FIVE STAR ADOBE CASITA

Linda Malm

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
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FIVE STAR ADOBE CASITA

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1 bedroom adobe on 5 acres 10 minutes from town

Casita Dona Linda is an elegant, authentic adobe on five acres, surrounded by junipers and native grasses, nestled in Taos Canyon of the scenic Enchanted Circle drive - yet only 5 miles from historic Taos Plaza. Truly a four season experience, with vibrant spring and summer gardens, golden autumn cottonwoods, and snow covered pines in winter. The property has a private trail culminating in a canyon-view bench before it joins national forest. A rustic bridge crosses the Rio Fernando. A 1/3-acre pond reflects the landscape - except when the pet trout jump or the ice sparkles in winter. The setting and home are a bit of Shangri-La!

Location:

Approximately 5 miles East from Taos Plaza, 18 miles to Angel Fire and 24 miles to Taos Ski Valley – on the Enchanted Circle byway. Very convenient to hiking, biking, snow shoeing trails and all the shopping, dining and culture Taos has to offer.

Amenities:

Beautiful outdoor setting with patio furniture and the backdrop of the Carson National Forest. Covered parking just outside the front door. Radiant heated saltillo tile flooring and a large kiva fireplace. Generous skylights set between high ponderosa ceiling vigas accent the softly curved mud plaster walls. Lots of closet space for storage. Washer/dryer available with iron and ironing board. Satellite Dish TV, wireless Internet and courtesy phone offered. Fenced-in, private, separate dog yard (shady, sheltered and fairly escape proof for the pooch!)

Baths:

One full with tub/shower, pedestal sink, bright skylight, cabinetry and custom tile work. Lots of towels and a hair dryer.

Kitchen:

Galley style: fully equipped with gas stove, double sink with disposal, refrigerator, coffee maker and bean grinder, blender, electric beater, microwave, large crock pot, toaster oven and an ample supply of dishes (crystal glassware), silverware and cookware. Custom cabinetry and tile create an efficient work place. Built-in desk great for computer stationing set-up. View of adjacent private patio, pond and pine covered hills.

Living/Dinning:

Curved kiva fireplace with raised sandstone hearth and adjacent adobe banco seating. TV, library (may be supplemented by owner’s collection) “Kennedy” oak rocker, two-love seat/sleeper couches, coffee table, ample lighting, Sheepskin rug. Navaho weaving and other art works.

Coved dining area with 4 chairs, round table and window views into the expanse of the pond and forested hills – good birding!

Bedding:

Total comfort! Queen – “Select Comfort” (individual firmness controls), ceiling fan, skylight, cross ventilating windows, dedicated room thermostat. Romero for clothing items. Close to bath. Down comforter, lots of pillows and bed linens provided.

Heating/ Cooling:

Radiant floor heat on two separate thermostats. Nice warm floors for winter! Kiva fireplace in living area. Thick adobe walls, trees, and cross ventilation keep it naturally cool in summer.

Sq. Ft.:

Approx. 800 sq. ft., in an open, well designed floor plan with softly curved mud plaster walls, skylights, solid natural wood and tile. Beautifully decorated and furnished. The casita is attached by a double-thick adobe wall to the owners’ home, which creates a gentle, quiet, private space to call your own. Sheltering front porch entry and latilla privacy fence along back patio.

Policies:

This is a non-smoking property. Dog friendly (sorry, no cats…..) with Dog Guidelines understood and cleaning fee. Maximum capacity 4. This home is a good fit for adults and older children. Due to the 8 ft. deep pond and also the delicate, mud plaster interior walls it may not be advisable for young children.

Deposit and Cancellation:

$100 refundable cleaning/damage deposit.

$50 refundable dog cleaning/damage fee (plus non refundable $10/day fee)

30 day cancellation policy.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Linda Malm

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We are retired! Donn has been a museum director, back to the land farmer and insurance/investment broker. He is an avid sportsman with a knowledge of NM hiking and biking trails and is a telemark skier.

Linda is a former professor and academic dean of Art who is now a poet. She is a Master Gardner and past president of the Taos Native Plant Society. She occasionally swims, kayaks and snowshoes.

The architecture exhibits excellent design and the finest materials. The setting includes orchard, field, extensive gardens, mature native trees, a pond, the Rio Fernando and a private trail joining National Forest. All this and yet only five miles from historic Taos Plaza.

Leaping pet rainbow trout.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
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Reviews

5
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Five Star Adobe Casita
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews
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Five Star Adobe Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p439697vb
575-758-8753
Taos New Mexico
5

WONDERFUL VACATION RENTAL!

  • 5 of 5
Friendly helpful hosts, clean as a whistle casita, lovely grounds, quiet location - everything, and more, than we expected. We particularly enjoyed the lovely gardens, the lively "pet trout" in the pond, and the always entertaining "hummingbird wars" at the feeders. Staying outside of town a few miles means we could easily avoid the congestion that is Taos on summer weekends, venturing to smaller towns and exploring the myriad of hiking trails, rushing streams and lush mountains of the Enchanted Circle. Our two dogs - golden retrievers with active personalities - LOVED being able to run & play in the securely fenced front meadow. That exercise option gave us a way to keep them away from the enticing backyard pond and cultivated gardens - a major plus in managing 6 days with our dogs. We enjoyed the following restaurants: Gutiz (dog friendly patio) for French food with a lively Latin flavor (casual), Lambert's on Bent Street for gourmet New Mexico cuisine (recommend reservations), and Taosuenos for local, inexpensive New Mexican food (now I know what a Frito Pie is!) We had a very restful getaway - we plan to return, maybe for the Fall colors.

Carrie & Jim
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Five Star Adobe Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p439697vb
575-758-8753
Taos New Mexico
5

HEAVEN ON EARTH NEW MEXICO STYLE

  • 5 of 5
I run the risk of being accused of gushing and possibly using way too many adjectives in this review of our stay at the Five Star Casita, so I will just say that my husband and I had one of the best vacations we have ever had, thanks to Linda and Donn's wonderful hospitality, knowledge of the area, and beautiful casita. Everything mentioned in the description and through the listing photos is accurate -- and then some. This place has it all: beautiful scenery, a peaceful, gorgeous setting filled with flowers and a gurgling fountain, a serene lake with pet fish that come when you feed them (yes, really!), a well-appointed house that seemed to anticipate our every need, a completely outfitted kitchen and bathroom, a comfy mattress with high thread count sheets, plenty of reading material to help us pick the perfect restaurant or excursion for the day, a private hike and bench just for us to sit and ponder our good fortune, and on and on. Both Linda and Donn were accessible and answered all of our questions. They helped us find two wonderful hikes - the Columbine Trail and the amazing Wild Rivers area where we hiked up the La Junta, a steep climb up and out of the Rio Grande Gorge that proved to be an experience of a lifetime for me. The casita is nicely positioned - close enough to town to get in easily but far enough away that we felt like we were in our own little paradise. All in all, it far exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend it to all our friends and relatives. This proved to be the perfect home base from which to explore Taos and beyond. We were rested, refreshed, satisfied, and rejuvenated. Doesn't get much better than that!
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Five Star Adobe Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p439697vb
575-758-8753
Taos New Mexico
Tampa
5

EXCELLENT CASITA

  • 5 of 5
The casita is part of a bigger house, which, together, makes a lovely Pueblo casa. It is set against the mountains and has a wonderful trout pond (it's fun to feed them). The casita is roomy and very pleasing, built in the Pueblo/Mexican style that reflects the area very well. The facilities are complete and our stay was very enjoyable, so much that two nights of our 4 night stay we stayed and had dinner at "home". No AC, but with the mountain breezes and great cross-ventilation - and quiet environment - it was not a problem even in 98 degree weather.

Linda is wonderful and interesting.

All in all: great experience.
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
business
Five Star Adobe Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p439697vb
575-758-8753
Taos New Mexico
5

PICTURESQUE CASITA WITH STUNNING VIEWS IN TAOS CANYON

  • 5 of 5
Stunningly designed new casita nestled in Taos Canyon with sunshine streaming through skylights, private patio, hammock and backyard fish pond. Nearby mountain hikes offer wide views of the valley. Minutes from Taos center by car.
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Five Star Adobe Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p439697vb
575-758-8753
Taos New Mexico
Shreveport, LA
4

A LOVELY SETTING, OUR OWN PRIVATE BEAR!

  • 4 of 5
There's a lot to love about Taos, and Linda & Donn's little casita was a great place to come home to every afternoon. The pictures tell the story about the lovely place & its beautiful surroundings. It was also the first time to get to see a black bear up close. The fuzzy fella wandered down from the mountain and into the humane trap about 15 feet from our master bedroom door one night about midnight. That was a sleepless night, but we've gotten some great stories out of it. Yes, at this casita, you are definitely close to nature! Kudos to Donn for loaning us his trail maps and giving us tips on several wonderful off-road motorcycle trails. Because of his advice, we found a tremendously beautiful forest road with enough character and rocks to be fun but not lose teeth in the process. Thanks, Donn! I do have one bit of advice- this property would likely not be appropriate for anyone on road motorcycles as the driveway is steep and gravel and I do not know if road bikes could make it. Our off-road bikes did fine, but we had to keep speed high going up a steep-ish incline. One other word of advice- there's a restaurant in town called Gutiz. Go there every day and order the French Toast. Maybe even go there twice a day and order it. It is that good. Go to Taos. Now! It will make you forget work, forget stress, forget that report due yesterday. You deserve a break.
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Oops. Our first motorcyclist guests and our first ever 4 star, instead of five star review. (We really try hard.) Please do look at the photo of our driveway. Even two wheel drive cars in winter have not had a problem.
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Five Star Adobe Casita
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p439697vb
575-758-8753
Taos New Mexico
5

HAPPY STAY

  • 5 of 5
We arrived to find a spacious,beautifully decorated,squeaky clean casita,fully equipped. It was a perfect base from which to explore all the wonderful environs of Taos.
Linda and Donn were gracious hosts willing to help when asked and at the same time providing complete privacy. We feel lucky to have chosen this place and would readily come here again:)
  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing
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Map

Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
El Monte Sagrado
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Taos Ski Valley 24 miles, Angel Fire 18 miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Via Escondito
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
El Monte Sagrado
Car: necessary

Casita Dona Linda is set back from the Enchanted Circle National Scenic Byway by a field and orchard, but is only ten minutes from historic Taos Plaza. The front is nestled in junipers and the back has a view of a pond and National Forest. Guests are more than welcome to walk the grounds which include beautiful flowers and a vegetabe garden. The property is both convenient and rural. If requested, the resident retired owners can provide expert cultural and sports information.

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Availability & Rates

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Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Season
May 23 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$140
$910
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Sports I
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
3 night minimum stay
$140
$910
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Holiday
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 1 2015
5 night minimum stay
$200
$1,300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Sports II
Jan 2 2015 - Feb 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
$140
$910
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$125
$812
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.12%

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Amenities

Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
General:
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Stove ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large pedestal sink, tub/shower, radiant heated floor, storage, skylight, beams (Vigas), custom tile. Lots of towels and hair dryer provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • One Queen size Sleep Master bed with dual firmness controls, king pillows and down comforter, Two love seats in the living room open into beds. Custom linens, king pillows and polar arctic blankets.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • paddle boating
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseshoes
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • golf
  • tennis
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • cross country skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • equestrian events
  • ski privileges optional
  • whitewater rafting
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • skiing
  • fishing
  • rock climbing
  • hot air ballooning
Notes:
Excellent shopping, dining, cultural activities and entertainment.
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