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Craig Lovell

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish

Casa Christina - Spacious Home Filled with Art and Gardens

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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San Miguel de Allende House Rental Photos and Description

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.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Craig Lovell (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish

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 Click on the What's New section to see San Miguel.

Craig Lovell purchased this house in 2005

Why Craig Lovell chose San Miguel de Allende

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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Casa Christina - Spacious Home Filled with Art and Gardens
average rating of 4.6875 based on 17 reviews
Huntsville, Alabama

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Casa Christina is a beautiful and spacious house and was an absolute delight for the month we stayed there. The décor is lovely with an extensive art collection. The many paintings, pieces of sculpture and Folk Art pieces all lend a wonderful ambiance of old Mexico. There is a beautiful garden and good-sized yard adjoining the loggia downstairs that was a favorite spot for us to enjoy afternoon Margaritas. Flowers are everywhere and well tended by Aurelio, the gardener, who also makes sure there is plenty of bottled water on all three levels. There are lovely vistas from both the roof garden and the second floor terrace. From the roof garden you can see San Antonio Church, the mountains to the west (beautiful sunsets!) and the colorful and varied views of Col. San Antonio everyday life. The roof garden is a great spot to get a suntan, read or just completely relax.

The kitchen is bright and cheerful with windows on two sides and well appointed with good cookware and a beautiful collection of Talavera dinnerware. We had fun shopping in the local markets on Ancha de San Antonio for food and the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables is incredible. There are also little stores just a couple blocks away that sell roasted chickens and others that have home made ice cream. Other shops and markets that are a little further away have even better bargains, such as Tuesday Market where we bought a kilo (2.2 lbs.) of magnificent strawberries for $1.00! Also, Miriam is a wonderful cook and we really enjoyed her breakfasts.

There is a large and comfortable sofa in the living room where we spent several evenings enjoying movies from the owner’s extensive collection of DVDs. There is a surround sound system that really works, perhaps due to the large volume of space in the living room. Dominos Pizza also delivers if you want to become a true American couch potato and have a “Movie Night”.

The bedrooms are large and airy with beautiful Tibetan silks. The beds are extremely comfortable with good mattresses and those carved headboards are magnificent! There is good closet space to tuck away those big suitcases as well as hang your clothes. We set up the laptop in the sunroom off the Master bedroom on the second floor and the wireless DSL connection was seamless.

We just can’t say enough good about Casa Christina. We have been to San Miguel many times over the past 22 years and this was our best vacation ever! We would definitely stay here again and we thank the owners for providing such a beautiful and gracious home.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2006
  • Stayed: Feb 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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El Paso, Texas

The home is beautiful but needs some TLC

  • 3 of 5

We've stayed in other rental homes in SMA before. This was our first time at Casa Christina. The home itself is beautiful. However, there are several furnishings and other things that are in desperate need of repair or replacement. Maria, the housekeeper, is great. Dominica was wonderful in showing us the home upon our late night arrival. The neighborhood is safe and has some wonderful shops nearby. There's also a yoga studio and gym around the corner. It's within 20 minutes walking distance from the cathedral and cabs hang around half a block down the street by the church.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. We are heading down to San Miguel in September for our bi-annual visit and will certainly fix any furniture that is in need of repair.
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  • 4 of 5

Great the second time. What a location for San Miguel

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, artistic, spacious, vintage

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay at both of your properties. The ambiance was charming, the location was very convenient to good restaurants, the health food store and the Sat organic market as well as many crafts shops. The facilitators were very nice. The online map could be improved and it would be helpful to have a good map at the residence as streets are not in an orderly grid pattern as your map indicates. Thank you for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland Oregon

Authentic Mexican Experience in a lovely setting!

  • 5 of 5

My family had the immense good fortune to spend the month of January at Casa Christina in San Miguel de Allende.

I choose this home because I wanted to feel like I was on vacation in Mexico. From the decor to the lovely gardens and patios, the house was perfect. We enjoyed the location which is in the San Antonio neighborhood away from the noise, hustle and bustle, and traffic of San Miguel proper.

Having said this, it is a 12 minute walk to the center. The neighborhood has restaurants, grocery stores, the best Artesano Bakery (52 steps from the front door), Carnitas at Don Maca, organic fruits and veggies at the Saturday market, yoga, brunch, and Thai food. Want to get to the Tuesday tiangis for shopping, the bus station, or the Mega store? 40 pesos and a quick cab ride.

Back to the home. We had friends visit for a week from Texas and the lower level suite with garden access was perfect. Our girls took the blue room and we were next door in the master suite. We enjoyed coffee and pastries from the Artesano bakery, on the middle terrace. The house is equipped with cd's (many from my playlist!) and lots of movies. On the rooftop we gathered to watch the sunsets and the riot of black birds nesting in the adjacent trees. Margaritas were served up top with the moon rising over the distant mountains, and we even got a glimpse of the planetary alignment.

The kitchen has everything you need to prepare and serve meals. Maria comes on weekdays and is friendly and personable. She leaves the house sparkling and smelling of Fabuloso! Every room looks out on the bouganvillia, lush plants, lemon tree, courtyard, fountain, church, mountains, and the city of San Miguel!

Thank you Lovell's for a memorable vacation and our first visit to this city. Can't wait to come back,

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio, Texas

Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

The home was lovely. There was plenty of rooms for our whole family. The house had a private patio in the front and a private backyard. There was also a rooftop gathering area with a great view of the city. The center of town was walking distance of you enjoy taking in the beautiful views of the city. The central market was about a $5 cab ride away, however, for basic necessities there were various grocery stores in the area. Overall, great location.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Christina. Thank you for the review and I hope you come again. Craig Lovell (owner)
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Leon, Mexico
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

San Miguel de Allende House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Refundable damage deposit $500

Casa Christina rents for $3200 per month or $1075 per week
October 1st - March 31st - $3400 per month or $1175 per week
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Breakfast Option: $25 a week for up to 4 people and $35 a week for 5 or more. (does not include groceries)

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San Miguel de Allende House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • 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
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • 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
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.

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