Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)
About Julia Takahashi
Owner is an architect and is currently engaged in creating a business basecamp for women entrepreneurs in Santa Fe. She loves gardening, cooking, travel, the opera, books and mountain sports.
Why Julia Takahashi chose Pojoaque
The Nambe River valley is a lovely, lush and historic area within a quick drive to Santa Fe. People in the area are friendly and helpful and one enjoys the beauty and quiet of living in the country with easy access to the arts, culture, food and activity of Santa Fe.
What makes this Cottage unique
Complimentary bottle of wine with each stay. Enjoy morning coffee or an evening drink in the private walled patio. Walk out the front door and take a hike down to the arroyo and the barancas beyond or down to the Nambe River. Enjoy fresh tomatoes and other produce from the garden. If you like pets the three friendly cats and the happy dog will be down for a visit in the courtyard. There are several excellent restaurants nearby as well as a supermarket, drugstore, and gas stations. The owner is happy to provide help with your vacation plans and offers light concierge services. We have also helped set up the casita for special needs guests and locate medical services. If you don;t want to miss your workout or you would like to get started, my neighbor - Lenny Natural - is a certified personal trainer. Lenny has full gym facilities in a rustic setting a short walk from the Casita. Massages are also locally available at the Pojoaque Wellness Center, in Espanola or at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. Other pool and gym facilities are located in Pojoaque and Los Alamos. I have neighbors with tennis courts and equestrian facilities and can make arrangements for you.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Excellent lodging, hospitality and setting
I just spent a month at Julia's Nambe Country Retreat and recommend it in the highest possible terms both as a base for someone working in the area (I was doing work in multiple Pueblos of northern New Mexico) and for a small-family vacation (my wife and daughter joined me for a week over Thanksgiving). The casita offers peace and quiet and all the comforts one could wish for. Julia, who lives in the main house right next door, is a superb, friendly and attentive yet non-intrusive hostess. The views from the casita, the patio and the grounds are beautiful. We enjoyed walks around the immediate area and easy access to Santa Fe, Taos (via the breathtakingly scenic High Road), Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains.
Among places we came to enjoy within a 10-minute drive are the Poeh Cultural Center, three good food options (the Sopaipilla Factory, El Parasol, and especially the hot lunch items in the deli at the Pojoaque Supermarket), the Pojoaque Pueblo Library (which has a phenomenal DVD collection) and -- best of all -- the Pojoaque Pueblo Wellness Center (excellent cardio and weight rooms, gym, swimming pool, racquetball courts and more). We were really happy to have such a well-equipped, low-cost and welcoming workout place so close, especially given our fondness for New Mexican food.
If you are looking for top-notch New Mexican food, we would recommend: Rancho de Chimayo (in Chimayo, less than 15 minutes away); El Paragua (Espanola); Tomasita's, the Pantry and La Choza (Santa Fe); and El Charritos and Tia Betty Blue's (Albuquerque).
Peaceful and comfortable
We stayed for 9 weeks during the summer and found the casita to be comfortable, nicely furnished and stocked, and very peaceful. Julia was a great host who was not intrusive but was always friendly, stopping by to check on us or assuring us she would look out for the casita when we went away for the weekend. We enjoyed the walled-in patio with beautiful potted plants and great views of the sunset, and having a full-size kitchen and laundry in a small place like this was a huge plus. This is a great place either for a short visit or a prolonged stay. PS: to clarify on one of the few negative comments left by a previous reviewer, there is a television set, but there is no cable or TV service. We were easily able to hook up a device to stream content to the television set. Julia was kind enough to offer to buy such device for us if we did not bring our own.
Natalie: Thanks so much for the great review. I loved having you and Tim stay for a good part of the summer and want to thank Tim for helping to keep the patio planters lush and green. Best of luck in finishing your degree and getting back out to New Mexico. Julia
Love this little gem!
This casita was perfect for our family of 4. Julia was a great host...she kept the place very clean and well stocked with all the essentials. I would definitely recommend this place.
Julia’s casita was clean, peaceful and easy to live in. She was super responsive and sweet. We’ll definitely stay here again.
Alyssa: Thank you for your review. I enjoyed having you as guests.
We enjoyed our stay at Nambe casita very much! It was as charming as the pictures online, well stocked and the bed very comfortable. The location was perfect. We were centrally located to Sante fe, Taos, Jemez national forest and Bandelier national monument. A month not even long enough to do everything. Julia was a wonderful host and very knowledgeable about the area. We would highly recommend this property and plan to visit again
charming, quiet, conveniently located between Santa Fe, Espanola and Taos
Julia is truly a gracious hostess and was very attentive to any needs.
Visit Native American Pueblos, ancient ruins, the Sanctuario de Chimayo, Ojo Caliente hot springs, the High Road to Taos, and Georgia O'Keefe's home in Abiquiu. Pojoaque Pueblo fitness center has good gym, pool, jacuzzi and sauna. Los Alamos has a great aquatic center, there are also nearby equestrian and tennis facilities where arrangements can be made for use. Local healing arts practitioners include: massage, energy work and chemical detox center as well as a very wide range of healing modalities in Santa Fe.