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Abiquiu on the Mesa/ Designer Adobe Deluxe Vacation Home.

45 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


El Rito House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Den, Sleeps 6

Perfectly designed by a local architect, south of Abiquiu this large, airy pueblo style home is filled with desert light, and beautiful vistas from its many windows. Using southwestern elements and handcrafted furnishings the high ceilinged living room has a kiva fireplace, cozy down filled white sofas in an open floor plan with a dining area that seats 10. The gourmet kitchen boasts a Viking Range, Asko DW, concrete counters, and a complete pantry. A few steps up from the living room by mesquite stairs is a quiet den complete with TV and a day bed that sleeps 2.

Two ample bedrooms (king and queen beds) have tiled ensuite baths. A large eastern portale facing the mountains is complete with outdoor fireplace. The house sits snugly on 30 + acres and borders the State Land with trails down to the Chama River.

There is a separate bathhouse with sauna and serene resting room. Wonderfully landscaped with desert flowers, the home is a peaceful and beautiful retreat.

Indian ruins are within walking distance. Do not forget to hike along the ancient arroyo to the Chama River.

Wildlife can be seen from the huge windows, which lend this home passive solar heat. Built on several levels this architectural home has beautiful fenestration which encompasses views from every angle.

Close by are the old Abiquiu pueblo, the non-excavated ruins of Poshuouinge, plus San Juan, Santa Clara and San Ildelfonso Pueblos.

Not to be missed are Ghost Ranch where Georgia O'Keeffe had her studio, Christ in the Desert Monastery, Abiquiu Lake, the Piedra Lumbre basin.

Colorful mesas give way to high mountains with Alpine meadows.

From late March through November the Georgia O'Keeffe house in Abiquiu is open for guided tours. Santa Fe and Taos are nearby for day trips. So are Chaco Canyon, Chama, Pagosa Springs, CO, Los Alamos and the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs.

You might want to come out when the cottonwood trees are yellow and orange during the annual Abiquiu Studio Tour (Columbus Day weekend) in October, or one week later for the El Rito Studio Tour.

All seasons in Northern New Mexico are sensational.

Additional Information: We have a free internet phone which is connected to wifi. Flat screen tv and dvd player with plenty of good films and books. All pets are welcome in our home. We do charge $ 10/day for for extra cleaning.

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Lilyan Sievernich
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german
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Calendar last updated:
October 8, 2016
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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 New Mexico

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.


based on 45 traveler reviews

Abiquiu on the Mesa/ Designer Adobe Deluxe Vacation Home.
average rating of 4.977778 based on 45 reviews


  • 5 of 5

It is hard to express how beautiful the mesa is -- sunrises and sunsets are outstanding. The house is an architectural gem and is very well appointed. My wife, father-in-law (from The Netherlands) and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It is truly an enchanting place!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: After we finished building our house in 2000 we thought eventually we would get tired of going there and tired of the desert view---but each visit brings us a new marvel: a huge full moon rising over the Black Mesa, a double rainbow (our last visit) after a monsoon rain, a golden sunset that illuminated the raindrops like diamonds on the grass ---our mesa just keeps on giving us yet another wonder. On the last visit we ate in a garden with our architect (who so carefully fenestrated our views) and he said even after living there more than 40 years he still thought New Mexico was very special. The beauty of the high desert with its huge sky filled with stars, the fragrant smell of sage, the absolute silence of our mesa home brings us such peace and such pleasure. Enchanting indeed!
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Profound Beauty

  • 5 of 5

This house had a profound effect on me and my small dog when we first visited last October. The slow rhythm of the high desert captivated us and somehow made us both feel not only at peace, but directly part of the nature around us. In the mornings, my normally neurotic terrier would calmly stroll out into the landscape to nap in the sunlight. And in July, when I returned for another week with my husband and dog, the same gentle calmness overtook us all immediately. Perfectly placed in the land, the house is completely surrounded by dramatic beauty and stunning variety wherever one gazes. In the fall, almost all the desert colors remain but the cottonwood trees begin to glow in brilliant yellows along the edges of the Chama River to the south. On both visits, I sat seemingly forever looking out as the light changed on the dry grass, the bees worked in their mysterious patterns on the lavender beneath the giant picture windows, the jackrabbits dashed across the distance, and the clouds and sky shifted constantly on the mesas and mountains - almost as if some lighting director was playing backstage and experimenting with every possible color and light pattern he could imagine. All this beauty was on display while our day-to-day needs were met seamlessly. The beds are comfortable; the rooms are graciously sized and tastefully furnished; the baths are modern and luxurious, everything was spotlessly clean, and the kitchen fun to cook in. Being there, one feels total isolation and privacy, yet it is reassuring that there are friendly and helpful neighbors very close but out of view. A four-wheel drive vehicle is not mandatory but I found it makes the gravel road easier. Looking forward now to experiencing winter and spring on future visits.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes we are in love with our beautiful landscapes and the care that our architect took to expose them with his clever fenestration. We love sitting on the east portal and watching the moon rise over the sangre des cristo mountains. We have taken care that the sauna and all the resting places in our home reflects and captures the peace and beauty of the high desert. Our guest knew from his last visit that October is spectacular in its golden beauty, now he saw summer with the monsoons and rainbows, but yet to see december in the snow and of course the spring when the earth wakens for yet another season of growth and desert blooms.
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Abiquiu on the Mesa -

  • 5 of 5

Abiquiu on the Mesa was recommended by nyc friends who had been there last year with a fabulous family re-union and raved about it.

So our family of wife and 9 year old son headed 'southwest' and it was just the breathe of fresh air we needed.

We went to bed with the moon in a beautiful sky and woke up with airy sunlight streaming through the windows from all directions as the house sits out on this majestic Mesa in the middle of God's Country.

We cook a lot and the Kitchen had everything we could think of or needed and

it was Breakfast on the outdoor dining table as my our son was delighted to be chasing Geckos & watching ants build sand castles. It only got better from there as we went white/water rafting and found a local vineyard and wine from neighbors of the Host Couple. It is simultaneously off the beaten path but only a stone's throw from Georgia O'Keefe and much much more. We had a tremendous experience and have all ready booked time for next year with some Family.


  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do love Georgia O'Keefe 's artistic expressions of our beautiful land. She is well honored by a museum in Santa Fe (the only one in America dedicated to a woman) and her incredible home and studio in Abiquiu is visited by thousands every year. To know her paintings and come to this land and to compare them to the real is a treat for all. And there is so much more to explore besides the Plaza Blanca, the Pedanale, and Ghost Ranch. And so much to do in these spectacular landscapes: hiking fishing horse back riding white water rafting galleries museums shopping and of course eating. Taos and Santa Fe, Georgia O'keefe and Agnes Martin: chile cheeseburgers and steak!
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a beautiful place

  • 4 of 5

We spent a wonderful month long vacation on the Mesa and enjoyed every minute of it. The house was tastefully appointed, comfortable and welcoming. Many places to curl and read, enjoy the view, or have a cosy dinner party. The outdoor space was perfect, we grilled just about every night. Loved taking advantage of the Sauna and it's private portico.

The pantry was very well appointed with spices, paper products, pots, pans etc. Nothing was missing.

The bedrooms and beds were very comfortable. Everything was clean and well-maintained.

Lilyan answered all our questions and was very helpful at all times.

The location was great for exploring near and far. From a hike down the wash to the river, to a drive to Taos or Sante Fe all was well with in reach. Especially enjoyed the Rio Arriba rodeo, our tour of O'Keefe's house, Ghost Ranch, and hiking up in the cool mountains above Los Alamos. We made several trips to Ojo Caliente for yoga and spa.

It was one of the first month long vacations where we just stayed in one place and relaxed, and this was the perfect place.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have had a few guests that stayed as long as a month but never such nice ones! It was a year ago and and I never knew that they were dissatisfied with their stay until now! they have said they loved it and we made a good negotiated price for their stay and the best part is that there is no tax charged for stays of one month or longer. I myself have never had the time to spend a month on the mesa so I kind of envy their long days of couch reading and hiking on the beautiful state land (which is hundreds of acres teaming with bunnies and other wildlife) and exploring our neighborhoods: Abiquiu with Georgia O"Keefe's house, the church, the sweet little library and best of all Bodes and their chili cheeseburgers. El Rito: now having several galleries, and of course El Farolito---Dominick still cooking but no longer painting his wonderful paintings of the town.(which we have hanging on the mantle) Santa Fe, Taos and many new discoveries in the small towns and villages. Even Espanola has its share of sights and sounds and food and farmers markets. So much to see and do---all I have tried to cover in the many brochures in the cabinet and in our house book. It takes years to see it all---or you can just lay quietly on the couches and read about it. :) I have written to them to find out why they are the only ones who have given us a four star review after 5 years of renting and they explained that nothing is worth 5 stars! well I don't agree with them and the minor problems they had with the house (window frames and hot water) have been resolved with screwing in the frames (instead of pins) and turning up the hot water thermostat. I only wish they had told me their problems while they were there--and we would have solved them immediately. We try our very best to make sure all our guests are comfortable and love our home as much as we do!!!!!
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Nice Art

  • 5 of 5

I really liked the art in your house... the purple chair painting in the bedroom is so "giorgio morandi"... and the naïve pieces are so wonderful... like the corner building at the turnoff... I like that the art throughout the house slowly grows on you, nothing ostentatious to say "hey look at me", just a gradual realization that you can look at these paintings for a long time and still feel an appreciation and affinity. This in my travels experiences is a rare find. I usually want to cover, remove, or avoid looking at images in most places I visit. Thanks, nice house!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad this last guest appreciated the art that we love and put into our home. There are paintings photos and pastels from our artist friends and other work from the local artists. There is the beautiful photo of Abiquiu mountains and clouds from Joan who has a gallery on the High Road, the bird lady on the fireplace which is from our gardener (also a sculptress) made from local cottonwood, the painting on the kiva in the living room which was created by Dominick who runs his family's restaurant in El Rito (El Farolito) . Besides the local art we have beautiful hand crafted furniture from David who is actually a guitar maker. And that is just some of the magic that has made our mesa home such a retreat and such a lovely experience for all of us.
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Rest and moonsoon adventures

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three days in the house this summer and it is a wonderful resting and contemplation place. As it is built for the local climate, with sensible orientation, using appropriate shading and thermal mass, we particularly appreciated that air conditioning was not required, whilst the house kept cool. Our stay was made a bit more eventful by massive summer monsoon thunderstorms which kicked the arroyos in action. However lovely neighbours helped solve this unexpected issue. A true taste of northern New Mexico.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a wild summer…hail stones for 20 minutes in july! and then of course rainbows all over the skies almost daily. The mesa even turned green this summer which is a rare treat for all the desert people. We certainly welcomed the rain to help the drought ridden forests and hope that this winter brings us lots of snow. The house is wonderful in the winter with the piñon fires going in the kiva and the sometime snow blanketing the tender grass. Though my favorite season is the fall when the cottonwoods on the Chama go golden. Our poured pumice 14 inch walls do help to keep the warmth inside in the winter or to hold the coolness of the night in the summer. We have tried our best to be kind to our mesa---keeping to the trails, using little water, recycling, etc etc. and we certainly love to hear that our guests feel that way too. It is a wondrous place and ,yes, with very friendly and helpful neighbors.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
32 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Abiquiu Inn
Nearest Ski
32 Miles
Santa Fe
Car: necessary

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


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Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.5%

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El Rito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
    sauna - shower , it is a hot water shower to use after your sauna
  • the master bath is a tranquil beauty with a huge window and beautiful view of the mesa. it has a double sink walk in shower beautiful travatine with fossils and loads of towels! the guest bathroom has a washer dryer as well as a walk in shower the sauna shower has both hot and cold water and is a great way to prepare for your sauna in the beautiful and peaceful bath house
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , it is a trundle bed
  • King size master bedroom has down quilts and handmade patchwork comforters. Mesquite flooring, kiva fireplace and walk in closet. There is an en suite bath with built in tub with spectacular views of the land preserve, two sinks on a handcrafted table, a walk in shower all tiled in travertine marble containing fossils. French doors lead to the eastern portal with views of the mountains. The guest bedroom offers a queen size bed, a full closet, a desk, en suite bath room with shower and a washer/dryer.In the DEN you'll find an extra day bed that sleeps two, a down filled sofa, a flat screen TV with basic satellite stations, Wifi, Skype, and books, guides for the area and board games.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
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  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
The Great Room and the master bedroom have kiva fireplaces. The Eastern Portal has an outdoor fireplace/BBQ. Firewood is provided. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer. A separate bath house contains a beautifully handcrafted sauna, with a serene sitting room with shower. A door leads to a second portal which enjoys a warm southern exposure all year round. The open floor plan of the great room contains the gourmet kitchen which is complete with a Viking range, an Asko dishwasher, country sink and butcher block counters. There is a separate pantry with microwave and fridge and all necessary kitchen utensils. All pine cabinets and doors are handcrafted by local artisans. The large east facing portal has a built in fireplace for BBQ and handcrafted bench and table and chairs for outdoor dining with spectacular sunrise and moonrise views.

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