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Beautiful Mountain Retreat Just Minutes From the Slopes!!

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview


Details
Property
chalet
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

Description

Arroyo Seco Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Chalet, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

OVERALL DESCRIPTION

Tucked into the base of a mountain and surrounded by aspen and blue spruce trees, Casa de Toro is a luxurious, spacious 2,244 square foot, all-electric, 3-level, 3-bedroom, 2-bath chalet that sleeps 8 people. The casa is a few yards from the banks of the Rio Hondo which flows down from the Taos Ski Valley resort just 3.5 miles upstream. Every aspect of the house reflects the unique character of Taos: hand-carved posts and corbels, hand-made outdoor sconces, tongue-and-groove white pine ceilings, hand-plastered walls, and either red oak, carpet, or ceramic tile flooring.

LIVING ROOM

As you walk in the front door, to your right is the living room with its two-story cathedral ceiling.  A wall of 8 windows on the river side of the room gives you a floor-to-ceiling view across the Rio Hondo to the mountain beyond.  A ceiling fan at the apex of the ceiling creates a gentle breeze to circulate the air and bathes the room in light at night.

The living room furniture includes a large sectional with a recliner at each end, a recliner chair, and a large, authentic Taos drum coffee table.  You can gently drum the “table” with the two beaters.  In one corner of the living room, beside the wall of windows, is a wall-mounted 40' high definition Samsung television with over 120 channels to chose from. On the other side of the wall of windows is a wood burning stove that generates enough heat to keep you warm and cozy. Firewood is provided and stored under the front deck.

STUDY/THIRD BEDROOM

Connected to the living room through a set of pocket doors is the study and third bedroom.  The room contains a red-leather sofa sleeper that makes into a queen-plus bed that is the most comfortable sofa sleeper you'll ever find.  On the opposite wall to the sleeper is a desk custom made by Jason Rathbun, a custom furniture maker in Taos.  An HP LaserJet printer is available for you to print out any files, boarding passes, etc.  Surrounding the opening for the pocket doors are bookshelves, also made by Jason, with a wide range of games and books.

DINING ROOM

On your left as you enter the front door is the dining area.  The oak table, which has two optional leaves, can easily accommodate 8 diners in the red leather dining chairs. The spirit of New Mexico is reflected in the tableware: it is a replica of the tableware used in the dining cars of the Santa Fe railroad during the heyday of passenger trains.

KITCHEN

Opening into the dining room is the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen.  The large, thick, granite bar separating the kitchen from the dining room is wide enough for not only a glass cooktop and downdraft over the built-in Thermador convection oven, but also a seating space for two bar stools.  All the other countertops in the kitchen are the same thick crystal blue granite.  Stainless steel is prevalent in the kitchen with stainless steel appliances, plumbing fixtures, and cookware.

MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom has a king-sized bed with a Serta independent spring mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, and a Hungarian goose down comforter.  You need a place to keep your clothes, so there is a chest of drawers and a double closet. All of the bedroom furniture, including the matching bedside tables and a bench, was also custom made for us by Jason Rathbun.

MASTER BATHROOM

The master bathroom is spa-like with tile-covered walls and floor, and a granite countertop.  The large walk-in shower, with a river rock floor and wall accent that remind you of the Rio Hondo, has two shower heads to chose from: a hand-held and a rain shower head.

LOFT

Besides providing sleeping space for 4 people in 3 beds, the loft is a quiet, secluded, yet spacious, place for reading or taking a nap while another ceiling fan gently circulates the air. A window overlooks the living room so you can check out what’s happening below. If you want some outside air, just open the French doors and go out on the attached deck. The loft bathroom is also spacious with a walk-in shower and a granite countertop large enough for all your necessities.

OUTSIDE

A covered parking area under the deck on the river side of the casa is large enough to protect 2 cars from the elements so you don't have to clean the snow off your car to go to the slopes after a winter snowstorm!  On the front side of the casa is another uncommon convenience: a winch.  This 400-pound capacity electric winch and its basket are great for lifting luggage, groceries, firewood, etc. from the third ground level parking area to the main living area. (A block and tackle pulley system is also available for easily lifting luggage from the front deck to the loft deck.)

Keywords: Cabin, Private House, Mountain, Ski, Fish, Hiking

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Kayta Tracey
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2016
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About Kayta Tracey

Worth and Mary Nell, the owners of Casa de Toro, are siblings and long-term aficionados of Northern New Mexico. While we were growing up in Amarillo, TX, our family spent many summer vacations in the cool, clean air of the New Mexico Rockies. Our captivation with the Taos area continues to today even though Worth and his family live in Austin, TX and Mary Nell and her family live in Nashville, TN. We get to Casa de Toro as often as we can during the year and consider the casa to be our 'home away from home.'

Kayta Tracey purchased this chalet in 1970

Why Kayta Tracey chose New Mexico

The story of Casa de Toro began in 1969 when our parents found the perfect place — the Taos Ski Valley — to build their long-sought cabin 'in the mountains'. Construction began in 1970, mostly performed by our dad with help from Worth when he was home from college. Named after the Bull-of-the-Woods meadow near Mt. Wheeler, Casa de Toro was a family retreat from the hot, dry summers of our home town Amarillo, Texas for 34 years.

In 2006 after inheriting it, we decided to remodel and enlarge the cabin. As we delved further into the remodeling process we realized that the cabin was in need of some extensive updating. Construction began in the summer of 2008 and was finished 18 months later.

Casa de Toro has had a long, distinguished, and loving 40-year history with our family. Today, our two families are the proud, second-generation owners of a place that is in its second life. While our parents are not here to see it, we know that they would really like what we have done and we hope you do, too.

What makes this chalet unique

For us, Casa de Toro has always been the perfect place to relax, fish, and enjoy the beauty and mystique of Taos. We have also used it as a 'base camp' for sightseeing and day-long excursions to other parts of New Mexico.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Had a wonderful time in such peace and comfort. The views are fabulous and the Casa has everything that you would need to make for a wonderful Taos experience. Will be making Casa de Toro an annual get away destination! Absolutely 5-stars.



05/21/2011
May 2011
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Mountain Retreat Just Minutes From the Slopes!!
average rating of 4.875 based on 25 reviews
5

What a great property!

  • 5 of 5

Lots of room, very well furnished and supplied, all the comforts of home 3 miles from the slopes. Awesome deck, great hot tub, and the sound of the creek nearby is icing on the cake. Our party of 7 loved everything about it, we will stay here again and highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The property was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at Casa De Toro. The house was beautiful and close to the ski mtn. If we're ever fortunate enough to return to NM I hope this house is available.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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4

New, clean, great location

  • 4 of 5

Everything was as described. Great location. Helpful owners.

People that visited with us plan to use in the future.

I do wish the beds were better, and that the unit would sleep more and that the TV was larger, or placed on the wall by the dining room table.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Although its a 10 minute drive to the ski mountain at Taos, the place is VERY well kept and clean. We enjoyed and would certainly return.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Place! Super Nice and <10 minutes from the Lifts!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa de Toro for 4 nights in mid-January 2016. It slept 5 of us comfortably. The house is constructed of high-end materials, was super clean, and everything worked great. Gotta love having your own hot tub on the porch! Even the linens and towels were of high quality.

The property manager was responsive with requests and offered recommendations for places to rent gear.

If it's been snowing, 4WD/AWD is required. Covered parking was a nice touch, along with having the winch setup to haul your firewood and gear up to the porch.

Overall, a great place to stay and I wouldn't hesitate on staying here again when we come back to the Taos Ski Valley area.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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5

Wonderful house so close to the slopes!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at Casa de Toro over New Years. The property is spectacular - everything is well maintained, clean, and high end. Our family of 4 (kids aged 14 & 8) had room to spare! We loved making fires, soaking in the hot tub after a day at Taos Ski Valley, and hanging out in the house. Super close to Taos Ski Valley - such a wonderful property. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Map

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Tim's Stray Dog Cantina
Taos Cow
ACEQ Restaurant
Adobe Bar
Nearest Airport
165 Miles
Albuquerque, NM
Nearest Ski
3.5 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Llama trekking

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Rates & Availability

Arroyo Seco Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Nov 29 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,890
 
 
Christmas/New Years
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
$750
$4,550
 
 
High Winter
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,520
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning fee $175
Property Damage Protection $59

Casa de Toro can also be rented as a 1 or 2 bedroom home. Please contact us for pricing. Discounts are available for smaller parties. The cleaning fee is subject to change depending on the amount of guests.

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Amenities

Arroyo Seco Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2244 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , California Queen size
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Includes day bed and trundle bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Opens up to a queen plus sized bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
A 400 lb. capacity electric winch to lift luggage, groceries, firewood, etc. to the main level; clothes steamer; steam iron and ironing board

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