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Linda Eileen Keller

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Beautiful Adobe House - Walk from Taos Plaza

27 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

New Mexico House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths - sleeps 6

This 2400 Sq. Ft. adobe home has three bedrooms, each separate from the others for the privacy adults prefer. Our priorities when furnishing our home were good mattresses, soft sheets and good reading lights. Our guests sleep 'like babies' here and we have several cozy reading places.

We added a 450 Sq. Ft. Dining Room and sitting area with a gas fireplace. This year we added the color coat and it looks beautiful!

We like to cook so we equipped the kitchen for a wide range of cooking and baking supplies. The cabinets are hand crafted and the new stone counter tops are a beautiful green slate with spectacular gray and white grain.

The teak dining table easily seats eight. The kitchen and dining area receive lovely morning light through a skylight and a French door to a stone patio.

Our home is fenced in with off street parking as well as a gated parking area and a small, fenced in back yard.

New Addition: We added a large room to the front of our house, to provide a dining area and a sitting area with a gas fireplace. We chose adobe construction, though it is costly, to preserve the comfortable feel of the house. We are very pleased with the work, done to a high standard, and the house continues to be very warm in winter and cool in summer.

Additionally, we added a large amount of counter space to the kitchen and it is a wonderful environment for cooking.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Linda Eileen Keller (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About Linda Eileen Keller

We have loved Taos and the Taos Ski Valley since our first trip here in 1983. We began looking around for some land to build on and were on our way to make an offer when we saw a photo of this house listed. We changed our plans, our agent arranged a visit and we bought the house! We have made many improvements, including a skylight in the kitchen, a second bathroom, a heating system and a gas fireplace in the kiva in the master bedroom. Most recently, we added several hundred square feet in adobe to give us a dining room and a sitting room, also equipped with a gas fireplace. We find it so comfortable that it is hard to go home to California, as we must do tomorrow.

Linda Eileen Keller purchased this house in 1992

Why Linda Eileen Keller chose New Mexico

There is something about adobe building that is soothing to the soul! Warm in the winter, cool in the summer and simply relaxing to be in.

What makes this house unique

I have heard from past guests that the photos don't do justice to the place. Just know that I have made it as beautiful and comfortable as I can. So, great mattresses, good reading lights, different areas to hang out in, bedrooms in separate areas of the house for privacy.

Reviews

5
based on 27 traveler reviews

Beautiful Adobe House - Walk from Taos Plaza
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
5

A wonderful house in Taos

  • 5 of 5

The Bear House is one of the nicest houses we've ever stayed in. I kept moving with my tea and book from room to room, during our stay. I wanted to make sure I enjoyed every reading spot, every view. The newer living room is bright and airy and spacious. The older living room (it seemed older to me) is cozy and perfect for reading or movie watching. And the master bedroom is something out of a (well-furnished) dream. I was even sort of sorry the weather turned warmer, while we were there, because we so enjoyed watching the fire from bed.

If you cook, the kitchen will delight you. It's well stocked and well organized. And if you are bringing dog, the house really is fenced. Often I've rented places and the fenced area is sketchy at best. But Bear House fenced, which is a good thing, since there are coyotes in the area. And fox! It was great to hear the vixens early in the morning.

It's a lovely and easy walk to downtown. And I made a habit, in the evening, of walking up Las Cruces to Penitente Lane, following Penitente to the old Taos Morada, which is a gorgeous and strange spot.

And we got to practice piano as well. There's an upright grand piano in one of the bedrooms.

I wish I could give the house 6 stars. It's a 6 star house.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for such a thoughtful and lovely review! We will listen for the vixens next time we are there.
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5

Everything we expected and more!

  • 5 of 5

The Bear House was perfect for our family. My husband and I enjoyed the large master bedroom and our adult daughters each had their own bedrooms. The house is very spacious and so well decorated. I'm a big fan now of Taos blue. The kitchen was great, however, we never cooked in since we were always out and about. It was about a 10 minute walk into town, so we typically drove but it was nice being to get there so easily. My one daughter spent hours on the piano - that was a unique touch (guess I need to get our piano at home tuned now). A few minor areas for improvement - the showers could be improved - we never figured out how to use the overhead part of the one in the master bathroom and the girls said their shower was very low with bad pressure. Also, we would have liked shades on some windows - the bathroom in the hall and the small window in the master bedroom. We had to improvise to keep the sun from making a direct hit in our face in the morning. The house was always a perfect temp no matter the outside temperature. I would definitely recommend the house and would love to come back again to Taos and Bear House.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad Bear House worked for your family. We would welcome you back. And thanks for the feedback on the house.
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5

Wonderful, pet-friendly home!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures did not do the house justice! It was incredibly roomy and so convenient for walking to the plaza & kit Carson park. My only complaint was the heat. There were a lot of windows without screens, so getting a cross breeze was hard. We brought a couple of fans with us so that made the heat bearable. Larger fans or ceiling fans would have been great! Thanks again for a wonderful home & we are referring others!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review and for the suggestions. We hope you can come again.
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5

Beautiful, well located, and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay in this house. The furnishings are comfortable, the kitchen has every tool an avid home chef desires, there is an extensive library, and the art is beautiful. In short, the home has everything one wants for a great vacation. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Christmas Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Eileen, your home is lovely, well equipped and welcoming. We had such a wonderful Christmas week, and it actually snowed on Christmas Day! Everyone agreed it was one of our best holidays ever. The house is a short walk to the Plaza and restaurants. We took advantage of skiing at both Taos and Angel Fire, a hike to the hot springs, as well as sledding and cross country skiing trails close by. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for posting this lovely review! We're glad you enjoyed it and that the snow co-operated with skiing this year. We hope you come again to Bear House.
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Historic, homey and close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

I and my family stayed in this lovely adobe home for 10 days and it was one of the most delightful VRBO stays we've had! The home itself, along with being perfectly appointed and well stocked, impeccably clean, and obviously lovingly cared for, is tucked away in a small historc neighborhood not far from the plaza that provides complete quiet and peace. The home's decor is inviting and warm, full of lovely Southwestern art, pottery, and prints and the unique flow of the house allowed for my husband and i to have privacy from our teens. We loved having our own private "living room" off the master bedroom in the "back" of the house. My daughter played the upright grand piano daily (yes, it was tuned!) and my husband devowered book after book (a much needed respite for him, as a writer himself) -- truly a quality selection! I loved the long and deep bathtub and the kitchen was perfect! The caretaker and the owner were both delightful and completely accessible and supportive. I would highly recommend this property to anyone seeking easy access to the plaza but also a private cozy get-away. A 5-star experience all the way round! :-)

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review! We glad you enjoyed the house and that you can feel the loving care our caretakers lavish on the house. WE hope you stay again the next time you come to Taos!
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Nearest Airport
125 Miles
Albuquerque
Car: necessary

Taos, New Mexico, USA

We are located a few minutes walk from the town plaza, home to live music in the summer and art/jewel/souvenir shopping all year round. A few minutes walk to the north takes you to Kit Carson Park and the Taos Community Center (check out their events page: http://tcataos.org/). Many restaurants are within walking distance, as well as Smith's, a full service grocery store. In spite of our central location, you will find Bear House very quiet and with almost a rural feel in our quiet neighborhood, with a fenced yard and a park that bounds our property at the rear.

Other Activities: Taos Ski Valley is known around the world for fantastic skiing and comfortable facilities. In the summer, one can ride the lift for incredibly beautiful hiking or enjoy various musical performances. TSV, one of the last resorts to reserve lifts for skiers only, three years ago began welcoming snowboarders. Contrary to old-timers' fears, snowboarders have easily integrated into the experience. In fact, they bring a youthful liveliness that has been very welcome. Whether you are planning to relax in our comfortable adobe and catch up on your reading or want outdoor adventure,

Bear House will give you a comfortable base. We love to cook so our kitchen is fully equipped with good pans and tools, and a very user friendly layout for one to many cooks. However, a meal at Graham's, Lambert's and Antonio's are musts for our trips here. Very different and very high quality dining.

Ski: While many find Taos Ski Valley to provide ample variety, some like to visit different areas and near Taos are Red River, Angel Fire and the Santa Fe Ski Resort. On a powder day, though, I always recommend TSV. They plow and sand their roads early and often and have many places for intermediate and advanced skiers to enjoy fresh powder.

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Rates & Availability

Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Holiday 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
$500
$3,000
 
 
Spring Break
Mar 11 2017 - Mar 27 2017
5 night minimum stay
$450
$2,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,399
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning included $0

Rates include cleaning and tax, a substantial saving with Taos lodging tax now over 12%.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

New Mexico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • This 2400 Sq. Ft. home has three bedrooms, each separate from the others for the privacy adults prefer. The master bedroom opens onto a deck overlooking our small garden and a meadow beyond. The middle bedroom has a tall upright piano. The front bedroom looks onto the back yard.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We have a fenced yard and welcome trained dogs. We ask $50 per dog for your visit.

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