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*SALE Jan - Feb: $999/wk* Abiquiu Custom Lakefront Luxury Home. WIFI, Hot Tub.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

2 Bdrm 2 Bth, Sleeps 6. 2017 Certificate of Excellence Award Winner. 360 Views.

* Winner of 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award - the only Abiquiu area vacation home to ever win the award.

* "This is the best place I've stayed in the entire US!" - from an October 2017 guest review.

The Casita del Lago is a custom built, luxury adobe lakefront home that sits on 22 acres on Abiquiu Lake. There are three main reasons why our guests love this home and why so many of them return year after year: the quality home and amenities, the surroundings, and the location. And, of course, our mission to provide exceptional service and ensure you have a perfect vacation in The Land of Enchantment. We are proud to be the only Abiquiu area vacation rental home to win the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. We hope you will join our family of guests from all over the world who have selected The Casita del Lago as their favorite place to stay in Abiquiu!


We built The Casita del Lago in 2010 with the intention of retiring here - but we haven’t retired yet so we allow others to rent the home and experience the amazing location. The adobe home is built into the shore above Abiquiu Lake and has two bedrooms, two baths, a full and modern kitchen, an open concept family room and dining area, and laundry facilities. There are floor-to-ceiling windows to capture the amazing views from every direction: Abiquiu Lake, the Chama River, Red Rocks, green fields, Cerro Pedernal, Carson National Forest, Ghost Ranch, and more. Outside, you will find heated patios, amazing spots to sit and take in the views, a BBQ grill, a hot tub built into the rocks, a fire pit overlooking the arroyo, a hiking path to the lake, and 22 acres to explore.

The home is like no other in terms of design and amenities. Imported granite countertops, custom handmade Spanish Pueblo arched doors, imported Mexican furniture, resort quality bedding and linens, authentic southwest lit nichos, handmade Kiva lighting sconces, plastered interior walls, radiant floor heat, top rated appliances, indigenous rock woodburning fireplace, air conditioning, modern technology, and furnished outdoor living spaces. The east and west portals are attached with heated floors and one-of-a-kind views. The southern portal just off the kitchen offers warm, sunlit days in even the coolest high desert New Mexico temps. We subscribe to cable TV and the fastest Internet in the area - and both are offered to you free of charge. We also include firewood, laundry supplies, BBQ supplies and many spices/seasonings.


Literally, you will feel as if you have stepped into a Georgia O'Keeffe painting right from your doorstep! The home is located on 22 acres of private Abiquiu lakefront property in a gated community with lake access. The drive down towards the water with the incredible Sedona-like views is worth the trip in itself! You will be amazed at the views that surround you and you will want to wake up early just to witness the break of dawn. Then settle in for an afternoon siesta on one of the outdoor daybeds; or curl up to a book; go down to the water; start a gourmet meal; sightsee (if you must); horseback ride; photograph; hike the arroyos on your property; draw, paint, write, dream, and much, much, more.

The location provides an absence of both noise and light pollution. The lakefront property provides guests with lake access for swimming, fishing, hiking - or bring your kayaks or boat to explore the lake. There is a cove at the shore on our property where our kids love to swim.

The 6-person hot tub is nestled among huge rock boulders just off the western portal and it reserves it own spectacular views for itself, especially at night when the billions and billions of stars come out. For the more adventuresome, a short hike to the 'Stonehenge Firepit' at sunset for a spectacular outdoor viewing and nighttime fire atop the arroyo is a perfect setting for s’mores and your favorite ghost story.


We have a deep appreciation for the land and its history of this area - from dinosaurs, to Native American pueblos and cliff dwellings, to Spanish explorers, to cattle wrestlers, to ghosts and witches, to Georgia O’Keeffe - all the way to our current age where the past history and culture blends with the artist colony that Abiquiu has become.

The home is conveniently located to Ghostranch, Echo Amphitheater, Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Plaza Blanca, Pedernal, and the Carson National Forest. You will also want to explore the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, whitewater rafting down the Chama River, the Ra Paulette Cave Tour, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Native American pueblos, and other amazing sites. Plan easy day trips to Santa Fe, Taos, Cumbres and Toltec Railroad, and Bandelier National Monument.


It is our mission to provide an outstanding vacation rental experience for you in the Land of Enchantment. We work hard to earn our five star reviews and we will do all that we can to make sure you receive the same level of service and commitment. If you have any questions, please reach out to us - we are here to answer any questions and provide help as you book your bucket list trip to Abiquiu. We are happy to help you plan your trip and time - just let us know your interests so we can share local knowledge with you.

More Details

Carolyn Calfee
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, ¿Español? Enviar correo electrónico.
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Carolyn Calfee

Hello! We are Carolyn and Tom Calfee, owners of The Casita del Lago. We are parents to three awesome kids who are now young adults, which means we are now empty-nesters! Tom is a wealth management financial advisor and Carolyn recently retired from the financial industry. We are active people - love hiking, skiing, running (well, we don’t love that but we do it), taking rides on our motorcycle, and we both just got certified in scuba diving. Healthy living and eating are important to us.

We share the beauty and magic of the Land of Enchantment with others by renting out our home and enabling others to experience this incredible location…if you haven’t seen the sun rise or set over Abiquiu Lake and the red rocks, or, if you haven’t experienced an absence of noise and light pollution - then, well, you’ve missed the best part of Abiquiu.

We have met people from all over the world who have discovered The Casita del Lago on Abiquiu Lake. Honestly, we are frequently surprised by how many people know about the little village of Abiquiu…how a couple in Australia heard about our home or why a guest from Spain would choose our home so he could swim (train) in Abiquiu Lake every morning. Meeting our guests - who quickly become part of our Casita del Lago family - is the best part of this experience. We pride ourselves in setting an example as honest, ethical hosts who want every guest to have a perfect experience. Because of this, we have a high rate of return guests.

And this is why we continue to rent out our home: meeting new friends; the positive stories, reviews, and pictures; and guests who never want to leave at the end of their stay - that is the beauty of the vacation rental journey.

Reach out to us at anytime!

Safe travels,

Carolyn & Tom

Carolyn Calfee purchased this house in 2009

Why Carolyn Calfee chose Youngsville

Quite simply, this spot on Abiquiu Lake found us. We found the most beautiful spot on planet earth back in 2009 - we couldn’t believe land surrounded by a lake, a river, million-year-old red rocks, and Pedernal was for sale. We purchased our land that very night. Eventually we built The Casita del Lago on the lakefront property and we absolutely treasure the wide-open spaces, starry night skies, sage green mesas, purple mountains and red rocks. We also deeply appreciate the history and culture of the area and the spiritual energy that makes this the "Land of Enchantment". There are only four Lakefront parcels in the area, and only one remains available for sale (and that is the property we own adjacent to Casita del Lago.) When you visit here, and you view many of the landscapes Georgia O'Keeffe painted in their original context, you will understand why she could never leave.

What makes this house unique

Rare lakefront home on Abiquiu Lake. 360 degree panoramic views of paradise in Abiquiu, New Mexico. The Casita del Lago is built in traditional adobe style with 14' thick walls. The New Mexican charm is enhanced by the fully arched architectural doorways, hand carved wooden doors, unique granite, lit nichos opposite the woodburning fireplace, and authentic furniture and art work. The home also incorporates todays most modern conveniences. It is very private but also very conspicuous to boaters as it sits high on the hill overlooking the lake. Bring your camera to photograph the vistas, relax in the two outdoor daybeds, eat your meal on the outdoor picnic table overlooking the lake, take in the stars at the incredibly luxurious hot tub, light a fire indoors, or on the western portale, or venture out to the western outdoor fire pit. Admire the sunrise, or heat up the eastern Portal and enjoy it from the bench. Walk down to the water for solitude or to drop a line in. Or, just curl up on the circular oversized chaise and warm up to the afternoon sun. And - those are just a few of the daily options you have at Casita del Lago.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Most grateful that this place, this magical place, whose us. This place -under the meteors, the white fluffy clouds, among the red orange purple cliffs and equally brilliant sunset - we begin our new life together.
Aug 2013
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El Farolito
Ghost Ranch
Echo Amphitheater
Bode's General Store
New Wave Rafting Co
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Christ of the Desert Monastary
Carson National Forest
Plaza Blanca
Puye Cliff Dwellings
Bandelier National Monument
"See ancient Native American drawings."
Ghost Ranch Museum
Abiquiu Lake
Frosty Cow
El Paragua
Ojo Caliente
purple adobe lavender farm
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
ABQ or Santa Fe Municipal
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Ski Santa Fe
Nearest Beach
Casita is located on shore of Abiquiu Lake.
Car: necessary

Across the Lake from Ghost Ranch, Near Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio Tour, Numerous hiking trails, Dinosaur fossils, Indian Ruins, Petroglyphs, Carson National Forest, Echo Amphitheater, Christ in the Desert Monastary, Abiquiu Lake and Dam, Plaza Blanca, Horseback Riding, near Black Mesa Golf, Towa Golf Resort, Bodes General Store for Licenses, Taos Ski Valley, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Opera, Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market, Art Galleries, Indian Pueblos, Bandelier National Monument, Toltec Railroad, Albuquerque Old Town, Rio Grande Gorge, Spas and Mineral Springs, Albuquerque Balloon Festival


Youngsville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All children must be supervised in the hot tub. Use the hot tub at your own risk.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , shower , In addition to indoor showers, outdoor hot tub for soaking!
    Master Suite Bath - toilet , shower , Private bath in master bedroom. Separate toilet area.
  • Two bathrooms both with walk in showers. The master bath has a separate toilet room, granite counters, beautifully tiled shower and a skylight in the ceiling. The second bath has a shower and is located off of the second bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Sunset Suite (Guest Suite) - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Room contains a queen bed and twin bunk beds.
    Other Sleeping Option - Convertible Bed - Day bed outside on the portal can be brought indoors.
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Luxury bedding, walk in closet, en suite master bathroom, TV
  • King size beds (1) Premium Quality in Master Suite., Queen size Bed (1) Deluxe Comfort in the Second Bedroom Sunrise Suite., Twin Bunk beds (1) also in the Sunrise Suite. If necessary, an outdoor day bed on the Western Portale can be brought inside for a 7th person but this is not an ideal sleeping situation.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The Casita sits above the shore of Abiquiu Lake. The Casita is across the lake from Ghost Ranch. The Casita has unique outdoor living spaces and two have heated floors. Amazing views from every spot. 22 Acres. Bird watchers, artist and writer's paradise. Guests may select the 'Book Now' feature to use a credit card to book your vacation. Thank you.


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*SALE Jan - Feb: $999/wk* Abiquiu Custom Lakefront Luxury Home. WIFI, Hot Tub.
average rating of 4.9304347 based on 246 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful..perfect location.. very comfortable..perfect balance between isolation and tub and the stars can not be beat..thank you

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about our time here. The home was amazing and luxuriant, so many outdoor surprises for hanging out, exploring, and just enjoying the beautiful scenery and weather. The owners were especially friendly, welcoming, and eager to address any question or concern we had. We look forward to visiting again in the future. Thank you again for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ron and Paula, Luxuriant!! I love that description! Many thanks for being such wonderful guests and for choosing our home for your stay in Abiquiu. We are so glad you enjoyed your time - and the outdoor seating areas! Hopefully you found the spot up on the mesa top - that's my favorite! Yes, please do come back are welcome any time! Carolyn
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  • 5 of 5

WOW! The views from the casita are incredible! Sitting outside the casita you hear absolutely nothing. It is so peaceful!! The casita was very nice and clean. It had everything we needed and then some. They have thought of everything, including labeling the light switches. Everything went so smoothly, reservation, checking in and out. We actually had to change the dates of our trip, and Carolyn had no problem at all doing that. It was very nice of her to do that for us. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sheri, Thank you so much for your kind words! It is always our goal to exceed your expectations and I'm glad we accomplished that! Please come back and see us again - you are welcome anytime! Best, Carolyn
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So relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

This home received great reviews and it lived up to all of them! Very well stocked and clean. We enjoyed a relaxing get away and will return.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Rita! So glad you enjoyed your stay and the home - and happy you will return! Best, Carolyn
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Stunningly beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

A stunningly beautiful home with majestic views that change by the hour. Silence. Stars. Privacy. Near Ghost Ranch hiking. Carol is a wonderful host and has thought of every detail to make it a truly relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Steve! We hope to welcome you all back again soon. Carolyn
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Best place we have stayed in the USA

  • 5 of 5

This place is gorgeous. The casita is not enormous but seems spacious--since most of the rooms are windows the outside comes in and you feel the space of New Mexico inside as well as out. The vastness of the landscape at this location is intense--as a painter I just wanted to sit still and look for hours and the fantastic day trips we took felt like they were pulling me away from a perfect place no matter how fun they were. It takes fifteen minutes to drive from the road to the casita--enough to really get you out into the desert and mountain view and when you are outside the ONLY sounds are a few birds and insect noises. From inside one day I heard a bee fly by outside--that is how still it is. Test lots of fun things to do are within 45 minutes and good food and hiking sites and tours and spas and interesting museums and shopping. The casita is simple and beautifully furnished--more elegant than the photos look with a gorgeous leather sofa and burnished floor. Bed is comfortable, great showers and nice lighting. Well equipped kitchen. The hot tub was fantastic in a great location. Could not be better!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning and Lodging Fee $125
Tax Rate 6.5%

Base rate is for four guests. Each additional guest is $30/night. Rate includes firewood, charcoal supplies, laundry supplies, cable and wireless Internet. A one-time $125 cleaning fee is applied per stay. If you pay a security deposit, we will refund the amount within seven days after you check out provided: you check out on time; there is no damage to the home, property or the home's content; furniture is in its original location; and there are no missing items. Sorry, no smoking and no pets. Amazing sunsets and views are included free! Use "Book Now" functionality to use e-check (preferred) or credit card.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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