In Greek mythology, the goddess Persephone’s return to the earth’s surface from the gloomy underworld brought forth spring—a season of rejuvenation and rebirth. San Miguel de Allende’s Casa Proserpina is aptly named in honor of Persephone as this 18th-century colonial home has been reborn as a luxurious vacation destination at the hands of its new owner, Senora Newton. Located in the heart of San Miguel de Allende’s Centro section, Casa Proserpina had been for sale for only one day when Newton first walked through its doors. After feeling an immediate connection with the property’s rich 300-year history, she made an offer.
While planning the house’s redesign, Newton was inspired by spring’s vibrant color palette and youthful energy. In honor of San Miguel de Allende’s long and rich history of local artistry, she and Ana Ramirez, the owner of San Miguel Interiors, chose only handmade furniture, lighting, art, and accessories custom-designed for Casa Proserpina.
Whether visiting San Miguel de Allende as a couple, family, or large group, Casa Proserpina offers a configuration for every vacationer. The property is comprised of a trio of houses available to rent through Airbnb. Located at the front of the property, Casita Fuego and Casita Agua are two full-size apartments crowned by rooftop terraces making them ideal accommodations for couples. Casa Centro, the main house, features three exquisitely appointed bedrooms that accommodate up to six guests. This entire property may be rented for groups of up to 10 people. Outdoor spaces featuring lush gardens, charming patios, and scenic rooftop terraces provide perfect locales for al fresco meals and festive gatherings.
Just steps from the Jardin and the iconic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, Casa Proserpina is the best location in San Miguel de Allende. The property is fully staffed with three maids, a gardener, daily housekeeping, on-site house manager, and chef for hire to make your stay absolutely perfect.
The proprietress is the quintessential hostess who delights in providing concierge service for her guests. From offering transportation assistance to restaurant reservations to itinerary planning, she is delighted to share her comprehensive knowledge of San Miguel de Allende—a city that she has come to love deeply. The rebirth of Casa Proserpina has brought a vibrancy and happiness to her life, which she is eager to share with the world.
ACTIVITIES IN SAN MIGUEL
One of Newton’s favorite private tours is visiting the Chapel of Jimmy Ray hosted by the owner and famous artist, Anado McLauchlin. The Chapel of Jimmy Ray is a true artists’ collective set upon two and a half acres of ever-changing art. All of the buildings containing the stunning works of art are fantastical and covered entirely in breathtaking mosaics. McLauchlin is a wonderfully informative host and a San Miguel icon. (madebyanado.com)
Cooking classes are abundant in San Miguel. However, Casa Proserpina offers classes right in the estate’s own kitchen. Guests can spend a lovely morning in the kitchen learning how to cook specialty Mexican dishes with a private chef. Afterward, feast on the delicacies in the back garden patio while listening to the church bells of San Miguel.
After the feast, venture out for a perfect afternoon horseback riding through the gorgeous Los Picachos mountains guided by equestrian, Nicole Beda. The ride takes you high above the valley of San Miguel de Allende and offers breathtaking views. Funds raised support rescue horses in need throughout Mexico. After your ride, Beda will drop you off at the Hacienda Los Picachos Hotel for the city’s finest margaritas. (abnb.me/5U4BRymzR6)
A truly special experience Casa Proserpina offers for the art lover is a VIP tour of Santuario de Atotonilco—Mexico’s “Sistine Chapel.” To preserve the Cathedral most of the spaces are no longer available for public viewing, but guests of Casa Proserpina are the rare exceptions. (inquire via Casa Proserpina)
Art Tour SMA is another fun way to spend a culture-steeped afternoon. Guests are picked up by the host, Arturo Aranda, and visit three artists’ private residences and studios for behind-the-scenes tours of each artist’s work. It is a wonderful way to meet the creatives one-on-one and see their artistic process in action. Throughout the tour, there are breaks for guests to savor wine and small bites while the guide offers insights into San Miguel de Allende’s bustling artist community. (Arttoursma.com)
Shopping in San Miguel de Allende is very cosmopolitan, with an abundance of shops and boutiques. One of Casa Proserpina’s owner’s favorite boutiques is Recreo San Miguel. Owned by a lovely couple from Chicago, the shop specializes in stunning apparel designed in New York and handmade by skilled artisans in San Miguel de Allende. You will look fabulous in your newly purchased items while supporting the continuation of locally handmade luxury items. (recreosanmiguel.com)
Looking for an adventure suffused with culture and history all experienced from a pristinely appointed 18th-century hacienda? Pack your bags, as Casa Proserpina awaits your arrival in the heart of San Miguel de Allende.
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