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Melissa Serfling

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights

Melissa Serfling

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
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Calendar last updated:
December 27, 2014
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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


Taos Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Casita Juliet Is A Wonderful Little House With Charm And Personality

Casita Juliet has it all for the single traveler or couple. Located on a quiet, downtown street and five minute walk to the Plaza. It is a one bedroom (Queen) little home with a well equipped kitchen, separate eating area, large living room ( couch could sleep one additional guest or child comfortably). It is decorated in my style of antiques, art and whimsy. This is the newest of my five Taos rentals and will soon prove to be as popular as the rest. Folks just seem to love my 'Melissiana' style.

Casita Juliet has all new appliances, dishes and kitchenware, towels and bedding in a charming intimate yet roomy little house. It has two outdoor living areas and of course a ridiculous number of plants--a signature of mine...

Although there are two homes on this property, both have a feeling of privacy with separate off street parking, garden and outdoor living spaces.

Casita Juliet can also be combined with the main house 'Casa Madre' as a family compound for a larger group of up to 12.

The property is fenced and pet friendly. ( No pet fee)


EXCITING NEWS!!! Casita Juliet and main home Casa Madre (Vrbo 482097) were chosen to be on this summers Taos Home & Garden Tour. From foreclosures to Garden Tour quality. Quite a compliment to me and my style. It just shows folks that you do not have to be wealthy to be on the tour. A good eye, a house with good bones, a bit of money, a LOT of work and a sense of creativity and whimsy... Too much fun showing off what I do to 500!

PLEASE NOTE: although my calendar may show reserved dates, please contact me. I have a total of ELEVEN (soon to be 12) Vacation rentals in Taos with accommodations for any size group.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Melissa Serfling (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 27, 2014

About Melissa Serfling

Some women collect shoes or husbands. I seem to collect houses! I love buying old adobes, renovating them, furnishing and decorating then turn them into hugely popular vacation rentals

Casita Juliet is my fifth home and has a wonderful story. This casita is part of a downtown compound and like the big house on the property (VRBO #482097) was in foreclosure for two years. I saw the potential of this property and am lucky enough to have a mother who at age 96 wanted to do something for me while she was still here to be part of it. I bought the two houses on this property in February 2013 and got to work. Casa Madre was finished in June and has proven to be a very popular rental.

Casita Juliet while on the same property has a wonderful sense of privacy. It is separated from Casa Madre by two over the top garden areas, a latilla fence and has it's own private parking area. It is named for my dear friend Juliet who once lived there and is my garden helper and housekeeper.

I love all five of my properties, but Casita Juliet is very special to me.

Melissa Serfling purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Melissa Serfling chose Taos

As I said earlier I do love buying old adobes, bringing them back to life and making improvements along the way.

I fell in love with this property long before I bought it. I was friends with the owner and a fellow yard sale fanatic. When it came up for sale in a foreclosure I told my mom about it and as they say, the rest is history.

What makes this cottage unique

Casita Juliet is a 1000 sq. ft. complete little house for one person, a couple (or three since the living room couch is big and I have bedding for it) The remodel was fairly gruesome since it entailed removing the roof and raising the ceilings. The original ceilings were only a little over 6' and I'm 5'11' myself. Now the rooms are open and inviting, cozy, but not crowded, decorated with my antiques, art and sense of whimsy throughout. I saved what was charming and unique and repaired or replaced what was just not right or did not appeal to me.

The kitchen is small, but well equipped. There is a separate eating area, and a utility room with a washer/dryer.

There are two delightful, private outdoor areas under portals for dining or just relaxing. AND this property is just, a five minute walk to the downtown Plaza through a nice, historic neighborhood.

I am a plant lover and in summer Casita Juliet is a garden wonderland with in ground plants and flowering pots everywhere. Even in winter you can enjoy all my indoor cactus and succulents in unique pots. No two alike and it's a container if it holds soil! Cowboy boot, oil can, saucepan, bucket...

Another advantage to Casita Juliet is that combined with the main house Casa Madre and the Bunk House (so much fun!) this property can be a family compound and sleep 12.

It is also fenced and pet friendly!

Please note: even if my calendar shows a reservation for your requested dates, contact me. I have six listings on Vrbo and manage another5 also on Vrbo. Everything from one and two bedroom apartments to one, two and three bedroom homes, condos and even family compounds. I can find a rental for you!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Melissa, My family so enjoyed our stay in Taos. Casita Juliet has everything a small family needs--comfortable and nice and toasty upon our arrival late in the evening--a real treat for sure!

Casita Juliet was a perfect home base as we explored everything and no downtown parking hassles. You were right. We could walk everywhere. We'll be back for sure!
Oct 2013
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Casita Juliet
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Casita Juliet
Taos New Mexico

Off the charts adorable

  • 5 of 5
We had a large family gathering and added this one on to the house in front (casa Madre) and it couldn't have been more perfect. Only problem was figuring out who got to stay in this sweet little cottage!Comfy, self contained and with its own little patio this is a winner of a spot. I want to come stay here again. Melissa is the consummate host: there to help when you need it but not intrusive.
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: One of the great things about this property is the possibility of adding this little casita for big family groups. This way you have the whole compound. On the other hand it is stand alone and orivate so works well for two separate sets of guests. I love this property and so do my guests.
Casita Juliet
Taos New Mexico

A Wonderful Place to Stay - Longer

  • 5 of 5
Not too much new to add to the great reviews already here. Had a cozy, quiet, private weekend, everything we needed. Could see ourselves staying at Casita Juliet for an extended period of time. Loved finding a Hank Williams record to play on our arrival. After we left, Melissa texted that the housekeeper found our Mac charger. She promptly mailed it to our next stop. Our fifth visit to beautiful New Mexico; the first one staying in Taos. Hope to be back and stay here again. Thank you!
  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you on so many levels for your review.

I do pride myself on the number of nice reviews I receive.

Casita Juliet where you stayed as well as all my other rentals are important to me that I offer guests a cozy, private, quiet retreat. Life can get so crazy and a vacation should be a respite from all of that!

I have many guests who come for a weekend and return for a month to just unwind. Many of those guests decide maybe Taos is where they just might want to relocate to...

I love my very retro record player and my albums. I have young guests who have never experienced vinyls!

I am very good about sending off items left behind and have great housekeepers who bring me chargers, IPads, wallets, glasses and jewelry. I always return them but I have to say that this is not my high point in interacting with guests!
I love first time to Taos visitors because so many of them realize what a special little town this is and do return. Thanks again. Melissa
Casita Juliet
Taos New Mexico

Perfect for a romantic getaway!

  • 5 of 5
We were immediately charmed by this well-appointed casa in the heart of Taos. Located on a quiet residential street, just a few blocks from the town square, the two of us really enjoyed spending time at Casa Julieta. Not only was it extremely cute, clean and comfortable, the owner took pains to make us feel at home with bathrobes, a vintage record player with Patsy Cline and other classics, and DVD's. We wanted for nothing, and found the owner to be very hospitable and generous. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, I do love providing a romantic getaway and Casita Juliet is so perfect for this! It is a sweet, intimate cottage, but I also love the gardens, the shade trees and the two outdoor sitting areas.

I'm really glad you mentioned my vintage record player and albums. Hope you danced in the living room. Please come again for another getaway.
Casita Juliet
Taos New Mexico
Los Angeles CA

A place to remember

  • 5 of 5
Sometimes we stay somewhere and we know we want to return. This is one of those places. We enjoyed the entire casita, cooking, listening to records and watching a dvd in the beautiful living room. Even the shower was great. We sat on the porch and watched a beautiful sunset in Taos. The owner is very friendly and she even cooperated in mailing my favorite moccasins that I left behind. I highly recommend Casita is so welcoming and full of beautiful art. A must see is the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos Pueblo, eat at Orlando's restaurant. If you are ever there on 4th of July go to Arroyo Seco's is really funky and loads of fun.
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Casita Juliet. Thanks for liking my "vintage" sound system and I'm glad we provided one of our amazing Taos sunsets for your enjoyment. I took your moccasins to the post office yesterday so you will be wearing them again soon!
Casita Juliet
Taos New Mexico

Blissful Retreat

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I enjoyed this home so much we didn't want to leave, and would have loved calling it home! Melissa was the most gracious host, offering everything we need in her cute and creatively remodeled home. The vibrance and eclectic style poured out of every corner of the home, making it all the more fun to stay!
  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Kayla, thanks so much for the nice review! I so enjoyed meeting you, your husband and of course that sweet baby girl. I have so much fun decorating my rentals and always love it when fo;ls appreciate my "Melissiana" style. Thanks also for your purchases at my shop. I hope they remind you of Taos everytime you look at them. You should have received my refund check for the rubber cowgirl gardening boots. I can't imagine how someone decided a size 6.5 and a 9 made any sense! They must have very strange feet, but I cant wait to use them for planters or flower vases--perfect use for rubber boots. I'll send you a photo. Hope to see you again in the future here in Taos and remember Casita Juliet.
Casita Juliet
Taos New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM


  • 5 of 5
This little casita is amazing. It has everything you need and feels like home. Completely relaxing and rejuvenating. Love, love, love it.
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joanie, thanks for review. You perspective means a lot to me. Do you realize you have stayed in three of my six properties? See you in February.


Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Albuquerque Sunport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Alley Cantina--short walk
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Golf & Country Club-open to the public
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Lamy, New Mexico
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
John Dunn Bridge on the Rio Grande
Car: recommended

Taos has something for everyone. In a small town of less than 6,000 residents we boast great restaurants, galleries, museums shopping, a myriad of outdoor activities and of course the Taos Pueblo--longest occupied settlement in North America)


Rates & Availability

From $135 Per night

Taos Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas/New Years
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 3 2015
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $85
Notes cancellation policy: refund (minus $25 charge) if cancellation before 30 days of arrival date AND if property is rented for same dates

No pet fee, just slightly higher cleaning fee charged

Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Leave your hairdryer home!
  • Very Southwestern with Mexican tile details and saltillo tile floor. Nice big turquoise towells and fun stuff to check out. Wait till you see my art on the door...
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Sunny bedroon with Queen bed and unique headboard. Good reading lamps, saltillo tile floor and turquoise robes for two!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • 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
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
I just know you will love Casita Juliet! It's a very special home away from home in Taos.

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