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Taos Rio Eco Dwelling on the Taos de Fernando River

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

2 Bedrooms (1 BR + studio w/ queen Murphy bed), 2 Bathrooms, Laundry, sleeps 4

Newly built by architect/owner this 900 s.f. Eco dwelling made of weathering steel and stone lives large right on the Taos de Fernando river, in a grove of 100 year old cottonwood and willow trees. Step out to the 12' x 20' stone paver deck and enjoy a relaxing soak in the new hot tub. Enjoy our new private meditation hut by the river. Located just 3 miles from Taos, near hiking trails and ski areas, great restaurants, galleries and museums of Taos. The high 10' vaulted ceilings high windows let the sun and forest views in. Experience the latest in technology with 2 HDTVs, with Blu Ray DVD, wireless Internet and video, electric Zen fireplace, and warm radiant tile floors. Custom contemporary maple woodwork & cabinets built by the owner's architect son reflect the water theme with elegant inlay designs and are topped by black honed granite. Ideal for a get away for a couple or two, with a bedroom and bath at opposite ends of the house. If more beds are needed check out our listing 209546 just 1/4 mile away with 3BRs and 2BA, 2000 s.

Construction Details: Since the property is in a sensitive ecological area next to the Taos de Fernando River, water conservation and protection is of primary concern. Note; (river flow is seasonal as with many streams in the southwest). Every plumbing fixture is water efficient, from high end Toto dual flush toilets to sensor faucets in the bathrooms and kitchen. We keep track of water usage with our water meter and have saved 1000's of gallons of water. We averaged with help of our guests just 33 gallons/day total indoor water use vs. a national average of 94 gallons/day/person* (American Water Works Assoc.)

The house is green built with zero VOC paints and materials, energy efficient insulation, appliances and heating system. The house is tiled throughout with in the latest in floor electric heat, which is energy efficient and comfortable. Objects in the rooms are heated and your are comfortable with the heat set at a lower temperature. We also recycle all our trash in special recycling bins.

Location details: Located just 3 miles from Taos, NM. Great restaurants, more than 75 art galleries, 4 museums, Taos Pueblo, numerous shops, great live music and arts programs. Great skiing is just 35-40 minutes away. Hiking trails nearby in Carson National Forest with pinion pine forests. River rafting, fishing, and mountain biking in the late spring and summer months. !

Nearby large guest house also available: If more beds and a larger house is needed check out our listing 'Retreat at Rancho Canyon' 209546 just 1/4 mile away with 3BRs and 2BA, 2000 s.f. This can be rented in combination with the Rio house to accommodate larger groups and family reunions.

More Details

David and Meredith Vaughn
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2017

About David and Meredith Vaughn

My wife and I have enjoyed Taos for much of our 43 years of marriage. We built a home in Taos in 2000 and now have completed another creative collaboration, with help from our son Jordan of Vonmod - a new 2BR vacation rental house on the Taos de Fernando river and love to share it with others.

David and Meredith Vaughn purchased this house in 2010

Why David and Meredith Vaughn chose New Mexico

We chose to design and build our second house in Taos because we love the area so much- the natural beauty of the forest, river and high desert environment, and history, art and food of Taos. We enjoy creating inviting and comfortable living spaces that take advantage of the exceptional natural surroundings of the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This house is so comfortable and has everything you need. It's a perfect size, cozy, serene, secluded, yet close to town. Wow! We had the best time. My husband, me and our Husky spent a week here and it snowed on our way in. We woke up the next morning to well over a foot of snow. It was so beautiful. The little creek that runs behind it, the patio, the hot tub, the meditation hut--it was just fabulous. They think of everything. Has tons of supplies. I really loved it and would highly recommend this house. The design of the house is perfect to share as well. I would definitely stay here again.
Nov 2015
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Taos Rio Eco Dwelling on the Taos de Fernando River
average rating of 4.8653846 based on 53 reviews

Very cozy and modern

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place just outside of town right off a main road. The river is lovely. The hot tub was perfect. Everything was well appointed and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Taos Eco Dwelling. It was perfect for a get-away Christmas vacation. The facilities were fabulous, especially enjoyed the hot tub. We were lazy and ate our meals in Taos, but certainly could have cooked at home. We hope we are able to come back some day. Thank you for a wonderful time. Pat Clewell

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 4 nights here. This place has everything you need and we really made use of the kitchen and it was great having a washer and dryer so we could pack light and just do a load of laundry. A few things you should be aware of...

1. The mattresses are very firm. Good mattresses...just firm.

2. The faucets (as others have mentioned) are hard to get used to but not that big of a deal. You just won't have hot water in your bathroom sinks.

3. The shower was either too hot or not hot enough, there wasn't a good in between temp.

4. There are translucent Windows on all interior doors. You can't see thru them, but it makes it hard if someone wants to go to bed and others are in the living area because the light shines thru

5. The hot tub is seriously amazing. I used it every night and it was so delightful!

6. The stream in the back was frozen for us, but it was so beautiful and I'm sure it's lovely in the warm months. Just be careful if you have kids because there are not a lot of places for them to play outdoors. You have the road on 2 sides and the stream on the other 2.

7. It is kinda hard to get in on the turn from the road, but once you get used to it its fine. We had 7 inches of snow while we were here and had no problems getting in and out however we do have 4 wheel drive and I am not sure we could have made it up the sloped driveway without it in the snow.

8. The tv and dish are hard to get used to using but there are really good instructions in the app under electronics questions. We never did get the DVD player working but no big deal.

9. Love the electric fireplace!

We will definitely be back! We loved being here.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to relax. Very peaceful and serene.

  • 5 of 5

Taos Eco Rio Dwelling had everything we wanted for our stay. Kitchen is really well equipped. The hot tub was a real pleasure after being out all day. Very quiet place. Loved the meditation hut.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay here. The house is lovely, clean and comfortable, and the kitchen is very well stocked. The meditation hut is wonderful--now my husband thinks we need one in our backyard, too! Highly recommended; we would certainly stay again if we come back to Taos.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice!

  • 4 of 5

High quality, comfortable furnishings including the beds; washer and dryer. Really liked the design and decor!

Didn't like the spray automatic faucets in the bathrooms. Had to use a glass to collect water when brushing our teeth.

When you walked by the one in the 2nd bedroom it would go off. Also took a long long time to heat up to wash my face - wasting water in the end...

Overall though, great place. I hope to return some time!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Car: necessary

Located a short 2.75 miles up beautiful Taos Canyon (Hwy 64- Enchanted Circle), just 5 miles from the city center (plaza) of Taos. Built next to the Taos de Fernando River (seasonal river) and Carson National Forest with many hiking trails nearby. Located approx. 40 min. from Taos Ski Valley, approx. 30 min. to Angel Fire Ski Area. Historic Taos Pueblo just 15 minutes away, in Taos over 85 art galleries and 5 museums and great local restaurants featuring gourmet and native New Mexico cuisine.

Can be rented in combination with listing 209546 located 1/4 mile away for larger groups.

Ski: This Eco Dwelling is located midway between Taos Ski Valley (just 35-40 min. away to the north and west) and Angel Fire Ski area (just 25-30 minutes to the east).


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.12%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Best value is the weekly rate!
PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY CALENDAR BEFORE INQUIRING ! Discount off published rates may be given for last minute bookings, please inquire.

Rate is based on double occupancy. For each 3rd and 4th persons add $15 /person/ night. **Four persons maximum.**

Well trained dogs allowed with $50.00 pet fee.

Can be rented in combination with listing 209546: 3BR, 2BA, 2000 s.f. house that sleeps 6 just 1/4 mile away for 10% discount on both properties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Washer Dryer incl.
  • Stack full size washer dryer in 2nd bath
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • King size platform bed with comfortable memory foam mattress and down duvet comforter in MBR. Queen size platform (Murphy- pull down bed) in studio BR
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
High definition TV in Living Room and Master BR, with Blu Ray DVD in living room, DVD in MBR, high definition cable TV with Dish Network, music channels, Qwest high speed wireless internet, and free long distance calling.

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