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Why We Lend Our Home to the House and Garden Tour

Before we moved to San Miguel de Allende, during our early explorations, we discovered the Biblioteca and what a fabulous asset it is for the community.

After we bought our home in 2014, a friend who volunteers with the tour suggested that we consider lending it. He said the tour was always looking for interesting places and that our home, while not large or grandiose, has nice gardens and views. Located at the end of a narrow alleyway in a mixed neighborhood, it is a quintessential example of San Miguel’s “surprise behind the gate.”

The tour is a significant fundraiser for the Bibilioteca, so we decided to see what the experience was like. It takes us less than an hour to prep, mostly uncovering the outdoor furniture and tidying up the office. The tour provides six to eight volunteers who manage traffic flow.

Our home has now been on the tour ten times—two to three times per year.

The groups have ranged in size from 50 to 150. Everything runs smoothly, and they are in the house no more than one hour, depending on the size of the group. We have never had a problem, and the visitors have always been respectful.

For us, it is an opportunity to meet people from around the world. They want to hear about what it is like to live in México, and it’s nice to hear the compliments—what’s not to love about 100 people saying you have a beautiful home and thanking you for opening it to the tour?

So, if you are proud of your home and want to help out the Biblioteca, consider lending it to the House and Garden Tour. We always find it to be a rewarding experience.


Jo Kimball and Geoff Thompson, Colonia San Antonio


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