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 in you find the original colonial foyer with 15 ft high ceilings and an inviting view of an interior colonial style courtyard. 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.
The third bedroom with en suite bathroom is also on this second floor.
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 3X per week to help make this a perfect vacation.