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Five Star Adobe Casita

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace


About the property

1 bedroom adobe on 5 acres 10 minutes from town . Refundable cleaning deposit.

Casita Dona Linda is an elegant, authentic adobe on five acres, surrounded by junipers and native grasses, nestled in Taos Canyon on 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.


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.


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!)


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


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.


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!


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.


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

Linda Malm
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

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.

Special savings - fully refundable damage deposit!


Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Our insurance requires no swimming and the wearing of life jackets when using the row boat. Children must be carefully supervised.
  • No fishing, but trout chow is available so you can see them.
  • Please exert care when around the pond, crossing the bridge, and using the trail.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
Excellent shopping, dining, cultural activities and entertainment in town only five or less miles away. Pond note: The trout are pets, not dinners! Our insurance does not allow swimming. Besides it is cold!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(89 traveler reviews)

Five Star Adobe Casita
average rating of 4.977528 based on 89 reviews

Beautiful Casita and gardens

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this pretty casita for 4 days and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our original plan was to stay for 3 days, but it was so nice that we added another day to the end of our stay. The house is beautiful and had all the amenities we needed, and downtown Taos was only a 10-minute drive away. We especially loved the outdoor patio and Linda's great gardens and bird feeders. We are bird watchers, so we were happy to sit on the back porch for several hours each morning, enjoying our coffee, and watching all the different kinds of birds coming to the feeders and the ducks landing on the pond. It was also fun to walk around the property and up the hill for another scenic view, and to feed the owners' pet fish in the pond each evening. Linda and Donn were very nice and helpful; we enjoyed meeting them. If we return to the Taos area. we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elkhart Lake, WI

A Five Star Experience!

  • 5 of 5

Everything described on the site by Linda and Don is accurate, to a 'T'. And even more, if that's possible. My wife and I spent the entire month of April at the casita, along with our 8-year old Golden Doodle. The casita is lovely throughout . . . kitchen is well appointed with everything we needed for cooking/baking . . . four-poster bed is comfy . . . bathroom has lots of cabinet space . . . and the living room looks out over the backyard pond. Hiking trails abound throughout Taos Canyon, so if you like to stay fit you'll have no problem. The drive into Taos takes only minutes [10 or so], but for us the seclusion of the casita more than made up for it, nestled as it is on a beautifully-kept property . . alongside a creek and a trout pond. And if you'd like to feed the trout just ask Linda for a bag of fish food . . she'll be happy to accommodate! We hope to return next year. Phil B

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas

Beautiful & Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This is truly a beautiful adobe casita, situated in a lovely garden complete with pond & river rushing by. A small bridge crosses the river to a trail that climbs the hill on one side of the valley, a good way to fully appreciate the placement of the casita.

We arrived with a spring snowstorm which gave the pond and garden a different beauty. We were snug and warm inside the casita. Besides being beautiful, this is one of the most comfortable places we have ever stayed.

Linda and Donn are wonderful and generous hosts-- welcoming us and our dog, showing us around and answering all of our many questions.

Ten minutes from Taos, what more could you ask?

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what the 3 of us needed

  • 5 of 5

My 2 teens and I took a short spring break from Denver and really needed to disconnect. Though the casita has all the amenities you need, it also was serene and remote enough that it encouraged us the opportunity to turn off our electronics and phones (the phone service connection is not good but there is wifi) and enjoy the pond, little hike up the hill behind the house, cook full meals. We could stay in and be perfectly happy but we did travel the 5 miles to town, hiking in the national park on the way. Our hosts, who live in their attached home responded to any need and gave us insight to local attractions but also gave us all the privacy we needed (we couldn't hear anything... so nice and quiet.) We star gazed out by the pond at night. it was lovely.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: P.S. There is a line line phone in the casita with unlimited calling.
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Perfect getaway for a long weekend or more! We loved our stay.

  • 5 of 5

What a find! Located in Taos valley along the enchanted circle this small "mother in law" suite was perfect for me and my wife. A short, and beautiful drive from Taos plaza, yet tucked into a quite acre+ of pines overlooking a private pond, makes this the perfect location for shoppers, night lifers, explorers, and relaxers alike. We will be retiring for sure, hopefully for a longer stay next time. The host is fantastic, she showed us the ins and outs of the place as well as provides guides to the area. The small 1-1 is a perfect fit for a couple and with a fold out couch this would also be ideal for a small family. wake up early and take a hike up the small trail just outside your back door. Sit outside late at night and look up at the stars. Drive into town grab some groceries or grab a beer at a brewery. It seems like this place can't get any better. It has it all. Thank you so much for your hospitality and use of your charming home.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Winter Wonderland!

  • 4 of 5

Don't judge this Casita by the Map! It was so delightful to have the beauty of the forest right out our back door!....Yes, it seems when you Map quest the location, that it might be too far from town. But it is so easy to access the center of Taos in just a quick 5 mile drive! For New Years, we skied both Angel Fire and Taos and didn't have any problem getting to either locations! The Plaza shopping was just 10 min away with plenty to do for everyone! We are the type of family that likes to cook and visit during our trips, so it was important to have a well stocked kitchen with plenty of cookware. Linda is Awesome! She has the pantry stocked with everything you would need to make a family meal! We used the grill in the back for dinner, played cards by the beautiful wood burning fireplace...they even provided the wood! The space is very clean and charming!

My daughters and I hiked the path in the snow covered woods up to the end of Linda's private trail right outside the back door. It wouldn't take much time to hike it, but we took our time taking in the views and stopping to look at all of natures wonders! The heated floors after a cold hike made the space so comfortable! Even after skiing, my daughter fell asleep on the warm floor! For New Years morning, we all loaded up to drive to the Pueblo's to start our year with something sacred as a family. We all watched the enchantment of the traditional "Turtle Dance" by the Pueblo people. You are not allowed to take pictures, but the sound of their native chanting and drums silenced everyone! The only time I've never needed a camera to obtain a memory. I can still feel the sounds of the drum on my skin. It was the little bit of Taos that will remain with me and my girls. We will cherish these days in New Mexico as a Family!

Thank you Linda for trusting us with your beautiful home and property! It was a New Years trip we will always remember! Looking forward to renting in the summer! I'd love to see the frozen pond and the yard at its fullest potential!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer/Fall 2016
Apr 22 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holiday
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
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 $100
Cleaning Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.12%

Our weekly rates are calculated to provide one free night. Our damage deposit is fully refundable!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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