Charming, airy, art-filled one-bedroom casita with full kitchen and access to lush patio garden and sunny roof terrace. Located in the Colonia Guadalupe arts district, which is a flat 10-minute walk to Centro.
"Duende” is a Spanish word that loosely translates to mean the transcendent emotional-physical-spiritual state achieved by flamenco dancers and musicians at the peak of artistic expression; it also refers to a fairy or goblin-like creature in Latin American mythology. Casa Duende, with its quirky shapes, vibrant colors and jungle-like garden is designed to inspire creativity.
The owners of the property, Gina and Dave, live in the casa grande with their English Springer Spaniel dog named Goose. The casita is located across a small brick patio from the main house.
The casita has a sky blue bedroom, bright Talavera tiled bathroom, a full kitchen, and light-drenched open living area. There's an extensive library of books and lots of folk art.
Casita guests have access to the roof terrace garden and washer and dryer. There's WiFi and cable television.
Casa Duende is located in the Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood, a flat 10-minute walk to the Centro or to the Fabrica la Aurora art and design center.
One wakes up to the sound of church bells, chirping birds, crowing roosters, barking dogs and often fireworks (exploded in honor of all manner of saints). Please note: this is the soundtrack of Mexico. If you are especially sensitive to noise and these things make you cranky, ours is not the rental for you.
Also, please note that we have a dog, so you need to like dogs if you rent our casita.
We have a one-week minimum stay policy, but if there is last-minute availability, we may consider three-day rentals.
Interaction with guests
The rent includes housekeeping three times per week by Delia (who you can also hire to bake amazing pastel de tres leches cakes if you like), gardener Faustino two times per week (he sweeps the bougainvillea blossoms off the terrace and keeps the plantings lush), and on-call assistance from our charming, handy, and helpful bilingual property manager, José. Since we are on site, we are also available to help with anything that comes up.
Other things to note
We built Casa Duende in 2000 to serve as a creative family compound. Gina's husband Dave oversaw the jazz-like process -- the builders drew the outlines of the rooms with sticks in the dirt and no power tools were used to construct the buildings. Even the ladders were made by hand, so the house is full of soul and personality.
Note: some of the reviews are from before we lived at the property full time, so they talk about both the casa grande and casita.
Maximum three (3) people.
This is our home and it's full of family treasures. We ask that you treat everything with care and respect, and hope you fill the house with your own creativity and adventures to keep the lively spirit of the place flowing.
Our family's San Miguel de Allende roots stretch back to the late 1950s, when my late mother, Leigh, who was a well-known artist, earned her MFA in painting from the Instituto Allende. My husband, Dave, and I built Casa Duende with my mom in 2000. I am a writer and editor and Dave is a visual artist. We love the color, music, cultural traditions, and humane pace of life in Mexico.