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Romantic Casita with Cozy Fireplace & Spectacular Views!

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Romantic Santa Fe Casita with Cozy Fireplace & Spectacular Views!

Perched on a mountainside just off the historic Old Santa Fe Trail, this luxurious 800-square-foot, one bedroom casita on a large estate enjoys spectacular views in a neighborhood that's a quiet oasis threaded with hiking trails, yet only minutes from the center of town. It fits up to three people, so it's the perfect size for small families and couples. Grab your camera for Santa Fe's glorious sunsets that illuminate four mountain ranges. After dark, you'll look out on a carpet of twinkly lights below and endless stars above. Enjoy our balmy high desert climate from the private wrap-around, covered portal with its oversized hammock surrounded by beautiful wildflower gardens. Inside, relax in a classic Santa Fe setting. Linger over the Sunday paper on the down-filled couch, peek up at a blanket of stars through skylights placed throughout this peaceful residence, and sleep soundly in the handsome wrought-iron, queen-size bed with luxury linens from the Sundance catalog. Decorated with old maps and Edward Curtis prints, kilim rugs and warm rustic cowboy touches, this is a classic Santa Fe style home, perfect for a romantic getaway or artist's/writer's retreat.

The kitchen is fully equipped with old-fashioned china, Mexican wine goblets and a gourmet chef's cookware collection. The bathroom is quintessential New Mexico, decorated in colorful tiles and outfitted with plush Egyptian cotton towels. The casita is stocked with a coffee maker, blender, microwave, toaster, WI-FI and satellite television with 120+ stations. We also provide an outdoor grill and can offer an outdoor copper fire pit for sipping wine while the sun sets (at your request). As an added bonus, expect to find fresh free-range chicken eggs in the fridge when you arrive, care of our neighbor's surplus.

Santa Fe is the pinup town for the Southwest, famous for its wildflower gardens corralled by plump adobe walls. But it's also a brainy vortex of science, art and culture, with a side of freaky-deaky New Age shamanism. Of late, some notable intelligent life has landed: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, writer Cormac McCarthy and former CIA agent Valerie Plame. As the town's polymathic tendencies have snowballed, Santa Fe has been reborn as the white-hot center of an American Renaissance.

Anointed America's first UNESCO Creative City, the nation's oldest state capital recently celebrated its 400th year with a newly-minted identity: the Florence of the 21st century. Scientists here are mapping genetic codes in the human brain, developing mind-boggling agent-based computer prediction models and making giant strides in alternative energy. Santa Fe has been nicknamed Tamalewood for the plethora of films being shot here. Love opera? The Met's best come to the Santa Fe Opera every summer for a season of acclaimed new and classic operas performed in Santa Fe's architectural jewel of an opera house, constructed in a contemporary clam shell shape. Throughout the year you can snag amazing seats at some of the best rock, country, jazz and classical concerts in the country at Santa Fe's intimate venues. The Lannan Foundation brings internationally-renowned writers, artists and musicians to speak in the beautifully-restored Lensic Theater. With more than 135 galleries, Santa Fe is firmly entrenched as the second largest art market in the country.

Getting here just got easier. The Railrunner now whisks train passengers between Albuquerque's International Airport and the Santa Fe Railyard in chic Santa Fe style. A refreshingly-modern upstart sibling to the town's historic Plaza, the artistic and hip Railyard area is Santa Fe's new SoHo on Old West holy ground: the end of the spur-line for the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad. The Railyard's soul is the Santa Fe Farmer's Market. Stalls heaped with colorful local produce, organic lamb, artisanal cheeses, and buckets of New Mexican sunflowers greet you every Tuesday and Saturday morning. The fooderati flock to Santa Fe not only for its extraordinary farmer's market, but for Its inventive chefs, their entertaining cooking classes and the renowned Wine & Chili Fiesta in late September—a full week packed with wine-and-gourmet-food-themed outings from the Gruet Golf Classic to the Gran Fondo Bike Ride. Art collectors troll Santa Fe's eclectic galleries, prestigious museums and art markets throughout the summer beginning with the International Folk Art Market, then SITE Santa Fe's International Biennial, Spanish Market and Indian Market.

Northern New Mexico is Georgia O'Keeffe country: red rocks sculpted by wind and rain climb from the desert floor; mountains covered in Aspen trees frame electric blue skies. It's warm (and thanks to the altitude, never too hot) in the summer. In the winter, everything is blanketed in deep powdery snow. This stunning landscape is home to world-class skiing, biking, rafting, kayaking, hiking, golf, fly fishing, rock and ice climbing. (Santa Fe's own ski resort, Ski Santa Fe, is just 35 minutes from our door; Taos Ski Valley is two hours north.)

Feel free to contact us for many more photos of this lovely retreat and any other information about visiting Santa Fe. We hope to meet you soon!

Rates: $155 - $175/night plus tax, depending on the season. $900-$1100/week; $1800-$2000/month. 50% deposit required upon booking. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate pets. This is a non-smoking property.

Keywords: one bedroom, casita, Santa Fe style

More Details

Anne Sides
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About Anne Sides

My husband and I are both writers who've lived in Santa Fe for over 20 years. We live near the casita so we're there to answer any questions, recommend restaurants, galleries, hikes and day trips.

Anne Sides purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Anne Sides chose Santa Fe

We fell in love with Santa Fe on a romantic road trip 27 years ago. Five years later we settled in and never intend to leave! This is our home, where our children were born and raised, and where we've put down real and lasting roots.

What makes this cottage unique

We offer guests a welcome basket with local New Mexico snacks, a bottle of one of New Mexico's fine wines, sparkling wine or local beer (whichever you prefer), and breakfast supplies for the first few days of your stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Anne, Thank you for another magical respite in "our" casita, up above Santa Fe in the hills of the Sangre de Christo mountains. Your property, all 14 acres, surrounds us with the tranquility of nature and only 15 minutes from the plaza. The casita is perfect for us, not too small, not too big, and with the wrap around porch, well, it's hard to leave. This will be our 6th year staying with you and Hampton and we have grown to love your family as much as we love our nest. You have provided an affordable and magical place for us to spend a month away from the Texas heat and embraced by your hospitality and now, enduring friendship. With deep affection, thank you for providing a refuge we cherish more than you know. See you soon!
Sep 2016
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Santa Fe Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1), Sleep Sofa with Queen mattress (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Romantic Casita with Cozy Fireplace & Spectacular Views!
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Best Santa Fe vista overlook imaginable and accommodations perfect for monh-long escape heat-humidit

  • 5 of 5

Superb pillow-top bed; deep 2-sided shady wrap-around portale for dining, grilling, reading, hanging out with local friends & family; ranging acreage convenient for arroyo hiking explorations; superb "neighborhood" indoor-outdoor diner-bar, iconic Harry's Roadhouse, with ever-changing eclectic, mostly organic menu, 3 mins drive away; perfect size kitchen for preparing full meals for self and company; nicest, witty, intelligent community-involved hosts imaginable. Best dollar value by far for this quintessential Santa Fe escape.

Stephen M

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words, Stephen. We're so glad you keep returning to our casita summer after summer to enjoy Santa Fe from this sweet perch! Warmly, Anne & Hampton
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The best spot in Santa Fe!

  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay in the casita and I've absolutely loved it--again! It's quiet, cozy, clean, nicely decorated, and well-stocked with everything you might need for your visit, including a great selection of books and a very comfortable bed. Anne is the perfect host and has taken great care in making this a lovely escape for a romantic getaway, a writing retreat, or a home base to explore everything that Santa Fe has to offer. It's close to great hiking trails and also just a short drive from Museum Hill and all the downtown amenities. Be sure to enjoy afternoons in the hammock and sunsets from the front porch. I've treasured my time here, which is never long enough, and hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best VRBO stay ever!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Anne,

How gratifying to us retired educators, parents, grandparents, and dedicated sustainable community builders to know that the proceeds from leasing your historic casita (for our 6th summer running as a month-long escape from Northeast Texas heat and humidity) continue to help fund the higher education of your and Hampton's 3 delightful sons. As a result, we feel we are helping them in some small manner to pursue their chosen teaching-learning experiences, as they shape their young adult lives of creative community service, augmenting that which you as parents continue to model for them in so many ever-fascinating and important ways.

The "spirit of place"—provided us in the tranquil Sides Casita under the expansive Santa Fe mountain-sky vistas, perched high above the twinkling lights of the Santa Fe Plaza just minutes drive below and within even fewer minutes drive or walk to the always-packed, ever-stimulating local ambience and affordably innovative cuisine of Harry's Roadhouse, as well as countless walking-hiking trails emanating from the arroyo of your acreage border—tops our considerable B&B experiences worldwide.

Upon arrival we are always greeted with the bounty of your neighbors' nesting hens, local organic produce, and our favorite chile cheese bread in your well-appointed kitchen, which we use throughout our stay to pamper not only ourselves but also the visits of guests who share with us the tranquility your casita provides us. Hampton's ample former reading library-writing studio serves as the living room nexus to the kitchen/bath, comfy bedroom with dresser and sleeper sofa (with exceptional closet/storage space), and the wrap-around covered outdoor portale seen through the living room sliding glass doors—with ample seating for us and our guests for reading, quiet conversation, dining, and unwinding in the soft breeze across the double hammock, all accented by the colorful hummingbird-attracting native plant garden and mountain vista backdrop beyond the rustic coyote privacy fence.

Small wonder that the likes of Ansel Adams chose to stay at this guest house for his contemplative Northern New Mexico photographic work decades ago!

Thank you, Anne and Hampton, for opening up your immaculate casita to us fortunate VRBO travelers and for always being at the ready to meet our every VRBO need,


  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to relax in Santa Fe!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Sides' casita in Santa Fe. We had plenty of space and privacy and they helped us with recommendations on things to see and do. My husband was able to mountain bike to trails he wanted to try as well as hit the roads on his road bike without getting in the car. I thought this was a great location, not being too close to the hustle of the Plaza and downtown, but close enough to get there in just a few minutes. We were able to visit during the International Folk Art Market and if you ever have that opportunity, you must go! It was amazing.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay! You're so right about the International Folk Art Market—it's one of our very favorite events in Santa Fe. Hope to have you back one day soon! Warmly, Anne & Hampton
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  • 5 of 5

Dear Anne,

I have been remiss in not thanking you for another magical respite in "our" casita, up above Santa Fe in the hills of the Sangre de Christo mountains. Your property, all 14 acres, surrounds us with tranquility of nature and only 15 minutes from the plaza. The casita is perfect for us, not too small, not too big, and with the wrap around porch, well, it's hard to leave. This will be our 6th year staying with you and Hampton and we have grown to love your family as much as we love our nest. You have provided an affordable and magical place for us to spend a month away from the Texas heat and embraced by your hospitality and now, enduring frienship. With deep affection, we thank you for providing a refuge we cherish more than you know. See you soon. Guy

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My fifth summer in the casita, and every year gets better. Up in the hills to the east of town. Quiet. Lots of privacy and large open space on property. Comfy bedroom and good-sized living room. Small but functional kitchen and bathroom. Wonderful covered deck with hammock. Great views. Stunning sunsets. Can see the Albuquerque lights at night. Can see the Milky Way to the East. Five-minute drive to town and Canyon Road. Nice hikes in every direction. Ten-minute drive to 10,000 Waves. Twenty-minute drive to the opera. The Sides are ideal hosts. I'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words, Travis. We're delighted to host you again this summer!
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Harry's Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Marty Sanchez Links
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Rail Runner Commuter Train
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Harry's Roadhouse and the Bourbon Grill
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Ski Santa Fe
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Deposit $200
Tax Rate 7.0%

Cleaning fee will only be the actual time it takes the housekeeper to clean the cottage at $22/hour. The balance will be reimbursed within a few days of departure. Rental agreement furnished upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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