Melissa Serfling

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights
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House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

This property is truly one of a kind in Taos-perhaps anywhere. The main house is a wonderful old adobe on two pastoral acres down a country road surrounded by trees, lawns and gardens just across the Road from the Rio Pueblo. It has a remote and private feel and yet is less than two minutes from the Plaza and 30 minutes from world class skiing. You are entertained by stars and coyotes at night, roosters, the neighbors' donkey and church bells in the morning and birds all day long. The house is the true essence of southwest decor. The walls have a soft, buttermilk/beeswax sheen. Dark beamed ceilings and wood floors throughout are complimented by antique furnishings, native rugs, original art and many amazing and creative touches. It is a small home, perfect for a couple although it does have a second bedroom with its own private bath.

Enter from the covered portal into a kitchen fully equipped for all your cooking needs. If I don't have it, you probably don't need it! You will enjoy cooking on my 1949 O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove The living room is warm and inviting. A gas log stove in the corner provides central heat, but the wood burning kiva fireplace sets the tone. Ample firewood is located in a wood box just outside the kitchen door. There is an extensive DVD video library and numerous CDs. All you need for a quiet evening at home. In fact most guests spend more time here relaxing than they do out adventuring. The master bedroom has another kiva fireplace and an antique brass and iron queen size bed with down comforters and lots of pillows and good bedside reading lights. The large walk in closet opens to a hot tub under an 80' elm tree. There two full bathrooms in the home One has a deep tub and an array of candles. The second bedroom has an antique double iron bed and original art.

The outdoor patio is furnished with teak garden furniture, a fireplace and bbq grill. The yard is enchanting even in winter. Towering cottonwood trees line one side of the property above the numerous out buildings. There is a large lawn and an orchard of mature apple, apricot, plum and pear trees. The many garden beds were lovingly planted by the owner ( a professional landscaper) and are surrounded by many tall trees and a flowing acequia.

This property was once the home of Taos writer John Nichols of 'Milagro Beanfield War' fame which was written in what is now a two room guest casita (Also available for additional guests) However, this property is described in virtually all of John's books both fiction and non fiction in great detail. John is a friend and still lives nearby.

There are fun and fanciful touches to delight throughout the property from the turquoise Willy's planter truck in the front pasture to the Mardi Gras beads flung in the trees, the whimsical gardens and the outdoor art everywhere. The two story tree house (sleeps 4) in the orchard is so special, the greenhouse is an oasis in the winter and the 1971 Airstream trailer (sleeps 3) in the back pasture is just plain fun. There are also two small cottages and an awesome workshop.

The property has two very different aspects (in keeping with the Gemini owner). A cozy romantic winter retreat with summer possibilities of an entire compound which can sleep up to 15 guests and is perfect for small weddings, seminars, retreats, reunions and art workshops. I can offer a B&B service or cater meals. My downtown shop is a flower shop and we can do a wonderful floral arrangement and have it waiting for your arrival. We also do 'Welcome' baskets. Contact me for additional information/prices

(Please contact me for summer rates and details.

***Please note that when you rent the main house, the whole two acre property is your and I do not rent out any of the other spaces during your stay. Something guests love so much about my home is the privacy.

This property has appeared in Enchanted Homes, New Mexico Magazine and Green New Mexico. It was also featured on the Taos Home and Garden tour.

It must be seen to be believed. It is truly magical.

Keywords: Private, yet convenient amazingly comfortable, peaceful and eclectic, fun, whimsical

PLEASE NOTE: Even if my calendar is reserved for your dates please contact me .(casademelissa@gmail or 415 497-7761) I have six Taos Vacation Rentals of my own and manage six more all on Vrbo/HomeAway exclusively. I have everything from one bedroom apartments, one, two and three bedroom homes and even family compounds. You will love to stay with me for your Taos vacation getaway!!! Melissa, the Vacation Rental Queen of Taos...

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  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
Melissa, I found this rock on the trail while hiking into the

Gorge yesterday. It made me think of you and your awesome style! You inspire!!
Jun 2013
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Melissa Serfling

This advertiser has been with since 2009
Speaks english, english
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I was a landscaper in Marin Co. California and was ready for a change of pace and place. I found my house on my birthday - June 21. It was love at first sight. The property is so special the variety, the quiet, the trees and flowers,the other buildings and the proximity to town. It is just plain perfect.

Melissa Serfling purchased this house in 2005

I grew up in the Southwest and even though I loved many things about the Bay Area, I missed seasons, mountains, turquoise skies and thunderstorms.

Peace and quiet with good proximity to town, comfortable and cozy and so many fun things to see.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights
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Truly Unique
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Truly Unique
+1 415 497-7761
Taos New Mexico
Lake Elmo, MN, USA


  • 5 of 5
Very unique! Many options on the property. The main home very charming and user-friendly. Enjoyed the outdoor patio area & convenient hot tub out the bedroom door.
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Tracy, thanks so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed my home and property and I hope to see you back in Taos for another visit.

Yes the patio is delightful for morning coffee or dinner with the BBQ and the outdoor fireplace.

Glad you enjoyed the hot tub too. Quite a display of stars out here at high altitude and few street lights.
Truly Unique
+1 415 497-7761
Taos New Mexico
Phoenix, Az.


  • 5 of 5
I love your house, I love your downtown shop, I love your creativity, energy, sense of style and your green thumb!

My girlfriend from high school joined me and my daughter for a wonderful getaway in Taos at your home. It was perfection for all of us.

The girls (both nine) played ball in the pasture, explored everywhere, spent two nights in the tree house and loved the old tire swing and the hammock as well as your games and books from yours and your childrens' childhoods. That was special and appreciated. They were returned to their proper places.

My girlfriend and I laughed, cooked, relaxed and soaked in the hot tub and caught up on our lives. Your gardens are amazing and thanks for sharing some of your "Garden Secrets" with us. Also thanks for recommending 5 Star Burgers, Taos Diner and The Gorge. All were perfect for us and the girls.

We also enjoyed your well stocked pantry and wonderful old stove for our home cooking. The patio was perfect for breakfast coffee in our robes and close times with the girls in the evenings. Did I mention all your stars??? Unreal!

We want to return in the fall when all your trees are turning color and in winter. The girls can learn to ski and we'll cozy up by the fireplace and drink hot mulled wines and make new memories.

Thank you for a spectacular time at your beautiful home. Your touches are perfect and you are "The Best" hostess. Enjoyed sharing our stories and a glass of wine with you on the patio for our last night in Taos. We will return!
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your very nice review. I love sharing my home with the many folks who enjoy it. It has so much to offer. I enjoyed spending time with you and your girlfriend and I'm glad you liked my restaurant suggestions. Your girls were so much fun and such a great sense of adventure. Can't wait to see all of you in Taos sometime in the future.
Truly Unique
+1 415 497-7761
Taos New Mexico
Northern lower Michigan


  • 5 of 5
.....was one of the wonders of Truly Unique, the crystal in the bedroom window was my alarm clock. The wonders never ceased. From everything to explore at Truly Unique, to the town of Taos itself, and on into the surrounding area. The two weeks we spent just weren't long enough.

Staying at Truly Unique feels like spending time at the family cabin, it's home. From the kitchen with its vintage stove (wonderful!), the already stocked pantry, to the array of books, the music and dvd's, it's welcoming and comfortable. The two gas stoves kept everything warm and comfortable and were charming as well.
The photos give you an idea of the property but don't do it complete justice. Everywhere you turn there is something else to see, something to explore. It isn't the Hilton with standard decor, it's fun, funky and whimsy around every corner. With our love of photography my husband an I were in paradise.
Our initial issue with the wi-fi was quickly resolved, Melissa was only a phone call away which we appreciated. She was also a reliable source for good eats, places to go and a wonderful mechanic (for which we are VERY grateful!).
We would certainly recommend Truly Unique to anyone looking for a home, not a hotel. Older kids or teens would love exploring the tree house and the Airstream. Its location made it a perfect taking off point for Taos activities (5-10 min), local sightseeing, hiking, or, in season, skiing.
For eating there was something for everyone. Eske's Brew Pub, home of 'The Fatty' and other delights was a repeater, as was The Trading Post Italian restaurant. Another favorite was 3 One 6, a converted gas station with local charm and a southwestern flavor. The Gorge, a bit fancier, also made it to the 'please repeat' list. And we hadn't even begun to check out the possibilities.
The other member of our party, Ace da dog, gives Truly Unique a five woofs rating (out of 5) for comfort. He loved having his own yard to explore, sunshine to bask in and the occasional coyote to sing with at night.
We came to Taos for the sunshine, we will come back because it offers so much more. I think I can safely say we have fallen in love with Truly Unique, Taos, and New Mexico.
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Good reviews are nice, but RAVE reviews are great! I so enjoyed meeting you. I had fun sharing my Taos Favorites information, but mostly I am so glad you loved my house! You were there long enough to notice everything I do and appreciate my zaniness! Please do send me some of the 1500 photos you took during your stay. Ace was a good boy and I am sure he is asking about a return visit to explore more of those two acres. I'm looking forward to your next visit and thanks again. You may have spent two weeks in Taos, but you have just scratched the surface of everything we have to offer visitors.
Truly Unique
+1 415 497-7761
Taos New Mexico
Malibu, CA


  • 5 of 5
My husband and I spent Christmas here with another couple and we had the most amazing holiday. This place is perfectly located and the house is an absolute dream. We will be back!!!!
  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. I enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to a return visit from your California contingent!
Truly Unique
+1 415 497-7761
Taos New Mexico
United States


  • 5 of 5
This adorable old single-story adobe house is a couple of miles from downtown Taos. We spend a lovely weekend in January here with two young kids. Yes, it was cold outside, but we put on the heaters and lit the kiva fireplace and were very comfortable inside. Decorated in Melissa's unique style with lots of amazing antiques, it is a beautiful place to spend a few days and unwind. We loved sitting in the hot-tub beneath a vast night sky full of stars in the cold evenings. The kids had a blast exploring the amazing treehouse and want to come back and sleep there in the summer months! A special joy for us, since we love to cook, is that the kitchen has everything you need to cook in, as well as many extras in the pantry in case you forget anything! Definitely one of the nicest VRBOs we've ever stayed in, and we hope to come back in the summertime sometime soon.
  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Synte, so glad you and your family enjoyed my home! I especially liked your kitchen comment. I always say, "If I don't have it, you probably won't need it!" Please do come back and stay with me again.
Truly Unique
+1 415 497-7761
Taos New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM


  • 5 of 5
This rental property was perfect for us. It is removed from the center of town, but only minutes away. The tree house is amazing. We couldn't keep the kids out of it! We also used the casita for extra guests. The house and casita were well heated and comfortable. Our family reunion was in late December, and we were delighted to find that Melissa had down comforters or electric blankets on all the beds. We'll definitely be back for more.
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Alice, thanks again for allowing me to help put together your holiday fsmily reunion. A special thanks for reviewing all three/four properties you stsyed in --above and beyond! (Vrbo 273116, Vrbo 482097 and Vrbo 490376) A real extended family and a good time was had by all!!!
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Sunport, Albuquerque
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Lamy, New Mexico
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
hwy 68 into town
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
John Dunn Bridge/ Rio Grande River
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Alley Cantina/Plaza
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
All over town
Car: recommended

If you are looking for total privacy in a rural setting, yet a 10 minute walk to town or -2 minute drive, this is the home for you... An amazing 'Truly Taos' home

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Availability & Rates


Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
christmas/new years
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 3 2015
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning/2 $85.00
Notes $185 2/4 guests. Ask about additional seasonal accommodations & fees (tree house, casita Airstream...) Additional guests are $25 per night in these accommodations

cleaning/2 $85, 4/$95, /pet$100 cl. fee

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Master bedroom has queen size antique brass/iron bed..., Double Beds (1) Second bedroom has double iron antique bed with antique furnishings, original art and private bath with deep tub..., Twin or Single Beds (1) property has all kinds of additional accommodations--two room casita, re furbished Airstream. cottages and of course the two story tree house. Any combination is possible..., Baby Cribs (1) I could come up with one..., Murphy Beds (1) I love murphy beds--had one in college days. Maybe if I do a log cabin, hogan or teepee in back pasture...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • whale watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • cross country skiing
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • hiking
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf privileges optional
  • fly fishing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • surfing
  • hunting
If you care to indulge yourselves, I can create a wonderful gourmet breakfast or a romantic dinner for two on the patio or cozy dining room-weather dependent (I love to cook) I can arrange for a wonderful 90 minute massage right in 'your own home' (This woman is The Best in town)
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