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Red cat house vacation apartment for couples

Melissa Serfling

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

Melissa Serfling

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2015
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Red cat house vacation apartment for couples

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


Taos Apartment Rental Photos and Description

A wonderful little downtown apartment for couples or singles...

Red Cat House is a one of a kind vacation rental apartment in Taos. When inquiring about vacation accommodations in town, an often asked question is 'Are you walking distance from the Plaza?' Red Cat House is unique in that it across the street from the Historic Taos Plaza. In fact there are Plaza, town and mountain views from every window. This apartment offers convenience combined with a peaceful and quiet, spacious yet cozy, home away from home for two.

Red Cat House is located on Dona Luz Lane, 'The Garden Street of Taos' (landscaped by me, a professional landscaper) This street boasts a wonderful variety of shops and restaurants. It was once the 'Red Light District' in town and La Dona Luz was a madame. Most of the shops are women owned and we call ourselves 'The Ladies of Dona Luz'. I have a shop on the street. Red Cat Melissiana, two doors away It is a shop filled with a little bit of everything as long as it is fun and unusual--antiques, gifts, local folkart, lingerie and flower shop...

Entry is down a little brick pathway surrounded by blooming plants with original outdoor art on all walls and an outdoor seating area. Upstairs is Red Cat House-a wonderful intimate world of its own. You will discover antiques, color and light, original art and whimsical touches in your own private little world. Many of the furnishings are available for sale (if I can bear to part with them.)

You will often find fresh flowers from my home garden or my flower shop and there is always an array of plants throughout the apartment.

The sunny eat in kitchen is well equipped for morning coffee, a gourmet breakfast or a romantic dinner for two.

The living room is a perfect spot for lounging with a comfortable couch, lamps, a flat screen TV, DVD's, books and a selection of music for just that right mood. Enjoy dinner at an 18th century walnut tilt top table for two looking out over the Plaza with a view of Taos Mountain in the distance. If you need to do a little work (not too much I hope), there is high speed internet available and a desk where you can write about your wonderful Taos adventures or even compose a spontaneous love poem..

The sunlight bathroom has a large shower, lots of towels, robes for two and some fun touches to discover.

The bedroom is so very special with an antique queen size, pillow top, four post teak canopy bed, down comforter, fine linens and lots of pillows. Hang your clothes in a tall mirrored English oak armoire. The bedroom is cozy with a gas log stove. The multi paned windows are screened to allow you to enjoy our wonderful mountain air that just invites snuggling-so cozy and romantic.

If you can tear yourselves away from the comforts of Red Cat House, all of Taos is just outside your door. You are within easy walking distance of all Historic District shops, restaurants, galleries and museums. You may browse the many guides and menus found in the apartment or just ask me for suggestions about 'All Things Taos'. Ask me where to go for live music and special events during your stay so you can meet folks who enjoy life and all the richness Taos has to offer. I enjoy sharing the charms and stories of our town with visitors. I can also stock your refrigerator, make dinner reservations or whatever you might wish done before your arrival.

Red Cat House has so much to offer. This is a little slice of Paradise in Taos-the perfect vacation spot you will always remember.

Check out 'Smarter Travel' Feb., 5, 2012 'Most Romantic Small Towns' for an article about the charms of Taos for couples.

p.s. No significant other at the moment? Red Cat House is a perfect solo vacation spot too.

PLEASE NOTE: Even if my calendar shows a reservation for your dates, contact me. I have a total of 11--soon to be 12--Vacation Rentals in Taos so all sorts of accommodations available...

More Details
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Melissa Serfling (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2015

About Melissa Serfling

I own two shops on the street where The Red Cat House apartment is located. Red Cat Melissiana is a bit of everything--fun and unique. Red Cat For Her is a lingerie/gift shop. The Red Cat House is above the lingerie store.

Melissa Serfling purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Melissa Serfling chose Taos

The first time I saw this apartment I saw the potential for a wonderful vacation rental. It is cozy yet spacious and the location can't be beat. I receive so many compliments on my two other vacation rentals in town for my taste and sense of zany style and I love to garden so the combination of the apartment and the front garden was something I could not resist. This could become the most popular apartment in town! Everyone who sees it (including me) wants to move in!

What makes this apartment unique

I love the spacious, yet intimate feel. I love the way my eclectic taste with the furnishings (high end antiques, rustic, country and New Mexican pieces) All the art is original with great variety. I love all the nouances and fun, little touches to be found throughout the space.

Then there is the location--right in the heart of town and just across the street from the Plaza.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lucy, thanks so much for your enthusiastic review. I am so glad you were so pleased with your accommodations at my Red Cat House apartment for your Christmas visit. It truly is a delightful place to stay in Taos. This is a great street. As you mentioned you stayed above Substance Clothing for Women and I'm glad you spent time in my shop Red Cat Melissiana for your lingerie and flower purchases. If you return in the summer, you will enjoy all the gardens I plant on the street. Your little courtyard is especially beautiful. Melissa
Dec 2012
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Red cat house vacation apartment for couples
average rating of 4.885714 based on 38 reviews

Beautiful apartment next to plaza

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved this apartment! The pictures didn't do the place justice,it's decorated so beautifully and is walking distance to the plaza. We would stay here again in the future. Thank you Melissa for everything, it was fantastic!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed my apartment and my decorating style! Like my plumber once said, "Nothing you do makes any sense, but when it's done, it works!" Love that and you are right, you can't beat the location across the street from the Plaza, but since it is an 1880's building with 14" thick walls, it is quiet and private. Hope to see you again at The Red Cat House or one of my nine other vacation rentals in Taos.

Perfect and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

What is better than returning to your vacation rental at the end of the day, finding yourself saying you're ready to go "home?!" That is what Melissa's Red Cat apartment was to us...very much a home away from home. It was so comfortable with everything any traveler could want & need: walking distance to most everything, cozy and eclectic, warm and lovely surroundings, a wonderfully comfortable bed, fireplaces...simply stellar.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review. You enjoyed all I do to make a stay in my Red Cat House special and personal! I believe folks choose to stay in Vacation Rentals because they want a "I'm Home" feeling as opposed to just another generic motel/hotel room. Thanks for once again verifying that concept! I always try to anticipate what my guests might want to make their stay more enjoyable and glad you agree that I provide so much. You are right about the location! If you want to experience the essence of Taos,any of my three downtown apartments are perfect. Even though they are right downtown they are quiet and private-an advantage of an 1880's adobe with 14" thick walls! Next time consider one of my other two downtown apartments Vrbo 513557 or Vrbo 598600. I so enjoy furnishing and decorating my TEN Taos rentals and folks seem to enjoy the cozy feeling (even in my bigger properties) and my eclectic style of decor. So many guests comment that this is how they always Taos should be and no, you WILL NOT find a Kokopelli cut out or a coyote wearing a bandana in any of them!!! Ah yes, the bed at the Red Cat House always gets a five star review. There is just something about an antique, teak queen four poster canopy bed that just spells vacation, relaxation and... I love all my gas log fireplaces with the warmth and ambiance of a wood burning stove without the chore of firewood. I actually have a total of 13 of them in my ten rentals. The fellow who owns the Gas Log Stove Store in Taos LOVES me! How I do go on, but I know how important reviews are and am always so appreciative when a guest takes the time to thank me about my hospitality and raves about one of my rentals! I really like the sound of "Simply Stellar"! Doesn't get much better!
Amarillo, TX

Perfect Valentines Day Get Away!!

  • 5 of 5

The Red Cat House is a perfect Valentines Day/Romantic weekend get away for all couples!!

We choose the Red Cat House because it is truly within walking distance of all restaurants and shops in the very popular Taos Plaza.

Melissa was very helpful in recommending things to do and the apartment was super nice and decorated perfectly, plus she is VERY dog friendly.

Recommended for anyone wanting a great getaway in Taos for shopping, skiing or just relaxing and enjoying what Taos as to offer.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Stilwell, Kansas, USA (Kansas City area)

Wonderful Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect, romantic apartment for two! We loved the Red Cat House, and Melissa was there to help along the way. We sat at the big window for breakfast and a couple of dinners that we made. We walked all over the plaza and to some of the museums. We walked to dinner and the grocery store. Just a perfect location. We parked right across the street and could see the car from the window. We had an easy time getting in and out of town to go see the gorge and other sights. Recommend to anyone particularly a couple on a getaway. Taos was having a warm winter and we took advantage of that to go hiking at several of the gorge national forest trail areas. We loved the decorations and the wifi was perfect. We never watched TV but did keep up on Facebook and emails with the wifi, and researched restaurants and driving tours. The bed was very comfy and all the windows let in perfect light all day, including great sunset colors to the big windows to the west at the back of the house. This would be great to use for the skiing and obviously for any kind of Taos tours in any season is perfectly located in town. And its very quiet and a feeling of seclusion up on the second floor. A real "getaway"!!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks so much for the great review! You touched on everything I did and my vision of what makes this such a special place to stay. Red Cat was the name of my shop on the street (named after my rescued red cat) When I found out this street had been the Red Light District in town and I had created a wonderful, romantic apartment, how could I resist? I named it "The Red Cat House" a bit of naughty whimsy... It is perfect and so romantic. At almost 1000 sq. ft. it is spacious, but intimate. Everyone loves the big bedroom with sunrise views from front windows and sunset from the rear bedrooms and that big, comfy antique queen canopy bed is always popular. It is so quiet here, but I always like the church bells that ring at 7 am if you are early risers. I do have many single guests here, but it is so perfect for a couples getaway. You mentioned my "decorations". I have so much fun with my many whimsical touches and glad you noticed and enjoyed discovering them. This is the modern age so that wireless high speed internet is always appreciated although I hope folks don't spend too much time with Facebook, emails or the internet. You are on vacation! I have a good variety of reading material, Dvd's and lots of candles too. I also get many comments about my very retro record player and albums. Love the idea of dancing to a record on top of Taos. My eat in kitchen is well equipped. I'm glad you took advantage of my supplies and cooked some of your meals at home. From this apartment you also discovered that you could walk to restaurants, bars and the grocery store. This building was built in 1880 so although there are all the modern amenities, the 14" thick walls promise peace and quiet right downtown. My collection of antiques, art on the walls and those whimsical touches are what I love to do and it is so nice when my guests notice and appreciate. Please consider a return trip to Taos. My courtyard garden is a riot of color in the summer--so private for a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine. Thanks again for appreciate what I do and hope to see you again at The Red Cat House.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Unforgettable Taos Experience... thanks to Red Cat House!

  • 5 of 5

What an exceptional Taos experience. The Red Cat house was everything we could have hoped for a fun, romantic weekend. With a great big window overlooking the plaza and a beautiful canopy bed, the beautiful layout and decoration added a delicacy to the upstairs apartment, and the attention to detail made for an unforgettable stay. Plus, the location was absolutely perfect for wandering the plaza and was within walking distance to some fabulous restaurants.

The apartment itself is stunning and we can't wait to return in the summer when the garden leading up to the house is in full bloom.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Claire F

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for the lovely house. It made our stay in Taos all the more enjoyable. You have done a beautiful job

in making it comfortable and convenient. I would come back tomorrow if I could!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I always strive for comfortable, convenient and charming in all my rentals. So glad you liked all that in the Red Cat House.


This Vacation Rental is so very special. Just outside the door of this one bedroom apartment is all Taos has to offer. You are walking distance to shops, galleries, museums and restaurants in the downtown Historic District of Taos.


Rates & Availability

From $120 Per night

Taos Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Xmas 2015
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 4 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
cleaning fee $75
Notes cleaning fee $75--$95 cleaning fee with pet

Holiday rate: 12/21-1/3 $175 per night for 1-2 guests--additional guest $25

Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Elevator
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) Antique, four post canopy teak bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) Living room couch has been used for third person on occasion, Child Beds (1) couch could work for a child's bed
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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