"Absolutely extraordinary" "Perfection" "Absolute Joy" "Magnificent" "Like living in an art gallery" "Art lovers dream” “Perfect Casita!” “Perfect location” “Sacred space" "Comfy, cozy casa" "Loved this house!"
Hello and welcome to Casa Estrella, our Santa Fe home. The comments in the Headline above are recent excerpts from what our guests are saying about Casa Estrella, a lovingly-restored historic adobe surrounded by walled gardens at the end of a private lane in the heart of Santa Fe’s Historic District. We are pleased to be able to share our casita with discriminating, like-minded adults and are confident you will thoroughly enjoy your stay in our home.
SPECIAL NOTE: Please read the 94+ other reviews by scrolling down from our picture and below "About Ed Lanford and Marilyn Burgess" to "Guest comments from the Manager." These are comments from notes left in our Guestbook, emails, and cards "love letters" and watercolors from our guests.
Casa Estrella is only 0.4 miles or an eight minute walk to Lower Canyon Road, the epicenter of Santa Fe's finest galleries and restaurants. Stroll to the La Fonda Plaza in fifteen minutes or so (0.8 miles). Explore four world class museums and a botanical garden on Museum Hill within 1.3 miles. The Santa Fe Opera is less than six miles away and SkiSantaFe is only 16 miles. The Railyard arts and entertainment district is minutes from the casita.
This authentic casita has been totally redone and has been filled with new and antique furnishings and stainless steel appliances in a contemporary New Mexico style. There are double-adobe walls, 9' beamed ceilings, hand-troweled, diamond plaster walls, skylights, wide-plank pine and white oak floors, and Saltillo tile throughout the casita. The casita is 1250 s.f. in size and sits on almost a quarter of an acre.
Warm yourself by the kiva fireplace in the living room on chilly Santa Fe nights. Enjoy a gourmet-equipped kitchen, with a dining table seating up to six. The two lovely bedrooms include a master suite with a California King bed, en-suite dressing area and bath with heated floors, a top-of-the-line Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe mattress, and two each of down, Fibrefill and Tempurpedic pillows, and comfy spa linens. As of November 2015, all spa linens and two down pillows and two Fiberfill in each bedroom are new. There are new towels in the master bath as well.
The guest bedroom has a King bed with a memory foam mattress topper, down, Fiberfill and Tempurpedic pillows (two of each). The guest bathroom is a modest shower bath suitable for one person at a time to do their daily ablutions.
The fully-equipped kitchen is roomy and light-filled with Saltillo tile floors and natural wood finishes. French doors in the kitchen lead to a ramada-shaded outdoor dining area and our extensive garden areas. There is a full-size stacking washer/dryer in the utility area.
Casa Estrella is filled with original signed Native American and Southwestern art and is surrounded by lovely garden areas on four sides. Original artwork fills the oasita with original paintings and signed proofs by Nocona Burgess, Stan Natchez, Malcolm Furlow, John Nieto, Frank Howell, photographic work by Lenny Foster and Abby Beck, sculpture by Bill Worrell, Rebecca Tobey, Alvin John, Sandy Graves, Paul Rhymer, Susan Harvey, Star York, Jim Epler, Earl Eder and glass work by Carol Lujan..
Relax to the sounds of our 'Valentine's' natural rock fountain or our Stone Forest millstone fountain. In the gardens, Find “Sanctuary” and'Freedom,' original sculptures by renowned artist Bill Worrell, other sculptures by Paul Rhymer, Alvin and Melvin John, and Chris Turri. The landscaping is softly illuminated for truly enchanting Santa Fe evenings and professionally maintained.
In the Winter/Spring of 2014/2015, we are making major landscape improvements in our already gorgeous gardens. We are adding additional native aspen trees and improving our floral color to begin earlier in spring extending later into fall. There will be a beautiful progression of more color throughout each growing season for our enjoyment and that of our guests.
Our goal is to keep our casita and gardens spotlessly clean and ever-changing for the year-round delight and excitement of our guests and ourselves.
The casita has DirectTV, free streaming Netflix movies through two new 40" Samsung SmartTVs, high-speed wifi, a Bose SoundWave CD player with an iPhone/iPod adapter and a DVD player. Free wifi.
The gardens are perfect for romantic evenings for two, entertaining outdoors or the solitude a quiet garden can provide. Within the privacy of adobe and coyote walls are three garden areas. The coffee/cocktail garden is shaded by a large plum and a mature Russian olive tree. A cocktail table, seating for four, two zero-gravity lounge chairs and a chimenea with plenty of firewood are provided for our guests’ pleasure. Enjoy meals, cocktails and conversation around the dining table for six in the shade of a ramada in another area of the gardens. The front portal offers day-long shade from our own Piñon pine and refuge during Santa Fe monsoon rains and winter snow showers.
In season, savor fruit from the casita’s apple, apricot, peach and plum trees or make a cobbler. In addition to these fruit trees and the Russian olive, we have a flowering cherry, a dwarf blue spruce, a Scotch Pine, pinon, desert willow, and numerous aspen trees. These are all large, mature trees. There is a big cottonwood in our neighbor's garden that shades our ramada dining area in the mornings and early afternoons.
The house and gardens are completely private and enclosed by adobe walls and coyote fences. Aspen trees line the drive along the casita’s outer wall. During the season, the gardens and landscaping are lush and are professionally maintained year-round. For your time indoors, the casita is cooled with remote-controlled air conditioners and heated by radiant in-floor and baseboard systems.
This very popular property is perfect for romantic escapes, “girlfriend getaways,” art and museum jaunts, outdoor adventures or all combined. Casa Estrella is best suited for one or two couples! We have strict No Smoking and No Pets policies. The casita has several heavy metal sculptures that have sharp edges and points and also two low fountains that might pose as safety hazards to your little ones. Therefore, the property may not be suitable for 'small children' or toddler appropriate.
We own another home, Casa Grande, which is a beautiful four bedroom four bath adobe on almost a half acre. Casa Estrella and Casa Grande are only a 350 yard walk from one another and can be rented together, schedules permitting, for larger families and groups. The combination provides six bedrooms, five and one half baths, sleeping for 12 in six king and queen beds.
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Plan now for the following summer events:
Santa FE Bandstand Runs July 7th-August 28th
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market July 10th-12th
Santa Fe Opera July 3rd-August 29th
Santa Fe Wine Festival July 4th-5th
New Mexico Jazz Festival July 11th-27th
Traditional Spanish Art Market July 25th-26th
Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show August 1st-2nd
Santa Fe Indian Market August 22nd-23rd
Objects of Art Santa Fe August 13th-15th
Santa Fe Renaissance Fair
Santa Fe Concorso September 25-27
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta September 23-27
Casa Estrella has a current City of Santa Fe Short Term Rental Permit #130699 and a Santa Fe Business License #130755.