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Casa Heloc-Lovely Home/360degree View in San Miguel De Allende

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4, one queen and one king bed)

Casa Heloc is a sunny colorful 2 bedroom house with den and 3 1/2 baths and three outdoor plant filled spaces to relax and sunbathe.

House is available for many weeks in 2018.

-- FIRST FLOOR: Combo living/dining/kitchen/Powder room

- Living Room: stereo system, cable television with dvd/vhs combo player & many videos & cds and IPod dock.

-Kitchen amenities: We like to cook! Kitchen is fully stocked with dishwasher, fridge, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, coffee grinder,blender, bottled-water dispenser, all pots, pans, dishes, glassware, silverware.

-Large plant filled side patio with outdoor dining and seating and secure place for pets to wander.

-Washing machine/dryer on back terrace

-- SECOND FLOOR: 2 bedrooms, each with private bath (King-size bed in master BR, queen-size bed in guest room). Beds are comfortable American-made beds with great pillows and linens. Ceiling fans in both bedrooms, 2 hair dryers. Master bath has twin sinks and bathtub/shower combo.

Also an office on second floor, between the bedrooms. Two desks. Housewide wireless internet for your laptop, pda or IPhone/Blackberry. Office also has a private bath and ceiling fan.

-- ROOF: Lovely 360-degree view of San Miguel, includes views of La Parrochia and San Miguel Centro from the large roof terrace, dining and seating areas, clay chimnea and many flowering plants.

-- Internet phone - free calls to the USA, Canada, most of Europe (although there are extra charges to cell phones in Europe)

-- Local land-line phone

-- High speed DSL internet connection, wireless enabled for your laptop or pda.

-- Mexican & U.S. cable television included. Many dvds of movies, also cds.

-- Rent includes maid service two afternoons a week. ( Maid tips not included in rental fee)


More Details

Janis Martin-Hughes
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2018

About Janis Martin-Hughes

We are avid lovers of Mexico and this is our dream house & city & country.

Janis Martin-Hughes purchased this house in 2009

Why Janis Martin-Hughes chose Colonia Santa Julia

You will feel comfortable and cozy in this charming house filled with Mexican Art and a real cook's kitchen. We have traveled throughout Mexico for over 20 years and San Miguel is pure perfection. Can and fall in love with the very heart of colonial Mexico.

What makes this house unique

We are not located in the Centro but we also have far less traffic and noise, and if you prefer a more relaxed, lively, authentic Mexican neighborhood, Casa Heloc could be ideal for you. The neighborhood is a mixture of Americans, Canadians and solid working Mexican families most from 3 multi-generation extended families. So it is family oriented and friendly.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Casa Heloc is everything we hoped for and more. It's beautiful and

full of conveniences which we really really appreciate. This rental

house is just a perfect spot for visiting San Miguel! We've really

enjoyed the patios, art, kitchen and beautiful furniture.

Dec 2010
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Colonia Santa Julia, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • You must permit maid and gardener 2 x weekly for cleaning and service - no exceptions.No fireworks or fire arms. Do not run gas fireplace unattended,
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Den - features two desks and queen size airobed if needed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), ) air mattress available in den/office area (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Located on a corner lot, 1.2 miles from El Centro (Jardin) in Colonia Santa Julia. Colonia Santa Julia has a great mix of neighbors: Mexican, American,Canadian, European. Rent a home where the residents of San Miguel live! -English speaking property manager on call 24 hours a day, and will stock groceries and bar for an additional fee -This is typical San Miguel house and as with most private homes in San Miguel there is NO central heat or air conditioning. Only restaurants and hotels have heat and ac in San Miguel. We have rolling propane heaters, one for upstairs and one for downstairs, a down blanket, flannel sheets and an electric blanket for winter months. _The upstairs rooms have ceiling fans and the entire house has wide French doors and windows for summer cross breezes. If you require central heat and air this is not the house for you. -Throughout Mexico tap water can be of questionable quality. Purified bottled water is available, please drink & cook only with bottled w


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Casa Heloc-Lovely Home/360degree View in San Miguel De Allende
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Casa de Heloc in San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

My travels outside the country have been limited to the guidance of group tours, but this trip was my first one on my own. The home owners and caretakers help you out throughout your stay to provide you with information about San Miguel and the surrounding area and culture but you still have the freedom to go out and adventure on your own with the comfort of learning a few choice phrases, how to properly tip, and the best restaurants with the best food. The house itself is full of amenities for cooking local food from the markets and is fully decorated with local artwork on every wall and shelf. The neighbors are all very friendly and ready to introduce you to their favorite places around town and Walter the neighborly dog loves to hang out if you choose to invite him in! San Miguel itself is very active and celebratory during the holidays. I did not have one bad experience in any of the restaurants or shops and people were very understanding of the limited Spanish I knew. There was so much to do in town that I did not even get to venture outside of the city and explore....this just means that I have to go back again. Everyday there was music playing around the restaurants in the Jardin from musicians who took as much pride in their music as the chiefs had in their food. At the time of my visit the prices at the restaurants and shops were incredibly affordable when compared to American prices. I could not recommend this trip more especially for people traveling to Mexico for the first time or even out of the country for the first time. Binders around the home are provided by the home owner and help diminish any fears or concerns one may have when traveling outside of their comfort zone and into a new place. Take the leap and buy the plane ticket and reserve a spot at Casa de Heloc today!

  • Submitted: 6-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark, It was a pleasure having you as a guest at Casa Heloc - you and your friends are welcome back any time we have an opening. So glad you enjoyed the Day of the Dead festivities - it is indeed a magical time to be in Mexico! Janis
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Golden, BC

Wonderful Casa

  • 5 of 5

I almost cancelled our stay after reading that terrible and unfair early review. I'm so glad we didn't as nothing could be further from the truth. This is a big comfortable home from which to explore SMA.

Highlights: Rooftop garden, courtyard, everything on hand, excellent movie selection

Lowlights: Kids banging on door for "Basura!!" - cute kids but got tired of the knocking. Difficulty getting a taxi to show up.

Overall, my husband and I really enjoyed Casa Heloc - it was super that there was an international phone to use and many things such as spices were there for us to use. The above town location gave us spectacular views every evening of the town and fireworks.

  • Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lynn, you and your husband are welcomeback anytime. It is guests such as you who make sharing our home such a pleasure! Gracias, Janis
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Santa Clara CA

A wonderful place to stay for a long or short stay

  • 5 of 5

Ditto to all the other 5 star reviews.

My husband and I had a very comfortable stay in Casa Heloc from mid-September to mid-October. The house not only had all sorts of conveniences but is also beautifully decorated inside and out. We also enjoyed the many books about the area and Mexico.

The owner, Janis, and her local property management were very responsive and easy to communicate with. However we really didn't have a need to contact anyone. There is a manual that answers most every question and the orientation by the property management rep, Sofia, was very thorough.The housekeeper and gardener both did wonderful jobs keeping the property super clean.

We cook most meals at home and the kitchen was very well equipped with everything we needed and then some. As we explored the neighborhood more we found we found local shops with ingredients and supplies and we didn't return to a supermercado after the 10 days or so.

I recommend Casa Heloc and would definitely consider a repeat rental the next time I'm in San Miguel.

  • Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Fran for choosing to stay with us - i agree Lupe and Vicente make every day a pleasure with their attention to the house and garden. We are indeed lucky to have them and such caring guests as you. Please come back any time! Janis
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Comfortable good-sized home

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable, spacious, beautifully-decorated home for our one month stay in San Migjel. The home has large windows looking out into the enclosed garden and the sun streamed in those windows every morning, making it a great dining room for sitting at breakfast and throughout the morning. Both the owner and management company were very responsive to our needs. We used their services to have a chef come to the house to cook us some meals which was very helpful. However the chef got lost both times so I would ensure that the management company gives good instructions on location if you use her services. (The food she made was very tasty!) The manual was very thorough and helpful. We visited a restaurant down on the "main drag" at the bottom of the hill 5 times for dinner in the month we were there which was only a 15 min walk away...local, family-owned and very reasonable and friendly service...nice to have so close -Grille Torres. It took me about a half hour walk to get to the centre of town but that was fine as I liked the exercise. One advantage of this location is that you are living mostly amongst regular Mexican families. We found that more interesting than being in a gringo "enclave". Also we felt completely safe walking back to the house eirher from town or the restaurant just down the hill at night. I would recommend this as a place that is very good value for the money to stay.

  • Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Anne, So glad you enjoyed your stay and San Miguel. Please come back again soon. Janis
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Just what we had hoped for!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent Jan and Feb at Casa Heloc. Sylvie met us and gave us a tour. The house is even better than the photos. Santa Julia is a Mexican colonia with a mix of Mexican and gringo residence. The manual provides good information on how the house works, how to get bottled water and gas, etc. The housekeeper is lovely, industrious and speaks very little english. She provided me with an opportunity to practice my spanish. We were able to share a little of our histories. The gardener kept the garden areas tidy - the wind is frequent and blows debris from the trees.

The kitchen is well equipped. There are staples and spices to be replaced as needed. The laundry area in the back patio is great - there's a clothesline and drying rack as well as a washer and dryer. The bed in the master bedroom is comfortable and there are lots of blankets and flannel sheets when the nights are cold. The gas heaters on each floor help take the chill off. There is a gas fireplace but we didn't us it.

There are 2 patios - one on the main level which was great for us as the area is large enough to park our car. The roof top provides tremendous views of Centro and the Parroquia. Lovely area to watch sunrise and sunset, or the hot air balloons that sail by early in the morning.

The streets are a combination of dirt, cobble and cement. Good walking shoes are a must and watching your feet. There are lots of street dogs, most with homes, but they wander around during the day. They don't pay any attention to passersby. They do provide another reason to look where you are walking. There are also roosters and dogs to wake you up in the morning. It's all part of the Mexican experience.

WIFI. TV and phones worked well most of the time. The systems are not as stable as in the US and Canada.

Although we had a car it was rarely used. The local bus is 5 pesos and a taxi is 50 pesos. Our preference was to walk - 15 - 20 minutes down the hill into town. We spent a lot of time walking through various colonias. Lots of different sites, sounds, tastes and smell (some good, some not so much). Lots of photo ops for my husband. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes at the Warren Hardy School.

We enjoyed our stay so much we have booked for next year already.

  • Submitted: 14-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bev - So glad you enjoyed your stay and looking forward to having you back again in 2018! Janis
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N. Ft. Myers, FL

N & M

  • 5 of 5

Janis......I know it is lazy of me, but just take everything good ever written about Casa Heloc and at least double it. This, our fourth year renting in SMA, (3 months) sped by without a single negative issue. Your management company, Lupe and Vincente, even Walter were just great. For what it is worth, having been in the vacation business at one time, after our visit I usually write or phone the owner off the record with any suggestions for improvement we might have. You will not be hearing from us. We have no suggestions. Dont change a thing. We would recommend Casa Heloc without reservation. Sincerely, N & M.

  • Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Noel & Marilyn, It was a real pleasure having you as our guests - please return when you are able. Janis
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Car: not necessary

-Bus service into Centro (the Santa Julia bus) three blocks away (no bus fumes on our calle!). Easy walk from the house to Centro and back. Taxis are 25 pesos (about $2 U.S.) flat rate every daytime trip, 30 pesos at night.

Activities and attractions abound!

San Miguel is known as festival central in Mexico, with parades, fiestas and celebrations just about every month of the year. This area is a photographer's dream!

The area boasts several language, art and photography schools, writers, painters and crafters workshops and more. Email the owners for details.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Colonia Santa Julia, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season 2018
May 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
14 night minimum stay
Fall Season 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Nov 30 2018
14 night minimum stay
Winter High Season 2019
Jan 1 2019 - Apr 30 2019
14 night minimum stay
Low Season 2019
May 1 2019 - Aug 31 2019
14 night minimum stay
Fall Season 2019
Sep 1 2019 - Nov 30 2019
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$663.45
Pet Fee C$132.69

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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