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

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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.

More Details

Joal Donovan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 25, 2017

About Joal Donovan

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.

Joal Donovan purchased this house in 1972

Why Joal Donovan chose San Miguel de Allende

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.

What makes this house unique



Centro Historico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , adjoining dressing room and bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , adjoining dressing room and bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , perfect for single guest or 2 children..adjoining bathroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • tennis


5/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

'Old Mexico Charm' Modern Comforts/Perfect Location!!!!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Laguna Beach CA

Joy Filled Casa

  • 5 of 5

We loved every moment in this lovely, historic home. I kept finding new art pieces every day and the garden tended by Manual was beautiful. It is convenient to all on the most charming street in San Miguel. Gaby the maid was there to cook us delicious breakfasts. There are two seperate areas with bedroom, living room, dressing rooms and bath which was perfect for my friend and I. Can't wait to go back to this charming casa in this amazing city.

The management company was very helpful and the owners delightful!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home in wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four loved spending Christmas week at the enchanting Casa Santa Caterina! Comfortable, beautifully decorated, and located on one of the prettiest streets in San Miguel, the house was everything we had hoped for. We especially enjoyed the rooftop patio with its amazing views and the delicious breakfasts served in the courtyard. One item to note: While our two grown sons appreciated the privacy of the floor plan (each was able to have his own bedroom and bath), the separation and distance between the bedrooms would probably not be suitable for families with young children. For us, though, it was a perfect arrangement: in fact, we’d love to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home - great location - excellent staff

  • 5 of 5

We decided to try Thanksgiving in Mexico and were not disappointed! The house is lovely with an excellent location - no need to have a car. The staff was wonderful - no to little English but who cares, everyone understood. Each bedroom is on it's own level with a sitting room, en-suite bath and dressing room. The beds were very comfortable (I did wish for a larger bed for 2 people) and you were able to relax and enjoy the home. For those who require internet, it is only available in the front room if that makes a difference. Otherwise, you can walk out the front door, walk up or down the street a block and you are in the center of the activities - without the noise. I can't wait to come back and stay again - just wish it were available before April, 2015. Thank you for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Leon BJX
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Centro Historico House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas/New years
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum 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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

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