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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

1250s.f. Casita, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 4 adults. (Not child appropriate.)

"Art lovers dream”“Perfect Casita!”“Perfect location”“Sacred space"

Hello and welcome to Casa Estrella, our Santa Fe home. The comments in the Headline above are 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.

For information and reviews of other restaurants and destinations which we do or didn’t like, try these two links and please let me know if they stop working:

https://hos.vrbo.com/#!/rentals/suggestions/c3c6fbaf-1565-4e6e-8dd0-cba8a6822afb

and

https://www.gogobot.com/homeaway/guides/5330000000000037425?brand_id=vrbo

You can also scroll down in VRBO between the end of "Manager Info" and just before "Photos." Click on "View Guide powered by gogobot." This will give you our touts, recommendations, opinions and experience with quite a few options. Please try both the "Grid" and the "Map" view to see which is easier for you to navigate and a better format for your needs.

Plan now for the following summer events:

July:

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

August:

Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show August 1st-2nd

Santa Fe Indian Market August 22nd-23rd

Objects of Art Santa Fe August 13th-15th

Zozobra

September:

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Marilyn Burgess and Ed Lanford
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Marilyn Burgess and Ed Lanford

We are both auctioneers and work long hours, so when we travel, we like to do it right. We seek out upscale, interesting hotels, lodges and vacation rentals. We love fresh air, beautiful gardens, and all varieties of nature, climates and cultures and try to discover new, unique and soulful experiences in exciting places. We love good food and are experimenting cooks. We dine in the finest restaurants in each destination and particularly enjoy discovering off-the-beaten-path, hidden, local and out-of-the-way gems. We hate fast food. We are daily walkers and seek out romantic sunsets wherever we are. Marilyn loves the outdoors and is an avid reader. Ed skis, kayaks, scuba dives, and likes to fish although all fish are safe in his presence. We both like southwestern and Native American art, museums and galleries of all types.

Marilyn Burgess and Ed Lanford purchased this house in 2008

Why Marilyn Burgess and Ed Lanford chose Santa Fe

When we decided to buy a second vacation home, we considered several of our favorite travel destinations, places to which we seemed to return repeatedly. For exploration, outdoor activities and relaxation, we love the central Oregon coast, Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe, Ruidoso and, of course, Santa Fe/Taos. We evaluated each location for which place offered the most romantic, magic, spiritual qualities and in which location would we be happiest spending time long term. What area offered the most varied, yet agreeable climate year around? Where could we experience the greatest intellectual and recreational stimulation? All of a sudden the answer became obvious: Santa Fe. Where else in the U.S. could one find a settlement with 400 years of history blending three distinct cultures, the Native American, the Spanish Colonial and the northern European? What other place has the combined beauty of the arid northern New Mexican desert, the majesty of the Sangre de Christo, Jemez and Ortiz mountains and the lush, fertile ribbon of the Rio Grande? Where else provides the broad range of archeological sites and cultural traditions to enjoy and explore? In what other resort area can a person find any wider array of educational experiences, arts and entertainment such as Museum Hill, the Santa Fe Opera, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the new Railyard District and a wide variety of performance venues including theatres, playhouses, and an amphitheatre. How can one compare the scope and variety of restaurants, galleries and shops of Santa Fe to any other place? What other city can match the combination of cultural choices and outdoor recreational opportunities offered by the Santa Fe area: sightseeing, snow skiing, kayaking and rafting, mountain biking, water skiing, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, archeological exploration, hot air ballooning and so on? What other city has a wonderful, 100 year-old neighborhood gourmet market and two Whole Foods Markets? NONE!

What makes this house unique

We bought the very best two bedroom vacation rental on the market, and we looked at many. The location is ideal, and the combination of features offered by this casita makes it unique to the area. It is a restored original “Pueblo Revival' or 'Santa Fe Style' adobe in the Eastside Historic District, the Camino del Monte Sol Historic District and the Garcia Historic District. It is within easy walking distance of the most important destinations along Canyon Road and the downtown plaza area. We found this casita to be immaculate, in excellent condition, beautifully furnished, very well maintained and ever so romantic.

We fell in love with the gardens at first sight. Even before we went in the house, we knew this was the perfect place for us. Once inside, we found the cutest casita we had yet seen, but the private outdoor spaces are what we love most. The garden areas are exceptionally generous for the Historic District and offer four distinct areas for entertaining friends and family or for a romantic evening for two. Adobe walls and coyote fences completely enclose the casita and three distinct gardens for complete privacy. The gardens are perfect for dining and cocktails al fresco or for enjoying the sounds of a summer night. The lounge area is shaded by a bearing plum tree and a large Russian olive tree. This garden has a cocktail table with seating for four plus two Zero Gravity lounge chairs and a chimenea. There is a lovely flagstone patio shaded by a new ramada (pergola) with dining for six. Sit under the front portal and enjoy the smell of a summer rain or the whisper of a snowfall. A fourth garden shaded by giant apple and apricot trees lies along the Aspen-lined drive bordering the casita’s outer wall. In season, savor fruit from the casita’s apple, apricot, peach and plum trees. Outdoor sculptures abound throughout the gardens. We continue to add art and additional plantings to enhance the outdoor enjoyment of our guests and ourselves.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Casa Estrella is the most wonderful casita we have rented in 15 years of visiting Santa Fe. The Gorgeous property and gardens, wonderful decorating, great kitchen, every amenity provided, interesting artwork, yet comfortable and gracious. The owners have really attended to details to make the casita feel like home, not a rental. This was our second stay at Casa Estrella and we can't wait to return next year.
Jul 2017
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Amenities

Historic Eastside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En suite bathroom with hand rails in the tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Modest hall bath
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , California king, Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe mattress, 6 pillows
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , King pillow top mattress with six pillows
  • King size beds (1) Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe California King in master bedroom. King bed in guest bedroom with a plush mattress topper. Six pillows: two new down, two Tempurpedic, and two new Fiberfill pillows with Claritin "Ultimate Allergen Protector Barrier" Pillow Protectors in each bedroom. Guests rave about the comfort of the beds. Each bed has fabulous spa sheets that are softer than high thread count Egyptian cotton. One guest with chronic back pain said his nights at Casa Estrella were the first nights he had slept without back pain in years. He bought the same bed for his home when he returned. Although we do not feel the need for it, we have a hotel-style safe for guests in the master closet for their convenience and peace of mind. It can be operated with a unique PIN or with the swipe of any magnetic card belonging to the guest. There is also a portable humidifier in the master closet.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Security system with remote arm/disarm key fob. Signed Native American art throughout by Bill Worrell, Malcolm Furlow, John Nieto, Frank Howell, Nocona Burgess, Sandy Graves, Chris Turri, Susan M. Harvey, Earl Eder, Alvin John, Rebecca Tobey, and Lenny Foster. Bali top-down, bottom-up shades, LED candles throughout. track lighting w/dimmers. emergency flashlight. weather station, Natura bath products. four bathrobes, hair dryers and lighted magnifying make-up mirrors, landscape lighting, There is a backpack and umbrella for guest use. 1½ blocks to Canyon Road, 6-1/2 blocks to Plaza, ½ block to Downtown Subscription, a newstand/bookstore/internet café, 2½ Blocks to Kaune’s Foodtown historic grocery (They deliver!), 4 Blocks to La Posada de Santa Fe Spa and Fitness Center, 1.3 Miles to Museum Hill and four world class museums/Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Museum of International Folk Art

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average rating of 5.0 based on 135 reviews
5

Comfy, Cozy, Casa!

  • 5 of 5

The owners have thought of your every comfort in this home. The kitchen is beautifully equipped, the beds are heavenly, firewood, robes, music, umbrellas and backpacks were also provided. An unexpected snow storm blew in (in May!), and we were snowed in for a day and a half. What a wonderful place to be held captive. We were warm, relaxed and enjoyed the beauty of the storm.

This home has enormous outdoor space by Santa Fe standards. Though we were unable to spend much time outside, the gardens are lovely. They inspired me to get to work in my own.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. I would highly recommend this casa to anyone looking for beauty, comfort and a great central location.

Cynthia

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cynthia, this is music to our ears! Our neighbor, Don, sent us an image of the casita that morning showing seven inches of snow on the parapets and our peach tree inside the front gate just laden and drooping with snow. Our initial response was worry that you would be disappointed that you couldn't get out to see Santa Fe, but you did experience it in the most wonderful way. Most locals and really "get it" guests take a relaxed, laissez faire, "just roll with it" attitude. You could very easily become a "local." There is so much to see and do, it is easy to charge around and try to do it all. Letting Santa Fe reveal itself to you can be exceptionally rewarding and surprising. We are so happy that you had such a good time. Heavy snow in May, who new? We saw light snow in August 20+ years ago when we were staying at the Inn at Loretto. We opened the windows as soon as we checked in, and stuff started drifting into the room. We thought it was ashes from some incinerator until we noticed the ashes were melting! It left a light dusting you could see along the roadways and in the mountains. Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review, and please, consider Casa Estrella your home in Sante Fe even if you cannot return. Remember the gracious way the culture says it in Spanish, "Mi casa es su casa!" My house is your house. Don't you just love it? Warmest regards, Marilyn and Ed
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Highland Park, IL
5

Santa Fe Jewel

  • 5 of 5

Possibly the most interesting and wonderful casita we have visited in 15 years of vacationing in Santa Fe. We have stayed in gorgeous museum like rentals but never felt like it was home or comfortable. Casa Estrella is beautiful, has lovely gardens and fabulous artwork, every amenity and convenience, beautifully decorated yet totally livable, and a fabulous location. Perfect for 2 couples. I can't think of anywhere I'd rather stay when I'm in Santa Fe.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Diane and Jim, We were so glad to have you back. Your email sent while waiting to depart from the ABQ airport pretty much said it all. We have the same feelings each trip, happy to have had a week in SF and yet very sad to leave. You well know that It doesn't take very long for that anticipation and excitement of another trip to Santa Fe to bubble up. We are still amazed at how many years you have been coming there and always finding something new to do, places to go, new restaurants and old favorites. The city and surrounds have a way of continually revealing new adventures and surprises to guests and locals alike. We look forward to your next visit. If you will let us know as soon as you pencil it on your calendar, we will block your dates for you. By the way, what did you think of the new life-size sculpture in the garden? We call her "Star Girl." Isn't she heroic (or should that be heroinic?). William Rogers, a Navajo sculptor, created her. We have been watching his work at Native Treasures for several years and have gone early each year, but his large sculptures have always been sold out. We caught him early this year (Memorial Day weekend) and were fortunate to get her. We hope you like her. With warm regards, Marilyn and Ed
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Virginia
5

Beautiful house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a wonderful place to stay in Santa Fe! The casita and grounds were stunning. The neighbors were fantastic. As well as the location less than a mile from downtown. We did fall in love with the comfy couch in the living room and I'm looking for one for our house now! You thought of everything from backpacks to umbrellas. If we needed it, it was there.

We also got into the spirit of Casa Estrella and purchased a lovely kachina from a shop in Santa Fe. When my husband and I were in Santa Fe 6 years ago we had bargained with the shop owner but never completed the purchase. (It was a pretty penny) 6 years later we searched for it again and found the same Kachina there! It is a Soyok Wuhti (Monster woman) carved out of a single cottonwood root by Hopi artist Lester Quanimptewa. It is beautiful. Now to find a display case for it! Thank you again for sharing your lovely home.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leigh, thank you for the great review. We are always so pleased to have such lovely guests who enjoy Santa Fe so fully. If you can, we would love to see a picture of Soyok Wuhti. It is amazing that it was still available. What good fortune! My email is ed-at-lsa-period-cc. You were there at a great time of year. We hope to see you again. Our home is your home in Santa Fe. Marilyn and Ed
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5

Magnificent

  • 5 of 5

Ed, Kent and I so enjoyed your home. Every detail in the beautiful space is perfect! Thank you. We will be back. Kent and Corey Rutledge, Cheyenne, Wy

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

25th anniversary stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent our 25th anniversary at Casa Estrella and enjoyed every minute of our stay. A week was definitely too short. The amenities were excellent, the neighborhood was very quiet and the downtown square was only a short walk away, maybe ten minutes. We could have easily stayed much longer. Everything both inside and out was done in very good taste, from the decor, the linens, the bathroom robes, the artwork, and the artful decorations throughout the yard. Everything was beautiful! Marilyn and Ed were very gracious hosts, first class people. Ed will contact you both before your stay and once you arrive with advice and any assistance that you may need. My wife and I would highly recommend Casa Estrella for you Santa Fe stay. When traveling to Santa Fe we will most definitely stay at Casa Estrella.

The Webers.

Paso Robles, CA

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greetings, Shawn! Thank you for trusting us with your anniversary vacation. We hope we lived up to your hopes and expectations. Thanks for the wonderful review. We are glad you had such a good time in Santa Fe. Isn't the neighborhood wonderful? Being on a private dead end lane makes our gardens and grounds so peaceful during the day and absolutely quiet at night. We sleep with our windows open year round and almost never hear a peep other than the night sounds of nature to lull us to sleep. We hope you had enough good weather and plenty of time to enjoy our gardens, fire table and chimenea. We are also very pleased that you appreciated being so close to Canyon Road and the Plaza with all their galleries, museums and restaurants just a short walk from our casita. We walk to meals, shops and museums from the casita frequently. Doesn't walking the area provides a special pleasure that driving around does not, and you don't have the hassle of trying to find a precious parking spot. Did you make it to Taos this trip as planned, or did Santa Fe consume all your time? Either way, it is good. There is just so much to see and do in the area. We never get to see and do all we want when there. Come between mid-June and the end of October for a stay. Santa Fe is spectacular in the summer and fall as it has such beautiful flowers, trees and plants that one wouldn't imagine would flourish in the "high desert." Our gardens are quite lush that time of year with the roses, peonies, salvia, butterfly bush and many other flowering plants. We think you would be stunned with the lushness of our private gardens. There is always a very shady, cool spot in the gardens to enjoy even on the hottest days. Last year the peaches, plums and apples from our trees were particularly good. The right amount of rain came at the right times, we suppose. This year is shaping up to be another banner year if the cold snap doesn't get everything this weekend. As for the casita itself, you can expect it to be a little different each time you come. We tend to add a piece of art or decorative upgrades each time we are there. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, we would love to hear them. Most of all, we are so happy you had such a great time in Santa Fe and found our casita and hospitality to be what we hoped you and your wife and guests would enjoy. Please remember, 'nuestra casa es su casa,' or "our house is your house." Always. Warmest regards, Marilyn and Ed
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Santa Barbara
5

Absolutely extraordinary!!

  • 5 of 5

We were privileged to enjoy 12 lovely early spring days in Casa Estrella. In our many travels, we almost always stay in vacation rentals and have done so in a number of places in the U.S. and Europe, many quite wonderful. We must say, however, that we cannot think of a single one that matches Casa Estrella in comfort, amenities, beauty, and setting. Ed and Marilyn have created an incomparable casita home, truly a Southwest “art lovers dream.” Such a delight to discover all the amazing pieces (inside and out), to say nothing of the beautifully and comfortably furnished rooms, extremely well equipped kitchen, and lovely garden. We were greeted by blossoming trees, lots of daffodils, and at the end of our stay, even a few tulips popping up. Best of all, we enjoyed both sunshine and snow (we greatly appreciated the ample firewood for the kiva fireplace!), the advantage of an early spring visit, if a bit too cold to spend a lot of time outdoors.In addition, the location is ideal - -close to Canyon Road, the Plaza, Downtown Subscription News, Garcia Books, and easy drive to Whole Foods--but down a lovely dirt lane that evokes the essence of Santa Fe.

Ed was so welcoming by phone and very helpful in providing information and recommendations, even creating an online guide to Santa Fe with terrific, candid reviews of restaurants and other places to try (or avoid). Some of our favorites were happy hour at Sazon, scrumptious birthday dinner at Dinner for Two, lunch at Pasqual’s, dinner at Maria’s with family, and a last wonderful dinner at John Sedlar’s Eloisa’s. We thoroughly enjoyed Museum Hill and the docent tours as well as very good lunches at Museum Hill Café. I almost forgot, too, our thoroughly indulgent day at Ten Thousand Waves followed by delicious lunch at Izanami there. A couple other highlights to highly recommend: the Georgia O’Keeffe home and Studio Tour in Abiquiu (reservations required through her museum), a fabulous tour and excursion, with a visit to Roxanne Swentzell’s Tower Gallery in Pojoaque en route (we are quite enamored of her clay people).

We could go on and on but in sum, we can’t wait to come back to Casa Estrella, where no detail has been spared for the comfort, convenience, and delight of fortunate guests. We have already enthusiastically recommended it to friends and are beyond grateful to Ed and Marilyn for their generosity in sharing this magical place.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joan, thank you for your generous (marvelous) review. We are very happy you so fully enjoyed Santa Fe, its surrounds and our home. Ten days really allows a "tourist" to become a local although we try to make all our guests feel like locals from the moment they step into the gardens and house. There is such a wide range of experiences available to visitors it is hard to know where to start. It seems you found a good starting point and had a wonderful time working your way through the so much of what Santa Fe has to offer. Thank you for the touts for Eloisa's and Roxanne Swentzell's gallery. We have not tried either and will soon. You see, coming to SF as often as we do, we still cannot see everything, taste everything or feel everything. We try to come with a fresh sense of "eager tourist" each trip and have barely scratched the surface in the past 8 1/2 years. P.S. We might be able to get you a discount on that Paul Rhymer bronze from the gallery if you ever decide to buy it. We hope you can return to Casa Estrella or Casa Grande soon! Warmest regards, Marilyn and Ed
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Downtown Subscription
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Gateway to Canyon Road
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The Santa Fe Plaza
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
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Museum Hill and Cafe
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The Railyard
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Bandelier National Monument
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San Ildefonso and Pojoaque Pueblos
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Palace of the Governors
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Institute of American Indian Arts
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St. Francis Cathedral Basilica of Assissi
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Plaza Cafe
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Pink Adobe and the Dragon Room Bar
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Coyote Cafe
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Cafe Pasqual's
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Starbuck's
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Maria's New Mexican Kitchen
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Epazote
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Trader's Collection
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Upper Crust Pizza
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San Miguel Mission
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REI
Car: recommended

Casa Estrella, our casita, is located 1-1/2 blocks from Canyon Road, the epicenter of art galleries and fine restaurants in Santa Fe. Canyon Road, the most densely concentrated area of art galleries in the world, boasts almost 100 art galleries along its length. Santa Fe is the second largest art market in the U.S with approximately 250 galleries.

At least five internationally known museums are within 1-1/2 miles of Casa Estrella as is the Plaza and the Palace of the Governors.

Santa Fe has 15 major museums and hosts more than 40 festivals and fiestas annually celebrating everything from wine and chile to jazz and Native American arts enjoying 300+ days of sunshine a year.

We are within walking distance of some of the finest restaurants in a city known for its culinary achievements and fine dining. Santa fe has over 250 restaurants and 40 bars and clubs.

Santa Fe supports a vibrant, opera, music, dance, theatre and film scene in numerous wonderful venues.

Historical, archeological and anthropological sites abound in the area including pueblos, cliff dwellings, and petroglyphs, plus a wealth of astounding geologic features and gorgeous vistas.

Snow skiing, white water rafting and kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor adventures are just minutes from Casa Estrella.

Santa Fe has been awarded the following:

• First designated UNESCO Creative City

• #1 small city to visit in the U.S. (Conde Nast)

• Top Ten destinations in the world for travel, romance, outdoors, culture, art and food (Conde Nast)

• "one of America's best girlfriend getaways (Travel+Leisure)

• The most artistic city in the U.S. by The Atlantic

• #2 Travel Destination in the Country by Conde Nast 2013

• #2 Favorite Iconic American Street by USA Today 2013

• Top ten food cities

• One of America's coziest cities

• Among the “World’s Best Award” for the eleventh time by Travel + Leisure 2012

• “Top “No. 1 Cultural Destination” by Travel + Leisure 2012

• '#1 for Peace and Quiet' by Travel + Leisure 2012

• '#1 of Top Ten Places to Visit in the Summer Time' by Travel + Leisure 2012

• '#3 City for Art Galleries' by Travel + Leisure 2012

• '#3 Best Weather' by Travel + Leisure 2012

• 'Top Ten Cities for Art Markets' by Travel + Leisure 2012

• 'Top Ten Cities for Performing Arts' by Travel + Leisure 2012

• Top Ten Mountain Biking Town - USA Today 2014

• '4 City for Museums' by Travel + Leisure 2012

• “One of America’s Greenest Cities” by Travel + Leisure 2012

• “6th most popular travel city in North America” by Travel + Leisure

• “Best Food” in 'Best of the Road' for the eleventh time in 2012 - Rand McNally/USA Today

• “Top 13 Romantic Date Destinations 2012” - Redbook

• “No. 1 Cleanest Air” by the American Lung Association

• “Best Towns” 2011 and 2007 - Outside Magazine

• “10 Best Summer Festivals” - Outside Magazine

• “10 Best Bars for Cyclists” - Outside Magazine

• “Best Southwestern Adventures: Mountain Biking” - Outside Magazine

• Silver-level Ride Center (IMBALANCE)

• “Reader's Choice for Best Town Ever: Santa Fe” - Outside Magazine

• “National Treasures” top spot three years running - American Style Magazine

2013

• Top ten international cities for art and architecture (HGTV)

• “The top city in the west to visit for art and architecture”

• “The top farmers market in the West” - HGTV

• “#3 Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation”

• “Top 3 Hot Spring Getaways” - Forbes Magazine

• “#5 of country's top historic destinations” - US News

• “One of America's top three cities for art galleries and museums” - U.S. Travel Association

• “10 Best Vacation Spots for Traveling Boomers” - Huffington Post

• “#1 place for a Cultural Getaway, for Peace & Quiet” - 2011 Travel+Leisure

• Top ten for “Romantic Escape, Museums/Galleries, Weather, Ethnic Food,

• Fine Dining, and Friendly People” - Travel+Leisure

• “Top 10 travel cities in the U.S” for the 20th consecutive year - Conde Nast

• “Third most popular travel town in the country in 2011 - Conde Nast

• “Second cleanest in the world” - 2011 World Health Organization

• :One of America's Best Cities for Fall Travel” in September 2011 Travel + Leisure

• “One of the Coolest Small Cities in America” - GQ Magazine

2013

• 10 Great places to live (Kiplinger Personal)

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Rates & Availability

Historic Eastside House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Indian Market & Santa Fe Opera
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$425
 
 
Zozobra & Wine and Chile Fest
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
Fall Colors
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
Winter Holidays
Dec 3 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
$500
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$375
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $165
Damage Deposit $65

(1) Seasonal rates for future years are typically set in the fall/winter prior to the next calendar year, so any reservation made before the next year's rates are posted may be subject to change.

(2) The NM legislature is considering changes to the applicability of sales tax and lodger's tax to short term vacation rentals. Applicable sales and lodger taxes will be added on the rent amount only at the prevailing rates subject to state and local requirements.

(3) The $65 Damage Waiver Fee is not refundable but protects the guest against loss or damage to the property up to $3,000.00 only when the Property Manager is notified in writing during the course of your occupancy.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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