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Welcome to my home-the front driveway--my garden paradise

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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

This property is truly one of a kind in Taos-perhaps anywhere. The main house is a wonderful old adobe on two pastoral acres down a country road surrounded by trees, lawns and gardens just across the Road from the Rio Pueblo. It has a remote and private feel and yet is less than two minutes from the Plaza and 30 minutes from world class skiing. You are entertained by stars and coyotes at night, roosters, the neighbors' donkey and church bells in the morning and birds all day long. The house is the true essence of southwest decor. The walls have a soft, buttermilk/beeswax sheen. Dark beamed ceilings and wood floors throughout are complimented by antique furnishings, native rugs, original art and many amazing and creative touches. It is a small home, perfect for a couple although it does have a second bedroom with its own private bath for two couples traveling together.
Enter from the covered portal into a kitchen fully equipped for all your cooking needs. If I don't have it, you probably don't need it! You will enjoy cooking on my 1949 O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove The living room is warm and inviting. A gas log stove in the corner provides central heat, but the wood burning kiva fireplace sets the tone. Ample firewood is located in a wood box just outside the kitchen door. There is an extensive DVD video library and numerous CDs. All you need for a quiet evening at home. In fact most guests spend more time here relaxing than they do out adventuring. The master bedroom has another kiva fireplace and an antique brass and iron queen size bed with down comforters and lots of pillows and good bedside reading lights. The large walk in closet opens to a hot tub under an 80' elm tree. There two full bathrooms in the home One has a deep tub and an array of candles. The second bedroom has an antique double iron bed and original art.
The outdoor patio is furnished with teak garden furniture, a fireplace and BBQ grill. The yard is enchanting even in winter. Towering cottonwood trees line one side of the property above the numerous out buildings. There is a large lawn and an orchard of mature apple, apricot, plum and pear trees. The many garden beds were lovingly planted by the owner ( a professional landscaper) and are surrounded by many tall trees and a flowing acequia.
This property was once the home of Taos writer John Nichols of 'Milagro Beanfield War' fame which was written in what is now a two room guest casita (Also available for additional guests) However, this property is described in virtually all of John's books both fiction and non fiction in great detail. John is a friend and still lives nearby.
There are fun and fanciful touches to delight throughout the property from the turquoise Willy's planter truck in the front pasture to the Mardi Gras beads flung in the trees, the whimsical gardens and the outdoor art everywhere. The two story tree house is a fun day time getaway for all ages. So much to explore here! ***Contact me for special rate at casademelissa@gmail.com
There is also a two room casita/guesthouse across the driveway with a double and twin bed, lights and heat for additional guests. Guests here can take advantage of the two full baths inside the main house--towels and robes provided
For the adventurous the tree house and an Airstream trailer are delightful summer spaces. The tree house has two twins on main floor and a queen in the loft. There is a shaded deck with pasture views. It is built around a huge heritage apple tree.
The Airstream is 1971 vintage with lots of privacy in the back pasture. Big covered porch with mountain views. The interior has been fully remodeled and has a double bed in front room and a twin down the hallway.
***Please note that when you rent the main house, the whole two acre property is your and I do not rent out any of the other spaces during your stay. Something guests love so much about my home is the privacy.
This property has appeared in Enchanted Homes, New Mexico Magazine and Green New Mexico. It was also featured on the Taos Home and Garden tour.
As with all of my properties, this is dog friendly for well behaved dogs and conscientious owners.
It must be seen to be believed. It is truly magical.

Keywords: Private, yet convenient amazingly comfortable, peaceful and eclectic, fun, whimsical

PLEASE NOTE: Even if my calendar is already reserved for your dates please contact me .(casademelissa@gmail or 415 497-7761) I have 10 of my own rentals Taos Vacation Rentals --all on Vrbo/HomeAway I have everything from one bedroom apartments, one, two and three bedroom homes and even family compounds. You will love to stay with me for your Taos vacation getaway!!! Melissa, the Vacation Rental Queen of Taos...

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Owner

Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    I have a porta crib available if needed...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    I do ask that you supervise your children especially in tree house. Tree house loft is adults only. This home is not kid proofed....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved pets always allowed. Dog sheets for bed and couch covers. Please use! Please pick up after your dog outside!!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Other (See Description)

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  • Queen size Beds (1) Master bedroom has queen size antique brass/iron bed..., Double Beds (1) Second bedroom has double iron antique bed with antique furnishings, original art and private bath with deep tub..., Twin or Single Beds (1) property has all kinds of additional accommodations--two room casita, re furbished Airstream. cottages and of course the two story tree house. Any combination is possible..., Baby Cribs (1) I could come up with one..., Murphy Beds (1) I love murphy beds--had one in college days. Maybe if I do a log cabin, hogan or teepee in back pasture......moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Always peaceful and quiet here yet minutes to the Plaza. Lots to explore on the property....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Lots. Enjoy but please leave behind...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Yes and Dvd's in tv Cabinet...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    lots of dvd's and videos too... Some sort of basic tv channels and three clickers!!!...moreless

  • Stereo:

    CD player in kitchen...moreless

  • Television:

    Roku TV, Netflix, Sling...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    I love movies... and have lots of variety- in tall cupboard by dining table...moreless

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Great mountain view from the back pasture and the deck of the vintage Airstream...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    table seats six. Placemats, table cloths, cloth napkins and rings...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    This is Taos- 7000'. No Air conditioning! You will appreciate down comforters and screened windows and doors. So many big shade trees. This is often the coolest part of town!...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace:

    (2) One in living room for 'Taos central heating' and one in the kitchen for cozy breakfasts... Please follow directions for operation. Thermostats only. Do not turn off gas valve!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas log stoves. One in living area and one in kitchen...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless high speed...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    down comforters, fine linens...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Two loveseats...moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking. Utility trailer and oversized vehicles can park in back pasture...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Lots of driveway parking and additional parking in back pasture...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    I have any number of vagabond travelers who want to spend time off the road in Taos. Back pasture parking for tent trailer, trailers or rv's......moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet:

    yes. Modem and password information in second bedroom...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    (2) Living room has a kiva (beehive) fireplace. Plenty of firewood just outside the door......moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    also grinder and filters...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    totally. You will love the stove--vintage 1949 O Keefe & Merritt beauty, but also Cuisinart, coffee grinder, Dualit toaster......moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All you need and more...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    I love to cook and bet you will find everything you might need, plus more. I like to say that if I don't have it, you won't need it! Wok, rice cooker, crock pot, covered turkey roaster, panini......moreless

  • Microwave:

    In the pantry...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Well supplied with kitchen needs--spices, oils, vinegar, garlic many staples...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Wonderful outdoor patio, surrounded in summer with a ridiculous number of container plants and that outdoor fireplace,,,...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    I am an avid gardener and do also love my lawn...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Yes and it is magic--just steps ouside master bedroom with seasonal outdoor shower. Total peivacy on this property. i love to sit in the hot tub in the winter with full moon or snowfall and 'Survey ...moreless

  • Private Pool:

    I daydream about a pond in the front pasture with cat tails, frogs and fish--stay tuned......moreless

  • Shared Hot Tub:

    Only with yourself and a glass of wine or with your significant other......moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    Not jetted, but big and deep with lots of candles and then there is the hot tub under the elms...Lots of jets there and stars too!...moreless

 

Reviews

4.8
from 68 traveler reviews
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
3 night min stay
$225
Xmas 2017
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
$350
Spring Break
Mar 1 - Mar 25, 2018
3 night min stay
$250
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$195

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • cleaning $100
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Rates based on 2-4 guests Additional guests (up to 10 total) are charged $25 per night and higher cleaning fee may apply. Contact owner directly regarding additional guests


Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Location

100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sunport, Albuquerque
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Alley Cantina/Plaza
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Taos Country Club
65 Miles
Nearest Train
Lamy, New Mexico
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
hwy 68 into town
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
All over town
27 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
John Dunn Bridge/ Rio Grande River

Car: Recommended

If you are looking for total privacy in a rural setting, yet a 10 minute walk to town or -2 minute drive, this is the home for you... An amazing 'Truly Taos' home

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: I was a landscaper in Marin Co. California and was ready for a change of pace and place. I found my house on my birthday - June 21. It was love at first sight. The property is so special the variety, the quiet, the trees and flowers,the other buildings and the proximity to town. It is just plain perfect.

Why the Owner Chose Taos, NM, USA:
I grew up in the Southwest and even though I loved many things about the Bay Area, I missed seasons, mountains, turquoise skies and thunderstorms.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Peace and quiet with good proximity to town, comfortable and cozy and so many fun things to see.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

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Photos

  • Welcome to my home-the front driveway--my garden paradise

    Welcome to my home-the front driveway--my garden paradise

  • Private side patio--afternoon shady spot

    Private side patio--afternoon shady spot

  • Relax, kick back and enjoy your vacation!

    Relax, kick back and enjoy your vacation!

  • Vegetable garden/flower garden--you pick in season for fresh produce and flowers

    Vegetable garden/flower garden--you pick in season for fresh produce and flowers

  • Garden fountain--love the sound of the water and it bathes so many birds...

    Garden fountain--love the sound of the water and it bathes so many birds...

  • Living/dining room--antiques, native rugs and fun touches everywhere you look

    Living/dining room--antiques, native rugs and fun touches everywhere you look

  • Master Bedroom/gueen bed--kiva fireplace in corner

    Master Bedroom/gueen bed--kiva fireplace in corner

  • The treehouse in the apple tree--everyones favorite--summer guesthouse--sleeps 4

    The treehouse in the apple tree--everyones favorite--summer guesthouse--sleeps 4

  • Queen Bed in Loft

    Queen Bed in Loft

  • Casita Bedroom

    Casita Bedroom

  • Taos sunset from the pasture

    Taos sunset from the pasture

  • My Downtown Office for any /questions 106 Dona Luz

    My Downtown Office for any /questions 106 Dona Luz

  • front entrance and patio. I love plants!

    front entrance and patio. I love plants!

  • Patio fireplace (two room casita guesthouse in background

    Patio fireplace (two room casita guesthouse in background

  • Garden area (If it holds soil, it's a planter) and outdoor hot tub under the elm

    Garden area (If it holds soil, it's a planter) and outdoor hot tub under the elm

  • afternoon nap perhaps in the apple orchard???

    afternoon nap perhaps in the apple orchard???

  • Kitchen with vintage O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove--don't you love it?

    Kitchen with vintage O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove--don't you love it?

  • Kiva fireplace in living room--great for chilly nights or mornings

    Kiva fireplace in living room--great for chilly nights or mornings

  • Second bedroom with private bath

    Second bedroom with private bath

  • Two twins on main level

    Two twins on main level

  • Guest Casita across the driveway (original house on the property 200 years old!)

    Guest Casita across the driveway (original house on the property 200 years old!)

  • View from back pasture--so southwestern!

    View from back pasture--so southwestern!

  • Truck planter in front pasture/a local landmark and favorite photo subject

    Truck planter in front pasture/a local landmark and favorite photo subject

  • My Downtown Shop 108 Dona Luz

    My Downtown Shop 108 Dona Luz

VRBO #273116

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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