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Los Palacios - 'a River Runs Through It'

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The courtyard on the southside of the house is very private w/ great views!

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Last updated: 07/29/2014
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Abiquiu house description

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.


Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Housekeeper Optional

                  Suitability

                  • Pets Not Allowed
                  • Non Smoking Only

                  Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5

                  Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

                  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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                  • Bathroom 2: shower, toilet

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                  • Downstairs bedroom has its own sink.

                  Kitchen & Dining

                  • Kitchen:

                    The well equipped bright sunny kitchen is the heart of the house....moreless

                  • Dining Area Seats:

                    8...moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Stove
                  • Oven
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Toaster
                  • Microwave
                  • Seating for 8 people

                  Amenities

                  • Air Conditioning:

                    The house does not have air-conditioning....moreless

                  • Covered Parking:

                    Covered parking for 3 cars....moreless

                  • Towels Provided
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                  • Linens Provided

                  Entertainment

                  • Video Library:

                    Small selection of DVD's & kids video's...moreless

                  • Books:

                    Well-stocked book shelves....moreless

                  • CD Player

                  Communications

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Just bring your laptop, wireless DSL high speed internet is available....moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Please use calling card for long distance. Cell phones DO work here....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • 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

                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Location & View

                      • Waterfront:

                        The Chama River runs through the property. A magic location. Sit in the river or fish for trout. Ford the river to the small island then to the towering cliffs of Los Palacios on the other riverbank....moreless

                      Activities

                      • Restaurants
                      • Hiking
                      • Swimming
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Rafting
                      • Hunting
                      • Golf
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Boating
                      • Shopping
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Museums
                      • Cinemas
                      • Skiing
                      • Fishing
                       

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                      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 .. $1170/week  
                      Each additional person: $35/night. Kids 7-18: $15/night.
                      

                      Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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                      Last updated: 07/29/2014
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                      Location

                      120 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Albuquerque

                      Car: Necessary

                      The house is 15 minutes from Abiquiu and Georgia O'Keefe red rock country. Also 50 minutes from Santa Fe and Taos. 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. Hiking and riding trails in the high desert of Santa Fe National Forest and Indian Ruins in the Jemez National Forest. Good skiing in Santa Fe and Taos as well as good cross-country skiing near Chama on the Cumbres Pass. Fine restaurants within easy reach - especially tasty local New Mexico cuisine.

                       

                      Owner info

                      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.


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

                       

                      Photos

                      • The courtyard on the southside of the house is very private w/ great views!

                        The courtyard on the southside of the house is very private w/ great views!

                      • Blanche, the Los Palacios cat.

                        Blanche, the Los Palacios cat.

                      • The living room connects to the dining room and has it's own porch.

                        The living room connects to the dining room and has it's own porch.

                      • South facing porch off the living room is warm all winter long.

                        South facing porch off the living room is warm all winter long.

                      • Downstairs bedroom has its own sink.

                        Downstairs bedroom has its own sink.

                      • Spacious shower downstairs.

                        Spacious shower downstairs.

                      • The master bath has a wonderful old tub and a place to sit.

                        The master bath has a wonderful old tub and a place to sit.

                      • Summer living room on screened back porch.

                        Summer living room on screened back porch.

                      • The Rio Chama runs through the property.

                        The Rio Chama runs through the property.

                      • Front door of house.

                        Front door of house.

                      • The bright sunny kitchen is well equiped for some serious cooking and eating!

                        The bright sunny kitchen is well equiped for some serious cooking and eating!

                      • Chickens of Los Palacios: source of eggs, amusement and dispatcher of leftovers.

                        Chickens of Los Palacios: source of eggs, amusement and dispatcher of leftovers.

                      • The historic Chili irrigation ditch provides water for the trees.

                        The historic Chili irrigation ditch provides water for the trees.

                      • Queen bed in downstairs bedroom.

                        Queen bed in downstairs bedroom.

                      • Master bedroom upstairs with queen bed.

                        Master bedroom upstairs with queen bed.

                      • Single bed upstairs.

                        Single bed upstairs.

                      • Great summertime dining.

                        Great summertime dining.

                      VRBO #166264

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                      Date last modified - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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                      3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

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