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Abiquiu Lake Casita--Stunning Views of Red Cliffs and Lake

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House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)


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.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Scott Oury
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, Owner speaks Spanish
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2016
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About Scott Oury

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

Why Scott Oury chose New Mexico

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


based on 170 traveler reviews

Abiquiu Lake Casita--Stunning Views of Red Cliffs and Lake
average rating of 4.9823527 based on 170 reviews
Washington, D.C.

High Desert Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The house sits under the spell of the Pedernal Mountain, a spiritual mountain in the area. My family loved the wildlife we witnessed including prairie dogs , jack rabbits, and coyotes. One sunrise there was the sound of an Indian flute and chants drifting up from the lake area. The house is very comfortable and sunrise and sunset simply breathtaking every single day. As a student at the Ghost Ranch it was a wonderful retreat from the sparse ranch accommodations, but it is a 30 minute trip back and forth. The kitchen really is well stocked in cooking supplies for a rental house. For a rural setting the internet and television connections excellent. Loved the daily visit from the neighbor's poodles.

Easy to visit Taos and Santa Fe for day trips.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
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Wonderful little casita in a drop dead beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for more! We love the southwestern style and this did not disappoint! From the vigas to the plaster walls to the fantastic fireplace it was a cozy getaway in an absolutely beautiful setting. The photo of the lake is just the view you will have. We were lucky enough to have no moon meaning there was a star filled sky with the Milky Way stretching almost from horizon to horizon! We would recommend this whole heartedly!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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What a beautiful setting! Loved everything about it.

  • 5 of 5

Wish we could have stayed longer! This rental has it all. Couldn't have been happier!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Silence, solitude, comfort, amazing beauty.

  • 5 of 5

I have nothing but superlatives for this perfect little casita and the experience of being in silence on the mesa! With Abiquiu Lake, Ghost Ranch and so many other adventures just a few minutes away, there's plenty to do. But it's hard to beat just sitting on one of the two patios listening to the silence, the wind, the birds and the occasion coyote call. I loved the trail ride at Ghost Ranch. Great way to be in the land that inspired Georgia O'Keefe and see the rocks and views that she painted. My 4-wheel drive rental definitely helped my peace of mind coming up the curves to the mesa, and for some of the other off-road/dirt road drives in the area.

Thank you, Scott and Glynn, for making this treasure of a place available. I'm checking my calendar now for 2017!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful and peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

We spent three days at Abiquiu Lake Casita for our mini honeymoon and could have stayed another ten. It was the perfect place to relax after the excitement of a fun wedding week! The casita had everything we needed: lots of space to cook and relax, a fun book selection, grill, tv for watching the Olympics (!), and views in all directions. The hot tub was the icing on the cake. We will definitely plan an anniversary trip some time in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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A wonderful casita

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay with superb scenery all around and a gorgeous (fairly isolated) casita equipped to the highest standard. The hot tub with stupendous views is wonderful. The Humming Birds are also great to see. The owners have created a little paradise here. This is our second visit and we look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
130 Miles
Albuquerque 130 mi. and Santa Fe 60 mi
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
36 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

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November thru Feb.
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
One-time Cleaning Fee $85
Tax Rate 6.5%

Rates are subject to change prior to reservation being confirmed.
Payments by E-check are greatly preferred (10 days required), but credit card payments are welcome too.
Recommend you buy Trip Insurance.
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , No tub--HOT TUB just outside the french doors is for soaking
  • Large, roomy shower, Mexican tile, shower head set at 6'
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1) Extremely plush 17'' latex mattress. Firm support but soft for the joints. Sleep Sofa (1) Top of the line Queen with Air Mattress--very comfortable; extra Air Mattresses available, twin and queen.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Extremely Plush KING BED w) 17' mattress, and a Queen Sofa-bed w) AIR MATTRESS--very comfortable, Private, roomy Outdoor HOT TUB (facing Abiquiu Lake and the brilliant red cliffs), Traditional Kiva Fireplace, radiant heat (through floor), Two TV's (Satellite), 27' TV in living room and 20' flatscreen in bedroom, CD Player and Radio, Quality DVD's and CD's provided, Wireless Internet by satellite, Full Modern Kitchen, Blender, Toaster, Coffee bean grinder--Bring Coffee Beans, Waffle Iron and more, All Linens provided, Iron, No phone lines in this area--nice break-- but most cell phones work here and in other high areas, We've added mountain bikes, 2 new adult bikes, and 2 kids bikes

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