|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
November thru Feb.
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$25 + Tax|
|One-time Cleaning Fee||$85|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.