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Casa Christina - Spacious Home Filled with Art and Gardens

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8, Daily Maid Service, Breakfast Option

Casa Christina is an authentic experience of real Mexico, San Miguel de Allende style. Set in the quiet district of San Antonio, it is only 2 blocks from the world famous Instituto which offers a wide range of Spanish and art classes. The Jardin at the center of town, is an easy 15 minute walk. Stepping into Casa Christina’s walled-courtyard with its pre-Columbian sculptures in the fountain, immediately sets the relaxed pace of your visit. The spacious 3200 square foot house sits on a large lot and is furnished with antiques and the beautiful art collection of Robert Somerlot, a well known author who lived in San Miguel for 35 years. The living room is graced with 18th century carved chapel doors from a historical hacienda in the local area. Maid and gardening service are included three days a week. The fountain courtyard or lower garden are ideal for outdoor meals.

The second story terrace is shared by the 2 upstairs bedrooms and has a view of the countryside. The rooftop garden with its incredible close-up view of San Antonio Church, is a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset, practice yoga or relax in a lounge chair with a good book. Each of the 3 bedrooms has its own attached bath. The Master Suite and Lower Bedroom Suite have King-sized beds and a twin bed in their sitting rooms. The third Bedroom has a Queen-sized bed. The Lower Bedroom Suite has a separate entrance and kitchenette.

More Details

Property Manager
Craig Lovell
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2018

About Craig Lovell

I am a photographer based in Carmel Valley, California. I have a large library from around the world with a large selection of images of San Miguel de Allende. You can see my work at www.eaglevisions.net Click on the What's New section to see San Miguel.

Craig Lovell purchased this house in 2005

Why Craig Lovell chose Colonia San Antonio

We fell in love with the property and the incredible art collection of Robert Sommerlot who was the previous owner. He lived in San Miguel for over 35 years, was an author, gallery owner and director of plays. We feel as if we are the curators of his art and furniture collections which graces the property.

What makes this house unique

The house is located in the wonderful neighborhood of San Antonio very close to the San Antonio Church, the heart of the bario. We are far enough off of the main drag to have less traffic yet close enough to be close to the action.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Welcome to our new home. We are the excited new owners of this beautiful

home which once belonged to long time San Miguel resident Robert Somerlot.

He was a prolific author, director of plays and collector of art. His collection

still resides within the house including an 18th Century Chapel door and

paintings by Pinto and others.



We have just completed remodeling this beautiful property while maintaining

the integrity of Robert Somerlot's vision. Welcome to Casa Christina which

has been nicknamed Casa des Artes.
Sep 2005
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Amenities

Colonia San Antonio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Each bedroom has its own bathroom. The main floor also has a convenient bathroom so guests do not have to go up or down the stairs. There are 4 bathrooms in all, 1 being a half bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Lovely sitting room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Lovely sitting room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Balcony views
  • The master bedroom suite and additional upstairs bedroom share a common outdoor patio with a magnificent view of the surrounding country side. High ceilings and spacious rooms are filled with wonderful furniture and the Art collection of Robert Somerlot who lived in San Miguel for 35 years. Easy access to the rooftop garden makes this a wonderful place to hang out. Sunset on the rooftop garden is magnificent as we are the highest house in the neighborhood.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
We offer a breakfast service for $25 a week for up to 4 people and $35 a week for 5 or more. Maria will cook and serve. Guests pay for the groceries.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

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Casa Christina - Spacious Home Filled with Art and Gardens
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 25 reviews
5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Craig's house in SMA! It was centrally located, spacious, and beautifully furnished. Recommend this place to anyone visiting this lovely town.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ji min, So glad you enjoyed Casa Christina. We hope to host you again soon. Warm regards, Craig
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4

handsome house & outdoor spaces; great location; wonderful maid; comfort deficits

  • 4 of 5

First the deficits----- with a winter season advisory: 3 guests arrived in record cold January weather [30's at night; 40's in the days 3+ out of 14 days ]; necessary gas space heaters functioning in upper rooms; heater in frigid basement not functional; replaced by excellent, prompt plumber on 4th day of vacation, after second request for fix [manager and owner responsive to requests but waited to replace heater until it was certain ----after second skilled attempt ----that the old heater was kaput] ; guest [not house manager] spent 1/2 day of vacation waiting to meet polite, skilled plumber who kept appointment promptly. Bedroom comfortable thereafter. Responsible owner and accessible manager, but don't hesitate if there's a problem. While the basement shower worked with plenty of warm water------ water pressure for showers in upstairs bathrooms only dribbled water, inadequate for bathing. Sound of frequent frequent all night tolling of nearby church bells in upstairs bedrooms----- sleep-disturbing----- or charming. Your choice. [You're in Mexico -----and will be happy you are----- at Casa Christina.] Basement sound-proof. The upstairs and downstairs/basement of the house are totally discreet spaces, providing absolute privacy. Lighting throughout house dim and old fashioned. Good natural daytime light in upper rooms.

The strong positives: very pleasant, 4 story, traditional, spotlessly clean Mexican house with excellent outdoor spaces and plantings; balconies and patio roof in upper floors; lovely courtyard garden out basement doors. Good beds, bedding, blankets/comforters and towels. Drinking water in large convenient dispensers. Nice, functional kitchen with good supply of implements/appliances for cooking. Wonderful !! angelic, non-intrusive maid 5 days a week; cooks expertly upon request for very modest fee; Maria is a huge plus. She launders clothing perfectly the same day as request, with in-house appliances. Wifi great; didn't use available TVs. Excellent location 20" walking distance to Centro and Jardin. Predominantly Mexican [versus expat] and perfectly safe [as is all of San Miguel] neighborhood. Ample supply of taxis 3 blocks away on Ancha, a main thoroughfare. Extra-good [Trattoria] and indifferent [Hecho de Mexico; "Hecho de Applebee's"] restaurants close by; small cheap places too. Drugstores handy for sunscreen etc. Weekly crafts fair close on Ancha. 4 stars instead of 5 for winter guests who will want showers like home

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Glen, Thanks for the detailed review. I guess it was one of the colder January's in memory and we were happy to replace the heater for you. I instructed the staff to replace it as soon as I found out the older one was not getting the job done. As for the upstairs showers the water pressure in normally very good. In fact I just bought a new pump to increase the water pressure throughout the whole house and two new shower heads when I was done over Christmas time although they had not been installed yet. Obviously there is a problem with the pressure so I thanks for letting me know and I will get this attended to ASAP. All the best, Craig Lovell Owner of Casa Christina
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5

Amazing property! Loved the experience and attention!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Christina was welcoming and provided a relaxing stay. We had stores near us that were available for groceries as needed. The house was spacious and clean. The service we received from everyone involved was superb. Thank you for allowing us to use your beautiful home during our stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Carlos, So glad you enjoyed the beauty and spaciousness of Casa Christina and our great staff. I hope you can come back and stay with us another time. All the best, Craig Lovell
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5

Amazing and Spacious!

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from staying 6 days in Casa Christina! Upon booking, Craig was very helpful providing a handbook with all the information needed, including recommendations for shuttles, etc. Before arrival I contacted Domitila (or Domi) and she let me know to call right before arriving. We arrived about 2.5 hours before the time I initially indicated to Domi in my email communication! ack! nonetheless, she was very gracious in meeting us upon our arrival and showed us the house. We met Maria, the house keeper who was still picking up, we left to eat and when we returned all was great and clean. Maria was our life saver! We were there for my brothers wedding, and I gave her money the day before the wedding, so she can bring us tamales and fruit for breakfast. When I went downstairs, she had an amazing set up in the dining room. She also helped ironing some clothes for the 'callejonada'/ the pre-wedding party- we gave her extra for that, but it saved us so much time! the day after the wedding, we hosted family that came from throughout Mexico and the US and it was the perfect space to do that! The plaza principal is about a 15-20 min walk or a short taxi ride in. The nearby main street- Ancha de San Antonio- also has everything you need. Definitely highly recomended for a big group! Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Unbelieveably beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

This property is one of the best we have stayed at. Both Domatila and Maria were amazing! The whole house was so comfortable. We would stay here again, next time we are in San Miguel. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joe, So glad you enjoyed Casa Christina and all it has to offer. We look forward to hosting you again sometime soon!
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4

Conveniently located. Great casa!

  • 4 of 5

Great house, ambience perfect, typical Mexican home. Kitchen had all the appliances one could possibly want. Conveniently located, but far enough away to avoid traffic noise. Water pressure a little low, but LOTS of hot water.

We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Leon, Mexico
Car: not necessary

Casa Christina is located in San Antonio district of the city at, a friendly neighborhood conveniently located only 5 minutes from the world famous Instituto (see below) and only 10-15 minutes walk from the center of town. Unlike many areas of the city, it is not a steep climb from San Antonio to the center. Everything you need is available right here in the neighborhood. On the steps of San Antonio Church is a small grocery store. Be sure to spend some time in the San Antonio Church Plaza to get the feel of this unique area. Ancha San Antonio (the main street 2 minutes east of the Casa) has a multitude of stores with everything from ice cream parlors, to pharmacies, to video rental stores, to restaurants.

Other Activities: Health/Beauty Spa, Racquetball

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $0

Casa Christina rents for $3400 per month or $1175 per week
October 1st - March 31st - $3500 per month or $1250 per week
Credit Cards - Add 2%
Breakfast Option: $25 a week for up to 4 people and $35 a week for 5 or more. (does not include groceries)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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