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18th Century Hideaway

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, 6 Sleeps

18th Century hideaway with 21st Century amenities, this remarkable converted stone Oratorio (former private chapel built in 1737) is built around a courtyard with small pool, waterfall and lush tropical plantings. Our art filled home overlooks the city and mountains but is located in the Historic Center of San Miguel on a street with very little traffic. The home comes complete with household help, wi-fi, cable television, Vonage phone, all house water purification, cotton sheets and towels, great reading lights and magic everywhere. We have a fully equipped eat in kitchen. We are a home not just another rental. Perfect as a hideaway and retreat as well as for family gatherings or special celebrations- we've hosted weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and even a couple of Bar Mitzvah's. Over the last 25 years our guests have said that our home is comfortable, magical and unique. No one ever wants to leave!

Richard Keene
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2018

About Richard Keene

I am an artist, traveler and lover of life. My wife, Gail, is a student of philosophy and loves to read so there are lots of books for you to enjoy.

Richard Keene purchased this house in 1989

Why Richard Keene chose Zona Centro

If you have castle fantasies, love privacy and enjoy friendly loving help around the house I really don't think you can find anything more magical for the price than this one.


Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The master has a king made from two singles and a view of the courtyard. Bedrooms 2 and 3 have queen beds and there is a day bed in the upstairs sala
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have a house manager who handles all repair, bills and special needs. Housekeeping is included. Maria comes six days a week and does laundry, beds, cleaning and some food preparation. Beto, who is outside, does the yard, pool and can run errands. Gratuity is expected and special services can be arranged.


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18th Century Hideaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Full of Charm

  • 5 of 5

The house was full of old world charm with all the modern amenities. The house meandered with wonderful comfortable rooms & several outdoor sanctuaries. We enjoyed the outdoor spaces with wine, local cheeses & great weather.

Maria & Beto,the household help, were friendly, thoughtful & accommodating.

Thorough information was left for us & it was extremely helpful particularly since our son became ill with flu like symptoms. Dr Martinez made a house call on Christmas Day. Amazing!!

I would highly recommend with the caveat that you will be getting plenty of exercise walking to & from the house. Considering the inexpensive cuisine available in Allende, exercise was not only inescapable but welcomed.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property; excellent stay.

  • 5 of 5

This is an incredibly beautiful property. Oozes charm everywhere yet had everything modern we would want. We were well taken care of by Maria and Beto. Do note that the property is situated on a very steep slope on a cobblestone street that we nicknamed Heart Attack Hill.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, well-maintained & enchanting

  • 5 of 5

This restored colonial house (originally an oratorio) is both true to its original setting and comfortable. It is beautiful. The staff - Maria & Beto - are lovely. The owner has thoughtfully & generously provisioned the house, and has left very helpful information about the house and about San Miguel. The house is in the historical center of this World Heritage town, but it is located on a steep cobblestone street, far enough from the zócalo to provide good exercise for an otherwise indolent holiday. Restaurants within walking distance range from casual bars/cafes to ultra up-scale; just wandering the streets, house, churches, parks & shops can fill a holiday. Within San Miguel, you can go local or tourist. All-in-all, only the highest recommendation.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love sharing our hidden treasure especially when visitors appreciate our unique and magical home. Thank you for your review and making the very most of your time in San Miguel. R
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Magical San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

Richard's house in San Miguel de Allende is everything we hoped for and more. It was a beautiful and lovely space within walking district to everything in San Miguel. Everything was clean and Maria kept it that way everyday. Richard was very responsive and provided great tips. We miss it already.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Car: not necessary

San Miguel is a World Heritage site. We have beautiful weather, friendly people and an easily walkable city. There is plenty to do, see and is exceptional.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Gratuity for housekeeping services is expected and we can be more specific with your reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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