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Alpaca Ranch Guest House at Winter's Hope

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Last updated: 12/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Casita, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Our philosophy at Winter’s Hope is a holistic approach to all; utilizing organic practices, we use no pesticides, nor chemicals and only , “green” cleaners. We love the feel and smell of line dried, sheets and when weather permits we share that with our guests. For safety as well as heath reasons, we do not allow smoking anywhere on the property.

If you’re looking for a place to calm your soul and feed your spirit, please consider our guest house. Sleep in and watch the sun come up over the mountain. Take some time in a rocker to read a book, or just look at the incredible mountain views. We also have board games and a DVD collection. We can arrange for you to just sit a spell with the alpacas and the Great Pyrenees. They have wonderful energy. If you’ve always wanted to try spinning, we can arrange for that. It is a pleasant way to end your day in the Enchanted Circle.

There is a king size bed, complete with a fluffy comforter for chilly mountain nights. We have an efficiency kitchen, microwave, refrigerator, coffee pot utensils and kitchen linens.

We are located between Taos Ski Valley and the town of Taos. It is well worth the trip here for the smell of pinion, being nestled in the woods, and hearing the wind through the pines. Enjoying a slower pace may be a welcome change from the high energy and traffic of Taos. We are conveniently located near hiking, biking, down hill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, in-season fishing and all of the amenities of Taos.

As with most places in our mountains, for winter travel, 4 wheel or all wheel drive vehicles are needed.

Check in time is 4:00 p.m. Check out time is 11:00 a.m.

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Keywords: Guest House, Casita, Alpaca Ranch
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 12/28/2016

Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • We have alpacas for your enjoyment


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tennis


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 7.125%


Holidays: 50% due when reservation is made. Remainder due 30 days before check-in. Holiday cancellation: before 61 days of schedule arrival: 90% of total is refunded. 60 days or less no refund, unless the guest house is re rented, in which case the total amount, less a 10% processing fee is refunded by check.

50% of total amount due when reservation is made and the remainder at check. Cancellation before 31 days of check in: total amount paid will be refunded by check, less a $25 processing fee. Cancellation occurring within 30 days of check in: 50% of the total amount paid will be refunded.

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Last updated: 12/28/2016
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10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: Owners Tj and Rock moved to Taos in 2007 because of a love of the southwest and for Rock's job as an Episcopal priest. Tj has worked with animals for years. Before moving here we were mushers (dog-sledders) and brought our retired team of Alaskan Malamutes with us. In 2009 we acquired 6 male alpacas and have expanded to six; Popeye, Alfalfa, Lightening, Cezanne, Sven and Yuri and 3 Great Pyrenees, Nieve, Wheeler, and Jasmine who watch over them. Although Popeye is available for herdsire services our focus is on their soft luxurious fiber which TJ spins, knits and weaves. In addition to the pyrs, pacas, and mals, we have 5 cats.

Why the Owner Chose Valdez, NM, USA:
We were fortunate to find a lovely home on a wonderful 4 acres of pine and cedar that included a freshly finished guest house. We are very pleased to offer affordable accommodations for visitors to this wonderful part of the world.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Most special is spending time with and getting to know the alpacas. These unique creatures, with great personalities after you get to know them, hum as their form of communication. Guests can arrange to sit with them among the trees and feed them their favorite treats. We are very close to the winter and summer activities at the top of a scenic road that takes you up to the Taos Ski Valley. There are beautiful hiking trails within walking distance of the guesthouse including a trail that leads you onto the historic DH Lawrence Ranch.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 12/28/2016

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View from Guest House

    View from Guest House

  • Getting to know all about you

    Getting to know all about you

  • King size bed

    King size bed

  • Special sunrise at Winter's Hope

    Special sunrise at Winter's Hope

  • Lightning, Alfalfa, &  Popeye

    Lightning, Alfalfa, & Popeye

  • Wheeler is our hero

    Wheeler is our hero

  • Winter morning before the day begins

    Winter morning before the day begins

Kitchenette:  Microwave, hot plate, refrigerator

    Kitchenette: Microwave, hot plate, refrigerator

  • A 'paca pose.

    A 'paca pose.

  • Guest house entry

    Guest house entry

  • Blooming Roses from Mom

    Blooming Roses from Mom

  • Black Alpaca Shawl created here at Winter's Hope.

    Black Alpaca Shawl created here at Winter's Hope.

  • Bedroom


  • Sitting Area

    Sitting Area

  • Sophie


VRBO #310245

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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