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Sanjay Poovadan

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

Stella Luna - in the Lap of Taos Mountain!

98 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Nestled at the foot of Taos Mountain off the Valdez Rim Road, Stella Luna, our 1500 square foot, two bedroom, two bath home sits on a quiet lane. It's just 15 mins from the slopes of Taos Ski Valley, 15 mins from the Town of Taos & Taos Plaza, and 5 mins from the charming village of Arroyo Seco. Extraordinary views in all directions, high ceilings throughout, large windows, and a floor plan that offers both open space and privacy come together to create a home that graciously welcomes you back after a day of skiing, sightseeing, or shopping. In fact, if you're like us, you might never want to leave Stella Luna at all!

Our lovely home offers a spacious, master suite with a King bed, attached office/nursery, TV/DVD, a Jacuzzi bath, and walk-in closet & dressing area. The second bedroom, conveniently separated from the master by the common living space, comes with a queen bed & double futon, TV/DVD, and an amazing view of Taos Mtn. While the house can comfortably sleep four adults, it can easily accommodate two more on the sleeper sofa in the living room.

A cozy fire in the kiva fireplace will warm your bones while you dine or relax in the comfortable living area. Being travelers, cooks, and foodies ourselves, Stella Luna provides you with a well-equipped kitchen and a home tastefully decorated with furnishings, art and objects from near and far. A selection of movies, books, and games will help you unwind from your life in the real world. To soothe those aching limbs and enjoy our spectacular New Mexico skies, there's a hot tub on the back deck; from the SW facing portal you get views of the Truchas, El Pedernal (a leitmotif of Georgia O'Keeffe), sunsets, and the neighbor’s grazing cows.

We love children and they're welcome at Stella Luna. We'll work with you to provide you the amenities you need.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Sanjay Poovadan (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

About Sanjay Poovadan

In 1979 as a new immigrant to the US , I came out to NM to attend St. John’s College in Santa Fe. Plato and Aristotle, Aeschylus and Shakespeare, Kant, Baudelaire, Einstein, and Dante brought me to NM. But it was this land itself, with its stark, bright light, dramatic landscape, rich culture and the many friendships I made here that kept me coming back.

After a 13-year career working for a number of SF Bay Area retail companies (The Nature Company/Discovery Channel Stores, The North Face, Illuminations, Restoration Hardware, etc.), in operations, human resources and real estate/construction, including managing several multi-store roll outs, I followed the woman I love to northern NM in 2002, to set down roots, invest in real estate and to make Taos home.

Here in Taos I have enjoyed becoming a part of a community that is diverse, creative and serious. There is nothing like involvement in the life and institutions of a community to build relationships and to make sense of how it all works. My own interests and those of my step children have been my guide: I became a part of the Taos Soccer Coalition, a couple of Acequias in the Taos Valley, the Friends of Anansi Charter School, the Board of the Taos Ski Team and Intermezzo of the Santa Fe Opera. In addition I served for six years on the Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College which has campuses in both Santa Fe, NM and Annapolis, MD. Today I serve on the boards of the Taos Land Trust and of the Quail Roost Foundation. I believe in the long term value of real estate in northern NM.

Sanjay Poovadan purchased this house in 2004

Why Sanjay Poovadan chose New Mexico

This is a home in the country, with breathtaking views, quiet, proximity to Arroyo Seco Village and Taos Ski Valley

What makes this house unique

Magnificent views--the bright and piercing morning light off the back of Taos Mountain greet each day; the last rays of sun set over the Rio Grande with El Pedernal as a back drop. All this is on a quiet dead-end lane in Arroyo Seco.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We hope that our home has been restful and relaxing. We hope that you have enjoyed it enough to return to Taos soon. Please take a few minutes to tell us and other potential visitors about your stay with us. Once again, many thanks for visiting.
Jan 2005
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Stella Luna - in the Lap of Taos Mountain!
average rating of 4.908163 based on 99 reviews
Mill Valley, California

Fantastic Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the Arroyo Seco area of Taos and Ski Valley during November when the Aspens were in full color (yellow-gold). Our stay at Stella Luna was exceptional. The owner, Sanjay really knows how to provide all the comforts of home in this vacation rental. There is a 360 degree view of the entire valley and the stars are spectacular at nite because of the romote location.

We heard the sounds of the coyotes during the night and were able to take a scenic drive during the day to the top of the mountain at Ski Valley )only a 15 minute drive from the house. Tim's Stray Dog Cantina

is a great place to have lunch and eat outdoors on the deck to appreciate the view of the mountains.

After hiking and sightseeing, we returned to our vacation home and were able to enjoy the outdoor jacuzzi and take in the views! We relaxed by the Kiva fireplace and had plenty of firewood to stoke the fire

all night. We enjoyed the great selection of DVD's and an excellent bottle of Australian Cabernet Savignon compliments of the owner, Sanjay!

Can't wait to book my next trip to Stella Luna!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
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Homey and close to skiing

  • 5 of 5

We loved the quiet location and custom decorating including the heated floors - close to skiing - with the well equipped kitchen we had everything we needed for the perfect getaway! Stella Luna exceeded our expectations!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views, super nice house!

  • 5 of 5

This house has great views from almost any window. It is close enough to town to run and get whatever you need, but also off the beaten path. There are hiking trails, scenic views and hot springs not too far from Stella Luna. And we had snow on the ground when we arrived for Thanksgiving week. We would recommend and hope to visit again one day.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Lake Wylie, SC, USA

A wonderful visit

  • 5 of 5

My wife, son and I stayed at Stella Luna in the autumn of 2015. What a beautiful time of year to visit northern New Mexico! There is no better place to stay than Stella Luna! We found the amenities very complete and as described in the listing. The location is very quiet and private. It was the perfect headquarters for our adventures around northern New Mexico, southern Colorado and western Arizona. We were amazed and delighted to see and photograph the Milky Way right from the front steps. I give it my unqualified recommendation. Thanks, Sanjay, for making our stay most enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arvada, CO

Stella Luna is Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We have been taking yearly trips to Taos for 13 years. We decided to take our 4 and 9 year old grandkids and their parents with us this time. We could not have picked a better place to stay. It was the little ones first time out of state and boy did they enjoy the casa inside and out. A special delight for them and us was the hot tub and the four neighboring beautiful speckled horses (that loved being fed carrots). The surroundings are beautiful with mountains all around and star-filled evening skies. It was close enough to the town of Taos to make an easy drive there but distant enough to enjoy a peaceful relaxing stay. There was every possible item for normal daily living inside the casa. The casa is extremely comfortable, neighbors are so friendly and we will definitely visit again!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stella Luna

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Stella Luna for 2 weeks in August. It is a lovely, private, peaceful home with views in every direction. You have all of the Enchanted Circle to explore and then you can return to your own hot tub and view of the mountains. The home is very comfortable and well furnished. The kitchen is well stocked with every thing you would need to prepare a meal. We have been renting through VRBO for any years and this is perhaps the nicest home we have stayed in. You will love it.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Albuquerque, NM
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Valdez--Mountain View Bar -- Sabroso's or Abe's
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Lamy, NM
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
NM 230 & Rim Road
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Aceq or Taos Cow or Sabroso
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Art Galleries, Star Gazing, Seasonal Festivals;River Rafting;Hot air Ballooning; Disc Golfing, World class Skiing; Mountain biking, cyclocross, hiking.


Rates & Availability

Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Ski Season Pt 1
Nov 24 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
Changeover Day: Monday
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $110

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Please note that our rates are based on occupancy by 4 adults. For additional adults we charge a fee of $15 per day per adult (yes even if they are adult children). For stays of 2 nights we charge $225/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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New Mexico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Porta Crib; High Chair on premises, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One double sized Sofa bed; one double sized futon bed; one queen sized Aero bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Bath Robes, Hair Dryers, Iron, Blender, Juicer, Coffeemaker & Espresso Maker, Toaster Oven, Luxurious Linens Provided,

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