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Chic, Classic house with world famous view. Centro Historico. Excellent value.

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Casa Kate (3Br, 2Ba) Is About The View... And The Light

The three levels of Casa Kate spill down the side of the eastern slope of San Miguel’s hills overlooking the Jardin, San Miguel’s central square, and the beautiful Parroquia, the town’s landmark church (we’re sure it is the most photographed location in Mexico), and the location of the start of Mexico’s 1810 War of Independence. The front of Casa Kate opens out to the spectacular vista, and each main room, except the kitchen, has a view of the town or the patio and private garden. Designed by renowned Mexican architect, Patsy Bubela, the house features vaulted ceilings, thick walls, nichos, imbedded antiques, molded plaster shells. Sun illuminates the interior through French doors, windows, and shutters, which when opened in San Miguel’s normal perfect weather, provide indoor/outdoor living.

You probably will spend most of your time on the azotea (roof-top patio) simply taking in the view. But the house is located within the desirable Centro district, which comprises the UNesco world Heritage site. Walk out the door, and you are in town; five minutes down a cobblestone street and you are in the central square.

Overall, the home has a warm, traditional, colonial esthetic, but its décor is simple and uncluttered, giving the house an elegant, bright, sophisticated feel. Elements reflect the heritage of Southern Spain and North Africa which form the architectural lineage of San Miguel.

Living Room And Dining Area:

You enter the house through a wooden gate, then cross over a brick entry way lined with macetas full of hibiscus, palms, ferns and bromeliads. Then through antique wooden doors into the open-plan living room, dining room. Most people, drawn by the spectacular view, immediately walk through the living room to the French doors opposite and out onto the small balcony to take in the stunning panorama. In the living room is a large fireplace fronted by leather chairs and a sofa. The walls display paintings created by artists whose works are displayed in many of the great museums of Europe and Mexico. Oriental carpets sprawl over the dark tile floor. Light enters through a cupola over the dining area: a glass-top table set on a carved cantera stone column, surrounded by six chairs copied from those used in a Spanish villa.

Master Bedroom:

Off the living room, through a short hall, are the master bedroom and bathroom. The bedroom has a ‘boveda’ ceiling (a dome made of brick), a fireplace, king size bed with a pillow-top mattress. French doors lead to a small balcony overlooking the garden and town. Another window gives onto an interior patio and fountain. There is a large closet.

The master bathroom has a tub and shower. Original tiles decorate the walls.

Kitchen:

Behind an antique mirrored door leading off the living/dining room is the kitchen. It was completely renovated in 2012 and features intricate tile work and cabinets made from doors imported from Syria, and a small dining nook. There is all you need to cook at home: a gas four burner range and oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, toaster oven, toaster, coffee maker, and plates, silverware, etc.

Downstairs Bedrooms:

Off the living room a trompe l’oeil scene of North Africa leads to a spiral staircase down to two guest bedrooms and bathroom which are decorated in a North African motif, paying homage to San Miguel’s mudéjar architectural heritage of sixteenth century Andalucia.

The ‘Morocco room’ is decorated to give the feeling of being in a Saharan tent; cream canvas drapes from the ceiling. Appliqued bedspreads from Egypt, rugs from Tunisia, a susani throw on the daybed. Two twin beds and a large closet.

The ‘Berber room’ has a queen bed set up to look like a large divan with oversized pillows from Morocco. Behind it hangs a primitive carpet from Persia. The floor is strewn with rugs from Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia. The room has a fireplace, a desk, a large closet, and its own balcony over the garden.

French doors of both bedrooms open to the downstairs patio, which in turn leads down to the sunken garden. The bedrooms can also be accessed from the outside down an iron staircase that communicates all three levels, adding to their privacy.

Roof-top patio and game room:

As mentioned, you probably will spend much of your time on the roof-top patio on the third level at the tree tops among hummingbirds. Great for entertaining. Olive trees, large, comfortable chairs, umbrellas and the incomparable view (you can make out the bull ring a few blocks below the house). Breathtaking sunsets silhouette the spires of the Parroquia church.

On the roof level with the azotea, is a ‘game room’ which, behind a wood paneled wall, contains a 40” hd television hooked to cable. Open the louvered shutters and the room has its own magnificent vista of the town. The room has its own fireplace and a bench and table for games or upstairs dining.

On a rear patio behind the party room is a gas barbecue.

Location:

Although the house is in the World Heritage site, it is situated in real small-town Mexico. You will hear the sounds of true San Miguel life: pasodoble music rising up from the bull ring on some Sundays; roosters; bells from the church across the street, bands marching on the bustling salida out the front door, hoof beats of cowboys' horses, belching city busses, fireworks.

A note: the tradeoff for the spectacular view is that the house sits on a hillside. The street to town, ten yards around the corner is fairly steep (it is one of the oldest and most photographed streets in town) so if you don't want the exercise getting back up from town taxis are plentiful (about 35 pesos) and local busses churn up the hill every five minutes or so from the center of town and there is a stop twenty yards from the front door.

Walk to all that made San Miguel Conde Nast’s Travel Magazine’s number one travel destination in 2013: art galleries, fine dining, night life, shopping, Spanish lessons, bridge, dance lessons, art instruction. The restaurant of the Casa Sierra Nevada, grande dame of San Miguel’s hotels, is a block and a half away. The best cuisine is minutes away: French food, Italian, International and of course Mexican. Taxis are plentiful just out the front door. Take one (they are not expensive) to horseback trail riding or world class equestrian lessons. There’s also off-roading on ATV’s; tennis, and golf.

Summary:

• Four Fireplaces.

• Local phone and Vonage line (free calls to the US)

• Wi-fi

• Wide screen TV. Cable

• Purified water (in kitchen)

• Gardener twice times per week. Maid twice (more often on request)

• Laundry room

• Roof-top patio

• Three bedrooms: king size bed, queen size bed, two twin size beds. Two bathrooms.

More Details

Property Manager
Katharine Hibberts
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
30%
Calendar last updated:
5 April, 2018

About Katharine Hibberts

We split our time between Santa Barbara, California and San Miguel (rough, we know, but someone's got to do it). I was born in Santa Barbara and my wife in Philadelphia and we both went to college in central Massachusetts. We have two children and five teenage grandchildren who join us frequently and consider our house as much theirs as ours. The name Casa Kate is taken from our oldest granddaughter who lives in the Washington DC area.

Katharine Hibberts purchased this house in 1988

Why Katharine Hibberts chose Zona Centro

We fell in love with San Miguel in the early eighties when SMA was still a sleepy rural pueblo, and have watched it grow into the world-renowned town that it has become. My parents had owned homes in Puerto Vallarta since the early 50's and my wife and I would travel to central Mexico several times a year and finally decided that either we had to stop visiting here or buy a home. We bought the house directly from the architect in 1988, and over the years have added to it, remodeled and renovated and added our own touches from our travels around the world.

What makes this house unique

When I wake in the morning I can look out the bedroom window and watch the demarcation between light and dark as the sun rises over the hill from behind the house. Often the church stands out brilliantly from the background as the sun's rays hit it.

Similarly we spend every evening on the azotea (upstairs patio) watching the sunset over the town, valley and mountains in the near distance.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Zona Centro in San Miguel de Allende

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Two bathrooms. Shower in guest bath; tub/shower in master bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Master with king size bed. Guestroom with two twin size beds and day bed. ... Additional bedroom with queen bed available for additional $20 per day per guest.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • tennis
Notes:
Housekeeper is included for two mornings per week. Full time housekeeper/cook is also available at extra charge (not expensive).

Reviews

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Chic, Classic house with world famous view. Centro Historico. Excellent value.
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Lovely

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful house and decorated so nicely

Fantastic terrace at the very top

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elegant Home in Captivating City

  • 5 of 5

Casa Kate is elegant yet comfortable and well situated high on the hillside overlooking the Centro in San Miguel. While the walk down is for the sure footed, the walk back up is for the determined. At 60, and the oldest in my group, I was able to keep up on the walk back up with the occasional stop to catch my breath. It afforded me the ability to indulge in one fabulous restaurant after another without going home pounds heavier. There are also taxis to take you back up. Casa Kate is spacious and laid out on three floors. There are spiral staircases. The view of the city from the rooftop patio is spectacular. There is a view on the main level also, but somewhat obstructed by trees. Casa Kate is decorated with fine art, has a lovely well appointed kitchen, and very comfy mattresses. But don't plan on too much sleep in San Miguel without ear plugs. The roosters start around 4:00 a.m. and crow for hours. There are owls, church bells, fireworks before dawn that sound like a firing squad (also from churches), and late night music. So bring the ear plugs. It's worth it. Casa Kate was a great value. Note that the cost increases for more than four people. The added expense was well worth having our friends visit while we were there. We were also asked to leave a nominal tip for the housekeeper and gardener. The housekeeper only came once, but was available if needed for extra days. Having a washer and dryer was a great convenience too. The management staff was very helpful both before and during our stay. They arranged for transportation at a reasonable rate from and back to the airport. We flew into Leon and the drive to San Miguel is 1.5 to 2 hours. San Miguel is a beautiful little colonial city with endless art galleries, an indigenous market, historic churches, incredible food, and panoramic views. I highly recommend San Miguel and Casa Kate for a relaxing vacation that leaves you feeling pampered.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Kate...Pretty Home with Centro hillside setting and Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently visited San Miguel and stayed in beautiful Casa Kate for 3 weeks in January and February. We have visited the magical city of San Miguel several times over the last 4 years. The weather year round is mild and pleasant. This makes it comfortable for walking the streets and enjoying the beautiful architecture and all of the interesting activities...they are limitless!

The description and photos of Casa Kate are very well presented. The home is quite lovely, with lots of attention to detail in the decor and artistic elements. The views are special as mentioned in the description. The house is very clean and neatly maintained. It is an inviting comfortable home to spend time inside or on the roof top.

The bedroom, baths and closets are all comfortable and spacious. The lower level is down a curved stairway. I would not recommend for children or those that are not comfortable navigating the stairway. The walk into town as described on this site is a few minutes downhill. I advise, for comfort and safety, proper walking shoes for cobblestones and steps. The walk home is quite steep. We enjoyed the challenge when returning from dinner. However, some might prefer to return by taxi.

The management and staff were very gracious. We easily contacted management on a couple of minor repair issues and were given prompt attention. Lupe, the housekeeper, was prompt and especially kind and helpful. She does not speak English and we do not speak Spanish, but we managed to communicate enough upon initial arrival and for any needs during our visit.

There is a trade off between being in the main centro downhill and on the hillside just above. It is a priority for us to have openness and a nice view when we travel. We enjoy lots of exercise, exploring and walking...Casa Kate was a great fit for us. The architecture and artistic decor of Casa Kate make a pleasant, comfortable home away from home in this very special city, San Miguel de Allende.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

The main attraction for SMA is the town itself. We are located in the historical center which is a protected Unesco World Heritage site. San Miguel is also the birthplace of the Mexican War of Independence, meaning that there the town is full of historical landmarks.

The view from our house is incredible, and it is just a short walk to the main square and the best restaurants and bars are in our local vicinity. SMA is also a cultural center; there are frequent concerts, art shows, and lectures. Wonderful shopping for locally made products and clothes as well as sophisticated, up-market merchandise. Art Galleries, museums. There are also lots of opportunities for day trips and adventures: horseback trail rides, ATV excursions into the countryside, hot air ballooning. It's not expensive or difficult to hire a car and driver for the day to travel to the beautiful cities of Guanajuato or Queretaro. Abandoned mining towns or haciendas are also within an hour's drive. Your problem won't be finding enough to do, but the time to fit it all in.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Zona Centro, Guanajuato State

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7 night minimum stay
£1,044
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£1,044
£2,546
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest

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