|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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REDUCED RATE JANUARY 26 to FEBRUARY 9: $115/night
Located 75 min. north of Santa Fe, Abiquiu Lake Casita is far from highways and noise, but for the sounds of birds and wind.
Our casita (small house) is set on 13.5 acres on top of one of the highest mesas overlooking Abiquiu Lake, with unlimited 360 degree views north toward the lake and Ghost Ranch and south towards the Jemez Mountains and Cerro Pedernal, the 10,000 foot flat-topped mountain that Georgia O'Keeffe loved to paint, making the mountain into an icon of northern New Mexico. Historically, Pedernal is a sacred site for Native Americans and local inhabitants.
You can soak your body in a luxurious HOT TUB after a day of hiking, reading, painting, or writing. Our casita was designed in the traditional adobe style, including a Kiva woodburning fireplace (wood provided), pine hand-hewn vigas that help support the ceiling; tile floors with radiant heating; and thick walls to hold the warmth in winter and keep you cool in summer, walls hand-plastered in the adobe style; and Mexican antique furniture.
We added modern comfort throughout, including a modern and well-stocked kitchen, local art and track lighting on dimmers, and a spacious great room with a Mexican dining table that can be expanded with 3 leaves for art or writing projects.
To take advantage of the long and wide views across the valleys, we built two 'portales' (covered porches). You can dine on the north side while gazing down the valley and across the lake towards the red cliffs of Ghost Ranch, or you can bask in the warmth of the sun--even in winter--on the southern portale, as you look towards the Jemez Mountains and Pedernal. Both portales are furnished with a comfortable outdoor dining set. There's also a recliner and new gas BBQ.
Since there are no city lights to compete, billions of stars fill the night sky, part of the magic of New Mexico. Our favorite time for the hot tub is at night, gazing at the Milky Way and galaxies, frequently punctuated by numerous shooting stars; when it's not dark, moonlight bathes the rolling hills and desert floor.
Gentle warning: The views, the far off patterns of changing weather, and the warm coziness of the casita may make it difficult to leave the casita at all.
Abiquiu Lake Casita was featured in New Mexico Magazine, November, 2011.
We live in Santa Fe and are available to our guests by the hour.
We're located in an area called Piedra Lumbre, or Shining Stone, which you reach by taking Hwy. 84 past the town of Abiquiu for six miles, then turning west on Highway 96.
Cassie and Conner are more photogenic than we are.
We are former college English teachers who simply love the southwest. We live in Santa Fe.
Scott Oury purchased this house in 2000
Having been in love with the southwest for a long time, we found this site in 2000 and it was more beautiful than any of the places we had seen--or have seen since-- during our travels throughout this extraordinary part of the country.
Peace, quiet, relaxation, endless views and walks, time to read and be creative. After that, we explore the villages, cultures and wilderness in and beyond Abiquiu.
We had a wonderful stay! The casita was the perfect size with all the features and amenities you could want and a view to die for. Everything was clean and beautiful. It did get very hot mid day and until nightfall when it was cool enough to open the windows and let the some cool breeze in. The house did have a couple of table fans that we set up in the bedroom so we could sleep comfortable and we just planned to be away from the house during the hottest part of the day so we wouldn't get grumpy because of the heat in the house. Overall it was a wonderdul experience and we hope to come back in years to come!!
We spent two gorgeous days at the Ourys' well-appointed casita, which had all the comforts of home (including washer and dryer!) as well as thoughtful touches for travelers, such as travel guides to the area and a binder created by the owners filled with restaurant menus and brochures for local attractions. We loved using the hot tub during a blustery rainstorm; it was thrilling to watch the dark clouds blow across the mountains and valley from the steamy bliss of the spa. But what really sets this place apart is its INCREDIBLE setting atop a hillside overlooking Abiquiui Lake, with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and mesas. If you are a Georgia O'Keeffe fan, be prepared to be dazzled -- the casita is practically in the lap of the magnificent flat-topped mountain called Pedernal that O'Keeffe painted for decades, believing it was her own spiritual center, and that if she painted it enough " God will give it to me."
A word of preparation: we would have rented an all-wheel drive vehicle with higher clearance if we had known how rough the roads are leading to the casita. This is by no means a deterrent -- you simply have to go slowly over the unpaved, rocky ground. And the spectacular setting more than makes up for the bumpy entry. But it would have been nice to know ahead of time.
We traveled from our home in Vermont to visit friends in nearby Abiquiu, and enjoyed swimming in the Chama River, hiking at Ghost Ranch (a short drive from the casita), running in the valley, and walking amid the cathedral-like and otherworldly rock formations of the Plaza Blanca. We can't wait for our next visit to this comfortable casita that is so perfectly situated for day trips and that has the most heavenly views in the Southwest!
The views from the casita were amazing! We loved sitting in the hot tub looking out at the mountains and lake. The casita was very clean and had everything we needed. We could see other houses, but didn't see another person the whole time we were there!!! The short hikes near the lake were perfect for us! Thanks Scott and Glynn!!
Loved our stay at the Abiquiu Lake Casita! Unique and spacious with high ceilings. Yes it is all the reviews say it is and more. Spectacular views everywhere, we enjoyed the afternoon thunderstorms great skies. Night skies were breathtaking. Very clean and nice linens everything you need. We never had to call with a problem or question and that's a first for us! Hot tub was a nice feature with the views, very peaceful and quiet. We stayed a week and had plenty to do with hiking (do not miss the Chimney Rock trail at Ghost Ranch just wonderful) site seeing in the National Parks, Plaza Blanca, Echo Amphitheater, all great places to enjoy nature at it wildest. We mostly grilled out in the evenings and enjoyed the property, kitchen has everything you need.
Thanks for a great vacation, we just loved it.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Casita, with its two outdoor seating areas, its great views and the relaxing hot tub!
The house is cozy and for colder times of the year it has a great fireplace, which we did not need to use during our stay.
Another attraction was the various bird species that came to drink at the birdbath the owner provided, and the two species of hummingbirds that visited the feeder all day long.
We hope to be back at the casita some day soon!
This was our second stay at Abiquiu Lake Casita and the only way it could have been better than the first time would be if we had been able to stay longer. Scott and Glynn are wonderful and responsive hosts with information and having the casita ready and clean. The Casita was in great shape and the views are wonderful.
We look forward to returning soon.
Archeological Sites; gorgeous drive to a monastery; Hiking red cliffs of Ghost Ranch area, Jemez Mtns and along Chama river; Lake Swimming & Fishing; day trip to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs; great golf course approx. 30 minutes away, Bring your own boat for Motor boating or Sailing, Windsurfing--public access near the junction of hwys 84 & 96; Contact Ghost Ranch for classes in art, music, writing, Spanish, others, While out for a drive and sightseeing, visit wonderful restaurants in the various communities, from 20 to 45 minutes away, Bode's General Store in Abiquiu has a very good deli, fresh and packaged foodstuffs, wine, and other basic supplies, Two fine art galleries offer a wide range of local arts, and the Abiquiu Artists' Studio Tour brings collectors back to Abiquiu each fall, Ghost Ranch offers concerts, talks, classes, and other events, especially in summer, But mostly people come here to explore the incredible landscape and to relax, to read, to write, to paint, or to just be together with family, close friends--or someone special. We've had many engagements and marriages begun in our casita, and returns for anniversaries. Each year the stay becomes longer, a second home for many who have become friends.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|One-time Cleaning Fee||$85|
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Cancellation Policy: Deposit refunded up to 30 days prior to check-in. Recommend paying by E-ck so if you have to cancel, no fees will be deducted.