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Unique Artists Retreat Near San Miguel

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Huisaches Escondido

Maybe you’ve seen San Miguel. But have you seen Mexico? If you need to get off the tourist trail try experiencing life in a real Mexican rancho by renting this get-away just minutes from San Miguel.

The village lies high above San Miguel at the foot of the Picacho Mountains. A reservoir created by a 400-year-old stone dam draws a daily procession of livestock to its shore. Horses, sheep, goats and cattle all water here daily, then move up to graze on the slopes of the Picachos. Near the reservoir (‘presita”) sits Huisaches Escondido, a house designed by two American artists and lovingly built by the abaniles of the village.

The house sits on a quarter-acre lot surrounded by a brick and iron fence. The main gate was designed by Stefanie with a cattail motif. Inside the gate is secure parking, enough for at least two cars. The striking two-story house was a collaborative design by both artists. It wraps around a mature pirul or pepper tree, which lends its fragrant shade to the west of the house. In front you can follow paths through a lovely cactus garden, then cross a natural stone patio. You approach the house under a Spanish-tile porch and enter through a custom crafted colonial style door.

The downstairs living room is a cozy, round conversation nook under a stunning boveda ceiling. Relax on the built-in cushioned couch and enjoy a wood fire on a cool mountain evening. There’s also a gas heater in this space to take the chill off. But the house itself is your friend here because the walls are built with “sillar’, a natural stone with excellent insulating properties. The house retains heat during those cool mountain nights (though in winters season you will usually need the heater in the morning and before bed) and holds the cool during the hot Mexican days, much like an adobe house.

The kitchen is set in shades of green tile with a contrasting patterned border. It’s fully equipped so you can make yourself at home right away by cooking your favorite Mexican meal. All dishes and utensils are at hand. A gas stove and refrigerator with ample counter space makes working in this kitchen easy. Two bar stools provide seating at the peninsular counter, which separates the kitchen from the four-chair dining room.

At the rear of the first floor you will enter a cool, blue bedroom to find built-in closets lined with white cedar and a custom-made queen bed, all crafted by local carpenters. The bedspread is made from hand-loomed fabric in traditional Mexican pattern. The windows face onto the “hidden Huisaches” which give the place its name. These trees hold their color all year and create a shady, green refuge behind the house.

A separate utility room off the back patio has an electric washing machine, ready for your use. The water system is pressurized so you will be able to enjoy a good hot shower every morning in the main floor bathroom. It features contrasting cream-white and patterned talavera tile, a multichrome ceramic pedestal sink, and a hand-carved mirror frame.

Ascend the curving stairs outside the front door to the studio space upstairs. This space has been tailored to make this rental an ideal artist’s or writer’s retreat. The studio is set up with two separate workspaces on either end, both with track lighting and excellent views. A futon couch is provided which can easily be converted to a bed for additional sleeping space if needed. A half bathroom and utility sinks are there for your convenience. Outside on the second floor landing a spiral staircase ascends providing access to the roof terrace where the large pirul tree shades as you take in the views from this unique property. The terrace is perfect for viewing the procession of animals moving up from the presita and past the iron “cattail” gate. The views both down the valley and up towards Eagle Canyon are spectacular. In a very short while you will begin to move with the rhythms of life in the rancho.

This is a house for those who are looking for something different than just staying in town with the San Miguel tourist flock. Spend your days and long afternoons enjoying the excitements and flavors of the city, then come away in the evening to your home in the village to taste the other side of Mexico. Or enjoy quiet days at the casita and come into town for dinner. Either way, it’s only a short 15-minute ride, and a taxi will take you there if you need it. There is also daily bus service to and from San Miguel.

Stay with us at this hidden jewel. Find another life in Mexico. Hike the Picacho Mountains. Put your feet up on the roof patio and enjoy a cool drink while you take in the view. Experience the buzz of San Miguel on your own time and then return home to the Hidden Huisaches.

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Stefanie Graves
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2018

About Stefanie Graves

We are David Lucht and Stefanie Graves, artists from Paducah, Kentucky USA

Stefanie Graves purchased this house in 2005

Why Stefanie Graves chose Alcocer

Like many visitors to San Miguel de Allende, we are enchanted by its beauty, mild weather and charming people. We decided to build this casita in a small village nearby because it provides the best of both worlds; access to San Miguel and the peace that comes from village life.

What makes this house unique

We wanted to enjoy San Miguel at our leisure while calling the quiet and repose of a small Mexican our home. Alcocer offers us this benefit. It is just far enough away from the city to be accessible but remote. Mountain views. A nice little reservoir and flowing (seasonal) creek). Sweet neighbors enjoying their own quality of life. A wonderful rooftop top enjoy on a chaise lounge under the shade of a Perul tree to take it all in. It has been our little corner of paradise and we wish to share it with you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We went to Alcocer to write and relax; this house was a perfect setting for that. The studio space on the second floor was a fantastic space to work or just daydream looking out over the mountains. The listing is accurate. The house is really lovely and well-maintained. There was a problem with the sink one day and both Stefanie and Mario, the local caretaker of the house, were very helpful; the problem was fixed right away. Alcocer is tiny, rural, and beautiful. We loved hanging out in San Miguel during the day and heading back to tranquil Alcocer at night. It felt like home from the moment we got there and we hope to return someday soon!
Jul 2014
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Alcocer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 1.5
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The upstairs studio has a queen size futon bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • racquetball
  • swimming
  • tennis
Weekly maid service provided. This property has a large artist studio space on second floor with tables and track lighting. The rooftop area is shaded and provides great views of lake and mountains


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Unique Artists Retreat Near San Miguel
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Rock Creek British Columbia

Quaint Village setting close to San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at this location in the Mexican Village of Alcocer. Set in one of the prettiest locations in the area with bus service to

the Historical district of SMA.

The creative well built house has everything you need and has a large yard to just relax in. The villagers are very friendly and we have always felt safe even walking around after dark.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Virginia Beach

Cozy Home Close to San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying in David and Stefanie's lovely home in Alcocer, just a short drive from San Miguel de Allende. It's a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of town. We enjoying the rural ambiance, yet we are close enough to San Miguel to enjoy all this wonderful city has to offer: restaurants, galleries, shopping, cultural events, etc.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peggy, thanks so much for your kind review!! We love having return guests who come to appreciate all the things we love about our home in Alcocer. Best wishes.
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Virginia Beach

Cozy Hacienda Close to San Miguel de Allende

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our month-long stay very much. The house is clean, well equipped, and charming. We loved sitting in the sunny yard and enjoying the view from the rooftop terrace. On cool nights we used the heater and fireplace. Overall, it was a nice rental and we would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2 special months in Alcocer

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I just returned from 2 wonderful months in the village of Alcocer, half an hour by local bus from the centre of San Miguel de Allende. The village is safe and the neighbours could not have been nicer. The main floor of the house was a perfect size for us and we almost never used the second story. Everything we needed was provided and the description on VRBO was accurate. Shopping was convenient at the 'corner stores' in Alcocer. Having the farm animals pass the gate each day on their way to the reservoir was a special treat. The garden is shaded and many beautiful birds visited daily.

The evenings were often chilly so we were happy to have a gas heater in the living room. There was no tv and the internet was intermittent, possibly because of the surrounding hills. It was a good place to be for us to use our Spanish and experience a more authentic Mexico than one usually gets in San Miguel.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better than you could imagine

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a tranquil, beautiful place to stay, congrats, you found it. Close to town if that is what you want but no matter what, you will get a beautiful and safe home and an authenticity that sadly doesnt exist in central any more. Highly recommend as someone who has stayed in many places in san miguel from rosewood to houses costing five times as much in central.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for sharing your experience! We do our best to make our guests' stays as enjoyable as possible and couldn't agree more that our property offers a truly unique experience.
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Country Living

  • 5 of 5

My family was very pleased with our stay at David's Hacienda. The grounds are beautiful in a country setting. An outside windy staircase leads to a lovely deck overlooking the reservoir and town. A nice way to watch the sun come up and wind down your day. My favorite part was slowly waking up to a gradual symphony of country life. The people are friendly and welcoming. I will definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're always super happy to hear that people find the beauty in our casita and its surroundings that we do. So glad you enjoyed your stay, and we look forward to having you again in the future!
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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