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Apple Hill Farm - a Natural 'Green' Straw Bale Home

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-5)

You can enjoy any of the 4 seasons in this beautiful custom designed straw bale house with an eye towards 'green and sustainable living'. Custom wood work throughout. Antique reclaimed doors and original art work give this charming home a wonderful sense of character. The now rare but traditional ' mud floors' add to the artistic and quaint charm of Apple Hill Farm. An incredibly gorgeous setting with valley and mountain views will refresh the spirit and soul of all guests large or small, young or old. Stroll the orchard or take a walk to the charming village of Arroyo Seco, a mile away, with shops, boutiques and eateries. Relax in the hot tub while watching our famous sunsets.

The open floor plan showing two lofts connected by a wooden bridge walkway adds intrigue and charm and two additional sleeping areas. For added convenience the lofts share an upstairs half bath. Located half way between Taos and the ski valley, winter guests will enjoy the convenience of the straight drive up to Taos Ski Valley or the easy access route down the mountain and into Taos for dinner or shopping.

This is a semi-private setting with 2 other houses sharing 3 acres of fenced land. See our other homes, Casita des Montes, VRBO # 279174, and Casa Manzanita, #650252, right next door to the straw house. Rent two or three for family gatherings or celebrations with friends and we will offer you a special rate. Your caretakers, family friends, will help in any way they can to take care of anything that might come up, or to answer questions about the house or the area.

Keywords: Home, straw bale

More Details

Anna Shelton
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Anna Shelton

I have been visiting the Taos area since the early '70's. My daughter owns Casita des Montes, #279174, right next door, so I visit often with her and my two grandsons. I am a retired Clinical Social Worker and enjoy reading, knitting and cooking up something new for family and friends.

Anna Shelton purchased this house in 2004

Why Anna Shelton chose Arroyo Seco

Building an energy efficient and 'green' house on my daughter's property was a wonderful addition to the two other homes here. It was important to me that the home take little natural resources from an area that has challenges to it's water supply and that has abundant sunshine. The home's heat in the winter comes mainly from the sun, and it stays cool in summer due to the thickness of the straw bale walls.

What makes this house unique

I visit my home at Apple Hill Farm several times a year. The sunsets here are amazing and I never tire of anticipating each one. I have several close friends in the area and enjoy having them share dinners with me at the straw house. My favorite shops are Wabi Sabi, Common Thread, Twirl Toy Store and Southwest Weaving. Dinner out at Orlando's is always a treat.


Arroyo Seco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large deep tub/shower in master bath with bath salts and bubble bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size bed (1) organic pillowtop with memory foam, Queen size Bed (1) organic linens, Baby or small children (2) a Pack 'n Play, and 4' tri-fold twin size mattress for children too young to sleep in bigger beds, Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) sleeps 2 children or one adult.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Apple Hill Farm - a Natural 'Green' Straw Bale Home
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful, cozy home!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Arroyo Seco at Apple Hill Farm! The house is beautifully decorated and at the same time, very homey and cozy. The upstairs rooms are open to the living room/kitchen area below, so it worked for us as we were all adults on the same schedule, but for families with little children who make noise early in the morning, or need to take naps during the day, it would be harder. Anyway, it worked perfectly for us. Thank you, thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Place!

  • 5 of 5

We loved out stay at this wonderful place! We've stayed here many times now, and it is always truly magical and memorable. One of a kind.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hurst, Texas

Impressive and comfortable and very green

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Straw Bale house for almost 3 weeks in July, 2017. It is an amazing place with a massive collection of art and sculptures all around the house. Everything is first class and the care takers are great. This was my 2nd stay here and it was just as enjoyable as my first stay 3 years ago. You will enjoy your stay, should you choose to go there.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great and the owners are friendly. Beautiful views, working hot tub, hot shower, fully stocked kitchen, washer/dryer, etc. The downstairs bed is not comfortable, which is my only complaint from our stay. I'd definitely book here again (and stay in the up stairs bed). lol

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful! Relaxing! Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My 3 sons and I just stayed there for 5 nights and skied at Taos. This place was beautiful, relaxing, quiet...yet near Arroyo Seco and Taos for things to do. I highly recommend this place to anyone wanting the best vacation ever! Thanks to Lawrence and Margit (the on-site caretakers!) for their wonderful advice on where to go and help! Loved it, you must stay here, the has is so adorable, cozy, and so cool! We loved it! My boys never wanted to leave! Beth

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. You are welcome back anytime!
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Portal, AZ

Walk to Taos Cow or Drive to Ski Valley

  • 5 of 5

This charming strawbale home is the perfect place, summer or winter. Close to the hiking trails off the ski valley road and within walking distance of Taos Cow, we got our exercise in the morning and then walked to Taos Cow in Arroyo Seco in the afternoons when we weren't bicycling around Valdez.

The caretaker lives on the property, and we contacted him to change a smoke-detector battery in the second-floor ceiling (ladder required). He responded within minutes. He is familiar with all the trails and is happy to share his enthusiasm for the area. While we were there we looked for mushrooms but we will have to return next year!

The house is "green," and we were happy to recycle. The design of the home is the most interesting we have seen in strawbale construction. Not only is there a half bath on the second story, but there are nichos and other thoughtful details throughout the home. The owner has an eclectic mix of art and weavings that blend flawlessly with the riot of colors outside in purple coneflower, Russian sage, and various sunflowers.

We have rented 8 vrbo properties in the past two years, and this is the best for cleanliness, views, architecture, and location. You won't go wrong in renting this property for whatever activities you enjoy. A new plus is that it's close to a new restaurant, Common Fire, on the north side of Taos. We ate there 6 times during our month-long stay and enjoyed it like we had never been before every time. Sit close to the oven, or horno.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much and we are thrilled that you enjoyed it. We love Common Fire too!
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Nearest Airport
110 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120

$20 per person per night for over 5 people. Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. No dogs, but open to talking with you about your pet. 1 dog may be allowed if crate trained. Dogs that are heavy shedders are not allowed due to antique rugs. Absolutely no pets on furniture.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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