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Melissa Serfling

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, english

Rural appeal yet so close to town

56 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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Overview

Taos House Rental Photos and Description

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

This property is truly one of a kind in Taos-perhaps anywhere. The main house is a wonderful old adobe on two pastoral acres down a country road surrounded by trees, lawns and gardens just across the Road from the Rio Pueblo. It has a remote and private feel and yet is less than two minutes from the Plaza and 30 minutes from world class skiing. You are entertained by stars and coyotes at night, roosters, the neighbors' donkey and church bells in the morning and birds all day long. The house is the true essence of southwest decor. The walls have a soft, buttermilk/beeswax sheen. Dark beamed ceilings and wood floors throughout are complimented by antique furnishings, native rugs, original art and many amazing and creative touches. It is a small home, perfect for a couple although it does have a second bedroom with its own private bath for two couples traveling together.

Enter from the covered portal into a kitchen fully equipped for all your cooking needs. If I don't have it, you probably don't need it! You will enjoy cooking on my 1949 O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove The living room is warm and inviting. A gas log stove in the corner provides central heat, but the wood burning kiva fireplace sets the tone. Ample firewood is located in a wood box just outside the kitchen door. There is an extensive DVD video library and numerous CDs. All you need for a quiet evening at home. In fact most guests spend more time here relaxing than they do out adventuring. The master bedroom has another kiva fireplace and an antique brass and iron queen size bed with down comforters and lots of pillows and good bedside reading lights. The large walk in closet opens to a hot tub under an 80' elm tree. There two full bathrooms in the home One has a deep tub and an array of candles. The second bedroom has an antique double iron bed and original art.

The outdoor patio is furnished with teak garden furniture, a fireplace and bbq grill. The yard is enchanting even in winter. Towering cottonwood trees line one side of the property above the numerous out buildings. There is a large lawn and an orchard of mature apple, apricot, plum and pear trees. The many garden beds were lovingly planted by the owner ( a professional landscaper) and are surrounded by many tall trees and a flowing acequia.

This property was once the home of Taos writer John Nichols of 'Milagro Beanfield War' fame which was written in what is now a two room guest casita (Also available for additional guests) However, this property is described in virtually all of John's books both fiction and non fiction in great detail. John is a friend and still lives nearby.

There are fun and fanciful touches to delight throughout the property from the turquoise Willy's planter truck in the front pasture to the Mardi Gras beads flung in the trees, the whimsical gardens and the outdoor art everywhere. The two story tree house is a fun day time getaway for all ages. So much to explore here!

There is also a two room casita/guesthouse across the driveway with a double and twin bed, lights and heat for overflow guests at an additional cost of $25 per person per night.Guests here can take advantage of the two full baths inside the main house--towels and robes provided

For the adventurous the tree house and an Airstream trailer are delightful summer spaces (at the $25 per person fee) The tree house has two twins on main floor and a queen in the loft. There is a shaded deck with pasture views. It is built around a huge heritage apple tree.

The Airstream is 1971 vintage with lots of privacy in the back pasture. Big covered porch with mountain views. The interior has been fully remodeled and has a double bed in front room and a twin down the hallway.

***Please note that when you rent the main house, the whole two acre property is your and I do not rent out any of the other spaces during your stay. Something guests love so much about my home is the privacy.

This property has appeared in Enchanted Homes, New Mexico Magazine and Green New Mexico. It was also featured on the Taos Home and Garden tour.

It must be seen to be believed. It is truly magical.

Keywords: Private, yet convenient amazingly comfortable, peaceful and eclectic, fun, whimsical

PLEASE NOTE: Even if my calendar is already reserved for your dates please contact me .(casademelissa@gmail or 415 497-7761) I have 10 of my own rentals Taos Vacation Rentals --all on Vrbo/HomeAway I have everything from one bedroom apartments, one, two and three bedroom homes and even family compounds. You will love to stay with me for your Taos vacation getaway!!! Melissa, the Vacation Rental Queen of Taos...

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Melissa Serfling (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, english

About Melissa Serfling

I was a landscaper in Marin Co. California and was ready for a change of pace and place. I found my house on my birthday - June 21. It was love at first sight. The property is so special the variety, the quiet, the trees and flowers,the other buildings and the proximity to town. It is just plain perfect.

Melissa Serfling purchased this house in 2005

Why Melissa Serfling chose New Mexico

I grew up in the Southwest and even though I loved many things about the Bay Area, I missed seasons, mountains, turquoise skies and thunderstorms.

What makes this house unique

Peace and quiet with good proximity to town, comfortable and cozy and so many fun things to see.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Melissa, I found this rock on the trail while hiking into the

Gorge yesterday. It made me think of you and your awesome style! You inspire!!
Jun 2013
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Reviews

4.8
based on 56 traveler reviews

Rural appeal yet so close to town
average rating of 4.785714 based on 65 reviews
5

2018, looking forward to our 3rd annual summer break

  • 5 of 5

Our 2nd family summer get together at this enchanting property was again, a huge success! Before we hit the outskirts of Taos, we all agreed, we'd love to return to Melissa's remarkable Taos getaway in 2018. Welcoming, quirky, surprises around every corner. Comfy, cozy inside & out. New Mexico country living so close to the in town action. Taos & this property will "put a spell on you" in a wonderful way, unforgettable!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lots to see and explore

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property with a lot to explore. The drive to town and the plaza only takes a few minutes. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Cari, so glad you enjoyed me home. Yes, you would never guess you are as close to the Plaza as you are. Do come visit again.
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Beautiful oasis

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property & charming home - you'll leave with incredible memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, welcoming - terrific

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic - memory making perfect Taos property. An unforgetable adobe in the dell experience complete with an outdoor fireplace - The owner thought of EVERYTHING!!!! What a pleasure!!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our stay at taos

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience. The property is unique and fun. Loved the garden and all the eclectic furnishings and antiques

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrible for a family with children

  • 1 of 5

When we arrived the house smelled very sour. We had to let it air out. The next day, the septic tank was not working properly. Owner was very responsive however in getting that fixed. We planned on making coffee-I had to scrape the coffee and grime off the coffee maker and run ACV through it several times...by then I was disgusted and didn't want any coffee. There are sharp objects, no gates avail to protect kids from hot stoves and dirt/spiderwebs everywhere not suitable for a younger child to be nearby. My other daughter found her way to the "sex" section of the library which I was not very happy about. Snakes...sure if you love them...there were about 50 (not kidding) all over the patio. Had we been warned, it might have been a little bit less of a surprise and we would not have rented the casita knowing our guests could not handle the snakes. Our guests left because they were certain they would land in the casita overnight. The casita was also filled with spiderwebs, piles of dirt on the bed and smelled. Hot tub on day one had slime in it. After it was treated, there were so many chemicals in it we couldn't use it. In fact, it ruined the lenses of my glasses I had on, the chemicals and steam on the lenses caused the lenses to actually decay.

Worst trip ever and worst stay I have ever had on VRBO. Initially, the owner seemed nice, but after I called about a few things (septic tank, lack of enough towels, hot tub and misinformation about rental), she insulted me and where we are currently living, which I found funny because I am a NM native.

There is a BEAUTIFUL luxury spa/hotel down the road-I would highly recommend that. Same price, clean, no snakes, usable hot tub and nice service there, whereas this place is lacking.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Did this take me by surprise. Most of this guests comments don't even make sense to me. My house keepers take good care of the house. Snakes- yes in the spring there are harmless garter snakes, but not to the extent I hear from this. Just bizarre, but I can look at my many reviews of folks who have loved this home and just know there are some sour grapes out there. Here's what's crazy making. This was not even the name of the guests I had staying there this date. Maybe someones messing with me??? Melissa
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Sunport, Albuquerque
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Alley Cantina/Plaza
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Lamy, New Mexico
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
hwy 68 into town
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
All over town
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
John Dunn Bridge/ Rio Grande River
Car: recommended

If you are looking for total privacy in a rural setting, yet a 10 minute walk to town or -2 minute drive, this is the home for you... An amazing 'Truly Taos' home

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Rates & Availability

Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Xmas Holiday
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$195
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
cleaning $100

Rates based on 2-4 guests Additional guests (up to 10 total) are charged $25 per night and higher cleaning fee may apply. Contact owner directly regarding additional guests

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Master bedroom has queen size antique brass/iron bed..., Double Beds (1) Second bedroom has double iron antique bed with antique furnishings, original art and private bath with deep tub..., Twin or Single Beds (1) property has all kinds of additional accommodations--two room casita, re furbished Airstream. cottages and of course the two story tree house. Any combination is possible..., Baby Cribs (1) I could come up with one..., Murphy Beds (1) I love murphy beds--had one in college days. Maybe if I do a log cabin, hogan or teepee in back pasture...
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
If you care to indulge yourselves, I can create a wonderful gourmet breakfast or a romantic dinner for two on the patio or cozy dining room-weather dependent (I love to cook) I can arrange for a wonderful 90 minute massage right in 'your own home' (This woman is The Best in town)

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