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

Susan Mead

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Susan Mead

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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Casa Bella San Miguel, as Seen in NY Times, 4 BR, Beautiful!

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

San Miguel de Allende Villa Rental Photos and Description

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
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Susan Mead (Property Manager)
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2015

About Susan Mead

please see the website casabellaarthomes.com for photos and the story of the restoration of the house.

Susan Mead purchased this villa in 2003

Why Susan Mead chose San Miguel de Allende

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.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.7
based on 10 traveler reviews

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Casa Bella San Miguel, as Seen in NY Times, 4 BR, Beautiful!
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews
5

Casa Bella is a beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed at Casa Bella for a long weekend at the end of June and it was wonderful. I had been wanting to visit San Miguel de Allende for awhile, and this house provided everything we needed with a perfect location close to Jardin and the town square. The owner helped arrange a driver to take us to and from the airport. I can't say enough about Margarita, the fabulous housekeeper who cooked my friend and I an incredible dinner Friday night and then came back Saturday morning and put together a lovely light breakfast. She was also so helpful in answering questions and suggesting great places for dinner. My recommendation for lunch or dinner: Pegaso!

The house was full of spectacular art--I could have spent all weekend looking at it. The first-level garden was so beautiful, and there was a soothing fountain that gurgled continuously. But my friend and I really loved the roof-top garden, with amazing views of the city and the churches. Best place to have coffee in the morning, and a glass of wine at night.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed Casa Bella--definitely worth the money and a place I would go back to!

This was my first experience with VRBO and it was very positive.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
portland, oregon
5

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: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

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: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Jupiter, Florida
5

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: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
California
5

Breathtaking trip!!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely lovely home! I loved that each bedroom had a separate "theme" which totally seemed to suit each of our personalities. We had an opportunity to chat with friendly neighbors, walk around the town day and night, enjoy great shopping and great nearby dining options. Margarita was simply amazing - she shopped daily for our deliciously prepared breakfast! She was very friendly and attentive as I enjoyed the patio and my coffee in the early morning. She would have breakfast ready at whatever time we requested and cleaned the house efficiently. She also served as our concierge and gave us delicious recommendations for bars and restaurants, had someone come to the house to do fancy hair styles for us to be ready for the wedding we were there to attend. She called drivers to take us around town and referred us nice places to shop and spas to get massages. We didn't bring our children this time but I hope to return in the near future. The town is quaint and beautiful, the house was so artistic and beautifully decorated. We can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much and be visit us again.
Houston
2

July 2014

  • 2 of 5

You all had a different experience than I did at this house. I found Margarita to be pretty but not accommodating. She didn't have to work much as I was back and forth between home. When I was there, I asked for eggs, bacon, pan and orange juice. That would happen for one day. I had given Her plenty of money to buy what we needed but she seemed to only buy for one day. She would wash the dishes and leave them on the dish dryer. Why not put them away? She often left early which was fine had she done such things as replace the water bottle which was empty. Not a happy camper.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stacy, I called Margarita as soon as I read your review and am terribly sorry you did not have a good experience with her. I wish you had contacted me during your stay. Best regards, Susan Mead, owner

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Leon or Querretaro
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
La Siena
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Several
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

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Rates & Availability

From $275 Per night

San Miguel de Allende Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring- Summer
Mar 31 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$275
From
$300
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,750
$3,500
 
 
Holiday/High Season
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
$325
$2,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$350
From
$300
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,750
$3,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
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Amenities

San Miguel de Allende Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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 casabellaarthomes.com.

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