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Colonial Centro Historico Treasure as Seen in Casa San Miguel

Kathy Lichter & Steve Zazula

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Colonial Centro Historico Treasure as Seen in Casa San Miguel

Sleeps6
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 6)

Casa Jacaranda – A Colonial-Era Jewel

On a little cobblestone street, behind heavy antique wooden doors, lies the most authentic of the original colonial Mexican houses of San Miguel. This charming family home has captured and preserved its true Mexican essence, from the vine- covered courtyard, with its colonial center fountain, to the massive wooden beams holding up a beautifully hand crafted wood porch covering a lovely, light filled outdoor living room decorated with brightly colored pillows adorning antique wooden furniture all enhanced by a century old orange tree, jacaranda tree, and beautiful, blooming bouganvillea. Built in the 18th century, Casa Jacaranda has been restored to its original colonial heritage. You will find yourself immersed in the ambience of colonial times but with all the comforts of home.

ARCHITECTURE - In classic Spanish-Moorish style, Casa Jacarnada is surrounded by high stone walls sheltering a world of private beauty. All rooms open into the courtyard, with 2-feet thick walls keeping the rooms cool during warm seasons and cozy during the occasional chilly nights. Enter each room through an old stone doorway with old mesquite French doors leading from one room into the other. There is a flow of indoor-outdoor living. A covered patio fills one length of the courtyard with its intricately-patterned roof over which bursts a scarlet bougainvillea.

The center fountain (dated 1706) fills the house with the sound of splashing water while morning doves dip their beaks in and hummingbirds flit from flower to flower. In the background are the sounds of San Miguel: church bells tolling, the whistle of the knife-sharpener, the call of the flower vendors, as if time stands still. Open the front door to see the little burros being led down the streets carrying firewood door to door for sale. Sometimes you even have a little band playing out of tune in front of the house waiting for you to come out and reward them before they move on to the next house. Due to the traditional colonial design the house is always light, cool, and lovely.

LOCATION- Casa Jacaranda is ideally located in the historic center of San Miguel, steps from everything there is to see and do in town. Go to your right and stroll into Parque Juarez, the most beautiful park in San Miguel; turn left and discover cafes, markets, antiques, produce vendors, and even the new grand Rosewood Hotel with it’s fabulous roof bar and extraordinary vistas. From the roof garden is the view of the spire of the Parroquia, the gothic-style church in the town square, called the Jardin. The Parroquia is San Miguel’s most famous landmark. The central square is a wonderful place to sit on an old bench and watch the comings and goings of the townspeople while reading the local paper, eating a homemade ice-cream cone sold from a horse drawn carriage and meeting people. Everyone loves to talk and will be delighted to give you guidance and share the secrets of San Miguel.

LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM, KITCHEN, PANTRY – As you enter Casa Jacaranda, two rooms face each other across the entranceway, one leading into the brightly colored 1930’s style Mexican- deco living room. The massive stone fireplace is the prominent feature of this vivid room which leads you into the dining room with its large stone hearth and mirror reflecting the warmth of the room with decorative candles. A low blue table and open archway separate the dining room from the spacious kitchen. A huge campana (hood) reaches to the ceiling over the professional chef stove set into the green cemento pulido (smooth, hand tinted finished cement). A niche filled with vintage ceramics covers the entire wall over the deep double sink. In Mexico a pantry is a room of its own, with an additional sink, and all the modern appliances as well as cupboards filled with glassware, utensils, and hand-blown glass canisters filled with the staples of Mexican cooking.

BEDROOMS - Casa Jacaranda has 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom is opposite the living room, with floors of dusty- rose and old wooden shutters opening to the street. A hand-wrought decorative iron bed sits in the center of the room with 2 large armoires on either side. An attached bathroom of chocolate-brown polished cement trimmed in hand-made tile with a hand-shaped tub and shower features a sink made from an old baptismal font.

The second bedroom is in the back patio with the jacaranda tree providing shade on a sunny day and purple blossoms in the spring. This intimate room has a decorative double-size iron bed, built-in window seats and a walk-in closet.

Cross under the portal into the Moroccan-style bathroom with an arch separating the green cemento pulido tub and shower.

From the back patio walk up the stone steps around the jacaranda tree to reach the little cottage perched on the roof with a queen-size bed. The attached large bathroom has a large round burnt-umber tinted tub and shower and the sink is made of an old grinding stone. This little cottage-like room has its own covered patio with cushioned chairs and a wood-burning fireplace. Farther out on the rooftop is a flower-filled garden with lounge chairs and views of the Parroquia and the Monjas, the 2 most famous churches in San Miguel.

OUTDOOR LIVING/DINING AREAS - As mentioned earlier the courtyard has its own covered patio with dining area and living room sala. Since the weather is beautiful year round you will spend most of your time here, dining and lounging at your leisure.

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER MEDIA - We have been featured on the Travel Network and on Fine Living Channel. We have also been included in Tim Street-Porter’s recent book, Casa San Miguel, Inspired Design and Decoration written by Annie Kelly and published by Rizzoli. (Tim Street-Porter produced the quintessential book on Mexican style, Casa Mexicana. We are regularly featured in the House & Garden Tour.

Keywords: restored 300-year old colonial house, historic center, private, perfect location, family home, modern conveniences, gracious, antique-filled, warm, quiet, outdoor living

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kathy Lichter & Steve Zazula (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2015

About Kathy Lichter & Steve Zazula

My husband Steve, daughter Lila, and I moved to Mexico in August of 2000. I had grown up in Mexico City and left for college and spent most of my adulthood in NY, working in advertising(as my husband did as well). My parents never left Mexico so we visited often and thought maybe some day we would live here as well. When my parents retired to San Miguel we were captivated. Finally, we decided to make the break.

One day we walked around the corner and found our dream house......or soon to be. We moved in and so began the laborious but thrilling project of restoration. Our house is much the way it might have been in the early days of San MIguel. We searched for authentic materials, old ruins and obsessively restored our house as historically as possible.

Now with our daughter living in the U.S. we are spending more time at our ranch outside of town and our house is therefore available for rentals, short-term and long-term. We love to come and go and have all the advantages of living in the historic center of town. But we also love to jump in the car and drive 20 minutes into the countryside and another world.

We are always available to our guests. We have a full-time maid and handyman as well. All your needs will be taken care of and we look forward to meeting you and taking you out to the ranch for a ride or a visit.

Kathy Lichter & Steve Zazula purchased this house in 2001

Why Kathy Lichter & Steve Zazula chose San Miguel de Allende

Casa Jacaranda is our full-time home. San MIguel has been a wonderful place for us to raise our daughter and build our ranch business. We have had so many adventures here. At the ranch we have had cooking classes, weddings, tours, and riding events. This is a wonderful place for a long or short visit.

What makes this house unique

Our house is located in the middle of the historic center of town, everything within walking distance. There are also many little trips within a short distance from San Miguel. We can make arrangements for you to visit special places and take care of all your needs.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

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Colonial Centro Historico Treasure as Seen in Casa San Miguel
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
Boulder, Colorado
5

Stunning House - Prime Location

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in many different houses in San Miguel, but none quite as beautifully decorated and close to the downtown as Casa Jacaranda. The moment you walk through the large wooden doors you are taken back to another time and place. The ancient stone walls open up to a lovely courtyard with a fountain and outdoor seating area. The kitchen and dining room also open onto the courtyard. In an outside covered cabinet we found a CD player and dozens of wonderful authentic Mexican music. It was lovely to make food in the incredible kitchen (equipped with anything you'll need and more) and enjoy it outdoors. The rooms have incredible beds, and two of the downstairs bedrooms have large, deep tubs and plenty of hot water (rare). But when we weren't sitting by the fireplace in the living room or listening to music by the fountain, we were upstairs on the rooftop garden enjoying the sunlight and privacy. Everywhere one looks in this casa there are beautiful works of art and stunning views. But perhaps the best quality of Casa Jacaranda is the location. Just steps out the front door puts you downtown near the cathedral or at the park. We had a great time getting to know Kathy and she took great care of us and made sure all of our needs were taken care of. Thank you, Kathy!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Pictures do not do it justice

  • 5 of 5

Casa Jacaranda is stunning. Stay here. Period. End of story.

Okay -- more story. I stayed here with three girlfriends for a week. The photos don't do justice to the absolute charm and authenticity of this hacienda. It is fantastically located. It is the first time I've been in a VRBO and felt the kitchen was better equipped than mine. Kathy is an amazing host/owner. UNBELIEVABLY helpful and attentive. Sounds like a small thing, but it's not: the beds are comfortable. Everything is well appointed. The house is immaculate. I can't think of a more wonderful way to spend time in San Miguel. Which, by the way is also stunning. And that is the end of my story...

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Houston, TX
5

Wonderful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This review has taken far too long, but as a working mom of a toddler I can be a bit distracted! This house is beyond amazing. Pictures do not do it justice. It's gorgeous and the location is great! This was the perfect house and location for my group which included two in their 30s, two in their late 60s and a one year old. Many homes to rent in SMA discriminate against the little ones, so I apprciated the owner's open mind and willingness to welcome my son. The owners go above and beyond to make sure you have a comfortable and relaxing time. And if you're looking for a bit of adventure, ask them about horseback riding. They have a ranch that is breathtaking! This property is perfection and honestly everyone is lucky we have the chance to rent and experience it!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Diego, CA, USA
5

Colonial charm

  • 5 of 5

For a really wonderful colonial Mexican experience, the Casa Jacaranda with its attention to authentic detailing is ideal. Also, there is so much art and Mexican folk art in the home for one to enjoy, and yet the home has all modern conveniences such as purified water and wi-fi. Its lovely central courtyard is where we all gather at the end of each day for a glass of wine and to share everyone's events of the day.

This is our second stay in this unique home, and we find the charm and convenience of location to be all that we want for our visits to San Miguel. We definitely hope to return to this home again.

H, San Diego, CA.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Oakland, California USA
5

Quiet Elegance of San Miguel and Casa Jacaranda

  • 5 of 5

Astonished is the best way to describe our reaction on arrival at Casa Jacaranda in San Miguel. Hosts Kathy and Steve enthusiastically greeted us on arrival, they couldn't have been a better welcoming committee complete with a personal house tour, spoken city secrets, and yes - delicious snacks and a bottle of wine. We became family. The room x room tour of this colonial home felt as though we were in a museum. The VRBO photos do not adequately convey the careful attention paid to period detail in the architecture, the furnishings, and the art objects. Authentically appointed, the Jacaranda's layout of rooms arranged in spokes off the central garden allowed for quiet and privacy, yet complete accessibility. The Jacaranda has a true Chef's Kitchen, and two dining areas, one in the courtyard, one more formal in the dining room with an adjacent fireplace. Traveling with children, we very much appreciated the open space in the common area, the family-friendly ambience, as well as the added convenience of completely purified water by tap in the pantry area. Jacaranda is in a prime location, in Centra Historico, a few blocks from the Jardin (Town Square), with a little coffee shop steps away (literally) as well as a pastry shop around the corner. Don't miss the rooftop view at the Rosewood Hotel, dining at Peru, or Moxie or any - any of the other smaller restaurants on the side streets, notably Lavanda for breakfast/lunch. Taxi's are plentiful, affordable and safe if you need them, which might be rare. San Miguel is a walking-city.

I could endlessly praise ad infinitum on how completely enjoyable our family's experience was at the Jacaranda, in the care of our hosts, Kathy and Steve. They were generous with their time, and took care to ensure that the comfort of their home became our comfortable home for the duration of our stay in San Miguel. We will definitely return to San Miguel, and to the Jacaranda.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Oakland, California USA
5

Quiet Elegance of Casa Jacaranda

  • 5 of 5

Astonished is the best way to describe our reaction on arrival at Casa Jacaranda in San Miguel. Hosts Kathy and Steve enthusiastically greeted us on arrival, they couldn't have been a better welcoming committee complete with a personal house tour, spoken city secrets, and yes - delicious snacks and a bottle of wine. We became family. The room x room tour of this colonial home felt as though we were in a museum. The VRBO photos do not adequately convey the careful attention paid to period detail in the architecture, the furnishings, and the art objects. Authentically appointed, the Jacaranda's layout of rooms arranged in spokes off the central garden allowed for quiet and privacy, yet complete accessibility. The Jacaranda has a true Chef's Kitchen, and two dining areas, one in the courtyard, one more formal in the dining room with an adjacent fireplace. Traveling with children, we very much appreciated the open space in the common area, the family-friendly ambience, as well as the added convenience of completely purified water by tap in the pantry area. Jacaranda is in a prime location, just off Centra Historico, and with a little coffee shop steps away (literally) as well as a pastry shop around the corner. Don't miss the rooftop view at the Rosewood Hotel, dining at Peru, or Moxie or any - any of the other smaller restaurants on the side streets, notably Lavanda for breakfast/lunch. Taxi's are plentiful, affordable and safe if you need them, which might be rare. San Miguel is a walking-city.

I could endlessly praise ad infinitum on how completely enjoyable our family's experience was at the Jacaranda, in the care of our hosts, Kathy and Steve. They were generous with their time, and took care to ensure that the comfort of their home became our comfortable home for the duration of our stay in San Miguel. We will definitely return to San Miguel, and to the Jacaranda.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Car: not necessary

When our house is rented we stay at our ranch which is 20 minutes outside of San Miguel. Rancho de la Capilla is an historic site with a painted chapel and other religious structures. It is also where we enjoy horseback riding and taking people for guided tours. We hope you will join us for a ride or come and visit and enjoy a drink and guacamole on the terrace overlooking the Picacho Mountain range. We are always available for any help or guidance you may need, just a few minutes away. If you would like to see the ranch you can find it at our web page.

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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
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • all bathrooms have tubs and showers and are provided with amenities such as artesanal soaps and shampoos and good towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) All bedrooms have gas heaters.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Casa Jacaranda has a water softener as well as a water purification system. We have a housekeeper 3 days a week who is available to shop and cook. A gardener comes twice a week.

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