About the property
- House2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
4 queen beds & queen pullout (Sleeps 10 comfortably), 3 baths, FULLY furnished!!
Downtown location...Awaken to the sound of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, watch it pass by while drinking coffee on the front porch. The house is very spacious, comfortable and very well furnished. The house is decorated with local and southwest art & decor and antiques throughout the home. The kitchen has everything you would want or need. Linens and towels are provided, as well as laundry on site. Spare air mattresses and some infant/toddler items are also available.
Playground across the street. Only a 4-6 minute walk to the station, or dining and shopping. A short bike ride to the Chama River or Sergent's Wildlife. Mountain biking, road biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, photography, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing all minutes away.
Jicarilla Casino is 30 minutes west.
Ghost Ranch is 40 minutes south.
Pagosa Springs, CO is 45 min to 1 hour north depending on conditions. Enjoy the beautiful vistas and roaming wildlife on the way, and even stop at the Wildlife Park just outside Pagosa. In Pagosa, you can take a tube down the river, soak in the river from town park, soak in the famous Pagosa Hot Springs, hike, moutainbike, ski/snowboard at Wolf Creek which gets some of the most snow in the lower 48 followed by soaking in the hot springs, and shop the local art and antique galleries.
Durango, CO with the Durango Silverton Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, shopping and skiing/snowboarding is 1.5 to 2 hrs away. Durango has an airport. You will pass thru Pagosa to get there.
Taos and Santa Fe, known for their arts and skiing are 2 hrs away, east and south respectively. Santa Fe has an airport.
Albuquerque, 3 hrs south, has the closest International airport, plenty of casinos and its Skytram into the Sandia Mountains.
Beautiful vistas and wildlife make driving enjoyable to and from this central location!
Brian Mello (Owner)
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About Brian Mello (Owner)
I was introduced to Chama, NM when I was working on the Navajo Reservation from 2002-2007. A colleague of mine bought a house in Chama and after I visited once, I fell in love with the area as it was a stark contract to the painted desert, but both provided a variety of outdoor activities in different environments. I bought the home in 2003 and began fixing it up in 2005, and did not finish until 2008, after I had already returned to Massachusetts, where I currently live.
Brian Mello (Owner) purchased this House in 2003
Why Brian Mello (Owner) chose Chama
This is one of the oldest homes remaining in Chama. It is a gambrel style victorian and was built in 1882. Records indicate that the builder of the home was a conductor of the D&RG railroad. There is more history related to this man and his family located in the home. The house has been completely remodeled, but strong effort was made to keep the details and charm accurate to the era. If you look closely during your stay, you will be able to spot some of the original features of the home.
What makes this House unique
The home is the last home on Terrace Ave/Main St in Chama, with views of the Cumbres Pass from all north windows and the decks. You can see the train pass by in the morning, as the tracks are directly across the street, and the depot, dining and shopping are all a 4-6 mintue walk from the home. There is driveway behind the home that can fit 2 vehicles, and plenty of additional parking behind the garage on Maple St. or along the side of the property on 1st St...enough to easily accomodate 30' trailers/motorhomes but is currently without hookups. It is easy accessible in the Winter, as all town roads are plowed by the state.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great - needs a regular coffee pot.
We had fun and enjoyed our stay. The downstairs bathroom needs the towel rack fixed has been falling down for 3 years! Also just an old fashion coffee maker would be nice. The house was clean, comfortable and cozy. Would rent again. Thanks
I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay this year, have come back for 3 years, and plan on returning in the future.
The towel rack gets fixed multiple times each year. I fix it at least every May when I visit, and as needed thru the year as I am made aware. Ironically, it was fixed immediately after your visit as I was made aware after the new year renters. I think that people use it as a grab bar to get off the toilet. I will continue to do my best to stay on top of it.
I do have another standard coffee pot in storage. I don’t leave it out because of counter space, and when I had just that one, everyone was requesting the Keurig. When I visit in May, I will take it out of storage, and put it under the cabinet should someone prefer its use over the Keurig.
Once again, thank you for your continued visits to Chama, and for your helpful feedback. I look forward to having you back next year!
Functional and well appointed. Handled six adults and four children just fine.
For its ability to handle a large group, the value is excellent! Walking distance to downtown Chama and the train station. We used the home as our sleeping base for skiing at Wolf Creek when we could not find any affordable options in Pagosa Springs. Was a great experience.
Great location and very comfortable.
Three couples shared the house for three nights. We loved the common areas where we could gather to visit, eat and play games. Each couple had a private bedroom and their own bathroom as well. The house is well stocked, the beds are comfortable and it’s full of wonderful antique furniture. We walked to the railroad station and downtown for shopping and eating. We definitely would recommend.
Beautiful, meticulously maintained and great Location!
We have stayed at this beautiful property before and love it! This property is well maintained, fully equipped kitchen and in a great location, about 1 block away from Train Depot and downtown Chama. We will stay here again next Autumn!
Cozy Get Away
We enjoyed our stay in this historic house! It’s big enough to accommodate a large family, yet for my partner and I, it was sweet, cozy and charming. We loved the location too. The train station was a short stroll away and we walked to breakfast and dinner, spotting deer along the way. We definitely recommend this gem!
The only reason I am giving this a 4 star rather than a 5 star was that there was no soap for bathing in the house or coffee for the coffee pot provided. I am pretty new to renting houses and not sure if this is normal but we were a bit disappointed in that and that we were required to do so much cleaning when it was paid for. It would have been helpful to have operating instructions for the televisions and add the wifi password to the instruction sheet somewhere instead of looking for the box to find the code. The house was wonderful and convenient to the rail station and it was very comfortable. I would stay there again but be more prepared to bring soap, coffee and a maid lol. Hope we left it to your satisfaction, we tried!
I am happy to hear that you found the house convenient & comfortable. We put a lot of effort into ensuring that our guests have a 5/5 star experience, and therefore I am dissapointed with the 4/5 rating. It is fairly normal practice for home owners to not provide toiletries or coffee. With that said, I have stayed at some places that do provide it, but my experience is that most homes/timeshares do not.
SOAP: we do have hotel size toiletries available for those who forgot to bring some, but you just need to ask Frances for it...sort of like calling the front desk. We will do our best to inform future guests of this.
COFFEE: some times there is coffee, some times there is not, & is usually dependent on whether previous guests have left their K-cups/coffee for future guests as a pay it forward convenience...much like the spices in the spice cabinet. People have too many different preferences of flavor/brand/level of caffination etc & some people just steal the coffee provided when they check out, so I don't provide it. It is considered food/beverage and is the responsibility of the renter.
ROUTER: I have found that the easiest practice has been to direct people to the router in the Norman Rockwell room for the password to ensure access to the most up to date password, as they do change, sometimes frequently. I have been at other places that have had old & even different passwords between their website, mobile app, & house instructions, which is very frustrating. I will add more specific instructions of its location on the bookshelf, & also remind Frances of informing guests of its location.
BRINGING A MAID: Broomswept condition IS a standard practice, which means don't leave a mess just because its not your house...be curtious. If you moved furniture, put it back. If you used dishes, load the dishwasher and turn it on. If there is dirt/mud all over the floors, sweep/vaccuum it up. Remove all perishables & place trash in the outside bin. In case we can't clean right away, we don't want the house/fridge to stink from rotten food, trash or dishes. I also ask that you strip the beds that were used & place used towels in the used showers, so we know what we have to clean before the next guest. We'll wash linens, make beds, empty dishwasher, vaccum/wash floors, clean bed/bathrooms for the next guest, sometimes with limited time. If you went above and beyond this, I thank you for your efforts & I am sure Frances appreciated it too!
Downtown location...Awaken to the sound of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad & see & smell the smoke as it passes by drinking coffee on the front porch. Only a 2-5 minute walk to the station, dining and shopping. A short hike (0.5mi) bike ride or drive to the Chama River (1.5 mi) or Sergent's Wildlife (1 mi). Mountain/road biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, photography, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing all minutes away at Sergent's Wildlife Refuge 1 mile away. Wild Horse Casino, Dulce, NM, is 30 minutes away (26 mi). Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch and museum is 50-60 minutes away (1 hour). Pagosa Springs, CO is 50 minutes away (48 mi of some of the most beautiful driving in the country!!). Enjoy the hot springs and the Wolf Creek ski resort, which gets some of the most snow in the lower 48!! A few GREAT breweries in town. Currently my favorite is Riff Raff. Some good outdoor/mtn bike shops too! Both "Ski and Bow Rack" & "Mountain Country Sports" have treated me well. There is a small airport. Durango, CO with the Durango Silverton Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, and all outdoor activities with its own skiing/snowboarding mountain, is 2 hrs away (110mi), with an airport.. Taos and Santa Fe, known for their arts and mountain sports are 2 hrs away, and both with airports. Albuquerque, 3 hrs away, has the closest International Airport (called the Sunport), plenty of casinos, a skytram, which is the longest in the country at 2.7 miles and lifts you into the Sandia Mountains to a height of 10,378 ft, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, as well as the Albuquerque Isotopes, a AAA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Remember, where ever you drive to/from this house, you have a BEAUTIFUL drive. Other Activities: Regardless of your destination or desired activity, Chama is ideal, with plenty to do within the town, and easy access to all the surrounding areas. You can enjoy ANY outdoor activity in Chama or in the surrounding areas. Although a 2 hr drive seems like a long time, the beautiful drives of redrock and mountain vistas, wildlife viewing, and overall tranquility make driving enjoyable and a memorable part of your vacation! The home has a convenient location in town, and Chama is central to Taos, Santa Fe, Dulce, Pagosa Springs, and Durango.!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
***Quoted prices reflect STANDARD rates.*** A one night stay will require an additional cleaning fee of $50. For reservations of 2 nights or more, the cleaning fee is included in the quoted price. ***If you are staying during a holiday or event week/weekend (see list below), you will be charged at a different rate than the rate you are initially quoted.*** A minimum 2 night stay will be required at the rate of $300/night and a 3 night stay at $250/night. Any nights over the 3 night stay will be charged the standard rate of $200/night. Cleaning is included in the above rates. Holiday/Weekend Events include but are not limited to: Chama Chile Ski Classic (MLK weekend) Chama Sno-Ball Balloon Rally (4th weekend in Feb.) Memorial Day 4th of July Chama Days (2nd Weekend in August) Labor Day Colombus Day Thanksgiving Christmas Festival in the Mountains (1st weekend in December) Christmas New Year's ***All rentals require a $59 accidental damage insurance policy purchase. This will be included in your quote.*** ***Pets are allowed only upon prior approval and will be charged an additional $25/night, with each additional pet at $10/night.***