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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: 11/10/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Arroyo Seco house description

The aspens have started to turn golden! Spend early fall in Arroyo Seco and Taos where the weather has been mild and sunny. 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. The owner's sister, Linda, is your caretaker, and will help in any way she can to take care of anything that might come up, or to answer questions about the house or the area.

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

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                21...moreless

              • Children Welcome:

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

              • 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

              • 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

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              • 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

              Entertainment

              • Books:

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

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player:

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

              • Stereo
              • Television:

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

              • VCR
              • Video Library:

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

              Theme

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

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Mountain View:

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

              • Rural:

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

              • Village:

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

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Hunting
              • Ice Skating
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountaineering
              • Racquetball
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Whitewater Rafting

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

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

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 7 people

              General

              • 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

              • Clothes Dryer:

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

              • Free Long Distance
              • Hair Dryer
              • 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

              • Internet:

                Hi speed wi-fi....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                Seating is arranged around wood stove....moreless

              • Parking:

                Parking for 3 cars....moreless

              • Parking Off Street
              • Telephone:

                Land line provided with free long distance...moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:

                Plant based laundry detergent supplied....moreless

              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Stove:

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

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker:

                12 cup drip....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

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

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

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

              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items:

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

              • Refrigerator:

                Ice maker...moreless

              • Stove:

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

              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Deck / Patio:

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

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Gardens of native plantings....moreless

              Payment Type

              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Pool / Spa

                  • Hot Tub:

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

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional
                       

                      Reviews

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      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
                      $165
                      $995
                      Christmas Week and New Year's
                      Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $330
                      Ski Season
                      Jan 7 - Mar 5, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $170
                      $1,100
                      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
                      Memorial Day Weekend
                      May 22 - May 26, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $180

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Cleaning fee $100
                      • Taxes Included

                      Notes:

                      $20 per person per night for over 5 people. Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. No dogs, but open to talking with you about your pet. 1 dog may be allowed if crate trained. Dogs that are heavy shedders are not allowed due to antique rugs. Absolutely no pets on furniture.

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                      Calendar

                      Last updated: 11/10/2014
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                      21 Unavailable
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                      Location

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

                      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, #279174, 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.


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                      Speaks: english

                       

                      Photos

                      • Front view, with portal and native landscaping

                        Front view, with portal and native landscaping

                      • Living room w/ computer nook under stairs. Looking toward kitchen and side door.

                        Living room w/ computer nook under stairs. Looking toward kitchen and side door.

                      • Living room looking toward front entrance door.

                        Living room looking toward front entrance door.

                      • Kitchen and dining looking toward living room

                        Kitchen and dining looking toward living room

                      • Dining area looking toward living room.

                        Dining area looking toward living room.

                      • Art work and writing desk in downstairs queen bedroom

                        Art work and writing desk in downstairs queen bedroom

                      • Shower with slate, flagstone and stained glass.  Low flush toilet saves water!

                        Shower with slate, flagstone and stained glass. Low flush toilet saves water!

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

                        Upstairs Bedroom with king bed, huge library and original art

                      • Futon in the media loft room folds down to a double size bed. TV and DVD here.

                        Futon in the media loft room folds down to a double size bed. TV and DVD here.

                      • 'Media' room now has flat screen HD TV not in photo.

                        'Media' room now has flat screen HD TV not in photo.

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

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

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

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

                      • Straw house in winter, all snugly wrapped in straw bales.

                        Straw house in winter, all snugly wrapped in straw bales.

                      • Living room w/ staircase to loft rooms.  Door to queen bedroom & master bath.

                        Living room w/ staircase to loft rooms. Door to queen bedroom & master bath.

                      • Walking in looking at the Kitchen and Dining area.

                        Walking in looking at the Kitchen and Dining area.

                      • Dining room with antique painted table and Mexican chairs.

                        Dining room with antique painted table and Mexican chairs.

                      • Downstairs queen bed

                        Downstairs queen bed

                      • Master bath.

                        Master bath.

                      • Looking up at the bridge that connects the loft rooms.  Kids love the bridge!

                        Looking up at the bridge that connects the loft rooms. Kids love the bridge!

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

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

                      • 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

                      • 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

                      VRBO #194842

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                      This listing was first published here in 2008.

                      Date last modified - Monday, November 10, 2014

                      $140 - $330 per night (USD)
                      12

                      2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

                      View calendar: Updated 11/10/14
                      Minimum stay: 3 nights
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                      Member since: 2008
                      Speaks: english
                      • Calendar last updated: 11/10/2014
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