival the first 10 days of August, The Cervantes Festival in nearby Guanajuato in the Fall and jazz and jazz guitar performances at restaurants and the Angela Peralta theater one block from the Jardin. You can also find local theater and flamenco performances.
San Miguel has many new cultural festivals. Check the website Portal San Miguel for information.
I am writing this now in San Miguel year 2016 and as I look at our home, the folk art that we have collected, I realize our home now reflects artist craftsmen whose work is no longer available but for many,the traditions have been passed down to their children who of course have put their own artistry into their work. We hope our renters enjoy this part of the experience in our home which is OUR HOME, which we share/rent to people who enjoy the arts.
Keywords: Traditional Mexican home with the touches of an architect and colorist.
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Member since: 2001
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Events Allowed
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Bathroom # 1 has a tub shower BAthroom # 2 has a large shower
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Broadband Access:
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Deck / Patio
- Housekeeper Included
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Jan 2 - Mar 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Pet Fee $100
TAXES ARE INCLUDED IN YOUR FEE
Tipping is necessary in Mexico. Please ask us about tipping.
Additional guests over 4 guests are $20.00/night up to 8 guests maximum.
There are no refunds if cancelled less than 90 in advance in Low season and 120 days in advance in High season
Owner's cancellation policy:
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Year Purchased: 1988
About the owner: We fell in love with San Miguel on our honeymoon and returned to study at the Instituto. We returned regularly and John was part of the architecture and planning team for Los Balcones. We are happy that many years later burros still come by our street with their owners carrying wood and garden manure for sale. The fountain at the end of our street seems to be a good resting spot for the burrors and their owners.
Why the Owner Chose Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico:
When we first were looking for property, we wanted to be in the el centro area, an easy wish at the time as San Miguel had not grown so very much. We also did not want to go any higher on a street than we could push a wheelchair as our son was born with cerebral palsy. So when people ask us about the walk up 3 blocks, I tell them that up until our son turned 24, we pushed a wheelchair up to the house. My husband, an architect, first looked at the direction of the light and visited the house at different times during the day to see how the light played in the house and garden. The light is wonderful!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
For us, the benefit is just being there in the heart of San Miguel and in our home which is so visually pleasing to us. Whether we are just sitting around on the black and white tiled entry benches with a geranium on either side having a coffee, or in the garden with our lime tree and flowers intertwined in trees, or up on the roof, we just seem to be happy there. I feel centered. The house also flows with the early morning light to nightfall; being outside in the house is what the house is about. At night, the roof is an incredible place to overlook the sparkle of San Miguel, and the stars. Then we all go into the dining room and living room... all connected space to talk or play Scrabble or other games. Then it feels cozy. The kitchen for Margaritas and leftovers from the usual wonderful lunch prepared by Juana, our cook, is adjacent. We have a wonderful cook who comes with the rental of the house, which is a real vacation from cooking for us and watching her all so many lessons in Mexican cooking. San Miguel is just outside our doors, 5 minutes downhill is el centro with restaurants and just sitting in the Jardin watching San Miguel go by.
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Our entrance patio with the bedrooms to the left, kitchen, L.R, D.R on right.
The living room is the evening gathering place and opens to the dining room.
Our cook prepared this feast for 8 people… a delicious treat at home.
Part of our folk art collection in the dining room
The Master Bedroom can open to an adjoining room/great for young families.
Second Living Room or a bedroom adjacent to the Master Bedroom.
The alternate ramp to the garden with our palms
Sitting area at garden level, ramp and stairs to a sitting room and roof
View down from the covered area of the roof from a comfortable chaise.
view from roof to the close by main cathedral 3 blocks away.
The dining room open to the kitchen
Our kitchen where our cook prepares wonderful comidas.
The view from our bedroom
One of the Five bedrooms, with color and folk art.
Pick limes in the garden all year round.
steps and ramp to the roof terrace from the upper garden
the long roof terrace with chaises under the roofed area
This listing was first published here in 2002.
Date last modified - Friday, February 24, 2017
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