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Mabel's Casita - Gorgeous Restored Historic Adobe-Walk to the Plaza

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Tucked away on a secluded hilltop plaza that dates from 1796, you'll find Mabel's Loma Grande Casita (named for famed Taos matriarch, Mabel Dodge Luhan). The beautifully restored casita has a kiva fireplace in the mysterious bedroom, which was inspired by original textiles from the Yucatan. The living room is framed by huge viga logs, nichos and a wood-burning iron fireplace. The retreat is filled with hand-made rugs, talavera tiles and wood floors. The casita has everything you'll need- a fully appointed kitchen, laundry facilities and a charming outdoor courtyard, perfect to enjoy the famous Taos sunsets. Relax in the cedar hot tub or try your hand at some 'plein air' painting. The restaurants and galleries are a short 3-block walk. Some of the wonderful art pieces are available for purchase.

Keywords: Casita

More Details

Kate Culligan & Josh Comfort
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Kate Culligan & Josh Comfort

Kate Culligan and Josh Comfort have lived in Denver for over 30 years owning and managing rental properties as a side- line to their professional lives. They have a Brady Bunch of kids-with Josh’s four kids and Kate’s two. She is a former Marketing and Promotions executive with Clear Channel Radio and has recently started a consulting practice specializing in career development. Josh is an Architect with extensive historic renovation experience, and has been a prime mover in the revitalization of Lower Downtown Denver, which is now filled with lofts and restaurants, many designed by Josh. A short 4-1/2 hour drive away, Taos offered a dramatically contrasting experience – inner city life in a burgeoning metropolitan area versus an ambling pace in a culturally complex small town.

Their Taos adventure began eight years ago during a weekend getaway taken to replenish themselves during a particularly challenging period of their lives. Little did they know that a Sunday stroll down Morada Lane would result in a signed contract to purchase their first “unloved” but charming historic property, Casa Manana. The property had been empty for over a year and lacked adequate plumbing and electrical. But Kate and Josh saw through the overgrown courtyard and fuchsia pink walls to see the great “bones” of the property. After an extensive year- long renovation, they were hooked! Five years later they discovered La Loma plaza with its beautiful location on a hill overlooking the town. The private chapel and charming 200- year old homes were enticing and Casa Loma Chica and Mabel's were born.

Kate Culligan & Josh Comfort purchased this house in 2004

Why Kate Culligan & Josh Comfort chose Taos

We love rescuing historic properties and LaLoma Plaza is one of the hidden gem's of Taos. The plaza is one of the earliest settlements in the town with its own chapel and private plaza. The character of our casita was irresistable...the thick adobe walls, huge vigas on the ceiling and the location was perfect. We spent one full year rennovating it and have loved every minute. Since then, we continue to bring in new local art pieces, folk art, paintings and unique finds. Some of these pieces are now available for sale.

What makes this house unique

Mabel's is named after Mabel Dodge Luhan one of Taos' most influential art patrons of early 1900's. We have filled the casita with unique pieces of art, many of which are now available for sale. The colors of the walls are inspired by our many visits to colonial Mexico and South America...strong colors set the tone for a romantic stay.


Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private courtyards filled with New Mexican flowers-great eating and lounging space


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Mabel's Casita - Gorgeous Restored Historic Adobe-Walk to the Plaza
average rating of 4.769231 based on 26 reviews

Cute Casita, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two mini dachshunds loved our stay. The casita is perfect for two people. We enjoyed relaxing on the small back patio most evenings with a glass of wine and a good book. The location is within walking distance of many of the restaurants and shopping opportunities.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed Mabel's Casita. The secluded rear courtyard is always a hit with our Guests, particularly when having that glass of wine. Please come back to see all the things you couldn't squeeze in! Kate and Josh
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Charming, colorful, close to plaza, quiet!

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay at Mabel's Casita. I enjoyed the beautiful details in the decor at every turn, the hot tub, the comfy bed, proximity to the plaza. When a light bulb went out in a ceiling lamp that I couldn't reach, it was taken care of immediately. Thank you so much !

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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I felt at home.

  • 4 of 5

I enjoyed staying at Mabel's Casita. We felt at home and had time to relax and read here.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you came to Mabel's Casita and made it your own home for your stay. Please come again. Kate and Josh
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Willow Park, TX

Perfect for us.

  • 5 of 5

We stay a month several times a year. Mabel's Casita suits us perfectly. All the amenities and Wayne and Marcella make sure we have what we need. Patio is perfect for reading, and only a short walk to the plaza. Just returned from a June 1 - July 1 stay and ready to go back. Our Yorkie loves being a Taos dog. Thanks Kate and Josh. See Ya soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you keep returning to our casita. Please know that you your Yorkie are always welcome in our home. Keep in touch! And come again! Kate and Josh
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Alameda, CA

charming, well located historic casita

  • 4 of 5

comfortable for a couple, cozy, fun and interesting artwork. Well located for a walkabout around historic Taos. Owners Josh and Kate and caretakers Marcella and Wayne very responsive when events beyond anyone's control necessitated a move to an adjacent property ( which was equally charming)

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A superior VRBO, well-furnished, well located and well managed. Top Drawer!

  • 5 of 5

Good location,excellent, fully equipped, tastefully decorated, comfortable and immaculate casita. Set in the historic district, it’s minutes away from museums, plaza and shopping. Excellent, thoughtful personable manager, Wayne, is ready and eager to assist in any way.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Historic La Loma Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Historic CENTRAL Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Harwood Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Kit Carson Town and State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Taos Community Auditorium
Nearest Point of Interest
Taos Post Office

Take art and writing classes offered by many local professionals. Great walking location but within 30 minute drive to ski area. Most of original art in the casita is available for puchase.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $50

Rates are higher on holidays and Spring break.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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