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'Old Mexico Charm' Modern Comforts/Perfect Location!!!!!

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Last updated: 01/25/2017

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

This Charming Mexican Home Is Located In The Heart of Historic Centr


This charming, traditional Mexican home has it all: beauty, light, comfort, and history. With its two hundred year old walls, this casa simpatica celebrates its past with affection and joy.

Every room opens onto lush, bouganvilla filled patios. Art and folk art fill the lovely interiors. Add to the lively ambiance, the setting: the most photographed and painted Calle Aldama, one short flat block from the town's center, an easy walk to restaurants, shops, and galleries.

Opening the door into the house is to step into an enchanted garden. The copa de oro frames the front patio, a fountain beckons with its gurgling song, bird cages line the south bedroom wall, and a series of receding arches beckon you deeper into the house.

An 18th century Crucifix hangs in the zaguan (entryway), where it was hanging when the owner's mother bought the house in the 1970's. Although there has been constant upgrading and maintenance of the house throughout the years, the layout of the house remains as it has traditionally. There is a bedroom, bath, and den off the downstairs patio, and another bedroom and bath off the upstairs patio. The third cozy bedroom (referred to as 'the nun's cell'), is tucked in still farther off the back patio.

The living room, dining room, kitchen, and breakfast room are located in the heart of the house. A bright, plant-filled, tile covered dining area is off the dining room. There are many different places to set a dining table, and one of Joal's favorites is on the azotea. 'I love lunching with the butterflies'. Many of the plants on the roof terrace are plants that attract the monarchs.

Whether reading, dining, or having a drink at sunset on the azotea, it is a wonderful place to look out over the hillside, and to look down at the dome and the fanciful spires of the Parroquia.

Wedding processions wend their way down Aldama almost every Saturday afternoon, the Estudiantinas serenade this magic street on Saturday evenings.
The bells wake us up in the mornings and the canyon wren sings his song of the descending scale. Outdoors is indoors; indoors is outdoors. The sounds, the smells(orange blossoms and lavender in the back garden), and the sights inside this house are delicious and life giving.

Gabriella (Gaby) arrives with her smile, as warm as the Mexican sun, every morning Monday through Friday. She keeps the house, does the laundry, and will market and do some cooking. Her cheerful presence in a benediction on this house. All's well and all's well at this 'Old Mexico' house on the hillside.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 01/25/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Staff


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    adjoining dressing room and bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    adjoining dressing room and bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed

    perfect for single guest or 2 children..adjoining bathroom...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower



  • Books:

    There is a fine library of books. Everything from Mexico travel books, to novels, poetry, and history....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone:

    Land line in the house 415-152-0496. Renters should request family and friends call them. We request the house phone NOT be used to call the states. Very expensive....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas/New years
Dec 22 - Dec 29, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,800 $3,600
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,500 $3,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • vacating on weekend $25


Renters are asked to tip the housekeeper and the gardner at the end of their stay. The house keeper should be tipped a minimum of $15. per week, per person. The gardner should be tipped $10. per week, per person.

Our house manager, Gwendoline Vanhamme will contact each prospective renter and set up a payment schedule with them.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1972

About the owner: John and Joal Donovan have been part of the San Miguel community for almost 40 years. Their passion is Mexico: its history, its culture, and its people. They live in Galveston, Texas, when not in Mexico.

Why the Owner Chose Centro Historico, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico:
Casa Sta. Catarina is the best deal going in San Miguel. No other property on Calle Aldama comes close to our rental price. And, location, location, location!! The easy access to literally hundreds of restaurants, shops, museums, the Bellas Artes, Teatro Angela Peralta, and the Petit Bar pocket movie theater make this a true find. Turn left out of the door, instead of right, and within a block you'll find yourself in the beautiful Juarez Park. The new, talked about Rosewood Hotel, with its stunning roof bar, is also close to the park. To be in the middle of 'the action', with the comforts of home, surrounded by the charm and beauty of Casa Sta. Catarina is a dream come true. This is a happy house to live in.

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 01/25/2017

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 01, 2017

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