|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Casa de la Espiga... Intimate Gardens and Sunset Views... Centro Histórico
Step behind these understated walls and experience a different place in time. Conveniently located in the heart of the Centro Histórico Theater District, just a three minute walk from the town's main plaza, lies one of San Miguel's authentic Spanish Colonial gems. Dating back to 1717 AD, this unique home has been lovingly restored well beyond its original grandeur by its current owners . . . one of whom is an internationally renowned interior designer.
For fifty years prior, Casa de la Espiga was a local bakery . . . hence its name which translates to: House of the Grain Flower.
Once inside, two individual colonnaded courtyards with lush gardens, original stone walls, graceful arches, and trickling fountains gently lead you toward the interior rooms, designed to afford the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living reminiscent of this home's colonial past.
Relax, dine, and entertain your guests in these private patios taking full advantage of the nearly perfect climate. Or if you prefer, settle cozily indoors in the elegant yet comfortable sala in front of the hand-carved fireplace, or take your meals in the formal dining room crowned by a splendid cupola. Two well-appointed, comfortably spacious first floor bedrooms, one with a king bed and one with a queen, are accessible from the gardens as well.
This exceptional home has been tastefully furnished throughout with antiques and Mexican handicrafts. The owner's personal collection of original art and artifacts, many from the treasure trove of San Miguel's talented artists, as well as from their own extensive travels, is a visual feast.
Colorful Mexican tiles line the walls of the large, fully-equipped kitchen, where indigenous ceramics and eclectic market paintings are whimsically displayed.
The newly completed Moroccan-inspired guest suite (queen bed) with private sitting room, kitchenette, and mosaic-tiled bath is stunning, and definitely 'one-of-a-kind' in San Miguel. This guest suite is ALWAYS included with the main house rental for privacy and convenience.
The more rustic-styled separate art studio can double as a fourth bedroom as it has two twin beds and large cemento pulido bath.
Both of these rooms open out onto the expansive sun-drenched roof terraces, with views of the town's stunning skyline and mountain sunsets. All bedrooms have private en suite baths, fine linens, and down/feather comforters and pillows. Cable television, surround sound, and a library of books, videos, and CD's are provided for your enjoyment.
Casa de la Espiga has a wonderful full-time staff who utterly exude the 'warmth of Mexico'. Tactfully unobtrusive, 'Josefina' is there to maintain the household and look after your every need. Best of all, her memorable Mexican recipes rival those of any restaurant in San Miguel . . . and she LOVES to cook . . . a real 'Like Water for Chocolate' experience! Our 'house boy' tends to the garden and outdoor spaces and will cheerfully help out wherever he is needed. Their job is to make sure that you feel pampered throughout your entire stay.
Casa de la Espiga is not just a home . . . it is an experience!
5 friends stayed in this impeccable home in San Miguel de Allende. It was outstanding in every respect! I highly recommend.
We may well have been grandees coming home. The two of us arrived mid January 2015 and were welcomed enthusiastically at the door by wonderful Josefina and her husband Tomas who live a few blocks away.
The house could double as a set for a Donizetti opera; it’s deliciously old world. We can only add to the superlative reviews on the Casa de la Espiga web site.
The walk to the central Jardin is only a few minutes; the grade modest. One quickly scouts out which side of the street has the smoothest sidewalk. The location on Calle Canal means that colourful nationalistic and religious processions come by the front door. They can be dramatic and lengthy and terrific photo opportunities. Fireworks in the air in the Jardin can be seen from the roof terraces. A small grocery store is a block away and a traditional market less than a kilometer.
Restaurants abound in the neighbourhood; municipal buses are an adventure; taxis inexpensive and we found everyone honest and most friendly and hospitable. We always felt safe. Despite the number of English speaking ex-pats we found we needed some Spanish in doing our daily business. San Miguel has the feeling of old Mexico. The travel agent beside the Parroquia (Cuna de Allende) speaks English and efficiently set up a day trip by bus to Guanajuato.
Next time we visit we’ll spend more time luxuriating in Espiga. We’ll sequester ourselves on the wonderful terraces and ask Josefina to teach us more about Mexican cuisine.
Thanks to Timothy and Ann for ongoing help and advice. It’s such a beautiful house; we should have brought another couple with us to share in the pleasure.
Casa de la Espiga is straight out of a design magazine. The painstaking remodel and furnishing of a centuries-old stone Spanish colonial building honors it's history while adding features that bring natural light into bedrooms that would have traditionally been quite dark. Once you figure out all of the lights, you can set quite the mood at night, too. We stayed here for two weeks in April with a rotating cast of friends joining us. With every new friend who arrived, we got to see the awe that La Casa inspires upon entry. I wish we could have shared it with even more people. I'm pretty sure we have more photos of the interior of the house than we do of the rest of San Miguel though the photos can't ever do it justice. There are so many details to admire in the house, that you will continue to see things you hadn't noticed before for weeks! You will fantasize about living there forever. Everything others have said about Josephina and her cooking is true! I speak a little bit of Spanish and she was the perfect practice partner because, while she doesn't speak English, she understands quite a bit of it. Whenever I was searching for the right word in Spanish, she would actually translate my English word to keep the conversation going. The location in San Miguel is hard to beat and one of the best (& affordable) restaurants, Don Taco Tequila, is right around the corner. We had a car with us and were concerned about being able to park nearby but street parking was actually pretty easy to come by less than a block downhill. That said, we only used the car to take trips outside of town as it makes more sense to walk everywhere within San Miguel. If you are thinking of staying here, two words of advice: do it!!
We spent the week of Thanksgiving here and had a wonderful time. I went with my husband, 9 year old son and my in-laws. They place was plenty big, we didn't even use one of the bedrooms. The plants are very well cared for and I could just live in the courtyards or on the rooftop. Josefina is wonderful, so attentive and cheerful. She made all of our breakfasts and even Aztec soup for dinner one evening (just ask and she will make you some too). She doesn't speak English but we managed to communicate just fine. The location of this house is perfect, you can walk to anything or just catch a cab right in front. Timothy was very responsive during our booking process and even connected us with a transportation company that we used to and from the airport (QRO). We hired the same company for two tours during our stay - request Freddie. San Miguel is a wonderful vacation for all ages, I highly recommend visiting and staying at Casa Espiga!
When I entered Casa De La Espiga, I felt as though I’d entered another dimension. One where time stood still. I was absolutely transfixed as I walked through this magical home, tastefully decorated and meticulously renovated. The hosts, Ann and Timothy, were extremely helpful and responsive to my questions prior to departure and even during my stay. This was my first trip to SMA and they guided me with recommendations for airport transportation and gave me tips on how to make the most of our trip. The housekeeper, Josefina is lovely. Many thanks to her; she made our trip very special. She manages the home (which is spotless) with ease and grace while her husband Tomas tends to the grounds. The location is perfect, within the historic center and very close to the Jardin. You can easily walk anywhere. The views from the roof top terrace are spectacular. That is where I spent much of my time. Morning, afternoon and night. The light changes and keeps you wanting to sit and watch and go back to the casa and enjoy the views and ambiance all times of day. We were lucky to have a full moon rise over the cupola of the church, what a gift to see that! I plan on returning to Casa de la Espiga.
After looking at the pictures on the web site we were expecting a great place, well it was all that and more. We were blown away the moment we step in and it just kept getting better. The one difficulty was decideilng which of the 5 bedrooms we wanted to choose. Josephina was a delight as was her cooking, we were spoiled. Thank you for sharing.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500.00|
Rates go by number of guests and number of nights . . . From: $1650.00 (2 persons) / 7 nights . . .
Rates for less than 7 nights are provided by the owners . . .
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