expand arrow-rightsvg-balloonsvg-carsvg-dogsvg-fireplacesvg-flat-screensvg-heatersvg-laundry-washing-machinesvg-snowflakesvg-hot-tubsvg-swimming-poolsvg-wheelchairsvg-wifiarrow-right

Casa Betita,the Most Perfect Place in Taos, New Mexico

Taos, NM, USA
  • House2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) Outdoor amenities

Unique, Beautiful, Artistic, Historic Completely restored adobe.

Casa Betita is a completely restored historic adobe dating back to the mid 1800’s. Casa Betita was home to generations of the same family until 2007. Since then, the house has been completely restored offering the finest elements of the 21st century with the charm, colors, textures and décor of true New Mexico including hand plastered walls, Kiva fireplaces, vintage rugs and the artwork of local artists.

You can hear the waters of the Rio Pueblo and listen to Coyote’s gathering in the evening. The neighborhood horses and one donkey can be heard calling to each other and occasionally one might hear the bells from the church down the lane.This is not your ordinary impersonal vacation rental. This is a well loved home with many unusual and special details.

Keywords: Taos, New Mexico, casa, master suite, rural, adobe, spacious, comfortable,artist retreat, secluded, quiet, special

Property Manager

Melissa Howden

Member Since 2010
Premier Partner
This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
About Melissa Howden

I am an artist / writer / filmmaker / producer. I work and live primarily in California but love my home in New Mexico where my parents and grandparents from both sides were born and raised. When I am in Taos I spend time improving the garden, season by season, skiing and horseback riding, I also get some of my most important creative work done in the house which seems especially conducive to creative thought and activity. I am usually found with my co-pilot Dot, a 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier.

Melissa Howden purchased this House in 2007

Why Melissa Howden chose Taos Pueblo

Taos is a special place of many stories. History is rich here, and the journey of each visitor under the vast canopy of sky adds another layer to the richness of the place. Experience Taos for yourself. You will be changed and fulfilled. Northern New Mexico also has two generations of family history for me, so when the opportunity came to care for this house and restore it, I jumped at the chance. I did not purchase this house as a vacation rental as much as this house chose me. I purchased it as a home. I was able to live in Taos for two years but economic conditions and work called me back to the big city, for now.

What makes this House unique

A pleasant 15-20 minute walk past horses, alfalfa fields and through back lanes to Taos Historic Plaza, shops and galleries, this is a home you will want to return to year after year. Taos is a year round destination offering breathtaking views, intriguing history and intimate privacy making for the ultimate relaxing and healing getaway. Unlike many vacation rentals I supply everything except your food—the woodpile is continuously stocked, the propane for the grill, organic linens and soap, even robes. If you are a looking for a special Taos experience, Casa Betita is the place. My home is dog friendly for up to two small to medium dogs.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1) See Twin Single Bed description, Twin or Single Beds (2) Iron daybed with trundle which pulls out and pops up to make one larger bed, or you can keep as one or two separate., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The house has built wide set bancos in livingroom and smaller bedroom, designed for sleeping with dense foam. Very comfortable for childrens and adults.


        • 2 Bathrooms
          • Master Bath has a shower and soaking tub and two sinks. Second bathroom is shower only with one sink.

          Location Type

            • Downtown
              Though rural, Casa Betita is a five minute drive from the Plaza, or a lazy 20 minute walk via the backroads.
            • Mountain
            • Mountain View
              In the winter, Taos Mountain can be glimpsed above the hot tub.
            • Rural
              A Willow tree over 100 years old graces the front of this house one half acre from the Rio Pueblo. At sunset (feeding time) you can hear the neighbors cattle and donkey calling for dinner.
            • Town
              The house is 5 minutes West of Taos Plaza or a 20 minute walk - the back way (walking map provided). You can be pretty much anywhere in town, North or South in 10 minutes by car.


                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Local Activities Guide
                        • Activities Guide
                        • Basic Soaps
                        • Ceiling Fans
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Fireplace
                          2 Kiva fireplaces - one in living area and one in master bedroom. Wood provided
                        • Firewood
                        • Free Long Distance
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Laundry Soap
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Area
                        • Living Room
                          Wall mounted flatscreen with built in DVD player. Movie Library. Books on local attractions and art.
                        • Alarm System
                        • Local Maps
                        • Local Restaurant Guide
                        • Paper Towels
                        • Parking
                        • Parking Off Street
                        • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        • Secure Parking
                        • Security System
                        • Sofa Bed
                        • Split-System Heating
                        • Telephone
                        • Toilet Paper
                        • Towels Provided
                          Towels are provided for both bathrooms. Additional towels for the hot tub are also provided.
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wireless Internet
                          Bring your own computer


                            • Grill
                            • 4 Ring Stove
                            • Catering Available
                              I can connect you with a private chef in Taos who is excellent.
                            • Coffee Grinder
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                              The kitchen is very well stocked.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Everything you need.
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Freezer
                            • Blender
                            • Ice Maker
                            • Kitchen
                              I love to cook so I have tried to outfit the kitchen to have everything one needs and I am always adding items.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              Gas self cleaning
                            • Pantry Items
                              Always basically stocked. Anything is available to use that is there
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Dining for 6 comfortable, Can expand. Outdoot dining for 8
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                      on local attractions and art.
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      Scrabble, Dominoes, Cards
                                    • Games for Kids
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Direct TV basic
                                    • Stereo
                                      iPod Dock with speaker in living room. Has Blue tooth adaptor.
                                    • Television
                                      2 flat screen with built in DVD
                                    • Video Library
                                      Collection is growing daily.


                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Barbecue
                                        • Child's Swing
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Deck on the back side of house under the apple tree.
                                        • Fully Fenced Property
                                        • Lanai / Gazebo
                                          In New Mexico we call it a portal and this one is 10 feet deep on two sides of the house.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Orchard, lawn
                                        • Beach Towels
                                        • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                        • Patio
                                        • Porch / Veranda
                                        • Shed
                                        • Terrace
                                        • Wood Deck


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • Low Allergen Environment

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Hot Tub
                                                  Outdoor (seasonal) shower too!
                                                • Outdoor Hot Tub

                                                  Onsite Services

                                                    • Housekeeper
                                                    • Massage
                                                    • Private Chef


                                                        • live theater
                                                        • autumn foliage
                                                        • cinemas
                                                        • festivals
                                                        • forests
                                                        • health/beauty spa
                                                        • library
                                                        • churches
                                                        • museums
                                                        • playground
                                                        • recreation center
                                                        • restaurants
                                                        • ruins
                                                        • winery tours

                                                          Leisure Activities

                                                            • scenic drives
                                                            • antiquing
                                                            • gambling casinos
                                                            • horseback riding
                                                            • photography
                                                            • bird watching
                                                            • shopping
                                                            • sight seeing
                                                            • sledding
                                                            • walking
                                                            • wildlife viewing

                                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                                • ATM/bank
                                                                • fitness center
                                                                • groceries
                                                                • hospital
                                                                • laundromat
                                                                • massage therapist
                                                                • medical services

                                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                    • mountain biking
                                                                    • basketball court
                                                                    • cycling
                                                                    • fishing
                                                                    • fly fishing
                                                                    • golf
                                                                    • golf privileges optional
                                                                    • hiking
                                                                    • hot air ballooning
                                                                    • hunting
                                                                    • ice skating
                                                                    • kayaking
                                                                    • cross country skiing
                                                                    • mountain climbing
                                                                    • mountaineering
                                                                    • rafting
                                                                    • rock climbing
                                                                    • ski privileges optional
                                                                    • skiing
                                                                    • snowboarding
                                                                    • snowmobiling
                                                                    • swimming
                                                                    • tennis
                                                                    • water tubing
                                                                    • whitewater rafting


                                                                        • 100+ year old Willow Tree with a swing. Located in the one of the oldest placitas in Taos. 10 foot covered portal and also a deck and outdoor shower near hot tub. Numerous outdoor seating options. Also an outdoor fireplace.

                                                                          63 Reviews


                                                                          Latest reviews

                                                                          Great Ski Vacation with Kids

                                                                          Ryan L.

                                                                          Can't say enough about how awesome this house is and how helpful the owner was throughout our stay. We stayed here and went skiing at Angel Fire and Taos Ski Valley throughout the week of spring break. Very close to town and easy in/out to the ski resorts. The house is much bigger than I expected from the pictures, and has a huge front, side, and back yard for the kids to play throughout the week. We used the hot tub several times and it worked great, was already hot when we opened the lid so didnt even have to wait for it to warm up. Very peaceful and calm backyard, the fence makes it feel like a private secluded compound even though it is nestled amongst a few other houses in the little village (I am sure there is a proper new mexican name for the village). There were little laminated notes all over the house to help with things like; which way to turn the knob on the shower to make it hot, or how much higher should I set the oven when baking cookies at altitude which were very helpful. Oh ya, cant forget the heated floors which were a huge surprise in the middle of the first night when the temps got down into the teens! Not sure if the heat is primarily generated via the floor heating system, but the house was extremely warm (no matter how low we set the thermostats) throughout the entire cold stay which had us watching TV a few evenings with the doors open to cool things down even though it was in the teens outside. Also, not enough can be said as to how furnished this house is. When she says she provides everything except food, she means it which was extremely helpful. We made a few trips to the walgreens and grocery store for medicine and small food items, but everything else was included right down to the plastic glasses for enjoying wine in the hot tub! Would definitely stay here again if returning to Taos and would definitely recommend to anyone else!

                                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                                          Dear Ryan,

                                                                          Happy that you had a great time and the house made you and your family feel welcome. The house is indeed heated by radiant heat. As noted in the house booklet there are three areas, three thermostats. We try to keep the heat at 67 degrees year round (to adjust the heat takes a good 12 hours to feel a change) because the thick adobe walls work to retain heat in the winter and keep things cool in the summer — brilliant ancient architecture. The hot tub is serviced monthly by a local, great company and to my mind it makes no sense to turn the heat up and down for reasons of convenience and cost.

                                                                          Come back in the summer when the backyard is lush and fruit is falling off the trees.



                                                                          Absolutely amazing!

                                                                          Stacy G.

                                                                          This place is a hidden gem, literally. It wasn’t easy to locate but once we did we were super excited. The historic adobe home has been artistically and modernized impeccably. We had everything we could possibly need right at our fingertips. The owner was very responsive to our needs and thoughtful with consideration to the products and toiletries provided. We all felt pampered including the our dogs. The coyote fenced yard is a generous size and perfect for our dogs. We were all convinced the dogs enjoyed the adobe every bit as much as us. I should caution you, this house is only for responsible pet owners. The owner has clearly put a great deal of love and art into this home. It was be so disappointing if she removed her pet policy due to irresponsible pet owners. Truly a gem and we could not have been happier. We look forward to returning.

                                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                                          Dear Stacy,

                                                                          Guests who understand and appreciate my home fill me up. Thank you so much. I look forward to having you return again and again.

                                                                          Melissa, Owner

                                                                          Gorgeous Adobe Home Tucked Away

                                                                          Melissa H.-

                                                                          Lovely home with every detail attended to. Definitely not your average vacation house. This a home with wonderful art, great bedding and lots of extras like a well stocked kitchen, comfy robes and hot tub towels, wood for the fireplaces and much much more. Felt as though we were far away because it is so private and yet we were 5 mins from the plaza and pretty much everything else. Definitely will return.

                                                                          So Peaceful

                                                                          Erika O.

                                                                          We had a rough start to our vacation and arrived very late to the home. In fact, we had a difficult time finding it and called the homeowner and she answered her phone (even though it was 11pm) that is attentiveness... we can't thank her enough! She directed us to the home and when we arrived it was lite so nicely and peacefully- we immediately felt a sense of relief and wonder. The home is beautiful; it is warm and cozy inside and the attention to detail is beyond expectation. There is a great collection of art and the little details make it fun to explore the home. There is a book that shows the progression of the renovation and the history of the home, I encourage you to read it when you stay. Everything was perfect, the bathrooms are beautiful and I enjoyed a soak in the deep tub. The Kiva fireplaces add a warmth to the home and the kitchen had everything we needed- there is a great stock of little details that come in handy. The Homeowner has thought of everything including robes for wearing to the hot tub. I highly recommend this home without hesitation; Melissa (the homeowner) is a great host. You don't want to miss a chance to stay at "The Most Perfect Place." Thanks for a memorable vacation.

                                                                          We had a perfect Christmas in this absolutely stunning restored adobe a few minutes from the Plaza

                                                                          Barbara M.Wakefield, Rhode Island, USA

                                                                          Unquestionably our best VERBO experience ever. Melissa's historic family adobe, which she totally restored, is just amazing. High ceilings, heated floors, a huge master bedroom and bath with the coolest drive-in tile shower ever! The main living, dining, kitchen area is all open. Kitchen is wonderful and really well stocked, with lots of pots and pans, appliances and basic supplies. The second bedroom is also nice, with its own private bath. And the big built-in seating in the living area is a great sleeping area as well (our 6'4" son was totally comfortable there). The kiva fireplace was so nice. The other great thing is the huge wrap-around covered porch-- real hacienda style with seating and a big dining table. The yard has two lovely, enormous weeping willows, and the hot tub on the back deck was so good. Better book next Christmas because otherwise we might grab it! We'll definitely be going back.

                                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                                          Dear Barbara,

                                                                          Thank you so much. I am thrilled you had such a great time and loved the house. You are most welcome anytime.

                                                                          Happy New Year to You and Yours.


                                                                          Melissa, Owner

                                                                          Magical Taos Home!

                                                                          Bonny E.Austin, TX

                                                                          Our family of 4 from Austin spent the Thanksgiving holiday in this gem. Each room has been thoughtfully designed and every detail has been considered for comfort and warmth. The moment you walk in, you feel welcomed!

                                                                          The gorgeous wood ceilings, artistically designed bathrooms, and fabulous kitchen draw you in and make you want to stay all day! In fact, our family spent a couple of days just hanging out and enjoying the home rather than going into town. The weeping willow in front is pure magic. Our kids loved piling up the leaves in the yard and jumping into them, climbing the tree, and swinging on the swing. The living room is actually larger than it appears in the photos and very comfortable.

                                                                          The functional kivas, artwork throughout the home, and wonderful lighting really add to the experience. Melissa Howden has considered every detail to make this a perfect stay. Casa Betita exemplifies what HomeAway is all about!

                                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                                          Thank you so much. You have no idea how your experience and your comments fill me up. When I have guests who notice and appreciate the details it just thrills me.

                                                                          So thank you and thank you for leaving the house in such fine shape. I hope you will be able to return in the not too distant future.


                                                                          Taos, NM, USA

                                                                          Casa Betita is one mile North of the Martinez Hacienda and about 2.5 miles south of the Millicent Rogers Museum. The house is about 1.5 miles west of the Plaza.

                                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                                          Cleaning Fee
                                                                          Pet Fee
                                                                          Additional Guest Fee
                                                                          Tax Rate

                                                                          Holidays (Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Valentines Day) 4 night minimum. $250 a night for 2 people. Additional $25 per 2 people up to 6. Cleaning fee of $130 per stay. Month long stays require 2 cleanings a month. Reservations for 7 days plus receive 10% or one night reduction whichever is larger. Monthly rate is $3000

                                                                          63 Reviews
                                                                          Exceptional 5/5
                                                                          Premier Partner
                                                                          Enter dates for accurate pricing
                                                                          For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                                          Property # 319007