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Rural appeal yet so close to town

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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! ***Contact me for special rate at casademelissa@gmail.com

There is also a two room casita/guesthouse across the driveway with a double and twin bed, lights and heat for additional guests. 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. 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.

As with all of my properties, this is dog friendly for well behaved dogs and conscientious owners.

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...

More Details

Owner
Melissa /Taos mgr.
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Melissa /Taos mgr.

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 /Taos mgr. purchased this house in 2005

Why Melissa /Taos mgr. 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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Amenities

Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 tiled baths with many supplies, paper goods and lots of towels. Robes for two in master closet
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:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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:
Always peaceful and quiet here yet minutes to the Plaza. Lots to explore on the property.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Rural appeal yet so close to town
average rating of 4.8142858 based on 79 reviews
5

My kind of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Utterly peaceful adobe abode, ranchita from heaven, complete with birds and butterflies, and the hand-cranked cupboard -mounted can opener of my childhood. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed my home. Yes it is quiet and peaceful. I had a guest once complain that I did not have an electric can opener! Vintage wall opener fun and certainly does the job.
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5

An elegant & artistic hideaway

  • 5 of 5

The provider of this property has a keen attention to detail, that surprised me. The biggest downside was that we had to leave... I'm looking forward to making a longer visit soon. Go and see for yourself;)

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for review. Yes I try to provide everything my guests might need. I like to say if I don't have it, you aren't going to need it! Yes, my guests often say that leaving was the only thing that they did not like. Come again for a longer stay next time.
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5

Serene

  • 5 of 5

So peaceful and beautiful! It felt like taking a step back in time but bringing all of your modern amenities (at your choosing). Melissa's artistry kept us exploring with wonder the entire time!!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your spontaneous review! I am so glad you enjoyed my home. It is indeed special Also glad I could give you a late check out that last morning. You can tell I have just SO much fun with my decorating and whimsy!
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5

WOW!!!!!!!! Great place! Definitely going again!

  • 5 of 5

Melissa,

Sorry it took a while to write this...I wanted to take the time to do it right! Your home is just lovely! My wife, myself, my son, and his wife definitely enjoyed our stay. Each day we would walk around the property and discover something new. Your property is definitely a labor of love on your part. You will see us again. The ecclectic furnishings and rustic setting was just perfect. Thanks again.

Sincerely,

Kim Z.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed my home. Yes certainly a lot to look at! Do hope to see your family again in the future.
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Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for spring break. It's close to town and skiing. The home is so quaint. We enjoyed the nice fireplace outside after a day of skiing. The owner was super responsive with any questions we had. We would book another stay the next time we come to Taos.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice review! I do so appreciate it! I'm glad your son's i phone arrived promptly. You have no idea how many possessions get left behind!! My housekeepers are great and always return to me and then I ship. Cameras, wallets, clothing phones and especially chargers...
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5

Wonderful getaway, everything you could ask for

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed at Melissa's place from March 3-11, 2017. We had a wonderful time.

The property has everything you could need--comfortable beds, excellent heat including the awesome Kiva fireplace, and a well-equipped kitchen, to say the least. Plus gloves, scarves, etc, in case you forgot yours! And Melissa was super responsive to anything we needed.

It's SO quiet and peaceful--most days, we opened the windows and just listened to the many wind chimes and rustling trees. The amount of light in the place was one of my favorite things.

Being able to bring our dog was a huge plus, and Melissa even puts out sheets so your pooch can enjoy the couches or bed. Ours preferred the loveseat near the Kiva! And she loved playing fetch out in the open space in front of the Airstream, and sunning in the tree house.

The porch on the Airstream is a great place to watch the sun rise over the mountains, too. It's a short drive to town, or a good walk if you're game...and Fred Baca park is close, too. The Rio Grande Gorge is a pretty short drive, as well.

We had a wonderful experience---memories that will last a lifetime. Highly recommended. Thanks, Melissa!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at my home. I work hard to make everything right and always so nice to have my efforts acknowledged. This property is always quiet and peaceful. It's hard to believe you are just a few minutes from the Plaza. I am dog friendly at all my properties and find that since I now provide dog sheets my guests are so great about using them on furniture. I am so glad My property was a part of your special memories with your daughter. Do consider coming back in the summer when everything is in bloom and the shade of all the trees is truly delightful.
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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:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
Xmas 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
Spring Break
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$195
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100
Pet Fee $25

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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