|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Casa Jardin (Garden House)
This light-filled, stylish 3-level house is furnished with antiques and located on a cul-de-sac; it is an easy walk to the center of town (El Jardin), the Instituto de Allende, and beautiful Juarez Park (Parque Juarez). The neighborhood has a village ambience and is filled with family-owned shops, including corner-type stores for basics (e.g., milk, beer, sugar, flour), a butcher, green grocer, tortillas made by hand and a tortilla 'factory', and good restaurants.
The sleeping arrangements are very comfortable: the master bedroom has a queen-size bed (European Sleepworks from California) while the casita includes a double bed suitable for one adult or two (small) adults. The dressing room is furnished with a single bed.
The kitchen is fully equipped and the garden is mature, providing a lush, indoor/outdoor garden connection and an outdoor eating area accessible through French doors off the kitchen.
1st Floor Living, Dining, Kitchen: The first floor is laid out in an open plan and includes living, dining and kitchen areas. The cheerful living area is furnished with antique furniture, artisan lighting, paintings, and a classic Mexican long built-in sofa decorated with down-filled pillows. The adjoining dining area seats 4 and has windows overlooking the plant-filled garden entry. The fully equipped kitchen includes a George Forman grill and an outdoor grill. The kitchen has two very large windows, filling the kitchen with natural light and providing great views of the garden. French doors open onto an outdoor table with umbrella and seating for 4 that overlooks the garden trees, flowering vines, and terraced planters.
1st Floor Casita: The casita (with private entrance) includes a comfortable, double bed (suitable for one adult or two small adults), two closets, and antique furniture. The full bathroom has a tiled shower and tub and is filled with soft, natural light emanating from a bank of private, translucent windows that extend the full width of one wall.
2nd Floor Study, Terrace, Master Bdr, Dressing Rm: An outdoor (covered) tiled staircase leads from the kitchen to the second floor.
The second-floor entrance has a window seat and French doors that open onto a plant-filled terrace. The second level also includes a study, the master bedroom and its large adjoining alcove, and a dressing room/extra bedroom and bathroom. The study has very comfortable seating (including a leather couch), a gas fireplace, antique furniture, bookcases, and views of the garden terrace.
The spacious master bedroom is filled with natural light from a bank of large windows that extend the full width of the bedroom alcove and overlook the garden. The bedroom includes a very comfortable (European Sleepworks) queen-sized bed. The adjoining large alcove is furnished with tables and chairs that can be used as a work area or for reading.
Adjoining the master bedroom is a large dressing room/extra bedroom with single bed, two closets, and ample mirrors. The full bathroom adjoins the dressing room and has a very large mirror and large tiled tub and shower.
A tiled staircase leads from the kitchen to the third floor rooftop garden (azotea). This spacious azotea includes a tile-roofed seating area with couch, chairs, and Moroccan and Oaxacan lighting, potted plants, and wonderful views of the mountains.
We are global travelers from northern California who love this fascinating country and its people. We enjoy learning about other cultures and what they have to teach us.
Kris MacKain purchased this house in 2008
We enjoy living in Colonia San Antonio for the village atmosphere and strong connection with a community that includes families, schools, churches, and skilled trade/craftsman such as metal workers and carpenters who work with open doors in full view of passers by. You can often hear the chants and sounds of knife-sharpeners, ice-cream vendors, and vegetable sellers advertising their wares as they walk through the neighborhood. We wanted to live in a mixed neighborhood with Mexicans and ex-pats because it gives us opportunities to get to know our Mexican neighbors (who grew up here), experience the rhythms and rituals of Mexican life, and practice Spanish. It's also an easy and lovely walk from our house to Centro.
Being from California, we were immediately attracted to the natural light throughout this house and its connection to the ample and lush garden. The interior architecture with its arches, nooks, and alcoves is charming and interesting and provides the vintage feel necessary to best complement our antiques. We love the way you can be in most of the rooms and see outside to the garden. Sitting at the outdoor table and looking layers of textured plants of various colors is pure bliss.
We really enjoyed staying in this San Miguel house! The house is beautiful and a great place to spend a month! We quickly settled into our routines and explored the Colonia San Antonio neighborhood, discovering the best walking routes into the Centro, the Parque Juarez, and the San Juan de Dios mercado. We really enjoyed cooking Mexican food in the kitchen using the Mexican cookbooks available.
We were very happy with the property manager, Erika, and Maria, the housekeeper, who were both very friendly and responsive to our needs. We also appreciated having internet access.
San Miguel is filled with interesting things to do. We attended concerts at the Peralta Theater; saw movies; shopped in many tiendas; took an intensive Spanish course with Warren Hardy; and had some good conversations in Spanish with Maria and the gardener.
We were met at the door by a representative of Homeaway and she explained how thing worked in the house. She told us who would be coming and when as to the maintenance and supplies. And then she left us to enjoy the casa. It is a wonderful collection of intriguing pieces from all parts of the world .artfully arranged and perfectly agreeably comfortable I could easily stay longer just to read some of the books. WE were on the move for the whole time but the 8 days did need a retreat from the activities and this house was just so wonderful for that.
My husband and I loved this house from the moment that we stepped in. The inside is as pretty as the outside, and the house has all the amenities one could ask for, including a well-stocked kitchen. There are comfortable desks, easy chairs, and sofas, where one can curl up and read the many interesting art, cooking, Spanish language, and travel books. The interior structure of each room is very graceful with archways and molding. Almost every window looks out to the lovely tropical garden patio with its abundant large potted plants, and there are tables and chairs there too for breakfast, lunch, or reading. The entire roof is a lovely terrace with views, and there is another smaller sitting terrace off the second story.
The owner and property manager are dedicated to your enjoyment of your stay in SMA. Erica, the property manager, responds immediately to any question. The housekeeper, Maria, and the gardener, Jose Antonio, are extremely competent, pleasant and willing to help with whatever is needed. Both are very patient with beginning Spanish.
The owner has left a rental book with maps and tips for what to do and whom to contact while in San Miguel and in Guanajuato. You can depend on the rental book not only for enjoying the town(s) but also for what to do for help or emergencies. We tried most of the restaurants suggested in the rental book and found that they are the favorites of the local residents.
The comfort and beauty of the house rivaled the attractions of Centro. We enjoyed cooking and reading at home as much as walking into town. We were equally happy at either place and were glad to have the choice when it rained or was a little too hot. The personality of the house made us feel like residents rather than tourists. We bought our food in the neighborhood and were always made to feel welcome by the local shop owners.
We have enthusiastically recommended this house to our friends, and hope to return soon ourselves.
We loved our stay at this home in San Miguel de Allende. It is well equipped and feels like a real home, with interesting art, books, furniture and decor. We liked that it has a desk and a study, as well as a separate casita off the courtyard where a visitor can stay. The courtyard is lush with plants and birds (including a hummingbird or two).
The neighbourhood is friendly and we always felt safe in the streets. There are a number of small tiendas nearby for everyday items.
The owners and their property manager were very responsive with any questions or concerns we had. We don't hesitate to recommend this casa for your time in San Miguel.
My husband and I enjoyed our first trip to San Miguel this year and were so fortunate to have stayed in Kris' home. She and her husband are art lovers and it shows in every area of the house which is decorated with beautiful paintings, antiques and collectibles. The courtyard garden was coming to life with gorgeous spring blossoms and we could watch the hummingbirds enjoying them from our bedroom window.
The house occupies several levels and has many comfy places to curl up and relax.
We had a well equipped kitchen for home cooking.
Maria, the housekeeper is an absolute treasure and made sure that the house was immaculate. I wanted to pack her in my suitcase and smuggle her home. The property manager was there to meet us when we arrived and attended to any needs we had during our stay. A small problem with the shower was attended to immediately.
The home has a separate casita with its own bedroom and bath and was perfect for my friend who visited for 10 days.
The house is a 25 minute walk to the Jardin but with regular bus service and inexpensive taxis we could easily get about the town.
We liked the fact that we were in a predominantly Mexican area of the city. The local tienda owner, bakeshop etc. always greeted us warmly even though we spoke no Spanish.
We are returning to San Miguel next winter and wanted to stay in the same house but alas it was already booked. Maybe next time.
Margaret and Larry
This is my third trip to San Miguel de Allende and the other places I've stayed don't compare to this one. The house doesn't feel like a rental - the furniture is comfortable, artwork original and antiques are beautiful; great lamps throughout the house transform each room into something magical at night! I loved sitting in the sunny, lush garden with coffee in the morning, listening to the birds, reading and writing poetry. Upstairs in the beautiful study (with vintage leather couch!) I read books from the owner's library. At night, I fell asleep on the very comfortable king-sized bed and woke up to the light pouring through a huge bank of windows that overlook the garden.
I walked (more like strolled) from the house to the Instituto de Allende in less than 12 minutes and from the house to the Jardin (and Parrochia) in just under 20 minutes. (I timed it!)
Sometimes I walked to El Centro, then took a taxi back ($2 - 2.50, no tip necessary) if I had been shopping. The neighborhood, though, has butchers, a green grocer (fill a bag with fruit and vegetables for less than 100 pesos!), and a nearby tienda with those things you tend to run out of. There are also many good restaurants nearby. If you want the amenities of home, you can walk to small shops that sell fresh olives and imported cheeses, a busy eat-in bakery that sells croissants and lattes with a wonderful 'community table' to meet the locals and other travelers. On Saturday there's an outdoor organic farmer's market with a wonderful array of foodstuffs, arts & crafts, small eateries and a festive, local feel.
San Miguel has so much to offer -- beautiful architecture, friendly people, music and dance performances, lectures, art galleries, shopping, to name a few. But after a long day sightseeing, there was nothing more nurturing than returning to this beautiful, relaxing and spirit-restoring house. If beauty, comfort, cleanliness, a garden view and lots of natural light are important to you, rent this house. It is magical!
Opening the main door to this wonderful house one is immediately struck by the plant filled entrance leading to a lovely, light filled courtyard. If first impressions have meaning, this indicated a retreat that had been created with much love, positive energy and care. The house reflects a beautiful, eclectic style and a warm, inviting presence. After three weeks we didn't want to leave ... we felt very much at home.
Relaxing in the living room, which has been comfortably furnished and artistically decorated with antiques and original art work, was simply delightful. The bright, sunny kitchen/dining area is generally well equipped and we really enjoyed eating breakfast on the patio. Having read about SMA's reputation for fine dining (among other great things!) we chose to eat most of our evening meals at restaurants and used the kitchen primarily for breakfast and lunch. The only thing we missed was a kettle and once this was mentioned to Erika, the property manager, it was quickly addressed. Erika was also very helpful throughout our stay checking on us and answering our many questions. Maria, the housekeeper, was amazing ... such a warm, cheerful woman! The house was cleaned (unobtrusively) to perfection 3 mornings a week.
We especially loved the upstairs suite complete with a lovely lounge, dressing room and bathroom. The main bedroom area, with the oh-sooooo-comfortable king size bed, was filled with natural light from a large expansive window wall which overlooked the beautiful garden and patio below. We didn't use the small tv but did read from the library collection in the lounge and spent many lovely evenings relaxing in this part of the house. It was fabulous!
The house is located on a privada in an interesting Mexican neighborhood in the San Antonio area of SMA. It took us awhile to determine the best walking route to Le Jardin, the town square and gathering place. As the weather was often quite hot, we usually walked part of the way and then hailed a taxi. In cooler months we would have walked all the way. (about a 30 minute walk, I think.) We always returned by taxi. It was easy to get a taxi in most areas of SMA and they were quite inexpensive. Thirty pesos will take you almost anywhere in the city.
We truly loved our stay in this beautiful house and we'd return again in a heartbeat! Thank you Kris and Cedric for sharing your home with us. You have created a very special place, an oasis in a weary world. Highly recommended.
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Feb 7 2015 - May 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
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