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Casita Des Montes - Affordable Guest House in Arroyo Seco

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom (Queen) + 2 Convertible beds, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The Taos area is abundant with seasonal activities for the whole family. The Casita is located 1 mile west of the wonderful village of Arroyo Seco, 20 minutes north of Taos, 15 minutes from Taos Ski Valley which has some of the steepest and most challenging terrain in the country and where you can access trails to the highest point in the state. The ski valley has some of the most lush and cool creek side trails in the area and only a 15 minute drive from Arroyo Seco. This adorable Casita is lovingly furnished with Asian, South American and Native American touches, original artwork, and all the amenities to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. Cathedral ceilings and traditional vigas give this house a sense of spaciousness and New Mexico character.

Stroll the apple orchard, sip a margarita, a hot cocoa or some iced tea while watching the spectacular New Mexico sunsets on the front porch, or just relax after a day of skiing or hiking. Even at this time of year you can don a fleece jacket and take your coffee or tea to the back portal where you can watch the early morning light play across the mountains as the bunnies enjoy their breakfast. This home combines high quality amenities (such as a very comfortable queen mattress with organic cotton linens and memory foam topper) with family affordability. Whether exploring the town of Taos, the nearby beautiful mountain ranges, or some of the best skiing in the world, Casita Des Montes offers you a cozy, affordable, and accessible home away from home.

Rent the Casita and the 'Green' straw bale house right next door for family gatherings or for celebrations with friends and we will give you a special rate. See # 194842 for details about this property.

The caretakers will help in any way they can, or offer advice or information on all things in the area, from where to eat or shop, to the best hiking trails.

If you visit once, you'll want to come back again and again.

Keywords: affordable, charming, casita, views, close to ski valley,

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Lorca

Welcome to Northern New Mexico! I am a licensed massage therapist specializing in Maya abdominal massage. I have two boys who love the activities available in Northern New Mexico.

Lorca purchased this house in 1985

Why Lorca chose New Mexico

The Casita is on family property, passed down to me by my father who planted the orchard you will see as you enter the property.

What makes this house unique

Our favorite things to do when we come to stay is to river raft, hike, and visit a most wonderful toy store in Taos called Twirl. Just relaxing and watching the marvelous sunsets is reason enough to visit as often as we can. I have made so many wonderful friends since my family discovered the Taos area in the early '70's and continue to visit and catch up with them each time we come back. And then there is that magical light on the mountains that is a source of constant wonderment and joy! I invite you to visit us at Casita des Montes and see what we mean!

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an amazing place - the town, the people, the casita! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely experience, eager to return.
Mar 2010
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Arroyo Seco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1, single sink, tiled step in shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , One full size sleep sofa, one twin size sleep sofa
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Bed (1) New queen mattress with pillow top and memory foam topper. Down comforter in winter, cotton blankets and quilt in summer., Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Convertible love seat sleeper sofa, twin size, will sleep one child, Baby Cribs (1) Pack n' Play available upon request at time of inquiry., Sleep Sofa (1) New high-end convertible sofa bed will sleep 2. We can now accommodate 2 couples.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Casita Des Montes - Affordable Guest House in Arroyo Seco
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 24 reviews
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The casita was the perfect get away for our small family of four!

  • 5 of 5

The house was charming and kitchen was well equipped.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying for staying with us! We are so happy that you had a great get away. You are welcome anytime!
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Very disappointed

  • 1 of 5

The cabin was delightful however, the caretakers were not. They were rude and seemed annoyed with us being there from the beginning. My family and I arrived early- just to ensure that we knew where we were going... not planning to stay at that time. My kids were so excited to get out of the car and just enjoy some sunshine after hours of being in the car- you would have thought we were intruders. Lawrence (I believe was his name) told my kids this was not the house they were renting and not to be playing around the other cabin--- now, no one was there- the renters would come later that day as well. He was borderline hateful. The lady was just as rude when we arrived.... she seemed very put out with my children being there. We have used vrbo many times throughout the years with nothing but good experiences. When we arrived back each day from the ski slopes they just glared at us- like we were invading their home. The best experience were the renters next door. They were very friendly and we enjoyed their company. The reason we chose your property was first the location, secondly so we could spread out a little as opposed to staying at the ski slopes and thirdly because of the reviews. Obviously, there is a different caretaker at this time. We didn't plan on bringing our little children when we planned the trip- but decided at the last minute.... we didn't think it would bother anyone- but I guess we were wrong.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tonya I am very sorry to hear that your stay was disappointing. We do our best to treat our guests with respect and a sense of welcome. The care takers go above and beyond to accommodate the needs of our guests, ensuring they have everything they need to feel at home. Specifically in this case, providing you with a crockpot when you needed one so you didn't have to bring one from home. The care takers were in fact surprised when you arrived 4 hours before check in with 4 children, not 2. The team scrambled to get you into your Casita early. You signed a rental agreement stating that the maximum occupancy was 2 adults and 2 children. It is a small one bedroom Casita that is not meant for a family of 6. If you had informed them in advance that you were bringing more people, we would have suggested that you find other accommodations for your large party or would have charged you a fee to cover the additional cleaning and bedding required. For nearly a week long stay, this is quite a bit of extra wear and tear on the house. You were not charged this fee. If their surprise was interpretated as rudeness, I apologize. However, considering that you did not inform anyone of the addition to your party before your early arrival, it does not seem unusual for your hosts to be taken aback. Hope this sheds some light on their response.
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Perfect quite ski getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The home had southwestern charm with all of the needed amenities for a comfortable stay. The house was the perfect amount of space for two and would have been comfy with a couple more. The front porch provided the best perch for watching sunsets and enjoying the wide open space. The property managers were very kind and helpful, even recommended a near by hike for my dog and I. Our small dog was able to cruise around and enjoy the property like he does at home. The location was great for getting up to the ski hill and Arroyo Seco was super close by for any needed goodies. <3

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay! Please come again!
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  • 5 of 5

Just as described. Really enjoyed short visit with Lawrence also.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and I will pass on your kind words to Lawrence.
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Loved staying at Casita Des Montes - Guest House

  • 5 of 5

What a treat to relax on the off season in Taos. Casita Des Montes was a perfect place to spend time. So close to skiing, hiking and tourist sights - great snow and fun skiing. Hiked a trail along a snow covered creek in the solitude of a beautiful forest. What a treat to see the Milky Way and so many constellations, such clear nights. The guest house was perfect for my husband, myself and our golden retriever, easy to find and the caretakers were outstanding. The decor of the casita is extremely Taos style, everything you need in the kitchen plus more, great lighting and so clean. The bed was very comfortable.

I would recommend a stay here for sure - great location, great lodging and so relaxing for a get-away.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves...
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Amazing little place! Perfect location. Just outside the Toas ski area!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for us that accommodated all our needs. We enjoyed our experience and definitely will be back! Looking forward to it.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and we would love to have you back anytime....
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Nearest Airport
110 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Abe's Cantina
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Arroyo Seco House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Ski Season 2015
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 10 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Cleaning Fee $80

Check in is at 4pm check out is 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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