San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
9 Bedrooms and 10+ Bathrooms in the Main House (Sleeps 18)
2 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms in the Casita (Sleeps 4)
Quinta Quebrada, is undoubtedly the most extraordinary house in San Miguel de Allende. This imposing and yet charming 16th century casa has 13,864 sq. ft. of living space on three floors and beautifully landscaped grounds covering almost one acre. Ideally located a short walk from the Jardín, the main plaza in this lovely old city, Quinta Quebrada is a true colonial gem and a living museum.
As with many houses here, nothing is visible from the street except high stone walls and the large wooden entrance doors. Upon stepping through them one is instantly dazzled. Within these confines are fabulous courtyards, follies, gardens full of climbing roses, cascading bougainvillea, flowering jacarandas, multiple terraces and loggias. Surrounding the 60' x 40' pool, which can be heated, are two gardens, a terrace and a loggia with dining and seating areas and a fireplace. Pretty curved stone staircases lead down to the lowest level and flank a deep hot tub. Here one finds another charming folly, a terrace with a dining table and chairs and a large lawn with a serpentine bench at one end.
The interiors of Quinta Quebrada are a visual treat as well -- very theatrical yet intimate -- and its décor is a fantastic mix of period colonial Mexican furniture and art with 17th and 18th century furnishings and decorations from Italy and Spain. Having 11 bedrooms with private bathrooms spread throughout the house as well as numerous sitting areas both indoors and out ensures that large numbers of guests have a wonderful sense of privacy. There are always fresh flowers everywhere and at night masses of candles make it even more magical. Another unique aspect of staying here is that one has so many choices of where to have lunch and dinner that every one of the absolutely delicious meals becomes even more special and fun. Quinta Quebrada offers guests the penultimate experience of stepping into another century and lifestyle in a grand Mexican casa.
- Living room with a fireplace and doors opening to the north loggia and to the old courtyard
- Dining room
- Library located in the old courtyard with a large TV and a bathroom shared with the Viejo Bedroom
- Powder room located beside a boxwood parterre
- Villa Suite (Master) with a king-size bed, fireplace, private terrace with a sitting and dining area and bathroom en suite with a large tub. A connecting door opens to stairs down to the below bedroom.
- Pequeña Bedroom with a single bed and bathroom en suite with a shower. It's connected to the Villa Suite but also has an outside entrance.
- Viejo Bedroom looking onto the old courtyard with a king-size bed and fireplace. Its bathroom, with a shower, is shared with the library.
- Rose Bedroom with twin beds, fireplace and bathroom en suite with a large shower. It looks onto the same courtyard.
- Yellow Bedroom with a king-size bed, a twin daybed, fireplace and bathroom en suite with a tub and shower. It looks onto the same courtyard.
- Loggia with a seating area and fireplace, kitchen and large terrace with a dining table
- Terrace Bedroom with a king-size bed, fireplace, TV and 2 bathrooms en suite - one with a shower and the other with a tub
- Enfante Bedroom with twin beds, fireplace and bathroom en suite with a shower. It faces the pool.
- Castilian Bedroom with 3 twin beds, fireplace and bathroom en suite with a shower. It also faces the pool
- Blanco Bedroom with twin beds (can be joined for king) and bathroom en suite with a shower. Across a terrace, which has a dining table and chairs, is a vine-covered facade of a decorative casa.
- Bedroom with twin beds and bathroom en suite with a shower
- Bedroom with a queen-size bed and bathroom en suite with a shower
Wireless Internet service, a safe in each bedroom, 2 cable TVs and VCRs, tape deck/CD player, Sonos speakers, numerous fireplaces, ceiling fans in many of the bedrooms, screens on all bedroom windows and most bedroom doors, telephones for local, credit card calls and free number to call the USA. No electrical adaptors are needed.
10+ in the house as well as gardens/maintenance men. The excellent and very nice staff includes Estela, the best house manager, who lives on the property. They work 7 days weekly. To make tipping easier, the owners ask for a minimum of $15 per person per day which is given to Estela at the end of one's trip. (I always give her something extra for arranging any of the below services.)
The staff will serve 3 meals daily (2 courses for breakfast and 3 for lunch and dinner. Hors d'oeuvres are also included). The cost is $20 per person per day excluding drinks.
Heating the pool and hot tub ($100 per day) and personal laundry. Estela is happy to arrange day and shopping trips, transportation, massage and manicures/pedicures at the house as well as a fiesta with a mariachi band, fireworks, piñata and mojigangas.
Dolores Hidalgo is 30 minutes, León International Airport and Guanajuato are about 1 hour and Mexico City is 3.5 hours.
- On the lowest level are ladies and gentlemen's bathrooms with 4 toilets each, which are used for weddings and large parties.