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STYLISH + SPACIOUS COLONIAL WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS -2800 SQ FT

Collette Sell

Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Collette Sell

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Calendar last updated:
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STYLISH + SPACIOUS COLONIAL WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS -2800 SQ FT

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

San Miguel de Allende House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

This home is a very special place in San Miguel, and we are pleased to share it with you.

From the moment you step through the gate into the entry courtyard, you will feel the graciousness of well-tended gardens and well-planned spaces. A 2,800 sq. ft. Spanish colonial-style home, it was built by a master builder in 2006 with the greatest attention to architectural details: a handkerchief boveda ceiling in the entry, custom colonial ironwork throughout, a beamed ceiling in the living room, high ceilings and crown moldings throughout, inlaid stone floors in the entry and kitchen, specialty tile work in the bathrooms and kitchen. All rooms, with the exception of one bedroom, open onto at least one courtyard through beautiful French doors.

You have all of the conveniences of a new home - with light switches that work, modern plumbing, and a whole-house water purification system - combined with the grace of a beautiful traditional home that feels like it has always been waiting for you.

Keywords: close to center, private, terrace, garden, staff, quiet

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Collette Sell (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
66%
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2014

About Collette Sell

From our first visit many years ago, San Miguel welcomed us with its countless charms. Then, in 2008, we found an equally welcoming and charming house there. This is it! We have traveled all over the world, but this house is truly special. And to find such a place in an historic town with artists, musicians, academicians, readers and writers, language schools, and an active volunteer community is still almost beyond our imaginations.

Our home in San Miguel is the antidote to our complicated lives back home in Mill Valley – Don with his estate planning, life, and long term care insurance business, and Collette with her event production company. We keep close at hand our memories of waking up and listening to birds singing, or standing on the roof terrace at sunset, glass of wine in hand, scanning the hills and sky. Though we return as frequently as our businesses allow, we are happy to offer this delightful house for your pleasure during the many weeks and months when we are back at our desks.

Collette Sell purchased this house in 2008

Why Collette Sell chose San Miguel de Allende

We fell in love with this street, Callejon Blanco, on an earlier visit to San Miguel. A one-way, quiet lane arched by bougainvillea, it seems miles away from the traffic of taxis and buses although it is in the Centro Historico within a few easy blocks of El Jardin and the Parroquia. On our next visit a chance meeting with a realtor (Wesley Gleason at Agave Realty) led to visiting several houses, 'just to see what the market conditions are.' After a few hours, we excused ourselves to go off for dinner with friends. Our realtor looked crestfallen and said, 'Oh dear, I have just one more house to show you, and it's on a little street called Callejon Blanco.' Of course, we postponed dinner and went to see the house in our dream location. We walked in, gasped with delight, and bought the house the next day. We named it 'Casa Bendita' - the Blessed House - from the sense of the many blessings which led us to this home. The house is very special, but the location is equally special. We cannot imagine staying anywhere else in San Miguel.

What makes this house unique

Nearby pleasures are almost too numerous to list! Great food, delightful music, a fine bookshop, and daily festivals are close-at-hand. We love to stop in at Petit Four on Mesones across from the theater for capuccino and fruit tarts. If we decide to cook at home, we head off to the Mercado Ignacio Ramirez where, beyond the beautiful booths of fruit and flowers, is an area where women from the countryside sell whatever they can bring on the bus - fresh ranchero cheese, nopale cactus, poblano chiles, and enormous bunches of herbs from their own gardens. It's always inspiring to take a cooking class (last time it was Mole!) from Paco Cardenas, owner of El Petit Four, but there are classes of every sort within a few blocks: cooking, writing, art, salsa dancing, drumming. Casa Bendita is only two blocks from the world-famous Warren Hardy language school and minutes away from other language schools. There is a yoga and meditation studio just four doors up the street. There's even a wine shop with a friendly owner at the end of the block. Best of all are the discoveries our guests make and leave in the guestbook to share with us, and with the guests who follow them.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your house with use. We were here with my parents. Had a great time enjoying all of the spaces. We love the terrace and living room. Clara is a great person, and both her and Jose helped us a lot. We hope to come back.



Note: copied from the Guest Book at Casa Bendita
Jan 2012
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Bathrooms3
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Stylish + Spacious Colonial with Panoramic Views -2800 Sq Ft
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
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Stylish + Spacious Colonial with Panoramic Views -2800 Sq Ft
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p218094vb
-(415) 381-1445 (California, USA)
San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
5

Would recommend

  • 5 of 5
A lovely home with great views from the terrace. Centrally located with an easy walk to the center of town. US free calls a plus. A wonderful housekeeper too.
  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: We are delighted to have hosted you at Casa Bendita and pleased to have your recommendation for other discerning travelers. Thank you! Collette and Don
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Stylish + Spacious Colonial with Panoramic Views -2800 Sq Ft
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p218094vb
-(415) 381-1445 (California, USA)
San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
Palm Desert, California
5

A Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5
Our 5th visit to San Miguel and because of the lovely home and perfect location it gave us our best experience. Husband had his favorite spot on the roof patio, reading and I found my sanctuary writing in the central garden. All the comforts of home and in addition Clara and Jose who were helpful and kind. We so appreciated all the information in the house. There was no question , that was not answered by reading notebooks supplied. Thank you, Collette and Don. We made ourselves at home because of your understanding of what a home implies. We are grateful, Terry and Garry
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Thank you, Terry and Garry, for writing about some of the spaces you enjoyed at Casa Bendita. I tell travelers that, because the house is so well laid out, each guest can find his or her own special spot, whether it's a couple, two couples, or a family of five who are staying at the house. You mention two of our favorites, but of course there are many more.

Our treasured long-time staff, Clara and Jose, are both unfailingly discreet, quiet and helpful. We are blessed to have their kind service in our home.

The books and the guide binder I leave for guests are only what I myself would want if I were entering a new place and trying to find my way. I guess that could describe the attitude Don and I have taken with the whole house: if we were guests, what would make us feel happy and at ease? I'm so glad that you felt at home.

When you're ready to look at next year's calendar, let us know. You are always welcome.

Kind regards, always,
Collette
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Stylish + Spacious Colonial with Panoramic Views -2800 Sq Ft
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-(415) 381-1445 (California, USA)
San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
5

Perfection

  • 5 of 5
My partner and I felt privileged to stay at Don and Collette’s gorgeous house in San Miguel de Allende.

I have traveled extensively in Mexico and this is certainly the nicest private home I have ever visited in Mexico. It is located on a narrow lane that evokes old-world charm, and the handsome narrow entryway disguises the delights that await the visitor within. It is much larger than it would appear from the exterior. Each room has a comfortable feel to it, and two verdant atrium gardens offer sunlight and refreshing breezes throughout the house (as well as charming outdoor seating areas). Skylights are cunningly placed to draw more daylight into the several of the rooms. The kitchen is state-of-the-art and the place is meticulously maintained by friendly housekeeper and gardener. The rooftop patio is really like an additional room, spanning the entire length of the house and offering beautiful views and a couple of comfortable seating areas.

We were joined by two other family members on our visit (who live in Mexico) and the four of us were perfectly comfortable – each of the three bedrooms has its own private bathroom.

The location is ideal – a very cute neighborhood; many restaurants and other features are in easy walking distance. And cabs in town are plentiful and cheap. Be sure to check out the little bakery at the bottom of the street where you can see the breads and pastries being made.

Our hosts Don and Collette are smart, efficient, warm and delightful. It is clear that they love their home-away-from-home and really want visitors to have a wonderful stay.

You’ll be sorry you every have to leave.
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our privilege to host you, Sean and Paco, and your family at our home. Don and I are thrilled with the attention that you paid to each of the details we have planned with such care; you have so carefully enumerated the pleasures of this welcoming place. Thank you! We are fortunate to have such gentle and appreciative guests at Casa Bendita. With all good wishes, Collette
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Stylish + Spacious Colonial with Panoramic Views -2800 Sq Ft
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p218094vb
-(415) 381-1445 (California, USA)
San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
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5

Elegant Oasis in San Miguel

  • 5 of 5
We spent a week at Collette and Don's lovely home last month. We were amazed to find the photos on the site don't do it justice. The home is just exquisite! The furnishings are lovely with every attention paid to comfort and sophisticated detail. The outdoor spaces are beautifully landscaped with the sound of fountains adding to the oasis-like feel of the place. Collette is so generous with information; you are greeted by a most helpful notebook of the best of San Miguel. Callejon Blanco is a quiet, lovely block just a short walk from everything. Our choice of Casa Bendita made our stay in San Miguel so much richer—the most positive home rental experience we've ever had. Thank you!
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Elizabeth. We are thrilled that you found Casa Bendita to be the best rental experience you have ever had. That's absolutely terrific! We hope that every guest feels the embrace of the house - the peace and comfort, the gentle sound of the fountains, and the dedicated care of the staff - in just the way you have. Each time Don and I visit, we renew and refresh the house so that it feels perfect when a new guest opens the gate from the street and steps into the courtyard. It is a delight for us to offer the house to such appreciative guests.
Warm regards, and many thanks,
Collette
business
Stylish + Spacious Colonial with Panoramic Views -2800 Sq Ft
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p218094vb
-(415) 381-1445 (California, USA)
San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
Novato California
5

Magical Miguel

  • 5 of 5
We didn't really know what to expect even though Collette and Don posted pictures of their beautiful home...but beautiful it was! You couldn't ask for more...the rooms are all lovely and comfortable...the kitchen is well equipped..there are so many places in the home to relax and the rooftop is the perfect place to have your breakfast or watch the sunset....and you can walk all over from this home as it is just a few blocks from the central plaza...there is so much to do and see, that we simply must return for more of the magic of San Miguel!
  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was a joy to share Casa Bendita + San Miguel with you and such a pleasure for us to know that you two felt the grace that we have tried to bring to our home there. It will be awaiting your return!
Collette + Don
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Stylish + Spacious Colonial with Panoramic Views -2800 Sq Ft
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San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
Seattle
5

A blessed place

  • 5 of 5
After a grueling day of travel, begun at 4am and made worse by missing my connecting flight, I arrived late at night at Casa Bendita and was met at the door by Clara whose quiet presence graced the house 3x/week during my stay. From the moment I stepped inside it felt like home. It was such a sanctuary that I didn't go to the jardin for 3 days! I loved waking to soothing sounds of mourning doves and distant church bells, walking barefoot on smooth tiles, seeing stars from the roof at night. I loved how clean, quiet, and safe it was, its tasteful design/decor, aesthetically pleasing ambiance, comfortable furnishings, and attention to detail. I loved bringing coffee beans home from Buen Dia and grinding a fresh cup every morning in the grinder provided in the kitchen. The location is perfect, close to all the action (and the best bakeries in town) but on a beautiful side street that was a pleasure to walk home to. Interior courtyards provided intimate outdoor spaces while the expansive roof terrace offered unobstructed views of the city. And the owners couldn't have been more thoughtful and responsive to questions both before and during my stay. They have indeed created a blessed place.
  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car
Owner's Response: Thank you, Betty. I love that you expressed the idea of the “Blessed House,” which is what we hoped when we named our San Miguel home. It is not a religious reference, although it is in the broadest sense spiritual. When we found Casa Bendita, we gasped with wonder as we opened the doors. We knew that we had found our home, and we felt truly blessed. It is a blessing to us that you shared the house in that same spirit.
Casa Bendita will be waiting for you!
Collette

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Car: not necessary

Activities and nearby pleasures are almost too numerous to list! Two blocks from the world-famous Warren Hardy language school, and minutes away from other language schools. Yoga studio just steps away. Nearby classes of every sort: cooking, writing, art. Local artisan and vegetable markets within easy walking distance. Wine shop with friendly owner at the end of the block. Airport transfer and tours may be arranged with House Manager for a separate fee.

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Rates & Availability

From $1,400 Per week

San Miguel de Allende House Rental Rates

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High Season
Oct 30 2014 - Mar 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,600
$5,000
 
 
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7 night minimum stay
$1,400
$5,000
 

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Amenities

San Miguel de Allende House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Beautiful custom tile.Private window w/view in shower.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Beautiful custom tilework.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Guest bathroom on main floor. Beautiful custom tile.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two counters+sinks.Custom tile+marble floor.Balcony..
  • 3.5 baths. All baths have custom tile work and are beautifully appointed. Each of the full baths is ensuite with a bedroom. Half bath/guest bath downstairs near living and dining rooms on main floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Luxury linens, ensuite bath, two balconies, fireplace.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Luxury linens, ensuite bath, balcony, fireplace, desk
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Luxury linens, ensuite bath with view, fireplace, desk.
  • All three bedrooms have ensuite baths + fireplaces, so bed and bath privacy is ensured. Beds are high quality, firm and extremely comfortable. Luxury linens and comforters. Quiet street means that you will wake to birds singing, not taxi noise!
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
This enchanting home is on the most charming street in San Miguel, a lane so picturesque it was featured in an article in Sunset magazine's April 2008 issue. Perfectly located, and just an easy five-minute walk to El Jardin and the Parroquia. The whole house opens up to the airy courtyards and splashing fountains. Lovely designer furnishings throughout, the equivalent of a fine hotel without the bother of other guests. Water purification system throughout the house, including all taps and showers. Complete privacy inside the front gate. Please read our 5-star reviews, and you will understand why guests love this quiet, beautiful place. It can be your sanctuary, a refuge from the lively streets of San Miguel, or you can fill it with music and friends. Casa Bendita is the perfect home for your visit to San Miguel de Allende.

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