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Richard Woodruff

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

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

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

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New Mexico House Rental Photos and Description

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 approximately 80 F in July and August but ranges about 74 F - 78 F for May, 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 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 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
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 4.9632354 based on 145 reviews

Was a beautiful, and lovely place to vaca!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the place! Very relaxing, spiritual, and comforting. Catered to my needs of sleep, relax, and recreational enjoyment for my vacation. Lovely place for a family reunion. Made good use of all the provided amenities from day/night yoga sessions, to swimming during the hot day hours to night hot tubing, enjoying the sauna and fire pit. Wish we could stay longer. Thank you for allowing us to stay. You have a lovely home.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

Great for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our whole family had a great time in the spacious, beautiful and unusual home. Kids and grand kids enjoyed the pool and yoga pavilion, and it was a pleasure fixing family meals in the very well equipped kitchen. Richard is very helpful and accommodating. Nice hikes very near by. Altogether the best family gathering we have had.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Grass Valley, California USA

Beautiful Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Richard was a warm and gracious host. Our party of 9 spent most of our time enjoying the pool and beautiful views from the deck. We had 2 private yoga classes with Kisha Wixom who was amazing. The pavilion was such a beautiful retreat for our morning sessions with her. Adobe catering also came the first evening and brought us a fantastic meal. A truly fabulous gathering spot.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A peaceful and serene destination in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking to get away from it all, yet still have access to it all, this is the place. It's as secluded as you choose to make it, but with all the creature comforts (wifi, satellite tv, etc.) should you want them.

I arrived as part of a girl getaway weekend and was immediately welcomed by Richard who guided us thru the vast expanse of Rass Mandal. While the house is enormous, because of the thick walls and cool tiles it maintains a level of intimacy that most large homes lack. We were amazed by the unique decor and kept finding things in each room to see. The house has an amazing story and I wasn't surprised to learn it had been featured on HGTV. (I kept imagining the family that once lived here, curious as to what their life was like during their residency.)

The house is well-equipped. We wanted for nothing when it came to kitchen gadgets and tools. Laundry facilities came in handy for a group of 7 girls. The 3 bathrooms were more than adequate (again for 7 women that can be an issue.)

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Lovely Girl's Weekend

  • 5 of 5

I booked Rass Mandal for a girls weekend that originally included 10 women. We ended up with 7 singles which was really the perfect number in order for everyone to have their own bed. The house will easily accommodate more people if bed sharing is not an issue. The common spaces and bathrooms are plenty large for a bigger group as well.

We checked in at 4pm. Richard met us personally and gave us a tour. We instantly fell in love with the pool and deck area. So much seating, an amazing view, and a fabulous pool.

The house is lovely with much unique character. It was very clean and stocked with everything we needed. Richard was staying local, and it was nice to know he was close if we had a problem- which I cannot imagine as every detail has been considered before he hands over the keys.

This was the perfect place to host a girl's weekend. From the charm of the home, the great backyard, the yoga pavilion, the abundant hiking options, and the views to the proximity to restaurants and shopping, I couldn't imagine a better place in Santa Fe.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Rass Mandal is extraordinary!

  • 5 of 5

Rass Mandal is extraordinary! I have had the pure pleasure of teaching Taiji and Qigong inside the acoustic resonating walls and out where Sages and Masters have practiced, taught, meditated, and lived for years. There is a very tangible sacred energy permeating throughout the space that just makes you stop, breathe, and smile. The energy, the ancient wisdom that abounds holds the power of transformation. Inside is the feeling of the great Yin, outside is the feeling of the great Yang; atop a mountain ridge, a gateway into the wilderness you stand beneath the stars feeling the connection of heaven and earth. You walk away with a divine spark!

- Jeff English

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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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

Santa Fe House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
May 14 2016 - Sep 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
High Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
High Season
May 1 2018 - Sep 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest

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.

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, 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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