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Casa Bella San Miguel, as Seen in NY Times, 4 BR, Beautiful!

Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
  • Villa4000 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

House, 4 Bedrooms + Library, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Casa Bella San Miguel was recently celebrated by the 'Great Homes' section of the New York Times (see the link to owner's website below). The owner would like to have you enjoy her love of San Miguel by sharing this lovely home when she's away. Why don't you come and see what the good life is all about!!

This elegant, yet comfortable, home is located above the hustle and bustle of San Miguel, but not so far as to preclude a leisurely stroll to the central Jardin in 5 to 7 minutes. Laid out around a verdant patio, the home is designed for entertaining, either formally or informally.

Immediately upon entering, one ascends a flight of stairs to a welcoming front room with three couches before a fireplace, high beamed ceilings, and informal dining for six. Beyond the table is a bank of french doors that provide a pleasant view and, when the doors are open, a musical splashing of the fountain in the patio. Off this central room are found a large formal dining room with seating for 8 and a fireplace, a study with books and TV, a guest bath and a well-equipped kitchen. Margarita, the housekeeper/cook, has a way of turning out Mexican breakfasts with specialties that will have you raving for months after your visit.

Up the well-lit stairway, is a door to the patio, and the first of three bedrooms, containing a queen bed, an interesting 'ojo de buey' (bull's eye) window, a fireplace and bathroom with an antique tub and another fireplace and a street door. Up a few more stairs, one finds the second bedroom, done all in white, and featuring a king bed, a bathroom, a fireplace, and a small sitting room (with Internet access), which opens on to a private balcony with a view to the street and the western horizon. The third bedroom, up a few more stairs, is done in yellow with a green tiled bathroom(with bath tub/shower), and a fireplace, a queen bed with mosquito netting, and a small balcony overlooking the patio below.

Up another flight of stairs leads up to the roof garden terrace with table and chairs, potted plants, and a dyamite 360-degree view. The vista features the central cathedral (here called La Parroquia), a jumble of red tiled roofs, houses and greenery to the east, plus a vast view of the lake, rimmed by the Guanajuato mountains and the sunset to the west. The perfect place for a rendezvous of the guests to enjoy a sundowner and to discuss the doings of the day or make plans for an evening on the town.

All rooms are artfully decorated with colorful and comfortable furnishings, wall hangings, statues and paintings. The house covers some 3800 sq. ft. on 4 levels plus roof garden. In the center of the home is a gorgeous flowering patio with lounges, chairs and a coffee table. There is garage and a small bedroom and bath (with washing machine) at the main entry level.

Margarita comes every weekday (M-F) from 9 AM to 2 PM. She will perform extra chores, such as cooking for you in the evenings, if you desire, for extra pay. Margarita also is in charge of the maintenance of the house, and is on call if you need her at other hours. Cruz, the gardener, comes several times a week to tend to the plants in the patio and roof garden. There is 2 TV with basic cable, as well as a small boom box for radio and CDs, and cable internet.

Sorry: no children under 12, no smokers, no pets, Please!

Keywords: House, Villa, Casa, historic center, centro

Property Manager

Susan Mead

Member Since 2001
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, Some spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
Why Susan Mead chose Chorro

It is a beautiful, well furnished and located house in a quiet yet central location of San Miguel de Allende. The staff is uniquely qualified to assist every visitor.

What makes this Villa unique

The views from the roof top balcony is wonderful, the gardens mature and lovely. The art and decor are appreciated by all who visit and the housekeeper Margarita is exceptional. Many visitors have called the house magical.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Adjoining full bath
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Adjoining full bath
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, adjoining full bath
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single, Trundle bed with adjoining bath
      • King size beds (1) in master bedroom with en suite bath, Queen size Beds (2) two bedrooms with queen beds with en suite baths, Twin or Single Beds (1) a single bedroom on the entry floor, with en suite bathroom and laundry room


      • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • Two of the baths have separate tub and showers and one has a combination. The fourth full bath has a walk in shower.

        Location Type

          • Lake View
            distant lake, mountain and town views from rooftop terrace
          • Monument View
            Everybody's dream of a downtown San Miguel view: the sunset with the Parroquia (Parish Church), domes and spires, and roof-tops with lake and mountains beyond
          • Mountain View
            roof-top garden with 360 degree view


              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Catering available


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Broadband Access
                        Cable Modem in office off master bedroom
                      • Fireplace
                        7 although only 1 in main sala is wood burning.
                      • Free Long Distance
                        Vonage phone with free calls to the US and Canada
                      • Garage
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Gas units in fireplaces, do not use at night when you sleeep.
                      • Internet
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        A new and popular addition.
                      • Linens Provided
                        Linens provided with pressed sheets.
                      • Living Room
                        The fully enclosed sala with it's 14 foot ceilings is delightful and an adjoining study/library is available as well with a flat screen television.
                      • Parking
                        1 car garage. Large SUVs may have difficulty.
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        If you would like your laundry done during your stay please offer to pay her a little extra.
                      • Wood Fireplace


                          • Microwave
                          • Catering Available
                            Housekeeper cooks simple meals during her normal hours of 9am-2pm, and will prepare dinner for an extra fee. Guests must give her money for food purchase.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Nice cookware and utensils galore.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Plenty of glass, dishes and serving platters of all kinds.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            WITH A COOK!!
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Napkins and placemats available and washed and pressed for guests' use.
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Viking stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Dining for 6 overlooking the garden in the sala or dining for 12 in the more formal dining room.
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 12 people


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Music Library
                                    CDs available for guests.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                    in dining room and 2 bedrooms
                                  • Television


                                      • Balcony
                                        There are several, one off the master bedroom (kingsize bed), a small balcony off another guest room and large balcony on the roof tops.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Extraodinary downtown views of churches, including La Parraquia and Las Monjas, in one direction, San Antonio in another direction and garden patio as well.
                                      • Golf
                                        A nearby club offers daily, weekly and monthly memberships.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        The gardner, Cruz, has been at the house for over 30 years and the patio, roof and balcony gardens are proof of his talent and loving care.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Available on the garden level.
                                      • Tennis
                                        A nearby club offers daily, weekly and monthly memberships.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Massage
                                              • Staff


                                                  • library
                                                  • arboretum
                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • botanical garden
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • ruins
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • cycling
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • golf
                                                              • golf privileges optional
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hot air ballooning
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis


                                                                  • Folk and fine art, 6 Fireplaces, basic cable TV, wonderful kitchen and Maid Service five days a week (cooking for extra fee), Gardener, rooftop garden, central patio, views. see casabellaarthomes.com.

                                                                    14 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    A true gem

                                                                    starr s.

                                                                    This beautiful property is a dream. Photos are accurate and the gardens are so lovely. Views everywhere. Super comfortable in every way.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you for the nice review. Please come back again and I sent you a follow up email on the vrbo site.

                                                                    Smeadtx at mac dot com.

                                                                    A truly beautiful home with an unmatched view.

                                                                    Ashley H.

                                                                    Conveniently located within easy walking distance of the jardin and Benito Juarez park. It’s uphill on the way home but, for us, the incredible view was totally worth it. We spent hours on the roof top deck, both day and night. Margarita could not be kinder and speaks English quite well. She was helpful on many fronts and we were grateful to get to know her. I love this beautiful home!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you and we loved having you as guests.

                                                                    A Wonderful Place to Visit

                                                                    Rick G.Jupiter, Florida

                                                                    Our recent two week stay at Casa Bella was our fourth time there. The house continues to be a most enjoyable place to visit. With four bedrooms and four full baths it can accommodate up to eight people comfortably and it has plenty of room inside and on the terraced patio for relaxing. The view from the rooftop balconies is spectacular. Margarita, the housekeeper, is superb and an excellent cook. She will shop for you and has several specialties that she enjoys preparing.

                                                                    San Miguel is a very easy city to walk around and explore the shops, galleries and restaurants. The walk downhill to the main plaza takes about ten minutes.The weather is almost always perfect. This September it was high 60's to mid 70's during the day and dropped into the 50's at night.

                                                                    It's difficult to imagine a more pleasant house for a San Miguel visit than Casa Bella.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    We very much look forward to visitors who return again and again. Margarita and I look forward too seeing you in the Spring. We will continue to try to present a well cared for and beautiful environment in a very special place.

                                                                    Thank you

                                                                    Casa Bella Owner and Staff

                                                                    A wonderful place!

                                                                    KraigSeattle, Washington USA

                                                                    This house is truly a palace.

                                                                    It is an old colonial with 4+ outdoor garden areas: 3 terraces and a courtyard, all filled with beautiful flowers, artfully placed. Views of the city from the upper terraces are tremendous, and there is nice outdoor furniture furniture, including shade umbrellas to enjoy it. We enjoyed watching the birds (hummingbirds, scarlet fly catchers, etc) from the upper terraces.

                                                                    The courtyard has a beautiful fountain (that is also visible and audible from the inside, by opening the glass french doors) and is a garden of eden.

                                                                    Inside is beautiful art, comfy and aesthetically pleasing furniture in an old world Mexican ambiance. Lots of art and books. Plenty of guidebooks and info on San Miguel.

                                                                    Kitchen, washer, and dryer made it all easy.

                                                                    Margarita, the property manager/cook, was helpful with everything (shopped for food, cooked some meals, answered questions about San Miguel, and washed clothes), and even corrected our Spanish when we asked.

                                                                    The location is perfect---about 4 or 5 blocks from the center of town. Walkable, but no traffic noise. There are a few small stores within 2 minutes to pick up freshly made tamales, fresh orange juice, egg, fruit, veggies, etc.

                                                                    Beautiful SMA home, reasonabaly priced!

                                                                    Bill F.portland, oregon

                                                                    My husband and I, along with two other couples, had the privilege of renting this lovely home during the month of February, 2015. The house is beautifully decorated and pleasing to the eye from all angles. There is a lot of light due to large windows and doors, several leading to beautiful terraces and patios. Most of these have views of San Miguel, the center of which is only a 10 minute walk away! The 3 large master bedrooms, each with a full bath, made the house very well-suited for 3 couples, however, it would be good for families as well. As described, there is one big hill to climb to reach the house from the center, but we all got used to it, and actually enjoyed the exercise. The view and accommodations were so worth it! There are two staff people who work at the house. First is Margarita who is a warm, welcoming hostess who is eager to improve her English, but at the same time, is a very patient teacher of Spanish. She is an incredible cook, and will give you a list of her favorite dishes to prepare. We gave her money for food for some special meals, then enjoyed the delicious aromas, tastes and presentation. Cruz is a gardener extraordinaire. He comes daily for several hours to tend to the dozens of potted flowers and plants that adorn the terraces. He is a gentle soul with a very green thumb. SMA is a lovely town, and staying in this house was the perfect complement to our stay there.

                                                                    Totally dreamy two weeks

                                                                    Melinda M.

                                                                    We had high expectations of this home and of San Miguel de Allende and were not disappointed. This home is remarkably tasteful, comfortable, and SO beautiful...we were blown away. It was perfectly suited for our group of five (one couple, one mother and daughter, one sister). The rooms are comfortably separate so privacy is very good and the furnishings, gardens and terraces are sublime. We spent a lot of time on the roof terrace and every moment was unique. Loved it

                                                                    The cobblestone climb from town to the house is a bit arduous but we loved it and used the extra activity to justify tucking guiltlessly into Margarita's delicious cooking. She will shop and cook for you, if you desire, and the cost was very reasonable.

                                                                    Margarita took extremely good care of us and everything was perfect.

                                                                    We are already planning our return trip.


                                                                    Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

                                                                    San Miguel de Allende, again voted onto the Conde Nast 10 most wonderful places to visit in the world, offers interesting activities for the whole family, Classical & Jazz Concerts, Live Music Clubs, Art & Language Schools, Bird Watching, 50,000 volume Bilingual Public Library with Computer Center, Classes in Creative Writing, Spanish, Arts & Crafts as well as Lectures, street fiestas, local tours to outlying areas, hot springs, ACBL Bridge

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