Casita Amarilla is simple, comfortable and a perfect retreat for creative endeavor. There is a large work table for art works, an office area for writing, and a tranquil natural environment.
Located on a wooded property 20 minutes from San Miguel de Allende, Casita Amarilla (Little Yellow House) was designed by noted artist Steve Kornher (see (website hidden)). The property is amazingly private (for Mexico) and is located in the rancho (small village) of Montecillo de Nieto. The curvacious habitat consists of a sala comprised of sleeping alcove, sitting areas and small dining space. On the western end of the house is the petite kitchen and bath/shower and composting toilet. Though miniscule, this efficient kitchen (suitable for the owner, who is Kitchen Phobic) has produced many a gourmet meal under the guidance of visiting chefs! The eastern end of the house consists of a studio/office and storage area (tools.) My home can only accomodate two people.
Neighbors are friendly but out of sight. Fruits and vegetables can be purchased a few blocks away at Rafael and Gloria's tienda (family store.) You can also step out for tasty tacos there on Friday and Saturday nights. A verdura (fruit and vegetable) truck comes through town twice a week. Major shopping is just 20 minutes away, at the closest supermarket.
This is the perfect retreat for finishing that book or embarking on a new project in the studio. When you tire of your peaceful solitude, colonial San Miguel, a few miles to the southeast, offers a cornucopia of art galleries, musical and theater events, gourmet dining (or a delicious meal in a market puesto), a wonderful library and classes in anything you can imagine! (Yoga, belly dancing, icon making, cooking, drawing, etc.) Or just sit on the jardin (main plaza) and people-watch.
A local bus provides transportation 6 or 7 times a day, but having your own car is much to be preferred.
My home is available for an 2 month rental from June 1 through July 31, 2015. I am seeking a tenant for this period . WiFi, electricity and well water included in $300 per month rent.Propane is responsibility of Tenant.Tenant is responsible for paying gardener, which amounts to between $6-$12 a week, depending on needs for keeping grounds in order.
In order to take possession June 1, rental contract must be signed and returned, with $400 deposit, by April 30. $400 is security deposit and is non-refundable in the event of breaking rental contract. Two months rent, $600, is due at time of occupancy.
They will not have access to the Guest Chapel.
Interaction with Guests
Turn over keys, show the ropes, pick up keys. I may have to stop in on the property occasionally to pick up belongings.
They are out of sight!
Bus to San Miguel stops where lane to Casita Amarilla meets road (about 100 meters walk). It passes at 7, 9, & 10 AM and 1:30 and 4:30PM. A bus at 7PM goes as far as Cortijo (on the Delores Hidalgo Highway.)
Buses depart SM for return at 8 and 11:30 AM and 2:30 and 5:20 PM. Trip takes about 40 minutes.
Taxis cost between 150-180 pesos.
Airport shuttles from Mexico City, Leon and Queretaro airports are available through Bajiogo.
Other Things to Note
RANT! Due to severe water shortage in this desert landscape (and world wide) I installed a composting toilet. Don't worry about it: it works just fine! Some people may be squeamish and need a traditional water-fouling toilet. Know your comfort zone!
Electricity and water is included, but
renters are expected to refill the propane tank before leaving. Smoking outdoors only. Tenants are required to supervise and instruct the lad who helps with maintaining the property. (Juan comes 4 or 5 hours a week.)
Stay here and you could give this host their first review!
Long term Vipassana meditator, artisan and author, been a Mex-tripper since 1967. My life partner, Steve Rogers, collaborated with Carl Franz and Lorena Havens in the writing of the acclaimed classic, The Peoples Guide to Mexico, and with me on 22 Days in Mexico and The Shopper's Guide to Mexico. Together with our daughter Felisa, we explored Mexico extensively together for 24 years, dividing our time between this country and our home in the woods in Deadwood, Oregon.