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Collette Sell

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Stylish + Spacious Colonial with Panoramic Views -2800 Sq Ft

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Los Mezquites House Rental Photos and Description

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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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Collette Sell (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 San Miguel de Allende

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your house with use. We were here with my parents. Had a great time enjoying all of the spaces. We love the terrace and living room. Clara is a great person, and both her and Jose helped us a lot. We hope to come back.

Note: copied from the Guest Book at Casa Bendita
Dec 2011
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)
Stylish + Spacious Colonial with Panoramic Views -2800 Sq Ft
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews
Calgary, Alberta Canada

Beautiful Casa Bendita

  • 5 of 5

I had the great pleasure of spending a month at Casa Bendita which is conveniently located near the centre of San Miguel de Allende. This spacious and bright home is tastefully decorated and has lovely views from the roof terrace. The many plants are carefully attended by the friendly gardener and the home is kept immaculate by the lovely housekeeper. The owners are friendly and very helpful and there is also a local house manager available at all times. I'm looking forward to my return in 2017.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you review, Bev. I especially appreciate that you emphasized the location. It's so handy to everywhere you want to go in San Miguel. I'll pass along your gracious comments to the staff. They love this house, and it shows. As you have experienced, we all make every effort to keep Casa Bendita fresh for each new guest so that each one can make this lovely house their special San Miguel home. We look forward to your return! Kind regards, always, Collette
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Charming Casa Bendita

  • 5 of 5

Simply a lovely comfortable beautifully decorated home to enjoy while exploring the many corners and layers of magical San Miguel de Allende! My friend and I have stayed at numerous homes in SMA over the years but Casa Bendita is a keeper! We shall return! Have already booked our month for 2017 :)!! The housekeeper, manager and gardener are some of the finest kindest most helpful people anywhere ... and of course the owners are top notch!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great, Seija! Your experience at Casa Bendita is exactly what we hope that our guests will feel. I know that our staff feel the same. They love the house, care for it with great attention, and welcome guests with warmth and kindness. The house seems to inspire that feeling in everyone. Of course, I applaud your planning ahead, and we are excited to welcome you and your friend back in 2017. Kind regards, always, Collette
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Washington, DC

Lovely house with staff in the center of historic SMA

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, beautiful decor, well located ... all apply to this property. We would happily rent here again. This is the kind of house where you'd feel comfortable just hanging out for a day. The rooftop terrace is lovely and has great views across SM. Hint: The house manager can also arrange car service, airport transportation and tours. Recommended.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Comfort, Charm, and Style in Heart of San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

We spent two delightful weeks at Casa Bendita in January 2016. The house was beautifully decorated, spacious, comfortable, quiet and very well laid out. The location is Centro San Miguel de Allende and within 5 blocks of the main square. We have rented houses throughout Mexico and this was one of the best. Collette, the owner, had a great staff including a very helpful house manager, gardener and maid. The house manager was always available by email. We enthusiastically recommend Casa Bendita. Book well in advance because San Miguel de Allende and Casa Bendita are very popular.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you chose Casa Bendita for this visit to San Miguel. I know that the two of you have visited many times before, staying in other houses and locations, so your praise for our home is especially significant. I know that the staff works hard to be helpful but also quiet and discreet. We are thankful to have them care for our guests so kindly, and their attitude matches the quiet graciousness of the house. Casa Bendita, the House of Blessings (roughly translated), is living up to its name - for us, and for guests like you! Warmly, Collette
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Beautifully designed and decorated Mexican home!

  • 5 of 5

Our 3d trip to SMA, prior had always stayed in a very stylish B&B but a one-roomer. Saw Collette's house: Photos looked beautiful, reviews were outstanding, and we knew the location. This house was architecturally designed, beautifully decorated with comfortable designer type furnishings, had 2 plant filled patios with gurgling fountains, a plant filled foyer, and a roof top garden with flowers and fruit trees. Located on a picturesque cobble stone street with a massive wooden front door through which you entered into all the comfort leaving the world behind you. Go out the door, turn left, to a nice tree filled park 1 block away; turn right with an easy 10 minute walk to El Jardin. The kitchen was fully equipped with all US type appliances and the bathrooms, as well as the whole house was spotless thanks to Clara the housekeeper and Jose the gardener, sweet, sweet people!! We sat in the roof garden with our Prosecco one evening and our delivery pepperoni pizza with all the SMA lights twinkling, perfect view of the fiery sunset on one side, then the full moon coming up on the other, AND THEN, the recent full eclipse!! What a show from this beautiful home in this beautiful town!! Collette was a dear to work with. Look no further. This property has it all. We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You've found your home in San Miguel! We're always delighted when our guests notice the details. We pay attention to them all! And you found so many ways to enjoy the house. I can imagine you both on the terrace with your prosecco! Thanks for mentioning the marvelous staff who make such an effort to welcome guests with kindness and ease. And the almost-secret location on a picturesque, quiet (!) street within the historic center of San MIguel. Keep the glow of San Miguel alive in your hearts and come back soon! Warmly, Collette and Don
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Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

Like many people who finally come to San Miguel Allende, we had been wanting to visit for a long time but never quite fit it into our travel schedule. When the chance finally came, I was pleased with all the online options for homes.

Casa Bendita immediately caught my eye - it looked beautiful, appeared to be in a good location, and was priced well. After inquiring about availability, the owner promptly responded via email and all further communication was handled quickly and professionally.

Upon finally arriving in SMA, we had high expectations for both the town and our accommodations. Driving through the winding cobblestones streets to get to the home confirmed that its rustic reputation wasn’t limited to just a few well-preserved sections of town amidst an otherwise sea of more modern banality.

The homes of SMA usually have a door opening directly onto the street and it often is impossible to predict their size or quality. Upon first entering, we were greeted by the cool shade of the patio and after a moment’s adjustment to the darker space, it was quickly apparent that this ‘rental’ house was not only going to be as promised, but that is was a special place for the owners as well.

The pictures of this home can speak for themselves. I’ll just add that all the interior and exterior spaces were well-thought out and comfortable. All rooms except one bedroom opened directly onto one courtyard or another, so there was always a sense of enjoying the crisp freshness of outside while still being inside. It also must be noted that a well designed floor plan cannot be taken for granted in a town this old where buildings often have a long history of repurposing.

The kitchen was a good size and had all the modern appliances a North American or European traveler expects. Each BR had its own bathroom and the beds and linens were very comfortable. The owners also provided an extensive manual about how to work everything, whom to contact for assistance, and reviews of restaurants and other activities.

After settling in, we explored the town and were very pleased to find that the historic center was less than a 10-minute walk – quick enough to get a morning espresso and long enough to enjoy the walk.

Anyone considering this home should expect that they will always enjoy leaving it to explore the town and surrounding area, and will be equally thrilled upon returning to rest up for their next adventure.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Tod, for the lovely, detailed review. You can certainly tell why we fell in love with this house, and why it is a treasure we are proud to share. After eight years, 20+ visits, countless nights on the terrace and mornings by the fountain in the courtyard, we find it always fresh and new. And we want to keep it just that way for the select guests who find their way to us. Come back any time. Collette (+ Don)
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Car: not necessary

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.


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Regular Season
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

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Refundable damage deposit $500

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Los Mezquites House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Beautiful custom tile.Private window w/view in shower.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Beautiful custom tilework.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Guest bathroom on main floor. Beautiful custom tile.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two counters+sinks.Custom tile+marble floor.Balcony..
  • 3.5 baths. All baths have custom tile work and are beautifully appointed. Each of the full baths is ensuite with a bedroom. Half bath/guest bath downstairs near living and dining rooms on main floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Luxury linens, ensuite bath, two balconies, fireplace.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Luxury linens, ensuite bath, balcony, fireplace, desk
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Luxury linens, ensuite bath with view, fireplace, desk.
  • All three bedrooms have ensuite baths + fireplaces, so bed and bath privacy is ensured. Beds are high quality, firm and extremely comfortable. Luxury linens and comforters. Quiet street means that you will wake to birds singing, not taxi noise!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
This enchanting home is on the most charming street in San Miguel, a lane so picturesque it was featured in an article in Sunset magazine's April 2008 issue. Perfectly located, and just an easy five-minute walk to El Jardin and the Parroquia. The whole house opens up to the airy courtyards and splashing fountains. Lovely designer furnishings throughout, the equivalent of a fine hotel without the bother of other guests. Water purification system throughout the house, including all taps and showers. Complete privacy inside the front gate. Please read our 5-star reviews, and you will understand why guests love this quiet, beautiful place. It can be your sanctuary, a refuge from the lively streets of San Miguel, or you can fill it with music and friends. Casa Bendita is the perfect home for your visit to San Miguel de Allende.

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