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Historic home, walk to museums, Plaza, shopping, and restaurants

Bedrooms 1
Space 651 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

'El Primero' at La Casa Santa Fe. Make your stay in Santa Fe special by staying in the historic José D Sena House, within walking distance of the renowned Plaza and of the Sanbusco Center and Railyard Park District. 'Walk Score' 92, a 'Walker's Paradise.'

Here in the historic Guadalupe district, you will be near the Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Sanbusco Center, the Railyard Park, and the Santa Fe River, as well as seven museums.

This is a neighborhood where families with generational Santa Fe roots mingle with newer folks who have come to love the traditional Southwestern hospitality. 'El Primero' is located in the front part of an adobe house once owned by Civil War Major José D Sena. Local legend says he lost the property and the adjoining corn fields as a gambling debt. However that may be, various parts of this multi-roomed building have served as residence and as stables. You will be staying in rooms with 12 ft ceilings, in which you can still see bits of the adobe that originally served for the roof. But never fear, there are modern touches such as electricity and indoor plumbing!

The thick adobe walls which provide insulation, and the high ceilings with hand-hewn vigas and boards are some of the authentic historical features. Off-street parking near your door makes it easy to lug home your finds from shopping expeditions. A high-speed internet connection is available in case you have an urge to surf the web or, alas, have to attend to business. The cordless telephone allows free local or long distance calls, within the United States.

You will find a king size bed with a cozy comforter and a bank of pillows, to sleep two. Check out the antique walnut petticoat dresser, with the huge oval mirror.

Two single-size thick foam mattresses can be folded out to provide floor sleeping for the kids.

Watch HDTV in the living room, or maybe you just want to enjoy a fire in the kiva fireplace, wood provided.

Your kitchen is outfitted with everything you need to prepare intimate meals, including recipe books featuring New Mexico home cooking recipes and a rack of basic spices. Complimentary reverse osmosis water lets you brew that perfect cup of morning coffee; we’ll give you some ground Starbucks to get you started, and there is a coffee grinder for your own beans. If you need some particular kitchen gadget give us a ring ... we can probably lend you one. Then let the dishwasher do the clean up while you relax.

A full bath followed by hefty cotton towels and a hair dryer will perk you up for a night on the town, but If you want to cozy up 'en casa,' look through the bookshelves and choose from our selection of guidebooks, novels, and historical materials with a New Mexico theme.

Sure, it's an easy walk to the famous Plaza. But look at what else there is, within a 10 minute walk of La Casa Santa Fe! Here’s a small sample of the neighborhood:

Let’s eat! Walk over and pick up fresh and prepared organic food at The Marketplace/La Montanita Co-op: 5 blocks (or drive a few more blocks to Trader Joe’s, Wild Oats, or Whole Foods.) The Farmers’ Market is open Tuesday and Saturday mornings in summer, and Saturday in winter -- we can show you how to take a walking route to shortcut through the neighborhood: also about 5 blocks.

On those days you want somebody else to do the cooking (and we all have those) at least two dozen restaurants are a stroll away, most moderately priced. For example, there's New Mexican, barbeque, Japanese, East Indian, American, Continental, Thai, pizza, mid-eastern, and . . . Swiss pastries!.

Maybe you’re up for some unique shopping opportunities? The Guadalupe District is full of arts, crafts, quirky independent shops, antiques, and even some familiar chains. Sanbusco Center (three blocks away) has an eclectic collection of shops and four restaurants. There are also some wonderful nearby consignment shops, with clothing, jewelry, furniture, and more.

Or walk to a variety of museums . . . between the art galleries and the historical buildings, half the town looks like a museum. But seven actual museums within a ten minute walk are: The Santuario de Guadalupe, Site Santa Fe, the Georgia O’Keeffe, the Museo Cultural, the Palace of the Governors, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the just-completed New Mexico History Museum. Bus connections to four more museums on Museum Hill are two blocks away.

When you're in New Mexico, get outdoors! This might be our favorite topic. Nearby, Hyde Park and the Santa Fe National Forest are a cool twelve miles and 3,000 feet up. Petroglyph National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, and Pecos National Monument are all within an hour's drive. We are happy to share with you our knowledge from over 40 years of traipsing around New Mexico, from day hikes to car camping to multi-day backpacks, from X-C skiing to downhill dashes, with rafting and a little rock climbing thrown in, along with some bird watching and mushroom hunting. Just let us know what interests you.

Our guests have left us some kind comments, click on the 'Reviews' link to read them. Give us a call or send e-mail if you have questions. We live around the corner from the property, and we're looking forward to meeting you!

Please note: La Casa Santa Fe offers a smoke-free environment, so we trust you will respect this policy and only smoke outdoors.

Keywords: Historic, house, residential, adobe, fireplace

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Linda

We are 'outdoor nuts' who find something to do outdoors no matter the season ... although things don't always turn out just as planned! Our fondness for good food can take us on excursions closer to home ... there are literally dozens of restaurants within walking distance of our home and El Primero. Or we can stretch our legs with a stroll to the Plaza and museums, or to the Lensic Performing Arts space. Our kitties like the outdoors, too, but we have them confined to our house and back yard.

Linda purchased this house in 2006

Why Linda chose Santa Fe

We have lived in our side of the house for over 30 years, and enjoy the neighborhood mix of families descended from the early settlers and newcomers who have adopted Santa Fe for their hometown. Since our vacation rentals are next door, now we get to meet people from all over the world!

What makes this house unique

Our guests tell us they feel like they are staying in a real home. And they are right, this house has been home for local folks for over 130 years. Ask us about Great-Great Grandmother Montoya ... and her canary mausoleum! If you want to be able to tell your friends you vacationed in a 130 year old house made out of dirt (adobe) this is the place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Linda,

We are sorry not to have seen you again prior to our departure, but hope that your mother-in-law is doing better in Colorado.

Thank you for the coffee mug! We met Lyle, who was most helpful, he even offered us theatre tickets.

It has been a great stay for us in your superb VRBO and we will say so very soon when we post our comments online. We would very much like to return.

Your general advice and suggestions were invaluable and perhaps the very best was to visit the State Capitol (building) which is an absolute masterpiece.

We tried three of your restaurant suggestions: Tomasita's, El Tesoro, and the Upper Crust are excellent. This last place even provided live entertainment.

In El Primero we found all that we needed -- thank you!
Nov 2014
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Guadalupe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 651 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub with shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Foldable, single-size thick foam mattresses and bedding for floor use.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
With 651 sq ft to enjoy, there is room to spread out and relax. The east-facing covered front porch (portal) is a pleasure from spring through fall. We live on the other side of the building, and are glad to provide suggestions to make your Santa Fe visit a great one! Short-term rental license: #15-00130950


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Historic home, walk to museums, Plaza, shopping, and restaurants
average rating of 4.882353 based on 79 reviews
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Cozy Casita

  • 4 of 5

206 Clossum was a step back in time. Comfortable, cozy, convenient in every aspect. We look forward to staying in this historic adobe dwelling on our next visit to Santa Fe.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home for the Holidays

  • 5 of 5

Staying in Linda's apartment certainly felt like home to us. We were able to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, warmed by the fireplace and aided by a complete kitchen. We walked to museums, restaurants, shops, church and cinema. We called on Linda a couple of times and she was right there. This was our first visit to Santa Fe, and thanks to Linda's hospitality and the city's attractions, including blue skies (& light snow on Christmas morning) we will certainly be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable and great location

  • 5 of 5

Linda met us when we arrived and was very helpful and provided us some useful and interesting information about the area. the location is perfect-close to both the Railyards Arts District and downtown (the plaza and many museums were a fifteen minute walk away). Off street parking was a plus. The apartment is spacious and the bed was comfortable. As a couple of other reviewers have noted, the shower is small, but it's perfectly functional. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Linda, the owner, was a wonderful host and left many special touches such as a bottle of wine, coffee and tea to start our mornings, flowers on the table and many useful extras for cooking. All our needs were met and we felt as if this was our home away from home. Linda had excellent

suggestions for our stay in Santa Fe and could tell us many interesting facts about the history of this historic adobe house. We will come here again if we are able to return to Santa Fe in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable home In a good location

  • 4 of 5

This was a lovely place to stay. Very roomy for two, kitchen nicely equipped, walking distance to the plaza and the railroad yard. Only notes are about the bathroom. Others commented on the low ceiling in the shower. It's very true. And the bathtub is not a full tub. Not good for my bath loving husband. Picture is misleading. Otherwise we enjoyed this spot.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking time to write your comments. Yes, the bathtub is a four-foot long one, and the shower is short! This is because the bathroom was built after WWII, with materials available, and built into a part of what had been an interior courtyard. Much more handy than the outhouse, but not what we are used to now! We're putting in a hand-held attachment for the shower, that should help tall folks.
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Santa Fe property, ID p141822vb

  • 1 of 5

The owner of the Santa Fe property, ID p141822vb, provided an excellent experience. All amenities were provided and she was very responsive to insuring our stay was wonderful. I did have issues upon arrival with connecting with the owner through HomeAway. Am email sent through HomeAway was not relayed to the owner for over 8 hours. This impacted our starting our stay. HomeAway needs to do a better job of passing along information to owners

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That was such a frustrating experience for both us us.....somehow, HomeAway messages just weren't coming through to me on either the email or the mobile phone. That hasn't happened before, and -- after I had a talk with HomeAway -- hopefully never will again! But I am so glad we could get it straightened out so that you could enjoy El Primero for most of your planned stay. And we certainly hope to see you again sometime!
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Rates & Availability

Guadalupe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Savings Season
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Regular Season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.31%

Call before booking for CURRENT SPECIALS 505-231-6670. Nights beyond 7 at reduced rates; 3 night stay may be available; monthly stays, no tax. Doggies welcome at our El Nido at Our homepage has information re nearby restaurants, museums, shopping, etc. Non-refundable reservation of 50% can be transferred to other dates or to friends or relatives. Short Term Rental License #15-00130950.

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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Train
0.25 Miles
Rail Runner
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I - 25
Nearest Restaurant
0.08 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Sanbusco Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
New Mexico Museum of Art
Nearest Point of Interest
Plaza and the Palace of the Governors Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
New Mexico State Capitol
Nearest Point of Interest
Railrunner Train Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Bus stop - for busses to Museum Hill
Nearest Point of Interest
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Nearest Point of Interest
New Mexico History Museum
Car: not necessary

Please enjoy the library shelves, stocked with books and maps of local interest. Learn about the local history or arts, enjoy the Tony Hillerman mysteries, peruse the cookbooks to cook something with New Mexico flavor. Walk over to the Farmer's Market to get fresh, local produce and meat. The Santa Fe Opera is about a ten minute drive from El Primero.


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