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Only One Slot is Open for Christmas - 4-Wheel Drive Only

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Last updated: 09/17/2016

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 4)

OPEN SUMMER AND FALL: 3 day minimum June 1 to August 31 - 4 people work, $50 extra per day for each person over 4 - please discuss this with Isabel; dog friendly (two dogs max). There is a pet cleaning refundable deposit required. See rates below for each season.

ANIMA OPENS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S ONLY HIGH SEASON RATES; 5 OR MORE DAYS $300 per night. Ornaments and tree stand in the upstairs eaves. Red Flyer and plastic sled there too! Find your child within. Give yourself permission to disconnect life and sleep in feather beds. See 'rates' for added costs for winter stays.

SUMMER- June 6-August 31: $180 A NIGHT - Rocky Mountain Summer when Columbines line the stream, and green meets New Mexico cornflower blue skies

FALL-September 1-October 10: $200 A NIGHT. Getting cool now - Franklin stove needed! When I hike off trail, I stand 1,500 feet above the valley, among the 'golden coins' of the fluttering aspens, looking down at everything painted gold.

WINTER: Christmas and New Year's only - 5 day minimum rental @ $300 a day - reserve early please!

. A posted wireless connection, and a computer
. Plenty of DVDs played on the small TV
. A dog friendly environment
. Works best for 4
. Is on Facebook and Twitter

. Anima is a family-owned, very beloved place that some say, is spiritual. Your respectful use is so appreciated because everything in it, is a memory.

. A simple, uncomplicated environment
. A place of great beauty
. A place to put yourself together again, to find peace, and comfort, a place to go behind time and gather your loved ones to you.
. A left turn up the mountain for hiking
. A walk across our stream bridge to Rubezahl Ski Run - and down you go!

. A one night stand
. A too tight cram of too many people or too many dogs
. A party place
. Very little kids do not work
If you don't mind not having TV reception, a dishwasher, or a washing machine , it's the place for you. There's lots of DVD's
The deck off the living room HAS NO RAILING. BE ADVISED.

Best, Isabel, Owner.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 09/17/2016

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Talk to Isabel about your child under 8...moreless

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Discuss little children with Isabel please....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Talk to Isabel about your pet , and they have always been welcomed. But ... Because of a recent issue with a pet, she must now collect a refundable pet fee of $150. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Silence, music, books, evening song of the Hermit Thrush, peace that comes from such beauty. Winter: 4-wheel drive ONLY!...moreless


  • Books:

    Many, including Isabel's: NONNO'S MONKEY, AN ITALIAN AMERICAN MEMOIR...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Many in closet...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Dozens old tapes and CD's. Extensive music collection. Hook up the ipod to the tape deck....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    DVD's only. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Old Red Flyer sled, one lovely plastic donation; fishing rods...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Many DVD's for everyone including Harry Potter and The Pink Panther; Isabel loves PBS Dickens and Austen...moreless


  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Ski-In:

    Anima sits on Rubezahl Run, a lovely down all the way to the ski lifts, ...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    Enter details on this feature - Optional...moreless

  • Water View:

    The Lake Fork Stream - 24-7...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Lovely china and glasses; cloth napkins...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Well - it's the mountain air....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:


  • Computer Available:

    Feel free to use the owner's connection and computer. There's wireless connection....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Lots of wood; faithful Franklin...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane. The reason for the high winter rate is exactly this: 24/7 for a month costs $65 a day. ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Beautiful and cozy, see pictures...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    FOUR WHEEL DRIVE - WINTER ONLY. Room for two vehicles in drive. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Franklin Stove - plenty of wood on front porch...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Wash dishes by hand...moreless

  • Microwave


  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Two. One has no railing....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    One BBQ on Hex Deck...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    New lift open to the top of Kachina Peak - 13,000 Feet - SKI THE REAL STEEPS!...moreless



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from 13 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,260 $3,000

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • WINTER:open.close $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • WINTER ONLY: snow plow $150
  • CLEANING FEE: Dec-Jan $140
  • Pet Fee $150
  • CLEANING FEE:June-Oct.15 $120
  • Tax Rate 15%


SUMMER: June 1-August 15: $180 per day, minimum 3 days; FALL: August 16-September 15: $200 per day, minimum 3 days; WINTER: Christmas and New Year's ONLY, minimum stay 5 or more days, $300 per day plus cleaning and snow plow fee. Maximum people: 4. Very little children need to be discussed with Isabel. Pet friendly: 2 dogs max.

First day's rent using PayPal

Payment in full one month to two weeks before arrival

Signed returned contract with refundable damage deposit of $1,000.00 mailed to owner Isabel Bucher

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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The property's calendar has not been updated in over 5 months. You can contact the owner for availability or look for properties with confirmed availability



Car: Necessary

. Historic town or Taos 40 minutes downhill

. River rafting on the Rio Grande 30 minutes from Anima

. Bird watching from Eaglenest Lake and the Valle Vidal, and at Anima

. Ride the Cumbres and Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad

. GREAT fishing on the Rio Grande, Anima has 2 poles to lend.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1984

About the owner: Isabel lost her Bob IN 2012. It was a wonderful marriage, full of adventure and travel of the world doing home exchanges, but we always came home to Anima. Isabel is a retired elementary, and gifted ed. teacher, writer and author of Nonno's Monkey, an Italian American Memoir. She editing her second book, Tafoya's Laundromat, much of it, like Nonno, written at Anima. She manages two homes and is the general contractor and mini-maid of all seasons. She goes to Taos to do the laundry, hangs linens, then irons pillow cases, so that's why she has that three-day minimum. She believes truly in that harmony that comes to a soul, with the beauty that surrounds Anima. She is not interested in having a dishwasher, a washing machine or cable TV. She does relish PBS DVD's, good books, music, which are all at Anima, morning Caffe Robusto with the best sweet mountain water in the world, and an excellent 5PM Cab on the decks overlooking the year-round Lake Fork Stream. It is her greatest teacher. She believes in the healing value of simplicity.

Why the Owner Chose Taos Ski Valley, NM, USA:
If you need peace; if you need rest; if you need to put yourself back together again - come to Anima. If you're a hiker, backpacker, a mountain biker, you will be right on a ski and trail trek run for easy access to all the above. Isabel is a first generation Italian American whose people came from the Italian Alps. She's got a little mountain in every gene she possesses, so having this place wasn't a want or need, but a total obsession. Her Italian 'comeonna my house' persona delights in guests who share her love of this space, and who become friends.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
WHAT ANIMA IS: A very beloved place of peace, rest and comfort. Anima is a home, not a 'rent.' WHAT ANIMA IS NOT: A one-night stand A party place

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 09/17/2016

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Anima for the Holidays

    Anima for the Holidays

  • Diningroom with a view.  Maisie, the ever hopeful.

    Diningroom with a view. Maisie, the ever hopeful.

  • Faithful old Franklin

    Faithful old Franklin

  • Upstairs bunks. Isabel's favorite snug-in; the bottom with book and music.

    Upstairs bunks. Isabel's favorite snug-in; the bottom with book and music.

  • Teacher of Teachers - The Lake Fork Stream of Anima.

    Teacher of Teachers - The Lake Fork Stream of Anima.

  •  Upstairs Queen - stream says hello each morning

    Upstairs Queen - stream says hello each morning

  • Bottom Double

    Bottom Double

  • No 'flops' here.

    No 'flops' here.

  • Friends of the Heart - Anita and Isabel - Wheeler - ONE MORE TIME!

    Friends of the Heart - Anita and Isabel - Wheeler - ONE MORE TIME!

  • Rubezahl Run - on the way to Williams Lake

    Rubezahl Run - on the way to Williams Lake

VRBO #177469

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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