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