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Casa Carmen-the Private House Near Taos and the Ski Valley!

El Prado, NM, USA
  • Chalet1450 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

Chalet, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Review #2272615 Charming Casa

JUST ONE OF 17 5-STAR REVIEWS: please read the others as well!

My husband and I had a wonderful weekend at Casa Carmen. The place was so charming and interesting since the owner has many of his pieces of art work in the casa.....very clean with wonderful smells and magical lamps. The hosts were so very gracious and welcoming to us and to our dogs. We loved the art studio, the beautiful yard and the walking trail. They have many little sitting areas and unexpected surprises to discover. The upper decks were perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. This was truly a place of enchantment. We would recommend this place to any couple or girls get away.

Skiing, Bicycling, Hiking,Rafting, Ballooning, Fishing, Fine Restaurants, Art Galleries and Museums less than 10 minutes away. Dark skies and millions of stars keep you company at night!

It is most preferable and efficient if you call for availability, questions, assistance and clarifications. In this manner, you receive the highest and most personalized levels of attention to your needs. Further, negotiation of rates and discounts offered only to they who call. I am available seven days a week from 8:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

Please dial 575-770-0393 or 575-758-3320. Save time and money if you call rather than send an email.

Casa Carmen may be best described as the Sunrise and the Sunset House. You are bathed continually with our immense New Mexico sun and artist's light. The 360 degree views are stunning, inspirational, beckoning to mind and spirit. A wonderful feature of the home is the incredible interior and exterior lighting. For the property, a DVD has been produced.

The home was built by the owners of adobe and hand-hewn logs. It is a stunning two level guest house of 1200 square feet. An interior spiral stair case connects the levels. There is also a wide exterior stair.

The second level is designed as a parlor for conversation, sleeping, entertainment area, also with a table that seats four. There are two fantastic decks: The sunrise deck and the sunset deck. Each are spacious and wonderful for dining, entertaining, conversation, and of course viewing the expanse of Taos Valley and Taos Mountain nearby. You can almost touch the mountains!

The first level consists of wonderful sunroom, a bedroom, the country kitchen, the living room with dining area, and a full bath. The first level has south and east facing portals (covered porches) with comfortable outdoor seating.

A new hot tub is yours to enjoy outdoors in sun or starlight. The views are wonderful from its location!

Located in a grove of Aspens and Evergreens and surrounded by 150 acres of private land, raised flower beds and flagstone paths wander through the trees and expansive yard.

The home is decorated with the paintings of Pat Woodall, the owner, and other prominent Taos artists. A delightful collection of folk art also adorns the home. The grounds and gardens have been designed by Carmen Woodall. Many outdoor delights await you with inviting comfort for your leisure. The outdoor lounging areas also have chimineas and a brazier for evening fires beneath the star-filled New Mexico night skies. Out here, there exists no light, noise, or visual pollution.

You are a few minutes from the charming village of Arroyo Seco offering fine restaurants, shops, location of the famous Taos Cow, and a infamous local tavern!! It is only a 10 minute drive to the historic Taos Plaza and a 20 minute drive to Taos Ski Valley for world-class skiing or Hiking, Fishing, Horseback Riding,or Bicycling where Lance Armstrong trains.

Pat and Carmen are nearby to assist you when called upon. Being the charming hosts they are, they will welcome you into their beautiful home for viewing, conversations, refreshments, and provide information about the entire area. They have been residents of Taos for twenty six years. In short, you have a knowledgeable concierge. If you need an easel, one is provided!

Casa Carmen is perfect for one to six guests. A wonderful experience offering authenticity, spaciousness, incredible views, and superb guest services. Pat also offers painting lessons if interested. The guest house is ideal for artists, writers, they who desire rare travel opportunities and being close to outdoor activities. You are, as well, only a short drive from everything a world-renowned art and literary colony offers.

To discover the wonderful features and amazing setting of this home, and to negotiate, it is always best to CALL. I am available to assist you with your questions, travel needs, and complete details related to Casa Carmen and Taos.

Please ring number listed in the first paragraph.

You may contact me seven days a week from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM. You will be happy you had! My name is PAT and my wife,Carmen. We can offer a refreshing level of assistance relative to your vacation needs and information.

Thank You!



Pat or Carmen Woodall

Member Since 2007
Response rate:
Response time:
within two days
english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
Jan 21, 2018
About Pat or Carmen Woodall

Pat is an professional Artist for 23 years with 30 years of building as a General Contractor.Carmen is a phd in Psychology and a Framer for 26 years. They own Pat Woodall Fine Art Gallery and Southwest Framers in downtown Taos, a real life mom and pop business! Selected the most beautiful business presence in town and presented with the Award for 2012 , proof of our attention to detail and simplicity that make our business natural and remarkable. Casa Carmen and our home were selected for the Los Jardineros Garden Club Tour in 2012 as well, an event with 650 people visiting the property and taking so many ideas on New Mexico natural gardening away. The 'Casa Carmen' reflects their experience and creativity!

Pat or Carmen Woodall purchased this Chalet in 1983

Why Pat or Carmen Woodall chose El Prado

We built it To Be Natural and Within the Grove of Trees and Gardens! It was built by Pat Woodall over the course of five years with attention to every detail! Mortice, notch and tendon construction of joinery with exposed Douglas Fir Beams, sided Spruce logs and passive solar thermopane Windows on all sides make the views spectacular in all directions. Solar curtains on every window and skylight make it warm and cozy and tie in to the decor. The decor is very special. White Duve covers on each bed, flannel sheets in the winter over dual control heating mattress covers make getting out of bed a little tough but when you do, oh my! Vibrant paintings adorn the walls between the windows and a 3'x5' simulated fireplace with heated blower is located on the wall upstairs in the large parlor bedroom with a Queen Bed and Single Bed. The heat on the ground floor is hot water radiant heat under character grade Hickory floors in the living room and kitchen coupled with heated marble tile in the bedroom and full bath. Sock feet are warm and welcome. Two open decks await you upstairs, the Sunset and Sunrise Decks and a outside wooden staircase provides access to the downstairs covered wraparound portal with comfortable seating, gas grill and a walkway of a few feet to the 4 person Hot Tub. A 10 foot double door opens onto the wraparound porch and into the Solar Entry and Living Room of the Casa Carmen. Lots of parking and easy access are other amenities.

What makes this Chalet unique

A House for you and your family! Privacy, Quiet, Close to everything, Wooded, with Water and So Very Unique! Elegance, Rustic Charm, Warmth, Accessibility to walkways, grove of Aspens, Pinon, Fruit Orchard and Running Water Acequia are just a few!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        Upstairs Parlor Bedroom w/wall fauvre fireplace: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 500 square feet large bedroom sleeps 3. Accesses 2 decks.
      • Bedroom 2 downstairs with full closet and radiant heating
        1 double, Beautiful corner bedroom,windows both sides, high ceilings
      • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Spacious and beautiful with full bath , shower, sink, commode, operable skylight, paintings by the owner Pat Woodall adorn the walls in Oil and Pastel. Ten foot ceilings with vigas and latillas!

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            Sights to be seen from the 'Casa Carmen' Taos Mountain, El Salto and Vallecitos mountains,Gallena Peak, Ski Valley Canyon, Teh Rio Grande Gorge,Pedernal Mesa, the San Juans and the Jemez Mountains!
          • Resort
            Four miles from Quail Ridge Tennis and Swim Club, six miles from the Northside Fitness Club. One Mile from Pilates, Tai Chi,Sol Food Organic Foods and Delicatsessen
          • Rural
            DES MONTES, the countryside surrounding the village of Arroyo Seco FAMOUS FOR ITS FAMOUS ACEQUIA SYSTEM OF water canals carrying the waters fromthe surrounding mountains and used to water this area!
          • Village
            One mile form the historic village of 'Arroyo Seco', Seven miles from Toas and seven miles from Taos Ski Valley!


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Spa
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        Laundry is available for you to use for the costs of detergent and fabric softener that you use. It is a wonderful unit! Towels, hand towels, face towels, are plentiful and our responsibility to wash and keep you stocked.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        upon arrangement with owner
                      • Fireplace
                        simulated burning fireplace with heated blower with remote. unit is 2.5 highx5 feet long and very beautiful with quiet crackling fire flames!
                      • Garage
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Hot Water Radiant under floor heating with thermostat
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Covered Parking
                        upon arrangement with owners
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        upon arrangement with owner
                      • Wireless Internet
                        wifi availabe for your useage
                      • Wood Fireplace


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                            There is a full kitchen with natural gas stove and oven. two sinks, coffee percolator, refrigerator, microwave, full sets of dishes, extensive stainless steel cookware, spices, and serving bowls.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            see above
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Game Room
                                    Full Size Trampoline located outside in the yard for your enjoyment.
                                  • Music Library
                                    killer stereo inside on both floors with Bose outside speakers on both decks. remote to 6 disc cd player, amplifier with fm radio .
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Games


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Bicycles
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        (3) there is also an outside brazier in a Japanese Garden and lots of firewood for outdoor bonfires and sitting around the campfire.Also there is a a gas grill or homemade charcoal grill and we do have a smoker if you would like to smoke some meat or vegetables.There is an artist easel for your use inside and out also!
                                      • Gazebo
                                      • Golf
                                        7 miles away, Taos Country Club, 18 holes, $35.00 green fees, driving range, bar, restaurant, putting green, open until dark starting at 7am.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        8 miles away to the Rio Grande, kayak rentals available, rafting with 8 companies, the famous Taos Box for the most adventurous ride in the West!
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        7 miles to Taos Ski Valley. The very best Alpine Mountain in North America! Just added the Kachina Peak Lift taking you up to over 12,000 feet with 3000 feet of elevation to the base... Unbelievable!
                                      • Tennis
                                        2 miles away at the Quail Ridge Inn. Very friendly, players of all levels, excellent courts and facilities including a sauna, hot tub, and pool.


                                          • wheelchair accessible
                                            0 clearance with not hindrance.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub


                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • museums
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • ruins

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • basketball court
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hot air ballooning
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • racquetball
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snowboarding
                                                              • spelunking
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis


                                                                  • Spacious Outdoor Lawns and Japanese Gardens, Chimineas and Brazier for Outdoor Fires, Outdoor Sitting Areas, Swing Sets, Hammock, Trampoline, Children's Outdoor Playhouse, Stunning Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Music Feature, Outdoor Dining, Umbrellas, 360 views, Privacy, Serene. Located among a grove of Aspens, walking paths and hiking trails are there for your useage! Sunbathing patios and and star gazing too.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 9:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    22 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Blissful surroundings

                                                                    Lauren S.

                                                                    We are a family of four and this home was perfect for us. We travel over the holidays as a general rule due to a family tragedy a few years ago that makes staying home difficult. It is important for us to be in peaceful environments. This place is tailor-made for reflection. Its beauty is serene to the soul. My two teen boys loved it as well. Pat and Carmen are thoughtful hosts. They made us feel like family.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    What a joy to have this family come to stay with us. It was just after Christmas and the tree was up with lights to welcome them in! They felt like they were right at home and had a second Christmas to enjoy!

                                                                    Extremely beautiful, neat, conveniently located cabin. Beautiful nature

                                                                    hannalie a.

                                                                    Would definitely recommend this for a quite getaway. Conveniently located to many interesting activities.

                                                                    A Luxurious Bohemian Paradise

                                                                    Lindsey S.

                                                                    My husband, chihuahua and I recently had the privelage to stay at the Casa Carmen and I still can't believe how fortunate we were to happen upon this little gem. The Casa Carmen is an experience itself. This two-story bohemian paradise is full of light, positive energy and eye candy. Our hosts, Pat and Carmen Woodall are exceptionally friendly and cool people who went above and beyond to ensure we had an awesome stay.

                                                                    Pat, a talented local artist, built this guest house in honor of his wife and two children completely from recycled materials and the results are spectacular. Inside you will find walls covered in BEAUTIFUL works of art from ceiling to floor, tons of windows, a full kitchen with all of the amenities and VERY COMFORTABLE (feather) beds. There is a pearlescent magenta staircase that changes color in the light, two second-story decks (one for sunset, one for sunrise), soft fluffy rugs, an awesome stereo system, creative and inviting lighting, whimsical lamps, huge pots of succulent cacti, warm wooden floors and relaxing scents that make you feel right at home.

                                                                    Upon our arrival Carmen had our refrigerator stocked with a delicious organic cold dinner, dessert, and multiple fruit infused beverages. There were also breakfast supplies and every accessory imaginable to prepare dinner for your family. She even suprised us one morning with an amazing hot gourmet breakfast.

                                                                    The outside property is equally as delightful with lots of room to roam. There are hammocks, beautiful flower gardens, a greenhouse, a trampoline, and multiple sitting areas to enjoy the beautiful views. Everything is tastefully decorated with fun artistic flair. At night you can relax in the hot tub and see the milkyway and a million stars. Find your way back to the cabin by way of Chinese lanterns glowing with soft blue light. These guys are like the fairy Godparents of magical settings!

                                                                    Hopefully you will have the opportunity to visit Pat's art studio in Taos. If you are interested in art, this place is for you. He even took the time to explain some of his processes and favorites materials and mediums. His art is the jam, so don't be suprised if you're tempted to take a treasure home for yourself.

                                                                    Long story short, stay here because it's crazy amazing. Have fun!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    What a wonderful time we had hosting this family! They are delightful, funny and found adventure at every turn as they explored Arroyo Seco and Taos.

                                                                    They found themselves a comfortable pace and made this place their own and made a great vacation. We really appreciate being a part of that... Come again soon!

                                                                    Perfect place for family!

                                                                    Jon H.

                                                                    Casa Carmen was perfect for our short family ski getaway. The home was beautiful and the hosts were tremendous. Our family of 5 had plenty of room and felt very comfortable in the home. The kids loved the yard/garden/hot tub and we loved the location (perfectly situated between Taos and the ski valley). Pat and Carmen have built a lovely home and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. As a bonus, the house is adorned with Pat's art...and he's very very talented. We've used VRBO a lot in the last 7-8 yrs and this was by far our favorite place/experience. Don't hesitate to book this place.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Made our hearts happy to hear such wonderful things from our guests to Casa Carmen after their stay with us! The memories you all take is why we built this lovely place and why it is the gift that just keeps giving for us! One of the rewards of hosting families and couples! Thank you so much!

                                                                    Pat and Carmen

                                                                    Fall in love ~ with the weather, Pat's art and Casa Carmen

                                                                    Deb S.Bixby, OK

                                                                    We've stayed at the Casa Carmen during other seasons and fall this year was wonderful. The leaves were changing, the crispness of fall was in the air, amazing art in the home by Pat and in town, the festivals and the home & hosts were perfect. Pat & Carmen are wonderful hosts and always have the home with everything you'll need to enjoy and relax. I love that we can bring our two dogs and they love the walks and the fenced in backyard is very appreciated. During our stay it was cool in the evenings so the wall fireplace upstairs was just what was needed to knock the chill out of the room. The sunrises and sunsets from the decks are spectacular. Close enough to everything but far enough away to enjoy the tranquility that the Arroyo Seco area offers.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    We are sooooo lucky to know folks like you!

                                                                    Thanks so much!

                                                                    Pat and Carmen Woodall

                                                                    Spectacular Location, Charm, and Hosts

                                                                    Ryan D.

                                                                    My wife and I and my parents stayed for three nights over Presidents Day Weekend and greatly enjoyed our stay. We learned that Pat built the home by hand many years ago which adds to the wonderfully fun character of the entire property. The location was ideal for us with Taos Ski Valley located about 15 minutes from the front door and Taos Village located about 10 to 15 minutes the other direction. The Hot Tub under the stars was very relaxing after skiing all day and Carmen is a great chef who left us some delicious snacks and treats to enjoy daily. We will most definitely return.

                                                                    P.S. Pat Woodall is a well known local artist with a showroom in downtown Taos full of great art to take a look at. Ask anyone around town if they know Pat and the answer is almost always yes. Great folks.


                                                                    El Prado, NM, USA

                                                                    Arroyo Seco is the most varied and interesting place in and around Taos for these activities...Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Rafting, Spelunking, Fishing, Back Country and Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing!!!

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Cleaning Fee
                                                                    Pet Fee
                                                                    Additional Guest Fee

                                                                    Rates are subject to change based on occupancy. Truly and Hosted by Owners. Not an Agency. You Save! No Lodgers Tax added. You only pay gross receipts tax. Always Open to Negotiation! Especially if you Call. Dec-20-Jan 05...Major Holidays, Spring Break, call for Rates. $200-350/night. Call 575-770-0393 to speak directly to Owner!

                                                                    22 Reviews
                                                                    Exceptional 5/5
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                                                                    For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

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