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Last updated: 08/02/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

OVERALL DESCRIPTION
Tucked into the base of a mountain and surrounded by aspen and blue spruce trees, Casa de Toro is a luxurious, spacious 2,244 square foot, all-electric, 3-level, 3-bedroom, 2-bath chalet that sleeps 8 people. The casa is a few yards from the banks of the Rio Hondo which flows down from the Taos Ski Valley resort just 3.5 miles upstream. Every aspect of the house reflects the unique character of Taos: hand-carved posts and corbels, hand-made outdoor sconces, tongue-and-groove white pine ceilings, hand-plastered walls, and either red oak, carpet, or ceramic tile flooring.

LIVING ROOM
As you walk in the front door, to your right is the living room with its two-story cathedral ceiling.  A wall of 8 windows on the river side of the room gives you a floor-to-ceiling view across the Rio Hondo to the mountain beyond.  A ceiling fan at the apex of the ceiling creates a gentle breeze to circulate the air and bathes the room in light at night.

The living room furniture includes a large sectional with a recliner at each end, a recliner chair, and a large, authentic Taos drum coffee table.  You can gently drum the “table” with the two beaters.  In one corner of the living room, beside the wall of windows, is a wall-mounted 40' high definition Samsung television with over 120 channels to chose from. On the other side of the wall of windows is a wood burning stove that generates enough heat to keep you warm and cozy. Firewood is provided and stored under the front deck.

STUDY/THIRD BEDROOM
Connected to the living room through a set of pocket doors is the study and third bedroom.  The room contains a red-leather sofa sleeper that makes into a queen-plus bed that is the most comfortable sofa sleeper you'll ever find.  On the opposite wall to the sleeper is a desk custom made by Jason Rathbun, a custom furniture maker in Taos.  An HP LaserJet printer is available for you to print out any files, boarding passes, etc.  Surrounding the opening for the pocket doors are bookshelves, also made by Jason, with a wide range of games and books.

DINING ROOM
On your left as you enter the front door is the dining area.  The oak table, which has two optional leaves, can easily accommodate 8 diners in the red leather dining chairs. The spirit of New Mexico is reflected in the tableware: it is a replica of the tableware used in the dining cars of the Santa Fe railroad during the heyday of passenger trains.

KITCHEN
Opening into the dining room is the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen.  The large, thick, granite bar separating the kitchen from the dining room is wide enough for not only a glass cooktop and downdraft over the built-in Thermador convection oven, but also a seating space for two bar stools.  All the other countertops in the kitchen are the same thick crystal blue granite.  Stainless steel is prevalent in the kitchen with stainless steel appliances, plumbing fixtures, and cookware.

MASTER BEDROOM
The master bedroom has a king-sized bed with a Serta independent spring mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, and a Hungarian goose down comforter.  You need a place to keep your clothes, so there is a chest of drawers and a double closet. All of the bedroom furniture, including the matching bedside tables and a bench, was also custom made for us by Jason Rathbun.

MASTER BATHROOM
The master bathroom is spa-like with tile-covered walls and floor, and a granite countertop.  The large walk-in shower, with a river rock floor and wall accent that remind you of the Rio Hondo, has two shower heads to chose from: a hand-held and a rain shower head.

LOFT
Besides providing sleeping space for 4 people in 3 beds, the loft is a quiet, secluded, yet spacious, place for reading or taking a nap while another ceiling fan gently circulates the air. A window overlooks the living room so you can check out what’s happening below. If you want some outside air, just open the French doors and go out on the attached deck. The loft bathroom is also spacious with a walk-in shower and a granite countertop large enough for all your necessities.

OUTSIDE
A covered parking area under the deck on the river side of the casa is large enough to protect 2 cars from the elements so you don't have to clean the snow off your car to go to the slopes after a winter snowstorm!  On the front side of the casa is another uncommon convenience: a winch.  This 400-pound capacity electric winch and its basket are great for lifting luggage, groceries, firewood, etc. from the third ground level parking area to the main living area. (A block and tackle pulley system is also available for easily lifting luggage from the front deck to the loft deck.)

Keywords: Cabin, Private House, Mountain, Ski, Fish, Hiking

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Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 2244 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    With restrictions and prior approval, deposit required...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    California Queen size...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    Includes day bed and trundle bed...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Opens up to a queen plus sized bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • A 400 lb. capacity electric winch to lift luggage, groceries, firewood, etc. to the main level; clothes steamer; steam iron and ironing board...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    100 channels...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Across the Rio Hondo which is just yards from the front door...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Dining

  • Dining:

    Seats up to 10 people with table leaves...moreless

  • Dining Area

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    A Bosch dryer In the laundry room...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    MacBook computer and HP laser jet printer...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    Room for 2 cars...moreless

  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone:

    Cordless hand sets throughout the casa...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    A Bosch washer In the laundry room...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Firewood supplied...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig Hot Beverage Station w/ selection of coffees and teas...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Replicas of Santa Fe Railroad dinnerware...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Fully stocked pantry...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer/Fall
Jun 16 - Oct 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$350
$2,100
Low Season
Nov 1 - Nov 20, 2016
3 night min stay
$300
$1,890
Thanksgiving
Nov 21 - Nov 28, 2016
3 night min stay
$350
$2,100
Low Season
Nov 29 - Dec 17, 2016
3 night min stay
$300
$1,890
Christmas/New Years
Dec 18 - Jan 2, 2017
5 night min stay
$750
$4,550
High Winter
Jan 3 - Mar 9, 2017
3 night min stay
$400
$2,520

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Cleaning fee $175
  • Property Damage Protection $59

Notes:

Casa de Toro can also be rented as a 1 or 2 bedroom home. Please contact us for pricing. Discounts are available for smaller parties. The cleaning fee is subject to change depending on the amount of guests.


Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Location

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165 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albuquerque, NM
3.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley

Car: Necessary

Llama trekking

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1970

About: Worth and Mary Nell, the owners of Casa de Toro, are siblings and long-term aficionados of Northern New Mexico. While we were growing up in Amarillo, TX, our family spent many summer vacations in the cool, clean air of the New Mexico Rockies. Our captivation with the Taos area continues to today even though Worth and his family live in Austin, TX and Mary Nell and her family live in Nashville, TN. We get to Casa de Toro as often as we can during the year and consider the casa to be our 'home away from home.'

Why Arroyo Seco, NM, USA:
The story of Casa de Toro began in 1969 when our parents found the perfect place — the Taos Ski Valley — to build their long-sought cabin 'in the mountains'. Construction began in 1970, mostly performed by our dad with help from Worth when he was home from college. Named after the Bull-of-the-Woods meadow near Mt. Wheeler, Casa de Toro was a family retreat from the hot, dry summers of our home town Amarillo, Texas for 34 years. In 2006 after inheriting it, we decided to remodel and enlarge the cabin. As we delved further into the remodeling process we realized that the cabin was in need of some extensive updating. Construction began in the summer of 2008 and was finished 18 months later. Casa de Toro has had a long, distinguished, and loving 40-year history with our family. Today, our two families are the proud, second-generation owners of a place that is in its second life. While our parents are not here to see it, we know that they would really like what we have done and we hope you do, too.

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
For us, Casa de Toro has always been the perfect place to relax, fish, and enjoy the beauty and mystique of Taos. We have also used it as a 'base camp' for sightseeing and day-long excursions to other parts of New Mexico.


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Photos

  • Looking From The Study To The Living Room

    Looking From The Study To The Living Room

  • 3rd Bedroom/Study with Queen+ size Designer Sleeper Sofa

    3rd Bedroom/Study with Queen+ size Designer Sleeper Sofa

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Master Bedroom - King

    Master Bedroom - King

  • 2nd Bedroom/Upstairs Loft

    2nd Bedroom/Upstairs Loft

  • 2nd Bathroom in Upstairs Loft

    2nd Bathroom in Upstairs Loft

  • Rio Hondo In Front Of The Casa

    Rio Hondo In Front Of The Casa

  • Hot tub on upstairs deck!

    Hot tub on upstairs deck!

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • View from the Living Room

    View from the Living Room

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • The Dining Room

    The Dining Room

  • The Sleeper Sofa In The Study

    The Sleeper Sofa In The Study

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • 2nd Bedroom/Upstairs Loft - Queen bed

    2nd Bedroom/Upstairs Loft - Queen bed

  • 2nd Bedroom - Upstairs Loft -  Queen & Trundle beds

    2nd Bedroom - Upstairs Loft - Queen & Trundle beds

  • 2nd Bathroom in Upstairs Loft

    2nd Bathroom in Upstairs Loft

  • Casa de Toro

    Casa de Toro

VRBO #338962

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, September 15, 2016

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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