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Artist Retreat, Fisherman Getaway and Starry Nights

Bedrooms 3
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, Artist Studio, 1 Bath, in small rural hamlet

Casita Estella is a wonderful 200 year old adobe home located in the small community of Mogote, Colorado. Originally this town was created by Missionaries from Spain, wanting to establish a Presbyterian community when all surrounding areas were of the Catholic faith. The founding family still lives here and celebrates their special historic church, Dios de Amor, erected in 1895.

Conejos County is known for it's fly fishing and outdoor activities, but it also draws artists from all over the country looking for big skies and dramatic landscapes. Casita Estella has been a guest house for a nationally recognized landscape painter and an accomplished teacher and mentor. The studio provided a space for students to work independently, while exploring the surrounding countryside.

The house sits at the mouth of the Conejos Canyon and is steps away from Conejos River. We are minutes away from historic narrow gauge Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway which runs over the 10,015 ft Cumbres Pass and through the Toltec Gorge. It is a known for beautiful scenery while traveling through the Conejos Canyon and arriving in the quaint town of Chama, NM.


*World Class Fly Fishing / guides available for booking

*Lake fishing in the Platuro Resevoir

*Multiple hiking trails

*Mountain biking- steps from the house

*45 minute drive to famous Taos, NM

*2 hours to Santa Fe, NM

*1 hour to the well known Ojo Caliente Hot Springs/Spa

*A day trip to the Sand Dunes National Park, just outside

the town of Alamosa

The Conejos County is known for it's varied landscapes, it's cooler summers, and quieter lifestyle. It is filled with great excursions to small towns, artist communities, sand dunes, New Mexican Villages and Reservations and all the outdoor activities you can imagine. You will fall in love with this area, just as we did.

More Details

Lexie Carlson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 2, 2017

About Lexie Carlson

I am a retired art teacher who spent my career teaching and living in Denver, Colorado. When I retired I wanted to spend more time with my dear friend who lived in Southern Colorado. He was an incredible artist who became well known for his representational paintings of the Conejos River and the surrounding areas. We spent a great deal of time exploring this beautiful area and visiting the towns of San Luis, Taos, Abiquiu, Chama, Ojo Calliente, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. There is so much history here and given the time to discover is a true gift.

Lexie Carlson purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Lexie Carlson chose South Central

In 2010 my friend's neighbor, Estella, gave us the opportunity to buy this 200 year old adobe home, which was directly behind his adobe home and studio. He was able to offer his many students a place to stay while they worked with him in their plein aire painting studies.

This house has a small studio, with wonderful natural light that is perfect for anyone who is interested in painting, but also a quiet and rural location to relax in.

What makes this cottage unique

We are a quarter mile away from the Conejos River, sitting at the mouth of the Conejos Canyon which offers fishing, hiking trails, bike trails, lake fishing, hunting, camping etc. You will never lack for beautiful landscapes in this hidden treasure of Southern Colorado.


Antonito Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Smaller Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Studio room with trundle bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Artist Retreat, Fisherman Getaway and Starry Nights
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews
New Ulm,MN

Location is great

  • 4 of 5

The house was very interesting, floor plan layout is quite different. We were not there much

as we had booked the train trip for the day. We were out early as we had another 300 mile drive ahead of us. Communications were great and clear. Thanks so much Lexie for letting us rent your home.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Englewood, CO

Felt very welcomed

  • 5 of 5

We felt at home at Casita Estella. It was just the right size for our family and it was obvious that consideration went into making guests feel welcome; examples of this are the framed art on the walls, dried flower arrangements, extra towels, basket of blankets in the living room, board games, DVDS, and helpful tourist information. And of course, the coffee was greatly appreciated. Lexie was incredibly friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our stay. I hope to stay again sometime, as we did not have enough time to see everything we would have liked to see.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nacogdoches, TX

Wonderful attention to detail!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place! Everything we needed was provided. There was even shampoo and conditioner provided! The Casita is centrally located in the San Luis Valley. We went to Taos, Creed and the sand dunes. The weather is perfect in September. Thank you again!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Comfy and eclectic, with lots of thoughtful touches

  • 5 of 5

This is an old house with an eclectic style and a quirky floor plan; it is also roomy, comfy, and has lots of thoughtful touches throughout. There was plenty of room for the four people in our party. There are fans, nightlights, good information about local things to do, lots of blankets, sheets, towels, etc. all neatly laid out for each guest. Kitchen is very complete. The area is very, very quiet and interesting in a rural New Mexico sort of way: it's a short drive to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad station, there's beautiful scenery all around, and some old, mildly neglected historical buildings are tucked here and there (including an old church a short walk down the little lane on which the house is situated). There is, I believe, excellent fishing nearby, and we drove to a campground/riverside trail not far away. The owner was very helpful, kind, and communicative. It was very restful to stay here, and we hope to do so again whenever we're in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Property - Great Value

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here in July 2014 and had an amazing vacation. The property was clean, well kept and more spacious than expected. All the comforts of home were included. I would highly recommend staying at this property if you have the chance. I know we will return next summer if not sooner.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Beach

Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

Our family LOVED this place!! Lexie was GREAT and she made sure we had enough beds for our teenagers and some. We stayed there for 2+ days and we didn't want to leave. It was a great location, very relaxing, close to nature and it made us feel right at home. We will definitely make sure to stay here every time we return to Antonito. Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
176.7 Miles
Albuquerque International
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Antonito, CO
Nearest Golf
36 Miles
Alamosa, CO
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Cumbres & Toltec and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 17
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Antonito, CO
Nearest Ski
59.7 Miles
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
Car: necessary

The Conejos County is known for it's exceptional fishing, historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Train and it's beautiful mountain lakes and rivers- perfect for all outdoor activities. We are 45 minutes from Taos, New Mexico, 2 hours to Santa, Fe New Mexico, 1 hour from Ojo Caliente Spa and Resort, and a little more than 1 hour to the Great Sand Dunes National Park- outside of Alamosa, Colorado.

This is a great place to visit when you want to relax and enjoy all the beauty that nature provides us.


Rates & Availability

Antonito Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 4.8%

Rates are for 4 people, there is a $10.00 nightly fee added for each additional person for the base rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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