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Charm, Space: Historic Artists' Home and Studio, Walk to Plaza, enclosed patio

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


About the property

Historic House , 2 Bedrooms + huge studio 2 Baths (Available for 4)

The original 3 rooms are over a hundred years old, bought after the war by Louis Ribak and Bea Mandelman, who started the Taos Modernist Movement in the huge studio, where Louis had his Art School.Purchased by the current owner updated and restored with impeccable attention to detail and the highest quality of materials in 2007.This unique 4000 sq ft home blends the old with the newest green technology to offer a truly comfortable retreat.The flexible space has been set up to accommodate artists either working alone or working together in the big studio,or the smaller back studio/bedroom.The big studio could be used as a yoga studio,or whatever you need space for, including a large family dinner or pajama party.There is a twin bed trundle in this large room.

As you pass through the welcoming white gates you are aware that this house is totally made by and lived in by artists.

You enter the cozy living room and see one of 4 working kiva fireplaces, and the adjoining dining room, which seats up to 6. Entering the kitchen is like going into a magic tiled play kitchen which has been appointed with a Viking six burner gas range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and fully equipped with all you need to prepare and serve your meals.The large master bedroom is upstairs with a queen bed, a full tiled bath(bathtub, European hand held shower), and a walk-in shelved closet.It has a small Juliet balcony overlooking the beautiful back courtyard,and a larger balcony looking to the front. Another queen bedroom(with kiva fireplace) is downstairs, with another full bath.(bathtub, hand held shower)This is shared with the third bedroom, which has an extra long full bed, and its own kive fireplace.On the other side of the living room is the large studio with a kive fireplace,and 14 ft tall latela ceiling. In this big studio there is a bathroom with the best tiled stand up shower, filtered water.It could have work tables and pin up walls in the studio, or can be used for any activity where you need more space, such as dancing or yoga, pajama parties, etc.There are doors to the beautiful back courtyard from the dining room and big studio.

This court yard has an amazing stone

amphitheater,very quiet and private, with table and chairs for outdoor dining, morning coffee, fire pit in the evening for family story telling.

More Details

Terrie Hancock Mangat
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 11, 2017

About Terrie Hancock Mangat

Terrie Mangat: I grew up in northern Kentucky. both my grand fathers had business warehouses on the river front in Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with honors in art in 1970, married a physician, and raised my two children in Cincinnati. after we divorced and my children went off to college, I sold my house in cinti and moved to Taos. I am known for my narrative and highly embellished quilt art work, and fabric designs. I now live in the foot hills above Valdez on the way to the ski valley, where I have a big studio, a dog named Dot, and a boyfriend named Dick, who is the maintenance manager at Taos ski Valley.

Terrie Hancock Mangat purchased this house in 2004

Why Terrie Hancock Mangat chose New Mexico

This house was always occupied by artists. My friend at the Harwood Museum told me I ought to see it before it was sold. When I walked into the house I fell in love with the warm character of the house, and I bought it. It needed work, and I put so much thought into repairing it and maintaining the ambiance that I fell in love with. I lived in it for 3 years, but could not sell my other house, so I moved back there and am renting this gorgeous historic New Mexico home short term until I can sell it.

What makes this house unique

This house has so many intimate little spaces that one can enjoy. It has a great courtyard with a stone amphitheatre where I once had a fundraiser for the Harwood museum with traditional music playing, people sitting on the stone walls\seats, beautiful space for evenings out doors or morning coffee. I put in solar panels on the roof, which are not visible from the road due to the parapits. The original 3 rooms were built in 1880, and the walls are so thick that it stays very warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.The extra rooms were added on as needed in the New Mexico style, so it has a rather shot gun feeling of passing through rooms to other spaces. I love a tiny original staircase that goes from the dining room up to the master bedroom, but it is steep, so I also put in a larger staircase leading up along the side of the big studio. There is a nice size porch off the bedroom upstairs, where one can sit and read, ro just take in the view.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Terrie,

The link to "Review Your Vacation" below wasn't working, but I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed your home…. it was so spacious, so well-equipped, every inch so beautifully and artistically decorated (including your spectacular work!). It was a total delight to stay there.

We also found out that Bea Mandelman was good friends with our "Grammie", , as well as her daughter (our aunt), , who just passed away this past December. We were told they used to travel regularly to Mexico together. I know Grammie used to go to San Miguel often in the winters. When we were at K's son's house, our cousin Ian W, he and his wife Suzanne showed us a wedding present from Bea to K, a collage/painting that they now have hanging on their wall next to their front door. Suzanne came to see your house while we were there, since she was curious because she said she played in that house many times as a child. It was fun to see all the connections.

There were also all kinds of connections between them and Dorothy Brett (D.H. Lawrence's typist/lover?). Ian and Suzanne even had a painting of Brett's on their wall that was another wedding present to our Aunt K. We enjoyed hearing all the stories of the earlier Taos days and some of the strong women who helped shape it. We visited the Millicent Rogers Museum, the Mabel Dodge Luhan home, and also the Harwood Museum that was having an exhibit on Mabel. I saw that you had a recent exhibit there as well! At the Harwood, we saw a huge book titled something like Portraits of New Mexico that included full page biographies and photos of my uncle and his wife, Malcolm and Rachel Brown. According to the internet site, the gallery has one Grammie's paintings as well, but we could not find it displayed.

It was so fun to hear a bit of the history. It had been 17 years since my last visit out there. We still have lots of cousins in the area and one remaining uncle. It looked like your home was for sale, but if not sold, we would love to stay there again! Thank you for opening up your especially beautiful home to us.
May 2016
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Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Studio Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Passthrough bathroom between queen and extra long full bed - toilet , tub , has European style hand held shower, deep tub.
    Upstairs bathroom - toilet , tub , hand held European shower, deep tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Upstairs master bedroom - 1 queen
    Queen bedroom steps up from dining room - 1 queen , has kiva fireplace
    back bedroom - 1 double , This is an extra long mattress, and kiva fireplace in room
    Trundle twin beds in Big Studio - 2 twin/ single , Large studio with 2 twin beds, could 1, has Kiva fireplace
  • All bedrooms have really good mattresses, on the firm side.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Charm, Space: Historic Artists' Home and Studio, Walk to Plaza, enclosed patio
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews

Beautiful, comfortable, well furnished, and convenient.

  • 4 of 5

Very roomy comfortable home. Its layout was a little quirky, but accommodated our family nicely. Terrie provided excellent service upon arrival answering all our questions and gave us a tour of the house. The younger members enjoyed skiing and the older members enjoyed Taos. I recommend this property but not for people who have trouble with stairs.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad that your family enjoyed the house, and Taos. This house is a perfect example of how people in Taos add space onto their house as they can afford it. Many enjoy the eccentricities of this historic house, as you seemed to as well. Best wishes,Terrie Mangat
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Wonderful House!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in this historic and charming home, we love it! It is a short walk to the town plaza and convenient to everything. The house is comfortable and unique, with beautiful artwork everywhere, from Scott Carlson pottery, to Terrie Mangats own quilts all throughout the house. The courtyards are beautiful and peaceful and lots of room even for a big family. Love it!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at the Ribak house. It was fun to see your children grown several inches taller.
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Perfect Taos Vacation Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I selected this home for a 3-day "girls" getaway and could not have been happier with our stay. The home far exceeded our expectations on many levels. The history of the home is fascinating, and it was a real treat to be sleeping in the rooms formerly occupied by one of the city's most renowned "Taos Moderns" artists, whose work happened to be on exhibit during our stay at the Harwood art museum down the street. The decor of the home is beautiful - gorgeous Talavera tile everywhere in intricate quilt-like patterns.

The house is very large, with lots of roomy sleeping spaces. There was no arguing about who was going to sleep where on this trip; every bedroom had something uniquely appealing about it.

The kitchen was very well equipped - it had everything we needed - even a crock pot! The indoor and outdoor entertaining areas - living room, dining room, den/yoga/dance/studio room, patios (upstairs and downstairs) - were all large and beautifully furnished, and the art throughout the home was exceptional. It's surprising to see such amazing paintings, quilts and other beautiful art in a rental home.

It was such a treat to wake up in the morning, enjoy a cup of coffee on the back porch and then take a short stroll into town to the galleries, shops and restaurants. And having a cocktail on the large upstairs terrace at sunset was so serene and peaceful.

Terrie, the hostest, is the quintessential hostest with the mostest - a very talented artist in her own right, who has done much to enhance an already beautiful home and who made us feel very welcomed. In all my travels, I've never had such a positive experience with a home owner and left feeling like I'd made a new friend that I hope to know forever. She is truly one in a million, as is her home.

It's very rare to find a home that's this enchanting, comfortable and inviting on a vacation rental website. It's so obviously a property that created with a lot of love and as someone's much-loved home. We felt very welcomed here and look forward to coming back very soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am grateful for the review and for the new rriendship. It is always a pleasure to share the house with such lovely guests.
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We loved Terrie's home!

  • 5 of 5

The home was beautiful, the layout was great for our family. Great location walked to the square every day. We would definitely stay again on our next visit to Taos.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay in the restored adobe home. Thank you so much for taking the time to write. Maybe see you next time!
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Sprawling house perfect for our ski week

  • 4 of 5

My group of 4 adults stayed at this house for a ski week at Taos Ski Valley. We found the house to be clean, roomy, comfortable and well-appointed. We really enjoyed our stay & would not hesitate to stay here again. We also appreciated the fact that the owner had a local friend (Pam) who met us at the house to give us the key and was "on-call" during our stay to help us with any issues or questions. The location of the house was convenient to grocery stores, restaurants, Taos plaza and an easy 25-minute drive to the ski area.

There is one aspect of the house that is not clear from the VRBO listing: it is actually a "4-bedroom" house with an unconventional layout. On one side of the house you walk through Bedroom A to get to Bedroom B. On the other side of the house you walk through Bedroom C and through a bathroom to get to Bedroom D. The bedrooms are all quite nice but I feel this unusual layout should be better articulated because it may not work for everyone.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. In regard to the "linked bedrooms", I would like to say that the original 3 rooms were built in 1880, now totally restored, but the traditional way houses were built then was to add on rooms as needed, and afforded. In this house, there is a queen bedroom with an outside entrance as well as entry from the dining room. There sis a full bath off the bedroom, and steps up to a back large room with an extra long regular bed. This room has two exterior doors in addition to the one from the bathroom, one to front, one to secluded back courtyard. So if one staying in the back bed wanted to go to main house without going through queen bedroom, he could go through courtyard or out front. This has been a good situation for a couple with a child who wanted to be close to parents but not is same room. I have invested several years and a great deal of money in securing this house and making it enjoyable for many people. It is a lovely New Mexico experience, and not many old houses are in as good a shape as this one is.
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Positively Magical

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this space is absolutely amazing. I have never been in such an amazing home. The history, the magic, the feeling you get when you walk in is indescribable. You are surrounded by classic artwork and such luxury, yet you feel right at home. The incredible tile in the kitchen even makes a girl like me want to cook.....or at least hang out while I drink my morning coffee overlooking the beautiful courtyard. Took an easy 5 minute stroll into town, met so many funky, friendly, artistic folks. Go to El Gamal where the food is just delicious, and how awesome that in that same few minute walk there is a WINERY(Black Mesa Winery Tasting Room)!! If you're out late night, hit the Taos Inn for some late night peanut butter pie. Terrie is a phenomenal artist, well known in Taos and a generous hostess-kind and delightful. This is now a staple in my yearly vacation plans. You want to stay here. Trust me.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Taos Golf Course
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: recommended

73 miles north of Santa Fe, walk to Taos Plaza

3 miles from Taos Pueblo, longest continuously occupied pueblo.

Taos Ski Valley has one of the best ski schools in the country.

Taos has 4 art museums, interesting shops, and fabulous hiking. There are many good restaurants,at least 5 within walking distance of the house.


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