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Affordable Elegance, Gardens, Patios, Views, Maid. 10 min. walk to Centre

Balcones, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
  • Villa
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

WHEN YOU STEP INTO THIS PRIVATE, TRANQUIL OASIS of manicured lawns, fountains and flowers, fed by a natural spring and sheltered by two-hundred-year-old Pirules (pepper trees), you will know you are in an environment where you can truly relax.

Our elegant, colonial-style hillside casa with three bedrooms and 3 l/2 baths, is just a ten minute walk from San Miguel's historic center. The property includes a separate, self-contained casita with its own fully-equipped kitchen and three piece bath.

Casa Los Pirules was carefully constructed in 1989 with an eye to retaining some of an old hacienda's original stonework as well as to provide comfortable, usable, light-filled rooms decorated with thoughtful artistic detail.

Even before you unpack, we suggest you pour a refreshing cold drink and wander out onto one of the flower-filled patios to admire the view. (You'll probably spend a lot of time doing this during your stay--whether it's watching the special play of light on the spires and domes of San Miguel, viewing flocks of birds at sunset, or admiring spectacular fireworks displays that celebrate Mexican holidays).

In the main house, marble floors, Persian and Mexican carpets, carefully selected furniture, and original paintings and sculptures, add to the elegance and charm of every room. In the living room, with it's soaring boveda ceiling, you can curl up on the cozy sofa to watch a movie on the Plasma flat screen, play music from the CD library, or just light some candles and socialize with family and friends.

The open-concept dining room seats six to eight people and Beatriz, our very helpful maid, will provide you with fresh, clean table linens.

Casa Los Pirules has two bedrooms in the main house, both with king size beds and private ensuites. We provide top quality bed linens, down duvets, pillows and towels, bath soap, toilet tissue and kleenex for your comfort. Each bedroom looks out onto a different part of the lovely garden.

The casita has one queen size bed and one single bed. It can sleep three people and has its own bath and fully equipped kitchen. From the casita, one can view the green fields and the Santa Rosa mountains in the distance.

Many of our guests appreciate the private office just off the rooftop patio. Wireless service is provided.

Beatriz and Miguel, our maid and gardener will ensure that your stay in our home is comfortable and relaxing. They have been in our employ for the past twenty-one years. Needless to say, we don't know what we would do without them. Beatriz will provide you with laundry and cleaning services five days a week. This is included in your rental fee. Also, our guests are always impressed with Miguel's gardening skills. We can honestly say he has created one of the finest gardens in San Miguel.

We love our beautiful Mexican home and are delighted at the possibility of sharing it with you. We'll do our best to ensure that your stay in San Miguel de Allende ranks as one of your best holiday experiences ever.


'We spent our honeymoon in Casa los Pirules. We were so happy your casa was recommended to us--it exceeded our every expectation. We were so pleased with the kindness and hospitality of Beatriz and Miguel as well. We'll be back next year!' (Ronald and Tiffani Lewis, Texas).

'We loved the care, thought, and choices of everything in your casa and jardin. '( Eleanor and Mark Irving, Ma.)

'Los Pirules was a joy to wake up to in the morning, and a spot of quiet relaxation to return to at the end of a full day. Thank you for sharing your lovely casa and special thanks to Beatriz and Miguel for taking such tender loving care.' (Dick and Eleanor Knott, Virginia)

'We will long remember the sunsets, breakfasts on the roof patio, and the beautiful gardens of this casa' (Barbara and Mickey Vergara, Georgia)

'We were overwhelmed upon entering the front door, as the website cannot convey the loveliness and grandeur of your home. Thank you. And thanks to Beatriz and Miguel for their help.' (Bob and Sue Erzen, WA)

'We thoroughly enjoyed staying in this comfortable, beautiful home. While we were within easy walking of the Jardin and all things central. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the Los Balcones neighbourhood. The staff at the casa is exceptional, the view--during the day or night--is magical, and the gardens are lovely. We can recommend this property for either a short or long stay.'

(Vicki Sharp and John Klassen, Canada and Bucerias)

'The house is lovely, as are the gardens surrounding it. We loved our rooftop breakfasts and sunset cocktails, conversations around the fireplace, and walks to the cactus reserve and to el centro. Vic, of course, loved that there was a golf course nearby. We're looking forward to returning soon.'

(Muffy and Vic, Kookatsoon Lake, Yukon, Canada).

'What a wonderful place! I thoroughly enjoyed the balconies and sitting arrangements, using them according to the sunshine of the moment. ' (Helena Voth, Alberta, Canada)

'My stay in San Miguel was enhanced by the time in your casa. Following a day of exploring or shopping, it was a pleasure to enter the cool, perfumed garden. I felt totally cared for by Beatriz and Miguel.' (Laverna Armstrong, Yukon, Canada)

'One of the more comfortable places we've yet experienced. An indoor-outdoor delight. Miguel and Beatriz are wonders. You should be pleased with their attention to detail.'

(Richard Cutler, Oregon)


Keywords: Casa, Colonial home, private home, house

Property Manager

Property Manager

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Property Manager

My husband and I are both retired. He is a retired lawyer, and I am retired from owning and operating an advertising agency. We enjoy gardening, growing our own vegetables, hiking, biking and travelling.

Property Manager purchased this Villa in 1991

Why Property Manager chose Balcones

We can't believe that it has been twenty-four years since we first fell in love with San Miguel and bought Casa Los Pirules. From the first moment we stepped into the lovely garden, we knew we just had to own the property. We made arrangements to buy it that very day! We knew that the property would have sold quickly due to its unique aspects (the natural spring, mature pepper trees, beautiful gardens and artistic architectural detail). We chose San Miguel as our second home because of its pleasant mix of old world and new world charm and its multitude of attractions : traditional mariachis, street entertainments, colourful rituals and fiestas, along with a plethora of art exhibitions, musical concerts and live theatre. We have taken full advantage of the fine Spanish language schools in San Miguel and many of our friends and guests have enrolled in arts, crafts, music and language courses. We have discovered that San Miguel is a safe environment in which to enjoy rich cultural diversity.

What makes this Villa unique

One of our favourite rituals is to walk through the nearby Botanitcal Gardens, a scenic cactus reserve just a five-minute stroll from Casa los Pirules. Here, we can walk along the spectacular canyon and watch swooping swallows, call out to hear our voices echo, witness dozens of species of waterfowl and see the thousands of indigenous and imported cacti that are grown and protected in this special reserve. All that, and we also get our morning exercise! Afterwards, we generally walk to the city centre for a delicious Mexican breakfast accompanied by fresh fruit and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Because my husband loves to bike, he has discovered a number of small nearby villages where he can try out his Spanish as the locals always have time to stop and chat.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • King size beds (2) King beds in both bedrooms of the main casa, Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed on second floor of separate casita, Twin or Single Beds (1) Single bed on second floor of separate casita


        • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
          • 3.5

          Location Type

            • Monument View
              The property overlooks a charming original 260-year old chapel and also provides a commanding view of the church spires and domes of San Miguel de Allende.
            • Mountain View
              Views of the distant Santa Rosa mountains from all levels of the main casa and casita


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      Quality linens provided: sheets, pillowcases, pillow protectors, bath towels, face cloths, hand towels, table linens.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Ceiling fans in bedrooms
                    • Gas Fireplace
                      high efficiency gas heater/s
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Gas heaters
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      All laundry is looked after by our maid. But a dryer is available if you wish to do your own.
                    • Parking
                      Private and secure off-street parking within the property
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Private and secure parking for two vehicles
                    • Telephone
                      Telephones in main living area, office, and master bedroom
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      All of the laundry is looked after by our maid. But a washer is available if you wish to do your own.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Wireless internet available


                        • Microwave
                          (2) Both kitchens have microwaves
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Beautiful local ceramic place settings
                        • Dishwasher
                          Dishwasher added with recent kitchen renovation
                        • Kitchen
                          (2) Two very well stocked kitchens in both the main casa and separate casita with everything you need to cook a gourmet meal. Completely refurbished kitchen in main casa with granite countertops
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          All utensils necessary to cook a gourmet meal: stainless steel pots and pans, large covered saute pan, baking utensils, cutlery, cooking knives/spoons/spatulas, etc., baking trays, coffee maker, filters, coffee grinder, blender, hand mixer, variety of bowls, large salad bowls, garlic press, juicer, toaster, strainer, colander...it's all there.
                        • Oven
                          Commercial quality GE Monogram stove and with regular and convection bake.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Basic spices, tea, coffee,salt,sugar.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Large fridge with bottom freezer
                        • Stove
                          Commercial quality GE Monogram gas stove with regular and convection bake.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Music Library
                                  A selection of CD's are available.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Flat screen Sony Plasma TV
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library
                                  DVD movie selection


                                    • Balcony
                                      (3) There is one seating area outside of main living room, and two flower-filled terraces overlooking the gardens off the living room.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Rooftop patio with table, shade umbrella, chairs and chaise lounge . Outdoor livingroom has Mesquite table and 4-6 comfortable chairs. Comfortable Icapali chairs on covered patio outside of main livingroom.
                                    • Gazebo
                                      Outdoor livingroom beside the natural spring has mesquite table and wrought iron chairs
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Beautiful lawns and beds
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • museums
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hot air ballooning
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • Maid service five days a week, four hours per day. Gardener four hours per day six days a week--included in your rental fee.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              9 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Idyllic Hideaway

                                                              linaTucson AZ

                                                              Three blissful months were mine at this enchanting property this summer. I had spent two weeks here last year in July and found it to be perfect for me in every way, and I longed to return for a truly lengthy stay this year. I have a detailed review below from last July which should be read; this year's review will be shorter because although there is a 'knock-out' new kitchen and much improved stairwell to the roof garden, all the things I've loved about Los Pirules remain the same.

                                                              The new kitchen is amazing, all new high-end appliances and gorgeous new stone floors, counters and walls. The entire area has now lightened up considerably, and the copper 'objet d'art' above the stove is most engaging. The new stairwell--just off the kitchen--makes it much easier to reach the laundry and roof garden.

                                                              One of my favorite things was 'hanging out' with Beatriz, the housekeeper. She and Miguel are so kind, and have looked after me so well that at the end of three months I could not bear to leave....

                                                              Yoko, the property manager, was at the house when I arrived and quickly installed the vonage phone I'd

                                                              brought along with me. She was always in reach and very very helpful during my stay.

                                                              As I said in my previous review: ¡¡Mejor No Hay!!

                                                              Great Stay

                                                              John L.

                                                              The house was very well located for us; we had easy access to the Instituto, MEGA, Dolores, and Queretaro.

                                                              We had a rental car and we were very happy with the off-street parking and the secure doors.

                                                              The kitchen was beautiful; the stairwell to the terrace was excellent (we are over 70 years old). We welcomed the gas heater in the bedroom – it helped at night since we were there in January. We enjoyed our bedroom, with the glass shower: The water was warm and comfortable.

                                                              We enjoyed the terrace very much; the sunset views were great. We also saw an aircraft flyover from there. The garden was easily the best maintained that we have seen in San Miguel (we have rented there many times).

                                                              Beatriz and Miguel were very courteous and helpful. Every time we left in the car, Miguel was there to open the door and direct us onto Cuesta de San Jose, which can get quite busy at times.

                                                              The manager responded very promptly to our requests.

                                                              Our Month in San Miquel

                                                              Ted and TealaJacksonville, FL USA

                                                              We arrived for a month long stay not realizing how beautiful and wonderful the villa was just behind the strong wooden doors...we were greeted by gardens that were perfect and a housekeeper and gardener that immediately became part of our family! Beatrix and Miguel compliment the house and took care of our guests and family members visiting during our stay.

                                                              The furnishings and art are beautiful, and the vistas from the balconies are breath taking!

                                                              The San Miguel location is perfect for a base if you find you will be visiting other cities in Mexico...we took advantage of our time to truly enjoy the Mexican culture and most delicious the food!

                                                              We understand Jan and Terry are replacing the kitchen and it was functional will now be outstanding!

                                                              Mystical Magical Casa los Pirules

                                                              linaTucson AZ

                                                              I spent two weeks in July at this superb property and I have to say that I have never found any hotel, resort or rental that suited me as well as Casa los Pirules. From the moment I passed through the massive wooden doors and found myself in the tranquil gardens I knew I had come home... and, although not forever, for a fortnight I would have this estate all to myself and I was thrilled !!

                                                              In the mornings I shared it with Beatriz, who kept the house immaculate, and her husband, master-gardener Miguel. They were both delightful and I loved spending time with them.

                                                              The house is beautifully laid out and from every window one can see the impressive gardens. Two charming bedrooms, each with bath, are on the ground floor and open out into the gardens. On the second floor an immense spacious room holds both the living and dining areas, with windows and french doors on three sides of the room, bringing the outdoors indoors. A terrace at the end of the living area gives a fabulous view of of the city and of the countryside beyond. I loved this area best of all... it was like being in a tree house with the branches of the pepper trees framing the view. The property has a number of stately old pepper trees, hence the name ‘Casa los Pirules’ (house of the pepper trees).

                                                              At the opposite end of the living-dining area a new kitchen will be installed by January 2015, with stairs leading up to a sunny laundry room and to the large rooftop terrace. It too is surrounded by pepper tree boughs and has incredible views. Furnishings in all parts of the house have been carefully chosen to harmonize with the spirit of the house and gardens; everything is in excellent taste... and all of the art is amazing !!

                                                              Outside, on a far wall at the back of the property, there’s an outdoor sala-comedor with a grill for barbecuing. Close by is a spring-fed pond with a lone fish swimming round, and on the other side of the very high wall is an 18th Century Chapel which is still in use. I loved lying in bed and hearing the bells ring in the mornings...

                                                              Casa los Pirules is a very special property. Design, furnishings, art works, gardens... the owners have poured lots of love into their estate and it shows. And they have superb caretakers in Beatriz & Miguel, and also in Yoko, the property manager who met me at the house the day I arrived. She was friendly, organized and very helpful during the time I stayed there.

                                                              I highly recommend Casa los Pirules - ¡mejor no hay!

                                                              Loved our stay in this beautiful and spacious Villa with fantastic gardens!

                                                              Jill J.

                                                              My husband and I spent a lovely week at Casa Pirules! A beautiful and comfortable villa with immaculate, spacious grounds and garden. It was a true oasis to return to after a day of exploring San Miguel and the surrounding areas. We loved having our own kitchen and so many spaces on the large property to enjoy....... breakfast on the roof terrace and cocktails by the outdoor fireplace in the garden.

                                                              Every recommendation by the owners for activities and restaurants were spot on, and Beatriz and Miguel (who have taken care of the villa for many years) are lovely people. We felt so well taken care of we didn't want to leave!

                                                              The villa is ideally located in the Balcones neighborhood, so a short walk down hill puts you in downtown San Miguel. We easily grabbed inexpensive cabs back up the hill!

                                                              Can't wait to return! Thank you Jan, Terry, Beatriz and Miguel to the lovely stay!

                                                              Absolutely Perfect

                                                              Eamonn and KarolWhitehorse, Yukon

                                                              From the moment we entered the courtyard and went thru to the incredible open garden we knew that our holiday was going to be special. This home is has everything and more than you could ever expect. Terry and Jan have offered a rare experience by allowing their home to be enjoyed. If you are looking for the real San Miguel, this home with its wonderful caretakers Beatrice and Miguel, and the friendly local residents of its neighbourhood, add up to the perfect vacation. We have visited San Miguel de Allende before, but this gave us a whole new appreciation of what it can offer when you relax in such a beautiful home.


                                                              Balcones, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

                                                              Special Mexican Fiestas: Independence Day Celebration Sept. 15,/16, Day of the Dead Celebrations Nov. 1/2, Traditional Christmas midnight suppers and religious services Dec. 31, International Chamber Music Festival Aug. 1-15, Guanajuato Cervantes International Music Festival 2 weeks in October

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