La Mesita Ranch: Spectacular Southwestern Elegance, Hospitality and Grand Views
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- Minimum stay:3-4 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
La Mesita Ranch is located in the heart of the Nambe’ Valley, just 15 minutes north of Santa Fe. This lush, quietly elegant private ranch was re-purchased by the original owners – the Pueblo of Pojoaque – and is now available to guests seeking a retreat, a getaway oasis or a celebration destination. Some have called La Mesita Ranch the "Southwestern Downton Abbey". This is because it is a large property with a long ownership history, graced with welcoming, relaxing and comfortable structures and furnishings, and stunning visual surroundings.
Traditional and formally appointed throughout, yet comfortable in its decor and modern in its accessibility, La Mesita Ranch offers guests a rare and beautiful setting to celebrate the special moments in life such as a wedding, anniversary, family gathering or reunion, or golf or girlfriend getaway. The ranch is also available as a unique site and special location for corporate meetings, the movie/film industry or simply, a quiet refuge from the stresses in life.
The gated property – roughly 144 acres in total - offers 5 residential structures (The Grande Hacienda, Barranca Cottage, Badlands Cottage Escondido Cottage, and Ristra Cottage ); some of which date back to the 1930's. The property features indoor and outdoor equestrian facilities, a Large outdoor swimming pool and cabana, tennis court, duck pond, grassy pastures– and is surrounded by stunning native lands, badlands canyons, old Cottonwoods, and verdant Alfalfa fields.
In the eastern distance, views of the Sangre de Cristos are clear and unobstructed; and to the west, sunset vistas as far as the eye can see. There is a view at La Mesita that is like no other view in the Southwest!!
Set apart from the light pollution of the urban settings, starry night skies light up the ranch all year long.
Lovingly and carefully maintained for decades, yet recently updated and modernized, the Pueblo of Pojoaque (a Native American Indian Tribe) desires to share this rare , extraordinary, and distinctive property with others who will appreciate its beauty, its tradition, its activity and its solitude. La Mesita Ranch is located on sovereign tribal land.
This property was never open or available to the public until very recently.
The Heiress that most recently lived behind the gates insisted upon the full confidentiality of all of the staff that worked on the Ranch.
No one in the area knew what was behind the "Gates of La Mesita".
It is just recently that the Ranch has been open to to receive, and to host guests.
There is truly no place more spectacular in the Southwest than La Mesita .Many people call it the "Downton Abbey" of the Southwest, because it is just so amazingly Grand.
You will know why the Ranch has remained such a mystery when you arrive to stay with us.
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- 17000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Small pets only and upon owner approval. Required Pet fee of $50.00/ per day, per pet. All Guests are responsible to clean up after their pets. The Pet fee will be charged with the initial deposit. We insist that the property be clear of Pet "debris" so that all of our guests can be barefoot in the beautiful grass without ever having to worry where they are stepping. We thank all of our Pet lovers for bringing their Pets to La Mesita, but need to require 100 % compliance in asking you to clean up after your pets!...moreless
Bedrooms: 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 18-20
- The Grande Hacienda has 4 bedrooms (one bedroom on the main floor and 3 bedrooms upstairs). It sleeps 8+ in beds. Each bedroom has its own bath|shower attached.. Each bedroom in the Grand Hacienda features flat screen television/cable access. Full Kitchen and washer and dryer. 4 Fireplaces!! Badlands Cottage has 1 king bedroom and sleeps 2+. It has two full bath/showers. It has a flat screen Television in the bedroom, full Kitchen and indoor Fireplace. Barranca Cottage features two bedrooms, one with a Queen sized Bed and two Queen beds in the second bedroom. It has two full bath/showers. It has one flat screen television in the living room, full Kitchen, and washer and dryer. Ristra Cottage features one bedroom with a king bed and a Queen Bed. Two bathrooms. This "Casita" features a full Kitchen, beautiful outdoor Patio, and indoor Fireplace. Escondido Cottage' includes two bedrooms - both w/ Queen beds, one bath/shower, washer and dryer, full Kitchen, patio....moreless
Bathrooms: 10 Bathrooms, 3 Half Bathrooms
- Located in the heart of the northern New Mexico region, La Mesita Ranch offers activities both on the ranch and off the ranch all year long. Summers bring unbeatable weather (warm, non-humid days, cool nights), refreshing thunder showers, and remarkable sunsets. Each season brings unique beauty to the ranch. The ranch has been developed and modernized to reflect the serenity, comfort and peace that the region has to offer. Within minutes, however, guests can be in Santa Fe with all it has to offer, or just down the street at the casinos. Access from La Mesita Ranch is perfect for those wanting to be on the golf course, shooting range, ski slopes, hiking trails, fishing, hunting mountain biking and endless other activities year round. Families find La Mesita Ranch as the epicenter of activity, or the headquarters of relaxation. During "Off season", La Mesita Cottages can be rented separately. Please call Deborah Newman, the Property Manager for special rates. ...moreless
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
There is a small, beautiful lake on property. Frogs, ducks, and visiting birds make their home in the lake. It is also the site of many Wedding Ceremonies because of the beautiful cottonwood trees....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Room
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
The Grande Hacienda features a large custom kitchen perfect for large parties and entertaining. There is a breakfast room attached to kitchen with built in banquet seating. Pantry, Butlers Pantry....moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool:
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Summer Nights 2016
May 18 - Oct 22, 2016
3 night min stay
Fall season at the Ranch
Oct 23 - Nov 21, 2016
3 night min stay
Thanksgiving Week at the Ranch
Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2016
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $50 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Cleaning $900 + tax
- Tax Rate 8.3%
Taxes and cleaning fees in addition.
Please call for wedding package details which are different than vacation rental pricing.
Holidays, and Special Events in Santa Fe will be reserved at rates specific to the Holiday.
Call (505) 412-9921 to inquire about rates regarding Indian Market, Balloon Fiesta, Wine and Chile Fiesta!
La Mesita IS available to smaller groups when we are out of season, November through May.
Please call Deborah Newman directly at 505 412-9921 to discuss these special rates.
All payments will be made through Buffalo Thunder Resort accounting.
A 25% "deposit" is required when signing the VRBO contract.
There is a $300.00 refundable security deposit, and a credit card that needs to remain on file.
Manager's cancellation policy:
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La Mesita Ranch is located 15 minutes north of Santa Fe, on 140-acres of private tribal land and owned by the Pueblo of Pojoaque. It is a working horse ranch, home of the first Polo field west of the Mississippi. La Mesita Ranch is perfectly located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque to the south, and Taos, Los Alamos, Angel Fire to the north and west.
This offers our guests a prime hub spot to experience day trips into Santa Fe, or drive up to Taos for a full day of skiing.
Within minutes of the property also offers two golf courses, casinos, restaurants and night clubs. Native owned galleries and charming, tucked away galleries and specialty shops featuring jewelry, rugs and other native handcrafted items are within a few miles of La Mesita Ranch. Hiking trails, biking trails, shooting venues, wineries and many other day activities.
La Mesita Ranch offers convenient access to all of the outdoor activities New Mexico is known for. The property is also within minutes of Santa Fe and Taos and all other city activities including art galleries, museums, opera, shopping, festivals, restaurants, etc.
The Opera house is only 8 minutes away!
The property offers a prime destination location for Unique destination weddings of all types, sizes and styles. Many weddings at La Mesita Ranch follow a destination wedding concept, with overflow guests staying nearby at our sister properties nearby. Smaller functions, anniversaries, special birthdays and life milestones, family reunions, holidays, girlfriend getaways, the guy's golf week, corporate retreat functions and plain ol' family vacations are enjoyed to the maximum here at our ranch - as the space and residences offer a variety of configurations to suit most desires.
From private Massages in the Peaceful Massage room located in the Main Hacienda, private Curator tours at the Poeh Museum featuring the very best of Native American Art, Santa Fe Chefs preparing exclusive meals for you and your guests, Wine dinners, Pre Opera Dinners, Tequila tastings, High Tea, southwest inspired.... the possibilities are endless.
This Ranch has been totally exclusive and unavailable to the public until very recently..
The previous owner had all of the associates sign confidentiality agreements to never let anyone know of what was behind the Gates of La Mesita.
A visit with us will reveal just how stunning this property is, and what amazing experiences lie behind its gates.
Year Purchased: 2008
About: While talking about the history of LMR, its important that we start with a little history of the area and talk about the original inhabitants of the property, who they were and how it lead to the creation of LMR. Around the turn of the Century, the Pueblo of Pojoaque was hit with an outbreak of smallpox. Most of the people living in this valley were forced to leave and move to Colorado or the surrounding areas. The Pueblo of Pojoaque sold most of its land, including a large portion, LMR, to a real estate developer. The Pueblo of Pojoaque has a history that dates back to about 500 AD. And several times during its history the Pueblo has actually relocated or has abandoned its land and come back. During the 1500-1600 century when the Spanish were exploring North from Mexico searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold they explored through this area, bringing Catholic Missionaries with them. They identified the small villages where the Native Americans were living and in order to catholicize them, they built mission churches in each of those small villages. Each of the mission churches was named after a patron Saint. Santa Clara (Saint Claire), San Juan (Saint John). The churches adopted those names, as well as the small villages. The Term Pueblo actually means village in Spanish. The Spanish tried to catholicize the Native Americans. The only successful Native American revolt of Northern American History happened in NM, in the 1680s, where all the pueblos banded together and flushed the Spanish back into Mexico. Shortly after, there was a re-conquest of the land and the Spanish came and reoccupied the territories again. Today, Native Americans living in NM use the term Pueblo to identify the tribal nation or reservation that they live on. They refer to themselves as Pueblo Indians or Puebloans. Pojoaque is the smallest pueblo in NM. La Mesita Ranch is a property that has brought back a piece of Pueblo history to where it started.
Why Santa Fe, NM, USA:
In the early 1900s, a 140-acre portion of land was sold to Clarence Mott Woolley. At the time, Mr. Woolley was the president of American Radiator Company in New York City. The Woolleys bought this land as a summer retreat. It was always intended to be an equestrian property, and they built the first polo field west of the Mississippi. At the turn of the century, it was very fashionable for wealthy families on the east coast to buy properties out west; it was very bohemian of them to bring their artist friends and other large entrepreneurs out here to experience the Wild West. Coming by train into Santa Fe would have been an adventure on its own. Travelling from Missouri to Santa Fe would have been, probably a breathtaking and amazing experience for most guests. Santa Fe was a bustling little town in the Wild West. When they arrived to LMR, it’s a lush river valley, the climate was cool, and it was a very desirable place to spend the summer. In the late 1920s, Woolley merged his company with Standard Sanitation to become American Standard - still today America’s largest producer of faucets and fixtures. The Woolleys kept La Mesita Ranch and in the 1930s hired famed Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem to design three main homes. Meem is considered to be the most important architect in New Mexico's history. The Woolleys lived in La Mesita until about 1959, and in 1959, they sold the property to a gentleman with the last name, Goodwin. He was the current president of the American Standard Faucet Company. It’s unclear who actually lived on the property between 1959-1980. There are some wonderful rumors and stories, however in the 1980s the property really fell to ruins. There were squatters on the property, many of the structures had been demolished or burned, and it wasn’t until the late 80s when the previous owner purchased the property that it was restored in its entirety to what it looks like today.
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
No matter the season, there is always beauty to be found here at the ranch and we’re delighted to share it with you. Along with friends and family, we know you'll find your stay enjoyable and memorable. And in the native tradition, we invite you to use this opportunity to experience the peace and serenity the property offers to its visitors all year long. La Mesita Ranch is the ideal place to unhook and unplug, genuinely relax, sleep in, read, cook and feast, share insights, create memories, laugh and play with children and...just be. Here, you can take an early morning walk as the glorious geese fly in to graze on the winter-dormant alfalfa fields, take a midnight swim, observe the majesty of the horse, rock on the back porch with a cocktail while enjoying the incomparable light of a New Mexico sunset and finish the day gazing at the starry nighttime skies. These and countless other magnificent natural experiences await to be discovered. The five La Mesita Ranch structures can be leased in total - so that the ranch is privately and solely available to your own party; or in part... whereby you may share the incredible property with others. First come, first serve defines the calendar at La Mesita Ranch. But don't worry....no matter which approach suits your plans, there is plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy.
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La Mesita boasts a wold class Equestrian Center. Riding is available by appt.
Amazing mountain views. The arch of the Cottonwoods is a natural Ceremony site!
Horseback riding on the surrounding trails of our 140 acre property.
Gather and make memories in the living room at the Grand Hacienda.
Entrance to the "Board Room", perfect for Meetings, and intimate Dinners for 30.
Getting ready for a Wedding!! The Pool deck is simply stunning.
An elegant dinner on our Grand Lawn.
The front entrance of the Grand Hacienda after the first snow of the season
The Blue Bedroom in the Grande Hacienda!!
Welcome to the Grande Hacienda!
Parties and Galas!
A view toward the fountain, & beautifully landscaped lawn. Perfect for Weddings!
Beautiful poolside sunset, perfect for gatherings, cocktail parties, Weddings.
Grand Hacienda Dining Room
Kitchen in the Grand Hacienda
La Mesita Ranch - The Hacienda Grande - 4 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms
Swimming Pool and Cabana Kitchen with incredible views.
A working ranch. Harvesting Alfalfa all summer and fall.
The Master Bedroom in the Grande Hacienda!
The Amber bedroom in the Grande Hacienda
The Iconic Butterfly Dancer bronze as you enter the Estate.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Saturday, July 23, 2016
- Property typeEstate
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