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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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.

More Details

Marsha Thole
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 3, 2017

About Marsha Thole

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.

Marsha Thole purchased this cabin in 1996

Why Marsha Thole chose New Mexico

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.

What makes this cabin unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was the perfect location for our trips into Valles Caldera, Bandelier, and Los Alamos for the Manhattan Project NHP. We appreciated the clean, safe spot for our family to unwind and look forward to venturing back to Santa Fe at a later trip!
Jun 2016
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Jemez Springs Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom 2 upstairs, 1 sink, pitched/slanted ceiling.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom 1 main level; 1 sink, all linens
  • The upstairs bedroom has one slanted ceiling and 2 operable window/skylights. There are rubber mats for the tubs in both bathrooms.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Other sleeping - 1 queen air mattress can be used in the loft area.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs. Table, ceiling fan, chair, skylights open
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main level. Dresser&chest, night table,chair, ceiling fan
  • There are 2 plush bathrobes in the main bedroom, and 4 bathrobes in the upstairs bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
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.


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Marsha's Writing Retreat -- Peace and Quiet in the historic Jemez Mountains
average rating of 4.428571 based on 9 reviews

Pretty cabin, not worth the hassle.

  • 2 of 5

The cabin was nice and in a very beautiful area, but we felt so uncomfortable that we felt we couldn't even use a dish or sit in a chair. We felt that the rule book was so vast that we couldn't remember all the rules and it made it hard for us to relax on a weekend we had been looking forward to for a long time. We understand why there are rules and can appreciate why they are there. The constant reminding of the rules and the 20 pages of rules that are often repeated made the lead up to the weekend stressful. We only came to this cabin to sleep for fear of breaking a rule and being charged for something. We enjoyed the area with the rest of our group staying at a place near by. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway I would NOT recommend this cabin, you will spend most of your time trying to remember where that chair exactly was when you got there.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: While this guest thought the cabin was nice, it is perplexing that she was “so uncomfortable that they couldn’t even use a dish or sit in a chair.” If she felt that way after seeing the many photos on the website, I am puzzled as to why she booked a reservation. There was absolutely no reason why she couldn’t sit in a chair or use a dish! Hers is the first negative review received since opening, yet her in-laws wrote a positive review in the guest book. Yes, there are rules, and they run 10 pages (not 20), with most of the instructions being safety matters or information-only (e.g., churches, restaurants, recreational areas). There is a “rule” to not use the china dishes with the metal trim in the microwave, and there are two other sets of dishes guests can use. The rental agreement, which this guest violated, also stated that the property was not child proof. And there is the “rule” to not feed the wildlife (it is illegal). Everyone else has always taken the rules/instructions in the manner they were intended (perhaps this was her first VRBO stay). Regarding the “constant reminder,” the final rules/instructions were emailed to this guest just once--a week prior to her arrival—not repeatedly as she claims. So, I am wondering just how one email, sent to her 7 days prior to arrival, could cause so much “stress.” VRBO does send out several emails to the traveler, but owners have no control over what VRBO sends. Our cabin remains a quiet and relaxing retreat in a beautiful setting. And you can use the dishes and sit on the furniture.
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Socorro, NM

Peaceful cabin

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time, had a problem with the water,someone had turned it off at the meter. The local contact was wonderful and came to help. Would recommend this cabin for a peaceful getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry for the water situation, and had I known about it (I never received a call from the guests about it, but learned about it through my handyman several days later), I could have had it taken care of within a couple of hours of your arrival. The handyman said you were good sports about it, and appreciated the stored water, and even replaced the water used in the containers. So thank you for doing that. The housekeeper said you all were very neat, too, making her job a whole lot easier. I learned that the new owners next door turned off the wrong water--they turned off my property's water and not their own. That problem has been addressed with the Property Owners Association.
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Albuquerque, NM

Wonderful Stau

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great time. It's located by all major hiking trails and is in a very quiet area. Ceilings are high and the place is very cute and clean. Everything you need to make a fun home cooked meal is in the kitchen.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I believe the title is "Wonderful Stay" (small typo). I am so glad you found the kitchen well supplied. As a non-cook myself, and not knowing what people usually consider basics to have, it is good to know the kitchen had what you needed.
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Austin, TX

Cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the cabin - it was clean, cozy, and tranquil, with great access to hiking, hot springs, and to scenic Santa Fe. Marsha was very straightforward and detailed in her communications, so we had no trouble finding the place and getting settled in. We really enjoyed our stay, and would highly recommend to other nature-lovers looking for a cozy getaway!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe

Great Place!!

  • 5 of 5

I loved my stay at Marsha's secluded cabin in the woods! Very well appointed two bedroom cabin. Everything I needed, pots pans dishes etc. were there. Lots of light through two story glass windows in the living room make it extra pleasant! Near great hiking and outdoor opportunities, it is absolutely beautiful in this part of northern new mexico. Look forward to visiting again some time in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. As you have also said, northern NM is a beautiful part of the state, and the Jemez mountains have a myriad of outdoor activities within minutes of the cabin, as you discovered. Do come stay again!
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A Wonderful Accommodation and a Great Value to Boot!!!

  • 5 of 5

Charming, well-appointed cabin in a peaceful, beautiful setting. Property lacks for nothing you might need and is comfortable and cozy. Owner excels in communication, goes the extra mile to provide information and assistance, and is prompt in all matters. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend Marsha's Writing Retreat - you won't be disappointed!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving behind some condiments for the next guests, along with a couple of other things. And thanks for the cute photo showing your family playing a game (what you do when it is storming outside!).
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Los Ojos in the village of Jemez Springs
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Los Alamos and Tamaya Resort in Bernalillo
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Albuquerque; Railrunner station in Bernalillo
Nearest Motorway
33 Miles
NM Highway 4; Hwy 550, I-25
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
La Cueva, intersection of NM Hwy 4 & Route 126
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Damage Deposit $250

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 if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.