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Marsha's Writing Retreat -- Peace and Quiet in the Historic Jemez Mountains

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The west side of house has a 2-story great room.


Last updated: 03/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4-6. 2-story with loft, great room, and garage.

NEED TO ESCAPE? PEACE AND QUIET, SURROUNDED BY NATURE'S BEAUTY. Beautiful sunsets and Redondo Peak (11,258 ft) to help you de-stress. Sit on the porch with your beverage and listen to birds and rustling trees. Catch lightning storms in the summer. Sip hot chocolate and listen to snow fall. Located between Jemez Springs and Los Alamos, your drive is scenic. Summer mornings can be chilly; temps can reach the 80s and higher, cooling at night. At 8,300 ft, no need for a.c. (a noise that does not contribute to quiet!); ceiling fans in bedrooms & great room if it gets too warm.

 His& her bathrobes DVD/VHS player
 Hair dryer, soap, shampoo Coffee, tea, condiments, spices
 Wood stove, cut firewood out back Washing machine & Dryer (+ soap)
 Dishwasher & garbage disposal Garage
 Cooking utensils, pots & pans, dishes, accessories, wine bottle opener, & more!

 Main floor - queen platform bed
 Upstairs - 2 twin beds, no closet but a large storage area; wall rack to hang clothes
 1 queen air mattress (built-in pump) to use in loft area
 Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, and 2 on air mattress. Extra charge beyond 4 guests.
 Sheets may not match (does not affect your sleep!); bath/hand/face towels.
 Extra blankets.

RATES & CANCELLATION (2-night minimum):
 No extra charge for weekends, holidays, or special events!
 $135/4 persons; $15/night extra for each person more than 4. .
 Bookings w/in 30 days of arrival require full payment; otherwise, 50% at booking.
 For complete cancellation policy, please review Rental Agreement.
 Guests should check out trip insurance. There is no refund of rent or deposits for cancellation inside 30 days or early departure. Security deposit is refundable when the contract and Departure Checklist have been followed.
 Optional Damage Insurance through HomeAway/VRBO (paid to them).
 $100 cleaning fee; additional fee for cleaning that takes more than 4 hours and for stays >14 days.

WATER: Great cold water from community well system. If there is an outage, Guests can still shower in the morning, before the turn-off time. There is water stored in the garage that would need to be boiled for cooking purposes; the stored water is also used to flush the toilets when the water is off. Guests often spend the day away from the cabin, so this slight inconvenience is usually not a problem.

 Internet is installed, service can be sketchy at times.
 No cable/dish TV, but a TV to watch VHS tapes from a collection of military war/history movies and westerns, exercise videos, and more; some children's video tapes.
 DVD player (watch on a 13-inch TV screen). Bring your own DVDs.
 Books and games.
 Walking in the subdivision or hiking in the Valles Caldera.
 Landline telephone w/free long distance for calls in Continental U.S. only (no calls to Hawaii or Alaska).
 Cell phones unlikely to work, but sometimes those with Verizon can get some service outside in the front yard.

NO PETS AND NO SMOKING POLICIES. Please do not ask for an exception.

VILLAGE OF JEMEZ SPRINGS: 30-min. drive south--restaurants, library (w/computers), skateboard track, bath house/spa--enjoy a mineral springs bath and massage; churches, art galleries, and more. Visit the historical Jemez Monument to see Indian ruins. The Jemez Springs Baptist Church holds an interdenominational service Sunday mornings from Memorial Day through Labor Day at the Jemez Falls campground amphitheater at 8 AM, 3 miles south on Hwy 4. Santa Fe is a 90-min. drive, with many museums and festivals, and the world-famous Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, open on Friday evenings from 5 to 7 PM.

 Majestic Valles Caldera Grande National Preserve, 8 mi. north, is a haven for photographers, hunters, nature lovers, hikers, X-C skiers, and mountain bikers. (Call 505-661-3333 for a ride to the backcountry) General -- call 866-382-5537. Event hotline: 505-569-6842. Check out their website for classes in photography. (You will receive an info document with information, too.)
 Bandelier National Monument, with ancient Indian ruins, 20 minutes north on Hwy 4.
 Downhill skiing at Parajito (rated in January 2014 as one of the best-kept secret places to ski!), just outside of Los Alamos.
 Jemez Falls & picnic area, 3 mi south.
 Several fishing sites along Hwy 4.
 Lots of trails—stop at Ranger Ofc north of Jemez Springs on your way up for info.
 Monthly 'Paint Your Vision' workshops are offered by local artists. Previous painting experience is not required. Learn technique from experts, and have fun. Art-viewing field trips are planned. Call Geraldine (575) 834-7918.
 Restaurant and a small store are 15 minutes south in La Cueva.
 Sightseeing 30-45 min. away in historical Los Alamos.
 There are many activities, or--you can do nothing.

INDIAN CULTURE: New Mexico is rich in culture and diversity. On the way from Albuquerque, stop at the Walatowa Visitor Center and Museum in the Red Rocks area, and eat Indian fry bread from one of the vendors (the Frito pies are delicious). Great photos of the Red Rocks, too. The Walatowa Convenience Store is your last opportunity to get gas when coming from the south; the next chance is in Los Alamos. Visit Soda Dam, north of the village. The Gilman Tunnels are at the 485 turnoff before you get to the village--the site for movies filmed in the Jemez.

WINTER TIME: Roads can be snow-packed and icy. You MUST have a 4WD vehicle. It gets dark by 5 PM in the mountains; no road lights; it is easy to veer off the road into a culvert. So, plan your arrival during daylight hours.

MEDICAL FACILITIES: Nearest is in Los Alamos; EMTs may respond from La Cueva 15 minutes away.

TRAVEL LOGISTICS: The cabin is a 1 3/4-hour drive from I-25 & Tramway Rd (about 2 hrs from ABQ airport). Once you leave the highway, you travel for nearly 2 miles up and down a dirt/gravel road that gets steep in places. A 4WD IS MANDATORY IN THE WINTER, recommended in the summer, as roads can be slippery after a rain. For security reasons, the exact address is not given out here.

o NM assesses a gross receipts tax on the rates and all fees.
o Minimum stay - 2 nights. Lower rates 8 days or longer.
o Maximum Occupancy - 6. Rates based on 4 people; extra for 2 more. Renter must stay in the house, be 25 or older (must provide names, sex and age of others in group). You may be asked to email a copy of your driver's license before the booking can be confirmed. A child is anyone age 17 and under.

o Check-in time 3:30 PM; check-out 10:30 AM.
o Marsha's Writing Retreat is located in a tranquil and quiet environment. This is not a party house. Guests appreciate the quiet nature of the surroundings.
o No pets (inside or outside) – owner is allergic to most animals.
o There is no trash pick-up for subdivision; guests must take all garbage/trash with them upon departure. Trash bags are provided.
o In winter, YOU NEED a 4WD. Roads cannot always be immediately plowed, and not until the snow reaches around 6 inches. Getting up icy hills can be a challenge, and chains/cables may be advised. Road plowing is not in the owner's control.
o Regardless of the season, sunscreen is a must in NM.

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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/18/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Age 25 minimum. Primary renter (the one paying) must send a copy of his/her driver's license before owner can confirm the booking. Must confirm sex and ages of all staying in the house. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children are welcome, but note that the house is not child-proof. There is an open loft area and a railing. Parents need to keep an eye on their children at all times, both inside and outside. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is not allowed in or outside the house. Evidence of smoking will incur extra cleaning charges for the guests. There will be a fee of $500+ to have the house fumigated should evidence of smoking be found. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, the owner has allergies. No pets are allowed inside or outside the house on the property. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    There is a ramp in the garage that can be positioned by the interior garage door to enter the house via the kitchen by wheelchair. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Other sleeping

    1 queen air mattress can be used in the loft area. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    Upstairs. Table, ceiling fan, chair, skylights open...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Main level. Dresser&chest, night table,chair, ceiling fan...moreless

  • There are 2 plush bathrobes in the main bedroom, and 4 bathrobes in the upstairs bedroom. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bathroom 2 upstairs, 1 sink, pitched/slanted ceiling. ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bathroom 1 main level; 1 sink, all linens ...moreless

  • The upstairs bedroom has one slanted ceiling and 2 operable window/skylights. There are rubber mats for the tubs in both bathrooms. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The Owner provides an informational document on how to enjoy the mountain area, after you have booked. Guests will receive an extensive document that lists about every question possible in an alphabetical order for information. ...moreless


  • Games:

    Board and other games, cards...moreless

  • Television:

    The TV set is only for playing the VHS tapes and watching DVDs. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    The VHS tapes are primarily westerns and military history movies. There are also some exercise workout videos, and a couple tapes suitable for children. ...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of Redondo Peak - 11,258 ft. - from the cabin...moreless

  • Village:

    Jemez Springs is an All-America City (it is a village). ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Do not overload the dryer. Dry in batches, if necessary. ...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    No fitness room, but some exercise videos. You can also walk in the subdivision or on one of the main trails in the mountains. ...moreless

  • Garage:

    Guests are welcome to park in the garage. However, if your car leaks any fluids or oil, please do not park in the garage. Costs to clean up or remove leaks and leak damage will be charged to guest. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Main level: infloor radiant heat; upstairs - baseboard heating. The wood stove does a good job of heating the house. Cut wood out back. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi is available, but service is not always reliable in the mountains, and is not guaranteed. You will need to have your own computer, as none is provided. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Great Room with built-in bookshelves and desk. Loveseat and a futon. TV for viewing VHS tapes, and a DVD player. Bring your own DVDs. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking, however, guests must follow the driving instructions that are provided for getting up the driveway without making ruts or destroying it. Can be tricky the first time. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline, with free unlimited long distance within the continental U.S.; no AK or HI Cell service is not available, although those with Verizon can sometimes call if standing outside. Can use wi-fi. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths are provided. Kitchen towels, cloth napkins, dish drying towels, kitchen dish rags. Also rags for when a rag is needed (just toss into trash when done)....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry soap is provided. Please do not overload the washing machine with clothes. Don't need much soap, either. . ...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood available in the backyard. Walk around to the back of the pile for small pieces to start a fire in the stove. Newspaper in the garage for starter. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    There are two complimentary prepackaged coffee filters. There is occasionally leftover coffee by the previous guests. There is also a blender....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Two plain sets of dishes, and one fancy china set (the fancy set has to be handwashed). All utensils, pots and pans, serving dishes, kitchen linens. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Dishwasher soap under kitchen cabinet. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Guests must bring their own food. Some staples are in the cabinets. Garbage disposal, dishwasher, toaster-oven, food/drink blender, coffee maker, teapot. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Gas (propane). Stove clock does not work. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    There are baking supplies--cookie sheet, cupcake pan, cake pan, serving dishes. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full sized; no automatic icemaker--ice cube trays. Recommend that you stop to buy ice on your way to the property if you need more than what is in the trays. Water from faucet is very cold. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas (propane)...moreless

  • Toaster:

    There is a toaster and a toaster-oven. ...moreless


  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Skiing at Parajito, just outside Los Alamos. Cross-country skiing all over--closest at Jemez Falls, 3 mi. south on Hwy 4. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$826 $2,700

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 6.25%


Rates may change until confirmed and paid. Tax added at booking. $15/night for each guest over 4. Guest must be 25+, same name on credit card, stay in cabin, provide copy of driver's license & sex and ages of children and others in your party. Add'l $70 cleaning midway on stays of 15-30 days, and every 2 weeks on >4-wk stays. No refund for late arrival or early checkout. No refund for reducing the number of days originally reserved when the change is inside of a month of the stay. Stays of longer than 30 days must be paid in advance.

Military veterans get 10% off Veterans Day holiday when reserving for 2 nights on Nov 10-11 or Nov 11-12. Members of SouthWest Writers receive a 5% discount on all dates except for the period Nov 9-13.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/18/2017
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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Los Ojos in the village of Jemez Springs
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
Los Alamos and Tamaya Resort in Bernalillo
80 Miles
Nearest Train
Albuquerque; Railrunner station in Bernalillo
33 Miles
Nearest Motorway
NM Highway 4; Hwy 550, I-25
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
La Cueva, intersection of NM Hwy 4 & Route 126
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Parajito, west of Los Alamos

Car: Necessary

The cabin is located less than 2 miles off NM Hwy 4, over a dirt/gravel road, with some steep inclines. The subdivision averages 8000' in altitude and higher, and is heavily wooded. Conveniently located, you are minutes (3 miles) from Jemez Falls, the historic Valles Caldera (8 miles), and 35 minutes from historic Los Alamos. There are many outdoor activities available. During times of high fire season, access to various parts of the Santa Fe Forest, including the Jemez Mountains, may be restricted or even prohibited. The village of Jemez Springs holds several events annually.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: A native of Minnesota and graduate of the University of Minnesota and SUNY, I retired to New Mexico. Unfortunately, since I have asthma and allergies, I cannot allow pets or smoking of any kind, inside or outside the house.

Why the Owner Chose Jemez Springs, NM, USA:
What is there not to like about the beautiful scenery and serene atmosphere in northern New Mexico?! It reminds me of northern Minnesota, albeit without the lakes, so peaceful and quiet.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
It is so quiet you can hear the snow fall. Sit on the porch and read while you sip your wine or hot chocolate. You have the look and feel of a cabin, and enough conveniences to satisfy most people.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/18/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The west side of house has a 2-story great room.

    The west side of house has a 2-story great room.

  • Great room, with futon sofa

    Great room, with futon sofa

  • Dining and kitchen area.

    Dining and kitchen area.

  • Wood stove

    Wood stove

  • The metal roof is green.

    The metal roof is green.

  • Main level bedroom chest and dresser.

    Main level bedroom chest and dresser.

  • Upstairs bedroom - twin beds

    Upstairs bedroom - twin beds

  • Upstairs bedroom

    Upstairs bedroom

  • Looking down driveway; you can see the driveway going up to the Big Foott Cabin

    Looking down driveway; you can see the driveway going up to the Big Foott Cabin

  • Line drawing of cabin

    Line drawing of cabin

  • View from the loft

    View from the loft

  • Dining area, looking into great room

    Dining area, looking into great room

  • TV can be moved to wherever you want it.

    TV can be moved to wherever you want it.

  • Great room

    Great room

  • Main level bedroom

    Main level bedroom

  • Main level bathroom

    Main level bathroom

  • Upstairs bathroom

    Upstairs bathroom

  • Snow--lots of it. Shoveling is great exercise!

    Snow--lots of it. Shoveling is great exercise!

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, March 19, 2017

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