An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest(39 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)
"A truly great structure, one that stands the tests of time, never disregards its environment. A serious architect takes that into account. He knows that if he wants presence, he must consult with nature. He must be captivated by the light. Always the light. Always..."
-From the 2006 movie, The Lake House
Impossibly Cool Digs...
One of the very first “earth ship” homes ever built in New Mexico. What is an earth ship? In a nutshell, an earth ship is a green, eco-friendly, energy efficient home. Essentially, half of the house is “bermed” into the earth in order to retain heat in the winter and cool in the summer. The entire front of the earth ship is a continuous wall of windows, so the wonderful ambient light (day and night) and our magnificent mountain scenery fills the entire home. In other words, it is as though the outside is actually part of the inside. There are no artificial city lights to pollute the night sky, so the stars are downright breathtaking even inside the house!
Our mountain retreat is undoubtedly one of the most unique, whimsical, eclectic, magical homes you will ever run across. The inside of our earth ship looks as though it was taken right out of the pages of Tolkien’s, “The Hobbit.” One of the many outstanding features of our house are its three, separate, Bilbo Baggins-style “bed caves.” These amazing bedrooms are cozy, beautifully sculpted, plastered, carpeted works of art.
Kids especially love this house! When they first enter the place, they run around wildly laughing and screaming with delight...
What really makes this funky little Hobbit house so special is its extremely private physical location and the magical forest that surrounds it. Our Earth Ship is nestled at the end of a MAGNIFICENT, PRIVATE, fir and aspen-lined meadow at an 8,200 foot elevation. Our 'back yard' is hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine National Forest! The only neighbors in view of the home are elk, deer, wild turkey and a million hummingbirds!!!
There is a private hiking/mountain bike/horseback/snow shoe trail right out of the back yard that accesses hundreds of miles of abandoned logging roads. The amazing part is that there’s not a soul back there aside from the very-rare hiker or mountain biker.
The bird watching here is simply incredible. Because we are in a transitional zone between high desert and sub-alpine ecosystems, we have an unparalleled mix of bird species. The combination of grassy meadow, Gambel oak, pine/fir and aspen ecosystems attract myriad species. From May through September, we have hundreds of hummingbirds (4 different species) visiting our twenty-some-odd feeders at any one time. There are so many hummingbirds on the feeders in the morning and evening that they will literally land on your fingers! The chicadees and two species of nuthatch are also trained to eat out of your hand(September-April)!
From late June through early September, the wild flowers are exceptional. There are literally hundreds of different species blooming throughout the summer months. Wild edible/medicinal plants are also abundant.
Wildlife is extremely plentiful. Quite often, you’ll see elk, mule deer, wild turkey, grouse, bobcat,fox and coyotes right in the yard!
We have several hundred yards of seasonal creek that runs through the gated, fifteen-acre property.
Our earth ship is an easy 12-minute ride into downtown Taos (and about 20-minutes to Angel Fire, 50-minutes to Taos Ski Valley and 50-minutes to Red River), yet you’ll feel like you’re a million miles from the nearest settlement.
This is the perfect place for peace, quiet and nature seeking families, artists, musicians, writers, hikers, experienced mountain bikers (you can access the South Boundary trail from our private trail into the Forest), bird lovers, nature photographers, snow shoe and cross country ski buffs or just anyone looking for an extremely-private location in Taos to completely escape from reality!
Three bedrooms (queen-sized beds in each bedroom) with an additional futon in the loft/television area.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE VACATION RENTAL -- THIS IS TRULY AN ADVENTURE!!!!
*The open air arrangement of the three separate bedrooms does not allow a great deal of privacy, so you’ll need to be comfortable with the folks you’re staying with. All the bedrooms are up a small flight of stairs, so this is not an ideal rental for handicapped folks.
** Excluding the bathroom, this home is heated in the winter exclusively by passive solar and wood stoves (ample firewood and kindling are supplied at no extra charge). The house is extremely comfortable in the daytime, but really cools down at night in the winter after the fires go out (November through March). It’s quite cool in the middle of the night and especially in the morning before the wood stoves get the temperature back up. If you are unable or unwilling to use the wood stoves or are uncomfortable waking up in cool temperatures, this is not an ideal winter rental for you -- you're better off coming between May and October!!!
***Although we keep the driveway plowed at all times, renters must have all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles from November through March.
Also, check out our Santa Fe VRBO rental #74169. We book combination Santa Fe/Taos rentals if you're interested!
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Member since: 2005
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- Health/Beauty Spa
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Clothes Dryer
- Free Long Distance
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Washing Machine
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 20 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning fee $150
- Pet Fee $100
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Skiing (both downhill and cross country)
Hot air balloon rides
Reclaiming your peace of mind and sense of reality
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: We're a family of three. Dad, mom and nine year old daughter. We spend half our time in Taos and half our time in Santa Fe. Dad is the director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and owns and operates an outdoor travel company that sends folks fishing around the world. He is also an outdoor writer and photographer as well as a passionate conservationist, nature lover, bird watcher, naturalist, et cetera. Mom is a real estate broker, chef, baker and designer.
Why the Owner Chose Taos, NM, USA:
We looked for many years trying to find the perfect 'get away' property that accessed pristine forest, but also offered easy access to the town of Taos. This fit our criteria perfectly!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
This place is the most soul-healing, get back to reality, relaxing, put-a-smile back on your face, bring back the creative juices destination on earth. We'd shrivel up and die without it!
- Primary: (505) 670-5202
- Secondary: (505) 982-0154 (New Mexico, USA)
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Living room looking out into forest...
Guest Bedroom #2...
Kitchen looking out toward living room...
Bathroom (with bathtub & shower)
Kids absolutely love this place! So much fun! Feed wild birds by hand!
One of many "neighbors" that might be peering in your window in the morning...
The birdlife here is exceptional!
This country is a painter's/photographer's wonderland!
Wonders and treasures abound in the nearby forest...
So many distractions!
Cut your own Xmas tree on the property! Everything provided...
Bilbo Baggins' Master Bedroom (complete with petroglyphs...)
"Chile Pepper" Bedroom...
Living room from upper balcony...
Outside of home on a winter morning...
Fall (October) aspens in the yard!
Wild turkey strutting in field outside the house...
Your "back yard" is hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine National Forest!
Breathtaking scenery awaits the adventurous hiker or mountain biker
S'mores and stars at the fire pit...
Great sledding November through March. Sleds provided...
Wild forest feast!
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Saturday, February 25, 2017
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