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Historic Rock Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 820 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-2)

This is a charming, quiet, peaceful studio cottage is located in the historic Organ Mining Town site. It is part of a large walled compound on State of NM and National Historic Registries. The owners live on site in the old mercantile store, once frequented by Pat Garrett. There are free range peacocks roaming among the beautiful cacti gardens. The sun rise and set views from the patio and cactus garden are spectacular.

It is minutes from WSMR and NASA. Easy access to NMSU, Las Cruces and Holloman AFB. We are part of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.

Keywords: Studio

More Details

nancy abernathy
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, some spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About nancy abernathy

Bud and Nancy both graduated from New Mexico State University and are at this point retired. They have two married daughters with families (husbands and four grand kids) living in Las Cruces.

nancy abernathy purchased this cottage in 1973

Why nancy abernathy chose Organ

The compound in which the cottage is located has a very special feel of peace and harmony. Many shade trees and cactus gardens along with the rock buildings and old barns give it a unique ambiance amongst the rugged, stately, and magnificent high desert Organ Mountains. Peacocks roam the area. We bought the properity approx 40 years because of its unique. true rural charm. beauty and history.

What makes this cottage unique

Kick back and relax - head out for great desert walks -Go on adventures in the many wonderful surrounding desert and mountain attractions White Sands, Aqurrie Strings, Baylor Canyon just minutes away. We are part of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. Visit near by Las Cruces, Mesilla, Tor C, Silver City, Deming, Alamogordo, Tularosa, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft! Just have a wonderful time in southern NM. Enjoy your rural historic cottage in peace and quiet.


Organ Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 820 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom with whirl pool tub - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1) bed room has whirl pool tub
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
yoga 1/2 price for visitors at Downtown Desert Yoga( yin,restorative,26 hot yoga.vinyasa flow and more. Also available at yoga studio or Nancys house is aroma touch therapy message.


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Historic Rock Cottage
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
New York, NY, USA

The perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

The perfect location to relax and recharge while exploring the many beautiful and interesting places in the area. Nancy and Bud were great hosts. Friendly and helpful, but not at all intrusive. The cottage is cozy and comfortable for two, and had all we needed. We appreciated the jetted tub after long hikes, and we loved sitting in the yard spotting birds (including Nancy and Bud's four peacocks!) and watching the sunset over the mountains. The location is great for hiking and we loved the Pine Tree Loop up at Aguirre Springs and the various trails at Dripping Springs. And Nancy kindly lent us little sledges to go sledging at White Sands National Monument. With so many more beautiful places to visit in the area we would definitely return to the cottage. Thank you, Nancy and Bud.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: To our Feb 3, NY_NY guests, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us at the cottage. It certainly will give others who are looking for a vrbo in the area a good idea of how you enjoyed your stay. So glad you got in so many outings in the great Organ Mountains Desert Peak Monument area. We are very proud that we got this recognition of our great south western New Mexico area this past year. White Sands is also such a special place to explore. You were charming and great quests to have at the cottage. Also thanks for leaving it in such great condition when parting. Hope to see you again some time. Nancy and Bud
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Just Wonderful!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time my wife and I have rented the Rock Cottage within the last four years. Each stay has been memorable. Nancy and Bud are terrific hosts who take great pride in making sure all of your questions are answered and your needs met. The cottage is perfect for a couple - everything you need is there and more. Organ is a ghost town, so the location is pleasantly "out of the ordinary", but it is also so convenient to the many beautiful sites which the area offers such as the Organ Mountains National Monument, White Sands National Monument, ghost towns, nature trails, and museums (especially the Zuhl Museum on the NMSU campus which is just incredible and a must see). Carlsbad Caverns, Santa Fe, Tucson (AZ), and Silver City are within a days drive and all are worth a visit. Another must is the Farmer's Market which is held every Wed and Sat on the Main Street of Las Cruces. About 8 blocks of downtown are blocked off from traffic and almost everything imaginable is there from foods and produce to arts and crafts to music and dog walking. It really is a happening and just a lot of fun. There is so much to do here you will never be bored, but if you enjoy just relaxing and watching the beautiful birds (or the peacocks that Nancy and Bud tend to in their back yard) or watching the daily magnificent sunsets, this is a great spot. Nancy and Bud have treated us like family for which we are so appreciative. Bottom line - it is perfect for us by every measure!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming with peaceful garden and well stocked kitchen

  • 4 of 5

Bud and Nancy were gracious and welcoming hosts, helpful with information about the area. We fully enjoyed our week in southern New Mexico. The Organ cottage was perfect for a couple, with the added luxury of a jet tub for relaxation after a day of hiking.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for a vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for us! 1st, since we were travelling from North Carolina, Nancy was so flexible with our dates to stay. It is close and convenient to Las Cruces. The cottage was clean and comfortable and perfect and safe for our small dog. Since we came in January, our only regret was we couldn't enjoy the beautiful courtyard area. I wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this very charming, historic cottage. It was cozy and relaxing, just the right size for a couple. Beautiful views of the Organ Mountains from the cactus garden, and we enjoyed being visited by a late-season rufous hummingbird. Great location for exploring the Las Cruces area without staying in the center of the city. We loved our day trip to Old Mesilla with lunch at Josefina's, and our visit to White Sands. Nancy and Bud were very helpful with other sightseeing suggestions, and Nancy was kind enough to show us around the town on one of her daily walks. Thank you to a pair of wonderful hosts!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location for our Labor Day Weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We found this cottage while planning our bucket-list trip to the Hatch Chile Festival. We enjoyed all the comforts of a home away from home from the beautifully decorated interior, comfortable bed, well-equipped kitchen (incl. complimentary fruit basket), and relaxing outdoor patio(s) with amazing views of the mountains. The drive to Hatch was about 45 mins away and the chile festival was a fun experience--and I snagged a red chile wreath which is now gracing my front door in Texas. We also explored Old Mesilla Village (25 min trip) and had a great lunch at La Posta; caught the sunset at White Sands (35 min trip); hiked the birding trail La Cueva in the Dripping Springs Natural Area (20 min trip); and caught another sunset in Aguirre Springs (15 min trip). We spent our mornings on the patio watching and photographing the 5 hummingbirds enjoying the feeder, fueling up before their trip south. We also caught a glimpse of the male and female peacocks next door, playing extremely shy. All in all, this was such an enjoyable trip and we look forward to returning one day, and maybe saving time to relax in the spa next time. Thanks to Nancy and Bud for their friendliness and hospitality.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
El Paso International Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Sanoma Ranch/Red Hawk
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Moongate Cafe/Los Compas/Dennys
Nearest Ski
95 Miles
Cloud Croft NM / Ruidoso NM
Car: necessary

yoga classes

Downtown Desert Yoga

303 S Alameda

Las Cruces 1/2 priceclasses for our guests (yin yoga, restorative, 26 hot, vinyasa flow)

575-647-9642 or Colleen 575-993-0427

Aroma Touch Massage

at Downtown Desert Yoga or at Nancys house

Nancy 575-644-6784


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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