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A huntless lodge

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Michele Connor sits in the kitchen of the main house at Rancho Las Palmas, her home about 20 minutes outside the resort town of San Miguel de Allende in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. The space, which she calls the main salon, was designed to feel like the lobby of some tropical retreat, with adobe walls and a thatch roof. The building is the largest of seven on the property and can sleep 10 guests; one of the beds is visible here, atop a staircase made of salvaged wood. (Ann Summa)
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A handcrafted warmth fills the kitchen, which is decorated with hand-painted tile. (Ann Summa)
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A glowing fire warms the detached master suite, which is grouped with Connor’s art studio and a guest palapa. (Ann Summa)
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A dearth of building materials including timber, whose production is tightly controlled by the government, forces creativity in construction in and around San Miguel de Allende. Here, a guest bedroom’s walls are made of adobe. (Ann Summa)
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The main salon, however, is graced with a central wood beam — a piece of serendipity. Local government felled mature cedars to drive away bothersome egrets, producing a sudden supply of legal timber. Bookshelves lining the left wall also are made of salvaged wood. (Ann Summa)
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Dried fronds peek through a bedroom window. (Ann Summa)
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Connor grew up in Japan, and the ranch is infused with the ambience of a Japanese country home. Here, a rock-lined soaking tub. (Ann Summa)
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Connor is kept company on the 20-acre ranch by a menagerie of animals that includes six dogs. (Ann Summa)
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A sunlit statue, backed by some of the majestic trees that give Rancho Las Palmas its name. (Ann Summa)
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Rough-hewn, handmade furniture awaits guests on the patio. (Ann Summa)
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The exterior of Rancho Las Palmas’ main salon. “I’ve had my eye on living by the river somewhere ever since I came to San Miguel,” Connor says. “It was this obsession that wouldn’t let go of me. The Rio Laja had this incredible pull.” (Ann Summa)
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