2 BR, 2 bath in the Heart of Abiquiu near the Lake, Ghost Ranch & Ojo Caliente
Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini
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About Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini
Pete & I have been coming to the northern New Mexico from Virginia for 15 years now, falling more & more in love with the unique ancient lands, the turquoise skies & red rock mesas. The Sangre de Christos are captivating. So a couple of years ago, we decided to buy into our dream of coming here to 'land & stay awhile'. Pete just retired: I paint & write & one does not retire creativity, so we've set up a studio in part of Casa Paloma. I've now begun a series of paintings on local coyotes while there in the winter, which now adorn the walls leading to the upper bedroom suite. Meanwhile, you can come & be creative in any way you should chose... Painting, writing, poetry, photography... Or simply just reading about the local area & all of its deep history. Paloma, & this spiritual Abiquiu area, quietly stir the creative juices in one's soul... Come join us & enjoy the absolute peace of place that we happily share with you when we are away.
Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini purchased this House in 2015
Why Peter Gianniny & Laura Cockerille Giannini chose Abiquiu
In our search, many properties for sale in Santa Fe & Abiquiu were out of our league, financially. We reached w/ this purchase, as it was a bit of a fixer-upper. Pete & I spent the month of April in Abiquiu in 2015 upgrading our new home. We updated plumbing (including a brand new kitchen faucet, a pump for the Jacuzzi upstairs & a water softener. Soon after a brand new, water-efficient was installed downstairs). We also painted, inside & out, including re-treading many of the deck steps & giving it several new coats of paint. We also cleared the "Goat Heads" (evil sandspurs) out of the yard, a despicable task. (You & your dogs will thank us.) Our sweat equity is your sweet gain, as all y'all have to do is come & enjoy some downtime in this lovely home & surrounding areas. Oh, & yes, in April of 2015 we added a large Terra Stone 'viewing' patio to the front, & in the fall we came back & built a multi-level wall to flow with the land around it. We commissioned an iron entry gate to be built, then Pete & I finished it beautifully in "Southwest style". We also completed a large (3,000 sq.') dog run outside of the patio & 'rabbit-fenced' a couple of garden areas around it. Pete has built a large picnic table for the shady back area & a convertible bench for the balcony while I interwove the coyote fencing, as part of the dog run. Lots to love! Oh, & yes - there are the endless miles of walking, down to the arroyo below us, or on the plateaus above us, for walking the trails & enjoying magnificent landscapes, without ever even getting in your car.
What makes this House unique
We chose this home for several reasons: one, we liked how centrally located it was to everywhere we wanted to be, see, or do. The roads in are also better than many. But it was the lay-out of the house than sealed the deal. We love the Ponderosa pine beams throughout the downstairs, the Mexican tiles in both baths, the open & airy quality & flow of living - and the quaint wood stove built into the SW fireplace, w/ its nooks, crannies & nichos. Pete & I both enjoy cooking, so the kitchen was a lovely bonus, w/ spaciousness for two to cook-up a feast. (We have left spices & herbs for you to enjoy w/ your own culinary creations - & there are many cookbooks, as well. Oh, & we have two coolers for you to use, when you go to Santa Fe or Los Alamos for groceries: a larger one for perishables & a smaller one for picnics. There are also a few cloth shopping bags, as Santa Fe has banned plastic.) The views are magnificent, so typical of this area, from most windows of Paloma. One sees the Jemez Mountain Range directly from the portal, w/ the old triangular 'walls' where the caldera (volcano) used to be behind them. There, of course, is Cerra Pedernal, appearing ghostly in the ever-changing skies, & the entire Sierra Negra range is to the west of us. Just to the north is a fascinating red mesa that Pete has dubbed "Laura's Mesa" that I have truly fallen in love with: it will be one of my first subjects for oils, on return. It is far more intricate & challenging than it seems... (I know; I tried to catch the intricacies in a sketch.) And the skies... What can one say about Abiquiu skies? Except that they are endless & eat the mountains & swallow the earth & they change constantly, the Drama Queens of New Mexico, day or night. Come, see for yourself. Sit on the viewing patio or the portal, or have lunch on the shady patio behind the house, & just breathe it all in. One need not leave Casa Paloma to enjoy your stay. But still, there is SO much to do just outside your door ...
Children allowed - Not child proofed parental supervision at all timeNot child proofed parental supervision at all time
Pets allowed - 1 or 2 med size well behaved, house trained dogs. 1 or 2 med size well behaved, house trained dogs.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 26
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great location and property
Casa Paloma is a beautiful home in a spectacular location. It is very comfortable and has everything you might need for your stay. Peter and Laura are great! They were very responsive, and Laura even spent about an hour on the phone with me one day before I left, discussing the area, her experience moving there, and things to do. The well water is great, and although cell service is spotty, they graciously allow you to use their land line if you need to make a call from the house. I highly recommend this property.
A relaxing stay
Enjoyed by all
Wished we could stay longer
A beautiful retreat
A very pretty setting and a very pretty house that has all you could want. Clean and comfortable.
Retreat to Abiqui
The property was everything it was advertised to be. You could see the sun set and it was easy to identify where to have morning coffee before getting out and about. Peter and Laura were excellent to work with and we will certainly choose them when we return to the area.
Perfect Abiquiu getaway!
Laura and Pete’s home is the perfect Abiquiu getaway with amazing views. It’s quiet and serene, comfortable, and has everything you need to feel at home. It’s close to many Northern New Mexico attractions: Ghost Ranch, O’Keeffe Welcome Center, Ojo Caliente, and the Lavender Farm to name a few. Their love for their home is palpable.
Casa Paloma enjoyable stay
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we can tell all the work you guys put into your beautiful home. We especially enjoyed the patio area in the morning and evenings!
"Casa Paloma" is centrally located in Abiquiu (w/ good dirt roads in! - a Prius can easily get to our house) to many historic & recreational sites: Carson Nat'l Forest is 4 miles north on 554; El Rito village is 8 miles north; the old Abiquiu village is 7 miles away, along w/ the Abiquiu PO & Rising Moon Gallery - where many local artists display their talent. Bode's General Store, where locals & visitors gather for food & cheer, groceries & gifts is across the road. Just up Hwy. 84 is Abiquiu Lake - w/ summer recreational activities & beautiful views. Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keeffe had her gallery, is just beyond. Now Ghost Ranch offers many workshops, plus hiking & horseback riding... Close by is Christ in the Desert Monastery, where one can drive 14 scenic & bumpy miles to secluded peace & check out what the Monks are doing (when not making the fine ale they sell at Bode's...). Echo Amphitheater is nearby & a bit further up the road is Chama & Tierra Amarilla, two charming northern New Mexico communities. These are on the doorstep of Pagosa Springs - in Colorado. Durango - a lively little western town - is just 3 1/2 - 4 hours from Casa Paloma. The ancient Anazasi ruins of Mesa Verde are just west of Durango - and the Four Corners of UT/AZ/CO & NM are just beyond that - so all this adventure is just one days drive away!
Los Alamos glows directly south of us, with a fine library, a swimming pool, a large & modern Smith's grocery store - and all the scientific history of atoms & bombs one could imagine.
Jemez (hot) Springs; Bandelier Nat'l Monument; the ancient & verdant volcanic caldera of Valle Grande & Puye Indian Ruins are all right in this area. Any one of these (or a combination) make for a fine days exploratory of culture & natural beauty within a 45 minute drive. Any of these offer wonderful hiking opportunities.
Golf?... Well, there are two terrific desert courses! Black Mesa Golf, just south of Espanola, is a half an hour away. Buffalo Thunder, about 15 minutes further south, towards Santa Fe, has a terrific (Hilton Resort caliber 27-hole) course, with food, drink & gambling waiting in the wings.
Hiking is everywhere you turn, out in these huge, vast-skied lands, starting with walking out the driveway & down the arroyo, just below us on Fort Defina Drive. We've hiked through the 'neighborhood' and have thoroughly enjoyed the climb & the trails that meander right here at home (a terrific area to walk your dogs). Photos & views abound.
Plaza Blanca - famous in Abiquiu for its geology & beauty - is about 5 miles away, down off of County Road 155. If you're a hiker, you cannot miss a stay here without a least one mind-boggling trek in to these awe-inspiring white cathedral rocks. (An interesting tidbit is that the closing scene of "Cowboys & Aliens" was filmed in Plaza Blanca.)
And, of course, no visit to Abiquiu - O'Keeffe country - is complete until one has explored Santa Fe, only an hour's drive southeast. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum awaits you, in the historic Plaza, as well as an untold amount of galleries, boutiques, fine shopping, fine dining, an abundance of grocery stores & antique shops... the list is endless.
The Rail Runner train can take you on down to Albuquerque, even, to explore Olde Town!... So MUCH to do; so little time...
If you want to explore the ancient church with the famous 'healing dirt' the 200-year-old El Santuario de Chimayo' sits outside the old village of Chimayo'. This is one of my personal favorites in the area, with a blend of Catholic history & mysticism that moves my spirit to tears. This is known as the "Lourdes of the Southwest"; thousands pilgrimage here annually for the "tierra bendita" at Easter and at Christmas. Be sure to allow time to explore el santuario & its adjacent chapels & gift shop. Afterwards, I suggest you take in a meal at the Rancho de Chimayo' Restaurante, a local favorite, full of old Mexican atmosphere, great food, & both indoor & lush outdoor dining.
A trip to Taos is an hour, or so, further north, either along the "River Road" (paralleling the Rio Grande) or explore the "High Road", through tiny & creative ancient villages. One of them is Truchas (where "The Milagro Beanfield War" was filmed in the 1970s by Robert Redford, who directed this timeless movie. It became the village of Milagro - where miracles still do occur.) Other villages along the High Road are Cordova, Ojo Sarco, Las Trampas & Penasco - all creative centers - winding into Rancho de Taos. You will find one of the most photographed churches in America: Santuario San Francisco de Asis. Taos, itself, offers up its own Plaza & culture, as well as the historic Taos Pueblo, where Tewa Indians still make drums.
The Abiquiu area is a magnet to history, creativity, culture & natural beauty. Please enjoy your outings, then return to our portal or patio & relax into a quiet night of brilliant stars in a vast open sky. Casa Paloma awaits.