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

(14 Reviews)

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Front view, with portal and native landscaping

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Last updated: 03/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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

Owner

Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/13/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children under 5 are not allowed in the hot tub....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed on the property, but away from the houses....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    If you are a previous guest with a pet, please contact us....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Three shallow steps get you up to the front door...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Loft

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  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Art, fiction, non fiction, and books for kids....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Huge library of DVD's for adults and children....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    TV flat screen upstairs in 'media room' in the loft bedroom with the futon couch....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    40 plus DVD's for children and adults...moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Stunning view of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and west to the Cerro Pedernal, Georgia O'keefe's beloved mountain....moreless

  • Rural:

    With semi-private setting, caretaker on premises....moreless

  • Village:

    1 mile walk or drive to Arroyo Seco for ice cream, lunch, dinner, breakfast or shopping....moreless

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Combined dining, kitchen and living areas for family gathering. Table seats 7....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    A ceiling fan in the upstairs loft room supplies cooling air movement to the whole house. Thick straw bale walls offer protection from the summer sun. Cross ventilation from all directions and our cool mountain nights give you a comfortable sleeping environment....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Plant based dryer sheets supplied. Outside dryer line for air drying....moreless

  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Hot water radiant heat in floors, passive solar gain from south facing windows. Wood stove supplements heat. Guests must be willing to use wood stove. We ask that you don't adjust the thermostats....moreless

  • Internet:

    Hi speed wi-fi....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Seating is arranged around wood stove....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for 3 cars....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Land line provided with free long distance...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Plant based laundry detergent supplied....moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Wood provided. Guests must be willing to use wood stove to take chill off house....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    12 cup drip....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full set of pots, pans and baking pieces...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Gas stove and oven, microwave, blender, toaster, salad spinner, hand made pottery cups and serving pieces...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee beans, sugar, flour, butter, honey, mustard, mayo, ketchup....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Ice maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    Full size natural gas, with full set of cooking and baking pans....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Covered patios for watching sunrise and sunset, plus one shaded north facing....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Gardens of native plantings....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    With mountain and sunset views. Children under 5 not allowed in the tub....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Break Weeks
Mar 5 - Apr 2, 2017
3 night min stay
$190
$1,125
April/May
Apr 3 - May 19, 2017
3 night min stay
$140
$840
Memorial Day Weekend
May 20 - Jun 4, 2017
3 night min stay
$180
$1,000
June/July/Aug/Sept/Oct
Jun 5 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$170
$1,000 $2,300
November
Nov 1 - Nov 22, 2017
3 night min stay
$140
$800
Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2017
3 night min stay
$200
$1,200
Ski Season
Dec 1 - Dec 20, 2017
3 night min stay
$160
$960
Christmas Week and New Year's
Dec 21 - Jan 8, 2018
3 night min stay
$300
$1,800
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee $120

Notes:

$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:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 03/13/2017
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Location

110 Miles
Nearest Airport
Alququerque
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Sabroso
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Aceq
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Arroyo Seco, NM, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/13/2017

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Photos

  • Front view, with portal and native landscaping

    Front view, with portal and native landscaping

  • Living room w/ computer nook under stairs. Looking toward kitchen and side door.

    Living room w/ computer nook under stairs. Looking toward kitchen and side door.

  • Living room looking toward front entrance door.

    Living room looking toward front entrance door.

  • Kitchen and dining looking toward living room

    Kitchen and dining looking toward living room

  • Dining area looking toward living room.

    Dining area looking toward living room.

  • Art work and writing desk in downstairs queen bedroom

    Art work and writing desk in downstairs queen bedroom

  • Shower with slate, flagstone and stained glass.  Low flush toilet saves water!

    Shower with slate, flagstone and stained glass. Low flush toilet saves water!

  • Upstairs Bedroom with king bed, huge library and original art

    Upstairs Bedroom with king bed, huge library and original art

  • Futon in the media loft room folds down to a double size bed. TV and DVD here.

    Futon in the media loft room folds down to a double size bed. TV and DVD here.

  • 'Media' room now has flat screen HD TV not in photo.

    'Media' room now has flat screen HD TV not in photo.

  • Loft area looking into "media" room. Double futon, Dish Network, DVD player

    Loft area looking into "media" room. Double futon, Dish Network, DVD player

  • Looking East as the sunset lights up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains .

    Looking East as the sunset lights up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains .

  • Straw house in winter, all snugly wrapped in straw bales.

    Straw house in winter, all snugly wrapped in straw bales.

  • Living room w/ staircase to loft rooms.  Door to queen bedroom & master bath.

    Living room w/ staircase to loft rooms. Door to queen bedroom & master bath.

  • Walking in looking at the Kitchen and Dining area.

    Walking in looking at the Kitchen and Dining area.

  • Dining room with antique painted table and Mexican chairs.

    Dining room with antique painted table and Mexican chairs.

  • Downstairs queen bed

    Downstairs queen bed

  • Master bath.

    Master bath.

  • Looking up at the bridge that connects the loft rooms.  Kids love the bridge!

    Looking up at the bridge that connects the loft rooms. Kids love the bridge!

  • Loft w/ cathedral ceiling, king bed, organic cotton with memory foam topper

    Loft w/ cathedral ceiling, king bed, organic cotton with memory foam topper

  • Loft "Media" room with double futon and Dish Network and DVD player

    Loft "Media" room with double futon and Dish Network and DVD player

  • Loft area looking across the bridge to bedroom with king bed

    Loft area looking across the bridge to bedroom with king bed

  • Private Hot Tub with mountain views

    Private Hot Tub with mountain views

  • View of the property from the road. House is set back with orchard in front

    View of the property from the road. House is set back with orchard in front

VRBO #194842

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 23, 2017

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