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Paradise Pond Casita Perfect for Nature Lovers

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The casita sits on the side of a half acre pond

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Located in the historic village of Chimayo, New Mexico this property is ideally located to tour all the sites of Northern New Mexico and return to the peace, beauty and comfort at Paradise Pond. Paradise means water - a large half acre pond sits in front of the casita. Acequias (traditional irrigation ditches) flow down the East and West sides of the property by water rights agreements going back to the 1690's. The Pond overflow creates a charming stream that snakes back and feeds a wetlands area before pouring into the Santa Cruz River - all on our 8 acre lot. All this water creates large cottonwood forests and lovely garden areas. Miles of hiking are also minutes away on BLM land where you can hike, bike or horseback ride through the red rock barrancas for miles. All the attractions of Northern New Mexico are within day trip distance - Santa Fe, Taos, Abiquiu, Ojos Caliente, Indian reservations, Nambe, too many to mention them all.

The casita is one bedroom with a king bed, a living room/kitchen combination room with a kiva fireplace and large glass patio doors with the pastoral view of the pond and fields, 1 bathroom with a tub/shower and a private patio. It is connected to the main house through a sunroom. Owners will help you plan your trips or give you total privacy. Private entrance, lots of parking. The living room includes a full size futon bed. Sleeps 2-3.

Chimayo is the home of the Sanctuario most well known for it's Easter pilgramage still practiced by many locals. Pilgrams walk day and night to come to Chimayo for the Easter holiday. The Sanctuario is open for visitors and is still an active congregation. The traditions of Chimayo are still practiced today including the room of blessed healing dirt. You will also find the best vendors of Chimayo authentic chili there and sample it's green and red goodness. Historians credit Chimayo with having the most intact (still lived in) Spanish Colonial Plaza in New Mexico. Many if not most of the residents of Chimayo are descendents of the Spanish settlers from the 1600's. A museum open in the summers next to Otega's Weaving Shop will explain. Many art galleries and weavers are in Chimayo and the region. There is a wonderful local restaurant with beautiful hillside tables called 'El Rancho de Chimayo' that has great classic northern New Mexico meals.

Paradise Pond is perfect for artists, writers, photographers and others who want a peaceful and inspiring natural place to work. For the adventurous it's also centrally located for day trips: 35 minutes to Santa Fe, 60 minutes to the Santa Fe Ski Basin, 55 minutes to Taos, 45 minutes to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, 45 minutes to Abiquiu (and Ghost Ranch) or Bandelier National Park. There are hidden treasures throughout the region and the hosts have a lot of knowledge of some off the beaten path spots to visit. We will help you plan your trips if you need local advice. Many events are also worthwhile such as the Native American Ceremonial Dances, Santa Fe's numerous Markets, the Christmas Eve Canyon Road Walk and many more.
So stay and relax or go exploring or both. Either way you will enjoy your stay in beautiful Northern New Mexico.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Children will need to be carefully supervised at all times outdoors. The pond is active with wildlife and the water is not suitable for swimming or play. Please call us to discuss the situation. We love children but want to make sure they stay safe in our somewhat wild country lot. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking please. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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  • Living Room with Futon: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    The double size (full size) futon/sofa is in the living room...moreless

  • The romantic southwest themed bedroom has authentic local vigas and diamond plaster turquoise finish. Has a king size bed and armoire for clothes. Large window with pond and garden views. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Bath has a custom tiled sink, beautiful orchid pink diamond plaster accent wall and a full tub/shower combination....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The living room includes a full size fouton to sleep 1. This passive and active solar home welcomes and lives seasonally. In summer, you open the windows in the cool nights and embrace the sounds of nature - birds and frogs entertain. In winter, the kiva fireplace and the solar hot water floor heat keeps you warm. A four season climate welcomes the joys of the seasons and we use passive solar means to comfort whenever possible. Come to Paradise Pond to immerse yourself in the sounds and joys of each season. Tom and Jan are always available if you want local advice to plan your trips, but we also respect your privacy. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    We keep a good library of travel books and information including maps you can borrow...moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Water View:

    Half acre wildlife pond with a stream to a wetlands area that drains into the Santa Cruz River on eight acres. Water in Northern New Mexico! That's paradise!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding

Dining

  • Dining:

    A small table and chairs are in the living area, patio tables are outdoors for use....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 3 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Kiva propane fireplace....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Solar radiant floor heat, electric space heaters, solar heat. It's very warm and cozy in the winter....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless free on site - since we are out in a rural area our service is a bit slow especially during peak hours....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Beautiful views, kiva fireplace with gas heat, comfortable furnishings in a classic Santa Fe style adobe with a full sized futon/sofa...moreless

  • Parking:

    Located way off the main street and there is plenty of parking space on our very large driveway...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Note that cell phones sometimes don't work inside adobe houses like ours. We provide a land line that is reliable. Your cell phone will work fine outdoors - the adobe walls may block reception....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer available through a separate entrance at all times....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Can't live without this! Has an electric coffee grinder, a 'Mr Coffee' maker, and a French Press style coffee pot...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full complement of dishes and utensils ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The well equipped kitchenette has an oven and stove and full refrigerator. Patio tables are also available for outdoor dining. And a grill is available weather permitting....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Most necessary pantry items will be provided including olive oil, condiments, spices for your cooking needs, paper towels and napkins, etc. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    A very private patio adjoins the living room of the casita. A larger patio is also available. Eight acres to explore to find your favorite outdoor spot....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Eight acres to walk and explore. The pond, stream, wetlands, fields, forest, and more. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rio Arriba County does not require taxes on single rentals attached to homes - no tax added!

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Location

Car: Necessary

Centrally located between Santa Fe and Taos just off the High Road to Taos Scenic By-way - Highway 503. Driving times to Santa Fe - 40 minutes, Taos - 50 minutes, Los Alamos - 30 minutes, Espanola - 10 minutes, Ojos Caliente - 30 minutes. Many local attractions are within 45 minutes driving time - ruins, parks, Indian festivals, Nambe falls and lake, Santa Cruz lake, fishing, skiing, hiking, scenic drives, it is the heart of Northern New Mexico.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Tom is a Solar Project Manager for Positive Energy in Santa Fe and Jan is a lifetime student of growing food and living sustainably. This is their biggest project yet - a 3200 square foot active and passive solar house with solar radiant heat, solar hot water, and the water in the house is all rain catchment. The eight acres will be developed into a working organic farm and permaculture food forest. If you have interest in energy or food sustainability we will be glad to give you that tour of the house and grounds.

Why the Owner Chose Chimayo:
After living south of Santa Fe for eleven years, Tom and Jan looked around for a place that might allow for a large hobby farm. When they saw Paradise Pond, that was it. Perfectly located in a traditional acequia village that still operates in the traditional way of the local people digging the acequias by hand each year and creating community and distributing water through the work of the local people - no fossil fuels required. Throughout the world there are few viable acequias left. Some of the best are in Northern New Mexico. Tom and Jan are thrilled to have found such a unique and beautiful spot and want to share it with others.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This house and property was developed in 1997 by Frances Harwood, a well known local anthropologist and solar pioneer. She lived here completely off grid - but this isn't your usual conception of an off grid house. She combined abundance, elegance and beauty with ecological nature-based solutions to create an oasis of beauty that also provides own energy and water. She founded Ecoversity in Santa Fe and was a true visionary in eco living. Her untimely death in 2004 for a while left her vision behind. We want to honor what she started and have felt that her vision was in kindred spirits with our own. In the Santa Fe tradition, her work does live on and we are enjoying discovering all the wonders of her life's work through this land and this house. Since we only have the one vacation rental, we can provide the service you want to make your vacation ideal for you. If you need quiet and privacy, that's what you will get. If you prefer someone to help you plan your day, we can do that too. Let us know if you need something unique - this is a unique place and you deserve some individual attention.


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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • The casita sits on the side of a half acre pond

    The casita sits on the side of a half acre pond

  • Huge parking area and private entrance

    Huge parking area and private entrance

  • The garden has a covered brick patio for shade to view the pond

    The garden has a covered brick patio for shade to view the pond

  • Living Room with Kiva Fireplace looking out to the pond in mid winter

    Living Room with Kiva Fireplace looking out to the pond in mid winter

  • Kitchenette table with pond view can seat up to four people

    Kitchenette table with pond view can seat up to four people

  • Southwest style turquoise diamond plaster, lots of light with view of pond

    Southwest style turquoise diamond plaster, lots of light with view of pond

  • Colorful casita with pink accent wall in full Bath with tub/shower combination

    Colorful casita with pink accent wall in full Bath with tub/shower combination

  • Sunroom connects your casita to our home used for info, supplies, privacy

    Sunroom connects your casita to our home used for info, supplies, privacy

  • Fall color is spectacular and peaks in October

    Fall color is spectacular and peaks in October

  • Snowstorm on the pond in November - centrally located to many ski destinations

    Snowstorm on the pond in November - centrally located to many ski destinations

  • Winter sunrise over the pond - the magical famous light of New Mexico

    Winter sunrise over the pond - the magical famous light of New Mexico

  • World famous heirloom Chimayo Chile grown and available only in Chimayo.

    World famous heirloom Chimayo Chile grown and available only in Chimayo.

  • Four Season Climate - View from the casita living room in summer

    Four Season Climate - View from the casita living room in summer

  • Shady covered brick patio with comfortable furniture and grill

    Shady covered brick patio with comfortable furniture and grill

  • Comfortable light filled living room with new inner spring mattress futon bed

    Comfortable light filled living room with new inner spring mattress futon bed

  • Kiva fireplace warms the mid winter

    Kiva fireplace warms the mid winter

  • Full kitchenette so you can cook at home or eat out as you choose

    Full kitchenette so you can cook at home or eat out as you choose

  • View of the pond and bird feeders from the turquoise bedroom

    View of the pond and bird feeders from the turquoise bedroom

  • Handmade tiles add to the charm

    Handmade tiles add to the charm

  • The lush green of summer

    The lush green of summer

  • One of many beautiful views on the well marked trails throughout the property

    One of many beautiful views on the well marked trails throughout the property

  • A trail on our property takes you to the Santa Cruz River

    A trail on our property takes you to the Santa Cruz River

  • Good Friday Pilgrimage to the Sanctuario de Chimayo - a 3 mile walk away

    Good Friday Pilgrimage to the Sanctuario de Chimayo - a 3 mile walk away

  • Typical scene of the barrancas near the casita you can hike for miles!

    Typical scene of the barrancas near the casita you can hike for miles!

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