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Artist or Writer Retreat - Santa Fe

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Beautiful guesthouse in historic village of Lamy, New Mexico located 20 minutes SE of downtown Santa Fe. Lamy is the official train stop for Santa Fe and you have wonderful hiking, walking and biking trails just outside your door.

The guesthouse is large and spacious with beautiful views with, WIFI Internet, Phone and Privacy. Perfect for one person, a couple, or small family. King and twin bed. No pets.

If you love the opera in the summer, skiing in winter, hot air ballooning in the fall or art museums, Santa Fe's summer activities such as the Folk Art Market, Indian Market, and a place to stay where you can call your 'home' away from home, then this is the guesthouse for you.

There is a friendly family dog on the property in the compound so if you do not like dogs at all, then you should consider other properties.

Weekend rental, a week or longer stays are all possible.

Keywords: Guesthouse - Privacy

More Details

Owner
Jean Zunkel
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About Jean Zunkel

I love travel and have spent most of my life exploring new countries, places and meeting interesting people. I even structured my work life to make sure that it involved international travel. Santa Fe always pulled at my heart strings so eventually I bought this amazing property and have created a beautiful space in my main home as well as the guesthouse. My guesthouse is named after my granddaughter, Nxai. Her parents were married by a 104 year old village chief in the village of Nxai in Botswana. It seemed like the perfect name. Sounds like (Nigh) since most people can't click their tongues well!!!

Lamy is a wonderful village only 20-25 minutes from downtown Santa Fe and a great place to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. All seasons bring out something special so anytime is the right time to pay a visit.

The photo on the left is the most recent trip in Nov. 09 to Easter Island and Chile. What an amazing place.

I look forward to meeting you.

Jean Zunkel purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Jean Zunkel chose Galisteo

Because its absolute heaven for us.

What makes this cottage unique

Hikes outside your door

A short drive into Santa Fe for shopping or sightseeing

Beautiful sunrise and sunsets

Amenities

Galisteo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1Shower. No tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1) Blow up mattress is available when needed, Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Blow-up Queen mattress available if needed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

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Artist or Writer Retreat - Santa Fe
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews
5

Peaceful, beautiful retreat.

  • 5 of 5

While it's fun to weave thru the crowds and galleries in Santa Fe, especially at the Farmers Market, nothing beats retreating to the peace and quiet of Jean's place. The stars at night are magnificent and the morning light thru the aspen unbeatable. Everything in the house feels like home. We loved our stay. Thank you Jean.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you with us for the weekend. Please return again soon. It was wonderful hearing your laughter from the portal with your friends who joined you for dinner.
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5

Retreat in the high desert is a dream!

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my month-long stay in Lamy thanks to my amazing hostess, Jean, and a perfectly appointed space. The cottage is truly lovely and has all the amenities you might need for an extended stay. It's location in Lamy, a quaint, quiet town, is ideal and Jean did a wonderful job of being available, yet offering me the privacy and solitude I was seeking. A perfect perch from which to experience all that Santa Fe / NM has to offer, if you want to stay in a creative, comfortable home, don't look any further!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Real Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house was comfortable, uncluttered and extremely inviting. We luxuriated in the superb bed, aspens rustling in the breeze, a heavenly patio, and a fully stocked kitchen to cook in. We loved it! It is the perfect peaceful retreat for a busy couple to unwind and rest. We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review of Nxai's Place. We loved having you and hope that you return again soon. We hope your horse is ok now.
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5

Unforgettable and a must stay.

  • 5 of 5

I'm going to fall short of words here, so please forgive me. Jean was incredibly attentive and helpful even prior to our journey, by making sure to give us directions that would save us an hour of drive time.

We arrived to the sweetest little compound just after dark. The parking area was well lit and there were lights guiding us up a path to our new found home away from home. Although they are beautiful, the pictures don't do this space justice (sorry Marc). We walked into an incredibly spacious guesthouse, a gorgeous fireplace and the warmth of so many things. We truly felt like we were part of Lamy's history and home because of all of the wonderful amenities. This is a space that words and photography can't capture, you just have to show up, be present and take it all in.

We're beyond grateful for our experience and the shared memories with this family, they are now part of our chosen tribe. Not only was a fantastic hike recommended, but we were also welcomed into their home, shared a lot of laughter and conversation. We even brought in the New Year over an amazing supper that Jean cooked.

We miss everyone, look forward to getting back and being greeted by the sweetest Bella aka the compound mascot. It truly has been our favorite vacation and a great way to start our year.

Thank you for hosting such a sweet space, welcoming us, we've now extended our family effortlessly. Please hug each other for us.

Sending love from Texas,

The Yarto Family

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind words. We feel exactly the same and love having new additions to our family. I will tell Marc to get busy and do some new photos!!! Best wishes on so many levels for the year ahead. Jean and family.
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Can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

Want a place to relax? A place where you can hear the birds sing, watch the rabbits feeding on the grass outside the window, drink your morning coffee on the portal as the breeze winds its way through the orchard and the aspens. A place full of books and magazines, of large comfortable sofas and chairs. Yet so very close to all that Santa Fe and northern New Mexico offers. During our week's stay, my wife and I took day trips to Madrid and the San Marcos Café, to the plaza and farmers' market in Santa Fe, to the small towns and art colonies on the high road to Taos, and to the train ride in Chama. On alternating days we simply stayed in the guesthouse, enjoying the tranquility.

The owner is accommodating, informative, and welcoming. Before we arrived she gave us all the information we needed: how to get to the compound and where to stop for groceries. She personally met us when we arrived to show us the property and reminded us to contact her if we needed anything. One afternoon after we returned from a day trip, she invited us over for a glass of wine and graciously showed us her charming home, the oldest one in the compound.

It is such a beautiful setting, seemingly away from everything, but close to grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops, drug stores and boutiques. When we left after our week's stay, we immediately wished we had reserved Nxai's Place for a month. We intend to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extended stay

  • 5 of 5

“You have fallen into a box of chocolates”, remarked a friend from Santa Fe who joined us for dinner one night at Nxai’s Place. After a wonderful seasonal experience there, we had been lucky enough to arrange for an extended stay. Indeed, from the the high ceiling main room chock full of books, to the serene adobe wall bedroom, to the the calming portal rimmed with buzzing hummingbirds, Nxai’s Place delivers a memorably sweet experience. And you may find yourself on that portal one morning, with coffee, when the sound of a train stopping at the Lamy Station awakens all your romantic buttons. Santa Fe? We forgot we were even nearby when a stay here, and high desert hiking trails five minutes away, offer up such a unique way to experience northern New Mexico. My comment on the host Zunkel/Romanelli family, past how their interesting lives may contribute to your stay, is simply to say that their family is now my family. This is the essence of a home away.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely words about Nxai's Place. You have two new grandchildren who repeatedly ask for you and Bella goes to the portal every morning looking for you. We are very happy that you chose to remain in the area and we can now visit you...You are also part of our family.
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Map

Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Eldorado
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Eldorado
Car: necessary

Half day ride with Llama (accompanied by owner of Llama) to waterfalls where you can swim and have a picnic lunch. Available upon request

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Rates & Availability

Available
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $125
Tax Rate 7.0%

Please call or email me direct regarding availability and pricing. You need to book direct with the owner and not through the website. I accept personal checks and all credit cards.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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