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The Place Where Butterflies Dream

Bedrooms 2
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A quiet,contemplative oasis yet close to the excitement and charm of the city.

On the southern edge of Centro within a 5 minute walk to Parque Juarez , and a 9 minute walk to the center of San Miguel de Allende, sits Casa de Mariposas. It is situated in a very quiet and private area with no road traffic and a large, lush beautiful garden and courtyard. The furnishings are primarily contemporary with antique counterpoints and fine art. The property could accommodate a couple in the main house alone, or 4 people using both the house and a separate casita with all of the amenities.

I do occupy the studio building across the courtyard from the main house and the casita. My guests privacy is of utmost importance to me although I will occasionally need to enter the main house at pre- arranged times in order to access my car on the upper level and to handle laundry.

Upon entering the property, you enter a serene and magical world. There is a large courtyard and garden with 3 ancient trees which provide respite from the almost year round sunshine in San Miguel. The courtyard offers a Jacuzzi, a meditation area surrounded by foliage and flowers, and a hammock for reading and watching the birds and butterflies flit in and out of the overhead trees. A fountain surrounded by lush plantings and a sitting area provides soothing water music. There is also a covered loggia off the main house L.R. and kitchen with a dining table for 8 as well as a sitting area. It looks out onto the courtyard and garden area.

The main house has a very large living room with 3 couches, a fireplace, many pieces of art and sculpture and is a perfect place for large scale entertaining. There is also a full bath with shower, a dining area, a kitchen and TV room as well as an office with Internet and Vonage phone, all on the lower level.

There is a wood-burning fireplace in the TV room as well as an adjacent flower-filled patio for your morning coffee.

On the second level is a very large bedroom suite with a king sized bed, and down comforter, with a dressing room, a separate mini library with reading area and large luxurious “his and her” bathrooms. The womans bathroom has a tub and the mens bath contains a shower. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the bedroom for romantic, winter nights.

Also on the second level is a separate casita (small house) containing a large main living area with full kitchen ,sitting area, dining area, desk, large screen TV and full Internet service, and a separate bedroom, and bath. This space has lots of natural light along with excellent interior lighting.

There is a private patio adjoining the casita which looks down into the courtyard below. Additionally, the casita has a separate entrance allowing the occupants to come and go without disturbing the occupants in the main house. This lovely and well appointed casita is available for rent separately from the main house. The cost for the casita alone is dependent on the length and time of the stay and includes a housekeeper once a week. Contact me with your proposed dates for a quote.

On the roof accessible from the main house is a patio looking out onto all of San Miguel. It faces southwest, so the sunsets are quite remarkable. There is a sitting area surrounded by bougainvillias, the perfect place to have your evening wine or margaritas. And if you are planning to prepare your dinner at home, there is a garden from which you can pick your organic lettuce for a salad!

The very friendly housekeeper, Lillia, comes twice weekly and can also do your laundry for a small fee. Should you desire her more often at an extra cost, that can be discussed with her.

The calendar on the website does not take into consideration that there are 2 separate living spaces on the property. Therefore, it might indicate that the property is not available when in fact only one of the spaces is already booked. Please contact me for more information if you are interested in any or both of the accommodations.

More Details

Carol Deal
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Carol Deal

I moved to San Miguel almost 20 years ago and have happily called it my home since then. I am an artist and have my studio on my property and share it with my dog, Mister and 2 cats who delight in keeping me company while I am working.

Carol Deal purchased this house in 2000

Why Carol Deal chose Chorro

My husband (now deceased) and I built this house 15 years ago after much time spent searching for the perfect piece of land. We wanted something that was in the Centro area of town and at the same time, very private and this property satisfied that criteria.

I believe that this property is unique in that it is primarily my home and not simply a rental. Because of that, it is filled with treasures from all over the world, providing the guests who do come here with a very personalized space for their vacation.

Like many others, we originally came to San Miguel for a vacation and immediately fell in love with the town and its ambiance. I am still enchanted with it after over 20 years.

What makes this house unique

The sounds of the birds in the trees in the early morning, the incredible view of the entire town from the rooftop area, the 'hacienda' type architecture, the sounds of nearby church bells, the massive old trees in the main courtyard, the hammock where happy reading time is spent and much, much more. I am a designer and have spent many years collecting unusual and unique furnishings, art, and objects which I believe make the property feel like a true home, not simply a rental property.


Chorro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This bath is on the lower level of the main house.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located in the casita with custom handmade tile.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , Women's bath, very large, off the master bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Men's bath off the master bedroom. Very large.
  • All bathrooms have custom, handmade tiles and luxury features.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , This bedroom is in the main house on the 2nd floor.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This bedroom is in the separate casita.
  • King size beds (1), double size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
I believe that my home offers many things that most rentals do not provide. It is truly my home and is filled with treasures from all over the world which make it a very personal 'home away from home.' Additionally, although it is in what is referred to as 'Centro', it is very private and secure.


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The Place Where Butterflies Dream
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
New York City

Beautiful home artistically decorated throughout. Large lovely garden visited by hummingbirds.

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 couples who rented the house and the cassita. The house is very large and loaded with artwork and photos. You have to see it to believe it.King size bed, well equipped kitchen, lots of living space and a beautiful view over the city from the roof.The cassita is small but comfortable.Beware the garden hammock! You may never get up as you watch the butterflies and hummingbirds. Mister, her much too cute dog, will greet you each time you come and go.

Carol was available and helpful throughout our stay. She drove us to the Tuesday market and introduced us to some of the vendors. She was warm, friendly and we shared stories but didn't intrude on our space.

It's a 10 minute downhill walk to the town center. There are inexpensive set taxis everywhere if your not inclined to walk back. There's a beautiful park less than 5 minutes away. One tip, do not rent a car. The streets are incredibly narrow. Enjoy watching the natives negotiate the steep cobblestones.

San Miguel is a wonderful place to visit if your looking for some R&R. Lots of things to do, just check the weekly paper. Music, films, classes in abundance.Good, inexpensive restaurants. It's clear why many American come for extended stays or semi retire to San Miguel. Much more interesting and much less expensive than Florida. Carol's home would be a great base to explore the town.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello to all of you...... Thanks so much for your very detailed description and positive review of my property. And, I just want to say that I enjoyed you as much as you enjoyed being here. I miss you and look forward to your coming again in the future. My very best to you!!! Carol
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cambridge\u003C MA

In a word: Superb

  • 5 of 5

This was a fabulous experience and the house is drop dead gorgeous, comfortable, with a collection of art that only an artist herself -- our host Carol -- could put together in the home she thoughtfully built for herself and lives in now, except for some rentals from time to time. We--my sister and friend, of a certain age, all stay in great

hotels throughout business and personal world travel. We aren't easily impressed, but this

magical house and expansive and lush grounds won our hearts. I still can't believe the hundreds of calla lillies in the garden, the sunset view from the uppermost deck, the discovery throughout two weeks of yet another wonderful piece of sculpture in the garden. Carol was good at taking care of us, anticipating what we might want to know, with wonderful wine and appetizers to greet us when we arrived, staying in touch throughout our visit to make sure all was well. We would all love to come back but we hurt our chances with yet another well-deserved review of five stars!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luxurious Home, Great Views, Warm Welcome

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed in this spectacular home for a week and we were sad to leave. The beds were comfortable, the views of the town and mountains were breathtaking, the private gardens inviting, and the hospitality was generous. We could spread out and have privacy in spacious bedrooms with private baths, then gather in intimate sitting rooms or on one of the many outdoor terraces. The kitchen had everything we needed when we wanted to eat in, and there were dozens of fabulous restaurants an easy walk away. Carol, the owner, was gracious, taking us for a walk into town on our first morning to orient us and was always ready with tips for shopping, adventures, and dining. She is a caring, kind host. This gorgous property felt like home on our first night. We will return and stay longer next time. David Jenkins, Asheville, NC

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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THIS is the place!

  • 5 of 5

We just concluded a one week vacation in San Miguel, renting this beautifully appointed, spacious, and strategically located home from Carol Deal. When we arrived, we were blown away by the quality of the accommodations and the gracious hospitality extended to us by Carol. This unique home has both character and spirit. There is beautiful art throughout and equally important attention to comfort and detail. We felt like royalty in this home.

As a guest who owns another property abroad, I have a special appreciation for everything Carol has done to make her home the treasure it is. Her welcome is genuine and her hospitality is real.

Carol asked us to feed her 2 dogs, Maggie and Mister several days of our one week sojourn. These 2 dogs are an absolute delight: loving, well-behaved, and stranger-friendly. They greeted us every day we returned from our trips into town. This small responsibility felt like a small way we could express our appreciation for the experience of the week.

As a physician in private practice, I plan to refer many patients and friends to this home. The experience is the best you could imagine. THIS is the place!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Miguel stay at it's best!

  • 5 of 5

Everything I could ask for in a home away from home in San Miguel for a month long stay. The casita is beautifully decorated, the rooms are well equipped and comfortable, the vistas are lovely from every window. I especially liked the wonderful natural light. My host was very accommodating and I look forward to staying in the casita on a future trip to San Miguel.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Liz H

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed in this casita for extended periods annually for the last seven years. It has become my home away from home. It is quiet, bright, clean and wonderfully appointed. This full size apartment it totally furnished including heat for cool winter mornings, a comfortable bed and access to the owners laundry facilities, so it is an easy place to stay for extended periods. I became particularly fond of the private out door patio which overlooks San Miguel and a fabulous neighborhood restaurant just two blocks away. Access to the center of town including movie theaters, shopping and galleries is a short and easy walk. The owner, an artist, is always kind and helpful. As a long time visitor to San Miguel, this casita is by far my favorite.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Leon, Guanajuato
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
San Miguel
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
San Miguel
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
San Miguel
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
San Miguel
Car: not necessary

My property is located in a prestigious area of the city and is a 9 minute walk to the center of town. The largest and very beautiful park is a 5 minute walk from the house. The property is very private with high walls and a quiet contemplative atmosphere and yet only steps away from the excitement of San Miguel.

Aside from the listed attractions in San Miguel, there are a multitude of activities to suit most any interest. Numerous art galleries with openings on several nights of the week, local tours as well as tours outside the town, remarkable musical events with performers from all over the world, live theatre, horseback riding in the nearby mountains, cooking classes and much more. You will not have time to do all that you want!!! The local English -Spanish newspaper has all the events listed for the week, so it is easy to plan your stay here.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

The prices are variable depending on whether both the main house and the casita are rented and the length of the stay. Holiday times are higher. A damage deposit is required and assuming no damage will be returned prior to the guests departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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