FABULOUS and COMFORTABLE villa! Three lovely outside seating/lounge areas on 3 levels meant that all 6 of us could be outside all day without running into each other (unless we wanted to!). The house is beautifully appointed but super comfortable - it feels like home, only nicer. The pool and fountains kept us cool even in the afternoon heat. It is an easy 8-minute walk to the main plaza with its cafes, cathedral, museum, shopping, and entertainment, and a 15-minute walk to the artesania markets and just about everything else. We stayed for 2 weeks but will stay longer on our next visit - it was hard to leave this amazing home and town.
The owner, Jod, was over-the-top helpful the whole time and always responsive by text and email. Besides answering my questions, she arranged to have Hector, the gardener/driver, pick us up at the airport; the housekeeper and cook to greet us and show us around when we arrived; and the cook, Juanita, to fix breakfast for us on our first morning. Jod has the house running so smoothly that you don't lack for anything while you are there. The internet runs flawlessly (hard to do in Mexico!) with two different routers, and the Vonage phone at the house meant I was able to work even when my cell signal gave out from time to time.
The full household staff is a luxury well worth the cost. The three-person team (housekeeper, cook and gardener/driver) kept us well-fed and well-cared-for, so we actually focused on enjoying San Miguel! Instead of grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning, I walked 6+ miles a day around town with the kids and lost weight to boot from Juanita's healthy & beautifully prepared meals. Juanita is an excellent cook: her Mexican food was delicious and creative, and her European meals were equally as good. I asked her to prepare breakfasts for us each day, and then to prep an evening meal and leave it on the stove for us to heat up after she left each day. My elderly father ate delicious leftovers for lunch each day (the rest of us ate lunch while out and about), while my teenagers finished off the rest as midnight snacks. We saved money and hassle by not eating out every night, no one got sick, and the food was SO good!
The house accommodated our age-blended group perfectly: 3 adults & 3 teenagers. I had worried about stairs and bringing my 86-yr-old father. But he had no trouble at all - there were inside & outside staircase options with handrails on most, and he wandered up and down all day. The bedrooms are large, bathrooms gorgeous (several with walk-in showers), and sleeping with the windows open and no A/C was a treat for us escaping NC's oppressive heat. I used the upstairs office as a bedroom & office and fell in love with it - great vibes there!
Mil gracias, Jod y Rich - we'll be back :)