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Casita Du Soleil - Historic, Downtown, Old Santa Fe

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Detached 1 Bedroom casita

Experience the peaceful slow pace of the very convenient South Capitol neighborhood, barely changed in over 50 years. Casita du Soleil is an adobe guest house behind and across the patio from main house on quiet tree-lined street one-half mile south of the Santa Fe Plaza. Relax amid fruit trees, lilacs, roses, herb, and flower gardens. Owner usually in residence to assist in orienting you for your stay. (American francophile - on parle francais.) . Easy on-street parking.

The detached Casita du Soleil consists of living room (futon couch), dining area seating four, bedroom (queen), full kitchen, bath, and Saltillo tiled floors throughout. Furnishings include treasured antiques, original art. Warm in winter (gas), adobe maintains coolness in summer. Dogs allowed.

Keywords: Guest House

More Details

Diane McEvilly
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About Diane McEvilly

I own this one property in Santa Fe which has been my home for decades. I love my street and neighborhood and have happy memories of my children playing ball in the quiet streets. I have seen the fruit trees grow from little slips into mature giants producing cherries, apricots, peaches many years. I retired from teaching French in a local high school - then, since beginning to rent my casita, I have enjoyed meeting people from many countries. My guest book/scrap book is full of their photos, mementos and the stamps of their foreign countries. Tiling the bath, kitchen and floors myself was satisfying. My grand daughter says I'm married to my garden - I do work on it! Rates vary according to number of guests, length of stay, time of year and space occupied. Discounts apply for weekly/monthly visits.

Diane McEvilly purchased this house in 1971

Why Diane McEvilly chose Downtown

I moved here to be near the old center of this historic town and to be near the most excellent elementary school for my children. If you would enjoy walking on a tree-lined street, being surrounded by flowers, garden walls, fruit trees, lilacs, stone walks (no gravel!), you will also enjoy the peace and quiet of this centrally located retreat. It's modest and I have many repeat visitors (10 repeat bookings in 2015).

What makes this house unique

Casita du soleil is six-tenths of a mile from the Plaza - a flat walk on mostly quiet streets. Three tiny blocks to Sage Bakery, 5 tiny blocks to Whole Foods.

A few minutes to Railyard District of galleries, restaurants, SF Farmers' Market. Tranquility in the middle of everything.


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
City Golf course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: not necessary

5 short blocks to Whole Foods & our twice-weekly flourishing outdoor Farmers' Market, 10 min walk to Site Santa Fe, SF Clay studios, Museo Cultural, state capitol, Guadalupe & Cordova Road shopping centers, numerous restaurants, galleries, coffee houses, 15 min level walk to Canyon Road & Plaza (Fine Arts, History, Indian, Georgia O'Keeffe) Museums, Besides our well-known opera, chamber music festival, Indian and Hispanic cultural events, 200+ art galleries, natural beauty & blue skies, Santa Fe is home to several cooking schools, photography, clay, art workshops, massage, hypnotherapy & oriental medicine institutes, day spas, art cinema houses & private tour guides, Not to mention skiing and related winter sports, etc


Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Casita has one bath w/tub/shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Casita has 1 bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Casita: queen + double futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Amenities: fully furnished talavera tiled kitchen and bath, linens (down or synthetic comforters), skylights, access to washer/dryer possible, outdoor swing, cafe tables with blue umbrellas


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Casita Du Soleil - Historic, Downtown, Old Santa Fe
average rating of 4.586207 based on 29 reviews

great location, perfect little apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Santa Fe in this little apartment! We liked being able to walk everywhere in town which is a big plus! Diana even let us bring our dog and was very accommodating : )

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katie ..... I do enjoy welcoming dogs with their people to Casita du soleil! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Charming casita with real hospitality.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely stay at this charming casita visiting my daughter for Parents’ Weekend. The proprietor greeted me when I arrived at 10 PM; offered me a ride up to campus the following day; and ihas been perfectly engaging throughout. Highly recommend a stay here if you are in Santa Fe!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Billings, MT

Making Memories

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this lovely casita of Diana's for five nights and would have been elated to stay longer. It is in a perfect location on a quiet street, easy walking distance to the plaza, museums, galleries, the capitol building, and shops. Just exquisite. The weather was always changing so the next time I'm there I will hope to be able to enjoy the private courtyard. It is just the size of home I needed to fantasize about living there in Santa Fe--such a friendly town and always surrounded by endless art and sky. Of the places I have stayed through vrbo, Diana was by far the most accommodating & engaged host. This is a great place to stay if you want to build memories.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Connie, for your great review of Casita du soleil. It is always a pleasure to host a creative person who is eager to cruise the museums and galleries. I likewise get some vicarious thrills from visiting hikers and mountain bikers ..... then there is a series of yoga and other students! Yes, my location is a plus .... come with no car (I can often meet people at station), or leave your car to walk 1/2 mile to center (no parking issues)..... I look forward to your being one of my many repeat visitors!
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Location, location

  • 4 of 5

Delightful host, Diana. Knowledgeable of the area, with good dining and activity recommendations! You are easily able to walk to the nifty Railyard district and the downtown plaza area. Canyon Rd is also within walking distance. Easy drive to ski Santa Fe. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

Last spring, My wife and I stayed in the Casita and the small apartment was made available for our son. Couldn't have been better for us. The cozy accommodations met our needs perfectly affording both privacy and patio time. Also found the location to be convenient to downtown but close to the the Santa Fe Farmers market, good little restaurants and the amazing Sage Bakery. Diana is a wonderful hostess and even speaks fluent French. She has joined our family of good friends and we very much hope to get back to see her very soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Annie-Françoise and Gary ... I'm glad I could help you out in that unusual situation. What a pleasure to chat in French! I look forward to seeing you again, either here or in Oregon!
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Holland Patent NY

A perfect little casita!

  • 5 of 5

Comfort and proximity make this little casita a perfect place to stay. We were in Santa Fe to visit our daughter and family. The casita was perfectly located on a quiet side street and just a short walk through the neighborhood to her house as well as the Plaza and Canyon Road. The owner was accommodating and friendly. The house has all that you need - comfortable bed, adequate bathroom and kitchen, and a nice sitting area. The location allows one to walk to area restaurants and attractions. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.31%

This is a non-smoking property indoors and out. Dog owners must clean up after pets both on and off property. Rates vary as to how many persons, length of stay, time of year, space used.

I am on VRBO for 12 years now - have had no problems accepting payment directly to myself. I pay extra in order to take bookings and payments myself. There has never been a problem. Usually a deposit of $100 holds your reservation - more is required for longer bookings. State and local taxes are not included in listed nightly rate and will be added to final bill.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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