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Soaring Splendor -Steam Shower/Hot Tub-Fabulous Views! 145+reviews~In/Out Fire

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-4)

Casita Ave Maria is LOVED by all and it is a 900-square foot, OPEN designed casita that was created and built by the Clancys. Casita Ave Maria has over 150 positive reviews.

(Will book one/two nights for more money per night than three nights per night-- IF it fits with other bookings-just ask-especially last-minute.) The more nights you book-the bigger the discount.

Casita Ave Maria showcases a radiused front wall that opens up the floor space and makes the large kiva fireplace a focal point. David Clancy sculpted the incredible kiva and colored it with the perfect hue to offset it on the adobe-colored plaster that adorns all the walls. Natural wood cabinets shaped and built by David, knotty pine doors and tongue and groove ceilings wrap their warmth around you as you sit in this spiritual space and gaze out the Southern windows at the canyon, the Southwestern windows at the valley below and amazing sun sets or the mountains from the Eastern patio.

The original design of this casita boasts a HUGE patio on the Southern side, a serpentine-paved patio edged with decorative block piers with lighting insets. The Southwestern side hosts a large patio which can be accessed out the bedroom door. A 6-person hot tub and grande, outdoor fireplace await your arrival on this side and you can sit in the hot tub and marvel at the valley and canyon views, watch the sun rise and set, or count the shooting stars at night.

Talavera-tile adorns the kitchen cupboards and kitchen island. Brick-paved flooring with RADIANT FLOOR HEATING warm every step you take in this precious space. All NEW, stainless steel appliances await your use. Large, stackable washer and dryer is in its own closet.

The bedroom area is in the OPEN area of the entire casita but tucked away in the SouthWest side of the open space.

A door to the SouthWest patio is off of the bedroom area making quick visits to and from the hot tub or the outdoor fireplace delightfully easy!! Pets are welcome with a pet fee.

Spirit-soothing STEAM shower is stunningly slate-tiled with a glass door that encloses you in what we call the ''Enchanted Cave'' shower. Steam and dream away!

Starting supplies of wood are supplied for your use in both the indoor and outdoor fireplaces, basic start-ups of some spices, laundry and dish soap and paper products are supplied for your pleasure.

This can be rented with Casa de Cuentos (3 beds/2baths) for a larger party.

Dog/Pet Fee-$65 for a three-night booking per dog and for more nights-$15.00 per night/per dog-$95 for a week's booking (Will discount for two dogs depending upon length of stay.)

Everyone loves Casita Ave Maria! You will, too!

We require payment in full to hold your booking unless your total is over $1000 and more than three months out. If you need to split payments, just ask. Ask for our cancellation policy-we do have one.

If you need a larger home with more beds/baths and an enormous, fenced-in yard-check out Casa de Cuentos-our original!

More Details

Tammi Clancy
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, Love
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Tammi Clancy

Welcome to Casita AveMaria in Taos! We, the Clancys, purchased our vacation/future retirement home property in 2007. We had often visited Taos and enjoyed our short stays. It was during the filming of a short, indie-film for a friend, with Taos as the location, that Tammi declared she wanted to retire in Taos. The Taos magic blessed that statement. We have had the most amazing guests and they have all added to the charm of our home. We built the casita, Casita Ave Maria, and finished it in 2010-across from Casa de Cuentos-our original home first purchased in 2007. We thought we would "retire" in it and built it to our liking. Alas, we have never simplified enough so we stay in our large house down the road and guests get to enjoy the design and coziness of Casita Ave Maria.

Tammi Clancy purchased this house in 2007

Why Tammi Clancy chose El Prado

The Land of Enchantment, truly, enough said. One has to experience it to know that it IS.

What makes this house unique

Unparalleled views! The Hondo Valley below and the Taos Mountains behind--turquoise sky everywhere. Sit back and breathe in the peace.


El Prado House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Booking refunded minus 20 percent cancellation fee if cancelled before 60 days of arrival. If cancelled within, forfeit booking unless we can rebook.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • Gorgeous, rejuvenating STEAM SHOWER and rain shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • ALL walls except for bathroom/steam shower. Aero bed for third/fourth person. King Bed: The bed in in its own area of the casita and part of the OPEN design. It is not walled off from the rest of the house. The bathroom is the only enclosed space besides the closets. Convertible Bed: AERO bed for third.fourth person may be available IF requested ahead of visit. The courch is extra large and cozy and many have been known to prefer that for sleeping vs. aero bed. Crib: Can be made available IF requested ahead of visit
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • Steam Shower
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Cable/Satellite TVDVDCD PlayerPrivate Hot Tub: 6-person LARGE SUMATRAN Hot springs--has incredible jets and a 'big-person' lounger. The amazing view of the canyon and valley during the day and the SHOOTING stars at night are indescribable!! WOW, is all you will say!! Sauna: Aromotherapy Steam Shower in bathroom--can be used as regular shower or used as a sauna/steam shower.. Deck/Patio: Large deck/patio out of bedroom door that hosts the 6-person hot tub and grande outdoor fireplace-lots of outdoor seating. Balcony: Giant, brick-pavered serpentine patio with balcony that overlooks canyon and valley-lots of outdoor seating. Brick-pavered radiant floor heating, all new stainless steel appliances, large outdoor fireplace, indoor huge KIVA fireplace, STEAM SHOWER with slate tile, talavera tiled kitchen, aero bed for third person/fourth IF requested ahead of visit


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Absolutely Perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time here!! It was exactly what we were looking for!! Tammi and Dave have created such a beautiful, inviting space, we are so grateful!! We spent our days out exploring the outdoors and had the wonderful casita to come home to. We have fallen in love with Taos and a big reason is because of this property!! We will definitely be returning!! Peace!!


The Bieritz Family

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location, very comfortable casita, so quiet and relaxing...we loved it.

  • 5 of 5

The Casita Maria was wonderful and provided us sanctuary for a quiet, comfortable, and restful vacation. The view from the deck is spectacular, and the night stars, viewed from the hot tub, are beyond belief. There is much to see and do in the area and many good restaurants to enjoy. We loved our time in Taos.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful little getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I absolutely loved our stay at Casita Ave Maria! The views are stunning, the casita is charming and romantic, and the stargazing from the hot tub is relaxing. The kitchen is well appointed and the kiva fireplace made every night cozy! The steam shower is a must use! We look forward to staying next time we’re in Taos!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kansas City Area

Beautiful Views, Quiet Solitude, Relax in Style

  • 5 of 5

This is my 3rd year to stay at the Casita Ave Maria. It is pure paradise found. I love to Ski and it is a straight shot up to the Ski Valley. The views are endless. Once I watched a Hot Air Balloon in the distance traveling along the mesa. The Sunsets are spectacular. The Hot Tub and Deck are Nicer than 5 Star resorts could provide. The interior layout is fantastic for a couple. Very open with great views all around. And the Steam shower is a dream in the dry desert air environment. Very private -You will never see the owners but I have met them and they are truly friendly and special. Couldn't have a better combination.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, TX

Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a lovely week long stay at Casita Ave Maria just north of Taos after Christmas! The house was warm and cozy and the view is always inspirational. We enjoyed the location which was convenient both to the town of Taos and the ski valley. Everything you could possibly need is provided and stocked in their lovely kitchen. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love return guests. Grateful for your continued visits. The Clancys
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Great Taos get-away!

  • 5 of 5

Wife, daughter and I stayed 5 days in January 2018 while skiing Taos Ski Valley. What a great place this is! Everything about it was great, but the Steam Shower was especially great. We enjoyed nights under the stars along with both indoor and outdoor fires... had a blast! We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Other Activities: Shopping, Cross Country Skiing, Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Health/Beauty Spa, Racquetball, Hot Air Ballooning


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

$50 Pet fee is min for a min stay. For a longer stay than 3 nights, the pet fee will be recalculated at $15 per night up to a max of $95 for a week's stay for one pet. 2 pets would be more. Will discount for 2 depending upon length of stay.


Ex. Person Fee-$15 per night

EMAIL for last-minute rates (within 10 days of arriving) and TWO-NT. Stays (last-minute) for great deals!

If you are staying a week or less-we prefer total payment up front. If your total is more than a week's booking and more than two months out--we will take half the payment up front and the other half is due on or before two months of arrival.

Cancellation Fee: If you cancel before three months of arrival-you get your booking $ back MINUS a 20 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 90 days of arrival-you forfeit the amount UNLESS we are able to rebook. Refund will be minus the cancellation fee. We highly recommend traveler's insurance-google for the best companies and rates. We don't travel without it when we prepay for travel and lodging.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.