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Tranquil Garden Casita in Centro

Bedrooms Studio
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Enjoy peace and quiet while nestled in Garden Casita

$925/month Casita. Main house (VRBO#88178) $1997/month

PLEASE READ 'TRAVELER REVIEWS' as that will give you a good idea of what other guests have felt about both the casita as well as the main house and their visit in general. They say far more than I ever could! Also check reviews at VRBO #88178 which is for the Main House as many guests have rented both places together.

*Check in-time is 2:00 PM and check-out time is 11AM but, luggage can be left in covered sala outdoor living area if you arrive early or are leaving late.

The property is situated in Centro and it takes between 10- 15 min. to walk to the heart of town. All of my guests have enjoyed the walk down as it's fascinating to meander on the many and different, small, winding streets while appreciating the flowers cascading from terraces and balconies. Many guests also look forward to the aerobic exercise coming home! However, it’s easy to catch a $2.50 taxi for a 5 minute ride in either direction.

Experience luxury, privacy and quietude in one of the most beautiful gardens in San Miguel and relax after a busy day in the hustle and bustle of town. Both the casita and the main house are within a walled and secure complex and there is a good deal of separation between the two homes guaranteeing privacy.

The casita is charming! It has an open floor plan which echoes the main house in design and décor. Warm terracotta walls and polished tile floors coupled with a most comfortable queen-size bed with pillow-top mattress, mini-kitchen, a beautifully tiled bath with shower, living area, dining nook, and a lovely view of the fountain and year around flowering garden.

For both properties there is high speed wireless internet. Most of my guests have downloaded Skype and can sit outside under the shade of the outdoor living area while listening to the fountain, catching up on emails and having chats with friends at home.

Cable television is available in both homes and there are many movies with Spanish sub-titles (a great way to practice Spanish!) as well as American news stations, etc.

From both homes one enjoys the antique cantara stone fountain, lush lawn, flowering garden and vine covered high walls which surround the property. Each has its own front porch which face the lovely and most comfortable outside living area which has a dining area, and comfortable cushioned sofa and table and chairs. This is the perfect place for using your lap-top or simply reading while listening to the fountain. A charcoal barbecue makes it the ideal spot for entertaining and eating outdoors. Above the sala is a very large roof-top garden with a large table with umbrella for morning coffee or watching the sunset in the evenings.

The wonderful housekeeper and gardener live right across the street and keep an eagle's eye on the property. She cleans once a week for the casita and deals with water, trash and oversees all other details. For a small, additional fee she would do your personal laundry when you wish. Her husband is a talented gardener who treats the garden as his own.

There is off-street parking for one large vehicle behind the walls for you or for your friends and additional space in front of the house.

Please there is no smoking inside either home.

It's a lush, fragrant year round retreat.


100% if cancelled more than 60 days prior to the Check-in Date less $100.00 cancellation fee.

50% if cancelled more than 30 days prior to the Check-in Date. Security deposit is also refunded. There is no cancellation fee.

No refunds other than Security Deposit for cancellation less than 30 days prior to the Check-in Date. There is no cancellation fee.

No refund for early departure other than Security Deposit if there is no damage


100% if cancelled more than 60 days prior to the Check-in Date less $100.00 cancellation fee.

50% if cancelled more than 30 days prior to the Check-in Date. Security deposit is also refunded. There is no cancellation fee.

No refunds other than Security Deposit for cancellation less than 30 days prior to the Check-in Date. There is no cancellation fee.

No refund for early departure other than Security Deposit if there is no damage

* ** You may choose to purchase travel insurance separately and this is highly recommended.

The main house is a truly a “home” with many exceptional features …. it has sophistication and charm, but is also warm and cozy due to the unique bamboo and wood beam ceilings, warm terracotta walls and polished tile floors. It has one very large master bedroom with fire place as well as a combination den/bedroom. There is a very large bathroom upstairs and a half bath downstairs.

The first floor is an open floor plan with a lipstick red kitchen which looks out onto the garden and the casita in the distance. There is a dining room/living room combination and a half bath. Naturally, the fireplace is the focal point especially on nippy evenings.

Upstairs the master bedroom is amazingly large with fireplace and again the high ceilings with the bamboo and wood beams which make it cozy as well as elegant. The custom-made queen size bed with its delicious pillow-top mattress guarantees a good night’s sleep. The den/bedroom with a twin bed is just off the large dressing room from the master bedroom.

The adjoining bathroom is quite a luxury due to its large size, beautiful tile work and the fact that there is a lot of natural light from a window looking out onto the garden. It includes both a shower and extra long bath. Women certainly appreciate and take notice when they see it ...we ladies like light and this bathroom has it as well as lots of counter and drawer space. Off the dressing area, there is an office/bed combination for an additional guest or child. The room is full of brilliant colors and overlooks the garden and fountain. Going outside from this room there is a washer/dryer. From that point, there are stairs leading to the crow’s nest terrace with a spectacular view of the Parorquia, city and surrounding countryside.

Keywords: Charming garden house with casita within secure vine covered walls. Enjoy peace and beauty at home while the heart beat of the town's plaza is only a 15 min. walk. Maid Service and gardener.

More Details

Sabrina O'Jack
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2018

About Sabrina O'Jack

I would like to share a bit about myself in relationship to my home. I had been a frequent visitor to San Miguel and each time I returned, I felt more and more drawn to the town and the people. Finally, I decided to rent for a year and decide if I wanted to make a move and experience a dramatic change of life style.

Like you, I found this property on VRBO and I rented it for a year, but since it was sight unseen, I had great trepidation as I approached the entrance. However, once I unlocked the door I knew that the only way I would ever move from this house was being carried out feet first!!!! Thankfully, the former owners decided to sell and I've been happy there ever since. Normally, I rent out the casita while I live in the main house, but now and then I'm required to return to my other beautiful town of Carmel, California and then I rent out my main house as well.

I never like my home to be vacant because I think it is such a gracious and beautiful spot that I want to share it with others. If it's not rented, I invite my close friends as my guests for a couple weeks vacation.

I have found that over the years, I have met the most wonderful guests and many of them have become dear friends. I consider myself a very fortunate lady for having taken the risk and made the move to San Miguel de Allende! It's been an ongoing adventure! I hope you will also be a guest and enjoy it as I have.

Sabrina O'Jack purchased this guest house in 2007

What makes this guest house unique

Italian trained chef available upon request.


La Palmita Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 1 bathroom w/shower with lovely Mexican tile ... sunny. Lots of thick towels and hair dryer.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 0 - 1 queen , Spacious sitting room/bedroom
  • Large sunny studio casita
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • tennis


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Tranquil Garden Casita in Centro
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews
Ashland, Oregon

Beautiful, peaceful garden!!

  • 5 of 5

I’ve stayed in the casita three times and every time, my spirit is renewed by the lovely indoor environment and wonderful outdoor areas to sit in the sun or shade. Sabrina is a wonderful hostess, interested in providing a comfortable stay and additional information about San Miguel! Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias Margie ... you know how much I enjoy having you in the casita and I hope this is an annual event! I don't think anyone has enjoyed the garden as much as you ... it amused me watching you move from spot to spot getting the best sun. I am sure that by now, you know much more about San Miguel than I do since you are an explorer. Hasta el proximo ano?? Sabrina
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The owner is very friendly and the house is very clean!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and can't wait to come back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Marta and Salvadore ... thank you for your review and I am so happy you both had such a nice time here. I will look forward to your return and also to meeting your daughters when you are all together in San Miguel. Sabrina
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Pensacola, FL

Best Ever Decision - Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

Stayed one month in Sabrina's well-appointed and lovely casita. Have to say it was one of the best experiences in all my travels. You'll find every detail adds to an excellent stay. I appreciated the soft towels, natural light and French press. And the desk and good internet! The rewards are also in the lush and spacious garden areas and the fountain which you will see every moment from your doors and windows. (it's magical at night) Sabrina also invites you to enjoy areas under the terrace which I did so to work and lounge. Walked down town and caught a taxi back only because I didn't want to negotiate the hill. But others walked it all day everyday. Your choice.

You will feel welcome. Sabrina is a lovely person and I appreciated her time to acquaint me with San Miguel.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. It was with great sadness when you had to leave as I so enjoyed your sharing this piece of heaven with me. Coming home to see you curled up with a good book in the outdoor sala or sitting at the table nearby working on your own book, always gave me a warm and compatible feeling. I am very happy you have found a place to rent long-term and that you are only a stone's throw away! Sabrina
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Very charming casita

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place from which to explore SMA. Sabrina is very welcoming and helpful. She even includes in her welcome letter many good restaurant recommendations.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello you two! Glad you had a safe and uneventful trip home. It was a pleasure having you as guests and since you seem eager to return to SMA, I look forward to seeing you again. Thanks for the book ideas and health insurance research. Hasta luego sabrina
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Beautiful and tranquil casita and gardens

  • 5 of 5

We were so excited to be able to come back to San Miguel and stay for a second time at this lovely property! It is so peaceful here and surrounded with lovely gardens, alive with a variety of birds, including hummingbirds.

The property owner, Sabrina was also the reason we came back to visit. She is an amazing host and so kind and welcoming. It was such fun to see her again.

The casita is very comfortable with everything you need. This trip we wanted to relax and stay more time on the property and also cook at home. The location is great. The walk down is steep but easy and if you aren't up for walking back up you can grab a cab in town.

Love it here...we hope to return for a longer stay!!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting Casita

  • 4 of 5

Precious casita high above the Town Center yet easily accessible by taxi or on foot. Comfortable bed, well supplied kitchenette,if you choose to cook, and cosy sitting area. I spent much time on the lovely sala enjoying the gardens and bird population. Great location. Delightful homeowner who truly makes you feel special. Loved the fresh roses on my arrival.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola! I so enjoyed your company and the time you and I were able to spend together. I try to never intrude on my guest's privacy, but we had so much in common right away. Will you ever forget going to eat out on your first night to that wonderful, little 'dive' and having the best cerviche ever! Best of all was the tremendous and sudden rain storm and having to find a taxi and they kept passing us by!!! Please come again if you decide to buy a place here! Sabrina
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Excellent restaurants & entertainment, Language, Cooking & Art Classes available in San Miguel.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $125

Rates are subject to change without notice until confirmed.
One small pet considered with prior approval and pet fee of $125, and refundable of deposit $75.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.