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Richard Woodruff

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

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

145 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 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
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
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Wonderful Service and Follow Up!

  • 5 of 5

Writing a follow up to my previous 5-star review with another 5-star review -- this one for follow up and service. I left 2 necklaces at the house, much more sentimental than valuable for sure. It took months for them to finally show themselves -- I'd certainly given up on them -- but 3 months later they were found. Richard promptly mailed them out! This shows just how much he cares about his guests! Tickled pink to have them back!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Amazing and Magical!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, friends and I had a wonderful stay at Rass Mandal. It truly was more lovely than the photos and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The house and decor take you to another place and time. We were able to relax after a week long professional conference that brought us all to Santa Fe and spend time catching up as we all live in different parts of the country. We took advantage of all the property has to offer - the pool, hot tub, decks with views forever, near by hiking trails, a well appointed kitchen and dining room, beautiful sleeping rooms, the sound system, meditation rooms, and so many beautiful furnishings collected from everywhere. The grounds had gorgeous statuary and little paths to explore the property. We loved easily being able to quickly go into Santa Fe for the Farmer's market and some shopping yet feeling so remote on the property. We took full advantage of the kitchen and enjoyed preparing and cooking all our meals, using the dining room and dinnerware as well. Richard made us feel completely comfortable with the initial tour and warm welcome. Everything was clean and ready for our stay. I live in southern New Mexico and was thrilled to be able to show my friends a wonderful time and impress them with our accommodations. I will definitely plan a return for another fun gathering of family or friends. It was magical!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful property with outstanding views

  • 5 of 5

We have been having a girlfriends reunion annually for over 26 years and this is the best property we have stayed in so far. Photos just cannot capture the beautiful views day or night. We loved it and would recommend to anyone. Fabulous shopping and a night out at Vanessie's piano bar with Doug Montgomery was a perfect ending to our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Girls get away weekend

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous house and area. We are a group of 9 women from Texas who travel each summer to a house for a long weekend. We've done it for 23 years. This is by far the best house we have stayed in. Of course the location was breath taking. Who would not want to look down from a mountain on the whole town of Santa Fe. Still close to town. But all of the accommodations were so clean and more than adequate for all our needs The yoga pavilion and the recommendation to an instructor that would come to us was the icing on the cake We did yoga every day we were there in a screened area so you could actually listen to the pigeons and birds and feel nature. The whole house was calming We will come back. One of the best restaurants in town was a place called Terracotta. A little off the beaten path but downtown area. We also went to hear Doug Montgomery at the local piano bar. He was fabulous. Thank you Richard for opening up your house to guests.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Secluded and Surprising

  • 5 of 5

Our Red Hat group of 10 senior women had a great time in Richard's large well equipped home. We used this mosque like hilltop abode as our home base for the week for seeing many of Santa Fe's attractions including the opera, museums, electric biking, wine tasting, farmers market and river rafting. The outdoor setting is spectacular with the lovely pool and grand views. You truly felt you were in a very serene private place. We loved the well equipped kitchen and the cozy nook banquette to play games and supervise the cooks. Some of us even walked the 2.7 miles to Harry's Roadhouse for breakfast with the promise of a return ride home. A couple of surprises made this fun trip even more memorable when a bear showed up at the pool when we were playing cards and luckily had our phones to capture the moment. The same evening Santa Fe had a major power outage for 3 hours and we were scrambling to light candles. Richard was very nice to work with and has a most unique property to share that I promise will be different than anything else you have experienced. Enjoy, Lady Di

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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a wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

My extended family of 11 adults and 2 children just spent five days at Rass Mandal. The location is wonderful and truly a retreat. The kitchen was well equipped and it was easy for us, a group of foodies, to prepare great meals for the large group. The dining area easily accommodated the group. Many did a yoga session which all agreed was wonderful. You are close to town but away from it all. Wildlife abounds as does the joy of seeing Richard's homing pigeons around the grounds. While we spent a great deal of time by the pool, members of the group took full advantage of local hiking and dining. The house needs better cooling and be sure to ask for pool towels, but I would not hesitate to recommend this site.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 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

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
High Season
May 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 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 $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, 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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Santa Fe 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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