Elegant Spanish-Style Centro Villa Fabulous Views(31 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
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
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Member since: 2011
- 2400 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- King size beds (1) Very comfortable 'American' mattress with featherbed and electric blanket with dual controls, Queen size Beds (1) Very comfortable 'American' mattress with featherbed and electric blanket with dual controls, Twin or Single Beds (2) Very comfortable 'American' mattresses with featherbeds and electric blankets...moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- On the edge of the Centro Historico--you are in Centro in one block, then it's an easy 5-7 minute stroll to the Jardin, the epicenter of San Miguel. It's a slight up-hill, coming back, but we consider that a very small price to pay for our spectacular views. (And, cabs cost about two dollars if you do not feel like walking back to the house.) Central courtyard, balconies, huge terrace with outdoor kitchen/wetbar, great 60-mile views, gorgeous interiors including European antiques and Oriental carpets, luxury linens, whole-house air conditioning. Very convenient secure off-street parking if you have a car. Maid and gardener come three times per week. Cook or chef available per request at additional expense....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 6 people
A rare commodity in San Miguel that you will truly appreciate in the warmer months (April & May) Air conditioning units have been installed in each bedroom and entrance hall for added comfort....moreless
- Broadband Access:
- Clothes Dryer
- Free Long Distance:
(2) Two non-vented gas fireplaces-- which will keep you extra warm-- in the living room and the master bedroom with gas heaters in the other rooms. In addition there are wall mounted heating/cooling units in each bedroom....moreless
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
- Deck / Patio:
- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $99
- Tax Rate 5%
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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
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Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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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Gorgeous, comfortable living room festooned with European antiques
Our home's verdant courtyard entry incorporates the original chapel entrance
A delightful, joyful Jose Marin sculpture graces the entry hall
The boveda-topped dining room features antique chairs and our family's crest
The large, light-filled kitchen with six-burner gas stove and adjacent pantry
The rooftop sala, with high-end gas BBQ, refrigerator and granite counter tops
The elegant master suite with boveda ceiling and handmade Portuguese-style bed
Master bathroom Double sink and marble
The queen Azul Suite features an antique headboard and hand-embroidered coverlet
The twin bedroom features unique Mexican iron and brass beds and a huge bathroom
Roof Top Terrace
Ground floor patio
You'll enjoy fabulous Centro, lake and mountain views from the 600 s.f. terrace
Custom wrought iron main entrance door.
Entrance foyer features 18th C Spanish mirror and 19th century chest and Santo
A large cantera fireplace and doors from the old chapel enhance the living area
Central courtyard with french doors to the azul bedroom & the master's balco
The terrace is perfect for lounging with a Margarita and watching the sunset
The master's cantera fireplace and comfortable couch make the suite very cozy
The master's sky-lit tub/shower will make you feel like you are in a Roman spa
Queen Bedroom bath and shower
The sitting room with a flat-screen TV, DVD, wireless internet & Vonage phone
Heavey and secure solid iron gates to enter property
Ample, light filled and well appointed kitchen with polished cement countertops
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Monday, December 05, 2016
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