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Casa Betita,the Most Perfect Place in Taos, New Mexico

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) Outdoor amenities

Unique, Beautiful, Artistic, Historic Completely restored adobe.

Casa Betita is a completely restored historic adobe dating back to the mid 1800’s. Casa Betita was home to generations of the same family until 2007. Since then, the house has been completely restored offering the finest elements of the 21st century with the charm, colors, textures and décor of true New Mexico including hand plastered walls, Kiva fireplaces, vintage rugs and the artwork of local artists.

You can hear the waters of the Rio Pueblo and listen to Coyote’s gathering in the evening. The neighborhood horses and one donkey can be heard calling to each other and occasionally one might hear the bells from the church down the lane.This is not your ordinary impersonal vacation rental. This is a well loved home with many unusual and special details.

Keywords: Taos, New Mexico, casa, master suite, rural, adobe, spacious, comfortable,artist retreat, secluded, quiet, special

More Details

Property Manager
Melissa Howden
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Melissa Howden

I am an artist / writer / filmmaker / producer. I work and live primarily in California but love my home in New Mexico where my parents and grandparents from both sides were born and raised. When I am in Taos I spend time improving the garden, season by season, skiing and horseback riding, I also get some of my most important creative work done in the house which seems especially conducive to creative thought and activity. I am usually found with my co-pilot Dot, a 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier.

Melissa Howden purchased this house in 2007

Why Melissa Howden chose New Mexico

Taos is a special place of many stories. History is rich here, and the journey of each visitor under the vast canopy of sky adds another layer to the richness of the place. Experience Taos for yourself. You will be changed and fulfilled. Northern New Mexico also has two generations of family history for me, so when the opportunity came to care for this house and restore it, I jumped at the chance. I did not purchase this house as a vacation rental as much as this house chose me. I purchased it as a home. I was able to live in Taos for two years but economic conditions and work called me back to the big city, for now.

What makes this house unique

A pleasant 15-20 minute walk past horses, alfalfa fields and through back lanes to Taos Historic Plaza, shops and galleries, this is a home you will want to return to year after year. Taos is a year round destination offering breathtaking views, intriguing history and intimate privacy making for the ultimate relaxing and healing getaway. Unlike many vacation rentals I supply everything except your food—the woodpile is continuously stocked, the propane for the grill, organic linens and soap, even robes. If you are a looking for a special Taos experience, Casa Betita is the place. My home is dog friendly for up to two small to medium dogs.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us. We have been coming to Taos for many years and love the peaceful surroundings. Casa Betita has everything you need yo relax and enjoy...Master bed is very comfy. We hope to be back soon. Thanks Again.
Dec 2010
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Amenities

Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Heating
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master Bath has a shower and soaking tub and two sinks. Second bathroom is shower only with one sink.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1) See Twin Single Bed description, Twin or Single Beds (2) Iron daybed with trundle which pulls out and pops up to make one larger bed, or you can keep as one or two separate., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The house has built wide set bancos in livingroom and smaller bedroom, designed for sleeping with dense foam. Very comfortable for childrens and adults.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Shed
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
100+ year old Willow Tree with a swing. Located in the one of the oldest placitas in Taos. 10 foot covered portal and also a deck and outdoor shower near hot tub. Numerous outdoor seating options. Also an outdoor fireplace.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

Casa Betita,the Most Perfect Place in Taos, New Mexico
average rating of 4.96 based on 52 reviews
5

Enjoyed it!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at Casa Betita. We really enjoy staying here and play on doing so again in the future! It is a very cool place with a great backyard. Has all the amenities & is close to town. The beds were very comfortable.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The perfect get away

  • 5 of 5

This house is in a quiet part of town, but still walking distance from the plaza. The house is very comfortable and has everything you need. We very much enjoyed the outdoor spaces and the hot tub. We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your time at Casa Betita.
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San Antonio, TX
5

Our 2nd Spring Break at Casa Betita

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (plus our yellow lab Chico) just returned from our second Spring Break in a row at Casa Betita. The house is so welcoming and cozy and very well cared for. It truly feels like home away from home. It is evident that Melissa wants her guests to have a wonderful experience and has paid attention to the smallest of details. There is nothing better than a soak in the great hot tub after a long day of skiing. Well appointed kitchen, comfy beds, luxurious towels/robes, and great New Mexico charm. The house is tucked away and private but just a short walk into the plaza. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so lucky to have return guests who love and treat my home as their own. It makes the world of difference. Will look forward to your return trip.
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4

nicely renovated adobe

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful home and very comfortable. Wonderfully efficient hot tub. One thing that I feel should be disclosed is that there is no door between the master bedroom and the master bath. We were okay with it, but it is different. Certain things that occur in the bathroom you don't want to share, so there may be some people who have a problem with that. Other than that, we would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your time at Casa Betita. Re: the Master Suite - the way it is designed is as a master suite and the adobe walls are there to provide privacy. So sorry it was problematic for you. In 7 years you are the first to be concerned.
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5

Great vacation experience at Casa Betita

  • 5 of 5

Without going through adjective after adjective I will settle on the word Magical.

We had a very relaxing and enjoyable experience at this Taos property.

Secluded enough for privacy but not too far from shopping and places to grab a bite.

Wood Fire places and Gas stove were nice to have available. The radiant floor heat worked perfectly.

Having commonly used condiments was a welcome touch.

The attention to detail of this renovated home is top notch.

If staying in Taos or the Taos Ski valley in the future this property will be very high on our list.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy that you had such a great time in my home. You were wonderful guests and I really appreciate the care you took on your departure. I hope you will return in the not too distant future.
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We're Going Back!

  • 5 of 5

What an enjoyable and peaceful time we had. Melissa's artistic taste abounds in this lovely, special home. We loved this house as our own. How can you not when everything is done so right? From the great hot tub to the century old willow trees to the well stocked kitchen, comfortable beds, to the ten minute walk to town from this cozy home. We re booking our next trip back in January. It's that special.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The reviews really make a difference and though many people have shared your experience few find the time to write a review when they get back in their full swing lives. I very much appreciate the fact that you experienced my home as I do. It makes me happy to know that people love the house and enjoy the details of it. If I cannot be there then having people there who love it as I do makes me feel so much better. Thank you so much. You are most welcome to return anytime. At this point probably 25% of my guests are return guests.
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Map

Taos Pueblo
"This is one of my favorite places on earth. Christmas Eve is so special, an experience you w..."
Taos Plaza
San Francisco de Asis
"This church is famous for its architecture. Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams were bot inspire..."
El Meze Restaurant
Lambert's of Taos
Michaels Kitchen Cafe & Bakery
"Classic."
The Love Apple
"Great atmosphere. Limited menu. Must make reservations"
El Gamal
"Great falafal. Freshly made Challah on Fridays. "
Adobe Bar
"They don't call it the livingroom of Taos for nothing. Life music everynight. Gathering for ..."
Ranchos Plaza Grill
"Huevos Rancheros"
Trading Post Cafe
"Serves all the way through lunch to dinner."
Nearest Airport
130 Miles
Best Airport is Albuquerque
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
The Gorge
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
88.6 Miles
Lamy
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Interstate 25
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
The Gorge
Nearest Ski
18.8 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Casa Betita is one mile North of the Martinez Hacienda and about 2.5 miles south of the Millicent Rogers Museum. The house is about 1.5 miles west of the Plaza.

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Rates & Availability

Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Christmas/NYs
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
$375
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $130
Tax Rate 5.0%

Holidays (Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Valentines Day) 4 night minimum. $250 a night for 2 people. Additional $25 per 2 people up to 6. Cleaning fee of $130 per stay. Month long stays require 2 cleanings a month. Reservations for 7 days plus receive 10% or one night reduction whichever is larger. Monthly rate is $3000

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