La Biblioteca’s House and Garden Tour
The famous La Biblioteca House & Garden Tour of homes in San Miguel de Allende has been featured in leading international media and funds educational projects for local children. It is conducted by volunteers of La Biblioteca and the homes are generously donated for the use of the library as a civic contribution. No visit to San Miguel de Allende is complete without a Sunday tour to see inside San Miguel’s best homes. Tour departs noon, every Sunday, Insurgentes 25. This week we visit the following houses:
Chris and Barbara Webber, who moved into this lovely modern five acre hacienda in June 2003, introduce us to their house. Following Chris’ rough-hewn designs, local architect Juan Carlos Valdez brought the Webbers’ dream house to life. Its softly curved, gravel driveway leads to the entrance doors of solid mahogany, which open onto a large patio with cantera columns. Two guestrooms with country vistas are furnished with leather furniture reminiscent of the British rule in India, but made near Guadalajara. The master suite contains a fireplace sitting area, and a mahogany walk-in closet. Most impressive are the living and dining rooms with comfortable sofas, leather chairs, roll top desk, and a stone fireplace. Be sure to ask Chris about the ladder in the corner!. A custom made brass chandelier hangs adove the antique walnut dining table. Most delicious of all is the kitchen with a sink in the middle island, and an enormous chef´s stove protected by an outstanding copper hood. Antique stainless and glass cabinets display family china. A charming fully equipped two-bedroom, two bathroom guest house, offering guests privacy and seclusion.2
Hacienda de las flores
This beautiful and exclusive place belongs to one of the best well know Mexicans in San Miguel Allende, who has a lot to do with its beauty and design. The owner defines her home as the perfect place for a holiday where you can enjoy life, ideal to relax from the daily activities. This very private B&B was built in a colonial style, reminding us the attractive and serene way of life from days of old. A sunny front courtyard and a swiming pool welcome the visitors from several rooms around the courtyard. The flower walk and the big dinning room are truly a pleasure. This home has been recommended in International Publications.
Built from the existing ruins of San Miguel’s first orphanage, original castle-like walls are still standing, giving this house that very special Colonial touch. The kitchen and dining area are a gourmet’s dream, with views to the west, and the dining al fresco with glass doors opening to walls and lushly green patios beyond. A bedroom is reached via an outside bridge, and another with a secret door leads to the entertainment area with multi leveled seating and photographs of many renowned actors on one wall. The master bathroom contains its original stone. There are endless delights to be seen – the sala with mirrors, antiques, religious objects and retractable glass roof plus endless stone passageways and arched staircases.
Rhea & Leon Gary.