About the property
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)
This is the most soul-healing, peaceful, relaxing, put-a-smile-back-on-your-face destination imaginable!
"A truly great structure, one that stands the tests of time, never disregards its environment. A serious architect takes that into account. He knows that if he wants presence, he must consult with nature. He must be captivated by the light. Always the light. Always..."
-From the 2006 movie, The Lake House
Impossibly Cool Digs...
One of the very first “earth ship” homes ever built in New Mexico. What is an earth ship? In a nutshell, an earth ship is a green, eco-friendly, energy efficient home. Essentially, half of the house is “bermed” into the earth in order to retain heat in the winter and cool in the summer. The entire front of the earth ship is a continuous wall of windows, so the wonderful ambient light (day and night) and our magnificent mountain scenery fills the entire home. In other words, it is as though the outside is actually part of the inside. There are no artificial city lights to pollute the night sky, so the stars are downright breathtaking even inside the house!
Our mountain retreat is undoubtedly one of the most unique, whimsical, eclectic, magical homes you will ever run across. The inside of our earth ship looks as though it was taken right out of the pages of Tolkien’s, “The Hobbit.” One of the many outstanding features of our house are its three, separate, Bilbo Baggins-style “bed caves.” These amazing bedrooms are cozy, beautifully sculpted, plastered, carpeted works of art.
Kids especially love this house! When they first enter the place, they run around wildly laughing and screaming with delight...
What really makes this funky little Hobbit house so special is its extremely private physical location and the magical forest that surrounds it. Our Earth Ship is nestled at the end of a MAGNIFICENT, PRIVATE, fir and aspen-lined meadow at an 8,200 foot elevation. Our 'back yard' is hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine National Forest! The only neighbors in view of the home are elk, deer, wild turkey and a million hummingbirds!!!
There is a private hiking/mountain bike/horseback/snow shoe trail right out of the back yard that accesses hundreds of miles of abandoned logging roads. The amazing part is that there’s not a soul back there aside from the very-rare hiker or mountain biker.
The bird watching here is simply incredible. Because we are in a transitional zone between high desert and sub-alpine ecosystems, we have an unparalleled mix of bird species. The combination of grassy meadow, Gambel oak, pine/fir and aspen ecosystems attract myriad species. From May through September, we have hundreds of hummingbirds (4 different species) visiting our twenty-some-odd feeders at any one time. There are so many hummingbirds on the feeders in the morning and evening that they will literally land on your fingers! The chicadees and two species of nuthatch are also trained to eat out of your hand(September-April)!
From late June through early September, the wild flowers are exceptional. There are literally hundreds of different species blooming throughout the summer months. Wild edible/medicinal plants are also abundant.
Wildlife is extremely plentiful. Quite often, you’ll see elk, mule deer, wild turkey, grouse, bobcat,fox and coyotes right in the yard!
We have several hundred yards of seasonal creek that runs through the gated, fifteen-acre property.
Our earth ship is an easy 12-minute ride into downtown Taos (and about 20-minutes to Angel Fire, 50-minutes to Taos Ski Valley and 50-minutes to Red River), yet you’ll feel like you’re a million miles from the nearest settlement.
This is the perfect place for peace, quiet and nature seeking families, artists, musicians, writers, hikers, experienced mountain bikers (you can access the South Boundary trail from our private trail into the Forest), bird lovers, nature photographers, snow shoe and cross country ski buffs or just anyone looking for an extremely-private location in Taos to completely escape from reality!
Three bedrooms (queen-sized beds in each bedroom) with an additional futon in the loft/television area.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE VACATION RENTAL -- THIS IS TRULY AN ADVENTURE!!!!
*The open air arrangement of the three separate bedrooms does not allow a great deal of privacy, so you’ll need to be comfortable with the folks you’re staying with. All the bedrooms are up a small flight of stairs, so this is not an ideal rental for handicapped folks.
** Excluding the bathroom, this home is heated in the winter exclusively by passive solar and wood stoves (ample firewood and kindling are supplied at no extra charge). The house is extremely comfortable in the daytime, but really cools down at night in the winter after the fires go out (November through March). It’s quite cool in the middle of the night and especially in the morning before the wood stoves get the temperature back up. If you are unable or unwilling to use the wood stoves or are uncomfortable waking up in cool temperatures, this is not an ideal winter rental for you -- you're better off coming between May and October!!!
***Although we keep the driveway plowed at all times, renters must have all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles from November through March.
Also, check out our Santa Fe VRBO rental #74169. We book combination Santa Fe/Taos rentals if you're interested!
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- May 21, 2018
We're a family of three. Dad, mom and nine year old daughter. We spend half our time in Taos and half our time in Santa Fe. Dad is the director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and owns and operates an outdoor travel company that sends folks fishing around the world. He is also an outdoor writer and photographer as well as a passionate conservationist, nature lover, bird watcher, naturalist, et cetera. Mom is a real estate broker, chef, baker and designer.
Owner purchased this House in 2002
Why Owner chose Taos
We looked for many years trying to find the perfect 'get away' property that accessed pristine forest, but also offered easy access to the town of Taos. This fit our criteria perfectly!
What makes this House unique
This place is the most soul-healing, get back to reality, relaxing, put-a-smile back on your face, bring back the creative juices destination on earth. We'd shrivel up and die without it!
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Peaceful family vaction
I reserved this property to get away and rejuvenate with my family. Upon our night arrival I was filled with an energy that got me excited like with was a little kid. The first morning we were awoken by the howling of a coyote/wolf and we instantly wanted to look around and play! The property is so unique and comfortable we had a hard time wanting to do anything else besides exploring and sitting by the fire pit relaxing and spending time together. Garrett was a very gracious host and gave us a lot of tips on hiking and mountain biking in the area. We are amazed at the beauty of this property and can not wait to visit again.
Thanks for the lovely review!
What a charming home in forest of Taos! My family and I had a blast staying at this home. The forest surrounding it is amazing. Wonderful for hiking and enjoying the outdoors. It is perfectly
Located between Angel Fire and Taos Ski mountain. We will be visiting again!
Loved our stay at the cabin. Everything we needed was available, the owner was extremely friendly and helpful. I would not recommend for family with older members that cannot tolerate cold. They have a wood burning stove, it kept everyone under the age of 60 comfortable ;). Would love to come back and visit in the summer or spring! Thank you!!
Amazing place!!! Everything I hoped it would be and more!
This place is everything the owner says it is! I was looking for a secluded, back to nature area to take my husband, son, daughter-in-law and 2 year grandson for a long weekend to enjoy some down time! This was perfect. The aspens were displaying their beautiful golden fall color, the air was crisp in the mornings and evenings, but warm during the day. We hiked into the National Forest that backs up to the property and enjoyed wine and cigars around the fire pit, with marshmallows of course! The little one really enjoyed getting out in the woods and exploring nature. The wood fireplace and wood stove kept the house cozy and was much warmer than I expected not having a furnace. It's a short drive to Taos, the Red River Gorge Bridge, the Enchanted Circle, Red River, and Angel Fire. We wished we could've stayed longer to check out more of the area, as well as enjoying more down time. This was our first time using Home Away, there was a minor glitch in the payment process but the owner, Garrett, was very responsive. We highly recommend this rental and we will definitely be returning to the Hobbit House!!! Such a fantastic place!
Thanks for staying with us!
Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful!
It is so beautiful! I would love to live here year round but we must go home to work. Thank you Garrett and Annie for sharing your amazing hobbit house with our family!
This place is so magical!
This was our second time back to the earthship. We love it dearly! My kids feel so at home here. They love to explore and play. Garrett is a wonderful, generous host. We will be back!
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Skiing (both downhill and cross country)
Hot air balloon rides
Reclaiming your peace of mind and sense of reality