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Breathtaking Vistas - Bohemian Artist Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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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 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Candice López
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2016

About Candice López

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

Why Candice López chose San Miguel de Allende

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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Breathtaking Vistas - Bohemian Artist Retreat
average rating of 4.965517 based on 53 reviews
Glendale CA

BEST house in San Miguel!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maritere, We appreciate the time you took to post a review about your stay at Manto de Luna. The view of the moon you described from the master bedroom deck inspired the naming of our home. In decorating our home we hoped to share the genuine spirit of our town, vibrant colors of Mexico and rich tradition of local crafts. Hoping you will fly back for a visit soon.
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

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.


  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mauricio, It was kind of you to share your thoughts on our home and glad you enjoyed the two spacious bedrooms upstairs and views to the heart of downtown San Miguel. Delighted you want to stay with us again in the future and it's great to know you had a rewarding stay at Manto de Luna.
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Los Angeles

Paradise in San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, We wanted to make a cozy retreat for our family and guests. As artists we have always liked to play with color and mix and match materials in an eclectic way. Comfortable bedding and inviting patios that showcase the beauty of nature on the hill matter to us. Thanks for noticing and for staying at our home.
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  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to know the house book delivered with ideas to experience the magic and style of San Miguel. Really appreciate the feedback and suggestions of guests and enjoy reading about their experiences when they visit San Miguel in the journal we keep at Manto de Luna. Thank you for considering our home for future visits.
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Wonderful Retreat in San Miguel de Allende

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: GRATEFUL you chose to stay with us on your first visit to San Miguel and thanks for taking the time to let us know about your stay. We feel lucky to share the authentic spirit and style of local crafts through our artwork and furnishings. Glad you were able to decompress and relax and hope you will bring your family to visit now that you know where to find us.
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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende with Family

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing our home for your family and glad you connected with safety and beauty of the Atascadero neighborhood. We love the close proximity to downtown but savor the tranquility of our hill just outside of the bustle. Preparing breakfast at home is a great way to save money on your trip and it's the kind of thing only possible when you rent a home. It's wonderful to start the day with breakfast at Manto, watching the birds and town wake up, then venturing out to explore. We appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback and hope you will return soon.
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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


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Arcos de San Miguel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
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
  • 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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