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Welcome to my home-the front driveway--my garden paradise

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Last updated: 10/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Taos house description

This property is truly one of a kind in Taos-perhaps anywhere. The main house is a wonderful old adobe on two pastoral acres down a country road surrounded by trees, lawns and gardens just across the Road from the Rio Pueblo. It has a remote and private feel and yet is less than two minutes from the Plaza and 30 minutes from world class skiing. You are entertained by stars and coyotes at night, roosters, the neighbors' donkey and church bells in the morning and birds all day long. The house is the true essence of southwest decor. The walls have a soft, buttermilk/beeswax sheen. Dark beamed ceilings and wood floors throughout are complimented by antique furnishings, native rugs, original art and many amazing and creative touches. It is a small home, perfect for a couple although it does have a second bedroom with its own private bath.

Enter from the covered portal into a kitchen fully equipped for all your cooking needs. If I don't have it, you probably don't need it! You will enjoy cooking on my 1949 O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove The living room is warm and inviting. A gas log stove in the corner provides central heat, but the wood burning kiva fireplace sets the tone. Ample firewood is located in a wood box just outside the kitchen door. There is an extensive DVD video library and numerous CDs. All you need for a quiet evening at home. In fact most guests spend more time here relaxing than they do out adventuring. The master bedroom has another kiva fireplace and an antique brass and iron queen size bed with down comforters and lots of pillows and good bedside reading lights. The large walk in closet opens to a hot tub under an 80' elm tree. There two full bathrooms in the home One has a deep tub and an array of candles. The second bedroom has an antique double iron bed and original art.

The outdoor patio is furnished with teak garden furniture, a fireplace and bbq grill. The yard is enchanting even in winter. Towering cottonwood trees line one side of the property above the numerous out buildings. There is a large lawn and an orchard of mature apple, apricot, plum and pear trees. The many garden beds were lovingly planted by the owner ( a professional landscaper) and are surrounded by many tall trees and a flowing acequia.

This property was once the home of Taos writer John Nichols of 'Milagro Beanfield War' fame which was written in what is now a two room guest casita (Also available for additional guests) However, this property is described in virtually all of John's books both fiction and non fiction in great detail. John is a friend and still lives nearby.

There are fun and fanciful touches to delight throughout the property from the turquoise Willy's planter truck in the front pasture to the Mardi Gras beads flung in the trees, the whimsical gardens and the outdoor art everywhere. The two story tree house (sleeps 4) in the orchard is so special, the greenhouse is an oasis in the winter and the 1971 Airstream trailer (sleeps 3) in the back pasture is just plain fun. There are also two small cottages and an awesome workshop.

The property has two very different aspects (in keeping with the Gemini owner). A cozy romantic winter retreat with summer possibilities of an entire compound which can sleep up to 15 guests and is perfect for small weddings, seminars, retreats, reunions and art workshops. I can offer a B&B service or cater meals. My downtown shop is a flower shop and we can do a wonderful floral arrangement and have it waiting for your arrival. We also do 'Welcome' baskets. Contact me for additional information/prices

(Please contact me for summer rates and details.

***Please note that when you rent the main house, the whole two acre property is your and I do not rent out any of the other spaces during your stay. Something guests love so much about my home is the privacy.
This property has appeared in Enchanted Homes, New Mexico Magazine and Green New Mexico. It was also featured on the Taos Home and Garden tour.

It must be seen to be believed. It is truly magical.

Keywords: Private, yet convenient amazingly comfortable, peaceful and eclectic, fun, whimsical

PLEASE NOTE: Even if my calendar is reserved for your dates please contact me .(casademelissa@gmail or 415 497-7761) I have six Taos Vacation Rentals of my own and manage six more all on Vrbo/HomeAway exclusively. I have everything from one bedroom apartments, one, two and three bedroom homes and even family compounds. You will love to stay with me for your Taos vacation getaway!!! Melissa, the Vacation Rental Queen of Taos...

PLEASE NOTE: Even if my calendar shows a reservation for your dates, contact me. I have a tot of 11 Vacation Rentals in Taos--soon 12 so I have all kinds of accommodations...

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            Best for children 12+......moreless

          • Pets Considered
          • Smoking Allowed:

            outside is fine as long as you don't drop butts in my gardens or put them in my plants!!!...moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Other (See Description)

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          • Queen size Beds (1) Master bedroom has queen size antique brass/iron bed..., Double Beds (1) Second bedroom has double iron antique bed with antique furnishings, original art and private bath with deep tub..., Twin or Single Beds (1) property has all kinds of additional accommodations--two room casita, re furbished Airstream. cottages and of course the two story tree house. Any combination is possible..., Baby Cribs (1) I could come up with one..., Murphy Beds (1) I love murphy beds--had one in college days. Maybe if I do a log cabin, hogan or teepee in back pasture......moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • If you care to indulge yourselves, I can create a wonderful gourmet breakfast or a romantic dinner for two on the patio or cozy dining room-weather dependent (I love to cook) I can arrange for a wonderful 90 minute massage right in 'your own home' (This woman is The Best in town)...moreless

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Music Library:

                yes, in living room is good sound system and cd's and cd player in kitchen......moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                lots of dvd's and videos too... Some sort of basic tv channels and three clickers!!!...moreless

              • Stereo
              • Television:

                i'm not sure. I am not a tv person so it's kind of up to guests to figure things out. If they can't, they often mention enjoying non tv time......moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Library:

                I love movies... and have lots of variety--videos and dvd's...moreless

              Attractions

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

              Local Services & Businesses

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

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Horseshoes
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Mountain View:

                Great mountain view from the back pasture and the deck of the vintage Airstream...moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Hunting
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Rafting
              • Rock Climbing
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Snowmobiling
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Whitewater Rafting

              Dining

                  • Dining Area

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning:

                    This is Taos- 7000'. You will appreciate down comforters and screened windows and doors--never need A.C. I promise......moreless

                  • Broadband Access
                  • Fireplace
                  • Gas Fireplace:

                    (2) One in living room for 'Taos central heating' and one in the kitchen for cozy breakfasts......moreless

                  • Linens Provided:

                    down comforters, fine linens--comfy and dare I say way romantic......moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Lots of driveway parking and additional parking in back pasture...moreless

                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                    I have any number of vagabond travelers who want to spend time off the road in Taos. Back pasture parking for tent trailer, trailers or rv's......moreless

                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    (2) Living room has a kiva (beehive) fireplace AND who would not love a little kiva in the master bedroom???Plenty of firewood just outside the door......moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Catering Available:

                    I love to cook and do full service B&B in the summer for art workshops. I could do breakfast for two to dinner for......moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    totally. You will love the stove--vintage 1949 O Keefe & Merritt beauty, but also Cuisinart, coffee grinder, Dualit toaster......moreless

                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen:

                    I love to cook and bet you ill find anything you might need, plus more......moreless

                  Outside

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Wonderful outdoor patio, surrounded in summer with a ridiculous number of container plants and that outdoor fireplace,,,...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Payment Type

                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Hot Tub:

                    Yes and it is magic--just steps ouside master bedroom with seasonal outdoor shower. Total peivacy on this property. i love to sit in the hot tub in the winter with full moon or snowfall and 'Survey ...moreless

                  • Private Pool:

                    I daydream about a pond in the front pasture with cat tails, frogs and fish--stay tuned......moreless

                  • Shared Hot Tub:

                    Only with yourself and a glass of wine or with your significant other......moreless

                  • Jetted Tub:

                    Not jetted, but big and deep with lots of candles and then there is the hot tub under the elms...Lots of jets there and stars too!...moreless

                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  christmas/new years
                  Dec 21 - Jan 3, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  $250

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  1 night min stay
                  $185

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • cleaning $95
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Notes:

                  $185/ 2 guests. Ask about additional seasonal accommodations & fees (Tree House, Casita Airstream...) Additional guests are $25 per night

                  cleaning/2 $85, 4/$95, /pet$100 cl. fee


                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                  Last updated: 10/04/2014
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                  Location

                  100 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Sunport, Albuquerque
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Alley Cantina/Plaza
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Taos Country Club
                  65 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Lamy, New Mexico
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  hwy 68 into town
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  All over town
                  27 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Taos Ski Valley
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  John Dunn Bridge/ Rio Grande River

                  Car: Recommended

                  If you are looking for total privacy in a rural setting, yet a 10 minute walk to town or -2 minute drive, this is the home for you... An amazing 'Truly Taos' home

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2005

                  About the owner: I was a landscaper in Marin Co. California and was ready for a change of pace and place. I found my house on my birthday - June 21. It was love at first sight. The property is so special the variety, the quiet, the trees and flowers,the other buildings and the proximity to town. It is just plain perfect.

                  Why the Owner Chose Taos:
                  I grew up in the Southwest and even though I loved many things about the Bay Area, I missed seasons, mountains, turquoise skies and thunderstorms.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Peace and quiet with good proximity to town, comfortable and cozy and so many fun things to see.


                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english, english

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                  Photos

                  • Welcome to my home-the front driveway--my garden paradise

                    Welcome to my home-the front driveway--my garden paradise

                  • Private side patio--afternoon shady spot

                    Private side patio--afternoon shady spot

                  • Relax, kick back and enjoy your vacation!

                    Relax, kick back and enjoy your vacation!

                  • Vegetable garden/flower garden--you pick in season for fresh produce and flowers

                    Vegetable garden/flower garden--you pick in season for fresh produce and flowers

                  • Garden fountain--love the sound of the water and it bathes so many birds...

                    Garden fountain--love the sound of the water and it bathes so many birds...

                  • Living/dining room--antiques, native rugs and fun touches everywhere you look

                    Living/dining room--antiques, native rugs and fun touches everywhere you look

                  • Master Bedroom/gueen bed--kiva fireplace in corner

                    Master Bedroom/gueen bed--kiva fireplace in corner

                  • The treehouse in the apple tree--everyones favorite--summer guesthouse--sleeps 4

                    The treehouse in the apple tree--everyones favorite--summer guesthouse--sleeps 4

                  • Queen Bed in Loft

                    Queen Bed in Loft

                  • Casita Bedroom

                    Casita Bedroom

                  • Taos sunset from the pasture

                    Taos sunset from the pasture

                  • My downtown shop Red Cat Melissiana

                    My downtown shop Red Cat Melissiana

                  • front entrance and patio. I love plants!

                    front entrance and patio. I love plants!

                  • Patio fireplace (two room casita guesthouse in background

                    Patio fireplace (two room casita guesthouse in background

                  • Garden area (If it holds soil, it's a planter) and outdoor hot tub under the elm

                    Garden area (If it holds soil, it's a planter) and outdoor hot tub under the elm

                  • afternoon nap perhaps in the apple orchard???

                    afternoon nap perhaps in the apple orchard???

                  • Kitchen with vintage O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove--don't you love it?

                    Kitchen with vintage O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove--don't you love it?

                  • Kiva fireplace in living room--great for chilly nights or mornings

                    Kiva fireplace in living room--great for chilly nights or mornings

                  • Second bedroom with private bath

                    Second bedroom with private bath

                  • Two twins on main level

                    Two twins on main level

                  • Guest Casita across the driveway (original house on the property 200 years old!)

                    Guest Casita across the driveway (original house on the property 200 years old!)

                  • View from back pasture--so southwestern!

                    View from back pasture--so southwestern!

                  • Truck planter in front pasture/a local landmark and favorite photo subject

                    Truck planter in front pasture/a local landmark and favorite photo subject

                  • A peek inside Red Cat Melissiana

                    A peek inside Red Cat Melissiana

                  VRBO #273116

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                  Date last modified - Sunday, October 19, 2014

                  $185 - $250 per night (USD)
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                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

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                  Speaks: english, english
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