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Rass Mandal: The Most Unique and Enchanting Home in Santa Fe - Glorious Views

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

6br/4ba sleeps a maximum of 12: 1 King bed; 3 Queen beds; 4 to 5 twin beds

Rass Mandal is the most unique adobe vacation residence in Santa Fe. It is 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 20 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.

Ski Santa Fe is 30 minutes from the center of Santa Fe, just add ten minutes to that to get there from Rass Mandal.

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. Although the house is not air conditioned, there are ceiling fans in every bedroom. However, given the cool evenings AC it is not actually necessary.

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 approximately 40,000 gallons and heating is not feasible during the other times of the year. Generally the pool water temperature will be maintained at approximately 80 F in July and August and ranges between 76 F - 78 F for May, June and September. Although it may feel a bit cool, 78 F is the recommended temperature from the American Red Cross. Please don't expect a 'bath-like' experience as it is just not feasible with nighttime temperatures dropping to the 50s F from the 80s F during the daytime. 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 is included in the rental for guests #11 and #12. 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 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. Should you be planning on inviting few guests to visit, please discuss it with me before you book Rass Mandal.

Rass Mandal provides 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.

Cancellation Policy: Should you cancel 60 days or more before commencement of the rental, your deposit will be returned in full. 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 VRBO/HomeAway.

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Richard Woodruff
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

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. I own Rass Mandal and I am a 50% owner of Adobe Casitas Vacation Rentals, Inc. - a property management and short term vacation rental company. I am also a real estate broker in Santa Fe and work exclusively with buyers seeking a residence in Santa Fe.

Richard Woodruff purchased this house in 2011

Why Richard Woodruff chose Santa Fe

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 owner

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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Santa Fe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • 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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 2 - toilet , shower , Large walk-in rainfall shower
    King Bathroom Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Jetted tub accommodates two people!
  • All bathrooms are furnished with towels, custom organic soaps, hair shampoos & conditioners. Additionally, blow dryers are provided.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Soulful Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan and screened windows for warm nights!
    Private Queen Cabin - 1 queen , For extra guests: 11-12. Available on request. TV and WiFi
    Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Ceiling fan and screened windows for warm nights!
    King Bedroom - 1 king , Ceiling Fan for warm nights! Satellite Television.
    Rinpoche Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , A 3rd Twin Bed is available on request. Ceiling Fan; 60" TV.
    Shanghai Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan for warm nights. 50" Satellite Television.
  • 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
  • Singles
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
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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perfect family reunion

  • 4 of 5

we were welcomed into the house with such warmth. The space worked perfectly for our entire group and we thought the space was wonderful. after bringing in a big indian dinner from paper dosa we sat and ate and laughed together around the dining table.

we sat in front of the fire in the living room and laughed and played games. it is a very quick drive to town and a great location to feel out of town.

if we can come back again we will.

it was a great value for the amount of rooms..we loved this place.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family Christmas

  • 4 of 5

Our family (8 adults, 4 older kids ranging in age from 9-15 and two babies not yet 1) spent 5 nights at Rass Mandal for Christmas. Overall it was a great time. We had plenty of space, everything we needed (ie, kitchen items) and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. I agree with other reviews that Rass Mandal is quite unique and Richard is a fabulous host. This is a great place for many. However, there were two things that need to be considered. First, there are many steps inside the house. It was fine for all of us including my parents who are 70. It would not be ok for my in-laws who have significant issues getting around or for those with disabilities (I believe this is already noted in the listing). We are also a family that enjoys watching football and have a tradition of watching The Christmas Story every Christmas Eve. It was not easy to do this as the TV is in the dinning room. There is couch type furniture both in the dinning room and in the gathering area where there is also a fireplace but not the napping / lounging around type couches. These are two nit picky items but may be really important to some.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Comfy, spacious, relaxing!

  • 4 of 5

It was a wonderful retreat for our group's NYE celebration!

The only suggestion I would have is that only one room should have twin beds in it....the rest of the guest rooms should all be queen. Especially if you're promoting that it sleeps 12....lots of room to relax, unwind and enjoy the grounds, amenities and each other's company! We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Rass Mandal is a joy to cook at!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough positive things about my experience working at Rass Mandal. Besides it’s unique flair and beauty, the home is well set up for a variety of different types of visitors and events. Whether cooking for a family celebration, holiday festivities, or a yoga retreat, my experiences have all been incredible positive. The kitchen is well equipped, and just an absolutely wonderful space to work in. The dining room is well suited to large or small parties. The owner of the property, Richard, is incredibly helpful and accommodating. You really couldn’t ask for a better location to visit or to work.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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We all come from CA for this Maine Trip.

What an amazing amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about

this location or how kind Richard was.

It looks just like the pictures. Extremely Beautiful!! We had 12 women. Girls get away. And we fell in love with Rass Mandal.

I only have one caution. The cottage is

hard to walk to at night and very small.

We had 2 girls stay in there and they finally decided to sleep the last 2 nights in the house. But the house itself sleeps 10 and all was perfect there. We stayed 5 nights. And we all

want to go back!!!! It is a jewel and so

good for the soul! Thank you Richard for all your kindness!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Pure Magic!

  • 5 of 5

Rass Mandal is pure magic. One of the finest places I have ever stayed. So thoughtful and well curated by Richard, who is an amazing host and will give you and your group an incredible stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450
Tax Rate 7.12%

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

Additionally, there is a $50/night fee per extra person 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.

Check in time is generally 4 PM and check out time is generally 10 AM.

Cancellation Policy: Should you cancel 60 days or more before commencement of the rental, your deposit will be returned in full. 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 VRBO/HomeAway.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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