Casa Ambrosia: Mountain Views in a Beautiful River Valley
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Casa Ambrosia is nestled in total peace and privacy, surrounded by tall cottonwood, pine, and oak trees, with an expansive view of the pastoral river valley of El Rito and the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains off in the distance.
This wonderful, comfortable, and serene hideaway accommodates 4-5 people. The uniquely designed passive solar adobe house with high wood ceilings and impressive vigas is spacious and filled with light. There is a large semi-circular sun room, built like a sunken kiva, that is designed after Casa Grande in Chaco Canyon. There is one bath with tub and shower and two large bedrooms, each with a spectacular view. The softly curved walls of most rooms create a calm and nurturing environment. A fireplace adds to the warmth and comfort of the radiant floor heat. And along with great indoor living and dining spaces, there is a covered patio for outdoor dining and relaxation. A newly added hot tub on the front patio is perfect for relaxation and stargazing year round.
Casa Ambrosia borders the mountainous Carson National Forest and you can hike for hundreds of miles right out the back door. A short drive takes you to a creekside trail leading to Potrero Falls amidst tall Ponderous pines and aspens, or to a dramatic outcropping of volcanic upthrust near a shady stream. Nearby forest roads lead you to high mountain meadows filled with wildflowers and streams and breathtaking views, or off into desert canyonlands, with red cliff walls and towering rock formations. In winter, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are great pastimes. Year round, the very clear night sky is perfect for stargazing.
The historic village of El Rito has it's own charm, including a well-supplied library, a traditionally-built adobe church, and El Farolito, a small family restaurant, world famous for its authentic northern New Mexico cuisine, recommended in the Rand McNally Road Atlas and Gourmet Magazine. Their red and green chili dishes are delicious and very reasonable.
Casa Ambrosia is 15 miles north of Abiquiu, with it's stunningly beautiful lake for swimming and boating. In the village of Abiquiu, you can tour the home and studio of world reknowned painter Georgia O'Keefe, and visit the Rising Moon Gallery, bursting with high quality art by local artists. And further north in Chama, you can ride the historic Toltec Railroad through the high mountains, catching the glory of the changing colors of Fall.
Casa Ambrosia is 14 miles west of the beautifully appointed Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Spa and Resort, with a variety of natural mineral pools to soak in, plenty of massage and spa treatments to choose from, and a delicious restaurant to top off an adventurous day.
Only one hour to Santa Fe, and about the same to Taos, you can enjoy all kinds of fine dining, live music, museums, galleries, boutique shops, antique stores, films, opera, and much more. Both Santa Fe and Taos have ski basins, and there are several golf courses in the area. There are many national monuments and historic sites in the area, including Bandelier with it's ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs.
Whether you're seeking cultural activities, ancient history, or natural beauty, there's something for everyone in this compelling heartland of Northern New Mexico.
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- 2 story
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
- King size bed (1) A deluxe King-sized Select Comfort Dual Chamber adjustable bed. Each side adjusts separately for the perfect firmness for each person. Queen size bed (1) A very comfy Queen bed with pillowtop mattress. Twin or Single Bed (1) There is a single-sized air mattress, with pump, sheets and sleeping bag. Perfect for a child or extra guest....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- While the house is a perfect homebase for day trips and adventures in all directions, many guests find the beautiful natural setting and the peace and quiet so compelling they never leave the property. Over the years every effort has been made to assure that everything you could possibly need or want is right there, to make your stay both comfortable and enjoyable. ...moreless
- Away From It All
- Autumn Foliage
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Ski Lift Privileges
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
- Computer Available:
- Filtered Water
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Mobile Phone:
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Fireplace:
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils
The kitchen is fully equipped, with plenty of dishes, glassware, pots and pans, utensils, baking and serving dishes. Also includes microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster oven....moreless
- Lobster Pot
- Pantry Items
- Beach Chairs
- Deck / Patio:
- Large Cooler
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Porch / Veranda
- Small Cooler
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $25
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Casa Ambrosia is located in the heart of Northern New Mexico. An hour or less drive in any direction gets you to such diverse attractions as the Santa Fe Opera, skiing in Taos, swimming in Lake Abiquiu, fine dining, opera, museums, art galleries, and shopping in Santa Fe, high mountain hiking in meadows and along streams, desert cliff walks at Ghost Ranch, natural hot springs resort and spa at Ojo Caliente, ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs at Bandelier, and much more.
Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: I grew up here in Northern New Mexico, and have spent many years exploring the wilderness areas nearby. Later I lived in exciting places like Washington DC and San Francisco. But eventually I felt called back home, and I haven't regretted it since. I find great solace in the wide open lands, vast blue skies, and I appreciate the diverse cultural history of this area very much.
Why the Owner Chose El Rito, NM, USA:
When I moved back to New Mexico I wanted to live somewhere peaceful and remote, yet not too far from civilization. El Rito was perfect. Nestled in a tranquil river valley, with countless trails to explore in the surrounding mountains, yet only an hour's drive to a hotspot like Santa Fe or Taos, I found the perfect balance. Years later, when I moved to Santa Fe for professional opportunities, I began renting Casa Ambrosia as a vacation home. For several years now, I have enjoyed sharing this nurturing home with it's beautiful natural surroundings with many guests, and it is my wish that many others may also experience the restorative possibilities that abound here.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Whether it's getting away from a busy job, wanting the peace and quiet of this serene place for rest and renewal, or looking for new adventures out in nature, this is a great place to visit. I love the amazing variety of terrain around here, from the high mountains with their meadows, lakes and streams, to the lower desert canyonlands with their colorful cliffs and magical rock formations. And with Santa Fe, Taos, Bandelier, and other interesting places so nearby, there's never a shortage of things to do or see. There's truly something for everyone to enjoy!
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Custom Designed Passive Solar Adobe Home, curved walls, high ceilings, big views
A warm, cozy woodburning fireplace in the spacious living room, firewood provide
Downstairs bedroom, rounded walls, queen bed, large windows with mountain views
Winter view from the sunroom, where geraniums add color and cheer all year round
Summer view from front porch, everchanging display of light, shadow and clouds
Variety of Summer greens and wildflowers in the meadows in front of the house
Nearby Ghost Ranch, with it's stunning views, vast sky, and magnificent hikes
Fall turns to Winter in the mountains and fields in front of the house
Looking down on our property from the hill behind the house, great hiking area
Cottonwoods in their Fall glory accent the riverbeds in the nearby hills
A variety of winter visitors leaving their fascinating tracks in the snowy yard
Changing colors as the day progresses, view from bedrooms, portal, and sunroom
Fully equipped kitchen and dining area, opens into living room, big bright space
Upstairs bedroom, rounded walls, vigas, large windows facing mountains, king bed
Sunroom for dining, relaxing, and taking in the views, lots of light and warmth
Bird sits on a wildflower stem outside the sunroom window, one of many kinds
Summer rainbow from the front porch, after a short afternoon refreshing rain
Wild Summer irises in nearby mountain meadow, great area for hiking and picnics
View of Abiquiu Lake From Ghost Ranch, swimming surrounded by breathtaking views
It looks unreal, but that's what they always say about our amazing NM sunsets
Winter view from bedrooms and sunroom, great seasonal changes in light and color
Our wonderful restaurant in El Rito, famous for it's red and green chili dishes
Fall colors arrive in the meadow grasses and Oak trees in front of the house
Arches and rounded doorways, and curved stairwell leading to upstairs bedroom
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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