Cabin has open floor plan with queen futon, TV, phone, Internet with WiFi. Full, well stocked kitchen inc. dishwasher & microwave. Large full bath with w/d. Large upstairs sunlit bedroom with queen bed with a small office area for those on a working vacation. Surrounded by mountain views, guests have easy access to highway and local amenities. Relax with a good book in the bedroom easy chair, work on your next novel at the desk in front of the large window, or watch your favorite show in the living area. Invite your friends for a meal you prepared in the well-planned kitchen or grilled on the charcoal grill. An outdoor eating and sitting area has been provided under the large apricot tree.
- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Feb 7, 2019
About Claude Bodson
The property on which the Cottage is located was purchased by my parents in 1973. They proceeded to build the main house on the property during 5 subsequent summers with help from friends and children, eventually retiring here in 1978. At that time, the house was habitable but not finished. My father's hobby was wood working and my mother's was gardening. I am the eldest of 3 children. The property is now co-owned with my sister and nephew. Our brother has sadly has passed away. I chose to make Taos my home and now am the property manager. I live in Taos, 10 minutes away from the Cottage.
Claude Bodson purchased this Cottage in 1973
Why Claude Bodson chose Taos
My parents came to Taos searching for a place to retire after years of teaching in Ohio. When they saw this property, they made an offer on the land immediately. The land was unimproved but had many beautiful trees and the Rio de Don Fernando running through it. Coming from Europe (Belgium to be exact), they saw the value and potential of the property. My father, and architect's son, immediately went to work drawing up house plans. Before returning to Ohio at the end of the summer, the basement had been excavated, cinder block walls were put up, and the cement slab was poured. Not afraid of manual labor, they did a lot of the work themselves. The building of the house continued over several summers and they finally moved here permanently in 1978. At that time, the house was heated with wood. The Cottage started as the wood shed, built partially with the remaining logs from the house building. Those log walls are still visible as outside walls and inside in the stair well. The area over the wood stack which is now the bedroom was originally built as a lumber drying room. Remember, a wood worker needs lumber for his craft. The lumber he used to make furniture came from various locations including some black walnut from the property in Ohio!! The building went through many changes over the years and finally became the Cottage as you see it currently in 2004. The work was done by a local general contractor and myself with the help of a plumber and electrician.
What makes this Cottage unique
In my mind, the benefits of this location location! Close to Taos, it is easy to zip into town for groceries, a movie, or a good restaurant. The clean air and sunshine are a definite draw, the night skies are awesome and on occasion you really can see the Milky Way. The tall cottonwood trees and majestic pines offer homes to many birds and small mammals. On occasion, a bear has been seen lumbering down from the mountain on its way to the river. Coyotes roam the hills and can be heard regularly and occasionally seen. In other words, it is a nature-lover's paradise.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Wonderful setting in a quiet neighborhood
We absolutely loved staying in your cottage and we will save in our VRBO list. We really didn’t miss anything. We sometimes bring extras in case, which was the blender & a Pyrex pan for baking. We were very comfortable and the dogs loved being outdoors off leash. Thank you again for a lovely spot to R & R in.
Charming, cozy & very vlean..
Loved our stay.. We'll be back.
These guests were interested in being outdoors, close to mountain biking trails...it seems they found an oasis. I would welcome them back anytime, they were communicative and respectful of the property. Thanks!!
Very clean and peaceful
A Taos Gem
This idyllic cottage is located just a few miles up Taos canyon. Those few miles put you into a different ecozone, it is a bit more “lush” than the main area of Taos. There is an old apricot tree by the front entry that supplies shade and a most welcoming first impression. The cottage itself has been beautifully remodeled including a well preserved section of the original logs. The location is also just a few miles from several trailheads which came in very handy for walking our dog.
Quiet canyon abode
Claude is wonderful. I had a death in the family and had to leave earlier than than expected. Claude was supportive and accommodating. During my stay, on arrival, the cottage was immaculate and Claude had soft jazz playing and fruit, coffee and even treats for my cat. The cottage is wonderfully relaxing and comfortable and has everything you could need. I would definitely stay again!
Amazing property and host
The host was extremely gracious and very good about communication, beautiful property and nice location. Taos is a convenient driving distance but still far enough to be able to see only the stars.
For you hikers, there is a wonderful area approximately 30 miles from the Cottage called the Rio Grande Wild Rivers area. There are several trails going from the rim to the river, one of which goes to the junction of the Red River and the Rio Grande. These trails are for hikers of medium ability. You might see bald eagles while down there...there are several nests in the area. Another interesting animal we have spied down by the Rio are river otters as well as many different types of birds besides the eagles. Look for the petroglyphs while there. Be sure to take plenty of water and a picnic would be enjoyable at the river side, perhaps while sitting on one of the very large basalt boulders.
Skier? The Cottage is located within 20 to 30 miles of several ski areas; Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire Ski Resort, Red River Ski Area, and Sipapu.
For those of us who like cross-country skiing, there are developed areas in Red River, and along US 518 as well as many trails in the Carson National Forest.
Of course, if you are an art enthusiast and/or collector, there are many fine galleries and several museums. Be sure to call the local fire station and ask to see their collection!!
Additional information about rental rates
$25.00 non-refundable pet deposit is per pet. It is requested that pets be crated any time they are left alone in the house.