About the property
- House3250 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
4 Bedrooms (1K, 1Q, 1 F, 4 Twin bunks), 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9-10
Authentic San Miguel home at the Los Arcos entrance to the former El Atascadero ranch. Beautifully situated on a hillside overlooking the central district of this historic city. A 5-10 minute walk to world-class shopping, dining, the arts, language schools, massage, yoga, mariachis, life-sized puppet parades and the magic of downtown San Miguel. This home is also within walking distance of the 170 acre El Charco del Ingenio botanical gardens and nature preserve where you can view native and endangered plants and wildlife.
This warm and brightly decorated home has four cozy bedrooms (1K, 1Q, 1F, 4TwBunks) that comfortably sleep 9-10 along with 4 bathrooms. All bedrooms have comforters and the home features 2 gas fireplaces, for comfortable living year-round. The newly-built handicap accessible queen master bedroom has a stunning boveda ceiling and tiled bath with a jacuzzi tub. The second-floor master bedroom has a gas fireplace, king-sized bed, and is next to a bedroom with 2 twin bunks that is convenient for families traveling with children. The rooftop bedroom features a large terrace with a view over San Miguel.
This is a completely walled-in property featuring maintained gardens and is perfect for the pet-lover or for kids needing space to run. The kitchen is well-equipped, including a gas stove, refrigerator and microwave. There are four private terraces for dining, reading, writing or resting. The home also has WIFI and cable television for staying in touch with the world outside. There is a formal dining room and a sunny breakfast nook.
A friendly caretaker family lives in a separate home on site; they have lived on and managed the property through multiple generations and is available to clean, do laundry, run errands, or simply answer questions about San Miguel. House cleaning every 3 days is included in the rent. Laundering and other services are available for an additional fee.
There is a covered carport, although this home is so close to town that a car is rarely needed unless you want to venture out to the nearby hot springs, historic Delores Hidalgo, or the many other sites near San Miguel. This home is a magical retreat into old San Miguel, while also offering easy access to San Miguel's downtown treasures.
Susie Elmendorf Roberts
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- English, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 19, 2018
About Susie Elmendorf Roberts
This home has been in the family since 1941, when it was purchased by an anthropologist and linguist couple who were friends with the expatriate artist Stirling Dickinson. It is now owned by their children and managed by their daughter, Susie Elmendorf Roberts. The family continues to enjoy the home and the city 70+ years later.
Susie Elmendorf Roberts purchased this House in 1941
Why Susie Elmendorf Roberts chose Atascadero
With so much new development in San Miguel, this home offers a unique retreat into old San Miguel, with modern comforts. The caretaker family has been living in an adjacent home and caring for the property for over 70 years, through multiple generations. The owners care deeply for San Miguel, its history, and the legacy of this home.
What makes this House unique
Family-friendly, caretakers next door, gardens, stunning view of downtown, proximity to downtown and to natural wonders of El Charco botanical gardens, unique home that celebrates the history of SMA.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Spacious, idiosyncratic house above the fray of the Jardin
(Really 4.5*) We rented this house initially thinking that we would be a rotating cast of 4-5 people. As our friends responded, the numbers shifted so the first 10 days we were a group of 8. (Then 5, then 4) The glue was us...but a number of our friends didn't know one another. However, they all got along really well and the house is so spacious and divided into so many levels that everyone had private space when they needed/wanted it and then all of us spent lots of time together - either in the living room on cool mornings or evenings (the beginning of February is CHILLY during the night) or outside on the patio.
The house was built originally about 40 years ago but there have been additions over time. Be forewarned: there are lots of stairs: probably 80+ from the roadside gate up to the house, and stairs up to the kitchen and up to the bedrooms. We loved the location halfway up Santo Domingo because it was quieter and cooler than downtown....but it IS an uphill hike. Taxis are easy to hail and inexpensive but we never used them (until I fell on the cobblestones my last day). There is a FABULOUS French bakery 10 blocks downhill (PANIO) I went every morning to buy bread and pastries and felt justified in eating them because of the return uphill trek.
Lola, the housekeeper, is delightful. She comes 3x/week to clean and we also asked her to do our laundry. You don't need any clothes: she picks them up in the morning and returns them washed, dried, and folded in the afternoon.
The house itself is clearly a "family" home - meaning you know that real people have lived here and enjoyed it. It is not "staged". The prints, photos, artwork, and ceramics were chosen and used by the people who live here. Everything is comfortable...but some things are quirky. We had to move electrical cords frequently because the wiring was somewhat wonky in a few lamps. The knives in the kitchen are not as sharp as I might have liked them.....but we didn't cook extensively. Everything was adequate for a vacation stay. (We bought a new coffee pot because the last guests had evidently broken the existing one.) We accidentally chipped two margarita glasses and attempted to match them so you'll see similar colors...but not a matched set!
Everything in San Miguel was easily accessible from this location and there are MANY things to do: concerts, lectures, cooking classes, dance instruction, tours, lectures, gyms. It doesn't get much better. Enjoy!
A comfortable stay in a house full of history of San Miguel
I would give our stay five stars, but we spent some time arranging to have some necessary things fixed in the house. The property owner was responsive and gracious in the repairs and items needed. The home is comfortable and spacious and filled with personal paintings, artwork. furniture and furnishings. It was perfect for our group. Kitchen cookery is minimal, but sufficient and we normally looked forward to eating out at one of the many restaurants. It is a challenging climb up the hill - but we needed it after the delicious meals in the Centro. Taxis are easy to find and inexpensive, so that was always an alternative. Lola, one of the caretakers, was always willingly helpful when needed, but was never obtrusive and came in only as requested. Our group was very comfortable and happy to spend our vacation time at this property.
The house was roomy and comfortable. We usually walked to the Jardin area and then took taxi back to the house. The on-site caretakers were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this house as a base to explore San Miguel and the surrounding area.
Sadly a 'let-down'
I'd love to write a glowing review, but, for the sake of future guests, feel it would be unethical to not be honest. (Giving 1 star seems a tad cruel - hence the 2) I'll start with the positives. The house accepts dogs, is spacious enough to accommodate large groups, and is fully walled in. That's where the it ends, I'm afraid. There is not a washer/dryer available (in the mechanical sense) but there is Lola, the caretaker, who comes into the house 'willy-nilly' to scoop up your clothing, for an owner suggested 50 pesos a load. We weren't able to put a wash on ourselves - at times a pain in the rear. This is not an easy situation when traveling with a bunch of kids - don't feel that needs elaboration. Despite a previous guests assertions that the kitchen is 'well - equipped' it really is not. It's a typical mexican kitchen from decades ago, with dire need for any form of upgrade...whatsoever. It also has a serious water seepage problem bubbling up from beneath the floor, and the kitchen ceiling leaks - impressively so. You can't hang around in there when it rains. The fridge is clean, but that's about it. Place was dirty, lack of utensils, and an old 2-cup carafe coffee maker. We had zero privacy...we never knew when Lola was coming in because she didn't have any schedule - the minute we went out she popped in. Additionally, the caretakers live in a casita at the bottom of the driveway. They seem very nice, Lola was very friendly - a sweetheart, actually, but unfortunately this exacerbated the sense of never being alone. Naturally, since they live there, they're always there, having family over, kids playing in the driveway etc etc. All around a bit of an odd environment to stay in. On a very serious note, I must mention (again because this was not readily apparent before we turned up), there is zero water filtration throughout the home. Now lots of homes in SMA may not have filtered water - but, generally, if a home is being rented out to visitors (especially at this price point) you aren't going to have to deal with unclean household water. Owners know that if you drink unfiltered tap water in Mexico (SMA included) you stand a good chance of getting a nasty parasite, plus the possibility of becoming very ill. I could go on, but, my point here is that a lot was overstated with regards to 'amenities' that were just not there. The benefits of the home was falsely advertised - we paid top dollar for this place and aren't happy about the experience
Dear Tom and Sharon,
We are very sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with your stay in our home. Our family has been making wonderful memories at 48 since 1941, and we regret that your family was not able to enjoy the magic. The leak to which you refer occurred as a direct result of the exceptionally exuberant rainy season and has since been repaired. As for the laundry and cleaning situation, we have relied on our faithful Lola to provide timely and considerate care to whomever may be staying for over forty years and she has not once let us down. We consider her family a part of our own. True, our home is not as state-of-the-art as some of the newer homes in San Miguel, but all travel necessitates a certain sense of adventure and flexibility. We have always been of the mind that the charm of our old ranch house more than makes up for any lack of creature comforts that you might find in a posh hotel downtown. Houses with filtered water systems are not the norm in San Miguel and with some simple precautionary measures it is easy enough to avoid getting the "turistas". We hope your next stay through VRBO is a better fit for your family.
A slice of paradise
I spent 4 incredible months at this wonderful home being totally pampered by the onsite caretakers, who took great care of me, my two dogs and the various guests I had over my stay there. The house was very comfortable and the master bedroom, where I also had my office, was bright and cheerful. The main guest suite has its own entrance and made it really easy to have people visit for extended stays. I was often alone (and felt extremely safe) but I had two couples at a time as guests without the house feeling crowded.
If you like to cook, the kitchen is well appointed. But we found that with all the great restaurants in San Miguel, we didn't eat in that often. I loved the fact there was a hill down to Centro because it served as my main form of exercise each day—and kept me away from the crowds and traffic on weekends. I have been home only a week and already miss this home away from home!
Charming holiday house.
We attended a wedding in San Miguel and rented this house to host my parents, sisters' families and my own. I am mexican but married to a New Zealander. In total there were 7 adults and 4 kids!
We really enjoyed our stay. The house was charming and it had everything we needed. The garden was absolutely perfect for three boys aged 9,6 and 3. We had breakfast outside everyday.
The in site care takers were helpful and lovely. Their daughter, aged 22 , babysat our kids the evening of the wedding and she gave us peace of mind and we truly enjoyed our night out. The caretaker grandchildren were perfect playmates for our kids.
Close to town although a bit of a hill on the way back so we used to walk down and taxi back....only 30-35 pesos (2 usd dlls).
Both my kiwi husband and my Colombian brother in law loved the mexican decoration through out the house!
Absolutely loved it and highly recommend it to anyone visiting San Miguel.
Downtown property accessible to everything San Miguel has to offer, but also within walking, biking or running distance to the El Charco botanical gardens.
Rates & Availability
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Twice-weekly cleaning is included in the rental rates. Laundry service available for a fee. Linens and towels included.