|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Casa Jacaranda – A Colonial-Era Jewel
On a little cobblestone street, behind heavy antique wooden doors, lies the most authentic of the original colonial Mexican houses of San Miguel. This charming family home has captured and preserved its true Mexican essence, from the vine- covered courtyard, with its colonial center fountain, to the massive wooden beams holding up a beautifully hand crafted wood porch covering a lovely, light filled outdoor living room decorated with brightly colored pillows adorning antique wooden furniture all enhanced by a century old orange tree, jacaranda tree, and beautiful, blooming bouganvillea. Built in the 18th century, Casa Jacaranda has been restored to its original colonial heritage. You will find yourself immersed in the ambience of colonial times but with all the comforts of home.
ARCHITECTURE - In classic Spanish-Moorish style, Casa Jacarnada is surrounded by high stone walls sheltering a world of private beauty. All rooms open into the courtyard, with 2-feet thick walls keeping the rooms cool during warm seasons and cozy during the occasional chilly nights. Enter each room through an old stone doorway with old mesquite French doors leading from one room into the other. There is a flow of indoor-outdoor living. A covered patio fills one length of the courtyard with its intricately-patterned roof over which bursts a scarlet bougainvillea.
The center fountain (dated 1706) fills the house with the sound of splashing water while morning doves dip their beaks in and hummingbirds flit from flower to flower. In the background are the sounds of San Miguel: church bells tolling, the whistle of the knife-sharpener, the call of the flower vendors, as if time stands still. Open the front door to see the little burros being led down the streets carrying firewood door to door for sale. Sometimes you even have a little band playing out of tune in front of the house waiting for you to come out and reward them before they move on to the next house. Due to the traditional colonial design the house is always light, cool, and lovely.
LOCATION- Casa Jacaranda is ideally located in the historic center of San Miguel, steps from everything there is to see and do in town. Go to your right and stroll into Parque Juarez, the most beautiful park in San Miguel; turn left and discover cafes, markets, antiques, produce vendors, and even the new grand Rosewood Hotel with it’s fabulous roof bar and extraordinary vistas. From the roof garden is the view of the spire of the Parroquia, the gothic-style church in the town square, called the Jardin. The Parroquia is San Miguel’s most famous landmark. The central square is a wonderful place to sit on an old bench and watch the comings and goings of the townspeople while reading the local paper, eating a homemade ice-cream cone sold from a horse drawn carriage and meeting people. Everyone loves to talk and will be delighted to give you guidance and share the secrets of San Miguel.
LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM, KITCHEN, PANTRY – As you enter Casa Jacaranda, two rooms face each other across the entranceway, one leading into the brightly colored 1930’s style Mexican- deco living room. The massive stone fireplace is the prominent feature of this vivid room which leads you into the dining room with its large stone hearth and mirror reflecting the warmth of the room with decorative candles. A low blue table and open archway separate the dining room from the spacious kitchen. A huge campana (hood) reaches to the ceiling over the professional chef stove set into the green cemento pulido (smooth, hand tinted finished cement). A niche filled with vintage ceramics covers the entire wall over the deep double sink. In Mexico a pantry is a room of its own, with an additional sink, and all the modern appliances as well as cupboards filled with glassware, utensils, and hand-blown glass canisters filled with the staples of Mexican cooking.
BEDROOMS - Casa Jacaranda has 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom is opposite the living room, with floors of dusty- rose and old wooden shutters opening to the street. A hand-wrought decorative iron bed sits in the center of the room with 2 large armoires on either side. An attached bathroom of chocolate-brown polished cement trimmed in hand-made tile with a hand-shaped tub and shower features a sink made from an old baptismal font.
The second bedroom is in the back patio with the jacaranda tree providing shade on a sunny day and purple blossoms in the spring. This intimate room has a decorative double-size iron bed, built-in window seats and a walk-in closet.
Cross under the portal into the Moroccan-style bathroom with an arch separating the green cemento pulido tub and shower.
From the back patio walk up the stone steps around the jacaranda tree to reach the little cottage perched on the roof with a queen-size bed. The attached large bathroom has a large round burnt-umber tinted tub and shower and the sink is made of an old grinding stone. This little cottage-like room has its own covered patio with cushioned chairs and a wood-burning fireplace. Farther out on the rooftop is a flower-filled garden with lounge chairs and views of the Parroquia and the Monjas, the 2 most famous churches in San Miguel.
OUTDOOR LIVING/DINING AREAS - As mentioned earlier the courtyard has its own covered patio with dining area and living room sala. Since the weather is beautiful year round you will spend most of your time here, dining and lounging at your leisure.
PUBLICATIONS & OTHER MEDIA - We have been featured on the Travel Network and on Fine Living Channel. We have also been included in Tim Street-Porter’s recent book, Casa San Miguel, Inspired Design and Decoration written by Annie Kelly and published by Rizzoli. (Tim Street-Porter produced the quintessential book on Mexican style, Casa Mexicana. We are regularly featured in the House & Garden Tour.
Keywords: restored 300-year old colonial house, historic center, private, perfect location, family home, modern conveniences, gracious, antique-filled, warm, quiet, outdoor living
My husband Steve, daughter Lila, and I moved to Mexico in August of 2000. I had grown up in Mexico City and left for college and spent most of my adulthood in NY, working in advertising(as my husband did as well). My parents never left Mexico so we visited often and thought maybe some day we would live here as well. When my parents retired to San Miguel we were captivated. Finally, we decided to make the break.
One day we walked around the corner and found our dream house......or soon to be. We moved in and so began the laborious but thrilling project of restoration. Our house is much the way it might have been in the early days of San MIguel. We searched for authentic materials, old ruins and obsessively restored our house as historically as possible.
Now with our daughter living in the U.S. we are spending more time at our ranch outside of town and our house is therefore available for rentals, short-term and long-term. We love to come and go and have all the advantages of living in the historic center of town. But we also love to jump in the car and drive 20 minutes into the countryside and another world.
We are always available to our guests. We have a full-time maid and handyman as well. All your needs will be taken care of and we look forward to meeting you and taking you out to the ranch for a ride or a visit.
Kathy Lichter & Steve Zazula purchased this house in 2001
Casa Jacaranda is our full-time home. San MIguel has been a wonderful place for us to raise our daughter and build our ranch business. We have had so many adventures here. At the ranch we have had cooking classes, weddings, tours, and riding events. This is a wonderful place for a long or short visit.
Our house is located in the middle of the historic center of town, everything within walking distance. There are also many little trips within a short distance from San Miguel. We can make arrangements for you to visit special places and take care of all your needs.
What a wonderful home in the heart of San Miguel! Our stay was above and beyond our expectations... the home was perfect and Steve and Kathy made sure our visit was perfect! Cannot wait to return to San Miguel and stay here again!
There is nothing that could have prepared me for what awaited us behind a nondescript door on the quaint cobblestone street. The moment you step into this beautiful property you are swept up into something quite magical. We were greeted by the warm and wonderful Kathy and Steve, who have taken the time to put just the right touch into every inch of the home. Its quite a special thing to have a home full of such wonderful art, but still make it cozy and comfortable. The living room with its fireplace was a perfect space to read. The bedrooms were incredibly comfortable with fine linens and plush beds. And a fireplace in each just added to the ambiance. The outside courtyard was a peaceful haven and the perfect place to enjoy breakfast outdoors. The rooftop had a breathtaking view of the Parroquia and was the most enjoyable spot to just sit and soak it all in. The house leaves nothing to be desired. The kitchen is well stocked and leaves you yearning that you could somehow figure out a way to replicate it at home. Kathy and Steve were tremendous hosts. Available for any request and graciously took us out to see their beautiful ranch, horseback ride and prepared lunch for us out on their beautiful back porce. The house was absolute perfection, and the hosts just made it all the more wonderful and warm an experience. The location of the home is perfect. My favorite street in all of the city for its short walk location to everything. A run in the park, a spa day at rosewood, an amazing coffee at the corner, salmon bagels at cafe Rama, breakfast at Lavande and a foreign film at movie pocket theater. Oh, and the Parroquia of course. All within a 5-10 min easy walk. We've stayed all over the world and all over San Miguel and this is by far the most beautiful home and experience we've ever had with a rental. We loved it so much, we booked it three more times for the year before we even left. I can't recommend it enough...
Two of my friends and I spend a glorious week in San Miguel based in the impeccable Casa Jacaranda. From the moment you enter the front door and look out to the fountain, you know you have found a special retreat and a cozy, private gem in El Centro. The kitchen was wonderful and although we didn't do much cooking (so many good restaurants to try!) everything we needed (except groceries) was at our fingertips. The public rooms are wonderfully decorated, capturing the feel of San Miguel but also welcoming and comfortable. All three bedrooms are snug, beautiful havens of comfort. I was in the smallest of the bedrooms and I loved not only the comfortable bed but the walk-in closet. The vintage sugar animals decorations were fun and the artwork of the owner's daughter that graces the wall made me feel I was staying in a very special home, not a rental. The owners were helpful and organized and provided all the information one could ask for. You won't be disappointed with Casa Jacaranda!
We spent one week here during Dia de Los Muertos. The house is fabulous and lived up to our every expectation. It is within walking distance to the Jardin and there are several nice nearby restaurants and grocery stores. The house is fully equipped for cooking and there is a water purification system in the house. The owners met us there to provide information and also had a basket of snacks and a bottle of wine. Each bedroom has a bath and the rooftop patio has a view of the parroquia. Washing machine on site. Wifi.
We had a spectacular stay at Casa Jacaranda -- an extraordinary house right in the center of town, with magical views from the rooftop terrace. The photos don't begin to capture the beauty of the home and the artist's attention to detail in every corner. Kathy and Steve were gracious hosts -- responding quickly to emails before our trip, arranging for a car to pick us up at Leon airport, greeting us upon our arrival, and giving us great tips on restaurants and what to see. The home is absolutely beautiful -- so beautiful and comfortable that my husband, teenage son and I had to remind ourselves to get out of the house to explore San Miguel!
My two friends and I went to San Miguel to enjoy the international short film festival for a week in July.
And my friends had never been to Mexico before.
When we arrived at Casa Zazula they were a bit apprehensive because it
looked like a big wall with a door from the outside - nothing special. They had no idea about the layout of traditional Mexican homes.
So, when we opened the front door we all gasped!
The scent of a beautiful fresh floral arrangement in the hallway led us into the courtyard
fountain with fresh flowers laid out around it.
From then on it was magical.
Need I say more?
All kinds of extra, thoughtful nicities awaited us.
And Casa Zazula is beautiful. It’s furnishings and decor are fascinating.
I could go on and on about the wonderful time spent at this lovely home but so many others have written about their own special experiences also.
We had ours too.
I would like to say that setting up the initial arrangements were easy. Kathy replied promptly to emails.
She helped arrange transport from the airport in Leon,
We were pretty much left on our own to enjoy the special ambience of this
The location is excellent. No concerns about safety. We three older women felt enclosed in a much-loved casa. The owners were very thoughtful and helpful.
I would definitely return to this unique place again and can’t recommend it highly enough. ~ Margo Jim 9/02/15
When our house is rented we stay at our ranch which is 20 minutes outside of San Miguel. Rancho de la Capilla is an historic site with a painted chapel and other religious structures. It is also where we enjoy horseback riding and taking people for guided tours. We hope you will join us for a ride or come and visit and enjoy a drink and guacamole on the terrace overlooking the Picacho Mountain range. We are always available for any help or guidance you may need, just a few minutes away. If you would like to see the ranch you can find it at our web page.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
50% deposit at time of booking.
balance due 60 days prior to date of arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.