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Casa Escuela Bilingue - Charming Private Home in Centro

(25 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Two story home behind walled garden, separate one bedroom Casita, and roof patio

Casa Escuela Bilingue – a piece of history in the heart of San Miguel.

Location: Centro in San Miguel de Allende (Five minute walk to the Parroquia or to the Instituto Allende)

Accommodations: 2 bedrooms and 2 baths in main house. Third bedroom and bath in casita.

This unique home in the heart of San Miguel began as a two-room bilingual school in the 1950’s, owned and run by noted educator and writer August Irving Ramirez. It was renovated and expanded in 2002 into a spacious and charming retreat.

Nestled quietly off the main road, Zacateros , Casa Escuela Bilingue, with its two gardens and 3 private bedrooms, is a perfect place to return to after a day of exploring the many things to see and do in the city.

Located on a private lane, you enter the home through a beautiful walled courtyard with outdoor sitting areas and a lush garden. Stepping inside, you enter the large living room, dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. In the living room, one of the couches turns into a foldout sofa-bed if required. A large second bedroom (with a king or two singles) and private bathroom, with large French doors onto the garden, is up three stairs from the main room.

Upstairs, there is a large master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and a private balcony overlooking the garden. Across the landing is a lovely covered terrace, or sala, with built-in seating, washing facilities and views of the garden. An iron spiral staircase takes you up to the roof top terrace and a garden with a view of the surrounding city and Parroquia.

Separate from the main house, a private casita with a double bed and private bath opens onto both the private lane and the garden.

Great shopping, restaurants and groceries are just steps away on San Miguel’s best shopping street, but the private passageway and interior gate create a very quiet location. Within one block in either direction, you will find several fine restaurants, small supermarkets, an ice cream shop, and an organic grocery store, several wonderful shops for talavera pattery and tiles, Oaxacan rugs, metalwork and a broad range of Mexican folk art.

There is a house keeper who will be available once a week, a gardener who tends to the many plants and flowered pots several times a week, and private laundry facilities for your use. The house is also fitted with a water purification and pressure system. The home has three gas fireplaces – located in the living room and the two bedrooms in the main house.

There is a local property management company on call two blocks away to deal with any concerns that may arise during a rental period.

For home entertainment, the home has two TVs , a DVD player, a CD player, and access to cable TV.

Please go to LINKS below and click on identified website to view more photos of the house, patios and gardens.

Keywords: Located in Centro area off Zacateros (one of best shopping streets in town) with entrance to home off private laneway, two-storey home with a separate casita, second floor covered patio and private patio off master bedroom, two walled-in gardens located in interior courtyard and rooftop
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Main renter must be 25 years or over ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    master bedroom has a balcony that overlooks the garden ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Can also be set up as two twin beds - garden access ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    Private hideaway in separate building - off garden ...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s)

    2 pullout sofas - in second bedroom and living room ...moreless

  • King size beds (1) Or two twin beds, Queen size Beds (1) In master bedroom, Double Beds (1) In separate casita, Twin or Single Beds (2) alternate is king bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double Sofa bed in living room...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Ultraviolet water purification system, Separate casita with bathroom. Rooftop patio. Private secluded lush garden Within walking distance of main square, restaurants, and shopping ...moreless


  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    A wide selection of classical cds ...moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen LED 42' TV in living room; 2nd TV in main bedroom ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    A selection of movies available for use ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Parroquia seen from rooftop terrace...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    There are three gas fireplaces - one in living room, and one each in the two main bedrooms...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Outdoor sala is perfect for doing workouts, yoga etc. ...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    3 gas fireplaces are located in various rooms in house ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless is provided ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    there are parking lots nearby that provide lower rates for longer stays...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    Property management company can arrange cooking if requested ...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils


  • Balcony:

    Off master bedroom on second floor ,...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Spiral staircase leads to rooftop deck...moreless

  • Golf:

    Two golf courses within 10 minute drive of house ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Large second floor covered patio....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Two private gardens. One on ground floor as you enter house and a rooftop garden with views of San Miguel ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Clay tennis courts are within 5-10 minute walk from house ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
May 1 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$850 $2,200
Shoulder Season
Jul 1 - Nov 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,000 $2,500
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,200 $3,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Post Departure Cleaning $40


Long term off-peak rentals over 2 months are negotiable.

Maximum of 6 people.

Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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Car: Not Necessary

A number of thermal hot springs are located a short cab ride from town. Access to outdoor swimming pool/ fitness facilities at nearby hotels - 5 minutes from house. Several clay tennis courts within 10 minute walk from house.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2011

About: We are a Canadian couple, born and raised in Toronto. We have spent time in other regions of Mexico over many years and decided to buy a property in San Miguel de Allende in 2011.

Why Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico:
We came to visit some friends in Summer 2011 and fell in love with San Miguel and this house in particular. It was originally a small bilingual school converted into a home some years ago. We hope others will enjoy the uniqueness, charm and peacefulness of this house as much as we do. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Pearl and Kingsley

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

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  • Main entrance off garden

    Main entrance off garden

  • Garden gate off private lane

    Garden gate off private lane

  • Dining table

    Dining table

  • Second floor master bedroom

    Second floor master bedroom

  • Master bedroom balcony.

    Master bedroom balcony.

  • Master bedroom Ensuite Bathroom

    Master bedroom Ensuite Bathroom

  • Main Floor second bedroom with view to living room.

    Main Floor second bedroom with view to living room.

  • Casita


  • Casita Bathroom

    Casita Bathroom

  • Patio view of Parroquia

    Patio view of Parroquia

  • Entrance gate to private lane.

    Entrance gate to private lane.

  • Main entrance off garden, with Casita on the right.

    Main entrance off garden, with Casita on the right.

  • Main dining room/living room

    Main dining room/living room

  • Kitchen


  • Second floor Master bedroom

    Second floor Master bedroom

  • View of Garden from Master bedroom balcony.

    View of Garden from Master bedroom balcony.

  • Main floor, second bedroom with ensuite bath and walk out to garden.

    Main floor, second bedroom with ensuite bath and walk out to garden.

  • Bathroom off Main Floor Bedroom

    Bathroom off Main Floor Bedroom

  • Casita


  • Second Floor Sala

    Second Floor Sala

  • Roof patio

    Roof patio

  • Roof garden

    Roof garden

VRBO #384812

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Monday, April 17, 2017

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