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3000 sq ft home - Picacho Hills Country Club

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

3 bdrms* on 1/2 desert landscaped acre in Country Club community

You enter this home and are greeted by huge fossils from Morocco and a sculpture of a petite Japanese lady giving you an 'Ohaio'(Good day) greeting. You turn to the right into the Great Room and adjacent Dining Room, with their own unique sculptures and paintings. Huge Night Blooming Cereus cactus and tropical ginger shade the floor to ceiling from the desert sun. Continue your journey into the kitchen, equipped for someone who LIKES to cook (OR NOT). The surrounding windows look out onto your gigantic patio with its views of the grounds and neighborhood. You complete your primary circular journey by entering the gigantic living room with its soaring ceilings and stone fireplace. You can imagine yourself holding forth on the issues of the day with a glass of wine while supper is being prepared. A roaring fire is adding warmth to the convivial glow.

And the journey is only half over. Pass through the living room to right. You will see the great library, stocked with books, records and CD's spanning a collection life of nearly 50 years.

The bedrooms and computer room are just down the hall...

The laundry room is just to the left. The computer room is straight ahead. It is equipped with a Dell desktop computer with 2GB of RAM and scads of memory. It also has a wireless router, a scanner, and a color laser printer if you simply cannot leave business behind. Movies? You ask? Netflix is available (at no charge) for instant online viewing. And to continue the motif you noted upon entry to the house, the computer room desk is a 6 foot long black marble table filled with fossils The table originated in Morocco. The guest bedroom is just to the right with its own bath. And the Master Bedroom? Goodness! It is fully 28' X 21' with its own entrance to the patio. The bath? Ah. The Master Bath! A fully glassed and tiled shower, 3' X 9', handicapped accessible, with the adjoining lav area including his and hers basin areas.

This is truly a vacation home you will talk about for years to come.

*The 3rd bedroom is used as an office. Please specify if you need sleeping accommodations for the 3rd bedroom. But your third bed is not forgotten. We erect a queen bed with a 10' memory foam mattress in the library. Same privacy, just 12 additional feet to the bathroom. You can peruse my Calvin cartoon book collection and laugh yourself to sleep, or you can go through the really incredible collection of 'coffee table' books ccovering logging in the late 19th and early 20th century to 500 Million Years of Art in glorious sea shells.

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Donald Kotowski
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 1, 2017

About Donald Kotowski

I grew up in Pennsylvania and was a great fan of Western movies. I knew I had to live in the Southwest one day. My wife and I purchased this home in 2011. We were drawn to it because it in the Southwest, has seclusion, is in a country club community and yet is close to town and the University I attended 55 years ago.

Donald Kotowski purchased this house in 2011

Why Donald Kotowski chose Las Cruces

As previously noted, I love the Southwest, most specifically the desert. Additionally, the Incredible Organ Mountains call out to me daily to hike with my two Old English Sheep Dog and a Brittany/Poodle mix.

What makes this house unique

Seclusion, room for me and for my 'boys' (dogs) on one half acre with mature desert landscaping, access to the desert and wonderful hiking, yet close to the city, shopping, and health care facilities.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

3000 sq ft home - Picacho Hills Country Club
average rating of 4.3913045 based on 23 reviews

  • 3 of 5

The house is a really big house with all the amenities and in a great location.

The house needs cleaning really bad. There is dust all over the furniture.

The furniture upholstery has never been cleaned.

If I rented the place again. I would contact a cleaning agency to clean it.

I would be extra, but it would give us peace of mind.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I personally clean the house. We live in a desert environment. Dust settles on all the furniture even after the dusting operation. Dust is to be expected in the Desert Southwest.
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Burlingame , CA


  • 5 of 5

The offering is gorgeous, spacious, and complete with almost any amenity you could reasonably want. But I want to talk about the host, Don. He is a delight. You might stay here and you will have a great time. But take a few minutes and hang out a bit. I guarantee you your life will be enriched. He is a generous host with little fuss. You feel welcome as though you are staying with a friend whom you have known for years. Yes you might even feel a bit guilty that you have not been better about staying in touch. But when you get the keys all is forgiven, welcome home.

I hope this review might inspire a few to take the time to get to know Don a bit better and appreciate the place as more than simply a place to spend the night.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, touched my heart. I daresay I even choked up a bit. Thank you.
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Tucson, AZ

Family Gathering Location

  • 3 of 5

We stayed here for the graduation of our daughter from NMSU. The kitchen, great room, and patio were ideal for socializing the night before and afternoon/evening of her graduation with family and friends. Don even allowed her uncle and aunt to park their camper in the driveway. Anyone who rents this home should realize that you are staying in a home that is a permanent residence when not rented. He stays at a friend's house during your stay. It is not the typical vacation rental that we have used through VRBO. As long as you don't mind all of a person's personal effects in drawers, on counter tops, and in the fridge, you will be okay. One of the beds had a fine dust and debris between the sheets which we ended up washing before feeling comfortable sleeping in. You might want to bring your own pillows. One unnerving detail was how he kept driving by several times per day to "check" on his house. The first evening and next morning, he was actually on the property, walking around the yard and even coming into the house to retrieve some personal items. It was a bit creepy to look up and see him drive by the house with his three dogs and windows down at 5 miles per hour to see how his house was being treated. Overall, the convenience of staying in a home to celebrate the event was better than we could have expected if staying in a hotel.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home, fantastic value

  • 5 of 5

The area the home was located was beautiful. The home was great and Don couldn't have been more friendly. Several evenings I took a walk through the neighborhood and admired all the homes and the view. The location was also close to the activities we wanted to do. We went to the Saturday farmers market downtown and had a blast. My wife wants to go back and if Don's home is available we will stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Omaha, NE


  • 2 of 5

Several factors were the cause of our disappointment; a faint odor of vinegar persisted during our stay; some of the flat surfaces were covered with dust which activated my wife's allergies. She called it "selective dusting"; there was no drawer space in the master bedroom so we lived out of our suitcases for 3 days. While we understand this is a private home, it's been our experience with VRBO that private homes always made arrangements for drawer space for visitors; The lighting around the large makeup mirror in the master bath was surrounded by globe-style light bulbs. Except ten were missing. On closer exam, the weren't just missing, they were broken off at the base leaving some with the filaments exposed. That's an electrical hazard especially when the lights are on and the water is running just inches away from live sockets; The fabric on most of the dining room chairs was stained and in some cases, torn; The sparse furnishings, with the exception of 2 overstuffed chairs, were antiquated and uncomfortable; Our overall experience was not up to the standards we've learned to expect from our 15 year experiences with VRBO.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry you were disappointed with your stay. Let me address your issues one by one: Vinegar odor: The shower is an enclosure which is handicap accessible, can accommodate a wheelchair, and is completely enclosed by glass. Glass spots, if not cleaned immediately after a shower, are the dickens to remove if not cleaned timely. A cleaning solution is provided to the Guest (and to me) in a plastic tub with a terry scrubber and a squeegee. The plastic tub is located at one corner of the shower enclosure. The cleaning solution is made of water, VINEGAR, and Dawn dish detergent. I am confident the shower cleaning solution was the origin of the vinegar odor. Guest arrived here during a ferocious dust storm. Guest commented that driving through the dust storm had not been a pleasant experience.This is desert country. Dust is an issue here in Las Cruces. l. There is not a home in the desert which is free of dust during a dust storm, even while keeping all the doors and windows closed. Drawer Space: The dresser in the master suite has eleven (11) drawers, four of which are not used. I am sorry Guest assumed that all drawers were full without checking to determine that was actually a fact. Bathroom Lighting: The makeup mirror in the master suite is surrounded by twenty-two forty watt bulbs. Ten have been removed. One at the top of the mirror and 48 inches distant from running water has yet to be removed from its socket. The remaining 12 forty watt bulbs provide 480 watts of lighting - truly more than sufficient light. The light quantity would be well nigh unbearable if all twenty two bulbs were in place. Stains on the dining room chairs: I purchased that dining room set in 1984.Stains happen in 32 years and many dinner parties. The chairs with frayed upholstery were excess to a party of two. The excess chairs had been brought to the dining room to accommodate a party of twelve. Thank you for reminding me to remove the excess chairs in the future. The furniture in my home is largely antique, including a rare ball and claw foot recliner. I am proud of my furniture - and the museum quality art throughout the house. I am sorry you did not enjoy its charm. I advised Guest I was staying nearby. I advised Guest I could address any concerns within minutes if there were issues. I can not address Guest issues if the issues are not made known to me. I never received a complaint from Guest while they were present. Thank you for your comments.
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Beautiful Adobe-style House & Patio

  • 5 of 5

I and my two dogs were warmly welcomed by Don. Don is a great resource for information about the locality. The house is beautifully appointed with original art, has a fabulous master bath with a huge walk-in shower, and great kitchen facilities. The property is completely walled so its great for dogs. There is good access to BLM land to hike with the dogs. The property is far enough from the city so that the night sky is amazing for star gazing, and close enough to take in the great restaurants and the world class farmers and craft market in Las Cruces. Thanks for a great stay Don!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
El Paso International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ump 88 (owned by a MLB umpire)
Nearest Ferry
1600 Miles
Tacoma, Washington
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Picacho Hills Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ump 88, or Picacho Hills Country Club
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Silver City
Nearest Beach
68 Miles
Elephant Butte Lake
Car: necessary

Las Cruces is located in the Chihuahua Desert and is surrounded by the incredible rocky peaks of the Organ Mountains, the San Andreas Mountains, and some of the most beautiful desert landscape in the US. The hiking possibilities are endless as are the activities for the young at heart and at least moderately fit. New Mexico State University has many activities which are community oriented throughout the year.


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Picacho Hills House Rental Rates

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Cleaning $100
Property Damage Protection $59

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Picacho Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The Master Bath is especially suited to those folks with disabilities.It is glass enclosed without a door. This arrangement allows easy wheelchair access. There is a bench at one end to allow the disabled person to sit down.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This bedroom is set up in the library.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite
  • King size beds (2) Master bedroom has an 18th century burl walnut bedstead with a memory foam mattress to comfortably snooze the night away, or in which to nap after that hard game of golf in the afternoon at the famed Picacho Hills Country Club golf course. (Membership or participating membership required.) The 2nd bedroom has a recent vintage, queen bed
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
Your membership in a country club elsewhere will be honored here at Picacho Hills. I am not a golfer, but I am told that the golf course at Picacho Hills Country Club has few peers. Maid service is provided once each week so that you may enjoy your stay here without the fuss of caring for 'yet another house.'

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