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Last updated: 08/15/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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 is a cattail motif, designed by one of the artists. Inside the gate is secure parking, enough for at least two cars. The striking two-story house nestles against a mature pirul or pepper tree, which lends its fragrant shade to the south 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 stays warm during those cool mountain nights 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 and a custom-made bed with carved headboard, all crafted by the 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 cream-white talavera tile, a multichrome ceramic bowl 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 half bathroom and utility sinks are there for your convenience. A spiral staircase provides access to the roof terrace where the large pirul tree provides rooftop shade 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 short while you 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 fly 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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Property Type

  • House
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    We have a small TV in the downstairs living area which can be used for viewing DVD's....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We also have a small DVD library available for use during your stay....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Watch the animals come to drink at this reservoir every day....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Sunrises and sunsets are particularly striking over the Picacho Mountains...moreless

  • Rural:

    Watch sheep and goats head up to pasture every morning and see them return at night. ...moreless

  • Village:

    We are located in the small village of Alcocer, a short drive from San Miguel....moreless

  • Water View:

    This view of the reservoir is wonderful from the rooftop terrace....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Racquetball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Broadband Access:

    Wifi throughout...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane heater downstairs....moreless

  • Internet:

    With wifi throughout...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    We have a cell phone that you can easily add minutes to in Alcocer....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Cactus garden in front...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low season
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$375 $625
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$450 $700
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Last updated: 08/15/2016
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Location

100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Leon/Guanajuato

Car: Recommended

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: We are David Lucht and Stefanie Graves, artists from Paducah, Kentucky USA

Why the Owner Chose El Membrillo, Gto., Mexico:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.


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Photos

  • Boveda ceiling and living area

    Boveda ceiling and living area

  • View from dining table to entry area and into living area

    View from dining table to entry area and into living area

  • Ample built-in closets for bedroom storage

    Ample built-in closets for bedroom storage

  • Front with side yard and stairs to studio and spiral staircase to roof terrace

    Front with side yard and stairs to studio and spiral staircase to roof terrace

  • View of the presita from the rooftop terrace

    View of the presita from the rooftop terrace

  • Front view of the casita.

    Front view of the casita.

  • A cozy fire awaits on a cool evening.

    A cozy fire awaits on a cool evening.

  • The upstairs features a futon tha t serves as a double bed or couch.

    The upstairs features a futon tha t serves as a double bed or couch.

  • Desk chairs, working tables with a small patio table and chairs.

    Desk chairs, working tables with a small patio table and chairs.

  • Fully stocked kitchen with living area fireplace and gas heater seen to the left

    Fully stocked kitchen with living area fireplace and gas heater seen to the left

  • Downstairs bedroom with queen-sized bed, Mexican tile floor

    Downstairs bedroom with queen-sized bed, Mexican tile floor

  • Downstairs bathroom with Mexican-style open shower

    Downstairs bathroom with Mexican-style open shower

  • Rooftop terrace for relaxing and enjoying the view! With chairs, chaise lounges.

    Rooftop terrace for relaxing and enjoying the view! With chairs, chaise lounges.

  • The cactus garden and front gate as seen from the front door

    The cactus garden and front gate as seen from the front door

  • Every day sheep and goats parade by the front gates.

    Every day sheep and goats parade by the front gates.

  • Morning brings sunlight through the dining room windows.

    Morning brings sunlight through the dining room windows.

  • The upstairs bathroom (half bath).

    The upstairs bathroom (half bath).

  • Ample second floor studio space.

    Ample second floor studio space.

  • Upstairs entry way.

    Upstairs entry way.

VRBO #134564

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Thursday, September 15, 2016

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  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 08/15/2016

(270) 908-0755(Kentucky, USA)

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Unique Artists Retreat Near San Miguel

El Membrillo, Gto., Mexico #134564

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