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Apple Hill Farm - a Natural 'Green' Straw Bale Home

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Front view, with portal and native landscaping

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Last updated: 07/06/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Arroyo Seco house description

July 12 - 19 just opened up! Spend early summer in Arroyo Seco and Taos where the weather has been mild and sunny with afternoon clouds to cool things down. So start thinking about the upcoming summer and fall months. Enjoy any of the 4 seasons in this beautiful custom designed straw bale house with an eye towards 'green and sustainable living'. Custom wood work throughout. Antique reclaimed doors and original art work give this charming home a wonderful sense of character. The now rare but traditional ' mud floors' add to the artistic and quaint charm of Apple Hill Farm. An incredibly gorgeous setting with valley and mountain views will refresh the spirit and soul of all guests large or small, young or old. Stroll the orchard or take a walk to the charming village of Arroyo Seco with shops, boutiques and eateries. Relax in the hot tub while watching our famous sunsets.

The open floor plan showing two lofts connected by a wooden bridge walkway adds intrigue and charm and two additional sleeping areas. For added convenience the lofts share an upstairs half bath. Located half way between Taos and the ski valley, winter guests will enjoy the convenience of the straight drive up to Taos Ski Valley or the easy access route down the mountain and into Taos for dinner or shopping.

See our other property, Casita des Montes, VRBO # 279174, right next door to the straw house. Rent both for family gatherings or celebrations with friends and we will offer you a special rate.

Keywords: Home, straw bale

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking is allowed on the property, but away from the houses....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                If you are a previous guest with a pet, please contact us....moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                Children under 5 are not allowed in the hot tub....moreless

              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                Three shallow steps get you up to the front door...moreless

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

              • Bedroom 1

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 2

                ...moreless

              • Loft

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              • King size bed (1) organic pillowtop with memory foam, Queen size Bed (1) organic linens, Baby or small children (2) a Pack 'n Play, and 4' tri-fold twin size mattress for children too young to sleep in bigger beds, Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) sleeps 2 children or one adult....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                Gas stove and oven, microwave, blender, toaster, salad spinner, hand made pottery cups and serving pieces...moreless

              • Dining:

                Combined dining, kitchen and living areas for family gathering. Table seats 7....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Coffee beans, sugar, flour, butter, honey, mustard, mayo, ketchup....moreless

              • Stove:

                Full size natural gas, with full set of cooking and baking pans....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Full set of pots, pans and baking pieces...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Toaster
              • Microwave
              • Ice Maker
              • Seating for 7 people

              Amenities

              • Air Conditioning:

                A ceiling fan in the upstairs loft room supplies cooling air movement to the whole house. Thick straw bale walls offer protection from the summer sun. Cross ventilation from all directions and our cool mountain nights give you a comfortable sleeping environment....moreless

              • Heating:

                Hot water radiant heat in floors, passive solar gain from south facing windows. Wood stove supplements heat. Guests must be willing to use wood stove. We ask that you don't adjust the thermostats....moreless

              • Wood Stove:

                Wood provided. Guests must be willing to use wood stove to take chill off house....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Plant based dryer sheets supplied. Outside dryer line for air drying....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Plant based laundry detergent supplied....moreless

              • Living Room seats 7:

                Seating is arranged around wood stove....moreless

              • Parking:

                Parking for 3 cars....moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Towels Provided
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board
              • Parking Off Street

              Entertainment

              • Television:

                TV flat screen upstairs in 'media room' in the loft bedroom with the futon couch....moreless

              • Books:

                Art, fiction, non fiction, and books for kids....moreless

              • DVD Player:

                Huge library of DVD's for adults and children....moreless

              • Music Library:

                40 plus CD's from Chopin to Bob Dylan...moreless

              • Video Library:

                40 plus DVD's for children and adults...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Dish Network...moreless

              Communications

              • Telephone:

                Land line provided with free long distance...moreless

              • Wireless Internet
              • Free Long Distance

              Pool & Spa

                  • Hot Tub:

                    With mountain and sunset views. Children under 5 not allowed in the tub....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    (2) Covered patios for watching sunrise and sunset, plus one shaded north facing....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Gardens of native plantings....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions
                  • Sports & Activities

                  Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    Stunning view of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and west to the Cerro Pedernal, Georgia O'keefe's beloved mountain....moreless

                  • Village:

                    1 mile walk or drive to Arroyo Seco for ice cream, lunch, dinner, breakfast or shopping....moreless

                  • Rural:

                    With semi-private setting, caretaker on premises....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Cinemas
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Whitewater Rafting
                  • Skiing
                  • Golf
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Hunting
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Rafting
                  • Hiking
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Racquetball
                  • Cycling
                  • Kayaking
                  • Hospital
                  • Museums
                  • Live Theater
                  • Restaurants
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Churches
                  • Library
                  • Shopping
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Antiquing
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Fitness Center
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Fishing
                   

                  Reviews

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  June/July/Aug/Sept/Oct
                  May 28 - Oct 31, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $170
                  $1,050
                  November
                  Nov 1 - Nov 24, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $140
                  $800
                  Thanksgiving Weekend
                  Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $200
                  Ski Season
                  Dec 1 - Dec 22, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $170
                  $1,100
                  Christmas Week and New Year's
                  Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $320
                  $1,920
                  Ski Season
                  Jan 7 - Mar 5, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $170
                  $1,020
                  Spring Break Weeks
                  Mar 6 - Mar 31, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $190
                  $1,125
                  April/May
                  Apr 1 - May 21, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $140
                  $840

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Cleaning fee $100
                  • Taxes Included

                  Notes:

                  Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. $20 per person per night for over 5 people.

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                  Calendar

                  Last updated: 07/06/2014
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                  21 Unavailable
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                  Location

                  110 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Alququerque
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Sabroso
                  10 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Taos Ski Valley
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Aceq

                  Car: Necessary

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2004

                  About the owner: I have been visiting the Taos area since the early '70's. My daughter owns Casita des Montes, right next door, so I visit often with her and my two grandsons. I am a retired Clinical Social Worker and enjoy reading, knitting and cooking up something new for family and friends.

                  Why the Owner Chose Arroyo Seco:
                  Building an energy efficient and 'green' house on my daughter's property was a wonderful addition to the two other homes here. It was important to me that the home take little natural resources from an area that has challenges to it's water supply and that has abundant sunshine. The home's heat in the winter comes mainly from the sun, and it stays cool in summer due to the thickness of the straw bale walls.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  I visit my home at Apple Hill Farm several times a year. The sunsets here are amazing and I never tire of anticipating each one. I have several close friends in the area and enjoy having them share dinners with me at the straw house. My favorite shops are Wabi Sabi, Common Thread, Twirl Toy Store and Southwest Weaving. Dinner out at Orlando's is always a treat.


                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english

                   

                  Photos

                  • Front view, with portal and native landscaping

                    Front view, with portal and native landscaping

                  • Art work and writing desk in downstairs bedroom

                    Art work and writing desk in downstairs bedroom

                  • Loft w/ cathedral ceiling, king bed, organic cotton with memory foam topper

                    Loft w/ cathedral ceiling, king bed, organic cotton with memory foam topper

                  • Futon in the media room folds down to a double size bed

                    Futon in the media room folds down to a double size bed

                  • "Media" room

                    "Media" room

                  • Loft area looking into "media" room. Double futon, Dish Network, DVD player

                    Loft area looking into "media" room. Double futon, Dish Network, DVD player

                  • "Nicho" with old religious pieces and bird nest

                    "Nicho" with old religious pieces and bird nest

                  • View of the property from the road. House is set back with orchard in front

                    View of the property from the road. House is set back with orchard in front

                  • Downstairs queen bed

                    Downstairs queen bed

                  • Upstairs Bedroom with king bed, huge library and original art

                    Upstairs Bedroom with king bed, huge library and original art

                  • Walking in looking at the Kitchen and Dining area.

                    Walking in looking at the Kitchen and Dining area.

                  • Loft "Media" room with double futon and Dish Network and DVD player

                    Loft "Media" room with double futon and Dish Network and DVD player

                  • Loft area looking across the bridge to bedroom with king bed

                    Loft area looking across the bridge to bedroom with king bed

                  • Private Hot Tub with mountain views

                    Private Hot Tub with mountain views

                  • Looking East as the sunset lights up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains .

                    Looking East as the sunset lights up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains .

                  • Landscaping with native flowers that have low water needs

                    Landscaping with native flowers that have low water needs

                  VRBO #194842

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                  This listing was first published here in 2008.

                  Date last modified - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

                  $140 - $320 per night (USD)
                  12

                  2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 5

                  View calendar: Updated 07/06/14
                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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