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Stella Luna - in the Lap of Taos Mountain!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 6 nights

About the property

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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More Details

Sanjay Poovadan
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

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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Valdez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
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,


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(104 traveler reviews)

Stella Luna - in the Lap of Taos Mountain!
average rating of 4.9038463 based on 105 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
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excelente Casa

  • 5 of 5

Fuimos a esquiar a Taos y la casa esta en muy buena ubicación. Somos familia de 4 y la casa tiene todo lo que necesitas, muy cómoda. Se recomienda.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute house! Good location

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and cozy. The owner met us there and was friendly and helpful. We appreciated the starter groceries and info on local restaurants.

The house is small but well laid out with a large master suite and open floor plan. The deck and hot tub were perfect after a long day in the mountains.

Location was perfect, 5 minute drive to the foot of the mountains and 15 minutes to Taos.

We would highly recommend this house to any smaller group, it's perfect for 4 adults or 2 adults and 4 kids.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Solitude in the Mountains

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at Stella Luna was perfect. It has a beautiful view from every window and provides solitude for that special stay in the mountains. A very nice home. We enjoyed the hot tub while watching the hummingbirds sip nectar. A treasure!


  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, typical adobe style exterior. Elegant, well appointed interior. Convenient location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at Casa Luna from the moment we met Sanjay with a bouquet of fresh flowers for us to enjoy all week! Peet's Coffee was in the freezer!! The location was excellent; only 12-15 minutes to historical Taos. We were away in a fairly private area with awe inspiring silence and cool, fresh air for sleeping. We liked the arrangement of the bedrooms and baths. One of each on either side of the open area kitchen/dining/living areas. Lots of privacy and solid wood doors to further buffer sounds. The house was very clean and well maintained and very visually appealing in it's decor. The kitchen has an abundance of useful appliances to start your day, or end it by cooking a beautiful meal. Close by (5 minutes) in Aroyo Seco are a few quality restaurants. On the way to town, about 7 minutes away is a well recommended restaurant with great Happy Hour, as well as a FABULOUS (more than pizza) pizza restaurant. Views were VERY good. Location is on your way to Taos Ski Area or fly fishing a bit north. What a lovely retreat for two couples, two good friends, or a family of up to 6. I highly recommend this beautifully appointed adobe style home. Sanjay way always available to us by text. We WILL return.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hurst, Texas

Very nice house just a bit outside of Taos

  • 5 of 5

I rented Stella Luna for a week. It's nice looking and well maintained and is away from the hustle and bustle of the Taos area. It's up the Ski Area road a bit and really cools off at night. The hot tub was having thermostat problems, but Sanjay was working to get it repaired when I suddenly had to return home due to a medical emergency.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
"Drive up without a clue and then take it all in. Except when its windy"
Orlando's New Mexican Cafe
"The best flan in NM. And try that frozen avocado pie. And then there is the chile caribe!"
"Adventurous food with flair! and now there are truffles by Jennifer!"
Adobe Bar
"Music and good food and drink. Its the living room of Taos! Check it out!"
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

Valdez House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Ski Season Pt 2
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Ski Season Pt 1
Nov 24 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Season
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 7 2018
Changeover Day: Monday
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $110
Property Damage Protection $59

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).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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