This is the most soul-healing, peaceful, relaxing, put-a-smile-back-on-your-face destination imaginable!
Impossibly Cool Digs...
One of the very first “earth ship” homes ever built in New Mexico. What is an earth ship? In a nutshell, an earth ship is a green, eco-friendly, energy efficient home. Essentially, half of the house is “bermed” into the earth in order to retain heat in the winter and cool in the summer. The entire front of the earth ship is a continuous wall of windows, so the wonderful ambient light (day and night) and our magnificent mountain scenery fills the entire home. In other words, it is as though the outside is actually part of the inside. There are no artificial city lights to pollute the night sky, so the stars are downright breathtaking even inside the house!
Our mountain retreat is undoubtedly one of the most unique, whimsical, eclectic, magical homes you will ever run across. The inside of our earth ship looks as though it was taken right out of the pages of Tolkien’s, “The Hobbit.” One of the many outstanding features of our house are its three, separate, Bilbo Baggins-style “bed caves.” These amazing bedrooms are cozy, beautifully sculpted, plastered, carpeted works of art.
Kids especially love this house! When they first enter the place, they run around wildly laughing and screaming with delight...
What really makes this funky little Hobbit house so special is its extremely private physical location and the magical forest that surrounds it. Our Earth Ship is nestled at the end of a MAGNIFICENT, PRIVATE, fir and aspen-lined meadow at an 8,200 foot elevation. Our 'back yard' is hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine National Forest! The only neighbors in view of the home are elk, deer, wild turkey and a million hummingbirds!!!
There is a private hiking/mountain bike/horseback/snow shoe trail right out of the back yard that accesses hundreds of miles of abandoned logging roads. The amazing part is that there’s not a soul back there aside from the very-rare hiker or mountain biker.
The bird watching here is simply incredible. Because we are in a transitional zone between high desert and sub-alpine ecosystems, we have an unparalleled mix of bird species. The combination of grassy meadow, Gambel oak, pine/fir and aspen ecosystems attract myriad species. From May through September, we have hundreds of hummingbirds (4 different species) visiting our twenty-some-odd feeders at any one time. There are so many hummingbirds on the feeders in the morning and evening that they will literally land on your fingers! The chicadees and two species of nuthatch are also trained to eat out of your hand(September-April)!
From late June through early September, the wild flowers are exceptional. There are literally hundreds of different species blooming throughout the summer months. Wild edible/medicinal plants are also abundant.
Wildlife is extremely plentiful. Quite often, you’ll see elk, mule deer, wild turkey, grouse, bobcat,fox and coyotes right in the yard!
We have several hundred yards of seasonal creek that runs through the gated, fifteen-acre property.
Our earth ship is an easy 12-minute ride into downtown Taos (and about 20-minutes to Angel Fire, 50-minutes to Taos Ski Valley and 50-minutes to Red River), yet you’ll feel like you’re a million miles from the nearest settlement.
This is the perfect place for peace, quiet and nature seeking families, artists, musicians, writers, hikers, experienced mountain bikers (you can access the South Boundary trail from our private trail into the Forest), bird lovers, nature photographers, snow shoe and cross country ski buffs or just anyone looking for an extremely-private location in Taos to completely escape from reality!
Three bedrooms (queen-sized beds in each bedroom) with an additional futon in the loft/television area.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE VACATION RENTAL -- THIS IS TRULY AN ADVENTURE!!!!
*The open air arrangement of the three separate bedrooms does not allow a great deal of privacy, so you’ll need to be comfortable with the folks you’re staying with. All the bedrooms are up a small flight of stairs, so this is not an ideal rental for handicapped folks.
** Excluding the bathroom, this home is heated in the winter exclusively by passive solar and wood stoves (ample firewood and kindling are supplied at no extra charge). The house is extremely comfortable in the daytime, but really cools down at night in the winter after the fires go out (November through March). It’s quite cool in the middle of the night and especially in the morning before the wood stoves get the temperature back up. If you are unable or unwilling to use the wood stoves or are uncomfortable waking up in cool temperatures, this is not an ideal winter rental for you -- you're better off coming between May and October!!!
***Although we keep the driveway plowed at all times, renters must have all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles from November through March.
Also, check out our Santa Fe VRBO rental #74169. We book combination Santa Fe/Taos rentals if you're interested!
We're a family of three. Dad, mom and nine year old daughter. We spend half our time in Taos and half our time in Santa Fe. Dad is the director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and owns and operates an outdoor travel company that sends folks fishing around the world. He is also an outdoor writer and photographer as well as a passionate conservationist, nature lover, bird watcher, naturalist, et cetera. Mom is a real estate broker, chef, baker and designer.
The Owner purchased this house in 2002
We looked for many years trying to find the perfect 'get away' property that accessed pristine forest, but also offered easy access to the town of Taos. This fit our criteria perfectly!
This place is the most soul-healing, get back to reality, relaxing, put-a-smile back on your face, bring back the creative juices destination on earth. We'd shrivel up and die without it!
Thanks Garrett & Annie!
It was delightful - one of our best Christmas' ever!
Loved being in the snow... We were warm and cozy and appreciated the fully-stocked kitchen. It has everything!
Hope to see you all again in the future -
Happy New Year!
My husband and I stayed here for five nights. Highlights: Fresh cut elk steak delivered to us by the owner Garrett. Amazing! A magical hike right above the cabin with not another hiker in sight, listening for elk bulls bugling (sp?) and female elk mewing (sp?). Scat from elk, deer and bear on the trail. Pair of coyotes crossing the road below the cabin. Wonderful birds including a coopers hawk. Well equipped cabin. Comfortable for a romantic get away. Historic Taos is 10 minute away. You will literally think that you are all alone with the beauty of nature in the remote Taos deep forest. The earthship is a unique and wonderful experience. Description is very accurate. I would and will rent here again and again and again. Love this unique and magical find.
Mi familia y yo pasamos fin de año en este magico lugar. La cabaña tiene todas las comodidades que puedes desear y es muy espaciosa. Agua caliente siempre, telefono, direct tv, y chiminea con leña cortada y lista para usar. Nos tocaron dias muy frios afuera pero dentro de la cabaña estaba siempre calientito con la chimenea. El lugar esta rodeado de un bosque con vistas increibles donde se puede ir a caminar y encontrar muchas especies de pajaros, venados y hasta osos puedes ver.
Ademas, es un lugar muy bien ubicado a 10 minutos del centro historico de Taos y a 10 minutos de Angel Fire un lugar excelente para esquiar. En la cabaña tienen un par de hojas escritas con todas las instrucciones de todo lo que hay en la cabaña ademas de recomendaciones de lugares a visitar.
Garret y Annie los dueños de la cabaña son personas muy amables. Garret gusta de la caceria y tiene muchos ejemplares colgados ademas que nos regalo carne que disfrutamos bastante. Garret habla perfecto español por lo que si el ingles no es su idioma principal pueden hablar con el en español sin problema.Recomiendo totalmente la experiencia de pasar unos dias en esta cabaña hippie como Garret la llama.
Muchas gracias a Garret y Annie por permitirnos quedarnos unos dias en su cabaña.
Our stay here definitely counts as our most magical Christmas ever. There was an abundance of snow, sledges for the children to play with, great slopes and no queuing required :-). As for the house itself it is completely amazing. The kids (two boys age 5 & 7) were delighted to sleep in 'the cave' complete with cave paintings. Yes it was a touch chilly in the morning....but it was -22C outside. Once we got the stoves lit and especially when the winter sun shone on the house it was soon lovely and toasty. We needed our snow chains but Garrett kindly kept the access drive clear with his Kubota fitted with plough. We felt we had solitude up here yet we were only 20 minutes drive from Taos. It truly is enchanted and we are very sure we will return to see what it is like without the snow. We would thoroughly recommend a visit here for a true escape and to experience a very unique property. We loved it. (My husband was reluctant to write a review because selfishly he wants to keep this place a secret ;-) Thanks Annie & Garrett for letting us stay in this wonderful home and taking care of us so well :-). Happy New Year.
My wife and I spent a wonderful weekend at this Taos retreat. This three bedroom house is both delightful and eclectic. Bilbo Baggins would feel right at home living in this place. As an outdoorsman I enjoyed the home decorating that gave the home a lodge like feel. The house has one wall of glass windows that lets in a large amount of light and gives one a great view of the surrounding woods. Although you are only a few miles west of Taos, you have the feeling of staying in the middle of a wilderness. There are thousands of acres of public land right next to the rental and many miles of hiking. With all the woods that surround the home, there is plentiful wildlife to enjoy. It was warm during our visit so I did not get to try out the woodstove and fireplace but my wife and I did enjoy having a glass of wine around the fire in the fire pit. Garrett the owner was very helpful in giving us dining recommendations and things to do around Taos. All in all, my wife and I enjoyed very much our visit.
My husband and I and three small kids stayed here for four nights over Thanksgiving. We had a fantastic time. The kids loved seeing all the animals around the property - which you could see from pretty much anywhere inside the house with all the wonderful windows. We saw two coyotes strolling across the property, rabbits, and of course the local birds. While in Taos we saw tons of deer, some big horn sheep, wild turkey, grouse... My four year old was only disappointed not to have seen a unicorn. Despite the rustic feel of the cabin and seemingly remoteness of its location, we were very comfortable thanks to the modern amenities and 12-minute drive to downtown Taos. The laundry, dishwasher, TV, internet, phone, DVD player all worked as advertised. We had lots of winter fun too. The kids were able to sled down the hiking trails directly behind the cabin on amazing sliders left for us by Garrett. The wood stoves were more than enough to heat the cabin when the temp dipped below freezing and the sun really heats it up during the day. Only negative is that the kitchen table and chairs are pretty wobbly and might be due for some attention or replacement. Garrett and Annie were both very helpful and prompt with replies. They have instructions and places to go in the area which pretty much cover any questions. On their recommendation we ate at the Guadalajara Grill in Taos and had the most amazing Mexican food. Garrett even tracked down something I left behind in the cabin - THANK YOU! Can't wait to visit again and enjoy a different season.
Great–Picture window shown is stunning! Wilderness is amazing and the overall place is a Taos getaway with unique decor.
Less than great–The photos on the website are of the best views which didn’t include other less appealing areas of the house. It wouldn’t take much for the owners to spruce up some of these areas (grungy entrance, giant electrified walk-in refrigerator attached to house) to make it better. These, however, are just minor visual problems and not really major issues.
Unfortunately, we (my mom and I) had a mice (or rat) infestation during our stay. We noticed the droppings around the bathroom and in and around the beds when we finally went to bed the first night, and we hoped for the best, but the creatures woke us up with their loud noises. My mom ended up sharing my bed, since they seemed to be right around the middle bed cave and neither of us slept well. The owner was apologetic and offered to do whatever he could to make it right. We asked for and received one night’s lodging as a refund, but he told us that it was a “pack rat” that had gotten in the house from the cleaners leaving the door open, and I noticed there was mouse poison packaging left in the kitchen garbage. If someone knew about the “pack rat” and put out poison before we got there, then the responsible thing would’ve been to let us know BEFORE our stay, so we could decide whether to take our chances or try to find somewhere new to stay. Just wished it had been a proactive situation before we stayed rather than try to do damage control afterwards.
Another item of note, there was a security gate that looked like you should enter a code into it, but it was broken and the gate was manually opened with a tumbler lock. It was very hard to open, because you had to lift the heavy gate a little to open the tight lock. There was no way that my mom could have done this on her own, so just be aware that someone needs to be able to maneuver this. Also, the drive in would be a challenge if there was inclement weather. I bottomed out the economy car on the 2 tall, dirt speed bumps once inside the gate, thankfully we had good weather and the dirt/rock road was intact, so I would definitely recommend something able to handle the off road.
Despite the issues we had, my mom & I did enjoy the location. It was scenic & I think if the owners could try to look at the place with fresh eyes and do a little sprucing up with some TLC this place could be even better (minus the rodents).
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Skiing (both downhill and cross country)
Hot air balloon rides
Reclaiming your peace of mind and sense of reality