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Mountain Retreat (very close to Ski area/hiking) - 5 minute drive to the Plaza

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


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Guest House, 1 Bedroom; 1 Bath & day bed for 3 person. All amenities!

Permit #: 16-00136012

Casita de la Paz (the Peaceful Place) is nestled among the pinon trees in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This superb location provides both the serenity of a mountain retreat AND immediate access to downtown. It is one the closest homes you can get to the Santa Fe Ski basin - a 12 mile drive up through the Santa Fe National Forest.

Casita de la Paz is a guest home in an exclusive gated community and only an approximate 5 minute drive through lovely native landscape between Casita de la Paz and downtown Santa Fe (The Plaza area).

This 850 square ft. casita is a 1 bedroom/1 bath home. The bedroom offers a King bed. The bath is slate-tiled. Large windows with views of land and sky create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. The open, light-filled great room has a Jenn-Air style kitchen and a dining area opening to a view of sunsets through junipers. From the great room, step out back onto a private outdoor deck with table, chairs and a grill—still embraced within this natural Southwest scape.

There is an additional 5-foot-seven-inch daybed in the living area. Other amenities include high-speed wireless access, Cable TV, A/C, and a washer/dryer.

Casita de la Paz is The Gateway to the best that Santa Fe has to offer. It's close proximity to the Santa Fe National Forest trail heads, the world-famous Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa, and the Santa Fe Ski basin will appeal to nature lovers and hikers. When you stay here you can easily enjoy the pleasures of both! The casita is actually only a 15 minute walk (1 mile drive) to the trail head of the Dale Ball hiking trails. These trails provide access to the network of trails throughout the Santa Fe National Forest.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Richard A Woodruff
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the manager

I want to spend a few of my last minutes here at the Casita thanking you for all of your help in advance of my trip and your gracious flexbility when I arrived.

The Casita has been a sanctuary -- a place of gentle lighting, fluid design, and rich art and reads within. Nooks inside and out that allowed me to wander, sit, and get lost in books or thought. A warm rock, the hammock, the reading nook, the bedroom .... lovely.

Peace and easy, endless goodness...may they always be your companions.
Oct 2012
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Mountain Retreat (very close to Ski area/hiking) - 5 minute drive to the Plaza
average rating of 4.703704 based on 29 reviews

Just wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed the week of sept 10-17th. The house is beautifully designed. It is like stepping into an art gallery. We cooked dinner almost every night and there was high end cook wear. I am so glad we chose to stay in the mountains and visit the tourist areas during the day. The house is close to everything, but you have a feeling of being away from it all. I know it would not be as esthetically pleasing, but I do wish there was a television in the bedroom. After wandering around for the day a cozy nest would be great...even wouldn't be as beautiful.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful location near town and hiking trails

  • 4 of 5

Casita de la Paz was a very nice place to stay. I received good directions to find the place and get there. It's clean and modern, yet is set in the mountains like a cozy cabin. Even though it only sleeps two, it feels very spacious with plenty of room. (A third person would have to sleep on the futon or couch in living room.) Furnishings were all nice and updated; the kitchen is very well-stocked with pots, pans and utensils. The location was perfect for me -- 2 min drive to Ten Thousand Waves Spa; 5-7 min drive to the Plaza; and, very close to a number of hiking/biking trails just down the road. You definitely need a car to get around. The few things giving this a 4 rating instead of a 5 were: 1) no window treatments on the bedroom windows made it a little creepy for a female by herself; 2) the bathroom doesn't have counter space to put in eye contacts, etc. where you need a sink and mirror; 3) no dishwasher. These were minor details (except the window treatments) that certainly didn't impact my stay in a negative way. I would stay at Casita de la Paz again.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and pretty house and not far from the town.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Casita de la Paz. The home was just the way it was pictured. We appreciated being allowed an early check-in time, and we had no problems entering the house and settling in. The kitchen was equipped nicely, and it was very convenient to all the things we wanted to see in Santa Fe and northern NM. The shower was nice also.

The art on the wall is a matter of taste (not what we would put in our home), the bed was much firmer than we liked, and some of the windows were so sticky to open that we gave up trying. The lack of a dishwasher meant that some of the dishes in the cupboard were not clean. Those are minor complaints though; everything else in the house worked well, and it was a pretty and quiet retreat. I would recommend it to my friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Great quiet respite and only 10 minutes scenic drive from Plaza. Comfortable, artsy and well appointed. A fox crossed the driveway and we spotted a couple of deers along the way. Our weeks stay here offered a great anchor point for visits to the many attractions outside of sante fe. Hiking trails right outside the door. Note: housekeeping needs to fill hand soap bottle and tissue box. A couple of hooks and shelvings in bathroom would help. Otherwise its almost perfect .

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Casita de la Paz, and we found it just as wonderful as we did the first time. Though it is just five minutes north of the Plaza, the property is private, quiet, and utterly peaceful. The casita is in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, surrounded beautiful desert foliage-- piñons, junipers, silver olive trees, chamisa, and purple sage. Early morning coffee on the deck is lovely, with a bit of chill in the air. In the evenings, the spot is perfect for drinking wine, grilling on the barbecue, watching the clouds go by, and taking in the mountain views. Inside, the casita has everything you need....well appointed kitchen, washer/dryer, AC, comfy king sized bed, attractive furnishings. Richard, who manages the property, is helpful and attentive to all guest needs. We will certainly be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for my needs

  • 4 of 5

Pretty easy to get to; in a nice, secluded neighborhood; Nice, clean, neat - had a Euro-feel to it; kitchen was well-equipped; There are no window coverings in the bedrooms which, at first, feels a bit uncomfortable, but you get used to it since it is so secluded, surrounded by pinon pines and other scrub brush. Bathroom is nice, but could use counter space to put toiletries, but I just used the dresser in the bedroom. Hiking is pretty close, but the road to get there does not have a sidewalk nor is there much space on the side of the road to walk - the advantage, though, is that the road is not heavily trafficked. All-in-all a good stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ski
10 Miles
'Ski Santa Fe' is just up the hill
Car: necessary

On the way to the ski basin! Very close to hiking trails (Dale Ball Trails) and 10 Thousand Waves (Spa) yet only a 5 minute drive to the Plaza in the center of Santa Fe.


Rates & Availability

North Hills House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
High Season
May 13 2017 - Sep 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning $120
Tax Rate 15.31%

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North Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Just off the bedroom--a contemporary, stone tiled bath.
  • The bathroom is of contemporary design: stone tiling; glass shelves; a glass sided shower; and of course, a skylight.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , May be separated if requested.
    Day Bed - 1 twin/ single , A small (5'7') day bed is available for child/small adult
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • whitewater rafting
Hiker's/skier's paradise, with solitude nestled in the foothills of Sangre de Christo Mountains. Minutes to hiking trails, Santa Fe Ski Basin, Ten Thousand Waves Spa and more...

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