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Lovely bungalow in an amazingly beautiful colonial town.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


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Fully furnished, self contained, self-catering house in a lovely garden.

Located in Patzcuaro, a popular tourist destination in the Central Highlands of Mexico, La Casita en Dr. Coss is the perfect lodging for a short or long stay. The house is fully furnished and equipped, has one bedroom and one bath, and is located in the beautiful rear garden of a colonial-style adobe house. Gas, electric, cable TV, and wireess Internet are included in the rent of $250 per week or $800 per month.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Steve Seegmiler
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2016

About Steve Seegmiler

Your hosts, Janet and Steve, spend most of their time in Mexico City, where Janet works as a librarian. They spend long weekends and vacations at their home in Patzcuaro, and have an apartment in New York City, where they have lived for many years.

Steve Seegmiler purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Steve Seegmiler chose Patzcuaro

We looked in various parts of Mexico for a place to retire to, but fell in love with Patzcuaro and with the house on Dr. Coss the first time we saw them. The town is unique in being relatively unspoiled since the 16th Century, when it was the capitol of the state of Michoacan. When the capitol was moved to Morelia in the late 16th Century, Patzcuaro survived as if in a time warp. There is no place like it in Mexico. Aside form the historical interest, Patzcuaro enjoys almost perfect weather, with temperatures rarely reaching 80 degrees in the hottest part of the year; and in the coldest months of December and January, there will only occasionally be a light frost at night.

What makes this cottage unique

Our house is built in the traditional Mexican style, with a series of rooms surrounding a courtyard and a large garden in the rear. The house is beautiful and spacious, and the gardens offer greenery and colorful flowers all year round. It is a wonderful place to relax, but it is also just a five-minute walk from the main plaza of the town.


5/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Lovely bungalow in an amazingly beautiful colonial town.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Beautiful property, garden & views.

  • 5 of 5

The casita is wonderful. The furnishings, amenities & location are first rate. The gardener & caretaker were a joy; helpful & warm. I can not recommend this too strongly. Owners were away so did not meet them but they left helpful info & tips for enjoying the area during Day of the Dead. A bottle of wine, some Tequila & basic cooking essentials were there for us. We hired a taxi (followed him in our rental car) the first day to find the casita - then every night for the trip up the 'hill' that the casita is located on - hey, I am old - LOL !!!! Definitely will be back !! Thank You, Steve ---

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our favorite vacation rental of all time

  • 5 of 5

I was a little nervous about booking this rental because there were no reviews. I have to say we were beyond thrilled with everything about this sweet casita from the moment we arrived until the sad day when we left. We still feel lucky and amazed that we got to experience Patzcuaro based in this unique home. It is only two blocks from the main plaza, up a steep cobblestone hill. If you want to avoid the short walk and climb, you can always catch a cab for 30 pesos.

Mexico is notoriously noisy, but aside from the ubiquitous church bells, and the occasional band practice at the nearby school, we were stunned by the serenity and bird song. We rarely heard dogs, roosters, firecrackers and unmuffled cars, which we have come to expect in Mexico. We frequently remarked to each other how strangely peaceful we felt in this oasis. It also seemed very secure, locked inside a walled yard with lights on motion detectors to guide us to our home at night.

Janet and Steve are excellent hosts, and such interesting conversationalists. They were always available if we needed some advice, but gave us our privacy to enjoy breakfast in their beautiful garden.

Every day they provided another pleasant surprise for us, starting with the avocados Steve cut from their tree, followed by fancy bath soap, fast wifi, hair dryer, electric blanket, gas fireplace, nice linens, beautiful furnishings in a charming home, a hummingbird feeder, maps, tourist pamphlets, fresh homemade pasta and sauce, ate de membrillo, and some exotic cheese we never would have found by ourselves, for which we reimbursed them.

They referred us to an excellent guide to take us to the Patzcuaro artists' studios, Tsintsuntsan and the cemeteries for Noche de los Muertos. Steve thoughtfully provided a flashlight for our Noche de los Muertos explorations. The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking simple meals: pots, pans, dishes, cups, glasses, utensils, flatware, spices, olive oil, tea, coffee, napkins, milk, beer, wine and mescal. Steve and Janet used to live in the casita, so it is furnished like a home, rather than the typical minimalist rental.

The photos don't fully convey how fabulous this home is. Rent it with confidence.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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peaceful oasis in a beautiful colonial town

  • 5 of 5

This cottage has its own private garden with plenty of sun and views from the 2nd floor. We found it very comfotable and well equiped. Quality sheets,towels, and down comforter. There is an electric blanket and gas fireplace for chilly nights. The owners live nextdoor and were very helpful offering information and books from there library. The house is located close to downtown but up a short steep hill . Patzcuaro is a great base for visiting many interesting towns within an hours drive. Public transportation is plentyful and inexspensive. We hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
250 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Patzcuaro is an unspoiled colonial town, built in the 16th Century and little changed since then. The town contains historical buildings and museums, and is near two pre-Hispanic Purhepecha ruins. It is the center of an extensive range of art and craft production, and is an excellent base for shopping for native crafts.

Rates & Availability

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7 night minimum stay

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$50 deposit upon booking, and the balance due on check-in. Payment can be by cash, Paypal, wire transfer, or personal check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Centro Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Full bath with shower (no tub).
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Large bedroom on the second floor with view of the town.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing

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