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Casa Madre 2+ guests downtown

48 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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1 - 4 nights


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3 Bedroom/2 Bath Home With Everything! 2-9 guests

This home has three bedrooms, two full tiled baths, a large eat in kitchen, living room/dining room, a family room and separate laundry room. It has a big front deck with mountain views and flowering container plants everywhere. The deck is shaded by a big apricot tree, just delightful on a hot afternoon. There is also a back covered portal/patio with table and chairs, BBQ and fireplace and of course more plants. There is ample parking and surrounding garden spaces. A fun addition is big storage shed which is now 'The bunkhouse' a perfect spot for the young or young at heart. The home sleeps 2-6 in beds. There is a family room sofa for one guestand bunk house sleeps two. The Bunk house is summer lodging although there is a heater and electric mattress pads...

The home is furnished with my antiques, consignment store and yard sale treasures, original art, folk art pieces and my whimsical style throughout. All bedding, towels, kitchen supplies and appliances are new and inviting.

If all this is not enough, my home is less than a five minute walk through a pleasant old neighborhood to the downtown Plaza area with shops, galleries and restaurants.

There is an additional one bedroom casita on the property (separate parking and fenced for privacy) which will sleep two-three (vrbo 490376.) If you choose to also rent this casita this Compound can sleep 12 guests A truly perfect getaway for 2- 12 guests!


GREAT/FUN NEWS FLASH!!! This house and the little Casita Juliet (Vrbo 490376) on the property were featured on The Taos Home & Garden Tour the summer of 2015 I got to show off what I love to do to over 500 folks! A very good day indeed...

From Foreclosure to Tour material is quite a compliment and very exciting!!! So often Tour homes, while often quite lovely have that 'professional designer' look. The architect is there, the Builder, the Landscaper and all the owner knows is that they wrote a lot of checks to make this happen. Believe me, I know ALL about these houses since I performed all above roles as well as laborer and general schlepper... My style, my time, my creativity and sense of whimsy at work.

PLEASE NOTE: Even if my calendar shows a booking for your dates contact me. I have a total of 10 Taos Vacation Rentals so I have all kinds of availability...

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Melissa Serfling
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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About Melissa Serfling

Some women collect shoes. Some collect husbands. I seem to collect houses!

I am the VRBO Queen of Taos with two homes, a downtown apartment and now another house and soon (within the month) a little casita for guests.

I so enjoy buying old adobes, remodeling and reviving and then furnishing them and renting them to visitors. My houses are always booked and I get great reviews.

I am a busy Taos woman. Aside from my vacation rentals, I own a fun, eclectic downtown shop called Red Cat Melissiana. The name is a combination of my red cat Nellie and my name. Melissiana is a made up word and means 'anything I want since it's my shop'. I have unique gifts, flowers and lingerie in a wonderful old adobe building with great history on a street known as 'The Garden Street of Taos' planted of course by me. I am active in my community, on two board of directors and certainly never have a bored moment.

I moved to Taos 8 years ago from the San Francisco Bay area after raising my three children as a successful landscaper. I wanted a small town with lots to do, real mountains and four seasons. I got all this and more. I can't imagine living anywhere else and love sharing my town with my guests.

Melissa Serfling purchased this house in 2013

Why Melissa Serfling chose New Mexico

I've known this home for years. A friend of mine owned it and I often went to garage sales at the house. It had a nice feel to it and I liked the location. It went into foreclosure two years ago and I honestly forgot about it. I had enough else going on. A real estate friend of mine mentioned it to me and we went to see it. I immediately saw the incredible potential as a wonderful vacation rental, but no longer had my 'California money or California mentality'

My mom is 96 and talked about wanting to do something for me while she was still alive to enjoy it. She wrote a check and I had another house.

I bought it in March and it was quite the challenge, but 4 months later I have an amazing showcase vacation rental!

Thanks mom! I've named it 'Casa Madre' for you!!!

What makes this house unique

This home has a wonderful feeling to it. Ok, part of it is my style and taste I know, but it is inviting and friendly with a spacious, yet cozy feeling.

Floors are wood or mexican tile, there are lots of windows and it has a welcoming feel.

The house is constructed of 'cross ties' which are railroad ties, but not treated with creosote so the walls are thick and it is cool on the warmest days. I splurged on two gas log stoves for that fireplace feel without the firewood chore. All rooms now have heat. It must have been quite chilly in the past, but will now be warm in the winter.

The house has a nice layout and will be comfortable for one to three couples in the three bedrooms.

The neighborhood is great. Nice homes, peaceful and quiet. Birdsong in the day, crickets at night and occasionally the intriguing sound of someone's peacock! (A peacock in Taos? I swear it is...)

There are two homes on the property, but each have their own parking area, are separated by gardens and a fence so everyone maintains a sense of privscy.

The property is completely fenced and I am a dog friendly lady who knows how many folks travel with their pet.

This is a very special home and I am proud to offer it as a vacation rental.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Melissa, we had a wonderful stay in your house. So cozy and tons of character and charm!

We especially appreciated the fully stocked kitchen. Made cooking so much more pleasant.

We look forward to coming back for another visit.
Oct 2013
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Casa Madre 2+ guests downtown
average rating of 4.8541665 based on 50 reviews

This is one of my very favorite places in the world to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property 2 years ago for friends from Scotland and we were so impressed that we just rented it again for out of town guests. It is charming and whimsical and absolutely comfortable as well. It's located very near the plaza and within easy driving distance to grocery stores, music, museums and other Taos amenities. We loved the artwork and the attention to details for extra comfort such as complete sets of pots and pans, essential kitchen items such as oils and spices, lots of fluffy robes and towels, laundry facilities and extra blankets. The wifi works beautifully, the gas stoves are both functional and pretty to look at and there are live plants throughout the house for that extra homey look. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone who wants a true Taos home experience!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Collbran, Colorado

Awesome Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd year staying as Casa Madre during the Wool Festival. We share the house with another couple and it is perfect. We hit the farmers market Saturday and then enjoy grilling out on the covered patio, taking in the beautiful evenings in Taos. Very clean and comfortable, plenty of room to relax and enjoy. Very quiet neighborhood. Melissa is always very helpful and quick to respond when corresponding to make reservations and to answer any questions. Have already booked for next year !!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great spot for a girls weekend! We were not disappointed. Plenty of room for six inside and great patio spaces. The kitchen was well equipped and clean. Would stay again, without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Albany New York

Clean, roomy, southwest vibe, close to town, all essentials provided (even good coffee).

  • 5 of 5

Two friends and myself were very pleased with this home, and hated to leave. Although we never met Melissa, she was readily available by phone, email and text.

Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just perfect for us!

  • 4 of 5

Perfect spot for us! We had a girls weekend at Melissa's house and it was just great. The front deck was our favorite place to relax and chat. It was just lovely with all the plants, apricot tree, etc. The house was cozy and roomy enough for 4 of us with plenty of room to spare. Just a 10 minute walk to the plaza in a quiet neighborhood; just perfect. It felt more like borrowing a friend's house than a rental in a way. Not super crisp (e.g. some of the lamps didn't work...which I'm sure Melissa would have done something about if we asked) but cozy and clean and a fun layout with thoughtful and creative personal touches. We were also allowed to bring a (well-behaved) dog and that was very helpful.

I have already recommended this place to friends and will surely rent again next time I head to Taos. What a find! Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kelly, thanks for the nice review. It is a comfortable and spacious home with nice outdoor spaces and such a quiet neighborhood too. Sorry about the lamps. Especially if it's a bedside table and you have a good book! I've instructed my housekeepers to check all lamps at each place of mine each time they clean...
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Burnet, TX

Pictures don't do it justice...wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Madre is the best place we have stayed. A charming and beautiful property that exudes the Taos style. The furnishings, decorations and outdoor areas are great. We loved the outdoor back patio and the great front deck. Also loved the floor plan with doors to outside from two of the bedrooms. The laundry room was convenient too. Also the Taos cooler climate was a welcome relief from the Texas heat. If we return to Taos would definitely stay here again. Melissa created a wonderful place for guests.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your great review. I love this home too and it has become one of my most popular rental. Do plan on a return visit.
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Albuquerque Sunport Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Alley Cantina/ Teresina Lane
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
85 Miles
Lamy, New Mexico
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Gorge
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
John Dunn Bridge/Rio Grande River

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Rates & Availability

Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
xmas 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
spr brk 2017
Feb 26 2017 - Mar 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100
Pet Fee $25

Contact owner for additional fees for over six guests

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shared by Master and front bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Just off family room and private bath for 3rd bedroom
  • Both bathrooms feature Mexican tile counters and accents and whimsy galore!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom is spacious, opens onto back patio
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bed, bright and sunny
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Separate from other bedrooms for privacy.
  • All bedrooms are furnished with antiques, treasures, art and whimsy. Closets and dressers and robes for two in all
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
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  • hunting
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  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
In all due modesty--NO, with great pride I attest to the fact that this a truly amazing home. It had the bones. I had the vision and the creativity to see the potential and bring it to life. And I have a wonderful, generous mother who made this happen for all of us. I know the guests who stay at Casa Madre will take home wonderful memories of a very special house in Taos and will return for future visits!

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