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Melissa Serfling

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

Melissa Serfling

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 28, 2015
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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


Taos House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom/2 Bath Home With Everything! 2-10 guests

This home has three bedrooms, two full tiled baths, a large eat in kitchen, living room/dining room, a family room and separate laundry room. It has a big front deck with mountain views and flowering container plants everywhere. The deck is shaded by a big apricot tree, just delightful on a hot afternoon. There is also a back covered portal/patio with table and chairs, BBQ and fireplace and of course more plants. There is ample parking and soon many more surrounding garden spaces. A fun addition is big storage shed which is now 'The bunkhouse' a perfect spot for the young or young at heart.

The home is furnished with my antiques, consignment store and yard sale treasures, original art, folk art pieces and my whimsical style throughout. All bedding, towels, kitchen supplies and appliances are new and inviting.

If all this is not enough, my home is less than a five minute walk through a pleasant old neighborhood to the downtown Plaza area with shops, galleries and restaurants.

This home sleeps 2-6 guests in the three bedrooms. The family room sofa converts into a double bed and the bunkhouse sleeps 2. There is an additional one bedroom casita on the property (separate parking and fenced for privacy) which will sleep two-three (vrbo 490376.) A truly perfect getaway for 2- 12 guests!


GREAT/FUN NEWS FLASH!!! This house and the little Casita Juliet (Vrbo 490376)on the property were featured on The Taos Home & Garden Tour this summer! I got to show off what I love to do to over 500 folks! A very good day indeed...

From Foreclosure to Tour material is quite a compliment and very exciting!!! So often Tour homes, while often quite lovely have that 'professional designer' look. The architect is there, the Builder, the Landscaper and all the owner knows is that they wrote a lot of checks to make this happen. Believe me, I know ALL about these houses since I performed all above roles as well as laborer and general schlepper... My style, my time, my creativity and sense of whimsy at work.

PLEASE NOTE: Even if my calendar shows a booking for your dates contact me. I have a total of 11 Taos Vacation Rentals--soon to be 12 so I have all kinds of availability...

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Melissa Serfling (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 28, 2015

About Melissa Serfling

Some women collect shoes. Some collect husbands. I seem to collect houses!

I am the VRBO Queen of Taos with two homes, a downtown apartment and now another house and soon (within the month) a little casita for guests.

I so enjoy buying old adobes, remodeling and reviving and then furnishing them and renting them to visitors. My houses are always booked and I get great reviews.

I am a busy Taos woman. Aside from my vacation rentals, I own a fun, eclectic downtown shop called Red Cat Melissiana. The name is a combination of my red cat Nellie and my name. Melissiana is a made up word and means 'anything I want since it's my shop'. I have unique gifts, flowers and lingerie in a wonderful old adobe building with great history on a street known as 'The Garden Street of Taos' planted of course by me. I am active in my community, on two board of directors and certainly never have a bored moment.

I moved to Taos 8 years ago from the San Francisco Bay area after raising my three children as a successful landscaper. I wanted a small town with lots to do, real mountains and four seasons. I got all this and more. I can't imagine living anywhere else and love sharing my town with my guests.

Melissa Serfling purchased this house in 2013

Why Melissa Serfling chose Taos

I've known this home for years. A friend of mine owned it and I often went to garage sales at the house. It had a nice feel to it and I liked the location. It went into foreclosure two years ago and I honestly forgot about it. I had enough else going on. A real estate friend of mine mentioned it to me and we went to see it. I immediately saw the incredible potential as a wonderful vacation rental, but no longer had my 'California money or California mentality'

My mom is 96 and talked about wanting to do something for me while she was still alive to enjoy it. She wrote a check and I had another house.

I bought it in March and it was quite the challenge, but 4 months later I have an amazing showcase vacation rental!

Thanks mom! I've named it 'Casa Madre' for you!!!

What makes this house unique

This home has a wonderful feeling to it. Ok, part of it is my style and taste I know, but it is inviting and friendly with a spacious, yet cozy feeling.

Floors are wood or mexican tile, there are lots of windows and it has a welcoming feel.

The house is constructed of 'cross ties' which are railroad ties, but not treated with creosote so the walls are thick and it is cool on the warmest days. I splurged on two gas log stoves for that fireplace feel without the firewood chore. All rooms now have heat. It must have been quite chilly in the past, but will now be warm in the winter.

The house has a nice layout and will be comfortable for one to three couples in the three bedrooms.

The neighborhood is great. Nice homes, peaceful and quiet. Birdsong in the day, crickets at night and occasionally the intriguing sound of someone's peacock! (A peacock in Taos? I swear it is...)

There are two homes on the property, but each have their own parking area, are separated by gardens and a fence so everyone maintains a sense of privscy.

The property is completely fenced and I am a dog friendly lady who knows how many folks travel with their pet.

This is a very special home and I am proud to offer it as a vacation rental.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Melissa, we had a wonderful stay in your house. So cozy and tons of character and charm!

We especially appreciated the fully stocked kitchen. Made cooking so much more pleasant.

We look forward to coming back for another visit.
Oct 2013
  • 1 of 2
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights
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based on 20 traveler reviews

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Casa Madre 2+
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
Casa Madre 2+
Taos New Mexico

Day of the Dead weekend in Taos

  • 5 of 5
We had a great trip to Taos with our base at Casa Madre. It had plenty of room for six adults. We spent an evening on the back porch enjoying the sunset views over the adobe wall. The next night we barbequed on the front porch. This house is perfect, New Mexico style! It is beautifully decorated and the artwork is very interesting. We enjoyed a fun night at the Taos Brewery and a beautiful hike in the mountains outside of town. The shopping was great and the people were very friendly. We will come back to Taos and we all want to stay at Casa Madre again.
  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Richard, thanks for great review! I can't do better than perfect! I'm so glad you enjoyed my home and especially enjoyed everything Taos has to offer! I'm sorry we did not get a chance to meet. This hip replacement thing had me going for a while! Thanks again and please consider a return visit to Taos and /casa Madre in the future...
Casa Madre 2+
Taos New Mexico

Big family reunion!

  • 5 of 5
This house was perfect for our big family gathering. The pictures don't do it justice. We had the room we needed, the splendid front and back porches and Melissa's help with restaurants & ideas for activities--not to mention the delight of looking around at all the eclectic art. You could not ask for a better host. Highly recommend this property! Easy to walk to the Plaza too...and plenty of off street parking. I want to go back!
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Hi Laura, thanks so much for your glowing review! I so enjoyed meeting your very extended family and coming up with suggestions to make your mom's 90th birthday so special. This is a great house for big groups with plenty of space, but I always enjoy renting it to a couple too so next time...
Casa Madre 2+
Taos New Mexico
lakeland, fl


  • 5 of 5
we came from florida to visit our daughter and her family. they stayed with us in the house. it was very unique. had the cutest, unusual knick knacks all over the house. you could look for days and still not see it all. the house was very roomy. we could all be in a different part of the house if we wanted to at any given time. we loved the front porch. very nice to sit out there in the mornings and evenings. the kitchen has everything you would need and good stuff too. some places have run down items. the washer and dryer were a plus for sure. we came on the day after the place was featured in a magazine which added to the great condition of the place. congrats on getting that honor. the only thing I really missed was not having cable tv. I like to get my morning news with coffee. you couldn't even watch local channels.. only thing you could get on the tv was Netflix and the family room didn't seat all of us at one time to watch a movie. so that was a disappointment. overall the stay was very nice. when we come again we will definitely consider staying here again.
  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hi Liz and thanks for taking the time to write a review.

Yes that front deck is pretty special during the day or evening. Everyone loves my apricot tree. I can't wait till the year we don't have a late frost and I get a bumper crop of apricots. Homemade apricot jam from the tree will be such a nice extra for guests.

I always appreciate comments on my well equipped kitchen. I am a real cook and say that if my kitchen doesn't have it, I bet you won't need it.

The washer dryer in a separate laundry room is a nice addition especially for guests who come for a longer stay.

The TV situation gave everybody including me fits for quite some time. Sometimes it worked and sometimes not. I have switched to a different provider and now get a reliable/ridiculous number of channels.

There is a big couch and armchair with footstool in the family room and guests can always bring in an extra chair or two from the living room if a big group wants to watch tv. I do appreciate it when guests return the chairs to their spot when they leave.

Yes it was fun to be featured on the Summer Home & Garden Tour. I got to show off my style in front of over 500 tour goers that day. Many said it was their favorite home on the tour! I gave out over 400 of my Vacation Rental cards that day so it was a pretty good way to market what I love to do. Melissa
Casa Madre 2+
Taos New Mexico
Collbran, Colorado

Wonderful Relaxing Stay in Taos

  • 5 of 5
We have traveled to Taos for the past 8 years to attend the wool festival and wish that we would have found Casa Madre 8 years ago. The house is very comfortable, relaxing, clean... a perfect place to stay. It was wonderful to come back to Casa Madre in the evenings and have a beautiful patio where we could relax and enjoy a quiet dinner with friends. We discovered the farmers market in the plaza on Saturday, so it was wonderful to have the BBQ for grilling. The house is very roomy, nice large kitchen, has everything you need and very private. Casa Madre is in a very nice location, very quiet and within about a 10 minute walk to the Plaze.

The listing is very accurate with good pictures. Melissa was wonderful and has thought of everything. She is very prompt in getting back with you and makes sure that you can get a hold of her if you need anything. We would highly recommend Casa Madre... We actually re-booked for October of 2015 a few day after I got home. Thank You Melissa, We look forward to meeting you next year!
  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Jill, thanks so much for the totally nice review!

You touched on so many things I pride myself on in all my rentals (six and working on seventh!)

I have SO much fun furnishing and decorating my rentals. No Motel Six feeling with a Kokopeli pillow on the bed for me!

I strive for comfort, relaxation, amenities and am big on personality in all my rentals.

As my plumber once told me, "Nothing you do makes any sense, but when it's done it just works"! So perfect and makes me laugh everytime I repeat it!

Casa Madre is one of my favorites. Actually all my rentals are my favorites, but Casa Madre is very special. This home was in foreclosure for over two years when my 97 year old mother gave me the money to buy it. Thanks big time mom!

This year it was featured on the Home & Garden Tour and I got to show off my style to 500 tour goers.

It is everything you said Jill. Roomy and inviting, covered patio, wonderful big front deck, large and well equipped kitchen with a downtown location but a quiet/private feel.

Thanks for re booking so quickly too. That's a real compliment to me and Casa Madre.

Casa Madre 2+
Taos New Mexico
Woodland, CA, USA

Southwestern Charm

  • 5 of 5
We found this place to be exactly as expected. The images in the description could have been taken the day we were there. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the Taos area, I highly recommend Casa Madre 2. The two patio areas of the house were where we spent most of our time. It was very quiet, restful, and the weather in August couldn't have been better. Melissa has thought of everything, from towels and toilet paper to making sure the BBQ is ready to go if you want to use it. There were six of us, all over the age of 50 and everyone would recommend this home for a short or long stay. While we didn't need her, Melissa made sure we could reach her at any time during our stay. Thanks Melissa!
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: What a nice review. I always appreciate it when folks notice my special touches and attention to detail on my rentals. I have stayed in so many vacation rentals myself and usually wished for something that was not there so....robes, hair dryers, games, kitchen and bath supplies, cookbooks, BBQ supplies even an iron & board.

I take credit for all of it except the weather although you are right that August in Taos is heaven.

Come back and visit in the winter. You won't be on the front deck, but the house is so warm and cozy on a cold winter day.
Casa Madre 2+
Taos New Mexico

Just what we needed!!!

  • 5 of 5
This house was everything we needed and more!!! Very comfortable and soooooo cute!!!
The front porch was lovely! We already talked about coming back again for a family gathering. Thank you!
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi and thanks for the review.

I am so glad you enjoyed my home. Yes that front deck is a pretty nice spot to spend time in the day or evening. My apricot tree growing through the deck is so big and happy and casts such wonderful shade that next summer I will have to plan on a lot more shade plants on that deck. The flowering plants add such a nice touch and everyone enjoys the mountain views.

Do contact me for a future trip to Taos. Melissa


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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Albuquerque Sunport Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Alley Cantina/ Teresina Lane
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
85 Miles
Lamy, New Mexico
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Gorge
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
John Dunn Bridge/Rio Grande River

So much to do in Taos whether your interests are outdoor adventures (ski, snowboard, white water rafting, hiking) cultural events (6 museums, lecture series) shopping (numerous, fun shops in walking distance) art galleries (Numerous galleries on Ledoux Street, Kit Carson Rd., Bent Street--all in walking distance) Many restaurants within walking distance


Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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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
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $95
Notes Upon confirmation, I mail a simple contract and directions Please note, I do not charge a pet fee, just a higher cleaning fee

Cleaning fee based on number of guests $85 for two guests

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shared by Master and front bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Just off family room and private bath for 3rd bedroom
  • Both bathrooms feature Mexican tile counters and accents and whimsy galore!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom is spacious, opens onto back patio
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bed, bright and sunny
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Separate from other bedrooms for privacy.
  • All bedrooms are furnished with antiques, treasures, art and whimsy. Closets and dressers and robes for two in all
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
In all due modesty--NO, with great pride I attest to the fact that this a truly amazing home. It had the bones. I had the vision and the creativity to see the potential and bring it to life. And I have a wonderful, generous mother who made this happen for all of us. I know the guests who stay at Casa Madre will take home wonderful memories of a very special house in Taos and will return for future visits!

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