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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Spectacular 360 Degree Views of Abiquiu Lake and Ghost Ranch

102 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Full luxury in breathtaking natural beauty. Remote and private. So quiet you can hear your heart beat. At night, no city lights disturb your view of the star-studded sky.

From this 1,475 square foot Casita, you'll enjoy panoramic 360-degree views: Abiquiu Lake, miles of mesas, rolling hills, and the magnificent red cliffs surrounding the famous Ghost Ranch. To the south you'll see the 10,000-foot mountain known as El Pedernal, which Georgia O'Keefe made famous in her paintings, along with much of the near landscape.

This is a new Casita, built in 2008, and designed by a local architect in a southwestern yet modern style. It's fully furnished for comfort. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a Bosch gas stove with heavy gauge grills for those who really love to cook.

Check out the Master bathroom: you can choose between a slate shower or a deep soaking tub to soothe your body after an invigorating hike in the nearby Jemez Mountains. Besides the 2 bedrooms with Queen beds, there is a queen bed sofa in the Great Room with spectacular views of the lake and Ghost ranch.

Keywords: Casita in Abiquiu, New Mexico

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Why The Owner chose New Mexico

My wife and I have been visiting Northern New Mexico for almost 30 years. The skies, the red rocks, the mesas, the food, the locals, the hiking, the skiing…. are all so inviting. Finally, we decided that it was time to buy a place, not only to use as a getaway for ourselves, but for friends and family alike. We also want to introduce others to Abiquiu and Northern NM, so we’ve decided to make this a vacation getaway for you as well. We know you’ll be enchanted by NM as we have been.


based on 102 traveler reviews

Spectacular 360 Degree Views of Abiquiu Lake and Ghost Ranch
average rating of 4.990196 based on 102 reviews
Devon, UK

Awe inspiring!

  • 5 of 5

As a British family, that has now spent several long summers visiting America, we try always to stay in rental homes rather than in hotels. We were always a little unsure of what the frequently-used word 'awesome' meant, but now we know. This house, perched on a bluff, overlooking Lake Abiquiu, with panoramic views, truly inspires 'awe'! In the evenings we were treated to lightning shows on several sides of the mountains circling us; every night we gazed at the stars, it could not have been more blissful.

It is a cosy house, cleverly but perfectly designed in a circle, with very comfortable amenities. If its privacy you want, look no further, and although another reviewer suggested stocking up on food before you arrive, we travelled about most days, and found the small shop in Abiquiu on the way home had plenty to suffice. Even the mile or two of un-tarred road leading up to the house wasn't a problem for us.

The owners were incredibly helpful before we arrived, and we are so grateful for all the communication with great tips and hints. We had a marvellous horseriding trek at Ghost Ranch, and on our way back from the amazing water pools at Ojo Caliente, pulled off the

road to watch a spectacular thunder storm with the biggest hailstones we have ever seen. As the sun glints off the lake and the colourful rocks around it, the view from the house could tranfix us for hours in the evenings!

We stayed at this house as a little piece of luxury before heading to the Sangre de Christo mountains as volunteers at the Philmont Scout Camp, and as geologists we would have happily spent many more days enjoying the beautiful scenery and bountiful rocks around Abiquiu. We would love to be able to come back here again one day!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I know it was a long way to come from Europe, but we are so happy that you found Vista de Lago to be everything you had hoped for. Please come visit us again, as you are always welcome back. All the best, Larry
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Did not want to leave! Ever!

  • 5 of 5

One of the most beautiful places on this earth. The casita is in absolutly perfect condition. Very comfortable, well appointed, yet not stuffy. We stayed three nights, and had planned all sorts of touristy adventures. Did none of them! The furthest we went was five minutes away for a swim. I can't say enough about this home, and it's owners. So helpful. And the price was more than right. Later on the trip, we stupidly paid twice the price, for another casita in Taos. No comparison, not even close. Thanks Larry.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words about our place Monica. Yeah, it's really hard to leave once you get there and are captivated by the majesty of it. You're welcome back anytime ;-). All the best, Larry and Laurie
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Newark, Delaware

Tears inducing beauty

  • 5 of 5

Vista de Lago in Abiquiu is an OUTSTANDING home with a view that cannot be beat. It is so gorgeous that it is hard to put into words. from the round porch, to the right is the majestic Pedernal peak, moving to the left there are beautiful meadow and mesas, the lovely Abiquiu Lake, the red rock cliffs of the Ghost Ranch, and then to the rear are more mountains and mesas that host the evening sunset. Sitting by the fire pit out front you will find fabulous quietude and ever-changing landscape due to the lighting.

The house is well appointed. The kitchen with gas stove (and a nice gas grill outside) and great room are adjacent, with large windows. There are two bedrooms and two full baths and laundry facilities. The mattresses are extremely comfortable and both rooms have sliding doors to the outside.

The weather was perfect and due to the elevation the days (for us) were in the upper 80's and the nights around 60. Larry was extremely helpful providing all of the information we needed to prepare for the stay. He was also available during our stay to attend to any questions we had.

This area is remote with some fun wildlife. We enjoyed the cotton tail and jack rabbits, lizards, the howling coyotes in the distance, evening nighthawk displays, horned larks, and hummingbirds (and lots of other bird species). There are great walks through the area and down below the house is a large prairie dog facility. We explored the draws and mesa and saw no snakes or undesirable insects.

Taos and river rafting the Rio Grande are near, as is Santa Fe, Bandolier, Los Alamos, Chama, and LOTS of wilderness areas to explore. The Georgia O'Keefe house and studio is near. Catch a delicious meal at the Abiquiu Inn and shop for food and needs at Bode's General Store (where they make a mean green chile cheeseburger).

If we ever come to this area again, we will stay here! This is a must-visit home.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David and Linda...Thanks SO MUCH for your kind words about our place. We're glad that you enjoyed not only our house but the surrounding area and all it has to offer. Please come back and visit again! All the best, Larry and Laurie
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Immersed in New Mexico Splendor

  • 5 of 5

Thanks so much for the opportunity to spend 5 days at your casita. We celebrated the opportunity to unwind and relax in the splendor of the surrounding geography and fauna. We took the opportunity to explore Ghost Ranch and study details of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings that she created while living at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu. The pedernal is a fixture in so many of her paintings and there it was, right outside the door. The road to Espanola which we travelled daily was also an inspiration to her.

We were so impressed with the changing views as the sun moved across the sky. Thunderstorms were dramatic and we also were treated to a rainbow after an impressive black cloud passed above. It was fun to watch the young birds in the nest grow as the parents worked all day to bring insects. The bird house is hosting a family of blue birds that we enjoyed watching.

The casita is very comfortable and well equipped. It felt like home and we were sorry to leave.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim...thanks for all your kind words about our place and for the beautiful Rainbow pictures. You are welcome back anytime! All the best, Larry and Laurie
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This IS Your Destination!

  • 5 of 5

One earlier reviewer wrote something like: 'I pulled up to the place and already wanted to come back.' NOW we understand this. Over many years we have rented about 20 different homes. This one is tied for tops when it comes to dramatic views (contending with a remote home perched on a cliff over the Atlantic ocean). We only had three full days here, and one day we decided just to stay put. What sights could we drive to see that were nicer than this place? We enjoy going off the beaten path and away from the crowds for vacation. If you are that way too, then you'll love it here. If you're looking at Abiquiu on the map, be aware that this property is about a 45 minute drive from there, 20 of which is down a dirt road - and DON'T lose the directions! I should add that the interior was clean and the beds were very comfortable. We were lucky enough to arrive during the season when you can use the indoor fireplace, which was fantastic. There is also an outdoor fire pit perched up in front of the house in a very dramatic spot. I was dying to use it, but the wind was questionable. One other thing to remember is that the elevation in this region is something like 7000 feet. We're flat landers and underestimated the impact. Some kind gal at a store in Santa Fe sold us a bottle of ChlorOxygen. It's Chlorophyll concentrate and you add it to water. It seemed to help, either that or it was the placebo effect. Last thing, make sure you go to the Monastery. The place is very special and so is the ride to it. It was probably our favorite sight to see during the whole vacation. Thanks to the owners for mentioning it, and for letting us stay at this fantastic home.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Janis ;-) Glad you made it to the Peace Monastery (very impressive place) although it's hard to tear yourself away from our place for almost any reason, as you've discovered. You are always welcome at our place. All the best...Larry and Laurie
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  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately we weren't able to stay for a full week as we had hoped and someone else booked this place for part of our trip. The views are amazing, and we had no shortage of trails to hop on, using this as a central hub. We'd love to buy property, especially if we had a home identical this. We had plenty of room to move around, the home was furnished well, and was all the peace and serenity we needed. The owners were great on pre-trip/post-trip followup. You won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi are ALWAYS welcome back at our home. and FYI: I think an espresso maker is in our future ;-) Hope to see you again soon. All the best, Larry and Laurie
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El Farolito
Ghost Ranch
Abiquiu Lake
Abiquiu Inn
Christ of the Desert Monastary
El Bruno's Cantina y Restaurante
Plaza Blanca
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Black Mesa
Car: necessary

Ghost Ranch, Ojo Caliente Spa, Echo Canyon, Santa Fe Opera, Cumbre Toltec Railway--narrow gauge into Colorado, Plaza Blanca, Peace Desert Monastary, Abiquiu Lake


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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.5%

Quoted Rates are for up to 4 people, any combination of Adults and Kids.
Additional Guests: KIDS under 12 are $15 per night; ADULTS are $25 per night.
6.5 % state tax
One-time $85 cleaning fee
Glorious sunsets are FREE with every booking.

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New Mexico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1475 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Great Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , European Sleeper Sofa; very sturdy and comfortable;
  • Queen size Beds, one in each of the bedrooms(2), Queen Sleep Sofa (1) There is a sleeper sofa is in the living room. The second Bedroom has the same lovely views as the Master and access to an outdoor Portal (patio) through sliding doors. The views from the Living room especially are absolutely SPECTACULAR!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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