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Beautiful Adobe House - Walk from Taos Plaza - Short drive to Taos Ski Valley

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This 2400 Sq. Ft. home has three bedrooms, each separate from the others for the privacy adults prefer. Our priorities when furnishing our home were good mattresses, soft sheets and good reading lights. Our guests sleep 'like babies' here and we have several cozy reading places.

We added a 450 Sq. Ft. Dining Room and sitting area with a gas fireplace. The gray stucco showing in the outside picture is 'curing' before the color coat is added next year.

We like to cook so we equipped the kitchen for a wide range of cooking and baking. The cabinets are hand crafted and the new stone counter tops are a beautiful green slate with spectacular gray and white grain.

The teak dining table easily seats eight. The kitchen and dining area receive lovely morning light through a skylight and a French door to a stone patio.

The master bedroom opens onto a deck overlooking our small garden and a meadow beyond. The middle bedroom has an upright grand piano.

Our home is fenced in with off street parking as well as a gated parking area and a small, fenced in back yard.

Keywords: Combination old and new adobe

More Details

Eileen Keller
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About Eileen Keller

After many years skiing at Taos Ski Valley, we decided to purchase a home. We rented it out for two years and then added a second bath with some other upgrades so we could rent it short term and begin to use it ourselves. In 2008, we decided to solve the final two problems: a small eating area and a dark kitchen. We replaced the roof and put an adobe addition on the front of the house. This gave us a dining area, expanded our cooking area in the kitchen and a small sitting area with a gas fireplace up a few stairs from the dining area. Our crew was great and four years later, the house looks beautiful and is weathering well.

Eileen Keller purchased this house in 1992

Why Eileen Keller chose Taos

We were on our way to make an offer on a lot up on the mesa when we saw the photo of this old adobe. Our agent very patiently arranged a visit that day and we fell in love with the house. It was dark, cold and had the low ceilings that are typical of old adobes. But we felt the magic and bought it immediately. A good heating system and correct paint made a world of difference. The second bath was essential. When we put the addition on in 2008, the house was finished and we find it perfect.

What makes this house unique

Adobe houses have a certain quality that encourages relaxation. Perhaps because there is a softness to the corners. Our house is also set up in an unusual way. Each bedroom is separate from the others so one has complete privacy in the bedroom. Our kitchen is beautifully updates and a skylight brings in natural light to the low ceiling adobe room. Since we like to cook, we have fully equipped the kitchen.

The people who owned the house years ago added the master bedroom in back and the entry way in front. They were master carpenters and hand carved the kitchen cabinets and the doors they installed. Almost every door has some turquoise inlaid. These details captured our admiration and love for the house.


Car: necessary

Taos is a wonderful place to walk and look and to hike in the summer or ski in the winter. Our house is good as a base for the active skiers and/or sightseers, or to relax in for a very restful vacation.


Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Beautiful Adobe House - Walk from Taos Plaza - Short drive to Taos Ski Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Bear House!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time staying at this home on our vacation. It was spacious, clean, quiet, beautifully decorated, had a large fenced yard and had everything we needed for cooking and relaxing. It even had a piano in one of the bedrooms and my teenage son (who is a musician) was in heaven. Close to everything, it is the ideal location. I would definitely return to this home next time we are in Taos!!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this great review! It's great for the piano to get a workout too.
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Christmas 2016 in Taos

  • 5 of 5

My husband, our two adult children and I had the supreme pleasure of staying at Bear House in Taos for eight days on our Christmas vacation. Bear House is a beautiful, authentic adobe home nestled off a quiet road amidst stands of huge, old cottonwoods, spruce and pine, which were cloaked in snow during most of Christmas week.

Private parking is just steps from the front door. Bear House is thoughtfully designed for the Taos lifestyle. One enters through the mudroom, which accommodated parkas, coats, hats, gloves and boots.

Just off the main hallway is a huge, well-appointed kitchen with every amenity desired for dining in. The appliances worked well. The dishwasher was a godsend – efficient and quiet. The kitchen opens out to a large dining area and great room with a gas fireplace and comfortable sofas for reading, working and playing games.

Three bedrooms are situated so that each has privacy and quiet for sleeping or reading -- undisturbed. The mattresses and box springs in each room were top-of-the-line, supportively firm and supremely comfortable. Linens were snowy white and warm. Like the rest of the home, the baths were spotless. The bath linens were luxurious and soft.

A huge den/library provides an additional area for reading, catching up on work or watching dvds. The huge master bedroom, with gas fireplace, and bath, are just steps from the den.

We enjoyed walks around the neighborhood, to the Plaza, to the Harwood and to Michael's for breakfast. The drive to Taos Ski Valley was less than half an hour.

Radiant heat kept this adobe home at a comfortable temperature day and night. Hot water in the kitchen and baths was immediate. Wi-Fi was super-fast and each of us could use our computers throughout Bear House. The property is large and in summer, there are three separate areas for dining al fresco or enjoying the beautiful light unique to Taos.

The owner takes deserved pride in this home. The owner anticipated our needs, provided useful information that made our stay delightful and was very responsive when we had questions. Booking and payment were seamless, the return of our damage deposit was swift.

We would love to stay here on another Taos vacation!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such detailed and positive review. Indeed you are correct: we want our guests to be comfortable and to feel at home and have worked to make that true. We are helped in this by our reliable and devoted caretakers who keep the house to a high standard of cleanliness. We hope you and come again.
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Simply wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, well-maintained, and fully stocked home. I would encourage the home-owner to have a professional photographer take photos, because the current pictures simply do not do it justice. The common areas are especially lovely, as well as the master suite, and the kitchen has every possible amenity, including a nesppresso coffee maker and milk foamer. It was impeccably clean, and stocked with ample paper products and soap. It is indeed a walking distance to Taos Plaza, which was helpful with our young adult children. The owner/caretaker was exceedingly pleasant to work with. I would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives. My only suggestion would be to put twin beds in one of the bedrooms to increase the number of available beds, or perhaps a first rate pull out sofa in the back living room. Overall, this is a first rate property rented by very nice people.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this thoughtful review. We hope you will come again.
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A wonderful house in Taos

  • 5 of 5

The Bear House is one of the nicest houses we've ever stayed in. I kept moving with my tea and book from room to room, during our stay. I wanted to make sure I enjoyed every reading spot, every view. The newer living room is bright and airy and spacious. The older living room (it seemed older to me) is cozy and perfect for reading or movie watching. And the master bedroom is something out of a (well-furnished) dream. I was even sort of sorry the weather turned warmer, while we were there, because we so enjoyed watching the fire from bed.

If you cook, the kitchen will delight you. It's well stocked and well organized. And if you are bringing dog, the house really is fenced. Often I've rented places and the fenced area is sketchy at best. But Bear House fenced, which is a good thing, since there are coyotes in the area. And fox! It was great to hear the vixens early in the morning.

It's a lovely and easy walk to downtown. And I made a habit, in the evening, of walking up Las Cruces to Penitente Lane, following Penitente to the old Taos Morada, which is a gorgeous and strange spot.

And we got to practice piano as well. There's an upright grand piano in one of the bedrooms.

I wish I could give the house 6 stars. It's a 6 star house.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for such a thoughtful and lovely review! We will listen for the vixens next time we are there.
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Everything we expected and more!

  • 5 of 5

The Bear House was perfect for our family. My husband and I enjoyed the large master bedroom and our adult daughters each had their own bedrooms. The house is very spacious and so well decorated. I'm a big fan now of Taos blue. The kitchen was great, however, we never cooked in since we were always out and about. It was about a 10 minute walk into town, so we typically drove but it was nice being to get there so easily. My one daughter spent hours on the piano - that was a unique touch (guess I need to get our piano at home tuned now). A few minor areas for improvement - the showers could be improved - we never figured out how to use the overhead part of the one in the master bathroom and the girls said their shower was very low with bad pressure. Also, we would have liked shades on some windows - the bathroom in the hall and the small window in the master bedroom. We had to improvise to keep the sun from making a direct hit in our face in the morning. The house was always a perfect temp no matter the outside temperature. I would definitely recommend the house and would love to come back again to Taos and Bear House.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad Bear House worked for your family. We would welcome you back. And thanks for the feedback on the house.
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Wonderful, pet-friendly home!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures did not do the house justice! It was incredibly roomy and so convenient for walking to the plaza & kit Carson park. My only complaint was the heat. There were a lot of windows without screens, so getting a cross breeze was hard. We brought a couple of fans with us so that made the heat bearable. Larger fans or ceiling fans would have been great! Thanks again for a wonderful home & we are referring others!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review and for the suggestions. We hope you can come again.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning included $0
Pet Fee $50

We pay tax and cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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