|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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This is the most soul-healing, peaceful, relaxing, put-a-smile-back-on-your-face destination imaginable!
"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!
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.
The Owner purchased this house in 2002
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!
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!
Thanks Garrett & Annie!
It was delightful - one of our best Christmas' ever!
Loved being in the snow... We were warm and cozy and appreciated the fully-stocked kitchen. It has everything!
Hope to see you all again in the future -
Happy New Year!
My husband and I stayed here for five nights. Highlights: Fresh cut elk steak delivered to us by the owner Garrett. Amazing! A magical hike right above the cabin with not another hiker in sight, listening for elk bulls bugling (sp?) and female elk mewing (sp?). Scat from elk, deer and bear on the trail. Pair of coyotes crossing the road below the cabin. Wonderful birds including a coopers hawk. Well equipped cabin. Comfortable for a romantic get away. Historic Taos is 10 minute away. You will literally think that you are all alone with the beauty of nature in the remote Taos deep forest. The earthship is a unique and wonderful experience. Description is very accurate. I would and will rent here again and again and again. Love this unique and magical find.
We LOVED this place. The pictures are highly accurate. If you look at them and think - this place looks super cool! - then this place is for you. It's quirky and cool and just what we like. We loved the sleeping caves that get nice and dark. Feeding the birds and basking in the beauty that is literally right out your doorstep was a highlight. We even went sledding down the driveway - providing lots of laughs and tiring out our dog. Speaking of which, our dog was so happy here and we so appreciate being able to bring him. Note, the cabin includes many modern conveniences including lights, refrigerator, shower etc., but you will need to be willing to build fires in the wood stove for heat. We actually found it fun. Most of all Garrett was an exceptional host. He lives part time in a house just down the hill. He greeted us on arrival and showed us around the house teaching us how to properly build a fire in the wood stove, use the gas oven etc... He called to check in on us after a day to make sure everything was going fine. Finally, when snow was added to the forecast, he allowed us to add on an extra day to our stay to ensure safe travel home. We are so grateful and would definitely stay again when we return to Taos.
Including the perfectly timed snowfall for a white Christmas, each and every thing about our ten days in this house was magical. If you are looking for a unique and extremely special place to be, look no further. You will be living in a National Forest along with the birds and other wildlife. Right in the forest with not another person or home in sight. There is no sound except the stillness of the forest. The home is comfortable and fun with every detail attended to. Garrett went out of his way to make sure that we were comfortable and happy. He plowed the drive when it snowed, brought us sleds and snowshoes and even came bearing the incredible gift of elk steaks. We actually felt like we were treasured friends, come for Christmas, instead of paying guests. My family was hoping for solitude, quite and beauty for our Christmas in the mountains and we got everything we hoped for. Come here...stay in this amazing and fun house and see for yourself what its like to live in the middle of nature herself. Thank you, Garrett, for sharing this special place and for your kind hospitality.
My girlfriend and I spent a weekend here in December. It felt like we had absconded from society and joined the birds, the elk, the deer, and all the badass wildlife in harmony with the national forest that surrounds this awesome property. You'll have pretty much anything you need here -- the place is exremely clean, decked out with all the necessities, a very short time from town, and just minutes away from all the cool places in northern NM. Garrett is a great host and will go out of the way to get you anything you need, especially firewood. Dude loves firewood. This earth ship is uniquely New Mexican, you won't have any other experience like it anywhere in Taos. We'll be back!
My husband and I had a fantastic time spending a weekend in the Earthship! The unique space is the perfect place to explore the forest, bird watch, and be your base of operations for exploring Taos (or just staying in enjoying the house like we did basically all weekend).
The cave rooms are a unique, fun place to sleep and give a great vantage point to watch the sun come up from the floor to ceiling windows. Almost everywhere in the house has beautiful views of the forest - complete with hummingbirds!
We can't wait to go back - the house is perfect for a fun getaway!
If you are adventuresome and really want to hideout and get away in the mountains of New Mexico, this Earth Ship House might be exactly what you are looking for! Admittedly not for everyone. But absolutely perfect for celebrating a very BIG birthday. Rented it for a month and invited friends and family to come visit throughout the month. Because the house is so unique it was great fun introducing each new visitor to the beauty of the land and the quirkiness of the house. And being there when it snows is absolutely breathtaking because of the massive windows. Admittedly when I drove up and saw the house for the first time I wondered if I had lost my mind! But that quickly faded as Garrett showed us around. It was exactly what I had hoped for - a little rustic, but homey with nature all around. Beds are all very comfortable and plenty warm on chilly nights. The water pressure in the shower is great and there was always plenty of hot water. I learned to build a great fire each morning in the wood stove, though I realize that might seem difficult for some. Garrett kept us supplied with plenty of wood. Even after a month I wasn't ready to leave SO I reserved the Earth Ship for another month later this year! 😊. One of the initial selling points about this rental is that the reviews are great and all true! There so much more I could say, but I think you get the point!
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 20 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.