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Summer Sale: Wonderful views from quiet home in Centro!

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,001 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Come visit San Miguel Allende this summer with a 10% discount in June-July. Rainy season is our favorite time of year here, when evening rains tamp down the single tracks for mountain biking (included in the rental), and leave SMA cool and clean. We are at 6,700 feet, in high desert--why not escape the humidity and smog of summer by enjoying "The Best City in the World"? (Conde Nast Traveler, Travel+Leisure).Our home has been called an eco-lodge with a "secret garden" watered entirely by re-cycled grey water. Designed by Japanese-American architects, Casa Chepito has amazing views not only from its balcony and terraces but also from inside the house. Enjoy coffee or drinks under the "tejado" on the roof with views to the mountains of Guanajuato. Fronted with a huge, eclectic garden, it is just 5-7 blocks from the Jardin yet is a quiet and safe hideaway. It has an open-air yet private Japanese bath, a well equipped, colorfully tiled kitchen, fireplaces, purified water system, high speed internet and cable TV, as well as the two front suspended mountain bikes for use by guests. Eat fruit from the mature orange and avocado trees; pick herbs from the kitchen garden. A cook is available. (Please ask me specifically about location).

The smaller bedroom has a boveda ceiling done by a master craftsman with a covered terrace ideal for breakfast. There is a new covered 'outside room' on the roof terrace, where you can watch vermillion fly catchers playing in the giant bamboo, with views of town and the valley to the mountains of Guanajuato beyond. There is a garden with fruit trees in back, and off-street parking. The gardener/handy-man and housekeeper come three times a week.

Located in the centro, mid-way up the hill from the jardin (6 blocks), this two bedroom, two bath home is the perfect place to relax, read a book while dozing in a hammock underneath the mesquite tree, or simply do nothing but watch birds overhead on their way to the Jardin Botanico, or the fish as they feed in the pila. In town yet on a quiet street, enjoy the many restaurants and shops of San Miguel, or take the bikes out for a spin on the miles of single track.

From Casa Chepito it's ten minutes on foot down to the main square, 15 minutes up to the JARDIN BOTANICO, Mexico's largest botanical garden, and by bike, minutes away from more than 800 miles of some of the best mountain biking trails in Mexico. Adjacent to the landmark orchid farm, there is a heated pool at the gym just across the arroyo.

As a happy renter recently commented:

"'Casa Chepito' is a country home in the city. (You really can walk downtown in five minutes, but once inside the property's walls, you are in a 'Secret Garden' kind of world.) On every level, it opens 'wide to the view', and it may well be the best view in San Miguel. The huge garden is terraced down from the house to the street (no traffic) and has 3-story high bamboos that will astonish. One of Casa Chepito's best points is a big, comfortable eat-in kitchen with windows to the view. Those who like a 'natural' setting, will love 'Casa Chepito'."

Hot air ballons fly up the valley and sometimes over our rooftop, depending on the direction of the wind.

Keywords: House, home, villa, casa, mexico, san miguel allende, private

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Member since: 1996
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2018

About ann

The owners are a photographer/writer team who purchased the raw land to build Casa Chepito in the late '80s. They have worked for many national magazines including the New York Times, LA Times Travel & Leisure and Smithsonian, as well as the 'MTV Guide To Mexico.' After traveling all over Mexico they are very happy to get back to San Miguel.

ann purchased this house in 1989

Why ann chose Zona Centro

As journalists we have traveled throughout Mexico but decided San Miguel Allende was our favorite place because of its culture, history, people, natural beauty and climate. The historical monument in the high desert is amazingly beautiful, reminding many of Tuscany; but with the special warmth of the Mexican people. San Miguel somehow has a perfect symbiotic meld between the foreign and Mexican communities. Although a small town, as an art colony it is more sophisticated than many big cities, with a wide choice of art and language schools, many types of restaurants, a world class theater, and great shopping. And it is high enough in elevation that it escapes the heat and humidity of the coasts.

What makes this house unique

Although you may want to spend most of your time in town, the beauty of the countryside surrounding San Miguel can really be appreciated by bike. Because there are miles of dirt roads and single track connecting to town the mountain bike possibilities are endless. There are two front-suspended bikes at Casa Chepito for guests to use. The Jardin Botanico, a 60 acre garden bordering the spectacular gorge above town, can also be readily accessed for hiking from Casa Chepito. Free entrance & discount to special events with membership card, included in rental. The garden at the house is also a tranquil way to watch birds, read, or just relax in a hammock.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2001 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • No stag parties; no hen parties. It's ok to have friends over but no loud music/singing etc. after 10 pm. This is a residential neighborhood.
  • Pets not allowed on furniture. Don't let your dog dig in the garden please.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
High speed internet and cable TV, Japanese Bath, 2 Fireplaces, Terraces, Balconies, large gardens with patios, 2 mountain Bikes, pool adjacent. You can use our membership card to the Jardin Botanico for free admission and discounts to special events. Our housekeeper can cook for as can others in neighborhood. Ask about our driver from Leon or Queretaro airports.


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Summer Sale: Wonderful views from quiet home in Centro!
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Tucson, Arizona

Ahhhhh, the View....

  • 5 of 5

My two sisters and I stayed 10 wonderfully comfortable, breezy, and sometimes lazy days in Casa Chepito. We felt welcomed and at home immediately upon crossing the threshold of this artfully appointed home. We kept the windows open at all times, as each window brings in a spectacular view.

The walk into town is downhill, the walk back to the house is uphill. I’m in my 60’s and managed the walking trip two and three times daily, (however, I tend to be a bit of a walking maniac). My sisters preferred to walk down and taxi back up the hill for a little less than $3 US.

The kitchen is well appointed. We cooked daily and had everything we needed. All three of us 60 something sisters have our fair share of aches and pains from, well, being 60 something. The quality of a good nights sleep has to include a comfortable bed. Casa Chepito provided this for all three of us. The house is beautifully designed with plenty of space to find a little alone time to read a book, get away from a snoring sister, (yes, it’s true Mary, you do snore. We have witnesses), indulge in one of Ann and Jeff’s endless selection of movies, while another hangs out on the rooftop to take in the view.

A great vacation rental needs the support of a great host, and Casa Chepito provides this in spades. From helping us carry our filled-to-the-brim luggage up the stairs, to untangling a snafu with our shuttle service. The local knowledge that was provided to us was priceless. Thank you Ann and Jeff taking the time to enhance what San Miguel de Allende already has to offer!

  • Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Retreat in the Heart of San Miguel de Allende

  • 5 of 5

The property is just lovely - from the cheerful front gate to gorgeous garden to the spectacular views. The home is sweet and inspired - with all the right touches to make you feel at home. It is easy walking distance to all of the wonderful things that you want to do in central SMA but also feels like a retreat from the busy streets and festivities. Ann and Jeff offer a wealth of information and resources to make your stay smooth and delicious.

It's a perfect house for friends and family, though there is not complete privacy between the bedrooms. There is plenty of room to 'spread out' and enjoy the hummingbirds and the breeze. Can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Bern, NC

A wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Ann and Jeff's house is wonderful and we absolutely loved the location. The views are breathtaking, and the walk to town was MUCH less arduous than I thought it would be. In fact, I loved walking into town each day we were there (sometimes twice). We almost stayed right in the center of town in a different vacation rental, but the owner of that house wanted a full week commitment as it was Semana Santa. I am so very glad she turned us down for 4 nights because we couldn't have asked for a better stay than what we experienced at Ann and Jeff's. I had my tea on the rooftop each morning, and sunsets were also incredible up there. Plus, Ann and Jeff had games available to play with our teen and preteen kids. We were able to make meals easily, there was ample hot water, and the beds were comfortable too. To top it all off, Ann and Jeff were warm, kind, welcoming people who helped us navigate the town and the restaurant scene. I would highly recommend staying at their place. We had zero regrets and we would stay there again in a heartbeat if we return to San Miguel! Dan, Paula, Ariana & Ryan

  • Submitted: 5-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful visit at Casa Chepito

  • 5 of 5

This is an ideal location...just far enough out of the Jardin area to appreciate some quiet with lovely gardens, birds and beautiful view- but close enough to easily walk to the centre of town. (about 10-15 min). Jeff, our host during the visit, went above and beyond to be helpful. Ann was great with all communication - we knew from the start we had found a gem of a spot to stay in SMA. Thanks to Jeff and Ann for a memorable visit.

  • Submitted: 9-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful garden, spectacular view! 4 long blocks to Centro.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and garden. Our hosts were great and we enjoyed having them on site. The view is incredible, and the house is well equipped for cooking, sleeping etc. The only downside is that the site, the house and the neighbourhood, are all high on the hillside, contributing to the spectacular view. The rooftop had a most amazing vista, all the way to the lakes. Terrific sunsets . We walked down and taxied up most days. That worked for us. I would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: 3-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having you guys; glad you enjoyed the house and garden. I wish I could have been around a bit more to get garden tips. Jeff says to tell you he made the cigar box guitar but isn't feeling confident with it :) Come back again!
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Great house in quiet are of San Miguel.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Chepito is a nice quiet spot East of downtown San Miguel. The house was built in 1995 on an uphill slope. As you enter the inner yard, you encounter a beautiful garden of flowers, cactus and baboo. You walk the steps uphill to enter the house proper. The house is immaculate and spacious. Taking full advantage of its location facing West there is a balcony on the first floor, a porch on the second floor and a terrace on the third floor, all ideal to watch gorgeous San Miguel and beyond at sunset. Ann and Jeff were excellent hosts. They were attentive to our questions and requests and at the same time non-intrusive. My wife and I truly enjoy our stay in Casa Chepito. We are going back next year. However, if you have any problems walking up and down stairs, you might consider a different place.

  • Submitted: 3-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. It was a delight having you here and we're very glad you enjoyed our house so much. It was built with love. We look forward to seeing you next year!
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Leon, Guanajuato
Car: not necessary

Single-track heaven for Mountain Biking, 60 acre Cactus Garden 5 minutes away, and two mountain bikes are provided with the house.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 21 2018 - Sep 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$194.59

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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