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Come Ride the Chile Line in Our Cozy Narrow-Gauge Boxcar.

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Last updated: 09/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Taos cabin description

Our little boxcar was built in 1898, and it rode the narrow gauge rails from southern New Mexico to Denver, Colorado until the mid 1950s. Purchased from the Alamosa yard and moved to Pilar, NM, near Taos, Stephen used it to design passive solar systems when not building homes in Santa Fe. It became our place for romantic rendezvous before we built our family home.

Today it is our guesthouse. During several stages of remodeling we have tried to keep an authentic narrow-gauge boxcar feel to the space. We have added a Yodel gas stove, a Pullman kitchen with dining nook and closet, and most recently a bathroom with a very boxcar-esque sliding door. Our family members vie for the space when they are in town, and you can see why. It is so welcoming, and unique even for unique Taos. It isn't hard to imagine you are traveling the world on the historic Chili Line, even though there is wifi, a flat-screen TV, state-of-the-art lounging chairs for reading or TV viewing or working out on the Power Vibe which is a universal excursive mechine developed for astronauts. The boxcar is also powered by solar electric–of course.

For the weary traveler the queen bed is firm and comfortable. We use only nontoxic, 'green' household products throughout. The 40' flat screen TV can be viewed from the bed or the lounges. The couch is a 'Taos Bed', easily made up to sleep a third guest. The Pullman kitchen includes china and wine glasses, a two-burner electric stove, a small fridge, a sink and a toaster oven. Perhaps best of all, the 'slipper' tub invites leisurely baths or hand-held showers while viewing hundreds of acres of agricultural land, seasonally resplendent with coyotes, rabbits, soaring hawks, nesting magpies, and cows grazing and sometimes calving.

There is a Power Vibe (reportedly a Russian invention designed to help Astronauts keep fit in space by vibrating their muscles) available for those desiring in-house exercise.

Our property has a hot tub shared with the owner's, adjacent to the owner's home, which sits in a secluded, outdoor space, allowing the contemplation of sunrise, bird flight, cloud shift, stars and moon. Don one of the boxcar bathrobes and your flip flops and take a dip.

Quiet, private and on a dead-end road, some call the boxcar a sanctuary. We are located in Ranchos de Taos, 3.5 miles from the Taos Plaza, and just 40 minutes from the Taos Ski Valley. Come experience a bit of old railroad lore while visiting our beloved Taos, New Mexico.

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 450 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Pets Considered:

            We have a large friendly dog, and can accommodate only dogs; inquire first. Please note: out of respect for other guests with allergies, dogs are not allowed on furniture at all. Must come with own bed or floor blanket for sleeping....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Up to two children under twelve may stay for free, accompanied by at least one parent or guardian, of course!...moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Primary renter must be 18 or over....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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          • Queen-sized bed is nestled in the garden-end of the boxcar. Additional sleeping is available on Taos Bed couch in the 'living room/library' (on couch for one person or fold-out couch to make queen bed for 2, however this makes the passageway a bit cramped)....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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          • Luxurious 'slipper tub' with hand-held shower is the main feature, with sink and low-flow toilet. Organic hand soaps and bubble-bath provided. All cleaning supplies are eco-friendly....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

            Complementary salt, pepper, sugar, honey, 1/2 & 1/2, olive oil, variety of teas, coffee (caf and decaf), bubbly water and homemade granola....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Plates and bowls, tableware, knives and utensils, glasses (including wine glasses), a few pots and pans and a salad bowl....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Coffee grinder with drip coffee filter and filter holder and french press....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Small fridge with little freezer...moreless

          Amenities

          • Living Room:

            Couch in small living room/library area, which converts to third person bed....moreless

          • Heating:

            Gas log fireplace...moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Gas Log ...moreless

          • Babysitter
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Parking
          • Fitness Room / Equipment
          • Hair Dryer

          Entertainment

          • Games:

            A few board games and a deck of cards for fun and relaxation ...moreless

          • Television:

            Local channels, Netflix and Amazon Prime...moreless

          • DVD Player
          • Stereo
          • Books

          Communications

              • Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Hot Tub:

                    Outdoor hot tub, shared with Owner Residence...moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Ski & Snowboard:

                    At Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire and Sipapu Ski Areas and Cross Country all around...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Semi-secluded patio just outside boxcar, near parking....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Vegetable garden adjacent to the boxcar...moreless

                  • Golf:

                    At Taso Country Club three miles away...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Budget
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View:

                        Pastures and Taos Mountains...moreless

                      Activities

                      • Churches
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Ice Skating
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Whitewater Rafting
                      • Golf
                      • Tennis
                      • Rafting
                      • Kayaking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Skiing
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Hiking
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Swimming
                      • Medical Services
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Laundromat
                      • Hospital
                      • Festivals
                      • Restaurants
                      • Cinemas
                      • Live Theater
                      • Museums
                      • Library
                      • Playground
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Cycling
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Photography
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Walking
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Gambling Casinos
                      • Fishing
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Ski Season
                      Dec 1 - Mar 15, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $95
                      $600
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      $80
                      $500 $1,800
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Pet Fee $15
                      • Cleaning, inquire $40
                      • Taxes Included

                      Notes:

                      Up to two children under twelve may stay free, with parent(s), of course! Consider the space you will have; the couch makes a comfortable bed for one adult.

                      Dogs welcome, but no pets on furniture, firm!


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                      Last updated: 09/21/2014
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                      Location

                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Taos Municipal Airport
                      75 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Lamy
                      1.5 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      64, the main drag through town
                      3.5 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Many in Taos
                      25 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Taos Ski Valley
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Taos Country Club
                      3.5 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Lambert's

                      Car: Necessary

                      Taos is famous for its tri-cultural setting: Taos Pueblo- the oldest continuously inhabited village in north America; an Hispanic culture that has roots in the settlements of Spanish explorers from the 15th Century; and the Taos Art Colony established around the turn of the 20th Century. Features include the St. Francis de Assis massive adobe church, the Kit Carson House; the Martinez Hacienda, Millicent Rogers Museum, the famous powder at Taos Ski Valley, and the incomparable Taos Pueblo with its seasonal dances and celebrations.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1975

                      About the owner: I am Jean Kenin, a retired educator who gardens, sings, paints and hikes. My husband Steve is a building inspector, passive solar home builder and motorcycle rider. We met in Taos and have been married for almost 40 years. We have two fabulous sons, grown now, and a smart, well-trained and friendly Catahoula (dog). We love to travel- especially to beaches! We learned first-hand about owner rentals last year when we traveled to Turkey.

                      Why the Owner Chose Taos:
                      We fell in love with the views and wildness of this place so close to the center of town, and built our home in 1979. Our property overlooks 400 acres of pastureland, with the Taos Mountains as back drop. Gazing out over the open Taos landscape friends often ask, how do you get anything done?

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                      We moved the boxcar onto our property to have a guest dwelling separate from our home. It brings the lore of the narrow gauge railroad right to our doorstep. The boxcar is nestled next to my ever changing and challenging organic garden.


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english, spanish

                       

                      Photos

                      • Ride the Chile Line in your dreams!

                        Ride the Chile Line in your dreams!

                      • Our narrow gauge boxcar last winter.

                        Our narrow gauge boxcar last winter.

                      • 'Taos bed' sitting/library area.

                        'Taos bed' sitting/library area.

                      • Dining nook can seat more.

                        Dining nook can seat more.

                      • Picture yourself here watching the TV, reading, lounging or using the Power Vib.

                        Picture yourself here watching the TV, reading, lounging or using the Power Vib.

                      • Please try our slipper tub. You might love it.

                        Please try our slipper tub. You might love it.

                      • National Geographic wallpaper will surround you.

                        National Geographic wallpaper will surround you.

                      • More winter.

                        More winter.

                      • Northern Harrier Hawk.

                        Northern Harrier Hawk.

                      • Poppies in spring.

                        Poppies in spring.

                      • Fall light.

                        Fall light.

                      • Taos sunset.

                        Taos sunset.

                      • Our Chile Line boxcar this spring.

                        Our Chile Line boxcar this spring.

                      • Kitchen, Yodel Gas Stove and TV on the way to the sitting/library area.

                        Kitchen, Yodel Gas Stove and TV on the way to the sitting/library area.

                      • Books on the Narrow Gauge Railroad.

                        Books on the Narrow Gauge Railroad.

                      • Pullman kitchen is very well equipped.

                        Pullman kitchen is very well equipped.

                      • POWER VIBE- developed for astronauts in space; it is a 'Universal Gym'.

                        POWER VIBE- developed for astronauts in space; it is a 'Universal Gym'.

                      • The view from your tub.

                        The view from your tub.

                      • On the tracks, a narrow gauge original.

                        On the tracks, a narrow gauge original.

                      • Apres Ski (hot tub) next to our residence greenhouse and private.

                        Apres Ski (hot tub) next to our residence greenhouse and private.

                      • View from garden.

                        View from garden.

                      • Late summer.

                        Late summer.

                      • Fall light.

                        Fall light.

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                      This listing was first published here in 2014.

                      Date last modified - Friday, September 19, 2014

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                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 3

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