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Ski, Walk to Plaza, Romantic adobe, fenced in backyard, KING bed, HD TV, Netflix

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Casita, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, KING bed, fenced-in backyard, driveway parking, HD TV

Save money on this cozy adobe casita with a private backyard 3 blocks from historic Taos Plaza. It’s the perfect place for romance and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Minimum stay is TWO NIGHTS (except holidays). The KING bed is very comfy. Two nights to two or three weeks, but we do not offer monthly rentals since our cleaning crew needs steady work - and they're the best.

If you're drawn to Taos, you're probably a skier (it's excellent at nearby Taos Mountain) or you’re spiritual (our upstairs loft even has a meditation bench) or you’re into health and fitness (yoga mat and weights supplied.)

Wood floors and ceilings in both rooms add a special charm and the hand-plastered walls in the bedroom are tinted a salmon color that makes your skin look fantastic. The bedroom has a comfortable king-sized bed and, of course, a reading lamp on each side. There's a full-length mirror plus an iron and ironing board.

The tall cottonwood trees in the backyard keep the casita cool, but if there’s a heat spell, just turn on the a/c. Charcoal grill. The private backyard is yours alone and has a small wrought-iron table with 2 chairs and is completely fenced in, but sorry, the enclosed hot tub in front of where you park is for guests of Casa Montoya (VRBO #67696), the larger property in front that sleeps 2 to 4 people and features a large, fully-equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, king bed and HiDef TV and Netflix.

This casita has a kitchenette in the living room with 2-burner gas cook top, under-counter refrigerator, deep stainless steel sink with filtered water pitcher, toaster-oven, electric griddle, microwave and coffee maker. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are excellent restaurants within walking distance.

Bring your laptop (we have wireless internet) and your cell phone (we don’t have a telephone). If your favorite TV show is on while you'll be gone, just record it. We have Dish Hi Definition TV with DVR. And Netflix! A gas stove in the living room has a thermostat so you can be as toasty as you want. The bedroom has A.C., baseboard electric heat and there's a separate electric heater in the bathroom. The bathroom is small (no tub) with Mexican tiles and hand-painted sink, and a Saltillo tile floor - plus a portable heater and hair dryer.

Casita Montoya is less expensive than our other vacation rental in Taos, but it’s quite charming and comfortable. It's small but larger than a motel room and has a large backyard. In the summer it’s always cool, (we have A.C.) and toasty warm in winter! It’s a hefty walk to the historic Plaza with lots of charming stores and galleries along the way on Kit Carson Road. The fenced-in backyard has tall cottonwoods which keep it shady for you and your dog.

This is a non-smoking rental. One well-behaved dog (well… maybe two). Private parking in the driveway.

Considered 'sacred' by many of the residents, Taos Mountain is a world-class ski resort. Taos has a rich history and cultural heritage, with numerous galleries, museums and festivals you can walk to from Casita Montoya. You'll love this place!

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Ellen Wood
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
July 27, 2017

About Ellen Wood

My wonderful, beautiful daughter Winton has been managing Casa Montoya and Casita Montoya for me for quite a few years now - but it's time for her to move on so at this time I'm managing them myself. Since 2007 I've been writing and giving inspirational talks (about growing younger!) and I'm currently writing my second book. Can I brag a little? My audio book, 'Think and Grow Young - Powerful Steps to Create a Life of Joy' won the 2011 gold Nautilus Award and I am blessed with four children, two stepchildren, two foster daughters, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. And for you, I'll do my best to make sure the rentals are well stocked and super clean.

Ellen Wood purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Ellen Wood chose New Mexico

There's no place more magical or inspiring than Taos! And although small, this is a joyful house.

What makes this cottage unique

It's uniquely less expensive, though charming and comfortable. In the summer it's always cool, and toasty warm in winter! It's a hefty walk to the historic Plaza with lots of charming stores and galleries along the way. The fenced-in backyard has tall cottonwoods which keeps it shady for your dog.


Taos Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1) Guests often ask where we bought the caramel-colored duvet cover and throw. (Casa Montoya and Casita Montoya have the same covers.) A white down comforter adds warmth and coziness.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
This casita is just 2 rooms plus small bath but does have a curved stairway to a charming loft for meditation, relaxing, enjoying private space, gazing out the window, looking down on your partner preparing dinner, storing your luggage, You can't stand up in it (unless you're really, really short) but there's a meditation bench and a table with short legs, a rug and pillows, The yoga mat and weights are in the bedroom closet downstairs, along with the iron and ironing board and extra pillows


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Ski, Walk to Plaza, Romantic adobe, fenced in backyard, KING bed, HD TV, Netflix
average rating of 4.851852 based on 81 reviews
Saint Augustine, Florida


  • 5 of 5

We loved the Casita, very clean and pretty, close walk to the Plaza, very quiet as well.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Casita was lovely and a great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

We will plan on using HomeAway again.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hull, MA

Wonderful casita!

  • 5 of 5

No details were left out - even treats for my pup! The yard was lovely and walking distance to town!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice small home.

  • 5 of 5

The casita was very nice and very clean. It is a very well equipped home. Although we did not eat in very often it looked as though the kitchen had everything you would need to cook dinners. We enjoyed sitting outside in the fenced backyard. The weather was wonderful in Taos; however, 7 days may be a little long in April if you are not a hiker. We loved the Plaza and the mountain rides we took. The owner is very accommodating and helpful.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute and Coomfortable

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Taos. The place was comfortable and cozy. Our host was so warm and communicative. She gave us all the information we needed well ahead of time and stayed in touch until we arrived. We definitely recommend staying at Ellen's place.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

The two room casita was perfect for the weekend get-away. Loved the fenced backyard for our K-9 traveling companion. The location was great for getting into Taos city and then an easy 30 minute drive up to Taos Ski Valley for skiing and snowshoeing. Ellen was wonderful to communicate with and would definitely recommend renting from her.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What fabulous people are attracted to Casita Montoya! We're so blessed.
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Historic Taos Plaza is 3 blocks away, walk to restaurants, galleries, museums, the park, shops, the theater (Taos Community Auditorium), private backyard


Rates & Availability

Taos Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early November
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week (dates vary)
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
early December
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
Ski season
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 5 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20 + Tax
cleaning $55 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.19%

The base rate of $70/night is our lowest rate and is in effect for early November, early December and the month of April. Our highest rate, $150/night, is for the Christmas/New Years holiday season. May is $87/night. In summertime and the ski season the rates are $97/night. A one-time cleaning fee of $50 to $60 is charged. Plus pet fee if you bring your pooch. ALL TAXES ARE INCLUDED – importa

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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