Maximum occupancy: 6 adults - please ask about children, usually fine.
Beautifully renovated and stylishly decorated, our 3 bedroom home features Spanish Colonial architecture and all the modern conveniences. Perfectly suited for 2-3 couples, we have a truly enviable location, two easy blocks from the Jardin and Parroquia. Our outdoor areas include a spacious courtyard with fountains and refreshing dipping pool, a second level covered patio with wet-bar, and a covered rooftop with tremendous views. Plenty of places to relax, entertain and enjoy.
Your rental includes our wonderful housekeeper, Sofi who can also prepare simple and delicious Mexican fare. Meals prepared during her working hours are included, although you will need to pay her for groceries, or any extra hours involved. Ricardo is our gardener and comes Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to tend the plants and pools. Both are trusted members of our household and will make your stay a true vacation.
The location is unmatched for walkability and convenience to the Jardin, and Parque Juarez, with many special galleries, shops, services and restaurants nearby. There are more than 30 eateries, from posh to simple, within a 10 minute walking radius. The closest grocery is a small but well-stocked tienda on the corner, perfect for those last minute items from toothpaste to tequila.
The renovation of Corazon de Oro was overseen by a well-known local architect and builder, with a strong interest in historic renovations. The home is full of interesting architectural details including handsome stonework, thick walls, antique doors, cantera arches and columns, boveda ceilings, skylights and more.
The ‘golden heart’ of our property is a light-filled courtyard, featuring a trio of waterfalls, a reflecting pool and an in-ground dipping pool that can be heated on request. By day or night, there are beautiful things to see everywhere you look, making it a delight for entertaining, or for enjoying all to yourselves.
With more than 3200 sq ft of living area, Corazon de Oro is ideal for up to six adults or family group. There are living rooms on each level, indoors and out, allowing plenty of space to find quiet time or engage in different activities.
The house has a coveted southern exposure, lots of south-facing French doors, and several spacious outdoor areas. During the winter the low sun warms the house with passive solar heat; during the summer the sun is more directly overhead, which keeps the interiors cooler.
The house is located in the Historic Centro, on a one way street heading into the center of town. It is two blocks from the central Jardin and La Parroquia, and one block from Parque Juarez. Some very nice restaurants are located on Sollano and neighboring streets, and there is excellent shopping as well.
Being in the Historic Centro means you are likely to hear church bells, fireworks, dogs, parades, music and more – it is all random, and sometimes chaotic! Wedding parties often pass by on the way to the Jardin, accompanied by singing musicians, giant puppets, and the Tequila Donkey. We often race to the roof's edge to watch these 'parades' go by.
San Miguel is a wonderful walking town, and you will very rarely need paid transportation. However, taxis are plentiful and charge a flat fee of 45 pesos ($3.00 USD) for most trips. It is more at night, or if you call for a cab. Now we have Uber, too. There is an extensive bus system, and several reputable shuttle companies for further explorations.
Three bedrooms in total - There are two spacious Master Suites, with very similar amenities. The Courtyard Suite is located on the courtyard level, and has direct access to the courtyard.. The Overlook Suite is located on the second floor overlooking the courtyard. In addition, there is a separate Casita suite located toward the front of the property.
The Courtyard Suite features an American King bed with a unique silver-leafed tin headboard. There is walk-in closet space with drawers, a sitting area by the gas fireplace, a full-length mirror, and air-conditioning/heating system. Two sets of French doors lead directly out to the courtyard.
The Courtyard Suite has an ensuite bathroom. The large, airy shower is tiled in marble, and has two separate shower controls and shower heads. The beautiful double-sink vanity in this suite has a honed Carrara marble top and deep drawers in the solid wood cabinetry. High quality polished nickel fixtures are used throughout.
The Overlook Suite is on the second floor. It has an American King bed set in a four-post alder wood frame. An entire wall of closets will hold your wardrobe nicely. This room has a spacious sitting area in front of the fireplace, and a small desk. Two sets of French doors open to small balconies. One of the balconies leads to a set a stairs that bring you to the Courtyard level, so you do not need to traverse the house while going down to the pool.
The Overlook Suite has an ensuite bathroom. The large, airy shower is tiled in white, and has two separate shower controls and shower heads. The beautiful double-sink vanity in this suite has hand-painted semi-recessed vessel sinks and a single deep drawer in the solid wood cabinetry. Extra towels and toiletries are stored in decorative baskets beneath the vanity. High quality polished nickel fixtures are used throughout.
Both Master Suites are located in the back of the property, far from the street. The location makes them quiet (well, as quiet as possible... In San Miguel there is no escaping the church bells, fireworks and festivities in Centro!)
All bedrooms are nicely appointed with quality bedding, pillows and linens. Custom furnishings and fixtures, made by local artisans, make these rooms extra special.
The Casita Suite is located toward the front of the property, and is reached via a small set of stone steps inside the first estancia (sitting room). It overlooks the estancia, and has some views to the Courtyard. It also has a window to the street. It has a large bedroom, a separate kitchenette, and a charming bathroom.
The Casita Suite has a full mattress set atop a Grand Tour iron bed frame. A charming Kiva-style fireplace warms the casita, which is graced with dark wood floors. Finished in bright white and vivid reds, this space is a bit boho and welcoming. A pair of white-washed armoires store your clothes.
The bathroom of the Casita Suite has a large sink set into solid alder cabinetry. A high round window and skylights over the shower keep this room bright and airy during the day. The shower is spacious, tiled in red and white, and finished with polished nickel fixtures.
The Casita kitchenette is two steps above the sleeping area, in a separate room. It has a cantera counter top, and stainless steel sink. There is plenty of room to spread out, read and relax.
LA COCINA (The Kitchen)
The main kitchen on the ground floor with a window to the street is a cook’s delight. Located in the oldest part of the original structure, some of the walls are two-feet thick and over 200 years old. It has a galley layout, with lots of counter space and excellent lighting. It comes fully equipped with large and small appliances, quality pots and pans, and so much more.
Honed marble counters, a windowed cupola and a high boveda ceiling keep this room light and bright by day, and it has excellent task lighting. Deep drawers hold most all the plates and dishes, so it is easy to reach items.
The Italian made stove features a five-burner gas cooktop, and two electric ovens. A nearly-silent disposal and integrated dishwasher make short work of clean up, and the kitchen faucet is a work of art which must be seen to be appreciated.
***The entire house has purified water with excellent pressure, and plentiful hot water. We drink from all taps without problem. Our water-softener removes mineral deposits which can really take a toll on your hair. ***
There is an outdoor kitchen (sink, BBQ and fridge) on the second level terrace, and also a wet-bar/kitchen in the casita.
EL COMEDOR (The Dining Room)
The semi-formal dining room, just off the kitchen, features an elegant yet welcoming trestle-style dining table, upholstered chairs and bench, which were designed and crafted by one of San Miguel’s fine wood-workers. It seats 8-10 comfortably. The elegant Manuel Padron armoire serves as a storage area for linens, tall vases, candles and some the larger kitchen appliances.
The second floor terrace is ideal for alfresco dining – anytime! Here you will find an outdoor kitchen, complete with sink, gas BBQ and mini fridge. High quality outdoor furniture makes this even more special. Sheltered from strong sun during the day, and beautifully lit by night, it is a delightful spot to take your morning coffee, a leisurely lunch or that evening libation.
Or take a meal in the Courtyard by the reflecting pool, where there is a 4 person seating area, plus two adjustable lounges.