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Casa Bella San Miguel, as Seen in NY Times, 4 BR, Beautiful!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Library, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Casa Bella San Miguel was recently celebrated by the 'Great Homes' section of the New York Times (see the link to owner's website below). The owner would like to have you enjoy her love of San Miguel by sharing this lovely home when she's away. Why don't you come and see what the good life is all about!!

This elegant, yet comfortable, home is located above the hustle and bustle of San Miguel, but not so far as to preclude a leisurely stroll to the central Jardin in 5 to 7 minutes. Laid out around a verdant patio, the home is designed for entertaining, either formally or informally.

Immediately upon entering, one ascends a flight of stairs to a welcoming front room with three couches before a fireplace, high beamed ceilings, and informal dining for six. Beyond the table is a bank of french doors that provide a pleasant view and, when the doors are open, a musical splashing of the fountain in the patio. Off this central room are found a large formal dining room with seating for 8 and a fireplace, a study with books and TV, a guest bath and a well-equipped kitchen. Margarita, the housekeeper/cook, has a way of turning out Mexican breakfasts with specialties that will have you raving for months after your visit.

Up the well-lit stairway, is a door to the patio, and the first of three bedrooms, containing a queen bed, an interesting 'ojo de buey' (bull's eye) window, a fireplace and bathroom with an antique tub and another fireplace and a street door. Up a few more stairs, one finds the second bedroom, done all in white, and featuring a king bed, a bathroom, a fireplace, and a small sitting room (with Internet access), which opens on to a private balcony with a view to the street and the western horizon. The third bedroom, up a few more stairs, is done in yellow with a green tiled bathroom(with bath tub/shower), and a fireplace, a queen bed with mosquito netting, and a small balcony overlooking the patio below.

Up another flight of stairs leads up to the roof garden terrace with table and chairs, potted plants, and a dyamite 360-degree view. The vista features the central cathedral (here called La Parroquia), a jumble of red tiled roofs, houses and greenery to the east, plus a vast view of the lake, rimmed by the Guanajuato mountains and the sunset to the west. The perfect place for a rendezvous of the guests to enjoy a sundowner and to discuss the doings of the day or make plans for an evening on the town.

All rooms are artfully decorated with colorful and comfortable furnishings, wall hangings, statues and paintings. The house covers some 3800 sq. ft. on 4 levels plus roof garden. In the center of the home is a gorgeous flowering patio with lounges, chairs and a coffee table. There is garage and a small bedroom and bath (with washing machine) at the main entry level.

Margarita comes every weekday (M-F) from 9 AM to 2 PM. She will perform extra chores, such as cooking for you in the evenings, if you desire, for extra pay. Margarita also is in charge of the maintenance of the house, and is on call if you need her at other hours. Cruz, the gardener, comes several times a week to tend to the plants in the patio and roof garden. There is 2 TV with basic cable, as well as a small boom box for radio and CDs, and cable internet.

Sorry: no children under 12, no smokers, no pets, Please!

Keywords: House, Villa, Casa, historic center, centro

More Details

Property Manager
Susan Mead
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, Some spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

Why Susan Mead chose Zona Centro

It is a beautiful, well furnished and located house in a quiet yet central location of San Miguel de Allende. The staff is uniquely qualified to assist every visitor.

What makes this villa unique

The views from the roof top balcony is wonderful, the gardens mature and lovely. The art and decor are appreciated by all who visit and the housekeeper Margarita is exceptional. Many visitors have called the house magical.


Zona Centro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • Two of the baths have separate tub and showers and one has a combination. The fourth full bath has a walk in shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , adjoining full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Adjoining full bath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Adjoining full bath
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed with adjoining bath
  • King size beds (1) in master bedroom with en suite bath, Queen size Beds (2) two bedrooms with queen beds with en suite baths, Twin or Single Beds (1) a single bedroom on the entry floor, with en suite bathroom and laundry room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Folk and fine art, 6 Fireplaces, basic cable TV, wonderful kitchen and Maid Service five days a week (cooking for extra fee), Gardener, rooftop garden, central patio, views. see


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Casa Bella San Miguel, as Seen in NY Times, 4 BR, Beautiful!
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews

A truly beautiful home with an unmatched view.

  • 5 of 5

Conveniently located within easy walking distance of the jardin and Benito Juarez park. It’s uphill on the way home but, for us, the incredible view was totally worth it. We spent hours on the roof top deck, both day and night. Margarita could not be kinder and speaks English quite well. She was helpful on many fronts and we were grateful to get to know her. I love this beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and we loved having you as guests.
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Jupiter, Florida

A Wonderful Place to Visit

  • 5 of 5

Our recent two week stay at Casa Bella was our fourth time there. The house continues to be a most enjoyable place to visit. With four bedrooms and four full baths it can accommodate up to eight people comfortably and it has plenty of room inside and on the terraced patio for relaxing. The view from the rooftop balconies is spectacular. Margarita, the housekeeper, is superb and an excellent cook. She will shop for you and has several specialties that she enjoys preparing.

San Miguel is a very easy city to walk around and explore the shops, galleries and restaurants. The walk downhill to the main plaza takes about ten minutes.The weather is almost always perfect. This September it was high 60's to mid 70's during the day and dropped into the 50's at night.

It's difficult to imagine a more pleasant house for a San Miguel visit than Casa Bella.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much look forward to visitors who return again and again. Margarita and I look forward too seeing you in the Spring. We will continue to try to present a well cared for and beautiful environment in a very special place. Thank you Casa Bella Owner and Staff
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Seattle, Washington USA

A wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

This house is truly a palace.

It is an old colonial with 4+ outdoor garden areas: 3 terraces and a courtyard, all filled with beautiful flowers, artfully placed. Views of the city from the upper terraces are tremendous, and there is nice outdoor furniture furniture, including shade umbrellas to enjoy it. We enjoyed watching the birds (hummingbirds, scarlet fly catchers, etc) from the upper terraces.

The courtyard has a beautiful fountain (that is also visible and audible from the inside, by opening the glass french doors) and is a garden of eden.

Inside is beautiful art, comfy and aesthetically pleasing furniture in an old world Mexican ambiance. Lots of art and books. Plenty of guidebooks and info on San Miguel.

Kitchen, washer, and dryer made it all easy.

Margarita, the property manager/cook, was helpful with everything (shopped for food, cooked some meals, answered questions about San Miguel, and washed clothes), and even corrected our Spanish when we asked.

The location is perfect---about 4 or 5 blocks from the center of town. Walkable, but no traffic noise. There are a few small stores within 2 minutes to pick up freshly made tamales, fresh orange juice, egg, fruit, veggies, etc.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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portland, oregon

Beautiful SMA home, reasonabaly priced!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with two other couples, had the privilege of renting this lovely home during the month of February, 2015. The house is beautifully decorated and pleasing to the eye from all angles. There is a lot of light due to large windows and doors, several leading to beautiful terraces and patios. Most of these have views of San Miguel, the center of which is only a 10 minute walk away! The 3 large master bedrooms, each with a full bath, made the house very well-suited for 3 couples, however, it would be good for families as well. As described, there is one big hill to climb to reach the house from the center, but we all got used to it, and actually enjoyed the exercise. The view and accommodations were so worth it! There are two staff people who work at the house. First is Margarita who is a warm, welcoming hostess who is eager to improve her English, but at the same time, is a very patient teacher of Spanish. She is an incredible cook, and will give you a list of her favorite dishes to prepare. We gave her money for food for some special meals, then enjoyed the delicious aromas, tastes and presentation. Cruz is a gardener extraordinaire. He comes daily for several hours to tend to the dozens of potted flowers and plants that adorn the terraces. He is a gentle soul with a very green thumb. SMA is a lovely town, and staying in this house was the perfect complement to our stay there.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Totally dreamy two weeks

  • 5 of 5

We had high expectations of this home and of San Miguel de Allende and were not disappointed. This home is remarkably tasteful, comfortable, and SO beautiful...we were blown away. It was perfectly suited for our group of five (one couple, one mother and daughter, one sister). The rooms are comfortably separate so privacy is very good and the furnishings, gardens and terraces are sublime. We spent a lot of time on the roof terrace and every moment was unique. Loved it

The cobblestone climb from town to the house is a bit arduous but we loved it and used the extra activity to justify tucking guiltlessly into Margarita's delicious cooking. She will shop and cook for you, if you desire, and the cost was very reasonable.

Margarita took extremely good care of us and everything was perfect.

We are already planning our return trip.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jupiter, Florida

Our Month at Casa Bella, San Miguel de Allende

  • 5 of 5

Upon entering Casa Bella it is immediately apparent that this is a private home and not merely a property available for rental purposes. After ascending the stairs from the street and garage level to the first floor the first thing one sees and hears is the gorgeous fountain located immediately outside the door between the living room and the elevated terrace. What a pleasant sight and sound. I knew right away we would be comfortable in this house.

The first floor has an adequate living area with comfortable seating and a table with six chairs for casual dining in front of the fountain. The kitchen is large and well equipped. The more formal dining room is quite large with a dining table that seats eight people comfortably. We had eleven for dinner one night and it worked just fine. The adjacent sitting room has comfortable seating and a flat screen TV that is more than satisfactory. It receives almost all the channels I get in the U.S. so I didn't have to miss any of my favorite news programs.

The information you don't get on a vacation home's website is the size of the rooms and the proximity of the rooms, one to the other. This is particularly important for bedrooms. At Casa Bella the three principal bedrooms are all large and each has a sizable bathroom attached; no sharing. All are beautifully furnished and decorated and each bedroom is a half level from the others.

The largest has a king bed with a sitting area and desk adjacent to it. The bay window and the adjacent outside terrace provide a panoramic view of San Miguel. The other two have queen beds and one of those bedrooms has doors that open to the lower level terrace, a half level above the living area. All beds are extremely comfortable.

The top floor is occupied by a spacious terrace with the same gorgeous view of the city, perfect for an end of the day cocktail and view of the sunset. Another option is to take the stairs to still another terrace with the identical view.

I can't say enough about Margarita, the housekeeper who works five days a week from 9:00 to 2:00, takes meticulous care of the property, is charming and personable and a wonderful cook. Several times we asked her to cook things she particularly likes to do and we were never disappointed. We provided money for the food and she returned the change. Be sure to have her make her specialty, paella!

I sincerely look forward to our next trip to Casa Bella.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Leon or Querretaro
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
La Siena
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
La Sienna
Car: not necessary

San Miguel de Allende, again voted onto the Conde Nast 10 most wonderful places to visit in the world, offers interesting activities for the whole family, Classical & Jazz Concerts, Live Music Clubs, Art & Language Schools, Bird Watching, 50,000 volume Bilingual Public Library with Computer Center, Classes in Creative Writing, Spanish, Arts & Crafts as well as Lectures, street fiestas, local tours to outlying areas, hot springs, ACBL Bridge


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Please call regarding rates, depending upon last minute availablity further dsicounts may be available.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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