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Linda Malm

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Five Star Adobe Casita

70 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Taos House Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom adobe on 5 acres 10 minutes from town

Casita Dona Linda is an elegant, authentic adobe on five acres, surrounded by junipers and native grasses, nestled in Taos Canyon of the scenic Enchanted Circle drive - yet only 5 miles from historic Taos Plaza. Truly a four season experience, with vibrant spring and summer gardens, golden autumn cottonwoods, and snow covered pines in winter. The property has a private trail culminating in a canyon-view bench before it joins national forest. A rustic bridge crosses the Rio Fernando. A 1/3-acre pond reflects the landscape - except when the pet trout jump or the ice sparkles in winter. The setting and home are a bit of Shangri-La!

Location:

Approximately 5 miles East from Taos Plaza, 18 miles to Angel Fire and 24 miles to Taos Ski Valley – on the Enchanted Circle byway. Very convenient to hiking, biking, snow shoeing trails and all the shopping, dining and culture Taos has to offer.

Amenities:

Beautiful outdoor setting with patio furniture and the backdrop of the Carson National Forest. Covered parking just outside the front door. Radiant heated saltillo tile flooring and a large kiva fireplace. Generous skylights set between high ponderosa ceiling vigas accent the softly curved mud plaster walls. Lots of closet space for storage. Washer/dryer available with iron and ironing board. Satellite Dish TV, wireless Internet and courtesy phone offered. Fenced-in, private, separate dog yard (shady, sheltered and fairly escape proof for the pooch!)

Baths:

One full with tub/shower, pedestal sink, bright skylight, cabinetry and custom tile work. Lots of towels and a hair dryer.

Kitchen:

Galley style: fully equipped with gas stove, double sink with disposal, refrigerator, coffee maker and bean grinder, blender, electric beater, microwave, large crock pot, toaster oven and an ample supply of dishes (crystal glassware), silverware and cookware. Custom cabinetry and tile create an efficient work place. Built-in desk great for computer stationing set-up. View of adjacent private patio, pond and pine covered hills.

Living/Dinning:

Curved kiva fireplace with raised sandstone hearth and adjacent adobe banco seating. TV, library (may be supplemented by owner’s collection) “Kennedy” oak rocker, two-love seat/sleeper couches, coffee table, ample lighting, Sheepskin rug. Navaho weaving and other art works.

Coved dining area with 4 chairs, round table and window views into the expanse of the pond and forested hills – good birding!

Bedding:

Total comfort! Queen – “Select Comfort” (individual firmness controls), ceiling fan, skylight, cross ventilating windows, dedicated room thermostat. Romero for clothing items. Close to bath. Down comforter, lots of pillows and bed linens provided.

Heating/ Cooling:

Radiant floor heat on two separate thermostats. Nice warm floors for winter! Kiva fireplace in living area. Thick adobe walls, trees, and cross ventilation keep it naturally cool in summer.

Sq. Ft.:

Approx. 800 sq. ft., in an open, well designed floor plan with softly curved mud plaster walls, skylights, solid natural wood and tile. Beautifully decorated and furnished. The casita is attached by a double-thick adobe wall to the owners’ home, which creates a quiet, private space to call your own. Sheltering front porch entry and latilla privacy fence along back patio.

Policies:

This is a non-smoking property. Dog friendly (sorry, no cats…..) with Dog Guidelines attached to contract. Maximum capacity 4. This home is a good fit for adults and older children. Due to the 8 ft. deep pond and also the delicate, mud plaster interior walls it may not be advisable for young children.

Deposit and Cancellation:

$150 fully refundable cleaning/damage deposit.

No reservation refund. Trip insurance has worked well for those anticipating the need.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Linda Malm (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Linda Malm

We are retired! Donn has been a museum director, back to the land farmer and insurance/investment broker. He is an avid sportsman with a knowledge of NM hiking and biking trails and is a telemark skier.

Linda is a former professor and academic dean of Art who is now a poet. She is a Master Gardner and past president of the Taos Native Plant Society. She occasionally swims, kayaks and snowshoes.

Why Linda Malm chose New Mexico

The architecture exhibits excellent design and the finest materials. The setting includes orchard, field, extensive gardens, mature native trees, a pond, the Rio Fernando and a private trail joining National Forest. All this and yet only five miles from historic Taos Plaza.

What makes this house unique

Leaping pet rainbow trout.

Reviews

5
based on 70 traveler reviews

Five Star Adobe Casita
average rating of 4.9857144 based on 70 reviews
Tucson, AZ
5

Pristine condition, gracious host, gorgeous country

  • 5 of 5

This small adobe is in the midst of gorgeous gardens, a pond chock full of trout (not for fishing, for admiring), and is surrounded by the beautiful Taos Canyon. We missed having cell service, but we were on vacation ... we could do without it; if we really needed to speak to someone, we could go a few miles up the road. Linda is a gracious hostess who sees to every need - from luxury linens, to a coffee grinder, to extra (thick) towels. She made sure we had the weekly paper so we could plan activities (we stayed three weeks). A well-stocked kitchen made staying home to cook easy. And Linda's offer to help ourselves to fresh herbs from her garden was a wonderful touch. The house was spotless and nicely - and comfortably - furnished. We loved Taos, and loved this place.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the gracious review. I just might add that the casita does have a free land line phone extension and internet, although you are correct that there is poor cell service unless you drive a couple of miles toward town. Again, thank you for the fine review. We appreciate that you were our guests.
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5

Quiet and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My mother and I spent four lovely June days at the casita. The garden was beautiful and we enjoyed the flowers and wildlife immensely. The living space was very comfortable and we cooked most of our meals there. For those more interested in eating out or shopping, it is an easy drive into Taos. We also spent a very nice day exploring the enchanted circle drive which starts just outside the door. Linda and Donn were gracious and helpful in all respects, but also respecting of our space. There is no cell phone signal, but the wifi worked great. The private covered parking is only a few steps from the door and convenient for groceries and luggage. I would be most delighted to stay at the casita again.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great casita in Taos

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I came to Taos to enjoy the outdoors and see the art and music. We found the place we stayed to be perfect in every way. The casita had everything we needed without too much "stuff". The setting was beautiful with a pond and lovely flowers everywhere. The owners were very helpful also. We highly recommend this property.

Linda Miller

Peter Armstrong

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Location, clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The Casita was easy to locate and very convenient to the Plaza and downtown. Within 15-30 minutes we were able to get to horseback riding, hiking and the Earthships as well as Taos Pueblo. We missed the Taos Pueblo by 4 minutes (they were closed). Linda was a perfect hostess. The Casita was extremely clean and well equipped. My twin daughters and I were celebrating their 30th birthday. They are vegans and cooked every gourmet meal at the Casita. The grocery store was nearby and we were able to get all the goodies they needed for cooking. Linda was very accommodating when we noticed we may be missing a pillow. She brought one over right away, then we mentioned the dried herbs in the kitchen cabinet and she said they were some she had grown. Later that evening she left a vase of fresh herbs for my girls use in their fabulous home cooked meals. I would definitely recommend the Casita for two to four people. We were three adults and were extremely comfortable. Don't hesitate to book a vacation with Linda and Donn.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver
5

Holiday Weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this casita! It was just what we were hoping for - quiet, clean, restful and lovely. Inside is immaculate and the grounds are beautiful with flowers and lots of birds, pond and nice little hike up the back. Close to everything, but away from the hustle and bustle of busy Taos on a holiday weekend. Will be going again!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chandler, Arizona USA
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and loved the location of the property. Linda gave us some great leads on what to do and see while in Taos. The weather was not on our side, but we still found things to keep us busy. Our dog was more than comfortable with the heated tile floors. She spent her spare time taking nice naps on the heated floors. We hope to return again, with better weather next time to finish our hiking areas that we were unable to explore due to poor weather.

Sincerely,

Jacque Dobson

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
El Monte Sagrado
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Via Escondito
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
El Monte Sagrado
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Taos Ski Valley 24 miles, Angel Fire 18 miles
Car: necessary

Casita Dona Linda is set back from the Enchanted Circle National Scenic Byway by a field and orchard, but is only ten minutes from historic Taos Plaza. The front is nestled in junipers and the back has a view of a pond and National Forest. Guests are more than welcome to walk the grounds which include beautiful flowers and a vegetabe garden. The property is both convenient and rural. If requested, the resident retired owners can provide expert cultural and sports information.

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Rates & Availability

Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer/Fall 2016
May 14 2016 - Oct 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
$140
$910
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Holiday 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$125
$812
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 7.12%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large pedestal sink, tub/shower, radiant heated floor, storage, skylight, beams (Vigas), custom tile. Lots of towels and hair dryer provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • One Queen size Sleep Master bed with dual firmness controls, king pillows and down comforter, Two love seats in the living room open into beds. Custom linens, king pillows and polar arctic blankets.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Excellent shopping, dining, cultural activities and entertainment.

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