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Best of Taos- 'Retreat at Rancho Canyon'

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms , 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6

2 story Pueblo-style house just 5 miles from Taos Plaza, next to 100,00 acres of Carson National Forest, with hiking trail out the back door. Designed and built by architect/owner, it has a pond, waterfall and courtyard, all rooms enjoy panoramic mountain views. Outside covered dining with gas BBQ grill and campfire ring. Great room with gas fireplace, cozy leather furniture, log vigas (hand hewn beams), radiant heat under tile floors. Hand-crafted furniture & pine cabinets (made by owners' architect son) an open gourmet kitchen (gas range, microwave,dishwasher, etc) stainless appliances and granite counters. Main floor bedroom (queen bed & courtyard access) with bathroom with large walk-in shower. Upstairs: 2 master-sized bedrooms with memory foam king bed and 2 twin beds (can made up as king) , gas fireplaces, private decks, bath with 6' soaking tub with mtn view and shower with seat. NEW outdoor Nordic Spa with views!

New Secluded Meditation Hut: We have a small meditation hut which is a short walk down flagstone stairs to a private wooded setting with a deck and 8' x 8' room with glass doors for meditating, writing, and relaxing. This is an added amenity for those interested in a quiet get-away space for contemplation and a true retreat on the property. Inquire for additional details.

Nearby Taos Rio house available also: We have just completed a new smaller guest house, the Taos Rio Eco Dwelling, just 1/4 mile down the canyon on the Taos de Fernando River. This 2BR, 2BA house sleeps 4, also with meditation hut by the river. House can be rented separately or in combination with the 'Retreat at Rancho Canyon' house. Check out listing 361075.

More Details

Owner
David and Meredith Vaughn
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About David and Meredith Vaughn

My wife and I are lovers of the southwest and Taos area and found a property to build a custom home in 2000. Our family designed and built the house using local materials and techniques to the delight of many guests who have enjoyed the peaceful surroundings at the place we call the Retreat at Rancho Canyon.

David and Meredith Vaughn purchased this house in 2000

Why David and Meredith Vaughn chose New Mexico

Just outside Taos, but next to 100,000 acres of Carson National forest with great views, this property and area was love at first sight.

What makes this house unique

A great passive solar location with privacy, views, it has it all. We have added on to the house and provided new features which make it a true Retreat property!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Incredible home David and Meredith.



My family was fortunate enough to stay at the beautiful and private 'Retreat at Rancho Canyon' over Mother's Day weekend. My mother and father were visitng from the midwest and we thought we'd treat them to a get-away while they were visiting Colorado, they we're thrilled with the accomodations.



The home and the property could not be better outlined in the description, great views from every room, thoughtful space planning and decorating..the list goes on. It is evident when you enter the courtyard patio that David has put his architectural background to great use in the design and layout of each aspect of the home, and he, along with his wife Meredith and son Jordan, have done an excellent job decorating, designing and building furniture to compliment the SW theme. From the outdoor pond, waterfall, and firepit to the cozy living room and wonderful sleeping quarters the attention to detail is impeccable. It seems they have thought through every piece of this dream home, even going so far as to provide recycling, composting, and water saving measures to ensure the enjoyment of resources for all those that follow in our path. I promise, you will not be dissappointed during your stay.



The location of the home is also very convenient to town yet isolated enough to feel like you are in a secluded forest. Just 5 miles from Taos and all of the shops and museums it is the perfect answer to those looking for serenity, yet wanting to be close enough the experience the restaurants, museums, the pueblo, and the unique 'flavor' of the southwest.



Thanks again David and Meredith for sharing your wonderful home with us, we look forward to another visit in the future.
May 2009
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Amenities

Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , 6' soaking tub
  • Oversize tub has panoramic view of mountains. Relaxing shower with seat separate. Single vanity sink. Main floor bath has large shower. New outdoor Nordic Retreat Hot Tub just installed with privacy fence and view of mountains to the north.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs
  • Upstairs MBR with King Bed with Kiva gas FP and second large BR with 2 Twin beds and gas FP share large bath with Oversize 6' soaking tub with spectacular view, separate shower with seat. Main floor Queen bed in BR with courtyard access and adjoining 3/4 bath with oversize shower. Those needing more bedrooms can book concurrently with 2BR new River house located just 1/4 mile away- listing #361075
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 9 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
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
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Attractions: hiking (3 mile hiking trail directly behind house up Rancho Canyon in an old growth National forest), mountain biking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, skiing, snowboarding, hot springs soaking, fishing, shopping, bird watching, golfing, chamber music concerts, stargazing, rock climbing, sledding, hunting, hot air ballooning, museums, great music night life, gallery viewing in a city renowned for it's arts, terrific restaurants, cinema, ruins, Historic Taos Pueblo & it's seasonal celebrations, spiritual places to visit: kivas, moradas, zendos, monasteries, etc. Explore the historic old Taos charm of the plaza, and discover the Taos “mystique” which has inspired artists, writers, and visitors for hundreds of years. Culturally fascinating, every guest to Taos will feel blessed by it's open hospitality!

Reviews

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Best of Taos- 'Retreat at Rancho Canyon'
average rating of 4.9634147 based on 83 reviews
5

Kevin H.

  • 5 of 5

Incredible home David and Meredith.

My family was fortunate enough to stay at the beautiful and private 'Retreat at Rancho Canyon' over Mother's Day weekend. My mother and father were visitng from the midwest and we thought we'd treat them to a get-away while they were visiting Colorado, they we're thrilled with the accomodations.

The home and the property could not be better outlined in the description, great views from every room, thoughtful space planning and decorating..the list goes on. It is evident when you enter the courtyard patio that David has put his architectural background to great use in the design and layout of each aspect of the home, and he, along with his wife Meredith and son Jordan, have done an excellent job decorating, designing and building furniture to compliment the SW theme. From the outdoor pond, waterfall, and firepit to the cozy living room and wonderful sleeping quarters the attention to detail is impeccable. It seems they have thought through every piece of this dream home, even going so far as to provide recycling, composting, and water saving measures to ensure the enjoyment of resources for all those that follow in our path. I promise, you will not be dissappointed during your stay.

The location of the home is also very convenient to town yet isolated enough to feel like you are in a secluded forest. Just 5 miles from Taos and all of the shops and museums it is the perfect answer to those looking for serenity, yet wanting to be close enough the experience the restaurants, museums, the pueblo, and the unique 'flavor' of the southwest.

Thanks again David and Meredith for sharing your wonderful home with us, we look forward to another visit in the future.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
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5

Wonderful in every way, the perfect home to enjoy and see the Taos area.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this Vacation home, it has everything and at a great price!

Location is wonderful very close to Taos and Mountain Views from every room. The decor was very tasteful, interesting and all three bedrooms seemed like master suites. The upstairs views from the master we chose were SPECTACULAR, and the bed was sooooo comfortable top quality. Wildlife and hiking right out the back. The hot tub was a welcome treat after some of the best hikes we have ever accomplished, Bull of the woods, Carson Na Forest #108, Elliot Barker trail, and hiking with the Llamas on the ColumbineTrail. I love Llamas now!!! There is a lot of history with the house and love the story of the land and how the house was built. Completely fenced in the patio, pond, courtyard, area had great landscaping set against the stucco walls and Russian Sage was in full bloom. Just beautiful, we stayed a week and hopefully will return next August to get out of the Texas heat. The privacy made this home perfect for us. The owners were a joy to work with, thanks for sharing this wonderful home.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Belton, Texas
5

Relaxing family time

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time to stay in this home and before we left we booked again. The area is wonderful for relaxing, enjoying art and escaping the Texas heat.

The home is wonderful. Perfect for accommodating a family. The outside eating area is perfect if you want to cook out or hold a campfire for smores!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Fantastic house and location!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. It felt like home, well stocked with bathroom supplies, cooking utensils, pots/pans, and even a well stocked pantry. The home was absolutely beautiful. Loved the fireplace and hot tub. It is clear that the owners love this place and take care of it. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Brecksville (Cleveland) Ohio
5

Our Return to Rancho Canyon

  • 5 of 5

Having decided that we wanted to return to Taos in 2017, there was no question as to where we would stay.....definitely at Retreat at Rancho Canyon, as in 2016. This elegant, spacious house, 3 miles into beautiful Taos Canyon provides the perfect complement to the busy gallery-hopping activities in the town of Taos.

Hiking the nearby Devisadaro Trail -- or simply the secluded canyon just out the back door -- put us in direct contact with the peaceful nature of Taos Mountain viewed from the house. For activity, we hiked the Gorge, down to the river, at Wild River and at Stagecoach Hot Spring...we had the best meals at ACEQ in Arroyo Seco and at El Monte Sagrado, conversed with many interesting artists in Taos and at the Pueblo, learned interesting history from the the Harwood, the Blumenschein and the Fechin museums and , of course, shopped the many galleries. The house is beautifully furnished, making us decide to enjoy many of our meals right there.

We absolutely want to return to Taos...to this house....again in the near future. Thank you, David and Meredith Vaughn for our memorable vacation.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Easy to find. Felt at home as soon as we walked in! Very special house!

  • 5 of 5

This house could not have been better ! It's a beautiful adobe house in a wooded area. Everything you would need for a comfortable stay was provided. There are several porches to relax and view the scenery. I went with 5 other women and the bedrooms were large and comfortable.The town is a short ride and there are great places to simply enjoy the outdoors. Wonderful!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Car: necessary

Located a short 3 miles up on the sunny side of beautiful Taos Canyon, just 5 miles from the city center (plaza) of Taos. Backs up to 100,00 acres of Carson National Forest (old growth forest) with many hiking trails nearby. Located approx. 40 min. from Taos Ski Valley, approx. 25 min. to Angel Fire Ski Area. Historic Taos Pueblo just 15 minutes away, in Taos over 85 art galleries and 5 museums and great local restaurants featuring gourmet and native New Mexico cuisine.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $50

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Best value is the weekly rate!
PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY CALENDAR BEFORE INQUIRING ! Discount may be given for last minute bookings, please inquire.

Well trained dogs may be allowed for $50 pet fee.

Rate based on occupancy of 4 adults. For 5th & 6th persons add $25 /person/ night. (Max 6) Small children may be exempt. Please call.

Well trained pets (dogs) considered for a $10/ night pet fee or $50.00 minimum

Can be rented in combination with listing 361075: 2BR, 2BA, 900 s.f. house that sleeps 4 just 1/4 mile away for 10% discount on both properties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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