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

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


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

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Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • 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
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.


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Casa Betita,the Most Perfect Place in Taos, New Mexico
average rating of 4.967213 based on 63 reviews
Wakefield, Rhode Island, USA

We had a perfect Christmas in this absolutely stunning restored adobe a few minutes from the Plaza

  • 5 of 5

Unquestionably our best VERBO experience ever. Melissa's historic family adobe, which she totally restored, is just amazing. High ceilings, heated floors, a huge master bedroom and bath with the coolest drive-in tile shower ever! The main living, dining, kitchen area is all open. Kitchen is wonderful and really well stocked, with lots of pots and pans, appliances and basic supplies. The second bedroom is also nice, with its own private bath. And the big built-in seating in the living area is a great sleeping area as well (our 6'4" son was totally comfortable there). The kiva fireplace was so nice. The other great thing is the huge wrap-around covered porch-- real hacienda style with seating and a big dining table. The yard has two lovely, enormous weeping willows, and the hot tub on the back deck was so good. Better book next Christmas because otherwise we might grab it! We'll definitely be going back.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara, Thank you so much. I am thrilled you had such a great time and loved the house. You are most welcome anytime. Happy New Year to You and Yours. Best! Melissa, Owner
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Gorgeous Adobe Home Tucked Away

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home with every detail attended to. Definitely not your average vacation house. This a home with wonderful art, great bedding and lots of extras like a well stocked kitchen, comfy robes and hot tub towels, wood for the fireplaces and much much more. Felt as though we were far away because it is so private and yet we were 5 mins from the plaza and pretty much everything else. Definitely will return.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a rough start to our vacation and arrived very late to the home. In fact, we had a difficult time finding it and called the homeowner and she answered her phone (even though it was 11pm) that is attentiveness... we can't thank her enough! She directed us to the home and when we arrived it was lite so nicely and peacefully- we immediately felt a sense of relief and wonder. The home is beautiful; it is warm and cozy inside and the attention to detail is beyond expectation. There is a great collection of art and the little details make it fun to explore the home. There is a book that shows the progression of the renovation and the history of the home, I encourage you to read it when you stay. Everything was perfect, the bathrooms are beautiful and I enjoyed a soak in the deep tub. The Kiva fireplaces add a warmth to the home and the kitchen had everything we needed- there is a great stock of little details that come in handy. The Homeowner has thought of everything including robes for wearing to the hot tub. I highly recommend this home without hesitation; Melissa (the homeowner) is a great host. You don't want to miss a chance to stay at "The Most Perfect Place." Thanks for a memorable vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Magical Taos Home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 from Austin spent the Thanksgiving holiday in this gem. Each room has been thoughtfully designed and every detail has been considered for comfort and warmth. The moment you walk in, you feel welcomed!

The gorgeous wood ceilings, artistically designed bathrooms, and fabulous kitchen draw you in and make you want to stay all day! In fact, our family spent a couple of days just hanging out and enjoying the home rather than going into town. The weeping willow in front is pure magic. Our kids loved piling up the leaves in the yard and jumping into them, climbing the tree, and swinging on the swing. The living room is actually larger than it appears in the photos and very comfortable.

The functional kivas, artwork throughout the home, and wonderful lighting really add to the experience. Melissa Howden has considered every detail to make this a perfect stay. Casa Betita exemplifies what HomeAway is all about!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. You have no idea how your experience and your comments fill me up. When I have guests who notice and appreciate the details it just thrills me. So thank you and thank you for leaving the house in such fine shape. I hope you will be able to return in the not too distant future.
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  • 5 of 5

Years ago I read an article in the National Geographic. There was this quote "There is no place like this place anywhere near this place, so this must be the place." Wow, does that quote apply to this property. It is fabulous. Melissa has done an outstanding job of restoring this wonderful home with a rich and colorful heritage which she graciously shares with her guests through picture books and written stories. This home is a great blend of updated ammenities, without disturbing the historic quality of the house. The kitchen is well stocked and it is a delight to cook in. We enjoyed the wonderful outdoor spa. We hope to have the opportunity to return some day.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What an amazing and poetic review. I feel this way about my home so when guests experience it the same way I am especially gratified. Thank you so much. Perhaps we will see you again in the not too distant future.
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Beautiful Home Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Exceptional, Absolutely beautiful home in a wonderful location. We loved everything about this spectacular home and cant wait to get back

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are most welcome to come back at anytime. So happy you enjoyed your time at Casa Betita.
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Property Manager

Melissa Howden
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

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 Taos

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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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
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $130
Refundable damage deposit $500
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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.