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Beautiful Mountain Retreat Just Minutes from the Slopes!!

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Last updated: 03/04/2014

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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Taos Ski Valley chalet description

NOTE: PLEASE CONTACT THE OWNER FOR AVAILABLE DATES.

OVERALL DESCRIPTION
Tucked into the base of a mountain and surrounded by aspen and blue spruce trees, Casa de Toro is a luxurious, spacious 2,244 square foot, all-electric, 3-level, 3-bedroom, 2-bath chalet that sleeps 8 people. The casa is a few yards from the banks of the Rio Hondo which flows down from the Taos Ski Valley resort just 3.5 miles upstream. Every aspect of the house reflects the unique character of Taos: hand-carved posts and corbels, hand-made outdoor sconces, tongue-and-groove white pine ceilings, hand-plastered walls, and either red oak, carpet, or ceramic tile flooring.

LIVING ROOM
As you walk in the front door, to your right is the living room with its two-story cathedral ceiling.  A wall of 8 windows on the river side of the room gives you a floor-to-ceiling view across the Rio Hondo to the mountain beyond.  A ceiling fan at the apex of the ceiling creates a gentle breeze to circulate the air and bathes the room in light at night.

The living room furniture includes a large sectional with a recliner at each end, a recliner chair, and a large, authentic Taos drum coffee table.  You can gently drum the “table” with the two beaters.  In one corner of the living room, beside the wall of windows, is a wall-mounted 40' high definition Samsung television with over 120 channels to chose from. On the other side of the wall of windows is a wood burning stove that generates enough heat to keep you warm and cozy. Firewood is provided and stored under the front deck.

STUDY/THIRD BEDROOM
Connected to the living room through a set of pocket doors is the study and third bedroom.  The room contains a red-leather sofa sleeper that makes into a queen-plus bed that is the most comfortable sofa sleeper you'll ever find.  On the opposite wall to the sleeper is a desk custom made by Jason Rathbun, a custom furniture maker in Taos.  An HP LaserJet printer is available for you to print out any files, boarding passes, etc.  Surrounding the opening for the pocket doors are bookshelves, also made by Jason, with a wide range of games and books.

DINING ROOM
On your left as you enter the front door is the dining area.  The oak table, which has two optional leaves, can easily accommodate 8 diners in the red leather dining chairs. The spirit of New Mexico is reflected in the tableware: it is a replica of the tableware used in the dining cars of the Santa Fe railroad during the heyday of passenger trains.

KITCHEN
Opening into the dining room is the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen.  The large, thick, granite bar separating the kitchen from the dining room is wide enough for not only a glass cooktop and downdraft over the built-in Thermador convection oven, but also a seating space for two bar stools.  All the other countertops in the kitchen are the same thick crystal blue granite.  Stainless steel is prevalent in the kitchen with stainless steel appliances, plumbing fixtures, and cookware.

MASTER BEDROOM
The master bedroom has a king-sized bed with a Serta independent spring mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, and a Hungarian goose down comforter.  You need a place to keep your clothes, so there is a chest of drawers and a double closet. All of the bedroom furniture, including the matching bedside tables and a bench, was also custom made for us by Jason Rathbun.

MASTER BATHROOM
The master bathroom is spa-like with tile-covered walls and floor, and a granite countertop.  The large walk-in shower, with a river rock floor and wall accent that remind you of the Rio Hondo, has two shower heads to chose from: a hand-held and a rain shower head.

LOFT
Besides providing sleeping space for 4 people in 3 beds, the loft is a quiet, secluded, yet spacious, place for reading or taking a nap while another ceiling fan gently circulates the air. A window overlooks the living room so you can check out what’s happening below. If you want some outside air, just open the French doors and go out on the attached deck. The loft bathroom is also spacious with a walk-in shower and a granite countertop large enough for all your necessities.

OUTSIDE
A covered parking area under the deck on the river side of the casa is large enough to protect 2 cars from the elements so you don't have to clean the snow off your car to go to the slopes after a winter snowstorm!  On the front side of the casa is another uncommon convenience: a winch.  This 400-pound capacity electric winch and its basket are great for lifting luggage, groceries, firewood, etc. from the third ground level parking area to the main living area. (A block and tackle pulley system is also available for easily lifting luggage from the front deck to the loft deck.)

Keywords: Cabin, Private House, Mountain, Ski, Fish, Hiking

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Chalet

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Pets Considered:

                With restrictions and prior approval, deposit required...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                Includes Keurig Hot Beverage Station w/ selection of coffees and teas...moreless

              • Dishwasher
              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave
              • Cooking Utensils

              Amenities

              • Washing Machine:

                A Bosch washer In the laundry room...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                A Bosch dryer In the laundry room...moreless

              • Wood Stove:

                Firewood supplied...moreless

              • Covered Parking:

                Room for 2 cars...moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • A 400 lb. capacity electric winch to lift luggage, groceries, firewood, etc. to the main level; clothes steamer; steam iron and ironing board...moreless

                  Entertainment

                      Communications

                      • Computer Available:

                        MacBook computer and HP laser jet printer...moreless

                      • Telephone:

                        Cordless hand sets throughout the casa...moreless

                      • Internet
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Free Long Distance

                      Pool & Spa

                          • Hot Tub

                          Outdoor Features

                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Balcony

                          Location & View

                              • Mountain View:

                                Across the Rio Hondo which is just yards from the font door...moreless

                              Activities

                              • Restaurants
                              • Whitewater Rafting
                              • Snowmobiling
                              • Fishing
                              • Kayaking
                              • Hot Air Ballooning
                              • Snowboarding
                              • Mountaineering
                              • Cycling
                              • Mountain Biking
                              • Skiing
                              • Golf
                              • Hiking
                              • Hunting
                              • Cross Country Skiing
                              • Rafting
                              • Tennis
                              • Mountain Climbing
                              • Hunting Big Game
                              • Museums
                              • Health/Beauty Spa
                              • Shopping
                              • Horseback Riding
                              • Wildlife Viewing
                              • Sight Seeing
                              • Hunting Small Game
                              • Sledding
                              • ATM/Bank
                              • Groceries
                              • Hospital
                              • Massage Therapist
                              • Medical Services
                              • Fly Fishing
                              • Scenic Drives
                              • Rock Climbing
                               

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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Summer/Fall
                              Jul 15 - Oct 31, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              $350
                              $2,100
                              Low Season
                              Nov 1 - Dec 17, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              $300
                              $1,890
                              Christmas/New Years
                              Dec 18 - Jan 5, 2015
                              5 night min stay
                              $750
                              $4,550
                              High Winter
                              Jan 6 - Mar 5, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $400
                              $2,450
                              Spring Break
                              Mar 6 - Mar 23, 2015
                              5 night min stay
                              $600
                              $3,780
                              Winter
                              Mar 24 - Apr 13, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $400
                              $2,450
                              Low Season
                              Apr 14 - Jun 15, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $300
                              $1,890
                              Summer/Fall
                              Jun 16 - Oct 31, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $350
                              $2,100

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees:

                              • Pet Fee $50
                              • Taxes Not included

                              Notes:

                              Casa de Toro can also be rented as a 1 or 2 bedroom home. Please contact us for pricing. Discounts are available for smaller parties.

                              Rates are subject to change without notice.

                              Payment is accepted via PayPal and Check.

                              We collect a $300 refundable security deposit.

                              There is an additional refundable security deposit of $300 for pets.


                              This manager accepts: Credit cards.
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                              Manager info

                              Year Purchased: 1970

                              About: Worth and Mary Nell, the owners of Casa de Toro, are siblings and long-term aficionados of Northern New Mexico. While we were growing up in Amarillo, TX, our family spent many summer vacations in the cool, clean air of the New Mexico Rockies. Our captivation with the Taos area continues to today even though Worth and his family live in Austin, TX and Mary Nell and her family live in Nashville, TN. We get to Casa de Toro as often as we can during the year and consider the casa to be our 'home away from home.'

                              Why Taos Ski Valley:
                              The story of Casa de Toro began in 1969 when our parents found the perfect place — the Taos Ski Valley — to build their long-sought cabin 'in the mountains'. Construction began in 1970, mostly performed by our dad with help from Worth when he was home from college. Named after the Bull-of-the-Woods meadow near Mt. Wheeler, Casa de Toro was a family retreat from the hot, dry summers of our home town Amarillo, Texas for 34 years. In 2006 after inheriting it, we decided to remodel and enlarge the cabin. As we delved further into the remodeling process we realized that the cabin was in need of some extensive updating. Construction began in the summer of 2008 and was finished 18 months later. Casa de Toro has had a long, distinguished, and loving 40-year history with our family. Today, our two families are the proud, second-generation owners of a place that is in its second life. While our parents are not here to see it, we know that they would really like what we have done and we hope you do, too.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
                              For us, Casa de Toro has always been the perfect place to relax, fish, and enjoy the beauty and mystique of Taos. We have also used it as a 'base camp' for sightseeing and day-long excursions to other parts of New Mexico.


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                              Photos

                              • Casa de Toro

                                Casa de Toro

                              • The Living Room

                                The Living Room

                              • Looking From The Study To The Living Room

                                Looking From The Study To The Living Room

                              • The Dining Room

                                The Dining Room

                              • The Master Bedroom

                                The Master Bedroom

                              • The Loft Bedroom

                                The Loft Bedroom

                              • Rio Hondo In Front Of The Casa

                                Rio Hondo In Front Of The Casa

                              • Hot tub on upstairs deck!

                                Hot tub on upstairs deck!

                              • The View From The Living Room

                                The View From The Living Room

                              • The Sleeper Sofa In The Study

                                The Sleeper Sofa In The Study

                              • The Kitchen And Bar

                                The Kitchen And Bar

                              • The Master Bathroom

                                The Master Bathroom

                              • The Loft Bathroom

                                The Loft Bathroom

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                              Date last modified - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

                              $300 - $750 per night (USD)
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                              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 8

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