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4 Bedroom & baths, Centro, Large & Cozy & Comfy & Light-Filled, Leafy, Roof

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Beautiful, Garden & Decks, 4 Bedrooms (Sleeps 8)+ Attached Units available

This wonderful house designed by Eduardo Obregon Pêna incorporates classical Mexican design with free flowing lines. The 25 by 7 foot skylight lets in the almost always sunny Mexican sky. It warms the house in winter and the specially designed shade cover keeps it cool in summer. Four bedrooms and four full baths accommodate 8 guests in perfect comfort. A guest lavatory is off the front entrance and a service lavatory is available for the staff. The kitchen is placed behind the center fireplace, affording privacy when needed or company when desired. Indoor and outdoor dining areas each accommodate 8 to 10 people. The downstairs master bedroom also has a fireplace to add charm and heat to the chillier winter nights.

The living room is the center of activity. Off it flow the reading nook, the den, the kitchen, the indoor dining area as well as the master bedroom. Just through the French doors is the downstairs garden terrace complete with gurgling fountain. On the downstairs terrace, you can sit and have cocktails while looking at the adjoining wall, covered with Bougainvilleas, Durantas, Bamboo and Jasmine, visited often by hummingbirds. The protected terrace also invites dining outside, with a charcoal BBQ adding just the right outdoorsy touch.

In the same compound adjoining, we also have a house with 2 bedrooms (VRBO 1045754), a Casita, 1 bedroom sleep 2 (VRBO 1034769), and a studio (VRBO 1045749). Those extra accommodation can provide you extra bedroom in the case of a larger gathering.

On the second floor is the second king master bedroom, with its own bathroom, and cozy little private terrace. Also on the second floor are the two twin bedrooms, one with an adjoining shower and the other with a Jacuzzi, loved by all. One of the twin bedrooms is also equipped as an office, with the Internet router, a laser printer and a scanner; An office away from the office.

There are so many things to do of interest in San Miguel; one doesn't have time to watch much television. However there are four televisions provided with cable service, with the basic American programs, also equipped with DVD players, for those who want to stay home and quietly watch a movie.

No need to pack your hairdryer. Each bathroom is equipped with one, as well as body cream, soap, and shampoo.

Terraces abound with the roof serving as a comfortable seating area to view the sunset, the rooftops of the town and the beautiful Gothic Parroquia, that marks the center of town, only a few minutes walk away. (3 easy blocks)

A part time excellent bi-lingual staff to care for you; to do the laundry, cleaning, shopping for meals, buying an arranging flowers for the house, cooking. The staff cook can also be hired for special cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and dinners. Just relax and enjoy your vacation.

Through the laundry room is the garage, a welcome addition for those who want to make excursions to the intriguing historic landmarks and nearby towns, in their own vehicle. It is in use by the owner but sometimes in the summer and early fall, it is available for visitor use. There is a parking lot conveniently located just 500 feet away from the house. Normally one doesn't need a vehicle, for in town visits, just a few minutes by foot and you are anywhere you may want to go.

For smokers, we prefer that you do not smoke in the house but there are oodles of outdoor spaces where you can puff away. Ashtrays provided.

This house is for use by adults and unfortunately not for groups of young twenty year-olds who want to come to San Miguel to party.

I would be pleased to rent my house for the 3 month period of mid-June through Mid-September for a nice discount. Do contact me if you are interested.

More Details

Sophie Downer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Sophie Downer

I started my life in Boston, loving all the seasons, the colorful fall, the dry delicious snowy winters, the exuberance of spring and the tranquil months of temperate summer. In 1980, life brought me and my family to Paris where we have lived on peniches, houseboats, for the last 30 years. Besides enjoying living in one of the world's more beautiful cities, I was busy making documentary films. My children grew and went on to their lives, living also in exotic places around the world, my son an ecologist, working at saving the planet, and my daughter, a filmmaker and painter. We were not often in the same place at the same time. I knew if I was to enjoy life as a grandmother, it would be necessary to find a house, welcoming to all, in a spot that all could enjoy, to spend memorable times together.

So, as described below, I bought this house, purposefully ignoring the vacant lot next door that could eventually present a problem. When eventually the lot did come up for sale, it was obvious that I was the one who had to buy it, to keep someone from building a house that would block my side light. Looking toward the future and a large extended family, I built an annex in that lot, and shared the garden with the present house. There is a one bedroom casita, as well as a two bedroom residence, both of which can be added on to the main house, or in fact rented on their own. The complex is built so that each dwelling is separate and private or that they can easily share the common spaces.

I find I spend more and more time here, in the two bedroom dwelling, and rent out the others or put my guests in them. I go horseback riding, act in plays, enjoy the lectures, films, and music. I am really not a country person, except for romantic weekends, so love being in a city, large or small, where there are interesting things going on. The combination of Paris and San Miguel, both fascinating, though on entirely different scales, is just about perfect for me.

Sophie Downer purchased this house in 2004

Why Sophie Downer chose Zona Centro

In 2004, at dinner at my daughter's house, the discussion turned to San Miguel. A friend of hers had just returned to NY from his first visit to this town. During the entire dinner, he raved about the beauty, the interesting people, the variety of creative things to do, and to learn in this town. By the end of dinner, it was obvious to me, and my daughter, that this is where I should buy the house I referred to as, 'my grandmother house'; A place for the whole family to come together for fun filled vacations.

I had been looking for five years for a place that would satisfy the desires of the entire family in the years to come as I expected the family to expand. I had looked in the East, the West and the South to find the perfect place. Coming from the North I wanted to find a place free of very cold winters, also free of very hot summers. San Miguel at 6,000 feet promised to provide a temperate climate, year round.

After a quick examination of the town, I started looking for a good vacation house. I wanted to be in Centro and near Juarez Park, for the playground and the wonderful walking/jogging paths. I saw many typically Mexican houses, with their lovely interior courtyards, but found them rather dark inside under the side roofs. The moment I walked into this house, I knew this was it. Totally contemporary, however it retains a charming Mexican quality, and the large center skylight floods it with energizing light. So with very little time to get it ready, the whole extended family decided to come for the first Christmas.

The house lived up to its expectations, and everyone had a wonderful time. Off we all went to our various lives, leaving the house to guests who would enjoy all that we had experienced. Our guests have found it a wonderful temporary home away from home. It's proximity to the center of town makes enjoying the variety of activities simple, and insures that your time here is spent doing all that you wish.

What makes this house unique

I was totally unprepared for the charms of San Miguel. When I bought here, it was mainly as a place for family vacations, which has worked out extremely well for us all. However in coming down to furnish and decorate the house, I spent big chunks of time during which I was more or less forced to get to know the town. Bit by bit I discovered why everyone raves about this place.

Daily I made friends with new people, discovered new fun restaurants, music venues, theater productions, fun interesting people. I realized that that very ordinary looking person wandering down the street actually is a famous artist who has just finished a large mural in the City Hall of Munich, Germany, or has just had a show at the MOMA in NY... Unassuming, lovely people, living their lives in this charming town. No fuss, no celebrity, just interesting people, open, creative, getting on with their lives, in a most comfortable, friendly way.

I found my house a very easy 'flat walk' from the center, so a 3 to 5 minute walk and you are almost everywhere you want to be. No need to plan far ahead. If you forget something in the house, it is not a big deal to go back and get it. The simplicity of living in 'Centro' makes your time here all very well spent.

Being one-half block from Juarez Park, with a playground and wonderful walking and jogging paths, also makes life easy. The park is on a slight rise so a few times around each morning and your exercise is mostly accomplished. The Candelaria, flower and plant sale weeks, are held here as well. Its proximity is definitely a plus.

I am still enjoying all these aspects of San Miguel, and each day discover more new and interesting people and places. Once you come here, chances are you will return. San Miguel is a Unesco World Heritage site, the safest, most welcoming, town in Mexico.


Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Casita bathroom
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
  • 4.5+
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • The twin beds in bedrooms 3 and 4 can be pushed together and made up as kings.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hairdryers, other basic bathroom necessities, bi-lingual staff who can do your housekeeping; laundry, food shopping, cook your meals, buy an arrange flowers for the house. The staff works 9 to 3 on weekdays and can work Saturday morning as well. Any other extra time is to be paid directly by the renter, The hourly wage for extra hours is 50 pesos. Any work performed before 9:00am or after 12:30pm, on Saturdays, or on Sundays or holidays will have to be paid double. (100 pesos per hour).


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4 Bedroom & baths, Centro, Large & Cozy & Comfy & Light-Filled, Leafy, Roof
average rating of 4.714286 based on 21 reviews

Would rent again

  • 4 of 5

Great location; walking distance to everything.

Great beds; firm with very nice cotton and down bedding.

Great house; a nice central room for big gatherings, also smaller spaces for quiet relaxation.

Awesome roof deck; plenty of space and seating.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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so cal

Very nice property with lots of room and great decks. Close to all key areas of SMA.

  • 4 of 5

Very please with this property selection. Good communication with owners. Good value for this rental. Only drawback is the noise, especially for the two street side bedrooms. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family spent the week of Thanksgiving in San Miguel. This house was perfect for us. We had 5 adults and 2 children, 5 and 6 years old, and we had a great experience. The house is very close to a park, which was great for the kids and there were wonderful restaurants ver close, as well. We celebrated Thanksgiving at the house and our table was beautifully set, using the dishes, napkins, glasses, etc from the house. I would definitely rent again! Maria, the housekeeper is the BEST!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Loved the house and location in San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house and location in San Miguel. This was an ideal house to rent and was perfect for a group of six adults. The home was beautiful and in a quiet location. this was an ideal house to rent and was perfect for a group of six adults. The home was beautiful and in a quiet location. The rooftop was incredible with perfect views of the sky at night. The house manager Maria was lovely and very helpful.If you’re looking for an ideal house to rent in San Miguel this is the one for you. If you’re looking for and I do a house to rent in San Miguel this is the one for you.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved the house!!!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Henrietta was beautiful. It accommodated my family perfectly. The location is excellent. We were attending a family wedding and we were able to walk to all of the venues. It is also so convenient to historical downtown and the shopping market. Maria took very good care of us while we were there.

The only complaint would be the lack of hot water, which seems to be a problem throughout San Miguel as many of the wedding guest we spoke to had the same situation in their accommodations. Again, beautiful house beautiful city!!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect stay, steps away from everything! Could not ask for a better location or friendlier staff. Mariela is amazing and extremely helpful and knowledgeable about San Miguel.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Car: not necessary

music festivals, film festival, art galleries, art expos, art courses available, live theater, art house movies


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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