About the property
- House2400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Just five blocks from the Jardin, when you walk through the front door of Casa Galicia, you enter a different world - not that of colonial Mexico, as you might expect, but the world of Spain itself. Honoring their ancestors, who lived in a small town called Tui in Galicia near the border with Portugal, the owners have created a classical Spanish home that features restful white walls throughout, enlivened by splashes of color in the carefully chosen furnishings and accessories. These reflect what might have been found in a well-appointed Spanish home in the 19th Century : Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English antiques from the 17th-19th centuries and gorgeous Persian rugs as well as the maternal family's coat of arms embroidered on the dining room chairs. The extensive artwork, collected over many years by the owners, includes a painting from the owner's father's native Cuba, as well as a wonderfully acrobatic bronze sculpture by Jorge Marin and paintings by contemporary Mexican and American artists. To live in Casa Galicia is truly to live in and with a very rich history.
This 2,500 square-foot home, built in 2002 on the site of a ruined Colonial chapel, is ideally located on the boundary between the famous Centro Historico and the newer Colonia of Balcones with its superb views and easy walk to the Botanical Garden. The courtyard entry, which doubles as an off street parking area, leads to the main foyer highlighted by an antique hall table, mirror, lamp and statue of a Greek Orthodox saint that are in stark contrast to the joyful statue of an acrobat by the distinguished Mexican sculptor Jose Marin. In keeping with the home's origins as a chapel, a baptismal font has been used as a hand-basin in the half bath that is tucked behind the entry.
Reflecting its special combination of old and new, Casa Galicia offers a welcoming living and dining area, each with its own character but open to one another. The living room, with its large non-vented cantera fireplace (which will keep you very warm in the evening) is perfect for lounging and chatting in the evening. As you spend time there you will begin to notice the details—a unique 17th-century Spanish painting on wood of St. Jose (Joseph) and a pair of authentic Conquistador's spurs, among many other wonderful things.
Casa Galicia features three bedroom suites, each with its own private bath and dressing area. The master bedroom, with its specially-crafted Portuguese-style four-poster king bed, is enlivened by a beautifully constructed boveda ceiling. The master bath features double sinks, granite counter-tops and a unique walk-in shower and soaking tub, reminiscent of ancient Roman baths. The second bedroom, separated from the living room ancient wooden doors rescued from the ruined chapel, contains a queen bed framed by an 18th-century Venetian headboard and covered with an antique Susani bedspread. The third bedroom features a pair of unique Mexican wrought-iron and brass twin beds. Closet space in all three bedrooms borders on the huge, far more than enough for all guests except those who arrive with steamer trunks (but then those days of Colonial Mexico and Baroque Spain are long gone).
A special delight of Casa Galicia is its extensive outdoor living space. The ground-floor interior patio, easily accessed from the dining room or the queen bedroom, brings ample sunlight into the first-floor rooms, but its huge and very old Mesquite tree also offers shade from the mid-day sun. On the second floor there are two balcony terraces that overlook the first-floor patio and put you in touch with the leaves of the old Mesquite. One of these opens out from the hallway between the sitting/TV room and the master bedroom; the other is directly off the master suite and offers privacy for your morning coffee or evening cocktail. Finally, there is the huge rooftop patio (nearly 600 square feet) with its wonderful views of Centro (and, yes, you have a clear, unobstructed view of the Parroquia), the Presa de Allende, and the mountains beyond.
Casa Galicia's rooftop deck is a superb spot to experience San Miguel's glorious sunsets. An added feature of the rooftop deck is the newly built grilling kitchen. This area includes a refrigerator, large sink, and a 38' wide professional grill top surrounded by granite countertops. The cooking area and adjacent dining table are both covered by a large ramada that will shade you from the sun and protect you from all but the worst rainstorms.
Speaking of cooking, if you love to cook (and actually intend to do so while on vacation), you will appreciate the large galley kitchen and adjacent panty. The six-burner gas stove actually has an oven broiler (a rarity in Mexico). The kitchen also features extensive counter space to prepare your food, a large, nee top-and-bottom refrigerator/freezer, an extensive supply of top-quality cooking gear, and a large inventory of dishes, glassware and serving pieces. An added bonus of the kitchen is the large window over the sink looking out into the entry patio, which brings ample sunlight into the kitchen, making it a happy environment for cooking or hanging out.
We are just 2.5 blocks from the Ramirez Market, with flowers, produce and almost anything else you may need. Then it's just another three short blocks to the Jardin, the epicenter of San Miguel's civic life.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ONLY ACCEPT RENTALS OF ADULTS ABOVE THE AGE OF 15 WITHOUT ANY PETS OR SMOKING. THE MINUMUM RENTAL IS ONE WEEK. DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND THERE IS A 15% RATE INCREASE DURING THE WEEKS THAT INCLUDE, NEW YEARS, EASTER, MEXICAN INDEPENDANCE DAY, DAY OF THE DEAD AND CHRISTMAS.
No children under 15 please. No se permitten ninos menor de 15 anos.
No Pets Please. No se permitten animales de ninguna clase.
Alquiler por menos de una semana no son permitidas. 6 adultos maximo
Please note that stays less than one week are not accepted.6 adults maximum
15% upcharge New Years, Christmas, Easter,Indepence day(9/15)and Day of the Dead
Keywords: House, luxury, Centro, views, Balcones, near Jardin
Diane or Larry
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- May 21, 2018
About Diane or Larry
Throughout our marriage, Susan and I have enjoyed traveling widely and collecting wonderful pieces from throughout the world, particularly Europe. Our passion for collecting has now become a shop featuring European antiques though by vocation I am a physician; Susan owns a bridge club and is a Life Master. Together we share a passion for beautiful things that have their own story to tell and have imbued this passion into transforming Casa Galicia into a beautiful and welcoming home.
Diane or Larry purchased this House in 2010
Why Diane or Larry chose San Miguel de Allende
Casa Galicia is the culmination of a journey that started with a high school sophomore. Our daughter was invited by one of her co-boarders at the Hockaday School in Dallas to spend a week at her family's home in San Miguel. Upon her return she told us we must go to San Miguel since it was exactly the type of place that we would enjoy. One year later my wife, a close friend and I traveled to San Miguel. Within 48 hours we lucked upon a wonderful realtor who understood exactly what we were looking for. He worked diligently until he found the house with the right 'bones' and great wonderful views. Though it's an easy few minutes' stroll to the Jardin, Casa Galicia is just far enough away to avoid the noise and congestion that makes many locations in Centro less than tranquil. We often design interiors for our store's clients. Given our experience, Susan and I knew immediately that we could really make our discovery a wonderful place from which to enjoy the charms of San Miguel.
What makes this House unique
One of our favorite areas of the house is the roof top terrace from where we enjoy cocktails and grill in the newly-installed outdoor kitchen and wetbar. My family is originally from a little town called Tui, near the border with Portugal, in the region of Galicia, Spain. We decided to honor this heritage by doing a classical Spanish interior with white walls and lots of color as one would see in many parts of Spain. This is clearly in contrast to the Spanish colonial style seen in many parts of Mexico. The furnishings and accessories reflect what might have been found in a Spanish home in the 19th Century: embroidered on the dining room chairs is my mother's family coat of arms. There are Spanish, Portugese, French and English antiques which have been in the family for several generations. The art work, classical and modern, which adorns the walls has been collected over many years and even includes a painting from my father's native Cuba. Mexico is clearly represented by several artists but, most prominently by a wonderful acrobatic sculpture, by Jorge Marin, which greets all who enter the home.
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This was my second time seeing in this absolutely beautiful and warm Casa in San Miguel. From the moment you walk into the home you will be captivated by the beautifully decorated and welcoming spaces which include a number of interior garden spaces, as well as an expansive and wonderful rooftop entertainment area that is perfect for individual relaxation and gorgeous views of the city or a party with your friends. For my taste this casa is the perfect distance from the center of San Miguel and provides a quiet and much needed respite after long days of exploring the area. The bedroom suites are extremely comfortable and intimate, ensuring a good night sleep and privacy. The owner is extremely responsive to any questions or needs. I hope you’ll give yourself a chance to enjoy Casa Galicia!!
Pattie, thank you for the lovely review. I hope that you will stay with us again in the near future!
I just returned from a three week visit to San Miguel de Allende where my friend I stayed at this incredibly warm and elegant home located on a quiet street within centro but just far enough removed to provide for serenity and incredible views of the city on the expansive roof top flower-filled patio with a glass of wine after long days of exploring. I am a person who is very sensitive to my surroundings and from the moment I walked into this home I felt as though I had been transported into a "home away from home." The entire house is beautifully cared for and filled with a variety of art-filled comfortable areas for relaxing with a good book, a good movie, or a group of friends. The bedrooms were beautifully appointed and provided for wonderful nights of restful sleep. The housekeeper, Lydia, came to the house most days and, while she does not speak English, was extremely kind and clearly wanted to do what she could to make our stay comfortable. As you can tell, I cannot say enough wonderful things about this home and I wish to thank the owners and the property rental contact person, Diane, for additionally adding value to what was a truly memorable stay. I can't wait to come back!
Thank you for your charming and kind comments. It is always nice when guests love our home as much as we do and take advantage of its opportunities. Hope you will book with us soon again. Happy Travels!
Second Time Visitor
I just returned from San Miguel for my second stay in this elegant but most comfortable home. You know you have arrived to a special space with the interior courtyard setting a welcoming tone. Every room in the home allows the beautiful nature outside to be viewed and enjoyed inside. The rooftop terrace provided us the perfect cocktail setting. The views made you feel you were in an authentic, European setting. If the spacious rooms and beautiful furnishings weren't enough, you are greeted daily by the most pleasant host Lidia. Her warm, Mexican smile makes you know you are "her guest". Her homemade breakfasts proved to be the best way to start our day!
The brief 10-12 minute walk to the center of the village made you feel you were among the locals but don't be fooled! The restaurants are 5-star quality and could rival any large cities line up.
Sam Miguel's art galleries, architecture, multiple tour options, shopping and dining are just a few of the must dos! We took a cooking class while there with authentic Mexican ingredients! What a treat to see, hear, smell and taste their real food! "Buen Provecho"
Do not miss a chance to stay at this lovely home and experience the charm and magic of San Miguel. It will not be my last visit.
Birthday celebration at it's best !
Every expectation and anticipation my husband and I had about traveling to Mexico was surpassed. Our accommodations here in this Spanish style villa could not have been better. The location is SO convenient. The decor inside and out is spectacular and we felt welcomed when we walked in the door. (The pictures listed here are proof !). Although I don't speak Spanish, communication was not an issue as most of the people we encountered spoke at least some English. (Now I want to take a Spanish course and head back to San Miguel !) Lydia took very good care of us with her talent of cooking and cleaning. Thank you Lydia ! There is so much to do in this lovely city and we plan to make another visit ! Our decision is easy......we will stay in this beautiful villa again !
So glad you had a great stay. Let us know when you want to book your next stay at Casa Galicia.
Beautiful house, wonderful stay
Casa Galicia is an exquisitely furnished home with noteworthy artwork throughout. My friends and I enjoyed our week and a half in the villa to the fullest. The roof terrace, with its views of centro, commanded our presence each morning for coffee and each evening for cocktails. The gardener kept a myriad of plants and flowers in primo condition and the housekeeper kept the place tidy and our laundry clean. Kudos to a well run household..
Loved 1st stay in mexico
Our week long stay was simply wonderful!!
First time to visit Mexico.... We walked in through huge iron gates from the bricked Mexican, narrow streets into a heavenly abode. Each room was beautifully decorated. The courtyard, patios, and the rooftop terrace were awesome. Could sit on the terrace and view Mexico for hours. Loved my trip to Mexico, and would definitely chose this exact home again.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
A signed contract with 1/2 down will be required in order to secure your dates. The owner or the manager will call to discuss your booking with you so please leave a phone number where it is easy to reach you. No Children under 15, not pets of any kind or size, No Smoking, No more than 6 people. 2 WEEKS, 1995.00.00, 3 WEEKS 2695.00 There is a 15% surcharge for High Season(November 15-March) as well as during Mexican Independence day.