CENTRO- LIGHT FILLED- COMFORTABLE- LARGE YET COZY-CONTEMPORARY

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type house
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CENTRO- LIGHT FILLED- COMFORTABLE- LARGE YET COZY-CONTEMPORARY

San Miguel de Allende House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Attached Unit, 4.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 8-14)

This wonderful house designed by Eduardo Obregon Pêna incorporates classical Mexican design with free flowing lines. The 25 by 7 foot skylight lets in the almost always sunny Mexican sky. It warms the house in winter and the specially designed shade cover keeps it cool in summer. Four bedrooms and four full baths accommodate 8 guests in perfect comfort. A guest lavatory is off the front entrance and a service lavatory is available for the staff. The kitchen is placed behind the center fireplace, affording privacy when needed or company when desired. Indoor and outdoor dining areas each accommodate 8 to 10 people. The downstairs master bedroom also has a fireplace to add charm and heat to the chillier winter nights.

The living room is the center of activity. Off it flow the reading nook, the den, the kitchen, the indoor dining area as well as the master bedroom. Just through the French doors is the downstairs garden terrace complete with gurgling fountain. On the downstairs terrace, you can sit and have cocktails while looking at the adjoining wall, covered with Bougainvilleas, Durantas, Bamboo and Jasmine, visited often by hummingbirds. The protected terrace also invites dining outside, with a charcoal BBQ adding just the right outdoorsy touch.

Just around the flowered wall is a hot tub, that is sometimes available as an added option to be used by renters. (Most likely it can be used if is taken for a 3 month summer rental.) It is also sometimes used by the adjoining Casita, that can provide 1 extra bedroom, in the case of a slightly larger gathering.

On the second floor is the second king master bedroom, with its own bathroom, and cozy little private terrace. Also on the second floor are the two twin bedrooms, one with an adjoining shower and the other with a Jacuzzi, loved by all. One of the twin bedrooms is also equipped as an office, with the Internet router, a laser printer and a scanner; An office away from the office.

There are so many things to do of interest in San Miguel; one doesn't have time to watch much television. However there are four televisions provided with cable service, with the basic American programs, also equipped with DVD players, for those who want to stay home and quietly watch a movie.

No need to pack your hairdryer. Each bathroom is equipped with one, as well as body cream, face wipes, soap, Que-tips, and shampoo.

Terraces abound with the roof serving as a comfortable seating area to view the sunset, the rooftops of the town and the beautiful Gothic Parroquia, that marks the center of town, only a few minutes walk away.

Full time excellent bi-lingual staff to care for you; to do the laundry, cleaning, shopping for meals, buying an arranging flowers for the house, cooking. The staff cook can also be hired for special cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and dinners. Just relax and enjoy your vacation.

Through the laundry room is the garage, a welcome addition for those who want to make excursions to the intriguing historic landmarks and nearby towns, in their own vehicle. It is in use by the owner but sometimes in the summer and early fall, it is available for visitor use. There is a parking lot conveniently located just 500 feet away from the house. Normally one doesn't need a vehicle, for in town visits, just a few minutes by foot and you are anywhere you may want to go.

For smokers, we prefer that you do not smoke in the house but there are oodles of outdoor spaces where you can puff away. Ashtrays provided.

This house is for use by adults and unfortunately not for groups of just barely twenty year-olds who want to come to San Miguel to party.

I would be pleased to rent my house for the 3 month period of mid-June through Mid-September for a nice discount. Do contact me if you are interested.

Be sure to contact me by email as i am often traveling.

Keywords: House, 4 bedrooms, and 1 more possible, Beautiful, light-filled, curves, comfortable, flower filled garden, large yet cozy, real 3 to 5 minutes to Jardin (central square), jacuzzi,sometimes hot-tub option. For a 3 month summer rental, the hot tub can be used.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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I started my life in Boston, loving all the seasons, the colorful fall, the dry delicious snowy winters, the exuberance of spring and the tranquil months of temperate summer. In 1980, life brought me and my family to Paris where we have lived on peniches, houseboats, for the last 30 years. Besides enjoying living in one of the world's more beautiful cities, I was busy making documentary films. My children grew and went on to their lives, living also in exotic places around the world, my son an ecologist, working at saving the planet, and my daughter, a filmmaker and painter. We were not often in the same place at the same time. I knew if I was to enjoy life as a grandmother, it would be necessary to find a house, welcoming to all, in a spot that all could enjoy, to spend memorable times together.

So, as described below, I bought this house, purposefully ignoring the vacant lot next door that could eventually present a problem. When eventually the lot did come up for sale, it was obvious that I was the one who had to buy it, to keep someone from building a house that would block my side light. Looking toward the future and a large extended family, I built an annex in that lot, and shared the garden with the present house. There is a one bedroom casita, as well as a two bedroom residence, both of which can be added on to the main house, or in fact rented on their own. The complex is built so that each dwelling is separate and private or that they can easily share the common spaces.

I find I spend more and more time here, in the two bedroom dwelling, and rent out the others or put my guests in them. I go horseback riding, act in plays, enjoy the lectures, films, and music. I am really not a country person, except for romantic weekends, so love being in a city, large or small, where there are interesting things going on. The combination of Paris and San Miguel, both fascinating, though on entirely different scales, is just about perfect for me.

The Owner purchased this house in 2004

In 2004, at dinner at my daughter's house, the discussion turned to San Miguel. A friend of hers had just returned to NY from his first visit to this town. During the entire dinner, he raved about the beauty, the interesting people, the variety of creative things to do, and to learn in this town. By the end of dinner, it was obvious to me, and my daughter, that this is where I should buy the house I referred to as, 'my grandmother house'; A place for the whole family to come together for fun filled vacations.

I had been looking for five years for a place that would satisfy the desires of the entire family in the years to come as I expected the family to expand. I had looked in the East, the West and the South to find the perfect place. Coming from the North I wanted to find a place free of very cold winters, also free of very hot summers. San Miguel at 6,000 feet promised to provide a temperate climate, year round.

After a quick examination of the town, I started looking for a good vacation house. I wanted to be in Centro and near Juarez Park, for the playground and the wonderful walking/jogging paths. I saw many typically Mexican houses, with their lovely interior courtyards, but found them rather dark inside under the side roofs. The moment I walked into this house, I knew this was it. Totally contemporary, however it retains a charming Mexican quality, and the large center skylight floods it with energizing light. So with very little time to get it ready, the whole extended family decided to come for the first Christmas.

The house lived up to its expectations, and everyone had a wonderful time. Off we all went to our various lives, leaving the house to guests who would enjoy all that we had experienced. Our guests have found it a wonderful temporary home away from home. It's proximity to the center of town makes enjoying the variety of activities simple, and insures that your time here is spent doing all that you wish.

I was totally unprepared for the charms of San Miguel. When I bought here, it was mainly as a place for family vacations, which has worked out extremely well for us all. However in coming down to furnish and decorate the house, I spent big chunks of time during which I was more or less forced to get to know the town. Bit by bit I discovered why everyone raves about this place.

Daily I made friends with new people, discovered new fun restaurants, music venues, theater productions, fun interesting people. I realized that that very ordinary looking person wandering down the street actually is a famous artist who has just finished a large mural in the City Hall of Munich, Germany, or has just had a show at the MOMA in NY... Unassuming, lovely people, living their lives in this charming town. No fuss, no celebrity, just interesting people, open, creative, getting on with their lives, in a most comfortable, friendly way.

I found my house a very easy 'flat walk' from the center, so a 3 to 5 minute walk and you are almost everywhere you want to be. No need to plan far ahead. If you forget something in the house, it is not a big deal to go back and get it. The simplicity of living in 'Centro' makes your time here all very well spent.

Being one-half block from Juarez Park, with a playground and wonderful walking and jogging paths, also makes life easy. The park is on a slight rise so a few times around each morning and your exercise is mostly accomplished. The Candelaria, flower and plant sale weeks, are held here as well. Its proximity is definitely a plus.

I am still enjoying all these aspects of San Miguel, and each day discover more new and interesting people and places. Once you come here, chances are you will return. San Miguel is a Unesco World Heritage site, the safest, most welcoming, town in Mexico.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type house
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Property Reviews

Centro- Light Filled- Comfortable- Large Yet Cozy-Contemporary
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Centro- Light Filled- Comfortable- Large Yet Cozy-Contemporary
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San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
Alabama, USA
5

Wonderful home away from home!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
Our recent stay at Casa Harriette was fabulous. We enjoyed the variety of attractive and comfortable living spaces throughout the house and outdoors in the lovely gardens that were pictured online. The rooftop garden was everyone’s favorite spot to enjoy the beautiful views and San Miguel sunsets. We appreciated the many amenities that Harriette provided for us to make our stay even more pleasant. The convenient Centro location is a real plus, providing easy access for the many things to see and do in San Miguel.

The staff was outstanding and treated us royally, and Harriette went out of her way to see that our experience was the best it could be. I was not ready to return to reality after our stay at Casa Harriette!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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Centro- Light Filled- Comfortable- Large Yet Cozy-Contemporary
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San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
5

Fabulous casa!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
I recently rented Harriette's house and casita for one week. All ten of us were awed by the house and by the staff. Maria, in particular, was wonderful. Besides running the day to day upkeep, she prepared scrumptious breakfasts for us.

The pictures on this site do not lie or exaggerate. It is a stunning house. And the location is perfect: one-half block from Juarez Park and just a few blocks from the main square in Centro.

If you haven't been to San Miguel, GO. And stay at Casa Harriette!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Centro- Light Filled- Comfortable- Large Yet Cozy-Contemporary
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San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
Laredo, TX USA
5

Great Experience

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
I would classify my stay at this home as outstanding. It is a extremely well located house within a few blocks from the cathedral. The house decor gives it a modern yet historic feel and it is also very clean and well maintained. The staff were also extremely friendly and assisted us with all of our needs. There is a terrific third floor patio with an excellent view of the city which i also strongly recommend.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Helpful votes: 1/1
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San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
Indianapolis, IN
5

Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
I bought a painting at a studio near our vacation home in the Fl. Panhandle two years ago. The name of it was 'Up on the Roof' painted by a local artist who was in SMA on a rooftop terrace painting and saw these 3 pots on the terrace below. The painting called to me as did the lure of SMA. I had just sold my business and travel was calling.
I am familiar with VRBO and have had great luck with previous rentals. I began looking at SMA and knew I wanted to be in the Centro/Historico district. I also knew that 4 women needed 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (if we were lucky). There were many to choose from, but, I kept returning to Casa Harriette. The description, the photos and the owner's profile were all too tempting.
There isn't anything that I can say that hasn't been said by the accurate and enthusiastic description of the owner. The skylight is the 'bomb'! We were bathed in sunlight. The entire place was immaculate. The furnishings way comfortable and art abounds. Would not have changed one thing except maybe add another week.
Harriette was completely welcoming, totally gracious, interesting and interested. Very available for local tips and offerings. I speak for myself, but, I know we all felt appreciative and lucky to have come in contact with someone so multidimensional.
San Miguel de Allende abounds with charm, history, art and more art, reasonably priced restaurants with great food and industrious, hard working, Mexicans. The city was clean as can be (sidewalks are washed with brushes); there is a festival feeling in the Jardin, and Juarez Park is walkable and lush.
Like I said--would NOT have changed a thing! Nada!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
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San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato State
Ohio
5

Wonderful in every way

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
This casa is rated excellent, beyond five star excellent. The owner has described it perfectly and the photos are wonderfu,l but can't begin to show how every room works really well. The art is great. There is not one thing our group would change. (A group of 4 women) The place is immaculately clean....every day. The owner is generous, knowledgable,and checked in with us just the right amount. The location is perfect to the center of town. I realize I am using a lot of superlatives but that is what this place deserves. I promise you....this is the place to rent.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Great fun to have this vibrant group of women having a break away from their daily lives. All interesting people, they seemed to really enjoy the town, although they couldn't do everything this time. I look forward to their return visit.
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Car: not necessary

music festivals, film festival, art galleries, art expos, art courses available, live theater, art house movies

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Availability & Rates

San Miguel de Allende House Rental Rates

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50% of rental price to make the reservation. the other 50% 45 days before the arrival date. Please email me for exact rates. Do not use the instant quotes available on this site, as they do not represent my reality, and are not accurate for my rentals.
Notes Holiday seasons are 20% more. For a period of more than 3 months, a reduced rate can be discussed. Please contact owner for correct short term rates. For summer rates please email owner. Rates will vary during the summer depending on length of stay.
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Amenities

San Miguel de Allende House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Downtown
  • Village
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Garage ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - combination tub/shower , jetted tub , toilet
    Bathroom 1 - shower , toilet
    Bathroom 2 - shower , toilet
    Bathroom 3 - shower , toilet
    Bathroom 5 - shower , toilet , Casita bathroom
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
  • 4.5+
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Attached Unit - 2 twin/ single
  • The twin beds in bedrooms 3 and 4 can be pushed together and made up as kings. the twin beds in the Casita can aslo be made into a king.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Golf ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • health/beauty spa
  • ruins
  • festivals
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • boating
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • cycling
  • tennis
  • equestrian events
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • golf
Notes:
Hairdryers, other basic bathroom necessities, bi-lingual staff who can do your housekeeping; laundry, food shopping, cook your meals, buy an arrange flowers for the house. The staff works 9 to 3 on weekdays and can work Saturday morning as well. Any other extra time is to be paid directly by the renter, The hourly wage for extra hours is 50 pesos. Any work performed before 9:00am or after 12:30pm, on Saturdays, or on Sundays or holidays will have to be paid double. (100 pesos per hour).
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