About the property
- House2800 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)
This home is a very special place in San Miguel, and we are pleased to share it with you.
From the moment you step through the gate into the entry courtyard, you will feel the graciousness of well-tended gardens and well-planned spaces. A 2,800 sq. ft. Spanish colonial-style home, it was built by a master builder in 2006 with the greatest attention to architectural details: a handkerchief boveda ceiling in the entry, custom colonial ironwork throughout, a beamed ceiling in the living room, high ceilings and crown moldings throughout, inlaid stone floors in the entry and kitchen, specialty tile work in the bathrooms and kitchen. All rooms, with the exception of one bedroom, open onto at least one courtyard through beautiful French doors.
You have all of the conveniences of a new home - with light switches that work, modern plumbing, and a whole-house water purification system - combined with the grace of a beautiful traditional home that feels like it has always been waiting for you.
Keywords: close to center, private, terrace, garden, staff, quiet
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Collette Sell
From our first visit many years ago, San Miguel welcomed us with its countless charms. Then, in 2008, we found an equally welcoming and charming house there. This is it! We have traveled all over the world, but this house is truly special. And to find such a place in an historic town with artists, musicians, academicians, readers and writers, language schools, and an active volunteer community is still almost beyond our imaginations. Our home in San Miguel is the antidote to our complicated lives back home in Mill Valley – Don with his estate planning, life, and long term care insurance business, and Collette with her event production company. We keep close at hand our memories of waking up and listening to birds singing, or standing on the roof terrace at sunset, glass of wine in hand, scanning the hills and sky. Though we return as frequently as our businesses allow, we are happy to offer this delightful house for your pleasure during the many weeks and months when we are back at our desks.
Collette Sell purchased this House in 2008
Why Collette Sell chose Zona Centro
We fell in love with this street, Callejon Blanco, on an earlier visit to San Miguel. A one-way, quiet lane arched by bougainvillea, it seems miles away from the traffic of taxis and buses although it is in the Centro Historico within a few easy blocks of El Jardin and the Parroquia. On our next visit a chance meeting with a realtor (Wesley Gleason at Agave Realty) led to visiting several houses, 'just to see what the market conditions are.' After a few hours, we excused ourselves to go off for dinner with friends. Our realtor looked crestfallen and said, 'Oh dear, I have just one more house to show you, and it's on a little street called Callejon Blanco.' Of course, we postponed dinner and went to see the house in our dream location. We walked in, gasped with delight, and bought the house the next day. We named it 'Casa Bendita' - the Blessed House - from the sense of the many blessings which led us to this home. The house is very special, but the location is equally special. We cannot imagine staying anywhere else in San Miguel.
What makes this House unique
Nearby pleasures are almost too numerous to list! Great food, delightful music, a fine bookshop, and daily festivals are close-at-hand. We love to stop in at Petit Four on Mesones across from the theater for capuccino and fruit tarts. If we decide to cook at home, we head off to the Mercado Ignacio Ramirez where, beyond the beautiful booths of fruit and flowers, is an area where women from the countryside sell whatever they can bring on the bus - fresh ranchero cheese, nopale cactus, poblano chiles, and enormous bunches of herbs from their own gardens. It's always inspiring to take a cooking class (last time it was Mole!) from Paco Cardenas, owner of El Petit Four, but there are classes of every sort within a few blocks: cooking, writing, art, salsa dancing, drumming. Casa Bendita is only two blocks from the world-famous Warren Hardy language school and minutes away from other language schools. There is a yoga and meditation studio just four doors up the street. There's even a wine shop with a friendly owner at the end of the block. Best of all are the discoveries our guests make and leave in the guestbook to share with us, and with the guests who follow them.
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We spent only 5 days but fell in love with the home, the area, and the town! Clara and Jose are wonderful and unobtrusive. Marcelas was a particular joy for dinner; close by and fabulous meals. And the pastry shops everywhere!!! oh my! The selection of restaurants was wonderful. The home - WOW! an oasis for sure.
Thank you, Mark. We delight in our guest reviews and are proud of each and every appreciative word! We love sharing our home and have purposely created it as a refuge from the noise and excitement of the streets. Callejon Blanco is such a quiet, one block, one way street that it feels protected, "an oasis for sure" as you say.
You have just begun to sample the delights of San Miguel. We hope that you will, one day, return to Casa Bendita.
Kind regards, always,
Elegant, spacious and comfortable
SMA is a friendly, lively and endlessly interesting town/city. Casa Bendita is perfectly located, a slight ten minute walk to the hustle and bustle, but with the feel of a quiet escape. Beautifully and totally appointed, Casa Benita offered me and four friends a wonderful home base. Clara and Jose are terrific, too, and Daniel, the property manager, attentive and responsive.
Thank you, Gretchen, for choosing Casa Bendita for your San Miguel idyll.
I know that the rush of tempting activities in "Magic Town" San Miguel can be great fun, but exhausting. We've created our home as a refuge where guests can rest away from the fray, reflect and refresh themselves.
I will pass your praise along to our devoted staff who have been with us for eight years and who treat every guest as special.
Outstanding experience in an exceptional home
Our family of four stayed at Casa Bendita over the holidays. We have rented several times through VRBO, and this was by far our best experience. If you've rented before, you know how important it is to have accurate photos and descriptions. Collette and Don's home is as lovely and spacious as the photographs indicate. It was the perfect size for our family with the master plus two bedrooms for adult son and teenage daughter. Collette's attention to detail is exceptional. She was attentive and available via email prior to our visit to answer questions, and sent detailed information about the home and things to do in San Miguel. This was very helpful, particularly since were traveling over the holidays and wanted to make sure to have a few dinner reservations secured before our arrival. The staff -- housekeeper, gardner, and manager -- were kind, helpful and responsive. The home truly is gorgeous and comfortable at the same time, with stunning architectural and interior design details. As other reviews indicate, the location is convenient and within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and the main square. It was an ideal spot for our holiday getaway -- highly recommend and we would definitely stay again.
Elizabeth, I am so happy that you and your family felt happy and at home here over the holiday. Like all of you, I love the holiday season, and it is special in San Miguel. However, you want to be sure that you have a warm and welcoming place that gently wraps you and your family in comfort when you are away from home.
Don and I have made a special effort to create that atmosphere at Casa Bendita. I so glad that you experienced the happy "spirit" of this home.
Kind regards, and many thanks for your review,
Elegant & Comfortable
Collette was wonderful to deal with! She couldn't have been more attentive to our needs. She has created such a warm & beautifully furnished home. We loved the thick molding in all the rooms, & the French doors with built in screens with an antique blue green patina color which really made the rooms look rich & elegant. It is 5 Star rated, impeccably clean, & comfortable. We couldn't find anything wrong with this place & we are very picky people. What's also nice is each bedroom has its own shower, master with a tiled tub with shower. The Mexican tiled floors are lovely, & the tile design in master bath exquisite!
Jose was a delight to talk English with. He has lived in SM all his life. He has such a gentle spirit. We enjoyed taking him to the Mask Museum one afternoon & lunch in his car. Clara is also very kind & sweet! We paid her a couple of afternoons so we could venture out & explore the village on our own.
The side street this home is located on is very convenient, safe, & within walking distance to the historical part of town. I highly recommend this property. If you go, absolutely stay a minimum 1 week to enjoy all of the wonderful restaurants & shops! There is so much to see. We particularly liked to meander through the streets to photograph the beautiful & colorful Colonial Buildings & gorgeous carved doors!
I shop as organic as possible & there is a very nice organic store, Via Organic, with small restaurant/Café that I shopped at for our staples such as organic bread, maple syrup, eggs, butter, mango juice, fresh fruit, etc...I bought do much I had to take a short taxi ride back.
It only takes 1 hour 20 minutes to & from the QRO Airport which was an easy drive arranged through Daniel. The return trip we rode in a beautiful brand new Luxury Toyota which was a very comfortable ride out of SM.
If I ever come back this would be a nice place to call home!
We have been so lucky to have lovely guests, like you and your family, Pam, who have enjoyed not just the amenities, but also the spirit of Casa Bendita. Next time, make a plan to stay longer. There is always so much to do, and you have just scratched the surface.
I so much appreciate your noticing how fresh and clean we keep the house. We want it to feel absolutely welcoming to each guest, as if it were set here in San Miguel, just awaiting their arrival.
We look forward to your return!
Perfect House, Perfect Location
My wife and I with my brother and his wife had a wonderful week at Casa Bendita. The house is spacious and gorgeous, the kitchen well-equipped and provided, the bedrooms and bath rooms terrific and the lovely living room very comfortable. The staff includes a maid and gardener-handyman who arrive 3 days a week to do laundry, cleaning and whatever else needs handling. It's an easy 5 minute walk to the city center square while being located on a very quiet small street. There are 2 garden areas for eating out on the ground floor as well as a huge roof deck with wonderful views. We would never return to San Miguel without staying at Casa Bendita.
Thank you for your review, Mike.Don and I are thrilled that you and your family found your San Miguel home-away-from-home at Casa Bendita. While we attract many repeat visitors, we are always pleased when new guests settle in so happily. San Miguel is, as everyone says, a "magical destination," and we want to offer that same sense of delight in our home. No one can afford the discomfiture of choosing the wrong accommodation for a vacation. Most of us cherish those vacation days too much to squander them in a disappointing rental. It's great for us to have the experience of meeting - and often exceeding - the expectations of our guests. I hope the glow of San Miguel stays with you for many, many weeks. Come back soon!
The perfect week in October
This week that we spent with our friends in San Miguel was one of the best of my travel experiences for the last several years. This is thanks to the owners of the house we've stayed at. Comfortable, clean, tastefully designed, conveniently located, equipped with everything you can think of, with fresh flowers and beautiful green patios - this is the place to stay with your friends and/or family. A package comes with the detailed orientation for first time visitors. We followed all guidelines where to go, what to see, where to eat and how to navigate, and were never disappointed. Thanks a lot for Collette Sell! We hope to stay at the same place during our future visits!
Sofia, Lev, Michael, Lena
Of course, we would be delighted to welcome you back to Casa Bendita! I love that you highlighted how well our house worked for you as first-time visitors to San Miguel. As a traveler myself, I know how difficult arriving in a new place can be. We've tried to ease that as much as possible. Our goal is that each guest feel immediately at ease and at home here. I'm so glad that you could "feel the love"!
Activities and nearby pleasures are almost too numerous to list! Two blocks from the world-famous Warren Hardy language school, and minutes away from other language schools. Yoga studio just steps away. Nearby classes of every sort: cooking, writing, art. Local artisan and vegetable markets within easy walking distance. Wine shop with friendly owner at the end of the block. Airport transfer and tours may be arranged with House Manager for a separate fee.