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Mountain Views of Fall Colors, Encantado Resort, Hiking, Biking

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The Casita is 1,300 square feet in size and is located adjacent to our home on five acres in the hills of Tesuque twelve miles north of the Santa Fe Plaza and minutes from the Santa Fe Opera offering magnificent views of the Sangre de Cristos and Jimez ranges. The mountains are radiant with the fall colors as the Aspens turn yellow in late September and October.

The Casita includes a living room, dining area, kitchen, bedroom, bath with shower, green house, portal, and patio. The Casita is fully air conditioned and heated. In addition to electric heat there is a wood burning stove in the living room and a kiva fireplace in the bedroom. High speed computer connection and free long distance telephone is provided.

The Casita is decorated in a unique southwest style blending the Native American and Spanish Colonial styles and art of Santa Fe and is minutes from the Encantado Resort with fine dining and spa services.

Keywords: Casita, Guest House,

one bedroom

More Details

Lleta Scoggins
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Lleta Scoggins

Ken and Lleta Scoggins have been committed to their community since moving to Santa Fe from Dallas. Both Ken and Lleta have a long history in community service in addition to their careers in commercial real estate. Ken has an extensive background in real estate lending, appraisal and management. Lleta has many years of experience in residential, retail, industrial and office building development and management most recently applying her experience as Executive Director to the redevelopment of the Santa Fe Railyard.

Lleta has served on numerous boards and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe. Both Ken and Lleta are active in their church and volunteer activities in the community. Ken and Lleta love riding their motorcycles and exploring the beauty of New Mexico.

Lleta Scoggins purchased this house in 2002

Why Lleta Scoggins chose New Mexico

Santa Fe is known as the 'City Different' a blend of culture, art, music, the high desert and mountains. Art in Santa Fe includes a variety of world renowned galleries, museums, and festivals on the Plaza. Sculpting is highlighted by the nearby Shidoni casting foundry. Music includes the Santa Fe Opera and a variety of performances at the Lensic Theatre. Dining is a highlight of Santa Fe with its well known restaurants, chefs, and southwest cuisine. Available Spas include the Encantado Resort, La Posada and Ten Thousand Waves. Golf is available at Black Mesa and the Hale Irwin designed course at Buffalo Thunder with gambling available at Buffalo Thunder and Camel Rock Casinos.

What makes this house unique

For your first morning, breakfast items including

coffee,tea, juice, cereal,and

pastries are provided. Please let us know if you have any food allergies.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We certainly enjoyed our stay in your cozy casita. The setting is so beautiful, we were reluctant to go out and sightsee. We did go out and see some terrific things but this casita made coming home in the evening a joy. Thank you so much -
Sep 2010
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Santa Fe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Child Beds (1) Sofa 'bancos' may be used for children beds
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Secluded retreat on 5 acres with mountain, valley and arroyo views. Breakfast items of coffee, tea, fruit and pastry provided for your first morning. Short drive to five star restaurants, casinos, indian reservations, shopping, 18 hole golf courses and Santa Fe Opera house.


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Mountain Views of Fall Colors, Encantado Resort, Hiking, Biking
average rating of 5.0 based on 55 reviews
Fort Worth, TX

Relax Away From the Crowds

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at the Casita. It was even better than the first. Words can't describe the views, and most of all, the quiet, peaceful surroundings.

Everything you need is there, so you don't even have to leave, but you are close enough to everything to easily get to any of the area's attractions. Or just sit back and experience nature.

See the nightime sky as it really is. If you want a place to relax, where you can experience what it is like to hear only the noise of nature instead of the noise of the city, I can think of no better place than thiis.

Thanks again Ken and Lleta for providing such a wonderful place to visit.

Don and Paula Sutphin

Fort Worth TX

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always enjoy your visit. We love seeing you enjoying yourselves so much. The Casita is peaceful and serene and many of our guests spend a lot of time in the Casita just relaxing. The night skies are really black making it so easy to see so many of the nightviews. The Milky Way is often very visable. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Incredible Place

  • 5 of 5

Casita Hermosa has become our favorite get away! The property owners take great pride in the place and do everything possible to ensure their guests are satisfied.

The accommodations are superb and matched by the magnificent views of the surroundings.

The location is perfect for sliding into Santa Fe or running up to Taos.

We return annually.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have so enjoyed getting to know you and see you enjoy our Casita. We look forward to your visit each and every year.
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Awesome stay in a beautiful house with wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 7 days in this cute casita which is located in the Tesuque mountains, only 12 mins drive from Santa Fe. Lleta and Kent are wonderful hosts. They made our stay a wonderful experience and as comfortable as possible. The casita comes with everything (dish washer, dryer,laundry machine, kitchen, coffee and tea maker,BBQ, nice patio, etc) and the beautiful view. Everything is very clean and well maintained. The car has a parking space right in front of the casita. The bed is very comfortable. We had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your time here. You selected a great time of the year to visit. As you discovered, there are many great hiking and biking trails near the Casita. We enjoyed hearing about your expeditions.
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Great place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the first time we have visited New Mexico. Finding this place felt like a one in a million chance. The serenity and the beautiful surroundings absolutely captured our senses. We just submerged into the environment that was simply indescribable.

The location was just perfect as it is not too far from Santa Fe and other nearby attractions. Thank you to Ken and Lleta for sharing this gem of a place with us. We absolutely enjoyed our stay and no doubt will stay here again.

Eric & Kristie Tang


  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a great place for a get-away. The Plaza of Santa Fe is a short beautiful drive from the Casita. You can enjoy the peace and serenity of the Casita and the very dark skies by being a short distance from town. You have views in every direction. We hope to see you again. There is aways more to see and do.
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Spectacular setting; beautifully appointed and maintained; welcoming and hospitable hosts

  • 5 of 5

I wouldn't change a thing. The casita is beautifully furnished and appointed, with lovely outdoor spaces. The owners have supplied every possible item and convenience from coffee and snacks in the kitchen to toiletries, plush towels and bathrobes for the bath. Lleta even brought me welcome pastries when I arrived. The location is very convenient to the opera house and a short drive to the plaza. I plan to book the casita for my future visits.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you took advantage of the quiet and peaceful surrounding and still were able to be so close to the Opera. We try to think of anything you might need when you are here and make it feel like a home away from home. Thanks for your comments and we look forward to seeing you again.
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This Casita has it all; location, furnishings, decorations and two amazing hosts - don't miss it

  • 5 of 5

There are so many superlatives written in prior reviews that it would be hard for me to give a more glowing review but let me try.... Firstly, the owners are delightful people. So responsive and so willing to help in any way. Example; when snow fell overnight (in the desert in late April!) there was a car snow scraper waiting for us to use first thing in the morning. So considerate. Being from Chicago we were mesmerized by the location. The Casita is up in the hills north of Santa Fe and the property and its views (of the desert and its mountains) are breathtaking. We loved the remote feel (at the Casita you could swear you were hundreds of miles from civilization) combined with the quick accessibility to the preferred areas of Santa Fe. For example, if you were to stay at the Holiday Inn Express or any other reasonably priced hotels down on the south side of the city you'd be on a street filled with ugly strip malls where it takes you roughly the same time because of traffic and stoplights to get downtown. Why do that when you can have the wonderful ambiance of the Casita and reach downtown in roughly the same time? Also, if you stay at a hotel you'll essentially have a traditional size room and bathroom. The Casita has an enormous bedroom, a large sized walk-in shower and the living room and dining room area are huge. True to its name, this is a small house! The kitchen is big, too, and has a dishwasher and washer/dryer combination. This Casita is so tastefully decorated in southwestern desert motif down to the smallest detail. This place is the equivalent of how you would decorate your home, not the token furnishings and touches of a hotel. It is hard to describe how nice it is, every decorating detail has been taken care of. The kitchen has EVERYTHING you need to cook a gourmet meal with. We had snow for two days during our stay, keeping us inside more than we had planned. In a hotel it would have been misery, in the Casita it was like being in a large, warm cozy ski chalet. For a nearby market/restaurant, try the Tesuque Village Market. Very cool avant garde feel to it and we really enjoyed the casual dining and vibe. Only five minutes from the Casita. Staying here helped make our first trip to Santa Fe very, very special. It has quick access to the highway, too, should you want to go south to Albuquerque or north to Taos or Los Alamos. STAY HERE!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try to make the Casita a home away from home for you and include extras to make you comfortable. We love sharing the Casita and the views and comfort of the Casita. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Buffalo Thunder - Towa
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Rail Runner
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy. 592
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Tesuque Village Market
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: necessary

The famous art galleries of Santa Fe, Native American art and jewelry shopping, festivals such as Indian and Spanish Markets, and the world famous Santa Fe Opera. Free passes to the New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, New Mexico State Monuments and Office of Archaeological Studies. Spa services available at nearby Encantado Resort.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.