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Quinta Quebrada is undoubtedly the most extraordinary house in San Miguel de Allende, a colonial-era city in Mexico’s central highlands. […]

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Quinta Quebrada is undoubtedly the most extraordinary house in San Miguel de Allende, a colonial-era city in Mexico’s central highlands. This imposing yet charming 16th-century house, with 11 bedrooms, has 13,864 square feet of living space over three floors, with beautifully landscaped grounds covering almost one acre. Ideally located a short walk from El Jardín, the main plaza of this beautiful old city, Quinta Quebrada is a true colonial gem and a living museum.

As with many houses in San Miguel de Allende, nothing is visible from the street except high stone walls and the large wooden entrance doors. Upon stepping through them into the entrance courtyard, one is instantly dazzled. Within these confines are fabulous courtyards, follies, gardens full of climbing roses, cascading bougainvillea, purple-flowering jacarandas, multiple terraces, and loggias. Surrounding the 60′ x 40′ pool are two gardens, a terrace and a loggia with dining and seating areas and a fireplace. Pretty, curved stone staircases that flank a deep hot tub lead down to the lowest level. 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 faraway destinations like India, 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 lit candles make for an even more magical atmosphere. Another unique aspect of staying here is that one has so many choices of where to have lunch or dinner that every one of the absolutely delicious meals becomes even more special and fun.

San Miguel de Allende is located approximately 170 miles (275 km) northwest of Mexico City and 60 miles (100 km) east of Guanajuato, the state capital. One of the most picturesque cities in Mexico, it is famous for its baroque Spanish architecture, charming cobblestone streets and vibrant cultural scene. Since 2008 San Miguel de Allende and the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

With this spectacular setting and the exceptional qualities of the house, Quinta Quebrada offers guests the penultimate experience of stepping into another century and lifestyle in a grand Mexican casa. Quinta Quebrada can only be rented in full.

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