Five Star Adobe Casita

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Last updated: 11/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Casita Dona Linda is an elegant, authentic adobe on five acres, surrounded by junipers and native grasses, nestled in Taos Canyon of the scenic Enchanted Circle drive - yet only 5 miles from historic Taos Plaza. Truly a four season experience, with vibrant spring and summer gardens, golden autumn cottonwoods, and snow covered pines in winter. The property has a private trail culminating in a canyon-view bench before it joins national forest. A rustic bridge crosses the Rio Fernando. A 1/3-acre pond reflects the landscape - except when the pet trout jump or the ice sparkles in winter. The setting and home are a bit of Shangri-La!

Approximately 5 miles East from Taos Plaza, 18 miles to Angel Fire and 24 miles to Taos Ski Valley – on the Enchanted Circle byway. Very convenient to hiking, biking, snow shoeing trails and all the shopping, dining and culture Taos has to offer.

Beautiful outdoor setting with patio furniture and the backdrop of the Carson National Forest. Covered parking just outside the front door. Radiant heated saltillo tile flooring and a large kiva fireplace. Generous skylights set between high ponderosa ceiling vigas accent the softly curved mud plaster walls. Lots of closet space for storage. Washer/dryer available with iron and ironing board. Satellite Dish TV, wireless Internet and courtesy phone offered. Fenced-in, private, separate dog yard (shady, sheltered and fairly escape proof for the pooch!)

One full with tub/shower, pedestal sink, bright skylight, cabinetry and custom tile work. Lots of towels and a hair dryer.

Galley style: fully equipped with gas stove, double sink with disposal, refrigerator, coffee maker and bean grinder, blender, electric beater, microwave, large crock pot, toaster oven and an ample supply of dishes (crystal glassware), silverware and cookware. Custom cabinetry and tile create an efficient work place. Built-in desk great for computer stationing set-up. View of adjacent private patio, pond and pine covered hills.

Curved kiva fireplace with raised sandstone hearth and adjacent adobe banco seating. TV, library (may be supplemented by owner’s collection) “Kennedy” oak rocker, two-love seat/sleeper couches, coffee table, ample lighting, Sheepskin rug. Navaho weaving and other art works.

Coved dining area with 4 chairs, round table and window views into the expanse of the pond and forested hills – good birding!

Total comfort! Queen – “Select Comfort” (individual firmness controls), ceiling fan, skylight, cross ventilating windows, dedicated room thermostat. Romero for clothing items. Close to bath. Down comforter, lots of pillows and bed linens provided.

Heating/ Cooling:
Radiant floor heat on two separate thermostats. Nice warm floors for winter! Kiva fireplace in living area. Thick adobe walls, trees, and cross ventilation keep it naturally cool in summer.

Sq. Ft.:
Approx. 800 sq. ft., in an open, well designed floor plan with softly curved mud plaster walls, skylights, solid natural wood and tile. Beautifully decorated and furnished. The casita is attached by a double-thick adobe wall to the owners’ home, which creates a quiet, private space to call your own. Sheltering front porch entry and latilla privacy fence along back patio.

This is a non-smoking property. Dog friendly (sorry, no cats…..) with Dog Guidelines attached to contract. Maximum capacity 4. This home is a good fit for adults and older children. Due to the 8 ft. deep pond and also the delicate, mud plaster interior walls it may not be advisable for young children.

Deposit and Cancellation:
$150 fully refundable cleaning/damage deposit.

No reservation refund. Trip insurance has worked well for those anticipating the need.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The pond is unfenced and is eight feet deep at the center and it is about 50 feet from the casita patio. This may make the property unsuitable for young children....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The deep pond and soft mud plaster walls may not make the casita advisable for small children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a very environmentally clean space....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved dogs considered upon renter's acceptance of dog policy. $10 dayly fee plus $50 refundable cleaning/damage charge. The property does have a high fenced generous shady dog yard with sheltered area. Dog owner needs to judge if it is escape-proof. Sorry, but we do not allow cats....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1


  • One Queen size Sleep Master bed with dual firmness controls, king pillows and down comforter, Two love seats in the living room open into beds. Custom linens, king pillows and polar arctic blankets....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Large pedestal sink, tub/shower, radiant heated floor, storage, skylight, beams (Vigas), custom tile. Lots of towels and hair dryer provided....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Excellent shopping, dining, cultural activities and entertainment.


  • Books:

    There is a hard back quality library in the casita and the owners have a personal library that can supply some special interests....moreless

  • DVD Player:


  • Music Library:

    TV has extensive music channels and there is DVD player. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV package...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Satellite TV service has many music only channels. There is also a CD player....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen TV in Living room...moreless

  • Video Library:

    small selection...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    National forest evergreen hills rise in back of the pond....moreless

  • Water View:

    A 1/3 acre pond is 50 feet from the casita back patio. See birds and perhaps a pet trout leap....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Coved area in living room next to fireplace with view of pond and pine clad hills. Round table with 4 chairs....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Not needed. Thick adobe walls surrounded by mature juniper trees. night time temperature is about 30 degrees cooler than day all year round. Cross ventilation and ceiling fan in bedroom....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Shared with owner in garage laundry room...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    Partially enclosed full carport at the casita front entrance with motion sensor lighting....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Large kiva fireplace with raised sandstone hearth. First night's three hour log is supplied. ...moreless

  • Garage:

    Partially enclose carport beside casita front entrance ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant heated tile floors throughout with separate living and bedroom thermostat controls plus fireplace. ...moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Many pillows, sheets and pillow cases, down comforter in duvet, polar arctic fleece blankets, quilt, towels and face cloths, dish towels...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Soft mud real adobe walls, large skylight, big vigas, wood ceiling with track lighting, tile floors, curved walls, ample windows, quality furnishings and banco seating, library, TV, ...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Service may not be available until two miles down canyon. We supply our phone line as a courtesy if you can not receive service....moreless

  • Parking:

    Lots of room in graveled driveway...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Lots of parking on gravel drive...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Could accommodate on a case by case basis...moreless

  • Telephone:

    A courtesy phone is available for local calls and long distance can be arranged with owner....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Good thick towels. Ample supply....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Shared with owner in garage laundry room...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Owners wireless internet service extends into the casita. Set up directions provided....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Large adobe kiva fireplace in living room with sandstone seating hearth....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    12 cup automatic....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    complete selection of cooking utensils and pots/pans plus blender, coffee maker, coffee grinder, electric beater, crock pot and toaster oven. (Several guests have made Thanksgiving dinners here!)...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    full set of dishes and utensils with crystal glassware as well as plastic set for outside or small children....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped galley style tiled kitchen with ample custom cabinets, gas stove, double sink with disposal, desk or seat for food prep or computer, cookbooks....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large microwave with many features mounted over the stove with light and fan....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Just about anything you could need to cook and serve a meal. Home-grown organic herbs in the spice rack and first night's gourmet coffee/tea supplied....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New. Ice maker and separate top freezer compartment....moreless

  • Stove:

    Full size gas stove with overhead light and vent below microwave....moreless

  • Toaster:

    toaster oven...moreless


  • Boat:

    An adult who wanted 'a silly' could row our boat on the pond. We do!...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Furnished private patio with view of gardens, ponds and pine covered hills. Both sunny and shady areas....moreless

  • Golf:

    A few miles away there is a rustic pretty course and there is an open country club available in Taos and in Angel Fire....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Attractive lawns and guests are welcome to wander the extensive flower garden, vegetable and orchard areas on the property. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill available...moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Small front porch...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Ski Taos Mountain, Angel Fire and others. Also snowshoe areas....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Raft and kayak on the Rio Grande. Fish in the river, streams, or lakes....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Holiday
Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Winter Sports 2016
Jan 3 - Feb 26, 2016
3 night min stay
$910 $3,500
Winter/Spring Break
Feb 27 - Mar 27, 2016
3 night min stay
Summer/Fall 2016
May 14 - Oct 23, 2016
3 night min stay
Winter Holiday 2016
Dec 18 - Jan 2, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Tax Rate 7.125%

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Last updated: 11/25/2015
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3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
El Monte Sagrado
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Via Escondito
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
El Monte Sagrado
18 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley 24 miles, Angel Fire 18 miles

Car: Necessary

Casita Dona Linda is set back from the Enchanted Circle National Scenic Byway by a field and orchard, but is only ten minutes from historic Taos Plaza. The front is nestled in junipers and the back has a view of a pond and National Forest. Guests are more than welcome to walk the grounds which include beautiful flowers and a vegetabe garden. The property is both convenient and rural. If requested, the resident retired owners can provide expert cultural and sports information.


Owner info

About the owner: We are retired! Donn has been a museum director, back to the land farmer and insurance/investment broker. He is an avid sportsman with a knowledge of NM hiking and biking trails and is a telemark skier. Linda is a former professor and academic dean of Art who is now a poet. She is a Master Gardner and past president of the Taos Native Plant Society. She occasionally swims, kayaks and snowshoes.

Why the Owner Chose Taos:
The architecture exhibits excellent design and the finest materials. The setting includes orchard, field, extensive gardens, mature native trees, a pond, the Rio Fernando and a private trail joining National Forest. All this and yet only five miles from historic Taos Plaza.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Leaping pet rainbow trout.

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Speaks: english



  • Living/dining area

    Living/dining area

  • Living room North view

    Living room North view

  • bedroom to bath

    bedroom to bath

  • Kitchen from living area

    Kitchen from living area

  • Kitchen desk/seat.  Outside, patio and pond.

    Kitchen desk/seat. Outside, patio and pond.

  • September patio pond/forest view

    September patio pond/forest view

  • October pond

    October pond

  • Pond in late winter from casita

    Pond in late winter from casita

  • Mid-summer gardens

    Mid-summer gardens

  • Entrance off the scenic enchanted Circle Drive - September.

    Entrance off the scenic enchanted Circle Drive - September.

  • Autumn view from front casita entrance toward the main house and up canyon.

    Autumn view from front casita entrance toward the main house and up canyon.

  • Private hiking trail to canyon view bench

    Private hiking trail to canyon view bench

  • wide angle photo of living/dining area

    wide angle photo of living/dining area

  • Bedroom from entry hall

    Bedroom from entry hall

  • Bath Room

    Bath Room

  • Glass back door from patio to kitchen

    Glass back door from patio to kitchen

  • private back patio faces pond. Stone fountain and red barbecue.  Early spring.

    private back patio faces pond. Stone fountain and red barbecue. Early spring.

  • September pond

    September pond

  • Guest-built snowman looking at the pond

    Guest-built snowman looking at the pond

  • very early spring pond

    very early spring pond

  • gardens in August

    gardens in August

  • Casita front entrance

    Casita front entrance

  • Early spring river, bridge to hiking trail

    Early spring river, bridge to hiking trail

  • Canyon view bench with Ponderosa, pine and fir trees

    Canyon view bench with Ponderosa, pine and fir trees

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Saturday, November 28, 2015

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