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Beautiful Historic Adobe;Private Courtyard; 5 Min Walk to Plaza + Railyard

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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights

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Guadalupe House Rental Photos and Description

Free-standing, Quiet House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Office, Courtyard, Driveway

Perfect house, perfect location. This is a beautiful, cozy and affordable 100+ yr old upscale, free-standing adobe house in the heart of town. It's a short walk to all of the major sites and venues in town, but is remarkably quiet and private.

The house is completely remodeled with historic touches and charm. It has lovely landscaped front and back yards, featuring an enclosed tree and flower-filled back courtyard that creates a spacious, quiet, and inviting secluded outdoor room where you can enjoy the famous Santa Fe weather for much of the year.

With 1400-square feet and good separation of bedrooms, the house is big enough to provide privacy for two couples and their children, but small enough to feel intimate and homey to a single person or couple.

The 2 beautifully decorated bedrooms have recently-purchased, high quality king-size beds and plentiful drawer and closet space. Each bedroom has its own attached bathroom. One bathroom has a marble vessel sink and shower/bathtub for a relaxing soak after a long day. The second bath has a stone sink and a large, walk-in shower with glass doors.

The spacious, state-of-the-art kitchen has a total upgrade package that features high quality stainless-steel appliances, silestone counters, and a copper sink. Service for 8 includes all of the appliances and utensils you need to cook and serve a gourmet dinner. The sun-filled, inviting dining area seats as many as 8 people and yet is intimate enough for 2.

The professionally landscaped, fully enclosed back courtyard has both sunny and shady sitting areas. The yard also has a gas grill and lots of lawn furniture, including a dining table with a large tilt umbrella for added shade. The private driveway fits up to four cars, which means that parking - a prized commodity in Santa Fe - is never an issue.

Located in a desirable, safe, and quiet historic neighborhood in the heart of downtown, park in the private driveway and walk in just a few minutes to the shops, galleries, and many favorite Santa Fe eateries of the Plaza and Railroad districts.

The long list of the desirable/designer amenities include: gorgeous diamond plaster walls, hardwood floors, high ceilings, great lighting, authentic kiva fireplace, air conditioning, 2 flat-screen HDTV’s w/ cable and DVD players, stereo center, 2 iPOD docking stations, luxury linens, ceiling fans, separate office with desk, phone, high-speed wireless internet, printer/fax, beautifully hand crafted and antique furnishings, rugs, and artwork, and so much more.

The old adobe walls in the house and courtyard are great insulators of both sound and temperature. Because the house is detached with a spacious yard and is surrounded by high adobe walls, you will not have the problems of noise created by road noise or encroaching neighbors that occur in many downtown Santa Fe casitas, condos, and hotels. Despite being less than two blocks from the bustling parts of town, the inside of the house and even the backyard are remarkably quiet, allowing for wonderful, relaxing sleep and private, intimate gatherings. The house stays at a comfortable temperature during most summer days, although those guests who are most comfortable at cooler temperatures or who would prefer not to open the windows at night can adjust the temperature to their individual needs with the quiet 4-zone Sanyo air conditioning system.

The diamond plaster walls, arches, original historic windows, and many other decorative touches and finishes give the feel of a past era. Yet, our house is neither pretentious nor funky. Our own previous experiences staying in rentals in Santa Fe taught us that old Santa Fe charm often comes with either a very high price tag or the cost of being shabby and rundown. This affordable, newly renovated house has neither.

This house includes the luxurious features of a top-rated hotel, but after a long day enjoying the beauty of Santa Fe or surrounding areas you will come home to your own private comfortable oasis that is just steps to dozens of Santa Fe's top-rated restaurants. And all this is at prices that are lower than most single hotel rooms in town.

As you will see from our many previous guests' reviews, this is a pristine, well-run and well-appointed house that can't be beaten as a vacation home-away-from home!

See the Rate section for added discounts.

Also, importantly, please read the "Notes" at the bottom of the Rates section in this ad for details about the rates. Be aware that the rates provided in Rates section are discounted and apply only to payments by check directly to the owner. Please call or text Susan, the owner, directly. preferably before you supply VRBO with your credit card information if you want these prices. (610-891-9366 home; 484-802-8544 cell)

Santa Fe Short Term Rental Permit #10-00100359

Keywords: Private House

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Susan Carswell
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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About Susan Carswell

Andy Binns and Susan Carswell are residents of the Philadelphia, PA suburbs. Andy is a biology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Susan is a clinical psychologist with a private psychotherapy practice. We have a 36-year-old son who lives in San Francisco. We came to know and love the unique beauty, lifestyle, and people of Santa Fe during the 15 years that Susan’s parents lived in an old adobe house in town, also walking distance to the Plaza. Every time we visited, we felt welcomed, stimulated, restored, and at home. We bought and refurbished this historic bungalow-style adobe house in 2009 as the first step towards realizing our dream of living permanently in Santa Fe. We golf, play tennis, walk, hike, work out, and garden - and generally love being active, particularly in the out-of-doors. We also enjoy travel, eating out, and the visual, literary, and performing arts. We view ourselves as life-long learners and also involve ourselves in social and community activities. Santa Fe offers us an abundance of all of these types of experiences. Because we visit the house frequently now and plan to live in Santa Fe in the foreseeable future, you will discover that it is no ordinary vacation rental. We continually do everything we can to make this home ours, which we hope will make you feel like our privileged guests when you stay here. Who knows, after visiting our house, you may find yourselves so enchanted by Santa Fe and its lifestyle that you, too, will dream of living here! This has actually happened with several of our previous guests.

Susan Carswell purchased this house in 2009

Why Susan Carswell chose Santa Fe

We are drawn to Santa Fe for so many reasons. The fabulous weather is like none other that we have experienced and is one of Santa Fe's biggest assets, with moderate temperatures and conditions year-round. Santa Fe lives up to its advertised 300 days of brilliant sun a year. Yet, because of the altitude ( 7500 ft), summer daytime temperatures rarely go higher than the mid-80s, while winter days usually warm up to comfortable sweater temperatures that feel like East Coast early spring days. Evenings are always cool – and so pleasant in the summer. Snowfall in town is minimal and any accumulation usually vanishes by midday, which invites outdoor activities, even in the heart of winter. The vegetation is lush and beautiful during all but the coldest months. Downtown is typically in bloom from March to November. Showy Russian sages, hollyhocks, roses, and a variety of plants put on a lavish display that will surprise those of you who are expecting a desert with little vegetation. Northern New Mexican cooking is entirely unique and has become our favorite cuisine. If you like spicy food, you owe yourself a visit to Santa Fe just to experience this. The chilies are flavorful, not just hot, and the dishes are quite different from Mexican or TX-Mex. But, Santa Fe is also a food mecca, with dozens of affordable, excellent restaurants that serve virtually every cuisine imaginable. Santa Fe is haven for all forms of art, intellectual vibrancy, and ethnic and cultural diversity. The blend of Hispanic and native American cultures lends a unique and fascinating backdrop that gives this town the feel of an old world European city. The people of Santa Fe is its greatest hidden resource. Their warmth, helpfulness, and friendliness contribute to making this a relaxing, welcoming place to visit or live.

What makes this house unique

As experienced Santa Fe visitors, we immediately knew that this house was the one for us, not simply because of the beautiful and desirable features of the house itself, but also - and especially - because of its unbeatably central location. Despite being in a surprisingly quiet neighborhood, the location enables us to do anything in or out of town with ease. Because of its walking proximity to everything we need, we hope to live in this house long after we can no longer drive. Just a few steps out the door finds us in the midst of the most happening parts of town. We love that short strolls take us to all of the downtown shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, government buildings, convention center, and venues with entertainment, as well as to the many historic neighborhoods with their fascinating adobe architecture and beautiful gardens. In addition, walks of 30 minutes or less, take us to the serene, rural outskirts of town where we can enjoy spectacular panoramic views and sunsets. With longer walks (or short drives), we can also reach the well-maintained network of wilderness hiking trails that lie on the outskirts of downtown. Andy is an addicted golfer, who finds the many reasonably-priced, well-maintained courses that are within comfortable driving distance from our house to be a huge draw. Our snow boarding son loves that the very good skiing of Santa Fe ski basin is only 15 miles north of town, while the world-renowned ski slopes of Taos is only about an hour’s drive away. Santa Fe is also a shoppers paradise. It has innumerable boutiques with unique, often locally and crafted clothing, jewelry, art, rugs, furniture, and housewares. You will be struck (and we hope charmed) by the paucity of chain stores or restaurants. Susan waits to do virtually all of our Christmas and other gift shopping there. But it isn't even necessary to buy anything. The endless window shopping possibilities enlivens any walk or stroll through town.


based on 91 traveler reviews

Beautiful Historic Adobe;Private Courtyard; 5 Min Walk to Plaza + Railyard
average rating of 4.945055 based on 91 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Five of us stayed in this perfect house. It was roomy and very comfortable with beautiful decor and bathrooms and a gorgeous kitchen with quartz counter tops and copper farm sink. A big plus was the great ductless kept the house very cool. Also there are ceiling fans in the 2 bedrooms. We made great use of the back patio and enjoyed those wonderful Santa Fe breezes while nibbling on the fresh apricots from the apricot tree in the back yard. The house is in a great location and we were within walking distance of all our favorite shops. I have rented many houses over the years through VRBO and Homeaway....this was one of the cleanest homes I have ever rented and I would definitely stay there again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Aqua Fria - July, 2016

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful location about 5 blocks from the Plaza and within reasonable walking distance of most of the downtown areas. The house is 100 years old and has some quaintness to it, but the kitchen and bathrooms have been redone and overall it is very comfortable. My son and I were out playing golf each day at some of the most scenic courses we've ever seen and the wives enjoyed shopping and hanging out in the backyard area. The weather for us was absolutely perfect ... about 60-65 in the early morning for golf and warming to about 85 in the afternoon with the occasional rain only in the evening on a couple of days. With virtually no humidity it was a very welcome relief from 100 degrees and 80% humidity in Dallas.

The house is set up nicely with two bedrooms separated for privacy a nice dining area and a couple of living/reading areas. The systems in the house are easy to use. Although close to downtown, the location is in a very quiet neighborhood with the only real activity being folks walking by on their way to a couple of local restaurants. Very little traffic, another welcome relief from Dallas.

Finally, dealing with Susan was a real pleasure and she made our stay very easy by providing some great info about activities, restaurants, museums, and golf (thanks Andy for the course suggestions).

Overall a very nice getaway. We will be back to Santa Fe again.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great place to stay in Santa Fe New Mexico

  • 5 of 5

Four of us traveled to New Mexico for three weeks and one of these weeks in Santa Fe. We stayed at Susan's place and it was spacious, clean and quite. It felt like we were staying at a friend’s house. Susan was a very good communicator and was helpful with all my questions. Great location, we ended up walking everywhere. We loved Santa Fe, it was just like we imagined it. Having a wonderful place to stay made the experience even greater.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Stop over

  • 5 of 5

We seniors stopped here for 4 nights on our January drive around the USA.Perfect rest stop after gruelling drive! Very quiet,warm and peaceful and well equipped.Unlikely to come again to to SF but would recommend this to everyone.Susan very helpful with info.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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A great stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great vacation in large part to the beautiful accommodations. The house is ideally located, comfortable, and well appointed. The best part of the stay was the interaction with Susan, she was friendly and helpful during the entire process. My family and i have been staying in VRBO homes for years and this was one of our best experiences. The details provided about the home and how to operate everything was wonderful and the recommendations for sight seeing and food was spot on! Thank you Susan for a great home away from home and a wonderful experience. Sincerely the Anders Family!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Perfect location! Perfect lodgings!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures for this rental represent exactly what the adobe is like. Only thing, they can't convey the beautiful, peaceful, serene atmosphere that greets you the moment you open the door. Walking to Plaza was a breeze, even for my sister who walks with a cane. Great, quiet neighbourhood. And kudos to the cleaning lady. That place was spotless! The information package Susan (owner) sent us was so complete and helpful. Our little party of four all agreed upon leaving; that vacation was made perfect by our choice of lodging. Highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
dozens within a mile
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Fe Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Guadalupe Street (Railroad/Historic Guadalupe restaurants, s
Nearest Point of Interest
Plaza area shopping, restaurants, galleries extend to here
Nearest Point of Interest
DeVargus Mall- 2 grocery stores, pharmacy, other stores
Nearest Point of Interest
Canyon Road world-famous galleries
Nearest Point of Interest
walk here to scenic/sunset views
Nearest Point of Interest
Road to walking trails, 10,000 Waves, Santa Fe Ski Basin
Nearest Point of Interest
OUR HOUSE - in the heart of town!!
Car: recommended

Santa Fe Ski Basin 15 Miles Away, Santa Fe Opera, Canyon Road, Dozens of Other Art/Sculpture Galleries and Museums, Including Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Many Lecture Series and Live Concerts, Casinos, 27 Movie Screens, Much Live Music in Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Several Indian Pueblos, Bandelier National Monument, Pecos National Park, Los Alamos National Lab, Cooking Schools, Many Yoga, Pilates, Healing, Meditation, Etc. Studios and Spas, Including World-Famous 10,000 Waves; Wide Range of Classes and Workshops; Special Santa Fe Events (Most Held on the Plaza) and Traditions, Such as Indian Market, Spanish Market, International Balloon Festival, Fiesta, Chili and Wine Festival, Christmas Town-Wide Faralita (Luminary) Displays, Christmas Eve Walk and Caroling on Canyon Road, Etc.


Rates & Availability

Guadalupe House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
July-Oct, 2016
Jul 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
early Nov, 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving, 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Late Nov-early Dec, 2016
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas-New Years, 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jan-Feb, 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 28 2017
5 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
May-June, 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
August 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Sept-Oct, 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Rates sited above are discounted and apply if guest works directly with owner and pays by personal check. The full rate is an added 3% (U.S.) and 5% (international) to the total charge if guest chooses to book by credit card through VRBO. In addition, VRBO charges a service fee to guests. Please let owner know by calling, texting, or emailing that you would prefer to pay by personal check to obtain the discounted rate.

$150 exit cleaning fee (not taxed)
7% City lodgers tax
$300 refundable security deposit
$150 off rent with 5-6 nt stay, except Christmas/New Years holiday
Thanksgiving: $150 off w 4-6 nt stay
Christmas to New Year's period: $150 off w 6 nt stay: Stay must include dates the following nights:
Christmas stays - nights of Dec 24 and 25; New Year's stays -Dec. 31, and Jan 1

- There are 2 ways to rent our house: one is directly through VRBO using your credit card, which will involve whatever extra charges levied by VRBO plus 3% (5% for international travelers). The other method is paying with checks directly to the owner. If you wish to do the latter, Susan, the owner, requests that you directly contact her (phone conversation when possible; otherwise email or text) before she accepts a booking. If you want to do this, only make a rental inquiry, not a rental request on this website, or call/text Susan. Rental process and specific terms will be agreed upon in that conversation.

- 50% of rent due at the time of booking
- balance (including taxes, cleaning fee, refundable security deposit) due 90 days prior to check-in

- the smaller of $500 or initial deposit prior to 90 days before check-in date
- full rent 90 days or less before check-in
- cleaning fee 7 days or less before check-in
- tax and security deposit fully refundable

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Guadalupe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large walk-in closet with dresser.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Beautifully tiled walk-in shower; cabinet for toiletries
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King-size beds with recently purchased, high quality mattresses; one plush and one firm 2. Sofa/Day Bed in office can sleep one person
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis
Ceiling Fans in Bedrooms, Printer/Fax Machine, 3 Clock Radios, 2 iPod Docking Stations, Iron and Ironing Board, 2 Hair Dryers, Oriental Rugs; Large Bedroom Closets; Dressers in Both Bedrooms; Quiet Gas Furnace; Santa Fe Artwork and Dishware; Mexican Tin Mirrors

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