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Casa Ambrosia: Mountain Views in a Beautiful River Valley

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Custom Designed Passive Solar Adobe Home, curved walls, high ceilings, big views

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
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  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Casa Ambrosia is nestled in total peace and privacy, surrounded by tall cottonwood, pine, and oak trees, with an expansive view of the pastoral river valley of El Rito and the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains off in the distance.

This wonderful, comfortable, and serene hideaway accommodates 4-5 people. The uniquely designed passive solar adobe house with high wood ceilings and impressive vigas is spacious and filled with light. There is a large semi-circular sun room, built like a sunken kiva, that is designed after Casa Grande in Chaco Canyon. There is one bath with tub and shower and two large bedrooms, each with a spectacular view. The softly curved walls of most rooms create a calm and nurturing environment. A fireplace adds to the warmth and comfort of the radiant floor heat. And along with great indoor living and dining spaces, there is a covered patio for outdoor dining and relaxation. A newly added hot tub on the front patio is perfect for relaxation and stargazing year round.

Casa Ambrosia borders the mountainous Carson National Forest and you can hike for hundreds of miles right out the back door. A short drive takes you to a creekside trail leading to Potrero Falls amidst tall Ponderous pines and aspens, or to a dramatic outcropping of volcanic upthrust near a shady stream. Nearby forest roads lead you to high mountain meadows filled with wildflowers and streams and breathtaking views, or off into desert canyonlands, with red cliff walls and towering rock formations. In winter, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are great pastimes. Year round, the very clear night sky is perfect for stargazing.

The historic village of El Rito has it's own charm, including a well-supplied library, a traditionally-built adobe church, and El Farolito, a small family restaurant, world famous for its authentic northern New Mexico cuisine, recommended in the Rand McNally Road Atlas and Gourmet Magazine. Their red and green chili dishes are delicious and very reasonable.

Casa Ambrosia is 15 miles north of Abiquiu, with it's stunningly beautiful lake for swimming and boating. In the village of Abiquiu, you can tour the home and studio of world reknowned painter Georgia O'Keefe, and visit the Rising Moon Gallery, bursting with high quality art by local artists. And further north in Chama, you can ride the historic Toltec Railroad through the high mountains, catching the glory of the changing colors of Fall.

Casa Ambrosia is 14 miles west of the beautifully appointed Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Spa and Resort, with a variety of natural mineral pools to soak in, plenty of massage and spa treatments to choose from, and a delicious restaurant to top off an adventurous day.

Only one hour to Santa Fe, and about the same to Taos, you can enjoy all kinds of fine dining, live music, museums, galleries, boutique shops, antique stores, films, opera, and much more. Both Santa Fe and Taos have ski basins, and there are several golf courses in the area. There are many national monuments and historic sites in the area, including Bandelier with it's ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs.

Whether you're seeking cultural activities, ancient history, or natural beauty, there's something for everyone in this compelling heartland of Northern New Mexico.


Keywords: country house, passive solar design, adobe home, custom built, rural, natural setting, forest, mountains, meadows, water, hiking, skiing, swimming, cultural activities, ancient history, nature, pueblos, opera, golf, lake, fishing

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome:

    If your children are very small, you may want to bring portable gates, to block off areas with stairs....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    The front portal with table and chairs is available for smoking outdoors....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    This is a pet friendly home. The surroundings here are paradise for your dog(s). Please bring bedding for your pets....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    See above for details....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Sunroom

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  • King size bed (1) A deluxe King-sized Select Comfort Dual Chamber adjustable bed. Each side adjusts separately for the perfect firmness for each person. Queen size bed (1) A very comfy Queen bed with pillowtop mattress. Twin or Single Bed (1) There is a single-sized air mattress, with pump, sheets and sleeping bag. Perfect for a child or extra guest....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

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  • The bathroom includes sink, toilet, linen closet, and standard-sized tub with shower, and features warm radiant heat under the tile floors. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • While the house is a perfect homebase for day trips and adventures in all directions, many guests find the beautiful natural setting and the peace and quiet so compelling they never leave the property. Over the years every effort has been made to assure that everything you could possibly need or want is right there, to make your stay both comfortable and enjoyable. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    There are books and magazines to peruse leisurely....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    There are some CDs to enjoy....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    32' HD flat screen TV...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    There are some DVDs for your viewing pleasure....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Volcano
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    The majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, snowcapped for 6 months of the year, off in the distance, with smaller hills, meadows, streams and forests all around....moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    This is a great area for crosscountry skiing, right out the back door, and up into the forest for many miles, along forest roads, or through open country....moreless

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Arrival Day

  • Flexible

Dining

  • Dining:

    There are two dining areas. One in the spacious open kitchen/living room area, and one in the sunroom, in front of the large windows facing the mountains and valley....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available:

    A computer with wireless internet and a printer and desk are provided....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Warm radiant heat underneath the tile floors....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Down comforters, electric blankets, regular blankets, pillows, sheets for summer or winter, for both the King and Queen beds....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone:

    Most cell phones get good reception here....moreless

  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking in front of the house....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Phone available, with unlimited long distance calling within the US....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Towels of all sizes provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A laundry room offers a washer and dryer, an iron with board, and detergent supplies....moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Besides the radiant floor heating you can enjoy a cozy wood fireplace. Firewood is provided....moreless

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Good variety of cooking utensils, barbecue tools, etc......moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully equipped, with plenty of dishes, glassware, pots and pans, utensils, baking and serving dishes. Also includes microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster oven....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio:

    The patio offers a BBQ grill, a table and chairs for outdoor dining, and lounge chairs for hours of leisurely relaxation with a view. As well as a hot tub!...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    On the front patio, perfect for gazing at the starry night sky....moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
 

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Base Rate
2 night min stay
$160

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59

Additional Fees and Taxes:

Nightly Rate is $160 for 1-2 guests (2 night minimum)

Weekly Discounted Rate is $960 (7th night is free)

Monthly Discounted Rate is $2800 (4th week is free)

Additional guests $25 extra per night per adult (3-5 max)

Pet-friendly Property, onetime fee of $25 per pet

Children under 18 free

No cleaning fees, no other extra charges


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Location

120 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albuquerque International Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Inn at the Delta, Espanola
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
Towa Golf Course
75 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak In Lamy, NM
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
HWY 84
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
El Farolito, El Rito
60 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos or Santa Fe

Car: Necessary

Casa Ambrosia is located in the heart of Northern New Mexico. An hour or less drive in any direction gets you to such diverse attractions as the Santa Fe Opera, skiing in Taos, swimming in Lake Abiquiu, fine dining, opera, museums, art galleries, and shopping in Santa Fe, high mountain hiking in meadows and along streams, desert cliff walks at Ghost Ranch, natural hot springs resort and spa at Ojo Caliente, ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs at Bandelier, and much more.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: I grew up here in Northern New Mexico, and have spent many years exploring the wilderness areas nearby. Later I lived in exciting places like Washington DC and San Francisco. But eventually I felt called back home, and I haven't regretted it since. I find great solace in the wide open lands, vast blue skies, and I appreciate the diverse cultural history of this area very much.

Why the Owner Chose El Rito:
When I moved back to New Mexico I wanted to live somewhere peaceful and remote, yet not too far from civilization. El Rito was perfect. Nestled in a tranquil river valley, with countless trails to explore in the surrounding mountains, yet only an hour's drive to a hotspot like Santa Fe or Taos, I found the perfect balance. Years later, when I moved to Santa Fe for professional opportunities, I began renting Casa Ambrosia as a vacation home. For several years now, I have enjoyed sharing this nurturing home with it's beautiful natural surroundings with many guests, and it is my wish that many others may also experience the restorative possibilities that abound here.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Whether it's getting away from a busy job, wanting the peace and quiet of this serene place for rest and renewal, or looking for new adventures out in nature, this is a great place to visit. I love the amazing variety of terrain around here, from the high mountains with their meadows, lakes and streams, to the lower desert canyonlands with their colorful cliffs and magical rock formations. And with Santa Fe, Taos, Bandelier, and other interesting places so nearby, there's never a shortage of things to do or see. There's truly something for everyone to enjoy!


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Photos

  • Custom Designed Passive Solar Adobe Home, curved walls, high ceilings, big views

    Custom Designed Passive Solar Adobe Home, curved walls, high ceilings, big views

  • A warm, cozy woodburning fireplace in the spacious living room, firewood provide

    A warm, cozy woodburning fireplace in the spacious living room, firewood provide

  • Downstairs bedroom, rounded walls, queen bed, large windows with mountain views

    Downstairs bedroom, rounded walls, queen bed, large windows with mountain views

  • Winter view from the sunroom, where geraniums add color and cheer all year round

    Winter view from the sunroom, where geraniums add color and cheer all year round

  • Summer view from front porch, everchanging display of light, shadow and clouds

    Summer view from front porch, everchanging display of light, shadow and clouds

  • Variety of Summer greens and wildflowers in the meadows in front of the house

    Variety of Summer greens and wildflowers in the meadows in front of the house

  • Nearby Ghost Ranch, with it's stunning views, vast sky, and magnificent hikes

    Nearby Ghost Ranch, with it's stunning views, vast sky, and magnificent hikes

  • Fall turns to Winter in the mountains and fields in front of the house

    Fall turns to Winter in the mountains and fields in front of the house

  • Looking down on our property from the hill behind the house, great hiking area

    Looking down on our property from the hill behind the house, great hiking area

  • Cottonwoods in their Fall glory accent the riverbeds in the nearby hills

    Cottonwoods in their Fall glory accent the riverbeds in the nearby hills

  • A variety of winter visitors leaving their fascinating tracks in the snowy yard

    A variety of winter visitors leaving their fascinating tracks in the snowy yard

  • Changing colors as the day progresses, view from bedrooms, portal, and sunroom

    Changing colors as the day progresses, view from bedrooms, portal, and sunroom

  • Fully equipped kitchen and dining area, opens into living room, big bright space

    Fully equipped kitchen and dining area, opens into living room, big bright space

  • Upstairs bedroom, rounded walls, vigas, large windows facing mountains, king bed

    Upstairs bedroom, rounded walls, vigas, large windows facing mountains, king bed

  • Sunroom for dining, relaxing, and taking in the views, lots of light and warmth

    Sunroom for dining, relaxing, and taking in the views, lots of light and warmth

  • Bird sits on a wildflower stem outside the sunroom window, one of many kinds

    Bird sits on a wildflower stem outside the sunroom window, one of many kinds

  • Summer rainbow from the front porch, after a short afternoon refreshing rain

    Summer rainbow from the front porch, after a short afternoon refreshing rain

  • Wild Summer irises in nearby mountain meadow, great area for hiking and picnics

    Wild Summer irises in nearby mountain meadow, great area for hiking and picnics

  • View of Abiquiu Lake From Ghost Ranch, swimming surrounded by breathtaking views

    View of Abiquiu Lake From Ghost Ranch, swimming surrounded by breathtaking views

  • It looks unreal, but that's what they always say about our amazing NM sunsets

    It looks unreal, but that's what they always say about our amazing NM sunsets

  • Winter view from bedrooms and sunroom, great seasonal changes in light and color

    Winter view from bedrooms and sunroom, great seasonal changes in light and color

  • Our wonderful restaurant in El Rito, famous for it's red and green chili dishes

    Our wonderful restaurant in El Rito, famous for it's red and green chili dishes

  • Fall colors arrive in the meadow grasses and Oak trees in front of the house

    Fall colors arrive in the meadow grasses and Oak trees in front of the house

  • Arches and rounded doorways, and curved stairwell leading to upstairs bedroom

    Arches and rounded doorways, and curved stairwell leading to upstairs bedroom

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