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Colonial Gem With Magnificent Rooftop Views

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 1,843 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths (Sleeps 6)

Casa del Granado, “House of the Pomegranate,” located in a friendly neighborhood on historic Montes de Oca, is situated just a few blocks from San Miguel’s festive Jardin and Parroquia. The location is close enough to let you conveniently enjoy the atmosphere of el Centro, yet with enough distance to provide a respite from San Miguel’s lively nightlife.

This jewel of a home, originally built in the 1700s, was beautifully renovated by the previous owners in 2004 with the help of architect Eliazar Torres. It seamlessly blends spacious additions and modern amenities with the original 18th-century 2-ft thick adobe-wall construction.

Two large bedroom suites, each with a private full bath, and a third bedroom with a private half bath make Casa del Granado an ideal retreat for two to three couples or a family group of up to six. The house features serene outdoor living areas with fountains and incredible views from two connected rooftop terraces. The lay-out provides ample space for relaxation in secluded privacy as well as entertainment and enjoyment by the full group. Throughout, the house has been painted in warm colonial colors, comfortably furnished, and tastefully decorated with American and Mexican art and artifacts.

The house is entered from the street into a long, bamboo- shaded pasillo, or walkway, which opens onto a stone-floored courtyard shaded by the namesake pomegranate tree. The courtyard features a beautiful cantera fountain, outdoor dining table, and a covered, open-air sala, with gas fireplace, sofa, chairs and wine bar including a wine cooler—a perfect spot for relaxing in the shade or entertaining.

Stairs at the back of the courtyard lead up to the rear bedroom suite. The bedroom is painted in Mayan blue and decorated with Mexican textiles, and has a queen sized bed, Juliette balconies overlooking the courtyard, walk-in closet, tiled bath and shower, ceiling fan and gas heat. It also has its own private stairway to the rooftop terrace.

Directly beneath is the downstairs bedroom painted in warm burnt orange, like the adjoining outdoor sala, with a full-sized bed, half bath and gas heat. French doors and windows open onto the courtyard to let in abundant natural light and the relaxing sound of the fountain.

Along the pasillo, on the way to the courtyard, are an additional half bath, stairs to the master suite and roof-top terrace, and entries to the interconnected living room, dining room and kitchen. The thick 18th century walls keep these three original rooms at a near-constant, comfortable temperature, day and night, in summer and winter.

The sky-lit living room at the front of the house features a gas fireplace and window-seat. The room is filled with art, and is furnished with overstuffed sofa and chairs, and large flat screened TV. Adjoining the living room, the dining room has a solid-mesquite round table for six, crafted by a local craftsman. The kitchen is decorated in bright blue and yellow tiles and receives natural light from a window onto the courtyard. It is fully-equipped to prepare delicious meals. Cooks will appreciate convenient access to Mercado Central, just 10 minutes walking distance from the house for a great selection of fresh produce and other grocery items.

The master bedroom suite is reached via stairs from the pasillo to a private plant-screened terrace with a lovely tiled fountain. The terrace has an umbrella-shaded mosaic table and chairs, an ideal spot for morning coffee. Another flight of stairs leads to the rooftop terrace. The master bedroom is naturally lit by two sets of French doors opening onto the terrace. A king sized iron canopy bed and gas fireplace provide a romantic atmosphere. The bedroom has a beautifully tiled bathroom (with tub and shower) walk-in closet, ceiling fan and an antique armoire holding a large screen TV.

The two roof top terraces (one above each of the bedroom suites) are connected by a steel walkway. Both provide panoramic views at eye-level to the spire of the paroquilla, down to the town below and across the valley to the mountains beyond. A stone-columned, tile-roof tejada with built-in banquette seating provides shade most of the day and is a great spot for morning coffee and refreshments at sunset. Two chaise lounges are ideal for bird watching in the early morning or enjoying the sun as the day warms up.

More Details

Laura Lee
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Laura Lee

My husband and I first visited San Miguel in 1984 having arrived by train from Nuevo Laredo. We immediately fell in love with it and have returned many times over the years. When this house came available we jumped at the opportunity to have our own place here. We come here as often as we can. In the meantime, we are happy to share it with people who feel the same way about it as we do.

Laura Lee purchased this house in 2013

Why Laura Lee chose San Miguel de Allende

What is especially appealing about Casa del Granado is the blend of the old and the new, the combination of indoor and outdoor living spaces, and the opportunity to experience the beauty and serenity in privacy or together with your 'housemates.' Each of the bedrooms is separated from the others and has access to a secluded outdoor sitting area. The rooms within the original adobe walls and the courtyard offer the tranquility of a sanctuary, while the roof-top terraces provides full enjoyment of the great outdoors and the gorgeous panorama of the town and the valley and mountains beyond.

What makes this house unique

The views from the rooftop terrace are stunning--whether it be with a cup of coffee in the early morning or refreshments at the end of the day while watching the sunset.


Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1843 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Large tiled bathtub for two in master suite.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
HP computer available with Skype, Pressurized water system, purified water throughout the house Wine cooler in outdoor sala


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Colonial Gem With Magnificent Rooftop Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

A view to die for!

  • 5 of 5

We have visited San Miguel many times. This is one of favorite casas. It is only a short walk to the Jardin, but still has awesome views. The house is in classic Spanish colonial style, and is well supplied. For us, it was perfection. I mention a few things as caveats. To have great views, you need to climb great hills. If you are not fit, you can take cabs to and from the casa, and walk in town. I am 68, and had no problems. If you have poor balance, the stairs can be a bit intimidating. That said, neither we nor any of our many guests had any problem. I plan on returning next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pete. We look forward to having you back next year!
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Timeless Elegance

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa del Granado. The history of the Casa itself is integral to the history of San Miguel (original owners being Weavers) and that has been wonderfully preserved in the restoration and renovations. The Casa is clean, bright, comfortable and easy to spread out and/or gather together. The kitchen is beautiful and fresh, organic produce plentiful at local markets for preparing meals. We would highly recommend also hiring Veronica to prepare one of her home made Mexican dishes. It was delicious. Thank you to Laura and Veronica both for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pamela, I hope you'll come back sometime!
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Alexandria, VA

Stepping back in time

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 19 yr. old son and I recently spent a week in San Miguel. As soon as we booked Casa del Granado, we looked forward every day to our family vacation. As soon as we unlocked the door to Casa del Granado, we stepped back in time. The photos of the home came to life in a magical way. As we stepped in to each room, we knew we were in a special place. Laura Lee has decorated this home with love - every piece of art, furniture, bed linens, dishes - everything in the home has been chosen to reflect the beauty of Mexico. The pomegranate tree in the main courtyard is spectacular. The home was intimate enough for the three of us to spend lazy afternoons in the living room or terrace overlooking San Miguel, yet large enough for each of us to escape to our favorite areas such as the outdoor living room or private terraces adjacent to our bedrooms. Casa del Granado is equipped with everything one could possibly need to spend a relaxing vacation. In addition, Laura Lee has provided guides/pamphlets for exploring San Miguel and nearby towns. The home is in walking distance to El Jardin, restaurants, and shops. From the cobblestone streets, to the sounds of church bells ringing in the distance, Casa del Granado will not disappoint. I appreciate the time Laura Lee took to answer all of my questions/concerns before our arrival. We also met her sister who lives two doors down. Lastly, I can't say enough good things about the housekeeper, Veronica. I imposed upon her to make a meal for us, which she gladly did. I accompanied her to the outdoor market and had fun picking the ingredients for our delicious meal. For anyone who is looking for the comforts of home, I highly recommend staying at Casa del Granado.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Elizabeth, for such kind words. So pleased the house met all your expectations and that you and your family had a wonderful time. Hope to see you again. Laura
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The most charming home for a family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four just spent an amazing week in the most charming house we've ever stayed in. Behind an unassuming wood door lies a magical space filled with character and warmth. We walked in and were transported by beautiful colors, fabrics and Mexican art.

The layout is perfect! Having the bedrooms on different levels worked well, giving us all our own space and privacy. Each bedroom has unique style and charm and the beds and linens were wonderfully comfortable! The master is spacious with a large bathroom and it's own patio. We loved sleeping with the windows open, protected with screens - a real treat coming from the heat of a Texas summer.

We'd wake up and walk down the road for coffee and fabulous pastries, and the day would unfold. Afternoons and evenings were spent on the incredible rooftop garden - amazing views, lots of comfortable seating, and even a covered area giving shade.

The kitchen is fully equipped and after discovering the wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables at the market, we plan to do more cooking next time we visit. So nice to have purified water and not have to worry about drinking from taps. The living room was cosy and comfortable - we even watched a dvd from their collection. And what a treat to have vases filled with fresh flowers in the living areas of the house!

This was our first time in San Miguel and the location of the house was perfect for exploring the town. Loved walking the cobblestone streets to the plaza and wandering and exploring the markets, shops and restaurants. The owner, Laura Lee is a very thoughtful host. She responded to all our questions and gave us fantastic suggestions for activities, shopping and restaurants. In addition there's a binder in the entry with maps and brochures which we really appreciated. We literally didn't have to think - it was all there for us! Laura's sister has a home next door and she made us feel very welcome - we even did a cooking class with her which included a trip to the market and a delicious meal in her home.

All in all this was the most perfect vacation and we all agreed that we'd like to come back every year.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nadia, Thank you for the lovely note! We're glad to hear your first visit to San Miguel will not be your last. Happy to know your stay in our house contributed to that decision. Laura
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Magnificent view and lovely house

  • 5 of 5

My sister, sister-in-law, and I spent an unforgettable week in this lovely home over the holidays. We have been to San Miguel many times but we have never been as comfortable and well situated as we were at Casa del Granado. Fantastic kitchen and outdoor living areas. The master bedrooms (yes, two!) had beautiful bathrooms and tubs and we loved having the built-in water filtration system so we never had to worry about pure water. Everything you need is there and it boasts exceptional privacy as well.

Laura Lee, the owner was wonderful to work with and we will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Melinda. So glad you all enjoyed your stay.
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Excellent Location - Outstanding Views - Book This Property With Confidence!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home for five weeks in November/December 2015. This was our first visit to SMA and we wanted to stay someplace special. The photos looked great and our expectations were high. The real thing exceeded them. I only have time to mention a few of the positives this property offers.

I'll start with the view from the rooftop terrace, which is outstanding. This quickly became our preferred sunset viewing and "wine-time" venue. We also had breakfast here on a number of mornings. In the morning, the Parroquia is in full sun, and it, plus the rest of the skyline, provides a view that is extra dramatic.

We wanted a property that had some outside space and this home has many - three terraces plus the courtyard. We often had breakfast and/or lunch in the courtyard, and the terrace outside the master bedroom was a favorite reading spot.

This home has the colonial 'charm' we were hoping to find and is tastefully furnished and decorated. Besides that, the layout 'works' well. As mentioned above there is a good combination of indoor and outdoor space.

There were just the two of us so we only used the master bedroom, but we could see that the arrangement of the other bedrooms would work well for a family or multiple couples. The three bedrooms are well separated so there is good privacy.

In San Miguel, the Plaza, a non-stop source of activity, entertainment and a great place for people-watching, is less than a 10 minute walk away. It is fun to go there at any time of day. The evenings are especially lively. And even closer was Cumpanio, the best bakery in SMA. Fresh baguettes and croissants every morning!

The owner, Laura, was always prompt and helpful in her communications. And the information 'package' that she provided was better than any guidebook. . . . Time to close, even though there is much more I could say.

Richard and Toby

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard, sounds like all your favorite things about the house are ours as well. So glad you enjoyed it. Hope you'll come back sometime. Laura
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Nearest Airport
86 Kilometres
Queretaro, QRO
Car: not necessary

Walking distance to historic town square, art galleries, historical museums, art and language schools.


Rates & Availability

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Dec 10 2017 - Dec 10 2017
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Refundable damage deposit $300

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  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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