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Breathtaking Vistas - Bohemian Artist Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

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, birds migrating from the botanical gardens or hot air balloons drifting by. 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. We are a family of artists and Rafael López is an accomplished painter and illustrator 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, clicking on the link below to his website or searching Rafael Lopez illustrator and artist in wikipedia.

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Candice López
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Candice López

Rafael was born in Mexico City, an artist and illustrator who has created seven U.S.P.S Postal stamps. He is the recipient of two Pura Belpré medals from the American Library Association, the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators New York, Tomás Rivera Book Award and others. 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. Our son Santiago loves to draw, paint, write and travel.

Candice López purchased this house in 2003

Why Candice López chose Balcones

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

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.
Feb 2012
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Balcones House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Main bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Guest bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , downstairs in basement
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Large water dispenser with plenty of fresh bottled water for drinking and cooking. Fountain, Master bedroom and roof deck terraces with stunning views from 2 balcony decks.


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Breathtaking Vistas - Bohemian Artist Retreat
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 60 reviews

All that we expected and then some!!!

  • 5 of 5

My granddaughters (ages 8 and 12) did not want to leave! They shared the down stairs bedroom and felt like princesses! The house is fully equipped, we had everything we needed for an awesome stay! I loved the view from the master bedroom....the little balcony off the room was perfect! The view from the bed at night was very impressive. I woke up to the view of hot air balloons over the city ... awesome! My daughter and son in law’s favorite areas were the patios and balconies. First night we lit candles, played music and enjoyed the city night lights from the roof top balcony. On our second day we had breakfast in the patio right off the kitchen and also had late afternoon and evening relaxation in the beautiful patio off the living room area. The fact that Manto de Luna is high above the city not only gave us gorgeous views but also great and challenging walks along cobbled little streets into town. A couple times we took a taxi back up, but we also did the walk all the way back up! I look forward to return trips with family and friends! You have a beautiful place, Candice! Thank you for the opportunity to visit and enjoy!


Rebeca De La Torre

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rebeca, Thanks for bringing your granddaughters to San Miguel de Allende and staying with us. Traveling with family is such a unique opportunity and we felt lucky to take our son on his first trip to Italy this past summer with his grandmother and favorite cousin. We are convinced the hot air balloon pilots use our roof deck to navigate their way to the botanical garden. Glad they put on a good show for your two granddaughters. Rebeca, you describe the ways we like to pass our time at Manto de Luna hanging out on the roof deck, balconies and patios watching the world go by. Please return with your friends soon and happy to hear your family made some memories.
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Duncan BC Canada

A gracious and spacious authentic Mexican home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this home very much. The layout was lovely and all the rooms were spacious and well appointed with pieces of art everywhere. The outdoor garden areas at either end of the home made the home bright and the easy accessibility enabled us to enjoy them. The roof top deck has spectacular views. The walk up the hill to the home was rigorous but worth it. We felt we got a bit of a work out every day and enjoyed our cocktail hour that much more for it! Mariela and Concha, the management team, were helpful and responsive. We would gladly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emmy, Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Manto de Luna. Thanks for noticing the authenticity and artwork in our home, we appreciate that. As artists, we hoped to share that authentic bohemian spirit with artwork and furnishings that communicate our passion for San Miguel de Allende and Mexican culture. When we first discovered this property we connected to the great layout of the house, bright light filled patios and incredible views from the master bedroom and roof right into the heart of San Miguel's centro. Good to know that Mariela and Concha delivered during your stay and we value your thoughts and feedback. Hoping you will join us again in the future and greetings to you and all the wonderful guests we get from Canada.
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Houston, Tx

Beautiful views, Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful Mexican home on the Cuesta overlooking all of the Bajio valley! From the moment you walk through the front door, you enter another world. It has old world charm, a relaxing environment and everything you need. Great place!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fran, We appreciate your kind words. San Miguel is known for it's colors pulled from the earth's core and as artists we wanted to bring them inside our home. The pottery and folk art come from local artisans to bring authentic flavor. So glad you had a relaxing stay and tuned into the spirit of Manto de Luna.
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Great house! We loved our stay and would love to return again.

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is WOW. This home is beautiful. So much light, amazing views from windows and terraces. This home invokes nearly all the senses. The neighborhood also felt super safe

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jamie-Thanks for choosing to stay at Manto with your family and we appreciate you taking time to share your thoughts. It's incredible how traveling challenges you to use all your senses, and San Miguel de Allende is such a remarkable place. The visual beauty, the smells of organic coffee, savoring the spicy, sweet taste of chiles en nogada, the sounds of live music on every corner. The spirit of it all touches you. Return soon and often.
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Richmond, texas

Stunning Views!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic week at Manto de Luna. Manto de Luna is a charming, comfortable home. It's two downstairs garden patios are beautiful and relaxing, and the patio upstairs off of the master bedroom has a magnificent view of the city below. We also enjoyed the rooftop terrace for stargazing and watching fireworks. The housekeeper, Concha, was very helpful. We appreciated the recommendations for great new restaurants and events in the city. Thank you to the Lopez family for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marie Delighted to know that our home met your expectations and happy to know you savored the views. As our family is passionate about travel we always seek out insider advice about our destination. We appreciate the chance to share our favorite spots to dine, listen to music and soak in the spirit and culture of San Miguel with our guests. We are fortunate that Concha has been with our family for 13 years and keeps the house sparkling. Thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us.
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Fantastic in Every Way

  • 5 of 5

If you have the opportunity to stay at Manto de Luna, take it. The only difficulty you will encounter is having to drag yourself away from this beautiful home and it's picturesque patios to explore the magic of San Miguel. Thank you Lopez family!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We count ourselves lucky to share our home and the charms of San Miguel de Allende with fellow travelers. Travel reminds us to take every opportunity we get in life and sometimes that means to simply sit and enjoy the view. Please return soon and appreciate your stay and kind words Elizabeth.
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Nearest Airport
90.3 Miles
Leon BJX
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Club de gold Malanquin
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
On Correo
Car: not necessary

17th century UNESCO World Heritage site, Live music, Processions, Gourmet Food & Wine Festivals, Cooking classes


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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