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Mesmerizing rooftop view of the Parroquia

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Space 3,336 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Luxurious 3 Bedroom, 4 Bath, office, in center with stunning view of Parroquia

From the rooftop of this luxurious hilltop home on a narrow cobblestoned street in San Miguel, you can almost reach the glittering spires of the Parroquia on starlit nights. The house renovations highlight the amazing artisan work by local artists who are masters in carved furniture, metal repoussé works of art, sculpted stone, sponged paintwork, tile work, vaulted ceilings (bóvedas) and wrought iron. The architect created light filled spaces, fully taking advantage of the golden light of this town...even the bathrooms all have skylights.

You enter from the street through heavy mesquite doors into the older colonial part of the house dating to the 17th or 18th century. As you come into this original colonial foyer with 15 ft high ceilings, you'll find the ground floor bedroom and its hand painted tile bathroom. The bedroom has a gas fireplace with a stone mantel carved out of the local cantera stone. Going past this columned entrance into the renovated part of the house you will walk through the courtyard and to the 'portal' containing a wet bar with red cantera sink for dining al fresco. The courtyard has a grill and an authentic pizza/bread oven. The scent of jasmin tangled around the columns and the Juliette balconies perched above this courtyard will dazzle you.

My husband and I are both serious cooks and our 'hacienda style' kitchen is designed to cook and entertain, with a tiled kitchen island and custom designed gas burners fitted with a 'comal' (griddle for tortillas). It is a delight to cook in this kitchen, with enough space for friends and family to be part of the fun around this kitchen island.

There is filtered water throughout, including the wet bar.

Only the faucets for watering our plants have unfiltered water from the city.

The heavy mesquite dining table can accomodate up to 8 persons. This dining area is a combination dining/living room. Our cook is on call to prepare breakfast for you three times a week and for a nominal fee you can arrange for her to prepare a gourmet Mexican dinner for you.

The living room space has a carved cantera stone fireplace and a seating area. A flat screen television is hidden behind a handcarved entertainment center/bookcase in this area.

The master bedroom, on the second floor has a balcony towards the street as well as a courtyard balcony. It has an imposing fireplace for cold winter nights (in fact, every bedroom has a gas fireplace) and a spacious lightfilled, tiled bathroom with a bidet.

This floor has the 'mayan blue' bedroom with its boveda ceiling and Juliette balcony. The ensuite bathroom is a vision in travertine with prehispanic looking cantera columns lining the entrance to the giant tub/shower area. This entire area is bathed in sunlight from multiple skylights.

On this second floor, there is a fourth bedroom converted into the library/office area for you to work in, although the distraction is the view of the spires of the Parroquia from this space. This office space has a fourth bathroom.

The stairway from here takes you up to the rooftop through a horizontal sliding glass door, a design by the architect to bring light into the house and allow a passage to the roof at the same time. The rooftop is the non plus ultra of this house, the perfect place to have breakfast, sunbathe, or to contemplate a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine, surrounded by pots of lavender.

Our housekeeper, cook, and gardener/manager are there to help make this a perfect vacation.

Please be sure to check out additional photos in our blog link on this website.

More Details

Owner
Gilda
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 13, 2017

About Gilda

I recently retired after teaching at a boys' school in Washington DC. I love the idea of travel and the world it opens up. I have brought my students to San Miguel in the summer for several years hoping to instill in them a respect, curiosity, and understanding of our neighbors to the South. I hope our guests experience an enriching and unforgettable cultural adventure in San Miguel de Allende as well.

Gilda purchased this house in 2012

Why Gilda chose Zona Centro

Coming here with 'my boys' made me think about what a special place San Miguel was: its unique history, the people who have lived here for generations and the international flavor that expats from all over the world give it.

What makes this house unique

When my husband and I stood for the first time on the rooftop of this home one evening as the sun set, we knew this was the perfect place. We had rented in different areas of town and knew we wanted to be in the historic center, but not necessarily in the midst of the noise and commotion of the frequent San Miguel celebrations. We wanted a leisurely walk into town, but not too far of a walk either. We felt like Goldilocks when we found this house...not too far...not too close...just perfect!

Amenities

Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3336 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Huge travertine tub for two with skylight
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Luminous bathroom with skylight over shower
  • All bathrooms have heaters.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • All bedrooms are luminous, airy, and have individual gas fireplaces.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
This house has purified water throughout. Free calls to the US and Canada and a local landline.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Mesmerizing rooftop view of the Parroquia
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
5

A most wonderful 70th birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5

We came here for my spouse's 70th and it was without doubt one of the happiest weeks in our long lives. We were greeted warmly by sweet Miguel and lovely Maricruz, and the moment we entered the foyer we knew we had struck gold, as we approached an attractive courtyard and a large homey kitchen/dining room. Upstairs, three beautiful bedrooms beckoned.

But the jewel in the crown is the vast roof, with its lush container garden and magnificent skyline views and intoxicating spring scents and the exquisite sound of bells.

Actually, there two jewels in this crown, the other being Maricruz and her sublime cooking. Not to be missed are her sopa de lima, pescado a la Veracruzana, tamales both savory and sweet, mango & jicama salad, pay de guayaba.

And yes, we can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Second stay as wonderful as the first

  • 5 of 5

We came back to Gilda's house after three years to find it equally spectacular. The owners keep the property up beautifully and maintain the same wonderful staff.

We had a fabulous 60th birthday meal prepared by Maricruz. Miguel was totally attentive to our needs.

This time we brought another couple who were also taken by this amazing house.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comment! We were excited to have you back for the second time and hope you return for a third time.
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5

We had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I found the place for a wedding that was taking place down the street. There were 5 of us staying at the house and it was a blast. The town was great, the house was gorgeous and had no problems getting in and out.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pender Island,BC,Canada
5

Wonderful home in magical SMA

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year renting this beautiful home,and we would have rented again except that the owners are staying the months that we would have liked... And who can blame them! Everything from the location,to the gorgeous views from the rooftop, the cook and gardener couple, Maricruz and Miguel, the beautifully appointed interior, is a great experience.

Maybe next time they will give us back our slot...

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ani and Daniel, The benefit of renting is making friends with people like you. We look forward to meeting you in person this winter.
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Scottsdale, Arizona
5

A little bit of heaven in SMA

  • 5 of 5

We rented for a month and could not have been more pleased. This is a wonderful house with interesting architectural detail, well furnished and very comfortable. The roof terrace was a special treat with amazing views of the Parroquia and much of San Miguel ... the perfect spot for reading, playing games and cocktails. We have rented in SMA several times over the last ten years and this is one of our favorite properties. Location is perfect for quick walks to the center of town with all its great shopping and restaurants. The staff is particularly outstanding. Miguel (speaks good English) and Maricruz are wonderful and most accommodating. Maricruz is an excellent cook and kept the house filled with flower - her arrangements were amazing. All in all the perfect place for our stay in San Miguel.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Frank and Sherry, Thank you so much for your review of our property. We hope you'll be back again.
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Mission Hills, Kansas USA
5

Behind the door, find an oasis

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely home. Open the door from the steep cobbled street and enter a green, private openair courtyard with burbling fountain. There are flowers and pots of jasmine that perfume the air. Step through arched doorways into a comfortable living room and kitchen area equipped with everything a cook could want, and then relax in the evening with a glass of your favorite in the patio dining area.

Upstairs there is an airy master bedroom with balconies on 2 sides. The beautifully tiled bath is ensuite. Another bath and study is just across the hall, then flanking the open courtyard the hall leads you to yet another gorgeous bedroom with ensuite bath.

If you want the most enchanting view of all, go up to the rooftop terrace and zen out with the sunset or sunrise as day begins or ends over the historic village.

This is a very well-located home. Just up the hill a bit from the hustle and bustle, but high enough to catch a fresh breeze. It's enough of a limb from town to justify dessert, but not enough to deter you from going out.

Miguel and Maricruz will spoil you for ever returning to regular life. My boyfriend kept saying Maricruz should open her own restaurant, she was so proficient in the kitchen and her food was so delicioso.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
León, Guanajuato
Nearest Restaurant
15 Metres
Manantial
Car: not necessary

Majestic town of San Miguel de Allende, World Heritage Site, cradle of Mexico's battle for independence from Spain in the historical heartland of Mexico.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700

The rates are based on full occupancy of 6 persons. Please contact us if you are a party of less than 6 persons for a discount. Maximum rent for one month is $5,500. Booking is made with one payment only for the total amount, due two months before arrival if booking ahead of time. No refund can be made after the two months before departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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