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Guest Casita in a magical garden setting close to Parque Juarez and the center of town. See under "detailed description" for more.

The space

An Elegant Environmentally Benevolent Studio/Casita.
Vigilante en Español means many things - watchful, keeper, guardian, observant, attentive to details. And there are many details to observe in this unique studio guest casita that is only 4 1/2 easy blocks from the Parroquia, the center of San Miguel. Along the way you can stroll through Parque Juarez and pause to enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture. Walking 10 minutes the other direction will lead you to fine dining, world class musicians, the Saturday Organic Farmer's Market and other small tiendas (stores) for groceries .
Lovely light streams through the thoughtfully appointed ground level Casita/studio apartment with private entrance. A set of French doors open onto your private patio leading to the surrounding garden/courtyard. It is furnished with a Very Comfortable Queen size bed, full closet and set of four built in drawers, a cozy sitting area with a fireplace (gas logs) and desk area, beautiful bathroom and a well equipped full kitchen with a counter and stool area for eating.
Always available: Purified water; FREE WiFi, a limited amount of free local calls.
Not available: cable TV (but there is a DVD player and a number of DVDs)
Other amenities include:
A welcome basket of fresh fruits, and snacks;
Fridge will have a starter supply of local/organic yogurt, butter, jam, a couple eggs, bread for toasting, coffee;
DVD player;
Use of ecologically sensitive cleaning products;
First four rolls of toilet paper and a roll of paper towels
I am happy to help you with ideas for tours of the area, massages, available workshops, reservations for dining, show you where to hail a taxi (they are prolific and inexpensive);
Provide ideas about where to find work of local artisans and local attractions/festivals;
Bus/public transportation easily available - buses run continuously on Ancha de San Antonio to main destinations and transfer points - for about 5 pesos - see map for Ancha de San Antonio/Salida de Celaya. (Seems like a taxi is always driving by the house. They run about 30 pesos in town.)

Housekeeping arrangements vary depending on length of stay - see "extra details" /"house rules" for more info. This is a guest casita and not the same as a hotel. I live on the property behind the casitas and can answer the door if you are coming in late but please let me know your approximate arrival time. *IMPORTANT - The cleaning fee listed is for a month's stay - absorbed in this fee is the hacienda tax. The cleaning fee box I need to fill out does not allow me to differentiate between a monthly cleaning fee or a weekly cleaning fee. After you book I will alter the fee if your stay is for less than a month. So when you book with Air B n B they will charge you the fee for the month (even if you are only booking for a week). I will alter (reimburse) the appropriate/discounted amounts to you AFTER you have booked the space. Sorry for this glitch. So basically the cleaning fee is $57 a week and if you are staying longer than one week your rate will be adjusted.

Guest Room in my home… Sometimes I make the guest room in my home available for short stays (no more than 3 nights). For example if there are 3 people coming in your party and two are staying in one of the casitas (there is only room for 2 in the casita), and they would like the third friend to stay on the same property. My home is on the same property with a small patio between the two buildings. As mentioned before, this is ONLY for short stays (3 or less nights) and as a convenience to you. The guests will have limited use of my kitchen and will need to clean up after themselves if they use dishes, etc.
The Casita's space is basically all in one big room - like a studio apartment.
I reside on the property so I am usually there for anything that comes up (or I have a house sitter if I am not here). There is a garden that needs work so once a week or so there is a gardener on the property. But your space is private and your privacy will be respected.

Generally this casita is available for stays of no longer than 45 nights but please inquire about this and the cost.
Parking - street parking - usually plenty of parking

Guest access

In addition to their own private patio, guests have access to the main garden/courtyard and the portico in front of my house.

Interaction with guests

Please let me know as soon as possible if there is a plumbing, WiFi, or electrical, etc. issue and I will try to remedy the problem as soon as possible.

Other things to note

For a heavier set person, please note that the door to the bathroom, as lovely as it is, is antique and on the narrow side (20" door).
This is not a hotel room and there is a housekeeper available once a week (but there is no "staff" - I am "it" generally - the sun, the moon and the stars).
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Purified/filtered water throughout the casita. No need to buy water.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people $9 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $162
Security Deposit $100
Weekly Discount: 14%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM

IMPORTANT - RE: cleaning fee;
*The cleaning fee listed is for a month's stay so it will need to be altered if your stay is for less than a month. (cleaning fee per week is $57 - this includes hacienda taxes).
Other Important notes:
smoking OFF premises only
sorry no pets
provided - 4 rolls of toilet paper, a roll of paper towels. See "Amenities" for more. Also I will send a guest guide with more details after you have booked and some of the following will be repeated.
Since this is Mexico, sometimes appliances do not work the way they do in other places (eg the U. S). For example -the knob on for the oven has no numbers.
Please let me know Immediately if you have any problems with WiFi, electrical, plumbing - hot water (usually it is the pilot light that has, for some mysterious reason, gone out), etc.
PLEASE remember to turn off the lights when leaving the room(s).
And if you are using the fireplace PLEASE remember to turn it off COMPLETELY (the black knob clockwise and the yellow lever behind the logs to the right - at right angles to the gas pipe) when you leave the room AND when not necessary. Usually the room will be warmed up within 30 -45 minutes. Do not leave the gas logs on while sleeping. There are warm blankets in the drawer or above the closet. The logs consume a considerable amount of gas when turned up full flame (and even on low flame). If noticeable amounts of gas have been used (above and beyond normal/reasonable consumption for the time of year/weather) I will ask a fee for the percentage used. E.G. If you have used 10% of the tank in a period of a week or less and it had just been filled (cost to fill it is approximately $180 - $200 USD), the charge would be $18-$20 USD. I try to keep my prices down but am finding that when lights (or gas) are left on all day when no one is there, or when the gas is left on for ambiance, this can cost as much as 1/2 of what the cost of the room per day is. Please be aware/sensitive to these requests to use less energy.
Lost keys are $100 Pesos each


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3 nights minimum stay

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Don User Profile
September 2017
Very cool Casita in wonderful garden setting. Set away from the centre of the action so very quiet. Nice easy walk to El Jardin and other important areas.

Barbara User Profile
August 2017
I booked this casita based on the great reviews, and I was not disappointed. The casita was perfect for me for a month-long stay, and also for the one week when my daughter joined me. Barbara knows San Miguel and is happy to share, while also striking the perfect balance between helpful and unobtrusive. She was quick to respond to all of my questions and really helped me find my way around. I definitely liked having the owner on-site. The gardens outside the casita are spectacular, and nothing quite matches the joy of opening one's door in the morning to be greeted by dozens of new blossoms and a gurgling waterfall. Not having a washing machine for a month was a bit of a drag, but there are lavanderias everywhere and you should take Barbara's advice about not letting them use their soap (bring your own). The casita is about a 10-15 minute walk into town, and maybe 20 minutes to Warren Hardy (after I found the best route), where I was taking Spanish classes. This is a city for people who love to walk. But leave your flip-flops homes. The streets are cobblestone and the hills impressive (for someone from New Jersey). Bring sneakers. I will miss the Jardin, Barbara, and my four-legged friend Joey.

Stacey User ProfileStacey is a superhost.
July 2017
Barbara's place was beautiful and peaceful, and it's clear she has put a lot of love and thought into the place. The home felt like a high end suite and it was great for taking afternoon siestas and for hanging out when there were thunderstorms. Being able to drink from the tap was so nice, and the bed and rainfall shower felt luxurious! The private patio is beautiful, and we loved her dog Joey. She also included some small food in the fridge which we appreciated. One note on location: it's farther South than indicated on Airbnb. If you look up "Hoteles El Santuario Spa Golf, Sma Dolores 460, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico" you'll get a better idea of where it's located.
Barbara A User ProfileBarbara A is a superhost.
Response from Barbara A:
Hi Stacey and Lynn, Thanks for this idea for the location. I looked at it and thought "how could this even be close to SMA as it mentions Dolores " . Was I ever surprised to see a photo of my neighbors house and my gate!!! I will call Airbnb and see if they can help with the location. I believe the map I listed with the other photos is accurate and looks to be the same location as the one you suggested. I will get it worked out somehow. Thanks again. Barbara
July 2017

Whitney User Profile
June 2017
Barbara was a welcoming host and offered suggestions for favorite places in the area. The downstairs unit was adorable and had everything we needed (small kitchen w/fridge, shower w/great water pressure, filtered water from each faucet, small outdoor seating area). The neighborhood is walkable to the Jardin in ~10min, but it's quiet/tucked away enough to relax. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes as the cobblestone streets can be challenging when wet.

Ric User Profile
June 2017
Barbara's place is actually much more lovely than pictures convey! First, Barbara is a great host and really has thought of every need you might have. She was kind to have a few beginning food items, snacks and great information regarding the beighborhood an San Miguel. The beighborhood is super safe and very convenient. The walk to the Jardin is about a 15 minute stroll and for San Miguel very flat. You are near most anything you might need as well as the Parque Juarez. I am anxious to return to Barbara's lovey and super comfortable casita! Thank you Barbara!

Jessica User Profile
March 2017
We had a perfect stay at this lovely casita - all of Barbara's beautiful artistic touches made it feel just like home. This is a very special hideaway in the middle of beautiful city. And Joey....the amazing property pup greets you each day making it just a little bit brighter:)

Bryon User Profile
February 2017
This place is gorgeous...better than the photos. The architectural design is very well done with premium materials and craftmanship. Barbara was very helpful and informative. Her "Guest Guide" was extremely useful. Location is very convenient to El Centro. We would love to stay here again. Thank you Barbara :)

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