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anncole@newmex.com

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english

Artist's Adobe Casita 'Tween Taos/Ski Vly Dog Ok View, Charm

47 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

El Prado Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Casita, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2) NO smoking

Hi! -- if we don't have the nights you want, please check out our other listing VRBO 138474. It's on the same piece of land and has a separate entrance, larger yard, awesome view!

Note: dog policy at the end :D

The casita (this listing) is located on a high ridge between Taos and Ski Valley on the Valdez Rim Road with a spectacular view of the Valdez Valley. An authentic old adobe casita, it's serene, quiet and private. Only 15 beautiful minutes up the mountain to the ski lift, five minutes to the charming town of Arroyo Seco with great restaurants and shops, and a lovely 20-minute drive back to town!

Adjacent to an artist's home, the casita features TWO kiva fireplaces, skylights, saltillo tile floors, and an old viga beam ceiling - a typical Taos adobe! And a large portal (porch) to enjoy the cool breezes and the awesome view. It has it's own laundry room and it's own, fully-equipped kitchen. Honestly, you can pay a lot more and not find a place as wonderful!

(See the floor plan by clicking on the 'FLOORPLAN' link which follows.)

The living room has a banco (a large window seat) with a wonderful view of the valley and mountains, a signed kiva fireplace built by a local legend (this 73-year-old Hispanic genius - a grandmother - climbed on the roof with a chainsaw to cut the hole for the chimney!), and a satellite TV with over 100 channels. A single futon in the living room is available for sleeping, as is the couch and a large window seat (banco).

A complete laundry room comes with washer and dryer, a fullly equipped kitchen with colorful Mexican tiles, a romantic bedroom with down comforters, a queen-sized bed and a kiva (traditional New Mexican fireplace). The casita has it's own entrance and a separate telephone line so you can be very quiet and private.

This old home is a local landmark with a wonderful view out over the Valdez Valley to the Sangre de Cristo mountains from two covered porches.. wonderful for writing, painting, or simply getting away from it all.

Our check-in time is 3:00, checkout is 11:00 -- we know you'll hate to leave!

Pets: The casita has a private entrance and separate fenced yard -- we welcome one or two good dogs.*(see note). Sorry, no cats (our good dog will eat them).

Smoking: There is NO SMOKING in the casita.

TO MAKE A RESERVATION: We have a 3-night minimum. We are not often home to answer the phone! Thanks.

*dogs must be housebroken, people! No peepads. No pooping in the house! I can't believe I had to say this.

Keywords: Casita,ski,view,vacation,quiet,home,writer,artist,yard,dog,paved,

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
anncole@newmex.com (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english

About anncole@newmex.com

Do you like my self-portrait? I'm a former D.C. lobbyist, a sometime artist who drove up the canyon road past the hairpin turn one weathery afternoon, over the top to the view, and into the rest of my life.

anncole@newmex.com purchased this cottage in 1999

Why anncole@newmex.com chose New Mexico

The old adobes of Taos are very special. Handmade, each one unique, with soft welcoming curves. History, romance, old legends, an historic neighborhood, and astoundiing views.

What makes this cottage unique

The casita was originally a workshop with a primitive bedroom and bath. It was so much fun creating a unique, special, evocative place to relax and be inspired. Old adobe is magical. The magic rubs off -- you'll see!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for all the wonderful touches you made to ensure the casita and house are so strikingly beautiful while retaining the comfortable feel that welcomed us every time we stepped back in the door.  Even in the middle of the night, when I got up I smiled looking from the bedroom door into the living room and seeing the easeful lines of the fireplace by starlight.  Your efforts struck the right chord for us....Stan was particularly taken with the window seat as a perfect spot for him to sit and play guitar...and he has his eye on the one in the house as a warm spot with winter sun streaming in the windows.
Aug 2016
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Artist's Adobe Casita 'Tween Taos/Ski Vly Dog Ok View, Charm
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 68 reviews
5

Fun and funky - perfect for two!

  • 5 of 5

What a fun and funky casita! Adobe style with mudded walls, tile floor (look for the little peculiar ones here and there!), and 2 fireplaces! Bed was super comfortable - best bed I've slept on in all of my travels. Plenty of pillows and blankets. Chairs and couch were very comfortable as well - perfect for après ski when you are too tired to do anything but fall onto the couch! Lots of storage areas for all your gear, plus plenty of freezer and fridge space for all the hippy food available at the grocery store. The casita overall, is very cozy, warm, and inviting.

Owner was very nice, extremely easy to contact, and left perfect instructions and hints for anything you can imagine.

Surprisingly simple to find and an easy drive to Taos Ski Valley. Just a straight shot! Also just moments away from Arroyo Seco - an interesting community with little shops and eateries.

Plan on staying again for our next TSV trip!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My mother, my fur baby and myself had the absolute best time. The Casita is beautiful and the perfect size. A warm fire and good books was the relaxing break we needed. We traveled a long way to see snow and boy did we get it. The view of the valley and mountains covered in white powder kept us in the window seat and on the porch. Wildlife (Long Horn Sheep, Rabbits and Deer) were out on the mountains and in the yard next door.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great ski base!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter is attending UNM. We come from Maryland. Decided to spend a week skiing Taos and stayed here. Really loved our stay. Courtyard with fire pit, nice corner adobe fireplace indoors. Good library. Delightful decorations. About half an hour's easy drive to the ski resort. Hope to say there again next March.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think this review is for our other property, 138474. The casita doesn't have a fire pit. Thanks for the nice comments though!
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5

Quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for peace and quiet, this is the place! Fully equipped kitchen and very comfortable living area make this our #1 choice for a northern New Mexico getaway. Beautiful views, close enough to Taos for shopping and dinners out, and amazing views of the night sky. Couldn't ask for a better setting! Thanks for a great visit and hope to see you next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical

  • 5 of 5

This casita has a magical life to it. Whenever we weren't out exploring Taos and the neighboring terrain, we were quite content to relax on the patio. The views are spectacular. It is so wonderfully quiet...complete silence at times. The rooms are very comfortable with a well-equipped kitchen and terrific furnishings. Love all the COLOR! We were here in August so we didn't take advantage of the kiva fireplaces but they certainly add ambience to the space. We have stayed in Taos before and really preferred being here in the country. It's only 15-20 minutes from town...well worth the drive to absorb the total New Mexico vibe. Cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful casita with us. It was so comfortable and we felt right at home. We did enjoy the thunderstorms, just awesome!!!! You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place😊. Hope we can visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Taos airport is for small planes only
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
taos ski valley
Car: necessary

5 Museums, more than 85 Art Galleries, great restaurants, historic homes, Taos Pueblo. Beautiful scenery. Great for artists, photographers, writers, poets.

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Rates & Availability

El Prado Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $55
Tax Rate 7.12%

We love having you and your dogs (up to two) and don't charge a pet deposit for good ones!
There is a $55 weekly cleaning fee.

We require a 50% deposit when you book. The balance is due when you arrive. Deposits will be refunded with 2-week notice OR if we can rebook your nights. For stays 3 weeks or longer we require 4-weeks notice.

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Amenities

El Prado Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) fireplace
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
TWO wood burning kiva fireplaces, flowers, candles, private Phone/wireless computer access, lots of books, freezer, private fenced yard, private entrance.

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