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5 bedrooms+playroom. Hot tub, views, great for FAMILIES

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 10-14)

Welcome to your own private desert resort. This 5-bedroom luxury home overlooking the Rio Grande Valley, Jemez Mountains, and the Black Mesa. Includes an outdoor hot tub, outdoor fire-pit, indoor sauna, private flagstone patio, vine-covered pergola, a rock goldfish pond, custom-made iron gates, and breathtaking views from nearly every window.

Designed by the Chicago architect William Keck in 1942, the passive-solar building originally was the Los Alamos schoolhouse (where the children of the Manhattan Project studied) before being moved to this spur of land above the Rio Grande. The modern kitchen includes a double oven and a copper-hooded restaurant-style stove, while the dining room seats 12 and has a massive stone fireplace. Navajo rugs, art pieces, and paintings decorate the house, which includes a sunny living room (also with a fireplace) and a private study, while the bedrooms and four full bathrooms are each furnished in a distinct style. A sun room leads out to the patio, hot tub and views. Both wings have their own master bedroom with private bath, as well as a washer dryer.

A short stroll through the cottonwoods takes you to the Rio Grande; the famous El Santuario de Chimayo is 15 minutes away, Santa Fe is a beautiful 25-minute drive, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is 30 minutes away, and Taos lies 45 minutes to the north as does Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch. Three ski areas are in the vicinity as well. But you may want to stay home and enjoy the views.

We own and operate a Professional Photography business as well.

We specialize in Family and Wedding photography.

Keywords: Views, Black Mesa, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, hot tub, river,

More Details

Amrit Khalsa
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much. We had a fabulous weekend!

This house is wonderful. The views are breath-taking, hot tub was good and really enjoyed. The walk to the river was just right. Your house is amazing, gourmet kitchen, antiques and light fixtures, navajo rugs and pots, art and photos so special. Large table and plenty of dishes was so appreciated, beds and bedding, bathrobes and plenty of showers/tubs/sauna was perfect for our retreat.
Jan 2012
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Española House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The hottub must be closed and latched with the chains at all times when not in use. This is for your safety and as well as the high winds we get.
  • Kitchen trash and recycling are to be bagged and in bins.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Loft + Den - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Pack n play
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1), Air mattresses (1 queen, 2 Twin beds (2), (1) Pack n play cribs
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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5 bedrooms+playroom. Hot tub, views, great for FAMILIES
average rating of 4.8913045 based on 47 reviews
Houston, TX

Beautiful views and home

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Amrit's home! The amenities and the home itself were wonderful, and the views from the property were gorgeous. It's far out of the way, but we enjoyed how quiet the area was. Thanks for allowing us to stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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The best!!

  • 5 of 5

Such a tranquil property with such sweet owners. Amazing views of Black mesa from the hot tub. Worth it.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Park City

Loved this sanctuary!

  • 5 of 5

I was in a group of four couples that wanted to relax for the weekend. What a lovely treat to spend the weekend here. It's a little out of the way, which suited our group. We hiked closer to Santa Fe during the day and then retreated back to this cozy spot to spend the evenings around the outside fire pit gazing at the stars.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

BEST View from the backyard!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here in Sept 2017. There were 7 of us and we totally enjoyed ourselves. We would definitely stay here if we went back to New Mexico.

First of all, the house was very comfortable & clean. It was stocked with all the basic needs - shampoo, soap, toilet paper...The kitchen had everything you needed & very well stocked with spices, foil,....which was so nice. There was enough seating areas where you could sneak away if you needed some quite time. The indoor sauna was wonderful to use after a day of hiking. The location of the house was very convenient for us being that it was in between Sante Fe & Taos.

Second, the owner was TOTALLY accommodating & very quick to respond to any & all requests & questions.

The third and last, the VIEW from the back yard was amazing. It was our favorite part of the house & trip.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

Relaxing place to be.

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at La Casa de la Esquela. The location of this property affords stunning views, as well as a peaceful and quiet environment to relax, read, and enjoy nature (humming birds galore, hawks/eagles/owls, bunnies, coyotes, and so forth). It was a great base to explore New Mexico, an easy to drive to unique places of interest nearby like the Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio in Abiquiú, and Ghost Ranch a little further on. Taos is just over an hour drive north, and a visit to see Taos Pueblo is highly recommended. Also, cultural Santa Fe is only a half-hour drive (and I need to point out that every commute in New Mexico is an amazing experience, with varied and spectacular views; hard to keep one's eyes on the road!). Host offered great suggestions for where to dine and shop around in the region, and they nicely dropped-off some of their superb Swiss chard, kale, heirloom tomatoes and other garden goodies they grow, for me to enjoy during my stay. Arguably, the best wine shop in NM is about fifteen-minutes drive from the property (called Kokoman, and I recommend stocking-up there; much better selection than Trader Joe's). All in all, a most pleasant place to have called home for a week. Thank you for sharing with me!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Great house for a larger group! Plenty of room!

  • 4 of 5

The house is full of beautiful antiques and is very comfortable. They have most cooking supplies needed and lots of room to spread out without being on top of each other. When you turn off the road to go back to the house you think you must have taken a wrong turn. Then you come to a beautiful house with a stunning view!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Black Mesa Golf Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Movie Theatre
Nearest Point of Interest
Coffee Shop
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

House cleaning fee $250
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 6.88%

Stay 6 or 7 nights and receive one night free (excluding holidays).

Weddings and events- require a minimum of a 3 night stay in addition to an event fee of $750, $350 cleaning fee, refundable damage deposit of $1000 and property protection plan of $99. Portable toilets must be rented and visible for guest use. (we have a private residential septic system that cannot handle heavy usage as events).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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