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Experience the Extraordinary. Lakefront. Gated. 2Bdrm/2Bath. Hot Tub.

Tom Calfee

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Experience the Extraordinary. Lakefront. Gated. 2Bdrm/2Bath. Hot Tub.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Abiquiu House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bdrm 2 Bth, Sleeps 6, Furnished, Hot Tub, 23 Acres, Gated, Lakefront, Int

'Absolutely Breathtaking.' 'Unforgettable Memories.' 'This is THE place to stay in Abiquiu.'

When your journey brings you to New Mexico, The Casita del Lago on Abiquiu Lake is your destination - because where you choose to stay is a defining part of your journey. At The Casita del Lago, we strive to make our guests feel as though they've come home. So welcome home - and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime. Unsurpassed and extraordinary, The Casita del Lago has views, ammenities and comfort that will leave you breathless in The Land of Enchantment. Whether you are looking for a vacation home base to explore Northern New Mexico, lodging for your classes at nearby Ghost Ranch, the perfect spot to create your art, or a get-away-from-it-all vacation - The Casita del Lago is your destination. Conveniently located and yet very remote, The Casita is located between Santa Fe and Taos (60 miles northwest of Santa Fe and 90 miles southwest of Taos) just outside the historic town of Abiquiú on Abiquiú Lake, across the lake from Ghost Ranch. Located in a gated community, the views will take your breath away as you drive towards the lake on private roads to reach The Casita. This IS the Land of Enchantment at its most amazing best.

Our daily price includes all fees and taxes, with the exception of the $90 cleaning fee and additional lodging fee if your party has more than 4 members. You may use the 'Book it Now' button to reserve using e-check or credit card or you may mail us a check. Please also check out our website at for more information.

Casita del Lago (Little House on the Lake) is a secluded lakefront vacation home with lakefront access sitting on a river embankment right where the Chama River meets the 12 mile long Abiquiu Lake. This stunning thick-walled adobe style casita sits on 23 acres of natural surroundings and is crafted to true New Mexican style. It is well positioned on a gradually sloping hillside for privacy and it's close proximity to the sky blue water and 250 million year old layered Red Rock cliffs provide for spectacular one-of-a-kind views and pictures---right from your home.

We mean it when we say that The Casita del Lago on Abiquiu Lake is located on one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Step into a Georgia O'Keeffe painting right from your doorstep! This modern adobe style vacation home is like no other in design and amenities. Imported granite countertops, custom handmade Spanish Pueblo arched doors, imported Mexican furniture, resort quality bedding and linens, authentic southwest lit nichos, handmade Kiva Lighting sconces, plastered interior walls, radiant floor heat, air conditioning unit, washer/dryer, high speed WIFI, top rated appliances, indigenous rock woodburning fireplace, and 4 furnished outdoor living spaces!! The east and west portales are attached with heated floors and one-of-a-kind views. The southern portal (porch) just off the kitchen offers warm, sunlit days in even the coolest high desert New Mexico temps. And the hot tub will be an experience unique to each guest!

Although you can stay inside the 1158 sq. ft. glass walled paradise and never plug-in any entertainment device, this deluxe casita is designed to include them. A large LCD HD TV is positioned above the wood burning rock fireplace and speakers for MP3 and Ipod players are included. If you want to move your entertainment outdoors to the heated floor portales where there are as many outdoor living spaces as indoor living spaces, then hook up to the fastest wireless internet in the area or position yourself to watch the flatscreen TV, or do what I do, take an afternoon siesta.

The 6 person hot tub is nestled among huge rock boulders just off the western portal and it reserves it own spectacular views for itself, especially at night when the billions and billions of stars come out. For the more adventuresome, a short hike to the 'Stonehenge firepit' at sunset for a spectacular outdoor viewing and nighttime fire atop the arroyo is a perfect setting for your favorite ghost story--or fairy tale story for the little ones.

Extra care was taken to craft your casita to be more than sleeping quarters with a kitchen.

It is a work of art in itself, erected without one tree being uprooted. And while the window space was maximized--Casita del Lago remains very energy efficient and green. Often, indigenous materials were utilized by local craftsmen. For you who have not visited New Mexico before, you will immediately notice the absence of noise, air, and light pollutants. We absolutely love it here and we hope you will, too. You can check in with us for more information about the area and its rich history.

For those of you familiar with the area, Casita del Lago is spectacularly unique. The drive down towards the water with the incredible Sedona-like views is worth the trip in itself! This is the area's most private and secluded resort setting; you will be amazed at the views that surround you and you will want to wake up early just to witness the break of dawn. Then settle in for an afternoon siesta on one of the outdoor daybeds; or curl up to a book; go down to the water; start a gourmet meal; sightsee (if you must); horseback ride; photograph; hike the arroyos on your property; draw, paint, write, dream, and much, much, more.

Keywords: Vacation Home, Casita del Lago, Abiquiu Lake, Abiquiu, two bedroom, rental home, Ghost Ranch, Georgia O'Keeffe, Abiquiu hotel, Abiquiu Inn, Best place to stay in Abiquiu!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Tom Calfee (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
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About Tom Calfee

We fell in love with Abiquiu Lake and the surrounding area during a trip here several years ago. We balance raising our family, managing our careers and trying to spend as much time in Abiquiu as we can. We are pretty much regular folk who fell in love with Abiquiu and wanted to create something very special. We love it here as do our 3 teenage kids, riding horses on the property with Hollywood stuntman Fred. Our goal is to spend as much time here as time allows. When we can't be here, we rent out our home so others can enjoy the experience.

Tom Calfee purchased this house in 2009

Why Tom Calfee chose Abiquiu

Quite simply, this place found us and the timing could not have been better. There are only four Lakefront parcels in the area, and only one remains available for sale (and that is the property we own adjacent to Casita del Lago.) When you visit here, and you view many of the scapes Georgia O'Keeffe painted in their original context, you will understand why she could never leave.

What makes this house unique

360 degree panoramic views of paradise. Signature Casita on the shores of Abiquiu Lake - it is a house and property like no other and the only Lakefront vacation rental with lake access to Abiquiu Lake. Casita del Lago is built in traditional adobe style with 14' thick walls. The New Mexican charm is enhanced by the fully arched architectural doorways and the pair of built in lighted nichos opposite the woodburning fireplace. But it incorporates todays most modern conveniences. It is very private but also very conspicuous to boaters as it sits high on the hill overlooking the river. You can be as private as you would like to be, because you have 23 acres to roam. Bring your camera to photograph the vistas, relax in the two outdoor daybeds, take in the stars at the incredibly luxurious hot tub, light a fire indoors, or on the western portale, or venture out to the western outdoor pit. Admire the sunrise, or heat up the Eastern Portale and enjoy it from the bench. Walk down to the water for solitude or to drop a line in. Or just curl up on the 5' circular oversized chaise on the south portal and warm up to the afternoon sun. And those are just a few of the daily options you have at Casita del Lago.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Most grateful that this place, this magical place, whose us. This place -under the meteors, the white fluffy clouds, among the red orange purple cliffs and equally brilliant sunset - we begin our new life together.
Aug 2013
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Experience the Extraordinary. Lakefront. Gated. 2Bdrm/2Bath. Hot Tub.
average rating of 4.9148936 based on 178 reviews

Very relaxing but a bit cluttered for our taste

  • 4 of 5

The views, location and casita were really great. It was very peaceful. We loved the area and the serenity. We've stayed at numerous rentals and what you see online is not always what you get, but with this rental, the description and pictures are very accurate.

The hot tub cover has been repaired, but really should be replaced. We have a hot tub and if you don't have a good fitting cover, the heat is not held in and you're paying extra $$ for electricity.

The kitchen and fridge were well stocked as others have mentioned, but almost too stocked. There are a lot of extra gadgets, pans, utensils, etc. that aren't in good shape. We brought our own pan, but needed to use one of theirs too and had to throw out the food because of the metal taste. Removing some clutter from the drawers/cabinets also makes it easier to wipe out. The under sink cabinet was also messy and in need of a good clean.

I'd prefer to not have someone else's leftover condiments and such. It makes it much harder for the fridge to be cleaned between guests and we had to wipe out the fridge and move quite a bit of out of date condiments/dressings out of the way to be able to put our items in. Having the fridge be messy and unclean gave us a feeling that we had to clean other parts of the casita and that's not what we expect to do on vacation. Fortunately, the rest of the casita was clean, which is not always the case with rentals.

The bathroom drawers also had quite a bit of leftover items including a pair of men's underwear. There were also medicines leftover which is definitely not safe. The master closet was full of a strange array of items and made me feel like it was more a storage area for the owners than a place where we could put our clothing. Since there isn't a dresser, it would be better to have the clothing rack separated from the spare items that are being stored.

In summary, we loved the location and the privacy. The casita is beautiful and well made. I'd just suggest paring down items throughout to make it easier to clean between guests.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Portland OR

Really was extraordinary!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week here at the Casita. The home was so easy to settle into. After a day or so, we felt like we'd been here a week (that's a good thing). The views are fantastic in every direction. Quiet and peaceful. Kitchen was well-equipped and laid out. Loved the radiant heating in the floors, especially on the patio, and hot-tubbing under the stars. Tom & Carolyn were quick to respond to a confusion on our arrival and that was appreciated. We spent a lot of time walking the gravel roads and watching the changing light and clouds over the landscape. And we've got the pictures to prove it. It was just a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John, It was so nice working with you to set up your reservation. And - awwww - thank you so much for the wonderful comments about our home. Tom and I are so glad you guys had a great time and were able to "get away from it all". We really do appreciate you choosing to stay with us and I know our paths will cross again....Abiquiu has a way of pulling you back!!! Wish you the best. Carolyn P.S: We want to see pictures! Send us some of your favorites!

Beautiful location, fantastic owners

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the Casita Del Lago from 3/28 to 4/3 in 2015. We had a wonderful and relaxing time there. The views are breathtaking, the amenities impeccable, and the amount of outdoor activities in the area immense. Soaking in the hot tub and watching the sunset over the mountains and reservoir became a nightly ritual. The only issue we had was with the water heater. I emailed Tom when we discovered this and let him know we would be in Santa Fe for the day. We had hot water by the time we got back that evening. Excellent response considering the remoteness of the home and definitely the kind of hospitality that will bring us back for future stays. If you are looking for a place to get off the grid and do so in the midst of natural beauty and modern luxury, this is the place to go!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrew, Thank you so much for the kind review! We appreciate you selecting our home for your vacation and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Soaking in the hot tub at night, star watching, is one of our favorite things to do as well! We hope to see you again next time you are in the area. Best, Carolyn & Tom

Simply Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough wonderful things about this home. The inside was constructed with quality materials - it is beautiful. Floor to ceiling windows over looking the lake, marble countertops, solid wooden hand made doors, etc. There are two bedrooms and two full baths. Beds for six if you include the bunk beds. The kitchen was stocked with great spices, seasonings and other materials. Full washer and dryer which is convenient, and they supply the laundry materials. OH, and good technology - TVs and wireless internet. The outside is the real story. The house sits on the bank of the lake - on something like 20 acres. You can hike around the property. The views are even more beautiful than the pictures. Hot tub was awesome. Owners are incredibly responsive and helpful. Fun drive to the casita - over the dam and around the lake, down a dirt road - beautiful! What else can I say...we are so happy we found this place. This is the place to stay - book in advance to get your dates.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great little house, but the reviews overstate the capacity

  • 3 of 5

The good: the casita is absolutely lovely- it's a beautiful home right on the edge of the lake, with gorgeous decor. Heat comes from radiant heating in the floor, granite countertops, beautiful real wooden doors, and great hiking nearby. The beds were comfortable and had plenty of pillows. The kitchen was adequately stocked for cooking. The hot tub is lovely and has an incredible view of the lake. For 1-4 people this place would be an incredible getaway.

The bad: There is not sleeping for 7. There are two bedrooms - one has a queen and a bunk bed with 2 beds, and the other has a single king-size bed. The rest of the house is just the living/dining area and the kitchen, which is really one wide-open space. This means one or two people get to share a room with the kids, and one unlucky person gets to sleep on lawn furniture that you'll have to drag into the living room through a patio doorway that is just barely wide enough if you turn it just right and move the dining room table out of the way. The patio furniture ended up being so uncomfortable that our son ended up sleeping on the couch instead, and it's really not a good couch for sleeping; it's not a pull-out or anything.

You have to bring your own water in - the tap is well water and it's extremely salty. It's fine for showering/cooking but you won't want to drink it.

You'll also need a fairly rugged vehicle for the road in. It's a smooth dirt road but gets pretty steep right by the driveway. In any kind of inclement weather you're really going to want a 4WD or you might not get out.

The fireplace will smoke up the house in a hurry. If you read the extensive instructions in the binder left by the owner, you'll know to open the small door next to the front door to provide ventilation. If you don't read that until you've already noticed the house getting smoky, it's kind of too late.

The kitchen has very little counter space. Cooking for 7 was uncomfortable and required a lot of juggling, impromptu use of chairs to set things, constant washing of dishes, etc.

If you have a rugged vehicle and a group of 1-4 people, this place would be fantastic.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nick, thank you for taking the time to provide a review; your feedback will definitely help people who plan to visit with a large party or family. First, thanks for your kind comments about the Casita and its location. We appreciate you taking the time to note the features in the Casita and we are glad you enjoyed the view from the hot tub! From your other comments, it sounds like the Casita was just too small for your family. We agree that the two bedroom Casita is ideal for families with up to five or six people. We try hard to be very accurate about the size of the Casita, the layout, the two bedrooms and the beds in each bedroom. That is why we describe the sleeping arrangements online and post pictures as well. The day bed option is a choice that parties with more than six people have to make when they decide to rent the Casita - it is not ideal and is an option for those parties that really want to stay with us in our location but have more people than beds. I am sorry that you felt cramped and it sounds like a three or four bedroom vacation rental home would have been a better choice for your family. If I'm remembering correctly, you booked same day and arrived that night; perhaps we needed more time to make sure then fit was right for you and your family. But having said all that, we do appreciate you staying with us and I hope you had a safe journey home. Best, Carolyn

Had a great trip and loved the casita del lago! we will be back!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the casita del lago on our last trip to Abiquiu. We did a lot - shopping in Santa Fe, Ghostranch, Echo Amphitheater, Plaza Blanca. Tried to get to the Monastery but the roads were too bad. The Casita is a great place to stay if you want to explore, or if you want to hang at home and read, relax. If you paint, this is your place. We loved the Mexican furniture, loved the kitchen, and wow - the views. Hot tub at night was a great way to end the day. Clear skies. Just a great trip and a great place to stay. Left feeling totally relaxed. One tip - if there is any rain or snow you shouldn't try to visit the Monastery of Christ in the Desert...roads are too difficult. The owners, Carolyn and Tom, were incredibly responsive and helpful. They made this whole process so easy. And they have done a fabulous job with the Casita - from the design, the views, the furniture, every detail. They aren't the cheapest vacation rental, but they are worth every extra penny. Pay up and stay on the lake - don't miss it....there is a reason why they charge more than some of the other places that are not on Abiquiu Lake.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
90 Miles
ABQ or Santa Fe Municipal
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Ski Santa Fe
Nearest Beach
Casita is located on shore of Abiquiu Lake.
Car: necessary

Across the Lake from Ghost Ranch, Near Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio Tour, Numerous hiking trails, Dinosaur fossils, Indian Ruins, Petroglyphs, Carson National Forest, Echo Amphitheater, Christ in the Desert Monastary, Abiquiu Lake and Dam, Plaza Blanca, Horseback Riding, near Black Mesa Golf, Towa Golf Resort, Bodes General Store for Licenses, Taos Ski Valley, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Opera, Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market, Art Galleries, Indian Pueblos, Bandelier National Monument, Toltec Railroad, Albuquerque Old Town, Rio Grande Gorge, Spas and Mineral Springs, Albuquerque Balloon Festival


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From $195 Per night

Abiquiu House Rental Rates

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May 1 2015 - Sep 19 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Lodging Fee $125.00
Notes Base rate includes lodging fees and wireless Internet. A one-time $85 cleaning fee is applied. Rates are based on 4 guests; there is a $15/day charge for additional guests (5 or more). A credit card must be on file per the deposit policy. Sorry, no smoking and no pets. Amazing Sunsets and Views are included free! Contact owner to pay by check (preferred)or "Book Now" to use credit card.

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Abiquiu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1160 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , shower , In addition to indoor showers, outdoor hot tub for soaking!
    Master Suite Bath - toilet , shower , Private bath in master bedroom. Separate toilet area.
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Luxury bedding, walk in closet, private master bathroom, TV.
    Sunset Suite (Guest Suite) - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Room contains a queen bed and twin bunk beds.
    Other Sleeping Option - Convertible Bed - Day bed outside on the portal can be brought indoors.
  • King size beds (1) Premium Quality in Master Suite., Queen size Bed (1) Deluxe Comfort in the Second Bedroom Sunrise Suite., Twin Bunk beds (1) also in the Sunrise Suite. If necessary, an outdoor day bed on the Western Portale can be brought inside for a 7th person but this is not an ideal sleeping situation.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The Casita sits above the shore of Abiquiu Lake. The Casita is across the lake from Ghost Ranch. The Casita has unique outdoor living spaces and two have heated floors. Amazing views from every spot. 22 Acres. Bird watchers, artist and writer's paradise. Guests may select the 'Book Now' feature to use a credit card to book your vacation. Or, you may email us at to send a personal check. We prefer personal checks! Thank you.

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