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Luxurious home with private pool and fabulous sunset views

Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
  • House4000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths2
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

Casa de Perlas is a desirable 3 bedroom villa located close to the Jardin

As you enter Casa de Perlas, your first impression will be of light, graciousness and elegance. The first living area is an outdoor salon, complete with oversized comfortable furniture with seating for 6, a large wood burning fireplace and stone floors covered by antique Persian rugs. There is a separate music system dedicated to this outdoor living area with combined CD player and iPod player. An elegant powder room services this part of the home and pool area.

The house continues through a covered outdoor corridor, lined with stone columns, carved arches and elegant Palladian style mirrors. The mirrors reflect plantings around the solar (and gas) heated plunge pool in the private central courtyard: it is a wonderful oasis after a day of taking in the art galleries and local markets. The pool and gardens are automatically lit at night to add to the enchantment of this area of the home. Imagine yourself relaxing in the Sala, listening to your favorite playlist, with a glass of wine after refreshing swim.

At the end of the corridor, you will enter the large, bright Great Room: filled with original art from the owner’s travels in Asia, stunning antique rugs, very high ceilings and the highest quality furniture, it is sure to be one of your favorite areas of the home. A large stone gas fireplace anchors one wall, which divides the living area from the dining room and kitchen. The living room is intimate with comfortable sofas to curl up in. All of the lights and chandeliers are on dimmers so you can create a warm and intimate atmosphere for dining, conversation, or just relaxing.

The built in surround sound system has a high end Harmon Kardon receiver which drives the satellite TV CD player, iPod accessory, Apple TV, Blue Ray player and the 50” plasma screen. In one of two grand custom-built armoires, there is a selection of current movies for your enjoyment while you are in the home. In the other armoire, there is a complete selection of fine glassware, elegant table linens and cocktail accessories.

The owners appreciate fine food and entertain frequently, and it shows in this spacious, fully equipped cook’s kitchen. All appliances are stainless steel: a 5-burner gas range, dishwasher, dual fridge/ice maker/freezer, and microwave. In addition, you are welcome to make use of the stocked pantry, and convenient small electrical appliances (Cusinart, immersion blender etc) All Clad pots and pans and a selection of French and German knives and a stocked walk in pantry. All of the water in the house is drinkable and triple filtered with a UV and reverse osmosis process for safety and comfort.

Before you leave the kitchen, which enjoys glorious light all day from overhead skylights, you will notice the monitor screen for the security system. It is a fully monitored system, with screens and intercoms in the kitchen and master bedroom linked to the outside front door, so you need never open the house to strangers.

The second floor is the main sleeping area of the home. The bedrooms are separated by the courtyard, which ensures complete privacy for all. The luxurious and elegant master bedroom is the first door on your right, and has 2 large (screened) windows overlooking the courtyard and pool. It features a firm hotel quality king bed, a gas fireplace, an air con/heating unit, and a ceiling fan. There are 2 large closets for your use.

A wonderful Oriental rug and lined black out custom draperies provide warmth and quiet elegance. All of our bedrooms have high thread count Italian bed linens and the bathrooms are supplied with luxurious Turkish cotton towels and pure cotton bathrobes. In the elegant, sky lit Master bathroom, there is a double vanity, a generous walk in marble lined shower with bench, and a separate water closet with linen storage.

At the end of the corridor is the bright and smartly decorated second bedroom. It usually serves as the owner’s guest bedroom, and offers a hotel quality, four-poster firm queen bed with 2 large closets, and a large window with a built in upholstered bench for reading in the afternoon. The elegant adjoining bathroom is large and light filled: it offers a deep modern style tub (a rarity in San Miguel) with shower, double vanity and stunning custom oversized mirrors. Hair dryers and makeup mirrors are provided in both bathrooms.

The last room on this floor is the library/third bedroom: warm and inviting, it is a perfect place to relax with a book or compose emails to home. The library has all of the modern conveniences you would expect in a home of this caliber: wireless modem, which serves the whole house, laser printer and the Vonage phone for free long distance calls within North America.

Snuggle into the soft leather sofa and put your feet up on the ottoman as you relax in front of the gas fireplace. The Library also has the 2nd television in the house: 32” flat screen TV with surround sound speaker system, satellite TV and Blue Ray Player. The third bed is queen sized, and is contained in a custom armoire which the housekeeper will make up for you on request. This library/bed room shares access to the spacious bathroom and overlooks the pool and central courtyard.

A well-lit staircase leads to the most magical place in this very magical home: the beautiful roof top terrace. Acting as another complete living room and entertaining space, it enjoys wonderful views of the city day and night. Graced with flowering bougainvillea vines, pots of fragrant rosemary, and a prolific lemon tree, it is a heavenly place to read or just to relax.

Indeed, you will find yourself spending hours curled upon the comfortable sofa or day bed on the roof, watching the hummingbirds dart among the flowers, and perhaps planning your evening out at one of many good restaurants in San Miguel.

If you decide to cook alfresco, there is an out door kitchen with an impressive built-in charcoal BBQ grill, bar fridge and copper bar sink. The outdoor dining table can seat 6 or 8. A custom antique armoire has been adapted for entertaining: it houses the stereo system that services the rooftop, wine glasses and has a marble top for beverage service.

There is also a powder room on this level for your convenience. Behind the powder room, there is another small terrace where the owner grows culinary herbs such as mint, rosemary and thyme that you are welcome to enjoy.

Other Information:

Our industrious and accommodating housekeeper keeps the home sparkling 5 days a week, and is also an expert laundress. She also manages the garden and the pool so you will have nothing to do except relax and enjoy.

The bilingual house manager is on call to handle any issue or emergency, personal or house related. He also owns a licensed tour company, and will arrange transportation from the airports in Mexico City as well as private tours of the surrounding areas.

This home has all of the conveniences that you should expect of a house of this quality: modern plumbing and electricity, whole house water purification systems (including a water filter system in the fridge and a special dedicated triple filtered faucet at the sink) and security system.

It is truly a wonderful place to act as a base for exploring SMA, but some of our guests have said that they find Casa de Perlas so beautiful and so complete, that they never want to leave it!

Property Manager

Cheryl Young

Member Since 2013
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Cheryl Young

My husband and I met in San Miguel de Allende in January of 2010: it was his 6th year wintering here and I was on my way through to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. We fell in love and our love affair with each other and San Miguel continues. Like many other visitors to San Miguel, we came intending to rent another home, and ending up buying our dream.

Cheryl Young purchased this House in 2011

Why Cheryl Young chose Zona Centro

An American couple built Arboles 2B about 8 years ago: he was an experienced contractor and she is an artist, working here and in Taos New Mexico. This house was their fifth project here, and we naturally think that it must be the best. Every day, we see another detail, another feature, another flowering plant blooming, which makes us appreciate all of the effort and attention that they put into the project. We spent a few months in San Miguel completing the furnishings and adding artwork. Much of the artwork on the walls in the living room is from my travels in Laos, Vietnam and China. We hope to continue to add art from Mexico, Asia and our travels in Europe. We sincerely hope that you fall in love with San Miguel just as we did, and want to come back again and again. There is vibrancy and an energy here that we have not found anywhere else in world, and we love to help others discover it too.

What makes this House unique

LOCATION! LOCATION! and need we say it again, LOCATION ! Casa de Perlas is truly a perfect choice for a restful holiday that also offers easy access to the city on your own terms. Located on a quiet, tree lined side street filled with other single family homes, it is only a short walk to interesting boutiques, fruit & vegetable markets, spas, yoga studios, and restaurants, both casual and formal. RELAX IN LUXURY Rumor has it that San Miguel has more festivals than any other town in Mexico! So after you have enjoyed the excitement, colour and music in the central square ( “The Jardin”), you can retreat to your oasis in the city, Casa de Perlas. Take a dip in your own private plunge pool, relax by the fire, and then ascend to the rooftop for sunset views. The air is filled with the fragrance from the lemon tree and the pots of flowering rosemary. Completely set up for comfort, it is a wonderfully luxurious spot to read, relax and watch the hummingbirds flit amid the vibrant bougainvillaea. It is the crowning glory of a truly glorious home.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Guest Bedroom
        1 queen, Smartly decorated with 4 poster bed and luxurious linens
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, Elegant large room overlooks courtyard
      • Library/bedroom
        1 murphy bed, Fireplace, wall bed in Spanish Armoire converts to queen
      • All bedrooms have firm hotel quality beds, down duvets and high thread count linens from Europe. Two hotel quality cotton robes per bedroom for your use.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Baths
      • Guest Ensuite
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Double vanity, modern bath tub, tumbled marble surround
      • Master Bathroom
        toilet, shower, Double Vanity, granite & marble, separate water closet
      • Main Floor Powder Room
        toilet, An elegant gem of a room
      • Roof Top Powder Room
        toilet, Convenient to roof top lounge area
      • All bathrooms are modern and finished to the highest standard with the best materials. Towels are best quality cotton, as you would find in the best hotels.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          Conveniently located near La Zona, a shopping area full of interesting boutiques, restaurants, a fun nail app salon and our favourite coffee shop & bakery, La Mesa Grande.
        • Mountain View
          Glorious views and sunsets from the rooftop


            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Catering available


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      In Master Bedroom
                    • Fireplace
                      5 fireplaces. Gas fireplaces: in Master and in Den. Wood burning: in entry ‘sala' and on rooftop
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Gas fireplaces in Master bedroom, Den, and Great Room. The Fireplace in the Great Room is on a remote for your convenience.
                    • Internet
                      Wireless modem in the Library services the whole home.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                      High thread count linens for Bedrooms
                    • Living Room
                      Comfortable seating in 2 slipcovered sofas and leather chairs.
                    • Parking
                      On Street and Parking Lot a few minutes away.
                    • Telephone
                      Local phones in den, master, entry and kitchen. Vonage for free North American calling in Den.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Plush, high quality towels. Separate towels for the pool.
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Cuisinart model with whole bean grinder
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Top quality All Clad/Cuisinart pots & pans and German and French knives. Complete set of dishes, glassware and cutlery. Linens from Europe.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Full equipped chef's kitchen with polished stone backsplash and granite counters. Lit by skylights. Stocked walk in pantry . Special drinking water tap at kitchen sink is tripled filtered.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Gas heated
                        • Pantry Items
                          We have a stocked pantry which we provide for our family & friends: Please replace what you use.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Double sided stainless steel with built in water filter. With ice maker and cold water.
                        • Stove
                          5 Burner gas range
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Table linens are in the armoire along with fine glassware for wine, cocktails, etc. Very comfortable chairs.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  Selection of fiction and non-fiction, mostly history, economics or food related
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD/BlueRay Players in Living Room and in Den
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Shaw Satellite in Living Room and Den
                                • Stereo
                                  In the Great Room, there is a surround sound system with built in wall speakers/sub woofer. Harmon Kardon receiver. Also CD player, iPod accessory & Apple TV. Separate systems in outdoor areas.
                                • Television
                                  50' Plasma TV in Living Room 32' LED TV in Den
                                • Video Library
                                  Up to date movies in armoire in Living Room


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      We have 2 covered outdoor living spaces: the sala in the entry & the spectacular roof top with a fireplace, music system, out door kitchen, powder room, potted trees and flowers and culinary herbs.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Lush gardens surround the private pool in the inner courtyard.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Charcoal grill on roof top. Weber chimney to light it and BBQ tools for your use


                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Lovely plunge pool for exercise or a refreshing dip. Heated by solar and/or gas.


                                                • botanical garden
                                                • churches
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • tennis


                                                                • We are proud of our excellent staff, who will work hard to make your stay as seamless and worry free as possible. From the welcoming flowers and bottle of wine you will receive to assistance with luggage to directions on how to use the security system, it is all part of our way of saying “bienvenidos”. The house manager will welcome you, answer any questions about the house or the town, and arrange tours and airport transfers if required. Our industrious housekeeper works from 9:30 to 4, Monday to Friday. She has always received high praise from previous visitors. She is an expert laundress, and also takes care of the pool and the gardens. At an additional cost, delicious Mexican breakfast and/or lunch can be made. To help you get the most from your stay, we have put together a detailed House Guide as well as up to date files of maps, city guides, spas, restaurants, cooking schools, Spanish schools and more. There is never enough time to do everything that SMA offers!

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  11 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  A stunning home in one of our favorite cities

                                                                  Anne C.Los Gatos, CA

                                                                  Our family of six, my husband and I, our daughter and son-in-law, and grandsons, ages 11 and 13, found Casa de Perlas to be all that we had hoped for and more. This stunningly beautiful and spacious home nurtured all of us. The handsome dining table and ambiance of the great room drew us together in the mornings for coffee and breakfast. After our days out and about, our grandsons were eager to jump into the glimmering pool most afternoons. We all enjoyed the roof top terrace with its beauty and lovely breezes in the early evening. I personally felt so appreciative of the luxurious linens and RH towels, as well as the exquisite stemware. Berenece eased our days by quietly attending to our needs; she’s a gentle, caring presence. Our family is savoring the memories created here. Thank you, Cheryl and Ben! This was our third trip to our beloved SMA and, I hope, not our last to Casa de Perlas.


                                                                  Ssri B.

                                                                  When my family and I walked through the front doors of Casa de Perlas, we were immediately struck by the scale and beauty of the house, which was even more stunning than the photos. This centrally located, exquisite home will make your stay in San Miguel that much more special and memorable. No detail has been overlooked: spacious, beautifully decorated rooms; lovely pool; luxurious linens, towels and robes; well stocked kitchen/pantry; beautifully tended courtyard and roof garden; Each floor and room offers a different experience. By far, our favorite spot was the roof top living space. I am already missing early morning coffee looking out at the views -- hot air balloons in the distance, blooming bougainvillea and jacaranda trees, the sounds and fragrances of this other worldly city...The generosity and gentle spirit of Berenece was so appreciated by all of us.

                                                                  Everything we Expected and Much More!

                                                                  Taina B.

                                                                  When we were looking online for a vacation property, one of our concerns was that the house would not meet our expectations when we saw it live. We were so happily reassured when we walked through the doors of Casa de Perlas! Everything was exactly as shown in the photos and more. The house is comfortable, luxurious and fully equipped in every respect. And Berenece the housekeeper, was simply the best: hardworking, accommodating and always pleasant. It is truly the whole package and we will recommend it to friends & family.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  It is always a pleasure to have guests who recognize the care that we have put into creating our holiday oasis in San Miguel. We look forward to welcoming your friends and family to our home!

                                                                  Still fabulous!

                                                                  Rita T.Northern Ontaro

                                                                  I have been fortunate enough to enjoy a few weeks every year in this stunning home. The level of comfort and attention to every detail is exceptional and Berence, the always helpful housekeeper, is a delight. Over the years, the owners have added original artwork which makes Casa de Perlas even more special. It is apparent that they care deeply about their guests' experience. One of my highlights was the in-home massage: it is one of the best I have ever had. (Contact information is in the House Book along with other great recommendations for dining, tours etc. ) I forward to my eighth visit!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Rita, We are so happy that enjoyed your stay: you are one of our favourite repeat customers! You clearly appreciate all that Casa de Perlas has to offer. We look forward to seeing to next year.

                                                                  A museum of amazing hospitality and detail

                                                                  Kelly T.Cincinnati, OH

                                                                  Wow! I am still stunned by the beauty and ambiance of Casa de Perlas. It was the most stunning home of over 100 homes we have stayed in over the years around the world. The value for what you get , I cannot describe. I felt like royalty staying in a museum. The open air concept, the decorative details represented from all over the world, Berenice the housekeeper (or rather, the personal attendant), the top floor terrace (where we spend many dinners and enjoying fireworks), the easy walk to the Jardin, and many more wonderful memories are all highlights of our trip to San Miguel for New Years. This has to be one of the best places in the world to spend New Years. My daughter asked everyday, "Can we go to the festival today?" Everyday was a fiesta on the town square. Thank you, Laura for answering every question and every call we made. I want to move to Casa de Perlas.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much for your glowing review! We think of Casa de Perlas as our castle, and yet it is still an elegant, warm and comfortable home for travellers such as yourself. Our housekeeper is indeed a treasure, and I am so glad that you were able to take advantage of everything San Miguel has to offer at that time of year. Fireworks, fiestas, and views from the roof top terrace! What could be better? And we look forward to seeing you again.

                                                                  The Ultimate Girl's Getaway!!!!

                                                                  Rita T.Northern Ontaro

                                                                  I arrived in San Miguel with a group of co-workers and by the end of the week we left as best friends! San Miguel and your stunningly beautiful home played a crucial role in the transformation. The girls all agreed Casa de Perlas was everything I had promised and more. Over the course of the week we all found an excursion that scored high on the excitement meter, horse backing riding in the canyon, zip lining over the canyon, a personalized historical tour, art tour, a day at the SPA and unique SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES, something for everyone. We booked our final dinner at The Restaurant on Cheryl's recommendation and we were blown away, the food was fabulous only to be topped by the service. I would be remiss if I did not thank the ever efficient, pleasant and helpful Berenece whose attention to even the smallest detail makes Casa de Perlas a 5 STAR home away from home! I am so looking forward to my next glass of bubbly sitting upstairs enjoying a crackling fire and the spectacular view of the city. Thank you for opening your home.


                                                                  Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

                                                                  Set high in the hills north of Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende dates back to the 16th century, and has well-preserved baroque architecture, winding cobblestone streets and is wonderfully romantic. It will remind you of the ancient quaint little towns of Italy and France. In 2017, San Miguel took the prize for the “Best City in the World to Travel To”, as awarded by Travel & Leisure Magazine. And we have the very best of the city to offer you. LOCATION, LOCATION and need I say it again LOCATION! Our gorgeous home is centrally located: within minutes, you can be at the best restaurants, eclectic boutiques, warming & welcoming bars, and the local flower & vegetable market, San Juan de Dios, is almost just around the corner. The most photographed image in all Mexico is just 6 minutes away; the famous “Paroquia”, our glorious pink church stands proudly in front of the “living room” of San Miguel, the “Jardin”. When I give a Historic Tour (on a volunteer basis for a children’s charity here), I say with confidence that if you sit long enough in the Jardin, you will see everyone you know in San Miguel stroll by. You must not miss the Paroquia lit up at night, and take the opportunity to hire one of the roaming mariachi bands. As them to play their favourite song, as you sit, gazing up at the church, and feeling grateful that you found San Miguel and Casa de Perlas. QUIET LUXURY You will find Casa de Perlas on a quiet, tree lined side street filled with other single family homes. Rumor has it that San Miguel has more festivals than any other town in Mexico! So after you have enjoyed the excitement, colour and music in the “Jardin”, your oasis in the city, Casa de Perlas. Take a dip in your own private plunge pool, relax by the fire, and then ascend to the rooftop for sunset views. The air is filled with the fragrance from the lemon tree and the pots of flowering rosemary. Completely set up for comfort, it is a wonderfully luxurious spot to read, relax and watch the hummingbirds flit amid the vibrant bougainvillaea. It is the crowning glory of a truly glorious home.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Damage Deposit

                                                                  No other guests than those named in the Rental Agreement are allowed overnight and pets and large parties are not permitted. Please respect our neighbors if playing music on the roof top. Casa de Perlas is strictly non-smoking and the house is not suitable for children under the age of 16 years old. Infants are fine. There will be a 20% premium on all rates for special seasonal events: Day of the Dead, American Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve, Semana Santa (Holy Week)

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