AN ENCHANTING TAOS HIDEAWAY IN AN ENCHANTED FOREST

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AN ENCHANTING TAOS HIDEAWAY IN AN ENCHANTED FOREST

Arroyo Seco House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

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!

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Owner
Advertiser since 2005
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About The Owner

We're a family of three. Dad, mom and four year old daughter. We spend half our time in Taos and half our time in Santa Fe. Dad 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

Why The Owner chose Arroyo Seco

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!

What makes this house unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Dec 2010
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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
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5
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An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews
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An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p279314vb
(505) 670-5202
Arroyo Seco New Mexico
5

Our favorite place on earth.

  • 5 of 5
This past summer, I took a sabbatical from my job in New York, my wife quit her job, and we spent three months in Taos. It was the best three months of our lives, and the earthship could not have been a better home base.

The house itself is one-of-a-kind--you can lay on the sofa and watch shooting stars directly above you through enormous, 20 foot, slanted windows; the way half of the house is glass and half is built into the mountain means that it stays warm at night and cool in the day in the summer, when the field in front of the house becomes a blanket of wildflowers. The only sounds are of wind and rain and wildlife and the ubiquitous hummingbirds; I've never slept better in my life. All the modern conveniences are there and in great shape, and the house is clean and well taken care of; otherwise, you feel like you're living in the outdoors, but with none of the discomfort. My wife and I lovingly describe the decor as "If Stevie Nicks were a hobbit and a hunter." We'd gladly live there forever if we could.

But even better than the house is the location. It's about 250 yards behind the owner's house--which is great, because it means they're usually nearby if you need anything--but feels like it's miles away from anywhere. Out the back door are literally hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest, miles of trails and old logging roads, and more wildlife than I've ever seen anywhere (the best way to put it is that the only thing we DIDN'T see was a mountain lion--probably for the best!). We didn't see another soul the entire summer back there; it was as if we had it all to ourselves. And it actually IS our land, as taxpayers and citizens--I came to truly appreciate what that means.

Then, of course, you're just 15 minutes from Taos, and no more than 2 hours from all the various wonders of Northern New Mexico, which would take a lifetime to explore. Neither Taos nor New Mexico need me to review them, but if you've never experienced this part of the country, make it your next vacation; if you have, then I cannot imagine a better home base than the earth ship. I would give it 6 stars if I could.

One final note, since I've got some room left: if there are any flyfisherman reading this, after a summer's worth of fishing in which I never spent more than two days fishing the same water, I've come to believe that Taos and its environs are the best kept fishing secret around. . . And the owner knows all the best spots!
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p279314vb
(505) 670-5202
Arroyo Seco New Mexico
4

Mixed Feelings: Awesome for a couple, uncomfortable for group

  • 4 of 5
We loved many things about this property and the owners: Splendid scenery, wildlife, firepit, peaceful, reasonable distance to Taos, helpful owner, great weather. If it was just us as a couple without kids, romantic. It would also work great for a direct family.

As a group of extended family (multiple couples), many things make it uncomfortable. The sleeping areas are very very open, a whole wall open in every room. If there are snorers, or people get up or go to sleep at different times, it's hard to get enough rest. The most significant point was the bathroom. If it were just a couple, it'd be dreamy to gaze out the window at the wild - it's a great big glass wall like you see in the living room. However, we used the fire pit every night and hiked during the day, so this only bathroom and shower was in use almost non-stop. And unless you are ok to share your nakeness, on the toilet and coming out of the shower, this is not the place for you. We actually had a hysterically funny time tacking up a sheet with thumb tacks to provide a small bit of privacy, but this could easily be remedied with a more permanent solution that doesn't put people on chairs using thumb tacks right after arrival. The home is eclectic and rustic, could use a bit of a refresh in a few areas like the wobbly kitchen chairs, kitchen linen, kitchen stove vent pipe, etc. However, overall experience if just a couple would have simply been charming.

Like I said, mixed feelings. However, wanted to share our experiences so that the right type of guests self select for this wonderfully sited property with wonderful owners. There is a right place for everyone and this is a magical place for the right people.
  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: To be fair, our write up in the description page is quite up front about the privacy issue; "*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..."

As for the bathroom issue, we would have gladly put up a privacy screen (immediately upon request) had you requested us to do so. Ditto on the linen quality. Odd that you would wait four months to say something instead of just asking us to address your concerns while you were at the house. We pride ourselves in making sure everyone's stay is nothing less than outstanding. Ask and ye shall receive...

Again, this house sits all by itself back in the woods, so most folks like to "commune with nature" while they're meditating on the thunder mug...
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An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p279314vb
(505) 670-5202
Arroyo Seco New Mexico
5

Nothing like it

  • 5 of 5
I think this is the most satisfying 5 star review that I've ever given. You'd think that the owner's description of the place might have a little "puffery", as is common among lodging descriptions. But not here. This place is everything that is advertised. We had a whole laundry list of sites to see and things to do in New Mexico for the week we stayed here. It ended up that we did hardly anything on the list because no one in my family wanted to leave this house and the surrounding property. Why would you? It's fantastic!
If you're looking for a secluded, unique, and comfortable getaway that is surrounded by some the most beautiful country imaginable, don't waste your time looking further. Book it and you won't regret it. Our kids keep asking when we'll be able to go back. We hope very soon.
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p279314vb
(505) 670-5202
Arroyo Seco New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM
5

Nature At Your Doorstep and the Comforts of Home

  • 5 of 5
This is the perfect place for a contemplative getaway that leaves one forever changed, rejuvenated and transformed. With nature at your doorstep and surrounded by the beauty of the enchanted forest, one cannot help but feel connected to the sacredness of all life. With Taos only a short drive to the west and Angel Fire directly to the east, this cozy retreat offers all the comforts of home and is conveniently located to great skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, birdwatching and fishing. Looking through the wall of windows and warmed by the fire in the fire place, one of our favorite memories was watching the night sky explode with the light from millions of stars and a midnight meteor shower. My wife and I truly enjoyed this romantic getaway and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who seeks to find the balance of rest, relaxation, and fun.
  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p279314vb
(505) 670-5202
Arroyo Seco New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM
5

One of a kind sanctuary

  • 5 of 5
Such a unique and wonderful place. The setting is so peaceful, abundant with wild flowers and wildlife. Bear sightings on two seperate days. The house is quirky but very comfortable and had enough room for lots of family. Friendly owners. Will definitely return!
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p279314vb
(505) 670-5202
Arroyo Seco New Mexico
Santa Fe
5

Thank Goodness

  • 5 of 5
I love a secret, unique spot, and this is it. Secret, unique, and joyful. Tucked away in the forest up a dirt road, this home was obviously born of creative and passionate people. You will feel special here, just as we did. We slept deeply in the cave-like rooms and woke refreshed. My extended family and I did not want to leave this lap of comfort and sweetness. I wholly recommend this getaway.
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

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  • From $100/nt - $600/wk - $1500/mo
  • US Dollars
  • $150-$200/night (3 night minimum)... $700-$1,400/week... $1,500-$2,500/month
  • Rates vary by season, number of total nights booked and total number of guests.
  • $100 to $200 non-refundable cleaning fee on all rentals (dep. on # of guests).
  • $300 to $500 refundable damage deposit (depending upon number of guests).
  • $100 pet fee

Amenities

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Arroyo Seco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
General:
  • Telephone
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Video Library
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • zoo
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • sledding
  • sight seeing
  • horseshoes
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • snowboarding
  • fishing
  • cross country skiing
  • skiing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • whitewater rafting
  • rock climbing
  • hot air ballooning

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