2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Den, Sleeps 6
- english, german
About Lilyan Sievernich
We are independent feature film producers and have traveled the world making movies with the likes of Wim Wenders, John Huston, John Schlesinger. In our many travels we have never found a place as special as Northern New Mexico and we have fun sharing it with many visitors from around the world. It is especially exciting to painters and photographers. It has such an incredible light no wonder Hollywood is coming to Northern New Mexico in the last few years!
Lilyan Sievernich purchased this House in 2000
Why Lilyan Sievernich chose Medanales
We bought our piece of paradise from our old friend and neighbor in 1998 and she convinced us to build a house with a local architect and builder. 'a casita' The process was wonderful if at times perplexing because the local artisans never quite understood what we were talking about! We ended up with a wonderfully eclectic and delightful mix of styles of the southwest. A house filled with light and spirit!
What makes this House unique
This property borders thousands of acres of state land and though it is rural and wonderful it is not remote. Our wonderful local architect Mike carefully picked out the best views from the window and angled the house perfectly to the sun. We had so much fun building it, picking the tiles and fixtures and inviting the local craftsmen to make our furniture and doors and plaster the walls and make our home unique, filled with light and yet cozy.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
PLEASE SMOKE OUTSIDE WITH ASHTRAYS!!!!
It would be nice if you replenish condiments herbs and spices.
Taking a shower before jumping in the hot tub is recommended
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great quiet spot to unwind.
We found the home made a good base to do our exploring of the area. It was built with obvious attention to detail and purpose. Really enjoyed the fireplace, patio, and sauna outbuilding. The owner was upfront about the need to drive a little to get to better restaurant and retail choices and was responsive to our communications.
Our reservation was a little last minute, so it appeared that the persons hired to maintain the property may not have had time to do a walk through before our stay. Overall it is well worth a visit and we appreciate the owners giving us the chance to have an enjoyable time there.
We often have to tell guests to our mesa that to have that incredible view and blessed peace you have to be out of the city! Even though Espanola is only 20 minutes away the true sophisticated pleasures of city life can only be found in Santa Fe which is 35 miles away from our wild beauty. Living a bit remotely also means that services are not immediate---it takes planning and patience to move at a slower pace. Its why we love it, as well as loving this home that was so lovingly created by a local architect and builder with the
understanding of its natural beauty and the slowness of service :) Each of our windows face a wonder at any time of year. Our large portales collect the sunshine in the winter and the breezes in the summer. Our house was constructed with modern conveniences but local flavors---and all local hand craft men's work. Mike from Tesuque was the amazing architect, Rob our builder from Taos, David, our neighbor, crafted the hand made walnut furniture, Abdul the hand rubbed doors etc etc. All the art on the walls are from local artists. We love our high desert home and love sharing it with people who appreciate the care that's gone into it. I can't wait to get back and soak in its beauty, and sit in the sauna eating green chili and thanking the gods that brought us there!
Wonderful with a slight glitch
Beautiful home. Beautiful property. Owners very responsive. Had issue with hot water heater; no hot water. They responded in a few hours - telling me what to do. Hopefully they will include hot water heater "glitch" in their Guest Book. After it was remedied, hot water was perfect! Other issue: bugs, spiders in house. Even without opening windows. Learned to live with it. Part of country living. All in all - a great place to stay.
Yes living in a rural part of Northern New Mexico means exceptional beauty, exquisite peace and quiet and sometimes spiders ;) ! However the ‘glitch’ she writes about is also part and parcel of rural American living—-its the very occasional loss of internet services —- (though that has also happened to me in Los Angeles and New York! ) —which unfortunately turned off the hot water. This was so unusual we didn’t immediately know how to fix it but we figured it out in a few hours and she didn’t suffer too much because it was still possible to heat hot water on to our fabulous Viking range !
But, in spite of spiders and no hot water for a few hours, we are glad that this woman appreciated our carefully built home , our fine art, down filled cozy couches and incredible vistas carefully exposed through artful fenestration created by a local architect. Yes in summer when people leave the doors open we also get flies (Though we do provide flyswatters---and suggest they open windows with screens ) But at least her next morning shower was a warm pleasure which included a superb view of the Sange des Christo mountains rising from the Black Mesa. It is a five star view in a five star house. Come and see it!!!
Ah that says it all! we love it too. it is indeed very very nice
Incredible Northern New Mexico experience!
Lilyan & Chris' property epitomizes the reasons we all want to visit this area of the Spanish West. The classic adobe home sits on an idyllic property with unencumbered views to the horizons, the silence of the high desert, and natural landscapes in every direction. The home is very comfortable, the kitchen more than adequately stocked, and the sauna is an especially pleasing touch. We happened to be there during a frigid weather event and never felt the least bit chilled due to the radiant flooring and ample wood for the kiva fireplace. I highly recommend, but please treat this space with the respect it deserves. Wonderful job Lilyan!!
It is quite a feat to have so many windows to enjoy the amazing view and still have our house warm enough in the winter( which was was especially cold)---but a cold winter feels great when the New Mexican sun shines and the sauna beckons . Our sauna is so very calming---hand made furniture by our neighbor David---beautiful plastered walls, and some pillowed benches to rest inbetween the sweating.
And if you need it hot in the winter---Ojo Caliente is fantastic especially when it snows: imagine sitting in hot mineral water with the snow falling around your head? watching the sun set against the rocks? covering your body in clay and letting the sun bake it into your skin ?
But if you don't want to get off our down sofas just stay home and let the kiva fireplace lull you to sleep after reading a good book left for you on our bookshelves. And if you don't like winter at all come in the spring to watch the mesa come alive with flowers or summer when the huge sky fills with rainbows!...And then there is fall with its glorious blue skies and fluffy clouds--enchanted New Mexico indeed.
Exceeded our expectations
A wonderful place. Very comfortable for two couples. More than that would mean folks sleeping just in the common area which is OK for good sleepers I guess. Great hikes and landscapes all around. The crowning experience was using the sauna with our family.
I am not sure why this family thought that trundle bed in the den would be noisy? They said they never used it! But I have ——for a whole week when I had guests overflowing the house and it was quiet —very quiet —as our home is surrounded by acres and acres of empty land and the walls of the house are poured pumice and 14 inches thick —the most beautiful aspect of the Mesa is it’s peacefulness. Sometimes we think our ears are playing tricks on us!!!
The sauna is especially peaceful and meditative. We have also used it for a place to write and my niece (with an uncooperative toddler )even slept there. We love the furniture that David built the simplicity suits the room and the Mesa very well
And we love lighting candles in the sauna resting room and watching as the sun goes down on the western side of the house maybe drinking iced water or a cool beer ?
And coming inside on a cold winters night from the sauna and sitting in front of the kiva fireplace with the fragrance of burning piñon
And perhaps a QUIET nap on the trundle bed in front of the tv ain’t shabby either!
Beautiful and Serene.
Beautiful location with breathtaking views
You can walk for miles in any direction as state property is literally at the property’s fence line. The setting is quiet and peaceful. The property includes a private sauna as well as wood for a kiva that keeps the home cozy in cooler months. We enjoyed several walks along arroyos and even to the Chama river which is difficult to access for the public. would highly recommend staying here.
We love our sauna. Beautifully hand constructed furniture by our neighbor David--with lounging benches and a bracing shower---we think its better than Ojo. We also have a massage table when after those long walks you ask Goldie to come over and give you a massage in front of the kiva--- soft music candle light and yes it is a house for thinking and dreaming and painting and writing and maybe a glass of wine on the portale at sunset. We have also seen the many spectacular moon rises over the Black Mesa and in the fall the cottonwoods going golden on the Chama. Also beautiful in the snow.
The home is on a high mesa surrounded by the Sangre des Cristo mountains and easily accessible to Santa Fe (opera Indian market films theater galleries and boutiques) and Taos(the 1000 year old pueblo). We are 15 minutes from Abiquiu the home of Georgia O'keefe, the lake, Ghost Ranch and many beautiful hikes and trails. We are near Ojo caliente old and famous hot springs plus many attractions in Northern New Mexico.
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Kayaking, Snowboarding, Wildlife Viewing