|Space||900 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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 wood- burning 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.
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.
Fabulous views of stunning scenery in a beautifully decorated and well equipped casita. Opportunities for great hiking and sightseeing are nearby, including Georgia O'Keefe's home and studio in Abiqui, her summer home and painting sites at Ghist Ranch, Bandelier National Park, and more. A highlight of our Southwest vacation! Thank you!
The house is very well equipped. We brought our 20 month old and 12 year old with us. There were plenty of places to see and things to do outside that they stayed busy the entire time. Staying two nights just wasn't long enough, I would recommend you stay at a minimum of at least three days! We are already planning when we can come back!
We stayed for 2 nights and loved that the casita was clean, well stocked and welcoming. The hot tub with a view of the lake and mountains was amazing. We love this area of New Mexico and this property is a great spot to day trip around from. The hosts were very communicative and friendly and easy to work with. We'd book it again! Thanks so much for a great getaway weekend stay.
This casita is a little isolated gem! Once you get over the feeling of "where in the world are we headed?" as you travel down the dirt road (but well maintained even in the snow!), you realize that part of the beauty of this landscape is access to the quiet isolation part. We did not want to go on beautiful hikes in gorgeous country and then return to the bustle of Santa Fe or Taos, so this was a great fit. Easy access to Ghost Ranch, Bandolier, and small villages to explore where artist galleries abound. One tiny glitch with housekeeping, but Scott immediately came to the rescue. Beautiful view from the hot tub and cozy warm inside for quiet evening reading - even a little bunny to watch in the early mornings!
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|
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.