|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Bella Casa is located on a quiet tree lined residential street in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Santa Fe. South Capitol is an area less than a mile from the center of the Santa Fe Plaza. Just let the Cathedral bells guide you towards one of the most interesting spots in the entire country. Art, food, wine, sunsets, spas, golf, skiing, hiking, and great people abound here. The condo is adobe with vaulted ceilings featuring exposed vigas, an authentic Kiva fireplace, brick floors throughout, a cooks kitchen, and privacy above all. Bella Casa has both front and back private patios which allow for an indoor/outdoor feeling throughout the condo. Both patios have seating and are completely private. Enjoy the light filled living area (with upgraded queen sleeper sofa for those extra guests), a fully equipped kitchen, full size washer and dryer, and the privacy of an upstairs King bed and bath suite and a downstairs Queen bed and bath. This two bedroom layout is especially nice for guest privacy should you travel with two couples, with your family or just a fun girls trip. No matter whether you are visiting for the ambiance, skiing, shopping, dining, hot air balloons, Zozobra Fiesta, museums, farolitos on Christmas Eve, spas, the famous Opera, Spanish and Indian Markets, Chamber Music Festival, or for some much needed peace and quiet, you will truly enjoy your time at Bella Casa. After a busy day out, just imagine yourself relaxing in front of the Kiva Fireplace or sitting on the back patio grilling your favorite meal? Or, perhaps it is a glass of wine or hot cocoa by the Chiminea on the front patio? This will be a place to call home while you are away! Come experience the City Different, we know you will want to return.
Our family grew up in New Mexico - my husband in Los Alamos, and myself in Albuquerque. Meeting at UNM in 1972 was the beginning of a fabulous journey for us. We moved around the country but always wanted to be back in New Mexico. Splitting the difference between our families, we ended up with the most amazing condo just outside of the craziness of downtown Santa Fe. Over the years we were blessed with a beautiful daughter who is now on her way to college. The condo remains our very favorite spot, and we have worked hard to make it inviting, comfortable and functional for our guests. We began years ago just occasionally renting to friends and family, and have expanded to include others. We (knock on wood) have had the best experiences with travelers, and invite you to become one of our cherished guests. We strive to accommodate the needs of each group, so let us know what you are looking for in a vacation spot, and we will be completely honest with you about our home. It is important to us that you have a great trip and everything works perfectly for you. We have great associates in Santa Fe should anything be needed, so rest assured you will be well taken care of by the best. Happy Travels!
Diane and Phil Apprill purchased this condo in 1987
When we finally began looking for a place in Santa Fe, we knew we wanted something very close to the Plaza and all of the galleries and museums. We looked forever it seemed, then one day we happened upon a condo for sale in the South Capitol area. Tree lined streets, residential, quiet, with the most sought after elementary in town. Turns out, the condos were designed and built by friends of my husbands in the mid 1980's. Phil is an architect by trade, and upon this discovery, we knew this was the place. At the time, it wasn't very well kept, and we strove through the years to be sure it was kept in pristine condition with traditional Santa Fe Style furnishings and art. Lots of love and care went into the unique furnishings, the acquisition of art, and maintenance.
Let me start with what to expect when you arrive at Bella Casa. We have 2 private off street parking spaces, which make entry with all of your bags very easy to accomplish no matter the weather...just steps from the front patio door. The patios are truly the best ones we have ever seen in a condominium. There are only a few homes in our complex, and we are in the corner of them. This means we have a great sized flagstone front patio, complete with a Chiminea, seating, greenery and a beautiful shade tree. The living room windows look onto this patio, and the view is lovely. Both front and back patios are surrounded by tall adobe walls, so they are completely private. The back flagstone patio is very large, with a grill, easy access to dry firewood, seating, a cocktail table and a beautiful wrought iron bench under a mature pine. There will always be a spot of shade to enjoy a quiet moment outdoors. If you are ever lucky enough to be at Bella Casa in May, you will see the magnificent Lilac bush in bloom by the kitchen window. The family story states that Arch Bishop Lamy gave a cutting to my husband's Grandfather, and it traveled to Santa Fe to our garden. The dining area and kitchen look out to the back patio, which makes for another great view. The two bedrooms are very separate. Upstairs there is a King bed, with great light and a private tub/shower full bath. Plenty of storage, and a full wall of closets. Brick floors, vaulted ceilings with vigas, and a great view to the back patio and beyond. In the winter months when the leaves have fallen, you can see the top of the Capitol building from the window, and the mountains surrounding Santa Fe. Downstairs there is a queen bed, with a window to the back patio and an adjacent tub/shower full bath. Vigas, brick floors, and a very large closet complete this room. Flatscreen TV's are in both bedrooms and the living area. The Kiva fireplace speaks for itself in the living area. Just check out the photos!
Lovely, warm and inviting. This is a really charming condo that was perfect for our family Christmas get away. The only suggestion I would make is to provide a few more cooking pans, it was hard to cook for our group with the limited selection, but it's such a minute thing. I would recommend this place and I would definitely stay again.
A very pleasant experience start to finish. Diane was a pleasure to assist with any question.
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home! From the moment my family and I walked through the doors, we were completely enchanted. We have stayed in many rental properties while vacationing, and your lovely home is the only one I felt completely relaxed in...it exudes a sense of calm and welcomes you into the Santa Fe culture. Each one of our party of five were always commenting on how much they loved the place and that we will definitely be coming back.
Your attention to detail, from the well-stocked kitchen and bathrooms, to the beautiful art and furnishings, and even the electric blankets, creates a sense of welcome you just don't get with most vacation rentals. We truly felt we were in a home away from home.
Thank you for all your helpful tips and helping to create more great memories for my family and me! We will be back!
Great location close to the Plaza. Restaurants, and galleries. Attractive and cozy with a nice kiva fireplace, dinning area, and living room. Could not use the outside patios because it was too cold.
We spent thanksgiving with my son and daughter-in-law in Santa Fe. Bella casa was everything we could of asked for. It was very well furnished and had all the comforts of home. Enjoyed sitting many nights with the fireplace going. The location was great.... about 6 blocks to the plaza, which we walked to several times. We will definitely stay at Bella casa on our next visit to Santa Fe.
My friend and I went to Santa Fe in early November and stayed at Casa Bella. Let me tell you-where you stay and how you interact with your host/hostess is a big part of a successful trip. I did a lot of researching before I contacted Diane, Owner of Casa Bella-the reviews were impressive which was important to make a short list of properties, but her responsiveness and helpfulness was the deciding factor to book Casa Bella.
We flew into Albuquerque and took the shuttle (free and 3 minute trip) from Sunport to the rail station where we took the train to Santa Fe. It costs 18 per person one way and takes a little over an hour. It gave us a chance to see the countryside. Once we got to Santa Fe we walked to Casa Bella. The instructions were perfect, easy to get into the condo, it was SO CUTE, so clean and exactly as advertised. Diane checked in with us the evening we arrived, the next day, and the last day as we were leaving. The walk into town/the plaza takes a little over 10 minutes but it is an easy walk and so enjoyable. It was easy to find a convenience store, grocery store, shopping, restaurants, etc.
I plan to go back with my mother next Spring.
You will not be disappointed-Casa Bella was a fantastic place to stay!!!
Bella Casa is ideally situated close to Museums, shopping, restaurants, grocery store, liquor store, the Santa Fe Children's Museum and live theaters near the intersection of Old Pecos Trail and Santa Fe Trail.
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Standard Cleaning Fee||$175|
Keys must be returned to have your deposit refunded. If your cleaning fee does not cover the cost of the exit cleaning, after discussion with the renter, appropriate monies will be withheld from the deposit. If evidence of pets, smoking, candles or incense is found, deposit is non-refundable. (Owners child is highly allergic to smoke and pets of all kinds.) Thank you for your understanding.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.