|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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The name of our home Manto de Luna means cloak of the moon and this eclectic colonial artist's house is nestled at the top of a hill overlooking the city center of San Miguel de Allende. You can see our home when standing in front of the main church in the zocalo city center. A romantic private deck off the master bedroom and rooftop terrace opens up to sweeping vistas of the Parroquia-main cathedral that will take your breath away. Sip a glass of wine and watch the fireworks or the birds migrating from the botanical gardens. Relax in the sun beside a Moorish inspired fountain or read books in the two shaded lounge chairs surrounded by blazing purple bougainvilleas in our garden. The secluded patio on the other side of the dining area has an outdoor table and umbrella to dine al fresco. The living room has a gas fireplace, cozy furniture, stereo, cable television, and high speed wireless internet.
The spacious master bedroom has a king size bed, dressing area, and secluded deck perfect for morning coffee. There is an antique wooden desk that looks out to the mountains and a large tiled bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub. The upstairs guest room has a king sized bed, bathroom and whimsical folk art. Downstairs the romantic den has a Moroccan theme and there is an additional queen sized bed and window that looks out to the garden. The fully stocked kitchen has everything you need to prepare gourmet food at home. There is a bottled water dispenser in the kitchen and the house is supplied with large bottles of fresh water for cooking and drinking. Our maid Concha cleans twice a week and our local property manager Gwen is very responsive and available to help should any need arise. There is a washer and dryer in the basement.
Follow the winding cobblestone streets for a 10-15 minute walk down to the main zocalo past 17th century buildings in this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage city. It is also just 10 minutes to the botanical garden where you can hike among succulents and cacti swarming with birds and butterflies. Just blocks away is a fascinating mask museum and the bustling Mercado Ignacio Ramirez. It's a 3 minute walk to the Santo Domingo swimming and spinning club and you can take a cab to visit the nearby hot springs and swim in bovedas and caves. Atascadero is a historic neighborhood filled with gorgeous homes adjacent to the city center and was home to Sterling Dickinson, the director of art-conscious San Miguel de Allende's biggest art school.
Our colorful home is uniquely filled with original paintings, prints, ceramic pottery and folk art. The owners are both artists with a young son and Rafael López is an accomplished painter who has created United States Postal Stamps, award winning children's books and an official campaign poster as one of the Artists for Obama. You can view his work by typing Rafael Lopez into your browser or clicking on the link below to his website. There is a also a link to the Manto de Luna website posted below.
We created a house book filled with insider suggestions of activities listing our favorite restaurants & cafes, live music and activities, guidebooks to San Miguel de Allende. Renters who have stayed at our home have returned year after year bringing their family and friends. It is the ideal spot to explore our magical mountain city of colorful gardens, intimate cafes and shady courtyards.
Rafael and Candice López are both artists and the owners of Manto de Luna. Rafael is a painter born in Mexico City who has created seven United States Postal Stamps including the 2011 Latin Music Legends stamps series. In 2010 his illustrations won the Pura Belpré from the American Library Association for Book Fiesta and in 2014 he won the Pura Belpré honor for Tito Puente Mambo King. In 2012 he won the Pura Belpré honor for The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred. He has won 2 Americas Awards for children's books. In 2012 he was asked by the Library of Congress to paint the official National Book Festival poster. He has created paintings for Oprah Winfrey's school in South Africa. He is one of 8 Artists for Obama and did the official campaign poster Voz Unida that sold out overnight. To learn more google Rafael Lopez Artist and Illustrator in wikipedia. Candice is a professor of Art and Design who teaches in San Diego and has taught students abroad in Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland. She teaches a course called Travel by Design and believes that many people use travel to promote personal transformation. They have a desire to make a change and by visiting and exploring new places are able to discover parts of themselves they are unable to find in any other way. As a result of travel they become fearless risk takers, more flexible and can solve problems that lead to a more fulfilling, inspired and productive life.
Candice López purchased this house in 2003
We spent a month in San Miguel in 2003 and connected to the architecture, mercados and spirit of community. In San Diego we live in the heart of downtown in a large industrial loft that is our studio and home so we fell hard for the garden, immense vistas, unique quality of light and warmth of San Miguel de Allende. The vivid colors and rich textures of our town fuel Rafael's artwork and books. Atascadero was our neighborhood of choice because it lies next door to the city center and has panoramic views of the downtown zocalo, hillsides and surrounding countryside.
We come to drink in the local color of stirring religious processions, authentic regional foods, international chamber music and film festivals. We like to sit in intimate cafes and listen to street musicians and draw and write in our journals. There is an artist sketchbook easel in the house and you can take it out and paint should you be so inspired. Often we sit quietly in the lounge chairs and read good books or enjoy toasting the sunset from the roof. Our son enjoys long hikes in the nearby botanical gardens and together we shoot photos and draw to record our experiences.
We love walking to town each day, exploring the mercados, savoring the restaurants and meeting with friends. Our home is a place to renew and re-charge your batteries and we enjoy the chance to share this restorative experience with others. Our house book is filled with wonderful notes and sketches from previous guests who have connected with the people, culture and spirit of our town.
Muchas gracias, we thank you for our fifth year staying in your beautiful casa and city. We love being here and search the home for everything that is new this year. Love the Moroccan blue room! We always take a bit of San Miguel de Allende home with us the people, the culture and your house.
Beautiful views, comfortable and clean accommodations. Great decorations inside the home which reflect Mexico. I felt a nice ambience full of happiness and harmony. We enjoyed the patios and the master suite was my favorite place in the house where you can see on a clear night the moon! Thank you Candice and Rafael, I'd love to stay there again.
We stay there for 3 nights, beautiful house with practically two master bedrooms and one smaller.
We enjoy it a lot, it was clean and they put us some drinking water.
Excelent view to downtown.
I will return for sure next time.
We booked this gorgeous home and loved it! The location is above city center and only a short walk into town for great food, shopping, and sight seeing. The rooms were a perfect blend of interesting art and comfortable charm. And the beds were very comfortable! The outdoor patios are lovely and allow great views of the city. I highly recommend staying here! I look forward to going back.
I spent 10 wonderful days in this gorgeous home during my stay in San Miguel de Allende. It was the perfect house and I enjoyed its character and charm. It is a beautiful home with many levels and tranquil outdoor spaces. The location is ideal, up on the hill and a bit out of the way from the hustle and bustle. It is still plenty close to make the short walk down into town to sightsee and explore. I actually enjoyed the home so much it was great to spend a day or two reading by the fountain and relaxing during my trip. I found the house book to be an integral part of my planning with amazing recommendation for food and sights. Everything I needed was there and made my stay very simple and memorable. I felt very safe in this home and its surrounding area as well as during my walks down into town. People are so friendly and helpful, I cannot recommend SMA enough. I will definitely return and hope I am able to stay at Manto de Luna again. It's incredible!
We were so pleased to stay at Manto de Luna. Located on top of a hill, the home features gorgeous views of San Miguel and the cathedral. The home is in a safe area, walking distance from the city center. If you're lazy like me, walking down to the city and taking a very cheap taxi ride back up the hill is the way to go. The interior is spacious and comfortable with beautiful art and furniture that is authentic to the city. I especially enjoyed the secluded patios and rooftop terrace—amazing spots to unwind and reflect. I can't wait to return to this very special place!
We felt so lucky to find and stay a week at "Manto de Luna". This home has a great spirit.
We stayed with our two young daughters and enjoyed all the beautiful views and comfortable, relaxing spaces throughout this home. We walked every day to town and felt very safe in the neighborhood. San Miguel de Allende is a very family-friendly town. So much to see and do. We took full advantage of the owner's list of places to see and things to do. Then it was great to come back from all of the activities in downtown each day to such a nice, comfortable home.
The house is very well equipped with everything you need in the kitchen. We even prepared a big breakfast and served it on the rooftop terrace one day and it was absolutely amazing!
17th century UNESCO World Heritage site, Live music, Processions, Gourmet Food & Wine Festivals, Cooking classes
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.