Melissa Serfling

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights

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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. (pet fee)


EXCITING NEWS!!! Casita Juliet and main home Casa Madre (Vrbo 482097) have been chosen to be on this coming summer Taos Home & Garden Tour. From foreclosures to Garden Tour quality. Quite a compliment to me and my style. They will show 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...

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  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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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Melissa Serfling

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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

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.

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!!!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights

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Casita Juliet
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Casita Juliet
+1 415 497-7761
Taos New Mexico


  • 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
+1 415 497-7761
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.
Casita Juliet
+1 415 497-7761
Taos New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM


  • 5 of 5
Our family so appreciated have this casita available during our reunion in Taos (Dec 2013). The casita is cozy, warm, and convenient. Melissa has decorated with interesting art, curiosities, and well crafted furniture. The kitchen was well supplied with dishes and cooking utensils. We will certainly recommend this property to others.
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It's sweet, cozy and complete. I am so glad you agree!
Casita Juliet
+1 415 497-7761
Taos New Mexico


  • 5 of 5
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This was undeniably a favorite in our book!! We travel often and stay in Many vacation homes & this is at the Top Of The List!

This casita was so lovingly decorated with such attention to detail ... It makes you feel like a true part of Taos Culture!

Melissa, The owner of this property is truly amazing, warm & wonderful and it shows in her vacation rentals! She is extremly responsive and most importantly honest.

The pictures on the website are great but this casita is even better in person!.

We honestly felt so at home ... We didn't feel like we were renting.

WE truly believe the experience was such a success due to the dedication of the owner, Melissa. She even rescued us one night when we had car trouble ... Way ABOVE & Beyond!!

She really understands the concept of a real get-away and this was apparent in the quality & care put into the decor of Casita Juliet ... Her treasures are like little surprises everyday and it was wonderful to be the first guests!!

Melissa's dedication to providing the best possible experience for us was amazing.

We would recommend this property or one of her other OUTSTANDING properties to everyone interested in visiting the Taos area.

Thank you Melissa for such a wonderful experience ... we will return again & again!!

Nicolle, Robert & Bella
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nicolle, thank you SO much for the great review! My first one!!!

I really enjoyed meeting you, Robert and the amazing Ms Bella.

I'm so glad you loved Casita Juliet. I put so much of myself into all of my rentals and obviously guests appreciate my efforts

Casita Juliet is one of my favorites of my five vacation rentals. Well, that's not really true. I love them all. It's all so rewarding -- from the initial effort of reclaiming neglected properties, furnishing and decorating and then sharing with my many guests.

It's hard for me to believe Casita Juliet and the bigger house Casa Madre sat empty and in foreclosure for two years. Good thing I took so many photos of their rebirth! Speaking of pictures, I love yours and thanks for sending. You may see some of them on my website.

Looking forward to seeing you again. Melissa
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Albuquerque Sunport
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Lamy, New Mexico
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
John Dunn Bridge on the Rio Grande
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Alley Cantina--short walk
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Golf & Country Club-open to the public
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
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)

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Availability & Rates


Taos Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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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/pet $95.00
cleaning fee $85.00
Notes cancellation policy: refund (minus $25 charge) if cancellation before 30 days of arrival date AND if property is rented for same dates

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
  • Living Room ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • 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 ...
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf
  • tennis
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • cross country skiing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • rock climbing
  • hot air ballooning
I just know you will love Casita Juliet! It's a very special home away from home in Taos.
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