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Exquisite Canyon Road Designer's Home, Eastside Historic Dist, River Runs Thru

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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2 Bedrooms, A+Bath, Sleeps 4, 4 Patios, Sunset Balcony, Exceptionally Appointed

Wonderful location in oldest Historic District, on famous Canyon Road just above the art galleries, minutes to the Plaza. Superbly handcrafted and comfortable designers' cottage-home. Very Santa Fe with massive adobe walls, varnished log ceilings, and extraordinary woodwork and ironwork. Built on a low rock cliff, overhanging river & waterfalls flowing through one of the prettiest estate sites in the area. Mountain views and lovely riverside.

Surrounded by colorful, lush cottage gardens, 4 unique patios for exceptional living and entertaining. Smashing sunset views from cocktail balcony overlooking your own beautiful river valley with huge cottonwood trees and profuse wildlife.

Cheerful, sunny, private, colorful, and rich with character & surprises. Die- for cottage kitchen, charming bath, unlimited hot water. Heated stone & tile floors, extraordinary design and detailing, and beyond well- equipped and appointed. The essence of the arts and crafts traditions of Old Santa Fe!

Old Farm Estate: Unusual historic estate setting in superb location. Delicious living right in the designated Downtown and Core Area Historic District, just a few minutes from the Plaza, but secluded and private from Santa Fe's summer traffic and crowds. Casa Del Rio is a very good value for an unforgettable Santa Fe vacation.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Albert Durand
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Albert Durand

We designed and built every inch of this exotic little home with our own hands over the past 22 years, and it pleases us greatly when folks from all over the world fall in love with it and its rare and lovely riverside garden setting. We welcome you to come and see for yourselves!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Exquisite Canyon Road Designer's Home, Eastside Historic Dist, River Runs Thru
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

An Enchanting 'Jewel Box' Casita!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a delightful 2 months in Casa Del Rio this summer; owners Albert & Connie were welcoming, cordial & helpful (particularly in keeping the lovely interior plants fed/watered), but sensitive to our privacy in their lovely, custom-crafted and personally built home. Secluded private trails nearby allowed us to explore & exercise traffic-free, which we enjoyed. The 'burbling' brook (Santa Fe River) beneath the bedroom window lulled us to sleep nightly...loved it. It is a 'hike' to Canyon Road galleries, a drive to grocery shopping, but the Casa is even lovelier than the photos. Good wi-fi, satellite tv, and a land-line phone (cellular reception limited within the canyon ;) Really restful!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous house in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time staying at Albert and Connie's home on Upper Canyon Road. They designed and built it themselves and it is truly unique. And the gardens around the house are as interesting and beautiful as the house itself. The Santa Fe river runs below the house so you can hear the sounds of the river water in the background. Incredibly well stocked in all ways. Albert was available to help in any way we needed.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in exceptional location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I visited in late March and early April with our dog. There is so much to like it is a bit hard to know where to start. First let me say that all my communications with the owner were superb. He was very responsive to emails and phone contacts. The home itself is very accurately presented in the photos. This is a superb home with more custom craftsmanship than any place we have ever stayed. Albert and Connie equipped the home with everything we needed and all was of high quality. The home was exceptionally clean and well maintained. When we had one small problem it was fixed immediately.

The home is right on the Santa Fe River and it was wonderful to listen to it as we went to sleep. There are mutiple places to hike right from the home. On several occassions we took a trail and walked right into the gallery district. Albert was very helpful in explaining how to get around town and how to access the many local sights. As a long time resident he was very familiar with not only Santa Fe, but also the many parks and national monuments to the North.

I would recommend this property without hesitation.

Eric Dreier

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, quiet, and relaxing stay!

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying how refreshing it was to work with Albert. He was accommodating, friendly, and went over a above to make our family stay a truly incredible experience. The home is so unique - there is so much love and attention to detail in the craftsmanship. It felt like my cozy home away from home...without the chaos or having to lift a finger! I particularly enjoyed listening to the creek behind the house as I went to sleep each night. My teenage girls enjoyed wandering around the creek and creekside, exploring the outdoors. If the weather had been warmer we would have spent most of our time on the balcony and enjoying the beauty of this location. We will come back to take advantage of that.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It really is that great!

  • 5 of 5

This house really is a work of art created by the owners and you get the feeling that you are a welcome guest and not just a renter. I enjoyed just walking around the house and the property noticing all the details and feeling happy for getting the chance to live in the house. I was even more fortunate to meet the owner who told me all about the construction and design that made the house a home.

Over the years I've visited Santa Fe many times, but because of this home I saw it in a whole new way this trip. I enjoyed running the trails in the open space and the public trail head is just up the road, less than a mile. Santa Fe has a lot to offer, but except for making sure I got to have breakfast at Tia Sofia's, I could go there again and be happy just to stay at the house and wander the property and trails around it without even going into town.

I've stayed at maybe half a dozen Homeaway properties, and none disappointed. Most got five stars, but now I feel like I need to award six stars because this has been the best of them all. Thank you Albert and Connie for creating such a wonderful home and for allowing my wife and I to share it. We really hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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A gem

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of visiting Casa del Rio in mid-May of last year and before we were on the plane in Albuquerque for our return home we were talking about our next trip. That little gem of a cottage was home base and home away from home for my wife and me for an unforgettable visit to northern NM.

The comfort of Casa del Rio is second only to the charm, thoughtfulness and hospitality of Albert and Connie Durand, our host and hostess and new best friends. They have thought of everything to make this "pied-a’-terre" the perfect place to start a day in Santa Fe, and a place we looked forward to returning to at the end of each day. If there is a drawback to Casa Del Rio, it’s the temptation to "stay home" and enjoy the unbelievable craftsmanship and good taste that has gone into the construction and furnishings instead of touring NM. So we did both.

If you think the information and photos on the website are too good to be true, they aren’t. If anything, they don't do Casa del Rio justice. (That said, however, please don't make a reservation. It might make booking our next visit more difficult for us.)

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Within walking distance of Historic Plaza, Indian Market, International Folk Arts Market, Spanish Market, Canyon Road Gallery District, 60 miles of public mountain trails, Audubon Center, Nature Conservancy Reserve, 150+ galleries, 150+ restaurants; world-class Shopping.

Museums: Wheelright American Indian, Georgia O'Keefe, Spanish Colonial, SF Fine Arts/ Historical , Palace of Governors, Folk Arts, American Indian, more.

Day Trips: Santa Fe Ski Basin 18 miles. Bandelier, Tsankawi, & Puye Cliff Dwellings; Taos; Pecos National Monument; 8 Northern Pueblos Indian Dances, Markets, and Festivals; much more.

Other Activities: Indian Pueblos, 7 Museums, Indian/ Spanish/ Folk Art Markets, Art, Shop, Food


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season 2016-2017
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning/ Restocking Fee $300
Pet Fee $300

Ask us for our emailed 5 page color brochure and our "Stocking and Equipment List" of what all we provide for our guests- we are better stocked and equipped than any other. **PET FEE is $10.00/day, $300/month. REFUNDABLE PET DAMAGE DEPOSIT $200. CLEANING & RESTOCKING FEE $300 - Home is kept spotless between guests. DAMAGE DEPOSIT $500; DEPOSIT RETURN: by US mail, within 72 hrs of Checkout, seldom anything charged- this place attracts really wonderful folks!
CANCELLATION: Ask Homeaway about their booking guarantees. We provide a full refund if a cancellation is due to the home being damaged or becoming unavailable by act of god or another event. We do not double-book or overbook. We recommend purchasing the Homeaway (or other Insuror's) Cancellation/ Trip Insurance for rental amount; however if you must cancel more than a week prior to your checkin date we do promptly return any prepaid Cleaning/ Restocking Fee and Damage Deposits we have received.
We are delighted to have you as our Honored Guests at our Casa Del Rio. We live in the neighborhood & are always available to answer questions or to promptly give you a hand if you need it, from 8 AM to 8 PM or anytime in case of emergency. If you have any questions, please ask!! We provide easy driving directions & meet you on Arrival for a short tour- more fun for you if you know where things are and how they work!

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Santa Fe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Town
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , superb bath, unlimited hot water at any temp you select
  • Coved viga-log ceiling, sky-lighted hand-crafted Talavera tile soaking tub, Kohler full-spray shower, unlimited hot water at any temp you select with push of button; pure crystal-clear well water, spa towels, gloss-varnished mahogany handcrafted woodwork, white-enameled handcrafted doors & drawers and his & hers med cabinets, hanging antique brass candle-lantern. Giant yellow roses and purple clematis climbing in the window!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , walk-in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Asko WD
    Living room - 1 twin/ single , 2 child bed , river balcony
  • Lives & sleeps 4, and sleeps 1 more (or 2 children) on a comfortable Taos Trundle Bed in living room with sunset river balcony and pretty cottage garden views. Second bedroom has wonderful character & accomodation with log ceiling, ' clothes & storage closet, dresser, hidden Asko high speed W&D, builtin desk/ computer alcove, skylights, and pretty valley views. Master bedroom features a big curl-up chair with reading light, facing a kiva fireplace; surprisingly capacious built-in his & hers dressers; matching Mexican bedside chests, a sky-lighted walk-in his & hers closet; a high varnished-log ceiling; triple curved panoramic windows overlooking lovely Cerro Gordo and the river valley; and a French door to the shaded and colorful 'Mexican Patio' with cafe table and gas grill. Unique built-in library-alcove bookshelves, filled with great books, lead through a massive castle door to a portal & the intimate white garden patio under a spreading apple tree.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 18 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Sunny, exquisitely-crafted Dining Room and compact but extraordinary Cook's Kitchen feature antique French Chestnut trestle-table seating 4-6; Hidden Coffee Shrine with water supply; multiple pretty table settings and glassware; Surprise Pantry, loaded; Lazy Susan; high, radiating varnished log ceilings, 14 skylights; large mahogany divided-lite windows; Polished cherry counter tops, tumbled stone tile back splashes; multiple cutting boards. profusion of one-touch drawers and 'hidden' drawers & cabinets; Kitchen aid/ Cuisinart blender, food processor, stand mixer; Slow Cook crock pot, multiple serving dishes & blooming interior flowers...& much more for enjoyable living inside or out. French door to 'Sunset Cocktail Balcony' off Living Room...overhanging river, a waterfall, the valley and ancient hills & farms on the other side, seats 4 on stools, more for drinks. French windows wrap living room; flat screen LCD Sony TV, hi-speed internet and WIFI.

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