John Gaw Meem Traditional Southwestern Elegance, Warmth and Hospitality
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Northeast estate description
La Mesita Ranch is located in the heart of the Nambe’ Valley, just 15 minutes north of Santa Fe. This lush, quietly elegant private ranch was re-purchased by the original owners – the Pueblo of Pojoaque – and is now available to guests seeking a retreat, a getaway oasis or a celebration destination.
Traditional and formally appointed throughout, yet comfortable in its decor and modern in its accessibility, La Mesita Ranch offers guests a rare and beautiful setting to celebrate the special moments in life such as a wedding, anniversary, family gathering or reunion, or golf or girlfriend getaway. The ranch is also available as a unique site and special location for corporate meetings, the movie/film industry or simply, a quiet refuge from the stresses in life.
The gated property – roughly 144 acres in total with 3 residential structures (The Grande Hacienda, Cowboy Bunkhouse and the Country Cottage), indoor and outdoor equestrian facilities, swimming pool and cabana, tennis court, duck pond, grassy pastures– is surrounded by native lands, badlands canyons, old Cottonwoods, verdant Alfalfa fields and in the eastern distance, views of the Sangre de Cristos and to the west, sunset vistas as far as the eye can see. Set apart from the light pollution of the urban settings, starry night skies light up the ranch.
Lovingly and carefully maintained for decades, yet recently updated and modernized, the Pueblo of Pojoaque desires to share this rare and distinctive property with others who will appreciate its beauty, its tradition, its activity and its solitude.
We only rent the ranch out to one party at a time, the residences are not available to rent separately.
- 10000 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 10-16
Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
The Grande Hacienda features a large custom kitchen perfect for large parties and entertaining. There is a breakfast room attached to kitchen with built in banquet seating. Pantry, Butlers Pantry....moreless
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Video Library
- DVD Player
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Deck / Patio:
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Sports & Activities
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Horseback Riding
- Equestrian Events
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Wildlife Viewing
- Gambling Casinos
- Scenic Drives
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|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 - Jan 1, 2014
3 night min stay
|Skiing in Santa Fe
Jan 6 - Mar 31, 2014
4 night min stay
Nov 19 - Jan 7, 2015
7 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
One half of total rental fees are due upon reservation.
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection: $49
- Pet Fee: $100
- Tax Rate 8.3%
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Year Purchased: 2008
About: While talking about the history of LMR, its important that we start with a little history of the area and talk about the original inhabitants of the property, who they were and how it lead to the creation of LMR. Around the turn of the Century, the Pueblo of Pojoaque was hit with an outbreak of smallpox. Most of the people living in this valley were forced to leave and move to Colorado or the surrounding areas. The Pueblo of Pojoaque sold most of its land, including a large portion, LMR, to a real estate developer. The Pueblo of Pojoaque has a history that dates back to about 500 AD. And several times during its history the Pueblo has actually relocated or has abandoned its land and come back. During the 1500-1600 century when the Spanish were exploring North from Mexico searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold they explored through this area, bringing Catholic Missionaries with them. They identified the small villages where the Native Americans were living and in order to catholicize them, they built mission churches in each of those small villages. Each of the mission churches was named after a patron Saint. Santa Clara (Saint Claire), San Juan (Saint John). The churches adopted those names, as well as the small villages. The Term Pueblo actually means village in Spanish. The Spanish tried to catholicize the Native Americans. The only successful Native American revolt of Northern American History happened in NM, in the 1680s, where all the pueblos banded together and flushed the Spanish back into Mexico. Shortly after, there was a re-conquest of the land and the Spanish came and reoccupied the territories again. Today, Native Americans living in NM use the term Pueblo to identify the tribal nation or reservation that they live on. They refer to themselves as Pueblo Indians or Puebloans. Pojoaque is the smallest pueblo in NM. La Mesita Ranch is a property that has brought back a piece of Pueblo history to where it started.
In the early 1900s, a 140-acre portion of land was sold to Clarence Mott Woolley. At the time, Mr. Woolley was the president of American Radiator Company in New York City. The Woolleys bought this land as a summer retreat. It was always intended to be an equestrian property, and they built the first polo field west of the Mississippi. At the turn of the century, it was very fashionable for wealthy families on the east coast to buy properties out west; it was very bohemian of them to bring their artist friends and other large entrepreneurs out here to experience the Wild West. Coming by train into Santa Fe would have been an adventure on its own. Travelling from Missouri to Santa Fe would have been, probably a breathtaking and amazing experience for most guests. Santa Fe was a bustling little town in the Wild West. When they arrived to LMR, it’s a lush river valley, the climate was cool, and it was a very desirable place to spend the summer. In the late 1920s, Woolley merged his company with Standard Sanitation to become American Standard - still today America’s largest producer of faucets and fixtures. The Woolleys kept La Mesita Ranch and in the 1930s hired John Gaw Meem to design three main homes. Meem is considered to be the most important architect in New Mexico's history. The Woolleys lived in La Mesita until about 1959, and in 1959, they sold the property to a gentleman with the last name, Goodwin. He was the current president of the American Standard Faucet Company. It’s unclear who actually lived on the property between 1959-1980. There are some wonderful rumors and stories, however in the 1980s the property really fell to ruins. There were squatters on the property, many of the structures had been demolished or burned, and it wasn’t until the late 80s when the previous owner purchased the property that it was restored in its entirety to what it looks like today.
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
The previous owner was an American heiress who bought the property as a summer retreat as well. When she purchased the property, she built the equestrian complex that is here today. It features an d climate controlled in door horse arena with ground up tennis shoes for its footing. She also completed renovations on the house. The three main homes that John Gaw Meem designed in the 1930s, the north guesthouse was never completed. The property today is completely restored to its original state. It is absolutely beautiful. In November 2008, the Pueblo of Pojoaque repurchased La Mesita Ranch. The Pueblo purchased the property with the intention of reintroducing the land into the Tribal Land Trust. Reintroducing the property into its original Land Trust, their ancestral land, is most important. La Mesita Ranch means “Little Mesa” and there is a small mesa ridge in the center of the property, and on top of that ridge lie the original ruins of the ancient kiva and other structures that were thought to be originally part of the Pueblo of Pojoaque. Today it’s deemed as a sacred site and is off limits to anyone who is not a tribal member. So, the Pueblo of Pojoaque and La Mesita Ranch in a lot of ways are like a phoenix. Several years ago this area, this land, was abandoned by its original ancestors, today reintroduced as the Pueblo of Pojoaque, received a federal grant in the late 30s to bring 14 families back to reoccupy and in 2008 they purchased the final remaining portion of it to make the entire property whole again.
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Welcome to La Mesita Ranch.
Sitting in the relaxing shade of the mature cottonwoods.
View of the barn and riding arena.
North view of the Grande Hacienda.
Living Room in Grande Hacienda.
Each bedroom at LMR has its own style.
Bedroom Number three.
Cowboy Bunk House Living Room.
Relax by the pool...
A Special Day.
Views of the ranch from above....
For the love of horses....
Covered portals extend throughout the property.
Southern view of the Cowboy Bunk House.
Family movie night in the cozy library....
Bedroom Number Four
Ready for a massage?
Cowboy Bunk House Bedroom
Weddings are special at La Mesita Ranch.
Sunset Views in a Sacred Native Location.
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