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Modern, Sophisticated Home Featured in the Book 'Casa of San Miguel '

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Last updated: 03/09/2017

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3.75
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 bedroom +, sleeps 7, 3 bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, easy walk to centro, maid

San Miguel is voted the #1 city to visit by Conde Nest, 2013. Casa Refugio is featured in 'Casa San Miguel Inspired Design and Decoration' by Annie Kelly. It is located in the friendly, safe neighbourhood of San Antonio, walking distance to Centro, the park and the Institudo.
This is an architecturally sophisticated home designed to exude a sense of peace. The interiors were designed by Casa Midy, who also provided much of the furnishings. The roof garden and the house was influenced by famed Mexican architect Luis Barragan. The house is like a gallery containing a collection of art from around the world.

The front door opens to a corridor that leads to a large living space with a courtyard beyond. This area features a large skylight over a granite table and leather chairs. The focal point of the living room is the round gas fireplace that is surrounded by two designer couches and two Knoll chairs. The Fostex studio monitor speakers provide an amazing stereo experience for listening to your music! Just plug in your iPod.

The central courtyard and the many skylights are the major sources of light, making the interior bright and inviting.The home is split into two areas connect by a long art filled corridor running the length of the courtyard. A wall of French doors runs along the length where the fountain, pond and millstone are located. Tables and chairs are situated on this terrace for the enjoyment of breakfast, lunch and drinks.

The back of the home opens to a large family area and the dining room. This living space has a satellite TV. Dividing the living/dinning space is an organic circle of rocks that forms the gas fireplace. The dinning room has a designer's mirrored table and seats 8-10.

The fully equipped kitchen, with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, lies behind the dinning room.
The kitchen is supplied with a bounty of dishes, cutlery, and glasses. To the side of the kitchen is the pantry and laundry area. The house is equipped with a dishwasher, and washing and drying machines.

Each of the 3 bedrooms are en-suite and have gas fireplaces. The beds are of high quality and all have imported fine linens. Each bedroom has access to courtyard space, affording them a sense of privacy. All the bedrooms have closet space and are bright and airy.
The en-suite master bedroom is located on the ground floor and has a king size Tempera bed, a change room and walk in closet. One totally glass wall overlooks the water feature giving access to the lower courtyard.
The second en- suite bedroom has it's own private stairwell that enters into a sitting area with a Knoll chaise lounge. This room has a Juliette balcony that overlooks the street. Bonus bedroom: connect off this bedroom through the en-suite or the sitting area is a small bedroom with a single bed perfect for a child or storing luggage.
The third en-suite bedroom is located on the second floor, at the back of the large courtyard. This is a new room and contains a queen bed, a TV and a double closet. Above this bedroom is a viewing platform perfect for watching the sunset, having a drink or reading a book.

The long open roof garden is strongly influenced by Luis Barragan, with its high walls that open to the sky. The home was designed to radiate a sense of calm and tranquility. This outdoor courtyard/garden is divide into two areas joined by a walkway that connects the two bedrooms.
An outdoor kitchen/BBQ and outdoor dinning area are located on the roof garden which has potted lemon, line and orange trees and lavender plants.

Casa Refugio is equipped with a stereo system, two satellite TVs, a VCR, water filtration system throughout, security camera outside, a Vonage phone for free calls to call to Canada and the USA, a second local phone, and wifi in the front area of the house.

A housekeeper is provided five and a half days a weeks. She will take care of your laundry and if you provide her with money for provisions she will gladly prepare your

Casa Refugio is an excellent home for a family or a couple that wants to live in a modern home and explore the joys of living in and discovering a Colonial town in Mexico. It is also perfect for three couples allowing each couple to have privacy while still living together.


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/09/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 7200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    Not suitable for very young children as there is an open pond and in Mexico not all stairwells or walkways have handrails....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Only in outdoor areas...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Please provide information about your pet...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    ground floor, en-suite, change area, walk-in closet...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    second floor, closet, ensuite, sitting area...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    second floor, ensuite, double closet, TV...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single

    Small bedroom connecting to the second bedroom...moreless

  • All the bedrooms have gas fireplaces. Each room has access to a terrace....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 4: toilet

    powder room, ground floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet

    Powder room, ground floor...moreless

  • All the bathroom are equipped with high quality towels

Other Amenities

  • An English speaking Property manager, who lives in San Miguel oversees this home. Contact numbers can be given to go horseback riding, sight seeing, touring the pyramids, hot air ballooning. Spanish classes can be arrange. There is a book in the house that gives information on the various restaurants, art galleries, and activities. A contact email and name can be provided for pick-up and return to the airport....moreless


  • Books:

    Books are kept in the second bedroom and the cabinet in the living room....moreless

  • DVD Player


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    used by maid...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    5 gas burning fireplaces...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    A gym is located 10 mites from the house. Arrangements can be made to workout by the day or a trainer can be arranged. Rates are set by the gym...moreless

  • Garage:

    ask owner...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens are European and of high quality ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    A living room and a family room...moreless

  • Parking:

    ask owner...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Vonage for free call to Canada and the USA. There is also a local phone for calls in San Miguel only...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All the bathrooms are provided with a supply of high quality towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    used by maid...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, equipped with dishes, cutlery and glasses...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    A viewing area is located above the back bedroom. This has a pergola on it...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    a potted garden is located on the upper terrance...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    An outdoor gas ignited, charcoal BBQ and two gas burners are located on the second floor terrace. There is a sink there and a prep area....moreless

  • Tennis:

    a short walk to clay courts: a contact number can be given to arrange court time or lessons. Rate is set by the tennis court...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 26 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,500 $4,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Taxes Not included


Long term retails are considered.

Cancellation policy: up to 30 days before the rental date 50% of the deposit will be refunded, twenty days 25 % of the deposit will be returned. No returns nineteens days from rental date.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

A cheque or direct deposit of 50% for the rental cost, plus the $1000.00 security deposit is required forty five days before the rental date. The balance is required one month before the rental date.

Your security cheque will be returned with thirty days of your departure.

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Car: Not Necessary

For day trips outside San Miguel: Tours can be arranged to see the pyramids, Queretaro with the largest shopping centre in South America, beautiful and interesting Guanajuato the home of Diego Rivera, a water slide park, a ghost mining town, Leon which is the capital of leather goods, etc. The tour guides are English speaking and the vehicles are clean, reliable and in good condition.

Horseback riding trips in the canon or to see the largest tree in Mexico can be arranged as can hot air balloon trips.

Many people enjoy the natural hot mineral water centres, that are just outside of town.

Within Sam Miguel: Private Spanish classes can arranged in our home, as well as a masseuse, highly recommended !!

A gym, with or without a person trainer, and clay tennis court are a ten minute walk away. Use of some of the hotel pools can be made by buying a day pass.

Art galleries abound and many offer classes. Plays and 'readers plays' are often preformed and music concert are held in intimate small venues.

Bridge and bridge classes are offered 5 minutes away. Cooking classes are available as well as house tours which happen every Sunday.

Fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice is sold two short blocks away from home . Fresh tortillas are being made daily and sold beside the fruit store.

Re the airports: Many large cities offer direct flights to Mexico City and contacts can be provided for either private chauffeur or for a shuttle bus. Both will drop you off directly at our home. At any of the three available airports, transportation can be arranged.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: We came to San Miguel for a vacation of one week By the end of the week we had bought Casa Refugio! We fell in love with both our home and the town of San Miguel de Allende. It is the best life decision we have ever made. Larry is a photographer and I am an art director, so the beauty of this town was a big draw, but what came as pure joy to us was the graciousness of the local people and the abundance of things to do, explore and participate in. San Miguel was declared a Unisco Heritage site and thus is a well preserved Colonial Spanish town. It has become a gathering spot for anyone interested in the arts in all forms: music, painting, jewellery design, pottery, plays, dance etc. Rather your interest is in creating, education or laying back with a great read, this town is perfect. People come to San Miguel to live because the choose to, even though they have many other options available to them. We are music lovers and there are world class musician performing here in intimate settings.

Why the Owner Chose Colonia San Antonio, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico:
As soon as we walked through the door of Casa Refugio we felt we were home. After exploring the wonderfully coloured San Miguel there is simply a sense of calm that happens when you enter Casa Refugio. For us, this is the perfect home. We are located in Colonial San Antonio , and we really love our neighbourhood. The walk into the Centro area of town is only 15 to 20 minutes, and although we are still on a bus and taxi route, we still prefer walking.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Casa Refugio is a well designed and thought out home. It is perfect for entertaining as well as enjoying it as just a couple . The name Refugio , which means refuge really is appropriate, as this home becomes a refuge from the very busy lives that we all live. We can relax here, or fill it will family and friends and be equally comfortable. This is not the house for you if you are looking for the Spanish Colonial experience. It is the perfect home if you are looking for a Mexican modern home that celebrates the joys of visiting or living in Mexico.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/09/2017

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  • Art in Dinning Room

    Art in Dinning Room

  • Art in Front living room

    Art in Front living room

  • Front Bedroom 2nd Floor

    Front Bedroom 2nd Floor

  • On Suite Front Bedroom

    On Suite Front Bedroom

  • New Kitchen

    New Kitchen

  • Rooftop at night with back bedroom

    Rooftop at night with back bedroom

  • Roof Top

    Roof Top

  • Art in Dinning Room

    Art in Dinning Room

  • From living room

    From living room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Front Bedroom 2nd Floor

    Front Bedroom 2nd Floor

  • New Kitchen

    New Kitchen

  • New Kitchen with Island

    New Kitchen with Island

  • Back Bedroom.

    Back Bedroom.

  • Luis Barragan influenced roof.

    Luis Barragan influenced roof.

VRBO #507668

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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