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Artist's Adobe Casita 'Tween Taos/Ski Vly Dog Ok View, Charm

El Prado, NM, USA
  • Cottage900 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Casita, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2) NO smoking

Hi! -- if we don't have the nights you want, please check out our other listing VRBO 138474. It's on the same piece of land and has a separate entrance, larger yard, awesome view!

Note: dog policy at the end :D

The casita (this listing) is located on a high ridge between Taos and Ski Valley on the Valdez Rim Road with a spectacular view of the Valdez Valley. An authentic old adobe casita, it's serene, quiet and private. Only 15 beautiful minutes up the mountain to the ski lift, five minutes to the charming town of Arroyo Seco with great restaurants and shops, and a lovely 20-minute drive back to town!

Adjacent to an artist's home, the casita features TWO kiva fireplaces, skylights, saltillo tile floors, and an old viga beam ceiling - a typical Taos adobe! And a large portal (porch) to enjoy the cool breezes and the awesome view. It has it's own laundry room and it's own, fully-equipped kitchen. Honestly, you can pay a lot more and not find a place as wonderful!

(See the floor plan by clicking on the 'FLOORPLAN' link which follows.)

The living room has a banco (a large window seat) with a wonderful view of the valley and mountains, a signed kiva fireplace built by a local legend (this 73-year-old Hispanic genius - a grandmother - climbed on the roof with a chainsaw to cut the hole for the chimney!), and a satellite TV with over 100 channels. A single futon in the living room is available for sleeping, as is the couch and a large window seat (banco).

A complete laundry room comes with washer and dryer, a fullly equipped kitchen with colorful Mexican tiles, a romantic bedroom with down comforters, a queen-sized bed and a kiva (traditional New Mexican fireplace). The casita has it's own entrance and a separate telephone line so you can be very quiet and private.

This old home is a local landmark with a wonderful view out over the Valdez Valley to the Sangre de Cristo mountains from two covered porches.. wonderful for writing, painting, or simply getting away from it all.

Our check-in time is 3:00, checkout is 11:00 -- we know you'll hate to leave!

Pets: The casita has a private entrance and separate fenced yard -- we welcome one or two good dogs.*(see note). Sorry, no cats (our good dog will eat them).

Smoking: There is NO SMOKING in the casita.

TO MAKE A RESERVATION: We have a 3-night minimum. We are not often home to answer the phone! Thanks.

*dogs must be housebroken, people! No peepads. No pooping in the house! I can't believe I had to say this.

Keywords: Casita,ski,view,vacation,quiet,home,writer,artist,yard,dog,paved,



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About anncole@newmex.com

Do you like my self-portrait? I'm a former D.C. lobbyist, a sometime artist who drove up the canyon road past the hairpin turn one weathery afternoon, over the top to the view, and into the rest of my life.

anncole@newmex.com purchased this Cottage in 1999

Why anncole@newmex.com chose El Prado

The old adobes of Taos are very special. Handmade, each one unique, with soft welcoming curves. History, romance, old legends, an historic neighborhood, and astoundiing views.

What makes this Cottage unique

The casita was originally a workshop with a primitive bedroom and bath. It was so much fun creating a unique, special, evocative place to relax and be inspired. Old adobe is magical. The magic rubs off -- you'll see!


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


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
        • Queen size Bed (1) fireplace


        • 1 Bathroom

            Location Type

              • Mountain View
                Stunning views across the valley to adjacent mountains, and beautiful sunsets.
              • Rural
                It's a quiet and peaceful area 20 minutes from the center of town and in the other direction, ski valley. Out of the traffic and noise but close to everything, with restaurants only 5 minutes away!


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Living Room
                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Heating
                          • Internet
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Fireplace
                          • Parking
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Telephone
                            We have a land line -- you will need a phone card for long distance. Verizon cells kind of work here.
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                            private laundry room with w/d.
                          • Wireless Internet
                          • Wood Fireplace


                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Kitchen
                              • Microwave
                              • Oven
                              • Refrigerator
                                Refrigerator/freezer in kitchen and additional refrigerator in laundry room.
                              • Stove
                              • Toaster


                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 2 people


                                      • Books
                                      • Games
                                      • Satellite / Cable
                                      • Television


                                          • Deck / Patio
                                            We have two covered porches ('portals') at the casita with great views, and a nice fenced yard!


                                              • not suitable for children


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

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • photography
                                                      • boating
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hot air ballooning
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • ice skating
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • parasailing
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snowboarding
                                                              • snowmobiling
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting


                                                                  • TWO wood burning kiva fireplaces, flowers, candles, private Phone/wireless computer access, lots of books, freezer, private fenced yard, private entrance.

                                                                    51 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Wonderful! Comfortable NM! and Peaceful!

                                                                    Coloradoan'sEstes Park, CO

                                                                    Was everything we needed in a cozy home base to linger over breakfast or have an early night in--loved the kiva stove! Great bike ride on back roads to Arroyo Seco while my husband took a ski day. Also took a day trip to the upgraded version of Ojo Caliente, I did a yoga class there while my husband biked their trail to the Mica Mine. Soaked and really enjoyed the moist steam room! Ann made this last minute get-away so easy! With gratitude!

                                                                    What a lovely place to relax and enjoy the uniqueness of the high desert!

                                                                    Linda D.

                                                                    The casita was perfect for us. Cozy, clean, and cheerful.

                                                                    Great character in the casita

                                                                    John W.Colorado Springs

                                                                    I spent four wonderful days and night at this casita. I have to agree with many of the other reviewers that the property was very comfortable, clean, and overall was a very pleasant experience. The response from the owner, Ann, was very quick, and she included excellent instructions on how to find the property. The casita featured salitillo floors in all of the rooms, except for the bathroom, with was decorated in Mexican tile. I also enjoyed the vigas ceilings along with the New Mexico inspired furniture.I will certainly choose to stay here rather than any hotel when traveling to the Taos/Arroyo Seco area.

                                                                    Great views, beautiful house

                                                                    Elly S.

                                                                    Loved that this was halfway between Taos and Taos Ski Valley where we hiked Wheeler Peak. Bed was comfortable, views were stunning, neighborhood was peaceful, and the art is delightful. Would happily stay here again.

                                                                    Fun and funky - perfect for two!

                                                                    Elizabeth B.

                                                                    What a fun and funky casita! Adobe style with mudded walls, tile floor (look for the little peculiar ones here and there!), and 2 fireplaces! Bed was super comfortable - best bed I've slept on in all of my travels. Plenty of pillows and blankets. Chairs and couch were very comfortable as well - perfect for après ski when you are too tired to do anything but fall onto the couch! Lots of storage areas for all your gear, plus plenty of freezer and fridge space for all the hippy food available at the grocery store. The casita overall, is very cozy, warm, and inviting.

                                                                    Owner was very nice, extremely easy to contact, and left perfect instructions and hints for anything you can imagine.

                                                                    Surprisingly simple to find and an easy drive to Taos Ski Valley. Just a straight shot! Also just moments away from Arroyo Seco - an interesting community with little shops and eateries.

                                                                    Plan on staying again for our next TSV trip!


                                                                    vickie k.shreveport

                                                                    My mother, my fur baby and myself had the absolute best time. The Casita is beautiful and the perfect size. A warm fire and good books was the relaxing break we needed. We traveled a long way to see snow and boy did we get it. The view of the valley and mountains covered in white powder kept us in the window seat and on the porch. Wildlife (Long Horn Sheep, Rabbits and Deer) were out on the mountains and in the yard next door.


                                                                    El Prado, NM, USA

                                                                    5 Museums, more than 85 Art Galleries, great restaurants, historic homes, Taos Pueblo. Beautiful scenery. Great for artists, photographers, writers, poets.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    Cleaning Fee

                                                                    We love having you and your dogs (up to two) and don't charge a pet deposit for good ones! There is a $55 weekly cleaning fee.

                                                                    51 Reviews
                                                                    Exceptional 5/5
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