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Our little boxcar was built in 1898, and it rode the narrow gauge rails from southern New Mexico trying to reach Denver. 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. The boxcar is powered by solar electric.
For the weary traveler the queen bed is firm and comfortable. Bamboo rayon sheets add a touch of elegance to the boxcar charm. 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.
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.
The most recent addition, the bathroom provides a stately contrast to the comfortable old boxcar. A luxurious 'slipper tub' with hand-held shower is the main feature, with sink and low-flow toilet. Organic hand soaps and bubble-bath provided in the small antique-door cupboard. Cleaning supplies are eco-friendly. Authentic sliding boxcar door closes bathroom from other living space....moreless
Caution tall people: as the boxcar was built in the 19th Century, the clearance through doorways is less than six feet. We caution you to be aware and be flexible (literally!).
Delicious mountain well water
For breakfast or snacks we provide the following complementary items: homemade granola, coffee and tea, 1/2&1/2, seasonal fresh fruit, yogurt and a bottle of bubbly water. Pantry shelf also has salt and pepper, olive oil, honey and instant hot chocolate....moreless
Board games, scrabble and a deck of cards for fun and relaxation. ...moreless
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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!
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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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.
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 hundreds 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 Bed And Breakfast: 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. It features the sweetest of well water to drink, a cozy bed nook at one end and the luxurious slipper bath at the other, with the kitchen/dining nook off to the side along the way. The space is quiet on our dead-end road, cool in the summer and cozy warm in the winter. The views from the dining nook and bathtub are of open spaces and big sky. This is the place to write your book, both secluded and stimulating.