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Downtown Main St. Views of the Cumbres pass. Walk to the train, shops & dining.

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

4 queen beds & queen pullout (Sleeps 10 comfortably), 3 baths, FULLY furnished!!

Downtown location...Awaken to the sound of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, watch it pass by while drinking coffee on the front porch. The house is very spacious, comfortable and very well furnished. The house is decorated with local and southwest art & decor and antiques throughout the home. The kitchen has everything you would want or need. Linens and towels are provided, as well as laundry on site. Spare air mattresses and some infant/toddler items are also available.

Playground across the street. Only a 4-6 minute walk to the station, or dining and shopping. A short bike ride to the Chama River or Sergent's Wildlife. Mountain biking, road biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, photography, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing all minutes away.

Jicarilla Casino is 30 minutes west.

Ghost Ranch is 40 minutes south.

Pagosa Springs, CO is 45 min to 1 hour north depending on conditions. Enjoy the beautiful vistas and roaming wildlife on the way, and even stop at the Wildlife Park just outside Pagosa. In Pagosa, you can take a tube down the river, soak in the river from town park, soak in the famous Pagosa Hot Springs, hike, moutainbike, ski/snowboard at Wolf Creek which gets some of the most snow in the lower 48 followed by soaking in the hot springs, and shop the local art and antique galleries.

Durango, CO with the Durango Silverton Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, shopping and skiing/snowboarding is 1.5 to 2 hrs away. Durango has an airport. You will pass thru Pagosa to get there.

Taos and Santa Fe, known for their arts and skiing are 2 hrs away, east and south respectively. Santa Fe has an airport.

Albuquerque, 3 hrs south, has the closest International airport, plenty of casinos and its Skytram into the Sandia Mountains.

Beautiful vistas and wildlife make driving enjoyable to and from this central location!

More Details

Brian Mello (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Brian Mello (Owner)

I was introduced to Chama, NM when I was working on the Navajo Reservation from 2002-2007. A colleague of mine bought a house in Chama and after I visited once, I fell in love with the area as it was a stark contract to the painted desert, but both provided a variety of outdoor activities in different environments. I bought the home in 2003 and began fixing it up in 2005, and did not finish until 2008, after I had already returned to Massachusetts, where I currently live.

Brian Mello (Owner) purchased this house in 2003

Why Brian Mello (Owner) chose New Mexico

This is one of the oldest homes remaining in Chama. It is a gambrel style victorian and was built in 1882. Records indicate that the builder of the home was a conductor of the D&RG railroad. There is more history related to this man and his family located in the home. The house has been completely remodeled, but strong effort was made to keep the details and charm accurate to the era. If you look closely during your stay, you will be able to spot some of the original features of the home.

What makes this house unique

The home is the last home on Terrace Ave/Main St in Chama, with views of the Cumbres Pass from all north windows and the decks. You can see the train pass by in the morning, as the tracks are directly across the street, and the depot, dining and shopping are all a 4-6 mintue walk from the home. There is driveway behind the home that can fit 2 vehicles, and plenty of additional parking behind the garage on Maple St. or along the side of the property on 1st St...enough to easily accomodate 30' trailers/motorhomes but is currently without hookups. It is easy accessible in the Winter, as all town roads are plowed by the state.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to thank you for letting us stay in your house in Chama NM last week. The house was very well furnished and it was a pleasure to stay there. I will most certainly recommend it to all my friends and I would definitely want to stay there again when I am in that area. Again, thank you very much we enjoyed our stay very much.
Jul 2013
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The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Nearest Airport
171 Miles
Albuquerque International Sunport (2hrs50min)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Foster's & High Country
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Fosters's & The Box Car Cafe
Nearest Ski
71.4 Miles
Wolf Creek (1hr20min)
Car: necessary

Downtown location...Awaken to the sound of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad & see & smell the smoke as it passes by drinking coffee on the front porch. Only a 2-5 minute walk to the station, dining and shopping. A short hike (0.5mi) bike ride or drive to the Chama River (1.5 mi) or Sergent's Wildlife (1 mi). Mountain/road biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, photography, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing all minutes away at Sergent's Wildlife Refuge 1 mile away.

Wild Horse Casino, Dulce, NM, is 30 minutes away (26 mi).

Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch and museum is 50-60 minutes away (1 hour).

Pagosa Springs, CO is 50 minutes away (48 mi of some of the most beautiful driving in the country!!). Enjoy the hot springs and the Wolf Creek ski resort, which gets some of the most snow in the lower 48!! A few GREAT breweries in town. Currently my favorite is Riff Raff. Some good outdoor/mtn bike shops too! Both "Ski and Bow Rack" & "Mountain Country Sports" have treated me well. There is a small airport.

Durango, CO with the Durango Silverton Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, and all outdoor activities with its own skiing/snowboarding mountain, is 2 hrs away (110mi), with an airport..

Taos and Santa Fe, known for their arts and mountain sports are 2 hrs away, and both with airports.

Albuquerque, 3 hrs away, has the closest International Airport (called the Sunport), plenty of casinos, a skytram, which is the longest in the country at 2.7 miles and lifts you into the Sandia Mountains to a height of 10,378 ft, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, as well as the Albuquerque Isotopes, a AAA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Remember, where ever you drive to/from this house, you have a BEAUTIFUL drive.

Other Activities: Regardless of your destination or desired activity, Chama is ideal, with plenty to do within the town, and easy access to all the surrounding areas. You can enjoy ANY outdoor activity in Chama or in the surrounding areas. Although a 2 hr drive seems like a long time, the beautiful drives of redrock and mountain vistas, wildlife viewing, and overall tranquility make driving enjoyable and a memorable part of your vacation! The home has a convenient location in town, and Chama is central to Taos, Santa Fe, Dulce, Pagosa Springs, and Durango.!


Chama House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets are allowed, BUT ONLY WITH PRIOR APPROVAL. A $25/night fee applies. ***See rental agreement for details***
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Shared
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upstair Master/Double Showerhead
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upstairs Master - 1 queen
    Downstairs Guest - 1 queen
    Downstairs Study - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Pullout
    Upstairs Guest 1 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Guest 2 - 1 queen
  • Antiques located thruought the house and bedrooms. Full size balcony with mountain views off the Master Bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Downtown Main St. Views of the Cumbres pass. Walk to the train, shops & dining.
average rating of 4.7586207 based on 37 reviews

Everything was great!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent, clean, everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

Will stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice for families

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property that worked well for my family's stay in August. Beautiful area and house is nicely maintained with good amenities. Good value for the cost. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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The house was clean and well prepared, we lacked nothing,Frances was a great hostess

  • 5 of 5

We want to do this next year

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear and we look forward to having you back!
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Top notch place

  • 5 of 5

This has to be one of the nicest places to stay in Chama. Everything is first rate from the furnishing, appliances, cook wear, sheets and towels. Plus unexpected touches like antiques and art. Super location near the train and shops but on the edge of town so really quiet and peaceful. Interior looks like a recent update. Good wifi. We hated to leave.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lovely house, very comfortable beds, close to Cumbres & Toltec Steam Railway.

  • 3 of 5

House was roomy, comfortable beds, excellent clothes washing/drying machines, but I could not get the dishwasher to work at all - it seemed simple, only a couple of buttons, but it would not work no matter what order I pressed the buttons! Had to unpack machine and wash everything by hand. Could not find instructions in the house for how it operated and it was Memorial Weekend - House seemed quiet for sleeping, but I was woken up on our first night, by the heating system turning on, with a loud whoosh, at 1.30 am, had trouble sleeping after that as it turned on and off. The next night we found the heating thingy on the wall, and turned it off - we then slept well.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

***Quoted prices reflect STANDARD rates.*** A one night stay will require an additional cleaning fee of $50. For reservations of 2 nights or more, the cleaning fee is included in the quoted price.

***If you are staying during a holiday or event week/weekend (see list below), you will be charged at a different rate than the rate you are initially quoted.*** A minimum 2 night stay will be required at the rate of $300/night and a 3 night stay at $250/night. Any nights over the 3 night stay will be charged the standard rate of $200/night. Cleaning is included in the above rates.

Holiday/Weekend Events include but are not limited to:
Chama Chile Ski Classic (MLK weekend)
Chama Sno-Ball Balloon Rally (4th weekend in Feb.)
Memorial Day
4th of July
Chama Days (2nd Weekend in August)
Labor Day
Colombus Day
Christmas Festival in the Mountains (1st weekend in December)
New Year's

***All rentals require a $59 accidental damage insurance policy purchase. This will be included in your quote.***

***Pets are allowed only upon prior approval and will be charged an additional $25/night, with each additional pet at $10/night.***

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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