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Richard Woodruff

Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Rass Mandal - 10 Acres, Pool, Sauna, Hot Tub, Yoga Pavilion - Glorious Views

121 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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6br/4ba sleeps a max. of 12: 1 King bed; 3 Queen beds- 1 in Cabin; 4-5 twin beds

Rass Mandal is a unique adobe vacation residence situated on a mountain range of pine forests with spectacular views. Entering brings you to another time and presents a serene and inspiring atmosphere for all. The house and grounds of more than 10 acres offer abundant locations for quiet time. There are numerous hiking & mountain bike trails immediately accessible, some of which take you directly to the center of Santa Fe.

Rass Mandal was featured on HGTV's House Hunter's on Vacation with the initial airing on June 22nd 2012.

Upon entering the home you encounter a large domed circular living room (Mandala Room) complete with a fireplace, eastern antique furniture and beautiful views looking out to a pool. This space is ideal for group sessions, gatherings and entertainment. Off to the left of the living room is the dining room and kitchen area. The dining table has room to accommodate 12 and is a great area for entertaining and formal meals. The kitchen is open plan and has a Moroccan style fireplace and a very comfortable breakfast nook ideal for bird watching. Behind the kitchen is a queen size bedroom and a bathroom, secluded from the rest of the house with its own private entrance.

To the right of the living room are guest quarters, each room offers views overlooking the grounds and the entire Santa Fe valley. The master bedroom is complete with a fireplace, a large meditation/work area, beautiful bathroom and sunken Jacuzzi with views. Additionally, there is a 2nd story observation deck that provides expansive views over all of Santa Fe, the Jemez Mountains and beyond. The house is not air conditioned but given the cool evenings it is not actually necessary. Fans are provided should they be desired.

Heading outside, there is a large private pool, jacuzzi style 5 person hot tub, plunge pool and sauna. The pool is heated during the summer months (May 15th - September 15th). We do occasionally, with weather permitting, extend the heating of the pool for a week or so to either side of the date range mentioned. However it is 35,000 gallons and heating is not feasible during the other times of the year. Generally the pool water temperature will be maintained at 78 F in July and August but ranges about 74 F - 76 F for June and September. The hot tub is kept at 104 F all year-round. All this is surrounded by a deck and patio ideal for outdoor dining and relaxation. There is also a gas-fired Fire Pit for enjoyment during the cool evenings. Burn restrictions imposed by Santa Fe County may sometimes restrict its use.

Additionally, there is a small cabin on the property about 150 feet from the main home that may be rented with a small additional fee. The cabin has a queen bed and a bathroom (with a shower) plus a TV. The maximum occupancy for the total residence still remains at 12 people and the cabin rental is usually required for parties of more than 10 people.

I must reiterate that Rass Mandal accommodates a maximum of 12 people given the above bedroom configuration and we do not permit any more than that number without prior agreement from me (Richard). This limit also applies to 'guests' even visiting for just the day and not residing at Rass Mandal. I am sorry but if I discover a violation to this rule, i will charge a $1000 penalty fee. I feel awful to have to do this but I have been unpleasantly surprised by a very very few number of guests.

Rass Mandal is simply fabulous, providing a truly unique experience in Santa Fe. It's incredible architecture, shapes, and spaces transport one to ancient India yet with all the modern conveniences in an amazingly beautiful location high in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains above the City with spectacular views. While only minutes to the historic Plaza, all the downtown cultural amenities and many fine restaurants, Rass Mandal is a quiet and peaceful retreat not to be missed. I encourage you to read the reviews from our previous guests.

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  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Richard Woodruff (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Richard Woodruff

Hi, my name is Richard Woodruff and I am an American born in Jersey City, NJ and now living in Santa Fe after having spent the last 28 years living in Europe. You can find me on LinkedIn and on Facebook.

Richard Woodruff purchased this house in 2011

Why Richard Woodruff chose New Mexico

Rass Mandal has unique architecture and is on 10 acres with fabulous unending vistas. It is in the mountains for easy access to hiking and mountain biking yet only about 10 minutes from the center of Santa Fe. The feeling in these hills is truly refreshing and energizing!

What makes this house unique

Staying at Rass Mandal provides a unique atmosphere that is not found at most vacation rentals. The house and grounds offer abundant space for renewal & reflection as well as exercise & sharing.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for sharing your home with us!! We utilized every single amenity you have...from pool, hot tub, sauna, fire pit, yoga room, meditation room, hiking trails...but your sunsets are...Over the Top!!!

Of all the homes we've rented over the years, yours is "by far" the most welcoming. We felt instantly at home...and do not want to leave! The positive energy and relaxing atmosphere put us all in a beautiful place.
Nov 2014
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Rass Mandal - 10 Acres, Pool, Sauna, Hot Tub, Yoga Pavilion - Glorious Views
average rating of 4.958678 based on 130 reviews

Spring Break

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place. Interesting architecture, great location, very well appointed and stocked. Kids loved the pool. Would definitely stay there again without hesitation

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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A magical haven. An inspiring space.

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful house full of enchanting features. We couldn't have asked for a more magical space to enjoy our long weekend. The house is also on an incredible property with breathtaking views which you can enjoy from the hot tub, fire pit or meditation deck. It really is an exquisite place. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Gorgeous Property with even better service

  • 5 of 5

We shared this property with another family over spring break. This unique property was much nicer and had more amenities than listed on the rental listing. It was unique enough to make all of our memories more rich than the usual adobe style house in Santa Fe where we have stayed in past. The location was only 5 minutes from the plaza and an easy 30-40 minute ride to ski santa fe.

The property/location with respect to hiking trails and the backyard was undersold on the rental listing. Our kids (9 years old to 16 years old) wanted to leave early from skiing just to get back to enjoy the backyard and atmosphere of Rass Mandal. We had one day even that we never left the property except to hike or to go to Harry's for take out (highly recommended for a varied menu and close by.)

The property was very clean and well maintained. If I ever had a question about anything, Richard was very quick to respond. He even mailed us items that we left there at his cost. With him being the owner of the property instead of a property manager, he took much more interest in making sure that everything was perfect for us.

We hope to stay at Rass Mandal again if it is ever available at a time that we can find availability. Hopefully we can coordinate the yoga instructor to come to the yoga studio next time. There was just so much to do on site that we just did not have time for it.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Patrick, for such compliments on the services of Rass Mandal. I very much appreciate that our efforts are recognized. Wishing you and your family all the best, Richard
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  • 5 of 5

Our whole experience was great! Before we got there, Richard was helpful with answering our questions and making us feel very welcome. Upon arrival, he met us at the house and showed us around. The house itself is one of the coolest places you'll ever stay! We would highly recommend the Rass Mandal to our family and friends!!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Our group of students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed our time at Rass Mandal. We would definitely come again! The property was very well maintained and decorated so beautifully. It was a real treat to stay there! Thank you, Richard, for being so attentive to our needs while we were staying at Rass Mandal. We would definitely recommend this property to other groups.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Beautiful property with amazing views

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Rass Mandall for the week between Christmas and New Year's. It was a beautiful place, we only wished the weather was not so cold and snowy so that we could enjoy the outdoor areas more. There was plenty of room for our family, although sitting areas inside would be a challenge for a large group. There is a large dining area with 10 seats and lots of seating outside on the decks and pool areas, but limited cushioned indoor seating otherwise. Don't expect to snuggle up in a comfy chair or couch to watch TV. The main TV is in the dining room and the other in the master bedroom pretty far from the bed. With it being a snowy week for my school-age kids, we unfortunately wished we had had a giant couch to snuggle and watch TV during our stay. But in the summer, my guess is TV would not be on and wouldn't be an issue. But thought I'd share this challenge for those folks bringing school age kids during the winter months...My kids loved doing the scavenger hunt through Santa Fe and hitting up all of the local restaurants recommended by Divers Drive-ins and Dives. One is right down the road from this house.

Richard's decorations are impressive and unique. I counted 500+ decorations on the walls and loved all the nooks and crannies of the house. It's like staying in a 5-star hotel and historic castle all at once. The kitchen is well stocked, but recommend you eat out as much as possible as Santa Fe food is amazing! If you like luxurious, unique places to stay, this is must-see on your list!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I agree that for watching TV, it is a challenge at Rass Mandal. Although there is a 42" TV, it is not positioned as a center of attention as my focus is to provide a space for joining together and conversation - perhaps sitting around the large fireplace in the Mandala room. The dining room does have seating for 12 which is the maximum number of guests permitted at Rass Mandal. We just added a couch in the dining room for further comfort. I so appreciate honest reviews (as this one) that provide future guests with an understanding of Rass Mandal and of what to expect so there are never disappointments. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and I am certain that each review assists my guests in making an informed decision regarding Rass Mandal and whether it will be right for their holiday in Santa Fe. All my best, Richard
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Santa Fe Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Harry's Roadside Cafe
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I 25
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Harry's Roadside Cafe
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Ski Santa Fe
Car: necessary

Right from the front door of Rass Mandal, you can either hike or mountain bike the Ponderosa Ridge to Hidden Valley Road down to Wilderness Gate Road and right into town via Canyon Road or the Old Santa Fe Trail. There are so many choices to enjoy - renewing both the body and spirit! Additionally, if lucky on the walk, you may spot coyotes, mule deer and a variety of birds and birds of prey.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
May 14 2016 - Sep 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
High Season
May 13 2017 - Sep 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450
Tax Rate 7.0%

A 7.5% discount has been applied to the daily rate for stays of 7 nights or more!

Additionally, there is a $60/night fee for parties of more than 10 and up to 12 people. With this extra fee comes the use of a small cabin located adjacent (150 feet) to the main residence.

Cancellation Policy: Should you cancel 60 days or more before commencement of the rental, you receive your deposit back minus a 20% administrative fee. Should you cancel 59 days or less prior to commencement of the rental, you lose your deposit. We will endeavor to rent the property for your cancelled dates and should we be successful we will return a further portion of your deposit as applicable. Should you believe you may need to cancel, you should consider taking cancellation insurance available from HomeAway/VRBO.

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New Mexico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , The cabin has a queen bed, TV & a bathroom with a shower!
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large walk-in rainfall shower
  • All bathrooms are furnished with towels, custom organic soaps, hair shampoos & conditioners. Additionally, blow dryers are provided.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , extra folding twin bed can be added!
    Bedroom 6 - Small Cabin - 1 queen , Separate small cabin for $60/night fee for parties of 10-12
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 15 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Additionally, there is a yoga pavilion and yoga mats are provided. There is also a massage table on the premises. You are welcome to invite massage therapists, yoga instructors and other service providers to the premises and we can provide you with recommendations for these services. We also can recommend caterers should you desire it.

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