Los Palacios - 'a River Runs Through It'
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- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
The Chama River runs through the 7.5 acres that comprise the site of Casa de Los Palacios. Walk through a gate, cross the Chili irrigation ditch and you are in a cottonwood bosque. In October, these trees form their own river of brilliant yellow leaves. Home to wild ducks, great blue herons, swallows and kingfishers, the river and towering cliff provide a wild and natural corridor. Seasonal visitors include migrating sandhill cranes and bald eagles.
From the moment you step into the entry way you will be struck by the home’s beauty and attention to detail. Built as a family home in the 1980s, the house is a blend of northern New Mexico architecture and passive solar design. The thick walls are finished with a combination of mud plaster and tierra amarillo or yellow earth. The living room has a traditional mud floor. The house is filled with original art and one of a kind steel furniture made by the owner.
The bright sunny kitchen is the heart of the house. A large farmhouse table easily seats 10. The living room connects through an archway to the kitchen and is the most dramatic room in the house. Large windows face the massive Los Palacios escarpment and the bosque that borders the Rio Chama. Curl up on the suede sofa under a Pendleton blanket and watch the light change or retire to a reading chair to pass the time.
With three bedrooms and two baths, the house is perfect for two couples or a small family. One bedroom is located on the first floor, with a queen size bed, ample closet space and its own sink. The master bedroom is on the second floor. The queen size bed sits in its own alcove with large windows looking east towards the Los Palacios escarpment and the Chama River. The room also has a sitting area, and a large desk for those who may need to keep up with a little work or writing even while on vacation. The master bath features a large deep tub, big enough for two. Also on the second floor is a guest room with a single bed, perfect for a young child who needs to be near Mom and Dad, or an unexpected guest.
Both the downstairs bedroom and the living room have south-facing porches that are protected from the wind and are perfect for year round use. On the north side of the house is a large screened summer porch with a table seating four to six, a hammock, and comfortable easy chairs.
In 2008, Casa de Los Palacios added a 5 kilowatt 'grid-tied' photo-electric solar array. Now the excess green electricity generated during the day is fed back into the grid. It more than offsets the electricity needed after the sun goes down bringing the house significantly closer to being 'carbon neutral'.
Blanche, the tortoise cat, moved into Los Palacios in 2011. She has become another feature of the house that has won the approval of all cat lovers who rent. She has her own cat door and loves to spend hours outside napping in the shade and tracking lizards. However, guests with allergies or preferences to not live with a cat should be aware of her presence. Please call or email if you have further questions about Blanche.
Should you need a little more action, Santa Fe is an easy 45 minutes away. Close to old San Juan Pueblo and the hot springs of Ojo Caliente as well as Georgia O'Keefe's home in Abiquiu, with fine dining and tasty local New Mexico cuisine within easy reach. Hiking opportunities galore.
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 2.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning:
- Covered Parking:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Linens Provided
- Gas Fireplace
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Video Library:
- Music Library:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet:
- Broadband Access
Deck / Patio:
The house offers 2 south-facing portals, protected from the wind and on the north side a large screened summer porch for outdoor dining or enjoy the hammock and the easy chairs and watch the birds, listen to the river....moreless
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Cross Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- This heavenly haven is 15 minutes from Abiquiu and red rock country. Also 15 minutes from Espanola, Hispanic hub of north-central New Mexico. Close to old San Juan Pueblo, the first of the Spanish settlements in what is now New Mexico. Close to the hot springs in Ojo Caliente. Just steps from miles and miles of hiking and riding trails in the high desert of Santa Fe National Forest. Fine restaurants within easy reach - tasty local New Mexico cuisine as well as star-spangled dining....moreless
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Los Palacios is by far the best place we’ve stayed. We were sad to leave. It’s gorgeous, spacious, peaceful, convenient, and has (if you wish) a lovely cat, Blanche. The best way to get to know the place is from the back. Drop your bags and groceries on the floor and dining room table and head out one of the back doors. Open the back gate, descend the stairs and follow the path through the woods toward the sound of rushing water. Pass the pink gazebo on your way to the bank of Rio Chama. The sound of the river will surround you. Look across the river to the massive rock outcropping that looms above you and know that you’re entering a slower, more beautiful world. Spending time by the river quickly became a morning ritual for us. When you are at Los Palacios, it’s easy to feel close to the natural world. Lying in bed, you fall asleep under the glow of a million stars and, if you’re lucky, the moon rising over the big rock face across the river. The daytime air is filled with birdsong and the thrum of hummingbird wings. The occasional jackrabbit hops by and the indigenous lizards scuttle across the dirt. And there’s the house. What a pleasure to stay in a place so lovingly crafted by the owner’s hand. Exquisite attention to detail is everywhere: arched doorways, solar architecture, amazing views, and a large, fully-appointed kitchen. There are plentiful spaces for private time and large gatherings, both inside and outside the house. Everything is done well: the colors, the craftsmanship, the furniture, the art on the walls: all top-notch. Even the selections of books, CDs (an amazing collection in itself) and DVDs are terrific. For a special solitude (or a fun place for a picnic!) spend some time in the pink house on the way to the water. When there, you are fully enveloped by nature. Sheltered by the woods, near the river, it’s furnished with chairs, benches and cushions for lounging and a table to sit at and write. Or eat. In addition to Los Palacios being such a fine place to be (you may not want to leave the house much), the location can’t be beat.In Abiquiu we enjoyed hiking the trails and walking the labyrinth at Ghost Ranch, ice cream cones at Bode’s General Store, the art at Rising Moon Gallery, and trying our shouts at Echo Canyon. Lastly, Susan is a terrific host. She’s hospitable, attentive and available if needed. We will certainly return. If there are open dates that fit with your travel times, do yourself a favor and book Los Palacios.
- Guest Bob S.
- Date of stay 05/13/12
- Review Submitted 05/24/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.
beautiful house, fantastic location
beautiful house, fantastic location
My family and I had an absolutely wonderful stay at Los Palacios. The house is beautifully furnished and decorated, very large -- a wonderful and relaxing place to spend time. The location is stunning, with a beautiful mountain view from the bedroom. We all really enjoyed eating our dinners out on the screened porch with the sound of the rushing river behind us. There's also so much to do in the area: we went to Los Alamos, Bandalier, and Ghost Ranch, and it's also an easy trip to Santa Fe. The owners were so nice and seemed to really care that their guests enjoy their stay. I think this was one of the best family vacations we're even taken and I hope to come back soon.
- Guest Lynn
- Date of stay 07/06/10
- Review Submitted 07/24/10
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.
Tranquil and wonderfully appointed home.
Tranquil and wonderfully appointed home.
My family of four had a lovely time spent in Casa de Los Palacios. The property was clean and well stocked with amenities, including WiFi. The home was just as described, actually a bit better. The home feels quite larger than the photos. Plenty of places to curl up with a book. Just a few steps out the door and you come to a lovely spot right on the river. We enjoyed sitting by the Chama River and listening to the water and marveled at the brilliant night sky. We followed many of the owner's recommendations for nearby sites, including Bandolier National Park, (cliff dwellings), Chaco Canyon, Gabriel's Restaurant and El Farolito's. All wonderful recommendations. We spent one week with our two children ages 11 and 9 and had a lovely time. I definitely recommend this property to anyone wishing to visit this wonderful part of the country.
- Guest Chrysoula
- Date of stay 03/28/10
- Review Submitted 04/05/10
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
November through March: Two persons: 3-night minimum .. $175/night .. $1050/week Each additional person: $35/night. Kids 7-18: $15/night. April through October: Two persons: 3-night minimum .. $195/night .. $1175/week Each additional person: $35/night. Kids 7-18: $15/night.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
This owner accepts: Credit cards.
Call the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Year Purchased: 1984
About the owner: Jim and I bought the land in 1984 and built the little pink house by the river. In 1986, when our daughter was born, we began to build the big house, a saga that lasted for 13 years! But so completely worth it.
Why the Owner Chose Abiquiu:
It was simple - walk through the cottonwoods to the river and you will discover why we bought this piece of land.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house is beautiful, spacious and restful with lots of outdoor space to enjoy as well.
- Primary: 505/927-3746
The courtyard on the southside of the house is very private w/ great views!
Blanche, the Los Palacios cat.
The living room connects to the dining room and has it's own porch.
The historic Chili irrigation ditch provides water for the trees.
Queen bed in downstairs bedroom.
Master bedroom upstairs with queen bed.
Single bed upstairs.
Great summertime dining.
Front door of house.
The bright sunny kitchen is well equiped for some serious cooking and eating!
South facing porch off the living room is warm all winter long.
Downstairs bedroom has its own sink.
Spacious shower downstairs.
The master bath has a wonderful old tub and a place to sit.
Summer living room on screened back porch.
The Rio Chama runs through the property.
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