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Rass Mandal: The Most Unique Home in Santa Fe - Glorious Views - 10 min. to Town

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Space 4,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

6br/4ba sleeps a max. of 12: 1 King bed; 3 Queen beds- 1 in Cabin; 4-5 twin beds

Rass Mandal is the most unique adobe vacation residence in Santa Fe. It is situated on a mountain range of pine forests with spectacular views. Entering brings you to another time and presents a serene and inspiring atmosphere for all. The house and grounds of more than 20 acres offer abundant locations for quiet time. There are numerous hiking & mountain bike trails immediately accessible, some of which take you directly to the center of Santa Fe.

Ski Santa Fe is 30 minutes from the center of Santa Fe, just add ten minutes to that to get there from Rass Mandal.

Rass Mandal was featured on HGTV's House Hunter's on Vacation with the initial airing on June 22nd 2012.

Upon entering the home you encounter a large domed circular living room (Mandala Room) complete with a fireplace, eastern antique furniture and beautiful views looking out to a pool. This space is ideal for group sessions, gatherings and entertainment. Off to the left of the living room is the dining room and kitchen area. The dining table has room to accommodate 12 and is a great area for entertaining and formal meals. The kitchen is open plan and has a Moroccan style fireplace and a very comfortable breakfast nook ideal for bird watching. Behind the kitchen is a queen size bedroom and a bathroom, secluded from the rest of the house with its own private entrance.

To the right of the living room are guest quarters, each room offers views overlooking the grounds and the entire Santa Fe valley. The master bedroom is complete with a fireplace, a large meditation/work area, beautiful bathroom and sunken Jacuzzi with views. Additionally, there is a 2nd story observation deck that provides expansive views over all of Santa Fe, the Jemez Mountains and beyond. The house is not air conditioned but given the cool evenings it is not actually necessary. Fans are provided should they be desired.

Heading outside, there is a large private pool, jacuzzi style 5 person hot tub, plunge pool and sauna. The pool is heated during the summer months (May 15th - September 15th). We do occasionally, with weather permitting, extend the heating of the pool for a week or so to either side of the date range mentioned. However it is approximately 40,000 gallons and heating is not feasible during the other times of the year. Generally the pool water temperature will be maintained at approximately 80 F in July and August and ranges between 76 F - 78 F for May, June and September. Although it may feel a bit cool, 78 F is the recommended temperature from the American Red Cross. Please don't expect a 'bath-like' experience as it is just not feasible with nighttime temperatures dropping to the 50s F from the 80s F during the daytime. The hot tub is kept at 104 F all year-round. All this is surrounded by a deck and patio ideal for outdoor dining and relaxation. There is also a gas-fired Fire Pit for enjoyment during the cool evenings. Burn restrictions imposed by Santa Fe County may sometimes restrict its use.

Additionally, there is a small cabin on the property about 150 feet from the main home that is included in the rental for guests #11 and #12. The cabin has a queen bed and a bathroom (with a shower) plus a TV. The maximum occupancy for the total residence still remains at 12 people and the cabin rental is required for parties of more than 10 people.

I must reiterate that Rass Mandal accommodates a maximum of 12 people given the above bedroom configuration and we do not permit any more than that number without prior agreement from me (Richard). This limit also applies to 'guests' even visiting for just the day and not residing at Rass Mandal. Should you be planning on inviting few guests to visit, please discuss it with me before you book Rass Mandal.

Rass Mandal is simply fabulous, providing a truly unique experience in Santa Fe. It's incredible architecture, shapes, and spaces transport one to ancient India yet with all the modern conveniences in an amazingly beautiful location high in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains above the City with spectacular views. While only minutes to the historic Plaza, all the downtown cultural amenities and many fine restaurants, Rass Mandal is a quiet and peaceful retreat not to be missed. I encourage you to read the reviews from our previous guests.

Cancellation Policy: Should you cancel 60 days or more before commencement of the rental, your deposit will be returned in full. Should you cancel 59 days or less prior to commencement of the rental, you lose your deposit. We will endeavor to rent the property for your cancelled dates and should we be successful we will return a further portion of your deposit as applicable. Should you believe you may need to cancel, you should consider taking cancellation insurance available from VRBO/HomeAway.

More Details

Owner
Richard Woodruff
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Richard Woodruff

Hi, my name is Richard Woodruff and I am an American born in Jersey City, NJ and now living in Santa Fe after having spent the last 28 years living in Europe. You can find me on LinkedIn and on Facebook. I own Rass Mandal and I am a 50% owner of Adobe Casitas Vacation Rentals, Inc. - a property management and short term vacation rental company. I am also a real estate broker in Santa Fe and work exclusively with buyers seeking a residence in Santa Fe.

Richard Woodruff purchased this house in 2011

Why Richard Woodruff chose New Mexico

Rass Mandal has unique architecture and is on 10 acres with fabulous unending vistas. It is in the mountains for easy access to hiking and mountain biking yet only about 10 minutes from the center of Santa Fe. The feeling in these hills is truly refreshing and energizing!

What makes this house unique

Staying at Rass Mandal provides a unique atmosphere that is not found at most vacation rentals. The house and grounds offer abundant space for renewal & reflection as well as exercise & sharing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your home with us!! We utilized every single amenity you have...from pool, hot tub, sauna, fire pit, yoga room, meditation room, hiking trails...but your sunsets are...Over the Top!!!

Of all the homes we've rented over the years, yours is "by far" the most welcoming. We felt instantly at home...and do not want to leave! The positive energy and relaxing atmosphere put us all in a beautiful place.
Nov 2014
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Amenities

Santa Fe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , The cabin has a queen bed, TV & a bathroom with a shower!
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large walk-in rainfall shower
    King Bathroom Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Jetted tub accommodates two people!
  • All bathrooms are furnished with towels, custom organic soaps, hair shampoos & conditioners. Additionally, blow dryers are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Soulful Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan and screened windows for warm nights!
    Private Queen Cabin - 1 queen , For extra guests: 11-12. Available on request. TV and WiFi
    King Bedroom - 1 king , Ceiling Fan and screened windows for warm nights! Televison.
    Rinpoche Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , A 3rd Twin Bed is available on special request. Ceiling Fan
    Shanghai Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , Ceiling Fan and screened windows for warm nights! Television
    Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Ceiling fan and screened windows for warm nights!
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 15 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Additionally, there is a yoga pavilion and yoga mats are provided. There is also a massage table on the premises. You are welcome to invite massage therapists, yoga instructors and other service providers to the premises and we can provide you with recommendations for these services. We also can recommend caterers should you desire it.

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average rating of 4.9595375 based on 182 reviews
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Gorgeous property!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for one week for a yoga retreat. The architecture is stunning, and the property allows for both gathering and for privacy. The yoga space is a good size. They have homing pigeons, which were absolutely delightful. There are many ravens in this area, which we also enjoyed a lot. I didn't give it the full five stars, because the pool was a little cool even though it was heated. And, it really needs one more bathroom if there are more than 9 people staying. But other than that, it was lovely, and I plan to come again! The owner recommended chef Brenda Steele, who I HIGHLY recommend. She was incredibly talented. Both Brenda and Richard, Rass Mandal's owner, were great to work with. Very responsive.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ridge Top Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Rass Mandal is a beautiful house and property. It is well set in the hills overlooking Santa Fe. We enjoyed beautiful sunsets views of the city. It is a short drive down to town. We like to cook and found the kitchen to have nice cookware and it is well stocked with the basic items. The outside spaces are great. We spent most of our time on the deck by the pool. We also enjoyed the outside fire pit. The yoga studio and the pigeons landing on the blue domed rooftop made the experience tranquil.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Place of Pure Enchantment

  • 5 of 5

I hosted my first yoga retreat at Rass Mandal and had such a lovely experience here. My students loved the property and enjoyed all of the amenities (yoga pavilion, hot tub, sauna, pool and lounge swings) We tried to hike to La Atalaya Mountain but had trouble finding the proper route so it would be nice to have better directions next time. The home is full of nooks and crannies where you discover new decorations at every turn. Richard was a wonderful host to work with and I look forward to returning again. Thanks again for a great visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Vacation

  • 4 of 5

We had a nice visit to Rass Mandal. We had three boys with us and they really loved the pool. There are lots of stairs everywhere in and outside the house We got our exercise in this week. We got to use the fire pit one night and it was great. The time of year we came it rained most nights. The road up to the house is very narrow and winding.

We now understand why other reviews said they stayed at house more than they planned.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Enchanting estate

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautifully set in the mountains with gorgeous views. We all enjoyed the pool, hot tub, small kid's pool and yoga pavilion.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Petite Trianon for The Ready

  • 5 of 5

The dot com'ers, the "one percenters", the Nouveau Riche, simply can not compete with the great families who transmit the best of society across generations...Rass Mandal, as with all great mansions of the patrician, gentry, and nobility classes is a media with a message that transmits cultural epitomes that are universal. Petite Trianon in scope and perhaps even purpose one can not help but be transformed. If one is both lucky and ready, the transformation will be permanent.

From the hollow core silverware in the chest of fine tableware, to intricate carved wood, rose marble floors throughout, one is in the presence of master exotic craftsmen both Indian and American Southwest.

In keeping with the Eastern origins of this estate, balance is literally demanded of all who enter...numerous sets of stairs with irregular pitches indoors and outside rarely have handrails and need care for each step...all the more to live in every second of experience of this marvelous world.

As one of our party put it, "It is difficult to remember we are in America" since the scene is so exotic and authentic.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Fritz, It was a pure pleasure to read your review - you have benefited from my intentions and I so appreciate the way you enjoyed Rass Mandal. Do consider visiting again. Best2U Richard
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Santa Fe Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Harry's Roadside Cafe
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Railrunner
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I 25
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Harry's Roadside Cafe
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Ski Santa Fe
Car: necessary

Right from the front door of Rass Mandal, you can either hike or mountain bike the Ponderosa Ridge to Hidden Valley Road down to Wilderness Gate Road and right into town via Canyon Road or the Old Santa Fe Trail. There are so many choices to enjoy - renewing both the body and spirit! Additionally, if lucky on the walk, you may spot coyotes, mule deer and a variety of birds and birds of prey.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night

A 7.5% discount has been applied to the daily rate for stays of 7 nights or more!

Additionally, there is a $50/night fee per extra person for parties of more than 10 and up to 12 people. With this extra fee comes the use of a small cabin located adjacent (150 feet) to the main residence.

Check in time is generally 4 PM and check out time is generally 10 AM.

Cancellation Policy: Should you cancel 60 days or more before commencement of the rental, your deposit will be returned in full. Should you cancel 59 days or less prior to commencement of the rental, you lose your deposit. We will endeavor to rent the property for your cancelled dates and should we be successful we will return a further portion of your deposit as applicable. Should you believe you may need to cancel, you should consider taking cancellation insurance available from VRBO/HomeAway.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.