Exquisite Canyon Road Designer's Home, Eastside Historic Dist, River Runs Thru
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Historic Eastside house description
Wonderful location in oldest Historic District, on famous Canyon Road just above the art galleries, minutes to the Plaza. Superbly handcrafted and comfortable designers' cottage-home. Very Santa Fe with massive adobe walls, varnished log ceilings, and extraordinary woodwork and ironwork. Built on a low rock cliff, overhanging river & waterfalls flowing through one of the prettiest estate sites in the area. Mountain views and lovely riverside.
Surrounded by colorful, lush cottage gardens, 4 unique patios for exceptional living and entertaining. Smashing sunset views from cocktail balcony overlooking your own beautiful river valley with huge cottonwood trees and profuse wildlife.
Cheerful, sunny, private, colorful, and rich with character & surprises. Die- for cottage kitchen, charming bath, unlimited hot water. Heated stone & tile floors, extraordinary design and detailing, and beyond well- equipped and appointed. The essence of the arts and crafts traditions of Old Santa Fe!
Old Farm Estate: Unusual historic estate setting in superb location. Delicious living right in the designated Downtown and Core Area Historic District, just a few minutes from the Plaza, but secluded and private from Santa Fe's summer traffic and crowds. Casa Del Rio is a very good value for an unforgettable Santa Fe vacation.
- 1000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Non Smoking Only
- Low Allergen Environment
- Pets Considered
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Lives & sleeps 4, and sleeps 1 more (or 2 children) on a comfortable Taos Trundle Bed in living room with sunset river balcony and pretty cottage garden views. Second bedroom has wonderful character & accomodation with log ceiling, ' clothes & storage closet, dresser, hidden Asko high speed W&D, builtin desk/ computer alcove, skylights, and pretty valley views. Master bedroom features a big curl-up chair with reading light, facing a kiva fireplace; surprisingly capacious built-in his & hers dressers; matching Mexican bedside chests, a sky-lighted walk-in his & hers closet; a high varnished-log ceiling; triple curved panoramic windows overlooking lovely Cerro Gordo and the river valley; and a French door to the shaded and colorful 'Mexican Patio' with cafe table and gas grill. Unique built-in library-alcove bookshelves, filled with great books, lead through a massive castle door to a portal & the intimate white garden patio under a spreading apple tree....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Coved viga-log ceiling, sky-lighted hand-crafted Talavera tile soaking tub, Kohler full-spray shower, unlimited hot water at any temp you select with push of button; pure crystal-clear well water, spa towels, gloss-varnished mahogany handcrafted woodwork, white-enameled handcrafted doors & drawers and his & hers med cabinets, hanging antique brass candle-lantern. Giant yellow roses and purple clematis climbing in the window!...moreless
- Sunny, exquisitely-crafted Dining Room and compact but extraordinary Cook's Kitchen feature antique French Chestnut trestle-table seating 4-6; Hidden Coffee Shrine with water supply; multiple pretty table settings and glassware; Surprise Pantry, loaded; Lazy Susan; high, radiating varnished log ceilings, 14 skylights; large mahogany divided-lite windows; Polished cherry counter tops, tumbled stone tile back splashes; multiple cutting boards. profusion of one-touch drawers and 'hidden' drawers & cabinets; Kitchen aid/ Cuisinart blender, food processor, stand mixer; Slow Cook crock pot, multiple serving dishes & blooming interior flowers...& much more for enjoyable living inside or out. French door to 'Sunset Cocktail Balcony' off Living Room...overhanging river, a waterfall, the valley and ancient hills & farms on the other side, seats 4 on stools, more for drinks. French windows wrap living room; flat screen LCD Sony TV, hi-speed internet and WIFI....moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- Books For Adults
- DVD Player
- Botanical Garden
- Winery Tours
- Autumn Foliage
- Recreation Center
- Live Theater
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
local services and businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Mountain View:
- Water View:
sports and adventure activities
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Ice Skating
- Whitewater Rafting
- Equestrian Events
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Room
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Local Maps
- Washing Machine:
Four sets of fine hand-ironed linens for each bed including trundlebed, six down pillows for queen and double, variety of down and allery-free comforters, throws, and bedding accessories, many characters....moreless
- Parking Off Street:
Master Bedroom with wonderful hand-crafted kiva fireplace and wrought-iron screen & kindling door with aromatic pinon/ juniper firewood, fatwood kindling & fire starter, and pillow-filled reading chair in front of it; Meadow chimenea next to river under huge cottonwood....moreless
- Free Long Distance:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Alarm Clock
- Iron & Board
- Security System
- Wireless Internet
- Towels Provided
- Sofa Bed
- Activities Guide
- Parking On Street
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Broadband Access
- Housekeeper Optional
Extensive Kitchenaid, Quality stainless Cuisenart, everything for the passionate cook. five different china place settings, a dozen table settings, multiple cutting boards, small & large crockpots, stand mixer, turkey & oven pans, blender, lovely kitchen & pantry, the works....moreless
- Ice Maker
- Gourmet Kitchen
- Catering Available
- Coffee Maker
- 4 Ring Stove
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Grinder
- Lawn / Garden
- Wood Deck
- Outdoor Grill Gas
Sunset balcony hanging over river and small waterfall and footbridge, looking over your own private river valley & a multitude of colorful birds- fabulous views right into the river and huge cottonwoods & weeping willows & native willow- really lush ...moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Porch / Veranda
- Outdoor Grill
- Walkway To Water
ReviewsWrite a review
It really is that great!
It really is that great!
This house really is a work of art created by the owners and you get the feeling that you are a welcome guest and not just a renter. I enjoyed just walking around the house and the property noticing all the details and feeling happy for getting the chance to live in the house. I was even more fortunate to meet the owner who told me all about the construction and design that made the house a home. Over the years I've visited Santa Fe many times, but because of this home I saw it in a whole new way this trip. I enjoyed running the trails in the open space and the public trail head is just up the road, less than a mile. Santa Fe has a lot to offer, but except for making sure I got to have breakfast at Tia Sofia's, I could go there again and be happy just to stay at the house and wander the property and trails around it without even going into town. I've stayed at maybe half a dozen Homeaway properties, and none disappointed. Most got five stars, but now I feel like I need to award six stars because this has been the best of them all. Thank you Albert and Connie for creating such a wonderful home and for allowing my wife and I to share it. We really hope to return soon!
- Guest Terry G.
- Date of stay 11/28/12
- Review Submitted 01/12/13
We had the pleasure of visiting Casa del Rio in mid-May of last year and before we were on the plane in Albuquerque for our return home we were talking about our next trip. That little gem of a cottage was home base and home away from home for my wife and me for an unforgettable visit to northern NM. The comfort of Casa del Rio is second only to the charm, thoughtfulness and hospitality of Albert and Connie Durand, our host and hostess and new best friends. They have thought of everything to make this "pied-a’-terre" the perfect place to start a day in Santa Fe, and a place we looked forward to returning to at the end of each day. If there is a drawback to Casa Del Rio, it’s the temptation to "stay home" and enjoy the unbelievable craftsmanship and good taste that has gone into the construction and furnishings instead of touring NM. So we did both. If you think the information and photos on the website are too good to be true, they aren’t. If anything, they don't do Casa del Rio justice. (That said, however, please don't make a reservation. It might make booking our next visit more difficult for us.)
- Guest Jack M.
- Date of stay 05/15/12
- Review Submitted 01/07/13
Swedes find refuge at Casa del Rio
Swedes find refuge at Casa del Rio
Our stay at Casa del Rio started with perfect directions! An exchange of emails and we knew exactly where to go. When we arrived we were welcomed by Albert, who opened his home, shared all the unique features of the amazing property and then generously handed over his dear treasure to us... two total strangers! An amazing show of confidence. We immediately fell in love with this unbelievably lovely creation. We discovered something new every day, little details that the owners had lovingly created and built with their own hands. The house is truly a piece of art. We felt honored to be trusted with the use of the house as our own during our stay. We agree wholeheartedly with all the previous reviews; it is hard to top what others have written about the experience of staying in Albert and Connie's unique house, filled with love and care, inside and out. It must be very rewarding to be Albert and Connie, to trust others and give completely and to be rewarded with good friends around the world. It has inspired us greatly and we would like to follow suit.
- Guest Andrea S.
- Date of stay 10/18/12
- Review Submitted 10/30/12
Santa Fe Sanctuary
Santa Fe Sanctuary
On this trip to Santa Fe we finally drove up to Taos and visited the Taos Art Museum, built by our favorite oil painter, Nicholai Fechin. For decades we have loved it in photos and were eager to see in person how Fechin had blended Native American, Spanish, and Russian styles. We were not disappointed. But we want everyone to know that it really didn't hold a candle to the wonderful Casa del Rio where we stayed on Upper Canyon Road! Casa del Rio may not be a national landmark (yet) but from site planning to bath tile it is just so perfect a little house, and we feel so lucky to have stayed there. Overlooking the Santa Fe River and beyond to the spectacular cottonwood forest, we enjoyed frequent walks through the front patio down a wooded path to a private picnic spot complete with clay chiminea fireplace and a sylvan sitting area of wicker on a raised crude wooden floor. Perfect. Never saw anything quite as charming. A private section of river a few steps away. Walking paths that seem to reach forever. Every rock placement a labor of love. And—because of Albert and Connie's tireless efforts—a well nurtured, protected, natural river valley, abundant with native plants and wildlife. It's a healing place. My failing legs actually recovered during our stay. The house itself is an intriguing study in custom building, custom cabinetmaking, and interior design shaped for convenience and esthetic delight. There is visual interest wherever your eye rests and a surprise around every corner. And there's nothing like waking to birds singing and the sounds of the river down below. Sorry Nicholai... Its all perfect Santa Fe. And beyond. As to the owners, how about this: they are the designers and builders/craftspeople, they are not only sweet, but are so special they even found hypoallergenic soaps for our hyper-sensitivities. We are recommending Casa del Rio to our friends who know the difference and can take the time to appreciate the very finest of vacation hospitality. A very special Santa Fe experience! Thank you Albert and Connie! Jack and Shelley
- Guest Shelley B.
- Date of stay 10/03/12
- Review Submitted 10/24/12
It is pure pleasure....daunting albeit...to sing the praises (as a written review) of Casa Del Rio! What MORE can be said. The reviews before us have all so eloquently captured it's spirit. We want to be able to shine the brightest well deserved light possible on it! Gene, my husband, tells me just say..."WE HAVE TO GO BACK"," Albert and Connie are two of the nicest most attentive people on earth", "There is so much more to enjoy"....he's right of course....but there is SO much more to say than that! The first thing you need to know is TRUST the pictures....well maybe the only surprise will be the casa is even BETTER than the photos show. Just breathtaking! Albert and Connie have designed and appointed it so well. Albert is an architect and wooden boat enthusiast. He built the casa with such care and attention to detail with the BEST materials and use of space imaginable. Connie exudes "artist"! Around every corner is the delicious balance of form and function sprinkled with loads of creativity. Now that's just the inside....the outside is unbelievable with gardens at every turn, wildlife to greet you, the sound of the "Rio" babbling. You can enjoy peace and privacy beyond measure. You can expect a kitchen and pantry awaiting you full of goodies and staples...what a welcoming! Connie takes great care in providing some wine and snacks she thinks will be a good fit for you based on your previous communication. One needs nothing....everything is thought of. Two of our guilty pleasures were, for me, basking in the sun on the bed under glorious windows feeling like a cat taking her afternoon nap and for my husband, perusing Albert's Library, settling on more than one book to sink his teeth in. (it's a capacious selection) Albert was so forthcoming and accommodating from our very first communication to our final good-by. He supplied us with excellent restaurant recommendations as well as shops, ruins and galleries. Everything has been thought through. It is immaculate..The ambiance is truly breathtaking and if there was an award for BEST host and hostess anywhere, EVER....these two would receive it! We can't say enough about our visit. Gene was right....we WILL go back soon. Word of warning. Book soon because I'm sure it won't be long before word spreads and it will be impossible to get a reservation. We want to thank our new "friends" for sharing your little corner of the sky with us! Peace and Joy, Susie & Gene
- Guest Susie K.
- Date of stay 03/21/12
- Review Submitted 05/02/12
A Real Haven
A Real Haven
My stay in Casa del Rio was divine, beginning to end. I came to Santa Fe alone for some peace and quiet, and found the house to be remarkably cozy and peaceful, with every amenity you could ever want in a rental property and then some--comfortable bedding, a fantastically equipped kitchen, beautiful views, a shelf of good books, a stocked fridge upon arrival, a nice deep tub, and all in a serene, private setting that's just a few minutes from downtown Santa Fe. I enjoyed morning fires in the kiva fireplace; birds flitting outside the window; and walks along the river. The house is gorgeously designed. The love and care that's gone into it is evident in every room and I'll forever be grateful to Albert and Connie for creating such a perfect spot. I hope to return soon!
- Guest Sara C.
- Date of stay 01/19/12
- Review Submitted 02/12/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
What a Gem!
What a Gem!
I arrived at the Casa del Rio the first week of October anxious to explore Santa Fe and in need of rest and relaxation. It was the week of my daughter's 25th birthday and I was looking for a home where I could throw a birthday party for her, where I could cook most of our meals, and where there was land to stretch out on and to explore, I found it all at Casa del Rio! A sweet gem of a casita situated beautifully on Upper Canyon Road on acreage that has gardens, meadows, multiple patios and a river running through it. The view was amazing! My bedroom was so restful, a super comfortable bed, woodburning kiva in the corner, and a patio just off it which the birds frequented. I would wake early and take my morning coffee down to the meadow patio where I could watch the early birds, see the wonderful wildflowers, while listening to the sound of the water flowing behind me. it was an awesome way to start the day. The cottage had all we needed, linens, beautiful china, everything we could think of and fluffy, comfy robes too! My daughter's party was a great success, the food was amazing but it was the setting that truly wowed her guests. The only downside was having to pack and leave for home after the week was over! Albert was the most gracious host, answering all questions, assisting with any concerns and providing us with insider Santa Fe information that made my stay truly memorable. Thank you Albert, it made my vacation so enjoyable. Would I go back to Casa del Rio? In a second! If only I could live there! Thanks again for an amazing experience!
- Guest Me M.
- Date of stay 10/03/11
- Review Submitted 10/24/11
Hard to beleive!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hard to beleive!!!!!!!!!!!!
When reading the reviews and looking over the web page on Casa Del Rio I found it hard to believe that anyplace could be that wonderful.After giving it some careful thought and emailing Albert a few times,I decided to take a chance.What a great loss I would have suffered had I not taken that chance. Casa Del Rio is all it claims to be and more.From the first encounter to our last ,my partner and I throughly enjoyed our stay.The Casa, grounds and landlords were everything one could hope for in a vacation rental.Upon our arrival I discovered there were no robes. I commented to Albert about this and he said "Well it's hard to think of everything".The next morning we heard a knock on the door and Albert had his and Connie's just washed robes hanging on hangers for our use.(He immediately ordered robes for future guests!),This is only an example of the kind of service you can expect here.We have traveled a lot and rented houses before but have never seen such kindness and consideration towards making guests feel welcome and at home.Trust me ,you will love what you find here. Would I return? YOU BET !!!!!!!!! Bill PS (I am not a relative!)
- Guest Bill (Occidental Ca Sonoma County USA)
- Date of stay 04/17/11
- Review Submitted 04/28/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Wonderful Santa Fe Experience
Wonderful Santa Fe Experience
My lodging experience at Casa Del Rio Santa Fe was Great! A friend and I decided to take a girls relaxation trip to Santa Fe for a few days in Feb.2011. I wanted to stay close to the plaza but wanted more than a hotel had to offer. I started searching Vacation Home Rental site and came across this wonderful little adobe. I emailed the owners lbert and Connie) and from that point forward it was an wonderful experience. Albert and I started corresponding about 4 weeks prior to our visit to Santa Fe....He was so informative, helpful and gracious. By the time I went to visit Santa Fe, I felt like I was going to visit a family member. On the day my friend Kristin and I arrived, Albert met us at the house to give us a tour and show us how everything worked....I was immediately in relaxation mode...The house was warm and welcoming, full of character and charm. You could tell Albert and Connie put their heart and souls into this wonderful cottage. Every inch of the home was beautiful...and so much detail...We were so surprised to see all of our wonderful welcoming "treats". Albert and Connie had the refrigerator filled with condiments, milk, wine and juice. There was chips and salsa, cereal and bagels for breakfast and boxes of chocolate throughout the house. They house had every type of cooking dish, spice, books, cds, and more...You could not ask for anything more... The house actually sat on a cliff that overlook total tranquil...Trees, mountainside and a running creek...Just opening up the windows and listening to the running water and the birds singing could put a smile on anyones face. Although we packed to dine out while visiting Santa Fe, we actually cooked or ordered in every night of our vacation...It was so peaceful and comfy in our "vacation home" there was no other place we would have rather been... Albert called and checked on us, but let us have our privacy (as they live just a few feet away down the driveway)...It was nice knowing they were so close in case of an emergency. Albert from the very beginning went up and beyond the call of duty. Making list for Kristin and I to go see and do based on our interest. Albert was wonderful to correspond with and was a pleasure to do business with and to also consider a friend! I plan on taking my husband to "Casa Del Rio Santa Fe" soon for a wonderful and Beautiful Experience.
- Guest Kendra (Shreveport, La)
- Date of stay 02/10/11
- Review Submitted 02/28/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, tourists without a car, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Fabulous February Weekend at Casa Del Rio!
Fabulous February Weekend at Casa Del Rio!
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful and memorable 50th birthday retreat at Casa del Rio. From the second we arrived and met Albert, to the time our stay was over, it was top notch! No words can describe this marvelous house! You immediately feel welcomed. Albert and Connie have done such an exceptional job creating something very, very special. We enjoyed examining all of the the little details that they included in every inch. It really was fun studying all of the neat craftsmanship and deign. The house is warm and inviting and they provided every amenity we could ever need. We really did feel like we were home . . . only better! In the daytime, with all of its beautiful windows, it was light and bright; very open and airy. At night it was warm and cozy. We felt so relaxed during our entire stay. We enjoyed curling up on the couch with a number of interesting books from their library. For two people who love bird-watching, the bedroom patio with all of its feeders provided a wonderful opportunity to check out many birds of the region. We walked alongside the river below the house and across the bridge, across the snow-covered meadow and down into the bosque where we saw even more wildlife. It was a real treat for two lovers of nature. Albert and Connie filled us in on all the history of the area and educated us about all the local flora and fauna. We loved the time we got to share with them just as much as we loved the house! They are great people. It was such a fun and unique trip . . . one we will never forget!
- Guest Kendall (Albuquerque)
- Date of stay 02/04/11
- Review Submitted 02/12/11
Recommended for: People with disabilities, age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, tourists without a car, girls getaway, sightseeing.
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Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2014
7 night min stay
Extra Nights: $225
Notes: Thanksgiving rate $1925 /wk for holiday part of your stay
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About the owner: We designed and built every inch of this exotic little home with our own hands over the past 22 years, and it pleases us greatly when folks from all over the world fall in love with it and its rare and lovely riverside garden setting. We welcome you to come and see for yourselves!
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Kitchen Patio Entry with fall berries
Casa del Rio - massive adobe walls in cottage gardens
Cozy living room with mahogany windows & river views
Hand-crafted kitchen with one-touch drawers and cherry counters
Entry walled gardens and riverstone walls
Bath...Fine Woodwork, Curved-Corbel Entry and Coved Viga Ceiling
Computer Nicho in the "Green Room" guest bedroom
Kitchen Pantry Surprise
Atalaya Peak from our river meadows
The white garden
On the river just above Art Gallery District on famous Canyon Road
Summer Patio above waterfall
Santa Fe cottage character
Eagle Columns & Viga Ceilings- master bedroom
Passage to bath and master bedroom
Kiva fireplace and library in Master Bedroom
Our lush green meadows across the river
White-garden portal entry & library- off Master Bedroom
Guest bedroom - "green room"
Our stream after first snow, right below Casa Del Rio!
White garden patio
Mexican Patio with barbecue and shaded cafe table, early fall
Sunset and River Balcony above a waterfall, overlooking our valley