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Scott Oury

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, Owner speaks Spanish

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

130 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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 (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, Owner speaks Spanish

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 130 traveler reviews

Abiquiu Lake Casita--Stunning Views of Red Cliffs and Lake
average rating of 4.976923 based on 130 reviews

Great views and hot tub!!

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great Casita and Property

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unbeatable location & a hot tub with a view!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wonderful Place to BE

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience with expansive view of stunning vistas with extremely accommodating hosts.

  • 5 of 5

The property exceeded our expectations and was described very well. The remote location a distantance from paved roads and neighbors provided isolation and no noise. Located on a mesa with nearly 360 degree view of the mountains and Abiquiu Reservoir on the Chama River the views were spectacular. The owners provided excellent information on what to expect, what was expected on check in and check out, and information on activities and sites to see in the area. The location is close to Ghost Ranch which has an interesting history including discovery of dinosaur fossils and a heritage of being a dude ranch. Georgia O'Keefe (a famous southwestern artist) stayed at Ghost Ranch for a number of years before moving to her own hacienda in Abiquiu, NM which is a short drive and features a schedule of tours to her historic home.

Due to its remote location is was important to have all of the supplies, kitchen ware and utensils, and other necessities to avoid a long trip to get the day-to-day items needed. A ready supply of firewood was available for the fire and a friendly artist neighbor was available to help if something did come up. We found everything that we needed and every detail had been thought through and addressed to the smallest point. The home was clean and fresh and the hot tub which was located out side was also clean and fresh and worked very well.

The owner and cleaning service were extremely accommodating when we made a mistake thinking we had one more day before checkout. Both the owner and the cleaning service were calm and collaborative to resolve the situation we created when we were not checked out at the appropriate checkout time and the new quests were already in town ready to come by even as we were throwing our belongings into the car to depart. We really appreciate the owner's calmness and ability to accommodate us and the new guests with a great attitude. That meant a lot to us in our embarrassment.

We would absolutely recommend this property to anyone with an interest to "get away from it all" and to enjoy an historic area with a breathtaking view owned by gracious hosts. It was a special experience that maybe someday we can repeat.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the casita for a weekend getaway with some friends and we weren't disappointed. The house was even more beautiful than the pictures and the jacuzzi was amazing under the night sky. We enjoyed watching movies with the fire going after cooking dinner on the grill. The kitchen was nicely stocked with all the things we needed. Dakota, the neighboring dog, enjoyed breakfast with us both mornings. I can't wait to go back for another trip. Hopefully next time it will be longer.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 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.


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Abiquiu House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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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New Mexico 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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