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Casa Carmen-the Private House Near Taos and the Ski Valley!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Chalet, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Review #2272615 Charming Casa

JUST ONE OF 17 5-STAR REVIEWS: please read the others as well!

My husband and I had a wonderful weekend at Casa Carmen. The place was so charming and interesting since the owner has many of his pieces of art work in the casa.....very clean with wonderful smells and magical lamps. The hosts were so very gracious and welcoming to us and to our dogs. We loved the art studio, the beautiful yard and the walking trail. They have many little sitting areas and unexpected surprises to discover. The upper decks were perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. This was truly a place of enchantment. We would recommend this place to any couple or girls get away.

Skiing, Bicycling, Hiking,Rafting, Ballooning, Fishing, Fine Restaurants, Art Galleries and Museums less than 10 minutes away. Dark skies and millions of stars keep you company at night!

It is most preferable and efficient if you call for availability, questions, assistance and clarifications. In this manner, you receive the highest and most personalized levels of attention to your needs. Further, negotiation of rates and discounts offered only to they who call. I am available seven days a week from 8:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

Please dial 575-770-0393 or 575-758-3320. Save time and money if you call rather than send an email.

Casa Carmen may be best described as the Sunrise and the Sunset House. You are bathed continually with our immense New Mexico sun and artist's light. The 360 degree views are stunning, inspirational, beckoning to mind and spirit. A wonderful feature of the home is the incredible interior and exterior lighting. For the property, a DVD has been produced.

The home was built by the owners of adobe and hand-hewn logs. It is a stunning two level guest house of 1200 square feet. An interior spiral stair case connects the levels. There is also a wide exterior stair.

The second level is designed as a parlor for conversation, sleeping, entertainment area, also with a table that seats four. There are two fantastic decks: The sunrise deck and the sunset deck. Each are spacious and wonderful for dining, entertaining, conversation, and of course viewing the expanse of Taos Valley and Taos Mountain nearby. You can almost touch the mountains!

The first level consists of wonderful sunroom, a bedroom, the country kitchen, the living room with dining area, and a full bath. The first level has south and east facing portals (covered porches) with comfortable outdoor seating.

A new hot tub is yours to enjoy outdoors in sun or starlight. The views are wonderful from its location!

Located in a grove of Aspens and Evergreens and surrounded by 150 acres of private land, raised flower beds and flagstone paths wander through the trees and expansive yard.

The home is decorated with the paintings of Pat Woodall, the owner, and other prominent Taos artists. A delightful collection of folk art also adorns the home. The grounds and gardens have been designed by Carmen Woodall. Many outdoor delights await you with inviting comfort for your leisure. The outdoor lounging areas also have chimineas and a brazier for evening fires beneath the star-filled New Mexico night skies. Out here, there exists no light, noise, or visual pollution.

You are a few minutes from the charming village of Arroyo Seco offering fine restaurants, shops, location of the famous Taos Cow, and a infamous local tavern!! It is only a 10 minute drive to the historic Taos Plaza and a 20 minute drive to Taos Ski Valley for world-class skiing or Hiking, Fishing, Horseback Riding,or Bicycling where Lance Armstrong trains.

Pat and Carmen are nearby to assist you when called upon. Being the charming hosts they are, they will welcome you into their beautiful home for viewing, conversations, refreshments, and provide information about the entire area. They have been residents of Taos for twenty six years. In short, you have a knowledgeable concierge. If you need an easel, one is provided!

Casa Carmen is perfect for one to six guests. A wonderful experience offering authenticity, spaciousness, incredible views, and superb guest services. Pat also offers painting lessons if interested. The guest house is ideal for artists, writers, they who desire rare travel opportunities and being close to outdoor activities. You are, as well, only a short drive from everything a world-renowned art and literary colony offers.

To discover the wonderful features and amazing setting of this home, and to negotiate, it is always best to CALL. I am available to assist you with your questions, travel needs, and complete details related to Casa Carmen and Taos.

Please ring number listed in the first paragraph.

You may contact me seven days a week from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM. You will be happy you had! My name is PAT and my wife,Carmen. We can offer a refreshing level of assistance relative to your vacation needs and information.

Thank You!


More Details

Pat or Carmen Woodall
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About Pat or Carmen Woodall

Pat is an professional Artist for 23 years with 30 years of building as a General Contractor.Carmen is a phd in Psychology and a Framer for 26 years. They own Pat Woodall Fine Art Gallery and Southwest Framers in downtown Taos, a real life mom and pop business!

Selected the most beautiful business presence in town and presented with the Award for 2012 , proof of our attention to detail and simplicity that make our business natural and remarkable. Casa Carmen and our home were selected for the Los Jardineros Garden Club Tour in 2012 as well, an event with 650 people visiting the property and taking so many ideas on New Mexico natural gardening away.

The 'Casa Carmen' reflects their experience and creativity!

Pat or Carmen Woodall purchased this chalet in 1983

Why Pat or Carmen Woodall chose New Mexico

We built it To Be Natural and Within the Grove of Trees and Gardens! It was built by Pat Woodall over the course of five years with attention to every detail! Mortice, notch and tendon construction of joinery with exposed Douglas Fir Beams, sided Spruce logs and passive solar thermopane Windows on all sides make the views spectacular in all directions. Solar curtains on every window and skylight make it warm and cozy and tie in to the decor. The decor is very special. White Duve covers on each bed, flannel sheets in the winter over dual control heating mattress covers make getting out of bed a little tough but when you do, oh my!

Vibrant paintings adorn the walls between the windows and a 3'x5' simulated fireplace with heated blower is located on the wall upstairs in the large parlor bedroom with a Queen Bed and Single Bed. The heat on the ground floor is hot water radiant heat under character grade Hickory floors in the living room and kitchen coupled with heated marble tile in the bedroom and full bath. Sock feet are warm and welcome. Two open decks await you upstairs, the Sunset and Sunrise Decks and a outside wooden staircase provides access to the downstairs covered wraparound portal with comfortable seating, gas grill and a walkway of a few feet to the 4 person Hot Tub. A 10 foot double door opens onto the wraparound porch and into the Solar Entry and Living Room of the Casa Carmen. Lots of parking and easy access are other amenities.

What makes this chalet unique

A House for you and your family! Privacy, Quiet, Close to everything, Wooded, with Water and So Very Unique! Elegance, Rustic Charm, Warmth, Accessibility to walkways, grove of Aspens, Pinon, Fruit Orchard and Running Water Acequia are just a few!

Guestbook comments from the owner

My two old college buddies and I spent 3 days at the Casa Carmen to catch up and spend time together! What a wonderful time we had being hosted by the Woodalls! Beautiful place, comfortable, charming and so unique that we were delighted when first we say it! We had a tour of all the grounds and the Casa and could only marvel at how fabulous it was... we enjoyed it so much and on the morning we left the French Toast and country ham was the Best! When you take your vacation put this one on the top of the list.
Sep 2011
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El Prado Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Spacious and beautiful with full bath , shower, sink, commode, operable skylight, paintings by the owner Pat Woodall adorn the walls in Oil and Pastel. Ten foot ceilings with vigas and latillas!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1: Upstairs Parlor Bedroom w/wall fauvre fireplace - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 500 square feet large bedroom sleeps 3. Accesses 2 decks.
    Bedroom 2 downstairs with full closet and radiant heating - 1 double , Beautiful corner bedroom,windows both sides, high ceilings
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 26 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Spacious Outdoor Lawns and Japanese Gardens, Chimineas and Brazier for Outdoor Fires, Outdoor Sitting Areas, Swing Sets, Hammock, Trampoline, Children's Outdoor Playhouse, Stunning Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Music Feature, Outdoor Dining, Umbrellas, 360 views, Privacy, Serene. Located among a grove of Aspens, walking paths and hiking trails are there for your useage! Sunbathing patios and and star gazing too.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Casa Carmen-the Private House Near Taos and the Ski Valley!
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Perfect place for family!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Carmen was perfect for our short family ski getaway. The home was beautiful and the hosts were tremendous. Our family of 5 had plenty of room and felt very comfortable in the home. The kids loved the yard/garden/hot tub and we loved the location (perfectly situated between Taos and the ski valley). Pat and Carmen have built a lovely home and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. As a bonus, the house is adorned with Pat's art...and he's very very talented. We've used VRBO a lot in the last 7-8 yrs and this was by far our favorite place/experience. Don't hesitate to book this place.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Made our hearts happy to hear such wonderful things from our guests to Casa Carmen after their stay with us! The memories you all take is why we built this lovely place and why it is the gift that just keeps giving for us! One of the rewards of hosting families and couples! Thank you so much! Pat and Carmen
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Fall in love ~ with the weather, Pat's art and Casa Carmen

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at the Casa Carmen during other seasons and fall this year was wonderful. The leaves were changing, the crispness of fall was in the air, amazing art in the home by Pat and in town, the festivals and the home & hosts were perfect. Pat & Carmen are wonderful hosts and always have the home with everything you'll need to enjoy and relax. I love that we can bring our two dogs and they love the walks and the fenced in backyard is very appreciated. During our stay it was cool in the evenings so the wall fireplace upstairs was just what was needed to knock the chill out of the room. The sunrises and sunsets from the decks are spectacular. Close enough to everything but far enough away to enjoy the tranquility that the Arroyo Seco area offers.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sooooo lucky to know folks like you! Thanks so much! Pat and Carmen Woodall
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Spectacular Location, Charm, and Hosts

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and my parents stayed for three nights over Presidents Day Weekend and greatly enjoyed our stay. We learned that Pat built the home by hand many years ago which adds to the wonderfully fun character of the entire property. The location was ideal for us with Taos Ski Valley located about 15 minutes from the front door and Taos Village located about 10 to 15 minutes the other direction. The Hot Tub under the stars was very relaxing after skiing all day and Carmen is a great chef who left us some delicious snacks and treats to enjoy daily. We will most definitely return.

P.S. Pat Woodall is a well known local artist with a showroom in downtown Taos full of great art to take a look at. Ask anyone around town if they know Pat and the answer is almost always yes. Great folks.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I needed a relaxing vacation and I wanted snow, Casa Carmen offered everything we needed and more. We didn't feel like we were in a rental, instead it felt like home. Everything was decorated inside and outside beautifully, snow on the ground along with decorations and lights and a Christmas tree set up in the living area. The bed was very comfortable and the views were outstanding while outside. We went to the Pueblo for Christmas Eve and then to the ski valley for New Years Eve fireworks., great memories that will last a lifetime. There were plenty of walking areas to take the pups for walks and a fenced area to let them go snoop around. Carmen & Pat have thought of everything that anyone would need in the home, including having snacks and drinks waiting for us when we arrived. Thanks for sharing such a warm and wonderful home that is a piece of art, filled with art by Pat and special touches by Carmen along with greetings from Artemis. We're already planning our next trip out and looking forward to staying at Casa Carmen again!!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dog parents from Kansas

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a fourth of July escape and Casa Carmen was perfect. The house had every amenity we needed. The hosts made us feel welcome from the first-greeting us with a cold supper after our long drive. The grounds are full of relaxing areas and fun art. The house is decorated with New Mexico art and furnishings. Beds are very


It's an ideal locale for visiting the Taos area. The fourth of July fireworks could be viewed from one of two decks. Fabulous views of the mountains and easy access to

Arroyo Seco. We enjoyed avocado margaritas and learned some great New Mexico

recipes. Artemis is a wonderful dog ambassador. We hope for a return visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxation and Decompression

  • 5 of 5

I was in need of a place to unwind with my family. This is an excellent setting to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Two second story porches give wonderful scenes. One for coffee and a sunrise. One with New Mexican wine and a sunset. Both porches are wired with sound. The Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, warm bedrooms and full of original artworks. Morning walks thru a nature area can be enjoyed, short or long, not on the main road. If you want to cook, fresh herbs can be picked around the house. Minutes from a small village with a restaurant, ice cream and a limited grocery store. 15 minutes to Taos or ski valley. Side note: My teenagers never got bored.

The owners make you feel welcome and at home. Their suggestions and advice on the local area and restaurants was spot on. An avocado margarita may find its way to you front door!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

El Prado Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fourth Of July Weekend
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 21 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Years Week
Jan 1 2018 - Jan 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

One time Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $25

Rates are subject to change based on occupancy. Truly and Hosted by Owners. Not an Agency. You Save! No Lodgers Tax added. You only pay gross receipts tax. Always Open to Negotiation! Especially if you Call. Dec-20-Jan 05...Major Holidays, Spring Break, call for Rates. $200-350/night. Call 575-770-0393 to speak directly to Owner!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Taos Airport 7 m,Santa Fe 75 m, Alb 135 miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Abe's Cantina
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
57 Miles
Cumbers and Toltec Historic Train
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nm 150
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sabrosa Restarurant lunch, dinner, live music
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Taos Ski Valley

Arroyo Seco is the most varied and interesting place in and around Taos for these activities...Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Rafting, Spelunking, Fishing, Back Country and Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing!!!


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