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Jardin Ciervo Vigilante - Upstairs
Jardin Ciervo Vigilante - Upstairs
1 guest
1 bed
1 bath
1 guest
1 bed
1 bath
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This is "A Room of One's Own" overlooking a magical garden. Quiet, simple, abundant light, private, and conducive to writing, reading, creating. It is a block from Parque Juarez, and a "famous" (well photographed) 4 block walk to the center of town

The space

Enter through the arched stone stairwell up into this sensorial “studio” room with two diminutive French doored balconies and a grand bank of North and West windows overlooking the garden ~ great light all day long! It is completely separate from the downstairs casita studio apartment. It has it's own private entrance and is basically a one room studio apartment with it's own bathroom.
It boasts of having “THE Most Comfortable Chair I Ever Sat In” chair and a VERY COMFORTABLE bed. The bed needs an explanation. It is a trundle bed (twin size beds - one pulls out from under the other and the space would need re-arranging for it to work and it is a bit of an awkward situation). The studio can work for two but it is, as I said, awkward - or VERY cozy. It is really more of a "Room of One's Own". Free WiFi, a DVD player and Purified Water are included. I want to emphasize that it is really just a room for one person. If you decide you want a guest to join you and they use the second bed there will be a charge of $27 US per night. Your rate will need to be altered.
The space is perfectly suited for reading, relaxing, writing, painting, collage work and other creativity. Setting in front of the wall of windows is a six-foot long work table, stools, an easel (easel not shown in photos). There is an adequate hanging closet, a four drawer dresser and lots of shelf space. The very small kitchen area includes a compact refrigerator, sink, a stainless steel electric skillet, electric tea kettle, small French press, a crockpot, one burner induction cooktop, Cuisinart Toaster Oven, dishes and other necessary items to allow the preparation of small scale meals. The bathroom has a shower with great water pressure. You may be able to see a small portion of the wall of it in the bathroom mirror.
A sweet retreat.
It is located a block south of Parque Juarez. One of the photos shows a lady with a bucket of flowers on her head - she is headed down Prolongacion de Aldama (my street) toward the Parque. It is an easy level (as level as San Miguel gets - a slight incline for the last 200 feet) 4 1/2 block walk to the Parroquia/Jardin/Center of town. It is very close walk to shops/markets/great restaurants and taxi's are readily available (and unbelievably inexpensive).

For location, nearby attractions/tiendas (shops/markets), more photos of the garden and other details, see my other listing on same property -" El Jardin del Ciervo Vigilante". There are two maps below which you should be able to zoom in and out to get a good idea of where you would be located. The two spaces (upstairs and downstairs) can be rented together depending on availability - contact me for working out those logistics.

Guest access

See listing for my other space - El Jardin del Ciervo Vigilante - see description by clicking on my photo, which will take you to another page with my photo, click on that photo and you should see the other space on the left of the screen (sorry this is so difficult - Airbnb changed their format and it is now quite difficult to navigate). My home is on the same property. We all use the same main gate off the street but all have separate private entrances. All guests have access to the covered patio which is attached to the front of my house and to the garden/courtyard - you can see it in one of the photos. You are welcome to move any of the chairs out to the garden (two of them are lighter than the others. There is a private patio for the downstairs casita which comes off that room. There are places in to put the light comfortable chairs that Please ask if you are confused.

Interaction with guests

I live on the property - therefore I am usually available at some point most every day if some problem or questions were to come up. I do work in the garden, and do go in and out of the main gate but I respect your privacy - always.

Other things to note

Purified water from the tap
Free UNlimited calls to the U.S. (free local calls - 50 minute limit per month)
NOT AVAILABLE - Cable TV - see my other listing about this.
There is a small VHS player (remember those?) and some VHS movies and a DVD player attached with a number of dvd's in the basket in the room or down in the patio of my home.
There is an iron (and an ironing board) available - it is stored in my home or there is one in the casita downstairs. Please ask me ahead of needing it so I can be sure to get it to you.
Please check house rules for more info.
Charge of $27 per night for a guest who uses the second bed
Lost keys are $100 Pesos each

Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM

Rates - IMPORTANT - Regarding the cleaning fee - see *IMPORTANT note below.

*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 need to 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) so I will alter (reimburse) the appropriate/discounted amounts to you AFTER you have booked the space. Sorry for this glitch.
smoking off premises only
sorry no pets
I can be flexible about check in/check out times - just let me know.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


20 Reviews

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Sonia User Profile
April 2017
This was my 2nd visit to SMA--both times staying in the Upstairs Studio. The location is perfect, and in a beautiful neighborhood. Barbara is an amazing host! From food, to massages, she provides the BEST recommendations. The studio has all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay of a few days, or a month. I'm already planning trip #3!
Barbara A User ProfileBarbara A is a superhost.
Response from Barbara A:
Thanks Sonia, You are welcome any time. You are a perfect guest.
April 2017

Eileen User Profile
January 2017
I add to the many glowing reviews. The 2nd story casita is light-filled, thoughtfully appointed and overlooks a beautiful plant filled courtyard. I especially loved the sound of the fountain and small stream. Barbara is a kind and thoughtful host - unobtrusive yet accessible and responsive. Thank you for your hospitality, Barbara!

Phillis User Profile
December 2016
The casita and gardens are as lovely as they appear in the photos. Barbara is the consummate hostess. She endeavors to ensure that you will enjoy your stay and your trip is memorable. The casitas is located in one of the loveliest and beautiful neighborhoods in San Miguel. I will be back to SMA and hope to stay again at Barbara's casita.

Trudy User Profile
September 2016
The upstairs casita was cozy and accommodating, with a beautiful view of the sunrise and sunset. Barbara is a beautiful person with a generous heart.

Judith User Profile
January 2016
Barbara is a perfect host. Her casita apartment is beautifully decorated in Mexican style with artwork galore, and it gets wonderful daylight. I highly recommend it.

McKenzie User Profile
November 2015
Barbara's listing was the most wonderful Airbnb listing that I've stayed in to date- and I've been to about 30. We actually slept in the guest bedroom in her home (I don't think that this is pictured in the photos or necessarily available) and it was a perfect three nights of respite and luxury. Barbara's gardens are lush and welcoming and her home is like a French country house landed in Mexican soil. Barbara herself is just lovely. We shared several delightful conversations and even went to the market together. I would come back in a heartbeat and not think twice about staying elsewhere in San Miguel.
Barbara A User ProfileBarbara A is a superhost.
Response from Barbara A:
Thank you McKenzie - you and Miguel and your bright spirits make hosting worthwhile. Loved meeting you and do hope our paths will cross again.
November 2015

Deb User Profile
July 2015
Barbara could not have been more welcoming and was a gracious host. She confirmed my arrival time so that she would be available to greet me. My flight was late, but she was there waiting to show me around. She stocked the room with healthy and delicious snacks to get me through my first evening. She had assembled much information regarding the area and events. She was extremely helpful with recommendations and directions. Her place was as lovely as the pictures. The natural light and the view of her gardens were beautiful. It was very clean and comfortable. The location was excellent. Barbara was a delight to get to know. I enjoyed my stay and I would highly recommend this listing. I plan to tell all my friends.

San Miguel de Allende, MexicoJoined in February 2012
Barbara A User ProfileBarbara A is a superhost.
"Born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world is mad."
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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