|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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***NOTE: From September 26 through November 1, 2016 and December 2016-January-February-March 2017, ONLY the casa grande is available -- NOT the casita, which will be occupied. The casa grande has three (3) bedrooms and one and a half (1 + 1/2) baths, with a maximum occupancy of FOUR (4) people. While the buildings are separate, they are near each other, so if you wish to visit during this time period, it's important that you be on the quiet side. The listed price reflects a discount.***
“Duende" is a Spanish word that loosely translates to mean the transcendent emotional-physical-spiritual state achieved by flamenco dancers and musicians at the peak of artistic expression; it also refers to a fairy or goblin-like creature in Latin American mythology. Casa Duende, with its quirky shapes, vibrant colors and jungle-like garden is designed to inspire creativity.
The casa grande has richly hued walls, colorful polished cement floors, artful Talavera tile in the kitchen and one and a half bathrooms, and lots of whimsical Mexican folk art. One bedroom has a brick dome ceiling, another is situated in a tower room and the third has a watery blue floor.
The casita has a sky blue bedroom, bright Talavera tile-filled bathroom, simple kitchen, and light-drenched painting studio. It contains an extensive library of art books.
There's a brick patio between the buildings and a roof terrace on top of the casita. Both houses have Wi-Fi and access to a washer and dryer. In addition, there's a small painting-writing studio at the front of the property.
Casa Duende is located in the Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood, a flat 10-minute walk to the Centro or to the Fabrica la Aurora art and design center.
One wakes up to the sound of church bells, chirping birds, crowing roosters, barking dogs and often fireworks (exploded in honor of all manner of saints). Please note: this is the soundtrack of Mexico. If you are especially sensitive to noise and these things make you cranky, ours is not the rental for you.
We have a one-week minimum stay policy, but if there is last-minute availability, we may consider three-day rentals.
Casa Duende isn't good for young children due to fragile folk art and cement stairs.
Also, in general, we do not rent the houses separately, but may do so if there's last-minute availability.
Interaction with Guests:
The rent includes housekeeping three times per week by Delia (who you can also hire to bake amazing pastel de tres leches cakes if you like), gardener Faustino two times per week (he sweeps the bougainvillea blossoms off the terrace and keeps the plantings lush), and on-call assistance from our charming, handy, and helpful bilingual property manager, José. I am also available via email or phone from the States to help with anything that comes up.
The Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood is wonderful. It's artsy, tranquil, and an easy 10-minute walk to the historic Centro. Unlike some San Miguel neighborhoods that feel like suburbs of the United States, Colonia Guadalupe is still full of Mexican families. During the past few years, it's also become foodie central with the establishment of Via Organica (an organic market and café). There's an art supply store near the house and dozens of street murals adorn the neighborhood thanks to the Guadalupe Art District organization.
The casa is super convenient. You can walk most anywhere and taxies are inexpensive and plentiful.
Other Things to Note:
We built Casa Duende in 2000 to serve as a creative family compound. It took a year and half to build. Gina's husband Dave oversaw the jazz-like process -- the builders drew the outlines of the rooms with sticks in the dirt and no power tools were used to construct the buildings. Even the ladders were made by hand, so the house is full of soul and personality.
Our family's San Miguel de Allende roots stretch back to the late 1950s, when Gina's mother, Leigh, who was a well-known artist, earned her MFA in painting from the Instituto Allende.
Gina and Dave currently divide their time between the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and San Miguel de Allende. They lived in Mexico for four years when their now college-aged daughter was little and built Casa Duende with Gina's mother. Gina is a writer and editor and Dave is a musician and arts administrator.
We love the color, music, cultural traditions, and humane pace of life in Mexico.
Owner/Property Manager purchased this house in 2000
The Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood is wonderful. It's artsy, tranquil, and an easy 10-minute walk to the historic Centro. Unlike some San Miguel neighborhoods that feel like suburbs of the United States, Colonia Guadalupe is still full of Mexican families. During the past few years, it's also become foodie central with the establishment of Via Organica. There's an art supply store near the house and dozens of street murals adorn the neighborhood thanks to the Guadalupe Art District organization.
We built Casa Duende to serve as a creative family compound. It took a year and half to build. Dave oversaw the jazz-like process -- the builders drew the outlines of the rooms with sticks in the dirt and no power tools were used to construct the buildings. Even the ladders were made by hand, so the house is full of soul and personality.
Absolutely perfect oasis of succulents and art and bright colors in San Miguel. Casa Duende is a truly authentic artist's haven within walking distance of the city's gems. We visited during the Dia de los Muertos festivities and were greeted with a warm welcome. The casa itself is amazing; brightly colored walls, original artwork, beautiful high-ceilinged rooms, tile everywhere. Is a writer's paradise, especially if you can sneak away up to the rooftop veranda with your coffee.
We were more pleased with every step we took into the garden toward the casa! Brightly painted rooms with traditional decorations, lovely paintings, interesting ceilings and lots of windows/skylights everywhere in the house were a pleasant surprise. We did lots of walking with the casa being stratigically placed a nice stroll from the center of the city. We did not cook, but the kitchen appeared to be fully stocked with the necessary items...including a water cooler to refill our personal bottles. Our every need was given immediate attention by Jose and company. Very nice!
We just spent a week in San Miguel de Allende at Casa Duende and would highly recommend it. The house is even lovelier than the photos - so colorful and dramatic. We had everything we could need for a perfect Mexican holiday. Jose and Delia were very welcoming and we enjoyed a home cooked meal from Delia with tamales and a tres leche cake. Gina was particularly helpful - responding quickly to my queries and making the rental process easy. We fell in love with the tin lamp in the dining room and Gina connected us with the artist in town who delivered one to our door to take home with us.The nearby Via Organica grocery and cafe was a hit - had several good meals there. We look forward to returning someday soon to SMA.
This is not just a house, it's an art museum and inspiring studio all rolled into one. Beautiful, GORGEOUS rooms painted in bright juicy colors, every detail beautiful and whimsical. The casita (art studio) was seriously inspiring, and my daughters and I painted and wrote into the wee hours. The care taking family, Delia and Jose and Faustino, are kind and attentive to one's every need. They really go above and beyond!! The neighborhood is quiet and close enough to the Jardin (center of town) to easily walk, and yet not in the MIDST of it all. Wonderful natural food grocer/cafe just around the corner (Via Organica). Wonderful fresh hot tortillas down the street. Fish market (we made the best meal from fresh caught fish!) a few blocks down. I can't wait to return and am going to bring all of my writer and artist buddies with me!
We loved our visit to SMA and our choice of lodging - Casa Duende! Gina was great arranging everything, always quick to answer with very helpful information. Jose, the house manager, was there to greet us when we arrived. He was helpful should we need anything throughout our stay. The Casa and Casita are beautiful inside and out. There are large water dispensers so no one got sick from the water. All our needs were met. Great location, too, just a 10 minute walk to El Jardin (the center of town). We had a great time!
First time in San Miguel de Allende and got lucky! First, the area, Colonia Guadalupe is close to everything and exudes charm as well as feeling. The casita and artist's studio quaint, comfortable, safe, has a fully equipped kitchen and lovely surroundings including a garden and roof deck. It's a haven from the hustle and bustle of the Centro and a cozy spot to call home. You'll find the staff to be rays of sunshine with smiles and charm. Writers, artists, those who like privacy will enjoy this precious spot.
San Miguel de Allende is a 400-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site that's full of beauty, culture, and life. Colonia Guadalupe, where Casa Duende is located, is an artsy, quiet neighborhood that's a flat 10-minute walk to the Jardin in the historic Centro.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
US$1,250 per week; US$3,950 per month. Discount available for longterm (3+ month) rental.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.